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July 2010

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."

Bednarz graduates from King's

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Bednarz
Bednarz

William Bednarz Jr., son of William and Karen Bednarz, graduated from King's College with a bachelor of science degree in Accounting and Finance. Commencement exercises were held May 23. Bednarz had the opportunity to study abroad in the Summer of 2008, attending John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. He was also named to the dean's list for the Spring and Fall semesters of his junior and senior years.

Aliens

Thursday, July 29, 2010

National security seems totally ignored

Anybody who has flown in a jet within the past 10 years knows what a hassle the security can be. You must take your shoes off, empty your pockets, have a sensor moved up and down your body, and maybe be frisked. You might be called aside and have an even more evasive search.

There are some screening devices being placed at airports which will even give the equivalent of an X-ray vision to the screeners.

You need valid ID to fly. Any type of antics from the norm will get you thrown off the flight and possibly tossed into jail.

On this date

Thursday, July 29, 2010

July 29, 1974

Frank Rossi and Tony Dominic both hit home runs to help lead Lansford to an 11-2 win over Coaldale in the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. Rossi smashes a two-run blast and Dominic belts a solo homer during a five-run first inning. Mark Piscelli contributes a two-run single, Emmett McCall delivers an RBI double, and Ed Shubeck singles and scores two runs for the winners. Frank Navratil earns the mound victory, striking out five batters.

Carbon hires warden

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Carbon County has a new warden.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board, officials voted to hire Joseph Gross of Nazareth as the new prison warden. Sheriff Dwight Nothstein and county controller Robert Crampsie were absent.

Gross will fill the position that became vacant on March 16, when former Warden James Youngkin retired after 24 years of service in the corrections system. Since Youngkin's retirement, Timothy L. Fritz has been the acting warden at the Carbon County Correctional Facility in Nesquehoning.

Policy committee meeting canceled

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A meeting of Palmerton Area School District's Policy Committee scheduled for this evening has been canceled.

The committee was expected to look over a revised dress and groom policy sent to the school board solicitor for review.

But, a notice posted on the district's web site, www.palmerton.org, indicated the meeting has been canceled.

The matter may be discussed at a board workshop scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Earlier this month, the committee made numerous revisions to the policy, which was then sent to board solicitor David Shulman.

Lehighton AMVETS to meet on Saturday

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lehighton AMVETS, Elwood Miller Post 106, will hold their annual picnic meeting on Saturday, July 31, at Bob White's grove on Cherry Hill Road. Doors will open at noon, with the meeting beginning at 2 p.m.

Spirit Trail hike

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Robin Tracey, Tuscarora State Park's Environmental Education Specialist, invites area residents to join him on the "Spirit of Tuscarora Trail" Aug. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The trail is 4.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. It winds through several diverse habitats and features a beautiful view of the Tuscarora Lake cove.

Hikers are asked to meet at the park's upper beach parking lot. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and able to get along with other people and pets.

Durham tops 'Pigs with a two-run 8th

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Durham Bulls erased a one-run deficit with two runs in the eighth inning on only one hit as they beat the IronPigs 3-2 for the second straight night at Coca-Cola Park.

Lefthander Mike Zagurski entered in the eighth and walked both lefties, Dan Johnson and Chris Richard, in the Durham lineup to lead off the frame. Joe Dillon then laid down a perfect bunt up the third base line for the only hit of the inning to load the bases. Another walk to Dioner Navarro spelled the end of the night for Zagurski as the Bulls pulled even at two.

Benefit performances planned in Lehighton

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A performance of "Almost Oz" will be held Friday and Saturday in the Lehighton Borough Annex auditorium.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

The annex is located at 110 N. Third St. in Lehighton.

An admission fee is charged.

Jonathan M. Rodgers, director of staff and productions for Musique Productions and Entertainers, said proceeds will benefit three local families affected by childhood cancers.

On this date

Thursday, July 29, 2010

July 29, 1992

If a new Carbon County Prison is constructed in the Packerton Yards section of Mahoning Township as proposed, it now appears likely the sewage generated at the prison will be treated at Lehighton Sewage Treatment Plant. During a meeting of the Lehighton Sewer Authority, Carbon County Administrator Mortimer L. Smedley advised the authority he contacted the Pa. Department of Environmental Resources and the DER will go along with the proposal.

Haircut in honor of grandmother

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

Destiny Green, 9, of Palmerton, recently got a hair cut. Her aunt Kim Mann, owner and operator of Styles with Attitude, cut 10 inches of her lovely locks and Destiny sent them to Locks of Love in honor of her grandmother, Leona Green of Palmerton, a breast cancer survivor, who is very proud of Destiny's generous gift. Destiny is the daughter of Bradley and Hannalore Green and will be a fourth grader this year at Towamensing Elementary School.