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September 2010

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a traffic stop.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 3:52 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, officers stopped a vehicle along SR940 at Sullivan Road for failure to have a valid inspection sticker.

The driver was identified as Jesse Oltmann, of Tannersville. He was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was then transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood test.

The DUI charge is pending the test results, police said.

West End artists showcase work

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Many of the area artists and businesses have been partnering up to showcase the artists' work.

The following artists will be showing their paintings for the month of October at these area businesses:

*Patricia Smith, East Stroudsburg Savings Association, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville

*Charlene Taylor, Life Is Good Chiropractic, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville

*Nancy Embich, East Stroudsburg Savings Assoc., Rt. 209, Gilbert

*Marie Gelsomino, West End Lanes Bowling Center, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville

*Linda Marnell, Homestead Veterinary Center, Jonas Rd., Jonas

Blessing of animals set in West Penn

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Zion's Stone Church of West Penn Township will hold its Fourth Annual Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. in the church parking lot, with the Rev. Michael Frost, pastor, officiating.

The service is in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring their pets for the blessing.

JTAHS announces homecoming candidates

Thursday, September 30, 2010
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe Area High School has announced the candidates for its 2010 Homecoming Court. Candidates for homecoming queen are, seated, front from left, Christina Gibson, Julia Lauren Mason, Brittany Holland, Arielle Harleman, Samantha Harlan and Allison Porembo. Candidates for homecoming king are, standing, from left, James Denny, Terry Moll II, Wes Hurley, Jon Fritz, Shane Edwards and Justin Mazzela. Homecoming king and queen will be announced during halftime ceremonies on Friday when the Jim Thorpe Olympians take on the Blue Devils of Shenandoah High School.

Pleasant Vy. makes rare trip to Tamaqua

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pleasant Valley at Tamaqua

Friday, 7 p.m.

Records: Pleasant Valley 3-1 overall (1-0 Mountain Valley Conference), Tamaqua 1-3 overall (1-2 Anthracite Football League)

Pleasant Valley's offense needs to ... keep playing within itself. When the Bears focus more on what they have to do as compared to what the defense is doing - they do a nice job. They must control the ball with their short-passing game and run game. That, along with eliminating turnovers, is the key.

Theft from vehicle incident probed

Thursday, September 30, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a theft from a vehicle incident in Schuylkill County.

Richard Nagle, 22, reported someone removed an Ipod Touch from his unlocked Chevrolet Cavalier while parked in the driveway of his home at 502 Stoney Run Rd., in North Manheim Township, Pottsville. The theft occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, and 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Value of the item was set at $150.

Sliding into Autumn

Thursday, September 30, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Liam Shubeck, 2, of Nesquehoning, enjoys a ride down the slide during Right From The Start's recent educational outing.

Colts' Green 6th at SIAL golf tourney

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Patrick Deutsch/times news Palmerton's Todd Reichenbach (15) heads the ball away from Bangor's Derek Dell'Alba (4).
Patrick Deutsch/times news Palmerton's Todd Reichenbach (15) heads the ball away from Bangor's Derek Dell'Alba (4).

Marian's Josh Green had a strong showing at the Schuylkill League Golf championships and the Tamaqua girls cross country team picked up a huge sweep to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports card.

GOLF

Schuylkill League Tourney

Blue Mountain's Ryan Laudeman captured the Schuylkill League golf championship by firing a three-over-par 75 at Hidden Valley Golf Course.

Laudeman was one stroke ahead of both Pottsville's Justin Fiorillo and North Schuylkill's Derrick Reese.

Can Blue Bombers end skid?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's been a long time since Palmerton has beaten Palisades in a varsity football game.

"When I got the head job seven years ago, we had a losing streak to every team in the Colonial League so we had a checklist in the coaches' office and we crossed off teams as we beat them," Palmerton head coach Paul McArdle noted. "If we still had that list Palisades would still be unchecked."

Something to cheer about

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Something to cheer about
Copyright 2010

Madison Felsoci, left and Brooklyn Felsoci, right, are cheering because they've been told they are the Grandest Kids of their Grammy and Grandpa, Marilyn and Andy Felsoci of Hometown. They are also the Grandest Kids of Joe and Ann Lucia of San Jose, CA and the daughters of Scot and Janice Felsoci of San Jose, CA.

Monroe woman facing charges

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Monroe County woman is facing charges following an incident at a drive-thru at an area restaurant.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 1:05 a.m. on Sept. 19 officers were called to the McDonald's Restaurant in Mt. Pocono for a reported assault.

Upon arrival officers learned that Nicole Mills, 31, of Pocono Summit, had rear-ended another vehicle were hers in the drive-thru. When the female driver of the other car got out to inspect the damage she and Mills got into an argument.

Coaldale driver cited in Tamaqua

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Coaldale man has been cited by Tamaqua police for spinning the tires on his vehicle on Tuesday.

Officer Anthony Stanell was on patrol at 6:18 p.m. in the area of Mermon Motors, SR309 south, when he observed the incident in progress.

The actor was identified as Lucas Valentin Mastropasqua, 107 W. Whillips St. He was cited for disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle.

Engineers' recommendations for the Coaldale Complex

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Engineers who inspected the Coaldale Complex found it to be in overall poor to fair structural condition and recommended the borough:

1. Monitor the bricks in the playground and the stone trim above the windows for movement;

2. Repoint all the miscellaneous cracks in the brick joints;

3. Place a metal coping trim above the parapet and properly flash the parapet with stainless steel flashing;

3rd annual Oktoberfest for pets

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Amazing Grace Spay/Neuter program is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Oktoberfest for Pets at the Lehighton Grove on South 7th on Sunday, October 3 from 12 - 6 p.m.

This year the group will have many rescues including Hazleton Animal Shelter, Cats Peek, Julies HUGS, Pocono Greyhound Adoption, Safe Haven, Waggin Tails, North American Daschund Rescue, Friends of Pep, and H.O.P.E. (Hounds of Prison Education Rescue).

Theft from vehicle probed in Tamaqua

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tamaqua police are investigating a theft from a motor vehicle reported to the department at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

According to police, Ashley Melendez, of Girardville, told officers she parked her 1999 Hyundai on Mountain Avenue on Monday night. When she returned to the car she discovered that a Pioneer compact disc player and a Garmin GPS were missing. Total value of the items was listed as $300.

She admitted leaving the car unlocked. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at 668-6100.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Summit Hill

Boy Scout troop

Boy Scout Troop 743, Summit Hill, is seeking new members. The troop meeting room is located in the Summit Hill Heritage Center in a room designed, remodeled and maintained by the troop.

The scouts meet each Sunday night at 6-8 o'clock at the center, which is the former St. Paul UCC Church, Hazard and Chestnut streets.

All boys ages 11-18, or in the fifth grade or higher, are invited to register.

For more information, call Anne, 645-5142, or go to www.summithillheritagecenter.com.

Fall cleanup plans

Synthetic Marijuana

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bill is designed to protect kids

It may look and smell like candy. But to youngsters, it could be poison.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday (198-1), to pass a bill to ban synthetic marijuana.

Your kids know what it is. Hopefully they haven't tried it. But for you who are not up-to-date on the latest menace to our society, here's what it is.

Woman charged with torching van

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Monroe County woman has been charged with torching her own van.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Sharon Shepherd, 31, of Mt. Pocono, has been charged with arson, criminal mischief and insurance fraud for an incident that occurred on July 17, about 4 a.m.

According to police on the day and time stated the Mt. Pocono Fire Company was called to a vehicle fire at the Snowshoe Condominiums, located along Sterling Rd. On scene firefighters found a 2006 Chevrolet mini-van fully engulfed in flames and located about 20-feet from a building.

Man charged with raping 2 young girls in McAdoo

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Selinsgrove man has been charged by McAdoo Police with raping his 10 and 9 year-old nieces in the borough while he was babysitting for them between February and August 2009.

