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April 2010

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Lehighton 9/12 Project plans June meeting at Penn's Peak

Lehighton 9/12 Project will meet at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 22 at Penn's Peak for a discussion on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The speaker will be NRA-ILA Grassroots Manager, Suzanne Anglewicz. Anglewicz is the manager of Political & Legislative Activities for NRA-ILA's Grassroots Division where she promotes political and legislative activities through various NRA programs in support of the right to keep and bear arms.

Press Pass

Friday, April 30, 2010

Lehighton Knee-Hi football

By EMMETT MCCALL

After 51 years of playing "in-house" football, the Lehighton Athletic Booster Club's Knee-Hi program will hit the road this fall.

Lehighton was the last area holdover from the days when almost all the local communities fielded multiple teams that played games in town.

But with numbers dwindling and competition levels down, Lehighton has made the decision to join Lehigh Valley Youth Football League for the 2010 season.

Pencor helps Over 60 Club members hear better

Friday, April 30, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Ready to try out their new sound system at the Over 60 Club, thanks to Pencor Services, Inc. and Dale Miller, third from the left who installed it for them are, left to right, Lucille Rex, chaplain, Mary Brigham, president, Dale Miller, Penn's Peak audio engineer, Angelo Cannarella, member and "new sound man" and member Loretta George.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Ready to try out their new sound system at the Over 60 Club, thanks to Pencor Services, Inc. and Dale Miller, third from the left who installed it for them are, left to right, Lucille Rex, chaplain, Mary Brigham, president, Dale Miller, Penn's Peak audio engineer, Angelo Cannarella, member and "new sound man" and member Loretta George.

The Over 60 Club meets every third Tuesday of the month in the gym of the Palmerton Borough Hall at 443 Delaware Ave. Palmerton. And they're very grateful for the room.

But every third Tuesday of the month, the Over 60 Club had to battle being heard.

"It's got a pretty good echo in here and when you get a lot of people talking at the same time, it gets very noisy and loud," says Lucille Rex, the club's chaplain.

"Sounds just reverberate off the wood," says Angelo Cannarella, a member of the Over 60 Club.

$75,000 from EITC program aids Carbon Catholic schools

Friday, April 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Participating in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation of $75,000 in scholarship funding for Carbon County Catholic schools at St. Katherine Drexel Church, Lansford, were Our Lady of the Angels Academy students (front from left) Shawna McArdle, Keith McCall, Uriella Cuevas, Anthony Hess and Julia Hoben. Second row, Joseph Stawiarski, Courtney McCall, Jordan Reis, Cassandra Hoben, Anthony Stianche and Kaili Horn. Back row, Kyle Stanek, Greg Martino of Aetna, House Speaker and State Rep. Keith R. McCall (D-122), Angela Lagowy of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Sister Regina Elinich, IHM, principal of OLOAA.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Participating in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation of $75,000 in scholarship funding for Carbon County Catholic schools at St. Katherine Drexel Church, Lansford, were Our Lady of the Angels Academy students (front from left) Shawna McArdle, Keith McCall, Uriella Cuevas, Anthony Hess and Julia Hoben. Second row, Joseph Stawiarski, Courtney McCall, Jordan Reis, Cassandra Hoben, Anthony Stianche and Kaili Horn. Back row, Kyle Stanek, Greg Martino of Aetna, House Speaker and State Rep. Keith R. McCall (D-122), Angela Lagowy of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Sister Regina Elinich, IHM, principal of OLOAA.

Aetna, Enterprise Rent-a-Car contribute

Catholic education in Carbon County has received a $75,000 boost.

Two corporations, Aetna and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, have made the funds possible through their contributions via the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

The funding, through the Bravo Foundation, has been earmarked for Carbon's four parochial schools: Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford; St. Joseph's Academy, Jim Thorpe; SS. Peter and Paul, Lehighton; and St. John Neumann, Palmerton.

Tamaqua HS Academic team is second in Schuylkill competition

Friday, April 30, 2010
ERIC LECH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Area High School Academic Competition team include, front from left, Joe Rudy, Schuyler Schmidt and Victoria Stahl. Rear from Left, Kyle Cunningham, Zoe Gray, Joe Franko, Tyler Butkus and Sam DePue.
ERIC LECH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Area High School Academic Competition team include, front from left, Joe Rudy, Schuyler Schmidt and Victoria Stahl. Rear from Left, Kyle Cunningham, Zoe Gray, Joe Franko, Tyler Butkus and Sam DePue.

