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June 2010

Burglaries, thefts and mischief

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

State police at Lehighton reported on burglaries, thefts and acts of criminal mischief investigated by troopers in recent days.

Troopers said the Meckes residence, located along Upper 57 Road, in Eldred Township, Monroe County, was entered sometime between June 25 and 28. Removed was jewelry and other items.

Worker rescued from Tamaqua trench cave-in

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The trench where a Tamaqua plumber was buried alive Monday after the wall caved in.
The trench where a Tamaqua plumber was buried alive Monday after the wall caved in.

Emergency responders show quick action, bravery, training

Daniel Riegel, owner of Daniel Riegel Plumbing & Heating of Tamaqua, was injured Monday morning when he was buried in dirt after a wall of a trench caved in on him at a construction site.

The incident occurred just after 10 a.m. at 512 Lombard St., Tamaqua.

Reports from the scene indicate Riegel was working in the deep trench when the south wall caved in after being weakened by recent heavy rains.

Birth: Lusch

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Noah Matthew Lusch
Noah Matthew Lusch

A son, Noah Matthew Lusch, was born to Kimberly and Michael Lusch of Lehighton, at 6:15 p.m., on May 11, 2010, at St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown campus.

He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce; and measured 20 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Terry and Holly Bierman of Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are Ron and Karen Lusch of Lehighton.

On this date

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June 29, 1990

The Palmerton Hospital received a $40,000 check from the hospital auxiliary as the organization held its annual dinner. Nearly 50 volunteers attended, which was held at the hospital. Florence Gallagher of Palmerton received the organization's distinguished Honorary Member award. Gallagher is past president of the auxiliary board and has given over 3,000 hours of her time as an active auxiliary member. The $40,000 check was presented to board member Marvin Foley by auxiliary treasurer Elva Kleintop.

Officials say 'no thanks' to paying for traffic signal

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Traffic often backs up at the Route 209 and Harrity Road intersection near the Pa. Turnpike exchange. Franklin Township supervisors are saying "no thanks" to paying the costs of maintaining the signal.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Traffic often backs up at the Route 209 and Harrity Road intersection near the Pa. Turnpike exchange. Franklin Township supervisors are saying "no thanks" to paying the costs of maintaining the signal.

Franklin Township supervisors said "no thanks" to paying the costs for a traffic signal at the intersection of Harrity Road and Route 209. They made the motion after discussing the request last night during a special meeting held to open bids for the Plantation Drive road project and for general purposes.

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.

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.