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July 2010

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).

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 First place winner: "Hmmm, if I hit the red button, I wonder what will happen?" is what it looks like Alexandra Adam is thinking when she was 5 months old. She is now 15 months old and the Great-Grandest Kid of Lee and Nick Damian of Nesquehoning.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS First place winner: "Hmmm, if I hit the red button, I wonder what will happen?" is what it looks like Alexandra Adam is thinking when she was 5 months old. She is now 15 months old and the Great-Grandest Kid of Lee and Nick Damian of Nesquehoning.

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.

Clean Currents company has people thinking green

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A program that can save customers money and help fight global warming may sound too good to be true.

Yet, it is exactly as good as it sounds, according to an outreach coordinator for Clean Currents Green Power, a leading green energy company in the Mid-Atlantic.

Karen Sander, outreach coordinator, said the company will expand its offer of clean nationally-sourced wind power to electric customers in the PPL Electric Utilities territory.

Summit Hill woman cited for animal cruelty

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Summit Hill woman was cited after she left her dog in a crate.

According to Summit Hill police on June 14, at 2:28 p.m. police received a complaint of a dog howling at an apartment at 3 E. Ludlow St. When police investigated the complaint they found the apartment, rented by Deanna Leibowitz, 20, of 3 E. Ludlow St., Apt. 8, was empty but a dog was left in a crate.

She was charged with animal cruelty law.

Monroe trucker dies in I80 crash

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Monroe County truck driver died in a crash along Interstate 80 in Luzerne County. State police at Hazleton said the crash occurred in Butler Township about 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday.

Troopers said Mark A. Lockwitch, 53, of Blakeslee, was operating a tanker truck westbound near the intersection with I81 when the rig left the road and into the median where it struck several trees. The fuel tanks separated from the truck upon impact and caught fire. Local fire companies extinguished the blaze.

Lockwitch was pronounced dead at the scene.