This month's local TV report by state Sen. David G. Argall features a public hearing regarding the pros and cons of Keystone Opportunity Zones throughout Schuylkill County.
The driveway says it all, "SEND HELP.....5 DAYS WITHOUT POWER.....F1 ZONE." This is just one of many homes without power along Ranch road in West Brunswick township. A tornado or possibly more traveled through North Manheim, West and East Brunswick, West Penn and Walker townships causing vast amount power outages and and damage to buildings and structures.
Large crowd attends 5 division march
Neither picnics nor swimming seemed to harm the turnout at the annual Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade.
The five-division line-up had crowds along the entire parade route. It featured four bands, 28 pieces of fire apparatus, five ambulances, floats, community groups, military members, and, of course, veterans.
"This is an awesome parade," said Cassie Malatak of Dover, Delaware, who said she tries to always come to Summit Hill and visit friends on the day of the parade.
Members of Lehighton Junior Girl Scout Troop 3248 have adopted an organization every year for several years. This year's organization was Trinity Food Pantry, which received $230. The girls have also donated to the Carbon County Friends of Animals, Carbon County Animal Shelter and the Lehigh Valley Zoo; as well as food, a food basket and a turkey to needy families.
A Lehigh County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) and drug counts, following an incident in Carbon County.
State police at Lehighton said Laurie Hudak, 47, of Catasauqua, was stopped operating a 2001 Pontiac sedan along SR903 in Penn Forest Township, about 3:35 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, for traffic violations.
At the stop troopers found Hudak to be under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance.
Cocaine and marijuana was found in her possession, troopers added.
Charges are pending.
Workers spent a majority of their Memorial Day weekend replacing lines and restoring services throughout our area. Pictured are PPL crews replacing downed power lines and poles on Tower Road following last week's tornado and high winds in West Penn Township.
A male driver of a green Subaru Outback was flown via helicopter to a hospital after he lost control and flipped his vehicle while traveling northeast on Tuscarora Mountain Road in Ryan Township just before 11 a.m. on Friday. Responding were Rush, Ryan and Schuylkill Township police. Hometown, Tuscarora, Ryan and Delano fire companies also responded, in addition to Luzerne II Medic and Ryan Ambulance. Hometown fire police closed the road during the cleanup and removal. The name of the driver wasn't available from police.
May 31, 1951 Ben Fisher strikes out 22 batters and allows just two hits to lead Lehighton to a 9-0 Senior Legion win over Slatedale. Fisher, who doesn't allow a walk, strikes out the side in the first, third, eighth and ninth innings. Charlie Stroup collects three hits, one a double, scores twice and knocks in a pair to pace the offense. Lenny Dietz also finishes with three hits and two runs as the winners end the contest with 17 hits. Fisher, Lee Kuntz, Sittler and Glenn Warner each add two hits.
State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating two acts of criminal mischief.
Bernard J. Bann, of 1075 Willow Drive, Orwigsburg, West Brunswick Township, reported someone threw a rock through the front window of his home sometime during the overnight hours of May 19-20. Damages were estimated at $100.
Adrian L. Beck, of 6 Phaon's Rd., in Pine Grove, Wayne Township, reported someone smashed the front windshield on his 2000 Audi S4 sedan while parked in front of his residence. The incident occurred sometime beween 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
West Penn township proudly boasts of its community grove as being one of the most beautiful in the area and rightfully so. On holidays such as this weekend it is the hub of gathering for many of the residents who enjoy the scenic view, the children who play on several athletic fields and playground equipment and picnicking under several pavilions throughout the grove. But not this year. The grove is closed. The site has been decimated by the recent ravaging storms that have plagued the region. This pavilion was leveled when a large pine tree, toppled by high winds, landed on the roof.
Palmerton's Hay, Lehighton's Strauss also earn medals
SHIPPENSBURG - Tamaqua can now claim two 2011 state champions in the sport of track and field.
One day after Kayla Hope brought home a gold medal in the long jump, teammate Christine Streisel followed up with a gold medal-winning performance of her own.
The annual West Penn Memorial Day Service was held Sunday at the St. Peter's Union Church in Mantzville.
Participating in the service were Reverends Cheryl Moore and Michael Frost, West Penn and Tamaqua band members, guestspeaker Air Force Master Sergeant Lisa Miller, Boy Scout Pack 755, Cub Scout Pack 756, Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 1205, Brownie Troops 30975 and 1323,
The dedication Sunday of a Soldier's Cross in the Veterans Memorial Garden on Third Street in Coaldale marked the completion of the memorial project.
The cross was unveiled by a Panther Valley JROTC cadet following the second of the borough's Memorial Day services.
The cross, sculpted by Andrew Chernak of Springfield, Delaware County, is oriented toward the Garden's "Walk of Honor," which includes the names of 53 Coaldale men who died in World War II and Vietnam.
PINE GROVE Even with a 5-0 lead, Marian head coach Jeff Nietz wasn't comfortable.
As it turned out, he had every reason to be anxious.
Devin Masser delivered a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning to help Tri-Valley complete a comeback and gain a 7-6 victory in the semifinal round of the District 11 Class A playoffs.
Eleven defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court.
Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following.
Nico Anthony Botch, 30, of Hazleton, pleaded to one county of harassment by communication. He was arrested by Lansford police on June 17, 2010, for making inappropriate phone calls to a then 11-year-old female resident of the borough. He would make lude remarks to the girl, police said.
Children and grandchildren of military veterans had a grand time catching trout on Saturday at the Phifer Ice Dam Park, when the Poho Poco Rod and Gun Club hosted a "Military Family Youth Fishing" day.
The children were invited to fish for free, with approximately 235 trout stocked earlier in the day for catching. Fishing at the park was closed to adult fishing until the event concluded.
