While it is generally known that, at a ceremony in 1983, duplicates of the gold medals that Jim Thorpe won for his record-breaking performance in the Decathlon and Pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics were presented to his family, it is much less known that around the same time, a series of duplicate medals of Thorpe's AAU victories were likewise struck and given to his children.
The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the sixth year of its popular free Summer Concert Series, with mini concerts scheduled every other Thursday into September. This week's event will feature the country music of Jeremiah Jones.
Additional events will include: July 19, Steve Brosky and Jimmy Meyer (blues); Aug. 2, Lizard Creek (Celtic); Aug. 16, Large Flower Heads (60s classics); Aug. 30, The Todd Wolfe Band; Sept. 13, It Takes Two (variety).
June 28, 1923
Martin Brennan and Joseph Engleman of Mauch Chunk, who were reported as being held at Sunbury for an alleged train hold-up, stated today that the circumstances were exactly opposite. Both men were riding from Altoona and when they reached Catawissa, two escaped convicts, wearing prison garb, entered the freight car and after a battle, robbed them, taking their money, gold watch, and clothing. The police chief provided them with clothing and they have returned to Mauch Chunk. They said they were amazed when they saw an article which stated they held up the train.
The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is thrilled to announce that it will be one of the first venues outside of Europe to host Toulouse-Lautrec and His World, during the summer of 2013.
This traveling exhibition is on loan from the collection of the Heraklaidon Museum in Athens, Greece, and focuses on the art and life of one of the most fascinating artists and personalities of the Belle Époque (Beautiful Era) in France, which dates from the late 19th century through World War I.
Clinton Howard Schafer and Gayle Ann Schafer, 219 Harrity Rd., Parryville.
Cory Steven Swartz and Caitlin Marie Spiker, 68 Rhume St., Nesquehoning.
Brent Adam Harris, 183 1/2 N. Seventh St., Apt. B, Lehighton, and Angela Marie Lobien, 101 Maple Ave., Lehighton.
Ryan Michael Moser and Ashley Lynn Keiper, 29 1/2 E. Ridge St., Lansford.
Stanley Roland Kieffer and Celesse Ann Phillips, 246 Hudsondale St., Weatherly.
John Robert Motola III and Nadine Kathryn Simmons, 1020 Towamensing Rd., Lehighton.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), Alec Campbell, Mauch Chunk Div.1 of Carbon County held a Memorial Mass to commemorate the "Day of the Rope", on the 135th anniversary of the execution of the Molly Maguires in 1877 at what is now the Old Jail Museum in Jim Thorpe (then Mauch Chunk).
On June 21st of that year, four men accused of being Molly Maguires were hanged at the Carbon County Prison on West Broadway.
Those hanged in Mauch Chunk were : Alec Campbell, John "Yellow Jack" Donahue, Michael Doyle and Edward Kelly.
June 28, 1976 George Harris delivers a run-scoring double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Lehighton a 4-3 Lehigh Valley League walk-off win over Whitehall. Harris brings home Mike Galasso, who started the rally by being hit by a pitch. Kevin Moyer goes the distance on the mound for the pitching win. Moyer, whose three-run homer accounts for his team's other runs, scatters five hits and strikes out six batters.
New teacher evaluations called 'ground breaking
The competition for jobs in the workplace these days is stronger than ever, fueled by the high numbers of unemployed college graduates. Whether it's someone in sports or an employee in private industry, if the performance isn't there, one can have much anxiety about job security.
It is little surprise, therefore, that on Wednesday, state lawmakers voted 199-0 for a compromise amendment to overhaul the way teachers and principals are evaluated in the commonwealth. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster, called the compromise "ground breaking legislation."
It's been one of the area's premier entertainment destinations for as long as anyone can remember.
After all this time, Becky's Drive In, Inc. at 4548 Lehigh Drive, along Route 248 in Walnutport, shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Much to its enchantment, the drive in has been selected as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.
Mary Mayberry, president, Becky's Drive In, said the family is "honored" by the distinction.
Nesquehoning police reported on the following citations issued by officers.
