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April 2010

MVNRC honors volunteers at tea

Friday, April 30, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center honored volunteers at the annual Volunteer Tea. Representing St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, from left are, Ann Whitenight, Aurelia DeMatto, Sandy Schlenner, Cindy Sabol, Marie Minichiello and Delores O'Donnell.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center honored volunteers at the annual Volunteer Tea. Representing St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, from left are, Ann Whitenight, Aurelia DeMatto, Sandy Schlenner, Cindy Sabol, Marie Minichiello and Delores O'Donnell.

Volunteers at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were honored at the annual Volunteer Tea last week for their dedication and service to residents.

Rebecca Bailey, of the center's social services, speaking on behalf of herself and Michael Mickey, MVNRC administrator and president, thanked the volunteers for their unselfishness and talents.

"Each and every one of you has contributed to the lives of our residents," she said. "Thank you for what you do, whether you dance, sing or otherwise entertain our residents, or provide other services."

Maintaining its rich history

Friday, April 30, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS John Field, historian, holds the plaque received from the Monroe County Historical Society for the church's continued efforts to preserve its historical integrity.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS John Field, historian, holds the plaque received from the Monroe County Historical Society for the church's continued efforts to preserve its historical integrity.

Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church near Sciota earns preservation award

Each year the Monroe County Historical Society holds a preservation contest for buildings with categories of residential, commercial and non-profit.

For 2010 the non-profit chosen was Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church and Cemetery, Hamilton Square near Sciota. It is the "Preserve, Enhance, Promote Historic Resources Award."

Lansford Fire Company launches annual drive

Friday, April 30, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS American Fire Co. No. 1 Second Assistant Fire Chief Joe Greco with a future firefighter - his 3-year-old daughter, Lucy.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS American Fire Co. No. 1 Second Assistant Fire Chief Joe Greco with a future firefighter - his 3-year-old daughter, Lucy.

It's spring, and time once again for the volunteers who tear themselves from family, sleep and jobs to risk their lives fighting fires to ask a little something in return.

American Fire Co. No. 1 has launched its annual fund drive, and its volunteers are asking Lansford residents for their help.

The fire company needs about $50,000 a year to pay for fuel for heat and vehicles, utilities, insurance, equipment and maintenance, said Second Assistant Fire Chief Joe Greco.

Tamaqua Spring Band, Chorus Program scheduled for May 5

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Tamaqua. High School Music Department will present its annual "Spring Band and Chorus Program" on Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tamaqua Area Auditorium.

The concert will feature the best in instrumental and vocal selections presented by students in the Concert Choir, Jazz Chorale, Sr. High Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and the 'Raider' Concert Band.

Nesquehoning seeks part time clerical code enforcement officer

Friday, April 30, 2010

With the absence from the meeting of Frank DiMiceli and Michael Sniscak, Nesquehoning Council made several motions during this week's meeting.

The first move was to advertise for a part-time clerical code enforcement officer to assist Code Enforcement Officer Rob Blisard. The person would not be a police officer.

Carbon to cover personal time of workers

Friday, April 30, 2010

Carbon County officials plan to reimburse Weatherwood employees for personal, sick, and vacation time that will not be transferred during the sale.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board discussed that it is committed to covering the personal time earned at the nursing home that will be lost as a result of the sale of the facility in Weatherly. Guardian Elder Care of Brockway will take ownership of the 200-bed nursing home on June 30.

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.

Ousted!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Rush Twp. board setting a dangerous precedent

In Rush Township, resident Joe Shamonsky isn't permitted to attend meetings of the board of supervisors. He showed up at a meeting this week and was escorted by police out of the room even before the meeting began.

We understand that Shamonsky is a gadfly and that he can be very irritating to the supervisors. Many towns, townships, and school boards have individuals like Shamonsky who attend their meetings.

Tamaqua news

Friday, April 30, 2010

Freshmen orientation

Tamaqua Area High School Principal RuthAnn Gardiner announces a Freshman Orientation will be held for students and parents of incoming freshman for the 2010-11 school year. The orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 19, at 7 p.m., in the Tamaqua Area School District Auditorium.

Zion Lewistown

The Rev. Sunny Stock will officiate at the 10:45 a.m. worship service this Sunday in Zion Church in the Lewistown Valley. The service will include a children's message and service. Sunday school classes will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Palmerton police log

Friday, April 30, 2010

Palmerton Police report activity

Criminal trespass

Criminal charges have been filed against Ronald Ventura, 24, of 109 Henning Drive, Albrightsville, for two counts of criminal trespass. The incident occurred on April 22 at 2:25 a.m. in the 600 block of Franklin Avenue.

Harassment

Criminal charges were filed against Steven Everett, 36, of 323 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, for simple assault and harassment. The incident occurred on April 22 at 4:28 p.m. at the above address.

Asbestos abatement bids to be received

Friday, April 30, 2010

Northern Lehigh School District will accept bids for asbestos abatement.

The bids will be due to the district by 3:30 p.m. June 9, at which time they will be publicly opened.

Sought by the district are bids from qualified contractors with at least three years experience in completing asbestos abatement projects in K-12 school buildings.

The bids are for the Slatington Elementary School Asbestos Abatement/Environment Remediation Project at 1201 Shadow Oaks Lane.

Two-vehicle accident, rollover

Friday, April 30, 2010
Two-vehicle accident, rollover
Copyright 2010

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.

Three clergymen honored in tree planting ceremony

Friday, April 30, 2010
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Summit Hill Historical Society representative Maxine Vermillion (second from right) poses near one of three memorial trees planted in memory of prominent town clergymen by the society during this year's program. The clergy remembered were Monsignor J. Francis Haley, Reverend Henry Irving Nicholas and Reverend Edgar W. Koehler. With Vermillion are Shade Tree Commission members Dr. Louis Vermillion, John Kupec, Ann Markey and Mary Ann Szczecina. Missing is Mary Helen Shelton.
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Summit Hill Historical Society representative Maxine Vermillion (second from right) poses near one of three memorial trees planted in memory of prominent town clergymen by the society during this year's program. The clergy remembered were Monsignor J. Francis Haley, Reverend Henry Irving Nicholas and Reverend Edgar W. Koehler. With Vermillion are Shade Tree Commission members Dr. Louis Vermillion, John Kupec, Ann Markey and Mary Ann Szczecina. Missing is Mary Helen Shelton.

The Summit Hill Historical Society, which has donated more than 20 memorial trees over the past several years announced this year's honorees to be members of the Summit Hill clerical community.

Each year the Society selects three prominent persons who spent their lives in service to the community or who lived in Summit Hill and contributed to our country in a significant manner. In the past, educators, pioneers and community leaders have been recognized. This year the honor is bestowed upon three prominent clergy who spent their lives in service to the faithful of Summit Hill.

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.

LOOKING AHEAD

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.

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
Tamaqua Streetscape
Copyright 2010

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.