The 2013 Schuylkill County Chorus Festival will include 17 participating students from Tamaqua Area High School, including: (first row) Amber Schadder, Molly Betz, Erika Cassell, Aimee Hull; (second row) Olivia Morrison, Beth Kistler, Courtney Miller, Alexandra Miller, Lauren Christ, Amy Barron; (third row) Madelyn Dolinsky, Makia Stocker, Karina Derr, David Kunkel, Andrew Delpais, Jake Beers, Shane Mulligan and John Buglio, Tamaqua High Choral Director. The festival will be held Feb.
February 26, 1961
Thomas A. Zimmerman, chairman of the Carbon County Commissioners, has returned from Harrisburg where he conferred with state officials incident to the possible relocation of the Eastern Penetentiary at Philadelphia to some site in Carbon County. The Carbon County Institutution District Home site at Laurytown has been mentioned as a possible ideal location because of its many features. A site atop the Broad Mountain, between Hudsondale and Weatherly, has also been mentioned.
Q. Episodes of depression seem to be common over several generations in my family. Is depression genetic?
There is substantial evidence that depression is a hereditary disease. A depression gene known as 5-HTTLPR has been found.
The World Health Organization reports that about 121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. WHO estimates that depression will become the first cause of disease burden worldwide by the year 2020. Disease burden is defined as years patients must live with a disability.
The Carbon County Veterans Affairs Office, located in the courthouse annex in Jim Thorpe, will be closed Tuesday, March 5.
The office will reopen for business at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 6.
Thirteen TIMES NEWS Area wrestlers will take to the mat this weekend in PIAA regional action hoping to punch their ticket to the state championships to be held in Hershey from March 7 through 9.
Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich, James Felipa and Garrett Gouger all qualified for the Northeast Class AAA Regional at Bethlehem Liberty on Friday and Saturday.
Among the 10 Class AA wrestlers to reach the Southeast Regionals at Wilson West Lawn this weekend are district champs Colin Mashack of Tamaqua, Ty Herzog of Northern Lehigh and Michael Ortiz of Northwestern Lehigh.
With a 60 percent chance of precipitation today, we should be experiencing some wet winter weather throughout the rest of today and throughout the evening.
The Weather Channel believes that the cloudy skies from Tuesday morning will give way to a few showers, wind and then heavy rain in the evening, with a possibility of a mix of snow/sleet and then turning to rain. We should expect about one to two inches of rain throughout the evening.
According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, a "Technology Tuesdays: Milking Center Layout and Components free online workshop designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers will be held on March 12, from 8:30 - 10 a.m.
This means investing in small, microbusinesses
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama focused on investing to create the, infrastructure, work environment and skills for good jobs and a thriving middle class.
But, do you know how most jobs get created in America? The answer is small and microbusinesses.
A Weissport man has been arrested and placed in the Carbon County Correctional Facility following a stabbing incident which occurred in Weissport last evening.
Eric Scott Montanari Sr. is being held in the prison in lieu of $400,000 straight bail.
He was arraigned this morning before District Judge Edward M. Lewis of Jim Thorpe.
John Vanak, 57, of 43 Centre St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on Feb. 9 at 5:35 p.m. at 37 Centre St. Charges of resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, careless driving, reckless driving, driving upon a sidewalk, and parking where signs prohibit parking were filed by Officer Christopher Ondrus.
On Feb. 9, at about 5:35 p.m., Ondrus received a dispatch that a vehicle was driven into a residence at 37 Centre St. and the driver exited the vehicle and went into another residence.
Hunger has many faces. To help feed our neighbors, Blue Ridge Communications Community Cupboard 2013 Food Drive is under way. Unopened, nonperishable donations will be accepted at all BRC offices, Palmerton Telephone, Penn's Peak, Penn's Peak Radio, Roadies and Pencor Superstore locations until March 1.
The food drive benefits the Salvation Army and local food banks.
St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third and Coal streets, Lehighton, will present a special concert featuring Russ Rentler at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2. There is no admission charge. A free will offering will be taken up during the concert to benefit Rentler's missionary work in Haiti. Refreshments and sales of his music will be available in the school hall after the concert.
Four area residents were among 22 who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.
Benjamin Andrew Kuzo, 21, of 4 Dogwood Lane, Lake Hauto Development, Rush Township, on charges of theft of a credit card from the motor vehicle of Elbert Stegmier, Tamaqua, was given credit for serving 119 days in the county prison and released on parole for 23 months. He was ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, and make restitution of $1,521 to the victim.
A Carbon County woman admitted in the county court on Monday to stealing a large sum of money from patients' accounts at a county nursing facility.
She was one of 13 defendants in pending criminal cases to entered guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.
Steals from patients
Theresa A. Bernardi, 43, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of theft, as a felony three.
She admitted stealing $80,285.15 from the patients' account at the Summit Nursing Home, part of the Blue Mountain Health Systems.
Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives.
* Friday, March 1 - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tamaqua Area High School, 500 Penn Street: call (570) 668-1901, ext. 2060.
* Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. to 1:40 p.m., Dinkey Memorial Church, 1742 Dinkey Road, Ashfield; (570) 386-2834.
* Wednesday, March 6, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, 211 N. 12th Street, Lehighton; call (610) 377-7350.
* Wednesday, March 6, noon to 6 p.m., Western Pocono Community Library, 2000 Pilgrim Way, Brodheadsville; call (800) 223-6667.
