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August 2010

Tamaqua Relay Family Fun Day on Sunday

Saturday, August 28, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Performing at the fun day on Sunday will be Lord Pistachio, a Lansford based band with Matt frederick, Dom Calamia and Bobby Wynne.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Performing at the fun day on Sunday will be Lord Pistachio, a Lansford based band with Matt frederick, Dom Calamia and Bobby Wynne.

A Family Fun Day will be held at the Bungalow Park on Sunday, Aug. 29 from 2-8 p.m. The event is sponsored by Freddy's Pub of the 5 Points in Tamaqua and benefits the Tamaqua Area Relay For Life of the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society. The event is open to the public. There will be carnival games, drawing, give aways, bingo, a dunk tank, Moon bounce, food, and live entertainment. A DJ will provide music from 2-4 p.m. Performing rom 4-8 p.m. will be Lord Pistachio, a Lansdale-based band that plays classic rock.

Commissioners approve personnel actions

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Carbon County Commissioners approved a number of personnel actions at a public meeting Thursday.

Panthers, Colts sweep

Saturday, August 28, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Dean DiBonifazio follows through after a tee shot. during Friday's match.
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Dean DiBonifazio follows through after a tee shot. during Friday's match.

Panther Valley and Marian both recored a pair of victories in scholastic golf action on Friday.

GOLF

Millersburg-Williams Vy.-Panther Vy.

Panther Valley posted a pair of wins, including a Schuylkill League decision over Williams Valley.

The Panthers, who improved to 8-1, downed the Vikings 331-354 and also Millersburg, 331-385.

PV's Matt Tucker fired a 78 while teammate Scott Nevenglosky finished close behind with an 80. Kory Lopata also chipped in with an 83.

PANTHER VALLEY (331)

PV student joins school board

Friday, August 27, 2010
John Owens
John Owens

The Panther Valley School Board welcomed a new member last night – student body representative and high school senior John Owens.

The student representative is new this year, and a move that Superintendent Rosemary Porembo hopes will provide an important communication link between the board and the students.

"We hope to gain awareness of views regarding issues which affect students and work constructively with the student rep to ensure a quality education is being provided," she said.

Veronica Tripaldi and Jerome Scarpati wed

Friday, August 27, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Scarpati
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Scarpati

Veronica Tripaldi, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tripaldi, Jr. of Walnutport; and Jerome F. Scarpati, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome P. Scarpati of Jim Thorpe, were united in marriage on June 19, 2010 at Immaculate Conception Church in Jim Thorpe.

The Rev. James Ward, Msgr. John Chizmar and the Rev. Terry Devino officiated the double ring ceremony.

Kristine Betz was the organist, while Penn Strings provided violin and cello accompaniment. Jeanette Richards and Daniel Marx were the soloists.

Man flipped car five times in Mahoning

Friday, August 27, 2010

A car involved in a two-vehicle accident on Route 443 in Mahoning Township Wednesday night flipped about five times before mounting a guiderail and standing vertical in a ditch, police said.

A photo of the crash appeared on the front page of the TIMES NEWS yesterday.

Chief of Police Kenneth Barnes said the car which flipped was driven by Charles Alvin Zimmerman 44, of Main Road, Lehighton. He was driving a 2006 KIA Sportage and traveling east on Route 443.

Navy Club to meet

Friday, August 27, 2010

U.S.S. Carbon County Navy Club of the United States will hold a meeting at the Summit Hill American Legion on Monday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania's squadron commander will be there. New members are welcome to attend.

Schuylkill court news

Friday, August 27, 2010

File for divorce

David T. Vangieson, 341 Hemlock Drive, Sheppton, filed against Mary Jo Vangieson, 48 W. Market St., Sheppton. They were married Apirl 20, 1984.

Andrew Lopata filed suit for divorce from Frances R. Lopata, both of 33 Ash Lane, Andreas. They were married June 25, 1996.

Brian R.Wirth, 7329 Saint Pete's Road, Macungie, filed suit for divorce from Rachel Jean Bales-Wirth, 11 Lower Road, Tamaqua R.D. They were married Nov. 7, 2009.

