Geriatric residents at the St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus enjoy a fun game of Bingo with hospital staff. Bob Rita enjoys time with his wife Peggy as they both play a game of Bingo. Both are from Coaldale.
Excuse them if they have a little extra spring in their step.
Come Saturday, adrenaline figures to be at an all-time high for Northern Lehigh High School Band members when the district hosts the 55th annual Lehigh County Honors Band Festival.
The event will be held at 2 p.m. in the Northern Lehigh Middle School auditorium. The Host director this year is David Carroll, Band Director of Northern Lehigh High School.
Carroll said the district is "proud to host this prestigious event." The district last hosted the festival in 2003.
Taking Lewistown Valley residents by surprise, an almost never ending rotation of Canada Geese have gathered at a frozen lake located along Catawissa Road, across from Leiby's Farm Market. The black head and neck with a white "chinstrap" distinguish the Canada goose from all other species of geese, with the exception of the Barnacle Goose, but the latter has a black breast, and also gray, rather than brownish, body plumage. There are seven subspecies of this bird, of varying sizes and plumage details, but all are recognizable as Canada Geese.
Cub Scouts from Webelos II were asked by Cubmaster Bill Marks to present the colors for one last time before they move on to Boy Scouts.
The theme for this year's Pack 209 Blue and Gold Banquet held Feb. 23 was California or Bust. Tables were decorated with log cabins made by the Bears and evergreen branches. Cardboard wagon wheels hung from the ceiling. Blue and Gold balloons were donated by The Greeting Room.
Rob Mauro presented the Friends of Scouting request for donations. He said it costs $270 per scout and if possible he would like parents to cover half that cost.
A Schuylkill County man was jailed for assault stemming from a domestic incident.
State police at Frackville identified the suspect as Paul Chicora, 30, of 6 Long Row, Gilberton. He has been charged with simple assault and harassment.
According to troopers the incident began around 4:15 a.m. when Chicora began to verbally abuse a 21-year-old female at his residence. It then turned physical when he pushed her to the ground, grabbed her face and pulled her hair while on top of her. He also burned her cheek with a lit cigarette.
Northern Lehigh School District will hold kindergarten registration by appointment in April. Parents may register their child at Peters Elementary School on Monday, April 15, through Wednesday, April 17. In order to enter kindergarten in September, a child must be 5 years old as of Sept. 1, 2013.
At the time of registration, parents must provide the child's originally issued birth certificate, a record of the child's immunizations, and parent photo identification.
West End Rotary Club will hold a club assembly at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 with a breakfast meeting at the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville.
The Pleasant Valley School Board will meet at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at the district office in Brodheadsville.
The Monroe Seniors will meet at Zion Lutheran Fellowship Hall, Brodheadsville, at 9 a.m., Friday, March 1, and Friday, March 6. Attendees should register with center manager, Doris Phillips.
America may soon be a second-rate power
Since World War 2, America has been the world's leading superpower, but in just a few years, while President Obama is still in office, the nation could lose its top ranking.
The Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development is one of a number of international think tanks that sees China overtaking the U.S. in global economic influence by the end of 2016.
Four females were arrested for an incident at a youth camp in Monroe County.
State police at Lehighton said the incident occurred about 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Youth Services Agency camp in Eldred Township.
Arrested was Daneeka La-Fay Snipe, 18, who was charged with simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct.
She is a resident of the youth camp. She was arraigned on the charges and committed to the county prison in Snydersville.
Three other females, one 17 and two 14, also residents of the camp, were each charged with disorderly conduct.
Carbon County Women in Business will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Trattoria 903, 874 Route 903, Jim Thorpe. The speaker is Eileen Bailey, founder and CEO of Shalom Bayit Foundation. Shalom Bayit Foundation is a Christian centered nonprofit organization created for the purpose of sheltering and guiding young expectant mothers, who have nowhere to turn, through their pregnancies and beyond.
For reservations, call Heather McClure at (610) 379-5000 or email email@example.com.
Kindergarten registration for the 2013-2014 school year in the Palmerton Area School District will take place Monday, March 11 through Wednesday, March 13.
All kindergarten registrations will take place in the district offices, located on the third floor of Parkside Education Center, 680 Fourth St., Palmerton. You must schedule an appointment to register your child for kindergarten by calling Kimberly Ottinger at (610) 826-7101 ext. 5023.
Lehighton Rotary Club is currently working with students, teachers, and administrators at Lehighton Area High School to form an Interact Club at the school. Interact Club is designed to help enhance students' leadership skills, personal integrity, and respect for all. Pictured, left to right, are Rotary District Assistant Governor Barbara Belon, LAHS Juniors Jackie Jordan and Nicole Schnell, and LAHS Assistant Principal Daniel Repsher. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Beacon 443 Diner / Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.
If you're suffering from a case of cabin fever or would just like something a little different to do this weekend, then you might want to check out the Redball Military Transport Club's Winter Swap Meet being held this Saturday, March 2nd, at Memorial Hall on East 10th street in Jim Thorpe.
Vintage military items such as clothing, vehicle parts, books, manuals, tools, etc. will be available at the club's Winter Swap Meet which will be held there from 8 am to 4 pm.
ORWIGSBURG - Tamaqua had momentum and a five-point lead with just under four minutes left in the game. The Lady Raiders just needed to make a basket or two down the stretch to hold off Notre Dame (Green Pond) in Tuesday's District 11 Class AA semifinal.
But the Crusaders came up with a couple quick buckets to tie the game and Tamaqua went cold, missing its last eight shots and losing 38-34. Notre Dame advances to face Pine Grove in Friday night's title game at a site and time to be announced.
