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May 2010

Sitting on nails

Saturday, May 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Many talented performers took part in the May Flora Two-Day Festival held recently at the Stonehedge Garden in South Tamaqua. All the activities and performances were free to the public. Pictured is a performer, simply called the "Nail Guy", showing off his meditation skills while sitting on nails. Prior to sitting on the nails, he displayed how sharp the nails were bydropping fruit on the nail board.

A fresh coat of paint for the holiday

Saturday, May 29, 2010

It's that big weekend that officially opens summer with picnics, parades and festivals as loved ones travel to be with their families to celebrate Memorial Day. While most of us view Memorial Day as a time to spend with loved ones, let's take a moment to remember what Memorial Day is.

Neffs National Bank chosen as business of the month

Saturday, May 29, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Neff's National Bank has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Neff's National Bank has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

They offer business services tailored to their customers needs.

A full service community bank since 1923, Neffs National Bank, Neffs, remains committed to the communities as it provides the highest customer service.

Located at 5629 Route 873, the bank has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Kevin Schmidt, president, said the bank was grateful for the designation.

Insurance to cost Carbon $29,000 less this year

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Carbon County will pay nearly $29,000 less this year on insurance to keep the county and its employees covered.

The commissioners Thursday voted to renew the 2010-2011 insurance policy with the Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool (PCoRP) at a total cost of $357,598. This is a $28,848 decrease from last year.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, explained that the county was happy about the decrease.

"The good new is this is a decrease of almost $30,000," he said. "That's good news for us."

Mountain Karate Academy celebrates 20th anniversary

Saturday, May 29, 2010
Gail Maholick Mountain Karate Academy students present a form demonstration during the 20th Anniversary Celebration held Friday in the Lehighton Park.
Gail Maholick Mountain Karate Academy students present a form demonstration during the 20th Anniversary Celebration held Friday in the Lehighton Park.

The Lehighton Park was a busy place Friday night when Mountain Karate Academy celebrated its 20th Anniversary with demonstrations by Mountain Karate Academy, Tumble with Denise, and Dance with Kim.

The karate kids presented demonstrations and dancers danced at the bandshell, while the tumblers set up a presentation area on the grassy area in the park.

Mountain Karate Academy offers classes to adults and students at their studio at the Lehighton Annex building, Third Street, Lehighton.

County's response to census is above national average

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Schuylkill County's response to the census program was higher than the national average response, the county commissioners were informed at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Iezzoni's Bronze Star citation for Korean War

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Bronze Star Medal awarded to Mario Iezzoni for his heroic actions in the Korean War was presented on Sept. 28, 1953, for "heroism in ground combat."

The citation, authorized by the President of the United States, reads:

Property dispute leads to an arrest

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Monroe County property dispute has led to the arrest of one of the property owners.

State police at Lehighton said on Tuesday, May 25, about 6:45 p.m. troopers responded to 7092 Rossmore Drive, in Ross Township, to a dispute. Troopers said there is a ongoing property dispute between Darrell Wagner, 45, of that address, and John Klingel, 57, his neighbor.

Literary rules

Saturday, May 29, 2010

As a former English teacher and a newspaper column writer, most of my life has revolved around the English language. Words attract me. Grammar intrigues me. I remember being thrilled when I got homework that involved diagramming sentences. Some of my happiest moments have been spent searching for the right word to fit into a sentence. In other words, I am crazy about our native tongue. (Or, as some people might put it – I am just crazy.)

When a soldier comes home

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day is a day when we must put things in perspective. The following email has been making the rounds this week, and in case you haven't read it, I'm including it here so that you'll know why Memorial Day is special.

WHEN A SOLDIER COMES HOME

When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard....

....to listen to his son whine about being bored.

....to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.

....to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.

