The Western Pocono Women's Club installed their newest members at their annual Christmas gathering, held at Stroudsmoor Inn. Left, Pat Mackes, chairlady of the Membership Committee, and right, Linda Bryfogle, chairlady of Home Life Committee, conducted the ceremony and welcomed new members, left to right, Sue Shupp, Nancy Smith, Maureen Skilton, Gail Schellman, Elida Gares. The WPWC meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Effort UMC. There will be no meeting in January or February.
With the expected resignation of Democratic Carbon County Commissioner Charles Getz today, the vacancy on the board of commissioners is up for grabs.
Some speculate that Getz's running mate and current commissioner, fellow Democrat William O'Gurek, may be the prime candidate for the position. But, the decision of who will fill the vacancy lies with Carbon County President Judge Roger Nanovic, who will take into consideration the recommendation of the executive board of the Carbon County Democratic Committee. The person appointed to the position will serve the four-year term.
Emily Ward, a student at Tamaqua Area High School, is one of more than 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who will be performing in the London New Year's Day Parade.
Emily is the daughter of Thomas and Ruth Ward, and the granddaughter of James Ward and Margaret Steele, all of Tamaqua.
Sarah Keer didn't agree with her parents and she made that perfectly clear.
But as a seventh grader, Keer didn't have the final say.
So she reluctantly signed up to play junior high field hockey at Lehighton.
It turned out to be one of the best decisions she 'never' made.
Four years later, Keer has joined a long list of outstanding Indian field hockey players. She now plays the sport year round and has an ever-growing list of Division I schools pursuing her.
Natalie Garritano, a fourth grade student at L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe, places letters in boxes to be sent to Air Force troops in Afghanistan. The boxes were sent to T.J. Garritano, Natalie's father, and his unit. The entire fourth grade class, advised by their teachers Wesley Holmes, Rhonda Kolnik, Kimberly Muenzel, and Leo O'Donnell, collected and made the items for the boxes. The boxes contained snacks, crafts, coloring pages, joke books, and letters.
SPORT - Boys Basketball
PLAYER - Darius Clark
SCHOOL - Jim Thorpe
Highlight package - Made the Panther Valley Tip-Tournament All-Tournament Team on the opening weekend of this season. Scored a career-high 32 points against Lehighton on Dec. 17.
Favorite sports team - New York Knicks
Favorite athlete - Carmelo Anthony
Favorite subject in school - Physics
Favorite sports movie - Space Jam
Favorite song - "The Breeze" by Wale
Favorite food - Macaroni and Cheese
AIMEE OERTNER (Northern Lehigh, SR. F/C)
HIGHLIGHT PACKAGE - 1,000-point scorer, this do-it-all kind of player for the Bulldogs opened this season being named the Fleetwood Tip-Off Tournament MVP and has averaged 20.25 ppg through 12-19...recently named to All-Tournament Team at Lehighton Holiday Tournament
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM - Philadelphia Phillies
FAVORITE ATHLETE - Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
FAVORITE SPORT MOVIE - Hoosiers
FAVORITE FOOD - Mashed Potatoes
FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL - Science
FAVORITE SONG ON IPOD - "Levels" by Avicii
PSU professor explains how exposure to oxygen has an effect
Can you judge meat by its color?
Surprisingly, the answer is no.
This inquiry began when I purchased a pound of ground beef at the Jim Thorpe Market. According to the sell-by date on the package, it was fresh. Through the overwrap film, I could see the product had a bright red color.
But when I opened the package and broke the ground beef apart, I was surprised to see that portions of the interior were brown. My first thought was, "Did the butcher put older meat in the middle and cover it with fresh meat?"
Nancy Pelosi among the richest
Next time you hear former House speaker Nancy Pelosi railing against the rich now more commonly known as "the 1%" – she should spare us the "I'm one of you" political baloney.
A report yesterday revealed that the net worth of members of Congress tripled over last 25 years.
Between 1984 and 2009, the median net worth of Congressmen rose from $280,000 to $725,000 while over that same span, the wealth of the average U.S. family slipped to $20,500 from $20,600.
