Members of the Hometown Army National Guard FRG, Family Readiness Group, routinely hold fundraisers to raise donations for troops overseas. Pictured socializing during a recent spaghetti dinner fundraiser from left are guest Sis Lechleitner, FRG chairperson Heather Rossetti, FRG treasurer Darci Woleslagle, and guest Al Lechleitner, who served in the Hometown Army from 1978 to 1997 with the 103rd National Guard Armored Division. For more information visit the FRG on Facebook or call the armory at (570) 668-1850.
A Lansford borough councilman is challenging President Adam Webber's right to be on the board, saying Webber is not qualified to hold the seat because, although he owns a home in town, he actually lives in McAdoo.
Councilman Tommy Vadyak at a public meeting Wednesday announced he would be filing the challenge. He presented Webber's water bill, obtained through the Right To Know law, as proof that Webber's house at 356 W. Ridge St., is not where Webber lives.
Carbon/Monroe County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director Danadee M. Miller-Boyle reminds farmers, ranchers and landowners to nominate farmer and rancher candidates to serve on their local FSA county committee by the August 1 deadline.
Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues.
Salem St. Paul's
Christmas in August is Sunday, Aug. 14 at Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
They will sing Christmas carols and collect "gifts" for PVEN, such as new sneakers, socks, undies, gently used sheets and blankets. Stay after worship for a Christmas brunch.
There will be a blood drive in honor of JoAnne Fitzpatrick Sunday, Aug. 7 after worship. Fill the bus. The Red Cross bus will be there from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
JoAnn Sienkiewicz will get the sign-up sheet and all other information shortly, or call the church office at (610) 681-5191.
St. Paul Lutheran
Brian Buzik will lead the worship service on Sunday, July 31, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill. It will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Hope of Christ
Members of the Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, Summit Hill, are reminded the summer worship schedule is now in effect. The Sunday morning worship service on Sunday, July 31, will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The weekly scripture sharing sessions at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, will be held tonight at 7 o'clock in the parish rectory.
Dog trainer explains to CART members how to deal with animals
An animal can sense what a person thinks, so if you are agitated with the animal, they will show agitation in their behavior as well.
Rose Reese, a certified dog trainer, explained to members of the Carbon County Animal Response Team during the group's monthly meeting on Tuesday, that the simple act of touching can help an animal relax, heal and learn actions.
The method she illustrated was Linda Tellington-Jones' TTouch system, which uses the power of touch to connect with an animal, make them feel at ease, and provide a healing touch.
The Northern Lehigh School District, in conjunction with the Northern Lehigh PTO, will hold its annual kindergarten orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. at Peters Elementary School. Kindergarten students and their parents are encouraged to attend. Invitations will be mailed to all families who have registered a child for kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year.
Workers prepare halupki for the 41st Annual Men of Marian Summer Picnic, which will take place July 29-31, on the school grounds. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Friday with music provided by "Kartune." The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday with entertainment from the country band "Crazy Heart." Sunday's event will begin at 4 p.m. with music from "Remember When." A flea market will again be a part of the picnic.
Cross-shaped steel beams the latest target
There must be better ways for the American Atheists to spend their time ... and money.
On Wednesday the group filed a lawsuit claiming that a cross of two steel beams found in the rubble at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on this country, promotes Christianity over other religions on public property and diminishes the civil rights of non-Christians. With the lawsuit, they hope to block the cross-shaped steel beams, known as the "World Trade Center Cross," from being included in the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.
Twin daughters, Lily Rose Costenbader and Gracie Lynn Costenbader, were born on May 27, 2011 to Jennifer and David Costenbader of Palmerton at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.
Lily was 0born at 12:09 a.m. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 19 inches long.
Gracie was born at 12:14 a.m. She weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 17 inches long.
The babies were welcomed home by an older sibling, Aubrey, who is a year old.
Maternal grandparents are Jeffrey George and Carolyn Smiley.
Paternal grandparents are Ronald and Rose Costenbader.
