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June 2010

Weatherly team claims Interleague title

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Weatherly team claims Interleague title
Copyright 2010

Figas Contracting of Weatherly recently captured the interleague championship by defeating Merrick's of Hazle Township, 9 -7, in the championship game held in Freeland. Winning pitcher Luke Figas recorded 10 strikeouts and helped his team at the plate with two doubles. Dillon Bizarre hit two home runs and a triple in the title game. Lou Mastroddi added two hits, one a double, and Robbie Hinkle also had two hits.

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
Not much remains of the Eacheses home in Slatington. The 200-year old structure was destroyed by fire June 18.
Not much remains of the Eacheses home in Slatington. The 200-year old structure was destroyed by fire June 18.

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
Violet Strickland, Carol Simmons, Carol Heffelfinger and Priscilla Offen were installed as officers of the auxiliary, Donna Mackes was not present for the picture.
Violet Strickland, Carol Simmons, Carol Heffelfinger and Priscilla Offen were installed as officers of the auxiliary, Donna Mackes was not present for the picture.

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).

Blood drive planned

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Miller-Keystone Blood Center has scheduled the following blood drives. Call the blood center for donation information at 1 (800) 486-2566 or (570) 455-2018.

Saturday, July 10, 1 to 4 p.m., McDonald's Restaurant, 180 Market Street, Nesquehoning. Contact Todd Scheckler at (570) 669-9322

Sunday, July 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Coal Miners Heritage Festival, 9 Dock St., Lansford. Contact Dale Freudenberger at (610) 377-4063.

Pastor who helped consolidate two parishes honored

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS Joe and Cindy Sabol, left, and Nancy and Tony Paul, right, share happy moments at a church social with the Rev. James Burdess.
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS Joe and Cindy Sabol, left, and Nancy and Tony Paul, right, share happy moments at a church social with the Rev. James Burdess.

A joint celebration earlier this month in Summit Hill underscored the fortune of Catholics having the services of a clergyman these days, when parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church in that community paused to recognize their pastor, the Rev. James Burdess.

Theft incidents probed

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating two theft incidents recently.

Troopers said John P. Meyers, 49, of 1824 Steven Way, Albrightsville, Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, reported someone removed a water pump from the front yard of his property sometime between April 14 and June 26.

Nicholas Caprioli, of Stroudsburg, reported someone removed his Coleman Powermate MAXA 5000ER generator from property at 6393H Effort/Neola Rd., in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, sometime between June 20-25.

PennDOT driver centers closed for July 4 holiday

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed on Saturday, July 3, and Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

Ryan Twp. Dive Team demonstration held at Locust Lake

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Ryan Township Dive Team and Rescue Squad William Wirtz gets wet as part of the demonstration
Ryan Township Dive Team and Rescue Squad William Wirtz gets wet as part of the demonstration

Emergency responders with the Ryan Township Dive Team and Rescue Squad provided a demonstration of their apparatus, water safety, and dive team rescue methods to a crowd of onlookers at the Locust Lake State Park Saturday evening.

Contractors gather for pre-bid meeting

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Penn Forest Township Chairman and Roadmaster Paul Montemuro met with eight contractors Monday, for a pre-bid meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to explain the requirements of a road paving and swale construction project.

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.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June 29, 1985 Jeff Hausamann collects two hits at the plate and allows just three hits over six innings to gain the pitching win as Northwestern claims a 9-1 Lehigh Valley League decision over Palmerton. Chris Schellhamer finishes with three hits and two runs scored while Rob Seyfried adds three hits and an RBI. The winners also receive two hits and a run scored from Tim Robb.

Oak Loop Trail hike

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Naturalist Robin Tracey invites area residents to join him for a hike on the Oak Loop Trail at Locust Lake on Saturday, July 10.

The trail is four miles in length and features difficult terrain. The trail loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a great view of the forest below. Part of the hike includes the "Tree Identification Trail created by a local Eagle Scout.

Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and able to get along with other pets and people.

Jim Thorpe news

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Albrightsville will hold its first annual clothing give away. The committee will be collecting clean or new clothing on the following dates at the church; July 11, from noon to 4 p.m. and July 12-17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The giveaway dates and times are Wednesday, July 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, July 22, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, July 23, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, July 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have any questions, call the church office at (570) 722-0964 or Shirley at (570) 325-3523.

Bible school meeting

Pocono DUI arrests reported

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on several driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by officers in recent days.

On Thursday, June 24, about 6:58 p.m. officers were dispatched to SR196 and Wildflower Road in Tobyhanna Township, for a disabled vehicle on the road. Moments later the officers were advised by A Pocono Country Place security had followed the vehicle with no front tire from the main gate to a residence.

New wellness regulations coming to Jim Thorpe district

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A proposed draft of new regulations, called Chapter 12, currently making its way through state government, means changes are in store for the Jim Thorpe School District. The regulations were discussed at the Jim Thorpe School Boards regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, by Shawn Kopp, Chair of the Jim Thorpe School District Wellness Council.

The regulations outline nutritional and wellness requirements schools must fulfill. The draft of these new regulations has been approved and is now under review, meaning that its passage is likely.

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
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Frey property at 1325 Orioles Drive, Mahoning Township
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Frey property at 1325 Orioles Drive, 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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured, left to right, are Anthracite Region Auto Club of America No 9 Mine Cruise Chairman Shawn Frederickson, Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League (SCMCL) member Jim McDonald, and Cruise Director John LaRose. Not pictured were AACA member Joe Forish, SCMCL members Ted Bienkowski, and Jack Daderko.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured, left to right, are Anthracite Region Auto Club of America No 9 Mine Cruise Chairman Shawn Frederickson, Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League (SCMCL) member Jim McDonald, and Cruise Director John LaRose. Not pictured were AACA member Joe Forish, SCMCL members Ted Bienkowski, and Jack Daderko.

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.