Just over 40 fire apparatus vehicles took part in the Tuscarora's annual apparatus parade through Tuscarora, MaryD and surrounding communities Saturday. A Tuscarora fire truck leads the way during the parade on Saturday.
Aren't you glad I-80 wasn't tolled?
It doesn't come as any surprise that the Pa. Turnpike Commission announced a rate increase for 2014.
For individuals who use E-ZPass, the rate is just 2 percent, but for motorists who pay cash on the Turnpike, it's a 12 percent rate increase.
Rate hikes have become pretty regular by the Turnpike Commission. Remember, this is the same Turnpike Commission that lawmakers had wanted to take over Interstate 80 not too long ago. Aren't you glad that didn't happen?
Of course, it is those same lawmakers who are responsible for the rate hikes.
A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday after pleading guilty to terroristic threats.
He was one of 17 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.
Steven Walck Jr., 28, of Lansford, was sentenced to serve nine to one day less 24 months in prison on the threats count. He also pleaded to one count of harassment and was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the threats charge.
Walck was arrested by Lehighton police for an incident on April 30 at 230 N. Third St.
Lansford police are investigating to find out who is dumping household trash in a creek near Dock Street. Police are sorting through the bags to find items that would help them identify the culprit.
Contractors have until 2 p.m. Aug. 12 to submit bids to put a pole building at American Fire Co. No. 1, 26 E. Patterson St. in Lansford.
A mandatory prebid meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the site.
The bids must be in a sealed envelope marked "A Proposed Pole Building at the American Fire Company #1 of Lansford Site" and "Attention: Rose Mary Cannon," and sent to the borough hall, 1 E. Ridge St., Lansford, PA 18232.
The bids will be opened and read publicly at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at borough hall.
Q. Does aging affect the functioning of your thyroid?
The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the middle of the lower neck. It produces hormones that control metabolism, which are the chemical processes cells in the body perform to keep us alive.
It should come as no surprise that the thyroid gland often peters out as we get older. The thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test checks to see if your thyroid is producing the right amount of hormone for your system.
Dwayne Vines and Travon Pugh, both 19 and of Tobyhanna, are facing charges filed against them by Pocono Mountain Regional police.
Police said they were in the area of the Pocono Farms East development in Tobyhanna at 2:15 a.m. July 27 to investigate a report of gunshots heard in the area. While investigating police conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle, whose occupants were Vines and Pugh. Police said a search of the vehicle revealed marijuana and other various drug paraphernalia.
A Lansford driver is facing a driving under the influence (DUI) charge following an incident in Nesquehoning.
On July 13 Officer Timothy Wuttke received a report of a sports utility vehicle all over the road and nearly striking two vehicles head-on along SR54 in the area of the Hauto Estates.
Wuttke located the vehicle and made a traffic stop. The driver was identified as Neil Kennedy. Kennedy was found to be under the influence and was taken into custody. He was transported to St. Luke's Hospital, Coaldale, for a blood test, but refused to submit to it, police said.
There will be representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Lou Barletta available for appointments this week in Lehighton and Albrightsville.
Senator Toomey will have a representative available at the Lehighton office Wed. July 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are being taken for this visit; please contact the office at (610) 377-6363.
Congressman Barletta will have a representative in the Albrightsville office Thurs. Aug.1, from 2 to 4 p.m. An appointment can be scheduled by calling (570) 722-8700.
A speed stop by Nesquehoning police led to two illegal aliens being apprehended.
Officer Steven Homanko stopped Antonio Santos-Basurto, of Mount Vernon, Wash., on July 25 for going 73 miles-per-hour in a 55 zone. During the stop Homanko found two passengers were in the country illegally and were taken into custody.
Homanko also reported the arrest of Breanna Cullen, of Coaldale, for speeding, 56 mph in a 40 zone on July 24. Also, Rajmohinder Singh-Sidh, of Germantown, cited for going 58 mph in a 40 zone, on the same date.
