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August 2010

Tamaqua news

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met Aug. 24 at the Ryan Township Fire Company, Barnesville, with 42 members in attendance. President Eleanor Schmerfeld conducted the business meeting. Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation. A moment of silence was held in memory of Emily Faust.

Recycling has a price

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Is going green costing too much green?

From a theoretic standpoint, we need recycling. Landfills are filling, recycling saves trees and other natural resources, and going green is the only way to go.

However, if it costs more to recycle bottles, cans, and newspaper than disposing them in regular garbage, would you do it? Would you pay if a fee was imposed to put the recyclables in those large, blue bins?

Recycling has become expensive and in some areas, simply not affordable.

Carbon County is one location where recycling is in jeopardy.

Wagner's win puts him in point lead

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

One week was worth the wait for Wharton, New Jersey's Don Wagner as he not only won the special Poker Series race but assumed the division point lead as well.

With 13 laps competed in the August 21, 35-lap 7 Card Stud Poker Series race at Mahoning Valley Speedway, John Bennett and Wagner where running one-two. Unfortunately rain put a halt to the action at the point and the event was resumed this past Saturday night.

Two cited in Lehighton

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Two persons were cited for disorderly conduct for incidents in Lehighton.

Borough police said April Steinhauser, 38, of 242 1/2 N. Seventh St., was cited about 7:04 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, for an incident in the 200 block of N. Main Lane.

Shawn Frehulfer, 33, of 255 N. East Alley, was cited on Sunday, Aug. 29, about 2:30 a.m. for an incident at his home.

New Ringgold man gets jail term for DUI charge

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A New Ringold man began a 72 hours sentence Monday in the Schuylkill County prison after entering a guilty plea last week in the county court to a driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol charge.

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.

Juvenile 'vampire' cited in Tamaqua

Monday, August 30, 2010

A 13-year-old Tamaqua male has been cited after reportedly biting two juvenile girls on their necks.

Officers received a report about the incident at 9:35 p.m. on Aug. 17, when one of the girls' mothers called to complain about the biting incident. After interviewing the girls, ages 11 and 15, officers were able to identify the male, who told officers the girls had asked to be bitten.

The boy was cited for harassment.

Firemen's statue in Slatington to be rededicated

Monday, August 30, 2010

A historic landmark that helped put Slatington on the map is set to reach the century mark.

Slatington Hose Company No. 1 has announced that the Firemen's Statue/Drinking Fountain located in the 500 block of Main Street will be rededicated and unveiled with a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. as part of the statue's 100th anniversary celebration. In addition, a 9/11-memorial ceremony will be held in conjunction with the statue rededication.

Auditions

Monday, August 30, 2010

Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theatre

Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theatre is holding auditions for two shows to be performed this fall.

Auditions will be 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31, and Thursday, Sept. 2, at The Studio, 255-257 E. Ridge St., Lansford.

The theatre group will put on two one-act mysteries Oct. 23-24. Needed are one young man (teens-through 20s); one middle-aged man (40s-50s); one woman (30s-50s); three women (40s-50s); one woman (50+). Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script.

Tamaqua Class of 1940 holds 70-year reunion

Monday, August 30, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A 70th Anniversary Reunion Picnic was held Aug. 21 by the Class of 1940 of Tamaqua High School. Carl Hafer hosted an old-fashioned picnic at the Knights of Columbus, Coaldale. Fourteen class members and 25 guests attended. Classmates attending were, seated from left, Margaret Demichele Mettenet, Harrisburg; Julia Constantine Quici, Berwin; Ruth Deem Brown, Tamaqua; Fern Clemson Kelton, New Town Square; and Fern DeArmit Edwards, Lake Milton, Ohio.

Monroe man jailed for assault incident

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Monroe County man was jailed this week for assaulting his son and threatening him with a machete.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said on Wednesday, Aug. 25, about 6:52 p.m. officers were dispatched to 2009 Cedar Drive, in the Emerald Lakes development, in Long Pond, for a domestic incident involving a male with a machete.

Upon arrival officers were told by Kyre Nero, 19, of that residence, that his father, Kenny Nero, 47, had choked and hit him and threatened him with a machete. Police said they observed injuries on the teen.

Drunk in public

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Monroe County man has been cited for public drunkenness.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 2:23 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, officers on patrol observed a male stumbling along SR940 in the area of the Uni-Mart in Pocono Lake.

The male was identified as Stephen Snook, 46, of Blakeslee. He was found to be intoxicated. He was cited, placed in custody and transported to the county prison in Snydersville.

Attempted break-in, thefts probed

Monday, August 30, 2010

State police at Lehighton reported on an attempted burglary, theft and criminal mischief incidents occurring earlier this week.

The attempted break-in occurred at the residence of Carmela Zaccheo, 54, of 125 Drakes Drive, Penn Forest Township, Jim Thorpe. Troopers said about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25, unknown criminals smashed a side door window to gain entry to the home. As the criminals entered the home an alarm sounded which apparently scared them off.

Two theft incidents are being probed.

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.