Members of the Sterling Koch Band performed oldies and popular favorites recently at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center (TCAC). For more information or to volunteer, contact center director Micah Gursky at (570) 668-6899 or via the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership website, www.tacp.info.
Volunteers and staff with the St, Luke's Hospital - Miner's Campus spent time recently cleaning, painting, replacing fixtures and adding lighting and cabinets to the first aid room of the Lansford Pool. Organizer Trahn Thompson stated his appreciation to fellow staff members who helped revitalize the room. The hospital is a routine support of mulitiple community-minded ventures. Here, volunteer Celena Steffy helps task organizer Trahn Thompson paint the walls of the Lansford Pool's first aid room.
Unwanted prescription drugs can be turned in
Young people seeking to get high with mind-altering drugs should realize it can be as dangerous as playing Russian roulette.
Just this week, a disturbing report surfaced about California teens getting drunk on hand sanitizer, which contains 62 percent ethyl alcohol and can make a 120-proof liquid. Over the past few months, six teenagers have shown up in Los Angeles area emergency rooms with alcohol poisoning after drinking the cheap, easily product which is easily assessable.
"We do recycle here at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes. But maybe we can do better," says Carrie Shafer, activity director at Mrs. Bush's. She was speaking to a group of the home's residents and guests.
Mrs. Bush's invited Jim Lambert, executive director of the Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority (MCMWMA), to come speak to the residents and the public at the home as an effort to observe Earth Day, April 22.
Lambert spoke about how important it is for the environment for everyone to recycle.
Students from 7 area schools learn about the county's daily operation
Students from seven area high schools had the opportunity to see how Carbon County operates during the county's 12th annual Government Day.
On Thursday, students from Panther Valley, Marian, Palmerton, Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Weatherly, and Carbon Career & Technical Institute high schools found themselves spending a day observing Carbon County officials doing what they do best, run the county.
Students visited the Carbon County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex in Jim Thorpe and county Emergency Management Agency and 9-1-1 Communications Center in Nesquehoning.
The Carbon County Navy Club will meet at the VFW in Nesquehoning, on April 30. Please note the meeting will be held at 7 p.m., which is a new time.
The club welcomes any one who might be interested to come and check it out, including civilians.
Scott Reinhart, commander, will be in charge of the meeting.
The following actions were filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans.
U.S. Bank National Association, 1661 Worthington Rd., West Palm Beach, Fla., filed against Larry D. Christman and Tracey A. Stahler, 540 Columbia Ave., Palmerton, over property at that address. Sought is $118,758.60 and continuing interest.
Volunteer credits life's struggles, persistence, family and friends
"Stick to your principles and random acts of kindness."
Those were two life lessons offered by Fran Stahl, Lewistown Valley, to a full audience of community members, family and friends during the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's 62nd annual citizenship award. Stahl received the honor, now called the Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Citizenship Award, last night at the Tamaqua Community Center.
She was described by Rev. Jeffrey Kistler as having community virtue and non-stop hospitality.
Board accepts resignation of Randolph Gursky, who moved from area
A seat on Palmerton Borough Council is up for grabs after an incumbent vacated his post.
On a 5-0 vote, council agreed to accept the resignation of Councilman Randolph Gursky. Councilman Richard Nothstein was absent at the time of the vote.
Council Vice President Chris Olivia said Gursky resigned because he bought a business and moved to Florida.
Olivia said Gursky was a "wonderful council guy."
Council President Terry Costenbader added "we're going to miss him."
Summit Hill still affected in new plan; Public hearing in Harrisburg May 2
A second proposed redistricting plan for Pennsylvania again pushes Summit Hill out of the 122nd voting district.
Fairway Motors in Hazleton donated sports equipment to the Tamaqua Area Little League Baseball Association (TALLBA) during their kickoff game. Mayor Chris Morrison threw out the first ball. Bill Angst, who been president of the association since 1996, thanked Fairway Motors for the kind donation. Employees and management with Fairway Chevrolet Motors stated that their company routinely gives to local groups and believes in being involved in the community.
Jacob Kresge, 6, had a grand time imagining he was plowing a large field on this McCormick Farmall tractor at the Pocono Old Tyme Farm Equipment Association consignment sale held at the West End Fairgrounds. He likes coming to the sale because of the tractors. He was with his dad, Jon Kresge of Brodheadsville who says, "I'm always looking for something to buy and always selling something."
Event consists of many canine activities
On Saturday, dogs of all descriptions will converge at Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the first annual Bark for Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding areas. The walk is an Eagle Scout project for Tyler Resch of Clamtown Troop 755. Resch, walk chairperson, said, "This walk provides a great opportunity to have fun, meet new friends and join with your K-9 family members to support ACS's Relay for Life".
Tamaqua Depot Square Park located at the Five Points intersection, SR209 and SR309, in Tamaqua is closed temporarily to prevent people from disturbing seeds and fertilizer recently planted to restore the area which was dug up to lay thousands of feet of underground wire. The power strips were used for the park's Christmas lighting, an annual event led by Brockton lighting technician Frank Fabrizio.
State police at Lehighton reported two male juveniles from the Palmerton area have been cited for the theft of a all terrain vehicle (ATV).
Troopers said the incident occurred on April 19 about 5 p.m. The ATV has been recovered and returned to the owner who resides in Aquashicola, and not identified by police.
Sherry Sernak, principal of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton, has announced the names of the students who have qualified for the Honor Roll in the third marking period of the 2011-2012 school year.
