Members of the Nesquehoning Fire Police were recently sworn in by Mayor Tony Walck at the Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1. From left are Walter Tristani, Fire Police Captain Denny Creitz, fire police Lieutenant Joseph Kovatch Jr. and Jack Rittenour.
Amanda Elizabeth Beil and Elias George Jannoura have announced their engagement, which occurred on Valentine's Day in Beirut, Lebanon.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mary Alice Beil of Danielsville and the late Barry C. Beil. She is the granddaughter of the late Robert H. and Ruth (Witzel) Gouldner of Lehighton. She is employed as a dental assistant for Dr. John Koury of Allentown, and is an instructor at the Lehigh Valley School of Dental Assisting in Whitehall.
Volunteers with the new Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St, are holding a cleanup and paint session for the downstairs area of the center this Sunday starting at 12 p.m. Organizers stress that all are invited. Contributors are encouraged to bring paintbrushes, paint rollers and/or a gallon of exterior semi-gloss white paint. For more information contact center director Micah Gursky at (570) 668-6899 or via the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership website, www.tacp.info.
It's something no one wants to see happen.
In the top of the sixth inning, Palmerton senior Sierra Miller was struck in the back of the head by a thrown ball on a play at first base.
Miller sustained a mild concussion on the play. But even though her head got a little banged up, she still gave her team a little "heart."
After the four-year starter was assisted off the field, her Blue Bomber teammates finished off the rally Miller had initially started.
It eventually turned out to be an emotional 10-6 non-league victory for the Bombers.
Two Tamaqua men have their bail reduced by Judge Charles M. Miller after a hearing in Schuylkill County court.
Frederick A. Postie, 40, of 626 Fairview St., had his bail of $50,000 straight cash bail set by a district justice reduced to $25,000 straight fixed by the court as he awaits trial on charges brought by Rush Township Sgt. Duane E. Frederick, that he stole between 600 and 800 gallons of fuel oil out of trucks owned by Northeast Hydro Seed, 411 Claremont Avenue, Hometown, on March 1.
To many, it's the personification of what a local newspaper should strive to be.
In the process, it's carved out quite the niche for itself as the standard-bearer for local news coverage in our area.
Much to its delight, the TIMES NEWS has been handpicked as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.
Located at 594 Blakeslee Drive West, Lehighton, the business also has bureau offices at 463 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton, and Broad and Pine Streets in Tamaqua.
Members of the Western Poconos Lions Club and Lioness Club served as judges for the Mid Atlantic Community Papers Association's annual Advertising and Editorial Awards contest. Members of both clubs met with MACPA's executive director Alyse Mitten, her assistant Kasey Mitten, and contest chairman Ruth Isenberg to select winners from over 300 entries submitted by free community newspapers from an eight-state region. Categories included display advertising, special sections, photography, and general excellence. This is the second year the Lions and Lionesses have served as judges.
A Tamaqua man must spend a short time in the Schuylkill County prison after pleading guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.
David James Bowser and Jenell Marie Evanetz, 207 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton.
Russell Anthony Brown and Tammy Ann Kemmerer, 1059 Main St., Apt. 2D, Northampton.
Brian George Gott and Tiara Star Redden, 400 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning.
Thomas Wayne Ladner, Box 107, Weatherly R. 2, and Shelli Jeanne Valko, 986 Woodland Drive, Walnutport.
Matthew David Frable and Stacy Jean Frantz, Trachsville Hill Rd., Kresgeville.
Ronald Vincent Rotondaro Jr., 110 Cherry St., Collingdale, and Nancy Ann Tandy, 451 S. Seventh St., Lehighton.
Pleasant Valley continued its early season success in both boys tennis and girls soccer on Thursday.
Lehighton edged Palmerton in a non-league game, 4-3.
The Indians scored a run in four straight innings from the third to the sixth to gain the victory.
Jacen Nalesnik had a triple and an RBI and Josh Kern had a double and an RBI for Lehighton (3-0).
Tanner Gutenkust had three hits for Palmerton (0-3). Mike Horvath, Aaron Cook and CJ Cressman all chipped in two hits.
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Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the "Spirit of Tuscarora Trail" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. The trail is four miles in length and moderate in difficulty. This trail goes through many diverse habitats and meanders along the pristine Locust Creek. Enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and the newly emerging spring wildflowers. Dogs are welcome, but must be leased and get along with other pets and people. Meet at the upper beach parking lot. Contact Robin at 570-467-2506 for more information. Shine only.
Easter baskets, jelly beans, coloring stations and the Easter Bunny made for a fun afternoon at the Chestnuthtill Park in Brodheadsville for a long line of children and their families.
They were ready for fun and games and to meet the Easter Bunny a few weeks early.
"The crowds were unbelievable," said Western Pocono Lioness Vice President Ruth Smith, as she told of families being ready to enter the park building a half-hour before the Lioness were totally ready.
The Lioness Club, along with West End Park & Open Space Commission, hosted the free event.
Lehighton Area High School senior Shyanne Kleintop is looking forward to attending Hugh O Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Pennsylvania East seminar at Temple University in May. However, she needs assistance in order to see her wish fulfilled.
The Lehighton Area High School is taking the opportunity to host Chris Herren, star of ESPN's award-winning documentary Unguarded, to speak to the community and students in an attempt to further the efforts of the Drug and Alcohol Taskforce on Thursday, May 17th at 7 p.m. and Friday, May 18th at 9 a.m.
$2,500 raised to benefit Dream Come True
Nearly 100 women stood in line at Penn's Peak on Wednesday night, waiting to enter the annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale.
These women, ranging from high school students to young brides-to-be, would be rewarded for their patience.
