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April 2010

NL's Seremula fans 17; Forte's OT goal lifts PV

Friday, April 30, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Amber Fiducia applies the tag to Panther Valley's Kristyn Gates at second base. Gates was called safe on the play.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Amber Fiducia applies the tag to Panther Valley's Kristyn Gates at second base. Gates was called safe on the play.

Northern Lehigh's Joe Seremula turned in an overpowering pitching performance and Pleasant Valley's soccer team pulled out a dramatic overtime victory to highlight Thursday's scholastic sports action.

TENNIS

D-11 Class AAA Singles

Both players from the TIMES NEWS coverage area who qualified for the District 11 Class AAA Singles Tournament dropped their opening round matches.

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.

Residents are eligible to apply for rebates

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Department of Environmental Protection has announced that residents of Pennsylvania are now eligible to apply for the PA Home Equipment Rebate Program. This rebate is a result of funding provided to DEP through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Pennsylvania residents may reserve a rebate by visiting www.paheatingrebates.com, or by calling (877) 592-2061.

Once a reservation is made, consumers will have 30 days to submit the necessary paperwork documenting purchase and installation before a rebate check is mailed to the consumer.

Rails to trails project should be ready by June

Friday, April 30, 2010

Area residents and outdoor enthusiasts will soon have a new multi-use recreational trail to walk and bike along in Jim Thorpe.

During the Carbon County Commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Randy Smith, county administrator, announced that work on the rails-to-trails project, which will connect Lehigh Gorge State Park with downtown Jim Thorpe, has resumed and a completion date of early June is expected.

"Crews began working on site earlier this week," Smith said. "We plan to have the project completed for a tentative dedication date of June 5."

Jewelry taken in Monroe break-in

Friday, April 30, 2010

Several pieces of jewelry were taken in a burglary that occurred in Monroe County.

State police at Fern Ridge said the home of Ann Maricle, 62, of 1302 Pine Rd., Sun Valley, Effort, Chestnuthill Township, was entered sometime between Monday, April 26, and Wednesday. No value was set for the the missing jewelry.

Troopers are also investigating a criminal mischief report. Vera Solodkin, of 146 Lenape Trail, Mountain Lakes, Albrightsville, Penn Forest Township, reported someone smashed the front window of her home. The incident occurred sometime between April 18 to 24.

$546,543 fraud case

Friday, April 30, 2010

Area pharmacist, doctor charged with related counts

An area pharmacist, who operated a pharmacy in Jim Thorpe, and a doctor, who was with a Carbon County medical practice, were both charged with fraud counts in federal court in Scranton this week.

John Roman, 36, of Hazleton, who owned Community Pharmacy on River Street, Jim Thorpe, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of mail fraud. According to papers filed with the court, Roman downloaded vouchers for free medications then submitted them to pharmaceutical companies under the names of fictitious patients.

Coaldale news

Friday, April 30, 2010

Coaldale

First Congregational Church

Morning Worship will be conducted at First Congregational Church at 9 a.m. Sunday May 2, followed by Sunday School at 10 a.m.

Nursing home services will be held at St. Luke's Miners at 11 a.m. and at Maple Shade, Nesquehoning, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5. Choir rehearsal will take place at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

A Mother's Day Service will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 9, with Sunday School at 10 a.m.

Event raises funds for DARE

Friday, April 30, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Entertainers and musicians during the "Evening With The Morrisons and Sweeneys" event were Christian Morrison, Jarett Morrison, Jake Morrison, Gene Morrison, Holly Morrison, Rita Morrison, Ali Morrison, Abbie Morrison, Sadie Morrison, Ella Morrison, 4, Olivia Morrison, Devan Sweeney, and Debbie Sweeney. Tamaqua Police Officers Michael Hobbes and Dwayne Hacker were both on-hand to receive the donation.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Entertainers and musicians during the "Evening With The Morrisons and Sweeneys" event were Christian Morrison, Jarett Morrison, Jake Morrison, Gene Morrison, Holly Morrison, Rita Morrison, Ali Morrison, Abbie Morrison, Sadie Morrison, Ella Morrison, 4, Olivia Morrison, Devan Sweeney, and Debbie Sweeney. Tamaqua Police Officers Michael Hobbes and Dwayne Hacker were both on-hand to receive the donation.

The Morrison and Sweeney families recently held their bi-annual music and choral performance called "An Evening With The Morrisons and Sweeneys" at the Tamaqua United Trinity Church of Christ.

