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June 2010

Tamaqua routs Schuylkill Vy.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tamaqua's Legion team returned to the win column by beating Schuylkill Valley on Tuesday.

LEGION BASEBALL

SCHUYLKILL-BERKS

Tamaqua

-Schuylkill Valley

Despite allowing seven runs in the top of the first inning, Tamaqua bounced back and came from behind to defeat the Schuylkill Valley Falcons, 18-8 in six innings.

Tamaqua committed six errors in the opening frame and aided Schuylkill Valley to its big inning.

Carbon County property transfers

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

Jane E. Rex Bush to Richard D. Wertman, 4912 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport, Lot 8, Section 1, Sunrise Terrace Estates Unit 2, $27,900.

Charles L. Steigerwalt to Roger A. Balliet, 2856 Church Hill Road, Lehighton, Lot 1, Charles and Veronica Steigerwalt Boundary Line Adjustment, $21,000.

Roger A. Balliet to Roger A. Balliet, 2856 Church Hill Road, Lehighton, property at 2856 Church Hill Road, $1.

Charles L. Steigerwalt to Charles L. Steigerwalt, 2767 Church Hill Road, Lehighton, property at 2767 Church Hill Road, $1.

Suspended cop facing more criminal charges

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Marvin Z. Mertz allegedly falsified NRA certificate

A Mahoning Township police officer, already on suspension while awaiting trial for allegedly falsifying an accident report, is facing new, unrelated forgery charges.

Marvin Z. Mertz, 35, of Knoll Drive, Lehighton, was arraigned yesterday by District Judge Edward Lewis on three counts of forgery and one count of tampering with records or identification.

Pleasant Valley residents to receive 7.790 mills tax increase

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors voted to approve the 2010-11 General Fund Budget with an 8-1 vote at the June 24 meeting. Director James Spinola voted against it.

The new budget will increase by 7.790 mills for a total of 143.290 mills in property tax and the Act 511 Earned Income Tax of 1 percent and the Real Estate Transfer Tax of 1 percent.

Weatherwood sale today

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The sale of Carbon County's nursing home is scheduled to become official today.

During a special meeting of the county commissioners' on Tuesday, the board tied up a few loose ends on the pending sale of Weatherwood, the Carbon County Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Weatherly. Motions included ratifying an amendment to the asset purchase agreement, and approving the minutes of last week's regularly scheduled meeting; as well as yesterday's special meeting.

Woman charged with drunkenness

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Monroe County woman has been charged with public drunkenness following an incident that occurred about 1:27 a.m. on Saturday, June 26.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers on patrol observed a woman walking on SR611 waving her hands at police. She was identified as Jessica Simpson, 29, of Pocono Summit. She was found to be highly intoxicated and was placed under arrest, police said.

Lehigh crash

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

State police at Fogelsville reported investigating a two vehicle crash about 8:56 a.m. on Tuesday, June 29, along SR29, in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County.

Troopers said James O. Nallo, 23, of Emmaus, pulled out into the lane of travel of David M. Roberts, 41, of Slatington, as he attempted to cross 29 from Mill Road. The front of Nallo's vehicle impacted with the middle driver side of Roberts' vehicle. No one was injured.

Troopers cited Nallo for for stop signs and yield signs.

Tamaqua ambulance personnel on scene

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

In an article concerning the rescue of a Tamaqua man who got buried in dirt after a wall trench caved in on him late Monday morning, failed to mention that members of the Tamaqua Ambulance Association responded to the scene. The article appeared on page one of Tuesday's paper.

Tamaqua personnel assisted in the treatment of Daniel Riegel for the injuries he sustained and until he was taken to a waiting helicopter and flown to a Lehigh Valley area hospital.

The TIMES NEWS regrets the omission of credit to the Tamaqua ambulance group.

