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Saturday, May 21, 2016

An elderly couple from East Penn Township spent 11 days without their only means of communication with family and medical services, and they believe it had to do with the recent Verizon strike.

Mary Ann Hall, 84, and her husband John, 86, were without phone service from May 9-May 20.

Thanks to their persistence, their phone is back on, but they’re warning other seniors on a fixed income who can’t afford wireless service on top of their landline.

“There must be other seniors out there that this has happened to,” Mary Ann Hall said.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

I always feel stupid when I buy a new car.

Let’s start with the word, “dealership.” The root word is “deal.”

It’s an ugly word. Gamblers deal cards. The guy on the street deals drugs. The salesman in the showroom is going to give me a deal on a new car. To me the word means the same thing in all these scenarios.

I’m going to lose.

Years ago, a salesman asked me to write down a number of how much I wanted to spend on a new car. I wrote a hundred bucks. He laughed and said, “I can’t do that, but I can sell you the car for my cost.”

Saturday, May 21, 2016
These three sisters show off some of their artwork in the art show at St. John Neumann Regional School in Palmerton. From left: Anne Galsbach, kindergarten; Colleen Galsbach, second grade; and Susan Galsbach, fourth grade. KRISTINE PORTER/TIMES NEWS

Future Picassos and Monets displayed their work recentlyat St. John Neumann Regional School’s annual Art Show in Palmerton.

“I love the art show. It’s one of my favorite events,” said Erin Galsbach. Her daughters go to St. John Neumann and had work on display.

The show gives parents and the community an opportunity to see the work the children have done throughout the school year.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

ALLENTOWN (AP) — Pro wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka testified at his mental competency hearing on Friday and often seemed confused as he was questioned by a judge who will decide whether he can stand trial on charges he killed his girlfriend in 1983.

Snuka, who turned 73 on Wednesday, said he was in his 80s. He didn’t know it was 2016. He couldn’t remember the name of his lawyer or identify the current U.S. president or any presidential candidates. And he seemed befuddled about the reason he was in court.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Donna E. Shistel, 63, Barnesville: Charged by Rush Township police with driving under the influence on Aug. 4, 2015.

Judge Cyrus P. Dolbin sentenced her to 90 days to five years on electronic monitoring, starting June 13. He also ordered her to pay a $1,500 fine, have an ignition lock installed on her vehicle, pay court costs and fees, successfully complete Alcohol Highway Safety School, enroll in outpatient treatment, and perform community service.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Joe Nihen, right, who compiled a number of old newspaper clippings into the book “101 War Stories featuring the World War II Veterans of Summit Hill, PA,” and Summit Hill Historical Society member Jim Szczecina, left, present Walter and Sophie Porambo with a copy of the book. The book is a fundraiser for the historical society and is available for purchase. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Summit Hill Historical Society is now selling “101 War Stories featuring the World War II Veterans of Summit Hill, PA” at various locations around the borough.

Recently, society members presented Sophie and Walter Porambo, two World War II veterans living in Summit Hill, with a complimentary copy of the book.

Sophie served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, while her husband of 65 years served under Gen. George Patton as an aidman in the U.S. Army’s 305th engineer battalion.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Carbon County’s inmate community service program is officially back in operation.

On Wednesday, Frank Shubeck, prison work release director, told the county prison board that four inmates are now working around the grounds at Blue Mountain Health System’s Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses.

The inmates, who are work release eligible but do not currently have employment, are doing maintenance-type work at the two hospitals. They are paid $1 a day for their service.

“So far, so good,” Shubeck said of the program, which began this week.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Joe Nihen always loved to learn.

Growing up, his parents Rose and Joseph Nihen, instilled in him the importance of education, which he took with him and made into a lifelong career.

Following college graduation, Nihen and his wife, Marie, settled in Lansford and have called the town home ever since.

He taught grade school at St. Ann’s School, and later Our Lady of the Valley and Our Lady of the Angels, for 40 years, retiring in 2009.