BY SHAWN MCFARLAND
Is everyone else as confused about what the heck is going on with all this college realignment as I am?
BY SHAWN MCFARLAND
Is everyone else as confused about what the heck is going on with all this college realignment as I am?
Thinking about starting a business? Community members, representatives, local and state officials were on hand this week during the Lehigh Carbon Community College Entrepreneur Week and grand opening and dedication ceremony of their Business Enterprise Center (BEC) in Tamaqua.
Lowe's, Lehighton, held its grand opening ceremony on Thursday morning by having a grant recipient saw a painted board with the words Lowe's of Lehighton engraved on it in half.
Kerry Collins, store manager, said that Lowe's opened last Thursday, but this was the official grand opening celebration of events.
"We are opening our store by giving the Lehighton Area School District $1,000," said Collins, as he handed Jonathan J. Cleaver, curriculum director, an oversized check.
The Slatington High School Class of 1951 held its 60-year reunion at the Heidelberg Church on Sept. 21. Classmates attending were, front row, from left, Kathryn (Koenig) Snyder, Ruth (Snyder) Geiger, Elaine (Herber) Niedermeyer, Joan (Chandler) Wieand, Grace (Remaley) Schneck, Marie (Fisher) Walters, Marion (Rex) Neustadter, Delores (Silvius) Wetzel, and Delores (Meckes) Lentz. Second row, Elaine (Hallman) Kern, Ruth (Kutz) Geiger, Donna (Meckes) Muth, Robert Kemmerer, Henry Kline, Paul Hewitt, Richard Neustadter, Jane (Garrity) Smith, and Nancy (Coffin) Follweiler.
Marian and Weatherly both picked up volleyball wins in action from Thursday.
The Fillies remained undefeated by cruising past Minersville, while the Wreckers swept Millersburg.
Marian swept Minersville with ease, winning 25-6, 25-8, 25-6 in volleyball action.
Marykate Sherkness led the Fillies (8-0) with 17 kills. She also had seven digs and five aces.
Nicole Collevechio recorded ten digs, while Abby O'Donnell dished out 26 assists. Rebecca Hartman added ten aces and seven digs.
For some, high water isn't a bad thing. Up to his handlebars is Colton Black, 15,
riding his bicycle through the flooded Coaldale skate park.
Jo Dee Messina, one of country music's most congenial performers who has had a long string of hits, makes a return to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe tomorrow.
She's back with her popular "Music Room" series, during which she takes fans' requests, tells stories, and likely has some special surprises.
Messina said she is looking forward to returning to the venue, which is her third time performing here.
A Schuylkill County man was jailed this week for passing a fake $20 bill at a county business.
State police at Schuylkill Haven said Juesten Davis, 23, of Pine Grove, went to the McDonald's restaurant at 427 Suedber Rd., in Pine Grove Township, about 4:37 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and gave the bill to a cashier, who gave him four $5 bills in exchange.
Can't believe we're closing in on the midway point of the high school football season as Week 5 is on the card.
It was a rough week for most of us in Week 4 with the majority finishing with 9-6 records, including myself.
As a matter of fact, the only writer to have a better week was Shawn McFarland, who was 10-5, and with the help of TJ Engle's 5-10 mark, made it out of the basement.
This week, there are quite a few tough games on the schedule so it might be a good week to try and make a move.
So no sense putting things aside, let's get to it:
Travis Robert Fichter, 5895 Little Gap Rd., Kunkletown, and Alaine Ruth Halick, 6483 Mountain View Drive, Slatington.
Charles Edward Troutman, 672 Fairyland Rd., Lehighton, and Drewann Melanie Eckman, 407 Mahoning Alley, Lehighton.
Alan Wayne Nastelli, 700 Quaker circle, Apt. 6, Lewisberry, and Judy Lee Schafer, 1166 Red Hill Rd., Lehighton.
Frank Sean Tiedman and Krystle-Dawn Marie Willing, 20 W. Fourth St., Jim Thorpe.
