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July 2010

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.

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).

Two placed in probation program

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Two persons with pending criminal charges were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked, then the commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

The two were placed for a year on driving under the influence (DUI) charges.

Cited for careless driving after accident

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A 16-year-old female is being cited for careless driving following a one-car accident at 4 p.m. Monday in Mahoning Township.

Chief of Police Ken Barnes said the accident happened in the vicinity of 744 Troxells Road. A vehicle driven by a 16-year -old female from the 100 block of Creekside Manor Drive, Lehighton, failed to negotiate a curve, drove off of the roadway, struck a fence and struck two poles.

Police said the car left 105 feet of skid marks on the roadway and then continued another 230 feet on grass before coming to a final rest.

Nesquehoning man faces year in jail for drunk driving

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Nesquehoning man faces a minimum term of one year in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of driving under the influence (DUI). He was one of several defendants in pending cases to enter a plea on Tuesday before Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Controlled substances

Charles Kaukaoh Misawic, 41, was arrested on Sept. 22, 2009, along SR209 in Lansford after being observed driving erratically.