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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
 ABOVE: Jim Thorpe artist Joel Le Bow has again been selected for PennsylvaniaMuseum's Art of the State exhibit. LEFT: Shopping With a Forgotten List, an oil on canvas, by Joel Le Bow, measures 40 inches high by 30 inches wide.
ABOVE: Jim Thorpe artist Joel Le Bow has again been selected for PennsylvaniaMuseum's Art of the State exhibit. LEFT: 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.

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
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This is the house at 101 E. High St., Coaldale where a young man was reportedly seriously stabbed Thursday evening.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This is the house at 101 E. High St., Coaldale where a young man was reportedly seriously stabbed Thursday evening.

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

False alarm citations issued

Thursday, May 27, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks reported two citations were issued for false alarms.

Cited were Chris Forgione, of Reeders, and North Penn Bank branch in Effort, both in Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County. According to troopers both caused or permitted four or more false alarm activations during a consecutive 12-month period.

Lansford UVO services Monday in Lansford

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Parade begins at 8:30 a.m.; main program at 9:15

The United Veterans Organization of Lansford has scheduled its Memorial Day parade and service for Monday, May 31.

The starting time for the parade is 8:30 a.m. beginning at the monument at St. Catherine Drexel R.C. Church on East Abbott Street.

The U.V.O. and JROTC firing squad will render a salute at St. Catherine Drexel Church, and at the Abbott Street Memorial Stone, where the auxiliary presidents of the AMVETS and Legion will place wreaths.

Ten area people among 24 to enter guilty pleas

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ten area people were among 24 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges last Thursday in the Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller as follows:

LASD list names of elementary Students of the Month of April

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Elementary Students of the Month were recently named for Lehighton Area School District.

At East Penn Elementary School, selected were, kindergarten: Mrs. Betz, Devin Warnkin; and Mrs. Geiser, Arerielle Searfoss; first grade, Mrs. Bruch, Azahni Simmons; and Mrs. Zerbe, Austin Kern; second grade, Mrs. Biery, Rachael DeSanto; third grade, Mrs. Bonser, Shawn Cope; and Mrs. Snyder, Jagur Lynn; fourth grade, Mrs. Breiner, Noah Sensinger; and Mrs. Kattner, Alexia Priegue.

PV's Mantz headed to Albright for volleyball

Thursday, May 27, 2010
PV's Mantz headed to Albright for volleyball
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Panther Valley senior Christa Mantz will continue her academic and volleyball career at Albright College in Reading.

Mantz was a three-year varsity starter. She was the first girl to join the Varsity 500 Kill Club, while leading the Panthers to the Schuylkill League Division II Championship. Mantz also racked up 500 service points during her varsity career. Mantz was a Schuylkill League Division II First Team All-Star as well as a District 11 Class AA All-Star.

BMHS reveals recent improvements

Thursday, May 27, 2010
VINNY VELLA/TIMES NEWS Robert Coleman, center, was honored at the Blue Mountain Health System's annual board of director's meeting May 26. Coleman, pictured here with President and CEO Andrew Harris, left, and Patrick Reilly, chairman of the board of directors, stepped down after 13 years of service on the board's governance committee.
VINNY VELLA/TIMES NEWS Robert Coleman, center, was honored at the Blue Mountain Health System's annual board of director's meeting May 26. Coleman, pictured here with President and CEO Andrew Harris, left, and Patrick Reilly, chairman of the board of directors, stepped down after 13 years of service on the board's governance committee.

Carbon County residents may want to reconsider how they look at Blue Mountain Health System. According to some of the statements made by the company's senior management team, big changes are in store for local patients.

"As a board, we spend a lot of time looking in-depth at our strengths and weaknesses," President and CEO Andrew Harris said. "We're hard on ourselves because we want to be successful, and want to continue to serve the citizens of Carbon County as best we can."

S. Hill council sells bonds for project interim financing

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Unable to get continued bank financing for its building project, Summit Hill Borough Council last night agreed to float a five-year bond issue for $214,052.

The amount is to pay off a loan the borough currently has with First Niagara Bank (formerly Harleysville Bank). Harleysville had provided financing for two years for the project but the bank won't provide the additional financing, it was reported.

The loan with Harleysville initially totaled $650,000, but a state grant got the amount that is owed down to $214,000.