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June 2010

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.

Get real

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Brits take their soccer much too seriously

There's something to be said for the morale factor of sports.

In hard economic times, we're encouraged to see how a team can lift a town or city out of the doldrums with a winning or a championship season.

The New Orleans Saints were seen as being that kind of team – infusing a new spirit into a city still suffering from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.

Likewise, when Detroit hosted the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships, it was seen as an event that gave a much-needed economic boost to that jobs-depleted city.

A simple and tasty American berry tart

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
An American berry tart is seen in this May 30, 2010 photo. A holiday as big as the Fourth of July deserves a big dessert with serious panache like this Independence Day worthy fresh summer berry tart. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe))
An American berry tart is seen in this May 30, 2010 photo. A holiday as big as the Fourth of July deserves a big dessert with serious panache like this Independence Day worthy fresh summer berry tart. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe))

Like the classic French fresh fruit tarts you see in pastry shops, this American berry tart has serious panache. But we want you to enjoy your July Fourth celebration, so we came up with a simpler approach.

We've replaced the pastry cream filling with a sweetened cream cheese, and used a simple press-in crust. And if you can't be bothered to arrange your berries neatly, you can just pile them on top.

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and you have the perfect, impressive summertime dessert.

American Berry Tart

For the crust:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Palmerton news

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, July 3. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need grocery size brown paper bags.

Operation air, land and speed initiative launching this weekend

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pennsylvania State Police Troop N Hazleton will be partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in the PennDOT initiative Operation Air, Land and Speed during the Fourth of July Holiday period which will start on Friday July 2 and conclude Monday July 5.

Operation Air, Land and Speed is a concentrated speed enforcement operation employing State Police Aerial Reconnaissance and Enforcement Program utilizing radar details and roving patrols on major limited access highways in selected high profile, urban areas.

Master the grill: Tips for a frugal but food-filled Fourth

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, it's time to fire up the grill. The long weekend is the perfect time to brush up on your grilling skills and save some cash.

Vegetarians, beware. Because meat is often the most expensive part of any meal, I'll be focusing on meat again! I've found that if we can keep the price of our main dish low, the rest of the meal is easy.

The price is right

Slatington driver facing DUI count

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Slatington driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 2:22 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, along SR222 bypass at Krocks Road, in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Kevin Leon Gruber, 29, of Neffs Laurys Road, was driving a 2003 Dodge Durango when stopped for speeding. The Dodge also had an expired registration.

Happ, Brown show stuff for Pigs

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

ALLENTOWN – Confusion. That is the word that can describe the Phillies organization with the injuries to to the parent club and all the additions, subtractions, and shifting of players to all levels. This holds especially true for the IronPigs who split a double header with the Rochester Red Wings last night.

Lehigh Valley pitchers started the night with the thrd best ERA in the International League yet the IronPigs were 17 games under .500. If that stat is not confusing enough, all you had to do is watch J.A. Happ's fifth rehab start and Domonic Brown's debut at Coca-Cola Park.

Black Diamonds spoil upset bid by Red Sox

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Parker David of the Franklin Red Sox gets back to first safely as Panther Valley Black Diamonds first baseman Jeff Corby takes the throw.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Parker David of the Franklin Red Sox gets back to first safely as Panther Valley Black Diamonds first baseman Jeff Corby takes the throw.

Panther Valley manager Chris West was forced to present his players with one true challenge after his team struggled early on against the Franklin Township Red Sox on Tuesday .

After speaking briefly to them prior to their fourth inning at-bats, the Black Diamonds responded immediately to West's request.

Cruise 'Knight' in action-comedy

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thrills, chills and Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, too.

"Knight and Day" is a nifty thriller, perhaps the blockbuster season's most sheerly entertaining to date.

As someone asked at the screening: "What's this film about?"

"Tom Cruise," was the reply.

Indeed, "Knight and Day" is on Cruise control. Visceral action scenes are right out of "Die Hard," "True Lies" and James Bond movies. The plot is intriguing as in the "Bourne" films. Visual elements recall scenes from director Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest," "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and "To Catch a Thief."

Deer blamed for Monroe accident

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A deer was blamed for a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 27, along Sugar Hollow Road, in Chesthuthill Township, Monroe County.

State police at Fern Ridge said Steven A. Lambert, 22, of Effort, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt southbound when he said he swerved to avoid a deer crossing the road. The car crossed the northbound lane and went onto the east shoulder. The car then went down a steep embankment and began to strike some trees. The car continued down the embankment and into the woods where it came to rest.

Ten defendants have freedom revoked; resentenced by court

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ten defendants had their parole/probation revoked on petitions filed in Schuylkill County court by officers of the county adult probation office.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June 30, 1940 Billy Herman bangs out four hits and also scores three runs to help Mauch Chunk earn a 9-8 Black Diamond League comeback win over Lansford. Herman collects three singles and a triple to aid a rally from five runs down. Jack Esrang finishes with two hits and two runs scored while "Dolph" Loder adds a pair of hits and a run. The winners also receive a clutch bases-loaded triple from Clyde Werkheiser. For Lansford, Andy Yarosky slugs a three-run homer.

