Kim Roberti is thanked by Linda Barndt and Manuel DaCosta for being the guest speaker at the monthly breakfast meeting of the Penn Kidder Lions club at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Roberti talked about the pro and cons of appealing your real estate tax assessments.
Mahanoy City blaze destroys 4 homes, 13 cats rescued
Billowing smoke and flames filled the Mahanoy City skyline around 12:30 this morning as firefighters from many surrounding communities fought a fast-moving fire and kept it from spreading to other row homes located in the 1100 block of East Pine Street.
"All the firefighters did a great job of stopping the fire before it claimed the entire block," one witness to the fire said.
The fire displaced four families, 15 people, living from 1113 to 1119 E. Pine St.
Randy Klingle, 3030 Hemlock St., Palmerton, filed against Jodi Klingle, same address. They were married Sept. 14, 2007.
Thomas Harker Jr., 255 E. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, filed against Rebecca Diem, 433 N. Fourth St., North Wales. They were married Sept. 9, 2004.
Timothy Andrew, 243 Franklin St., Weissport, filed against Kimberly Ann Andrew, 231 S. Second St., Lehighton. They were married April 23, 2001.
Kathy Westrip, 74 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, filed against David Westrip, 10 E. Broad St., Jim Thorpe. They were married April 10, 1999.
The Penn Kidder Lions club honored Cullen Konya, front, their student of the month for the month of November at their breakfast meeting at Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Konya is an eighth grade student at the Jim Thorpe Area School District/Penn Kidder campus. Also at the presentation were, from left, club president Manuel DaCosta, Bion Konya, father; Grandmother Vicki Mowery and lions treasurer Brad Grissinger.
November 29, 1954 Dick Ackerman pours in a game-high 23 points while Johnny Zuber follows close behind with 21 to help Summit Hill open its basketball season with a 64-60 victory over Lehighton. The Hillers, coached by Vernon Hontz, gain the win at the foul line outpointing their opponent at the stripe 22-8. Doug Paton and Abbie Lasky also contribute to the victory with eight points apiece. For Lehighton, Bill Rehrig tallies a team-high 20 points.
Summit Hill police are investigating an incident that occurred on the 300 block of North Pine Street on Nov. 28.
According to borough police, officers received a report from a resident from the aforementioned area, stating that they saw a male wearing a black hoodie near his vehicle. When he approached the man to ask what he was doing near his vehicle, the individual ran off.
The resident stated that both tires on the driver's side of his car had been flattened and there was writing on the windows.
Police are asking anyone with information to call (570) 645-7429.
East Penn Township
Henry K. Wohlgemuth to Frank P. Rapa, 125 Laurel View Drive, Lehighton, Lot 811, Wertman Hollow Road, Andreas, $32,500.
Gaston Realty, Inc., to Dale K. Hack, 1243 Meyer Drive, Walnutport, Sunrise Terrace Estates Lot 8, Unit 1, Section 2, $40,000.
Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to William J. Rose, Long Island City, N.Y., property at 206 South Ave., $19,500.
Larry A. Ahner to Joseph Dorazio, Wayne, Pa., property at 418 South Ave., $117,525.
A Carbon County driver was cited for driving under the influence (DUI) in Lehigh County.
State police at Fogelsville said Luis Ernesto Colon, 21, of Lansford, was stopped for speeding about 12:18 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, along SR22 at SR309 in Whitehall Township. He was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest for DUI. Troopers also said Colon had an active warrant for his arrest.
This cute 4-6 month old kitten was rescued from that fire in Mahanoy City this morning. The family owned 13 cats. This cat was the last one to be rescued. His name was DJ. He was soaking wet and shaking when he was rescued. Now he's looking for a new home. If you're interested in adopting DJ, you can respond to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
None beat the ones that are grown locally
For the second time, a local grower is providing the National Christmas Tree in the White House in Washington D.C.
Chris Botek, an owner of Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Mahoning Township, officially presented the tree to First Lady Michelle Obama and her children on Friday.
