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July 2010

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

'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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pamela Houtz marries John Nickerson

Friday, July 30, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. John Nickerson
Mr. and Mrs. John Nickerson

Pamela Houtz and John Nickerson were united in marriage on June 12, 2010 at the Palmerton Borough Park.

District Judge Bruce Appleton officiated at the double ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Paul and Perma Berger, of Palmerton. Given in marriage by her mother, she chose Cindy Berger to serve as maid of honor and Peggy Feinhour-Stoss to serve as matron of honor.

The bridegroom is the son of the late John H. Nickerson and the late Patsy Tully. He chose Brian LeBar and Larry "Dinker" Smith to serve as best men.

Attains dean's list

Friday, July 30, 2010

Christopher "CJ" Rohde, a 2007 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, has been placed on the dean's list for the spring 2010 semester at Penn State University. CJ is the son of Ron and Lynn Rohde of Tuscarora. He is majoring in mechanical engineering and will graduate with honors in 2011.

CJ plans to pursue a career in alternative energy.

New rules to be written for S. Hill building

Friday, July 30, 2010

To date, just one formal event has been held at Summit Hill's new community center and already the rules for utilizing the facility need to be changed.

Members of Summit Hill Borough Council said there are several problems with the current regulations.

For one thing, the rules say that the entire borough council must approve use of the building. This means that it would not be available for a funeral dinner since the council meets just once a month.

Watching fans can be quite interesting

Friday, July 30, 2010

I love going to sporting events, especially baseball games.

And while I enjoy the competition and watching the talents of the players involved, there's another part of the game that also interests me.

Checking out the fans.

Fans come in all shapes and sizes, they have so many different personalities, and they cheer for their teams in numerous ways.

Whether it's at a youth soccer game or a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park, something happens to people when you take them out of their normal everyday lives and put them in attendance at a stadium.

Marriage licenses

Friday, July 30, 2010

Carbon County

Nicholas Angelo Pozzessere, Box 98, 35 Chestnut St., Tresckow, and Lindsey Ruth Ackley, 1636 N. Fifth St., Stroudsburg.

Kenneth Ellis Santee III and Kristy Lee Purdy, 185 57th St., Kunkletown.

Thomas Jeremy Kattner and Tracy Barabas, 156 Coal St., Nesquehoning.

Michael Vincent Yurista and Heather Lee Smith, 515 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton.

William Thomas Goho Jr. and Sara Jean Keiper, 1646 State Route 534, Albrightsville.

Shaun Jesse Wininger and Nicole Amanda Williams, 1021 Fifth St., Palmerton.

On this date

Friday, July 30, 2010

July 30, 1969

Assemblyman Joseph Semanoff of Lehighton, Carbon County representative in the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, was appointed a Pennsylvania ambassador to Holland. During a session of the assembly this afternoon, a resolution was read and adopted naming Semanoff as a Pennsylvania representative on Sept. 7, the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Holland from the Nazis. Semanoff, in World War II, was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division. He received a standing ovation.

Heated debate over Packerton Yards

Friday, July 30, 2010

Carbon accepts $2 million grant

Carbon County officials got into a heated debate after accepting a multimillion dollar grant that will be used in the development of the Packerton Business Park.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-1 to accept the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant agreement in the amount of $2 million to assist in the development of the Packerton Business Park, located in Mahoning Township and Lehighton.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein cast the sole "no" vote.

Van rollover in Mahoning results in injury

Thursday, July 29, 2010

One person was apparently injured in a one-vehicle crash this morning at about 7 o'clock on Route 443 in Mahoning Township. Details of the crash were not available at presstime. The accident happened in front of the Tractor Supply business when a van crashed along the north berm. Mahoning Township Police Chief Kenneth Barnes responded, as did emergency personnel, where they found the apparent driver lying on the embankment. The van was apparently traveling west on Rt. 443 when it went out of control.

No injuries in Carbon crash

Thursday, July 29, 2010

No injuries were reported in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 9:30 p.m. on July 18 along North Old Stage Road in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County.

State police at Fern Ridge said Eric J. Colbert, 41, of Jim Thorpe, was driving a 2002 Dodge Ram northbound when the truck went off the road on the east side and struck a PPL pole with its front end.

Troopers also reported investigating a crash on Tuesday, July 27, about 8:11 a.m. along SR115 in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.