Coaldale borough council on Thursday voted unanimously to take four simple steps to make the deteriorated Coaldale Complex safe for the children and staff who occupy a Carbon County Head Start program there more than two weeks after engineers urged immediate action.
A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a traffic stop.
Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 3:52 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, officers stopped a vehicle along SR940 at Sullivan Road for failure to have a valid inspection sticker.
The driver was identified as Jesse Oltmann, of Tannersville. He was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was then transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood test.
The DUI charge is pending the test results, police said.
Many of the area artists and businesses have been partnering up to showcase the artists' work.
The following artists will be showing their paintings for the month of October at these area businesses:
*Patricia Smith, East Stroudsburg Savings Association, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville
*Charlene Taylor, Life Is Good Chiropractic, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville
*Nancy Embich, East Stroudsburg Savings Assoc., Rt. 209, Gilbert
*Marie Gelsomino, West End Lanes Bowling Center, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville
*Linda Marnell, Homestead Veterinary Center, Jonas Rd., Jonas
Zion's Stone Church of West Penn Township will hold its Fourth Annual Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. in the church parking lot, with the Rev. Michael Frost, pastor, officiating.
The service is in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring their pets for the blessing.
Jim Thorpe Area High School has announced the candidates for its 2010 Homecoming Court. Candidates for homecoming queen are, seated, front from left, Christina Gibson, Julia Lauren Mason, Brittany Holland, Arielle Harleman, Samantha Harlan and Allison Porembo. Candidates for homecoming king are, standing, from left, James Denny, Terry Moll II, Wes Hurley, Jon Fritz, Shane Edwards and Justin Mazzela. Homecoming king and queen will be announced during halftime ceremonies on Friday when the Jim Thorpe Olympians take on the Blue Devils of Shenandoah High School.
Pleasant Valley at Tamaqua
Friday, 7 p.m.
Records: Pleasant Valley 3-1 overall (1-0 Mountain Valley Conference), Tamaqua 1-3 overall (1-2 Anthracite Football League)
Pleasant Valley's offense needs to ... keep playing within itself. When the Bears focus more on what they have to do as compared to what the defense is doing - they do a nice job. They must control the ball with their short-passing game and run game. That, along with eliminating turnovers, is the key.
State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a theft from a vehicle incident in Schuylkill County.
Richard Nagle, 22, reported someone removed an Ipod Touch from his unlocked Chevrolet Cavalier while parked in the driveway of his home at 502 Stoney Run Rd., in North Manheim Township, Pottsville. The theft occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, and 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Value of the item was set at $150.
Liam Shubeck, 2, of Nesquehoning, enjoys a ride down the slide during Right From The Start's recent educational outing.
Marian's Josh Green had a strong showing at the Schuylkill League Golf championships and the Tamaqua girls cross country team picked up a huge sweep to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports card.
Schuylkill League Tourney
Blue Mountain's Ryan Laudeman captured the Schuylkill League golf championship by firing a three-over-par 75 at Hidden Valley Golf Course.
Laudeman was one stroke ahead of both Pottsville's Justin Fiorillo and North Schuylkill's Derrick Reese.
It's been a long time since Palmerton has beaten Palisades in a varsity football game.
"When I got the head job seven years ago, we had a losing streak to every team in the Colonial League so we had a checklist in the coaches' office and we crossed off teams as we beat them," Palmerton head coach Paul McArdle noted. "If we still had that list Palisades would still be unchecked."
Madison Felsoci, left and Brooklyn Felsoci, right, are cheering because they've been told they are the Grandest Kids of their Grammy and Grandpa, Marilyn and Andy Felsoci of Hometown. They are also the Grandest Kids of Joe and Ann Lucia of San Jose, CA and the daughters of Scot and Janice Felsoci of San Jose, CA.
A Monroe County woman is facing charges following an incident at a drive-thru at an area restaurant.
Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 1:05 a.m. on Sept. 19 officers were called to the McDonald's Restaurant in Mt. Pocono for a reported assault.
Upon arrival officers learned that Nicole Mills, 31, of Pocono Summit, had rear-ended another vehicle were hers in the drive-thru. When the female driver of the other car got out to inspect the damage she and Mills got into an argument.
A Coaldale man has been cited by Tamaqua police for spinning the tires on his vehicle on Tuesday.
Officer Anthony Stanell was on patrol at 6:18 p.m. in the area of Mermon Motors, SR309 south, when he observed the incident in progress.
The actor was identified as Lucas Valentin Mastropasqua, 107 W. Whillips St. He was cited for disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle.
Engineers who inspected the Coaldale Complex found it to be in overall poor to fair structural condition and recommended the borough:
1. Monitor the bricks in the playground and the stone trim above the windows for movement;
2. Repoint all the miscellaneous cracks in the brick joints;
3. Place a metal coping trim above the parapet and properly flash the parapet with stainless steel flashing;
The Amazing Grace Spay/Neuter program is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Oktoberfest for Pets at the Lehighton Grove on South 7th on Sunday, October 3 from 12 - 6 p.m.
This year the group will have many rescues including Hazleton Animal Shelter, Cats Peek, Julies HUGS, Pocono Greyhound Adoption, Safe Haven, Waggin Tails, North American Daschund Rescue, Friends of Pep, and H.O.P.E. (Hounds of Prison Education Rescue).
Tamaqua police are investigating a theft from a motor vehicle reported to the department at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.
