A hearing took place on Thursday evening at the Tamaqua Middle School auditorium for the public to voice their comments about an $11.5 million project to install sewage facilities in 306 homes in Walker and West Penn Township, and only five people had anything to say about it.
Shade Tree news
The Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission will be conducting the fall tree plantings on Oct. 28-29. The commission is also planning to continue its maintenance program on existing trees in the parks.
Volunteers are always welcome on planting days, as well as helping with maintenance.
A Schuylkill County teen nabbed for retail theft was later found to be in the country illegally.
State police at Frackville were called to the Sears store in the Schuylkill Mall, New Castle Township, about noon on Wednesday, Sept. 28, for a person in custody for retail theft.
Store security identified the suspect as Ramiro Olayo, 19, of Shenandoah. He was charged with taking five shirts valued at $116 from the store without paying for them.
Ghost hunters investigate strange cases of the paranormal
Ever wonder what goes bump in the dark of the night? Blue Mountain Paranormal Society founder Bob Schaeffer not only wonders about that but with the help of his group of 20 area ghost hunters, they investigate strange cases of the paranormal in an effort to gain knowledge and help families and on Friday evening Schaeffer educated and entertained over fifty people about ghost hunting at the Summit Hill Heritage Center's fall lecture series.
The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors voted to not approve the Proposed Amendment to the Monroe Career and Technical Institute Articles of Agreement dated Aug. 2011 with a 7-0 vote. Directors Harvey Frable and Russ Gould were not in attendance.
A Carbon County agency is looking for creative solutions to close a $400,000 gap in its 2012 budget.
During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve the Carbon County Children and Youth Services needs based budget. The budget totals $4,026,006, which represents a $400,000 decrease from last year's budget. The cut is a result of funding that was cut from the upcoming state budget.
Destany D. Delp and Trevor J. Krisak, 20 E. Ruddle St., Coaldale.
Nicola H. Homa, 95 S. Linden St., Mahanoy City, and Randall B. Clawson Jr., 9A Fourth St., Rear, Kelayres.
Could Palmerton Area School District be headed for a standardized uniform policy next school term?
That was one of the options that was explored at a Palmerton Area School Board Policy Committee meeting on Thursday.
Several district administrators, school directors and building principals gathered to review the district's current dress policy.
Mary Brumbach, principal of S.S. Palmer/Parkside Education Center, said the dress code hasn't been an issue in either of her buildings.
Zoning officer hours
The Lehighton Zoning Officer's new part-time hours will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
For your convenience, call (610) 377-4002 prior to coming to the office.
Lehighton Halloween Parade will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. The rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m.
Trick or Treat night
Lehighton Trick or Treat night will be Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6-8 p.m. Please leave your porch lights on for the Trick-or-Treaters.
A Tamaqua woman escaped injury after losing control of her car on a wet Schuylkill County roadway.
State police Frackville said Geraldine A. Schuetrumpf, 51, was driving a 2000 Ford Focus eastbound on SR443 in East Brunswick Township, about 6:22 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28. She failed to negotiate a right curve just after heavy rain fell in the area. The car spun around multiple times, troopers said, before traveling north through the westbound lane.
The car left the road and impacted with the embankment and trees where it came to rest.
Tamaqua woman drawn to Shanksville crash site
Every year around September 11, Susan Stine leaves her warm, cozy house on Dutch Hill and makes a 200-mile pilgrimage to a grassy field in western Pennsylvania.
There, she spends a few days sorting through thoughts and feelings deep inside.
She's been doing it for a decade, and never misses the trip, regardless of what might be happening in her busy life.
Stine is drawn to the serene setting where she ponders a sequence of events that challenge the imagination.
During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Cancer Society is urging women to follow early detection guidelines for breast cancer and to make healthy behavioral changes to lower their risk of breast cancer.
An estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 39,520 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. in 2011.
The Slatington High School Class of 1952 celebrated its 59-year class reunion at the Post 16 Restaurant on Aug. 27. Attending were, front, Myrle Wannamaker Bird. First row, from left, Pearl Hamm Follweiler, Delores Scheffler Dengler, Marian Sittler Miller, Theo Jones Elias, and Shirley Fredrick Kern. Second row, Mary Jane Smith Sheckler, Irwin Zellner, Mildred Kern Zellner, Mae Hankee Rehrig, Nancy Leiby Billig, Carolyn Krause Steele, Judy Lentz Shiner, Grace Williams Lewis, Joan Skutches Heffelfinger, and Doris Shellhamer Bruder.
Three Coaldale residents were among 21 who were admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program and President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.
The program is reserved for first offenders and if they successfully complete all conditions imposed their record will be wiped clean.
All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.
Lawyers for a Lansford man accused of killing his estranged wife on Thursday asked a Carbon County court judge to drop the charges and set him free, arguing that information from a 2009 preliminary hearing failed to provide sufficient evidence to take the case to trial and that evidence from three search warrants should be suppressed because they failed to include an initial visit to the defendant's home by a Lansford patrolman.
