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May 2010

Vietnam War

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Legislation to right the injustices to our troops

The Vietnam War was one of this country's biggest embarrassments. No, not because our government pulled the plug on this conflict and didn't allow our men and women to emerge victorious.

The embarrassment stems from the way our troops were treated when they returned from this unpopular war, which triggered demonstrations and protests throughout the nation.

After sacrificing life and limb, the troops came home to protesters screaming into their faces and waving anti-American signs. Some were spit on. Others just returned and were ignored.

Two-vehicle crash probed in Monroe

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported investigating a two-vehicle crash about 4:11 p.m on May 21 along SR611 at the Wendy's Restaurant in Mt. Pocono.

Police said John Bioty, of Tobyhanna, was exiting the parking lot of the restaurant in heavy traffic when he pulled into the path of a vehicle operated by Melissa Colon, of Tobyhanna, who was southbound at the time.

Both drivers sustained minor injuries in the crash, police said.

Jim Thorpe thirsting for water payments

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Residents of Jim Thorpe's West Side who are 90 days or more behind on their water payments will have their valves shut off today.

Approximately 70 homes in the West Side – which includes the borough's historic district and the Heights, one of its main residential areas – will lose their water after receiving notice last week.

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.

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.