The Blue Mountain School District was successful in increasing the market value of 24 properties
located within the boundaries of the district following hearings held on appeals filed before the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board.
In three hearings held at the courthouse the district was successful in increasing values of 92 properties to add almost two million dollars to the assessed valuation of the district for tax purposes. Latest increases were as follows:
Lansford's zoning hearing board on Wednesday granted approval for a new business, the Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center, to operate out of a former voice and dance studio on East Ridge Street.
The board also approved a new sign for the enterprise, to be placed above a wooden fence that marks the property.
The business owners needed a change of use variance. The site was originally granted a variance to operate a voice and dance studio in a residential section of town in July 1998.
Then, it was The Studio, owned and operated by Janet and Joel Sager.
Carbon County officials are expecting to save around $600,000 in the county's debt payments over the next 17 years.
During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted on four motions that outlined the refinancing of four bonds, totaling $7,375,445. The county last refinanced the bonds in 2008, when it needed to free up funds for the new judge's chambers in the courthouse.
St. Matthew's UCC
This Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9 a.m., the guest preacher at St. Matthew's UCC will be the Rev. Dr. Scott Brooks Cope, director of Pastoral Care-Phoebe Ministries.
Also, if you would like to make food donations to PVEN, please bring items to the church on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or Sundays from 8-11:30 a.m.
The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its first annual meeting for the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the elementary/middle school cafeteria.
Among the items for discussion will be the 2011-2012 PTA budget, homeroom parent notification, PTA calendar of events, announcement of the November speakers, by-laws amendment, reflections and more. Childcare will be provided. Refreshments will be served.
PTA meetings will be held on the second Monday of every month unless otherwise noted.
The age of nuclear medicine arrived at Coaldale State General Hospital, with test calibrations on the Ohio Nuclear Scanner conducted by Dr. William Maroun, director of the department, and Dennis J. Ockenhouse, neclear technologist. It can be used to scan the brain and is the best way to investigate tumors, find the cause of strokes, and discluse the reason of mygraine headaches. It will be useful in thyroid, lung, heart, and bone scans, as well as for other organs.
Late Wednesday night, Coaldale firefighters were called during heavy rain to Fifth Street, near the Water Street (SR209) intersection, after a report of a car into a pole. After losing his brakes while driving down Fifth Street, the driver, Harry Puff, 22, of Coaldale, was forced to stop his out of control car by crashing it into a utility pole. Going about 35 MPH, Puff managed to miss a traffic sign and other obstacles, before hitting the pole, located in a neighboring yard.
A Palmerton man accused of the alleged rape of a female has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Wayne Smith Jr., 24, of 832 Mauch Chunk Road, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.
Instead, Smith opted for a waiver, which means he will next go before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas for a pretrial status conference at 9 a.m. Nov. 8.
Smith faces charges of rape by forcible compulsion, aggravated indecent assault, and indecent assault.
A Slatington driver is facing multiple charges following an incident in Nesquehoning.
Borough police identified the suspect as Sula Blaze Sabwa, 36, of 122 Hill St. He has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or a controlled substance, resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault (two counts), aggravated assault and summary offense of maximum speed limits – 50.6 miles-per-hour in a 25 zone.
Arresting officer Robert Blisard reported the following.
Mr. and Mrs. James Firkal Jr. of Hometown will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.
They were married on Oct. 2, 1971 at St. Joseph's Church in Summit Hill.
Mrs. Firkal is the former Patricia Yurick, daughter of Paul and Frances Yurick of Summit Hill. Her husband is the son of the late Rita and James Firkal Sr. of Coaldale.
The couple have three children: Pamela of Summit Hill, Kimberly of Hometown, and Brian, who is deceased.
The Firkals took a trip to Disney World in Florida with their daughters to celebrate this special occasion.
Tamaqua Public Library news
The Tamaqua Public Library is gearing up for National Book Month, which will be held in October. Activities will be held throughout the month, including amnesty week and Teen Read Week.
