Eighth-grader Sean McDermott was honored as the March Student of the Month from the Penn-Kidder campus of the Jim Thorpe School District by the Penn-Kidder Lions Club. Club member Kenneth Cathcart, right, presented her with a certificate at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Also present at the meeting were Sean's sister Cailin, front, and parents Joseph and Annamarie, rear.
At Monday evening's regular Jim Thorpe Area School Board meeting, the Board of Directors appointed members to the Citizens' Advisory Committee.
The members appointed were: John Ciavarella, Barbara Franzosa, Richard Karper, Theresa Kattner, TJ McKeon, Kris Newbern, Robert Schaninger, Bronson Ford, and Brian Schwartz. Nancy Fields was also appointed as an alternate member. There will also be one school board member on the committee.
The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, March 28 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the East Penn Social Hall, 403 Blue Mountain Road in Ashfield.
The newly elected officers are as follows: Aubin Sevrin, president; Alyssa Wentz, vice president; Carissa Sevrin, secretary; David Magyar, treasurer; and Courtney Getz, news reporter. The 4-H program is open to youth between the ages of 8 and 19 as of Jan. 1, 2012.
4-H is a youth program of the Penn State University.
The Penn-Kidder Lions recently presented a check for $411 to the Jim Thorpe Little League for the upkeep of their fields and program. Presenting the check, from left, are Kenneth Cathcart, Cynthia Kern, JTLL President Brian Schwartz, Nancy DaCosta and Manny DaCosta.
After several public pleas to Pleasant Valley Area School District's board of directors for a post Labor Day opening of school, the West End Fair Association and the Coalition for a Post Labor Day Opening gave it the old college try one more time at the March 22 board of directors meeting. They were shot down with the answer of "No" to a 2012-2013 school opening after Labor Day with a vote of 6-3. Tom Murphy, Harvey Frable, MiChelle Palmer, H. Charles Hoffman, Russ Gould, Sue Kresge voted "no." Dominic Sacci, James Spinola and Steve Borger voted "yes."
Over $20,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to lucky supporters of the Men of Marian's 22nd Annual Chinese Auction, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15 at Marian High School.
Every now and again a special educator comes along who is able to make a lasting impact on a student.
With that very thought in mind, Reading Escapades is conducting a writing contest open to everyone for "The World's Greatest Teacher".
The contest is a chance to thank that special teacher, and have them noticed to let them know how special they are, according to Christine Allen, proprietor.
TAMAQUA - The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation today announced their endorsement of Dave Argall for State Senate citing his commitment to helping to restore protection for human life.
Argall stated his appreciation of the group's endorsement.
A Nesquehoning man, who pleaded guilty to drug charges, was placed on probation by a Schuylkill County judge in a special state correctional facility program.
Michael Robert Bruno, 35, of 105 E. Catawissa St., pleaded guilty last Jan. 1 to two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of communication facililty and possession of a controlled substance. The offenses occurred in Tamaqua.
Tatevik Muradyan and Michael A. Sakash, 451 E. Broad St., Tamaqua.
Loures V. Galindo and Alexis S. Pena, 513 Washington St., Tamaqua.
Five people were cited after a disturbance in Tamaqua on March 21.
Police were dispatched to the area of 27 Center St. at 9:30 p.m. for a reported large fight in progress. Officers did find a large crowd at the scene.
Following an investigation, Ashley Bynon, 18, of Tamaqua, was cited for harassment. Charged with disorderly conduct were: Nicholas Garolle, 21, of Mahanoy City; Christine King, 33, Melanie Kropp, 19, and Alexandria Sienkiewicz, 19, all of Tamaqua.
The victims were identified as Dorothy Molion, of 27 Center St., and her daughter.
Tim and Fran Stahl, who won the large $1,000 cash donation during Sunday's ACS Chinese Auction, surprised organizers when they donated $500 of it back to the Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Pictured from left are Fran Stahl, Tim Stahl and event co-chair MaryAnn Delaney.
Lehighton and Northern Lehigh picked up baseball and softball wins in non-league action on Monday.
Elsewhere, Northwestern also triumphed in softball and girls soccer.
Northern Lehigh held Jim Thorpe scoreless for the last five innings of the ball game en route to a 5-1 victory.
Pitcher Lucas Pierce gave up just one run in four innings of work along with collecting two hits for the Bulldogs. Trevor Yashur also had two hits and a stolen base.
Nicholas Montenero had two of the four hits for the Olympians.
Daniel T. Novitsky, a resident of Heritage Hill in Weatherly, recently celebrated his 90th birthday.
He was born on March 23, 1922 in Hazleton. He graduated from Hazleton High School in 1938.
During World War II Dan was in the U.S. Army 30th Infantry Division, where he calculated artillery targets for 105 mm howitzers.
He was part of the Omaha Beach invasion, and fought through France and Belgium. As honor for his service, he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Dan was married for 61 years to Anna (Brazzo) Novitsky, until her death in 2007.
Rachael Paisley, 15, of Tamaqua, lies on the hard concrete to get the photo she wants during a recent Tamaqua Girl Scouts event held at the Hometown Farmers Market.
An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be held Wednesday at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. Hours will be from 1 to 6 p.m.
Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health is eligible to donate blood.
Presenting donors will be eligible to enter a vacation giveaway to either Myrtle Beach, S.C., or Hilton Head, S.C.
This visit is being sponsored by Professional Massage Therapy of Tamaqua.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit the website at www.redcrossblood.org.
Vietnam Veterans of Carbon County celebrated the 38th anniversary of the ending of the war in Vietnam with an impressive ceremony on Sunday afternoon in the courtyard of the Lehighton American Legion Post 314.
