As yard sale season approaches, the Lehighton Borough Police Department would like to remind residents and neighbors of a recently enacted borough ordinance regarding the placement of signs on utility poles, light posts or sign posts in the borough.
It is unlawful for any person to post or hang upon any utility pole, light post, sign or sign post owned by the Borough or any other public utility or entity, any sign, banner, poster, etc. regardless of the method of attachment.
The recent ruling by a federal judge declaring the town of Jim Thorpe a museum is the dumbest thing that I have heard.
I suppose that many towns then must be museums too, like Lansford, with their No. 9 coal mine and museum they are similar to what the town of Jim Thorpe is being called by the Judge.
All these towns have received Federal monies like Jim Thorpe for one thing or the other.
If this court ruling is held, then I guess that sets a precedent. We suddenly will have many more museums in America.
Tamaqua's oldest existing motorized fire apparatus, a 1922 Seagraves firetruck, arrived from Florida early Friday and was transfered onto a Hope's Collision & Towing flatbed at Walmart, Hometown, for a three-mile trip into town. From left; Matt Hope, Tom Martonick, Dale Freudenberger, Vern Balliet, Erik Krause, Justin McCarroll, Tom Hope and Ray Baker.
I am extremely grateful as I write this column for several reasons. First I listened to my father's doctor who requested that my brother and I have our colons checked due to our family's history with colon cancer. Typically doctors recommend that such a test is not necessary until one reaches 50, but in cases where family history indicates a higher risk doctors recommend beginning at 40. In my case, my great grandmother died from colon cancer and my grandmother died of pancreatic cancer. While both were well over 70 when they got sick, the danger was there.
A Hometown man was arrested by Tamaqua Police on April 9 following an incident at 635 Arlington St.
Police were dispatched to the home at 10:48 p.m. for a reported fight in progress, involving two females and one male.
Perhaps this would be an opportune time to consider returning the name of Jim Thorpe to its original name: Mauch Chunk. The Thorpe children are attempting to have his remains returned to Oaklahoma for a burial consistent with Indian custom.
Although a great athlete, as locals know, Jim Thorpe had absolutely no ties to the area nor did he make any contributions. Return his remains! Do not dispute the court ruling.
Susan L. Reznick, 28, of 400 Pine St., Tamaqua, has been cited after she allegedly struck another woman who was walking in downtown Tamaqua.
The victim contacted police at 8:39 p.m. on April 10 and said she had been walking in the area of West Broad and Berwick Streets when she was accosted by Reznick. The victim was reportedly struck in the face.
Reznick was cited for harassment.
A Tamaqua man has been cited by Rush Township police following an incident at the Hometown Commons Walmart on April 23.
Hassan Nadio Dan Monzon was cited for retail theft after allegedly stealing $49.92 worth of DVDs from the retailer.
State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that was reported at 9:50 a.m. March 29 in Chestnuthill Township.
The victim is Benchmark Civil Engineering of Allentown.
Police said a white male wearing a hoodie and a baseball cap reached out of the front seat passenger-side of a black Hyundai SUV and grabbed the leg of a Robotic Total Station, causing the equipment to fall to the ground.
Police said the SUV had a Pa. registration plate on it.
The incident happened along Route 209, just north of Gilbert Road in the township.
Tamaqua's Christine Streisel threw a season's best 149-6 (45.57 meters) on her final throw on Thursday to win the high school girls javelin for the second year in a row at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
Streisel, who has committed to further her education and athletic career at Duke University in the fall, moved past Sarah Firestone of Mercersburg Academy, who had the lead with a throw of 148-10 (45.38 meters) entering the final round.
Streisel holds the second best throw ever at the event after winning with a mark of 154-11 last year.
Dozens of Carbon County high school students learned how their county government and courts work on Thursday.
The students, from Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Weatherly, Panther Valley, and Palmerton school districts, and Marian Catholic High School, gathered in the commissioners' meeting room at 8:30 a.m. They then walked to the ornate Courtroom No. 1 to be greeted by President judge Roger N. Nanovic.
April 26, 1985
April 26, 1985 Mel Frohnheiser hits a grand slam in the fourth inning to help Northern Lehigh gain an 8-2 Centennial League softball victory over rival Palmerton. Frohnheiser's blast turns a 3-0 Bulldog lead into a seven-run advantage. Frohnheiser also contributes an RBI single in the contest. Gina Turocsy, who adds a triple and run scored, tosses a three-hitter to earn the pitching win. Nolehi, coached by Brian Schell, also receives an RBI hit from Steph Mack and two runs scored from Sherri Owens.
Cedar Crest College Performing Arts has been presenting "About Face" in area middle schools during the month of April.
"About Face" is written by Cedar Crest professor and Performing Arts Chair Roxanne Amico and directed by Clair Freeman.
The subject of bullying, in particular cyber-bullying, is a growing problem among school-age children. Studies show that bullying tends to peak in late childhood/early adolescence, making prevention and intervention efforts in middle school crucial.
Crime Watch meeting
The monthly meeting of the Summit Hill Crime Watch will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the borough hall.
Mayor Paul McArdle, who will be in charge of the meeting, said all residents of Summit Hill are welcome to attend.
Meeting on Comprehensive Plan
Summit Hill Borough Council will conduct a public hearing prior to the regular council meeting on Monday, May 13, at 6 p.m. concerning the proposed Middle Carbon Comprehensive Plan. The hearing will be held at the borough hall.
State police at Lehighton reported on two driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by troopers.