Amnesty Week will be held Oct. 9 through Oct. 15. Fees on all overdue books will be waived during this time. This includes all late fees, giving procrastinators an opportunity to return late books, allowing other patrons to enjoy these editions.
Wednesday's additional rainfall added even more rain to local water tables, causing rising waters and flooded roadways. Pictured yesterday afternoon, are Coaldale firefighters helping a stranded motorist get his vehicle out of flooded waters on East Phillips Street in Coaldale. Firefighters also spent time clearing borough drains of debris.
Pocono Mountain East at Lehighton
WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Pocono Mt. East 2-2 (1-0 Mountain Valley Conference); Lehighton 2-2 (0-1 Mountain Valley Conference)
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Pocono Mt. East def. Stroudsburg 7-3; Pleasant Valley def. Lehighton 7-6
POCONO MOUNTAIN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Charles Mann (1-2-30 TD pass), RB Devyn Papa (21-65 rush), WR Jake DeJohn (1-30 TD receiving)
LEHIGHTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Anthony Farole (10-22-102-TD pass, 16-100 rush), Jacen Nalesnik (6-10-TD rush)
State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a one vehicle crash about 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, along Spruce Drive, near SR125, in Pine Grove Township.
Troopers said Joshua A. Bishop, 18, of Schuylkill Haven, was operating a 2002 Mazda Portege 5 when it left the road and traveled about 16 feet along the berm before striking an embankment. After impact the car traveled another 34 feet before turning over onto its roof and coming to rest back on the road.
Keeping a high school football program at a premier level year in and year out is a difficult task to achieve, but with kids like Trevor Yashur it's easy to see why the Bulldogs stay at that level. Yashur's performance (22-243-3 tds) last week against Palisades has earned him week four TIMES NEWS Player of the Week honors.
Northern Lehigh's (4-0, 4-0 Colonial) head back knew he had to be an offensive threat coming into 2011, to build off the Bulldog's success from last season.
A Carbon County resident was jailed over on theft of items from vehicles.
Nesquehoning police said Sean Christopher McFadden, 22, of 318 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, has been charged with criminal conspiracy-theft, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property.
McFadden was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek, of Lansford, and committed to the county prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Officer Thomas Kurtz gave the following report on the incident.
Miss Lisa Digiglio, a junior at Panther Valley High School, has been selected the Rose Queen for the 1977 St. Therese Shower of Roses celebration which will take place Sunday at Our Lady of Mounty Carmel Church, New Columbus. Attendants will be Trieste Digiglio and Theresa Izzo. The First Rose Princess is the queen's sister, Joanne, a freshman at Panther Valley. The Second Rose Princess is Michelle Damiano, a Panther Valley High School sophomore.
Poised to begin hammering out a 2012 budget amid financial disarray, Lansford Borough Council on Wednesday agreed to seek a firm to take over payroll operations.
The move would free staff to help get the fiscal problems resolved so the borough has a better idea of where its stands financially before it begins the budget process.
Only four members of council were present at the regular public meeting Wednesday: Mary Kruczek, Rosemary Cannon, Danielle Smith and president Adam Webber.
Recent rainfall has resulted in many roads and drains to be filled with rocks or brush debris. Pictured is a PPL crew Wednesday afternoon clearing Hometown Hill, SR309, of fallen rocks and road debris.
The West Penn Township planning commission reviewed two plans on Tuesday evening at the municipal building to add subdivisions on Thomas W. Smith's property on Penn Drive on Route 443 and on Cynthia and Steven Hatton's property on Mush Dahl Road near Route 309.
Last month, the commission accepted a set of preliminary plans to add a trailer, which will serve as offices, on Smith's lot. At this month's meeting the plans were formally reviewed. Issues such as parking, a trash holding area and lot access were worked out with Township Engineer Ronald B. Madison, PE.
The New Jersey State Fire Chief's Parade Judges Association released the results of the 132nd Annual Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania convention parade held on Saturday in Lake Harmony, and hosted by both the Lake Harmony and Albrightsville fire companies.