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May 2010

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
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Friends and Freedom 1 Relay team sit in the bleachers of the Palmerton Area High School stadium prior to the kickoff of Relay For Life on Saturday.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Friends and Freedom 1 Relay team sit in the bleachers of the Palmerton Area High School stadium prior to the kickoff of Relay For Life on Saturday.

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.

Teens cited for underage drinking

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tamaqua police have cited several teenage individuals for their involvement in an underage drinking party on May 22.

At 10:50 p.m. police reponded to a call that there was an underage party at a home on Hunter Street. Officers went to the residence and found several underage persons who appeared to be intoxicated. Two empty bottles of Bankers Club Vodka were found in the yard, next to a camping tent.

Four individuals were found to have been consuming an alcoholic beverage, while two juveniles were not drinking.

Gallery opens with 'Modern Sensibilities'

Thursday, May 27, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shirley Thomas, assistant director of the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, with three untitled paintings by artist Ernest Briggs.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shirley Thomas, assistant director of the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, with three untitled paintings by artist Ernest Briggs.

"Modern Sensibilities, 1950s-1980s Paintings of Ernest Briggs & Seymour Boardman" opens the 2010 art season at the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation in Jim Thorpe. The exhibit presents the works of two painters who were part of the Abstract Expressionist movement when it peaked in the 1950s and 60s.

The exhibition is timely in that the paintings of both the Briggs and Boardman estate were recently acquired by the Shapolsky Art Foundation.

PV's Markovich will play v-ball Misericordia

Thursday, May 27, 2010
PV's Markovich will play v-ball Misericordia
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Panther Valley senior Carly Markovich has decided to continue her academic and volleyball career this fall at Misericordia University.

Markovich, who plans to major in Sports Management in college, was the Panthers' setter and also served as the team's captain. She helped guide the Panthers to a Schuylkill League Division II Championship this year, in which she was selected to the league's All-Star team. Markovich was also chosen the Schuylkill League Division II Player of the Year and a District 11 Class AA Second Team All-Star.

'He would've killed someone'

Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tom Rowlands points to black rubber marks on his driveway after Scott Mackelvey gunned the truck engine in an attempt to push aside a police cruiser blocking his way. A home invasion and morning of terror led to a final altercation Tuesday in which police opened fire on Mackelvey, who was pronounced dead at the scene on Whitetail Crossing Drive in Walker Township.
Tom Rowlands points to black rubber marks on his driveway after Scott Mackelvey gunned the truck engine in an attempt to push aside a police cruiser blocking his way. A home invasion and morning of terror led to a final altercation Tuesday in which police opened fire on Mackelvey, who was pronounced dead at the scene on Whitetail Crossing Drive in Walker Township.

Witness describes fatal police shooting on Wildcat

Tom Rowlands of Lewistown Valley says he offered help to a troubled acquaintance for many months.

But the acquaintance ultimately subjected Rowlands to a morning of sheer terror, including a home invasion and theft which led to a fatal shooting by police just steps from Rowlands' front door.

Rowlands, 61, talked to The TIMES NEWS on Wednesday, one day after state police opened fire and fatally shot Scott Mackelvey on Rowlands' front driveway, pumping several bullets into the 41-year-old Tuscarora man.

LCCC to host Community Preparedness Institute Get Ready 2010-Summer Splash

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Community volunteers, healthcare workers, first responders, law enforcement officers, public and educational officials, as well as industry and service agency leaders, are encouraged to attend the "Get Ready 2010 Summer Splash" Community Preparedness Institute, held June 1-5.

All sessions include refreshments are held on the main campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), Route 309, Schnecksville.

Hundreds of dead fish found in Tamaqua's Little Schuylkill

Thursday, May 27, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured investigating hundreds of dead floating fish in the Little Schuylkill River stretching from the Tamaqua Borough to parts of South Tamaqua are officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured investigating hundreds of dead floating fish in the Little Schuylkill River stretching from the Tamaqua Borough to parts of South Tamaqua are officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Officials from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission spent a number of hours yesterday and Tuesday inspecting and investigating the possible cause of hundreds of dead fish found floating or laying beneath the water all throughout the Little Schuylkill River

The kill stretched from the edge of the Tamaqua Borough to parts of South Tamaqua.

