The following students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently competed in the CYO District 5 Declamation Competition. From left to right are: Emma Macaluso, Allison Amodea, Cassandra Hoben, Cassidy Ryan and Taylor Horvat. Cassandra took 1st place and will represent the District in the Diocesan Competition.
The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 48th Annual Citizenship Award.
The award will be presented at the 60th Annual Chamber/TIDE Dinner to be held on Wednesday, April 27 at the Tamaqua Community Center.
The award is open to all residents of the Tamaqua Area School District, 18 years of age or older. The recipient is selected on the basis of voluntary contributions to the civic advancement of Tamaqua and the well-being of its citizens. Any work for which the nominee was paid shall not be considered in the selection.
State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a two-vehicle crash about 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, along SR61, at the intersection with S. Liberty Street in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.
Troopers said Robert L. McClintock, 54, of Seltzer, was northbound and approaching the intersection while Diane Ward, 54, of Orwigsburg, was stopped in the left southbound lane waiting to turn left onto S. Liberty.
Trooeprs said Ward began to turn left and her 1999 Subaru Impreza was struck by McClintock's 1998 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck.
Penn's Peak Radio's Nicole Donatone will open for him
Not a lot of country singers from the 80s get ample radio play today, but Randy Travis still does.
It's no wonder why.
Just when many thought his string of hits had run its cycle, he recorded "Three Wooden Crosses" which got all sorts of awards.
Following that up, he teamed with current superstar Carrie Underwood to do a remake of the 1989 ballad "I Told You So," which quickly climbed the charts last year.
Friday night, Travis is coming to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe - a return appearance - where its assured he'll be singing his many, many number one songs.
Slatington Lions Club
The Slatington Lions Club will hold an indoor meeting at the Moose at 6:45 p.m. April 5.
The guest speaker will be Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge James Anthony.
Lions birthday wishes go out to Dave Meixsell (April 5) and Roger Bachman (April 7).
A large crowd was on hand Wednesday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe for the performance of Yes, the English progessive rock band whose hits include "Owner of a Lonely Heart." The performance was the first of three concert events at the venue this week. Friday night, country great Randy Travis will be performing. On Saturday, Live Wire brings the ultimate AC/DC tribute while Beautiful Day does a U2 tribute. Both events begin at 8 p.m.
Jim Thorpe School District will hold 2011-2012 kindergarten registration in April for the L.B. Morris and Penn Kidder buildings. The district offers a full day kindergarten experience for its students.
The monthly meeting of the Ranger Rick Club will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. The club meets the first Saturday of each month and is open to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
Each month's meeting focuses on some aspect of the natural world. This month's topic, "All About Plants," will allow children to discover the importance of plants in nature's food chains and ecosystems.
State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a criminal mischief incident that occurred in Monroe County and involves a Carbon County resident as the victim.
Troopers said someone threw eggs and a jar of beet juice at the rear of a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, yellow in color, while parked in a driveway along SR715 near the L&L Pest Control, in Chestnuthill Township. The car is owned by Derek Horn, 20, of Palmerton, troopers said. The vehicle sustained damage to the rear spoiler, troopers added.
The incident occurred sometime between 8 and 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29.
Firefighters and tanker trucks from throughout the area were dispatched to 2078 Evergreen Drive, near the intersection of Oak Lane near Mantzville in West Penn Township, following a report of a structure fire Wednesday. When they arrived, they noticed the home was filled with smoke. Following an investigation, the cause was traced to a blocked chimney. It was also noted that the homeowners use a combination oil and wood pellet system to heat their home. Firefighters remaining on scene to expel the smoke via large exhaust fans were from Mahoning Valley and West Penn Fire companies.
Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on arrests made by officers recently.
On March 22 about 6:20 p.m. officers were dispatched to Lakeside Drive in Tobyhanna for a report of a domestic incident that was physical. On scene officers made contact with Joseph Rodriguez, 21, of Tobyhanna. Officers observed signs of injury to his face and hands.
An investigation led officers to the Emerald Lakes development where a female, Toni Feliciano, 20, also of Tobyhanna, was found. Officers took her into custody and charged her with assaulting and harassing Rodriguez.
