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August 2010

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.

Muzzleloader seminars aim to prevent problems

Saturday, August 28, 2010

KEMPTON – Preventing problems before they have to be solved in the field is important for all types of hunting, but it is especially so when using a primitive firearms like a traditional muzzleloader.

In Pennsylvania, which is the only state to have a special season for flintlock ignitions, many hunters like to give their flintlock rifles a "trial run" during the October antlerless-only season. This year, the early season will be held from Saturday, Oct. 16, through Saturday, Oct. 23, and both percussion and flintlock ignitions are legal.

Panther Valley meets AYP goals

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Panther Valley School District got some very good news at last night's regular monthly meeting. Superintendent Rosemary Porembo announced that the district has met AYP (adequate yearly progress) in all three of the schools for the 2009-2010 school year, based on the scores from the PSSA exams. Last year, for the 2008-2009 school year, the District made 16 out of the 17 categories, however, the elementary school was still placed in School Improvement I and the high school was placed in Corrective Action. "This year, everything is green," said Porembo, referring to the results.

Summit Hill audience enjoys magic, comedy and mystery

Friday, August 27, 2010
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Comedy magician Joe Keppel of Bethlehem performed his program "Explore the World and Read" at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Saturday afternoon which was a mixture of magic and geographical facts from around the world.
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Comedy magician Joe Keppel of Bethlehem performed his program "Explore the World and Read" at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Saturday afternoon which was a mixture of magic and geographical facts from around the world.

Do you know where the longest river in the world is located or what the fourth most populous country is? Families who attended magician Joe Keppel's "Explore the World and Read" magic show learned the answers to those questions and much more while enjoying an afternoon of magic, humor and fun at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Saturday.

"Reading can open wonderful new doors and help you travel around the world," said Keppel who has been performing for thirty years and the last twenty years specializing in school shows that deal with reading.

Pets pay visit to Mrs. Bush's

Friday, August 27, 2010
It was the 4th Annual Pet Show at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home and several dogs and their owners paid a delightful visit with the residents.
It was the 4th Annual Pet Show at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home and several dogs and their owners paid a delightful visit with the residents.

One of the highlights of the year at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown is the annual Pet Show.

"Our residents enjoy having visitors from the community, especially the four-legged kind," said Carrie Shafer, activities coordinator.

The invitation went out to the community to bring in animals with current updated shot records for the 4th Annual Pet show.

Mary Jane Sterling of Summit Hill brought her 2 1/2 year old Scottish Terrier, Dougal, dressed in a kilt and a Tam o' Shanter.

SUPPORT GROUP

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fibromyalgia

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ, located off the Airport Beltway behind Independence Toyota, Hazleton.

The guest speaker will be Betty Beltrami of The Sleep Center of Greater Hazleton, who will discuss "Sleep disorders."

For more information or directions, call Carol at (570) 788-6363 or Debbie at (570) 454-2821.

Family members and caregivers are also welcome to attend.

Carbon approves software to help dispatchers

Friday, August 27, 2010

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved a $43,773 agreement with New World Systems to provide software to be integrated onto computer-aided dispatch for emergency medical dispatching.

"This will help dispatchers in their daily duties, primarily for emergency responses," said commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek.

He explained that instead of thumbing through flip cards to determine how to dispatch aid to a person having chest pains, for example, "this provides a computerized, online version to provide responses to callers, depending on the types of emergencies."

Lansford/Summit Hill news

Friday, August 27, 2010

Lansford

St. Ann Society

The Frances C. Jakabcin District of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Auxiliary will hold its fall meeting on Sunday, Sept. 19.

The event will be hosted by the Hazleton branches 45 and 105 and will be held in the Lobitz Catering Hall, Rt. 940, Hazleton, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Members of the St. Ann Society of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, and other local branch members who are planning to attend should call President Veronica Bazik, (570) 645-5253, to make reservations. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 3.

Fall program

Jenyne Scarpati weds Robert Podlinski Jr.

Friday, August 27, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Podlinski Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Podlinski Jr.

Jenyne Scarpati, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome P. Scarpati of Jim Thorpe, became the bride of Robert Paul Podlinski Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Podlinski Sr., of Cherry Hill, N.J. on Sept. 26, 2009 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jim Thorpe.

Monsignor John Chizmar and the Rev. James Ward concelebrated the double ring ceremony.

Kristine Betz was the organist, while Darryl Seiwell played the trumpet and Debra Reilly played the violin. Jeanette Richards was the soloist.

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.