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May 2010

Crusaders For A Cause event gets underway

Friday, May 28, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Carissa Fallon, 7, of Lehighton, enjoys her trip down the steep sliding board Thursday at the Crusaders For A Cause Carnival in the Palmerton Borough Park.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Carissa Fallon, 7, of Lehighton, enjoys her trip down the steep sliding board Thursday at the Crusaders For A Cause Carnival in the Palmerton Borough Park.

It was a magic carpet ride for those brave enough to take the plunge down the steep sliding board.

Carissa Fallon, 7, Riley Fallon, 5, and Julie Blose, 6, of Lehighton, all experienced the fun activity at the Crusaders For A Cause Carnival

The fifth annual event got underway under hot, balmy weather conditions Thursday in the Palmerton Borough Park.

Summit Hill News

Friday, May 28, 2010

Summit Hill

Lutheran Church

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, will hold a worship service with Confirmation on Sunday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. John Hazel, pastor, will officiate.

A special congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, June 6, immediately following the worship service.

Items to be discussed are the expense ratio with Zion Lutheran Church, Nesquehoning, the Simply Giving Program, and consideration of selling the parsonage.

Summit Hill Lions present scholarships

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

Two area seniors were recently awarded $250 scholarships through the Summit Hill Lions Club. Kristen Halenar, a senior at Marian Catholic High School, left; and Abigail Markovich, a senior at Panther Valley High School, right; accept the awards from scholarship committee chairperson Judy Midas. The scholarships were given to two individuals because their community service background illustrated the Lions' motto for serving the community. This is the second year the Summit Hill Lions awarded students with a scholarship.

Burglary, theft incidents probed

Friday, May 28, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a burglary and two theft incidents.

Hornets top Bears in pitcher's duel

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Pleasant Valley softball team picked a bad time to suffer its first loss to a Lehigh Valley team.

Emmaus' Kayla Kresley and Pleasant Valley's Meagan Fitzgerald dueled one another on the mound Thursday afternoon, as the two combined to give up just one run and ten hits. Unfortunately for the Bears, the one run belonged to the Hornets - who knocked off the locals 1-0 in their District 11 AAAA quarterfinal match-up.

Palmerton stuns No. Schuylkill

Friday, May 28, 2010
Palmerton's Martina Herring gets set to deliver a pitch in Thursday's 4-2 win ov
Palmerton's Martina Herring gets set to deliver a pitch in Thursday's 4-2 win over North Schuylkill. BOB FORD/ TIMES NEWS

Herring strikes out 17 in 4-2 win over Spartans in eight innings

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - Martina Herring was in a zone. She had command of almost every pitch, but her riser was really on the money.

The Palmerton sophomore saved her best game of the season thus far, striking out 17 batters, walking two and scattering three hits in a 4-2 eight inning victory over North Schuylkill in a District 11 2A quarterfinal on Thursday afternoon.

It is believed to be the first Palmerton district playoff win since 1996 and 11th of the season for a team who had just won two games the past four seasons.

Marriage licenses

Friday, May 28, 2010

Schuylkill County

Vanessa Lynn Norris and Michael Richard Koshmieder, 227 rear E. Blaine St., McAdoo.

Maryann E. Proudlock and John L. Cole, 503 N. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Jacquelyn M. Willing, 500 Lombard St., Tamaqua, and Christopher A. Hartz, 307 Willing St., Tamaqua.

Amy L. Trout and Scott R. Nunemacher, 116 Lizard Creek Road, Andreas, West Penn Township.

Gina M. Chiplonia and John R. Wircek Jr., 1171 Valley of Lakes, Hazleton.

Rachel A. Leskoven and Gerlad E. Zellers, 20 Fourth St., Apt. 3, Kelayres.

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.

Monroe burglaries

Thursday, May 27, 2010

State police at Lehighton are investigating two burglaries that occurred at two Monroe County locations.

Troopers said the residence of Eugene Tierney, 69, of 280 Kunkletown Rd., Saylorsburg, Ross Township, was entered by unknown means and a laptop computer was removed. The criminals also broke into a garage and removed a Sears air wrench. The incident occurred sometime between May 14 and 20.

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, May 27, 2010

May 27, 1964 Larry Breiner hits a grand slam to help complete a huge Summit Hill comeback and lift his team to an 8-6 Black Diamond League win over Jim Thorpe. The Hillers rally for seven runs, four coming on the slam, in the sixth frame to rally for the victory. Johnny Watto and Harry Smyrl each collect three hits for the winners while Breiner finishes with two hits and two runs. Ken Boyd picks up the pitching win in relief.

Schuylkill man facing charges

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Schuylkill County man is facing charges following incidents that were reported to have occurred over a period of time.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said that Robert Himmelberger, 64, of Muir, Porter Township, was cited for harassment. Troopers said for the past 20 days in a row, from May 5 to 25, he has been blowing the horn on his vehicle at about 4:30 a.m. to air his displeasure for a temporary stop sign that has been erected at a bridge along Gold Mine Road, a half mile from SR325, in Porter Township, that will be undergoing repairs in the near future.

Two Memorial services planned in Coaldale

Thursday, May 27, 2010
Rev. William H. Edwards
Rev. William H. Edwards

Coaldale Borough will commemorate its fallen soldiers with ceremonies at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Seek section of town and at 2:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Garden next to borough hall on Third Street.

The solemn day of remembrance will begin with a special 9 a.m. service at First Congregational Church. The Rev. William H. Edwards, SSGT, U.S. Army Vietnam, will deliver the sermon.

Indian doll

Thursday, May 27, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Kira Hauser of Palmerton holds an Indian doll that she says is "cool." She was at the powwow with her mother. It was held at Ontelaunee Park on May 14-16.

Getting ready for a Memorable weekend

Thursday, May 27, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Veteran and community organizations throughout the area are preparing for Memorial Day weekend by cleaning memorials, placing flags, organizing volunteers, and preparing for events. Cleaning and preparing the Lansford's UVO Veterans War Memorial located at Kennedy Park are Lansford American Legion Home Association President Tim Midas and Legion member Ruth Kozuch, both from Lansford. In addition to four other locations in Lansford Monday, a memorial service will be held at Kennedy Park at 9:15 a.m.

'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.