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.
Meed's free dinner
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."
The memorial at St. Nicholas Church stands in remembrance of the fallen heroes of
Drivers traveling both directions on Pine Creek Drive, SR54, between Barnesville and Hometown were caught off guard as they came across a mound of washed out dirt and landscaping rocks across both lanes. The owners of a nearby property stated that Saturday's rain storm eroded all their landscaping work, which they just finished only a few days prior. A backhoe was used to clear the road. Rush Township Police, State Police and Rush Township Fire Police helped control traffic around the area.
May 29, 1963
Debra Zellner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Zellner, Stedman Avenue, Lehighton, is observing her birthday today, the same day as President John F. Kennedy. She is a third grade pupil in the First Ward Building. Today Debra received the following letter from President Kennedy's personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln:
The president was very pleased to receive a birthday message from one who shares his birthday and thanking you for you thoughtfulness, he asked me to convey greetings and best wishes."
Scores of uniformed Tamaqua firefighters solemnly marched into church Sunday evening in full parade dress to pay tribute to the caring devotion of departed souls of the Tamaqua Fire Department.
Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, 223 East Broad Street, hosted the 83rd Annual Tamaqua Volunteer Fireman's Association Memorial Service with a worship service led by the Rev. Kevin Roberts.
Saturday's intense rainfall turned this section of Hometown, along SR309, into a small lake.
Mahoning township police officers Audie Mertz and Jeff Frace are investigating a crash Saturday afternoon which lead to taking into custody the female driver of a mini van. Police and the Mahoning Valley fire company responded just before 1 p.m. to a single vehicle crash along SR902 just north of the Mahoning Valley ambulance building. The driver was traveling north when for some unknown reason she lost control of her vehicle with it leaving the east berm impacting with and snapping off a utility pole. The woman was interrogated by officers, handcuffed and removed from the scene.
A Schuylkill County woman is facing drug charges following an incident that occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 27.
State police at Schuylkill Haven said Amanda Lee Campion, 20, of Pottsville, was found in the parking lot of the Manheim Diner, located along SR61 in North Manheim Township, in possession of a marijuana smoking pipe and a metal marijuana grinder. Drug charges are pending, troopers said.
Tamaqua's 144th Annual Memorial Day Service was held at Odd Fellows Cemetery under bright sunny skies and a gentle breeze. Master of ceremonies Jon Zizelmann welcomed the crowd, many of whom had previously attended Tamaqua's Memorial Day Parade. The Tamaqua Raider Band was on hand to provide the National Anthem and several other patriotic selections. Zizlemann welcomed the parade's Grand Marshal Russel L. Kellner, a 91 year old World War II Veteran, who served in both Europe and Japan during the war. Zizlemann also presented the Poppy Queen, Shaina Ristila.
May 29, 1964 Gary Druss collects two hits and scores three runs to help lead Lansford to a 10-7 Black Diamond League comeback victory over Summit Hill. Dave Padora tosses two innings of scoreless relief to gain the pitching win. John Zubek finishes with three hits and a run scored for the Panthers, who use a four-run sixth inning to offset a deficit. Tom Major and Ed Sabol each contribute two hits and two runs scored while Dave Malkin adds two hits and knocks in a pair of runs.
Hometown cemetery a resting place of more than 3,000 veterans
Pennsylvania National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Paul A. Shutter called on the public to do two things in tribute to our veterans.
"Visit the gravesites and give thanks," whenever possible, said the Lansford resident. But just as important: "Reach out and shake the hand of a defender of freedom," and tell them you appreciate their sacrifice, or simply just say thanks.
That was the key message at Monday's annual Sky-View Memorial Park Cemetery service held near the mausoleum at 108 Lafayette Avenue, SR54, Hometown.
SHIPPENSBURG – The TIMES NEWS area was represented quite well on day two of the PIAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday, bringing home medals in seven events.
Tamaqua's Christine Streisel and Eric Hertzog, Jim Thorpe's PJ Johnson, Palmerton's Monty Szukics, the Blue Bombers 4x100 relay team, Northern Lehigh's Caleb Johnson and Pleasant Valley's Kelecia Harris all earned hardware.
Many fire companies throughout our area responded to multiple flood-related incidents over Memorial Day weekend. Incidents ranged from eroded roads, road closures, pump details, water rescues, drain clearing and so on. Pictured pumping out water from a home are volunteer firefighters with the East End Fire Company in Tamaqua.
Saturday's strong storm ripped up new tar, eroded earth and moved large pieces of asphalt and rocks onto the road as it turned Hometown Hill (SR309) into a rushing river. Hometown Fire Department, Rush Township and Kline Township Police closed the right side lane of the hill while volunteers and police removed the debris.
Lehighton firefighter Wayne Nothstein saw the celestial aura of the raging fire several blocks away, en route to the scene at 226 Ochre St. shortly before midnight last night. He knew it was bad.
When Lehighton Fire Department members reached the scene, heavy flames were shooting from the front, second-floor bedroom window.
There was a fear of entrapment. Someone had said there might have been a child inside.
Jason Kufrovich, waits patiently for the rain to lessen, as he parks his Suzuki Intruder 1400 under an old bridge located off of SR309 in South Tamaqua. Kufrovich, a Barnesville native from Greentown, was leaving a well-attended Poker Run at the New Ringgold Fire Company when he and all the bikers were caught off guard by Saturday's quick downpour.
Twenty-nine first offenders, charged with non-violent criminal acts, were placed in the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program by Senior Judge D. Michael Stine in Schuylkill County court.
All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted:
Thousands took to the streets in honor and memory of all military veterans during numerous Memorial Day parades held throughout area. One-year-old Izabella Zelinsky waves Old Glory with her mother, Ashley, during New Philadelphia's annual Memorial Day parade held Monday.
Lehighton United Veterans Organization capped off a weekend of Memorial Day services with a flag raising service honoring all branches of the military at the Shoemaker-Haydt American Legion Post 314, Lehighton on Memorial Day.
The flag raising cemetery followed the main services at the Lehighton Cemetery, where the main speaker was Maj. Gen. James Joseph, assistant adjutant General, Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
10 inches of rain in less than an hour
Over 25 blocks of McAdoo sustained flood or storm damage following Saturday's intense rain storm that left South Kennedy Drive (SR309) under almost four and a half feet of water after 10 inches of rain had fallen in less than an hour. McAdoo Mayor Dane Watro and council members signed a Declaration of Disaster while people were being evacuated and after water levels rose to dangerous levels in many low lying parts of McAdoo.
"We had flooding in this area before, but never this bad," said borough councilwoman Marion DeBalko.
Mahoning township officials closed County Line Road near the West Penn border Saturday evening after waters of the Mahoning Creek covered the roadway.
Area communities were taken by surprise after a strong, yet fast-moving, rainstorm overwhelmed our area Saturday. Up to 10 inches of rain fell in less than an hour. Every community in our area was affected by the storm in one way or another, ranging from heavy rains, high winds, small hail, flooding, fallen trees, power outages, road closures, and earthen erosion.
In addition to pumping out homes and businesses, firefighters and emergency personnel were out in force controlling traffic, removing road debris, closing roads and offering assistance to stranded motorists.
A Rush Township police cruiser responds to flooded properties along Claremont Avenue (SR309) in Hometown. Rush Township Fire Police helped police close parts of SR309 and other flooded roads throughout Hometown.
While approximately 3.8 million children are treated for sport-related injuries each year, many of these injuries are preventable.
This was the message for young athletes, coaches and parents attending a recent sport safety clinic at the Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton, offered by Carbon County Safe Kids. The clinic addressed common safety issues for all types of sports, including hydration, concussion prevention and response, overuse and acute injury prevention, and the use of proper safety equipment.
A Jim Thorpe driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI), and other counts, following an incident on Friday, April 20.
Borough police said about 3:30 p.m. they received a report of a hit-and-run accident that occurred at the intersection of SR209 and Broadway.
Police also received information that the hit-and-run vehicle was a gold truck and the registration came back to Nicholas Kuzo III, 66, of 14 W. Seventh St.
It was also reported that Mahoning Township police were attempting to locate the same vehicle for an earlier report of an erratic driver.
May 26 is becoming a date to remember.
Last year, a hail of a storm ripped through Carbon County, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage to homes and vehicles; flash flooding; and a large-scale power outage.
This past Saturday, one of the strongest thunderstorm cells in recent years tore through the TIMES NEWS coverage area, dropping nearly six inches of rain in a two-hour period, and causing Memorial Day weekend travel problems, roadways to be damaged, and home basements to be flooded.
Saturday's quick rain storm caused damage to area roads throughout our area. In some areas, the forces of the flowing surface water was so intense it tore up the asphalt, tar lines and recent repair patches, as is pictured here on SR209 in Coaldale. Road damage and displaced debris also resulted in numerous road closures throughout our area.
Standing on tippytoes in order to reach the microphone, Our Lady of Angels sixth-grade student Julia Hoben confidently recited Lincoln's Gettysburg Address at Coaldale's two Memorial Day observances Sunday.
Julia was one of several people to take part in the ceremonies. The first ceremony was held in the Seek section of the borough, and the second in front of the Veterans' Memorial Garden, next to Borough Hall.