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June 2010

Monroe man jailed

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Monroe County man was jailed on Monday, June 28, following a domestic dispute.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers were dispatched to 13-11-55 Orono Drive, in Arrowhead Lakes development about 10:27 p.m. for a domestic dispute. Upon arrival officers made contact with Christopher Geiger and Joseph Kulb.

The investigation revealed that Geiger assaulted Kulb. Geiger was taken into custody on charges of simple assault and harassment was placed in the county prison pending arraignment.

Sweet treats

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Patriotic Cupcakes
Patriotic Cupcakes

Three cheers for the red, white and blue!

The Fourth of July is right around the corner so plan on giving your celebration some extra fireworks with these delicious and patriotic desserts!

Featuring festive red, white and blue colors these summery delights from Taste of Home magazine will be the star of your get-together and a great way to end a fantastic party.

Whip up a Patriotic Trifle or some Patriotic Cupcakes and you'll have your guests begging you to host another party.

For more patriotic recipes, visit TasteofHome.com.

Patriotic Trifle

1 package (3 ounces) berry blue gelatin

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

First Steps

First Steps, a support group for mothers, will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 7, 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 a presentation of Anita Renfroe's "Two Thumbs Up."

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.

Lehighton to hold physicals

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Physical exams for fall sports for Lehighton High School and Middle School students will be held in the High School nurse's office on Wednesday, July 14.

Northern Lehigh news

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Slatedale banners news conference

Northern Lehigh Future Focus (NLFF), a Slatington based community visioning group serving the Northern Lehigh area, will hold a news conference and banner unveiling on Tuesday, July 6, beginning at 10 a.m. in the front lawn of the Salem United Methodist Church, 4019 Main Street, Slatedale.

The press conference and unveiling will introduce the new Slatedale banners, which will be hung on light poles throughout the village of Slatedale.

In the event of inclement weather, the press conference/unveiling will be held inside the church.

UVO looking for information on veterans for memorial

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Steve Vasko (left), president of the Palmerton Hungarian Club, presents a check to Richard Nothstein (second from left) as a contribution toward the eventual veteran's memorial that will be erected in the borough park to honor veterans from the Palmerton Area who served in wartime. Also pictured are Bruce Reiner (second from right), Palmerton VFW commander, and Ed Moyer (first from right), Palmerton American Legion commander.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Steve Vasko (left), president of the Palmerton Hungarian Club, presents a check to Richard Nothstein (second from left) as a contribution toward the eventual veteran's memorial that will be erected in the borough park to honor veterans from the Palmerton Area who served in wartime. Also pictured are Bruce Reiner (second from right), Palmerton VFW commander, and Ed Moyer (first from right), Palmerton American Legion commander.

Just as they did then and now, Palmerton Area servicemen and women are again asked to step up once more.

Those who do will eventually be recognized as part of a veterans memorial that will honor veterans from the Palmerton area who served in wartime.

The Palmerton United Veteran's Organization and the borough plan to build a memorial to honor all of the Palmerton area servicemen and women.

But, in order to do that, the committee needs to obtain information for those who have served or presently serve in the armed forces of the United States.

Slatington man facing charges

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Scott James McFarland, 45, of 403 Pine St., Slatington, is facing several charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol, as a result of an incident at 1:22 a.m. June 25 in the borough.

In addition to being arrested for DUI, he was also charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police, driving while his operating privileges are suspended and careless driving.

Carpenter Cup run ends for Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Just when the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball team started building momentum, its run in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic came to an end on Monday with a 5-4 extra-inning loss to Olympic Colonial.

With the score tied at 3-3 after regulation, the international tiebreaker rule went into effect. When a game goes into extra innings in a championship tournament, the last batter from the previous inning automatically takes second base to start off the extra inning.

Coaldale bench plates removed

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Coaldale police are invvestigating the theft of two metal name plates that were removed recently from benches in the CHOSE park on West High Street.

Anyone with information about the plates is asked to call police at (570) 645-3060.

If the person who took the plates turns them in, no charges will be filed.

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.

Boat launch access

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Rob Herschell of the PA Fish & Boat Commission checks the first of three concrete slabs that will be pushed into Mauch Chunk Lake to provide boat launch access at the park's Boat Launches A & B. The boat launches are expected to be completed by the end of July.

