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August 2010

Correction

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The website listed for the recent Coalcracker Chorus story has been recently updated. Their new web address is www.coalcrackerchorus.net.

The old website was listed in a story that ran in Monday's TIMES NEWS.

Northern Lehigh High School to Host Freshman Orientation Day

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On Thursday, Sept. 2, Northern Lehigh High School will hold a Freshman Orientation Day. The transition from Middle School to High School is often difficult for many students and the purpose of this day is to introduce the students to their new surroundings and prepare them for the final stages of their public education.

On this date

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August 31, 1945

Pfc. Frank Crilley, of the U.S. Marine Corps, who was killed in action on May 20, 1945 in Okinawa, lost his life aiding a buddy in distress, according to a letter written by Chaplain William F. O'Neill to his mother, Mrs. Edward Crilley, East Mauch Chunk. The young marine left his foxhole to aid a buddy in distress and was killed instantly, the chaplain's letter stated. He was buried with full Catholic ceremonies in the Sixth Marine Division Cemetery on Sugarloaf Hill, the letter continued.

Summit Hill news

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Summit Hill

Scripture sharing

The weekly scripture sharing sessions sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. in the church rectory.

CCD registration

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, and St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, have scheduled CCD registration sessions for youths from those churches who attend Panther Valley School District schools. They are as follows:

Attempted break-in, theft probed

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating an attempted burglary, theft and criminal mischief incident.

The attempted break-in occurred at the Top City, located at 500 SR61, in Orwigsburg. Someone attempted to break in via a rear window but was not successful. The incident occurred sometime overnight of Aug. 25-26.

Sherri Brown, 40, of 32 Meadow View Rd., in Pine Grove, Washington Township, reported someone took her cell phone out of a box at a yard sale. The incident was reported at 5:55 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27.

Exploding fireworks

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Area official seriously burned from display at baseball game

Herbert Truhe, 56, a supervisor in East Penn Township, was seriously injured Friday night when a fireworks display went awry.

Truhe has a business putting on fireworks shows.

He was in charge of the display at PNC Park in Moosic following the baseball game between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

Also injured was a co-worker, Joseph Mascaro, 48, of Old Forge.

Moosic Fire Chief Chuck Molinaro said the accident happened at about 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Theft at Tamaqua park is probed

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tamaqua police are investigating the theft of a ceramic bird bath, reportedly missing from the Owl Creek Community Park. The birdbath, tan in color, was last seen at the park on Monday. The two piece unit is valued at $150.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 668-6100.

N'western, Palmerton split golf matches

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Northwestern and Palmerton managed to split Colonial League golf matches on Monday.

GOLF

Northwestern Lehigh-Southern Lehigh-

Pen Argyl

Northwestern split in a Colonial League tri-meet at Saw Mill Golf Course.

The Tigers knocked off host Pen Argyl 410-448, but ended up falling to Southern Lehigh by a 390-410 score.

Cole Miller paced the Tigers with a team-low 76, while Nick Vecellio finished right behind with a 79.

The Spartans' Matt Guro grabbed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 72.

SOUTHERN LEHIGH (390)

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August 31, 1985 Fred Cerimele scores two touchdowns, one on a 50-yard interception return and the other on a one-yard run, to help Panther Valley gain a 23-14 victory over Lehighton. Buddy Ligenza leads the Panthers' rushing attack with 68 yards while Gary Karnish follows close behind with 67, including a six-yard TD run. PV, coached by Joe Leonzi, also receives a 33-yard field goal off the foot of Rich Zabroski.

Monroe man facing charges in Carbon

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Monroe County man is facing charges following an incident in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton said Ryan Shupp, 29, of Kunkletown, was refused service at the Wild Creek Traven, Pohopoco Drive, in Towamensing Township, about 9:10 p.m. on Aug. 21 because he was visibly intoxicated.

He went outside to the parking lot and struck a parked vehicle with a closed fist. He then fled on foot.

Troopers later located him found him to be extremely intoxicated. He was then placed under arrest for public drunkenness, troopers said.

Panther Valley news

Monday, August 30, 2010

Girl Scout registration

Nesquehoning Girl Scout registration will take place on Monday, Aug. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m., in the Meed's Methodist Church on West Catawissa Street. There is a registration fee.

Citrano family reunion

The 16th Citrano Family Reunion of Nesquehoning was held at the New Columbus Fire Company on Aug. 21. Fifty people attended.

PV Knee Hi

The Panther Valley Knee-Hi regular monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. at The Sports Zoo in Lansford.

Vehicle stop leads to fugitive arrest

Monday, August 30, 2010

A vehicle stop for motor vehicle code violation led to the arrest of a fugitive from justice.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 8:23 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25, officers stopped a white van along Country Place Drive, in Tobyhanna, Coolbaugh Township, for an expired inspection sticker.

