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.
Veterans from the Heckman-Isganitis-Messerschmidt Quakake American Legion Post 973 held multiple memorial ceremonies in Barnesville, Hometown and Delano on Memorial Day. Pictured are their color guard members taking part in one of their Memorial Day Services held at the Christ Lutheran (White Church) in Barnesville.
A Northumberland County motorcyclist was killed when is bike collided with a sports utility vehicle on Memorial Day. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 6:19 p.m. along SR901 at Valley Road, in Foster Township, Schuylkill County.
Troopers said Benjamin Thompson, 23, of Mt. Carmel, was operating a 1994 Honda Nighthawk bike eastbound and attempting to negotiate a curve in the road when he lost control.
A Tamaqua man was injured just before 5:30 a.m. this morning when he was struck by a tractor trailer in the 300 block of Pine Street (SR309). Norman McLaughlin of Pine Street, Tamaqua, apparently entered the truck's lane of travel to get to his parked car. He told police he saw the truck, a tractor trailer, but thought he had enough time.Traffic was backed up for 45 minutes as emergency responders cared for the victim and Tamaqua police remained on scene to investigate.
Seven-month old twins Anna and Carolina sit with their mother Jordi Breiner of Tamaqua during the annual West Penn Memorial Day Service. Their father is Ernie Breiner.
Palmerton Area School District will hold yet another budget workshop to review next year's spending plan.
This time, the school board will hold a special meeting for financial and personnel considerations, immediately followed by a budget workshop, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the high school auditorium.
Last month, the board, on a 7-2 vote, agreed to grant proposed final adoption to the 2011-12 proposed budget, which calls for a 12.6 percent, or 5.506-mill, increase.
Q. What is the most common blood type?
The approximate distribution of blood types in the U.S. population is as follows. Distribution may be different for specific racial and ethnic groups:
O-positive 38 percent
O-negative 7 percent
A-positive 34 percent
A-negative 6 percent
B-positive 9 percent
B-negative 2 percent
AB-positive 3 percent
AB-negative 1 percent
An unknown age female was injured Sunday afternoon when involved in an accident while riding a four wheel all terrain vehicle in Towmensing Township. The incident occurred at 1 p.m. along the nineteen hundred block of Deer Lane. The victim was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. The Towmensing township fire company responded to the scene. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.
Catrina Strubinger, 15-year-old daughter of Jerry and Carolyn Strubinger of Lehighton, was named Senior Dancer of the Year 2011. Catrina was awarded a $300 performing Arts scholarship.
Kaitlyn Shlanta, 11-year-old daughter of Andrew and Cindy Shlanta of New Ringgold, was named Dance with Kim's Junior Dancer of the Year 2011. Kaitlyn received a $200 Performing Arts Scholarship.
The Edward Zarsky Memorial Scholarship for $100 was awarded to Devyn Hauser. She is the daughter of Bill and Lisa Hauser of Palmerton.
They paid the ultimate sacrifice for the love of our country.
While they can never be repaid for their heroism, the spirits of those soldiers who died to defend our great nation continues to live on.
Perhaps no where was that more evident than at the Memorial Day Parade in Palmerton on Monday, sponsored by the United Veteran's Organization of Palmerton, which consists of the American Legion Post 269 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7134.
Hometown and other Schuylkill County fire companies, some wearing parade attire, spent their Memorial Day fighting a destructive fire at the Mahanoy City Area school complex that started just before 8 a.m. Monday morning.
The fire started in a the ceiling of a storage room located near the cafeteria. The fire broke out in the cafeteria complex. One witness stated, "Thick black billowing smoke shot out the school's glass front doors when firefighters opened them."
Retired U.S. Airman William Gaddes wrote a poem for the dedication Sunday of the Soldier's Cross in the Veteran Memorial Garden in Coaldale. Gaddes designed the garden, on Third Street.
The Cross, sculpted by Andrew Chernak of Springfield, Delaware County, completes the project.
Here is Gaddes' poem:
The Battlefield or Soldier's Cross
I am made of bronze, the "Soldier's Cross,"
I signify a tragic loss.
As I look down, I see a star,
the name of one who died on shores afar.
I also see some stars of gold,
fifty three in all, I am told.
Lehighton United Veterans Organization honored veterans, active military and those who gave their lives for freedom throughout the Memorial Day weekend.
Services were held in nine rural cemeteries on Sunday and throughout Lehighton on Monday. On Sunday the West Group was directed by Harry J. Wynn III, Past Post Commander; and the East Group was directed by Kevin Long, American Legion Past Post Commander.
The bitter reality of war is never as stark as when you find yourself in battle and see your comrades fall.
That sobering message was one of several points made by Sgt. Major George Holmes of Hauto at Monday's Sky-View Memorial Day Service held in front of the Sky-View Memorial Park's 1948 Mausoleum along Route 54 in Hometown, Rush Township.
Holmes, who serves as principal of Pine Grove Area High School, is a veteran of the Gulf War, where he entered combat on February 20, 1991. He also served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was wounded.
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,