Aislinn Galvin of Albrightsville, center, receives a certificate from Penn-Kidder Lions Club President Manuel DaCosta, right, after being honored as the May Student of the Month at the Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District. Galvin was joined by her mother Mary Ellen at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Galvin is also the daughter of Joseph Galvin.
Striving to reach out to as many Carbon County veterans as possible, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), in conjunction with local veterans' organizations, encourages all veterans and their families to participate in his first "Salute to Carbon County Veterans Expo" slated for Sunday, July 1, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Jim Thorpe High School auditorium.
Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Weissport trailhead.
May 30, 1955 Nesquehoning's Bill Sluck and Lansford's Mike Kerestes both win two events at the Carbon County track and field meet, held at Summit Hill. Sluck captures the 880 and mile, while Kerestes tops the field in the shot put and discus. The Panthers, who capture the team title by one point over Lehighton, also receive firsts from Bussy Earley (440), Charlie Wernett (broad jump) and Mike Midas (high jump). The Indians get top performances from Carl "Skippy" Koons (100) and LaMar Semmel (pole vault).
Swimmers on a muggy Memorial Day ignored posted signs at closed beaches and jumped right into the storm-fed muddy waters at Tuscarora State Park just north of Tamaqua.
Slatington Lions Club
The first outdoor meeting of the Slatington Lions Club will be held at the Skeet Club Grove at 7 p.m. June 5. This meeting is for members and guests only.
Lions celebrating birthday are William Stein (June 2) and Shawn Wanamaker (June 4).
Seven defendants were found to have violated their probations or parole after a hearing in Schuylkill County court this week. They were:
Suzanne Elizabeth Reber, 28, of 288 Wood St., Cumbola, Blyhthe Township, had her probation revoked by President Judge William E. Baldwin and was re-sentenced to serve four to 18 months in the county prison with credit for serving 81 days. Reber pleaded guilty in December 2010 to a charge of retail theft from Walmart Store in Saint Clair and was placed on probation for 30 months.
Meed's free dinner
A free community dinner will be held at Meed's Methodist Church, 126 West Catawissa St., on Wednesday May 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Senior boxes will be distributed on Friday, June 1 from 10-11 a.m.
NCFC Ladies Auxiliary
The New Columbus Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold its dinner on Tuesday, June 5 at 6 p.m.
St. John Lutheran
Two Schuylkill County men are jailed, charged with the murder of another county resident by tying him to a tree for 20 hours in extreme heat.
State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the suspects as Keith Allen Reber, 48, of 294 Meadow Drive, Schuylkill Haven, and Daniel W. Dull, 25, of 115 Station Rd., Orwigsburg.
The two are charged in the death of Bryan Robert Smith, 26, of Orwigsburg.
A Schuylkill County man, who is the chief operator of the Greater Pottsville Area Sewer Authority, was arrested today on charges that he submitted false monitoring reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as David Kraft, 59, 1210 Pottsville St., Pottsville.
According to the criminal complaint, Kraft allegedly submitted false reports to DEP for the waste water treatment plant's total residual chlorine analysis.
Engine 426 prepares to pull its train load of passengers out of the station in Jim Thorpe this past Memorial Day weekend as the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway kicked of its 2012 train ride season.
Beaches were closed and water was muddy and deep at Tuscarora State Park after Saturday's drenching rain storm. But warnings of off-limits holiday destinations didn't deter a few hundred swimmers and picknickers from enjoying the summertime destination on Memorial Day.
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.
Rush Township workers and firefighters were seen throughout the township clearing roads from erosion washouts following Saturday's heavy rain storm.
Good Samaritans, middle and right vehicles, offer assistance to a stranded motorist on Dennison Street in Rush Township.
Q. I'm 68 years old and I want to know how much Vitamin D you need to be healthy.
The U.S. Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences has established Adequate Intake (AI) levels for vitamin D. The daily levels in International Units (IU) for everyone are as follows according to age:
Ÿ Under 50 - 200 IU
Ÿ From 50-70 - 400 IU
Ÿ Over 70 - 600 IU
This home, which sits along the usually quiet and peaceful Mahoning Creek in Mahoning Township, was inundated by waters Saturday evening when the stream left its banks due to a period of violent rain storms that rolled through the area.
What will happen if service is ended?
It's been at least 35 years that the Carbon County K-9 service was established. It came about because Carbon had no way of dealing with a growing problem of dogs running loose.
At that time, the closest SPCA was located in Stroudsburg and the service provided to Carbon County wasn't adequate.
Last week, the Carbon County Commissioners announced that they are considering doing away with the K-9 program; that it has become to expensive. A $27,000 dog enforcement grant which the county had received from the state is being eliminated because of the state's budget cuts.
A young woman escaped serious injury Monday morning when she rolled her car along Hahn's Dairy road just east of the intersection with Spruce Hollow road. The woman appeared to be traveling west when she lost control swerving to the right, striking an earth embankment, rolling and coming to rest on its wheels. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.
Many borough and township workers spent a majority of their Memorial Day weekend providing emergency maintenance to area roads and property affected by Saturday's flash flood. Pictured is a Hometown worker removing rocks from a street in Hometown. Many townships and boroughs will spend a couple weeks recovering from the storm.
Christy Lisella estimates that for an incredible 70 years he's been participating in every annual Memorial Day parade in Summit Hill. None likely affected the modest, 91-year-old World War II veteran and life-long resident of the Hilltop community like yesterday's parade
He had tears in his eyes when he was introduced before the parade as the grand marshal. He expressed his thankfulness in just a few words for granting him the honor. He rode in a convertible, smiling and waving to the hundreds of people who lined the parade route on a most glorious day.
Horses & Horizons sets open house
Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. will hold its 12th annual open house from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 10.
There will be light refreshments and lesson demonstrations.
For those interested in becoming a volunteer with the program, a required volunteer training session will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the center.
For more information and directions, contact Janie Miller at (570) 386-4280 or email@example.com; or Elaine Smith at (570) 386-5679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
They protect us, whether in peacetime, or time of war.
It's only fair and just, then, that those special warriors be recognized for their acts of heroism, much as they were at the annual Palmerton Memorial Day Parade on Sunday.
The parade was again sponsored by the United Veteran's Organization of Palmerton, which is comprised of the American Legion Post 269 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7134.
Weatherly Area PTA is still collecting shoes for the recycling project that had been held in conjunction with Go Green family night.
Bring old shoes to Field Day on June 4, to continue the ShoeBox Recycling Project.
For more information, contact Donnell Stump, PTA president at (570) 579-8801 or email email@example.com.
Fast moving surface water resulted in road and soil erosion throughout our area. Pictured affected by Saturday's rain storm is Dock Street in Lansford. Lansford Borough workers were seen working in the rain to repair eroded areas.
Meed's free dinner
A free community dinner will be held at the Meed's Methodist Church, 126 West Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, on Wednesday, May 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Many youth and community groups placed flowers on veterans' graves over the weekend during memorial services to remember those who served.
The H.D. Buehler Memorial Pool at Tamaqua's Bungalow Park was overrun with surface water, debris and mud during Saturday's flash flooding, resulting in a murky and debris-filled pool. Prior to Saturday's flash flooding, borough workers had the pool sparkling blue and ready for opening day of the season, June 2nd. This week, borough workers are planning on redraining, recleaning and refilling the pool. Rob Jones, Public Works Director, said, "Despite this large setback, we still hope to have the pool open for the season this Saturday, June 2nd."