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June 2010

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.

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.

Sobriety checks planned in Carbon

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The North Central Regional DUI Program have announced Sobriety Checkpoints and Roving Patrols will be conducted during the weeks of June 28 through July 12, throughout Carbon County.

Travelers are reminded to report drunk drivers by dialing 911. To report underage drinking call 1-888-UNDER-21.

Sobriety Checkpoints are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Panther Valley news

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summit Hill

St. Gabe's procession

Members of the St. Gabriel's Club, Summit Hill, will revive an old tradition in Summit Hill in conjunction with the St. Joseph Parish Festival that is scheduled for the weekend of July 16-18.

Members will hold a procession in honor of St. Gabriel, for whom the Italian-American Society is named.

The procession will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 18. Members will process with the statue of St. Gabriel through the west end of town, along with the children from the parish's First Communion class.

Panther Valley pre-kindergarten Summer School schedule set

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Panther Valley Pre-Kindergarten Summer School will be held at the Panther

Valley Elementary School. This program is designed to help the kindergarten students gain a positive attitude toward school and to become familiar with their new school.

Classes will be held 9:00 - 11:30 A.M., Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 23, 2010.

Could that possibly be a goiter?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Q. I saw a woman with what looked like a small tire around her neck. Do you know what that could be?

It could be a goiter, which is a benign enlargement of the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a small gland made up of two halves that lie along the windpipe just below the voice box.

When the thyroid can't produce enough hormone to meet the body's needs, the gland compensates by enlarging. Iodine, a chemical element, is needed to produce thyroid hormone. Therefore, an iodine deficiency can lead to goiter and hypothyroidism deficient activity of the thyroid.

Tamaqua news

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Adult day care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center offers participants daily exercise, reality orientation, remotivational and reminiscent therapy, as well as breakfast, lunch and a snack.

Additional activities planned for the month of July include: July 7, craft day; July 8, sing-along with Audrey Christ and bingo games; July 13, craft and bake sale; July 14; worship service; July 21, visit from the foot doctor; July 22, monthly birthday party; July 26, cooking class; July 28, trip to the Pioneer Tunnel.

Brown latest to reach IronPigs

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

IronPig fans have one more reason to go to the ballpark during this Fourth-of-July holiday.

The Phillies promoted the organization's top prospect Domonic Brown from Double-A Reading to take a few swings at Coca-Cola Park.

The left-handed hitting corner outfielder was nothing short of spectacular this season for the Reading Phillies. In 65 games, Brown batted .318 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI. That is overshadowed by his .354, 14 RBI clip in his final two weeks in Triple-A.

Assault incident in Carbon probed

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

State police at Lehighton reported they are investigating an assault incident in Carbon County.

Troopers said on June 23 about 6:30 p.m. Margaret-Mary Platzer, 48, of 14 Unionville Rd., in Penn Forest Township, Jim Thorpe, and a 17-year-old female became involved in a physical altercation after an argument. During the altercation the teen wrestled with Platzer causing her to suffer a minor injury.

The investigation into the incident is continuing and anyone having information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (610) 377-4270.

Tamaqua couple celebrate 60 years

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. George Millet of Tamaqua
Mr. and Mrs. George Millet of Tamaqua

Mr. and Mrs. George A. Millet of Tamaqua will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on July 1. They were married in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, by the Rev. Gilbert.

Mrs. Millet is the former Lois Erbe.

Tamaqua storms back for win

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tamaqua utilized some strong efforts on both sides of the ball for a 13-3 comeback win over Jim Thorpe in the District 18 11-12 Little League Tournament last night.

It was the second straight win for Tamaqua, as Connor Hartung's offensive firepower, paired with a great mound performance from Matt Minchhoff, were the highlights.

"We knew (Tamaqua) was going to be tough, because they were fundamentally sound, and had some good pitching," Jim Thorpe head coach Kenny Snerr mentioned following the contest. "Once they got that momentum swing, we just couldn't get it back."