The free music event has been held at the church since 2008.

This music event included instrumentals, solos, duets, and dance performances.

This year younger family members performed dances.

More than $750 was raised at this event for the Tamaqua D.A.R.E. program and the Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua.

Mischief incidents probed in Thorpe

Friday, April 30, 2010

Jim Thorpe police are investigating two acts of criminal mischief that are similar in nature.

Police said a front window on a home at 419 Lehigh St. was damaged. The incident was reported on Monday, April 26. On Wednesday someone damaged the side window at the Fairview Fire Company at Ninth and School sts. The damages in the two incidents are similar in nature, police said.

Anyone with information concerning these incidents is asked to call police at (570) 325-4995.

Knights of Columbus

Friday, April 30, 2010

Ladies' Appreciation 'Knight'

Damien Council # 598 and Monsignor Agnello J. Angelini Assembly # 971 of the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring the Annual Ladies' Appreciation "Knight" Dinner on Saturday, May 8 at Miller's Bar-Vel in Summit Hill.

Reservations are required no later than Wednesday, May 5.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Francis Heery at (570) 386-2297.

Alzheimer's Family Fun Festival, Memory Walk kick-off Saturday

Friday, April 30, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Debi Dodson, director of the Panther Valley Library, accepts Alzheimer DVDs and book from Clay Jacobs, outreach and education coordinator for the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, as Patti Anglovich, daughter of Frank E. Ruff, looks on.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Debi Dodson, director of the Panther Valley Library, accepts Alzheimer DVDs and book from Clay Jacobs, outreach and education coordinator for the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, as Patti Anglovich, daughter of Frank E. Ruff, looks on.

The family of Frank E. Ruff, Jim Thorpe, will host a kickoff event to jumpstart the 2010 Alzheimer's Family Fun Festival and Memory Walk.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m., Sat., May 1, at The Flow Restaurant, 268 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

Anyone interested in getting involved with this year's festivities and walk is welcome to attend.

This year's walk and festival will be held on Sat., Oct. 9, 2010, at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park, Jim Thorpe.

Maintaining its rich history

Friday, April 30, 2010
The steeple of Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church in this picture taken from the 250th anniversary booklet is covered with wood shingles. The ball on top received a new coating of gilt as part of the most recent restoration.
The steeple of Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church in this picture taken from the 250th anniversary booklet is covered with wood shingles. The ball on top received a new coating of gilt as part of the most recent restoration.

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.

Carbon man facing harassment count

Friday, April 30, 2010

A Carbon County resident is facing a charge of harassment.

State police at Lehighton said Randy Klingle, 41, of Palmerton, and a 33-year-old female from Palmerton engaged in a verbal argument that turned physical. The incident occurred on Wednesday, April 28, about 7:25 a.m. at 3030 Hemlock St., in Lower Towamensing Township, troopers said.

Troopers also reported a 14-year-old male will be charged with simple assault on another 14-year-old male. The incident occurred on Tuesday, April 27, about noon at the Educare Center in Weissport.

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.

Nesquehoning news

Friday, April 30, 2010

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.

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.

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."

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 Participating in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation of $75,000 in scholarship funding for Carbon County Catholic schools at St. Katherine Drexel Church, Lansford, were Our Lady of the Angels Academy students (front from left) Shawna McArdle, Keith McCall, Uriella Cuevas, Anthony Hess and Julia Hoben. Second row, Joseph Stawiarski, Courtney McCall, Jordan Reis, Cassandra Hoben, Anthony Stianche and Kaili Horn. Back row, Kyle Stanek, Greg Martino of Aetna, House Speaker and State Rep. Keith R. McCall (D-122), Angela Lagowy of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Sister Regina Elinich, IHM, principal of OLOAA.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Participating in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation of $75,000 in scholarship funding for Carbon County Catholic schools at St. Katherine Drexel Church, Lansford, were Our Lady of the Angels Academy students (front from left) Shawna McArdle, Keith McCall, Uriella Cuevas, Anthony Hess and Julia Hoben. Second row, Joseph Stawiarski, Courtney McCall, Jordan Reis, Cassandra Hoben, Anthony Stianche and Kaili Horn. Back row, Kyle Stanek, Greg Martino of Aetna, House Speaker and State Rep. Keith R. McCall (D-122), Angela Lagowy of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Sister Regina Elinich, IHM, principal of OLOAA.

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.

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.

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.