The Tamaqua Area High School Academic Competition Team recently competed in the Schuylkill County Academic Competition held at Pine Grove Area High School on Thursday, March 25,.

Compiling a 2-0 record in the opening rounds of competition by defeating teams from Tri-Valley and Pine Grove, Tamaqua entered the bracket round seeded third and matched with three time defending champions, Pottsville.

After an exciting match, Tamaqua emerged with a 65-60 victory to earn a spot in the finals to face Blue Mountain.

Blocker's Fido and Feline Festival slated

Friday, April 30, 2010

The first annual Blocker's Fido and Feline Festival will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 8 at Blockers' Yamaha, Kawasaki and Harley

Davidson store on Route 248 in Parryville.

It will be a day filled with fun, pet care, and preventions.

NutriSource will be offering pet samples and pet vaccines will be available between 1-3 p.m. by Dr. Betsy. Vaccines will be $10 per pet.

There will also be an opportunity to adopt a new pet. Peaceable Kingdom and Safehaven will be on site to help potential pet owners through the process.

LCCC's Donley Center offers evening Microsoft Office course

Friday, April 30, 2010

Lehigh Carbon Community College's (LCCC) Donley Center, 718 Hamilton Street, Allentown, offers an evening training program for students who wish to update their skills with Microsoft Office. Course number is COM 965A.

This 80-hour program provides general and individualized instruction in MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Internet, and email with Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office software program.

Mahoning Lions hosts rabies clinic Sunday at McCall's Farm

Friday, April 30, 2010

Mahoning Lions will hold a Rabies Clinic from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday May at the McCalls Farm Route, 443 Lehighton. Cost is $10. per shot and shots will be administered by Dr. Mary Lombrado VMD. Refreshments, Carbon Dog Licenses, and Pet Microchipping are also available.

On this date

Friday, April 30, 2010

April 30, 1949 Four local relay teams compete in the annual Penn Relays. Coaldale, Summit Hill, Lansford and Lehighton are all represented at the event, held in Philadelphia. Coaldale's foursome of Joe Kerak, Lauriano Paulo, Bill "Honeyboy" Evans and George McCartney finish their heat in fifth place but turn in the top local time with a mark of 3:44.3. Lehighton had the next best time among the locals, finishing in 3:44.7.

Nesquehoning police report

Friday, April 30, 2010

Nesquehoning police reported on various citations and arrests made by officers recently.

Officer Robert Blisard cited Matthew Creveling, of 1421 W. Arch St., Coal Township, Northumberland County, with driving without a license, speeding (42 miles-per-hour in a 25 zone), turn signals and failure to wear a seat belt. The incident occurred on Saturday, April 24, at Oak and Catawissa sts.

Two-vehicle accident, rollover

Friday, April 30, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

About 5:30 a.m. today, emergency crews were called to Hometown Hill (SR309) between Tamaqua and Hometown, for a two-vehicle accident involving a rollover. Reportedly, a black Chevrolet suburban, which was stopped while waiting to turn into the new Seitz Brothers Extermination Company lot, was flipped after being impacted from the rear by a black Ford pickup truck driving northbound in the passing lane. The impact also caused the driver, Seitz Bros. employee Jim O'Brian, of the suburban, to be ejected from his vehicle. O'Brian was taken to the hospital via ambulance.

Citizen Bee

Friday, April 30, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS George Taylor, left, Citizen Bee coordinator, and Maureen Donovan, right, moderator from Lehigh Carbon Community College, stand with the winners of last night's competition. The winners were, from left, Jim Thorpe High School's Oliver Schultz, second place; Jim Thorpe High School's Christian Ferko, fourth place; Panther Valley High School's Jason Gates, third place, and Lehighton High School's Zach Werner, first place.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS George Taylor, left, Citizen Bee coordinator, and Maureen Donovan, right, moderator from Lehigh Carbon Community College, stand with the winners of last night's competition. The winners were, from left, Jim Thorpe High School's Oliver Schultz, second place; Jim Thorpe High School's Christian Ferko, fourth place; Panther Valley High School's Jason Gates, third place, and Lehighton High School's Zach Werner, first place.

Lehighton, Jim Thorpe students earn top prizes; competition tests knowledge, nerves of students

Experience and knowledge triumphed during the 16th annual Pennsylvania Citizen Bee at the Jim Thorpe Courthouse Thursday evening. All but one of the top four winners to the event were high school seniors returning to the contest from a previous year.

