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July 2010

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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.

Indecent exposure incident probed

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

State police at Frackville are investigating an indecent exposure incident.

Troopers said an anonymous caller reported that a white male, wearing red shorts and no shirt was exposing himself to passing motorists along Cold Run Road in East Brunswick Township. The incident was reported on Sunday, July 25, about 1:44 p.m.

DUI arrests reported

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

State police at Lehighton reported on several driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by troopers in recent days.

Street repairs in Summit Hill

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Heavy equipment digs up the surface of Route 902 in Summit Hill at the intersection of Pine and Amidon streets. The project has been going on for several days and involves street repairs where sewerage system construction work previously occurred.

Tamaqua Fire Department giving away free smoke detectors

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Tamaqua Fire Department is giving away a limited number of free smoke detectors, to anyone who lives within the borough limits.

These detectors became available through a grant administered by the State Fire Commissioners Office, and the Schuylkill County Fire Chiefs Association, according to Christian Hadesty, Tamaqua Community Ambulance director and a lieutenant with the Tamaqua Fire Department.

Schuylkill court news

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

File for divorce

John Casler, 302 Hazle St., Tamaqua, started a divorce action against Melody Casler, 23 Apple Lane, Barnesville, Rush Township. They were married July 8, 1989.

Lisa M. Zilker, 322 W. South St., Mahanoy City, filed suit against Paul E. Zilker, 501 W. Spruce St., Mahanoy City. They were married May 5, 2000.

Divorces granted

Helen E. Tyson, Mahanoy City, was granted a divorce from Randall A. Tyson, Shenandoah. They were married Feb. 24, 2001.

Arlen Specter recognized by CAC for aid to battle polycythemia vera

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, shown here at a 2008 press conference on the tri-county polycythemia vera cancer cluster, has been honored by the Tri-County PV Community Action Team and the Borough of Tamaqua for his efforts in securing federal funding to study and battle the disease.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, shown here at a 2008 press conference on the tri-county polycythemia vera cancer cluster, has been honored by the Tri-County PV Community Action Team and the Borough of Tamaqua for his efforts in securing federal funding to study and battle the disease.

United States Senator Arlen Specter has been recognized by the Tri-County Polycythemia Vera (PV) Community Action Committee (CAC) and the Borough of Tamaqua for his efforts in securing $8 million dollars in federal funds to battle the rare blood disease.

On Monday, Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison read a proclamation acknowledging the diligent work of Senator Specter. The CAC passed an unanimous resolution honoring Specter's efforts at its June 30 meeting.

Semis are set

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The semifinals are set for the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission's summer basketball playoffs.

The defending champions (R.R. Frey Services) won on Tom Toth's buzzer-beater and will play Cuz-N-Joe's Place. Top-seeded Guerilla Squad will play Service Electric in the nightcap.


Wednesday, July 21

Service Electric-

Mr. Z's Contracting

Mahoning's jackpot goes to Paules

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Poker is a game of risk, chance and luck when it comes to winning.

Just ask Chip Santee who, in the blink of an eye, saw his shot at the $3000 Poker Series jackpot in the Hand 2 Seven Card Stud Modified 100 slip through his fingers after the lapped car of Tommy Flanagan got in his path while leading and he was forced to back down to avoid a possible rear end collision with just under 30 laps to go.

Crashes probed in Schuylkill

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on two crashes probed by troopers along Schuylkill County roadways, including one in which a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) is pending.

A crash occurred about 4:05 a.m. on Sunday, July 25, along SR125 in Hegins Township. Troopers said Nikki E. Klock, 25, of Pitman, was driving a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta southbound near the intersection with Deep Creek Road when she continued straight off a sharp right down hill curve and struck a tree head-on. Klock said she fell asleep and did not realize the car had left the road.

Monroe man facing charges

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Monroe County man is facing charges following an incident that occurred on Friday, July 23, about 7:55 p.m. at his residence.

State police at Lehighton said Paul Kenneth Henry, 27, of Box 4027, Saylorsburg R.4, Ross Township, allegedly assaulted a 20-year-old female from Saylorsburg. Troopers said Henry also used obscene and vulgar language while troopers were at the scene investigating the incident.

Henry was charged with harassment and disorderly conduct.

West Penn Lions installs officers

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The West Penn Township Lions Club has installed officers for the 2010-2011 term. Incoming officers are, front from left, Ed Dudley, secretary and treasurer; Elizabeth McElwee, Past District Governor, president; and Leroy Wentzel, immediate past president; and Rebecca Neumoyer, third vice president. Second row, Curtis Bailey, two-year director; Melissa Kistler, two-year director; Al Matrinez, one-year director; and Lizanne McElwee, membership director.

A moving performance at M.C. Opera House

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Unless you are a hard core folk music fan, the prospect of an 18 song solo acoustic guitar set can seem more daunting than fun.

Jeffrey Gaines delivered that exact type of set at his Opera House concert on Saturday.

The Harrisburg resident has been making music and touring for over 20 years. While a bad acoustic concert can lead to frantic watch-checking; the skills Gaines has gained on the road were proven by the fact that on Saturday evening he made the time fly by.

Tamaqua news

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Changes were made in elementary school assignments for the 2010-2011 school year by Tamaqua Area School District officials in recent weeks. In an effort to make the transition as smooth as possible for students affected by the change, the district will conduct orientation sessions at each of its three elementary schools. The orientation sessions are for students and parents new to the district, as well as those who have been given new building assignments.

The Fat Cats perform at Tamaqua train station

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Fat Cats perform a rendition of Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" during their concert at the Tamaqua train station Thursday evening, July 22. The performance was part of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series and was sponsored by Argall For Congress. The concerts are held every two weeks on Thursdays at the train station and are free and open to the public.