"What do you think of the sanctions handed down by the NCAA to the Penn State football program? Are they too harsh or too lenient?"
Recently Sis and I went to a terrific concert performed by the Cressona Band. The concert was a real treat but while I was there, I was not only embraced by the music, I was truly in a reverie of childhood memories. It was real Americana too; the concert was at the East End playground in Tamaqua, part of my old playing grounds with my cousin Joseph, who lived nearby.
10, 13, 15, 28, 38: No, these are not the numbers of last night's Cash 5 drawing.
They are amounts of fiber in grams. The last two, 28 and 38, are what the United States Department of Agriculture determines to be sufficient daily amounts for females and males.
The first two, 10 and 13, are what a study done at Georgia Health Sciences University found female and male teenagers ingest. The middle number, 15, is the USDA's estimate for the average American.
Parryville mayor declares state of emergency
There isn't a street in Parryville that wasn't affected by Thursday's violent storm that swept through the area.
On Main Street, wires dangle to mere inches off the street.
On Center Street, a roof blew off one house and much of the siding was torn off another.
On every street, trees were toppled. Thursday evening, officials said all entrances to the town were still blocked by the trees, leaving it a town left standing on its own since nobody could enter or exit the community.
As someone who has been involved in some successes and some failures in public service, I think genuine criticism and discussion are important parts of the democratic process.
I am writing in response to Larry Padora's letter that appeared in your paper. This is the type of negative nastiness that turns people off from participating in elections and politics.
Four persons were injured in a two-vehicle crash at the entrance to a Schuylkill County mall. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash occurred about 10:49 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, along SR61 at the entrance to the Cressona Mall, in North Manheim Township.
Troopers said Todd Moyer, 25, of Schuylkill Haven, operating a 1993 Ford Ranger pickup truck, was southbound in the left lane when he failed to observe a steady red light at the intersection.
Palmerton Borough Public Works Department employees Todd Merkel and Joel George attempt to clean up the debris at Fifth and Columbia following Thursday evening's storm.
Star light, star bright, the stars shining at the Palmerton Area Library are quite a sight. This year's summer reading program's theme was "Dream Big Read!" To encourage everyone to read, the library is sponsoring a reading contest for children and adults, with three prizes to be awarded per age category. For every book read, the registered reader puts his/her name on a star and it is added to a star chain.
The annual Concourse Club of Palmerton Art Show for adults and students, in all media and photography, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9 from 1-4 p.m. at St. John Neuman School at 3rd and Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.
If interested in entering the show, applications can be obtained from www.concourseclub.org or at the Palmerton Area Library, 402 Delaware Ave., or by calling 610-377-0530.
Tamaqua Area School District students participating in sports and/or any extracurricular activity, or who have a school parking permit is subject to random drug and alcohol testing, as established in 2010. Random drug testing of non-participating students is also available if the district receives a parental request. Students must provide a signed parental consent form before participating.
Students in Panther Valley School District's middle and senior high schools and the Jim Thorpe Area School District's high school may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 each to attend private schools under the state's $50 million Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program in the upcoming school year.
Miranda L. M. Leone and Nathan L. Day, 117 W. Broad St., Tamaqua.
Megan S. Parker and Jason D. Joy, 127 New Philadelphia Road, New Philadelphia.
Tina M. Boyce, 17 Stratton Drive, Zion Grove, North Union Township, and Scott K. Ritzman, 8 Hallton Hill Road, Pine Grove.
Tracey J. Williams, 21 Mush Dahl Road, New Ringgold, and Michael Chickilly II, 684 Arrow Road, New Ringgold.
July 27, 1956 Steve Yasenchak singles home Jim Kristoff with two outs in the ninth inning to complete a comeback and give Tamaqua a 4-3 walk-off win over Lehighton in Tri-County Legion action. Trailing 3-0, the winners tie the game in the eighth frame on a two-run double by Larry Leitzel and RBI single by Bob Lusky. Yasenchak, Leitzel and Dave Evans all finish with two hits. Kristoff earns the pitching win with two scoreless innings of relief. Starter Joe Thomas strikes out eight batters in his seven innings of work.
17th annual Art in the Park Show at the Chestnuthill Twp. Park, Rt. 715-Brodheadsville on Sunday, July 29 from 12-4 p.m.
Riverside Rhythm (swing band) will be performing from 1 – 3 p.m. Over 30 of the areas finest artists will be exhibiting.
Enjoy art and a concert free.
Volunteers Lee Arner and Tom Davies this morning clean up the remnants from an 80-90-foot tree that fell at the Palmerton Memorial Park as the result of Thursday evening's storm.
A New Ringgold man was one of four defendants who received hearings in the Schuylkill County Court on bench warrants which were issued for their arrest.
Michael Vincent Gustis, 31, of 111 Bear Creek Drive, had his bench warrant dissolved by Judge James P. Goodman and bail reinstated.
The horrible events that unfolded in Aurora, Colo. one week ago prove that we don't have to look to Hollywood, or to a concert stage or sporting event to find real heroes in our society.
With the end of summer approaching, parents need to be certain that their children are ready for school before Aug. 27. It is extremely important for parents to register their children for kindergarten and grades one through five before school begins.
In order to register a child for kindergarten in the Panther Valley School District, the child must be 5 years of age before Oct. 1, 2012.
A state-issued birth certificate or other acceptable proof of name and age along with immunization records and two proofs of residency are required for each child registering.
After an epic night of playoff basketball on Wednesday evening, the championship game has been set for the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) Summer Basketball League.
With a semifinal win over Batter's Box, defending ESRC Winter League Champion Ryan's Oil & Heating has advanced to tonight's championship game, where they will meet three-time defending summer league champion R.R. Frey Services (a semifinal winner over Schick's Café Calcutta).
The Summit Hill Recreation recently held its 2012 Mini Olympics competition at the Ginter Field in that community. Event winners included Brenna McAndrew, front-left, and Isabella Miller, front-right; middle row, from left, Matthew Juracka, Trey McAndrew, Michael Pascoe, Harry Swinehart and Jonas Swinehart; and back, same order, Ava Kosciolek, Cassidy Englert, Megan Pascoe, Justin Juracka, Sarah Hood, Chloie Englert, Sophia Tuccillo and Brenna Beshock.
"Never ever give your Medicare ID number to anyone," said Kathy McIntosh of PA Senior Medicare Patrol. She was the speaker at the Western Pocono Women's Club and the topic was Medicare Fraud.
"Medicare will never call you or come to your door. So you should never give your Medicare ID number to anyone who asks," she said.
"If anyone calls you or comes to your home and offers you something from Medicare for free but first you have to give them your ID number, remember this, Medicare gives nothing away free."
The Marian High School Class of 1963 will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. to plan their 50th class reunion.
The meeting will be held at Basile's Italian Restaurant in Hometown.
Any members of the class wishing to be on the reunion committee are invited to attend
A member of the Bowmanstown Volunteer Fire Company uses a chainsaw to cut trees that were knocked down along Route 248 following Thursday evening's storm.
The Carbon County Navy Club will meet Monday, July 30, 7:30 p.m. at the VFW at 300 E. Center St., Nesquehoning. Scott Reinhart will be in charge. New members are welcome. Applications will be available at the meeting.
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Linda Kelly and State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan today announced that narcotics agents and troopers, along with local police officers in communities across Pennsylvania, have executed more than 50 search warrants as part of a statewide crackdown on the trafficking and sale of dangerous synthetic drugs.
HARRISBURG – The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster), convened this morning to review a proposal sponsored by Senators David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) that would eliminate the school district property taxes and replace the funding for public schools with a new mixture of expanded sales and state income taxes.
In what was an all too common sight after Thursday evening's vicious storms that passed through our area, a large branch broke off of a tree on the Asa Packer Mansion property in Jim Thorpe just to the rear of the county court house partially blocking Packer Hill Road.
SR248 was closed eastbound Thursday evening when strong winds brought down a large tree across the two lanes.
PV Class of 1992
The Panther Valley Class of 1992 will be holding a 20th reunion on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 8 p.m., at the Fire Company Roadside Rest in Nesquehoning. Notifications have been sent out via Facebook and through word of mouth.
PV Classes of '90, '91, '93, and '94
Mrs. Bush's Pet Show
Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home is looking for animals to participate in the sixth annual Pet Show on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.
Animals are welcome with current updated shot records. Many prizes will be awarded for different categories and there is no fee to enter, but they ask that you bring along a pet item to donate to a local shelter (food, bedding, etc.).
Some categories will include smallest and largest pet, most talented, unique and many more.
Tonight, 7 Walkers will be making their first venue appearance
More concerts have been added to the calendar for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, and tickets for two of them go on sale tomorrow.
Meanwhile, tonight at the venue, 7 Walkers will be making their debut appearance.
Bill Kreutzmann, former Grateful Dead drummer, formed 7 Walkers whose sound is an electrifying mix of New Orleans funk and classic Bay Area rock which they have dubbed "swampadelic."
Their name comes from the title of one of their songs.
Tonight's concert starts at 8 o'clock. Tickets at the door are $25.