According to police, Ashley Melendez, of Girardville, told officers she parked her 1999 Hyundai on Mountain Avenue on Monday night. When she returned to the car she discovered that a Pioneer compact disc player and a Garmin GPS were missing. Total value of the items was listed as $300.
She admitted leaving the car unlocked. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at 668-6100.
Boy Scout troop
Boy Scout Troop 743, Summit Hill, is seeking new members. The troop meeting room is located in the Summit Hill Heritage Center in a room designed, remodeled and maintained by the troop.
The scouts meet each Sunday night at 6-8 o'clock at the center, which is the former St. Paul UCC Church, Hazard and Chestnut streets.
All boys ages 11-18, or in the fifth grade or higher, are invited to register.
For more information, call Anne, 645-5142, or go to www.summithillheritagecenter.com.
Fall cleanup plans
Bill is designed to protect kids
It may look and smell like candy. But to youngsters, it could be poison.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday (198-1), to pass a bill to ban synthetic marijuana.
Your kids know what it is. Hopefully they haven't tried it. But for you who are not up-to-date on the latest menace to our society, here's what it is.
A Monroe County woman has been charged with torching her own van.
Pocono Mountain Regional police said Sharon Shepherd, 31, of Mt. Pocono, has been charged with arson, criminal mischief and insurance fraud for an incident that occurred on July 17, about 4 a.m.
According to police on the day and time stated the Mt. Pocono Fire Company was called to a vehicle fire at the Snowshoe Condominiums, located along Sterling Rd. On scene firefighters found a 2006 Chevrolet mini-van fully engulfed in flames and located about 20-feet from a building.
A Selinsgrove man has been charged by McAdoo Police with raping his 10 and 9 year-old nieces in the borough while he was babysitting for them between February and August 2009.
David Henry Miller, Jr., 21 of 5519 Route 15 South, Selinsgrove, has been charged by McAdoo Patrolman Robert Minnick with the rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors.
If you're going to allow your dog to defecate on someone else's, or public property, next to a police station is not the place you want to select.
John M. Temchatin, 56, of 500 Arlington St., Tamaqua, was walking his dog at 6:43 a.m. Saturday, in the vicinity of Tamaqua Borough Hall, 320 E. Broad St, allowing the animal to do its business in the grass near the employee parking spaces. He made no effort to clean up after the pooch.
The action was witnessed by an on duty police officer.
Two persons were arrested, including a Carbon County resident, on drug charges following a vehicle stop in Monroe County.
Pocono Mountain Regional police said on Wednesday, Sept. 29, officers stopped a vehicle on SR115, south of Interstate 80, in Blakeslee, for an equipment violation.
The two occupants of the car were identified as Ashleigh Davis, 20, of Jim Thorpe, and Stephen Persavage, 28, of Coal Township, Northumberland County. Officers observed in plain view drug paraphernalia in the car and conducted a search of the vehicle.
Due to Pleasant Valley's spread offensive attack, most opposing defenses don't have a choice but to play the Bears' receivers one-on-one.
When that happens, quarterback Derrik Walling and wide receiver Rich Irving know that they have an immediate advantage.
A Monroe County teen has been charged with retail theft.
Pocono Mountain Regional police said on Sept. 22 about 1 p.m. officers were called to the Wal-Mart store in Mt. Pocono. Store security had a female in custody for theft.
Police identified the suspect as Diamond Derival, 18, of East Stroudsburg. Derival allegedly attempted to removed $101 worth of merchandise from the store by placing it in her purse and walking out the front doors. She was stopped by security and held until police arrived.
She was issued a citation and released, police added.
PVHS Class of 1991
The Panther Valley High School Class of 1991 will hold a reunion planning meeting on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. in Kelly's Restaurant, E. Patterson St., Lansford.
Alll classmates are welcome to attend.
The Jim Thorpe Area Democratic Association will hold its pre-election meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the small conference room of the Inn at Jim Thorpe.
All District 3 (Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest and Kidder South) committee persons are encouraged to attend this important meeting.
Area chair and Jim Thorpe club president Edith Lukasevich will preside at the session.
Democratic members of the Pa. House of Representatives successfully led the charge to pass an extraction tax on the production of natural gas in the vast Marcellus Shale formation.
The House Democratic Caucus said the tax will help "to fund critical environmental programs and aiding local communities impacted by the expansion of this industry."
More charges against a Franklin Township kennel owner have been filed in a related case of theft by deception.
According to state police at Lehighton, Patricia E. Gadaleta, 51, the owner of Musket Labradors, has been charged with theft by deception and deceptive business practices.
This time, troopers state, Gadaleta purchased a Labrador Retriever from Sharene Greer Clark and Dan Clark of California.
September 30, 1977 Phil McGarry carries 26 times for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Palmerton to a 22-6 Centennial League victory over East Stroudsburg. McGarry opens the scoring with a 36-yard run and also finds the end zone from four yards out. The Blue Bombers, coached by Bill Dukett, also receive a 15-yard TD run from Terry Rex.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Mark A. West graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Claude and Winifred West of N. Second St., Lehighton.
Pleasant Valley Intermediate news
PVI will have a sixth grade "Meet Your Friends" night on Friday, Oct. 1, from 3:45 until 6 p.m. Please be there to pick your child up promptly.
Getz Personal Care Home will be sponsoring a blood drive on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Getz is located on Rt. 534 in Kunkletown.
Make an appointment to donate blood by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Happy Birthday to Jessica Herman on Oct. 5.