Members of the Marian High School's Men of Marian booster organization are putting strong efforts towards recruiting new booster members via their Men of Marian 500 Plus membership campaign.
When the Men of Marian booster organization began operating in 1964, it was primarily responsible for helping with transportation costs for students at the Marian Catholic High School, Hometown.
ALLENTOWN - After having not pitched for a little over a month, Roy Oswalt got back to business Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Park.
Oswalt, one of the Philadelphia Phillies' quartet of aces, began his rehab assignment with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs last night and showed flashes of his old self. The right-hander allowed just one run on one hit in four innings of work. It was his first action since being pulled from his June 23 start with lower back inflammation.
Over 155 people were impacted when 38 families were served this past Saturday at the Effort UMC's Supplemental Center.
Currently needed by the food pantry are: canned fruit and vegetables, tuna, spaghetti sauce and pasta.
To donate bring items to the church office during office hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
On Wednesdays pantry volunteers are generally present to receive the donations.
Nesquehoning police have arrested Juli Ann Tumbioli/Schlorf, 25, of 418 Woodlawn Ave., Slatington, on charges of theft by unlawful taking or dispopsition and receiving stolen property as a result of an incident that happened in May in the borough.
Police Chief Sean Smith said the woman was arraigned before District Justice Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford and committed to the Carbon County Correctional Facility, Nesquehoning, in lieu of $1,500 bail.
Roof work causes house fire in Summit Hill
A half-duplex home located at 200 West Ludlow St., at the intersection of North Walnut Street in Summit Hill, suffered smoke and exterior damage Wednesday after a young man working on the roof accidentally contacted a 7,200 volt conductor power line with a piece of the roof's drip edge.
Summit Hill Fire Chief Shawn Hoben said that after PPL's quick response to turn off power, firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to search for hidden hot spots as grounding current spread to various parts of the home.
The home is occupied by Jacqueline Collevechio.
A Mahoning Township man was hurt in a crash on Route 209 Tuesday evening.
Zachary Hoffman (no age given) was backing out of his driveway at 727 N. First St. Lehighton (Mahoning Township) at 6:32 p.m., and backed into the path of Brian Berger (no age given), of the 100 block of West Ridge St. Nesquehoning.
Berger had been traveling south on Route 209 in a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am, Mahoning Township Police Chief Kenneth Barnes said in a report released Wednesday.
Berger was treated at the scene by emergency ambulance crews.
Picnic in the Park
Franklin Township Lions Club will host a "Picnic in the Park," from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Phifer Ice Dam Park.
The day will feature bingo from 2-3 p.m., calk walk from 3-4 p.m., and the Mudflaps from 4-6 p.m.
The Lions will be serving food in the pavilion throughout the day. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Lindsay Shoff, daughter of Glenn and Mary Karen Shoff of Tamaqua, became the bride of David Chiavaroli, son of Daniel R. and Gayle Chiavaroli of Nazareth, on July 2, 2011, at St. John's UCC, Nazareth. The Rev. Curtis Kemmerer officiated the double ring ceremony. Susan Frickert was the organist.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Candice Semasek of Mojave, Calif., formerly of Tamaqua; and Elisha Kitchen of Hancock, Mich, as her maids of honor. Bridesmaids were Erin Strouse of Easton, Ashley Milkovitz of Allentown and Christa Miller of Tamaqua.
The 69th annual Marsh Family Reunion will be held on Aug. 14, at Indian Trail Park, Pavilion 1. The meal will begin at 12:30 p.m. A business meeting will convene at 1:30 p.m.
Families attending are asked to bring either a salad or dessert for the event. Family members with the last name beginning with A through M should bring a salad; N through Z should bring a dessert.
Prizes for youngest male and female, oldest male and female, traveling the farthest, the most recently married couple, longest married couple, and the largest family present will be awarded.
The Palmerton Area Library, located at 402 Delaware Ave., offers a variety of activities.
