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.
I'm 8 years old, and lying on my tummy, the scuffed toes of my Keds scraping the dirt. I breathe in the damp, earthy scent of the surrounding woods as I reach into a small cardboard box of shiny brass 22 bullets.
I carefully load a bullet into the chamber of the rifle I'm holding, snap the bolt closed, and aim at a paper target some 15 yards away.
I try to hold as still as possible so I can center the site at the tip of the barrel as perfectly as possible.
A regulation has been proposed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission board of commissioners removing the regulation which restricts anglers to using three or fewer hooks on a fishing line. Within the last few years, anglers have asked the PFBC to use the "Alabama rig," an umbrella-type rig which contains five lures on short wire lines that merge to one point to attach to a fishing line.
If you were told the winner of last night's game between Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe ran the ball 58 times for 351 yards, you would think the Blue Raiders picked right up where they left off last season, right?
If you were told the winner of last night's Anthracite Football League opener between the Blue Raiders and Olympians would hold their opponent to only eight points over the first 47:47 of the game and limit their opposition to just 75 yards on 20 carries, you would think Tamqua wins in a landslide, right?
The opening of the
Weissport Redneck Festival on Friday night started folks' Labor Day holiday weekend on a fun note. By 5 p.m. the food stands were selling barbecues, turkey on a stick, roasted corn and jambalaya. For dessert, there was ice cream, funnel cake and cotton candy.
While some stopped by for the food, others were checking out the t-shirts, novelties, jewelry, purses and country home decor.
Kiddie rides were busy for the young set and a Redneck Karaoke and a Redneck Puppet Jamboree comedy show saw many folks sitting on hay bales after sampling the food.
Pennsylvania hunters who travel out of state to pursue deer, bear or turkey know that all of our neighboring states now allows some form of hunting on Sundays. In fact, Pennsylvania is one of just 11 states in the nation that has no Sunday hunting for major game species.
State police have charged a West Brunswick Township man with attempted homicide for pointing a rifle at a trooper.
Edward C. Hill, 54, of Mohrsville, is in Schuylkill County Prison under $250,000 cash bail. He is also charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and other offenses.
St. Luke's University Health Network is sponsoring a series of runs/walks this fall in an effort to "build a healthier community - one mile at a time."
The series of runs/walks and fitness events will be held in September and October. Each event will have a specific purpose, from honoring trauma patients to raising funds for men's cancer and local children's programs to increasing fitness and improving health in the community.
The mileage of the runs/walks will count toward the "Get Your Tail on the Trail Program" and the 1645 Mile Challenge (www.tailon the trail.org).
This Pontiac Grand Prix, operated by Anna Rehrig, 41, of Palmerton, was traveling at a high rate of speed east on Lafayette Avenue at around 11:29 a.m. Friday when it lost control and went off the roadway, sideswiping one tree, and continuing east where it sideswiped more trees, climbed a bank, and sheered off the telephone pole. The driver, who complained of head pain and dizziness, was transported to Palmerton Hospital. Also assisting at the scene was the Palmerton Police Department.
Carbon County will receive 3 percent less in state and federal funding next year for drug and alcohol programs.
During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the commissioners discussed a piece of correspondence from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs about the Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funds.
Carbon County will receive $521,615 for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 fiscal years. That is $15,776 less than originally allocated.
The Department of Environmental Protection announced that the deadline for Pennsylvania small-business owners to apply for DEP's Small Business Advantage Grants has been extended to Tuesday, Oct. 8. The deadline has been extended to ensure that as many small businesses as possible can benefit from this worthwhile opportunity.
Businesses can apply for 50-percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures.
Was 2012 a fluke? Was Notre Dame just lucky and a team that had all the breaks fall their way en route to a regular season 12-0 record.
There is no dispute that the Irish were on the right end of many breaks during the season. Some say good teams make their own breaks. But it was a season that had just about everything go the Irish way.
HAMBURG Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) and state representatives Jerry Knowles (R-124) and Mike Tobash (R-125) urged motorists to use caution and be patient during much-needed upgrades to portions of Route 61 in Berks and Schuylkill counties.
"It is extremely important for motorists to be careful when traveling through the stretch of Route 61 that is currently under construction by PennDOT," Argall said. "Cautious, defensive driving in these construction zones will go a long way toward avoiding a serious accident."
