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July 2010

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.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rush taxes

Real estate tax bills sent to Rush Township residents contain an error in office hours. Tax Collector Dolores Walck has noted her office will be closed on Aug. 3 and 4. The office will then be open on Aug. 10 and 11, which is the reverse of what is on the tax bill.

Residents may wish to take note of this change to avoid any inconvenience.

Senior news

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group met last week with 73 members in attendance. President Jean Machamer conducted the business session and provided readings.

Monroe burglary

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Monroe County residence.

Troopers said the home of Stephan W. Hansen, 47, of Willow Lane, Kunkletown, Chestnuthill Township, was forcibly entered sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 25. Entry was gained by smashing a rear window.

Removed from the home was a Playstation III, several games and a black Toshiba laptop computer.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 646-2271.

Calling all artists and photographers

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Art and photography exhibitors are needed to participate in all media, black and white and color, by adults and students for the annual Concourse Club's show in Palmerton on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 12 from 1-4 p.m.

It will be held at St. John Neumann School hall at 3rd and Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

Applications can be obtained at the Palmerton Library at 402 Delaware Ave. or by calling Venita Horenko at 610-377-0530.

Tamaqua man jailed for threats

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Tamaqua man has been cited after allegedly entering a borough woman's apartment and threatening one of her friends.

Debra Nuttall, of 129 W. Broad St., called police at 11:48 p.m. Sunday to report an unwanted male had broken into her apartment. The intruder, identified as Kareem Walker, also threatened a male friend of Nuttall's, forcing him to flee the residence. Walker then locked the doors to the apartment and the apartment building.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July 28, 2001 Summit Hill uses four home runs to gain a 16-6 Panther Valley Little League Tournament win over Towamensing. T.J. Parambo blasts two homers, a two-run and a three-run, for the winners while Justin Roberts belts a two-run blast and Ryan O'Gurek adds a solo shot. Jeremy Liggitt contributes two hits, one a double, and Jonathan Liggitt chips in with a triple. Aaron Salla gets credit for the pitching win.

Northern Lehigh news

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Slatington Moose

The Slatington Moose Club will have a Tommy Moose presentation at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday).

As part of the program, the club gives dolls away to the fire companies. The firefighters then give the dolls to young children to help comfort them.

Carbon CART to reorganize

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Carbon County Animal Response Team has announced that it will hold a reorganizational meeting in September.

During the meeting, Joel Hersh, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (PASART), will talk to the team about various topics. The meeting date has not yet been set.

Also during the meeting, members will vote on changes in operation, such as funds and leadership teams. All team members are urged to attend.

Jim Thorpe teen travels to Kenya

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brittany Holland, center, a senior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, with three of the children she met while on a trip to Kenya. Holland spent 15 days in Kenya with Penn State students to assist with the development of a health clinic and gain a self-awareness of the diversity within health and education.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brittany Holland, center, a senior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, with three of the children she met while on a trip to Kenya. Holland spent 15 days in Kenya with Penn State students to assist with the development of a health clinic and gain a self-awareness of the diversity within health and education.

15 day visit is to help street children

Typically when school is out, the start of summer break welcomes family vacation, swimming, relaxation and hanging out with friends.

Jim Thorpe Area High School senior Brittany Holland spent the beginning of her summer volunteering in a destination less traveled and in a country whose culture and language are challenging.

"My mom teaches at Penn State Berks and one of her classes ends with an experience in Kenya," the 17-year-old said. "She asked me if I would like to go this year."

Alcohol related citations

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summit Hill police charged two men after they were found to be under the influence of alcohol.

According to borough police, the first incident occurred on July 9, at 11:06 p.m. Police were in the area of East White Bear Drive when a vehicle, driven by Anthony Fitzgerald, 29, of 424 Hazle St., Tamaqua, passed them and failed to dim the high beams.

Police initiated a traffic stop and it was determined that Fitzgerald was under the influence of alcohol. He was charged with driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and for multiple beam road lighting equipment.

It Gru on 'Me'; talking Joan Rivers

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Despicable Me" is an enjoyable 3-D movie that should be seen in 3-D.

The animation feature touts its eye-popping effects and indeed they are, especially in 3-D. There's a roller coaster sequence that puts you right in the seat and staring down the tracks. There's an amusement park game of chance scene where you're front and center. You'll blast off to the moon and experience what near zero gravity might be like.

Carbon GOP elects officers

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

MaryEllen Salerno has been elected the new chairman of the Carbon County Republican party.

She succeeds Doyle Heffley, who is running for a seat in the state House of Representatives.

Other officers are Michael J. Sofranko, vice chairman; Sandra Dellicker, treasurer; Lee Becker, secretary, and Gilbert Gerhard, state committee.

Salerno said her priority will be to increase the county party's visibility and boost membership.

Salerno is a native of New York. She lived part-time in Carbon County since 1976 and full-time since 1988.