December 28, 1982
The Carbon County Commissioners agreed to participate in another free giveaway of federal surplus cheese and butter, and issued a plea for volunteers to help in the distribution. The upcoming distribution will include unemployed workers with unemployment compensation cards. Other eligibles include senior citizens 65 and older, disabled veterans, and those persons qualifying for public assistance, food stamps, or medical assistance.
(Note: This is the last in a four-part series on the history of Lehigh Whitewater.)
With the Lehigh River recovering from 150 years of environmental damage, the construction of the F.E. Walter Dam, the availability of the rubber raft, the invention of the plastic kayak and a generation of affluent adventure seekers-all the elements for Lehigh River whitewater adventure tourism were in place and waiting to be discovered.
Local congregations provide shelter to needy families
Being homeless for the holidays is sad, but because of Family Promise of Carbon County, some of these families are having their Exodus transformed into an adventure.
Family Promise, a nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence, began organizing a Carbon County affiliate in 2009, and three weeks ago began offering its services, initially to three families consisting of three adults and seven children.
Panther Valley Elementary's SHINE After-school program recently created a business plan to give back to the community. Their business plan included selling ornaments to raise money for a local charity. The first through fifth grade students made the ornaments and the fourth and fifth grade students set prices and created posters promoting the fundraiser. The students then sold the ornaments at Panther Valley's Family Book fair night recently. Pictured holding ornaments are, front, from left, Larissa Becker, Karlene Kleppinger, Jakelyn Coady, Logan Wallace, and Kevin Paulus.
The Panther Valley Middle School has announced their Students of the Month for the month of November. Students were awarded a certificate and gift card in recognition for their excellence in academics and conduct. From left are, Cordell Brettle, grade six; Kelsie Kocela, grade seven; and Alissa Cruz, grade eight.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Church has announced the following concerning the Mass schedule for The Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God. Mass will be held Saturday, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 1, at 8 and 10:30 a.m. and at noon.
The church office will be closed on Friday, Jan. 6.
The Chestnuthill School PTO is slated to meet on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
There were no championship game nerves for Jim Thorpe.
The Olympians exploded out of the gates and then showed their poise every time Northern Lehigh tried to make a run.
It's what talented, veteran teams do in big games – and the Olympians have proved time and time again this season that that's exactly what they are.
Tuesday night, the Olympians rolled to a 52-37 victory over Northern Lehigh to capture the Lady Indian Holiday Classic and remain unbeaten on the season.
As one of the most active years for disasters in recent history comes to a close and Americans get ready to ring in the new year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging all Americans to Resolve to be Ready in the new year, by taking simple steps to prepare for emergencies.
The Nesquehoning Republican Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Mapleshade Meadows 50 E. Locust Street, Nesquehoning.
President Michael R Frey, will be in charge of the meeting. All officers and committeemen and committeewomen are asked to attend this important meeting.
Anyone seeking to join the Nesquehoning Republican Club can get information from Michael R. Frey, 221 East Railroad Street, Nesquehoning, 18240, or any other member of the club.
Dues and Donations can be sent to: Mickey Angst, 243 West High Street, Nesquehoning, 18240.
At the Dec. 5 meeting of the East Penn Township supervisors, Jai Mertz asked if he could make a presentation about what he sees from the rear of the Clair Troxell property, which is under clean-up litigation with the township.
During the Dec. 27 end-of-year meeting, he brought pictures in place of the presentation because equipment was not working. The pictures included the graffiti that was previously discussed. Supervisors accepted them without comment.
Wrestler: Evan Mashack, Tamaqua
Highlight package - Mashack has enjoyed a successful senior season so far placing 5th at the Bloomsburg Tournament and attaining a solid record of 10-2.
Favorite sports team – Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite athlete – Ben Roethlisberger
Favorite subject in school – Language Arts
Favorite sports movie – "The Fighter"
Favorite song – "Banner"- by the Lights
Favorite food – French Toast
Future plans – Mashack plans to attend Penn Tech University in Williamsport and study Computer Networking.
