HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) voted to remove the requirement to purchase health insurance under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during today's Senate Appropriations Committee meeting.
Franklin Township residents whose garbage collection day is Friday, will see a change in collection date due to the Good Friday holiday. Pick up has been changed to Thursday, April 5.
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of properties recognized for their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture. The National Register Program was established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archaeological resources. National Register properties include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects.
Robert Benjamin, an employee of Joe Mitzen Building and Remodeling, wields a hammer to install new sofitting in preparation for installing a new roof on Lansford's original council house/jailhouse at Patterson and Walnut streets. The two-story structure was built in 1877. Members of Lansford Alive successfully applied for a $20,000 state Department of Community and Economic Development Legislative Initiative grant, secured by former state Rep./House Speaker Keith McCall, to buy and restore the old stone building.
A Brockton driver is facing charges, including driving under the influence (DUI) following a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26, in the 100 block of S. Reeser Street, in New Ringgold.
State police at Frackville said troopers responded to a one-vehicle crash at the time and location stated. The driver of the crashed vehicle was identified as Leann Irene Baddick, 31, and her passenger, Krystal Ann Murphy, 31, of Port Carbon. Neither were injured in the crash and both were not wearing seat belts, troopers noted.
The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in memory of local area teen Carl Bittner from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 at Weatherly Area High School, 601 6th Street, Weatherly.
Carl Bittner, 17, had a way about him that could make even the grumpiest person smile. His big heart and aptitude for learning could only be eclipsed by his desire to help people.
During his high school career, Carl assisted with the students in the special education classes, which fostered many diversified friendships extending throughout the town of Weatherly.
Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on the following arrests.
Bryan Smogowicz, 23, of Saylorsburg, was cited for public drunkenness following an incident at Long Pond Road and Winston Way, in Long Pond, Tobyhanna Township, on Saturday, March 24, about 3:30 a.m. Police said they stopped to investigate a suspicious vehicle whose driver fled the scene. A passenger was observed walking away from the vehicle. He was identified as Smogowicz. He was placed under arrest for public drunkenness and placed in the county prison. The driver has not been located, police added.
A Tamaqua man has been cited after he was observed drinking alcohol at the North/Middle Ward Playground.
John Buckingham, 21, of 35 Lafayette St., admitted to drinking in the park at 6:39 p.m. on March 12.
He was cited for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
Eighth-grader Ava Lowin, center, was honored as the February 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 Ava's sister, Mia, front, and parents Janet and Michael, rear.
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.
More than 400 people showed up Sunday to show support and try their luck during the 19th Annual ACS Chinese Auction held at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville.
Co-chair MaryAnn Dulaney and her daughter, Jess Kutza, also a co-chair, expressed their combined appreciation to all the contributors, visitors and volunteers.