Demonstrating the art of making a mallet

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
MARY TOBIA/TIMES NEWS
MARY TOBIA/TIMES NEWS

Left to right: Boy Scouts from Troop 20 Jesse Schneck, Robert Keyser, Mike Sanders, Toby Sanders, and Nick Sanders show William Lowe (second from the right) how to make his own wooden mallet at the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in the Palmerton Borough Park. Lowe a 2-year Webelos, along with his family, were visiting in the area from Army Base USAG-Yongson in Seoul South Korea. Some of the other activities the public was invited to participated in were the Tomahawk Throw, carving arrow heads, walking across a monkey bridge and climbing a homemade bridge.

Zoning officer rehired

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lehighton council says pressing issues necessitate action

Lehighton borough's former zoning officer is being taken out of retirement.

John Quinn, who had resigned as zoning and property code enforcement office last Nov. 30, was rehired this week by Lehighton Borough Council to work on a part-time basis.

Quinn didn't apply for the job. The council said there are numerous pressing zoning issues in the borough.

The acting zoning officer is borough manager John Wagner, who the council said can use assistance in catching up with pending applications and complaints.

Skid Row returns to Penn's Peak

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Skid Row will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night.
Skid Row will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night.

Performs with FireHouse Friday night in Jim Thorpe

For Rachel Bolan, Skid Row has been a way of life since he and Dave "The Snake" Sabo were founding members of the band over two decades ago.

"It's been cool being around this long and still being able to do it," said Bolan, Skid Row's bassist, in a recent phone interview.

Formed in Tom's River, New Jersey, Skid Row has become a hard rock and metal institution, moving forward through many line-up changes, with Bolan and guitarist Sabo the only constant members.

Leave no trace

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Left to right: Boy Scout Asa Blynn of Troop 41 and Linda Roth, Round Table Commissioner of the North Valley District show a variety of back packs and how to pack them for overnight, a weekend stay or a longer journey. This demonstration was a part of the Boy Scout Jamboree held in the Palmerton Borough Park in observance of the 100th birthday of the Boy Scouts of America. Palmerton Area Scouting Troops 20 and 41 and Towamensing Boy Scout Troop 209 were in attendance. The public was invited to participate in many outdoor activities and taste many cooking demonstrations throughout the day.

Coaldale woman, man charged with leaving children alone

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Coaldale woman and the father of her four young children have both been charged with endangering the welfare of children after allegedly leaving the children – ranging in age from 7 to 1 – alone while she visited her new boyfriend.

Laura G. DeMaio, 27, and Brian Hay, 28, both of 272 Sixth St., face the charge. According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Jeremy P. Talanca, he responded to a report of a man with a gun at DeMaio's address at 1 a.m. July 15.

Hit-and-run

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Nesquehoning man is charged after he took a person's car and was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Summit Hill.

According to borough police on June 3 police received a report of a hit-and-run in the borough. An investigation revealed that a person from Nesquehoning had hit a vehicle in Summit Hill and then parked the vehicle in Nesquehoning.

Air Products to add silane gas

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS George Stianche of Air Products and Chemicals uses a chart to show the position of a building which would be used to transfer and store silane gas. Stianche explained the process at Tuesday's Rush Township zoning hearing where zoners granted a special exception to allow the transfer facility.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS George Stianche of Air Products and Chemicals uses a chart to show the position of a building which would be used to transfer and store silane gas. Stianche explained the process at Tuesday's Rush Township zoning hearing where zoners granted a special exception to allow the transfer facility.

Rush Township zoning board approves special exception

Solar panels are the wave of the future and Air Products and Chemicals is expanding to meet the demand.

At Tuesday's Rush Township zoning board hearing, Air Products was given a green light to expand a building to accommodate a gas used in the manufacture of solar panels, among other uses.

Specifically, zoners agreed to allow a special exemption for a 40-feet by 60-feet building which will be modified for the transfer and storage of silane gas.

On this date

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July 28, 1992

A 32-year-old Tamaqua native was involved in a dramatic heroic rescue of the crew of a crashed Army helicopter last week in the rugged terrain of Pikes Peak, Colo. Warrant Officer Michael Chickilly, a Huey helicopter pilot for the 571st Medical Detachment at Fort Carson, was part of the rescue team that climbed more than 1,500 feet down Pikes Peak, hauling medical equipment to administer first aid to an Army pilot and helicopter crewman whose craft crashed into the rugged hillside and burst into flames. Both crewmen were hauled to safety and their lives were saved.

SHINE Summer Camp held at LCCC Tamaqua

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
NICOLE MATSAGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
NICOLE MATSAGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The SHINE After-School program ran two summer camps at Lehigh Carbon Community College's Morgan Center in Tamaqua. One camp was held the week of July 12-16 for students in kindergarten through second grade, and the other the week of July 19-21 for students in grades 3-5. The theme of this year's camps was Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies. At the camp, physical education is just as important as studying math and reading. Above, Jeff and Melissa Veauvais have students run through some basketball drills to sharpen their bodies while working on their minds.

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.