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April 2010

St. Jerome's Green Challenge winners

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

Four students from St. Jerome's Regional School in Tamaqua were winners in the this year's Schuylkill County Green Challenge which used the theme, "Ways I can help the environment". Elementary school level students participated in an Earth Day Poster Contest and middle school students an Environmental Essay Contest. SJRS winners include, from left, Josh Inama ($15), Gianna Agosti ($40), Jacob Triano ($50), and Nicholas Mayernik ($25). The school was also the overall winner at the event and brought home a $750 prize.

Vehicles collide in Tamaqua

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

The Tamaqua Fire Department, police and ambulance personnel responded to a two-vehicle accident that occurred just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. Reportedly, a white Lincoln Continental driven by Erma Haas, of New Ringgold, pulled in front of a blue Ford Ranger driven by Gregory Greenall, of Lansford, near the entrance to Sisters Cantina on East Broad Street while they both were driving on SR209. The extent of any injuries were unknown. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Blue Mountain Health System to sponsor 5K Road Race-Walk

Thursday, April 29, 2010

On your marks, get set, go!

That's the signal participants in the 9th annual Blue Mountain Health System 5K Road Race-Walk in Palmerton will eagerly anticipate.

Presented by the medical staffs of the Blue Mountain Health System, the event will be held at 9 a.m. May 9. Registration is at 8 a.m. A Kid's Fun Run will follow at 10 a.m.

The course will start at the Palmerton Borough Park, make its way past Third and Franklin Ave., and end back at the park.

There is a $20 entrance fee before May 1, $25 after May 1, and $5 for the Kid's Run.

On this date

Thursday, April 29, 2010

April 29, 1957 Jim Thorpe scores in each of the first five innings and rolls to an 18-4 Mountain League victory over White Haven. Alvin Sellers leads the Olympians offensively, finishing with two hits, two runs scored and four RBIs. Conrad Bincarosky contributes two hits and four runs scored, while Kenny Ackerman adds a hit, two runs and four RBIs. The winners, coached by Tom Carr, also receive two hits and two runs from both Phil "Pip" Rader and Dale Allen.

Proposed budget may increase by 8.13 mills

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Last week, the Pleasant Valley School District Board of Education approved advertising the 2010-11 Proposed Budget, which includes total appropriations in the amount of $92,894,365 with a proposed millage rate of 143.630 mills.

This represents a millage increase of 8.13 mills, or 6 percent, from the current millage rate of 135.50 mills. A property with an average assessed value of $20,500 would experience a $167 property tax increase.

Woman cited for dog law violation

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Tamaqua woman has been cited under the borough and state dog laws.

Christine Ritter, 23, of 12 W. Broad St., has been cited by borough police for allowing her dog to run free, a violation of a borough ordinance, as well as failure to properly license her dog.

Tamaqua Library hosting 'One Book, Every Young Child'

Thursday, April 29, 2010

An educational, informational, recreational, and possibly life-altering combination of programs is coming to the Tamaqua Public Library on Saturday, May 1.

The fifth year of the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child program at the library will be combined with a program by the New Ringgold author of "Chippy Chipmunk Parties in the Garden," Kathy M. Miller.

Community colleges team up to "AdvancePA"

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lehigh Carbon and Northampton community colleges are joining community colleges across the Commonwealth to launch a new statewide campaign that calls on policymakers and candidates to make expanding opportunities at community colleges an economic priority in Pennsylvania. Called "AdvancePA," the campaign will highlight the importance of community colleges to Pennsylvania's economic recovery.

Building a blueprint

Thursday, April 29, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carson Helfrich, Community Planning and Management, LLC, and Nanci Sarcinello of Sarcinello Planning & GIS Services, explain to Jim Thorpe residents how the Western Carbon County Comprehensive Plan will be developed for Jim Thorpe, Summit Hill and Lansford.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carson Helfrich, Community Planning and Management, LLC, and Nanci Sarcinello of Sarcinello Planning & GIS Services, explain to Jim Thorpe residents how the Western Carbon County Comprehensive Plan will be developed for Jim Thorpe, Summit Hill and Lansford.