Leiby's earns top honor in Schuylkill County
Leiby's Farm Market, Lewistown Valley, has been named the prestigious 2013 Schuylkill Conservation District Farm of the Year.
The award honors a farm that observes best practices in various areas including pest management, no-till farming and other techniques.
Here are the questions Slovakian college student Michaela Luterancikova asks for her master's thesis on Slovak churches in northeastern Pennsylvania:
1. When did your ancestors come to the USA? Do you know the place in Slovakia they came from?
2. Why was the establishment of the national churches important for immigrants?
3. What were the fundamentals of the national churches in the past? Do you think that these fundamentals (liturgy, services) have been adhered to in the present Slovak churches?
Mahoning Township Police charged Alexander Modawar, 33, of Tamaqua, with retail theft.
Police reported that Modawar was at Radio Shack on Route 443 in Mahoning Township on Aug. 30 when he fled the area in a Jeep Wrangler.
When he was stopped by police, he had two stolen hand-held radio scanners valued at $699.98, according to the police.
Records showed that Modawar had three prior retail theft convictions. As a result, he was charged as a felony offense.
In what is continuing as a Labor Day Weekend tradition, Becky's Drive-In Theater in Berlinsville will be showing films all night tonight.
Cindy Deppe, manager, ssaid breakfast will be served in the morning.
Special tie-dyed shirts will be available for purchase.
There will be pony rides, moon bounce, and trackless fire engine rides before the features begin
The gates open at 6 pm,
The refreshment stands will be opened all night serving funnel cake, hot food, soda, candy, popcorn.
Films, which will be shown on two screens, are:
Deadline for on-line voting is Sept. 3; winners will be named in Oct.
The town of Jim Thorpe is being featured on the Best of the Road 2013 Contest with Rand McNally.
Jim Thorpe is competing for the "most fun small town in America." The contest is taking place online at www.bestoftheroad.com.
Jim Thorpe was featured last year in the contest and was a finalist for the "most beautiful small town in America."
There are a few days left and voting will run until Sept. 3.
Over the past couple seasons the Nazareth and Pleasant Valley openers have been good ole' fashioned shootouts.
There was a combined 78 points scored between the two team's a year ago, but this time around offense was not easy to come by. Both teams didn't look comfortable early, but it was Nazareth that found some consistency on offense and also put in a solid defensive effort, taming the Bears for a 31-9 victory.
Business owners in search of ways to maximize the economic potential of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor could be in luck.
A presentation that will offer tips to "Learn How You Can Maximize the Economic Potential of the Trail" will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Slatington Trailhead Pavilion in Slatington.
Registration is at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and the program from noon to 1 p.m.
Lehighton and Pleasant Valley posted shutout victories in boys soccer to highlight Friday's scholastic sports action.
Anthony Rossino had a hat trick to spark Lehighton to a 7-0 non-conference win over visiting Hazleton.
Zach Christoff recorded a goal and an assist for the Indians. Drake Didyoung, Frank Bokan and Anthony Farano added single scores. Dan Baka and Cole Christman both notched two assists.
It's raining. Again.
Which makes me about as crotchety as Clint Eastwood in his latest movie "Trouble With the Curve."
Which means another day I won't be in the pool. Summer is winding down to a few precious few. When Harry sees the calendar say Sept. 1, he's ready to shut the pool down. I'm always hopeful that summer will extend herself for a couple of weeks to give me a little more time to splish and splash.
There are other ways I can tell summer is coming to an end.
Controlling the line of scrimmage leads to long drives.
Long drives often result in scoring touchdowns.
And scoring touchdowns brings about victories.
On Friday in Hometown, that obvious formula worked to perfection for Lehighton as it opened the season with a solid 27-14 non-league win over Marian.
I've just read the EXCELLENT letter from Mr. Gangwer, Weatherly! TIMES NEWS, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.
I must comment you for printing it, and compliment Mr. Gangwer on the writing of it.
Finally! Someone with true Patriotic steadfastness, nerve and wisdom to speak the truth about what is needed for our dear nation.
I might only add that all our Christian/Jewish leaders need to open their eyes and hearts and minds to come together for the sake of the United States of America, as we once knew it.