At midnight tonight the operation of Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) will be taken over by the Schuylkill County Transportation Authority consisting of nine members, in action taken by the county commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.
A resolution was adopted which terminated the current management contract between the county and ReDCo at midnight and all operations related to the coordinated public transit bus line be handled and administered by the SCTA which was formed last fall.
The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Third Annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 9, at the Rabbit Run Reservoir in New England Valley. Derby hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"Last year's event was a huge success, with a lot of participation, " said Tom Banditelli, chairman of the chamber's fishing derby committee, who has organized the event. "We are looking forward to another fun family event at the beautiful Rabbit Run Reservoir. It's a great event for kids and adults alike," offered Banditeli.
March 31, 1951
Fair weather occurred for the dedication of Gnaden Huetten Hospital in Lehighton, today. Crowds of people from throughout Carbon County attended, with a parade preceding the dedicatory program. A Bowmanstown paraplegic, Willoughby Hagenbuch, a veteran of World War II, cut the ribbons leading to the hospital as chairman Wilbur Warner read an appropriate poem. Congressman Francis E. Walter, Easton, the principal speaker, expressed the hope that the new institution would help to build "a stronger and healthier America."
Operation: Touch of Home is looking for names and addresses of area troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to be recipients of our Spring 2011 essential's shipment.
Family members or friends with this information are asked to contact: email@example.com or mail information to Operation: Touch of Home, PO Box 162, Brodheadsville, PA 18322.
Include the GI's name, rank, address and deploy dates are critical. Also provide contact info of provider.
Three-alarm fire in Slatington displaces 14 persons
A fierce three-alarm fire gutted two homes and damaged three others in Slatington Wednesday afternoon.
No injuries were reported, but 14 people were displaced as a result of the outbreak that occurred just after noon.
Slatington Fire Chief Keith Weaver said firefighters were called to a fire in two attached homes at 560 and 562 W. Franklin St.
Weaver said the dwelling fire extended into two additional homes at 554 and 556 W. Franklin, which sustained severely damaged attics.
A fifth residence, a separate home at 566 W. Franklin, had minor damage, Weaver said.
St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, will hold its annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 16, beginning at noon. The event will be sponsored by Catholic Charities. Registration is required.
Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, is accepting registrations for the 2011-2012 school year. Parents can register their child(ren) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school office, or can call (570) 645-7170/7101 to arrange an appointment.
Delano and Ryan Township firefighters responded to a dumpster fire Wednesday about 1:30 p.m. at the Locust Valley Bar and Grill located at 151 Locust Lake Road in Barnesville, Ryan Township. It is still under investigation. This was one of a several emergency calls firefighters responded to Wednesday.
With three years of varsity experience missing from the lineup in the form of James Denny, the Jim Thorpe boys' tennis team fell last week to Tamaqua.
The Olympians welcomed Denny back into the lineup earlier this week against Pottsville and saw the effects of the senior's experience work wonders.
He was also the solution head coach Norb Lienhard was looking for on Wednesday in a rematch with Tamaqua.
With Denny in the lineup, Jim Thorpe reversed a 5-0 loss and defeated the Blue Raiders, 3-2.
A section of fire hose fell off the back of a fire truck Wednesday morning and caused a driver to lose control of his vehicle and crash. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 11 a.m. along SR1005 (Burma Road), a quarter-mile south of SR1008 (Morea Road), in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County.
Troopers said Paul David Hillibush Jr., 37, of Barnesville, was driving his 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck behind a Delano Fire Company truck when a section of hose fell onto the road from the back of the truck.
State police at Lehighton reported investigaitng two theft from vehicle incidents.
John Tegethoff, 42, of 2915 57 Road, Kunkletown, Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon Coutny, reported someone removed two truck grills and engine heads from a 1971 Ford 351 and a Cleveland Boss Special 1971. The vehicles were in a storage area on his property. The theft occurred sometime between Feb. 6 and Sunday, March 27.
Adult day care
The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for April, including the monthly birthday party on April 21.
