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August 2010

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.

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 'Round Midnight', a cappella quartet of music educators from the Long Island/Manhattan area of New York. Pictured from left are 'Round Midnight' members T.J. Carollo (baritone), Jeff Glemboski (bass), Wayne Grimmer (lead), and Larry Bomback (tenor).
In addition to the performance by the Coalcracker Chorus, the Harmony Extravaganza also included a guest quartet appearance by 'Round Midnight', a cappella quartet of music educators from the Long Island/Manhattan area of New York. Pictured from left are 'Round Midnight' members T.J. Carollo (baritone), Jeff Glemboski (bass), Wayne Grimmer (lead), and Larry Bomback (tenor).

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.

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.

10 area persons among 14 entering guilty pleas

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ten area residents were among 14 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges Wednesday at the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge D. Michael L Stine.

Kelly Marie Dalessio, 33, of 607 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, on two counts of delivery of marijuana, was sentenced to serve six to 23 months in the county prison. She reports to the prison Monday at 9 a.m. Dalessio also must pay a fine of $500, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund and make restitution of $226 to Bethlehem Regional Lab and $60 to Tamaqua Drug Task Force.

President lying is a lot more important

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dear Editor:

I'm a little confused about what is going on with Roger Clemens and HIS Grand Jury.

It is being said that because he alledgedly lied to the Grand Jury about taking steriods (none of our business) that he is facing like a million years in jail and a gazillion dollars in fines...I was just wondering if this is the same Grand Jury that Slick Willy Clinton lied to about having sex in the White House, which he later admitted to having done, therefore making him a liar to a Grand Jury.