Pocono arrests

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on several arrests made by officers in recent days.

On Sunday, June 27, about 7:15 p.m. officers on patrol observed three suspicious males walking through the parking lot of the Crescent Beach, in Pine Crest Lake, Pocono Pines. Upon making contact with the three officers detected the odor of burnt marijuana. Further investigation revealed that one of the three, Joseph Kaso, 22, of Flushing, N.Y., was in possession of five small zip lock baggies containing marijuana.

JT Bruins win title

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Pat Divineaud of the Jim Thorpe Bruins slides safely around the tag of Jacob Hoats, Franklin Patriots third baseman.
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Pat Divineaud of the Jim Thorpe Bruins slides safely around the tag of Jacob Hoats, Franklin Patriots third baseman.

A year ago, the Jim Thorpe Bruins won a total of three Carbon County Babe Ruth League games during the entire regular season.

Last night, a stellar of a 6-2 come-from-behind victory over the Franklin Township Patriots (14-3 overall) provided the finishing touches on one fine turn-around for Bruins' manager Sean Sterling and his team to capture its first league title in four years.

Students of Perry Music Studio hold annual recital

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Thirteen students of the Perry Music Studio held a recital on Sunday afternoon, June 13, at historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

Students who performed and the pieces they played were: Kendra Johnson, "Whispering Hope;" Teegan Kunkel, "Run Mouse" and "Animal Band;" Sydney Vincent, "Kumbayah" and "Sailing;" Felician Konopka, "Fur Elise" (main theme) and "The Fly and the Bumblebee;" and Michalina Konopka, "Little Prelude" and "Night Song;"

Lehighton council plans neighborhood meetings

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Do members of Lehighton Borough Council listen to their constituents?

One councilman wants to prove they do. Dale Traupman, suggested that he and his peers stage informal "neighborhood meetings" to talk with residents and hear their concerns.

The rest of the council agreed and as a result, initially three such neighborhood meetings will be scheduled. Traupman said the dates and locations haven't been determined but will be announced.

He said the meetings might be at the Community Grove, borough park, and maybe even some place on the Heights section.

Jim Thorpe couple wed 25 years

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Haggerty
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Haggerty

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Haggerty of Jim Thorpe recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married May 11, 1985 at St. John's Lutheran Church, North Street, Jim Thorpe. The Rev. Swavely was the officiating minister.

Mrs. Haggerty is the former JoAnn Highland, daughter of Elmer Highland and the late Ann Highland. She is a special-education teacher at the L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe.

Mr. Haggerty is the son of Marjorie Haggerty and the late Gerald Haggerty Sr. He is the postmaster in Summit Hill.

The couple has a 14-year-old son, Alex.

Fired borough manager sues borough officials

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A former Slatington borough manager who was fired last year has sued borough officials over the incident.

Herb Pfeiffer filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month against borough officials one year after he was terminated from the position.

Pfeiffer was terminated on a 6-0 vote by borough council at a workshop session in May of 2009. Hired Sept. 15, 2008, Pfeiffer replaced former borough manager John Kasten, who resigned from the position in March of 2008.

Contacted Monday, Pfeiffer declined to comment on the lawsuit, as did borough solicitor Edmund J. Healy.

East Penn Technical Search and Rescue team slates program

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The East Penn Technical Search and Rescue team will be holding an educational program at Locust Lake Campstore Field on Saturday, July 4 at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend the program, which will inform attendees of the team's mission and daily operations.

Four cited for underage drinking

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Four persons were cited for underage drinking in Monroe County.

State police at Lehighton said troopers responded to a report of a disturbance along Red Fox Road, in Polk Township, about 1:11 a.m. today. As a result troopers said Killian Conaty, 19, of Stroudsburg, Joseph Schembeck, 18, of Effort, Nathan Zarzycki, 18, of Kunkletown, and a 16-year-old juvenile from Saylorsburg, were all cited.

Citizenship awards

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Sen. David Argall's Good Citizenship Awards were presented to Jacob Szczecina and Richelle Van Horn, both eighth graders at Panther Valley Middle School during gradation. Ten students are chosen as nominees from the class. These two students received numerous other awards as well.