Other activities planned for the month include: April 4, communion; April 6, social games; April 11, shopping trip; April 13, craft day; April 18, visit from St. Jerome's kindergarten students; April 19, Easter candy/bake sale; April 20, Salvation Army visit; April 22, closed; April 25, cooking class; April 27 sing-a-long with Audrey Christ.
Season for extra care
Spring is a time when the weather begins to change, the air begins to warm and spring breezes begin to dry the dead vegetation and other debris left from the previous fall and winter. The heavy winter snow cover has disappeared and the temperatures are beginning to rise. Homeowners and others are anxious to tidy-up their lawns and properties that were impacted by this past winter's snow pack and recent rains. Many people dispose of the debris that has accumulated during the winter by burning. They are unaware of the risks to life and property that their actions may have.
A Lansford man has been cited by Tamaqua police after he failed to pay for items he picked up at the Turkey Hill Minit Mart on Broad Street.
Dustin Brian Shields, 21, of Springgarden Street., allegedly entered the store last Saturday shortly after 1 a.m. and proceeded to take a bag of potato chips and seven candy bars. The total value of the items was $11.13.
Shields left the store when confronted by the sales clerk, but was apprehended a short time later on Patterson Street. He was cited for retail theft.
A Monroe County man is facing two criminal counts following an incident that occurred about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28, at 19 Peggy Lane, in Polk Township.
State police at Fern Ridge said troopers were at the above stated residence to search for a wanted person. While ther William James Anderson, 34, of Brodheadsville, interfered with the search and when told he was being arrested, resisted troopers.
Anderson was charged with resisting arrest and hindering apprehension or prosecution and was lodged in the county prison in Snydersville, pending arraignment.
March 31, 1999
March 31, 1999 Chris Lloyd of Pleasant Valley scores 17 points to help the North team defeat the South, 126-107, in the title game of the VIA All-Star Classic. Kevin Hall of Pocono Mountain leads all scorers in the contest, which was played at Rockne Hall, with 20 points. Lehighton's Mike Quinn contributes to the victory with 15 points while the Bears' Mike Gratale connects for 11 points. The winners also receive eight points from Palmerton's Ben Bulishak.
Allentown Diocese Bishop John O. Barres will present $1,000 scholarships to 114 eighth grade students from Catholic elementary schools who will attend one of the diocesan high schools in the Fall, during the Annual Bishop's Scholar Society Awards Ceremony to take place on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. at Alvernia College, Reading.
Included among the scholarship recipients are 16 students who will attend Marian High School, Hometown, and two students who will attend Allentown Central Catholic High School.
Jean and Robert Condly of Lehighton recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
They were married on Feb. 25, 1961 at St. Catherine of Sienna, R.C. Church, Franklin Square, Long Island, N.Y. by the Rev. John McCabe.
Mrs. Condly is the daughter of the late John and Virginia Ricciardi of Long Island.
The couple has four children: Dr. Steven Condly, and his wife Elizabeth of Oviedo, Fla.; the Rev. Dr. Robert Condly, and his wife Grace of Hartland, Wis.; Diane Follweiler, wife of Darrin of Cherryville, Pa.; and Thomas Condly, and his wife Danielle of Jim Thorpe.
The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1976 will hold a reunion meeting at Sapore's Restaurant at 6 p.m. on April 12.
Any class members interested in participating in planning the reunion, please call Pat at (610) 377-4526 or RaeAnn at (610) 377-5607.
Watoto Children's Choir to perform
The Watoto (pronounced Wah-2-2) Children's Choir from Uganda, Africa, will give a "Concert of Hope" at Faith United Church of Christ, Hazleton, on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
The purpose of the concert is to raise awareness of the plight of two million children in Uganda that have been left parentless as a result of war and disease.
The choir is very uplifting (check it out on YouTube). It raises money for both the children's plight and their travels through love offerings, products sold at the concerts and individual (or congregational) sponsorships of the children.
Two Monroe County residents were cited for damaging each other's vehicles.
State police at Fern Ridge said Ashley Renae Knibbs, 23, and Brice Buck House, 25, both of Effort, were cited for criminal mischief. Troopers said the two smashed the windshield on each other's car.
The incident occurred about noon on Monday, March 28, at 1724 Valley Road, in the Sun Valley development in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 646-2271.