Spruce Street between Center Street and South Railroad Street in Tamaqua will be closed for construction on Thursday, Sept. 1 beginning at 7 a.m. Drivers traveling in the vicinity of the Spruce and Center streets intersection should expect delays and allow for additional travel time. School bus traffic will be rerouted Thursday to avoid the street closure. Individuals traveling to and from the Tamaqua High School and Middle School, Lehigh Carbon Community College and other locations in the South Ward should use Lehigh or Hunter streets.
Several state routes in Monroe County remain closed Tuesday as a result of damage and flooding from Hurricane Irene, which blew into the region over the weekend, bringing heavy rain and high winds.
A Carbon County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 9:17 p.m. on Aug. 21 along S. Second Street at Bridge Street, in Lehighton.
State police at Lehighton said Donald Long, 35, of Palmerton, was stopped at the above location for a traffic violation. He was found to be under the influence and is facing a DUI count.
A mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law were both cited following an incident in Schuylkill County.
State police at Frackville said the incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, along Virginia Avenue, Shenandoah Heights, West Mahanoy Township.
Troopers said Susan Schistle, 54, and her daughter-in-law, Jordan Schistle, 22, of Hamburg, engaged in a physical altercation.
Both were issued non-traffic citations for harassment, troopers said.
The Carbon County Department of Solid Waste will conduct an E-cycling event on Sept. 26 and 27 at the Lehighton Borough Garage, located along Penn Street in Lehighton.
They will accept computers, monitors, printers, scanners, mainframes, telecom equipment, circuit boards, fax machines, DVD players, radios and stereo equipment at no charge to the county or residents. Televisions and white goods, such as appliances will not be accepted.
The 2011 Tamaqua High School Soccer Boosters Youth Soccer Camp was held July 26-29 at the high school field. Members of the boys and girls soccer teams instructed 50 area children on basic skills, conditioning and sportsmanship. In the top photo, youngsters practice their dribbling skills under the watchful eyes of camp instructors. In the photo on the left, Logan Betz of Andreas prepares to take a shot on goal.
Sometimes the most ordinary things can teach the most useful lessons.
That was one of the strategies shared recently with teachers and staff in the Northern Lehigh School District
Timothy Rasinski, a professor of literary education at Kent State University, gave a presentation as part of an in-service day held in the Northern Lehigh Middle School auditorium.
The program was about "Effective Teaching of Reading", at which time Rasinski focused on "The Important Book", which was originally authored by Margaret Wise Brown in 1949.
A Monroe County man was jailed on Saturday following a gun-point incident. Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occured in the 200 block of Third Street, Pocono Pines, in Tobyhanna Township.
The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Sept. 12, at the Schuylkill Medical Center East, 700 E. Norwegian St., Pottsville. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment. It will be held in Conference Room D.
Panther Valley students were moved to another school bus this morning after the school bus they were riding had mechanical issues which forced it to be stuck in the middle of Bull Run Street at the intersection of SR-209 in the Seek section of Coaldale. Coaldale Fire Police detoured traffic around the bus until it could be towed.
August 30, 2002 Ryan Hluschak carries 20 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns to help Northern Lehigh register a 35-7 Colonial League win over Saucon Valley. Hluschak opens the scoring with a 40-yard run and put the Bulldogs ahead for good with a two-yard tally. The winners, coached by Jim Tkach, also receive a 23-yard scoring strike from Chris Knappenberger to Aaron Bortz and TD runs from Jason Henritzy and Jack Gill. On defense, Bortz adds a sack and two tackles for losses.
Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Beacon Diner/Restaurant, Route 443, Lehighton. There is a cost for the meal, which will be served at 6 p.m.
The speaker will be Kyle Kentner of Computer Pals. His topic will feature: Proactive Services geared to Business Owners followed by a question and answer period.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Turnpike's Northeastern Extension (I-476) to be prepared for a daytime single-lane pattern and two-way traffic in the Lehigh Tunnel tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 31. The southbound tube will be closed between 8 a.m. -2 p.m. to complete maintenance work cancelled last week due to severe weather conditions.
The Lehigh Tunnel is located at milepost A70-A71 between the Lehigh Valley (Exit #56) and Mahoning Valley (Exit #74). The work is weather permitting and subject to change.
PPL Electric Utilities crews continue to clean up the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, working around the clock to restore power to more than 230,000 customers so far.
As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, about 51,000 customers remain without power across the utility's service area in central and eastern Pennsylvania.
WASHINGTON (AP) – America is swiftly becoming a granny state.
Less frail and more involved, today's grandparents are shunning retirement homes and stepping in more than ever to raise grandchildren while young adults struggle in the poor economy.
The newer grandparents are mainly baby boomers who are still working, with greater disposable income. Now making up 1 in 4 adults, grandparents are growing at twice the rate of the overall population and sticking close to family – if their grandkids aren't already living with them.
State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a burglary at the Sun Valley Fire Company in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.
The burglary happened at about 3:20 a.m. Friday.
The burglar smashed a rear window to enter the fire company club on Juniper Road and stole several bottles of liquor.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call state police at (570) 646-2271.
