Monday, January 23, 2017

There was a heavy police presence in Tamaqua Sunday afternoon as officers prepared to arrest a man for attempted murder.

The suspect, Gregorio Flores, 36, of 62B Hunter St., Tamaqua, was known to be armed, but he cooperated with police and was taken into custody without incident.

Ready or not, here comes another new year.

Every time I flip the calendar to another month, I feel like time is passing all too fast.

So of course I wasn’t ready to throw out the 2016 calendar. That simple act signifies another year has passed as time relentlessly marches on.

The older we get, the faster time flies. While science tells us the passage of time is the same for everyone, those of us who qualify for AARP membership know that isn’t true.

And for us retired folks, time passes far faster than it did when we were working.

When a new president is sworn into office, Inauguration Day should be a special time for all Americans.

It shows the world the peaceful transfer of supreme executive power to a new, duly elected president.

Last Friday, when Donald Trump became the 45th president, the world also saw how tolerant our Founding Fathers were in allowing the people freedom of expression and the right to peaceably assemble under the First Amendment of the Constitution, even during America’s special day.

The 1964 stop-motion film of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a classic that can be enjoyed around the holidays, regardless of your age.

For some it’s a passion, like a Lansford business owner who turns her collection of Rudolph toys into a hidden holiday gem each year.

“It was just so cute. I just always liked it,” says Renai Foster.

Marriage licenses

Chad Jason Rapchak and Melissa Ann Myers, of Palmerton.

Jason Lee Zastko and Danielle Nicole Clewell, of Lehighton.

David Glenn Miller and Amanda Rose Ravina, of Lehighton.

Gerald Ripkey and Vickie Lynn Behler, of Lehighton.

Shawn Thomas Ruck and Caroline Alma Smith, of White Haven.

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts.