Members of the Lewistown Valley Gardening Club received top place awards in the horticulture and craft departments. From left are Judy Kellner, who received awards in artistic arrangements; Linda Leiby, who placed top with her vegetables; June Leiby, who received top awards for her sea shell and dried flowers wreath; Mary Bridygham, who placed first for her prayer quilt; Evelyn Adams, who received high awards for her artistic flower arrangements; and Karen Winkleman, who received best of show and earned the judge's choice with her counted cross stitch.
Tamaqua Police are investigating an act of criminal mischief that took place at the South Ward Playground on Friday.
Officers were dispatched to the playground, at 299 Penn St., at 3:51 p.m. and met with Lee Calkins of the playground association. According to the report, a man identified as Michael Wimer, 25, had used a pocket knife to damage one of the benches at the park. Wimer had told Calkins he lived at 215 E. Elm St., Tamaqua, but when the officer checked, neighbors said the residents of that address had been evicted.
Nesquehoning police reported on the following citations issued by officers.
Officer Timothy Wuttke issued a speeding ticket on Aug. 24 along SR93, for going 81 miles-per-hour, in a 55 zone; on Aug. 26, for following too closely, on SR209; and on the same date speeding, 56 in 40 zone, on SR209.
Officer Brian White issued a stop sign citation on Aug. 26 at state routes 209 and 93.
Lehighton Girl Scout makes catnip toys for New Ringgold kitten rescue
Lehighton Girl Scout Samantha Schanowolf, 14, decided to do what she likes best when she came up with the idea of making and donating over a hundred multi-colored catnip-filled pillow play toys to the Cat's Peek Rescue in New Ringgold.
She, along with fellow girl scouts, family members and volunteer Lisa Hawk of Lehighton spent numerous hours putting these pillows together. This act was also a way for Schanowolf to pursue her Girl Scout Silver Award, which requires 60 hours spent on completing a project that helps the community.
Slatington police reported a drug arrest made by officers.
Police said Tyler Westwood, 20, who has no current address, was arrested about 1:02 a.m. on Aug. 3 in the unit block of Oak Alley.
He was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was arraigned on the charge and later committed to the Lehigh County prison on a probation violation, police said.
Louis F. Genther Jr., 72, of Schwenksville, escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash Aug. 27 at 1:20 p.m. on Route 61 in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, according to state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.
The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, will offer an Introduction to Photography class from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Rejects jury trial
Kevin Michael Hook, 27, last known address, Cressona, was scheduled to go on trial before a jury but had a change of heart and pleaded guilty to charges of theft and receiving stolen property.
Judge John E. Domalakes accepted the guilty plea and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a pre-sentence investigation. Hook was released on his current bail and ordered to report on Tuesday, Oct. 4, for sentencing.
Slatington police reported the arrest of a North Carolina resident for a incident in the borough that occurred on Aug. 1.
Police said a residence along Fernwood Road was entered sometime in the afternoon of that date and taken was jewelry and electronics.
As the result of an investigation police charged Cari Rose Nalesnik, 24, of 10583 Earnhardt Lake Rd., Davidson, with theft of property, and receiving stolen property, both felony threes.
Nalesnik was arraigned before a district judge and committed to the Lehigh County prison in lieu of $50,000 straight cash bail.
Caitlyn Lewullis, 8 and Brianna Goucher, 8, both of Effort, show off their fun balloon animals and decorations they received at the Cornerstone Community Church stand at the West End Fair where they could also receive free face painting. They both agreed they LOVED the pony rides at the fair.
Cerimele's Pizza of New Columbus will be open until 5 p.m., Friday Aug. 31 for pizza pick ups.
Anyone who has pre-ordered pizzas can pick them up anytime before 5 p.m.
No new orders are being accepted.
Jordan Daniel Trotta, 19, of Lehighton, is facing a charge of criminal mischief filed against him by state police at the Lehighton barracks.
Police said the charge stems from an incident that happened at 10 p.m. Aug. 26 at 938 Vanman Lane, East Penn Township.
The victim is a 40-year-old Lehighton resident, who told police her house window was broken by Trotta after engaging in a verbal argument.
A Bethlehem man has been arrested by state police at the Lehighton barracks after he was caught with $24,900 worth of copper that was stolen from a Carbon County site.
Robert Thomas Fisher, 47, was charged with theft by unlawful taking after the incident at 4:07 p.m. Aug. 26, in Lower Towamensing Township.
People's EC Church, 216 Wagner Street in Franklin Township, will host an outdoor service featuring the Christian band Witness on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 10:30 a.m.
The concert is open to everyone. People attending this special event are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
For further information, call (610) 377-1696
Kidder Township police reported on the following citations issued by officers.
On Aug. 3, 9:30 a.m. Denardo McEachron, Blakeslee, cited for speeding, Lake Drive, 52 miles-per-hour, in a 35 zone; 10 a.m. Justin Stuyck, Kresgeville, cited for speeding, same area, 49 in a 35 zone; 10:15 a.m. Casandra Brown, Tobyhanna, speeding, same area, 45 in 35 zone; 11 a.m. William Bartosh, Jim Thorpe, speeding, same area, 53 in 35 zone; 11:30 a.m., Antonia Posa, Albrightsville, speeding, same area, 51 in 35 zone.
