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August 2010

Police officers receive DUI training

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS CJ Yoder, an employee of the Towamencin Police Department in Lansdale, volunteered to be a "drinker" for a Standard Field Sobriety Testing training class for area police departments held at Lehigh Township Fire Company. Patrolman Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Police Department of Bradford County puts her through an exercise that helped him determine her level of impaired ability and if she was over the legal limit for driving. Patrolman Tom Van Fleet (in the background) of the Athens Township Police Department observes and awaits his turn to conduct a field sobriety test.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS CJ Yoder, an employee of the Towamencin Police Department in Lansdale, volunteered to be a "drinker" for a Standard Field Sobriety Testing training class for area police departments held at Lehigh Township Fire Company. Patrolman Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Police Department of Bradford County puts her through an exercise that helped him determine her level of impaired ability and if she was over the legal limit for driving. Patrolman Tom Van Fleet (in the background) of the Athens Township Police Department observes and awaits his turn to conduct a field sobriety test.

CJ Yoder of Quakertown was asked to walk a straight line, take nine steps, count aloud, turn and walk back nine steps. Then she had to hold her leg out in front of her, while counting, starting with 1,001, 1,002 ...

Patrolman Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre Police Department of Bradford County was testing her for DUI.

Yoder had definitely been drinking alcoholic beverages and Patrolman Hoffman was trying to determine if she was under or over the legal BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) limit of .08.

Tamaqua news

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met Aug. 24 at the Ryan Township Fire Company, Barnesville, with 42 members in attendance. President Eleanor Schmerfeld conducted the business meeting. Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation. A moment of silence was held in memory of Emily Faust.

Recycling has a price

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Is going green costing too much green?

From a theoretic standpoint, we need recycling. Landfills are filling, recycling saves trees and other natural resources, and going green is the only way to go.

However, if it costs more to recycle bottles, cans, and newspaper than disposing them in regular garbage, would you do it? Would you pay if a fee was imposed to put the recyclables in those large, blue bins?

Recycling has become expensive and in some areas, simply not affordable.

Carbon County is one location where recycling is in jeopardy.

Wagner's win puts him in point lead

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

One week was worth the wait for Wharton, New Jersey's Don Wagner as he not only won the special Poker Series race but assumed the division point lead as well.

With 13 laps competed in the August 21, 35-lap 7 Card Stud Poker Series race at Mahoning Valley Speedway, John Bennett and Wagner where running one-two. Unfortunately rain put a halt to the action at the point and the event was resumed this past Saturday night.

Two cited in Lehighton

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Two persons were cited for disorderly conduct for incidents in Lehighton.

Borough police said April Steinhauser, 38, of 242 1/2 N. Seventh St., was cited about 7:04 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, for an incident in the 200 block of N. Main Lane.

Shawn Frehulfer, 33, of 255 N. East Alley, was cited on Sunday, Aug. 29, about 2:30 a.m. for an incident at his home.

New Ringgold man gets jail term for DUI charge

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A New Ringold man began a 72 hours sentence Monday in the Schuylkill County prison after entering a guilty plea last week in the county court to a driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol charge.

Evening dog walkers

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Sara Jane Bensinger, left, and Jean Tonkin enjoy comfortable temperatures by walking their nine year old yellow lab, "Molly Tonkin", through the evening hours in Tamaqua.

Last big road trip off to good start

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Brian Schneider, a catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and a graduate of Northampton High School, will be sharing his thoughts about various items over the final weeks of the 2010 season. His diary, as told to Jeff Moeller, will run periodically in the TIMES NEWS.

Colts' program hits ground running

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
steve shinko/times news Marian cross country standout runners pose for a photo in front of the school before a recent practice session. They are, from left, senior Bobby Kelly, sophomore Phil Marzen and coach Jeremy Dormer.
steve shinko/times news Marian cross country standout runners pose for a photo in front of the school before a recent practice session. They are, from left, senior Bobby Kelly, sophomore Phil Marzen and coach Jeremy Dormer.

Very rarely does a program do well in its first few years of existence.

Usually it takes some time for a program to grow in numbers and talent and become competitive in its division, league or district. It may take even longer for a smaller school since it doesn't have as many kids to choose from. However, the Marian boys' cross country team didn't need much time to get its feet under itself. No, the Colts pretty much hit the ground running – both literally and metaphorically.

Wayside signs dedicated along the Slate Heritage Trail

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Nick Sander unveils the Trucker's Mill wayside sign along the Slate Heritage Trail.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Nick Sander unveils the Trucker's Mill wayside sign along the Slate Heritage Trail.

Hikers and bikers on the Slate Heritage Trail, Slatington, will learn more about the area they are passing through, thanks to a project of placing five wayside signs along the trail. The signs were unveiled on Aug. 27.

