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July 2010

Carbon County Idol won by Justin Plocinik

Friday, July 30, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Idol 4 winner Justin Plocinik performed the song "Bring Him Home".
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Idol 4 winner Justin Plocinik performed the song "Bring Him Home".

"WOW !!!"

"The best ever Carbon County Idol competition ever". That's how Natalie Kmetz the Director of Carbon County Idol 4 summed up all that has been seen and heard from the 11 competitors who gave it all they had throughout the contest to the delight of the audience and judges alike.

Culminating three weeks of competition, the title of "Carbon County Idol 4" was awarded to Contestant No. 2, Justin Plocinik, who in addition to the title also received a plaque and a prize of $250.

IronPigs lack offense in 2-1 loss to Durham

Friday, July 30, 2010

ALLENTOWN – You need to be as perfect as you can be to beat a team like the Durham Bulls.

IronPig starter Brian Mazone put forth his best effort, but the speed and the depth of last year's International League Champions proved to be too much once again yesterday morning as Durham took the third game of the series, 2-1 in 11 innings.

With their fourth straight close loss, the IronPigs are struggling to get their hitting to match their pitching. After losing 6-3 in 15 innings, they dropped a 5-3 loss to Durham on Tuesday and a 3-2 decision on Wednesday.

Birth: Brown

Friday, July 30, 2010
Gabriel Robert Clayton Brown
Gabriel Robert Clayton Brown

BROWN A son, Gabriel Robert Clayton Brown, was born at 3:23 p.m. on June 18, 2010 at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Amy Sue Frohnheiser-Brown and Robert Willard Brown of Lehighton.

He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces aand measured 20 1/2 inches long.

He was welcomed home by his big sister, Lillian Brown, 8.

Maternal grandparents are Clayton and Brenda Frohnheiser, Palmerton.

Paternal grandparents are Robert and the late Kay Brown, Lehighton.

Attains dean's list

Friday, July 30, 2010
Edgar
Edgar

Brianna Edgar, a 2008 graduate of Lehighton Area High School, was named to the dean's list at Wilkes University for the spring 2010 semester and accepted into the national honor society for psychology. She is a psychology and neuroscience major in the pre-physical therapy program.

Brianna is active on campus on the school volleyball team, alumni/homecoming committee, and in many service clubs. She also was selected to serve as a resident assistant for the fall 2011 term.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, July 30, 2010

July 30, 1983 A solid game on the mound and at the plate by George Harris allows Lehighton to gain a 5-4 Pocono Mountain League win over the Tamaqua Travelers. Harris gives up just six hits and strikes out six to earn the pitching victory. Offensively he slugs a two-run homer and a two-run double. Harris also scores the winning run on an RBI single by Dan David. Lehighton also receives a double and run scored from Mike Galasso.

Class reunion

Friday, July 30, 2010

JTHS Class of 1980

Members of the Class of 1980 from Jim Thorpe High School will hold their 30th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Terrace Restaurant, Walnutport.

Classmates are reminded to mail in their responses to Jean (Kemmerle) Dunbar. For questions, contact Dunbar at (570) 325-4303.

Carbon County court news

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mortgage foreclosures

The following actions were filed as mortgage foreclosurers for alleged defaults on loans.

Flagstar Bank, c/o 5151 Corporate Drive, Troy, Mich., filed against George T. Hough Jr., 93033 North Loop Rd., Slatington, over property at 60 White Pine Lane, Lehighton. Sought is $133,512.95 and continuing interest.

BAC Home Loans Servicing, c/o 7105 Corporate Drive, Plano, Tex., filed against Mark C. Roccogrande, 111 S. Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, over property at that address. Sought is $175,846.58 and continuing interest.

Joins Silberline

Friday, July 30, 2010
Rudy Wiesemann
Rudy Wiesemann

Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc., the global supplier of effect pigments with its Corporate Headquarters in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, announced that Rudy Wiesemann recently joined the firm as Project Leader - Global Ink Product Development.

Barns of Polk

Friday, July 30, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS (PLEASE USE THIS BARN AS THE LEAD PICTURE WITH THE POEM UNDERNEATH IT) The Shafer/Howerter/Hartman barn, located along Mountain View Road, has long been neglected and falling into disrepair. But it is a reminder of a farm that once flourished and provided sustenance to the families who owned it. It is a sign of the times with farms disappearing across our nation's landscape.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS (PLEASE USE THIS BARN AS THE LEAD PICTURE WITH THE POEM UNDERNEATH IT) The Shafer/Howerter/Hartman barn, located along Mountain View Road, has long been neglected and falling into disrepair. But it is a reminder of a farm that once flourished and provided sustenance to the families who owned it. It is a sign of the times with farms disappearing across our nation's landscape.

Two men archive the historic barns of Polk Township

Roy Christman of Towamensing said he heard a statement that America loses one barn a day.

