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April 2010

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
Two-vehicle accident, rollover
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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
Lehighton High School's Zach Werner gets a green card signaling a correct answer during last night's Pennsylvania Citizen Bee at the Carbon County Courthouse. Werner answered all five oral questions correctly and won the competition.
Lehighton High School's Zach Werner gets a green card signaling a correct answer during last night's Pennsylvania Citizen Bee at the Carbon County Courthouse. Werner answered all five oral questions correctly and won the competition.

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.

Carbon court news

Friday, April 30, 2010

Mortgageforeclosures

The following actions were filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans.

JP Morgan Bank, 7255 Baymeadows Way, Jacksonville, Fla., filed against Joseph D. Lutz, 4 Patricia Drive, Apt. 32, Gilbertsville, over property at 512 Old Stage Rd., Towamensing Trails, Penn Forest Township. Sought is $99,600.89 and continuing interest.

Class reunion

Friday, April 30, 2010

Summit Hill H.S. Class of 1957

The Summit Hill High School Class of 1957 will hold a reunion luncheon at noon on Thursday, May 27 at Macaluso's at the Lantern on Route 209 in Nesquehoning.

Invitations have been sent to all class members. Those who have not responded are asked to contact Ann Marie Pisklak Lill at (570) 645-2410 by Friday, May 7.

Lee Mantz, president of the Summit Hill Historical Society, will be the featured speaker following the luncheon. He will speak about the borough's history, with emphasis on the class' alma mater Summit Hill High School, which was built nearly a century ago in 1911.

Students making books for children in Africa

Friday, April 30, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Putting together books that were written and illustrated by students of Lehighton Area High School for a school in the impoverished African nation of Uganda are, l-r, Dean Kistler, from the office of Attorney William Schawb of Lehighton, who donated facilities and resources toward the project; students Sage Terembula and Morgan Ott, both freshmen, and Chey Davis, a junior; and faculty advisor Cristi Marchetti. About 125 books were made for the project. Marchetti said the local students are also putting together packages for the African students containing such items as tooth brushes and calculators.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Putting together books that were written and illustrated by students of Lehighton Area High School for a school in the impoverished African nation of Uganda are, l-r, Dean Kistler, from the office of Attorney William Schawb of Lehighton, who donated facilities and resources toward the project; students Sage Terembula and Morgan Ott, both freshmen, and Chey Davis, a junior; and faculty advisor Cristi Marchetti. About 125 books were made for the project. Marchetti said the local students are also putting together packages for the African students containing such items as tooth brushes and calculators.

Care packages also being put together for children in Uganda

Some students in Lehighton Area High School have turned into book publishers. They constructed books that they wrote themselves, containing photos and illustrations they compiled.

About 125 books of various titles and topics were produced.

The books will be sent to children in Idobo Primary School in Uganda as part of the international "Books of Hope" project.

State police to honor 93 fallen troopers

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Pennsylvania State Police will remember 93 of their members who were killed in the line of duty during a memorial ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the state police academy located at 175 E. Hersheypark Drive, in Hershey, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced.

The event is open to the public.

"This annaul ceremony reminds us that any of our members may be called upon at any time to lay down his or her life rather than swerve from the path of duty," Pawlowski said.

On this date

Friday, April 30, 2010

April 30, 1973

Navy Lieutenant Michael J. Panchura Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Panchura Sr., Coaldale, participated in the massive flood relief operations in the Medjierda River Valley in Tunis. He is a 1963 graduate of Coaldale High School and a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. As a member of Antisubmarine Helicopter Training Squadron Three, Panchura helped in rescuing Tunisians found clinging to trees, roofs, or high ground in the stricken area. His squad also transported food, medical, and other relief supplies.

Lansford couple wed 50 years

Friday, April 30, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Taras
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Taras

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Taras of Lansford are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today.

They were married on April 30, 1960 at St. John's Greek Catholic Church, Lansford, by the Rev. Michael Morris.

Mrs. Taras is the former Joann Terry, daughter of the late Jacob and Mary Terry of Coaldale.

Mr. Taras is the son of the late John and Anna Taras of Coaldale.

The couple are the parents of three children, Michael Taras and his wife Linda of Gitmo, Cuba, Mark Taras and his wife Michelle of Lansford, and Matthew Taras and his wife Lori of Nesquehoning.

