Friday, January 30, 2015

July 2010

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
Don Kraft, Schnecksville, who works in Silberline's Tidewood facility, is joined at lunch by his daughter Autumn.
Don Kraft, Schnecksville, who works in Silberline's Tidewood facility, is joined at lunch by his daughter Autumn.

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

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

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:

DUI arrests reported by PSP

Friday, July 30, 2010

State police at Lehighton reported on four driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by troopers in recent days, including two stemming from accidents.

Troopers said about 12:36 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27, Robert P. Smith, 19, of Kunkletown, was driving a 1989 Dodge Ram truck northbound on Kunkletown Road, in the area of Fiddletown Road, in Eldred Township, Monroe County, and attempting to negotiate a curve. The truck left the road and struck a parked 1988 Ford Ranger pickup truck.

Man who took girl to New York held for court

Friday, July 30, 2010

A New York man arrested in connection with the departure of a 16-year-old Carbon County girl in May will have his case heard in court.

Heriberto Vadi, 34, of Brooklyn, NY, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

However, Vadi plans to enter a guilty plea when his case is heard before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas on Sept. 7.


Friday, July 30, 2010
Megan Stalosky and Jason Stewart
Megan Stalosky and Jason Stewart

The parents of Megan Stalosky of Summit Hill, and Jason Stewart of Weatherly, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stalosky of Summit Hill. She is a 2006 graduate of Panther Valley High School and a 2010 graduate of Fortis Institute as a medical assistant tech. She is employed by Penn Medical Group in Weissport and also by Redner's Markets.

Tamaqua news

Friday, July 30, 2010

First Steps

First Steps, a support group for mothers, will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 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 discover fun exercises for children.

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.

SAL programs

Health occupations programs slated to begin at CCTI

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Adult Education Center of the Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe has announced the schedule of upcoming programs offered in the healthcare field.

Individuals interested in hands-on care can enroll in State Approved Nurse Aide training.

A full-time day program is scheduled for August 16 - September 24. Theory and lab sessions will be held Monday thru Friday at the Health Annex in Jim Thorpe 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Third trip to Washington planned for Carbon vets

Friday, July 30, 2010

The third time could be the charm for veterans to participate in a bus trip to Washington, D.C. this fall.

The trip is open to any veteran from any time period who did not make the trip in each of the past two years who either entered the service from Carbon County or currently live in the county.

In 2008, 75 Korean War and World War II veterans took the trip. Last year, 121 Vietnam, World War II, and Korean War veterans who did not travel in 2008 participated.

Once again, the all-expenses paid bus trip will be sponsored by Richard and Darlene Nothstein of Palmerton.

SHCIO officials divided over joining Lansford in project

Friday, July 30, 2010

Vice president says she's opposed to the proposal

The vice president of the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization (SHCIO), Sharon Chapman, said she is opposed to joining with Lansford Alive and expending funds on a project that would be similar to what is known as the "Main Street Program."

Both Summit Hill and Lansford Borough Council gave their approvals to explore the project, which entails utilizing an unspent $26,000 grant that Lansford borough presently has and funds that would be provided by SHCIO.

Panther Valley news

Friday, July 30, 2010

Summit Hill

Food distribution

The Summit Hill Food Pantry distributes food to the needy in the community on a monthly basis, with the deliveries usually taking place on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Bachman and Turner let it roll on hit-filled Penn's Peak ride

Friday, July 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Lukas Nelson, son of country music legend Willie Nelson, opened for Bachman and Turner with his band, The Promise of the Real.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Lukas Nelson, son of country music legend Willie Nelson, opened for Bachman and Turner with his band, The Promise of the Real.

As the Penn's Peak crowd waited for Randy Bachman and C.F. "Fred" Turner to take the stage Thursday night, a video played on the screens showing two huge tractor-trailers colliding, with one marked "Bachman" and the other "Turner".

That kind of power-packed wallop is just the kind of impact the Bachman and Turner reunion produced once they came onstage and began their hit-filled trip down memory lane.

Argall hosts cost-saving inovation program for local governments

Friday, July 30, 2010
Ronald G. Wagenmann, Manager of Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, talks to many local community leaders during Senator Argall's Cost-Saving Innovations Program held Thursday evening at the Tamaqua Community Center in Tamaqua.
Ronald G. Wagenmann, Manager of Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, talks to many local community leaders during Senator Argall's Cost-Saving Innovations Program held Thursday evening at the Tamaqua Community Center in Tamaqua.

State Sen. David Argall (R-29) hosted a 'Municipal Innovations Program,' for local government leaders and municipal employees Thursday evening at the Tamaqua Community Center.

Francis E. Walter Dam

Friday, July 30, 2010
Bill and Judith Ziegler snap photos of the 6-foot wide by 10-foot high control gate valves used to vary the flow from the Francis E. Walter Dam. Dam operator Dave Williams keeps in touch with the control room by telephone in the five-person elevator.
Bill and Judith Ziegler snap photos of the 6-foot wide by 10-foot high control gate valves used to vary the flow from the Francis E. Walter Dam. Dam operator Dave Williams keeps in touch with the control room by telephone in the five-person elevator.

The heart that keeps the Lehigh River alive

If the Lehigh River can be thought of as the artery of the Lehigh River Valley, then surely the Francis E. Walter Dam must be the heart that supplies that artery with a regulated supply of life-giving water.

To the many who enjoy the benefits of the Lehigh River be it rafting, kayaking, fishing, hiking, exploring, salinity control, or it's principal purpose, flood control the Francis E. Walter Dam seemed far away and inaccessible.

West Penn Senior Fun Day set Aug. 7

Friday, July 30, 2010

The West Penn Township Lions and Lioness Clubs are sponsoring a free Senior Fun Day at West Penn Community Park on Saturday, Aug. 7. The event will be held rain or shine.

Fun Day is open to any resident of West Penn Township, 62 years of age or older, and his or her spouse.

Opening ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m., with a barber shop quartet performance at 11:15 a.m. Mealtime is at noon, and a light lunch will be served at 5 p.m.

Argall introduces legislation to prevent loss of highway dollars

Thursday, July 29, 2010

With Governor Rendell again threatening to "flex" millions of dollars in federal highway and bridge funds to urban transportation systems, State Senator David G. Argall (R-29) is introducing legislation prohibiting this action.

Senate Bill 1450 would strictly prohibit the State Transportation Commission from diverting any additional federal highway and bridge dollars to mass transit agencies, such as the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

Tamaqua woman facing charges

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Tamaqua woman faces a variety of charges following a hit and run incident in the borough on July 14.