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August 2010

Girl Scout rally

Monday, August 30, 2010

Girl Scout Service Unit 310 will hold their Fall Product Rally Thursday Sept.2, from 6-7:30 p.m. at St Johns UCC in Tamaqua. All girls are invited to attend to pick up their order forms.

Rig driver facing charges

Monday, August 30, 2010

A tractor trailer rig driver is facing charges following an incident that occurred along Interstate 81 in West Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, about 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26.

State police at Frackville said a 2003 Ford E350 van was parked along the bern with the driver behind the wheel waiting for a tow truck. Keith L. Fields, 48, of Ellicott City, Md., driving a 2005 Freightliner tractor with trailer southbound left the road and the passenger side mirror struck the van's mirror.

New Ringgold man cited in Tamaqua

Monday, August 30, 2010

A New Ringgold man has been cited by Tamaqua police after an incident at Pieracini's Market, 107 Hunter St.

According to police a man walked into the market and deli Tuesday evening and ordered a party pizza. While he waited for the order he opened a bag of chips and consumed the contents. When the pizza arrived, he picked it up, then refused to pay for it because he had been made to wait so long.

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
Nathan McClafferty of Keystone Track Club (Conrad Weiser High School) won the Truskey Memorial 5 K in 16 minutes, 30 seconds. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
Nathan McClafferty of Keystone Track Club (Conrad Weiser High School) won the Truskey Memorial 5 K in 16 minutes, 30 seconds. 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
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS "Luigi," who plays accordion for graduates of the former St. Ann's school in Lansford at their final "Silver Pennies" reunion at La Dolce Casa on Saturday.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS "Luigi," who plays accordion for graduates of the former St. Ann's school in Lansford at their final "Silver Pennies" reunion at La Dolce Casa on Saturday.

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
AP PHOTO The crowd attending the "Restoring" Honor rally, organized by Glenn Beck, is seen from the base of the Washington Monument in Washington, on Saturday.
AP PHOTO The crowd attending the "Restoring" Honor rally, organized by Glenn Beck, is seen from the base of the Washington Monument in Washington, on Saturday.

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.

DNA tests help get conviction in illegal bear killing

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Test results from the Northeast Wildlife DNA Lab at East Stroudsburg University helped the Pennsylvania Game Commission get a conviction in its case of Raymond Carl Kresge Sr., 66, Gouldsboro, who was found guilty of for unlawfully possessing a 600-pound male black bear.

Youth recognized by Legion Post 314

Saturday, August 28, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Three youths were presented certificates for participating in American Legion youth programs by Shoemaker-Haydt Post 314, Lehighton. From left are, Kirk Arner, Keystone Boys State participant; Rachel Garrison, center, attended State Police Youth Week; and William Moran, also a participant in Keystone Boys State. Arner is a senior at Lehighton Area High School. Garrison is a junior at Lehighton Area High School and Moran is a senior at Pocono Mountain East High School.

More proof on the importance of diet

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Migratory birds, it seems, instinctively understand the link between food, health, and physical performance.

During other times of the year, migratory birds eat primarily insects and seeds. During migration, however, they eat deeply colored berries.

Why the change? Deeply colored berries are loaded with antioxidants, which have been shown in animals and humans to negate the oxidation exacerbated by bad diet, environmental pollution, and physical exertion.

Oxidation creates the inflammation that can lead to aging and disease.