Nick Sander, son of Cindy and Joseph, needed a project to complete his summer internship at Kutztown University, where he was a history major. He is now a civics and world history teacher at Slatington High School.

Parking dispute leads to charges

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A neighborhood dispute over parking in Tamaqua resulted in two people being cited on Wednesday.

Officers responded to the unit block of Bowe Street after receiving a complaint about a vehicle leaking oil. The vehicle in question was a yellow pickup truck owned by Kelly Dougherty of 57 1/2 Bowe St. Dougherty told the officer she was aware of the small amounts of oil and was cleaning them up with cat litter. She also said there was an ongoing dispute with neighbors concerning parking.

Dedication

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A froth of Champagne bursts out of the bottle used by District Justice and Diligent Fire Company Vice President Ed Lewis to christen the Diligent Fire Company No. 3's new 2010 KME Custom Pumper.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A froth of Champagne bursts out of the bottle used by District Justice and Diligent Fire Company Vice President Ed Lewis to christen the Diligent Fire Company No. 3's new 2010 KME Custom Pumper.

New pumper housed in Jim Thorpe

The Diligent Fire Company No. 3 of Jim Thorpe dedicated its new pumper Saturday in a ceremony held at the firehouse in the Heights section of the town.

The new piece of firefighting equipment is a 2010 KME Custom Pumper built locally at the Kovatch Organization in Nesquehoning.

Following tradition – after opening remarks from company Captain Kevin McArdle, an invocation by the Rev. James Ward, and the Pledge of Allegiance – the new piece of equipment was christened in much the same way as a new ship.

Two drivers cited for drunk driving

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Two Schuylkill County drivers are facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges in separate incidents occurring on Friday, Aug. 27.

State police at Frackville said at 10:10 p.m. Henry Lesher, 38, of Orwigsburg, was stopped along Brockton Mountain Road at State Road in Ryan Township for traffic violations. He was found to be under the influence and taken to the barracks for a breath test. The test showed he was over the legal limit of .08 percent, troopers said.

Tamaqua woman wins appeal of harassment conviction

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Tamaqua woman won her appeal in the Schuylkill County Court from a summary conviction but an Andreas man was not so successful. The hearings were held recently before Judge Jacqueline Russell.

Amy J. Kranch, 41, of 244 W. Rowe St., was adjudged not guilty of a harrassment charge which was to have occurred at the Happy Endings Bar in Tamaqua last April 12.

Cyclist injured in Schuylkill crash

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash in Schuylkill County. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 4:35 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30, along SR443, just west of Moyers Station Rd., in Wayne Township.

Troopers said Walter E. Russelavage, 79, of Tower City, was driving a 2003 Toyota Avalon eastbound while Darrell E. Spotts, 51, of Schuylkill Haven, was operating a 1980 Yamaha YM500 westbound. Troopers said Russelavage slowed to make a left turn to enter a roadside fruit stand area when he pulled into the path of Spotts.

Chestnuthill column

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Western Pocono Lioness Club donation

The Western Pocono Lioness Club voted to send a memorial donation to the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network in remembrance of the late Lioness Betty Ford, a much deserving PVEN volunteer. She died this August.

The group will next meet for a regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 28, with Dr. Bryn, chiropractor, from Life is Good Chiropractic, speaking to the group.

PV Band Parents

Pleasant Valley Band Parents will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 2, at the high school in Brodheadsville.

Lions board

Correction

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The website listed for the recent Coalcracker Chorus story has been recently updated. Their new web address is www.coalcrackerchorus.net.

The old website was listed in a story that ran in Monday's TIMES NEWS.

Northern Lehigh High School to Host Freshman Orientation Day

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On Thursday, Sept. 2, Northern Lehigh High School will hold a Freshman Orientation Day. The transition from Middle School to High School is often difficult for many students and the purpose of this day is to introduce the students to their new surroundings and prepare them for the final stages of their public education.

On this date

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August 31, 1945

Pfc. Frank Crilley, of the U.S. Marine Corps, who was killed in action on May 20, 1945 in Okinawa, lost his life aiding a buddy in distress, according to a letter written by Chaplain William F. O'Neill to his mother, Mrs. Edward Crilley, East Mauch Chunk. The young marine left his foxhole to aid a buddy in distress and was killed instantly, the chaplain's letter stated. He was buried with full Catholic ceremonies in the Sixth Marine Division Cemetery on Sugarloaf Hill, the letter continued.

Summit Hill news

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Summit Hill

Scripture sharing

The weekly scripture sharing sessions sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. in the church rectory.

CCD registration

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, and St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, have scheduled CCD registration sessions for youths from those churches who attend Panther Valley School District schools. They are as follows:

Attempted break-in, theft probed

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating an attempted burglary, theft and criminal mischief incident.

