On behalf of myself, my daughter Jess Kutza, and the American Cancer Society Telethon Committee, I extend deepest gratitude to everyone who supported our Annual ACS Chinese Auction held in the Lakeside Ballroom on Sunday, March 27th.
This year's total of over 500 donations, hundreds of attendees and amazing proceeds would have never been possible without YOU, our supportive friends and businesses. Because of YOU, we were able to present a check on the ACS Telethon this past weekend in the amount of $20,800!!! What an accomplishment!
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.
I ask myself the same questions many older people ponder: What did I not do with my life that I would like to do? In other words, what's on my bucket list?
It's a short list with only one or two things on it: Return to Italy for another authentic Italian vacation; and, spend every day having fun. If I can't have fun all day, then I at least want to do one thing that I love.
That's it. My entire "bucket list" is only two lines. Seems to me I should be able to come up with more than that. Either I lack imagination or, I'm simply so content I don't long to do more.
ALLENTOWN - Friday afternoon was the first time Vince Voulo got the chance to be a part of the District 11 Class AAA Singles' Tournament.
After playing a year of doubles' last season, Voulo earned the right to be a part of the tournament at the West End Racquet and Fitness Club as Pleasant Valley No. 1 singles' player.
I recently attended representative Barletta's town hall meeting at the AmVets in Lansford. I was hoping to see and hear some intelligent answers from the congressman, but I was very disappointed. I was disappointed because the one person who actually questioned the congressman about the proposed budget that he supports was screamed at by tables full of Lehighton 9/12 group members.
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.
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.
If each Lansford resident would set aside $25 about the cost of a couple of large pizzas with sodas the all-volunteer American Fire Co. No 1 could make ends meet.
But 2nd Assistant Chief Joe Greco is grateful for any financial help at all.
He told of a woman who sends one dollar every year in response to the fire company's donation drive, with a note that she is sorry she can't afford more.
"To me, that means more than the person who doesn't give at all," he said.
EASTON – Each spring, anglers from near and far make their way to the Delaware River to do battle with the water's most famous part-time resident, the American Shad.
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.
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.
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.
Stephen Gulla has been making so much happen for Panther Valley's baseball team.
Two weeks ago he threw a no-hitter against Lehighton, toppling the Indians from the unbeaten ranks. Earlier this week he hit a grand slam that helped his Panthers overcome a big deficit against Minersville.
Yesterday, against Tamaqua, he went the distance on the mound and contributed a two-run homer to lead the Panthers to a 9-8 win at home.
Rain wiped out all but one event on Thursday's scholastic sports schedule.
Northwestern's track meet at Bangor was the only area sport to be played.
Bangor swept Northwestern in its Colonial League track meet Thursday afternoon.
Nycole Everett had the best day of all of the Lady Tigers. Everett won the high jump with a leap of four feet, six inches. She also placed second in the discus and third in the shot put. Teammate Tori Black did well as well, as she had a first place (triple jump) and second place (long jump) finish.
ALLENTOWN - Less than an hour before Thursday night's contest against the Pawtucket PawSox, Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg had to enter the clubhouse and tell Vance Worley, his scheduled Friday night starter, to pack his bags and head for Philadelphia.
The Phillies had just put starting pitcher Joe Blanton on the disabled list with a medial impingement of the right elbow.
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:
Lehighton Borough zoners give their approval
The Lehighton Fire Department crossed a major hurdle in its goal to extend the size of its fire station, Thursday night.
It received unanimous approval from the borough's zoning hearing board.
The $3.5 million project calls for demolishing three houses situated between Station 1 (Lehigh Fire Company No. 1 building) and Station 2 (Engine Company No. 2 building) in the 100 block of South Third Street, and then erecting bays and other facilities between them.
Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on the following arrests.
On Saturday, April 23, about 11:15 a.m. officers were called to the Walmart store in Mt. Pocono by loss prevention officers. Police were told that Joshua J. Rinehart, 28, of Cresco, was observed concealing $67.48 worth of various items on his person and leaving the store without paying for them. He was issued a summary citation for retail theft and then released.
The Panther Valley Area Class of 1971 will hold a reunion meeting on May 4, at 6 p.m., at the Coaldale Rod and Gun Club. All class members are welcome to attend.
In the wake of a number suicides in the United States by teenagers who have been bullied by classmates, Behavioral Health Associates is offering a free seminar to Carbon County residents.
The seminar, "In & Beyond the Schoolyard Addressing Bullying as a Community Issue," will be presented Wednesday, June 1, from 6-9 p.m. at BHA's Packer Ridge Academy, just off Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe. The academy is the site of the former Packerton High School.
The newly released Tamaqua Area 2011Community Progress Report features the new graphics created by Tamaqua Area High School student Sarah DeBenedict and motto of 'Growth - Progress - Tradition,' developed by Ann Gangwer. The logo was unveiled Wednesday at the 61st Annual Tamaqua Area Community Dinner.
Receiving a total of $313,562 in federal grants through School Libraries Program, enabled the Panther Valley High School to put on Literacy Night/Arts Fest 2011.
Through the efforts of Beth Walsh and Janet Fisher of the school district,appplying for the grant, out of 470 applications from other schools was narrowed down to only 49 recipients. Panther Valley was able to be equipped with the BOOKIT (Books and Opening Opportunity for Kids with Information Technology) program and an online catalogue called "Destiny" for grades K-12.
Climbed by many a neighborhood kid when they were much smaller, three large trees, which were at least 65 years old, have given way to open skies at St. John's Lutheran Church on North Street in Jim Thorpe. Their removal, by Day's Landscaping of Jim Thorpe, is just the first step in eventually installing new sidewalks in the future.
Speaking in a soft, low key voice which displayed very little emotion and which a jury seated only five feet away from the witness stand had to lean forward to hear his testimony, Julius C. Enoe, 32, of Reading, testified in his own defense Thursday in Schuylkill County court and denied he killed Bruce L. Forker in a shooting which took place at Forker's home in Shenandoah in the early morning hours of March 16, 2010.
First Steps, a support group for mothers, will have its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 4, at the Primitive Methodist Church, 55 Hunter St., Tamaqua.
The meeting will be held in the church social room from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Participants will learn how to make decorative candle holders.
The sessions are free and open to the public. Child care for all ages will be provided free of charge. New members and volunteers are welcome.
For more information, call Linda Murphy at (570) 668-2972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 commissioners, on Thursday, opened bids for five home rehabilitation program projects in the county. This program helps low-income residents fix problems at their home.
The recipients, who remain anonymous as part of the program's process, can receive up to $12,000 in funding through Act 137, which is generated through fees charged for the recording of documents in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office. Those funds are then used to repair necessary items in their homes such as heating systems, roofing, siding, or electrical and plumbing systems.
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.
A Monroe County woman is facing charges, including driving under the influence (DUI), following an incident that occurred about 2:01 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26.
Pocono Mountain Regional police said Cynthia Driscoll, 31, of Pocono Summit, was stopped along SR940 at Interstate 380 in Pocono Summit after being obsered driving erratically.
While speaking with Driscoll officers observed baggies of marijuana and a smoking device inside the vehicle. She was also under the influence of alchohol, police said.