Kelly M. Burkot and Jason M. Bowes, 185 Winfield Drive, Middleport.
A son, Parker Ashtin Derr, was born to Tara J. and Daniel J. Derr of Lehighton at 10:06 p.m., Aug. 4, 2011. Born in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, he weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 20 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Paul and Vicky Kocher of Lehighton.
Paternal grandparents are the late Franklin and Deborah Derr of Nesquehoning.
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.
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.
A Slatington man has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) a controlled substance.
Stephen Edward Sasdi, 24, of 409 W. South St., was charged at 8:08 p.m. Aug. 4.
Borough police were called to the area of Main Street for a report of an erratic driver. Witnesses identified the defendant and police stopped his vehicle.
In addition to DUI, Sasdi was charged with operating a vehicle while his license was suspended and careless driving.
It shined on the LLWS
Sunday ended an anxious and troublesome five-day stretch for millions across the East. Two dramatic events – first a once-in-a-lifetime earthquake followed by a hurricane, the likes of which had many weather experts scratching their heads because of its size.
Ten years ago, Joe Nihen of Lansford became curious about his family history, and so he drove to his ancestral home to visit his great great grandfather's grave site in Shamokin.
"I found by the epitaph that he served with the 208th Regiment," Nihen said. "I didn't know he was in the Civil War."
That's all he had to go on. "Finding his grave marker in Shamokin started me on a path," Nihen said. "I started looking for information on him, and as I did, I started to find information on the men who served with him."
One person was injured Friday afternoon in a crash along South Third street in Lehighton.
The crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. as the female motorist was traveling east on Cedar Street and apparently failed to stop at the intersection with South Third Street. The motorist continued through the "T"intersection, ramming a pickup truck parked in front of a home on the east side of the 100 block of South Third.
Vote weighs on a determination that one of the benches was not borough-owned
Lansford officials approved a business's request for benches outside its store, but asked that the company returns the one bench it took from the borough park without permission.
During Lansford's Borough Council meeting on Wednesday, council members discussed a request, sent by Edward Kanick, owner of Sharpes News Agency on Ridge Street, on Jan. 27, asking that council again address his request to have one or two park benches in front of the store.
By JIM ZBICK
Shortly before noon on Aug. 25, 1911, two rail cars connected to a Lehigh Valley Railroad's train derailed near a bridge in Manchester, N.Y., about 16 miles from Geneva, causing what one reporter called "one of the worst wrecks in the history of the state."
Train No. 4 was running 40 minutes behind schedule when it sped past the Geneva station. Among the passengers was a large number of Civil War veterans and their families returning from the national GAR encampment held in Rochester.
Due to the anticipated inclement weather, the location for the Carbon County Fair volunteer picnic being held to honor volunteers and sponsors at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 has been changed to the Blue Mountain Health System Conference Center, Sixth and Iron streets, Lehighton.
Reservations for volunteers, sponsors and their family members are required and can be made by calling Alicia at 570-325-8685.
There will be food, fun and games. The 2012 fair will be held August 8-12, 2012 on Little Gap Road in Palmerton.
Decision will be made Sunday on whether it opens on schedule
Vendors were pitching tents, putting together rides, and stocking inventory at stands Friday at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert
They know that getting ready for a fair is time consuming, so it has to get done well in advance of the fair's opening.
They also realize a potentially-dangerous hurricane is approaching which could create havoc.
The 90th annual West End Fair is scheduled to open Sunday at 10 a.m.
Riley McCall is fulfilling a lifelong dream as Peace Corps volunteer
Intuition may have been the most influential factor in Riley McCall's lifetime aspiration regarding service learning.
"I've been day-dreaming about volunteering for the Peace Corps since high school," she said. "My family didn't believe me, but it's true. It (the decision to spend 27 months in Africa) feels so right for me; I am very excited about going there."
I have a buddy that's a total know-it-all.
Remember those black "magic globes" that could answer any question? They were fun, even if the answers were usually "maybe" or "it's doubtful."
Well, my buddy is way better than that because his answers are always long and informative. And, he's usually right.
My buddy answers to the name of Mac, as in iMac and he is next to useless without an Internet connection. But when I combine Mac and the Internet, I can find the answer to anything.
The Lehighton golf team and Tamaqua girls tennis team both posted victories on Friday.
Lehighton picked up its first golf victory of the year, as the Indians knocked off East Stroudsburg North in Mountain Valley Conference action, 14 1/2-9 1/2.
North's Ken Dixon won the medalist honors with a 79. He was the only Timberwolf to shoot below 100.
Lehighton (1-2) were led by Alden Everett's 93. Jake Hoats (94), Nick Mantz (95) and PJ Salerno (96) shot under 100 as well.
Lehighton 14 1/2,
East Stroudsburg North 9 1/2
I spent some time recently at the Stanford, FL airport - waiting to pick up my sister who was flying in from PA. While I waited, I couldn't help overhearing a phone conversation.
Sitting next to me was a twenty-something young woman on a cell phone. She was well dressed and was apparently waiting for someone, too. She spent her waiting time talking on the phone. I was trying to read, but couldn't concentrate because she spoke loudly.
By RON GOWER
Sometimes life deals us some very painful hands.
I was thinking this week when I read about Kimberly (Mateyak) Griffith, 45, and her two young daughters, Brenna, 12, and Mikaela, 8, drowning in their minivan during a flash flood last Friday in Pittsburgh.
