Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will conduct Individual BenefitsCheckUps at the Carbon County Agency of Aging Panther Valley Senior Nutrition Center, located in the School House Apartments, 90 E. Catawissa Street, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10. This checkup is available free of charge to anyone 55 years or older, or 18 years and older and on disability. The checkup, sponsored by the National Council on Aging, is free and confidential. The goal of the checkup is to help people learn if they are potentially eligible for state, county and federal benefits of which they are unaware.
An electronic fingerprinting and photographing system is up and running at the Carbon County Correctional Facility in Nesquehoning.
During the monthly meeting of the county prison board, Warden Joseph Gross announced that first phase of the Live Scan Booking Station and Commonwealth Photo Imaging Network is operational.
He then asked Deputy Warden Timothy Fritz to explain about what has been going on with the system.
Fritz explained that since the equipment became available to individuals with summaries on Oct. 1, 12 summons cases have been handled by prison officers.
Additional work at the MaryD firehouse was approved and eight persons were named on the computing board to make the official count of votes which will be cast in next Tuesday's general election, in action taken by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.
It's been said big things come in small packages.
For our area servicemen and servicewomen who won't have the good fortune of spending the holiday season with their loved ones, the prospect of unwrapping any gift is certain to be received with a heartfelt thanks.
Members of the community who would like to send area troops something for the Christmas holiday may do so through the Palmerton Area High School Class of 1964.
The holiday film "Branches," shot at Lehighton's Crystal Spring Tree Farm, is completed and will be ready for distribution this holiday season.
To celebrate, those closest to its production were invited for a private showing at the NJ Film School in Martinsville, N.J. The group gathered to watch the short film several times and to look back on the film's journey.
"We had a great time at the Botek farm in February," said Director Chris Messineo.
Alyssa A. Kurtz, 135 E. Monroe St., McAdoo, and Angelo M. Pfeiffer, 361 White Face Circle, Zion Grove.
Brenda L. Gilbert and Carlos Zamudio, 421 W. Oak St., Hazleton.
Catherine O'Donnell, 47 E. Berea Avenue, Summit Hill, and Carl R. Hayslette, 119 W. Pine St., Sheppton.
Jennifer L. Aponick and Christian J. Holman, 5 Diamond Ave., Barnesville.
Carbon Model Railroad Society and Pufferboys Railroad Gift Shop, Jim Thorpe, are sponsoring its Fall Railroad Film Night at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall, 101 E. 10th St., Jim Thorpe. The presentation, "Afterlife Images of the LNE at LV Diesel Assignments" by Paul Carpenito. Admission is free. Refreshments available. For more information, call (610) 824-7730 or email email@example.com.
Magisterial District Judge Casimir Kosciolek was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work. Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), the educational program for Magisterial District Judges is held in Harrisburg.
An elderly woman was killed when the vehicle she was a passenger in was involved in a crash about 5:09 p.m. on Wednesday along SR443 at Frantz Rd., in Washington Township, Schuylkill County.
State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the deceased as Mabel Groff, 95, of Lebanon. She was pronounced dead at the scene by county deputy coroner Paul Kennedy.
Troopers gave the following details of the accident.
Sixth annual competition may be the last held at high school
Culminating weeks of competition, which had seen the original group of 25 competitors narrowed down to nine finalists, the title of "Jim Thorpe Idol 6" was awarded to Caitlin Henninger. The final evening of competition was held in the auditorium of Jim Thorpe Area High School.
For her presentationCaitlin sang "Pyramid." She did an encore of song after the announcement of her victory.
A hit and run driver is being sought in Schuylkill County.
State police at Schuylkill Haven said a driver was turning left from Greenview Road to go north on SR61 in North Manheim Township, about 5:26 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26. For unknown reasons the driver traveled off the side of the road while Kimberly R. Emerich, 42, of Schuylkill Haven, was traveling northbound in a 2002 Dodge Neon.
The rear bumper of the other vehicle struck the front of the Neon. After impact the other driver continued north on 61 and then turned right onto SR443.
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for friends who love to visit Jim Thorpe or have moved away? According to Bill Allison, calendar committee chair of the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club, it recently arrived-as the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe 2011 Calendar.
Rotary's stocking stuffer, now in its second year of publication, is a venue to display images of the Victorian town and its homage to its Olympian namesake by several local photographers.
Clouds of black smoke reached far into the sky behind the Lehigh Township municipal building on Oct. 24. Before the firefighters could be expected to reach the fire the living room was in flames. However, Lehigh Township firefighters were already on hand because the fire was the first half of a residential sprinkler demonstration held by the fire company.
The fire company received a $1,000 grant - one of only 100 in the entire country. There were four or five in the state, said Roger Spadt, fire marshal. The grants were provided by the Home Fire Sprinkler Association.
State police at Frackville are investigating a theft incident at a milling site in Schuylkill County.
Troopers said unknown criminals backed a pickup trucks up the milling equipment, shined lights from the bed of the trucks onto the equipment and removed various items. The site is located along Pine Valley Road at Sprcue St., in East Brunswick Township.
Grist Mill road in Mahoning Township was closed for several hours after a box type delivery truck snagged some wires snapping off a utility pole. The pole carried a transformer and live power lines. The site is about a hundred feet south of Rt. 902. It was unknown how many electrical customers were without power due to the incident. The transformer ruptured sending a flow of oil down the roadway. Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.
It was a bad week in the Poconos for the Pleasant Valley soccer team.
Last week, the Bears' undefeated Mountain Valley Conference season was spoiled in the championship game by Pocono Mountain East.
Wednesday night, Pocono Mountain West upset the Bears, 2-1, in the opening round of the District 11 Class AAAA playoffs.
It was a stunning end to what appeared to be a very promising season for Pleasant Valley.
Jim Thorpe are investigating a luring of a child incident.
Police said a white male in his 50s allegedly tried to lure two juveniles into his vehicle. The incident occurred in the area of Leisure Lane on Monday, Oct. 25, about 4:30 p.m.
The male was reportedly driving a gray Cadillac. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 325-4995.
Last Saturday Penn Kidder PTA's Seventh "Annual Fall Festival" was held at the Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District.
All kinds of ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and other strange creatures invaded the school's gym and cafeteria to enjoy a day of carnival games, costume contests, music, dancing, and food.
There was a Chinese auction which had over 100 items in it including two bicycles and in addition to that, there was also a 50-50 raffle
Displaying facsimiles of checks presented to them by Wal-Mart in Mahoning Township, during the store's grand opening Wednesday morning, are, left to right, Johnette Lenik and Bob Miller, representing Mahoning Valley Ambulance; Mark Ebbert, chief of Mahoning Valley Fire Department, and Ken Barnes, Chief of Police in Mahoning Township. The store gave $25,000 in donations. Other recipients were the Trinity Luther Food Bank and the Shriner's Children's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
The Owl Creek Reservoir Commission (OCRC) held its
Owl Creek Fall Foliage Hayride event this past weekend. Visitors, young and old, enjoyed haunted hayrides, a campfire, pumpkin painting, marshmallow roasting, face painting, hay maze, prizes, funnel cakes and other
festive foods. Aislynn Gallagher, 5, Alice Taylor, and Ed Sookikian, dress as witches and a devil to scare riders. Carlee Deetz, left, and Roger Taras, both from Tamaqua, stick their heads through the Owl Creek Reservoir
Motorists must be careful with trick or treat activity
With many communities holding trick-or-treat nights this week, PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler urged motorists to slow down and watch carefully for little princesses, witches and pirates.
A Bucks County man was jailed on Monday for a robbery in Schuylkill County.
State police at Schuylkill Haven said James Edward Cheety, 26, of Bensalem, was committed to the county prison in Pottsville on charges of robbery, simple assault, theft and harassment.
Jaime Price of Nesquehoning, has been elected 2011 class senator of the Student Government Association (SGA) by the Susquehanna University student body. She will hold the position for the 2010 academic year.
Schuylkill Products of Cressona continues to deliver super loads of steel re-enforced concrete beams to a construction site along the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. On Wednesday, two 154-foot-long beams traveled along Route 895 to Route 248. There they continued to Lehighton, crossing the McCall bridge, and proceeding south on Route 209 along the Lehighton bypass. They were then backed into the road leading past the Lehigh Sewage Treatment Plant to the job site 2.5 miles south.
Oct. 28, 1960
A hayride float, sponsored by a Jim Thorpe group, was among the winning entries in the Lehighton Halloween Parade last night, claiming a $12 reward.
An estimated 5,000 persons watched the mammoth line of march in which an estimated 1,500 men, women and children took part.
The Nesquehoning High School Band won second prize in the junior musical organizations category, winning $65.
The six division fete was sponsored by the Lehighton Chamber of Commerce and the United Veterans Organization.
A Lansford man was jailed for retail theft following an incident in Nesquehoning.
On Oct. 20 about 8:35 p.m. Officer Carl Briener was dispatched to Redners Warehouse Market for a theft report. On scene Briener placed the suspect, Richard E. Ergie, of 522 E. Patterson St., in custody for theft. Erige is accused of stealing a roll of tape and Unisom pills totaling $10.04 in value.
Army National Guard Pvt. Donald F. Fernandes has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, Ky., which included basic combat training and advanced individual training (AIT).
During the first nine weeks of initial entry training (IET), the trainee completed basic combat training which included instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.
An injury to one player always creates an opportunity for another one.
When Lehighton lost two of their talented skill players in Jacen Nalesnik and Giuseppe Caruso, the Indians needed other players to step up their game.
Enter Anthony Farole.
A starter the entire season, but a secondary option early on, the junior has recently become one of the team's main weapons offensively.
One look at the summaries from last weekend's area football games tells the story.
Pleasant Valley and East Stroudsburg South combined for 75 points, Jim Thorpe and Schuylkill Haven put up a total of 69, and Northwestern and Pen Argyl lit up the scoreboard for 63 points. Of the eight games involving TIMES NEWS area teams, the lowest scoring contest produced a total of 39 points and 11 of the teams involved in those games scored at least 27 points.
Students from Saint Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe held their Eighth annual "Race for Education" last Friday on the track at the Jim Thorpe Area High School football field.
The students had sent out sponsor sheets for friends and family members to send in donations to sponsor them with either a per-lap or straight donation and so far they have raised $15,500.
All of the monies come back to the school eventually for things such as field trips, educational materials for the students and instructional materials for the teachers for prep for their classes.
Coping with griefat the holidays
St. Luke's Hospice and Bereavement Program is offering a free evening supper and presentation, "Coping With Grief at the Holidays," on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 6-8:30 p.m. at St. John's Church of Mahoning, 826 Mahoning Dr. W., Lehighton.
Stress is a part of the holiday season. Grief can magnify this holiday stress. Program presenters will look at strategies to help you cope during the holidays.
St. Luke's Hospice will provide the supper. For use in an activity, children under age 10 should bring a 1 -inch by 2-inch photo of their loved one.