Taking part in the program were representatives of all veterans organizations within the county.
Returning veterans of the Vietnam War, didn't have welcoming parades and Americans seemed to shun, if not denigrate Americans who went to Vietnam. Very little was done to aid returning veterans and their loved ones who needed assistance in adjusting.
Thanks to the generosity of the John E. Morgan Foundation, residents of the Tamaqua Area School District will have the opportunity to enjoy the H.D. Buehler Memorial Pool at a discount rate. As last year, there will not be family passes, just $10 individual passes for the season. The cost for a pass for non school district residents will be $50 each.
Applications will be available as of April 2 at Tamaqua Borough Hall, 320 E. Broad St. Anyone who returns their application to Tamaqua Borough Hall before April 30 is guaranteed to have their pass before opening day.
March 27, 1999 Northern Lehigh's Brandon Leslie opens the season in grand style as he throws a no-hitter to lead the Bulldogs to an 8-0 win over Panther Valley. In Leslie's seven innings of work, he strikes out 13 batters while walking just one. Tim Churetta supplies the offense with three hits, one of them a double, and two RBIs. The winners, coached by Frank Carazo, also receive a pair of hits from Dale Marques.
The Jim Thorpe Area School Board adopted the 11th grade PSSA math and reading tests as a graduation requirement, starting with the current 11th grade class.
The school district created and updated an improvement plan to help boost PSSA scores. The district had also been discussing and working on a plan for the possibility of 11th grade PSSA reading and math tests as a graduation requirement.
The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 49th annual tribute to volunteerism and community spirit. The person selected will be only the second to earn what is now called the Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Citizenship Award.
The award will be presented at the 62nd Annual Chamber/TIDE Dinner to be held Wednesday, April 25, at the Tamaqua Community Center.
State police at Fern Ridge reported on the following arrests made by troopers.
Troopers said Emmanuel Delcastillo, 21, of Albrightsville, is facing charges of simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief.
Troopers allege that Delcastillo went to 112 Lower Notch Drive, Albrightsville, in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County, the residence of Mishaira Collazo, and kicked in the front door. He then shoved Collazo to the ground and proceeded to strike her in the head and kicked her several times in the body. The incident occurred about 2:13 p.m. on March 13, troopers said.
State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a one vehicle crash in Carbon County over the weekend. It was one of two crashes investigated by troopers.
Troopers said Timothy H. O'Brien, 23, of Lehighton, was driving a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta northbound on SR903 in Penn Forest Township, about 7:11 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, when he struck a deer with his vehicle that had entered the road in front of him.
O'Brien and his passenger, Paul D. Weirich, 25, of Coaldale, were not injured. The vehicle had to be towed.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton provides its final midweek Lenten series asking "Good God Questions." The question to be examined Wednesday, March 28, at the noon and 7 p.m. services is "What happens after we die"? A soup lunch will follow the noon service; a soup and sandwich supper will precede the evening service at 6 p.m. All are invited to attend. Call the church at (610) 377-4303 for further questions.
Donald Eckhart was introduced as an in-house speaker as he talks about his collection of Civil War artifacts. He volunteers at the library. Eckhart had been seen exhibiting at the Walnutport Canal Festival and the library took advantage of his knowledge in a program on March 20
He collected books on the Civil War and read voraciously in preparation for his talk. Many of the books were donated to the library which gives it one of the most complete local collections on the war.
Eckhart called his program "Diverse and sundry insights to the Civil War."
With strong winds blowing across Northwestern's baseball field, any fly balls to the outfield could turn into extra bases.
Tiger pitcher Rich Perry allowed two first-inning hits, including one wind-aided single to right field. Those hits resulted in an early jam for Perry. The junior got out of it with a pair of strike outs, however, then retired 12 of the next 13 batters in a five-inning, 11-0 Northwestern win over Tamaqua.
The Marian baseball team maintained its patience in the batter's box and used it to its advantage.
Palmerton allowed its inability to focus over the duration of the game get the best of it in the end.
The result was a 13-3 non-league victory for the Colts on Monday afternoon.
After five innings of play, it looked like the non-league contest might come down to the final out between the Colts and the Bombers because only two runs seperated the teams.
March 27, 1965
A telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Margaret Moyer, West Front St., Jim Thorpe, confirmed the death of her son, Airman First Class Ellis McKay, in the crash of a four-engine C130E transport at Alencon, France. McKay was one of seven U.S. servicemen who died when the plane struck a high-tension wire during a storm. McKay, 23, graduated from the Jim Thorpe Area High School in 1960 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in May of that year.
Criminal charges were filed against Ryan Rehrig, 32, of 284 Delaware Avenue, 2nd Floor, Palmerton, for simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment, resisting arrest, and terroristic threats. The incident occurred on March 20 at 10:13 p.m. in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue.
An 11-year-old Bowmanstown male was cited for harassment. The violation occurred on Feb. 1 at 1:40 p.m. in the 200 block of Franklin Avenue.
The Improvement Committee of Lansford Alive will hold a Community Easter Egg at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Lansford Swimming Pool grounds. A rain date is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, April 1. All children up to age 10 from the community of Lansford are invited to attend.
March 26, 1988
A structure fire early this morning in the South Ward section of Tamaqua left an estimated $75,000 in damages, four firemen injured (two seriously), and a borough contractor with much of his business possessions ruined. The blaze occurred at 1:10 a.m. at a garage located at 113 Spruce St., where contractor Ralph DeAngelo stores his business materials and several vehicles, including three classic cars. Injured were firemen Charles Rodgers, 27; Harry Heffelfinger, 17; Thomas Weaver, and Daniel Reigel.