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July 2010

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.

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.

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.

20th anniversary of disabilities act proclaimed in Tamaqua

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison, second from right, reads a proclamation reaffirming the borough's commitment to full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on the 20th anniversary of the enactment of ADA. With Morrison are, from left, Dorey Moll, Karri Garber and Jamie Folweiler, all of Tamaqua.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison, second from right, reads a proclamation reaffirming the borough's commitment to full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on the 20th anniversary of the enactment of ADA. With Morrison are, from left, Dorey Moll, Karri Garber and Jamie Folweiler, all of Tamaqua.

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ensuring the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Jamie Folweiler wanted to remind everyone of the importance of that legislation, which established a clear and comprehensive national mandate against individuals who are disabled.

Folweiler, who is wheelchair bound after being born with spina bifida, has been an activist for the rights of the disabled. He approached Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison about recognizing the 20th anniversary of the ADA.

The Pinnacle hike set

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Robin Tracey, Tuscarora State Park's Environmental Education Specialist, invites area residents to join him Aug. 1 for a hike to the Pinnacle on the Appalachian Trail.

The hike is 11.5 miles and moderate in difficulty. Hikers will meet at 10 a.m. in the lower parking lot in the Weiser Forest District just off Route 61 South in Port Clinton. From there, the group will car pool to the trailhead. Tracey advises all attendees to bring a bag lunch.

Son charged with striking his father

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A son has been charged with harassment for striking his father during a dispute.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred on Saturday, July 24, about 10:27 p.m. along Spittler Road, in Pine Grove Township. Troopers said Paul Alvin Daubert Sr., 48, attempted to stop his son, Paul Alvin Daubert Jr., 25, from leaving the residence. An argument turned physical when the son punched his father several times in the face, troopers said.

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
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

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.