ObamaCare

Monday, August 30, 2010

Qualified for cushy government job

Dear President Obama,

In watching Fox and Friends on your favorite channel for the news, Fox News, this morning I learned the average salary for a Federal Government employee is $123,049 per year; while the average salary in the private sector for a comparable job is $61,051, a difference of $61,998. Hmm, wonder who earns the money to pay the taxes in order to pay these bloated government salaries? It's no wonder we're trillions of dollars in debt!

A plea for unity

Monday, August 30, 2010
Attending "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington D.C. on Saturday, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, are, l-r, Ted Lawrence of Brodheadsville, Cliff Thompson of Lehighton, Debbie Mertz of Danielsville, Lori Shoenberger of Palmerton, Sean Thompson of Williamstown, N.J., Elaine Thompson of Lehighton, and Judy Smith of Tamaqua. Several hundred thousand people attended the rally.
Attending "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington D.C. on Saturday, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, are, l-r, Ted Lawrence of Brodheadsville, Cliff Thompson of Lehighton, Debbie Mertz of Danielsville, Lori Shoenberger of Palmerton, Sean Thompson of Williamstown, N.J., Elaine Thompson of Lehighton, and Judy Smith of Tamaqua. Several hundred thousand people attended the rally.

Large local group attends Beck's Washington rally

Glenn Beck, the controversial, conservative TV show host, did on Saturday what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did 47 years ago.

He brought together hundreds of thousands of people at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. for a rally and pleaded for unity of all Americans.

Two buses with more than 100 local residents traveled to the event, labeled "Restoring Honor," from Lehighton. At least 10 busloads of people attended from the Lehigh Valley. There were several buses filled with people from the Hazleton area.

Carbon resident victim of ID theft

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Carbon County resident is the victim of identity theft.

State police at Lehighton said John Cassella, 62, of 25 Cottonwood Drive, Penn Forest Township, Jim Thorpe, reported that unknown criminals obtained phone service from AT&T using his name and personal information to run up a bill of $402.74. The incident occurred during the time frame of June 1-24, troopers said.

Two juveniles cited for drinking

Monday, August 30, 2010

Two male juveniles were cited for underage drinking following an incident in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said a patrol unit driving along SR309 at Haddock Rd., in Kline Township, about 1:10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, observed two males walking along the road.

The trooper stopped to check their safety due to their apparent age and time of day. The two were found to have consumed alcoholic beverages and were cited. Due to their ages troopers declined to release their names.

Ambulance accepts check

Monday, August 30, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lansford Ambulance accepted a donation of $250 from the Lansford branch of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. Pictured at the presentation were Louise Dunstan, treasurer/financial secretary; Beverly Schiano, infection control officer; Veronica Bazik, ladies president; Steve Conrad, chairman of the board; Terry Smith, assistant chief; Mary Cignaek, vice president; and Jason Brochard, ambulance president.

Monroe crashes

Monday, August 30, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge reported on two crashes investigated by troopers along Monroe County roadways recently.

A two vehicle crash occurred about 7:02 p.m. on Aug. 26 along Frantz Road in Chestnuthill Township. Troopers said Cynthia Rodriguez, 30, of Brodheadsville, was driving a 2004 Hyundai Elantra westbound while Angelo Colon, 46, of Saylorsburg, was driving a 2009 Nissan Murano eastbound. Troopers said Rodriguez crossed the center line and struck Colon's vehicle on the rear driver side with the front driver side of her car.

Four hurt in Polk crash

Monday, August 30, 2010
Four hurt in Polk crash
Copyright 2010

Four persons were injured Sunday afternoon when involved in a crash along Dorshimer Road in Polk Township, Monroe County. The crash occurred just after 2 p.m. near the intersection with New York Boulevard. The crash involved a window van and a pickup truck. The van came to rest facing east along the south berm and the pickup truck facing west. The Polk Township Fire Company responded to the scene, closing the road.

A look back at St. Ann's High School in Lansford

Monday, August 30, 2010

The former St. Ann's High School, on Bertsch Street in Lansford, had humble beginnings in the basement of the St. Ann's Church at the behest of its first pastor, the Rev. Hugh J. Bowen, according to a booklet printed in honor of the church's social hall dedication.

Bowen persuaded the order of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to start the school, which opened on Aug. 24, 1917.

Mother M. Angelus Ferguson, Sister M. Christina Lee, Sister M. Sacred Heart and Sister Alice Marie McCourt opened the school with 142 students in grades one through six.

No injuries in Monroe crash

Monday, August 30, 2010

No one was injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred about 9:10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 23, at the intersection of SR209 and Gilbert Rd., in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. It was one of two crashes probed by state police at Lehighton.

