Sunday, May 3, 2015

Local News

Friday, May 1, 2015

Carbon County familieslooking for something fun and educational to do this weekend, look no further.

The annual CommunitySafety Day is scheduled for Saturday at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. The event, hosted by state Sen. John Yudichak, Kid Zone Blue Mountain Health System, the Carbon County commissioners, the Carbon Masonic Lodge 242 and the Nolan Ritchie Stay Afloat Foundation, will take place rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the swimming area of the park.

Friday, May 1, 2015

In honor of Arbor Day, the Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission recently planted four memorial trees in Memorial Park.

In the past 15 years, approximately 465 trees have been planted through the commission.

A presentation was made by Frank Snyder, service forester for the Department of Community and Natural Resources.

The award offered local and national attention to Summit Hill. It is the 10th year that the honor has been received.

Friday, May 1, 2015

A Cinco de Mayo Flea Market will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St. in Summit Hill.

In addition to a wide variety of items there will be chances to win gift cards.

Friday, May 1, 2015

As of Thursday, a number of Carbon County municipalities and emergency services have provided letters of support for the proposed multiuse fire training facility:


Lehighton Ambulance Association

Nesquehoning Ambulance

Fire Departments

Aquashicola-Lower Towamensing Township Volunteer Fire Company

Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company

Palmerton Municipal Fire Company

Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1

Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1

American Fire Company No. 1, Lansford

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Art Club at Lehigh Carbon Community College will sponsor a family event, Color Your Day, on May 16. This event will be held rain or shine in the Rothrock Library's Alumni Center at the LCCC Schnecksville Campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be face painting, crafts, food, games and more.

Admission is $5 per person, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Parking is free.

For more information, go to

Friday, May 1, 2015

Carbon County judges conducted parole and probation revocation hearings on petitions filed by the adult probation office against defendants who have violated the terms of their release.

Jarred West, 24, of Lehighton, had his probation revoked on a charge of flight to avoid apprehension on petition of probation officer Jillian C. McGinley for violating conditions by failing to report to the probation office as directed, testing positive for marijuana on two separate occasions in violation of the zero-tolerance provision, and failing to obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Think your pet is adorable?

If so, then plan to submit a photo as part of the Cutest Pets Photo Contest through the Times News.

Kevin Hardy, Times News regional advertising director, said the contest consists of two parts.

The first component is the submission period, where Hardy said people have from today through July 18 to go to to submit a photo of their pet.

Hardy said the second aspect of the contest is the voting period, which will run from July 19 through Sept. 30.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Real estate developer Robert Mericle, who was charged in the kids-for-cash scandal, is now on home confinement after being released from federal prison one month before his official release date, according to a spokesman from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Mericle, 52, was moved from federal prison to a halfway house on Tuesday and is now on home confinement under supervision, spokesman Edmond Ross said.

He is still held accountable for his whereabouts at all times and cannot go into the community without approval, Ross said.

Friday, May 1, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Veteran Tamaqua barber Al Barnisky trims the hair of longtime customer Gary Wetterau on Thursday. It was Barnisky's final day after a career of 51 years, leaving his son Matt as the town's only barber.

A barbershop isn't simply a place to get a hair cut.

Most men will admit a trip to the barber is a social visit, as well.

That's because a man develops a lasting friendship with his barber.

The shop is a place of interaction and public discourse. It's a center of news, sports and weather.

So it's always an event when a barber leaves.

On Thursday, tonsorial artist Albin Barnisky, 75, called it quits at his Tamaqua shop after a 51-year career.

Many stopped in on his final day, including customers Cody Houser and Gary Wetterau of Tamaqua.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Applications for nursing, higher education and music scholarships are available for graduating students meeting requirements at Trinity Lutheran Church office, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton.

The William C. & Loretta K. Shirar Memorial Scholarship for Nursing was established for the purpose of awarding scholarships to high school seniors or older individuals pursuing a career as a registered nurse.

Should there be no candidate from Trinity Lutheran Church, any applicant from Lehighton Area School District will be considered.