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August 2010

Evening dog walkers

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Sara Jane Bensinger, left, and Jean Tonkin enjoy comfortable temperatures by walking their nine year old yellow lab, "Molly Tonkin", through the evening hours in Tamaqua.

Last big road trip off to good start

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Brian Schneider, a catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and a graduate of Northampton High School, will be sharing his thoughts about various items over the final weeks of the 2010 season. His diary, as told to Jeff Moeller, will run periodically in the TIMES NEWS.

Colts' program hits ground running

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
steve shinko/times news Marian cross country standout runners pose for a photo in front of the school before a recent practice session. They are, from left, senior Bobby Kelly, sophomore Phil Marzen and coach Jeremy Dormer.
steve shinko/times news Marian cross country standout runners pose for a photo in front of the school before a recent practice session. They are, from left, senior Bobby Kelly, sophomore Phil Marzen and coach Jeremy Dormer.

Very rarely does a program do well in its first few years of existence.

Usually it takes some time for a program to grow in numbers and talent and become competitive in its division, league or district. It may take even longer for a smaller school since it doesn't have as many kids to choose from. However, the Marian boys' cross country team didn't need much time to get its feet under itself. No, the Colts pretty much hit the ground running – both literally and metaphorically.

Wayside signs dedicated along the Slate Heritage Trail

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
A Berksey sign tells about the train that brought children to the Slatington High School.
A Berksey sign tells about the train that brought children to the Slatington High School.

Hikers and bikers on the Slate Heritage Trail, Slatington, will learn more about the area they are passing through, thanks to a project of placing five wayside signs along the trail. The signs were unveiled on Aug. 27.

Nick Sander, son of Cindy and Joseph, needed a project to complete his summer internship at Kutztown University, where he was a history major. He is now a civics and world history teacher at Slatington High School.

Parking dispute leads to charges

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A neighborhood dispute over parking in Tamaqua resulted in two people being cited on Wednesday.

Officers responded to the unit block of Bowe Street after receiving a complaint about a vehicle leaking oil. The vehicle in question was a yellow pickup truck owned by Kelly Dougherty of 57 1/2 Bowe St. Dougherty told the officer she was aware of the small amounts of oil and was cleaning them up with cat litter. She also said there was an ongoing dispute with neighbors concerning parking.

Dedication

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
In keeping with tradition, members of Diligent Fire Company No. 3 in Jim Thorpe push the company's new 2010 KME Custom Pumper into their firehouse during the dedication ceremony held for the new fire apparatus last Saturday.
In keeping with tradition, members of Diligent Fire Company No. 3 in Jim Thorpe push the company's new 2010 KME Custom Pumper into their firehouse during the dedication ceremony held for the new fire apparatus last Saturday.

New pumper housed in Jim Thorpe

The Diligent Fire Company No. 3 of Jim Thorpe dedicated its new pumper Saturday in a ceremony held at the firehouse in the Heights section of the town.

The new piece of firefighting equipment is a 2010 KME Custom Pumper built locally at the Kovatch Organization in Nesquehoning.

Following tradition – after opening remarks from company Captain Kevin McArdle, an invocation by the Rev. James Ward, and the Pledge of Allegiance – the new piece of equipment was christened in much the same way as a new ship.

Two drivers cited for drunk driving

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Two Schuylkill County drivers are facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges in separate incidents occurring on Friday, Aug. 27.

State police at Frackville said at 10:10 p.m. Henry Lesher, 38, of Orwigsburg, was stopped along Brockton Mountain Road at State Road in Ryan Township for traffic violations. He was found to be under the influence and taken to the barracks for a breath test. The test showed he was over the legal limit of .08 percent, troopers said.

Tamaqua woman wins appeal of harassment conviction

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Tamaqua woman won her appeal in the Schuylkill County Court from a summary conviction but an Andreas man was not so successful. The hearings were held recently before Judge Jacqueline Russell.

Amy J. Kranch, 41, of 244 W. Rowe St., was adjudged not guilty of a harrassment charge which was to have occurred at the Happy Endings Bar in Tamaqua last April 12.

Cyclist injured in Schuylkill crash

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash in Schuylkill County. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 4:35 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30, along SR443, just west of Moyers Station Rd., in Wayne Township.

Troopers said Walter E. Russelavage, 79, of Tower City, was driving a 2003 Toyota Avalon eastbound while Darrell E. Spotts, 51, of Schuylkill Haven, was operating a 1980 Yamaha YM500 westbound. Troopers said Russelavage slowed to make a left turn to enter a roadside fruit stand area when he pulled into the path of Spotts.

On this date

Monday, August 30, 2010

August 30, 1958

Miss Betty Holmberg of the South Ward Playground will reign as princess over the 1958 Indian Festival activities in Tamaqua, with Joseph Johnson of the North and Middle Ward Playground as her consort. The young princess and chief were chosen by the votes of those who attended the Settlers' Ball in the Maennerchor Hall in Tamaqua. Johnson and David Houser of the South Ward Playground were tied in the selectionof chief, but a recount gave Johnson the honors.

Tamaqua man admits to thefts

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Tamaqua man has reportedly confessed to two recent theft incidents in the borough.