David Henry Miller, Jr., 21 of 5519 Route 15 South, Selinsgrove, has been charged by McAdoo Patrolman Robert Minnick with the rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors.

Tamaqua man cited for ordinance violation

Thursday, September 30, 2010

If you're going to allow your dog to defecate on someone else's, or public property, next to a police station is not the place you want to select.

John M. Temchatin, 56, of 500 Arlington St., Tamaqua, was walking his dog at 6:43 a.m. Saturday, in the vicinity of Tamaqua Borough Hall, 320 E. Broad St, allowing the animal to do its business in the grass near the employee parking spaces. He made no effort to clean up after the pooch.

The action was witnessed by an on duty police officer.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September 29, 2006 Phil Redline carries 20 times for 119 yards and a touchdown to help Jim Thorpe gain a 28-7 win over Shenandoah Valley in a battle of undefeated teams. Craig Zurn collects 100 yards and a TD on 25 carries and also completes four passes for 67 yards. The Olympians, coached by Mark Rosenberger, also receive two short scoring runs from Scott McGonigal and finish with a 232-3 advantage on the ground.

McAdoo man facing drug charges

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A McAdoo man faces drug charges after being caught with marijuana in Coaldale.

Joseph Martin Zarsky, 26, of 335 W. Blaine St., was found by Officer Charles Andrew Blesse at 12:22 a.m. Sept. 13 lying down in a truck parked in the woods off West Phillips Street in the Kline's Hill area.

Blesse went to check the truck and saw a man who had been lying on the passenger side of the truck sit up. The man was identified as Zarsky, who told Blesse he was waiting for his girlfriend to call so he could go to her house.

PHEAA'S 2011-12 Student Aid Guide available

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Students and families preparing for college can now access the Student Aid Guide online.

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has announced the availability of its 2011-12 Student Aid Guide. The guide is Pennsylvania's most comprehensive financial aid publication and is available at no cost. It offers in-depth information on the federal student aid process and includes details on all of Pennsylvania's aid programs, including the need-based state grant.

The guide is available online at http://www.pheaa.org/plan_for_college/studentaidguide.shtml

Engineers outline sewer line replacement project in Rush

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Hometown residents, from top left, Emerson Musser, Jean Hunsinger, Theresa Svetz, and Josephine Stone, all residents of Meadow Avenue, look over engineering plans and talk to Project Engineers David Horst, left, and William Orlowski, bottom right, from the Benesch Engineering Firm about various aspects and benefits of the project during the Rush Township informal Meadow Avenue Sewer Project community discussion held Tuesday at the Rush Township municipal building.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Hometown residents, from top left, Emerson Musser, Jean Hunsinger, Theresa Svetz, and Josephine Stone, all residents of Meadow Avenue, look over engineering plans and talk to Project Engineers David Horst, left, and William Orlowski, bottom right, from the Benesch Engineering Firm about various aspects and benefits of the project during the Rush Township informal Meadow Avenue Sewer Project community discussion held Tuesday at the Rush Township municipal building.

Project engineers from Benesch Engineering Firm, local township supervisors, and area residents living on or around Meadow Avenue in Hometown attended an informal Rush Township Meadow Avenue Sewer Line Replacement Project community briefing Tuesday evening at the township municipal building.

The township held the briefing to give residents the opportunity to see and discuss how this project affects them.

White House reps visit Lehighton tree farm

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Botek family and representatives from the White House stand back to examine a Douglas Fir at Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton. This Douglas Fir will grace the White House's Blue Room this year as the Nation's Christmas Tree. From left: Brandy Botek; Crystal Spring owners Chris and Margaret Botek; White House grounds supervisor Dale Haney; and Jim Adams, supervising horticulturalist at the National Park Service.
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Botek family and representatives from the White House stand back to examine a Douglas Fir at Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton. This Douglas Fir will grace the White House's Blue Room this year as the Nation's Christmas Tree. From left: Brandy Botek; Crystal Spring owners Chris and Margaret Botek; White House grounds supervisor Dale Haney; and Jim Adams, supervising horticulturalist at the National Park Service.