Flowers in the park

Saturday, May 29, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Weissport Park was made a whole lot prettier by members of Weissport Recreation Committee, formerly Concerned Citizens of Weissport, when flowers were planted in the park. The flower plants were donated by Sensinger's Greenhouses, Mahoning Township. The flowers were planted in all of the flower beds in the park in time for the Memorial Day services. From left are, Lynette Moyer, Tammy Solt and Linda Schoenberger. Also assisting with the beautification project were Dennis Moser and Arland Moyer.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center to profitfrom leftover state grant funds

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Left over money Palmerton has from a state grant will allow for more invasive work at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

Borough Council on a 6-0 vote Thursday agreed to spend the money that remains in a Brownfields Assessment Grant for Lehigh University interns to conduct more research. Councilman Richard Nothstein was absent.

The money that remains from the grant is in excess of $11,000, according to borough Manager Rodger Danielson, who inferred that the majority of that amount would likely be spent.

Fish mystery Officials blame 'slug' of pollutant for large fish kill in Little Schuylkill River

Saturday, May 29, 2010
Andrew Leibenguth/Times news Officials from the DEP and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are working together with the Tamaqua Borough and Tamaqua Water Department to determine what caused over 1,000 fish to die earlier this week on the Little Schuylkill River. Pictured are DEP Water Pollution Biologists Tim Daley and J.R. Holtsmaster investigating the dead fish in South Tamaqua with Chad Woleslagle (on right), Southwest Region Waterways Conservation Officer, Bureau of Law Enforcement of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Andrew Leibenguth/Times news Officials from the DEP and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are working together with the Tamaqua Borough and Tamaqua Water Department to determine what caused over 1,000 fish to die earlier this week on the Little Schuylkill River. Pictured are DEP Water Pollution Biologists Tim Daley and J.R. Holtsmaster investigating the dead fish in South Tamaqua with Chad Woleslagle (on right), Southwest Region Waterways Conservation Officer, Bureau of Law Enforcement of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Officials from both the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission say "a 'slug' of some type of pollutant that quickly appeared and disappeared" caused the death of over 1,000 fish in the Little Schuylkill River in Tamaqua earlier this week.

Diploma is his after 53 years Martin Weiss, now 80, missed his high school graduation because he enlisted

Saturday, May 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Martin D. Weiss of Saylorsburg, received his high school diploma at the Pleasant Valley School District's board of directors meeting. It is 53 years late.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Martin D. Weiss of Saylorsburg, received his high school diploma at the Pleasant Valley School District's board of directors meeting. It is 53 years late.

Martin D. Weiss of Saylorsburg was the subject of a very special graduation held at the Pleasant Valley School District's school board meeting on May 27.

Thanks to PV's Operation Recogniton program, Martin, 80, is now the proud recipient of something he said he's always wanted – a high school diploma.

Baseball field becomes a pool

Saturday, May 29, 2010
ron GOWER/TIMES NEWS
ron GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The infield of the Northwestern Lehigh baseball field looks more like a duck pond on Thursday as a heavy storm forces the suspension of the District XI semi-final playoff baseball game between Lehighton and Allentown Central Catholic. The game was in the top of the second when lightning bolts, torrential rain, high winds, and pea-size hail arrived. The storm was so potent that the resumption of the game was moved today to Sam Balliet Stadium in Coplay. Lehighton was trailing at the time, 4-0.

Car seat check up aimed at saving youngsters' lives

Saturday, May 29, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Melissa Hunsicker lifts her 25-day-old son, Braylon, out of her vehicle after her seats were examined by a safety specialist for proper installation as part of a free car seat check up Wednesday at the Palmerton Community Ambulance building.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Melissa Hunsicker lifts her 25-day-old son, Braylon, out of her vehicle after her seats were examined by a safety specialist for proper installation as part of a free car seat check up Wednesday at the Palmerton Community Ambulance building.

It's a proven fact that most crashes occur close to home on roads with low speed limits.

When used correctly, car seats can prevent injuries and save lives, as demonstrated during a free car seat check up in Palmerton.

Sponsored by Carbon County Safe Kids and the Palmerton Community Ambulance, the Car Seat Check Up was held Wednesday at the Palmerton Ambulance building.