A Lehigh County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 1:39 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, along Schochary Road at Holbens Valley Road, in Lynn Township.
State police at Fogelsville said Zachary Michael Busch, 18, of New Tripoli, was stopped for multiple traffic violations. At the stop he was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance, troopers said. Charges will be filed.
Four persons were cited following an incident in Slatington.
On Aug. 15 about 1:46 a.m. borough police responded to the area of the covered bridge on N. Seventh St., to a report of suspicious activity.
August 30, 1979
Few people in the village of New Columbus - known for its lovers of opera - knew that one of the nation's top country music stars was in their midst. But Little Jimmy Dickens and his combo got top billing at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam S. Degiglio of East Diaz Avenue. The reason for the visit is that lead guitarist Bobby Galloway of Nashville, Tenn. is Mrs. Degiglio's nephew. Mrs. Degiglio said this is her first time meeting Dickens, who is a member of the Country Music All of Fame. The singer and his band were returning from an engagement in Bellefonte, near Penn State.
State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks arrested a Schuylkill Haven woman for retail theft after she took a can of hairspray off the shelf at the Redner's Supermarket, Schuylkill Haven, used it and then put it back on the display.
Police said Tina Marie Fitzpatrick, 37, made use of the Fructis Hairspray from the shelf, which will net her a citation through District Court 21-3-03.
Raymond Scarnaty Jr., 45, of Tobyhanna, was committed to the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Snydersville, after he was caught shoplifting on Aug. 25 at 4:41 p.m. at Bill's Shop Rite in Mount Pocono.
Pocono Mountain Regional Police said they were summoned to the store after its loss prevention personnel detained Scarnaty after he was observed trying to steal two air conditioners valued at $249 from the premises. Police said video surveillance showed Scarnaty attempting to leave the store with the air conditioners.
A year later, Ryan Twp. rescuers recall scary moment
"All we could do was hang on and wait," said volunteer EMT diver Mike Harris of the Ryan Township Emergency Rescue Squad and Dive Team, as he described being swept away with fellow volunteers after fast moving flood waters struck the area late last August.
St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 9 W. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, will hold a theme basket raffle on Saturday, Sept. 8.
There will also be refreshments and bake sale. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the drawing starts at 2 p.m. Patrons do not need to be present to win.
For additional information, call the church hall at (570) 669-6036.
Pocono Mountain Regional Police arrested a Waymart woman for possession of drug paraphernalia after police made a traffic stop on Aug. 26 at 7:48 a.m. at the intersection of Route 940 and Spur Road in Pocono Lake, Tobyhanna Township.
Police said they stopped Jillian M. Bombrowski, 28, after observing a car she was driving weaving along Rt. 940. Police later smelled the odor of burned marijuana, after which time Dombrowski turned over to them a multi-colored glass pipe containing marijuana residue. Police said the woman retrieved the pipe from inside her pants.
State police at the Lehighton barracks have reported the details of a stolen vehicle incident.
Police said Christopher Kelley, 20, of Effort, reported his vehicle was stolen sometime between January 2012 and about two months prior to reporting it to police.
Pollices said the vehicle, a 2004 Dodge Intrepid, has been recovered.
The incident happened at 640 Long Mountain Road in Polk Township. Also listed as a victim by police is Raceway Auto Sales.
A wine and cheese book-signing was held by the Palmerton Area Historical Society on Aug. 26 to kick off the sale of "Messages from Palmerton - the First Fifty Years." The book's history is presented as "a brief visual and written history of a unique community told through the medium of postcards."
Janet Snyder, who had already bought her book and was coming to have it signed, said, "It's wonderful - the reading in addition to the postcards. It's just better than anything I ever read."
There was no Schuylkill County Commissioners meeting Wednesday because it was the fifth Wednesday of the month which was a by-month because the schedule of meetings are by-weekly work sessions and public meetings each month.
However, the commissioners were not idle as they participated in a demolition program in New Castle Township where two dilapidated structures were finally razed under the county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
GOP speakers show vision
H.D. Vest Financial Services® recently recognized Juliann Longhi, a financial services professional in Hometown, as one of its most successful Advisors at the H.D. Vest Advisors' Forum.
In recognition of this achievement, H.D. Vest President and CEO Roger Ochs presented Juliann Longhi with the prestigious H.D. Vest Excellence Award. "We recognize these leaders for their commitment to their clients and their profession", says Ochs. "These Advisors have excelled in all areas of client service and are great role models for other Advisors in our firm."
A man who allegedly blocked Route 903 in Penn Forest Township with his pickup on Sunday morning, Aug. 19 for 2 1/2 hours, and stated he had bombs, grenades, and a gun in the vehicle, is facing more, unrelated charges.
Yesterday, he was charged with a road rage incident in which he allegedly pounded dents into a woman's vehicle with his fists.
Donald Brozoski, 50, who uses a post office box in Blakeslee as his current address, was arraigned yesterday before District Judge Edward Lewis on charges in both incidents.
Kristen Eberhardt, Abigail Kaspszyk, Dana McAllister, Stephanie Palmer, Katelyn Slack and Katelyn Smith all decided to give the sport of cross country a shot in their first year of high school.
While the first year of high school might have been a difficult transition for them to handle, the girls weren't concerned about adding a varsity sport to their schedules.
It has turned out to be a great move for both the girls and the Pleasant Valley cross country program.