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July 2010

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.

Two teens cited by Tamaqua police

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Two teens were cited by Tamaqua police for underage drinking Wednesday morning.

Sgt. Richard Weaver was on patrol at 12:35 a.m. when he observed a white Jeep parked in the area of the water tank in the borough's North Ward. Three people were inside the Jeep, while beer cans, a cigarette pack, cellophane and other papers were scattered just outside the Jeep's doors. A blue knapsack about 10 feet away contained several cold cans of beer and ice packs. An odor of alcohol emanated from the vehicle.

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:

Frable-Fravel reunion

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Frable-Fravel family is having an 80th reunion celebration on Aug. 8 at St. Matthew's UCC Church picnic grove in Kunkletown.

The family picture will be taken by Lynn Photography at 1 p.m. Jeff Frable will be the DJ for the day. Food will be served by Layman's Fellowship. Linda Holliday, ventriloquist and magician will entertain, along with Zoreka will do face painting and balloon animals. There will be a cakewalk, Chinese Auction and bingo. Please bring cakes, fruits and vegetables for the cakewalk, and a gift (new or slightly used) for the Chinese Auction.

Polk Township news

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Annual picnic

Members and friends of the Polk Township Historical Society will get together on Monday, Aug. 2 for their annual covered-dish picnic. The picnic will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Polk Township Municipal Park on Route 534 in Kresgeville. They will discuss and finalize plans to introduce the newly relocated Jonas Bake Oven to the public at this year's West End Fair.

Please join them and bring a side dish or dessert to share. For additional information, please call Pat at (610) 681-8984.

Blood drive

Suzadail selected for citizenship award

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Vanessa E. Suzadail of Portland, Oregon, has been selected as the top eighth grade female student for the 27 annual Citizenship Award at Roseway Heights School. The award is sponsored by the Friendship Masonic Lodge 160, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, with the selection process conducted by the school faculty. The daughter of former Tamaqua residents Scott Suzadail of Portland and Julie Kimmel Suzadail of Lompoke, Cal., she is the granddaughter of John and Carolyn Suzadail of Tamaqua and Sally Kimmel of Hazleton.

Secara graduates from basic military training

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Marianne Secara graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Secara earned distinction as an honor graduate.

Carbon County court news

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts.

LVNV Funding, 15 S. Main St., Greenville, S.C., filed against Ronald Reeser, 679 Breezewood Rd., Lehighton, seeking $1,251.14.

Picnic in the Park slated for Sept. 19

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Franklin Township Lions Club will host the Franklin Lions Picnic in the Park from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Phifer Ice Dam Park.

The day will include bingo and a cake walk from 2 to 4 p.m; The Mudflaps will perform rock and roll oldies from 4 to 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited to bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the picnic in the park and a time of camaraderie with friends and neighbors.

Franklin Township White wins PVLL 9-10 title

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

The Franklin Township White All-Stars won the championship of the Panther Valley Little League 9-10 year-old Tournament with a perfect 6-0 record. Team members include, front row, from left, Brandon Schnell, Zach Wentz, Frank Bokan, Jack Schaeffer, Dalton Berger and Logan Wentz (bat-boy). Second row, Devin Oswald, Nolan Wentz, Gabe Wagner, Daniel Keer, Collin Haupt and John Herman. Back row, coaches Tim Wagner, Craig Haupt, Frank Bokan and Ryan Wentz. The team trophy was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Mike Turrano, the individual trophies by Dr.

R.R. Frey's, Service Elec. reach ESRC championship

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The championship for the 2010 Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission's summer basketball league is set for Friday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the North and Middle Ward Playground. Defending 2009 summer champions R.R. Frey Services will face reigning 2010 winter champs Service Electric. The match-up marks the third consecutive time the two teams have played for an ESRC basketball championship.

RESULTS

Wednesday, July 30

R.R. Frey Services-Cuz-N-Joe's Place

Tire fire is ruled arson

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A tire fire that filled the sky with black smoke Monday evening and had numerous fire companies from three counties responding, has been ruled an arson by a state police fire marshal.

The fire broke out at the Hazle Auto Parts property in Hazle Township just outside Hazleton about 7 p.m. It was not brought under control until about 10 p.m.

About 100 firefighters fought the blaze from Luzerne, Carbon and Schuylkill counties. The fire marshal ruled the tires were deliberately set on fire. A photo and story on the fire appeared on page one of Tuesday's TIMES NEWS.

Truck owner charged

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A tractor truck owner has been charged with violations following an incident in Nesquehoning.

Chief Sean Smith reported that on July 20 he was traveling south on SR903 in the area of the truck runaway ramp when he observed a Peterbilt rig by the ramp on fire. The driver of the truck was not injured and put the fire out with an extinguisher.

Slatington driver in Lehigh crash

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Slatington driver was involved in a one-vehicle crash in Lehigh County. State police at Fogelsville said the accident occurred about 4:17 p.m. on July 22 along SR309 in Upper Macungie Township.

Troopers said Kaylin K. Wanamaker, 20, was driving a 2000 Dodge Neon northbound when she reached for a plastic bag. She lost control of th car and it began to slide across the right lane and the east berm rotating clockwise about 180 degrees.

Travel writer talks to Black Diamond Writers

Thursday, July 29, 2010
PHOTOS By FRANK SUPSIC/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
PHOTOS By FRANK SUPSIC/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Anne Supsic, Saylorsburg, spoke at the July meeting of the Black Diamond Writers' Network, about travel writing. Supsic, a travel writer and world traveler, spoke about types of travel articles, where to find story ideas, pre-trip research and other related topics. BDWN meets the third Saturday of each month at the Tamaqua Public Library. For more info, call Kathy Ruff at (570) 645-3059.

Little Feat remains a traveler on the "Proud Highway"

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Little Feat (from left, Richie Hayward, Kenny Gradney, Fred Tackett, Paul Barrere, Sam Clayton and Bill Payne) returns to Penn's Peak on Saturday night.
Little Feat (from left, Richie Hayward, Kenny Gradney, Fred Tackett, Paul Barrere, Sam Clayton and Bill Payne) returns to Penn's Peak on Saturday night.

Band returns to Penn's Peak Saturday

Little Feat has long been a traveler on what its members refer to as "The Proud Highway".

The band that was home to the late Lowell George has proven to be a true road warrior, bringing its uniquely American mix of rock, blues, funk, folk, jazz, swamp boogie and country to a loyal following.

Little Feat has made Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe a frequent stop on its annual concert tours, and it returns there on Saturday night for the first time since December, 2008.

Schuylkill burglary, theft probed

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A burglary and theft incident are being investigated in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said the break-in occurred at the home of Larry Carl Meier, 138 Main Blvd., Brandonville, East Union Township. Unknown criminals removed a 139-piece Craftsman tool kit, a case of Keystone light beer and two bottles of home made wine. Entry was made by kicking in a side door. The incident occurerd sometime between 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, and 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

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.

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.