In addition to Saturday's rain storm, high winds resulted in numerous fallen trees throughout our area. A tree blocks West Snyder Avenue in Lansford.
Lioness Club grows
The Western Pocono Lioness Club inducted three new members at its last meeting. They were B. Madlyn Reimel, Ruth Hebron and Karen Heckman.
The group heard about the growth and changes at Northampton Community College as Matt Connell, West Ender and dean of the Monroe Campus, and Cathleen Canevari, major gifts officer of the Monroe Campus and also a West Ender, detailed what is happening in terms of the future addition to Monroe's NCC facility.
After more than a year of planning and with gratitude toward the Lansford Borough Council, the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Association of Summit Hill unveiled and dedicated a monument to the members of the Eli T. Conner Post #177 of the GAR and all of the Panther Valley area veterans of the Civil War.
The monument was constructed from the large bronze plaque that once hung in the foyer of the Panther Valley Middle School and was donated last year to the cemetery by Lansford Borough.
Members of the Rabbit Run Fish and Game Association held their 45th annual 2-day community free fishing derby recently at the Rabbit Run Reservoir Dam on Rabbit Run Road in Tamaqua. Despite a few periods of drizzle, hundreds of youth and adults participated in the event.
Jordan Weber, second from left, a senior at Marian Catholic High School, and Amy Yusella, second from right, a senior at Panther Valley High School, receive $250 Service Award Scholarships from the Summit Hill Lions Club, during club meeting at the Parkview Inn in Summit Hill. Looking on are Sister Bernard Agnes, left, principal at Marian, and Judy Midas, chairperson of the Lions Scholarship Committee.
Vacation Bible school
Children are welcome to join Ebenezer E. C. Church for games, crafts, music, snacks and more at Son Rise National Park Vacation Bible School.
Register children ages 5-18 on-line at www.ebenezerec.org or call (570) 325-2855.
Vacation Bible School will be Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 22 from 6-8:45 p.m. at the church, located at 441 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe. There is no charge.
Authorities confirmed that the shooting deaths of a man and woman over the weekend were a murder-suicide.
State police in Lehighton said the bodies of 33-year-old Christopher Lewis and 31-year-old Dana Lewis were found in the Nesquehoning residence on Saturday morning.
Coroner Bruce Nalesnik said that autopsies Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, confirmed that the man shot the woman multiple times and then turned the weapon on himself.
Friends told reporters that the two were divorcing.
The Rev. James Robison Jr. of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Slatedale, gave the reason for the Memorial Day service held at the Slatedale Cemetery as being "for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice."
In the opening prayer he said, "We gather here mindful of Your presence in our lives. As we gather today make known to our hearts the many who have died in defense of our country."
A Nesquehoning man is facing a charge of theft, for stealing from his employer.
Jim Thorpe police said on Tuesday, May 8, they received a complaint from Robert Kuhn Jr., who is owner/operator of Kuhn Transportation, located at 3 Adventure Lane, regarding the theft of about $400 in rolled coins from his business office.
Kuhn related that the coins were in a milk crate underneath his desk. On Wednesday, May 9, Kuhn reported to police that one of his employees, Brian J. Steigerwalt, 34, of 236 Railroad St., Nesquehoning, admitted taking the coins.
Team spirit ran high as students from Lehighton's Mahoning Elementary took part in their annual Olympic Day.
The program serves as a day to get students out of the classroom and into some friendly "international" competition. Boys and girls in kindergarten through fourth grade were broken into five teams representing the United States, Canada, Norway, Mexico, and Japan for a full day of athletic competition.
Pa 4-H compiling history of the program
Pennsylvania 4-H is celebrating 100 years of youth programming. As part of the centennial celebration the planning committee is compiling a history of 4-H through stories.
4-H members, current and former leaders, alumni, current and former extension educators, and/or family members are invited to help tell the story of 100 years of 4-H. The group is hoping to create a historical timeline through stories of those impacted by 4-H.
Stories will be on exhibit around the state throughout 2012. A compilation will be published and offered for sale.
A mixture of rain, some clouds, and balmy temperatures weren't enough to derail attendance at the Palmerton Memorial Pool.
Between 400 to 450 pool-goers jammed the entrance way on Saturday for the 65th annual opening of the pool, which saw temperatures reach the 90-degrees mark.
But, severe thunderstorms hit soon thereafter to put a damper on the first day of the area pool season, according to Larry Arner, general manager of the Palmerton Memorial Park Association.
Two persons were injured, including a young male child, in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 4:26 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, along Interstate 81 in Ryan Township, Schuylkill County.
State police at Jonestown said Terry E. Books, 62, of Newville, Cumberland County, was driving a 1999 Ford F350 truck southbound when the left front tire blew out causing him to lose control. The truck went onto the berm and struck an embankment and several trees before over-turning onto its roof.
May 30, 1941
H. S. Gilbertson of Lansford, superintendent of personnel of the L.N.C. Co., announced the company's proposed plan to construct a new $40,000 plant at Andrewsville, near their present No. 6 plant at the East end of Lansford. The plant will manufacture "lightweight aggregate," which is a substitute building material for the combination of concrete and steel. The L.N.C. has been working for years to perfect this new material and should it prove successful, it will undoubtedly revolutionize the industry.
A Carbon County motorcyclist was slightly injured in a crash in Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 1:48 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, along Mountain Road in Blythe Township.
Troopers said Joseph M. Kupec, 71, of Lansford, was operating a 2002 Harley Davidson northbound when he lost control while negotiating a left curve. Kupec laid the bike down on its left side causing minor damage to the bike. Kupec sustained a minor injury, troopers added.
Troopers said Kupec was cited for the crash.
The Kidder Township Environmental Advisory Committee will host its spring workshop from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, June 2 at the Kidder Township Municipal Building, SR1003, Lake Harmony.
There will be free presentations on gardening and native plants, with free refreshments and door prizes.
Call (570) 722-0107 to register for this free annual event.
Who let the Dawgs out?
Those who participate in the 12th annual Running of the Dawgs 5K Run/Fitness Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday can see for themselves.
The event will be held at the Northern Lehigh Athletic Stadium, 1 Bulldog Lane, Slatington. Registration will take place at 7:30 a.m.
The 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. The post race features awards, a drawing, and dog costume judging.
Preparing for a worst-case scenario in Jim Thorpe
To the repetitive cautionary alert of "Exercise! Exercise!" from the Carbon County 911 Center, a simulated nightmare scenario of a school invasion began at the Jim Thorpe Area High School.
Police, emergency responders, school officials, emergency management agencies and the coroner's office all converged at the site of this frighteningly realistic drill with the official title of "Jim Thorpe High School Active Shooter/Bomber Full Scale Exercise."
Special equipment such as decontamination vehicles and rehab tents also were called to the scene.
'Rumors of War III: Target U.S.' will be shown tonight
The Lehighton 9/12 Project has a special movie presentation this evening.
"Rumors of War III: Target U.S." will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building, 902 Mill Road (Route 902), Lehighton.
Sandy Dellicker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, said the documentary shows that America is under attack and the enemy isn't an ocean away, "it's much closer than you think."
She noted that the film has been shown on Capitol Hill to some members of Congress.
Filmmaker Noah Berlow, a native of Palmerton, along with director Katina Dunn and cinematographer Avi Cohen of Los Angeles are savoring their Award for Best Documentary at the Memphis International Film Festival for their film, "Kumpania Flamenco Los Angeles" presented on April 24 in Memphis, TN.
The Cressona Band will be appearing locally three times over the summer months, providing free entertainment to all.
The first concert will be held at 7 p.m. on June 6 at the Tamaqua ABC Hi Rise, 222 E. Broad St. Next up will be a performance at the East End Playground, at 7 p.m., on July 18. The third appearance will be Aug. 5, from 4-6 p.m., at Heisler's Dairy Bar in the Lewistown Valley.
All of the performances will include show tunes, marches, overtures and songs of yesteryear.
The public is welcome to attend.
Families are invited to the third annual Lehighton School and Community Education/Safety program which will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Lehighton Memorial Pool.
The event is sponsored by Lehighton Area School District, Title One Department and the Lehighton Pool.
This is a fun, free evening of swimming, food and activities all geared to young children.
A Jim Thorpe woman is facing a drug count.
Borough police said on Monday, March 26, about 10:10 p.m. they were dispatched to 421 North St., Apt. 5, for a domestic incident involving Gabrielle Galit, of New York, and her sister, Siobhan T. Carrasso, 50, of that address. While searching for her car keys, police observed Galit open a foot rest belonging to Carrasso, which contained several pipes used to smoke marijuana.
Police siezed the items and asked Carrasso if the items belonged to her. She confirmed that the items belonged to her.
Delaware River Shad Fisherman's Association will hold its 6th annual Youth Fishing Education Day from 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Blue Mountain Fish and Game Club. The event is rain or shine and is limited to the first 100 students ages 8 to 15 years old. Trophies are awarded for fishing contests.
For more information or to register your child for this event, contact Dave Carl at 570-325-4336 or email at email@example.com. Registration is required. Free t-shirt and hat for registered participants.
The Jim Thorpe Area High School stadium was the setting for the Special Olympics in which athletes competed in a wide variety of track and field events that were appropriate to the age and disability level of each individual.
Athletes from three different participating counties in Pennsylvania: Carbon, Luzerne, and Columbia/Montour counties, participated in the events which were appropriately held in conjunction with the annual community celebration honoring Olympian Jim Thorpe on his birthday.
Tamaqua LEO Club members and advisors spent time recently calling and playing BINGO with residents at the St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus in Coaldale. Also on hand were LEO Club advisors and Tamaqua Lions Club members Sue Dolan, Fran Stahl and Liz McElwee, who stated their appreciation to the LEOs for donating their time with the residents.
The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, June 2. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.
Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need grocery size brown paper bags.