Minor injury in Schuylkill crash

Friday, August 27, 2010

One driver was slightly injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred about 7:33 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25, along SR125 in Tremont Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Allen T. Wolff, 34, of Tremont, was stopped within an active work zone by a flag man holding a stop sign behind several other vehicles, all southbound. Larry L. Smallwood, 77, also of Tremont, failed to stop with the front of his 1998 Plymouth Voyager striking the rear of Wolff's 2000 Chevrolet Silverado truck.

Tamaqua news

Friday, August 27, 2010

First Steps

First Steps, a support group for mothers, will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Primitive Methodist Church, 55 Hunter St., Tamaqua. The meeting will be held in the church social room from 6-8 p.m.

Participants will share a hot meal. Guest speaker will be Judy Hoppes of the Carbon-Tamauqa Unit of the American Cancer Society. Her topics will include cancer risks and prevention.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Child care for all ages will be provided free of charge. New members and volunteers are welcome.

Debate continues over curfew siren

Friday, August 27, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Resident Liz Perschy informs Palmerton Borough Council on Thursday that she has a petition with over 200 signatures from residents who want to keep the 10 p.m. siren going.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Resident Liz Perschy informs Palmerton Borough Council on Thursday that she has a petition with over 200 signatures from residents who want to keep the 10 p.m. siren going.

Palmerton may consider an amendment to its curfew ordinance that could silence its nighttime siren.

The matter continued to be a hotly contested issue as residents spoke out both for and against the evening siren before Borough Council on Thursday.

A staple in the borough for decades, the siren sounds off twice a day: at noon for lunchtime, and at 10 p.m. to signify curfew for children.

Resident Liz Perschy presented council with a petition with over 200 signatures from residents who want to keep the 10 p.m. siren going.

Pa. poll

Friday, August 27, 2010

Economic pessimism

For 19 years, Franklin & Marshall College has been conducting a statewide poll in conjunction with various news agencies throughout the state, to determine how the people of Pennsylvania feel about events and decisions that are directly affecting their lives.

We felt that the results of that poll are worth sharing with our readers. They are:

1) The percentage of Pennsylvanians who say the state is headed in the right direction now stands at 30 percent – a 15 year low – while 58 percent believe it is off on the wrong track.

Carbon County bond financing could save Palmerton money

Friday, August 27, 2010

Palmerton could save a nice chunk of change on the cost of its $10 million wastewater treatment plant.

Borough Council on a 5-0 vote Thursday approved the acceptance of Carbon County bond financing. Councilman Jason Behler and council President Terry Costenbader were absent.

Councilman Richard Nothstein informed council on Thursday that county commissioners earlier in the day approved an interest reduction loan that will issue economic development bonds.

16 enter guilty pleas in Schuylkill Co.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sixteen people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges were sentenced Tuesday by Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County Court.

Carlos C. Taveras-Tavarez, 26, of 126 E. Washington St., McAdoo, on charges of forgery and criminal conspiracy, was sentenced to serve four to 11 1/2 months in the county prison with credit for having served 334 days and to pay $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). He was cited by Det. Glenn Dove, Pottsville police, with credit card fraud and theft from vehicles.

On this date

Friday, August 27, 2010

August 27, 1959 Vince Gogal slugs a home run and combines with George Fairley on throwing a three-hitter to help lift Nesquehoning to a 3-2 win over Coaldale in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. The winners score all three of their runs in the first inning, two of them coming on Gogal's blast. Joseph Drosdak and Stan Ligenza each finish with a hit and run scored for the Nesquers. Fairley gains the pitching win, striking out six.

Music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens featured in concert

Friday, August 27, 2010
John Mueller as Buddy Holly in "50's Dance Party," which will be held at 8 p.m. today at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.
John Mueller as Buddy Holly in "50's Dance Party," which will be held at 8 p.m. today at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

'50s Dance Party' will be staged at Penn's Peak at 8 o'clock tonight

February 3, 1950 was, as any oldies buff knows, "the day the music died."

It was when a small plane crashed in Iowa and killed pop singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and Big Bopper.

Tonight at Penn's Peak, in a concert starting at 8 o'clock, their music will again come to life when on the spacious, wooden stage will be "50's Dance Party."

Among the performers will be J. P. Richards Jr., the son of Big Bopper who was born just three months after that fateful plane crash occurred. He was raised by his mother, Adrian Joy Richardson, in Beaumont, Tex.

Random drug testing coming to PV

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Panther Valley School Board narrowly approved a random drug testing policy for those students who are involved in extracurricular activities and who seek to have parking privileges, with a 5-4 vote at last night's meeting.

