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May 2010

Coaldale man stabbed

Friday, May 28, 2010
Medics load a Coaldale stabbing victim into an ambulance to be transported to St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill.
Medics load a Coaldale stabbing victim into an ambulance to be transported to St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill.

A young man is fighting for his life after being stabbed in a home just a short distance from the Coaldale police station.

Marriage licenses

Friday, May 28, 2010

Carbon County

Richard Paul Sawyer III and Trina Marie Zimmerman, 222 White St., Floor 2, Weissport.

Jason Lee Weimert and Khrissy Ann Heller, 501 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe.

Arthur Edward Murch III, 60 Mill Rod, Box 115, Aquashicola, and Lorie Marie Strohl, 235 Lonesome Lane, Palmerton.

Robert William Bernabucci and Danielle Valerie Hricak, 30 Chinook Trail, Box 2157, Albrightsville.

Timothy Paul Hunsicker and Valerie Jo Koch, 236 Carbon St., Lehighton.

Jeremie Michael Stoss, 111 Fourth St., Slatington, and Peggy Rose Feinour, 4023 Perry Court West,Daniels-ville.

Preliminary approval given to new drug testing policy for employees

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Panther Valley School Board approved the first reading of a new policy that will require pre-employment drug testing for superintendents, assistant superintendents, administrators, professional employees and support employees. According to the chair of the policy committee, the type of testing done will be up to the district's discretion. The policy will only apply to new hires, not those currently employed by the District.

S. Hill 'Stay-at-Home' festival this weekend

Friday, May 28, 2010

Events Friday, Saturday, Sunday in Ginder Stadium

You don't have to use a lot of gas in your car for fun and fireworks this weekend.

The annual Summit Hill "Stay-at-Home" festival will be held Friday, Satuday, and Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m. daily, at the Ginder Field.

The festival is co-sponsored by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission and Diligence Fire Company.

There is live entertainment each night.

A highlight is the explosive fireworks display at the conclusion of the festival on Sunday.

The entertainment line-up is as follows:

Ÿ Tonight - Shades of Grey, 7-11 p.m.

Tamaqua column

Friday, May 28, 2010

TAHS Baccalaureate

Tamaqua Area High School Baccalaureate Service will be held on Sunday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Students should report to the St. Jerome's School gym between 6:30 and 7 p.m. to be vested.

The procession will start at 7:25 p.m.

St. Jerome's will provide ushers and directions for everyone to follow. The air conditioning will be on in the gym and in the church.

SS. Peter and Paul

SS. Peter and Paul Church, Tamaqua, will hold a Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 21 at 8 a.m. in the church. Cemetery services will be at 10 a.m.

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
After making it safely out of the Philippine jungles during World War II, Charles Kleinhagen went on to marry Anna Kraipovich and have five children: Charles, Jr., Kathy, Ed, Sue and Ruth Ann. The "Kleinhagen Corporation" also includes 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
After making it safely out of the Philippine jungles during World War II, Charles Kleinhagen went on to marry Anna Kraipovich and have five children: Charles, Jr., Kathy, Ed, Sue and Ruth Ann. The "Kleinhagen Corporation" also includes 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

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.

'Walk around the block with Betsy' scheduled

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Palmerton Area Historical Society invites everyone to join in a "Walk Around the Block with Betsy" at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30.

The walk will highlight the history and architecture of the buildings around the perimeter of the town park including businesses in the 300 block of Delaware Avenue. To add to the interest and enjoyment, large photographs of the buildings as they once were, will be featured. The tour with Betsy Burnhauser will leave from the Palmerton Area Heritage Center at 410 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton.

The walk was rescheduled due to weather.

Two charged after incident at market

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Two persons were charged following an incident at Renninger's Market parking lot in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Stacy Kemmerer, 30, of Hamburg, and Ralph Miller, 54, of Minersville, engaged in a confrontation at the market about 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 23. During the confrontation Miller grabbed the cell phone of Kemmerer from her and told her he would keep it as collateral and walked outside.

Theft at Schuylkill dealership probed

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A theft incident at a Schuylkill County dealership is being probed.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said unknown criminals entered the property of R&R Auto Group, located along SR61, in North Manheim Township, sometime between 7 p.m. on Friday, May 21, and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Once inside they smashed the rear window on a 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4X4 and made entry to the vehicle. They then unlocked the driver and passenger side doors and removed both metal doors and side view mirrors from the vehicle.

Riverwalck Saloon given June 22 deadline to comply with permits

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Riverwalck Saloon, 8 Center St., Parryville, was given a deadline of June 22, which is the date of the next meeting of Parryville Borough Council, to provide permit applications that the borough has been requesting for months. Parryville Borough Council President Mike Grant announced the deadline after an executive session held Tuesday at borough hall to discuss the situation.

Fighting back against cancer in Palmerton

Thursday, May 27, 2010
Sandy Benson (left) and Sharon Krebs (right), served as Relay Advocacy co-chairs for Palmerton's Relay For Life. Benson recently lost her father to cancer.
Sandy Benson (left) and Sharon Krebs (right), served as Relay Advocacy co-chairs for Palmerton's Relay For Life. Benson recently lost her father to cancer.

Here today, gone tomorrow.

That's a truism Sandy Benson of Palmerton knows all too well, having lost her grandparents, and, more recently, her father, to cancer.

It was with a heavy heart, then, that Benson participated in this past weekend's Relay For Life of Palmerton and Surrounding Areas.

"Cancer's a part of our lives, and (research shows) one in three people will die from it," Benson said. "We have to fight against it, and Relay is one way to fight back."

A Relay Advocacy co-chair, Benson lost her father, James Lower, to the fatal disease in March.

Nesquehoning officer, resident have words over issuing of parking ticket

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Shortly after Nesquehoning resident R. Mickey Angst reported that Nesquehoning Police Officer Carl Breiner should issue an apology for his appearance at District Magistrate Kosciolek's court pertaining to a parking ticket received by John Barna during the winter months, Officer Breiner came into the Nesquehoning Council meeting to set the records straight.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI charge

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 4:25 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, along High Road, in Cass Township.

State police at Frackville said troopers responded to a reported crash at the above location and time. Upon arrival it was determined there was no crash.