Representatives from the White House arrived in Carbon County this week to choose the next White House Christmas Tree. This year's tree will come from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton.

While the holidays are still months away, the official tree to grace the White House Blue Room is chosen in early autumn. The group spent time walking around Crystal Spring and examining the farm's best trees before marking a towering Douglas Fir as the next White House Christmas Tree.

Tamaqua Chamber golf tourney winners

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce held its third annual golf tournament recently at Villas Crossing golf course, South Tamaqua. The winning team, ETA Benefits group, won a tie-breaker with a birdie on the 17th hole to take the four-man scramble title. Award winners from the tournament were, from left, ETA Benefits group team member Gar Thomas; Steve Schultz, longest drive, male, hole 18; ETA members Michelle Minick, Luke Kowalonek and Mark Kowalonek; and Service Electric team members Sam Stanakis and Jack Millard, who received a last place award.

Local PP&K winners to compete in Regionals Sunday

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Winners of the local Punt, Pass and Kick competition that was held recently in Lehighton have been announced.

The winners were: Devon Haydt (boys 6-7); Zachary Crum (boys 8-9); Lillian Brown (girls 8-9); Cody Scherer (boys 10-11); Jordan Knappenberger (boys 12-13); Tyler Crum (boys 14-15); and Sarah Keer (girls 14-15).

All the winners will advance to the Regional competition on Sunday October 3. The top four scores from the regional competitions held around the state will advance to the State finals held at Lincoln Financial field.

Palmerton Police Log

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Speeding

Trishann Green, 30, of 3710 Forest Inn Road, Palmerton, was cited for speeding. The violation occurred on Sept. 23 at 11:17 p.m. in the 100 block of Delaware Avenue.

A citation was issued to Danny Carden, Jr., 19, of 403 Fourth Street, Palmerton, for speeding. The violation occurred on Sept. 24 at 12:15 a.m. in the 100 block of Delaware Avenue.

Dorothy Farkas, 45, of 379 S Third Street, Lehighton, was cited for speeding. The violation occurred on Sept. 15 at 9:21 a.m. on SR248 east.

Old quilts needed for Palmerton Historical Society display

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Betsy Burnhauser and Carol Stefanick, Palmerton Historical Society members, display a 142-year old quilt donated to PHS by Mildred and Harry Klotz of Lake Harmony. It is the cornerstone to PHS's upcoming display of Antique Quilts and Coverlets.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Betsy Burnhauser and Carol Stefanick, Palmerton Historical Society members, display a 142-year old quilt donated to PHS by Mildred and Harry Klotz of Lake Harmony. It is the cornerstone to PHS's upcoming display of Antique Quilts and Coverlets.

Do you have one of your grandmother's old quilts, a comforter or coverlet stored away in a trunk or tucked way back on a closet shelf somewhere?

Maybe you collect old quilts and proudly display them throughout your home.

The Palmerton Historical Society (PHS) is planning it's next display for the Palmerton Area Heritage Center, located at 410 Delaware Ave. which will feature antique quilts and coverlets. They are hoping people will come forward to offer their keepsake quilts and coverlets for the display to be featured from January 2011 to the fall of 2011.

Rash of burglaries probed in Carbon

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are continuing to investigate a rash of burglaries that occurred at a Carbon County development over the past weekend.

Troopers said about 18-20 residences in the Towamensing Trails community in Penn Forest Township was entered overnight of Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday.

Most of the residences were unoccupied at the time they were entered and most are considered summer homes with many owners who are not permanent residents of the area.

Headless Horseman rides again

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The first days of Fall have stirred up the Headless Horseman to get ready to ride on Herbie, the Victorian metal statue that stands watch on the grounds of the Asa Packer Mansion on Packer Hill in Jim Thorpe. Can Halloween be far off?