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July 2010

Patton named Marian boys hoop coach

Saturday, July 31, 2010
John Patton will replace Mick Stefanek as Marian head boys bsketball coach.
John Patton will replace Mick Stefanek as Marian head boys bsketball coach.

John Patton never aspired to be a head boys basketball coach.

But he always knew if he ever got the chance, it would only be at one place.

On Friday, that one place officially named him its new mentor.

"My initial thought was it was certainly not something I expected, but it's something I look forward to doing," said Patton. "I never envisioned being an assistant coach let alone a head coach, but I would never coach anywhere but Marian," said Patton. "I'm happy to be part of this program."

Softball team gains division title

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The 1992 girls' softball team made history at Jim Thorpe by becoming the first and only championship girls' softball team in the history of the school.

Panther ValleyMake-up physicals

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Make-Up Physicals for all Panther Valley Fall Sports will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Nurse's Room at the Panther Valley High School.

A PIAA form must be on file with the nurse or you will not receive a physical.

Stewart on Pocono pole

Saturday, July 31, 2010
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Tony Stewart climbs out of his Home Depot Chevrolet after qualifying on the pole with a speed of 171.393 mph fpr Sunday's Sprint Cup 500-mile race at Pocono.
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Tony Stewart climbs out of his Home Depot Chevrolet after qualifying on the pole with a speed of 171.393 mph fpr Sunday's Sprint Cup 500-mile race at Pocono.

LONG POND - Last August, Tony Stewart was awarded the pole position by default at the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 thanks to some rainy weather and being atop the points standings.

This time around, Stewart wasn't handed the lead spot. He earned it.

The driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet Impala claimed his third pole in the last four races at Pocono, as he finished qualifying with a time of 52.511 seconds and a speed of 171.393 miles-per-hour. He bettered his practice time from earlier in the day by nearly one second and three mph.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, July 31, 2010

July 31, 1955 Johnny "Doley" Smith blasts a two-run homer to help the Jim Thorpe Indians claim the Carbon-Schuylkill League title with a 4-1 victory over Bowmanstown. Louie Huber gains the pitching win, tossing all nine innings. Roy Gover collects two hits, one a triple, and scores two runs while "X" Wernett finishes with a pair of hits and an RBI. For Bowmanstown, Mel Everett bangs out three hits and scores a run.

Semmel steps down as LHS golf coach

Saturday, July 31, 2010

During the monthly meeting of the Lehighton Area School Board on Monday, two athletic coaches resigned from their posts for the 2010-2011 season.

Dennis Semmel resigned as the head golf coach; while Aaron Foulk resigned from his position as JV boys' basketball coach.

Quick meals can be healthy

Saturday, July 31, 2010

We prefer fast food. They prefer good food which leads to better health. How else can you interpret the numbers used by Peg Moline, in her Editor's Letter in the June issue of Natural Health?

"The U.S. uses 16 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) for health care and Americans spend just under 6 percent of their income on food," she writes. "In contrast, Europeans spend as much as 18 percent on food and just 8.6 percent on health care."

Where is NASCAR headed?

Saturday, July 31, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jeff Burton's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet sits outside of the garages at Pocono Raceway prior to qualifying on Friday. Burton will start 8th on Sunday in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jeff Burton's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet sits outside of the garages at Pocono Raceway prior to qualifying on Friday. Burton will start 8th on Sunday in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500.

LONG POND – Saving the sport of NASCAR.

Although the statement does seem like a bit of a stretch, recent attendance and poor economic times in a sport that greatly relies on blue collar fans, has shown a decline with the likelihood to show more problems than solutions.

One solution to limit the negative and critical outbursts by drivers has placed NASCAR in the center of a swirling wind that some say smells foul. With 200 laps on Sunday around a racetrack called the Tricky-Triangle, drivers will have a tough time controlling what they say.

Getz's, MC Pharmacy stay tied in first place

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Getz's Transportation and Mauch Chunk Pharmacy ran their records to 6-1 and stayed on top of the standings in the Jim Thorpe Summer Basketball League last week.

Getz's-Molly Maguires

Eric Busocker and Dennis McGinley led Getz's with 21 and 19 points respectively. Molly's was paced by Matt Yaich's 17.

MC Pharmacy-Highlands Bev.

Jason Miller netted 14 for Mauch Chunk, while his cousin Jan Miller added 10. Brad Hurley dropped a game-high 26 for Highland. Derick Reis chipped in with 13.

St. Lukes Rehab-JTNB

Political climate change leads to NJ bear hunting

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Although concurrent black bear-deer hunting has been eliminated this year in Pennsylvania, the state's hunters – especially those in the northeast – will be able to extend their bear season in New Jersey.

Yes, after five years of political stonewalling, New Jersey will have a black bear hunting season in December.