Joseph L. Cierlitsky, 19, of 445 E. Willing St., admitted breaking into a home and a car on Aug. 9. He told officers he sold the items taken during the burglaries and used the money for drugs.

The vehicle in question is owned by a Karissa Hunara and was parked in the area of the public library. Items removed from the car included two XM radios and an MP3 player, with a total value of $630.

Barnesville woman among 13 to enter guilty pleas

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Barnesville woman entered a guity plea recently in the Schuylkill Court to possession of a controlled substance and was placed on probation by Judge Jacqueline Russell who also sentenced 13 others who entered guilty pleas.

Jim Thorpe Democrats to meet on Sept. 8

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Jim Thorpe Democratic Association will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. in the small conference room of the Inn at Jim Thorpe. Edith Lukasevich, president, will be in charge of the sessions and asks all committeemen and committeewomen from the town to attend, as well as any interested party.

Composting workshops slated

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Schuylkill County has scheduled three composting workshops for county residents. Two of the sessions will be held at the Extension Ag Center, off the Gordon Agle Trail in Pottsville, while the third will be held at the Frackville Library. All of the workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

The sessions are designed to teach residents how to make compost and use it in the lawn and garden.Information on the recycling of non-compostable material will also be included.

Tamaqua's Carroll is off and running

Monday, August 30, 2010
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua junior Amber Carroll is already out of the gates and running well, if the results from two preseason races this month are any indication.
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua junior Amber Carroll is already out of the gates and running well, if the results from two preseason races this month are any indication.

Amber Carroll is a soft-spoken individual who is modest about her goals and accomplishments.

What the Tamaqua Area High School junior has already achieved as a distance runner speaks volumes.

As a freshman, Carroll won the Schuylkill League Cross Country Championship at Tuscarora State Park, finished as District 11 Class AA runner-up at Lehigh University and placed 18th at the PIAA State Meet on Hershey's Parkview course.

Two crashes on I80 in Carbon

Monday, August 30, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating two crashes along Interstate 80 in Kidder Township, Carbon County.

A crash occurred about 12:20 p.m. on Aug. 19 as Wayne M. Sease, 52, of Jonestown, Lebanon County, was westbound in the right lane while Akhtar M. Mir, 71, of Yonkers, N.Y., was in the left lane. Troopers said Mir attempted to return to the right lane and hit the rear of Sease's 2004 Freightline trailer with the front of his 2007 Volkswagen Touareg.

McClafferty, Stoner win 20th Annual Truskey Memorial 5K

Monday, August 30, 2010
Truskey 10 K race winner Mike Carriglitto of Pottstown receives his first place plaque from Wayne Truskey. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
Truskey 10 K race winner Mike Carriglitto of Pottstown receives his first place plaque from Wayne Truskey. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Carriglitto, Snukis capture 10 K race

Ideal conditions greeted a large field of runners for Saturday morning's 20th annual edition of the Truskey Memorial 5K Run and Walk and 10 K Run, held at Tuscarora State Park.

Sunny skies and warm temperatures helped attract a total of 413 participants.

That included 348 runners for the 5K race, which is held on the same course as the Schuylkill League Cross Country Championships. The Truskey 5K serves as a preseason workout for Schuylkill runners for that reason.

Woman facing drug charges

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Northampton County woman is facing drug charges following a vehicle stop that occurred about 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, at Long Mountian and Kreger roads, in Polk Township, Monroe County.

State police at Lehighton said Christine Dolores Grace, 40, of Easton, was found to have in her possession a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Troopers said charges will be filed in the case.

Heritage Hill resident celebrates 97 years

Monday, August 30, 2010
Mary (Mazurick) Kapish
Mary (Mazurick) Kapish

Mary (Mazurick) Kapish, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, celebrated her 97th birthday on Sunday.

Born on Aug. 29, 1913 in Mahanoy City, she also resided in West Hazleton and Hazleton Heights.

She was married to her husband, Andrew Kapish for 49 years until his passing in 1981. They had one son, Calvin "Jackie" Kapish who passed away in 2001.

A farewell party

Monday, August 30, 2010
Helen Michalik of Summit Hill, a 1946 graduate of St. Ann's School, catches up on old times with former classmate Irene Cibik of Jim Thorpe.
Helen Michalik of Summit Hill, a 1946 graduate of St. Ann's School, catches up on old times with former classmate Irene Cibik of Jim Thorpe.

St. Ann's graduates host final reunion

It's 1914. Workers in Henry Ford's automobile plant are earning an unheard-of $5 a day, a good sirloin steak sells for about 25 cents a pound and Woodrow Wilson is president. Little Ida Fortunato, who two years earlier had sailed with her family from their home in Fontanelle, Italy, sits in their Lansford home with her big sister Rosanna, struggling to grasp the strange language of her new home.

Little Gap road accident injures one

Monday, August 30, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One person was injured Sunday afternoon when involved in a rear end collision along Little Gap Road in Lower Towmensing Township, Carbon County. The crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection with Lower Smith Gap Road. One person was transferred to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, by the Palmerton ambulance. It appeared no one was injured in the second vehicle. The Aquashicola Fire Company responded to the scene. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.

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
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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.