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July 2010

Apartment building owner's attorney appears at meeting

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Atty. Joseph Matika appeared before Nesquehoning Borough Council Wednesday evening representing his client Hugh Lawrence. Lawrence owns an apartment building at 127 East Catawissa St. in the borough. He said he wanted to bring council up to code on the building.

Carbon seeks certification to hold illegal immigrants

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Carbon County officials want to help local police departments by becoming certified to hold illegal immigrants until Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials could arrive.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board, officials discussed an e-mail they received, notifying them that Carbon County Correctional Facility is no longer able to accept illegal immigrants before they are detained by ICE.

Summit Hill news

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Summit Hill

OLOAA sign-ups

Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, is accepting registrations for the 2010-11 school year. Parents can register their sons or daughters at the school between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., or other arrangements will be made by calling (570) 645-7170 or 645-7101.

Children registering for kindergarten must be 5 years of age by Oct. 15. First graders must be 6 years of age by the same date.

Board hires another attorney for unspecified personnel matter

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Schuylkill County commissioners hired another attorney on Wednesday for unspecified personnel matter and did not give any other details of the hiring.

Attorney Thomas J. Pellish, Pottsville, entered into a contract with the board. The only explanation offered by the commissioners is that it is for personnel matters. He will be paid $150 per hour and the contract is not to exceed $750. He joins a special investigator they hired several weeks ago, also with no explanation offered.

Sons of Italy to meet

Thursday, July 29, 2010

During the summer, The Order of the Sons of Italy in America West End Pocono Lodge No. 2725 holds its meetings on the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Chestnuthill Park & Senior Center, Route 715, one-half mile north of Route 209. The next meeting is Aug. 8.

The Order of the Sons of Italy in America was conceived by its founders to enroll Americans of Italian descent under one banner so that the rich cultural heritage of Italy could be preserved and shared with all Americans.

Van rollover in Mahoning results in injury

Thursday, July 29, 2010
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS

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.

Pocono arrests

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on several arrests made by officers recently.

On July 21 about 7:14 p.m. officers responded to the area of Norfolk Road in the Pocono Farms East development in Tobyhanna involving a juvenile striking a female in the face with a rock. On scene officers spoke to the victim, Diane Manning, 64, of Tobyhanna, who had the juvenile detained.

Blood drive schedule

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Miller-Keystone Blood Center has scheduled blood drives in Jim Thorpe, Summit Hill and Palmerton.

People can donate blood from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at Bear Creek Lakes, 57 Pool Drive, Jim Thorpe (contact Pat Crane at (570) 325-3334).

Donations will also be accepted from 2-7 p.m. Aug. 10 at St. Joseph's Church, 462 Ludlow Street, Summit Hill (contact Joe O'Gurek at (570) 645-5171), and from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at First United Church of Christ, 457 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton (contact George Ashman at (610) 826-2097).

Drug testing policy explained

Thursday, July 29, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area High School Assistant Principal Stephen Toth answers questions regarding the district's mandatory drug and alcohol testing for students.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area High School Assistant Principal Stephen Toth answers questions regarding the district's mandatory drug and alcohol testing for students.

The Tamaqua Area School District has implemented a new, mandatory drug and alcohol testing policy for students in grades 7-12 who will participate in the schools' co-curricular activites or seek parking privileges.

The first round of testing is scheduled for Aug. 2-5 from 8-11 a.m., and the district held an informational session regarding the procedures Wednesday evening.

About 25 people showed up for the session, which was preceded by a closed door meeting with the district's athletic coaches.

Tamaqua Library receives Snayberger grant

Thursday, July 29, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Public Library has received a $600 grant from the Snayberger Foundation, which is administered through M&T Bank. Gayle Heath (left), library director, accepted the check from Maureen A. Zuber (right), vice president and retain branch manager for M&T's Tamaqua branch. Heath said the funds are earmarked to upgrade the library's astronomy book section for young adults.