Families who attended the event had their car seats examined by a safety specialist for proper installation, age/size appropriateness, and to see if it has been recalled or visibly damaged.

Celebrating Memorial Day at center

Saturday, May 29, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Jim Thorpe Post 304 form to commemorate Memorial Day for residents at MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning. Speaking is Carbon County director of Veterans Affairs Henry Desrosiers .

The things we see

Saturday, May 29, 2010

While Harry and I were in the Harrisburg area recently we stopped at the Pro Bass store.

Boy, the things we see when we're out and about.

Ladies, if your guys suggest going there, don't fuss too much. It's a pretty cool place. I know this is almost sacrilegious, but I like it better than Cabela's. Now I didn't say Harry did. But I thought the ladies' clothing was so much nicer, prettier and had a lot more selection in my size. You know, Good and Plenty.

Clear View Acres holds South Tamaqua opening

Saturday, May 29, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Clear View Acres held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 21. Participating were, front from left, Meghan, Makenzie and Mikayla Moyer, children of the owners. Back row, Karen and Larry Moyer, owners, and Linda Yulanavage, executive director, Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Clear View Acres held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 21. Participating were, front from left, Meghan, Makenzie and Mikayla Moyer, children of the owners. Back row, Karen and Larry Moyer, owners, and Linda Yulanavage, executive director, Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

Clear View Acres, South Tamaqua, wants homeowners to think vinyl.

"Don't paint - go vinyl" is the motto of the business, which has set up a display to showcase its product at the corner of Route 443 and Clear View Crossing in West Penn Township, one-tenth of a mile from the Route 309 intersection.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting was held at the display location on Saturday, May 22.

Linda Yulanavage, executive director of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the new business to the community.

Palmerton borough council 8 students recognized for civic-mindedness

Saturday, May 29, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Area High School seniors who were recognized with a resolution for their levels of activities and achievements by borough council on Thursday were (front row, l-r) Stephanie Gursky, Courtney Gruber, Madeline Koller, Jessica Fegley (back row, l-r) Robert Keyser, Ryan Kleintop, Jesse Reis and Frank Hall. Pictured with the students are (back row, first from left) council President Terry Costenbader and (back row, first from right) council Vice President Chris Olivia.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area High School seniors who were recognized with a resolution for their levels of activities and achievements by borough council on Thursday were (front row, l-r) Stephanie Gursky, Courtney Gruber, Madeline Koller, Jessica Fegley (back row, l-r) Robert Keyser, Ryan Kleintop, Jesse Reis and Frank Hall. Pictured with the students are (back row, first from left) council President Terry Costenbader and (back row, first from right) council Vice President Chris Olivia.

From day one of their high school careers, they set out to be the best they could be as students and individuals.

In the end, that academic prowess and civic-mindedness they displayed paid off in spades for eight Palmerton Area High School seniors.

Seniors Jessica Fegley, Courtney Gruber, Stephanie Gursky, Madeline Koller, Frank Hall, Ryan Kleintop, Robert Keyser and Jesse Reis were recognized with a resolution for their levels of activities and achievements by borough council on Thursday.

Accompanied by family members, the students proudly accepted their honor.

True friends are gems to be treasured

Saturday, May 29, 2010

I'm sitting here ruminating about friendships.

It's early morning and I'm about to call my friend, Jan Johannessen. She is one of my dearest friends and it's shameful that I don't keep in touch with her more often.

We live only 45 minutes apart and you know what they say about friendship: The road to a friend is never long. Not only do we enjoy each other's company but our husbands also like being around each other. Jan and I often comment about how hard it is to find that kind of four-way friendship. It's rare.

Memorial Day 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

By STACEY SOLT

tneditor@tnonline.com

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below. …

This poem is often used around Memorial Day and remains one of the most popular poems written during World War I. It was written by a young Canadian surgeon and Lieutenant Colonel, John McCrae, after he witnessed the death of a 22-year-old friend.

