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July 2010

Chief watershed operator speaks at Kibler School program

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Mike Pennella, chief watershed operator for the Bethlehem Water Authority, spoke at a meeting held at Kibler One-room School.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Mike Pennella, chief watershed operator for the Bethlehem Water Authority, spoke at a meeting held at Kibler One-room School.

Friends of the Kibler School sponsors Three Thursdays in July programs at the restored one-room school in Towamensing Township. On July 22 the second of the three programs was presented by Mike Pennella, chief watershed operator for the Bethlehem Water Authority.

The watershed lands are behind the school which is on Pohopoco Drive.

Kay Gilbert, president of the Friends, introduced Pennella by saying he has things in twos: kids, cats and dogs. He has been at the watershed since March 2010, though he was quick to point out that he has 22 years working for the water authority.

Peter Frampton comes alive once again at Penn's Peak

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Peter Frampton performs for the Penn's Peak audience Tuesday night.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Peter Frampton performs for the Penn's Peak audience Tuesday night.

It was an exuberant Peter Frampton who took to the Penn's Peak stage Tuesday night.

Wearing a black Martin Guitars T-shirt and jeans, Frampton was loose and comfortable, perpetually with a smile as he served up a dose of the best he has to offer.

Ground breaking scheduled at future Slatington park site

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A ground breaking ceremony will be held at the future site of the Slatington Memorial Park.

The borough, in conjunction with Northern Lehigh Future Focus, will hold a press conference and ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 3, at the former site of the old Slatington High School, located at Second & Main Streets in Slatington.

Carbon officials seek to define what railroad property it owns

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Carbon County officials are hoping to define its railroad property.

During the monthly meeting of the county railroad commission, the board said that they are hoping to meet with C&S Railroad, the company hired to manage the county's railroad and Reading and Northern Railroad, and discuss Andy Strauss' of Strauss and Associates/Planners of Trenton, N.J. findings on the county-owned railroad property and come up with a better defined outline of who manages what portion of the property.

Sweet and tangy chicken sandwich

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My search for a tender, juicy and flavorful breaded chicken sandwich took me to the place where so much great thinking begins the beer aisle.

After playing with various ways and ingredients for imparting flavor and moisture to this most ubiquitous of bird meats, I discovered that a beer bath had the biggest payoff in terms of big flavor with almost no effort.

Dump beer in bowl. Add chicken. Refrigerate. Drink more beer while waiting.

Summit Hill police warn about potential scams

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summit Hill police are warning area residents to be careful of potential scams.

According to borough Police Chief Joseph Fittos, a Summit Hill resident contacted police on July 20. She stated that she received a phone call from an individual claiming to be from UPS.

During that phone call, the resident said the individual stated that she had won a lottery and that they needed more information so that they could deliver her winnings to her residence.

The woman didn't give any information to the unknown individual.

Charged for fighting

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Jim Thorpe woman was arrested after she fought with a male in Summit Hill.

According to Summit Hill police on July 19, at 8:55 p.m. police received a report of a domestic disturbance at 264 W. Ludlow St.

Upon arrival it was learned that Linda Radeline, 44, of 718 North St., was involved in a fight with a male who was at the above location.

While on scene Radeline became combative with officers.

She was taken into custody and charged with terroristic threats, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and harassment.

Four are cited for disorderly conduct

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summit Hill police charged four people with disorderly conduct following two incidents that occurred in the borough over the last two months.

According to police on June 14, at 10:24 p.m. officers received a call of a disturbance at the Lansford Townhouses. Borough police responded and were assisted by Lansford police.

Upon arriving at the scene it was determined that Keith Yarnell, 31, of 141 Penn St., Tamaqua; and Jason Tessitore, 25, of 245 E. Ridge St., Lansford, had a disagreement, causing a disturbance at the location. Both men were cited for disorderly conduct.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Park Concert

On Sunday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m., the Allentown Marine Band will perform a concert in the Palmerton Borough Park. In case of bad weather, the concert will be held in the Borough Hall, 443 Delaware Ave. Bring a lawn chair.

This week's concert is sponsored by HCDF.

Out for lunch and dinner

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

For the past few months, I've told you how to juggle work schedules, busy family lives, and a tight budget to achieve the nearly impossible prepare a healthy meal without breaking the bank. Now it's time for a reward. It's time for takeout! Keep the following tips in mind as you prepare for your next night out.

Spend locally

Pigs let one slip away

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

ALLENTOWN – If "Lost" were a television show that starred the IronPigs, the island would be called Coca-Cola Park.

The outcomes of games at that ballpark of late have come in strange if not bizarre manners. Tuesday night the IronPigs squandered a superb outing by Vance Worley in his Triple-A debut as Durham downed Lehigh Valley 5-3.

In recent games, shaky starting pitching gave up the lead with the IronPigs battling back behind solid relief pitching including Monday night's 15-inning loss. Last night, the bullpen was unable to hold up its end of the bargain.

Two cited for criminal trespass

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Jim Thorpe man and a Lehighton man were charged by Coaldale police with criminal trespass after being caught drinking beer on property owned by a Montgomery County firm.

Steven Craigie, 26, of 44 W. Sixth St., and Michael Hricik, 30, of 1203 Mahoning Mountain Rd., were caught drinking on the property, formerly owned by Lehigh Coal and Navigation, Pottsville, and now owned by BET Associates of Horsham.

Cited for trespassing

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Three individuals were cited for criminal trespass after they trespassed on a property in Summit Hill.

According to borough police on July 16, at 6:48 a.m. police were dispatched to 530 E. White Bear Drive for persons trespassing.

