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April 2010

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.

Moravian Academy flexes muscles against Thorpe

Thursday, April 29, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Zach Ligenza stretches to backhand a shot against Moravian Aacademy.
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Zach Ligenza stretches to backhand a shot against Moravian Aacademy.

It was an hour that the Jim Thorpe boys tennis team would definitely like to forget.

The majority of the Olympians walked off the court in under 60 minutes as they suffered a 4-1 loss to powerful Moravian Academy.

Jim Thorpe head coach Norb Leinhard and all seven of his starting players will take in this regular season matchup as a "lesson learned" to prepare themselves for this year's District 11 Class 2A Team Tournament, which is less than two weeks away.

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.

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.