Speeding tickets were issued by Officer Timothy Wuttke along state Routes 93 and 209, with speeds reaching 81 miles-per-hour, in a 55, 56 in a 40, 58 in a 40, 74 in a 55, 72 in 55, and 78 in a 55. Citations were issued on June 11 and 17. Also a driving under suspension citation in the 400 block of W. Catawissa St., on June 17.
Officer Dane O'Brien issued a red light violation on June 16 at Mermon and Catawissa sts.
ALLENTOWN - "So far so good."
The first words uttered by Utley after the game were a bit of an understatement considering what had just occurred.
The 10,100 capacity fans at Coca-Cola Park represented all Phillies fans as they gave a standing ovation to their hero as he rounded the bases in the top of the fourth inning. Moments earlier, the slugging second baseman drilled a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for a solo home run.
Two Summit Hill residents were cited for disorderly conduct in two separate incidents in Summit Hill.
The first incident occurred at 1:31 a.m., on April 23. Officers received a report of loud music coming from a residence at 39 W. Walter St. Upon arrival they tried to confront Lawrence Mustacchio, 53, of the above residence about the loud music but he refused to answer the door.
On May 17, at 5:14 p.m., police received a report of a disturbance at 243 E. Hazard St. Upon arrival, they learned that the resident of the home, Frank Melnick, 28, was causing a disturbance.
June 27, 1965
James Nardozzi, Nesquehoning, was elected president of the Panther Valley Chapter of Unico at a meeting held in Coniglio's Grove, Nesquehoning. His associates on the executive staff are: Michael Cerimele, first vice president; John Polumbo, secretary; Frank Molinari, treasurer; John Ricciardi, wrangler; attorney Joseph Greco, parliamentarian; the Rev. A. J. Angelini, chaplain; and Samuel Damiano, three-year trustee. The retiring president is Frank Arieta.
Members of the Milton Rotary Club and others trekked 380 miles in five days as part of their second annual Rotary Pedals Out Polio Bike Ride held to raise donations in Rotary Club's campaign to eradicate poliomyelitis/polio, or Poliomyelitis; a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. The virus spreads by direct person-to-person contact, by contact with infected mucus or phlegm from the nose or mouth, or by contact with infected feces.
A workforce training initiative aimed at improving employability skills among high school graduates has done so well in schools throughout Schuylkill, Luzerne and Erie counties over the past six years, that two Penn State University campuses will continue to offer scholarships to students who have successfully completed the workforce training program. McCann School of Business and Technology has also stated that they will also include graduates within an existing scholarship they currently offer.
Both sides in an argument were cited by police.
State police at Frackville said Jennifer L. Swope, 26, and Marc Anthony Greenaway, 25, both of 174 Market St., Cumbola, Blythe Township, engaged in a verbal argument about 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at their residence.
The argument eventually turned physical, troopers said. Both were issued citations for harassment.
"Moonrise Kingdom" is the cinema discovery of the 2012 summer movie season.
"Moonrise Kingdom" captures youthful summer vacation adventures. It's a rare cinema experience you don't want to end and could see again and again.
"Moonrise Kingdom" is a throwback to 1980's cinema: the pre-teen world view of "Stand By Me"(1986); the rambunctiousness of "Raising Arizona" (1987); and the charm of "A Christmas Story" (1983), "Back to the Future" (1985) and "The Princess Bride" (1987). It's "The Wonder Years" (1988) with twists.
Heroic acts can restore our faith in humanity
This has been a week to recognize people for their remarkable and selfless achievements.
On our local scene Monday night, the Mauch Chunk Trust Company honored four outstanding volunteers as Community Heroes. Connie Reinhart of Palmerton, Peter L. Kern of Brodheadsville, Larry Wittig of Andreas and Rose Marie Mikulski of Lansford joined a distinguished list of 81 people who have been honored since the MCT started the Heroes program in 2000.
An urgent meeting was called by the Schuylkill Tax Collection Committee to deal with a problem it was having with the firm hired to collect the Occupation Privilege and Earned Income taxes for the 62 municipalities and 13 school districts in the county.
