Monday, September 1, 2014
     

August 2010

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.

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
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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.

Reader's Turn

Saturday, August 28, 2010
Kyle Heiser,Slatington: "I really don't believe that pay to play should exist in high schools, mostly because there may be less fortunate families whose children may be very athletic, and why should they have to pay when they could make a big impact on sports and could go pro some day?"
Kyle Heiser,Slatington: "I really don't believe that pay to play should exist in high schools, mostly because there may be less fortunate families whose children may be very athletic, and why should they have to pay when they could make a big impact on sports and could go pro some day?"

"Because of escalating costs and tighter budgets, do you think school students should be required to "pay to play" if they participate in sports?"

The dread of the first day of kindergarten

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Labor Day is a traditional line of demarcation - the end of summer and the start of the new school year. While classes already have started in some parts of the area, there are schools which don't gear up until after Labor Day.

Each year at this time, as thousands of 5-year-olds get ready for their first day of kindergarten, I sympathize with them and know the mix of joy and dread they are feeling.

Local hills were hard on vehicles – motorized and animal-powered

Saturday, August 28, 2010

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

Considering the amount of hills and mountains that drivers must navigate, brake malfunctions are never a good thing. August 1910 proved to be a wild month for out-of-control vehicles in the area with a horse-drawn carriage, a motorized automobile and a railroad car all involved in separate accidents.

To unwind from the rigors of hard work, nothing could be more appealing to folks living in the early 1900s than to soak in the beauty of nature with a carriage ride followed by a country picnic.