Frederic Jaques Franck Sauber and Vanessa Doreene Jerden, 224 White St., Apt. D, Weissport.
Gary Marvin Gressler and Cheryl Ann Montgomery, 60 Middle Lane, Lehighton.
Jason Diaz and Amanda Lynn Borger, 132 S. Fifth St., Apt. D11, Lehighton.
Joseph James Vitucci, 26 Oak Lane, Sussex, N.J., and Ashley Lauren Eddins, 10 Maple Road, Sussex, N.J.
Daniel Joshua Sickonic and Kristen Jill Hickman, 1791 Upper Nis Hollow Drive, Lehighton.
The "Fightin' Lehighton" Rick Kirkendall raced to an exciting victory in the first of twin 50 features Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway for round three of the Mahoning Modified Madness Series.
Race number two was postponed due to rain and will be rescheduled at a later date.
The popular Lehighton driver had been away from the racing scene the past few years and returned two weeks ago in Shawn Sitarchyk's SVS Abatement No. 80 car.
"It was very exciting from where I was sitting. I may have been a little rusty but it's just like riding a bike," said Kirkendall.
Annual event open to the public
St. John's Lutheran Church in the Heights, Jim Thorpe, will begin its annual clothing giveaway on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m.
The giveaway will continue on select dates through Aug. 17. The program will run on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"This year we have an abundance of clothing," said organizer Bonnie Hoffman, noting that organizers believe this is the biggest giveaway the church has hosted yet. "We are very excited for people to take advantage of this."
Gardiner-Walsh raising money for disabled veterans
Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh loves to help others.
The former Coaldale resident, who now resides in Winston-Salem, N.C., has always worked hard to raise money and awareness for organizations and groups that benefit the less fortunate, the sick, or bring light to a cause she believes in.
Pocono Mountain Regional police arrested Richard and Geraldine Bailey of Pocono Summit on charges of abandonment of animals under the Commonwealth Dog Law.
Police said the charges relate to the recovery of two stray dogs on July 26-27 in the Long Pond area.
Police said at 6:30 a.m. July 26, police recovered a stray male dog on Summit View Lane, and on the next day they found a stray female dog in the same area. The dogs were the same breed and color and neither was wearing identification, police said.
Two persons were injured in a one-vehicle accident at 8:05 p.m. July 28 on Interstate 81 in Ryan Township, Schuylkill County.
State police at the Frackville barracks said Donna R. Cunningham, 50, and Kelli M. Cunningham, 15, both of Mountain Top, sustained moderate injuries and were transported to the Hazleton General Hospital in the Frackville ambulance for treatment of the injuries.
Two other occupants of the vehicle, Michael A. Cunningham, 55, and Ashley R. Cunningham, 23, both of Mountain Top, were uninjured.
Nesquehoning police reported on the following arrests made by officers.
On July 6 Officer Dane O'Brian and Steven Homanko conducted a welfare check of a female along SR209. She was identified as Ilonka Ortiz Rimentel, of Staten Island, N.Y.
She was found to be intoxicated and became belligerent with the officers. She was cited for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
The 81st annual reunion of the Strohl Family will be held Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Palmerton Memorial Park.
Bring a covered dish and join everyone for the 1 p.m. luncheon. Sodas and hot dogs will be available for purchase. A brief business meeting will be held immediately after lunch.
Family members are asked to bring cakes for the cakewalk and a small prize for bingo.
Please bring old family pictures and other Strohl mementos for discussion.
Two vehicles were involved in a collision around 8 a.m. yesteday morning at the intersection of SR309 and SR895 in Snyders, West Penn Township.
West Penn Police stated that a witness reported seeing Mark Foose, of Andreas, driving a 1999 Mercury, pull out from SR895 east into the path of Breanne Ralston, of Mountain Top, who was driving south on SR309. Responding in addition to police, were West Penn firefighters, fire police and Penn Mahoning Ambulance. No serious injuries were reported.
Lynn Marie Kramer, 24, of Pottsville, is facing charges of theft/fraud/forgery as a result of an incident that happened in Carbon County.
State police at the Lehighton barracks said the victim in the case is Lynn Ann McMenemon, 59, of 18 Teaberry Lane, Jim Thorpe.
Police said the incident occurred as the suspect was using the maiden name of the victim to open an account with PPL for electricity service. Police said the victim was made aware of the ID theft when she realized she had thousands of dollars in unpaid bills to the utiliity for service she was not responsible for.
The Greater Hazleton Health Alliance (GHHA) will pair with Boyer's Food Markets to offer free health screenings at select store locations.
Free health screenings will be offered at the following Boyer's locations in August:
Ÿ Aug. 20, 9-11 a.m.: Hazleton store (glucose screenings)
Ÿ Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to noon: McAdoo store (body mass index screenings)
Ÿ Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to noon: Tamaqua store (pulse/oxygen screenings)
No registration is necessary for the screenings.
The Carbon County Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a Patriot's Day (9/11) memorial service on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 8:40 a.m. in the Josiah White Park, Jim Thorpe.
All emergency services personnel, including fire, police and ambulance; veterans organizations; and the public are invited to attend.
Drivers paying with cash will find steepest increases
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) has approved a 2014 toll-rate increase of 2 percent for E-ZPass customers and 12 percent for cash customers.
The Turnpike Commission says the increase is largely needed to allow the PTC to meet its funding obligation to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under a 2007 state law known as Act 44.
New revenues from the increase will also help fund the turnpike's capital-improvement plan, which is focused mostly on completely rebuilding the 73-year-old toll road and widening it from four to six lanes.
Bernadin Solloitto, 59, of Kunkletown, was committed to the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Snydersville, after allegedly assaulting a 53-year-old Kunkletown woman during a physical altercation that happened at 10 p.m. July 25 at 136 Dusty lane, Polk Township.
State police at the Lehighton barracks said he is charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, and harassment.
Police said it is alleged Solloitto struck the woman in the face several times, causing visible injuries, and threatened to stab her if she called police.
Pa. Ag Secretary helps kick off six-day event
Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George D. Greig kicked off the 30th year of the Schuylkill County Fair during a ribbon cutting anniversary celebration held yesterday afternoon at the fairgrounds in Summit Station.
"Why Schuylkill County? Why not? Every fair is unique," said Greig, who said this was his first visit to the Schuylkill County Fair. "I see so much pride here in Schuylkill County."
Zion UCC, 2nd and Iron Streets in Lehighton will be hosting its fourth annual summer Music Academy on Sunday, August 4, through Thursday August 8 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
This free program is offered to any school aged child grades K-12 and to younger children accompanied by a parent.
The program offers multiple choices for the participants. They can participate in one or all of the offered stations.
St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., will begin their 2013 free clothing giveaway on Thursday, Aug. 2 and it will run through Saturday, Aug. 17. Days and times are as follows; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you wish more information call the church office at (570) 325-4255 and leave a message; someone will return your call.
State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a theft incident that happened between midnight and 6 a.m. July 26.
The victim is Kassandre Noelle St. Ores, 35, of Fernandina Beach, Fla.
The incident happened at 935 Summer Mountain Road, Palmerton, when an unknown actor(s) removed the victim's Sprint iPhone 4 with a pink Otterbox case from the above location.
Anyone with information about the incident or valuables is asked to contact police at (610) 377-4270.
July 30, 1992
Santa Claus in shorts bright red Bermuda shorts, no less homemade Christmas cookies, brightly wrapped gift packages galore and a fun-filled sing-along that featured Christmas carols.
Those were the highlights of the 14th annual Christmas in July celebration, hosted by the Social Ministry members of Lehighton's Trinity Lutheran Church.
This year's event was held at the Mahoning Valley Nursing, Retirement and Rehabilitation Center and involved 140 residents of the center and nearly 100 friends, family members and ministry volunteers.
Nine first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday.
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, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.
Judge Steven R. Serfass placed all for a year, unless otherwise noted.