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July 2010

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

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

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.


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

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.

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

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


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.