The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that two former New Jersey residents pleaded guilty yesterday before Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick and admitted to participating in multiple armed robberies of stores and businesses located in Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Carbon counties between December 2011 and February 2012.
Admit robbing several local businesses
The sad fact is that people do not read as much as they once did. In our fast-paced world, reading takes time, concentration and commitment. Although it pays rich rewards, many choose shortcuts. The proliferation of social media has taken a significant toll on the idea that a person can enjoy reading.
Where does the love and joy of reading come from?
In my case, it was fired up by my immigrant mother, who never missed an opportunity to tell me what reading and learning would mean to me.
Mary Ann Lawson recently participated in a twirling contest at the Shippensburg State Fair and copped six awards out of six categories. They were two first place awards, three second place and one third place.
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lawson, she is a freshman at Panther Valley High School and featured twirler of the varsity band.
She entertained on Sunday at the Panther Valley Chamber of Commerce picnic. Her routine drew much applause.
The winners of the Pillsbury Pie Baking Championship held at The 2013 Great Allentown Fair were, l-r, Amy Gress of Danielsville, fourth place; Marie White of Lehighton, third place; Michelle Argust of Tamaqua, second place, and Eva Seibert (standing in for her mother is Krista) of Salisbury Township won first place in the dessert pie category. Debra Lilly of Bethlehem won first place in the savory pie category.
Historic locomotive #425 passes through Tamaqua at 1 p.m. Friday on a test run to Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton after two years of repairs and restoration. It was built on Jan. 16, 1928, by Baldwin Locomotive Works of Eddystone, Pa., and today is owned by Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad. The engine and tender tip the scales at almost 400,000 pounds. The steam engine reportedly will return to the railroad's Port Clinton headquarters Sunday.
August 31, 1979 Ed Shubeck throws three touchdown passes and runs for another score to help Panther Valley open its season with a 42-12 victory over Lehighton. Shubeck hooks up with Dave Bonner on TD tosses of 16 and 30 yards and also hits Tom Lutz with a 23-yard scoring strike. Shubeck adds a 64-yard touchdown scamper while Bonner scores a third TD on a 60-yard interception return. The Panthers, coached by Trevor Lawrence, also receive 216 yards rushing from Dave Slonaker. One's of Slonaker's runs goes for a 97-yard touchdown.
I read about two stories that completely broke my heart this past week.
One had a happy ending; the other did not.
In the first story, a child was born to a couple at a Christian missionary hospital in India over a year ago.
He was terribly disfigured and deformed and his parents outright refused to take him home and worse yet, members of the village where the parents resided called the hospital and threatened to poison the child if the parents brought him back with them.
According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, an "Atmospheric Deposition in Pennsylvania: Impacts on Watersheds" free webinar will be held on Sept. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. To view the webinar, visit https://meeting.psu.edu/water1
Recorded versions of each webinar are posted at http://extension.psu.edu/water/webinar-series/past-webinars for those who cannot log on for the live version.
To register or learn more about future or recorded webinars, visit http://water.cas.psu.edu/webinars.htm.
The opening anecdote to last week's column expressed a trickle-down effect you probably already knew. Because it's certainly tougher to be a teenager than ever before, it's also tougher to be a parent.
Since a good start to a new school year is imperative if your child is going to have yearlong success, last week's column offered health-and-fitness advice that could help parents help their sons and daughters.
If you were not yet made aware, Carbon County has a new recycling person on staff. His name is David Bodnar and he works in the County Planning office. This information was announced at the SWAC (Solid Waste Advisory Committee) meeting held on August 21, 2013.
David told everyone in attendance, all six of us, that the County Commissioners appointed him and recycling was his new job priority.
Almost daily we hear of the decline of print media in the United States. The Internet, e-books, and smart phones have changed the landscape for the reporting of news. None of us can predict what may develop tomorrow. We definitely live in fluid times!
The Palmerton Area is blessed to have a dedicated organization at the TIMES NEWS that is not only in the forefront of our "electronic age" of reporting but is also committed to continuing publication of an evening newspaper. Many of us still enjoy the tactile nature of our reading material!
The Lehighton Rotary Club is currently working with Lehighton Area High School students, teachers, and administrators to form an Interact Club at the school. Interact Club is designed to help enhance students' leadership skills, personal integrity, and respect for all. Attending the Rotary meeting are, from left, LAHS language arts teacher Cristi Marchetti; LAHS seniors Jackie Jordan and Nicole Schnell; and Lehighton Rotary Club secretary Becky Wanamaker. Missing from the photo is LAHS junior Riley Durishin.
Larry A. Ahner to Adam M. Pretko, 1420 Long Run Road, Lehighton, property at 1420 Long Run Road, $107,812.50.
Jim Thorpe National Bank to David W. Yamrich, Cape May Courthouse, N.J., property at 604 South Ave., $105,000.
Richard J. Rowe to Richard J. Rowe, 817 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 817 Center Ave., $1.
Margaret McClafferty to Margaret McClafferty, 99 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, property at 99 W. Broadway, $1.
Signing will occur from 2-4 p.m. today at Soundcheck Records
Jim Thorpe fledgling author Jeff Davis' Kindle edition of his 2012 satiric novel, Nesting with the Loons, received seriously positive reviews and has sold thousands of copies with audiences as far away as New Mexico and Australia. Nesting has recently been released in a printed version.
With homages to the Office, Catch-22 and American Graffiti, Davis' depiction of an ordinary guy who seeks to escape from his entrapment in a bureaucratic office job speaks to anyone in America, in the world, who is looking to flee their nest with the loons and take flight to a paradise.
Perhaps one could find some symbolism when Mahanoy Area defeated Panther Valley 51-28 last night in their opening game of the 2013 football season.
Members of the Tamaqua Fire Department, who responded last weekend to a fire at the Washington Hook and Ladder Company in Mahanoy City, stand and assess the damage after fire is extinguished. In the garage is the aerial truck of the fire department, which was destroyed. The fire happened on the same day that the Mahanoy City Fire Department was hosting the Schuylkill County Firemens Convention and Parade.
Our tax dollars are an investment that we hope will yield dividends by making our area a better place to live. Unfortunately, this is not happening for the institution that eats up the largest amount of our Carbon County tax dollars - our Carbon County Correctional Facility located in Nesquehoning.
Unless you know someone who works there, who has spent time as an inmate or has a friend or relative there, or who volunteers there, you may know little about the CCF.
Some people are mere acquaintances. They never climb the social ladder into the realm of friendship.
Perhaps most people fall into that category – either because we never get to know them very well or because there is no common thread to bind us.
Many people are what we call social friends or activity friends. They are the ones we spend time with in pursuit of something mutually enjoyable.
A few turn out to be true friends. They are the ones who are always there for us, just as we are always there for them.
Notre Dame starting quarterback, Kordell Theadford, has the speed and agility to do great things in the backfield for the Crusaders. Despite the fact that one player cannot determine the outcome of a game, he can definitely determine the outcome of a few big plays in order to assist his team in the winning direction.
Theadford did just that and proved to be too shifty to stop and too accurate with passes to maintain the lead long enough to prevail over the Blue Bombers, 25-13 in both teams' opening games of the season.
Upon reading Jimmy Remaly's recent obituary, it must be said that all four Remaly brothers Jimmy, Bill, Bobby and Eddie served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and all four were honorably discharged at the cessation of hostilities. I knew them all.
First Marine Brigade
By BRAD HURLEY
Can you remember the last time Penn State had a proven quarterback starting the first game of the season?
Can't remember can you?
That's because the Nittany Lions have not had a proven starter at the quarterback position lead the blue and white onto the field since 2009. That quarterback's name was Daryl Clark and by the time he finished his senior season he held five Penn State passing records.
Both teams had opportunities.
Palisades made the most of Northwestern's mistakes, while the Tigers squandered a first half lead in a 27-15 Pirates win Friday night in Colonial League action.
"I couldn't be prouder of the way they played," Palisades coach Kevin Ronalds said afterwards. "It's good to have to win a tough one right off the bat; I think we learned a lot about ourselves tonight."
Northwestern jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the first quarter on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Frank Dangello to Cameron Richardson.
So Bradley Manning wants to be called Chelsea. I wonder how Chelsea Clinton feels about that.
Fort Leavenworth prison officials say he'll get no hormones and no surgery. Manning's lawyer calls this cruel and unusual punishment and vows to sue.
Advocates of transgender convicts claim (per recent news reports), "Self-castration, suicide and waves of desperation are byproducts of the denial of sex hormones to inmates yearning to switch genders." Sounds pretty grim, doesn't it?
Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, left; Wayne Nothstein, second from right; and William O'Gurek recognize Deb Ranck, the head trustee of the former Carbon County Quilters Guild, second from left, after the guild donated $500 to the Carbon County Animal Shelter. The commissioners thanked Ranck and the guild for their support of the animals and the county. The Carbon County Quilters Guild, which has disbanded, made and sold quilts over the last few years to raise the funds to donate to the shelter. It also donated $500 to Carbon County Friends of Animals.
It's amazing ... I just realized that I was one of the poor slobs that were randomly selected by the Census Bureau to fill out this comprehensive questionnaire. If you are also selected you have my utmost sympathy.
Before filling out the 40 minute survey I read through the plethora of questions. In the front of the pamphlet I was told that my answers were confidential and REQUIRED BY LAW.
Some, perhaps thousands of state retirees are being cheated by the State Employee's Retirement System (SERS) out of a significant portion of the retirement benefits for which they worked faithfully for many years.
Any state employee who retired, received an annuity and/or withdrew their contributions to their retirement amount and then returned to state service for several years has had the misfortune to have their retirement benefits calculated erroneously.
As part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" effort, Pennsylvania's enforcement will focus not only on drivers impaired by alcohol, but also the increasing number of drug-impaired motorists.
"As the Labor Day holiday approaches we are focusing on the issue of impaired driving, and unfortunately drug-related crashes are increasing in number," PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. "Crashes and deaths involving impaired drivers are completely preventable. We urge motorists to drive sober, unimpaired by drugs or alcohol."
Are Our Local Schools Safe Enough For Our Children?
Exploring the lives of early 20th century immigrants from a small Eastern European country to the United States has led 23-year-old Slovak university student Michaela Luterancikova to the Panther Valley.
Luterancikova, a graduate student in British and American studies at the University of Prasov in eastern Slovakia, is interviewing descendants of Slovak immigrants for her master's thesis, "Slovak Churches in Northeastern Pennsylvania."
No, I do not work an 8-hour shift. The only work I do is housework - and an occasional volunteer job. My days of regular employment ended quite a while ago.
But, I am still a 9-5 girl. I go to bed around 9 and wake up around 5. That has been my schedule since I went to college in 1958.
I discovered that I do my best mental work in the early morning. That's when I write my columns and figure out my daily schedule. That's when I am the most alert and aware. As the day goes on, my mental capacity shrivels up like an old prune.
CENTER VALLEY - Travis Edmond had a breakout season last year as a sophomore for Southern Lehigh. If Friday night's performance against Northern Lehigh is any indication, the Spartans quarterback is going to surpass the marks he has already set.
Edmonds completed 12 of 15 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns as the Spartans rolled to a 49-0 shutout of the Bulldogs in a game that ended under the Mercy Rule.
Southern Lehigh built up a 28-0 halftime advantage and coasted from there.