Five area residents were among 15 who entered guilty pleas to criminal chargers in Schuylkill County court recently and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell as follows:
Over 290 dirt bike racers, ages 5 to 77, took to the woods and rocky hills west of Tamaqua during five races held via the 8th annual RORR (Reading Off Road Riders) ECEA Series Hare Scramble.
"We keep coming back to Tamaqua. We love the rocks and hills," said Dale Sweigert, RORR Vice President. "Tamaqua offers more challenges for racers compared to other southern races."
Tamaqua Patrolman Peter Wysochansky was serving a warrant on Gary Leland Scott Jr., 25, of 14 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, when he discovered a plastic bag containing green vegetable matter in the suspect's front pocket.
The incident occurred at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Charges are pending.
PV school board
The Pleasant Valley Board of Education will meet at 8 p.m., Thursday in the district office in Brodheadsville.
Free fun time
The Western Pocono Lioness Club, in cooperation with the West End Park and Open Space Commission, will host its Patriotic Coloring contest for children 5-12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at the Chestnuthill Township Park in Brodheadsville. Winners must be present at award time.
Other activities include crafts, writing a letter to a soldier and free ice cream.
The activity is in honor of the Fourth of July.
The Tamaqua Seniors met June 21 at the Tamaqua Community Center with 82 members in attendance.
President Jean Machamer conducted the business session and provided an inspirational reading. Rose Vallee provided the invocation, entitled "Little Things." Vice President Nancy Gerber and secretary Joan Anne Garber provided their reports.
Northern Valley's offense couldn't get much going against Lower Macungie and suffered a Lehigh Valley Legion loss on Tuesday.
Tamaqua, meanwhile, was hurt by nine errors in dropping a Schuylkill-Berks contest to Pottsville.
No. Valley-Lower Mac
Lower Macungie scored two early runs in the first inning to help secure a 4-1 victory over Northern Valley.
Kirk Bender, Payton Bachman, Cody Hallman, Austin Kelly, Tyler Harris each had a hit for Northern Valley.
Colin Breidinger also had a hit and knocked in the only run for the Chargers.
Six area residents were among 27 defendants who pleaded guilty to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell.
Norman S. Paisley, 50, of 422 W. Rowe St., Tamaqua, involved in accident by striking the side of the house at 415 Nescope St., Tamaqua, was placed on probation for 12 months and on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia must serve an additional six months probation.
Training competition held at No. 9 Mine
More than 70 trained volunteers and mine rescue personnel from local, state and federal agencies took part in a Mine Emergency Response Drill (MERD) competition Tuesday at the No. 9 Mine in Lansford.
During the competition, officials with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), were placed at numerous locations inside and outside the mine, testing the abilities of three mine rescue teams. Each of the three teams, all from Anthracite Underground Rescue in Tremont, was comprised of coal or stone miners.
Fourteen first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon Couny's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program by county judges.
If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.
All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.
Placed by Judge Joseph J. Matika were the following:
Members of the Carbon-Schuylkill Industrial Development Corporation recently made a donation to the Lansford Historical Society to help cover its costs with a heating system, display cases and other operational costs associated with hosting the society. Members of the Lansford Historical Society are currently working to organize the memorabila that has been donated by borough residents and businesses. Accepting the donation for the society is Bill Harleman, president of the Lansford Historical Society, center. Members of the CSIDC presenting the check are, from left, Richard E.
David Yenser, 29, of 132 Avenue A, Palmerton, was cited for disorderly conduct. The violation occurred on June 19 at 10:08 p.m. in the 100 block of Avenue A.
Criminal charges were filed against Derick Hymans, 20, of 217 B, S. Third St., Lehighton, for habitual offender, driving under suspension, careless driving, and speeding. The incident occurred on June 11 at 10:45 a.m. on SR248 east.
Revenue from deeds
Carbon County Recorder of Deeds Emmett P. McCall reported his office recorded 219 deeds, 236 mortgages and 494 other writs during the month of May.
As a result of those transactions, McCall turned over to the Carbon County General Fund the sum of $32,659.69. A breakdown of that revenue includes: transfer fees, $27,411.50; data processing fees, $1,921.01; notaries, $80; commission on transfers and writs, $2,108.38; and Affordable Housing administrative fee, $1,138.80.