Carbon community highlighted in Firewise newsletter

Thursday, July 29, 2010
With a $33,000 grant, teams of up to eight teen boys from nearby Youth Services Agency, supervised by the Towamensing Trails maintenance staff, chipped debris from the 2005 ice storm.
With a $33,000 grant, teams of up to eight teen boys from nearby Youth Services Agency, supervised by the Towamensing Trails maintenance staff, chipped debris from the 2005 ice storm.

Towamensing Trails, a Penn Forest Township, Carbon County residential community, is the subject of an article in the Summer 2010 edition of the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise newsletter on preventing forest fires.

The article, Engaging Absentee Owners & Part-time Residents, was based on a Firewise project led by Ron McCuen - liaison for the Firewise Committee for Towamensing Trails, and Wes Keller - Forest Fire Specialist Supervisor, Forest District 18, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry.

Basics of Kayakying courses at Tuscarora State Park

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Robin Tracey, Tuscarora State Park's Environmental Education Specialist, invites area residents to join him for a kayak training course.

Kayaks, paddles and life vests will be provded, though personal equipment may be used. Maximum weight capacity for the kayaks is 275 lbs.

The group will meet at the Old Lifeguard Shack located on the park's beach. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No one under 12 will be allowed to participate.

Adult Citizens Police Academy to be formed in Carbon County

Thursday, July 29, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ryan Dutt, left, videographer of Blue Ridge Communications TV 13, and Meredith Violi, an intern with the TV station, look over the agenda for an Adult Citizens Police Academy being formed in Carbon County, with Mahoning Township Chief of Police Ken Barnes. The academy, a 10-week course, begins on Sept. 21. Barnes is a coordinator. The Academy is a project of the Carbon County Chief of Police Associaton.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ryan Dutt, left, videographer of Blue Ridge Communications TV 13, and Meredith Violi, an intern with the TV station, look over the agenda for an Adult Citizens Police Academy being formed in Carbon County, with Mahoning Township Chief of Police Ken Barnes. The academy, a 10-week course, begins on Sept. 21. Barnes is a coordinator. The Academy is a project of the Carbon County Chief of Police Associaton.

Class size limited to 30 people, sessions begin on Sept. 14

An Adult Citizens Police Academy, a project of the Carbon County Chief of Police Association, is being formed in Carbon County.

Ken Barnes, chief of police in Mahoning Township and a coordinator, said the academy will be held Tuesday evenings and will continue for 10 weeks. The classes begin on Sept. 14 and end on Nov. 16.

Most of the classes will be held at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall.

On Nov. 16, there will be a graduation ceremony and certificates will be given out.

Barnes said the Adult Citizens Police Academy is open only to Carbon County residents.

Winners announced in annual TIMES NEWS photo contest

Thursday, July 29, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Third Place winners are Diane and Jerry Briggs of Tamaqua, won a $10 gift card to Penn's Peak with this picture of their Grandest Kid, Jaxen Pucklavage, the son of Kalie Behler of Tamaqua.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Third Place winners are Diane and Jerry Briggs of Tamaqua, won a $10 gift card to Penn's Peak with this picture of their Grandest Kid, Jaxen Pucklavage, the son of Kalie Behler of Tamaqua.

Family vacations, get-togethers, visits to pumpkin patches and of course, to Grandma and Grandpa's house have made for some wonderful photo opportunities.

Many of you sent those photos to the TIMES NEWS' Grandest Kids contest and we shared them with our readers throughout the year.

Now the 2009-2010 Grandest Kids announces its three winners. They are: First place, Lee Damian of Nesquehoning; Second place, Larry and Stephanie McCullion of Summit Hill; Third place, Diane and Jerry Briggs of Tamaqua.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nesquehoning

VFW auxiliary

The Nesquehoning VFW Ladies Auxiliary to Post 8008 will hold its annual summer picnic on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the first beach at Lake Hauto. Mandy Breiner will graciously host the event.

Members are requested to meet at the Post Home at 5 p.m. that day to car pool to the lake. Those attending are requested to bring a dessert item.

SH Tigers have memorable season

Thursday, July 29, 2010

This past spring, the TIMES NEWS area had one of its football teams put together an amazing playoff run to cap off its best season in its two year existence.

Chances are not many people have even heard of this team. That's all about to change.