In 2006, a similar presentation occurred by members of the Botek family to then First Lady Laura Bush.
Mary Lou and Louis Paul of Nesquehoning recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married Oct. 5, 1985 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Nesquehoning, by the late Rev. Paul Welkie.
Mrs. Paul is the daughter of the late Gene and Georgine (Coniglio) Kennedy, formerly of Nesquehoning.
Mr. Paul is the son of Louise (Vitek) Paul-Solomon, Lansford, and the late Michael Paul. He is also the stepson of the late Andrew Solomon.
The Northern Lehigh Bulldogs will travel to J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown to take on District 12 champion West Catholic in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals on Friday night at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs (13-0) advanced with a 50-14 victory over Wilkes-Barre GAR in the first round. West Catholic (10-2) beat Bok Tech the week before, 34-6.
Tickets can be purchased in the Northern Lehigh Main Office. Tickets can be purchased Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ticket prices are $6/adult and $3/students. All tickets at the gate are $6.
Two teenagers were cited for harassment after they were involved in an altercation.
According to Summit Hill police, officers were called by Panther Valley Middle School at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 16, for two 14-year-old males from Coaldale. The school reported that the two students had an altercation on one of the school buses. Both were cited.
John Charles Miles, 10 Chestnut Ridge Circle, Kunkletown, and Brittany May MacFarlane, 723 First St., Palmerton.
Mark Anthony Stemko Jr. and Renee Nicole Haggerty, 65 Church St., Milnesville.
Todd Bernard Mendez and Michelle Scherre Thomas, 673 Princeton Ave., Palmerton.
Northern Lehigh at a glance.
That's the snapshot those who attend a news conference and map unveiling at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington are certain to catch wind of.
The event will introduce the new Northern Lehigh Trail System Map, a cooperative project between Northern Lehigh Future Focus and The Lehigh Gap Nature Center, said Robert Stettner, president of NLFF.
The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will be holding its Christmas party at the Big Creek Grange on Saturday, Dec. 4.Set up begins at 6 p.m.; dinner starts at 6:30. Each family is asked to bring a covered dish and a bottle of cold soda.
4-H is the youth component of Penn State University.
A Tamaqua woman escaped serious injury when her car struck a tree after she swerved to avoid hitting a deer.
Antoinette Miller, of 216 Patterson St., told borough police she was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo along Owl Creek Road when a deer entered the roadway. Miller swerved to avoid striking the animal but lost control and struck a tree.
The car was towed from the scene.
Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Schuetrumpf of Tamaqua celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.
They were married on Nov. 24, 1960 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Summit Hill, by the late Rev. Msgr. J. Francis Haley.
Mrs. Schuetrumpf is the former Antionette "Dolly" Cusanelli, daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Cusanelli of Summit Hill.
Mr. Schuetrumpf is the son of the late Elmer and Agnes Schuetrumpf. He is retired from Sonaco of Reading.
The couple has one son, David of Tamaqua, and two grandchildren, Amber and Cory Schuetrumpf.
Icy road conditions last Thursday, Nov. 25, were blamed for two of three crashes investigated on Schuylkill County roadways by state police at Schuylkill Haven.
A crash occurred about 11:05 a.m. along Mill Creek Avenue in East Norwegian Township. Troopers said Fallon M. Tice, 27, of Coaldale, was driving a 2005 Jeep Liberty and descending a hill and she lost control when the vehicle hit icy patches. The vehicle slid onto the south berm where it struck a utility pole.
Tice and her passenger, Steven B. Reed Jr., 29, also of Coaldale, were not injured.
A right-to-know policy on messages received at the 9-1-1 Emergency Center and the Emergency Management Agency office was approved by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.
This policy is specifically directed toward right-to-know law request for disclosure of names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses generated through the 9-1-1 Center and Emergerncy Management offices. If they receive requests it will be handled in the following manner:
In consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of all product lots of Children's BENADRYL® Allergy FASTMELT® Tablets, in cherry and grape flavors, that were distributed in the United States, Belize, Barbados, Canada, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, and St. Thomas and all product lots of Junior Strength MOTRIN® Caplets, 24 count, that were distributed in the United States.
An elderly Schuylkill County man was jailed on sexual assault charges that stem from alleged offenses that occurred over 10 years ago.
State police at Schuylkill Haven said Robert Eugene Barry, 76, of 31 W. Railroad St., Donaldson, Frailey Township, was arraigned before District Judge Carol Pankake, of Tremont, on charges of attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and indecent exposure. Barry was placed in the county prison after failing to post $75,000 straight cash bail.
A Summit Hill man was cited after police found him lying on the ground drunk.
According to Summit Hill police, at 11:17 p.m., Nov. 20, police received a report of a person lying on the ground in the area of Market and Ludlow streets.
Upon arrival officers found Mark Kulick, 49, 118 W. fell St., lying on the ground at the aforementioned intersection. He was found to be highly intoxicated.
A citation was filed against him for public drunkenness.
On Sunday, New Philadelphia enjoyed its 16th annual Christmas Festival organized by the New Philadelphia Community Organization.
The day-long free community event consisted of ice carving, craft show, caroling, manger scene, cookies, and even sleigh "carriage" rides with Santa Claus and his wife Mrs. Jessica Mary Claus.
Hundreds of riders waited in line to ride with Santa and Mrs Claus in a Leiby's carriage which was pulled by two large Belgian Horses, standing in for Santa's reindeer.
Five area men, including three from Tamaqua, and three area women were among 22 people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.
William J. O'Gurek, left, chairman of the Carbon County Commissioners, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. Commissioner O'Gurek discussed the current state of Carbon County, as well as future plans for the county. With O'Gurek is club president, Dr. Barbara Belón. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Thursdays from 7:45-8:30 a.m. at Hampton Inn in Lehighton. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.
A Tamaqua man was cited for an incident in Lehigh County.
State police at Fogelsville said troopers stopped Christopher Costin, 31, about 12:47 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, along Interstate 78 in Weisenberg Township, for following a vehicle too closely.
At the stop Costin gave troopers a false name. It was also learned that Costin had an outstanding arrest warrant for him out of Bradford County court. Costin was charged with false identification to law enforcement by troopers and was taken into custody on the warrant.
Arriving via fire truck, helicopter and train, he'll be greeting children in a number of local municipalities
Santa's coming and he's not waiting 'til Christmas Eve.
He arrived this weekend on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, riding on the train every weekend through Dec. 19. Rides are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday except on Dec. 11 when the train won't be running.
He's coming next weekend to Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, and Summit Hill.
In Jim Thorpe, a Christmas parade kicks-off the holiday festivities at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a tree lighting ceremony in Josiah White Park.
November 27, 1965 Dean Schott tallies a game-high 27 points to help Palmerton record an 80-69 win over Salisbury in the Bombers' first game at their new basketball gym. Schott and Mike Samok each score 10 points in the third quarter to turn a close game into a double-digit lead. Samok finishes with 19 points. Palmerton, coached by Don Holland, also receives 12 points from both Chris Olivia and Pete Steigerwalt.
Old Glory takes a winter hiatus at the Coaldale Complex
Panther Valley JROTC Platoon Leader Joseph Bevins slowly lowered the 10-foot-by-16-foot American flag from its pole at the Coaldale Complex this week.
As the flag approached the end of its tether, Bevins and several other cadets deftly caught it, making sure it did not touch the ground.
With crisp, sure movements, the cadets folded the flag, which will be kept by Coaldale World War II Committee member William Gaddes until it is once again raised in May.
"We take it down after Veterans Day," he said.
No, Shilo doesn't drive, but he never misses a fire call with his owner, Coaldale Fire Company Chief Richie Marek. Here, Shilo obediantly waits on scene at an automatic-alarm call at the Colonial Square Apartments in Coaldale.