Directors Mickey Angst, Irene Genther, Donna Trimmel, and Bill Hunsicker voted against the policy, while directors Anthony Pondish, Dave Hiles, Jeff Markovich, Anthony DeMarco, and Koreen Nalesnik voted in favor of it.

Genther first requested that the motion be tabled, citing several items that she felt were missing in the policy.

New family-operated family practice in New Ringgold

Friday, August 27, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured during the grand opening and open house of Dr Rosalee Rehrig DO, PC, Family Practice in New Ringgold are, from left, office manager and sister Amanda Kuhn, medical assistant and sister Connie Gruver, medical assistant and mother Jane Miller, and owner Dr Rosalee "Rose" Rehrig, D.O., P.C. Not pictured is Dr Rehrig's husband David Rehrig and billing secretary Jean Bachert.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured during the grand opening and open house of Dr Rosalee Rehrig DO, PC, Family Practice in New Ringgold are, from left, office manager and sister Amanda Kuhn, medical assistant and sister Connie Gruver, medical assistant and mother Jane Miller, and owner Dr Rosalee "Rose" Rehrig, D.O., P.C. Not pictured is Dr Rehrig's husband David Rehrig and billing secretary Jean Bachert.

Rosalee "Rose" Rehrig, D.O., P.C., born and raised in New Ringgold, is now operating her Family Practice closer to home after having her Family Practice at 2175 Blakeslee Boulevard West in Lehighton for the past seven years.

Her Family Practice is now located at 1796 West Penn Pike, SR-309, in New Ringgold. This was where the "Under the Apple Tree" florist had once been.

Model train enthusiasts share a year-round passion

Friday, August 27, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured preparing an internal foam foundation that will be covered and molded with plaster cloth to create a miniature mountain landscape is Tamaqua Anthracite Model Railroad Club member Josh Vacula, on right, President Frank Huegel, center, and Jim Young.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured preparing an internal foam foundation that will be covered and molded with plaster cloth to create a miniature mountain landscape is Tamaqua Anthracite Model Railroad Club member Josh Vacula, on right, President Frank Huegel, center, and Jim Young.

Hundreds of model train cars of all types line the tracks of the Tamaqua Anthracite Model Railroad Club's (TAMRC) ponderous model train set laid out in their club's home located in the basement of 139 West Broad Street in Tamaqua.

This was where Props and Wheels Hobby Shop once was a number of years back.

Their larger two piece, 1,000 square foot, electric model train set nearly encompasses the entire basement as it stretches from one side of basement to the other.

Troop 109 holds Court of Honor for Kipp Wolff

Friday, August 27, 2010
Family members gathered for a family picture: Brigitte Delius, grandmother; Kathy Wolff, mother; Kipp Wolff, new Eagle Scout, Rudy Wolff Jr., father; Rudy Wolff Sr., grandfather; Brook Wolff, sister; and Sean Giffels, Brook's boyfriend.
Family members gathered for a family picture: Brigitte Delius, grandmother; Kathy Wolff, mother; Kipp Wolff, new Eagle Scout, Rudy Wolff Jr., father; Rudy Wolff Sr., grandfather; Brook Wolff, sister; and Sean Giffels, Brook's boyfriend.

A color guard involving the members of Troop 109 began the Court of Honor ceremony during which Kipp R. Wolff was presented with his Eagle badge. William Oxforth, charter representative, was master of ceremonies.

Pastor Matthew Voyer gave the invocation thanking God for the values that scouting provides.

Four candles were lit - a white one followed by a red one standing for the lifeblood of our country willing to die for it or to live a worthy life.

Marriage licenses

Friday, August 27, 2010

Schuylkill County

Julieanne M. Bussell and Dale L. Heisler, 102 River Road, Tamaqua.

Tracy M. Smudin and Damien P. Earhart, 51 W. Main St., Quakake.

Rebekah E. Herring, 375 State Road, Barnesville, and Justin W. Koval, 305 State Road, Barnesville.

Anita M. Ohl, 342 Clark St., Tamaqua, and Keith T. Heffernan, 28 Fellin Lane, Zion Grove.