Inside, hundreds of prom, wedding, and special occasion dresses waited on the Penn's Peak balcony to be tried on. Dozens of shoes, purses and shawls were also available.
Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co. will host its annual egg hunt for children and grandchildren of members at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the fire company. Children 1 to 12 are invited.
State police at Frackville are investigating a theft incident at the Tamaqua Area Middle School, which is located in Walker Township.
A 15-year-old female from Tamaqua reported her locker at the school was entered and removed was an eight inch "Nook" reader, white in color. The protective outer case of the "Nook" was discovered in the girls bathroom of the school.
The theft occurred sometime between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 15.
The winners of two separate essay contests were honored at the meeting at Weatherly American Legion Post 360 this past Monday evening.
There were 12 winners of the 2012 Americanism Essay Contest on the subject "How can I show my patriotism to my community ?"
They were Class I - Grades 3 and 4 : Luke Deer 1st place; Alexis Colecioi 2nd place; and Antonio Colecio 3rd place.
Class II - Grades 5 and 6 : Kaileigh Barnes 1st place; Kathleen Graham 2nd place; Laila Panckeri 2nd place; Christopher Keller 3rd place; and Samantha Paisley 3rd place.
Any Tamaqua firefighters interested in joining the Tamaqua Fire Police are encouraged to attend their next meeting at the Tamaqua Borough Hall on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
For more information call (570) 668-1234.
PWA Spring Art Exhibition to be held at Hughes Library
Pansies and crocus are blooming.
Tulips have sprouted and a refreshing, early spring has already arrived.
What better way to enjoy the vernal splendor of the current season than by viewing the amazing watercolor creations of Pocono Watercolor Associates (PWA) during the months of April and May at the Monroe County Eastern Library. More than 25 artists from the PWA will display their paintings at the Monroe County Eastern Library, a.k.a. the Hughes Library on Route 611, just outside Stroudsburg, at the intersection with Chipperfield Drive.
Lee Michalick, 28, 442 W. White St., Summit Hill, faces charges from an incident which took place on Dec. 31 on W. Patterson St., Lansford.
Charges of two counts of driving under the influence (DUI) and accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property were filed by Officer Jeffrey Ohl.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Ohl responded to a hit-and-run on West Patterson Street at 4:52 a.m. The dispatcher said the vehicle, a dark colored SUV, was last seen traveling east on Patterson Street.
Stitched with whispers from the past
"I'm passionate about antique quilts," says Michele McLaughlin of Emmaus.
A quiltmaker for over 30 years, she has become an avid collector of antique and vintage quilts. She thinks she probably has over 100.
"I began collecting when people started giving me old quilts. I feel responsible for them, so I've become their caretaker."
To Michelle, there is a mystique about quilts.
"They speak to people. I don't know if it's the energy the women use when they put them together or if it's the passion we historians and collectors have for them. It just seems fortuitous."
The Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue group will host its Fifth Annual Dog Walk on May 5, following along the Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail.
The walk will begin at the Newkirk Tunnel Environmental Education Area along SR209, just west of Tamaqua. Participants will head west for one mile, then return to the registration area.
Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with the walk starting at noon. Registration is required. All participants will receive a free pet bandana.
Community members, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, park members, Tamaqua students and caring residents will be spending a couple hours Saturday morning cleaning different parks and locations in Tamaqua as part of a Community Cleanup for Earth Day event, called "Coming Together to Make a Cleaner World."
All are invited and encouraged to help clean. Volunteers can meet at the North and Middle Ward Playground on Washington Street or any park starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Garbage piles can be left at the parks or key areas and will be removed by volunteers.
Army Reserve Pvt. Kevin J. Jaskat has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT).
During basic military training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons qualification, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army doctrine, history, principles and traditions.
Some interesting trivia that Michelle McLaughlin shares about quilts are:
*Years ago, it was a practice for the mistress of a Pennsylvania Dutch home to put out her best quilts on Sundays because she knew company was coming.
*If a woman could not read or write, she could at least sew and quilt. Women used quilts as a way to express themselves, historically, and giving her point of view.
*Quilts express a woman's voice of her time, her political views and national beliefs. There was a rose pattern that was known as a Democrat rose and one as the Whig rose.
Legion to meet
The monthly meeting of American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, will be held on Monday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the post home. Commander W. Kevin O'Donnell will be in charge of the session. The second nomination of officers will take place at this time.
A meeting of the Home Association will immediately follow the post's meeting.
The monthly meeting of the Summit Hill Borough Council will be held on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the borough hall. Michael Kokinda, president, will be in charge of the session.
Tamaqua resident Maria Montero, 35, was recently appointed executive director of two state boards – the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs.
This isn't the first time Montero has earned a role in state government. Approximately 10 years ago, Montero was appointed by then Gov. Tom Ridge as a member of the Commission on Latino Affairs while she was a law student at Widener.
In today's technologically dependent world it's no secret there are distractions that kids and young adults have to deal with. This is not to say that video games, surfing the internet, and using IPads or IPhones are all bad things. It's just that I believe these things have contributed to a noticeable decline in the interest and level of play in athletics over the past few seasons. Kids just simply do not spend all day at the basketball court or baseball field anymore and it shows, which brings me to my next point.
March 30, 1957
Several Carbon County schools are among the 379 in the state which have been rated as "antiquated and inadequate" by the State Department of Public Instruction.
Listed as "condemned" are the East End elementary school building of Nauch Chunk Township in Nesquehoning; the Tresckow elementary school in Banks Township; and the brick building secondary school of the Franklin Independent District.
The Mauch Chunk Township School Board has already been planning a new elementary building. Bids are to be opened in April.