About 7:19 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, Jonathan H. Burak, 30, of Jim Thorpe, was stopped for several vehicle code violations along SR209 at Flagstaff Road, in Mahoning Township, Carbon County.
He was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest.
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday Roseann Maria Izuka, 27, of Jim Thorpe, was stopped at the same location for several vehicle code violations. She was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold fifth Sunday of Easter worship at 9 a.m. Sunday which will include baptism of an infant girl. Interim minister is the Rev. Donald Hayn. Coffeehouse fellowship follows.
Sunday School Power Hour begins at 10:15 a.m. for ages 3 through adult. The final classes will meet May 12 before the summer break.
A Mother-Daughter Brunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Luther Hall. This is a free event. RSVP to the church office in advance at (610) 377-4303.
A Tamaqua man was cited following a domestic incident in the borough on April 3.
Patrolman Karl Harig was dispatched to 302 Mahanoy St. at 6:16 p.m. where he was met by the victim, who stated she had been punched in the face by Clarence E. McGeehan, 53, same address. McGeehan said he had been arguing with the woman, who had a visibly swollen eye, but denied punching her, stating he had just pushed her into a wall.
Members of the West Penn Lions Club spent a couple hours Wednesday evening prepping and wrapping over 1,000 white spruce seedlings to be given to all elementary students in the Tamaqua Area School District.
The project was done as part of the Lions Club Global Service Action Campaign created to focus efforts on preserving and protecting the environment.
Parking concerns in downtown Palmerton have been alleviated, according to one borough business owner.
One month after she said there was a lack of available parking spaces in front of her business, Jan Kresge once again appeared before Borough Council on Thursday.
However this time, Kresge, who owns Jan's Barber Shop, at 434 Delaware Avenue, told council the situation appears to have been rectified.
"There's parking now," Kresge said. "I have additional parking."
Keeping the games in a proper perspective
Sports have played a role in boosting morale during times of stress and national tragedy in American history.
When baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis asked the president if the national past time should continue after our nation entered World War 2, Franklin D. Roosevelt replied that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going. He noted that people who would be working longer and harder for the war effort and should have a chance for recreation to take their minds off their work for a few hours.
A Tamaqua woman has been cited after a check she wrote for a coal delivery came back marked as insufficient funds.
Courtney Nicole Bowman, 29, of 314 Hazle St., allegedly ordered coal from Rarick's Coal and Oil, which was delivered on Dec. 28, 2012. She paid for the delivery with a check from a Woodforest National Bank account.
On Dec. 31 Rarick was notified the check had bounced. Efforts to resolve the issue, including certified letters, failed.
Charges of issuing a bad check were filed by Cpl. Henry Woods.
After a brief hiatus resulting from Carbon County pulling the plug on its blue bin recycling program, recycling has returned to the Borough of Nesquehoning.
Councilman Mark Stromelo made the announcement during Wednesday's monthly council meeting that as of Tuesday, large orange dumpsters were placed behind the old blue bins to allow for single stream recycling in the borough.
In an agreement with Municipal Recovery in Wilkes-Barre, residents may now place all of their recyclable items in one of the orange dumpsters without any sorting.
A Slatington man has been jailed after assaulting a police officer Wednesday night.
William Brown II, 45, faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment.
Brown is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Lehigh County Courthouse in Allentown. He remains in Lehigh County Prison under $40,000 bail.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Slatington Patrolman Deron Dorward:
Lehighton's defensive fielding and throwing was not for the faint of heart Thursday afternoon.
After failing to score a single run against Mountain Valley Conference foe Stroudsburg earlier in the season, the Indians' offense showed up the second time around to the tune of eight runs and 11 hits. Unfortunately, due to their defensive play it wouldn't be enough.
Palmerton's new police cruiser has been nicked up.
Borough Mayor Chris Olivia informed Borough Council on Thursday that the police department's 2013 Ford Taurus cruiser "got a little bump in it."
"It's at the shop," Olivia said. "It should be back any day now."
It was stated that the incident occurred while a police officer was driving down the street when an individual opened their car door into the driving area of the cruiser.
The borough took ownership of the cruiser this past February.
They are the lifeblood of the Palmerton Hospital.
Which is why it was only fitting, then, that those who so unselfishly give of their time received their well-deserved pat on the back.
The Volunteer Recognition Program and New Member Tea of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary and Blue Mountain Health System got under way Tuesday with a welcome from Jenny Serfass, president of the Auxiliary.
Serfass, who marveled at the impressive number of hours accumulated by many of the volunteers, thanked them for their service to the hospital.
An actor-turned politician by the name of Ronald Reagan was President of the United States.
Moviegoers were enjoying films like Dirty Dancing, Good Morning, Vietnam, Moonstruck, and Three Men and a Baby.
Songs including At This Moment, Livin on a Prayer, The Lady in Red, and Walk Like an Egyptian filled the airwaves on boomboxes and walkmen.
It was during this time that Candace Steffie was hired as a teacher at SS. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton.
A vehicle stop led to the arrest of a wanted person.
State police at Lehighton said a vehicle was stopped about 8:43 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, along SR209 in Towamensing Township, Carbon County, for a traffic violation.
At the stop a passenger in the car, Lawney L. Strohl, 44, of Lehighton, was found to have multiple warrants for his arrest including theft. He was also found to have in his possession marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The Panther Valley school board put faces to the furloughs of six educators on Thursday, naming those teachers who have lost their jobs due to curtailment or alteration of various programs.
The board voted, with school director Roy "Mickey" Angst absent, and after accepting the resignation of school director David Hiles, to approve the furloughs.