Mahoning Township residents will not see an increase in 2012 in their tax bill, as the township's valuations and income will absorb a half-mill increase at no additional cost to the taxpayers.
The board of supervisors voted 4-1 to approve the $2,301,851 budget for next year, which is funded by a 4.25 mill tax rate.
"We added a quarter mill to both the road machinery equipment fund and the fire equipment fund in anticipation of future needs to purchase equipment," said John Wieczorek, township chairman, prior to the vote.
As last evening's Mahoning Township meeting drew to a close, Chairperson John Wieczorek recognized outgoing supervisor George Stawnyczyj for his service over the last six years, one of which was served as board chairman.
"This is my last meeting. I've completed my six years and while I found it frustrating at times, 95 percent of the time was a rewarding experience," said Stawnyczyj, who was presented with a plaque.
(Palmerton SR, F/C)
HIGHLIGHT PACKAGE - The reigning Colonial League MVP started out the season by scoring her career 1,000th point and has been adding to her total ever since, averaging 14.50 ppg through 12-19...team's leading rebounder, she was recently selected to the Lehighton Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team.
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM - New York Yankees
FAVORITE ATHLETE - Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury, WNBA
FAVORITE SPORT MOVIE - Coach Carter
FAVORITE FOOD - Buffalo Wings
FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL - Math
December 28, 1973 Bob Altemose scores a game-high 25 points, including a 13-of-14 effort at the free throw line, to help Pleasant Valley defeat Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg, 56-40, to claim the Bears' Invitational Tournament. Randy Kuehner contributes 15 points and earns the tourney MVP award. PV, coached by John Konawalik, also receives nine points from Joe Anderson.
Several other charges dismissed against Patricia Gadaleta
Additional charges against a Franklin Township kennel owner already incarcerated have been bound over for court.
Patricia E. Gadaleta, 53, of 974 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, appeared for a preliminary hearing Tuesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.
Gadaleta, who had been arraigned via video conference by Appleton in September, faced six counts of identity theft, as well as one count each of theft by deception, receiving stolen property, forgery, and access device fraud.
For the first quarter and a half, it seemed as if neither Jim Thorpe nor Palmerton wanted to win their Slatington Rotary Tournament first-round match-up.
The Olympians picked up their play heading into halftime and opened a 15-point lead in the third quarter. Down, but not out, the Bombers fought back and drew to within one with two minutes to go. Jim Thorpe responded with a six-point spurt to pull away from Palmerton for a 54-48 victory.
State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating the death of a Deer Lake man.
Police said Richard Golab, 47, of 116 Maple Blvd., was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:28 p.m. Dec. 26 by Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Scott Clew.
Police said the death appears to be accidental in nature. It is believed the man succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Police said another occupant of the residence, Diane Squyres, 51, was treated for carbon monoxide inhalation at the Schuylkill Medical Center, Pottsville.
St. Paul Lutheran
Brian Buzik will lead the worship service at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, on Sunday, Jan. 1. It will begin at 10:30 a.m.
There will be no Sunday school class this weekend. The class will resume on Sunday, Jan. 8.
St. Joseph Church
In conjunction with the New Year's holiday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, has announced its schedule of services as follows:
Feast of the Holy Family: Friday, Dec. 30 - 9 a.m.
New Year's Eve: Feast of Mary, the Mother of God - Mass at 4 p.m.
The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the second marking period of the first semester of the 2011-12 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.
(3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects)
SENIORS: John Achterman, Rebekah Ahner, Benjamin Andrews, Aaron Cook, Kayla Creed, Brittany Defrain, Danielle Eastgate,
The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority recognized community leaders in honor of America Recycles Day, presenting them with certificates of excellence in recycling at the latest monthly board of directors meeting.
Guy Seifert is Towamensing Township's newest supervisor.
Tom Nanovic, solicitor, gave the oath of office to Seifert, at the board's end-of-year meeting Tuesday.
Under the public business portion of the meeting, Gerald George said he felt he was getting a runaround. He was selling Christmas trees from his camper at Country View restaurant when he received a letter dated Nov. 21, stating he would have to talk to the zoning officer and get a permit.