Summer Reading program: Friday July 29 at 10:30 a.m., "Bugs, Baboons, and Story Tunes" will be presented by singer and guitarist/banjoist Tom Sieling, and will feature humorous, participatory songs for kids that engage the whole family.
Adults, teens and kids, sign up for the "Read Around the World" contest and compete in your age group for fun prizes. Add a link to the chain for each book you read during the summer months.
Tuscarora will hold their annual fire company parade at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The parade route travels through the streets of Tuscarora and surrounding communities.
The Pennsylvania. State Police at Schuylkill Haven will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location within Schuylkill County sometime during July 29-31.
Motorists are reminded to utilize proper restraint systems in their vehicles. One of the main causal factors in fatal accidents is not wearing a seatblet.
A run to raise money for diabetes will once again be staged in Palmerton.
The fourth annual 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13.
The start/finish line will be at the borough park. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.
Carla Majczan, event coordinator, said the activity is held to raise money for the ADA's diabetes research and education programs.
The Greenwood Street Bridge (County Bridge 136) in Tamaqua will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, August 1 for repair and maintenance work.
The bridge will remain closed for about two weeks, and it will be reopened to traffic as soon as possible after the work is completed.
Schuylkill County contracted with Bill Anskis Company of Elysburg, to perform the bridge repairs. The work started on June 6 and may take up to 90 days to complete.
July 28, 1984 Brian Kane tosses a no-hitter and strikes out 15 batters in helping Lansford post a 15-5 win over Franklin Township in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Kane, who walks five and is hurt by five errors, strikes out the side in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Tom Rosahac collects four hits, four RBIs and three runs scored to pace the offense. Craig Goida adds two hits, one a two-run triple, while Bill Maynard chips in with a pair of hits.
Celebrating 20 years of Blues in the Poconos.
That tradition will continue when the inaugural Pennsylvania Blues Festival emanates this weekend from Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.
The event will kick off Friday evening from 8 p.m. to noon with a performance by Studebaker John & The Hawks from Chicago inside the air-conditioned Adventure Center.
It will continue from 1 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Gates open one hour before performance start both days.
Lake Hauto's July 7 'big disaster' toppled a thousand trees, caused untold damage
Retired welding supervisor Phil Price was looking forward to getting home as he drove between the weathered wooden pyramids on Route 54 and headed down the winding road through the Lake Hauto development.
It was about 10 p.m. on July 7, and a storm had just rolled through the area, so Price expected some branches on the road.
File for divorce
Joshua Aaron Napolitano, 217 Market St., Tamaqua, filed suit for divorce from Tonya Jean Napolitano, 333 W. Mill St., Nesquehoning. They were married Aug. 20, 1999.
Charles E. Brinich, 145 Valley Road, Tamaqua, started a divorce action against Alberta Brinich, 224 E. Elm St., Tamaqua. They were declared a Common Law marriage in 2001.
William Irvin Horn Jr., 377 Mountain Road, New Ringgold, was granted a divorce from Lori Ann Horn, 2300 W. End Avenue, Pottsville. They were married Sept. 17, 1988.
St. John's Lutheran
The Rev. Phyllis Wolford will officiate at the 9:15 a.m. worship service this Sunday in St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Activities for next week will include: Monday, Worship and Music Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Learning Ministry Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m.
Now that the NFL lockout is over, teams are now able to function as normal in preparation for the upcoming 2011 NFL season.
Training camps are just around the corner, and the Philadelphia Eagles will report to Lehigh University for their 16th straight training camp.
Eagles Chief Operating Officer Don Smolenski announced at a press conference on Tuesday at Starters Bar and Grille, that the team will report to Lehigh on Wednesday afternoon, and the first practice open to the public will be held on Saturday, July 30, at 8:15 a.m.
Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on two arrests made by officers.
On July 19 about 9:07 p.m. officers were on patrol in the area of SR196 and Carriage Square shopping plaza and observed a male urinating on the front of the Carriage Square building near the CVS store.
The male was identified as Bolivar Beltran, 45, of Tobyhanna. He was issued a citation for disorderly conduct.