The attempted break-in occurred at the Top City, located at 500 SR61, in Orwigsburg. Someone attempted to break in via a rear window but was not successful. The incident occurred sometime overnight of Aug. 25-26.

Sherri Brown, 40, of 32 Meadow View Rd., in Pine Grove, Washington Township, reported someone took her cell phone out of a box at a yard sale. The incident was reported at 5:55 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27.

Exploding fireworks

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Area official seriously burned from display at baseball game

Herbert Truhe, 56, a supervisor in East Penn Township, was seriously injured Friday night when a fireworks display went awry.

Truhe has a business putting on fireworks shows.

He was in charge of the display at PNC Park in Moosic following the baseball game between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

Also injured was a co-worker, Joseph Mascaro, 48, of Old Forge.

Moosic Fire Chief Chuck Molinaro said the accident happened at about 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Theft at Tamaqua park is probed

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tamaqua police are investigating the theft of a ceramic bird bath, reportedly missing from the Owl Creek Community Park. The birdbath, tan in color, was last seen at the park on Monday. The two piece unit is valued at $150.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 668-6100.

N'western, Palmerton split golf matches

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Northwestern and Palmerton managed to split Colonial League golf matches on Monday.

GOLF

Northwestern Lehigh-Southern Lehigh-

Pen Argyl

Northwestern split in a Colonial League tri-meet at Saw Mill Golf Course.

The Tigers knocked off host Pen Argyl 410-448, but ended up falling to Southern Lehigh by a 390-410 score.

Cole Miller paced the Tigers with a team-low 76, while Nick Vecellio finished right behind with a 79.

The Spartans' Matt Guro grabbed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 72.

SOUTHERN LEHIGH (390)

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August 31, 1985 Fred Cerimele scores two touchdowns, one on a 50-yard interception return and the other on a one-yard run, to help Panther Valley gain a 23-14 victory over Lehighton. Buddy Ligenza leads the Panthers' rushing attack with 68 yards while Gary Karnish follows close behind with 67, including a six-yard TD run. PV, coached by Joe Leonzi, also receives a 33-yard field goal off the foot of Rich Zabroski.

Boys cross country capsules

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

JIM THORPE

Head coach Drew Benyo (23rd season)

Assistant coaches Janet Ginder

Last year's record 10-1 overall

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Key losses Sam Lux, Sean Boyd, Dave Barrientos, Jay Marsden, Arristah Voorhees, Branden Slack, Kareem Mickens

Key returnees Matt Curran (Sr.), Adam Dachowicz (Sr.), Josh Williams (Sr.), Nathaniel Flick (Jr.), Darren Gehres (Jr.), Chris Boyd (Jr.)

Others to watch Bob Taylor (So.), Erik Stelling (Fr.), Christian Fields (Fr.), Zachary Nace (Fr.)

Schuylkill court agrees to hear mandamus action filed in dispute

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Because there is a need for expediency the Schuylkill County court agreed to hear the mandamus suit filed by the county commissioners against Controller Melinda Kantner for failure to get out the annual financial report on county expenditures on time. The report was due to be filed in the county court July 1.

Judge Charles M. Miller handed down an order calling a pre-trial conference to be held Friday in his chambers at the courthouse in Pottsville and issued direction to both parties on how to proceed.

Nesquehoning conservation club to meet tomorrow

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The September meeting of the Nesquehoning Conservation Club will be Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Maple Shade.

Blood drive scheduled in Lehighton, Sept. 15

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

PHOENIX Rehabilitation and Health Services, Inc. will be hosting a community blood drive in conjunction with the Miller Keystone Blood Center on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from noon until 5 p.m. at the PHOENIX outpatient office, located at 1022 Blakeslee Blvd. Dr. East in Lehighton.

All eligible community members are asked to consider donating with the goal of keeping the area's blood supply at an optimum level.

DEP approves general permit for regulated fill project

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The remediation of the former New Jersey Zinc west plant in Palmerton has cleared its latest hurdle.

The state Department of Environmental Protection on Monday granted approval to Phase III Environmental of Lehighton for the beneficial use, controlled placement and monitoring of regulated fill at the 120-acre site along Route 248.

Family fun day held in Tamaqua

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Family Fun Day was held recently at the Bungalow Park in Tamaqua to benefit the Tamaqua are Relay For Life. The community event consisted of food, music, games, prizes, inflatable bouncy gym, and a dunk tank. Event organizer Jenn Miller, from Tamaqua, stated her appreciation to all the volunteers, patrons, contributors, and key event sponsor Larry Frederick, owner of Freddy's Pub in Tamaqua. She also pointed out her appreciation to the Citizens Fire Company for donating the use of their dunk tank and inflatable bouncy gym.