Principal's list – 95 or above in all major subjects and an S or above in all other subjects and conduct are: Katherine Aaron, Megan Aaron, Jason Bauder, Xamantha Descallar, Hailey Hoffman, Amy McConnell, David Pignoli and Benjamin Slaw.
Care Net of Schuylkill County, Tamaqua office, a non-profit group, will be holding their 2nd Annual Walk for Life Saturday to help raise needed funds for programs. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the walk starts at 1:30 p.m. All walking will be on flat ground - up and down Broad Street and a little on Railroad, Pine and Elm Streets. The walk will start and end at the Bethany E.C.C. on East Broad Street in Tamaqua. Any questions - call (570) 624-7244. Walk sponsor donations encouraged.
The board of directors of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership saluted Pat Freeh-Stefanek, center, retiring volunteer chairman, at a dinner held April 12 at Schick's Cafe Calcutta, Tamaqua. State Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124, right, presented the guest of honor with a citation from the state House of Representatives along with another from the Senate on behalf of Sen. David Argall, R-29.
Leadership Carbon, a program of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, will host a dinner event to celebrate the graduating class of 2012. The public is invited to attend the celebration to be held at the Mahoning Valley Country Club on Wednesday May 2.
The class will unveil its group project, "Guiding Carbon Youth to Inspire Community Growth," during the event. In addition, Micah Gursky, Director of Development of the St. Luke's Hospital, Miners Campus and an alumnus of the Leadership Carbon class of 2008, will serve as keynote speaker.
Tamaqua's Christine Streisel, last year's PIAA Class AA champion in the javelin, took first place in the event at the Penn Relays Thursday.
Competing in the High School category, Streisel's throw of 47.22 meters (154-11) edged Maria Jimmenez of Vineland, NJ. Jimmenez threw 47.11 (154-6).
Streisel, a junior, has an area best this season of 160-11, which came on March 30 at the Tamaqua Blue Raider Invitational.
Palmerton's Kelsey Hay also competed in the javelin finishing 18th with a throw of 33.75 meters (110-8).
When a call comes in, the volunteers of Lansford's American Fire Co. #1 don't hesitate to haul themselves out of bed at 2 a.m., pull themselves away from family dinners or give up that evening on the couch after a hard day's work.
All they ask in return is for each family to kick in a few dollars to help keep the lights on and the engines running.
The fire company has launched its annual fund drive.
Feed the People will offer a community cafe that provides a free, hot meal for any community member, regardless of place of residence. No registration is required.
On Tuesday, May 1, Feed the People is serving at the Heritage Center at 1 West Hazard Street Summit Hill. Doors open at 10:30 a.m..
The cafe offers a welcoming atmosphere to meet friends and neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a meal, and share information about what is happening in the community, play some checkers, chess or dominoes. Volunteers are welcomed.
A Lansford man escaped injury after his car crashed into the woods in Schuylkill Township just before 12 p.m. yesterday.
State police at Frackville said Chester F. Schaeffer, 32, was driving a 2001 Mercury Sable northbound toward Tamaqua on SR209, also called the Pottsville Stretch, when he veered off the east berm. Schaeffer overcompensated, troopers said, and re-entered the road where he lost control.
The car went off the west berm and struck a deer crossing road sign and some trees before coming to rest in the woods. Schaeffer was not injured.
A waiver for the construction of a 3-story, 15,000-square-foot professional complex in Palmerton has been granted.
Borough Council, on a 5-0 vote Thursday, with one abstention, accorded the request to Pencor Services Inc. Councilman Jeremy Barbosa abstained because he is a part-time employee.
The waiver is in regard to a section of the borough's Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance that requires four-square-feet of off-street parking for every one-square-foot of building use.
Jocelyn Mansberry and BrendanMorgans, bothmembers of thePanther Valley Middle School Band, were recently chosen to participate in the 2012 PMEA District 10 IntermediateBand and Orchestra Festival which was held on April 13 at Broughal Middle School in Bethlehem. Jocelyn, an eighth grade student, played second clarinet while Brendan, a seventh grader, was selected as first trumpet.
Bombers blank Nolehi in soccer
Last time Palmerton and Northern Lehigh met, the result was a 1-1 overtime draw. There were no extra periods needed the second time around.
Wednesday afternoon, the Blue Bomber girls' soccer team prevented another overtime finish with a 3-0 Colonial League victory over the host Bulldogs.
"It was all about finishing today," Palmerton coach Barry Hahn said. "I'm really proud of them as they did what they had to do to get the job done today they finished off some opportunities.
"It was the outcome I was hoping for last time, but I will take it this time."
John Zlock, 22, 23 W. High St., Nesquehoning, on Feb. 26, at 3:03 a.m., police were dispatched to Route 902 White Bear hill area for an accident. Driver was ejected from the vehicle. Investigation led that he was driving under the influence and he was charged with two counts of DUI and careless driving.
Trinity Church events
The subject of Police Chief Sean Smith's contract caused heated debate at last night's meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council.
Showing his support for the chief, Councilman Don DeMarco lauded Smith for recently taking down another "druggie" and stated what a "fine job" he is doing.
A family is considered to be made up of people who live in the same house; a unit of parents and children.
A promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something.
The nonprofit 501(c)(3) national organization, Family Promise, does what its name suggests ... it makes a promise to a family.
It says it will help homeless families in transition find shelter, meals and support services through a network of local congregations and it keeps that promise.
State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating two burglaries, one at a Schuylkill County business.
Troopers said K&G Subs & Suds store, located at 242 Orchard St., Auburn, was entered sometime between10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, and 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Entry was gained by forcing open the front door.
Once inside the criminals located a tip jar, cash register and lock box. About $41 in coins was taken in the incident.