"Developing affordable housing in these significant historic buildings gives the Borough a 'double shot' - we're creating modern, efficient homes for area residents at prices they can afford and at the same time restoring a piece of the Borough's rich history," said Micah Gursky, Executive Director of Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, during the well-attended dedication of the new Liberty Hall Housing Complex in Tamaqua yesterday.
Last weekend the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert took on the look of a well equipped WWII military base right here in our back yard as the Redball Military Transport Fall Military Vehicle Rally and Show held its two day run there.
The members of Redball Military Transport collect, restore and show antique military vehicles both for the enjoyment of it and also to remember and honor the members of our Armed Forces, past and present.
Their vehicles represent military equipment from 1941 on up to the present day.
The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met Sept. 11 at the Ryan Township Fire Company with 42 members in attendance. The business session was conducted by Vice President Nancy Godonis. A moment of silence was held in observance of the lives lost on 9/11/2001.
Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation. Reports were presented by secretary Gloria Gerhard and treasurer Shirley Becker, who both offered inspirational readings. Birthday wishes were extended to Rose Valee, Betty Brobst, Joyce Krell and Jane Tarter.
Medical device helps man and environment
Earlier this week, Carbon County residents had the opportunity to dispose of their old electronics by taking them to the Lehighton Borough Public Works building for recycling.
The event, in cooperation with Advanced Green Solutions Inc., was held at no charge to the county or to residents. It was a quick and easy way to get rid of that old television, VCR, radio, stereo equipment, computer monitor, keyboard, telephone, typewriter, hard drive, lap top or copier that's been taking up space in the house.
Jason Andrew Diehl and Nicole Lynn Nunemacher, 54 E. White St., Summit Hill.
William David Swan, 243 Wesner Road, Reading, and Nina Maria Burkett, 14 E. High St., Coaldale.
Thomas Paul Kowalski and Janelle Frances Rinck, 1225 Browning Court, Lansdale.
Kyle William Lindermuth, 819 Center St., Jim Thorpe, and Evelyn Susie Hydock, 113 Autumn Lane, Jim Thorpe.
Stephen Michael Sauchinitz and Kimberly Lynn Kemp, 858 Edgemont Ave., Palmerton.
Sherry Phillips, 36, of 6 E. White St., Summit Hill, faces charges from an incident which took place on Aug. 11 on W. Patterson Street, Lansford. Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and harassment were filed by Officer Timothy Wuttke.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:
Wuttke was dispatched to meet an assault victim at the police station. But because he was on another assignment, Summit Hill Officer Dave Midas interviewed the victim for him.
DELAWARE WATER GAP – Staring down his second shot on the second playoff hole in Thursday's Mountain Valley Conference golf championships, Stroudsburg's Evan Choy was faced with an uphill approach that had to either go over or under a tree roughly 15 yards in front of him.
After some internal deliberation, and watching his opponent and teammate Cormac Salmon leave his second shot short and in a tough location, Choy decided to grab his gap wedge and fly it over the bare tree.
"It was a gamble," Choy admitted afterward. "After seeing (Salmon's) shot, I had to take the risk."
401 Hazle Street (Tamaqua Shoe and Boot Factory Building):
Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on two domestic incidents in which arrests were made.
On Sept. 19 about 10:37 p.m. police responded to 29 Holly Forest Road, in Mount Pocono, for a reported physical domestic incident.
On scene officers spoke with Katie Brown, 20. She was observed to have several injuries to her face.
She told officers that Tywain Preston, 19, of Mount Pocono, had attacked her. Brown was taken to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for treatment.
Pleasant Valley at Wyomissing
WHEN: Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
RECORDS: Pleasant Valley 3-1 (3-0 Mountain Valley Conference); Wyomissing 4-0 (1-0 Berks Inter-County Conference)
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Pleasant Valley def. Lehighton 54-0; Wyomissing def. Blue Mountain 35-0.
PLEASANT VALLEY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Brandon Leap (37-71-689-10TD pass, 20-110-TD rush**), RB Austyn Borre (50-616-8TD rush, 6-146-2TD rec**), WR Sekou Jones (11-176-TD rec**), WR Andrew Romeo (10-201-5TD rec**)
File for divorce
Susan Merkel, 467 Nichols St., Pottsville, started a divorce proceeding against Charles Merkel Jr., 838 Lizard Creek Drive, Andreas, West Penn Township. They were married Sept. 23, 1989.
Kim Novack Simmonds, 207 Market St., Tamaqua, filed suit for divorce from Willliam S. Simmonds, 106 Market St., Tamaqua. They were married Dec. 9, 2008.
Robin L. Greiner, Tower City, was granted a divorce from Edward J. Greiner, Pottsville. They were married Oct. 20, 2011.
Penn State Extension's West End Community Change Club will host a workshop aimed at ideas for increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables in meals on Monday, Nov. 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Western Pocono Community Library, Pilgrim Way, Brodheadsville.
As far as losses go, Friday night's 49-48 overtime heartbreaker against Panther Valley would probably have to rank among one of the toughest in Jim Thorpe coach Mark Rosenberger's career.
Anytime a team losses by a point in overtime, there are dozens of plays that a coach can replay over and over in his head that might have changed the outcome.
Do you or someone you know have diabetes?
Penn State Extension offices in Pike and Carbon County are offering free online Diabetes Life Lines newsletters, created by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. The newsletters are distributed six times a year, preferably via email to cut down on expenses.
To sign up for the newsletter, contact Penn State Extension in Pike County, 514 Broad St., Milford, (570) 296-3400 or e-mail PikeExt@psu.edu; or Penn State Extension in Carbon County, 529 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe, (570) 325-2788 or e-mail CarbonExt@psu.edu.
Living and Learning After 50
Diakon Living and Learning After 50 is offering a variety of educational classes designed for active adults interested in learning a new skill, enhancing a current interest or just finding ways to more fully enjoy life.
Classes focus on spiritual, educational, physical, social and emotional wellness and include topics such as computer skills, stress reduction, musical instruction, art and more.
All local sessions will be held at the Tamaqua Salvation Army,105 W. Broad St. in Tamaqua.
Recently the GFWC Western Pocono Women's Club (WPWC) placed a new sign at their Flower Gardens, located across from the Chestnuthill Diner in Brodheadsville. It was dedicated in memory of Leona Smith.
Leona was a past president and charter member of the club, which was founded in 1970.
The Flower Gardens, established in 2002, have been planted and maintained by the WPWC as an Adopt and Beautify project in conjunction with PennDOT.
Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on the following arrests.
On Fricay, Sept. 21, about 12:02 a.m. officers were dispatched to 2162 Freedom Way, Coolbaugh Township, for a report of a domestic incident. On scene officers discovered Kamarl K. Hargrove, 27, of Tobyhanna. He was at the residence of his ex-girlfriend. The woman told officers she had a protection from abuse (PFA) order which stated he could not be at the residence.
He was taken into custody and charged with violating the order and placed in the county prison in Snydersville pending arraignment.
The executive board of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club will hold a meeting on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. at the home of Madeline Ligenza. The meeting will be co-hosted by Judy Moon.
The regular meeting is set for Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church.
Summit Hill borough secretary Susan S. Gibiser announced the fall cleanup dates for the borough.
A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) after she crashed her vehicle while allegedly texting and being under the influence.
State police at Frackville said Monica Weikel, 23, of Lavelle, was operating a 2002 Ford Escape eastbound on SR54 (Mt. Olive Blvd.), in West Mahanoy Township, about 12:55 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25. She allegedly was texting while driving, troopers said.
State police at Lehighton reported investigating a burglary and theft incidents.
The break-in occurred at a residence at 490 Getz Dawl Road, in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County. The home was entered through a basement door that was broken. Once inside the criminals proceeded to rummage through various rooms but nothing was apparently taken. The home is owned by Lorenzo John Munroe, 57, of Norwalk, Conn.
St. Joseph Regional Academy students, Jim Thorpe, are now enjoying 20 new Dell computers in the school's computer lab, which were purchased as a result of joint fundraising efforts by the school and Msgr. John Chizmar, pastor of St. Peter the Fisherman Church in Lake Harmony; the Rev. James Ward, pastor of Immaculate Conception in Jim Thorpe; and the Rev. Francis Baransky, pastor of St. Joseph's Church, also in Jim Thorpe. A total of 28 computers were purchased, with eight going into the classrooms. Seen completing research are fifth grade students Gianna Steber, left, and JJ Wimmer.
A Monroe County woman was charged following an incident that occurred at her home on Tuesday, Sept. 25, about 9:30 a.m.
Pocono Mountain Regional police officers went to the residence of Marisol Delarosa, 45, of Emerald Lakes development in Long Pond, to serve a warrant on her issued to Scranton police. Delarosa met police at the door and was informed about the arrest warrant and she was advised that she was under arrest.
Delarosa told police she was not going anywhere until she took a bath and attempted to close the door on the officers.
They've distanced themselves from the pack because of their work inside the classroom.
As a result, the supreme scholars who were initiated into the Palmerton National Junior Honor Society found themselves in select company.
In all, two dozen students took part in the induction ceremony held recently in the high school auditorium, which commenced with a prelude and processional given by junior high school music instructor Ken Mettam.
After the Pledge of Allegiance was performed, junior high school Principal Paula Husar welcomed the students.
There might not be much to Panther Valley's Kyle Ferryman as far as size goes.
The junior is listed at 5-9 165 and that's being generous. However, with Ferryman, size really doesn't matter because its his speed and football savvy that have gotten him this week's TIMES NEWS Player of the Week.
Announcement has been made of the engagement of Jennifer Pisarchick of Coaldale to Steven Drake, also of Coaldale.
The bride-elect is the daughter of John Pisarchick of Elysburg. A 1991 graduate of Southern Columbia High School, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications from Bloomsburg University in 1995.
She is employed as director of marketing and admissions at Maple Shade Meadows in Nesquehoning.
Eleven first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.
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 remaining charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.
All were placed for a year.
Danielle Tirpak, daughter of Thomas and Janel Tirpak of Summit Hill, and Francis Milesky III, son of Michael and Sande Twohey of Mt. Airy, Md., and the late Francis Milesky Jr., were united in marriage on May 5, 2012 at the Loew's Annapolis Hotel in Annapolis, Md. The Rev. Michael Drnec Sr. officiated the double ring ceremony.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
A reception at the hotel followed the ceremony. The couple honeymooned in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Historical society meeting
The Polk Township Historical Society will meet on Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Polk Township Municipal Building in Kresgeville. Everyone is invited to attend their meetings and new members are always welcome.
For additional information, please call Pat at (610) 681-8984.
Trick or Treat
Trick or Treat will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5-8 p.m. Polk residents who would like to participate should turn on their porch or house lights.
Feed the People will provide a free, hot breakfast for any community member, regardless of where you live, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St., Summit Hill. No registration is required.
Volunteers and donations are welcome.
For more information about other days and locations of service call (570) 657-1480.