Lansford Baseball Association will be holding sign-ups for T-ball, Little League and Babe Ruth for players age 5-15 and girls softball for players ages 8-14. Babe Ruth players ages 13-15 from Tamaqua Area are eligible to sign up.
Dates are Feb. 26, 27, and 28 at the Lansford Legion from 6-8 p.m. Registration fees and fundraisers are payable at this time.
For more information call Mike Turrana at (570) 645-9754 or Josie Uher at 645-2407.
St. Paul's Schedule
In need of a vehicle lift repair or replacement?
If so, then Herpel's Auto and Truck Lifts of Germansville is ready, willing, and able to service those and other demands.
Located at 5687 Handwerk Road, the company has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.
Adult day care
The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a number of activities planned for the month of March, including a visit from the St. Jerome's kindergarten class on March 27.
Other special days next month include: March 1, foot doctor visit; March 4, cooking class; March 6, bulletin board; March 7, bingo; March 13, craft day; March 15, sing a long with Audrey Christ; March 19, baking day; March 20, Salvation Army service; March 21, monthly birthday party; March 22, movie day; March 25, Easter craft day; March 28, dye Easter eggs.
Enuncio Rivera, tail twister for the Penn-Kidder Lions Club, presents a check for $200 to Nicole Depue, music instructor at the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band Hall, to help cover the costs of putting on a new roof on the band hall. Members of the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band Hall have been raising funds for the roof for several years and hope to begin the repairs this May. Donations are still being accepted to help cover the cost of the new roof. Contact the band hall for more information.
Firefighters are routinely called to respond in a timely manner to fires, car accidents or whatever emergency is thrown their way. Firefighters at the American Hose Company in Tamaqua spent time practicing speed and safety during their search and rescue drills in a make-shift training area set up inside their station. The course involved firefighters putting their gear on and donning their oxygen mask in less than 60 seconds.
The fourth and final defendant in a drive-by shooting incident that occurred in February 2011, entered a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to a county prison term.
Joshua Zackery Zink, 23, of Columbia, Lancaster County, pleaded to three counts of criminal conspiracy in connect with the incident. Unlike his three co-defendants, Zink was sentenced to a county prison term.
A Schuylkill County health care provider has been charged with taking over $21,000 in funds from a person she was supposed to be assisting.
State police at Schuylkill Haven said Jennifer Ferrier, 39, of Cressona, has been charged with theft, receiving stolen property, and access device fraud.
According to troopers, Ferrier, a home health care aid, was hired to transport Lois Fells, 81, a resident of the Luther Ridge Nursing Home, located in Pottsville, to appointments and assist with shopping and other activities.
Karin Kraeutler, a dental assistant for the last 40 years, talked about the importance of good dental care at a recent dental health program at the Western Pocono Community Library. She talked about how important it is to brush, floss and see a dentist. Here she shows Vrzuly Pineda, 4; Gabriela Cuddy, 3; Asiah Roberson, 4; and Laila Bradley, 2; what different drinks can do to teeth. She had soaked hard-boiled eggs in coffee, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and vinegar. The eggs became discolored. But the one in the vinegar turned the hard shell into a soft gushy one.
Five motorists entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs and were placed in a special probation program by President Judge William E. Baldwin.
Daniel D. Strenkoski, 51, Coal Township, was sentenced to serve 30 days in the county prison beginning Tuesday, Feb. 25, followed by four years and 11 days on probation in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP), including 90 days under house arrest with electronic monitoring and pay a $12 daily fee.
A Jim Thorpe resident is facing a bad check charge.
State police at Lehighton said Alan Katz Realty, of Penn Forest Township, reported that it allegedly received a rent check form Angelo Frank Becker, 26, which was returned for insufficient funds.
State police at Lehighton reported on two drug- related arrests.
On Feb. 21 about 4 p.m. troopers responded to the Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Lower Towamensing Township for a report of a theft of a snowboard. Robert C. Myers, 30, of Northfield, N.J., was arrested for taking the snowboard of Ryan Ebbs, of Brigantine, N.J.
During a consent search incident to the theft arrest, Myers was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, troopers said. Charges will be filed.
The Lehighton Fire Police unit is desperately in need of members.
Lehighton Chief of Police Neal Ebbert said that of the current fire police roster, only five members are under age 70.
Ebbert said he was advised by Raymond Moyer, president of the Lehighton Fire Police, that the unit will no longer assist at Lehighton Area High School football games.
"I am making a plea to sign up and be in the fire police," Ebbert said.
He said fire police members direct traffic at accidents, fires, and other emergency scenes, as well as assist at some special events.
Slatington police arrested a Palmerton man for driving under the influence and other offenses after an incident at 12:45 a.m. Feb. 23 after a traffic stopp at the intersection of North Walnut and Chestnut streets in the borough.
Police said Herman Harris II, 46, of 652 Oak St., was also charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.
Panther Valley Middle School recently announced the December students of the month. From left are Sacory Stewart, grade six, Christina Dacey, grade seven and Chris Santore, grade eight. Students were selected based on their outstanding performance in academics and conduct. Each student received a gift card and certificate for their achievements.
January students of the month were recently selected at the Panther Valley Middle School. Receiving awards for their excellence in academics and conduct are from left Cailyn Gould, grade six, Tristan Blasko, grade seven, and Samantha Earley, grade eight.
Barry Messerschmidt, fleet municipal sales, Kovatch Motors of Nesquehoning, hands over the keys for the Palmerton Borough Police Department's new 2013 Ford Taurus cruiser to Mayor Chris Olivia, who is joined by borough council President Terry Costenbader.
We grew up eating Whimpies on a regular basis, and until recently, I thought the name and the dish were my mother's creation.
I assumed, because it contains hamburger meat, she named them after, Whimpy, the character from the old Popeye cartoons.
"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today."