Various types of fish can be seen floating in clusters all throughout the river. On Tuesday, officials were notified of the dead fish.

The waiting family

Thursday, May 27, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Clad in World War II-era garb, Lori Strauch, her son Luke, 10 and friend Rachelle Filer, 8, portray a wartime mother keeping the home fires burning while her husband fights overseas. The Strauchs and Filer are the models for a statue to be featured on the Womens Memorial wishing well in the Veterans Memorial Park on Third Street in Coaldale.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Clad in World War II-era garb, Lori Strauch, her son Luke, 10 and friend Rachelle Filer, 8, portray a wartime mother keeping the home fires burning while her husband fights overseas. The Strauchs and Filer are the models for a statue to be featured on the Womens Memorial wishing well in the Veterans Memorial Park on Third Street in Coaldale.

Models chosen for women's statue in Coaldale

Clad in a 1940s style dress, her hair pulled up into pretty World War II-era do, Lori Strauch stands in front of the wishing well in the Coaldale Women's Memorial Garden on Third Street, her son Luke, 10, and neighbor Rachelle Filer, 8, both also in period dress, at her side.

The three bring to life the vision of a soldier's family, keeping the home fires burning while waiting for their husband and father to safely return from fighting the war.

Polk column

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Polk Township Memorial Service

Polk Township will be holding a memorial service on Sunday, May 30 at 2 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial located at Trach Drive and Route 209 in Kresgeville.

Parking is available at Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church, or at the Kresgeville Post Office.

Everyone is welcome and bring a lawn chair.

Ss. Peter and Paul School names May students of the month

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sherry Ambrose, principal of Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton announces May Students of the Month: early childhood, Avery Hosler and Katie Kattner; preschool, Emma Gower and Sydney Miller; kindergarten, Madison Lutsko; first grade, Hayley Lentini and Paige Loftus; second grade, Angelina Romito; third grade, Caleb Kovach; fourth grade, Alexis Rohlfing, Zoryana Duda and Anna Nelson; fifth grade, Joseph Curran; sixth grade, Devin Stern; seventh grade, Jacob Fischer; and eighth grade, Ashton Galasso.

Tamaqua column

Thursday, May 27, 2010

First Steps

First Steps, a support group for mothers, will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 1, at the Primitive Methodist Church, 55 Hunter St., Tamaqua. The meeting will be held in the church social room from 6-8 p.m.

Participants will share a hot meal and explore 10 of Linda's favorite picture books.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Child care for all ages will be provided free of charge. New members and volunteers are welcome.

For more information, call Linda Murphy at (570) 668-2972 or the Rev. Rodney Hall at 668-2191.

Senior News

On this date

Thursday, May 27, 2010

May 27, 1979

Four Vietnam War veterans from Summit Hill, Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, and Weatherly were selected to receive special recognition for service to the nation and their community. They are Perry Shelton of Summit Hill, Michael Pondish of Jim Thorpe, Barry W. Scherer of Palmerton, and Raymond P. Desrosiers of Weatherly. The four were chosed from 12 nominations by a selection committee. Assisting the selection committee was Earl L. Henning, director of county veterans' affairs.

One injured in Schuylkill crash

Thursday, May 27, 2010

One person had to be flown to a area hospital following a two vehicle crash that occurred about 2:40 p.m. on Monday, May 24, at the intersection of Lovers Lane and Paradise Road, in Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County.

Open farm at 14 Acre farm site

Thursday, May 27, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sara and Kevin Ruch with their children (l to r) Phebe, 2, Zinnia, 9, and Amarynth, 10, at their 14 Acre Farm where an Open Farm will be held this weekend.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sara and Kevin Ruch with their children (l to r) Phebe, 2, Zinnia, 9, and Amarynth, 10, at their 14 Acre Farm where an Open Farm will be held this weekend.

It's planting time!

That's why there's an Open Farm Weekend at the 14 Acre Farm from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30.

Have your plant-related questions answered by Kevin and Sara Ruch, two of the owners of the organic farm in the White Bear hamlet between Jim Thorpe and Summit Hill.

Brockton Fire Company announces truck housing parade winners

Thursday, May 27, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Winners pose with their trophies following the Brockton fire truck parade.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Winners pose with their trophies following the Brockton fire truck parade.

