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May 2010

Carbon County property transfers

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Deeds recorded

Franklin Township

Michael D. Marzen to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allentown, property at 75 Harrity Road, $1.

John A. Marzen to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allentown, property at 59 Harrity Road, $1.

Sylvia M. Thack to Dino L. Eckhart, 360 Fairview St., Lehighton, property at 360 Fairview St., $157,000.

Jim Thorpe

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Chris Noel Parry II, 24 W. 10th St., Jim Thorpe, property at 24 W. 10th St., $80,000.

Nesquehoning zoning board - Large solar panel project recommended for Kovatch

Saturday, May 29, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Workers lay out solar panels on the roof of a Kovatch Corp. building along Route 54 in Nesquehoning.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Workers lay out solar panels on the roof of a Kovatch Corp. building along Route 54 in Nesquehoning.

The Kovatch Corp. will be getting an even bigger boost of sun power.

The Nesquehoning Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday recommended approval for an 8.5-9 megawatt solar panel project to be built on top of the Nesquehoning Mountain to power the corporation, said company attorney Steve Cormier.

The company expects construction to start in the fall on the project, which will be built in three phases.

911 system to be assessed

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Carbon County will assess the functionality of its 911 system in regards to wireless telephone calls.

Years later, Mario learned soldier's identity

Saturday, May 29, 2010

His decorated career having ended with the rank of sergeant major, Mario Iezzoni retired from the military in 1974.

But through decades, the Summit Hill resident always felt like he needed answers as to what happened to him in combat at the age of 18 in Korea.

"I always thought I should go see his family," said Mario of the soldier he carried from the front line assault in Pusan.

He believed the soldier to be John Kelly, one of three others with whom he was sent to Korea. The others were John J. Earley and Valletta.

Recognizes Summit Hill Lions Club secretary

Friday, May 28, 2010
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS

The Summit Hill Lions Club recently recognized its former secretary, James Klingler, who served in the position for eight years. Klinger, center; is accepting a plaque of recognition from Ken Vermillion, club president, right; and Ann Yusella, current Lions Club secretary.

Lehighton couple wed 50 years

Friday, May 28, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mustacchio
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mustacchio

Barbara and Joseph Mustacchio of Lehighton are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on May 28, 1960 at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Lehighton by the late Monsignor George Ardos.

Mrs. Mustacchio is the daughter of the late John and Anna Gresh of Lehighton. Mr. Mustacchio is the son of the late Abbie and Mary Mustacchio of Summit Hill.

They have two daughters: Denise, who is married to Tim Polzer of Coplay; and Colette, who is married to Steve Kresge of Lehighton.

Lehighton Middle School announces third quarter honors

Friday, May 28, 2010

Dr. Mark McGalla, principal at Lehighton Area Middle School announces the principal's list, honor roll, and honorable mention for the third marking period.

Principal's list

(95 or high composite average with no grade lower than a 90)

A Tamaqua treasure trove is transferred

Friday, May 28, 2010

The cardboard boxes contained note pads, tablets and scrapbooks filled with yellowed newspaper clippings.

In terms of monetary value, the contents are modest.

The information compiled inside is priceless.

The boxes are the record-keeping legacy of the late Bob Barnisky, whose hobby of following the exploits of Tamaqua High School athletes in particular and others in general was familiar to readers of THE TIMES NEWS sports pages over the years.

Nesquehoning Council addresses issues

Friday, May 28, 2010

After the Nesquehoning Borough Council came out of executive session for personnel reasons this week additional items were discussed. Missing from this month's council meeting were council men Michael Sniscak and Frank DiMiceli.

Mayor Tony Walck mentioned that the Memorial Day Parade in town will form at 8 a.m. at the Nesquehoning Recreation Center and begin march at 8:30 a.m.

The Crime Watch meeting will be held this month on June 15 at 7 p.m at the Borough Hall.

Memorial Day Parade lineup set in Summit Hill

Friday, May 28, 2010

Plans have been finalized for the 2010 Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade that will be held on Monday, May 31, in the community. Traditionally, the town hosts Carbon County's largest parade for this holiday, it consisting of five divisions and having participants from throughout Carbon and Schuylkill counties, among others.

Stanley Zuber, a member of American Legion Post 316, will be the guest of honor, serving as grand marshal for the parade, which will step off after he rings the old Summit Hill High School bell in Ludlow Park. The expected start of the parade is 11 a.m.

Carbon refunds taxes to Kovatch Corporation

Friday, May 28, 2010

Carbon County refunded a local business's taxes for two years after a court order reduced the assessment of six properties.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to refund taxes to Kovatch Corporation, Kovatch Enterprises Inc., and Kovatch Partners LP, all of 1 Industrial Complex, Nesquehoning, in the amount of $37,038.29.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said the refunds are the result of an appeal Kovatch made on over a dozen of his properties.

