More than 100 uniformed Tamaqua firefighters marched into the St. Jerome Catholic Church Sunday evening to pay tribute and remembrance to all their fallen firefighters. St. Jerome Catholic Church hosted the 82nd Annual Memorial Service of the Tamaqua Fire Department's Volunteer Firemen's Relief Association with a worship service and call to remembrance. The department lost 15 of its own since the last memorial service held in May 2010. The East End Fire Company lost Joseph Ruggeri, Edward "Pat" Patrick, John Stapleton and Robert J. "Bip" Delay. Citizen's Fire Company lost Clarence L. Nice.
What a beautiful day for a parade! Nesquehoning's Memorial Day reflected on the veterans and what the day means to those who spoke at the service.
The parade consisted of marchers of soccer, scouts, baseball, JROTC, and veterans organizations. Due to the small numbers in the Panther Valley Band this year, only one band marched and this year they were in Lansford's parade.
Local volunteers are planning the annual 5k Run/Walk to raise money for the American Diabetes Association's diabetes research and education programs. The event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13. The start/finish line will be at the Palmerton Borough Park, and registration will begin at 8 a.m.
There is a registration fee for the event, which will be donated to the ADA.
Trophies will be given to fastest overall male and female runners. Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each age category. Walkers will be noncompetitive.
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.
A Lehighton man was struck and killed by a van on Saturday morning.
State police at Lehighton said the accident occurred about 4:55 a.m. along SR 248, in Franklin Township. Troopers identified the victim as Billy J. Silvers, 31.
Troopers said Michael D. Salerno, 41, of Lehighton, was driving a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan eastbound in the right lane and Silvers was walking east in the right lane.
The front of the Dodge struck Silvers in the right lane of travel, troopers said. Silvers died from injuries he suffered upon impact with the van.
Anthony Ciavlia, 5, son of Robert and Amy Ciavlia of Coaldale, flies the American flag through the air just before the start of the annual Memorial Day Service held at the St. Peter's Union Church in Mantzville.
The 2011 Poppy Queen and King are Olivia Dacey and Nicholas Ellis (standing back). Members of the court are from the front Jacob and Anthony Ellis, Gabriella Greek, Christina Dacey, Emma Dacey, Julia Romankow, Emma Kattner, and Alyssa Kattner.
Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck buys the first poppy of the 2011 Memorial Day season from Poppy Queen Olivia Dacey. Olivia is the daughter of Ted and Lori Dacey and will ride in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday with the other princesses and king.
Last week the Jim Thorpe School Board passed the 2011-2012 budget with a 2 mill (value of 1 mill is $649,682) increase. The final budget has been passed but the school board will have a final vote at the June 27th board meeting.
The budget has to be submitted by June 30th, which is the end of the school districts fiscal year. The school board will be putting in a final vote on June 27th but the budget cannot be changed.
Superintendent Barbara Conway stated, "Once the budget is passed, it is locked in."
Jack Anderson, commander of Lansford American Legion Post 123, gave the remarks during the annual Memorial Day service Monday in Lansford's Kennedy Park.
It was held in front of the impressive veterans' monument in the park.
The service was preceded by a parade consisting of American Legion members, the Panther Valley JROTC, Panther Valley High School Marching Band, and Legion Riders Motorcycle Club members.
Anderson told the story of Frank Buckles, the last surviving veteran of World War 1 on died on Feb. 27 at the age of 110.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. John McFadden yesterday told of several perspectives about Memorial Day changed with him over the years, and one consistent theme remained the same.
McFadden, a native of Summit Hill who now resides in Washington D.C., was the keynote speaker during the Memorial Day service held yesterday morning in Summit Hill's Ludlow Park.
Several hundred people attended the service, during which William K. O'Donnell, commander of the Summit Hill American Legion Post 316, served as master of ceremonies.
Those perspectives, said the speaker, are:
Quits after allegedly lying to the NCAA
It's happening too often in college sports. It happened to Pete Carroll at USC, Gary Barnett at Colorado, Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV, and now Jim Tressel at Ohio State.
They have very successful sports programs, gain national recognition and respect, and then are embarrassed when serious infractions are uncovered.
Tressel, who guided Ohio State to its first national title in 34 years, and has built a virtual Big 10 dynasty, resigned Monday amid NCAA violations from a tattoo-parlor scandal that sullied the image of one of the country's top football programs.
The Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program is looking for recipe entries from Pennsylvania residents for the "Simply Delicious, Simple Nutritious" vegetable recipe contest. The original press release from the program contained some incorrect information. That release ran in the May 20 edition of the TIMES NEWS.
May 31, 1967
William Z. Scott, former state senator from Carbon County, was elected chairman of the State Liquor Control Board. He replaces A. D. Cohn. Scotts' salary will increase from $17,000 to $18,000 with his elevation to the chairman. He has been a member of the P.L.C.B. since retiring from the Senate. A former resident of Lansford, where he still maintains a law office, Scott now lives in Pocono Manor. He had served eight years in the House of Representatives and 12 years in the Senate.
A young but wise voice on Sunday called for the nation to keep alive the memories of those who left the comfort and security of home to defend America from those who threaten our freedoms.
"From the American Revolution, to the Afghan and Iraq wars, the United States has lost 1,343,812 of the finest men and women the world will ever know in the line of duty," said Aric Shubeck, the main speaker for Coaldale's Memorial Day services, held at the Seek memorial and at the Veterans Memorial Garden on Third Street.
Sunday afternoon turned out to be the perfect day for remembrance as members of the Davis-Lawton-Yurko-Breslin-Bevich American Legion Post 316, family members and friends gathered to honor their fallen brethren during a memorial service at the Bloomingdale Cemetery in Summit Hill.
The turnout for Tamaqua's annual Memorial Day parade and service was the highest that it has been in recent memory. At one point, the parade itself stretched the entire length of Broad Street.
"I think the streets were the most crowded that I have ever seen them," remarked Tamaqua's Mayor Christian Morrison. Led by the C.H. Berry Post 173 of the American Legion, the parade consisted of several marching units from local veterans' organizations, the Tamaqua Fire Department, several rescue units, the Tamaqua and Marian High School marching bands, as well as other civic organizations.
The following are the results for the TIMES NEWS area athletes at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.
200M - Kayla Hope, Tamaqua, 26.16, 5th in semifinal heat, 10th overall, did not advance to finals.
3200M - Amber Carroll, Tamaqua, 11:47.69, 18th overall.
Shot Put - Kelsey Hay, Palmerton, 35-8 1/2, 10th overall; Gwen Remaley, Lehighton, 34-11 1/2, 19th overall.
Javelin - Christine Streisel, Tamaqua, 143-11, 1st overall; Kelsey Hay, Palmerton, 129-10, 5th overall.