The Brockton Fire Company held the housing of its new fire truck recently.

Belowe are the winning entries in the parade.

Best Equipped Engine 1750 GPM & Greater winners are Schuylkill Hose Fire Company in Schuylkill Haven, Engine 11 in Pottsville, and Community Fire Company in Landingville.

Best Equipped Engine 1500 GPM & Less 2000 to Present winner is Defender Hose Company in Shenandoah.

Best Equipped Engine 1500 GPM & Less 1999 & Older winners are East End Fire Company in Tamaqua, Citizen's Fire Company in Middleport.

Choral concert staged at LAHS has variety, several highlights

Thursday, May 27, 2010
ron gower/times news Evy Heckman and Marcus Kunkle, at microphone, have soloist duties for the selection "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" during choral concert at Lehighton Area High School.
ron gower/times news Evy Heckman and Marcus Kunkle, at microphone, have soloist duties for the selection "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" during choral concert at Lehighton Area High School.

"Stand Together" was the theme of a choral concert staged Saturday at Lehighton Area High School.

The program was under the direction of David Perkins, high school music department chairman, and consisted of numerous highlights.

During one number, a quintet who sang "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," Perkins was forced to fill in for one of the students, Arthur Terembula. Perkins noted that Terembula had been diagnosed with cancer and couldn't perform in the concert.

A collection was taken for Terembula.

Man charged with violation PFA order

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Schuylkill County man has been charged with violating a protection from abuse (PFA) order.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Kyle Jacoby, of Schuylkill Haven, called the cell phone of Bria Jacoby, of Deer Lake, on May 20 about 3:25 p.m. which is a violation of the PFA order which prohibits him from having any contact with her.

Jacoby was arraigned before duty District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, and released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Tamaqua woman among 24 to enter a guilty plea

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Tamaqua woman was one of 24 who entered a guilty plea to criminal charges and they were sentenced Thursday in the Schuylkill County court by Judge Jacquelline Russell as follows:

Jessica A. Linkhorst, 25, of 330 Market St., Tamaqua, retail theft of 15 items from Walmart store in Rush Township, placed on probation 12 months, pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), perform 20 hours of community service and make restitution of $145.94 to the store and $50 to the district attorney's office. She is also forbidden from entering the store.

Joe Vlcek, Joel Perry to lead Tamaqua Memorial Day events

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Two veterans of the United States armed forces will take lead roles in Tamaqua's Memorial Day parade and service.

Joe Vlcek has been named as grand marshal of Tamaqua's annual Memorial Day Parade, while Joel P. Perry will be the featured speaker for the service at Odd Fellows Cemetery.

The parade will be held rain or shine.

The parade will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. The kickoff will be held at the Rahn Township Memorial on East Broad Street at 8:45 a.m., with the Color Guard of C.H. Berry Post 173 of the American Legion, Tamaqua, rendering honors.

Silver Creek Fire Tower Dog Hike planned

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Join Robin Tracey, environmental education specialist, Tuscarora State Park Complex, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 7 to explore the newly acquired land from Forestry. This hike is four miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife. The hike will take walkers to the top of the mountain for some great views. Those planning to hike should meet at the visitor parking lot at Locust Lake State Park located before the contract station. Bring your dog for a nice relaxing hike in the woods.

LC&N appeals shutdown

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Company responds to DEP findings

Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company has issued a reponse to a shutdown notice from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Details of DEP's action against LC&N were detailed in a story in Tuesday's edition of The TIMES NEWS.

LC&N is disagreeing with findings in the DEP statement and is planning to appeal to the state Environmental Hearing Board.

Theft of gasoline is probed

Thursday, May 27, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating the theft of gasoline from a county goverment.

Troopers said the West Brunswick Township garage, located at 95 Municipal Rd., was entered. Once inside the criminals pried open a locked box to access the switch to turn on the gas pumps. They then proceeded to take an undetermined amount of gas.

Carbon narrows search for new prison warden

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Carbon County officials are narrowing down their search for a new prison warden.

About 30 applications have been received for the $48,000-a year job.

"We received a very good mix of candidates through advertising and from current county employees. The six prison board members have narrowed that down to 10 candidates. I believe we have some very well-qualified candidates, all of which can certainly do the job," said county Commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek.

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: