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April 2010

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.

$75,000 from EITC program aids Carbon Catholic schools

Friday, April 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS House Speaker and State Rep. Keith McCall (D-122) announces the EITC donation of $75,000 to Carbon County Catholic schools to an audience of students of Our Lady of the Angels Academy Thursday morning at St. Katherine Drexel Church, Lansford.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS House Speaker and State Rep. Keith McCall (D-122) announces the EITC donation of $75,000 to Carbon County Catholic schools to an audience of students of Our Lady of the Angels Academy Thursday morning at St. Katherine Drexel Church, Lansford.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Summit Hill news

Friday, April 30, 2010

Nesquehoning

Lions club

The Nesquehoning Lions Club has planned its meeting for Monday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the club building. There will be no dinner at this meeting.

Fishing derby

Children of the surrounding area are invited to the Nesquehoning Conservation Club's annual Fishing Derby on May 8. The registration is at 8 a.m. in the parking lot near CVS on Locust Street.

Each child will receive a prize and first place will be a $250 gift card to Cabela's.

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.

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.

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.

Entertainment Briefs

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The story continues of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha as they struggle to manage their love lives, friendships and careers in New York City.

Fans of the hit HBO series "Sex and the City" know what that means.

It means "Sex and the City 2" will be hitting theaters in less than a month.

It's scheduled to open in theaters on May 27 and stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Chris Noth.

Two artists performing

locally receive awards

Commission recognized by Arbor Day Foundation

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Members of the Shade Tree Commission as well as DCNR Forester Frank Snyder (second from right) display the momentos awarded to Summit Hill in recognition of its fifth year as being designated as a Tree City USA town. Displaying the flag and trophy are (left to right): Ann Markey, Maryann Szczecina, Chairman Dr. Louis Vermillion, Snyder and John Kupec. Missing from photo is Mary Helen Shelton who was unable to attend the program.
Members of the Shade Tree Commission as well as DCNR Forester Frank Snyder (second from right) display the momentos awarded to Summit Hill in recognition of its fifth year as being designated as a Tree City USA town. Displaying the flag and trophy are (left to right): Ann Markey, Maryann Szczecina, Chairman Dr. Louis Vermillion, Snyder and John Kupec. Missing from photo is Mary Helen Shelton who was unable to attend the program.

For the fifth year in a row, the Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission has been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA program for their continued work in protecting and managing the trees in the hilltop community. Bureau of Forestry Program Leader Frank Snyder was on hand to present a flag and crystal plaque to Commission Chairperson Dr. Louis Vermillion during the 11th annual Arbor Day Service in Memorial Park Saturday morning as a recognition of their dedication and efforts.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nesquehoning

NCFC auxiliary

The ladies auxiliary to the New Columbus Fire Company will meet on Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the fire station. Gerry McConnon, president, reminds everyone to bring their hoagie papers.

The hospitality committee will be Nancy Canzoneri and Martha Ciarvella.

Loyalty Day

Everyone is invited to the annual Loyalty Day on Saturday, May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008.

A social hour will follow the program. All auxiliary members planning to attend are reminded to bring a dessert item.