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August 2010

Free CEU program set

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A free CEU program for nurses and case managers will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Alvernia University, Schuylkill Center, 1544 Route 61, Suite 1690, Pottsville. The program, hosted by Bayada Nurses, is called "Transitioning the Technology Dependent Adult and Child from Hospital to Home." All who complete the program will receive three CEU credits.

Dinner and refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call (610) 377-4717 or e-mail rboettger@bayada.com. Deadline for reservations is Oct. 4.

Buddy Walk will raise money for Down syndrome

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
@$:BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Twins Wyatt and Shane Waksmunski were born on March 6. Both boys were diagnosed with Down syndrome.
@$:BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Twins Wyatt and Shane Waksmunski were born on March 6. Both boys were diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Area residents invited to join 'Shane and Wyatt's Team'

The Waksmunski family of Mahoning Township, including 3-year-old son Jesse and 6-month-old twins Shane and Wyatt, who both have Down syndrome, will be joining hundreds of thousands of individuals across the country in the annual National Down syndrome Society Buddy Walk to raise awareness of Down syndrome and raise money to support local programs and services and national education, research and advocacy efforts.

Visit the TIMES NEWS special report site on the Waksmunski family's journey to read the full story on the upcoming Buddy Walk and how you can get involved.

Heavy lifting above the Lehigh

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Al Zagofsky/SPECIAL TO THE Times News
Al Zagofsky/SPECIAL TO THE Times News

A crane, operated by workmen for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, lifts a reinforced concrete beam onto a section of the new 1,530-feet long bridge over the Lehigh River and Canal at Parryville. The $101.6 million Carbon County Bridge-Replacement Project is scheduled to be completed in late 2012.

$200,000 in collectibles

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Regina Marhefka of Catasauqua, left; and her daughter, Karen Marhefka of Jim Thorpe, made a windfall selling old coins at the Ohio Valley Refinery Roadshow held last week at the Hampton Inn, Lehighton. They were assisted by Kenn Dees, manager.
Regina Marhefka of Catasauqua, left; and her daughter, Karen Marhefka of Jim Thorpe, made a windfall selling old coins at the Ohio Valley Refinery Roadshow held last week at the Hampton Inn, Lehighton. They were assisted by Kenn Dees, manager.

Local residents barter at Ohio Valley Refinery and Roadshow

It was a profitable time last week for people stopping by the Ohio Valley Refinery and Roadshow held at the Hampton Inn, Lehighton.

The show was a time for people to find out what valuables were taking up space at home, could be worth if sold.

For Regina Marhefka of Catasauqua and her daughter, Karen Marhefka of Jim Thorpe, the show brought a nice chunk of change from old change.

Actually Regina's father had socked away silver coins as a young man during the 1920s and they passed onto Regina at his death in 1999.

97 freshmen enter Marian High School

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ninety-seven ninth grade students were welcomed their first day to Marian High School on Monday, August 30th.

A full day of activities was planned for the students by the Marian High School Student Council members. The Student Council advisor is Mrs. Deborah Coles.

Kiosks unveiled at Slatington trailhead

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Virginia Savage, Dan Stevens and Silas Chamberlin unveil the three panel kiosk at the trailhead in Slatington.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Virginia Savage, Dan Stevens and Silas Chamberlin unveil the three panel kiosk at the trailhead in Slatington.

Dan Stevens of Northern Lehigh Future Focus said that in addition to the three-panel kiosk being unveiled, there was a single panel at the rear of the trailhead. The unveiling took place Aug. 27 at the trailhead in Slatington.

The trailhead is located on Main Street just before crossing the bridge into Walnutport.

The three panels are Exploring the Corridor, a bulletin board for use by the public and the Lehigh Valley Railroad Station.

Jim Thorpe news

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Senior football

parents meeting

Parents of Jim Thorpe High School senior football players are asked to meet on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. in the commons area of the high school. The meeting is being held so that the parents of the players can make the banners for their sons, which will be hung along the football stadium fences.

If you are unable to attend, the banners will still be made.

The truth about steroids and aging

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Q. I've been reading about athletes using steroids to build themselves up. Do these drugs work for older men?

First some background on steroids. There are two types of steroids: corticosteroids and anabolic steroids. Corticosteroids, such as cortisone and prednisone, are drugs that help control inflammation. Anabolic steroids, such as androstenedione or andro, are substances that can help the body make muscle.

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.