Man given jail term for Lansford incident

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A former Coaldale resident was sentenced to a Carbon County prison term on Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges stemming from an incident in Lansford. He was one of several defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

James Scott Nahf, 44, pleaded guilty to one count each of persistent disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and a summary offense of public drunkenness.

Couple granted variance to operate dog selling, breeding business

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Diane Jones (left) and Donna Malay appear before the Tamaqua Zoning Hearing Board to defend Malay's plans to breed her pet boxers and sell the puppies. Under the Borough's zoning codes, Malay needs to apply for a variance to allow her to operate a business out of her home to sell the puppies.
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Diane Jones (left) and Donna Malay appear before the Tamaqua Zoning Hearing Board to defend Malay's plans to breed her pet boxers and sell the puppies. Under the Borough's zoning codes, Malay needs to apply for a variance to allow her to operate a business out of her home to sell the puppies.

A Tamaqua couple was granted a variance to operate a home business for the breeding and selling of dogs at their home, 330 Spruce St., at Monday night's zoning hearing board meeting.

Donna Malay explained that she and her husband would not be operating a typical kennel. They currently own three adult dogs, two females and a male, and want to be able to sell the puppies when the dogs breed. Board chair Richard Clemson asked how frequently they intend to breed the dogs, which are boxers. "Once, maybe twice a year. That's it," said Malay.

MCT 2010 Community Heroes honored

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
MCT President and CEO Patrick H. Reilly (left) stands with this year's "MCT Community Heroes". They are, left to right : Jeana DePuy of Lansford; Randolph L. Gormley of Tamaqua; Marveline L. Costenbader of Palmerton; Jamie S. Kunkle of Jim Thorpe; Lee Becker of Lehighton: and Francis "Snitz" O'Donnell of Jim Thorpe.
MCT President and CEO Patrick H. Reilly (left) stands with this year's "MCT Community Heroes". They are, left to right : Jeana DePuy of Lansford; Randolph L. Gormley of Tamaqua; Marveline L. Costenbader of Palmerton; Jamie S. Kunkle of Jim Thorpe; Lee Becker of Lehighton: and Francis "Snitz" O'Donnell of Jim Thorpe.

Six individuals from the Carbon County and Tamaqua areas were honored Monday evening at a banquet sponsored by the Mauch Chunk Trust Company at the Grand Ballroom at Kelly's in Lansford.

A full house of more than 240 guests attended the event honoring the 2010 "MCT Community Heroes".

MCT President and CEO Patrick H. Reilly, the Master of Ceremonies for the Award Banquet, told those in attendance that the definition of a "Community Hero" is "an individual in our community who volunteers their time and their talent to make our community a better place to live in and to work."

Motorcycle owner accused of falsifying report in fatal crash

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Lehighton area man allegedly lied to police officers regarding his motorcycle that was involved in a fatal accident.

Dale N. Schleicher III of Schleicher Lane, Lehighton, was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe after being charged with making a false report.

The charge evolves from a one-vehicle accident on June 8, which claimed the life of Tanya Wentz, 39, of Lehighton.

Wentz was on a motorcycle owned by Schleicher.

Weatherly holds 49th annual Hill Climb

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
"Thumbs Up !" After having his car checked out by race officials, this driver is good to go.
"Thumbs Up !" After having his car checked out by race officials, this driver is good to go.

Another successful racing weekend was held recently in Weatherly as the Spring Weatherly Hill Climb was run on the outskirts of the town for the 49th consecutive year.

Throughout the weekend of the Hill Climb, the Carbon County borough was overflowing with activities and excitement of some kind for almost everyone.

Spectators, in addition to watching the competition, enjoyed a dunk tank, a parade of competition and show cars, and a spectacular fireworks display.

Man charged with PFA violation

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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

State police at Frackville said Newton Mull, 35, of Kaska, was charged on Monday, June 28, after he allegedly made multiple cellular phone calls to Lynn Mull, 35, of New Ringgold, which was a violation of the order issued by a county judge. The calls were made between 4:30 and 6:20 p.m.

Mull was arraigned before duty District Judge Anthony Kilker, of Shenandoah, and released on $15,000 unsecured bail.

Walnutport seeking bids for new park pavilion

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Walnutport should soon learn how much it will cost to build a new pavilion at its borough park.

The borough will accept bids for the structure until 2 p.m. July 6. All bids must be labeled "Pavilion Construction".

Prime construction contracts for general construction, plumbing construction and electrical construction will be received.

The pavilion is a component of the second phase of the Walnutport Playground Improvements project, which also includes the band shell, as well as grading around those two areas.

State court denies Tamaqua man's appeal of parking ticket

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Tamaqua man lost his appeal in to the Pennsylvania Superior Court from a decision by Schuylkill County Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin who had found him guilty of a parking violation and imposed a $25 fine and court costs.