GAR Cemetery to be rededicated

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Association Board of Directors will be holding a rededication service on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the main gate of the Cemetery on the 500 block of East White Street.

The service will be followed by a free hosted walking tour of the cemetery grounds with an anecdotal and descriptive history of the cemetery and its residents as well as the monuments and their architecture.

Weather suspends, postpones district playoff games

Friday, May 28, 2010

A major thunderstorm that had very heavy rain, sharp lightning, marble-size hail, and tree-bending winds forced the suspension yesterday of Lehighton-Central Catholic baseball game at Northwestern.

The game will resume in the top of the second inning at 4 p.m. today at the Sam Balliet Stadium in Coplay.

The storm was an anomaly of sorts in that only a mile from Northwestern High School, at the Route 309 and 143 intersection, there was sunshine.

In most of the TIMES NEWS area, there was only a distant rumble of thunder.

CCTI salutatorian cuts it in the kitchen

Friday, May 28, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career and Technical Institute senior Connie Palmer slices fruit for a fresh strawberry pie in CCTI's kitchen.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career and Technical Institute senior Connie Palmer slices fruit for a fresh strawberry pie in CCTI's kitchen.

Connie Palmer's love of baking started early. She was about 7 years old when she helped her Mom bake simple chocolate cakes.

Now 18 and about to graduate from Carbon Career and Technical Institute's culinary arts program, Palmer, one of the school's top two students, has been accepted at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

No budget hike in Carbon towns; reduction for Coaldale taxpayers

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Panther Valley School Board voted unanimously to approve a proposed final budget totaling $23,901,607 for the 2010-2011 school year.

Marunich ignites NL to 15-5 win

Friday, May 28, 2010

Peyton Marunich wanted to provide Northern Lehigh with a little spark.

She ended up igniting an electrical storm – both literally and figuratively.

Marunich's two-run double in the fourth inning finally put the Northern Lehigh in front. One inning later, following a 51-minute lightning delay, the Bulldogs exploded for eight more runs to put the finishing touches on a 15-5 mercy-rule victory.

Nesquehoning parade lineup

Friday, May 28, 2010

The lineup for the Nesquehoning Memorial Day Parade will form at the Nesquehoning Recreation Center at 8 a.m. on Monday.

Marchers will step out into the line of march at 8:30 a.m. They will stop for salutes at the VFW Monument and St. Patrick's Cemetery on West Catawissa Street. They will proceed to the Nesquehoning VFW where a ceremony will be held.

Featured as the guest speaker will be Craig Strohl. All are invited to the patriotic ceremony.

Wartime nightmare became real

Friday, May 28, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Ed Mantz with the medals he earned during his military service during World War II.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Ed Mantz with the medals he earned during his military service during World War II.

Coaldale Silver Star recipient was only 18 and in combat

It's a freezing February night in 1945, and a scared kid from West Penn Township is on patrol, tramping through the snowy woods in enemy territory in war-torn Germany.

Suddenly, a German voice commands him to halt and give the password.

The kid, 18-year-old Edwin "Peewee" Mantz, had been drafted into the Army to fight in World War II. He's worlds from home, his feet are cold and wet in his leather combat boots, and his worst nightmare has just come real.

PennDot workers plan projects in communities in area counties

Friday, May 28, 2010

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be doing several road projects within the next few days.

Carbon County

Weissport- Workers will be inspecting Forge Street, between Franklin Street and Railway Street in Weissport from 9 a.m. to 5 p. m. Thursday, June 3. The should will be restricted for the inspection period.

Jim Thorpe - Workers will also be doing a bridge inspection on Route 903 between Route 209 and South Street, Jim Thorpe on Wednesday, June 2, between 9 a.m. and 3 p. m. ROAD NAME: PA 903. There will be a lane restriction.

Summit Hill man withdraws guilty pleas in arson cases

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Summit Hill man was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea in several pending arson cases on Thursday.

Frank Duane Swartz, 43, appeared before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II for a hearing on his petition to withdraw his plea. After a hearing Nanovic granted the petition.

In January Swartz pleaded guilty before Nanovic to 16 criminal counts stemming from a series of brush fires set in the county between March and April 2008.

Schuylkill crashes

Friday, May 28, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating two crashes, including a three-vehicle collision, on Thursday, May 27, along Schuylkill County roadways.

The three-vehicle crash occurred about 1:38 p.m. along SR61 just south of the entrance to the Cressona Mall, in North Manheim Township. Troopers said John J. Breslin, 24, of Schuylkill Haven, driving a 2002 Chevrolet Sliverado pickup truck, Victor E. Young, 61, of Reading, driving a 1999 Mercury Villager, and Martha Nicholson Anderson, 47, of Kings Mountain, N.C., driving a 2010 Ford Edge, were all southbound.