Lehighton concert to benefit Haiti children

Friday, April 30, 2010

A free Candlelight Benefit Concert will be held beginning at 6 p.m. this evening in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater to raise awareness and funds for children of Haiti.

The concert was organized by Melodia Pyne of Franklin Township, whose son, Spencer, a second grader, wanted to do something to help with the situation in the impoverished nation.

"We call our organization, Students 4 Students," Melodia said. "Because it is truly children helping children."

As part of the project, they are collecting new or nearly new blankets to send to the children of Haiti.

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
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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
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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.

Women of the ELCA gather for spring meeting

Thursday, April 29, 2010
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mindy Graver was the guest speaker at the Women of the ELCA spring meeting. With Graver are WELCA co-coordinators Mary Ann Hazel, left, and Josephine Rhyder, center.
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mindy Graver was the guest speaker at the Women of the ELCA spring meeting. With Graver are WELCA co-coordinators Mary Ann Hazel, left, and Josephine Rhyder, center.

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gathered Saturday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton, for the spring meeting of the Hazleton/Lehighton cluster.

The group included women from area churches. Women of the ELCA gather to "engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, society, and the world."

During the event, members took part in morning devotions and held their spring business meeting.

Parking lot, house demolition bids awarded

Thursday, April 29, 2010

"It's time to have a supervisor in place," said Mark Stromelo, Nesquehoning Borough Council president as council voted to advertise for a borough working supervisor.

Bids were awarded to resurface the parking lot at the new police office at the Nesquehoning Recreation Center. The low bidder was Hazleton Site Contractors for $24,031.15. The police office should be ready in one month. Peter J. Radocha received the bid todemolish the old Sparich house on East Columbus Avenue.

Coaldale MFA candidate in graduate art exhibit

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Painting by Ryan Hnat
Painting by Ryan Hnat

Local resident, Ryan Hnat, Coaldale, will exhibit his paintings in the Graduate MFA Exhibition at Marywood University, Scranton, from May 1-June 25.

The exhibit will be held in the Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 1, from 5-7 p.m.

Hnat considers himself an action painter trying to engross himself in the "consciousness of the event of the now."

Through his exploration of shape, line, and color, he utilizes the inherent characteristics of oil paint on canvas.

Nesquehoning man arraigned on charges stemming from drug, burglary raid last week

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Nesquehoning man was arraigned yesterday on multiple charges as part of an alleged complex burglary ring that operated in Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties, with drugs being a common denominator.

Frank M. Munoz, of 64 Rhume St., Nesquehoning, was placed in Carbon County Prison following his arraignment before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe. He's one of about a dozen people who were implicated in the alleged crime ring, with charges including corrupt organizations.

Schuylkill court news

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Property transfers

Property transfers recorded at the courthouse were as follows:

Jason D. Grantham to Elizabeth Pauloski, property at 104 Lehigh St., Tamaqua, $68,000.

Melodie A. Schwertfeger, now Melodie A. Wright, and Albert D. and Camille A. Adams, of Catoosa, Okla., to Melodie A. Wright, property at 114 W. Phillips St., Coaldale, $1.

Ger D.J. Smit, Wayminster, and Siebendina J. Smit, his wife, to John R. Dubuc and John M. Dubuc, both of Ryan Township, lot on north side of Meadow View Drive in Smit Subdivision, Ryan Township, $1 (full consideration $28,500).

Adoption day for pets at Blockers

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Safe Haven Dog Rescue will have an Adoption Day on Saturday, May 8 at Fidos & Felines Festival at Blockers Harley-Davidson, Route 248, Parryville.

There will be several loveable dogs available to meet and get to know. Come and find your new best friend! Safe Haven requires a Pre-Adoption Application and a home visit prior to adopting an animal, to make sure the dogs get the best home possible.

Carbon court news

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mortgage foreclosures

The following actions have been filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans.

Sovereign Bank, 601 Penn St., Reading, filed an action against Joseph H. White, Lafayette Heights, Lot 12, aka, 40 Lafayette Trail, Palmerton, over property at that address. Sought is $120,777.69 and continuing interest.

Sovereign Bank filed against Karl A. Otto, 2750 College Heights Blvd., Allentown, over property at 39 Jones St., Lansford. Sought is $16,277.40 and continuing interest.