Readers Turn, Stacey Solt

Saturday, May 29, 2010
Donna Crum, Palmerton - "What it represents. My husband came back from Iraq disa
Donna Crum, Palmerton - "What it represents. My husband came back from Iraq disabled, and my family has a strong military background. It's a very special weekend. We have always supported the military."

Inventor sees things differently

Saturday, May 29, 2010
Scott Turner of Palmerton sees things differently from most people. As a dyslexic, he was such a poor student that he left school after tenth grade.
Scott Turner of Palmerton sees things differently from most people. As a dyslexic, he was such a poor student that he left school after tenth grade.

Scott Turner of Palmerton sees things differently from most people.

As a dyslexic, he was such a poor student that he left school after 10th grade.

Although his reading, writing and arithmetic skills didn't conform to the standards of his school, he went on to become an inventor, accumulating 30 or so patents during his career.

Because Turner saw things differently, he often could solve incredibly difficult problems, although people couldn't understand his solutions.

Memorial Day a century ago

Saturday, May 29, 2010

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

Honoring our war veterans has been a hallowed tradition since Memorial Day was officially proclaimed in 1868 by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.

By 1890, it was recognized by all of the northern states but southern states refused to acknowledge the day until after World War I when the holiday changed from honoring the Civil War soldiers to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.

Gravesites decorated for Memorial Day

Saturday, May 29, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Flags decorate the graves of veterans at most cemeteries for the Memorial Day weekend, including this cemetery in Summit Hill. Services and parades will be held throughout the region.

Tony the Tailor's son a war hero

Saturday, May 29, 2010
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS Mario Iezzoni and his medals.
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS Mario Iezzoni and his medals.

Summit Hill man was Korean War Bronze Star Medal winner

When Mario Iezzoni came to the United States from Italy in 1947 he simply wanted to be an "average American."

As a teenager, he enlisted in the Army after the outset of the Korean War. A little more than a year later, he was exposed to the horrors of war and found himself in a less-than-average situation, one which resulted in him being awarded a Bronze Star.

A son of "Tony the Tailor," an Italian immigrant who settled in Lansford with his wife, Mario and some friends joined the military not long after the first American was killed in action on July 4, 1950.

Getting ready for Memorial Day

Saturday, May 29, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

@Caption Stand Alone:Getting ready for Memorial Day

Frank Hager of Palmerton plants red, white, and blue flowers at the grave of his grandfather, at the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Summit Hill. The grandfather, whose last name is Brennan, had fought in World War I. Hager said he has numerous relatives who were veterans, including his father, who was a soldier during World War II.

Carbon man sent to state prison after admitting to trespass charge

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Carbon County resident was sentenced to a state prison term on Thursday after pleading guilty to a trespass charge. He was one of 10 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Carboun County Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Summit Hill

Carl Robert Stevens Jr., 30, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of criminal trespass, rated a felony three, for an incident which occurred on Jan. 1 at 6 E. White St., Summit Hill.

Carbon County property transfers

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Deeds recorded

Franklin Township

Michael D. Marzen to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allentown, property at 75 Harrity Road, $1.

John A. Marzen to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allentown, property at 59 Harrity Road, $1.

Sylvia M. Thack to Dino L. Eckhart, 360 Fairview St., Lehighton, property at 360 Fairview St., $157,000.

Jim Thorpe

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Chris Noel Parry II, 24 W. 10th St., Jim Thorpe, property at 24 W. 10th St., $80,000.

Nesquehoning zoning board - Large solar panel project recommended for Kovatch

Saturday, May 29, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Workers lay out solar panels on the roof of a Kovatch Corp. building along Route 54 in Nesquehoning.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Workers lay out solar panels on the roof of a Kovatch Corp. building along Route 54 in Nesquehoning.

The Kovatch Corp. will be getting an even bigger boost of sun power.

The Nesquehoning Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday recommended approval for an 8.5-9 megawatt solar panel project to be built on top of the Nesquehoning Mountain to power the corporation, said company attorney Steve Cormier.

The company expects construction to start in the fall on the project, which will be built in three phases.