After a discussion at last evening's meeting, Mahoning Township supervisors voted on a pair of motions to purchase a new police car from Kovatch Motor Enterprises and scrap the old car it will replace. Both motions passed unanimously after a short discussion.
Hundreds of die hard Bruce Springsteen fans filled Penn's Peak over the weekend during the return performance of Born in the USA.
Spectators pointed out that the turnout during the show was double that of their last performance.
Band members were Dave McLaurin aka "The Big Man," Matt Ryan aka "The Boss," Matthew Sully aka "Miami Steve," Joey Lunsford on piano, Atticus Finch on organ and keys, Danny Miranda on bass and Jay Nichols on Drums.
St. Mark's/St. John's Episcopal Church will hold its second "Soup and Session" meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Great Hall. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and all are welcome. The topic follows the events of Holy Week through and including the crucifixion and descent.
Women's Bible Study
The Women's Bible study classes at St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, have been changed to Thursday evenings, due to the Lenten gatherings. The classes will now be held on March 7 and 21. They are studying the book of Acts. Joan DeAcetis is the leader.
A Schuylkill County woman is the victim of a theft incident.
State police at Frackville said unknown criminals removed an oil voucher for 100 gallons of heating oil from the residence of a 60-year-old woman who resides at 126 W. Ogden St., Girardville.
Troopers said the theft occurred sometime between 5 and 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.
The voucher was removed from the front door of the residence.
A vehicle fire last night at the top of the Vulcan in Barnesville closed SR54 for about 40 minutes as firefighters extinguished the flames and the Ford Explorer was removed. Responding were state police and firefighters from Delano, Ryan Township, and Mahanoy City. No serious injuries were reported. Julius Dudash, Truck Captain, Citizen's Fire Company, Mahanoy City, sprays water into the engine compartment.
Women, men and children in over 170 countries will gather at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, to celebrate World Day of Prayer. In the Lehighton / Weissport area, a service will be celebrated at the First Presbyterian Church, Third and Mahoning Streets, Lehighton, PA. The service begins at p.m. and is sponsored by Life (Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship). The church is handicapped accessible.
Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will hold an After Hours mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday March 21, at Home Solutions Partners, 3295 Forest Inn Road, Suite 5, Palmerton. For additional information, contact Heather McClure, Carbon County Chamber at (610) 379-5000 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second annual "As Yet Unnamed Pocono Juggle Fest" will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 1; from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 2; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at Lehighton Area High School, Lehighton.
The Lansford Police Department has numerous items in the lost and found including purses, wallets, pictures, cell phones, and identification cards. Anyone who may have lost an item can stop by the police station at 1 E. Ridge St. and identify their lost items before they are discarded.
Ronnie Sheehan, Carbon County Treasurer, will give an overview of the coming election at the Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. meeting of the Democrats for Change at the Inn at Jim Thorpe in the basement conference room.
He will review the county offices that are being considered in the Municipal Primary on May 21.
Also on the meeting agenda will be the election of officers and final consideration of club goals for 2013-14.are welcome. Democrats for Change is a countywide Democratic Club that supports progressive ideas, legislation and leaders. Newcomers are welcome.
State police at Schuylkill Haven reported they are investigating a robbery that took place on Swatara Road, just off SR209 in Reilly Township, Schuylkill County.
The victim is Kathleen M. Devine, 70, of Gilberton.
Police said Devine was given a ride in an unknown make or model sport utility vehicle (SUV) (white in color) from Pottsville to Swatara Road, where the crime occurred. The SUV had been operated by a white female possibly in her 40s and was going by the name, "Katie."
Students at Our Lady of the Angels Academy and the Little Angels Preschool have recently adopted several soldiers overseas.
In order to show their appreciation for the efforts of the servicemen and women, the students collected items to send to them. Some of the items collected included gum, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, lotion, tuna, chocolate, tissues, body wash, disposable razors, peanut butter crackers, beef jerky, and various snacks.
From the small town of Palmerton to the bright lights of the big city.
On grand stage is where 2012 PAHS graduate Lydia Anthony will find herself this evening when she takes part in the Women of the World concert.
The spring concert will be held at 8:15 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA. The Link for the Live Show Feed is http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/women-of-the-world-present-koloro.
The concert will also showcase a World Peace Choir consisting of more than 50 women musicians from different countries.
Charles Gilmore, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated his 89th birthday on Feb. 15.
Originally from Bryn Mawr, he served as an infantry rifleman in Europe during World War II.
While in the service he received the Silver Star, the third highest award given.
Art groups join to present gallery
The Carbon County Art League and Pocono Mountain Art Group have joined efforts to bring the joy and beauty of art to the residents of Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center through a free and open art gallery.
The gallery will be displayed at 397 Hemlock Drive in Lehighton, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17.
Brian G. Barto, 47, of Schnecksville, died Friday afternoon after losing lost control of a propane truck, owned by Sharp Energy of Allentown, and rolled the unit along Gun Club Road in the New Tripoli section of Lynn Township, Lehigh County. The story appeared in Saturday's TIMES NEWS. After flipping on its side, the truck continued into a set of trees; completely crushing the cab. It took about five hours to extricate Barto from the truck. Firefighters and hazmat teams, worried about a possible explosion, provided water suppression during the rescue and vehicle removal.