Pocono drug arrests reported

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on several drug arrests made by officers recently.

On July 22 about 11:59 p.m. police made a vehicle stop along SR903 just off SR115, in Thunkhannock Township, for a vehicle code violation. The driver was identified as Leon M. Sutton Jr., 21, of Bronx, N.Y. Further investigation revealed Sutton had possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was cited for those two offenses.

Schuylkill court news

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Credit card woes

Credit companies and banks have filed civil actions against people who are allegedly in arrearages of paying on their credit cards.

Cach, LLC, of Denver, Colo., filed suit against Adam J. Giranda, 15 Market St., Kelayres, seeking $14,388.21; against Eric J. Orach, 227 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, seeking $10,883.66; and against Robert Moyer Jr., 790 Green Mountain Road, Zion Grove, North Union Township, seeking $3,011.96. The company also seeks penalties and costs.

Sen. Argall TASD Good Citizenship Awards

Thursday, July 29, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Senator David Argall Good Citizenship Awards have been presented to selected fifth grade recipients in the Tamaqua Area School District. The recipients at Tamaqua Elementary School were, from left, Alex Hromyak and Ryan Murphy.

West Penn Elementary recipients (not pictured) were Alissa Hollenbach and Chance Szabo.

Three injured in Monroe crash

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Three persons were injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 5:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 25, along Weir Lake Road, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

State police at Fern Ridge said Sean M. Scerbo, 18, of Brodheadsville, was driving a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta southbound when he lost control. The vehicle went onto the berm and struck an embankment with the front end. After impact the car continued south and struck the embankment a second time with its rear end coming to a final stop.

Doctor granted variance for garage on property

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Palmerton doctor has been granted permission to construct a garage onto his property.

After a brief recess, the borough's Zoning Hearing Board on a 2-1 vote Wednesday agreed to grant Dr. Louis Sportelli a variance related to side-yard setbacks that will enable him to construct a garage to the west side of a dwelling unit at 776 Columbia Avenue.

The borough's zoning ordinance requires a 10-foot side-yard setback. However, Sportelli's proposal was to construct the addition two-feet from the side yard.

Carbon County property transfers

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

E.H. Pooled, L.P., to Roman Victor Kurtz, 90 Main St., Junedale, property at 50 Main St., Beaver Meadows, $12,500.

Franklin Township

Linda L. Kunkle to Tanaya L. Strohl, 160 Evergreen Road, Lehighton, property at Kriss Pines, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Shawn M. Kresge to Anita Stone Vandine, 29 Walnut Ave., Jim Thorpe, property on North Avenue, $11,000.

Catherine C. Santangelo to Barry A. Smith, New York, N.Y., Lot 41, Leisureland North, $85,000.

Kidder Township

Tucker named to dean's list at Kutztown University

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Aaron Tucker, son of John and Lisa Tucker of Lansford, has been named to the dean's list for the Spring semester at Kutztown University. A 2008 graduate of Panther Valley High School, he is majoring in Elementary and Special Education. Tucker is the grandson of Ed and Mary Tucker of Lansford and the late Bill and Sara Doris of Tamaqua.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, July 29, 2010

TEPTO

The Tamaqua Elementary Parent Teacher Organization will get a bit of a head start on the new school year, meeting on Aug. 9. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., in the school library. Parents/grandparents with students in grades kindergarten through five in either Tamaqua or Rush Elementary Schools are welcome to attend.

The main topic for discussion will be school year activities sponsored by the parent-teacher organizations at both schools.

Classes for the 2010-2011 school year will begin Aug. 30, with the exception of kindergarten classes.

FYI

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Franklin Fire Company seeks donations for Giant Yard Sale

The Franklin Township Fire Company is seeking donations for its fourth annual Giant Yard Sale, to be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, and from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14.

These days when people may not have the extra cash to donate, they may have used items cluttering their homes, which can turn into cash for the fire company. Normal yard sale items, which are gently used, but not junk, are being requested. Fire company officials believe this is an easy way for the community to give back for the service the fire company provides.