Northern Vy. rallies past Lehighton 11-8

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Kyle McAvoy shows the ball to the umpire as Northern Valley's Colton Breininger is called safe.
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Kyle McAvoy shows the ball to the umpire as Northern Valley's Colton Breininger is called safe.

Entering the bottom of the third inning on Tuesday night, the Northern Valley legion team trailed Lehighton 8-3 and looked lost out on the field.

One half-inning and one stern talking-to by coach Jim Kester later, Northern Valley led by two runs and was on its way to an 11-8 win at Northwestern High School.

Tamaqua teacher honored by Drexel University

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Lori Remmel
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Lori Remmel

Lori Remmel recognized by former student for making a difference in his life

The greatest compliment a teacher can receive is the knowledge he or she has had a positive influence on a student.

Lori Remmel received such an expression of gratitude from one of her former students, and she was also personally rewarded for it.

Remmel, a graphics arts and photography teacher at Tamaqua Area High School, attended the commencement ceremony at Drexel University in Philadelphia on June 12 and received the Harold W. Pote Behind Every Graduate Award for Excellence in Secondary Teaching.

Lansford/Summit Hill News

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lansford

Borough meetings

Lansford Borough officials have announced the council's meetings that are scheduled for the month of July.

All of the sessions will be held in the Lansford Community Center, unless otherwise noted.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, July 1, Grants Committee, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, July 12, Facility Planning Committee, 6:30 p.m. in the borough office.

Wednesday, July 14, Borough Council, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, July 26, Public Safety Committee, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, July 26, Public Works Committee, 7:30 p.m.

Panther Valley registration

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

With the start of school only two months away, parents need to be certain that their children are ready for school before Aug. 25. It is extremely important for parents to register their children for kindergarten before school begins.

Mischief incidents

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating two criminal mischief incidents recently in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said David Price, 23, of St. Clair, reported the right rear tire on his truck was cut while parked at a garage at 2018 Pine St., Diehner's Hill, Norwegian Township, sometime between 9 and 11:56 p.m. on Saturday, June 26. Price was attending a block party at the time, troopers said.

Marian fitness center dedicated to Dr. Newton

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The late Dr. David J. Newton
The late Dr. David J. Newton

The late David J. Newton was a star football player for the Marian Colts –a wide receiver/defensive back – and ran track during his high school years.

Later in life, he was drawn back to Marian Catholic High School, becoming the team's physician and supporting the school, a "Marian Family" man in many ways.

Newton, 41, died on April 14, 2006 after an automobile accident on Flagstaff Road in Jim Thorpe. A gastroenterologist, Newton owned and operated the Carbon-Schuylkill Endoscopy Center in Lehighton.

On this date

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June 30, 1963

Police officials in Lehighton and Mahoning Township will confer with District Attorney George Kerestes following the questioning of 18 Lehighton area teenagers on charges of molesting and "bushwacking" couples in parked cars in Mahoning, the alleged violation having occurred near the Orioles Club headquarters. The police inquiry came after two Lehighton youths, ages 14 and 17, were injured by fragments of metal from a homemade explosive tossed from a parked car. Identity of the 22-year-old Lehighton man, responsible for throwing the cylinder "to scare off the youths" is being withheld.

Summit Nursing Home holds summer picnic

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Levi Schoenberger, a resident at the Summit Nursing Home, seated left, enjoys the company of his daughter Gail Steigerwalt, seated right; and granddaughters Jodi and Conni Steigerwalt, during the family picnic.
Levi Schoenberger, a resident at the Summit Nursing Home, seated left, enjoys the company of his daughter Gail Steigerwalt, seated right; and granddaughters Jodi and Conni Steigerwalt, during the family picnic.

The air outside The Summit Nursing Home at Blue Mountain Health System was filled with the smells of summer as residents and their family members enjoyed a family picnic.

During the annual event on Tuesday, residents and their guests were treated to picnic-style meals made by the hospital's catering staff. The dinner included sloppy joes, chicken wrapped in bacon on a stick, pasta salad, baked beans, cheese puffs, and ice cream waffle sandwiches.