First place winner Zach Warner, a senior at Lehighton Area High School, was returning for his second year in the program. Jim Thorpe senior Oliver Schulz placed second in the contest. Schulz placed third in last year's Citizen Bee.

AARP safe driving course

Friday, April 30, 2010

An AARP driver safety course will be presented at the Weatherly Senior Center, 333 3rd St., Weatherly May 19 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.. This class is the four hour refresher class. Proof of completion of a previous AARP or other driver safety course must be provided for admission to the class.

The class is designed for drivers 50 years old and older and is classroom instruction only.

Panthers hold off Thorpe

Friday, April 30, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Pat Janecki puts the tag on Ryan Porambo of Panther Valley just before he gets to second base. Porambo was out on the play.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Pat Janecki puts the tag on Ryan Porambo of Panther Valley just before he gets to second base. Porambo was out on the play.

It doesn't matter what the records are when two rival baseball teams get together.

It may sound a little cliché, but when the two schools are separated by a mere eight-and-a-half miles - the saying reigns true.

Although it did make some mistakes, Jim Thorpe did not play like a one-win team in its Schuylkill League match-up with Panther Valley on Thursday. Still, the miscues the Olympians did make cost them dearly, as they fell to the Panthers 8-5.

Elementary school renovation bids will soon be accepted

Friday, April 30, 2010

A project to renovate Slatington Elementary School will soon go out to bid.

Northern Lehigh School District will accept bids for additions and renovations to the school until 3:30 p.m. June 9, at which time they will be publically open.

Contracts will be for general construction, plumbing construction, including fire protection, HVAC construction, electrical construction and asbestos abatement by owner.

Alternate bids will be for single prime general construction, as well as asbestos abatement by owner.

Louis Barletta speaks to Rotary Club about wanting to serve in Congress

Friday, April 30, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Louis Barletta, mayor of Hazleton, addresses the West End Rotary Club and explains why he is running for Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional district.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Louis Barletta, mayor of Hazleton, addresses the West End Rotary Club and explains why he is running for Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional district.

The West End Rotary Club welcomed Louis J. Barletta, mayor of Hazleton, to its Thursday morning meeting to talk about his upcoming run for Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district of the northeastern part of the state which is now filled by Democrat Paul Kanjorski, who is running for his 14th term. Barletta ran unsuccessfully against him in 2008 and is going to try to unseat him in the next election.

Man to face homicide trial in Polk Twp. missing man case

Thursday, April 29, 2010

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A northeastern Pennsylvania man accused of killing a man and burning his body has waived his preliminary hearing, sending the charges against him to county court.

Forty-five-year-old Edwin Kelly of Scotrun is charged with homicide, conspiracy, aggravated assault and abuse of a corpse in the October 2005 murder of 42-year-old David McEntire of Kunketown.

Spring plowing

Thursday, April 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

No, this isn't a scene from the Lancaster area. It's time for spring plowing in Gilbert and Roger Burger likes to do it the old-fashioned way with his beautiful Percherons, Jerry, Fred and Dick. Roger plans to plant corn in this field. The "boys" are also in spring training for an upcoming plowing competition in Kutztown. Roger says he has a tractor but "I like using horses."

U2 tribute band at Opera House

Thursday, April 29, 2010

JTAMS Productions Presents the U2 Tribute band, "Unforgettable Fire," at The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, May 1, at 8:30 p.m.

New York City based, Unforgettable Fire or "UF", was born on New Years Day in 1995 as one of the very first U2 tribute bands to ever perform in America.

After over 13 years of playing in some of the most prestigious venues on the East Coast, UF has formed a reputation among many to be one of the closest experiences to being at an actual live U2 show.

Iron Man opens in theaters May 7

Thursday, April 29, 2010
courtesy of paramount pictures
courtesy of paramount pictures

@Caption Stand Alone:'Iron Man 2' arrives on May 7

Sprucing up barrels for the parks

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sprucing up barrels for the parks
Copyright 2010

Robert Gardner of Palmerton was painting trash barrels Wednesday for the East Penn Township parks as part of his community service requirement at Carbon County Technical Institute.

Rising star James Otto at PP on Sunday

Thursday, April 29, 2010
James Otto
James Otto

set to tour with Toby Keith

James Otto has a lot on his plate right now.

He's ready to tour with country sensation Toby Keith this summer. He's riding on the wave of a current single, "Groovy Little Summer Song," that is climbing the charts. And, he's going to be a daddy.

