At least one person was injured Friday afternoon after a van took a wild ride across a lawn in Towamensing Township.
The incident occurred at 3:30 p.m. when the driver of a mini van, traveling north on Hickory Road, lost control. The vehicle left the right berm, traveled down a steep grass embankment and continued on several hundred feet across a lawn before ending up in a clump of trees.
The Palmerton ambulance transferred at least one victim to an area hospital. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.
Geri King is an avid reader of this column, who today became a contributor.
The Coaldale resident believes that by exercising your mind, you have a better chance of having a healthy mind.
So she sent along a quiz in which 30 compound words and two-word phrases were assembled. The words and phrases all have something in common their first halves start with the letter F, and their second halves starts with the letter P (as in Fun Puzzle).
Crossword-style clues have been provided for each one, some straightforward and others downright tricky.
Pinzgauer a star of the all-terrain tours Former troop transport of the Swiss Army offers some strong off-road capabilities
While driving through the Jim Thorpe traffic intersection, you may have seen a military vehicle parked in front of Pocono Whitewater's Adventure Central.
The tough-looking vehicle is known as a Pinzgauer all-terrain transport, a rugged magic carpet ready to take riders through the rough and tumble backwaters, chasms and abandoned strip mines of Carbon and Schuylkill counties.
A single home in Lehighton sustained minor damage after a fire broke out at about 8:25 p.m. Friday.
It took firemen about 10-15 minutes to extinguish the fire at 219 Ochre Street. Samantha Frable lives at the residence with her fiance but were not at home when the fire began.
Borough Fire Chief Gary Frable said the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but believed it started in the kitchen. Some damage was done to one wall and the contents of the stove, he said.
"I'm sick of hearing about this Sandusky thing," said a man at the supermarket.
Nobody can blame him. It's been plastered in the news since last year. But don't expect it to go away with a guilty verdict. This case has only just begun. There will be civil suits brought against Penn State, Dottie Sandusky and others.
More criminal charges likely will come, too. And books will be written.
I would like to encourage more people to "go take a walk!" No, I don't mean that in anger, rather I wish more people would take a walk on the towpath from Weissport to Jim Thorpe. What started out for me was rehabilitation for a total knee replacement back in February, and has moved into what I would like to call, "A spiritual journey."
Many Tamaqua area youth have taken to the cool waters during their hot summer break. The H.D. Buehler Memorial Bungalow Pool was thriving with youth over the past few days as temperatures rose into the mid 90's.
Before you get too comfortable, get up and grab a cereal box from the cupboard. Any cereal box will do. They are all required by law to display our topic of discussion: a Nutrition Facts panel.
Several area residents were among 32 who were approved by Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon to be admitted in the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program.
The program is for first time offenders in non-violent crimes.
They were admitted into the program by Judge John E. Domalakes, who imposed certain conditions. If they successfully complete the program their record will be wiped clean. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.
All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted:
An extensive search was conducted last night in Lansford for a missing teenager who reportedly took a dog for a walk earlier in the day.
The dog returned home without the teen.
The search was primarily in the area of Dock Street and on coal mining property.
Searchers included the Lansford Fire Department, Summit Hill Fire Department, Lansford Police, coal mine personnel, the Northeast Search and Rescue Squad, and a helicopter.
FREELAND In 2001, the Arizona Diamondbacks won the World Series defeating the New York Yankees.
A big reason for their success was their one-two punch of Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson. The two future Hall-of-Famers overpowered batters at the plate time and time again.
The Tamaqua 11 & 12 year-old baseball squad looks to be following the game plan of the 2001 D'backs.
Sometimes, the Internet offers inspirational stories. The seventy-five year old bodybuilding grandma is one example.
Baltimore resident Ernestine Shepherd claims she was never athletic, didn't start exercising until she was almost 60 and didn't start body building exercises until she was 71.
Almost three years later, she won her first bodybuilding contest. Check out her amazing sculptured body on the Internet.
A group child care center is headed to Lower Towamensing Township.
The township's Zoning Hearing Board unanimously agreed on Thursday to grant residents Thomas and Heather Pasquariello the necessary means to conduct the center as a home occupation at 2605 Hahn's Dairy Road.
Bids are expected to be awarded Monday, June 9, for the demolition of three houses in Lehighton, making way for construction of the expansion of the Lehighton Fire Department.
Three bids reportedly were received and opened this week.
Engineers and borough officials will review the bids before recommendations are made to borough bouncil.
The houses being demolished are located between the Lehigh Fire Company No. 1 building and the Engine Company No. 2 (Station 2) building on South Third Street.
Recently I had the privilege of adopting an Old English Mastiff named "Mama Duke" from the Carbon County Animal Shelter in Nesquehoning.