Towns updating land use plans

The last time the boroughs of Jim Thorpe, Summit Hill and Lansford mapped out their collective futures was in 1966, when gas was 32 cents a gallon and the first episode of "Star Trek" debuted on television.

A lot has changed since then – the population has been declining but has become more diverse; resources are diminishing, infrastructure is crumbling and the economy has slackened.

Pleasant Valley's 10th Academic Fair

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Mike Chiesa, a senior at PVHS, invited everyone for a piece of homemade veggie pizza and fruit pizza the students of PVHS's Foods classes prepared for visitors to the PVSD Academic Fair.
Mike Chiesa, a senior at PVHS, invited everyone for a piece of homemade veggie pizza and fruit pizza the students of PVHS's Foods classes prepared for visitors to the PVSD Academic Fair.

From Earth Day 2010 projects by Eldred's Mrs. Principe's first grade class to Eldred's Mrs. Hine's second grade classes display of animals in their habitats dioramas, to a stroll down Innovation Road and through Safety Town, to reading biographies by Ms. Muldaur's PVI 5th grade reading students, the Pleasant Valley School District's Academic Fair, held at PVHS, featured exciting student projects from each school.

Incident on I81 in Schuylkill probed

Thursday, April 29, 2010

State police at Frackville are investigating an incident that occurred along Interstate 81 in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, on Tuesday, April 27.

About 2:30 p.m. Carl Easter, of East Middlebury, Vt., was driving a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser northbound behind a tractor pulling a flatbed trailer, when a metal securing bracket fell off the trailer and struck the hood and windshield of the Cruiser smashing the windshield. The Cruiser had to be towed from the scene.

Easter was not injured. The operator of the truck did not stop and has not been identified.

Slatington driver cited after crash

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Slatington driver was cited following a two-vehicle crash that occurred about 4:15 p.m. on Monday, April 26, at the intersection of SR309 and SR4024, in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

Penn Kidder Lions honor student of the month

Thursday, April 29, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Penn Kidder Lions Club honored Rudeene Jackson as the Student of the Month for April 2010 at a dinner and meeting at Piggy's Restaurant in Lake Harmony. Rudeene, who is an eighth gradestudent at the Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District, is pictured after the dinner with Past Lions President Brad Grissinger (left) and Penn Kidder Lions President Frank Rossino. Rudeene is the daughter of Pamela Wakefield.

Twenty-seven first time offenders placed in ARD probation program

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Twenty-seven people who were cited with their first criminal offense were given a break by District Attorney James P. Goodman and were placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program.

If they complete the program successfully their record will be wiped clean.

Judge John E. Domalakes placed the following in the program for a year, unless otherwise noted:

Lux looks for district redemption

Thursday, April 29, 2010
bob ford/times news Sam Lux of Jim Thorpe will be one of the favorites when the District 11 Class AA Singles Tournament gets underway on Friday.
bob ford/times news Sam Lux of Jim Thorpe will be one of the favorites when the District 11 Class AA Singles Tournament gets underway on Friday.

Despite being awarded the No. 1 overall seed in last year's District 11 AA tennis tournament, Sam Lux's run at the title was short-lived.

Lux fell to Catasauqua's Shanore James, 7-6, 7-5, in what was somewhat of a controversial pairing. Since Catty did not field a team during the year, James had no record and was not seeded for the tournament.

James turned out to be much better than his 0-0 record. In fact, James went on to win the tournament and never lost more than four games in any set after facing Lux.

The U.S. Census

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Carbon falls short, but Pennsylvania surpasses national average

Carbon County residents did their bit to comply with the U.S. Census 2010 head count sort of.

Although the county as a whole falls short of the national average, with 69 percent of residents mailing back their forms as opposed to 72 percent nationally, the state as a whole, townships and boroughs more than made up for the slow response.

U.S. Census officials on Wednesday released participation rates for the 2010 survey.

Summit Hill news

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Summit Hill

St. Paul Lutheran

The schedule for St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, for next week is as follows:

Sunday, May 2, - worship service, 10:30 a.m.; and Confirmation class, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, May 3 - 11 a.m. W.E.L.C.A./Women's Auxiliary meeting will be held at the home of Donnas Miller at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 4 - D.O.C.S. meeting, 7 p.m.