A promise kept

Friday, May 28, 2010
U. S. Army Sgt. Charles W. "Dutch" Kleinhagen
U. S. Army Sgt. Charles W. "Dutch" Kleinhagen

Tamaqua World War II vet finds his way home

Maybe we shouldn't have made that promise.

But, since it was made, we were determined to do our best to keep it, despite the red tape and logistics. In the end, we had to depend on a friend, who fulfilled that promise way beyond our dreams.

Let me get to the beginning, if I can determine where that is exactly.

Albert-Hablett

Friday, May 28, 2010
Wesley Hablett and Jacy Albert
Wesley Hablett and Jacy Albert

Jacy Albert and Wesley Hablett have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of George and Barbara Albert of Jim Thorpe. She is a 2000 graduate of Blackhawk High School, and a 2004 graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a bachelor of science in business administration.

She is employed as a quality assurance coach at Network Solutions.

Minn. mom gives birth while driving to hospital

Friday, May 28, 2010

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota mother has given birth to a baby boy while driving herself to the hospital, with the newborn's father steering the car from the passenger's seat.

The Pioneer of Bemidji says 29-year-old Amanda McBride was rushing to the hospital Wednesday when suddenly her water broke and the baby "just slid out."

McBride says she was feeling labor pains at work, so she drove to pick up the baby's father and headed for the hospital. The father, 33-year-old Joseph Phillips, did not drive because he has a history of seizures.

Register now for Girl Scout camp

Friday, May 28, 2010

Registration for Girl Scout "Camp Evergreen" is now being accepted with a deadline of June 7.

Join the Scouts as they journey to "Merry Ole England" for a weekend filled with fun and adventure at Camp Pine Grove. The dates are July 16-18. Hiking, cooking out, nature study, arts and crafts, campfires, making new friends, exploring fields, woods and streams this is the Girl Scout Program in the out-of-doors.

This year the theme is a "Midsummer Night's Camp." There will be a Renaissance adventure.

Young carpenter builds himself a future

Friday, May 28, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career and Technical Institute senior Dave Pelcheck demonstrates his carpentry skills in the school's new wood shop.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career and Technical Institute senior Dave Pelcheck demonstrates his carpentry skills in the school's new wood shop.

By the time he was a toddler, Carbon Career and Technical Institute senior Dave Pelcheck was already learning carpentry, learning the basics by helping his father with projects around the house.

"I've done it all my life," he said. "We have picture of me doing it when I was two years old."

Argall to host Senior Expo

Friday, May 28, 2010

More than 25 exhibitors, including free health screenings, will provide the most current information on programs and services available to Pennsylvania's older residents at a Senior Expo hosted by Senator Dave Argall (R-29).

The free informational event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, at the Schuylkill Mall, Routes 61 and 81, Frackville.

Argall said the event provides seniors with a "one-stop resource" for information on a wide range of services and resources available to them – many of which are free of charge or at a reduced cost.

on this date

Friday, May 28, 2010

May 28, 1988

Two Lehighton senior boys have received a four-year scholarship through the Air Force. Marvin J. Barry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin J. Barry, was awarded a four-year Air Force ROTC scholarship, and Eric Bowman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Bowman, received and appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Barry ranked number two in the graduating class. Bowman's four-year scholarship is valued at $190,000.

Correction

Friday, May 28, 2010

In articles about the fatal shooting of a man in the Wildcat development in Walker Township earlier this week, it was reported in two articles that paramedics from Lehighton Ambulance attended to the victim.

The TIMES NEWS was informed that while Lehighton Ambulance was dispatched, it was two EMTs from Tamaqua Community Ambulance who were the first emergency medical responders at the scene and assisted state troopers with resuscitation efforts.

Walker shooting ruled a homicide

Friday, May 28, 2010

Coroner feels it was 'justified'

Schuylkill County Coroner Joseph Lipsett has ruled the shooting of a Tuscarora man on Tuesday a "homicide," but it will be the county's district attorney to determine if it was justified.

Lipsett said that based on "the information we collected and my experience as an investigator," he feels the shooting was justified.

Lipsett made the conclusion following an autopsy on Wednesday and Thursday of Scott A. Mackelvey, 41, who was shot and killed outside a residence in the Wildcat development of Walker Township.

Sports briefs

Friday, May 28, 2010
Sports briefs
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Zehner verbally commits to Bucknell

Tamaqua girls basketball standout Amy Zehner has verbally committed to continue her academic and basketball careers at Bucknell University.

Zehner, a junior, has already topped the 1,000 point mark in her high school career. She has been TIMES NEWS Girls Basketball Player of the Year each of the last two seasons.

Artest's miracle shot leads Lakers past Suns