Upon arrival the owner of the residence said he observed three individuals, later identified as Eric Matthews, 33, of 107 Hawthorne Drive, Jim Thorpe; Joshua Stein, 28, of 237 Main St., Walnutport; and Edwin Mertz, 50, of 131 Mauch Chunk St., Lehighton, on his property. The men then left the property and went onto property at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

A healthier side of bacon

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bringing home the bacon used to be a noble thing. Today, it's considered a health hazard.

What's a bacon lover to do? Read nutrition labels and use common sense.

The good news is bacon is so loaded with flavor a little goes a long way. Using just a bit to garnish a salad or speckle a meatloaf or burger can feel indulgent without ruining a diet.

Also look for center-cut varieties, which often have less fat and fewer calories per serving than the regular stuff. Low-sodium variations also are available.

Main Street initiative

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lansford, Summit Hill will work together on program

Two Panther Valley communities will work together and try to capitalize on the state's "Main Street" program.

Borough councils in both Lansford and Summit Hill gave approval to community organizations to participate.

Mark Sverchek, of Lansford Alive, and Debra Ranck, president of the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization, both assured their respective borough councils that participation would not come from tax dollars.

Carbon County court news

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Mortgage foreclosures

The following actions have been filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans.

Sovereign Bank, 601 Penn St., Reading, filed against Matthew N. and Heather Wentz, 797 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, over property at that address. Sought is $67,062.95 and continuing interest.

Sovereign Bank filed against Lerhonda D. Robinson, 41 Cranberry Circle, East Brunswick, N.J., over property at 204 Mountain Rd., Albrightsville, seeking $134,060.72 and continuing interest.

Man falls from tree, is injured

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A man was injured Tuesday evening when involved in a tree cutting accident in a remote and heavily wooded area of Ryan township, Schuylkill County. The incident occurred at 5 p.m. when the victim reportedly fell out of a tree. His young son walked a mile through the woods to seek help for his injured father. Emergency personnel from the Ryan Township and Delano fire companies, Ryan Township ambulance and Ryan and Rush township police were dispatched to an area along Church Street. Rescue workers decided traveling up Bridge Street, a narrow dirt road, would place them closer to the victim.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nesquehoning

Community supper

The free community supper will be held on Wednesday, July 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Meed's Methodist Church. All are invited

Senior boxes

Seniors are welcome to sign up for the free senior boxes on July 30 from 10 to noon at the Meed's Methodist Church on West Catawissa Street.

Summit Hill

Preschool enrollment

Registration is now open for the 2010-2011 school year of the Little Angels Pre-School of Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford.

Juveniles charged for garbage fire

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Two juveniles were charged after they lit garbage on fire in Summit Hill.

According to borough police on July 4, at 7:58 p.m. police were summoned to the 100 block of East White Street where someone had set some garbage on fire. An investigation revealed that two juvenile males from Summit Hill started the fire.

They were both charged with dangerous burning.

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.

Lehighton man charged with retail theft

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Lehighton man has been cited by Tamaqua Police following an incident at Ed's Sport Shop, 308 W. Broad St., Tamaqua.

Joel G. Semanoff, 55, of 160 S. Fifth St., Lehighton, reportedly entered the shop last Friday at approximately 4:25 p.m. and proceeded to steal a Blackhawk Pistol Light, valued at $159.

Semanoff has been charged with retail theft.

Correction

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

In the article in Tuesday's edition regarding the 20th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the second paragraph reads, "Jamie Folweiler wanted to remind everyone of the importance of that piece of legislation, which established a clear and comprehensive national mandate against individuals who are disabled."

The sentence should have said, "which establishes a clear and comprehensive national mandate against the discrimination of individuals who are disabled."

THE TIMES NEWS regrets any confusion this might have caused.

Tamaqua garage damaged

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tamaqua Police are investigating an act of criminal mischief that caused damage to a garage on Schuylkill Avenue.

Officers were notified of the damage at 12:45 p.m. last Saturday. Two holes were found in a garage door at 204 Schuylkill Ave.

Anyone with information may contact police at (570) 668-6100.

The transition

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Maryann Musselman sits on the bed in her room at Edgemont Lodge Assisted Living in Lansford. Musselman moved to Edgemont after the state closed her previous residence, Eastern Comfort Assisted Living in Palmerton.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Maryann Musselman sits on the bed in her room at Edgemont Lodge Assisted Living in Lansford. Musselman moved to Edgemont after the state closed her previous residence, Eastern Comfort Assisted Living in Palmerton.

Former Eastern Comfort residents find new quarters

Maryann Musselman sits on the twin bed in her cozy room at Edgemont Lodge Assisted Living facility in Lansford. On a table nearby, a ceramic angel, given her by a staff member, sits beside a graceful frosted-glass lamp. More angels rest on a shelf beneath the air conditioner. Musselman's wall-hangings, all expressing her strong religious faith, are placed carefully on elegant, beige-on-beige satin wallpaper.

Nesquehoning incidents

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nesquehoning police reported on several incidents and citations issued in recent days.

Chief Sean Smith reported investigating a vandalism call from 339 W. Catawissa St. on July 20. Kerry Klotz reported that the passenger side of his 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck was keyed causing an estimated $500 in damages.

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.

Burglaries

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Police need public's help to stop thieves

Police, members of Lehighton Borough Council, and citizens in general in Lehighton are a little restless these days.

Three burglaries occurred within several days in the West end of the town. The burglars very boldly broke into homes while the victims were asleep.

It brings concerns of whether the burglars were prepared for confrontation with the tenants, and what the result would have been.

Corporal Neal Ebbert of the Lehighton Police Department agreed that police need help from the public not only in solving these burglaries, but in preventing more from occurring.