Staff with the NHS Schuylkill Mountain Center provided a free spaghetti dinner to area military veterans, police, firefighters, paramedics and all other civil servants during their recent appreciation to veterans dinner event held at the Tamaqua Italian Club. In addition to honoring heroes, the event was also held to raise awareness for their Life and Foster Caring Program. For more information about the program, visit www.NHSOnline.org, visit one of their 18 offices in Pennsylvania or call (570) 449-2280.
The Lehighton girls earned every bit of their 43-38 victory over Northern Lehigh Thursday night in the Lady Indian Holiday Classic.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Lehighton had a 38-28 lead over the Bulldogs. Both teams exchanged baskets to open the quarter.
The Bulldogs went on a run early in the quarter. Kelsey Follweiler hit a three-pointer with 5:22 left to play, which sparked a 9-0 spurt. The Indians clung to a three-point lead with 3:41 left to play, 40-37.
The Tamaqua Area School District will sponsor a Financial Aid Night on Jan. 8 in the Tamaqua Area Auditorium. The informational session will begin at 6 p.m. and will include a review of the 2012-2013 Financial Aid form as well as general financial aid information. Junior and senior class students interested in pursuing any form of post-secondary education, and their parents, are welcome to attend.
No pre-registration is required. The session is open to the public.
December 27, 1957
In the wind for several months, but still indefinite, is the proposed sale of the Central Hotel building in Jim Thorpe, owned by the Mauch Chunk Trust Company. The 63-year-old structure at the corner of Hazard Square and Broadway may be razed to accommodate a new Sun Oil Company service station. Six tenants now occupy the building. Samuel Sandherr conducts a barber shop on the first floor. In an adjoining office is the Wildoner Insurance Agency.
Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church
The Rev. Scheffey will be on vacation from Dec. 25, until Dec. 31.
For emergencies call the church office or Norma.
SSP Roller Skating Party for the youth and families is Sunday, Dec. 20, at LaRosa Skating Rink from 4 to 6 p.m. Bring your own roller or inline skates or they will be provided for you.
Sign up on the bulletin board outside the church office or call Maribeth Dudak at (570) 722-2992.
A dispute between the American Hose Company Number One, of Tamaqua, and one of its fire,fighters which escalated into the fireman having a criminal charge filed against him was finally settled with no further prosecution.
Seeking more space for its agencies the Schuylkill County Commissioners took action at Wednesday's public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville to proceed through a condemnation action to seek to acquire a building in the business district of Pottsville. The vote was 2 to 1 with Minority Commissioner Gary Hess casting his first negative vote since assuming office last January. He said he is not opposed to the proposed project but disagrees with Commissioners Frank Staudenmeier and George Halcovage in the method and time for acquiring the building.
Traffic on Hometown Hill yesterday was slowed to a crawl as motorists traveled down the slippery hill.
Mallard's Market in Lehighton raised $1,309 for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots Campaign. Owner Frank Kuhn stated his cashiers were given an incentive by Frank of an electronic's store gift card for selling the most paper Toys For Tots trains. Brittany Redmond sold the most trains, 307. Frank Kuhn added that his father, Joe Kuhn of Tamaqua, served in the Marine Corps, and was, "tough as nails and had a heart of gold." Mallard's Market has been a yearly supporter of Toys For Tots and other veterans programs since it opened ten years ago.
A PennDOT truck pushes ice and snow off SR309 in Tamaqua. PennDOT and municipal workers were kept busy yesterday into today as a mixed combination of both snow, sleet and ice made for dangerous conditions.
Franklin Township supervisors recently adopted the 2013 budget with no tax increase.
The tax rate for general purposes will remain at 6.3 mills or 63 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation. A home valued at $80,000 will continue to pay $504 in real estate taxes to the township.
There will also not be any increase in garbage fees. Annual garbage collection costs will continue to be $225 per household and $160 for seniors or seasonals. If paid by Feb. 28, 2013, residents will see discounts of $215 for regular customers and $150 for seniors and seasonals.
Carbon Career & Technical Institute is top notch when it comes to its yearbook staff.
Recently, the school's 2011-2012 yearbook was awarded the top prize, Grand Prize Best Overall Yearbook, in Entourage Publishing's Third Annual National Yearbook Competition.
The yearbook's theme, "A Piece of The Puzzle," was the top yearbook published by Entourage in 2012.
Steeped in tradition, the Marian volleyball program has become a fertile breeding ground for great players.
The program has produced the top volleyball player in the TIMES NEWS area in each of the last 19 years, and it will no doubt field several top-level players in the years to come.
However, it could be a while before it sees another one the caliber of Marykate Sherkness.
Not only has Sherkness started all four years of her high school career at outside hitter, but the 5-10 Tresckow resident has raised the bar for the Fillies' entire volleyball program.
Joshua Stock of Schuylkill Haven was arrested by state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks at 1 p.m. Dec. 24 following a neighborhood dispute.