Lawrence birth

Friday, August 27, 2010
Dominic James Lawrence
Dominic James Lawrence

A son, Dominic James Lawrence, was born at 6:13 p.m. on Aug. 6, 2010 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, to Alecia and Trevor Lawrence Jr. of Lansford. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Dominic was welcomed home by his older siblings, T.J. Lawrence, 24; Casey Lawrence, 18; and Jayse Lawrence, 2.

Maternal grandparents are Dottie and Dave Farkas of Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are Jackie and Trevor Lawrence Sr. of Summit Hill.

Oak loop trail hike

Friday, August 27, 2010

Join naturalist Robin Tracey on the Oak Loop Trail at Locust Lake on Thursday, Sept. 2. The trail is four miles in length and difficult. The trail loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a great view of the forest below.

New technology almost ready for Carbon Prison

Friday, August 27, 2010

The days of rolling a suspect's fingers in ink and then on a card to record fingerprints at the neighborhood police station is going the way of striped prison suits in Carbon County – and the change just may begin within days.

The first steps toward implementation of the Live Scan Booking Station and Commonwealth Photo Imaging Network, which involves electronic fingerprinting and "mug shots," may be taken as early as Sept. 1, according to Acting Carbon County Correctional Facility Warden Timothy Fritz.

On this date

Friday, August 27, 2010

August 27, 1975

A pig scramble at the Carbon County Fair in Lehighton by 4-H members proved to be a lot of fun for the youngsters. The pigs are no longer greased and only five youths at a time can participate. Boys who caught pigs were Roy Bollinger, Scott Seltzer, Jeffrey Bauchspies, John Berger, Jerry Donati, and Gary Turek. Girls who caught the oinkers were Denise Leininger, Leah Dietrich, Mary Ebling, Robbi Kuehner, Julia Knappenberger, and Diane Turek.

Solar power initiative continued

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Summit Hill Water Authority continued in its initiative to bring solar power to the community.

Officials are exploring a system to power its physical plant and possibly the borough hall with a 345kw system engineered by Reading Electric in partnership with Borrego Solar. Last night the authority unanimously adopted a resolution of its intention to borrow up to $1.403 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Bomb scare incident probed

Friday, August 27, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a bomb scare incident at a Schuylkill County residence.

Troopers said the owner of an unoccupied structure at 159 W. Grande Ave. (SR209), in Porter Township, entered the premises about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25, to check it. On the second floor a device, resembling a bomb, was discovered.

Tremont borough police were called to the scene who then summoned troopers. The state police Hazardous Device and Explosive Section was called and determined the device was a facsimile.

Spinning and splashing

Friday, August 27, 2010
Kathy Augustine holds a knee sock dyed and knitted by her daughter Stephanie.
Kathy Augustine holds a knee sock dyed and knitted by her daughter Stephanie.

Kathy Augustine makes 'colors to dye for'

When introducing Kathy Augustine at the July 29 program at the Kibler School, Towamensing Township, Kay Gilbert, president of Friends of Kibler, said Augustine had been there before to make a presentation. That time it was a program about spinning. Her mother-in-law, Connie Bieling, said Augustine spun wool to have something to dye.

"Tonight is all about color," said Augustine. "Color is defined by how the brain responds to light. Everyone perceives color in a slightly different way."

It was Sir Isaac Newton who saw how a prism broke color into the rainbow colors.

Luzerne driver dies in I80 crash

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Luzerne County driver was killed in a one-vehicle crash along Interstate 80 in Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County.

State police at Fern Ridge said Abdul Charles, 25, of Wilkes-Barre, was driving a 1996 Saturn sedan westbound about 4 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, in the left lane when he lost control for unknown reasons. The vehicle spun clockwise about 180 degrees and traveled off the road and onto the north berm.

The car then struck a tree, folding the vehicle in half around the tree, troopers said. Charles was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stimulus funds

Friday, August 27, 2010

Federal money to help 2 major local projects

Federal stimulus funds aimed at helping to lift the United States out of its dollar doldrums will help float two major local projects.

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday announced they would funnel federal economic recovery money in the form of bonds to help offset the costs of a $10 million sewer project in Palmerton and a proposed water park at Blue Mountain Ski Area.

There are two types of bonds, said Commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek.

Service projects will benefit from annual Lions tournament

Friday, August 27, 2010

Service projects supported by the Summit Hill Lions Club received a financial boost on Sunday, Aug. 8, when the club held its Ninth Annual Golf Tournament at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, Mahoning Township.