Atlantic Flyway waterfowl briefing to be held

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed preliminary federal frameworks for the 2010-11 waterfowl hunting seasons. The session will be held Friday, Aug. 6, beginning at 1 p.m., at Haldeman Island State Game Land 290, directly across from the Ranch House Restaurant along Routes 11/15 near Amity Hall.

IronPigs lack offense in 2-1 loss to Durham

Friday, July 30, 2010

ALLENTOWN – You need to be as perfect as you can be to beat a team like the Durham Bulls.

IronPig starter Brian Mazone put forth his best effort, but the speed and the depth of last year's International League Champions proved to be too much once again yesterday morning as Durham took the third game of the series, 2-1 in 11 innings.

With their fourth straight close loss, the IronPigs are struggling to get their hitting to match their pitching. After losing 6-3 in 15 innings, they dropped a 5-3 loss to Durham on Tuesday and a 3-2 decision on Wednesday.

Birth: Brown

Friday, July 30, 2010
Gabriel Robert Clayton Brown
Gabriel Robert Clayton Brown

BROWN A son, Gabriel Robert Clayton Brown, was born at 3:23 p.m. on June 18, 2010 at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Amy Sue Frohnheiser-Brown and Robert Willard Brown of Lehighton.

He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces aand measured 20 1/2 inches long.

He was welcomed home by his big sister, Lillian Brown, 8.

Maternal grandparents are Clayton and Brenda Frohnheiser, Palmerton.

Paternal grandparents are Robert and the late Kay Brown, Lehighton.

Attains dean's list

Friday, July 30, 2010
Edgar
Edgar

Brianna Edgar, a 2008 graduate of Lehighton Area High School, was named to the dean's list at Wilkes University for the spring 2010 semester and accepted into the national honor society for psychology. She is a psychology and neuroscience major in the pre-physical therapy program.

Brianna is active on campus on the school volleyball team, alumni/homecoming committee, and in many service clubs. She also was selected to serve as a resident assistant for the fall 2011 term.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, July 30, 2010

July 30, 1983 A solid game on the mound and at the plate by George Harris allows Lehighton to gain a 5-4 Pocono Mountain League win over the Tamaqua Travelers. Harris gives up just six hits and strikes out six to earn the pitching victory. Offensively he slugs a two-run homer and a two-run double. Harris also scores the winning run on an RBI single by Dan David. Lehighton also receives a double and run scored from Mike Galasso.

Class reunion

Friday, July 30, 2010

JTHS Class of 1980

Members of the Class of 1980 from Jim Thorpe High School will hold their 30th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Terrace Restaurant, Walnutport.

Classmates are reminded to mail in their responses to Jean (Kemmerle) Dunbar. For questions, contact Dunbar at (570) 325-4303.

Carbon County court news

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mortgage foreclosures

The following actions were filed as mortgage foreclosurers for alleged defaults on loans.

Flagstar Bank, c/o 5151 Corporate Drive, Troy, Mich., filed against George T. Hough Jr., 93033 North Loop Rd., Slatington, over property at 60 White Pine Lane, Lehighton. Sought is $133,512.95 and continuing interest.

BAC Home Loans Servicing, c/o 7105 Corporate Drive, Plano, Tex., filed against Mark C. Roccogrande, 111 S. Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, over property at that address. Sought is $175,846.58 and continuing interest.

Joins Silberline

Friday, July 30, 2010
Rudy Wiesemann
Rudy Wiesemann

Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc., the global supplier of effect pigments with its Corporate Headquarters in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, announced that Rudy Wiesemann recently joined the firm as Project Leader - Global Ink Product Development.

Barns of Polk

Friday, July 30, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS (PLEASE USE THIS BARN AS THE LEAD PICTURE WITH THE POEM UNDERNEATH IT) The Shafer/Howerter/Hartman barn, located along Mountain View Road, has long been neglected and falling into disrepair. But it is a reminder of a farm that once flourished and provided sustenance to the families who owned it. It is a sign of the times with farms disappearing across our nation's landscape.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS (PLEASE USE THIS BARN AS THE LEAD PICTURE WITH THE POEM UNDERNEATH IT) The Shafer/Howerter/Hartman barn, located along Mountain View Road, has long been neglected and falling into disrepair. But it is a reminder of a farm that once flourished and provided sustenance to the families who owned it. It is a sign of the times with farms disappearing across our nation's landscape.

Two men archive the historic barns of Polk Township

Roy Christman of Towamensing said he heard a statement that America loses one barn a day.

With that thought in mind, two members of the Polk Township Historical Society, Norman Burger, president, and Elmer Heissam decided they were going to record as many barns in Polk Township as they could. To date, they have documented 33 standing barns and 47 that no longer exist. At one time there were estimated to be over 80 barns in the township. With their search came knowledge about some of the history of the area.

Lehigh man facing Schuylkill charges

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Lehigh County man, who police say has two indentities, is facing multiple charges in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said George Hoffman Jr., 44, of Breinigsville, is facing the following charges: felony counts of forgery and identity theft and misdemeanor charges of unsworn falsification to authorities, false ID to law enforcement and six summary traffic violations (expired registration, suspended registration, suspended license-DUI related, no insurance, expired inspection and no seat belt).

