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July 2010

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.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 3:05 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, at the intersection of SR924 and SR339, in Brandonville, East Union Township.

State police at Frackville said Charles S. Williams, 45, of Lost Creek, was stopped for a traffic violation. He was found to be under the influence and taken to the barracks for a breath test. The test indicated Williams was over the legal limit of .08 percent. He will be charged, troopers added.

Chestnuthill column

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ice cream social

Western Pocono Lioness will meet at 7 p.m., July 27, at the American Legion on Route 209 in Gilbert, where they will meet the club's scholarship winners and enjoy an ice cream social.

Prospective members are invited to attend. The club is always looking for new members. For more information call Arlene at (570) 992-5022.

Family Promise

Driver facing DUI after Monroe crash

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A driver involved in a crash along Meixell Valley Road in Ross Township, Monroe County, about 8:40 p.m. on Friday, July 23, is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI).

State police at Lehighton said John D. Crilley Jr., 28, of Effort, was westbound in a 2004 Saturn Ion when the vehicle went onto the northern edge causing him to lose control. Crilley over-corrected his steering, troopers said, with the car crossing the eastbound lane before striking a mailbox. The vehicle continued on the southern edge and struck trees before coming to rest.

Schuylkill county property transfers

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Property transfers

Property transfers recorded in the courthouse were as follows:

Shirley Ann Butler, Chambersburg, to Jason and Diann Cimini, Landenberg, lot on Plat A in Valley of Lake Development, North Union Township, $170,000.

Robert Todd Day to Gregory F. Duschak and William Teel, property containing 43.237 acres at 242 Andreas Road, West Penn Township, zero consideration (transfer was from mortgagor to a holder of a mortgage in default).

Summit Hill dual dedication

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Larry Black, president of the Diligence Fire Company No. 1, Summit Hill, speaks during a dedication program for the new fire station and KME Predator pumper, Saturday. The podium is the front of a fire truck, complete with flashing amber lights, provided by the KME Corporation of Nesquehoning. At left is George Davis, a former fire chief who served as master of ceremonies for the program.

Constitution expert educates Lehighton 9/12 Project

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
MICHAEL NEWTON/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS William Reil, an informal Constitutional expert, lectures the Lehighton Chapter of the 9/12 Project.
MICHAEL NEWTON/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS William Reil, an informal Constitutional expert, lectures the Lehighton Chapter of the 9/12 Project.

The need for citizens to become politically educated is one of the main ideas underlying all the many different Tea Party groups. To help work towards this goal locally, the Lehighton Chapter of the 9/12 Project organized an informational meeting on Saturday July 23rd. The meeting featured William Reil, an informal Constitutional expert, as the speaker.

PenTeleData's Computer Patrol "The Store" will hold grand opening

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

PenTeleData's Computer Patrol "The Store" will hold a grand opening from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event will include guest appearances, exclusive giveaways and special pricing. In addition, B104's Mike Kelly, plus the B104 Bee, will be on hand from 10-1, followed by Penn's Peak Radio's "The Doc" from 2-4 p.m.

Those who attend can enter to win a free NETBook Laptop, as well as tickets to see Martina McBride at Muskifest, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Jeff Dunham/Keith Urban at the Allentown Fair, and ASIA/The Temptations/Live Wire with Bad Medicine at Penn's Peak.

Historical Society picnic slated Aug. 9

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Palmerton Area Historical Society will hold its annual picnic on Aug. 9 at 4 p.m. on the farm of society member Bert Holczman in Andreas.

This event is available to society members and their guests only, and all attendees are asked to bring a covered dish, casserole or dessert.

The registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 2. Call (610) 377-3769 for more information.

In the event of inclement weather, the picnic will be rescheduled for Aug. 10.

Is your immune system working?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Q. I seem to be getting sick a lot lately and I'm worried that my immune system isn't working right. Could that be a reason?

A diminished immune system could be the cause of your problems. Go to your doctor for a checkup and diagnosis.

The immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to defend the body against attacks by organisms such as bacteria, parasites, and fungi that can cause infections.

The cells that are part of this defense system are white blood cells, or leukocytes. Foreign substances that invade the body are called antigens.

Support group

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Family Caregivers

If you provide care for someone with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or other physical or mental disabilities, Blue Mountain Health System Adult Day Services Center, 217 Franklin Ave., Palmerton, invites you to attend its Family Caregiver Support Group meeting, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.

Shooting incident in Schuylkill

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a shooting incident at a Schuylkill County residence.

Troopers said unknown persons fired an unknown caliber bullet into the rear of the home of Arland Becker, 48, of 1338 Mountain Rd., in Pine Grove, Washington Township. The bullet traveled through the aluminum siding entering the interior of the home and then becoming lodged in the mattress of a second floor child's bedroom.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

July 27, 1990 Tamaqua rallies from an early four-run deficit to upend Nesquehoning, 7-6, and win the District 18 Little League championship. Winning pitcher Mark Behr strikes out seven batters, including three of the final four hitters. Joe Pinkey knocks in two runs, while Corey Fritz contributes a hit, run and RBI. Bobby Rex adds an RBI single, while Chris McLaughlin, Chad Trubilla and Jason Benner each finish with a hit and run scored.

5 young adults injured

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Five young adults were injured Monday afternoon in a one car crash along Troxell Road in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred about 4 p.m. as a teenage female was operating a Honda north when she apparently failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, crossing into the far left berm. The car crashed through a fence of a farm field, traveling through the field and exiting through another section of the fence. The vehicle came to rest on the lawn of the Troxell family after traveling a distance of 335 feet.

4-H Livestock meeting set

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The next Carbon County 4-H livestock meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 28 at the Big Creek Grange. All project books must be completed and turned in at this meeting.

4-H is the youth component of Penn State University. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.