Larry Ahner, a club member, said the club has been active stocking fish in other areas of the county, but hadn't held a fishing event for children for years.
The other day at a luncheon with friends, someone asked me about learning to kayak.
"I always wanted to try it," said one woman. "But I'm too old to start now."
I hear that so often. People talk about wanting a particular adventure or change in their life. But they conclude, "It's too late now."
Or, they allow themselves to make excuses rather than reaching out to try something they've been wanting to do.
Simply put, it's easier to stay with the status quo than it is to make a change of any kind.
Megan Elizabeth Mummey, a senior at Palmerton Area High School, was named the 2011 April Guiding Star by the Concourse Club of Palmerton for the month of April. She is the daughter of Michelle and Mike Mummey of Laurel Drive, Lehighton.
She is in the top 25 percent of her class. Megan has two sisters, Morgan and Madison. Her school activities include Student Council, Student Forum, Leo Club, Environmental Club, Yearbook, FBLA, and National Honor Society. She is also involved in field hockey, track and basketball manager.
Coaldale begins Neighborhood Watch program
Coaldale residents are taking back their town, one neighbor at a time.
A Neighborhood Watch has started in the borough, under the direction of police Officer Jeremy Talanca. The group met for the first time Wednesday at borough hall. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. June 8.
The program is built on getting to know one's neighbors and alerting police to suspicious activity.
SHIPPENSBURG - One last jump.
That was all Tamaqua's Kayla Hope had left in her quest for a state gold medal in the long jump.
So she did the only thing a state champion would do. She let it all hang out and just went for it.
Two Tamaqua men charged with an attempted break in at Tommy's Italian Restaurant, Tamaqua, on May 9, now face charges related to a May 6 burglary at Padora's Six Pack House, 209 N. Railroad St. Evidence connecting the duo of Corey Michael Whitley and Damon Lee Cluff to the Padora's burglary was discovered during the investigation into the attempted break in.
Aaron Rarick, son of Thomas and Amanda Rarick of Slatington, was selected as a presentation for the first annual Celebration of Student Learning at Lebanon Valley College. A sophomore Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, Rarick is a 2010 graduate of Northern Lehigh High School. The celebration began April 25 and concluded with a banquet on April 28.
Students from every academic department at Lebanon Valley College were selected to share their accomplishments. Presentations included posters, art displays, poetry readings, oral research and musical recitals.
PPL crewmen prepare to work on a power line on Archery Club Road in West Penn Township, an area hard hit by last week's potent storms. Officials say power to some homes might not be fully restored until late next week.
State Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) is hosting an expo for the area's senior citizens on Wednesday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Schuuylkill Mall in Frackville. The expo will feature over 35 exhibitors to provide up-to-date information on programs and services available to Pennsylvania's older residents.
"I am pleased to announce we will be in Frackville at the Schuylkill Mall for a second straight year," said Argall. "This location allows easy accessibility for our area's senior citizens to attend this fun, yet informative event."
NEW TRIPOLI For some participants attending their first National Wild Turkey Federation Women In The Outdoors event, it is their opportunity to learn the difference between baitcaster and an autoloader.
Others who attend the annual events to so in order to supplement their outdoors knowledge with advance training, focusing on topics that can be as varied as fly fishing for specific species to scent elimination for deer hunting.
Well, I'm not in heaven. The sun rose and set on May 21, 2011 with no visible signs of the Rapture, as Harold Camping predicted.
Now he's saying that May 21 was just a spiritual judging by the Lord and that five months from now, Oct. 21, 2011 will be the Rapture and the end of the world.
I'm not a great scholar of the Bible, but from everything that I have read, the end of the world will come in God's time, known only to God, and not any date set by man. So I never gave old Harold's prediction a second thought.
ORWIGSBURG Williams Valley scored in just one of 13 innings against Marian pitcher Kayla Knight this season.
But what an inning it was!
The Vikings ripped four extra base hits and scored six times in the second inning to defeat the Fillies, 6-4, in the semifinals of the District 11 Class A softball playoffs Friday night at Blue Mountain High School.
The victory avenges a 1-0 regular season setback to Marian and sends Williams Valley into the District 11 title game against Minersville.
Civilian Ted G. Kresge, son of Georgeanne Kresge of Durham, N. C. and Thaddeus Kresge, of Lehighton, recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Raleigh, N. C.
The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.
Kresge will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.
There has been a lot of talk in the last few days about Israel being forced to retreat to their pre-1967 boundaries. I would like to relate some personal experiences and then draw conclusions as to why President Obama is wrong concerning Israel.
I was born in Canada. When I was 12 years old, my father moved us to the West End of Toronto. This area was populated primarily by immigrants, many of them Eastern European Jews, who emigrated to Canada from Europe after the Holocaust. My high school, Harbord Collegiate Institute, was primarily made up of Jewish students.
St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital recently sponsored its 3rd annual future physicians dinner at the Restaurant at the Station in Tamaqua. The event allowed local high school students interested in pursuing careers in the medical field to speak with local health care providers. Attending the event were (front, left to right) Micahel Warkala and Graham Strauss, both juniors at Lehighton Area High School, Philip Christman, a senior at Tamaqua Area High School, Dr.
May 28, 1992 Brian "Pip" Rehrig pitches a six-hitter, striking out eight and walking just one, to lead Jim Thorpe to a 6-1 victory over Williams Valley and the District 11 Class AA championship. The Olympians, coached by Mike Lewis, use a five-run sixth inning to gain the win. In the big frame, Joe Butchco delivers a two-run single while Kyle Armbruster adds an RBI hit. Thorpe also receives bases loaded walks to Eric Schrantz and Walt O'Donnell.