Rick Grant & Associates (RGA), a public relations and marketing communications firm that specializes in emerging media to tell customer success stories, has hired Margaret Miller as a production manager. In her new role, she will guide the company's staff in providing services to a national client base.
Finally, Memorial Day weekend is here. Remember the brutally cold and snowy winter, and the soggy spring? We endured, because we knew eventually May 30th would be here and the unofficial summer kickoff would begin.
Parades and Memorial services will be held in just about every town. Memorial Day is both a solemn and joyous occasion, solemn because we honor the memories of all those who have made the great sacrifice so that we can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It's joyous because despite terror-driven enemies we continue to embrace those freedoms.
2 twisters in 3 days confirmed for Schuylkill Co.
Tornadoes are rare locally, but on Thursday night the second one in three days touched down in Schuylkill County.
The National Weather Service in State College confirmed that a twister with a EF-1 rating plowed down an 18 mile path from the Cressona area to West Penn Township on Thursday.
It had winds up to 110 mph, says the Weather Service.
On Monday night, an EF-1 rated tornado, struck an area one mile south of Brockton.
During the past election, only a few individuals asked to be shown what was actually happening in Rush Township, not listening to rumors but seeking out facts. At all township meetings, I have repeatedly told residents I would spend as much time as needed to show any and all documents allowed by law.
The 23rd Carbon County Games have been another success because of the cooperation of many people.
Thank you to the following people: Students from Carbon County Career and Technical Institute, Concern Group students, Jim Thorpe senior high students, Lehighton senior high students, Weatherly high students, Tom Evans, director, Lehighton Recreation Center; Mike Andrews, Lehighton Public Works, Grant Hunsicker, president, Lehighton Council; and Brenda Koons, secretary; Marie Johns, TV 13; and Amy Miller, TIMES NEWS.
Some of the most obvious things to watch for and include are:
· A stranger entering your neighbor's house when it's unoccupied.
· A scream heard anywhere might mean a robbery or assault.
· Offers of merchandise at ridiculously low prices could mean stolen property.
· Any removing of accessories, license plates or gasoline from a car should be reported.
· Persons entering or leaving a business place after hours could mean burglars.
· Anyone peering into parked cars may be looking for a car to steal, or for valuables left displayed in the car.
As of Friday night, residents who live on West Diaz Avenue in Nesquehoning were still without power. The culprit was a tree which brought down an electrical wire in front of George Malaska's home during Thursday's powerful storm.
Dylan Bradley, a sophomore at Jim Thorpe Area High School, has been selected to join 245 leaders representing many high schools from throughout central and northeast Pennsylvania at the Central Pennsylvania Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) from May 19-22 at Millersville University.
Representing JTAHS, Dylan is the son of Raymond and Colleen Bradley of Jim Thorpe.
The theory of evolution purports that life originated from non-living inanimate matter. The theory of creation purports that life originated from God. Did life evolve out of non-life? Or was life created by God? In regards to the origin of the species the above statements depict the basic difference between these two theories.
Kristen Amanda Romano, a senior at Palmerton Area High School, was honored by the Concourse Club of Palmerton as a 2011 Guiding Star for the month of April.
Kristen is the daughter of William and Kathy Romano of Norman Drive, Lehighton. She has a brother, Anthony. She is active in the Palmerton Leo Club and is treasurer of the Environmental Club, FBLA, Student Council, vice president of the National Honor Society, and is involved in the Gifted Program.
A Tamaqua man was cited following an incident in the Spruce Street area on May 16.
Police were dispatched to 107 Hunter St. at 10:16 p.m. where they met Christopher Kieffer, 25, of 344 Arlington St. Kieffer told officers he had been walking along Spruce Street when a white Mitsubishi SUV pulled up. A male identified as Henry Winger, 29, exited the vehicle and proceeded to sucker punch Kieffer's left cheek. Winger then reportedly got back in to the vehicle and left the scene.
Winger was cited for harassment.
Weather experts are calling this the deadliest tornado season in half a century. The storm earlier this week which spawned two low-level tornadoes in this area was a scary reminder of the whopper systems rolling through the nation's midsection.
A century ago, another intense storm system created havoc throughout the Northeast.
Daily precipitation is slowing the drainage of the Owl Creek Reservoir which was started on May 12th. The reservoir is being drained to allow contractors to perform maintenance, replacement and repairs on both the upper and lower dams. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has lifted all seasons, sizes and creel limits on the upper Owl Creek reservoir in anticipation of the reservoirs complete drawdown. The temporary modification will remain in effect until further notice; but in no event will it remain in place after Jan. 1, 2012.
Booker George, grandson of Jim and Jean George of Tamaqua, finished third in his division for the 25 anniversary of the DuPont Challenge. George was one of approximately 10,000 students nationwide who competed in the challenge by entering science essays. Only three winners were selected in each category, grades 7 to 9 and grades 10-12. In addition to other awards, winners were given an all expenses paid trip to Florida, which included visits to Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center. Expenses for a parent and a teacher, to accompany each winner, were also provided.
Recognizing that Carbon is a county of small businesses, local agencies are offering help for budding entrepreneurs with a workshop series on getting started in business.
The Realities of Entrepreneurship and Getting Started will be offered twice: Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 18. This first workshop provides an overview of the basic components of taking your business from an idea to developing a business plan and starting up.
The story by Ron Gower and the other large article on the editorial page in Monday May 9's paper about the Pa. Senate and House wanting the towns to stop advertising their meetings in the papers and do it on the internet and the other crap is the most ridiculous law ever tried to be passed.
Every one doesn't have computers and internet things. Wake up you politicians and do what you are voted into office to do. Do the right thing for the ordinary people.
Keep putting those items about the towns in the newspapers where everybody can see them.
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.