Leaders of the packs

Thursday, July 29, 2010
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Left to right: David Hawk, Scout Master Boy Scout Troop 41, Joshua Smale, assistant leader Troop 41, Greg Gruber, assistant leader Troop 20, Randy Ashner, assistant leader Troop 20, Robert Keyser, newest Eagle Scout Troop 20, Paula Semmel, committee chairman Troop 20, Jim Schneck, Scout Master for Troop 20 and Tim Beltze, advancement coordinator for Troop 209 were just apart of the team that organized the weekend Boy Scout Jamboree that took place in the Palmerton Borough Park. "We have been planning this since last year.

Tamaqua IOOF assists with funeral expenses

Thursday, July 29, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Harmony Lodge No. 86, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Tamaqua, reached out to help those in need in the community. The teachings of the Order are to "visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan." The family of the late Brenda Lee Fredericks, who passed away on Sept. 23, 2009, sponsored a Chinese auction to help pay for the high costs of her funeral. Hamony Lodge No.86 donated $50 from the lodge and raised over $70 from individual member donations to help them cover these charges.

New Mahoning police officers

Thursday, July 29, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Township Chief of Police Kenneth Barnes, left, talks with new part-time officers hired in the township, Elliott Miller, center, and Richton Penn. The officers will begin patrolling on August 1. The new patrolmen were sworn-in by John Wyczorek, chairman of the Mahoning Township Board of Supervisors.

Tamaqua Little League 9-10 champions

Thursday, July 29, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tom's Auro captured the championship of the Tamaqua Little League 9-10 year-old division this season. Team members include, front row from left, Detrick Borden, Jason Comisac Nelson, and Joseph Gursky. Second row, Ryan Alicandri, Kyle Stauffer, James Benderawicz and Cody Hamm. Third row, Jamie Ketchledge, Pacey Steigerwalt, Riley McHugh, Thaddeus Zuber and Derian Stianche. In the back row are coaches Steve Zuber, Rich Stianche, Gregg Steigerwalt and Scott Hamm.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tom's Auro captured the championship of the Tamaqua Little League 9-10 year-old division this season. Team members include, front row from left, Detrick Borden, Jason Comisac Nelson, and Joseph Gursky. Second row, Ryan Alicandri, Kyle Stauffer, James Benderawicz and Cody Hamm. Third row, Jamie Ketchledge, Pacey Steigerwalt, Riley McHugh, Thaddeus Zuber and Derian Stianche. In the back row are coaches Steve Zuber, Rich Stianche, Gregg Steigerwalt and Scott Hamm.

Tom's Auto captured the championship of the Tamaqua Little League 9-10 year-old division this season. Team members include, front row from left, Detrick Borden, Jason Comisac Nelson, and Joseph Gursky. Second row, Ryan Alicandri, Kyle Stauffer, James Benderawicz and Cody Hamm. Third row, Jamie Ketchledge, Pacey Steigerwalt, Riley McHugh, Thaddeus Zuber and Derian Stianche. In the back row are coaches Steve Zuber, Rich Stianche, Gregg Steigerwalt and Scott Hamm.

Salisbury resident's Thunderbird thunders

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Paul Willistein/TIMES NEWS Tom Hollenbach of Salisbury Township with his 1962 Thunderbird, which will be at the 47th annual Das Awkscht Fescht, Aug. 6, 7, 8, Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie.
Paul Willistein/TIMES NEWS Tom Hollenbach of Salisbury Township with his 1962 Thunderbird, which will be at the 47th annual Das Awkscht Fescht, Aug. 6, 7, 8, Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie.

He'll have his car at the 47th annual Das Awkscht Fescht in Macungie on August 6, 7, and 8

When Tom Hollenbach starts his 1962 Thunderbird, it really thunders.

The four-seat hardtop owned by Hollenbach and his wife, Claudia, of Salisbury Township, will be under the featured car tent at the 47th annual Das Awkscht Fescht, Aug. 6, 7, 8 in Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie.

The Hollenbachs' Thunderbird was the cover story for an issue of Thunderbird Script magazine, published by the International Thunderbird Club.

" We've had it (the Thunderbird) all over the place," Hollenbach says. "We've had it to many international shows."