Police said he was cited with simple trespass after entering property of a neighbor, David Frey Jr., 1936 Fair Road, Wayne Township. Police said Stock entered the property, which had no trespassing signs posted on it, and engaged in a course of conduct that was intended to be intimidating to terrorize the neighbor.
Residents and staff of the Tamaqua Area Adult Day CareCenter were visited by St. Nick recently as part of their annual Christmas party. Residents were also treated to candy, snacks and a number of otherholiday activities. Residents pictured with Santa from left are Catherine Eva, a Tamaqua native; Mary Rigotti, a Tamaqua native; and Anna Ritsick, a Still Creek native.
Jane Borbe, president of the Palmerton Area Historical Society, thanked people for coming to the annual Christmas banquet at Blue Ridge Country Club on Dec. 10. She said it had been a busy year with the society helping celebrate the centennial of the incorporation of Palmerton borough
The Little White Church held a patriotic ecumenical service. The tree was decorated in red, white and blue.
The sermon was on the subject of hope with the Rev. Frey singing and playing the guitar.
As the student financial aid application season is rapidly approaching, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is reminding students and families that they may be contacted by individuals or companies, via emails, social media or traditional mail, offering assistance for securing money for their college-bound student's education.
For a fee, they may offer help in securing scholarship money.
Some of these organizations are legitimate while others are not.
This is the 13th year the local county has received achievement
Carbon County has been named a 2012 Groundwater Guardian Community by The Groundwater Foundation of Lincoln, Neb. in recognition of its efforts to protect local groundwater supplies.
Groundwater Guardian is a program of The Groundwater Foundation which encourages and recognizes local groundwater protection and education activities. Groundwater Guardians form teams of local stakeholders that implement activities to address local groundwater concerns and issues.
Carbon County has been designated as a Groundwater Guardian for 13 years.
East Penn Township firefighters work to extricate a female motorist trapped in her vehicle after losing control on a snow-covered SR895. The crash occurred just after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection with Lauchnor Road. The sport utility vehicle was hanging off the berm of the roadway when rescue workers arrived on scene. Emergency personnel managed to free the driver without injury. East Penn Township police are investigating the accident.
Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, were recently named Students of the Month for November for the 2012-2013 school year. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of citizenship.
The following are quotes from each student.
Kindergarten: Connor E. Penberth: "I was chosen for Student of the Month because I do things right the first time."
Grade 1: Elijah Feisel: "I was chosen for Student of the Month because I was being nice and using my manners."
A motor vehicle caught fire on Edgemont Road near the Edgemont Lodge in Lansford around 6:52 p.m. Wednesday. The engine caught fire and spread to the rest of the vehicle. No injuries were reported and no other information was available at presstime
December 27, 1989 Tom Rosahac scores 20 of his game-high 36 points in the first half to help Panther Valley build a sizeable lead before hanging on to post a 77-67 win over Blue Mountain. Rosahac, who adds seven rebounds, nets points 10 during a 13-1 run to end the second quarter. The Panthers, coached by Ken Kline, also receive 22 points from Matt Ligenza while Mark Paluck contributes eight points and five boards.
Having fun in the snow yesterday afternoon before it turned to sleet and freezing rain is Tyler Black, 7, of Lake Hauto. For a few hours yesterday, the snow provided an opportunity for sleigh riding and other fun activities. Then it turned into freezing rain and sleet, ruining the fun.
People who wished for a white Christmas got a double blast of Jack Frost this week.
As children woke up to see if Santa Claus visited their home Tuesday morning, parents were waking up to a few inches of fresh powder on the ground that they had to shovel.
But Monday night's storm was only the beginning of the wild winter weather yet to come.
That storm was followed by a mess of winter weather yesterday, as Winter Storm Euclid spun through the Midwest and Northeast, dropping a sloppy mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain as it passed.
Two organizations combined in Lehighton and traveled throughout the community for Christmas caroling.
Lehighton Pool Pals and the Lehighton Area Lioness/Lions Club visited such locations as the Lehighton Hi Rise, the Lehighton American Legion Post, and various homes of individuals.
At the hi-rise, several residents joined the approximately 20 club members in the singing.
The evening for thePool Pals began with their scheduled monthly meeting.
President Mark Hoffman cut the session short, though, so the caroling could commence.
Despite its title, there's not too much that's unexpected in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
There are goblins, wizards, trolls, rock monsters and, of course, dwarfs.
This should please fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973) novels, on which "The Hobbit" is based, as it did my son, Elias, who accompanied me to a 3D screening of "Unexpected Journey."
It was the second time Elias saw "The Hobbit" movie. The first time he saw it was in the regular format. Elias said the 3D version enhanced some scenes, but it's not necessary to see "The Hobbit" in 3D.
St. Paul's Sunday School welcomes in Christmas with pageant
Sunday School students of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Summit Hill presented their annual Christmas Pageant titled "The Not-So-Silent Night" on Sunday.
The play was a light-hearted and modern-day twist on the birth of Jesus. The setting was a courtroom where shepherds Abel, Seth and Josiah, played by Ian Mertz, Alexis Berger and Stephen Hood, were charged with disturbing the peace after becoming excited over the birth of baby Jesus.