Palmerton Police Log

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Speeding

John Hettler Jr., 43, of 1963 Long Run Road, Lehighton, was cited for speeding. The violation occurred on June 23 at 10:13 p.m. on SR248 east.

A citation was issued to Todd Mann, 19, of 4472 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport, for speeding. The violation occurred on June 18 at 10:14 p.m. in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue.

Kathy Malarkey, 47, of 55 Vista Court, Palmerton, was cited for speeding. The violation occurred on June 23 at 8:59 p.m. in the 100 block of Delaware Avenue.

Four arrested at Carbon site

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Four persons were arrested Tuesday night at a Carbon County business place.

State police at Lehighton said three persons were arrested on drug charges and a fourth on a alcohol violation. Three were arrested at Penns Peak parking lot along Maury Road in Penn Forest Township, and the fourth in an area nearby.

Coaldale mom and daughter both on the dean's list

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Barbara Kohler and her daughter, Briane Shane, in the library at Lehigh Carbon Community College's Tamaqua campus. Both made the Dean's list for the spring semester at their respective colleges.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Barbara Kohler and her daughter, Briane Shane, in the library at Lehigh Carbon Community College's Tamaqua campus. Both made the Dean's list for the spring semester at their respective colleges.

Mothers and daughters typically share recipes, secrets, even fashions.

But Barbara Kohler of Coaldale and her daughter Briane Shane share something else: Both are college students, and both recently made the Dean's list at their respective schools.

Kohler, 44, is studying accounting and human resources management at LCCC. Briane, 21, is studying interior design with a minor in art history at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Weatherly man gets jail time for leading police in chase

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Weatherly man was sentenced to a Carbon County prison term on Tuesday after admitting to leading police on a high speed chase while operating a motorcycle.

Carl William Mazur, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb and was sentenced to serve 30 days to one year in prison.

Webb told Mazur, "I take this type of charge very seriously because someone could be killed."

Special Olympics changes in management

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Chris Schweibinz and Jose Karnish, athletes, prepare to compete in the Special Olympics State Games at State College.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Chris Schweibinz and Jose Karnish, athletes, prepare to compete in the Special Olympics State Games at State College.

For Maureen Foster and Christine Rodrigues, assuming the management of Special Olympics of Carbon County has been a labor they love.

Foster is the new manager and Rodrigues is the assistant manager. The positions were formerly filled by Carbon County Commissioners William O'Gurek and Charles Getz. The Commissioners helped reorganize the organization four years ago after it was inactive for a few years. The Commissioners gave the organization visibility and the spark it needed to make a successful comeback.

Both drivers cited after crash

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Both drivers involved in a crash along a Schuylkill County roadway were cited. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash occurred about 3:25 p.m. on Monday, June 28, at the intersection of SR61 and the Jughandle (SR9401) in North Manheim Township.

Troopers said Cory S. Kleckner, 31, of Hazleton, as driving a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier southbound in the right lane while Matthew J. Allison, 37, of Pottsville, was stopped for a red traffic light in the jughandle operating a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 truck.

Home destroyed in fire was more than 200 years old

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
VINNY VELLA/TIMES NEWS Charles and Evelyn Eaches point out the damage done to their home during the blaze.
VINNY VELLA/TIMES NEWS Charles and Evelyn Eaches point out the damage done to their home during the blaze.

Washington Twp. couple also lost beloved black lab

The Washington Township home of Charles and Evelyn Eaches was destroyed in a massive, two-story fire the morning of June 18. Firemen from more than 14 companies were called to the blaze, which is believed to have been started by a malfunctioning appliance in the Eacheses' kitchen.

"That house was over 200 years old," Charles Eaches said. "It had a long time to dry. When the fire started, it went up like a matchstick."

Franklin Township couple wed 51 years

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Truman Andrews of Franklin Township recently observed their 51st wedding anniversary.

The couple were married on June 27, 1959 at St. Paul's Church, Big Creek, by the Rev. Paul Buehrle.

Mrs. Andrews is the former Joy Ann Young, daughter of the late Stella Ahner of Lehighton.

Mr. Andrews is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Andrews of Slatington. He is retired from Bethlehem Steel.

The Andrews have three children: Wendy Jo Williams, Scott Alan Andrews and Marci Ann Warnkin. They also have three grandchildren.

Report presented on the Special Education services in Jim Thorpe

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A preliminary report on the status and goals of the Jim Thorpe School District Special Education Program was presented to the Jim Thorpe School Board at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday. The report was presented by Vaughn Shappell, Director of Special Education Services, Katherine Doll and Shelly Hartman, both teachers in the district.

Football

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

World's version won't replace America's

There was great interest and enthusiasm shown for the USA's run in the World Cup.

For our country to make it to the final 16 was wonderful, especially considering the drama the players created in the games while advancing to that level.

While it was fun, don't look for the rest of the world's version of football which we call soccer to replace America's football anytime soon here in the states.

This isn't to take away from the accomplishments and the great athletic abilities of our soccer players. It's just that American's have gotten comfortable with their football.

Year's hard work culminates with donation by Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Auxiliary treasurer Violet Strickland presented a check for $38,000 to Shelba Scheffner and Andrew Harris during the annual dinner of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary.
Auxiliary treasurer Violet Strickland presented a check for $38,000 to Shelba Scheffner and Andrew Harris during the annual dinner of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary.

The annual dinner meeting of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary was held June15 in the hospital cafeteria. The highlight of the evening was a donation of $38,000 to the hospital.

Priscilla Offen, president, said the evening was a celebration of auxiliary members' accomplishments.

Frank "Jay" Hall was the recipient of the Nancy G.Mendsen Medical Career award. He is going to attend Franklin and Marshall College majoring in pre-med biology. His parents are Frank Sr. and Rosa.

Schuylkill court news

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Granted divorce

Maria V. Rivera, 661 Pine Hill Road, Andreas, West Penn Township, was granted a divorce from Luis A. Laborde, Charlotte, N.C. They were married Feb. 2, 1999.

Joseph Renna was granted a divorce from Danielle McMurray-Renna, both of 17 Meadow View Avenue, Barnesville, Rush Township. They were married July 22, 2007.

Melissa Hoffman, 19 Walnut St., Middleport, was granted a divorce from Stephen W. Hoffman, 181 Tower Road, New Ringgold. They were married Oct. 12, 2002.

Class reunions

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Jim Thorpe High School

Graduating classes from Jim Thorpe High School 1985 and 1986 are asking classmates to save the date for a combined reunion to be held from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 23, at the Lehighton Oriole's.

Classmates are asked to send an updated home address and e-mail to either Charlene (Fronheiser) Pettit at (570) 325-3818 or JeanMarie (Easterly) Kurdilla at JTHSclassof85@yahoo.com.

DUI arrests

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Several driving under the influence (DUI) arrests were reported by state police at Lehighton.

On Friday, June 25, about 7:23 p.m. Robert John Moyer, 54, of Lansford, was stopped while operating a 1992 Nissan Stanza along SR248 westbound in Bowmanstown, Carbon County, for committing numerous traffic violations. He was found to under the influence and placed under arrest for DUI, troopers said.

Lehighton news

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dial-a-Devotion

Dial-a-Devotion speakers for June are: Sunday, Martha Cox; Monday, Jenny Keiper; Tuesday, Shirley Radler; Wednesday, Rose Marie Austin; Thursday, Vicky Kocher; and Friday, Jean Mertz.

Call (610) 377-1612 24 hours a day for an inspirational message.

Dial-a-Devotion is ministry LIFE (Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship).