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June 2010

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
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS With the photos and biographies of past Community Heroes in the background, MCT President and CEO Patrick H. Reilly speaks to the more than 240 guests attending the 2010 "MCT Community Heroes Award Banquet" Monday evening at the Grand Ballroom at Kelly's in Lansford.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS With the photos and biographies of past Community Heroes in the background, MCT President and CEO Patrick H. Reilly speaks to the more than 240 guests attending the 2010 "MCT Community Heroes Award Banquet" Monday evening at the Grand Ballroom at Kelly's in Lansford.

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
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Raring to go, drivers and their cars line up at the bottom of the course at the Weatherly Hill Climb awaiting their shot at the Hill record.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Raring to go, drivers and their cars line up at the bottom of the course at the Weatherly Hill Climb awaiting their shot at the Hill record.

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.

Barnesville man headed to trial on charges he assaulted officer

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Barnesville man will have the opportunity to explain to a Schuylkill County jury why he was charged with assaulting a police officer, after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua.

Western Pocono Community Library unveils an Eric Carle original

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Carol Kern, right, receives help from her daughter, Karen Pinter and granddaughter, Julia Pinter, as they unveil an original Eric Carle collage, made specifically for the Western Pocono Community Library. Kern is the library's director.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Carol Kern, right, receives help from her daughter, Karen Pinter and granddaughter, Julia Pinter, as they unveil an original Eric Carle collage, made specifically for the Western Pocono Community Library. Kern is the library's director.

With great anticipation, guests at the Western Pocono Community Library, waited for the unveiling of an original artwork. You could say they were "hungry" for a look. So was the curious stuffed green caterpillar on top of the covered piece.

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
COURTESY TASTE OF HOME MAGAZINE Patriotic Trifle
COURTESY TASTE OF HOME MAGAZINE Patriotic Trifle

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.