When I went up to pick her up I also took along a load of supplies to donate to the shelter. Items included raw hides, milk bones, Clorox, and assorted soft "yummy" treats.
The 1935 Mauch Chunk Catholic football team, who were nicknamed "The Little Notre Damers" was one of the finest gridiron squads ever assembled in the now Jim Thorpe community.
Over a period of three seasons and over a span of 27 games the Cougars compiled a record of 21-4, with two ties. Their best team in that stretch came in 1935 under the guidance of coach Larry B. Morris. Morris played football at Gettysburg College, and after his playing days were over, took a job as a teacher as East Mauch Chunk High School and also took the head coaching position at Mauch Chunk Catholic.
By WILLIAM TAYLOR REIL
We are constantly told and taught that our government has three "co-equal" branches. But our historical documents prove that this is not what the framers of the State Constitutions and the Constitution for the United States of America intended.
James Madison stated, among other things, in Federalist Paper #51: "In republican government, the legislative authority necessarily predominates."
In Federalist Paper #78, Alexander Hamilton stated, in part:
A club award, individual recognitions, including the naming of Lion of the Year, and the installation of officers highlighted the recent meeting of the Western Pocono Lions Club at the American Legion Post home in Gilbert.
Special guest District Governor Scott Dudley, joined by his parents, Past District Governors Ed and Judy Dudley, participated in the program.
The first honor was given to the club. That recognition was the club's placing third in District 14U in membership.
"Let's go for first next year," one club Lion suggested.
Members of the Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue (TAAR) are looking for a new location to house their equipment and temporary housing kennels and are seeking public help.
The equipment is currently located on the grounds at the Tamaqua sewer plant located on Sewer Plant Road.
President Sue Schafer stressed the importance of owning TARR owning its own land, as to better receive assistance and to provide better care for the animals.
For some Americans, the real meaning of Independence Day has been lost amid the barbecues, hot dogs, hamburgers and funnel cakes.
They will go to fireworks celebrations in their communities. There may be bands playing patriotic music and everyone will sing the national anthem as they have done all of their lives.
All programs kept but fund balance drained
No tax increase.
Those three words spell big relief to the taxpayers in the Pleasant Valley School District.
At the June 28 school board meeting, the board of directors approved the new 2012-2013 final budget, 8-0, with board director Harvey Frable absent.
This means the millage will remain the same as last year at 146.016 and will maintain the current programming for the district's 6,000 students. The total budget is $92,511,437.
From the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the present wars and all the sacrifices in between, those who gave their lives are too many to count. We must never forget those who fought. May we all remember those who have made this nation "the land of the free, and the home of the brave." Our debt to gratitude cannot be measured.
So many soldiers and others in the military have sacrificed that you and I may live in freedom.
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah, the ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah, the ants go marching eight by eight and ruined a perfectly good Funny Cake, and they all go marching down to the ground, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
I'm highly upset. Not that I had ants, but because they stole my Funny Cake from me!
My Aunt Arlene use to make Funny Cakes and then my mom started to make them. Hmmm, good. This Pennsylvania Dutch treat marries a combination of all my favorites ... pie crust, white cake and gooey chocolate.
Survivor sharing her knowledge of nutrition with others
For some, the diagnosis of cancer is threatening. For Michele Varley, her diagnosis of cancer was a challenge.
In 2003, troubled by pain to the right side of her abdomen, Varley saw her doctor.
"I was sent for blood work and an ultrasound, and told that I had the early stages of liver cancer," she said. "They told me about the protocol that they wanted to do: drug therapy, radiation and chemotherapy. Everyone that I knew that had liver cancer and followed the protocol had died. I didn't consider it as an option and I didn't do it."
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, has received a $6,866 grant from the Gloria M. Young Ornithological Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation to support the care and maintenance of its four resident live raptors: a red-tailed hawk, a screech owl, an American kestrel and a great-horned owl.
Do you prefer celebrating Independence Day on the actual July 4 date, or would you rather see it observed as a Monday holiday such as Memorial Day and Labor Day?
I would like to thank Commissioner Tom Gerhard for reading my letter concerning the light that was out for 3 1/2 years at a dock at Mauch Chunk Lake. He was the main force for getting it replaced.
Thank you, Tom, and also I would like to thank the staff at the lake and special thank you to Jack Herman for replacing the bulb.
From all the fisherman at the lake.
June 30, 1994 Dan Borden collects three hits, one of them a two-run single, to help the Birches claim a 10-4 Northampton County League victory over Lehigh/West Bethlehem. Ross Borger gains the pitching win and also helps his own cause with an RBI double. John Dispenza contributes a two-run double while Alan Gethan delivers a two-run single.