Robert J. Knepper, of 253 Brown Street, appealed from a judgment of sentence entered on Feb. 12, 2009. On May 25, 2008, Knepper was visiting his girfriend on East Broad Street, parking his car behind the Majestic House in a space that was reserved for residents of the building. Someone called police complaining a car was illegallly parked.

LASD Sixth Annual All Alumni Day planned

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Sixth Annual Lehighton Area High School All Alumni Family Day will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at the new Orioles Park. Music will be provided by Monroe Berger. Everyone who has ever attend classes in the Lehighton Area School District and their family are invited to attend.

Contaminated well, wild pets, garbage

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
A portable outhouse can be seen on the Frey property in Mahoning Township.
A portable outhouse can be seen on the Frey property in Mahoning Township.

After 15 years, Mahoning neighbors have had enough of property owner

A contaminated well, feral cats, loose predatory dogs and piles of garbage are just a few of the complaints a group of neighbors heaped on supervisors at Monday night's Mahoning Township meeting.

For a decade and a half neighbors have tried to make the best of dealing with problems at a property at 1325 Orioles Drive, but things have finally gotten so out of hand on so many levels, according to neighbors, that even people close to a mile away are affected by the conditions and behavior of the property owner.

Renovating school will cost $21.4 million

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A project to renovate Slatington Elementary will cost Northern Lehigh School District $21.4 million.

The school board, on a 7-0 vote during a special meeting on Monday, agreed to award contracts for the renovation project, pending review and approval of bonds and insurances by the district solicitor. Directors Lori Geronikos and Gary Fedorcha were absent.

Skepton Construction, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County, was awarded the general construction contract at a base bid of $8,845,000. With credits and deductions for alternates, the total bid amount is $9,653,100.

A beauty of a Ford restored

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Beatrice Waibel and Elmer Frantz strolled around at St. Matthew's UCC's car show on Sunday, June 20, held in the church's picnic grove in Kunkletown. They stopped to admire this 1951 Ford Victoria owned by Jack Sherwood of Cresco. It was one of 147 cars entered.

Tamaqua Lions Feed the Hungry

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Lions Club did a special 'pocket change collection' fundraiser; which was a special project under the Lions District Governor, Robert Neumoyer,. The Tamaqua Lions collected and donated $75 to the Salvation Army food bank in one check and gave another for $25 as a special donation in his name, for his 'Feed the Hungry' project to round it out to $100. From left are Steve Bayer, Tamaqua Lions President, Esther Stofocik, Salvation Army secretary and case worker, Melissa Latham, Salvation Army volunteer and programs assistant, and Donald Young, Lions Club treasurer.

Chestnuthill column

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Honored grads

Effort UMC recently recognized its graduates from various schools and endeavors. They include: Chris D'Arcy, graduated from Pleasant Valley High School, who has already left for the Army; Samantha Barth, graduated from Columbia International University with a bachelor of science; Chad Edwards, graduated from Archbishop Ryan, who will be attending Temple University in the fall; Josh Ernst, graduated from law school; Katie Griffith, graduated from 12th Century Cyber School; and Lisa (Zipp) Hoffman, from Luzerne Community College with a dental assistant diploma.

AACA Car Cruise benefits Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
AACA Car Cruise benefits Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League
Copyright 2010

On Sunday, the Anthracite Region Antique Auto Club of America (AACA) held its annual cruise at the No. 9 Mine & Museum in Lansford to benefit the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626.

In addition to the many fine cars on display, there was music, door prizes, food, and drinks.

Visitors also enjoyed reduced priced mine tours.

Monroe driver facing charges

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Two Monroe County drivers are facing charges following two separate crashes.

State police at Lehighton said a crash occurred about 9:50 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, along SR209 at Polk Township Rd., in Polk Township. Troopers said a 2005 Jeep Liberty operated by Bradley S. Kobal, 50, of Effort, rear-ended a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Sandra C. Frawley, 41, of Kresgeville. Troopers said after impact Kobal allegedly made lewd gestures towards Frawley and then fled the scene.

Tamaqua HS Middle States Accreditation

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

John Mateluvich, Tamaqua Area High School teacher, makes a presentation during a meeting of the school's Middle States Accreditation Committee in the school cafeteria. Looking on are committee members Melissa Day, Wanda Zuber and Joe Holland. The 24-member group met with the school's faculty to discuss the implementation phase and action steps of the accreditation process from the Commission on Secondary Schools. A long range plan must be created to address the areas of need and must be in place before a visit from Middle States in October.

Jim Thorpe board passes 2010-11 budget

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
MICHAEL NEWTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Board members Clem McGinley, left, Richard Karper, Ellen Kattner and Thomas Henry vote on the budget
MICHAEL NEWTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Board members Clem McGinley, left, Richard Karper, Ellen Kattner and Thomas Henry vote on the budget

Considering the current difficult financial climate, the budget for the 200-11 school year was passed smoothly by the Jim Thorpe School Board at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday. The vote was five to two and two abstaining.

The no votes cast by Ellen Kattner and Gerald Strubinger reflected a belief that the budget did not resolve impending financial issues. "We did not work hard enough on this budget," said Strubinger.