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September 2010

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.

Two arrreted on drug charges

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Two persons were arrested, including a Carbon County resident, on drug charges following a vehicle stop in Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said on Wednesday, Sept. 29, officers stopped a vehicle on SR115, south of Interstate 80, in Blakeslee, for an equipment violation.

The two occupants of the car were identified as Ashleigh Davis, 20, of Jim Thorpe, and Stephen Persavage, 28, of Coal Township, Northumberland County. Officers observed in plain view drug paraphernalia in the car and conducted a search of the vehicle.

Irving helps Bears 'receive' win

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Pleasant Valley senior wide receiver Rich Irving is congratulated by head coach Jim Terwilliger for being named the TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week. Irving caught nine passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-6 win over Lehighton in the Bears' Mountain Valley Conference opener. Irving currently leads the TN area in receptions with 18.
Pleasant Valley senior wide receiver Rich Irving is congratulated by head coach Jim Terwilliger for being named the TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Week. Irving caught nine passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-6 win over Lehighton in the Bears' Mountain Valley Conference opener. Irving currently leads the TN area in receptions with 18.

Due to Pleasant Valley's spread offensive attack, most opposing defenses don't have a choice but to play the Bears' receivers one-on-one.

When that happens, quarterback Derrik Walling and wide receiver Rich Irving know that they have an immediate advantage.

Teen arrested for retail theft

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Monroe County teen has been charged with retail theft.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said on Sept. 22 about 1 p.m. officers were called to the Wal-Mart store in Mt. Pocono. Store security had a female in custody for theft.

Police identified the suspect as Diamond Derival, 18, of East Stroudsburg. Derival allegedly attempted to removed $101 worth of merchandise from the store by placing it in her purse and walking out the front doors. She was stopped by security and held until police arrived.

She was issued a citation and released, police added.

Class reunion

Thursday, September 30, 2010

PVHS Class of 1991

The Panther Valley High School Class of 1991 will hold a reunion planning meeting on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. in Kelly's Restaurant, E. Patterson St., Lansford.

Alll classmates are welcome to attend.

Jim Thorpe Democrats to meet on Oct. 13

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Jim Thorpe Area Democratic Association will hold its pre-election meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the small conference room of the Inn at Jim Thorpe.

All District 3 (Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest and Kidder South) committee persons are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

Area chair and Jim Thorpe club president Edith Lukasevich will preside at the session.

McCall for, Knowles opposes tax on Pa. natural gas industry

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Democratic members of the Pa. House of Representatives successfully led the charge to pass an extraction tax on the production of natural gas in the vast Marcellus Shale formation.

The House Democratic Caucus said the tax will help "to fund critical environmental programs and aiding local communities impacted by the expansion of this industry."

Kennel owner's charges mount

Thursday, September 30, 2010

More charges against a Franklin Township kennel owner have been filed in a related case of theft by deception.

According to state police at Lehighton, Patricia E. Gadaleta, 51, the owner of Musket Labradors, has been charged with theft by deception and deceptive business practices.

This time, troopers state, Gadaleta purchased a Labrador Retriever from Sharene Greer Clark and Dan Clark of California.

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, September 30, 2010

September 30, 1977 Phil McGarry carries 26 times for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Palmerton to a 22-6 Centennial League victory over East Stroudsburg. McGarry opens the scoring with a 36-yard run and also finds the end zone from four yards out. The Blue Bombers, coached by Bill Dukett, also receive a 15-yard TD run from Terry Rex.

Completes Air Force basic military training

Thursday, September 30, 2010
West
West

Air Force Airman 1st Class Mark A. West graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Claude and Winifred West of N. Second St., Lehighton.

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?

Northern Lehigh community news

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Slatington Public Library

Local historian and writer Mr. William Leickel has produced a book entitled "Business's along the Boulevard." Leickel has researched different topics involving the history of the Northern Lehigh area, some of which were the local movie theaters and the railway systems.

Coal companies targets of break-in

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Two Schuylkill county coal companies were targets of a burglary this week. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred at 240 Airport Rd., in Foster Township.

On this date

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September 29, 1976

A variance from Lehighton's zoning ordinance, granted by unanimous decision of the borough's zoning hearing board, will allow the construction of a Pizza Hut. The variance was approved during a 35-minute hearing held in the Lehighton Municipal Building. Thre was no opposition to the request. The Pizza Hut will be built along Route 443 between the Mahoning Creek bridge and the Graverville intersection. Parking facilities will be made for 30 cars.

Coaldale man charged in Tamaqua burglary

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Kunkel
Kunkel

A Coaldale man is in custody after police said he admitted to a burglary at Pieracini's Market in Tamaqua.

Franklin John Kunkel, 19, of 101 E. High St., Coaldale, turned himself in to Tamaqua Police last evening after Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods had secured a warrant for his arrest. The warrant was based on video surveillance from the market that clearly identified Kunkel as the culprit

The burglary was one of several reported to Tamaqua Police over the weekend.

Irish step dancers entertain at church picnic

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

Members of the Kerry Dancers, an Irish step-dancing troupe from Ashley were just part of the entertainment at the Immaculate Conception Church picnic which was held at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe. They are, left to right : Megan Harding, Sarah Witkowski, Connor Harding, Abbey Weidler, Morgan Nealon, Jill Kost, and Ariel Weidler.

A fall favorite: Ham and string bean soup

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It's getting chilly outside at night, and the days are getting shorter. Fall is here. It's time to make soup!

I may be rushing the seasons, but I love homemade soup. It fills our house with wonderful smells. It's warm and filling, and I can work on other things while the soup simmers away. I can also prepare most soups with leftover ingredients that I already have in the house making it a true frugal food, too.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

PV alumni

The Panther Valley Alumni Association will be holding it annual "Meet and Greet" Reunion of all PV graduating classes immediately following the PV-Schuylkill Haven game on Friday, Oct. 1. Members eat and drink for free. Guests are welcome.

Donations are also being accepted at PVAA, P.O. Box 32, Nesquehoning, PA 18240. All proceeds go into a scholarship fund.

Summit Hill

Heritage Center

The Summit Hill Heritage Center, the former St. Paul United Church of Christ, Chestnut and Hazard streets, will hold an open house program on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Bears clawing their way back to the top

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Since its six-year Mountain Valley Conference reign came to an end in 2007, the Pleasant Valley boys' soccer team has been unable to reclaim the throne.

For the last three years the Bears have fallen to the Mounties from Stroudsburg in the conference playoffs - once in the finals and twice in the semi-finals. Fortunately for head coach Chris Pachuta and his senior-laden team, that was then and this is now.

The fact that this year's senior class is the only group to not win a conference title since 2001 serves as motivation every day.

Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A traffic stop by Pocono Mountain Regional police led to the arrest of two persons on drug charges.

Police said about 1:38 a.m. on Sept. 23 officers stopped a vehicle along SR193 and Renaissance Drive, for a vehicle code violation.

A further investigation revealed that the passenger, Kareem Johnson, 31, of Tobyhanna, was in possession of marijuana consistent with street level sales. Johnson was taken into custody for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and later lodged in the county prison.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bloodmobile

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile, held in Tamaqua on Sept. 23, collected 42 units of blood. The visit was sponsored by the Alpha Theta Masters Sorority.

Volunteers who assisted with the event included: Bob and Dolly Shirey, Jean Stephens, Claudette Zarra, Joan Camerini, Sara Jane Bensinger, Jean Tonkin, Robert and Darlene Zeckam.

The social hall at St. John United Church of Christ was converted into a blood collection center through the efforts of Randy Gormley, Jack Quinn, Jack Rarick, Joe Rimm and Michael Trubilla.