Chrisanne Powell, Panther Valley Middle School teacher initiated the school's recycling program at the beginning of 2010-2011. She and sixth grade teacher Shannon McBride are the co-advisors of the club.
A JROTC meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 17 in the JROTC classroom. Election of officers will take place. All parents are invited.
The Summit Hill Water Authority has announced two changes in meeting dates.
The October meeting of the board will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and the November meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Both sessions will begin at 7 p.m.
Louis Alexander, chairman, will be in charge of the meetings.
SHCIO to meet
Panther Valley School Board has approved personnel changes.
The board accepted the retirement of high school cafeteria head cook Lennora Goida, effective May 12, 2012; the immediate resignation of varsity girls softball coach James Gilbert; the retirement of high school Special education teacher Joan Kennedy, effective Dec. 23, 2011.
On Sept. 20 members of the Palmerton business community, Palmerton Area Historical Society and individuals met at Blue Ridge Country Club for a kickoff dinner for Palmerton's 100th anniversary.
Palmerton, begun in 1898 by New Jersey Zinc Company, was incorporated in 1912 and will be officially 100 years old in October 2012. The Society was host for the event.
Heading into its matchup with Lehighton last week, Pleasant Valley's defense had to prepare for the Indians' aerial attack.
This week the Bears will have to get ready for the complete opposite, as Tamaqua's run-heavy offense comes to town.
A Tamaqua man was among 12 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.
Brian Keith Startzel, 42, of 35 W. Union St., Tamaqua, on a charge of loitering was given credit for spending 52 days in the county prison and was released on parole for 12 months, and ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). On charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness he was fined $200 plus costs. Startzel was cited by Trooper Todd W. Heintz.
An arrest has been made in connection with the theft of a vehicle that occurred in Schuylkill County.
State police at Frackville said Joel P. Lucci, 54, of 8 Water St., New Philadelphia, reported his 1999 Dodge Dakota truck was stolen sometime between 11 p.m. on June 27 and 7:15 a.m. on June 28. Later the same day York Area Regional Police became involved in a vehicle pursuit with someone operating Lucci's truck. The pursuit ended in a crash with the driver fleeing the scene.
There was plenty of good news for the Panther Valley football team on Friday night.
Not only did the Panthers beat Jim Thorpe for their first victory of the season, but they also saw Brock Mitchell return to the field.
Mitchell, a second-team All-State tight end a year ago, suffered a serious leg injury in an ATV accident back in December.
The injury, which required several surgeries, cost Mitchell the entire 2010-11 winter and spring sports seasons and left him questionable for this football season.
Lehighton Area Memorial Library, 124 North St., Lehighton, will host a book signing and release party for Autumn Jordan (aka Diane Gerber of Lehighton), author of a newly released book, "In the Presence of Evin" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the library. For additional information call the library at 610-377-2750 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A popular exercise facility in Palmerton is under new ownership.
Located at 346 Delaware Avenue, the Palmerton Community Fitness Center is now family-run.
Taylor Knight serves as manager, while her mother, Janet Knight, is owner.
To commemorate the change in ownership, an open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
All ages are welcome. There will be a one-month membership give away, family packages and 3-month special. Food and drinks will be provided.
The Tamaqua Area Athletic Center radiated with sounds of marching band music Saturday night during the Tamaqua Area Band Booster's 15th Annual Land of the Running Water Band Adjudication Festival, which was held indoors due to weather.
Performing field shows were 13 participating bands from Panther Valley, Hamburg Area, Mahanoy Area, Minersville, Southern Lehigh, Williams Valley, Wilson Area, Tri-Valley, Emmaus, Exeter, Bangor, Pottsville and Tamaqua Raider Marching Band, which hosted the event.
National Christian recording artists and author, David and Karen Brickley will be speaking at the Ebenezer E.C. Church every Sunday during the month of October at the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
For more information, call 325-2855. The church is located at 441 Center Ave.
Women of ELCA
September 29, 1972 Dru Herman throws a touchdown pass on offense, and comes up with an interception and a fumble recovery on defense to help Jim Thorpe earn a 13-6 victory over Pocono Mountain. Herman recovers a fumble on the opening kickoff and it leads to his 29-yard scoring toss to Gene Binder. The Olympians, coached by Barry Hackenberg, extend the advantage on a nine-yard touchdown run by Mike Clewell.
State police at Lehighton reported a vehicle was found along Buskirk Lane in Saylorsburg, and the owner is being sought.
Found was a 2002 Honda Foreman TRX450 FE about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. Anyone with information concerning the vehicle is asked to call troopers at (610) 377-4270
The Gathering will be held from 1 p.m. until close on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Trout Run Covered Bridge in Slatington/Washington Township, rain or shine.
There will be music, food, beverages, vendors and crafters, and The Great Slatington Duck Race
Duck Certificates are available at the Northern Lehigh Historical Society stand.
There will be a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
Slatington Public Library
Look for the library's table at the Presbyterian Church's Apple Festival. They will be having a book sale.
ACS makeover slated
The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 6-8 p.m., Oct. 3, at St. Catherine's Medical Center- Ashland. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment. It will be held in the Susan Amedow Board Room, 101 Broad St.