A visiting family from Mountaintop, Luzerne County, may have felt a bit like the royales did Friday during the marriage of Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge as they embarked on a carriage ride through downtown Jim Thorpe last weekend. The family included 18-month old Liam Pawlowski and (from left) his grandmother, Annette Pawlowski; Dad, Alex Pawlowski; and his mom, Sarah Pawlowski. Since it was Easter, the big bunny also added to the festivities during their trip.
Tamaqua Area High School students participated in the March 15 Regional High School Computer Fair at the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit. More than 40 various computer projects were judged, according to industry standards, with awards presented to four TAHS students. Winners included: Nicolai Kabana, second place in the digital movie category; Dallas Mease and Austin Chartier, first place in graphic design; Megan Witkus, first place, and Eriz Hertzog, second place, in computer fair logo.
After reading the Times News story (4/19/2011) on the property tax archaic system it is no secret that is the worst tax to impose on people. State senator John Yudichak, State Representative Doyle Heffley and State senator Dave Argall have proposed that the school tax be eliminated. What a wonderful thing except they stopped short on the real property tax issue and that is to stop the county and the local taxing also by eliminating this tax totally.
How far have we come?
Pretty darn far. Just think, that 100 years ago, in 1911 here's what we had. Compare that to what we have now.
Theaverage life expectancyfor men was 47 years.
Fuel for the few cars on the road was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was theEiffel Tower.
Lehighton Rotary Club recentlysponsored an essay contest for high school juniors with the theme "Service Above Self - What It Means to Me." Through the cooperation of Lehighton Area School District administration and faculty, approximately 30 students participated in the contest.
According to Dr. Barbara Belón, President of Lehighton Rotary Club,"One of the main focuses of Rotary isliteracy." On behalf of Lehighton Rotary Club, she recognizedCierra House fortakingfirst place honors, Nick Mantz second, and Carter McCandless third. House now moves on to the district competition.
As western editor of digital magazine, Palmerton native Matt Guedes feels blessed
He gets to dabble in the adventures of the great outdoors and then write an account of his experiences.
For Matt Guedes, it really is the best of both worlds in his current capacity as the Western Editor for the digital magazine IS Outdoors.
A native of Palmerton, Guedes recently had his first article, entitled "Rediscover Colorado Mule Deer", published in the digital magazine.
The article can be viewed online at www.isoutdoors.com/media/0411.
Guedes said the article has enabled him to fulfill his ambition.
Representatives Lou Barletta, Patrick Meehan and Paul Ryan (R-WI) are all under fire about the latest attempt by the Republicans to radically "reform" Medicare.
In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law health care coverage for seniors in response to the unwillingness of the insurance industry to provide affordable health care to seniors. This program was called Medicare.
A Freeland woman is facing charges following an incident in Rush Township on Wednesday.
Officers were dispatched to SR309 (Claremont Avenue) at 12:45 p.m., in the area of Tirpak Insurance, where they found damage to a retaining wall and flower bed. It was determined that a vehicle operated by Sylvia Bridge, 56, had cut through the lot to avoid traffic, damaging the property in the process
Thank you for running the article on Carbon County Friends of Animals and the national shelter challenge. CCFOA remains in fourth place and as of today has 4.26 percent of the state votes. That is the highest percentage of votes since this quarter's challenge was launched. This is quite impressive! CCFOA needs to gain at least 22 percent of the state votes to win any one of the grants.
April 30, 1998 Brad Yuricheck throws his second no-hitter of the season to lead Panther Valley to a 7-1 Schuylkill League Division III win over Cardinal Brennan. Yuricheck allows just two walks and an unearned run while striking out nine. Brian DeGosio finishes with a single, double, triple and three RBI to pace the Panthers' offense. Chris Jones and Ben Porembo both add two hits and knock in a pair of runs.
Local agencies pitch for their programs Area legislators hear how preventive programs affect quality of life in Carbon Co.
In Carbon County, millions of dollars are spent annually on preventive programs that help children, families and the elderly.
Because of the state deficit, area agencies may be forced to cut these programs.
Building for the future Pennsylvania Conservation Corps renovating McCartney Pavilion at Mauch Chunk Lake Park
Mauch Chunk Lake Park's oldest pavilion is undergoing a major renovation, thanks to the help of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps.
The PCC is in the process of refurbishing the Agnes McCartney Pavilion, the oldest of the park's pavilions dating back to the 1970s. Over the years, it had deteriorated from the weather, and unlike the pavilions built afterwards, did not have a kitchen.
A peremptory judgement sought by the Schuylkill County Commissioners against Controller Melinda Kantner was denied and dismissed in a ruling made by Judge Charles M. Miller in the Schuylkill County Court.
The commissioners claimed they entered into a contract with L. Samuel Deegan, CPA, of Pottsville, to perform an audit of the county's financial records. This was done by presentation of a proposal for the performance of the audit which was presented by Deegan and an acceptance of that proposal by Deegan.
Marian Catholic Senior Class presents "Seussical, the Musical" tonight and Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m.