Sixteen enter guilty pleas

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sixteen people who entered guity pleas to criminal charges recently in Schuylkill County court were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

Class reunion

Monday, August 30, 2010

Palmerton Class of '55

This is the last call for members of the Palmerton Area High School graduating Class of 1955 for the upcoming class reunion.

The 55-year reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Blue Mountain Ski Lodge in Palmerton starting at 5 p.m.

For questions or reservations call Richard Nothstein at (610) 826-7339 or Dorothy Strohl at (610) 826-4751.

State police probe criminal mischief

Monday, August 30, 2010

State Police at Lehighton continue to investigate a criminal mischief incident that occurred within a 10-day span in Carbon County.

State police said the incident occurred at 415 Blue Mountain Drive, Lower Towamensing Township, when an unknown actor damaged a chain lock and a front door with an unknown object sometime between Aug. 16 and Aug. 26. The victim is Melody Frey Curzi, 62, of Kunkletown.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact State Police at Lehighton at (610) 377-4270.

Carbon Tax Committee considers collector

Monday, August 30, 2010

Members of the Carbon County Tax Collection Committee met in mid-August to hear presentations from four firms that hope to win the county's earned income tax collection business.

The committee is made up of delegates from the five Carbon County school districts and its 23 municipalities. The committee is required under Act 32 to choose a single tax collection provider to handle the county's earned income taxes by Sept. 15. Currently, each municipality hires its own collector and splits the proceeds with the school system.

Carbon driver cited for DUI in Lehigh

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Carbon County driver was cited for driving under the influence in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said about 8:23 p.m. on Aug. 15 Herbert Hernandez, 50, of Lansford, was stopped along Industrial Road, just west of SR100, in Upper Macungie Township. Troopers said as a result of that stop Hernandez will be charged with DUI

Ladies donate to Lansford fire company

Monday, August 30, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lansford branch of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association donated $500 to the Lansford Fire Company. Presenting the check was auxiliary president Veronica Bazik along with Mary Ciganek, vice president; and Louise Dunstan, treasurer/financial secretary. Accepting the check are fire company members front, Mark Kosica, Jason Diehl. Back row are Chris Aungst, Ron Hood, Bryn Zellner, David Aungst, and Mike Doerr.

Silver Creek fire tower dog hike

Monday, August 30, 2010

A dog walk/hike will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Locust Lake State Park, between 12:30 and 3 p.m. The hike is four miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife. The hike will go up the top of the mountain. Meet at the visitor parking lot at Locust Lake State Park located before the contact station. Bring your dog for a nice relaxing hike in the woods. All pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets.

Girls cross country capsules

Monday, August 30, 2010

JIM THORPE

Head coach Drew Benyo (23rd season)

Assistant coaches Janet Ginder

Last year's record 3-8

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Key losses Tyra Brown, Emily Andrews, Elizabeth Schneeberger-Klotz

Key returnees Erin Bucci (Jr.), Gabriella Miller (Jr.), Samantha Miller (Jr.), Caitlyn Henninger (Jr.), Kayla Susko (Jr.), Tiffany Erney (Jr.), Briana Gehres (So.)

Others to watch Danielle Juracka (Jr.), Sara Kimborowicz (Jr.), Courtney Martinelli (Jr), Brittany Scherer (So.), Rebecca Osborne (So.), Catherine Condly (Fr.)

Criminal mischief incident in Monroe

Monday, August 30, 2010

State Police at Lehighton continue to investigate a criminal mischief incident that occurred recently in Monroe County.

State police said the Polk Township zoning officer reported that an unknown actor cut metal wires used to brace a stone wall at Hell Hollow Road near Dotters Creek sometime between 4 p.m. Aug. 25 through 9 a.m. Aug. 26.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police at Lehighton at (610) 377-4270.

60th annual barbershop coalcracker show in Tamaqua

Monday, August 30, 2010
In addition to the performance by the Coalcracker Chorus, the Harmony Extravaganza also included a guest quartet appearance by 'Three Dads and a Lad', an up and coming western division quartet. Pictured from left are 'Three Dads and a Lad' members Jerry Schwebel (tenor), Tom Malestic (lead), J. Charles "Bud" Hart (da bass), and Dwight Hershberger (baritone).
In addition to the performance by the Coalcracker Chorus, the Harmony Extravaganza also included a guest quartet appearance by 'Three Dads and a Lad', an up and coming western division quartet. Pictured from left are 'Three Dads and a Lad' members Jerry Schwebel (tenor), Tom Malestic (lead), J. Charles "Bud" Hart (da bass), and Dwight Hershberger (baritone).

The Coalcracker Chorus presented its "Barbershop Harmony Society" 60th Annual Harmony Extravaganza on Sunday at the Tamaqua Area School District Auditorium.

In addition to the performance by the chorus, the Harmony Extravaganza also included guest quartet appearances by 'Round Midnight', a cappella quartet of music educators from the Long Island/Manhattan area of New York.