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May 2010

Insurance to cost Carbon $29,000 less this year

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Carbon County will pay nearly $29,000 less this year on insurance to keep the county and its employees covered.

The commissioners Thursday voted to renew the 2010-2011 insurance policy with the Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool (PCoRP) at a total cost of $357,598. This is a $28,848 decrease from last year.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, explained that the county was happy about the decrease.

"The good new is this is a decrease of almost $30,000," he said. "That's good news for us."

Mountain Karate Academy celebrates 20th anniversary

Saturday, May 29, 2010
Tumble With Denise students show their skills during Mountain Karate Academy's 20th Anniversary Celebration.
Tumble With Denise students show their skills during Mountain Karate Academy's 20th Anniversary Celebration.

The Lehighton Park was a busy place Friday night when Mountain Karate Academy celebrated its 20th Anniversary with demonstrations by Mountain Karate Academy, Tumble with Denise, and Dance with Kim.

The karate kids presented demonstrations and dancers danced at the bandshell, while the tumblers set up a presentation area on the grassy area in the park.

Mountain Karate Academy offers classes to adults and students at their studio at the Lehighton Annex building, Third Street, Lehighton.

County's response to census is above national average

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Schuylkill County's response to the census program was higher than the national average response, the county commissioners were informed at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Iezzoni's Bronze Star citation for Korean War

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Bronze Star Medal awarded to Mario Iezzoni for his heroic actions in the Korean War was presented on Sept. 28, 1953, for "heroism in ground combat."

The citation, authorized by the President of the United States, reads:

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
Andrew Leibenguth, right, fulfills the last request of a man he never met, simply because of friendship and honor of a fellow veteran. A Filipino minister and Leibenguth's family participated in the memorial service.
Andrew Leibenguth, right, fulfills the last request of a man he never met, simply because of friendship and honor of a fellow veteran. A Filipino minister and Leibenguth's family participated in the memorial service.

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

Carbon artist reprises at Art of the State

Friday, May 28, 2010
Shopping With a Forgotten List, an oil on canvas, by Joel Le Bow, measures 40 inches high by 30 inches wide.
Shopping With a Forgotten List, an oil on canvas, by Joel Le Bow, measures 40 inches high by 30 inches wide.

It's the second consecutive year that a painting from Jim Thorpe artist Joel Le Bow has been selected for Pennsylvania Museum's Art of the State exhibit.

Is Le Bow happy?

"Being selected is better than being turned down," Le Bow said. "But overall, it's been a difficult year as an artist."

Baccalaureate controversy

Friday, May 28, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area High School senior Dillon Epler addresses the school board regarding the upcoming Baccalaureate Service. At left is senior class adviser Roseann Weinrich. At right is senior Katie Wagner.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area High School senior Dillon Epler addresses the school board regarding the upcoming Baccalaureate Service. At left is senior class adviser Roseann Weinrich. At right is senior Katie Wagner.

Tamaqua Area clarifies school district stance on Sunday service

The baccalaureate service for the Tamaqua Area High School graduating Class of 2010 will be held on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church, 264 West Broad St.

Attendance at the service, which is sponsored annually by the Tamaqua Area Ministerial Association, not the school district, is voluntary for the seniors.

Outrage

Friday, May 28, 2010

Poll numbers don't lie

A new Gallup poll this week reveals that just 12 percent of Americans express confidence in the congress, which is the worst rating ever measured for any institution in the 35-year history of the poll.

NDES too much for Marian

Friday, May 28, 2010

NORTHAMPTON Under a foreboding, stormy sky, the Marian Colts squared off against the Spartans of Notre Dame East Stroudsburg for the privilege of entering the District XI Class A finals on Thursday.

Riding high off their recent victory over Tri-Valley in the quarterfinals, the fifth-seeded Colts were eager to prove their worth against Notre Dame, the district's top-seeded team. However, it was apparent not long after the two teams took the field at Northampton High School that the day truly belonged to the boys in green.

Bears ride 'X' factor into 4A District final

Friday, May 28, 2010
Rich Chartrand/Special to the TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley first baseman Pat Kregeloh tags out Kyle Dauscher of Nazareth during Thursday's District 11 playoff game at Coplay.
Rich Chartrand/Special to the TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley first baseman Pat Kregeloh tags out Kyle Dauscher of Nazareth during Thursday's District 11 playoff game at Coplay.

COPLAY It's tough enough battling opposing hitters.

But for Pleasant Valley pitcher Xavier Hammond, that was the easy part.

With a berth in the District 11 Class AAAA finals on the line, the Bears' left-hander dealt was a small strike zone early in Thursday's semifinal game against Nazareth. Hammond also had to cope with two long lightning delays, and then watched as his defense gave up an unearned run.

In between those distractions, all the junior did was throw a one-hitter to lead his team to an impressive 6-1 victory.

Memo to Tamaqua students, employees

Friday, May 28, 2010

The following five-point memorandum regarding Baccalaureate was approved by the Tamaqua Area School Board Thursday afternoon and was to be distributed today to students and employees.

1. The baccalaureate ceremony is a privately sponsored religious event. The Tamaqua Area School District is not and will not be involved in or associated with the baccalaureate ceremony and does not or will not endorse the ceremony in any way.

2. As a public school entity, the Tamaqua Area School District does not or will not require any student to attend the baccalaureate ceremony.

Pool season arrives in Palmerton

Friday, May 28, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A shot of the Palmerton Pool just days before opening day scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A shot of the Palmerton Pool just days before opening day scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

Bring out those swimsuits, sun tanning lotion, and beach balls.

Pool season has arrived, and the Palmerton Pool once again hopes to make a big splash.

The pool opens at 1 p.m. Saturday. In light of the holiday weekend, the pool will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

As of June 4, the pool will have regular hours, from 3-8 p.m., weather permitting.

Known for its bevy of special events, visitors can be assured they'll receive the same level of excellence they've come to expect, said Susie Arner, president of Pool Pals.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, May 28, 2010

May 28, 1982 Three TIMES NEWS area athletes earn medals at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships. Tamaqua's Dave Keich takes second in the triple jump with a distance of 43-7 while Rob Mikulski of Panther Valley earns a fifth place in the discus with a throw of 146-0. Lehighton's Dennis Semmel also gains some hardware by taking sixth in the pole vault, clearing 13-0.

District to accept bids for coal bowl playground work

Friday, May 28, 2010

Palmerton Area School District will soon learn the cost of a playground project.

The district will accept bids for the Coal Bowl liner and soil cap work until 1 p.m. June 3.

On average, the playground typically accommodates about 100 students for recess at a time, and is also used heavily for a summer program hosted by the Palmerton Area Recreation Committee.

In November, the school board approved a $20,000 settlement between the district and TCI Pacific Communications, Inc., for remediation work to the Coal Bowl playground.

Correction

Friday, May 28, 2010

It was incorrectly stated in Thursday's Nesquehoning Council story that R. Mickey Angst reported that Nesquehoning Police Officer Carl Breiner should issue an apology for his appearance at District Magistrate court. The sentence should have read, that Officer Breiner should receive an apology. The TIMES NEWS apologizes for the error an any misunderstanding it may have created.

Harassment arrests reported

Friday, May 28, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on two arrests for harassment in separate cases.

On May 16 Donald M. Bohn III, of Auburn, and Jordan J. Schoffstall, of Schuylkill Haven, became involved in a altercation in the area of Summerhill Road and the area of Moyer Station Raod, both in Wayne Township, about 7 p.m. During the altercation Bohn allegedly punched Schoffstall in the face causing a black/blue eye. Troopers said Bohn was cited.

Hafer shuts down Bulldogs

Friday, May 28, 2010

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP - It didn't help matters for the Northern Lehigh baseball team that it was pitted up against a three-time defending District 11 Class 2A champion.

What made matters even worse was the fact that Pine Grove's starting pitcher Dave Hafer didn't make it any easier for the Bulldogs to try and pull out a victory in the district semifinals at Salisbury on Thursday.

Hafer simply crushed the hearts of those inside Northern Lehigh's dugout. He finished with a complete game four-hitter, allowed one walk, one hit-batsman, and struck out 12.