Altercation leads to an arrest

Friday, July 30, 2010

An altercation in the Schuylkill County borough of Girardville led to one of the participants being cited.

State police at Frackville said Justin E. Kitsock, 31, and Leonard Mervine, 30, both of Girardville got into an altercation about 3:45-4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, along W. Ogden St., near Richmond St.

During the altercation Mervine kicked Kitsock in the face. Mervine was issued a citation for harassment, troopers said.

Schuylkill driver cited after crash

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Schuylkill County driver was cited following a crash that occurred early Friday, July 30.

State police at Frackville said Michael H. Bechtel Jr., 18, of Shenandoah, was driving a 2000 Subaru Legacy southbound on SR4031 in West Mahanoy Township, about 12:30 a.m. when he lost control. The vehicle traveled though the northbound lane and onto the berm where the passenger side front struck a tree and came to rest.

Bechtel, who was not wearing a seat belt, received cuts to his head but did not require immediate medical attention.

Tamaqua community yard sale scheduled

Friday, July 30, 2010

Tamaqua's Annual Sidewalk and Community Yard Sale will be held Saturday, Aug. 7 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Vendors will have the opportunity to have their wares showcased on Broad Street, while residents particiating in the yard sale will have their addresses included on a map. Deadline to register is Aug. 3. For more information, or to register, call (570) 668-6899.

The annual sidewalk sale is a long standing tradition in Tamaqua and was expanded just a few years ago to include the community yard sale. The event is sponsored by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

Retail theft arrests

Friday, July 30, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on several retail theft arrests made by officers in recent days. Four arrests were made at the Walmart store in Mt. Pocono.

On July 22 about 2:30 p.m. officers were called to the store by store security. Police said Donald Law, 77, of Newfoundland, attempted to conceal $57 worth of merchandise and leave the store without paying for it. He was issued a citation and release.

Coaldale break-in

Friday, July 30, 2010

Coaldale police are investigating what they describe as a "professional" hit on a borough home Wednesday.

A burglar or burglars broke into a home at 163 Second St. through a basement window between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and stole a large amount of money and jewelry from a safe.

The thief or thieves apparently searched for more valuables, going through drawers, but tidied up to hide their activities, said Police Chief Tim Delaney.

"They knew what they were doing," he said, describing the heist as "professional."

Phillipsburg Railroad Historians celebrate 20th anniversary

Friday, July 30, 2010

On Sunday, Sept. 5 the Phillipsburg Railroad Historians will hold its 20th Anniversary Grand Opening celebration.

from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. It's located at 10 Pine Alley corner of Cross Street, Phillipsburg NJ, just off South Main St.

Local artists show work throughout the West End

Friday, July 30, 2010

Several West End artists have their works on display at various local businesses for the months August.

Be sure to look for the works of Julia Saeger at East Stroudsburg Savings Association in Brodheadsville; Rachel Seabring -Life Is Good, Brodheadsville; Michelle Arner-ESSA, Gilbert; Rachel Seabring, Charlene Taylor- Homestead Veternary Center, Jonas; Linda Marnell-Hotel Jonas.

Silberline hosts Take Children to Work Day

Friday, July 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Silberline Manufacturing Company, Inc., Hometown, sponsored its annual Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday, July 29. The children of Silberline employees got to tour the plant, ride a trolley provided by Ebony and Ivory Limousine Service, Tamaqua, and enjoy lunch in the atrium with their parents.

Tamaqua couple wed 60 years

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Snyder if 313 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on July 29.

They were married in Zion Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, by the late Rev. Charles Schlitzer.

Mrs. Snyder is the former Joan Schlosser. Prior to retiring, she had been employed by the Borough of Tamaqua, for 25 years, as the borough secretary.

Her husband is a disabled veteran with more than 16 years of service with the U.S. Army. He is retired from the former Diversified Metals Corporation, Hometown, where he had been employed as plant superintendent.

Biking up

Friday, July 30, 2010

PennDOT offers great online tools for cyclists

The popularity of motorcycling in this area is no secret.

Roads in the scenic Poconos and small-towns are filed with riders, especially on weekends. Lehighton Bike Night, which attracted an estimated 20,000 bikers last year, is billed as the premier one-day motorcycle event on the East Coast. Lehighton Fire and Police Departments are the beneficiaries of the 12th annual event, now just two weeks away.

Lansford man facing charges

Friday, July 30, 2010

Kim Batchelder, 58, 513 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, faces charges after an incident which took place on July 24 at his residence. Charges were filed by Officer Brian Horos. Batchelder is charged with aggravated assault (a felony), resisting arrest, two counts of simple assault, defiant trespass, stalking, harassment, and public drunkenness. He was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Homanko of Weatherly and jailed under $50,000 bail.