"Seussical" is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertude McFuzz, Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination-JoJo.
Panther Valley School District was represented in the District 10 Intermediate Band Festival on April 1. Selected to participate from the Middle School were Steven Reehl (clarinet) and Morgan Kadel (Alto Clarinet). The band festival took place at Catasauqua Area High School.
The safety standards on infant cribs are changing.
ALLENTOWN – Both Gonzalo Hernandez Cascante and Henry Paiste were playing in their first District 11 Tournament. And both first-timers looked pretty comfortable with their surroundings Thursday in the opening rounds of the Class AA singles tournament at West End Racquet Club.
Henandez, a Spanish foreign exchange student from Tamaqua High School, and Paiste, a Northwestern freshman, both won their first two matches and are headed to Saturday's quarterfinal round.
"As a freshman, it's my first time," said Paiste. "I'm pretty happy with the result.
The 17th Annual Pennsylvania Citizen Bee was held Thursday evening at the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe.
The Citizen Bee tests students' knowledge of U.S. history, economics, geography, Pennsylvania history, local/regional history and current events. Four students out of 25 competing walked away with top prizes.
First place winner was Panther Valley High School senior Jason Gates. Last year he competed in the Citizen Bee and placed third. Gates plans to attend Dickinson College for economics.
State police at Lehighton reported on two arrests made by troopers this week.
On Tuesday, April 26, about 11:34 p.m. troopers observed Joseph Pizzutti, 64, of Lehighton, walking into traffic at the intersection of state routes 443 and 209, in Lehighton. He was under the influence of alcohol.
He was placed under arrest and cited for public drunkenness, troopers said.
Earlier this month, America celebrated the 150th Anniversary to the start of the American Civil War. The Glorification and glamorization of the event through historians, re-enactors, and movies, only serves to hide the horror of the conflict.
Although there are many positive outcomes to the Civil War, one true and yet overlooked plus is the relationship of the Civil War and Baseball.
Jesse Walck, 295 East Mountaintop Road, Summit Hill, has announced his candidacy for Summit Hill Borough Council. He is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the May 17 Primary Election.
Walck, 32, is currently serving on the Carbon County Planning Commission.
He is a 1997 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and a 2008 graduate of Temple University, where he attained a degree in economics. Immediately after graduating high school, he served six years in the U.S. Air Force, where he spent over two years involved in combat operations in Iraq.
Ann Gangwer is seen receiving the first place award for coming up with the winning slogan in the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce's new motto competition. Gangwer's entry of 'Growth - Progress - Tradition' was chosen for its inspiration in guiding the community forward. Shown presenting the award during the Tamaqua Area Community Dinner is Todd Miller, chamber president.
The southbound lane of SR209 in Franklin Township was closed Thursday morning when torrential rains were too much for the storm drains to handle. This scene is just north of the entrance to the Northeast Extension of the turnpike.
The Penn-Kidder Lions Club recently honored Tyler DeAlbertis, center, who was chosen as the eighth grade Student of The Month. Tyler is a student at the Penn-Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District. With Tyler are his father, John DeAlbertis, left; and Manny DaCosta, president of the Penn-Kidder Lions. The meeting was held at Piggy's in Lake Harmony.
The official voter registration in Schuylkill County stands at 84,781 with the Republican Party continuing to remain the majority party, according to official figures released by the county registration bureau.
Registered with the Republican party are 40,087 voters and with the Democratic Party 36,532. The Primary Election scheduled to be held Tuesday, May 17 will have separate ballots for each of the two major parties with the runoff between the parties to be held in November's General Election.
The registration by parties and affiliations are as follows:
Tamaqua's Larry Wittig named chairman of Pennsylvania State Board of Education
The state of education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stands at a crossroad, and that crossroad now goes directly through Tamaqua.
On Thursday, Gov. Tom Corbett announced his decision to appoint Larry Wittig, president of the Tamaqua Area School Board of Education, to the position of chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education. Wittig's appointment will fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Joseph M. Torsella, who has been confirmed to the post of U.S. Representative to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform.
The service schedule for the Coaldale/Summit Hill United Methodist Charge for Sunday, May 1, is as follows:
Worship services will be held at 9 a.m. in the Summit Hill United Methodist Church and at 11 a.m. in the Coaldale United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Burgess Gordon will officiate at both services. The adult Sunday school will meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Coaldale church.
Wildlands Conservancy is seeking nominations for its Friend of the Lehigh River Awards. The awards, given annually by the organization, are in acknowledgment of individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, institutions, or government entities that deserve recognition for their commitment to preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Lehigh River and its watershed. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 20.
A Berks County man, wanted for the armed robbery of a Lehigh County branch bank, has been apprehended.
State police at Fogelsville said Corey S. Angstadt, 43, formerly of Temple, was taken into custody on Thursday at about 6:25 p.m. Troopers did not indicate where Angstadt was found.
He has been charged with the robbery fo the TD branch bank office at 5980 Hamilton Blvd., in Lower Macungie Township, on Monday, April 25, about 6:17 p.m.