League to meet

Palmerton realtor earns NAR short sales certification

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Cass Chies recently earned her NAR Short Sales and Foreclosure Certification Buyers and Sellers Benefit from REALTOR Expertise in Distressed Sales. Chies is the broker/owner of Diamond First Realty in Palmerton.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Cass Chies recently earned her NAR Short Sales and Foreclosure Certification Buyers and Sellers Benefit from REALTOR Expertise in Distressed Sales. Chies is the broker/owner of Diamond First Realty in Palmerton.

She recently branched out to open her own real estate business.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Cass Chies recently earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification.

Chies, broker/owner with Diamond 1st Realty, 236 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, earned NAR Short Sales and Foreclosure Certification Buyers and Sellers Benefit from REALTOR Expertise in Distressed Sales.

Driver cited after Schuylkill crash

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The driver involved in a one-vehicle crash about 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, along SR61 in Blythe Township, Schuylkill County, has been cited.

State police at Frackville said Jennifer Halye, 32, of Minersville, was driving a 2003 Dodge Durango SLT southbound, a mile south of the Schuylkill Mall and through a PennDOT work zone, when the vehicle left the road and struck an embankment. The vehicle came to rest in the right lane.

Halye was not injured but her vehicle had to be towed from the scene. She was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic, troopers said.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Council meeting

Tamaqua Borough Council's next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. The change in schedule is due to the May 18 Primary Election.

Prior to the meeting, a second hearing will be held on potential uses for funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, including an additional $13,000. That hearing will begin at 7 p.m.

Both meetings will be held in the council chambers of borough hall, 320 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. The public is welcome to attend.

Legion auxiliary

Palmerton Rod &Gun Club to hold annual fishing derby

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hooked, lined, and sunk.

That figures to the be theme behind the Palmerton Rod & Gun Club's annual fishing contest.

The event will be held May 8 from 8-11 a.m. near the Palmerton VFW building off Forest Inn Road.

Loretta George, club member, said the best time to get the fish to bite is at the onset of the contest.

"It will go until the kids all have their fish," Loretta George said. "There's quite a bit of big fish right now."

Kenneth George, president of the club, said the event figures to be a big hit with kids.

Country weekend at Penns' Peak

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Mel Tillis
Mel Tillis

Mel Tillis: Singer, actor, humorist makes his venue debut Friday night on Friday night

Mel Tillis has always stuttered when he talked. Not when he sings, just when he talks. And it nearly cost him a career.

Had it not been for the late Minnie Pearl, the Nashville humorist who always wore a hat with a price tag attached, Tillis might not have had his amazing success.

Tillis, who has been performing for half a century and brings his act to Penn's Peak on Friday night, said Pearl gave him the best advice he ever received.

Board honors scholar athlete; make appointments for election

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Schuylkill County Commissioners held their by-weekly public meeting Wednesday at the Tri-Valley High School located in Hegins, a farming village in the western part of the county, for the purpose to honor the 2009 Schuylkill County football scholar athlete, Matthew McGinley, a senior at the school. A trophy was presented to the school and a plaque to McGinley.

The student body was on hand in the auditorium to participate in the meeting and the students asked inquisite and sharp questions during the public comment time alloted at the start of the meeting.

"West Side Story" on JTHS stage Friday and Saturday

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Having lead roles in the Jim Thorpe School District Drama Production "West Side Story," to be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium, are, front l-r, Tomas Lafeta (Riff), Michael Trainer (Tony), Christian Pringle (Bernardo), back l-r, William Gushue (Action), Molly McFadden (Maria), Samantha Ceremele (Anita), and Matt Sanchez (Chino).
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Having lead roles in the Jim Thorpe School District Drama Production "West Side Story," to be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium, are, front l-r, Tomas Lafeta (Riff), Michael Trainer (Tony), Christian Pringle (Bernardo), back l-r, William Gushue (Action), Molly McFadden (Maria), Samantha Ceremele (Anita), and Matt Sanchez (Chino).

A long-time goal is occurring for Natalie Kmetz this weekend.

She will be directing the musical "West Side Story."

"West Side Story" is being as the Jim Thorpe School District Drama Production at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Jim Thorpe High School auditorium.

"It has been my dream for 29 years to do 'West Side Story,'" Kmetz said. "I knew this was the year with all the talent we have."

Having lead roles as "Jets" are Michael Trainer as Tony, Tomas Lafeta as Riff, and Billy Sushue as Action.

Marian High School students place at FBLA state competition

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Twenty-seven Marian FBLA Chapter members attended the 59th Annual State Leadership Conference April 12-14 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pa.

Members competed in various areas participating in both written objective testing and performance events. Approximately 3,800 people were in attendance.

Twelve of the students were awarded and recognized on stage for their excellence.

Lansford news

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lansford Alive

The board of directors of Lansford Alive met April 22 at Rosie's Restaurant, reviewing potential projects to be funded with funds remaining from the Rural Business Enterprise Grant. The board decided to meet with a representative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Initiative, the funding source. The meeting will be scheduled for the very near future in order to receive approval for the suggested projects.

Marian, No. Lehigh, Pleasant Vy. win pair

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Marian, No. Lehigh, Pleasant Vy. win pair
Copyright 2010

Marian, Northern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley all picked up wins in baseball and softball on Wednesday.

BASEBALL

Weatherly-Marian

Marian improved to 8-3 on the season with a three-inning drubbing of Weatherly, 15-0.

The Colts scored seven runs in the bottom of the second inning, with home runs coming off the bats of Brandon Dopira and Drew Sherkness.

Dopira ended the afternoon with two hits and two RBI, while Sherkness and Mark Stawick tacked on 3 RBI apiece. Just Petrovich also added 2 RBI in the win.

Local writers pen 10-minute scripts

Thursday, April 29, 2010
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Jack Phillips will have two of his 10-minute plays showcased next month when the Carbon Schuylkill Community Theatre performs "An Evening of Short Plays," the weekend of May 15-16 at The Studio in Lansford. Phillips is standing next to a spotlight that CSCT purchased with funds raised at the Cabaret Evening last November. CSCT founder Janet Sager says the spotlight will be a great asset to CSCT productions where ever they are held.
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Jack Phillips will have two of his 10-minute plays showcased next month when the Carbon Schuylkill Community Theatre performs "An Evening of Short Plays," the weekend of May 15-16 at The Studio in Lansford. Phillips is standing next to a spotlight that CSCT purchased with funds raised at the Cabaret Evening last November. CSCT founder Janet Sager says the spotlight will be a great asset to CSCT productions where ever they are held.

'An Evening of Short Plays' to feature works of Jack Phillips, Al Zagofsky

A local theatre production will have even more local flavor next month, when it features the work of two area playwrights in a series of 10-minute plays.

The Carbon Schuylkill Community Theatre will present "An Evening of Short Plays" on May 15-16.

In addition to published works, three scripts have been penned by local talent Jack Phillips and Al Zagofsky, both of Penn Forest Township.

New Jersey Zinc Company renews its license for stills

Thursday, April 29, 2010

It was a good day for the acquisitions report at the Palmerton Area Historical Society's April 12 meeting.

Among the many items received by acquisitions Chairman George Ashman were a meter from the West Plant donated by George Petrole, memoirs of the Palmerton class of 1926 written at its 50th anniversary, newspaper clippings about building the four-lane (Route 248), a photo of minuet dancers during a parade, the 30th anniversary program at Sacred Heart Church and a license for stills at New Jersey Zinc.

The stills produced two gallons of distilled water per day.

Jim Thorpe, Summit Hill and Lansford comprehensive plan goals

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Leaders have set seven goals of a comprehensive plan being charted for the boroughs of Jim Thorpe, Summit Hill and Lansford.

1. To protect the Western Carbon County Planning Area's quality lifestyle by maintaining and enhancing the historical and small town character of the three boroughs, and to recognize the abundant forest land and other open land as important elements of the local economy, character and scenic setting;

Explore 'Oceans' 7

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The sights and sounds of "Oceans" were augmented by the gleeful "Awwws" of children, in awe as their parents should be of the incredible subjects in a magnificent film.

The amazing documentary, "Oceans," a Disneynature followup to "Earth" (2007), takes us on a world voyage beyond the seas in fact, under the sea and on the beach, where we are introduced to sea mammals, fish and creatures familiar and exotic, beautiful and bizarre.