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August 2010

Military sense

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Our military is a no nonsense organization, no matter what branch you serve. Some of the most logical wisdom comes from training manuals.

A case in point was recently sent to me by a reader. See if you agree with the intelligence of the following advice that came from various manuals.

'If the enemy is in range, so are you.'

– Infantry Journal

'It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.'

– US. Air Force Manual

'Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword, obviously never encountered automatic weapons.'

Benefits outlined for membership in the ambulance association

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Any monetary contribution that can save a life is money well spent.

Which is why it's important for residents to fill out and return their annual subscription fund drive to the Palmerton Community Ambulance Association Inc.

The 2010-11 subscription fund drive is now being mailed out, and the forms are simple to fill out, according to Jeanie Solarczyk, president of the PCAA.

"The rates are the same," Solarczyk said. "We kept it simple."

Solarczyk said many residents don't realize the benefits associated with their membership.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 28, 1995 Jim Murphy and Greg Kruczek both register scores of 79 to earn co-medalist honors and lead Tamaqua to wins over Weatherly and Panther Valley in golf action. Jason Benner cards an 81 for the Raiders, who defeat the Wreckers by 33 strokes and the Panthers by 49. Karl Searing completes the Tamaqua scoring with an 89.

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.

Emergency Service Day

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Mahoning Township Lions Club is sponsoring an "Emergency Services Day" on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Normal Square Chapel Pavilion on Fritz Valley Rd in Lehighton.

Participating will be the Carbon County Sheriff Dwight Nothstein, Mahoning Township Police Department, Mahoning Valley Ambulance, Mahoning Township Fire Company, Blue Mountain Health System offering blood pressure screening, the Penn Starr helicopter will be landing on-site at 11 a.m., and there will be activities for the kids.

Striking a pose for fashion

Friday, August 27, 2010
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Brother and sister, Dylan, 9, and Madeline, 4, Millard of Jim Thorpe were runway models for the Lord & Taylor School-La-La Fashion Show at the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, N.J. They walked the runway with 20 other models ranging in age from 3-12. The runway was to flaunt the latest fall/winter fashion statements for school and play. Dylan and Madeline were picked through a modeling contest by Lord & Taylor Stores in New York and New Jersey. They are the children of Stephanie Millard of Jim Thorpe and Bob Millard of Nesquehoning.

Marian golfers pull off sweep

Friday, August 27, 2010
Steve Shinko/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Lauren Androkitis returns the ball to her opponent during Thursday's girls tennis match against Moravian Academy at Tamaqua.
Steve Shinko/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Lauren Androkitis returns the ball to her opponent during Thursday's girls tennis match against Moravian Academy at Tamaqua.

Marian's golf team came away with three wins, while Panther Valley and Palmerton also both scored victories on Thursday.

GOLF

Northwestern-Saucon Valley-Bangor

Bangor, Saucon Valley and Northwestern each had a golfer shoot in the 70s, however the Slaters had two and went on to win both matches.

James Lobb and Stani Schiavone each fired a five-over 77 en route to the victory.

The Tigers were led by Nick Vebellio's 79. Teammate Cole Miller chipped in with an 83.

BANGOR (405)

James Lobb 77, Stani Schiavone 77, Kyle Kosman 81, Alex Colton 85

4 hurt when car strikes Hometown building

Friday, August 27, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Paramedics and emergency responders prepare to lift crash victim Susan Lesniak, Tamaqua, into an awaiting ambulance after a car struck a Hometown building where Lesniak works. Four were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Paramedics and emergency responders prepare to lift crash victim Susan Lesniak, Tamaqua, into an awaiting ambulance after a car struck a Hometown building where Lesniak works. Four were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Four people were taken to area hospitals early Thursday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into the rear of a Hometown business.

According to Cpl. Duane Frederick, Rush Township police, a car driven by Jean Bubernak, 76, Coaldale, struck the rear of a building at 219 Claremont Ave., SR309, about 1:04 p.m. The building houses Physical Therapy Specialists. Frederick said it appeared that Bubernak mistakenly stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake.

"She went to turn into the parking lot," said Frederick.

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