How painful for Kimberly's husband and their two other children! Kimberly is a former resident of Tamaqua.
That incident made me think about a tragedy that happened 45 years ago this month, when I was growing up in Weissport.
What a week this has been. First on my way home from Allentown last Friday, I get caught in a powerful thunderstorm which I was fortunate to skirt around, but not before it started pelting my car with hail in a manner reminiscent of our May storm. Two days later we received another torrential downpour and on Tuesday of all things, the area rocked and rolled from an earthquake centered just northwest of Richmond, Virginia. Now at the time I am writing this column we may be faced with a major hurricane that was bearing down on the East Coast as of Wednesday.
Projects at the Lehigh Canal Park are moving along, but the impending storm this weekend has members of the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission concerned about the damage that could occur to the towpath.
The Commission has not yet finished making repairs from the last high water event that took place in March.
Scott Everett of the Delaware and Lehigh National Corridor Commission said that a blade (a trail marker) has been installed at the trail head at Weissport and that the aging sign at the entrance also needs replacing.
A lit match is believed to have caused a dwelling fire late Friday morning in Palmerton.
The Palmerton Fire Company was dispatched to a half-double home at 867 Mauch Chunk Road at around 11:30 a.m.
When firefighters arrived, the fire was smoldering. The fire was extinguished within five to 10 minutes. No injuries were reported.
Fire Chief Dennis Behler said the incident occurred after a child went upstairs and lit a match, which caused a bed to burn.
Behler said the fire caused major damage to the bedroom and minor water damage downstairs.
By BOB URBAN
I just had to pass on this quote from Peter Schmuck, a Baltimore sports writer, concerning the indictment of Roger Clemens:
"Isn't it great to live in a society where the penalty for lying to a congressman can be up to 30 years in jail, but the penalty for a congressman lying to you is another two years in office?"
– Atheism is a non-prophet organization
Most of us take those summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced.
The new school year opens next week at Marian High School, Hometown, principal, Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM announced.
Orientation Day for ninth grade students is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29. Students in grades 10-12 will begin classes on Tuesday, and all students grades 9-12 will report on Wednesday.
The orientation will familiarize the new students with each other, the school and in addition to their teachers, administration, counselor and school staff. Student Council members will be available to assist students throughout the day.
When the Dream Act failed to pass the Congress, the President lost a key pillar in his "road to citizenship" plan to legalize "undocumented aliens".
Having failed in law, the Obama administration, through Janet Napolitano (a.k.a. Big Sis) has issued a directive that the administration will review all cases of illegal immigrants slated for deportation. According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform this new policy is "blanket amnesty".
Some local residents are developing a rare disorder in which their bone marrow makes too many red blood cells, sometimes referred to as thick blood. The condition is called polycythemia vera (PV) and those who acquire it may have few or no symptoms. But they're prone to develop blood clots and are at increased risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Part of the treatment involves going to the hospital for regular bloodletting sessions.
State officials, weather experts, and emergency rescue personnel are issuing stern warnings regarding Hurricane Irene, which is expected to begin impacting our weather this evening.
On Friday, Gov. Tom Corbett declared a statewide disaster emergency to enable state, county and municipal governments to respond effectively to the impact of the massive storm expected to affect the eastern half of the state especially.
"During these trying economic times, what are you doing to save money?"
Preparing for a worse-case scenario Preparation, common sense are key when facing a threat the size of Hurricane Irene
When facing the kind of threat posed by a storm the size of Hurricane Irene, two of the biggest problems we face are simply not preparing yourself and lacking common sense.
Hurricanes always carry with them the possibility of strong winds, heavy flooding, power outages, food shortages and evacuations, and Irene's size and strength has the potential to be a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Simple things like creating an emergency supply kit, a family emergency communications plan and knowing how to prepare and deal with multiple types of disasters can be potential life-savers.
Lansford has a new borough secretary-treasurer.
During the borough council meeting on Wednesday, council President Adam Webber introduced Beth Ann Seymour of Coaldale as the borough's new secretary. She began her new position on Aug. 1 and replaced former secretary Renee Slakoper, who resigned on May 25.
Councilwoman Rose Mary Cannon commented that Beth, as well as councilwoman Mary Kruczek, have gotten a "tremendous amount of work done in the office" and that it is "starting to look like a real office again."
The Pennsylvania State Police, in cooperation with municipal Police Departments urge motorists to obey temporary traffic control devices and detours, and to avoid driving through high, fast moving water during extreme weather conditions.
Members of the public can help to reduce flooding conditions by maintaining open storm drains.
Motorists are urged to notify police if they discover a flooded roadway so appropriate resources may be directed to the area promptly.
Kuhn Transportation of Jim Thorpe one of four recipients
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced it has awarded $516,637 in clean diesel grants to four organizations, inclduing one Carbon County business.
Kuhn Transportation LLC, of Jim Thorpe, will use a grant to implement clean diesel technology. It joins Bucks County Transport, of Holicong; Jennings Transportation Corp., of Nazareth, Northampton County; and Berks County Intermediate Unit, of Reading.
Irene has been on the radar screen for days
Looking outside today, you would never imagine that a huge storm system – the likes of which some are calling a once-in-a-lifetime event – is bearing down on us.
"The calm before the storm" is an idiom we've heard numerous times and given today's sunny weather, and the kind of forecast looming for the weekend, that reference appears to fit Hurricane Irene.