With that thought in mind, two members of the Polk Township Historical Society, Norman Burger, president, and Elmer Heissam decided they were going to record as many barns in Polk Township as they could. To date, they have documented 33 standing barns and 47 that no longer exist. At one time there were estimated to be over 80 barns in the township. With their search came knowledge about some of the history of the area.

Lehigh man facing Schuylkill charges

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Lehigh County man, who police say has two indentities, is facing multiple charges in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said George Hoffman Jr., 44, of Breinigsville, is facing the following charges: felony counts of forgery and identity theft and misdemeanor charges of unsworn falsification to authorities, false ID to law enforcement and six summary traffic violations (expired registration, suspended registration, suspended license-DUI related, no insurance, expired inspection and no seat belt).

Altercation leads to an arrest

Friday, July 30, 2010

An altercation in the Schuylkill County borough of Girardville led to one of the participants being cited.

State police at Frackville said Justin E. Kitsock, 31, and Leonard Mervine, 30, both of Girardville got into an altercation about 3:45-4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, along W. Ogden St., near Richmond St.

During the altercation Mervine kicked Kitsock in the face. Mervine was issued a citation for harassment, troopers said.

Schuylkill driver cited after crash

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Schuylkill County driver was cited following a crash that occurred early Friday, July 30.

State police at Frackville said Michael H. Bechtel Jr., 18, of Shenandoah, was driving a 2000 Subaru Legacy southbound on SR4031 in West Mahanoy Township, about 12:30 a.m. when he lost control. The vehicle traveled though the northbound lane and onto the berm where the passenger side front struck a tree and came to rest.

Bechtel, who was not wearing a seat belt, received cuts to his head but did not require immediate medical attention.

Tamaqua community yard sale scheduled

Friday, July 30, 2010

Tamaqua's Annual Sidewalk and Community Yard Sale will be held Saturday, Aug. 7 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Vendors will have the opportunity to have their wares showcased on Broad Street, while residents particiating in the yard sale will have their addresses included on a map. Deadline to register is Aug. 3. For more information, or to register, call (570) 668-6899.

The annual sidewalk sale is a long standing tradition in Tamaqua and was expanded just a few years ago to include the community yard sale. The event is sponsored by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

Retail theft arrests

Friday, July 30, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on several retail theft arrests made by officers in recent days. Four arrests were made at the Walmart store in Mt. Pocono.

On July 22 about 2:30 p.m. officers were called to the store by store security. Police said Donald Law, 77, of Newfoundland, attempted to conceal $57 worth of merchandise and leave the store without paying for it. He was issued a citation and release.

Coaldale break-in

Friday, July 30, 2010

Coaldale police are investigating what they describe as a "professional" hit on a borough home Wednesday.

A burglar or burglars broke into a home at 163 Second St. through a basement window between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and stole a large amount of money and jewelry from a safe.

The thief or thieves apparently searched for more valuables, going through drawers, but tidied up to hide their activities, said Police Chief Tim Delaney.

"They knew what they were doing," he said, describing the heist as "professional."

Phillipsburg Railroad Historians celebrate 20th anniversary

Friday, July 30, 2010

On Sunday, Sept. 5 the Phillipsburg Railroad Historians will hold its 20th Anniversary Grand Opening celebration.

from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. It's located at 10 Pine Alley corner of Cross Street, Phillipsburg NJ, just off South Main St.

Local artists show work throughout the West End

Friday, July 30, 2010

Several West End artists have their works on display at various local businesses for the months August.

Be sure to look for the works of Julia Saeger at East Stroudsburg Savings Association in Brodheadsville; Rachel Seabring -Life Is Good, Brodheadsville; Michelle Arner-ESSA, Gilbert; Rachel Seabring, Charlene Taylor- Homestead Veternary Center, Jonas; Linda Marnell-Hotel Jonas.

Silberline hosts Take Children to Work Day

Friday, July 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Silberline Manufacturing Company, Inc., Hometown, sponsored its annual Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday, July 29. The children of Silberline employees got to tour the plant, ride a trolley provided by Ebony and Ivory Limousine Service, Tamaqua, and enjoy lunch in the atrium with their parents.

Tamaqua couple wed 60 years

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Snyder if 313 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on July 29.

They were married in Zion Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, by the late Rev. Charles Schlitzer.

Mrs. Snyder is the former Joan Schlosser. Prior to retiring, she had been employed by the Borough of Tamaqua, for 25 years, as the borough secretary.

Her husband is a disabled veteran with more than 16 years of service with the U.S. Army. He is retired from the former Diversified Metals Corporation, Hometown, where he had been employed as plant superintendent.

Biking up

Friday, July 30, 2010

PennDOT offers great online tools for cyclists

The popularity of motorcycling in this area is no secret.