He and his wife Amy are expecting a daughter in August.

Otto, a member of what is called the "MuzikMafia" to which Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich also belong, will be performing Sunday night at Penn's Peak. The concert begins at 8 o'clock. Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 at the door. Tickets will be available at the door.

On this date

Thursday, April 29, 2010

April 29, 1960

Steve Redline, a junior at Slatington High School, is the new president of the Pennsylvania Future Teachers Association. He was elected at the close of the association's 12th annual convention in New Mechanicsburg Area High School. William Jones, also a Slatington High School junior, presided at a meeting of district delegates. Miss Evelyn Naylor, Slatington High School faculty advisor, was parliamentarian for two sessions and was consultant at a workshop.

Linda's Country Gap Inne now a catering service

Thursday, April 29, 2010

They may have sold their bar and restaurant, but they're still in business.

As a result, it's goodbye Linda's Country Gap Inne, hello Linda's Country Catering.

Linda Stokes, who previously owned Linda's Country Gap Inne for 11 years, is now in charge of her own catering business located on the outskirts of Palmerton.

"This is just for people to know that I haven't dropped off the face of the earth," Stokes said. "Linda's isn't gone; I still offer everything I did before."

Doing the Turkey Strut

Thursday, April 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

These three Toms are strutting their stuff for three nearby hens in the West End. There was a whole lot of puffing out of chests and fanning of tail feathers to impress the ladies who nonchalantly continued pecking. These preening males will soon be prime targets for Spring Gobbler (bearded bird only) hunting season which starts this Saturday, May 1-31 for persons who possess a valid special wild turkey license.

Tamaqua Streetscape

Thursday, April 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Streetscape

project continues

Construction started this week on the original Tamaqua Streetscape project. The work is focused on another block along East Broad Street (SR-309) to Greenwood Street. Vehicle traffic on Broad Street and business access is limited at times due to heavy equipment operations and PPL work.

No. Lehigh picks up first win

Thursday, April 29, 2010
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Brianna Riddick of Northern Lehigh takes a shot on goal as Palmerton's Jill Farkas moves in to defend.
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Brianna Riddick of Northern Lehigh takes a shot on goal as Palmerton's Jill Farkas moves in to defend.

"Today we got it done!"

Northern Lehigh's John Sitaras exclaimed after his girls topped Palmerton 3-1 in Colonial League Soccer.

Two early goals and a clinching second half goal allowed the Lady Bulldogs (1-9, 2-11) to hold on to a lead; something they were unable to do earlier in the season.

"We've had the lead a couple of times before and we weren't able to keep it in the second half and this time we did," Sitaras said.

Polk Township news

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran

A congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, May 2 immediately following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The purpose of the meeting is to elect new council members and approve the 2009 Annual Report. Mark your calendars and plan to attend.

The altar guild will meet on Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the ministry room. Members will review altar guild procedures and discuss some purchases which need to be made.

Funding for purchases for the altar generally come out of the Memorial Fund. New members are welcome and needed.

Northern Lehigh honors boys basketball team

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Northern Lehigh honors boys basketball team
Copyright 2010

The Colonial League champion Northern Lehigh boys basketball team was honored at recent banquet. The Bulldogs beat Notre Dame, 46-43, in three overtimes for the Colonial League championship. The team, which had five senior members, finished the season with a 19-6 record. Shown from left are head coach Rich Oertner and seniors Nick Pappas, Evan Biegley, Joe Seremula, Marty Everhart and Bobby Hahn. At right is guest speaker Keith Groller of the Allentown Morning Call.

Police charge six in Poconos drug ring

Thursday, April 29, 2010

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – A drug task force including local and federal agents has arrested a suspected gang member authorities say was the largest supplier of cocaine in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountain region.

Federal prosecutors say 29-year-old Jyrell Bowers and 28-year-old Gerard Clay, both of Tobyhanna, are members of the Bloods street gang who distributed cocaine, heroin and marijuana in the Poconos. They were arrested Tuesday along with four other people in a series of raids in northeastern Pennsylvania.

St Jerome's Organ Donation Poster awards

Thursday, April 29, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two 7th grade students from St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua won Honorable Mention awards for participating in the Lehigh Valley Coalition for Organ and Tissue Donation Poster contest. Awards were presented to Joseph Damiano (left) and Emily Pilla at a ceremony on Thursday, April 15 at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem. The contest is sponsored by the coalition as a way of increasing awareness of the need for organ and tissue donations.