Two programs designed to promote family fishing are being sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission during the Labor Day weekend.
A series of six Family Fishing Festivals will be held Saturday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Labor Day, Monday Sept. 5, is the year's second and final "Fish-for-Free Day," which allows resident or non-resident anglers to legally fish without a fishing license on all Pennsylvania waters. All other fishing regulations still apply.
Like most young adults, their high school and college activities helped pave the way for their future. For Riley McCall, that is the case, at least temporarily, as her involvement in scholastic and collegiate programs reinforced her wish to someday join the Peace Corps.
"I always enjoyed volunteering, getting out and doing something. That's my nature," said the daughter of Pat and Ginny McCall of Lake Hauto.
Kelly M. Burkot and Jason M. Bowes, 185 Winfield Drive, Middleport.
Patricia Fairchild, Summit Hill, and Jeffrey Rossmann, also of Summit Hill, exchanged vows in a private beach ceremony in Jamaica on Aug. 7, 2011.
The bride is the daughter of Andrea Fairchild of Lehighton, and Larry and Kathleen Fairchild, also of Lehighton. She is a 1991 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and a 1994 graduate of Lehigh Carbon Community College. She is employed by the County of Carbon, and also works part-time at Penn's Peak.
The bridegroom is the son of Harry and Sheral Rossmann of New Jersey, and Barbara Rossmann, also of New Jersey.
Lila Mae Kleintop of Gilbert was on her sunporch Sunday morning, watching the maple tree in the back yard just waiting for it to be uprooted when she heard a crash from the front yard.
She called out to her husband, Alton, "What was that?" and they both hurried to the front door.
Their large old locust tree had been uprooted and had crashed on top of their home's roof and some of its branches blocking the front porch. It covered their garage doors so they were unable to get their car out. It fell on the power line to the house but amazingly, they did not lose power.
A son, Daniel Leigh Shafer II, was born to Carrie Leigh and Daniel Leigh Shafer of Palmerton at 9:03 p.m., July 3, 2011.
Born in Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, he weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and measured 20 inches long.
Maternal grandmother is Carol Bartholomew of Blakeslee.
Paternal grandparents are Daniel and Angela Shafer of Kunkletown and Tracy Davey of Hagerstown, Md.
State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating several crashes on Schuylkill County roadways over the past weekend.
A crash occurred about 5:24 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, at the intersection of Seltzer and Bullshead roads in Norwegian Township. Troopers said Mary C. Pothering, 81, of Minersville, was traveling northbound on Bullshead operating a 2011 Nissan Altima while Zachary L. Dixon, 19, of Pottsville, was westbound on Seltzer driving a 2002 Acura RSX.
The 20-year reunion of the Lehighton Area High School Class of 1991 will be a pig roast on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Orioles.
If you are on Facebook, go to the LAHS Class of 1991 reunion page to view the invitation. If not, contact Jen (Harleman) Lopata at email@example.com or Norm Greene at (570) 657-6457 for an invitation.
Registrations are due by Sept. 24.
Oil the shotguns, grab some boxes of steel shot shells and call out the dogs because this year's early Canada goose opens Thursday, Sept. 1, in Peannsylvania.
This year's early statewide season for resident Canada geese will continue through Saturday, Sept. 24. Other than for a few specific areas, the early season retains a daily bag limit of eight Canada geese and possession limit of 16.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver's license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.
A 2006 Jeep Liberty operated by Tracy Stahler, 40, of Palmerton, was involved in a car accident at about 6:10 p.m. Sunday near Palmerton Hospital. The jeep was traveling westbound on Lafayette Avenue when it collided with a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Scott Williamson, 56, of Palmerton. Stahler stated she was blinded by the sun and never stopped, causing the accident. Stahler was believed to have been transferred by Palmerton Community Ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital.
A Schuylkill County man was jailed early Saturday following a gun pointing incident.
State police at Schuylkill Haven said Michael Klinger Jr., 34, of the village of Muir, was arrested following the incident that occurred in the area of 44 Main St., Tremont, about 6 a.m.
Troopers allege that Klinger verbally threatened Rahn Erdman, 32, of Tremont. Troopers added that Klinger had a concealed semi-automatic pistol and pulled it out and threatened Erdman's life while pointing the gun at him. Erdman was not injured in the incident, troopers said.
A Long Pond teenager faces an aggravated assault charge stemming from a November 2009 shooting incident.
Christopher S. Lentz, 17, allegedly shot a another teen in the back as he rode his motorized scooter on Glade Drive in the Emerald Lakes development.
According to a news release from Pocono Mountain Regional Police, on Nov. 2, 2009, the 17-year-old victim was hospitalized and required surgery. Police conducted an extensive investigation that culminated in charging Lentz.
There are many traits teachers and staff should exhibit as professional public employees.
Tips on how they should interact with students were shared recently with teachers and staff in the Palmerton Area School District.
The district presented an educational program to all staff as part of an in-service day recently in the high school auditorium.
School board president Barry Scherer and Superintendent Carol Boyce welcome