Roads in the scenic Poconos and small-towns are filed with riders, especially on weekends. Lehighton Bike Night, which attracted an estimated 20,000 bikers last year, is billed as the premier one-day motorcycle event on the East Coast. Lehighton Fire and Police Departments are the beneficiaries of the 12th annual event, now just two weeks away.

Lansford man facing charges

Friday, July 30, 2010

Kim Batchelder, 58, 513 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, faces charges after an incident which took place on July 24 at his residence. Charges were filed by Officer Brian Horos. Batchelder is charged with aggravated assault (a felony), resisting arrest, two counts of simple assault, defiant trespass, stalking, harassment, and public drunkenness. He was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Homanko of Weatherly and jailed under $50,000 bail.

There is no 'Salt' treaty here

Friday, July 30, 2010

"Salt" is one of the summer blockbuster season's best movies.

The nifty, slick and satisfying espionage action-thriller is James Bond meets Catwoman. Forget Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis and other movie macho men, Angelina Jolie is the new action hero.

Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a United States CIA agent accused of being a Russian agent. Liev Schreiber plays her CIA colleague Ted Winter, who says she's not.

Driver falls asleep, crashes van on Rt. 443

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Bethlehem man who told police he was asleep at the wheel was injured Thursday morning when his van hit an embankment on Route 443 in Mahoning Township and rolled over several times.

Sean Doughtery, 22, of the 5400 block of Hanoverville Road, will be cited for careless driving and failing to wear a seat belt, said township Police Chief Kenneth Barnes.

Class reunion

Friday, July 30, 2010

First Panther Valley graduating class

The Panther Valley Class of 1965, the jointure's first graduating class, will hold a 45-year class reunion, on Saturday, Aug. 7, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Nesquehoning Fire Company Grove, on Rt. 209 (Catawissa Street) in Nesquehoning.

Christy Joy Catering will be serving from 2-7:30 p.m. Music will be hits of the 60s and 70s presented by Marc Blasko from 4-8 p.m. A group photo will be taken at 3:30 p.m.

To date, 86 members and guests have signed up. Members and guests can show up the day of the event if they haven't already made reservations.

Class reunion

Friday, July 30, 2010

PV Class of 1995

The Panther Valley High School Class of 1995 is planning its 15th reunion.

Classmates interested in attending should send their current address to Terri Fritzinger Williams 338 West Abbott St., Lansford, PA 18232 or tandjwilliams@hotmail.com.

Man charged with DUI on lawn mower

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Monroe County man is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) while operating a lawn mower.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said on Thursday about 1:09 a.m. officers were on patrol along SR611 in Coolbaugh Township when they observed a lawn mower being driven northbound. When police caught up with the mower the operator turned off the lights and drove the mower into woods on private property.

'Almost Oz' in Lehighton

Friday, July 30, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Musique Productions, a community theater group in Lehighton, is presenting "Almost Oz" at 7 p.m. today and 2 and 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Lehighton Borough Annex auditorium. Having lead roles are, l-r, Steven Meckel as scarecrow, Kane Zerbe as Tin Man, and Marissa Miller as Dorothy. Tickets will be available at the door.

Driver facing DUI count in Monroe

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Lackawanna County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident in Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said on Sunday, July 25, about 2:22 a.m. officers stopped a vehicle along SR196 in Coolbaugh Township for a vehicle code violation. The driver was identified as Dean Johnson, 51, of Spring Brook Township. Officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Johnson. He failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood test.

The DUI charge is pending the test results.

Recalls: Shades, torches on latest list

Friday, July 30, 2010

The following recalls were issued July 18 - July 22 by federal and state agencies:

Free concert at M.C. Lake

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS The Lehighton Band, directed by Paul R. Smith, performs recently in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater. On Saturday, the band will be putting on a free concert at 7 p.m. at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS The Lehighton Band, directed by Paul R. Smith, performs recently in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater. On Saturday, the band will be putting on a free concert at 7 p.m. at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Lehighton Band will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday

The Lehighton Band, under the direction of Paul R. Smith, will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

The band will present a concert of music of various styles.

The overture for the evening will be "Overture de Argentina," a very light-hearted composition that is easy to listen to.

At the other end of the spectrum, the band will play "Willy Nelson In Concert," a medley of Willy Nelson hits.

Penn's Peak schedule

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The next week-and-a-half are going to be busy ones at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Five concerts are scheduled between tonight and Aug. 6.

Tonight, Bachman and Turner will be in concert starting at 8 p.m.

Randy Bachman and Fred Turner originally were part of Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Their hits include "Taking Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."

Tomorrow, the venue will be rockin' when Skid Row and Firehouse team up for a twin-bill.

Little Feat will be at Penn's Peak on Saturday night.

The schedule for Penn's Peak is as follows: