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September 2010

Educator of the year

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mark Tramontina, a Pleasant Valley High School social studies teacher, is honored to be named the 2010 Pennsylvania state American Legion Educator of the Year. He was nominated by American Legion Post 927 for his dedication to honoring American veterans.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mark Tramontina, a Pleasant Valley High School social studies teacher, is honored to be named the 2010 Pennsylvania state American Legion Educator of the Year. He was nominated by American Legion Post 927 for his dedication to honoring American veterans.

Legion honors Pleasant Vy. teacher for his loyalty to veterans

Mark Tramontina, a social studies teacher at Pleasant Valley High School, was named as the Pennsylvania state's American Legion's Educator of the Year for his dedication to honoring American veterans.

Tramontina grew up with a deep sense of patriotism and respect for the veterans of the United States of America.

His father, Albert Tramontina, served in the United States Marine Corps from 1950-1954 and was a Korean War veteran. His son, Brian Tramontina, served 10 years in the Marines from 1994-2004 with the V22 Osprey Program, and now works for Bell Helicopter in Texas.

Military Appreciation Dinner for those who serving/served in Iraq and Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Operation: Touch of Home (OTOH) and WSBG, Lite 93.5 FM are sponsoring the annual Military Appreciation Dinner and Comedy Show, Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Polk Township Vol. Fire Co. located on Rt. 209 in Kresgeville.

This event is FREE for military people who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan and one guest. Please call Bonnie at 570-350-7574 or Grace, 570-977-4437 or email: touchofhome@hotmail.com for complimentary tickets. Tickets will be sold to the public.

Running in the rain

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Weather never stops true athletes, as could be seen here in Tamaqua as three runners from the Tamaqua Senior High School Cross Country team sprint up Stadium Hill in Tamaqua after returning from a windy and wet 6-mile run. Drenched runners pictured, from left, are senior Kayla Kerstetter, 17, freshman Cory Truskey, 14, and freshman Emily Schock, 14.

Break-ins

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Some tips from a burglar

Burglaries have been very much in the news this week.

A rash of break-ins occurred in Tamaqua, where at least seven businesses were targeted. And, in Towamensing Trials, a number of homes were burglarized.

Property owners must always be on the alert when it comes to protecting their property. In some instances, just a few simple tasks will help prevent burglaries. Below is an interesting list from the perspective of a burglar of what you should and shouldn't do to make your property a target for burglars.

These are things a burglar won't tell you.

Drivers facing DUI after crashes

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Two drivers are facing charges of driving under the influence (DUI) following crashes.

State police at Lehighton said Michael Keiper, 34, of Kresgeville, was driving a 1991 Dodge Spirit northbound on SR209 in Polk Township, Monroe County, about 3:08 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, while Edwin Rivera, 56, of Sparta, N.J., was operating a 2006 Freightliner truck tractor southbound.

Troopers said Keiper's car crossed the center line and struck the left rear tire of the rig.

No one was injured with damages severe to the Spirit and minor to the rig.

Carbon Republicans meet

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
ron gower/times news
ron gower/times news

The fall gathering of the Carbon County Republican Club was held last night at the East Penn Sporting Club. Guest speakers include, l-r, Doyle Heffley, candidate for state representative; MaryEllen Salerno, party chairman; Dan Meuser, representing the office of gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett; Peter Towey, representing Tooney for Senate; and Mike Sofranko, vice chairman of the Carbon Republican party. Also speaking was Joe Barletta, candidate for the U.S. Congress.

Smoothing out the ride

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

Two unique pieces of railroad equipment working together to maintain the railway made their way through the Jim Thorpe area on the Norfolk and Southern rail line. The first machine called a "Ballast Tamper" adjusted the ballast stones and rails to make the railway both parallel and level. This was followed by a "Regulator" which is a machine that works to properly sculpt the ballast stone evenly across the right-of-way and, in doing so, clear the stone from the ties and also angle the ballast to the proper slope so that efficient drainage is restored.

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.

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.

Engineers outline sewer line replacement project in Rush

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Pictured is the intersection of Meadow Avenue and Oak Lane in Hometown.
Pictured is the intersection of Meadow Avenue and Oak Lane in Hometown.

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.

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

White House reps visit Lehighton tree farm

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This Douglas Fir, grown in Lehighton, will soon be headed to Washington. The tree will serve as the "nation's Christmas tree" and be displayed in the White House Blue Room.
This Douglas Fir, grown in Lehighton, will soon be headed to Washington. The tree will serve as the "nation's Christmas tree" and be displayed in the White House Blue Room.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coal Crackers remain unbeaten

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Coal Crackers are 8-0 after fighting off a tough Lehigh Valley Steelers team, holding on for 22-16 road victory.

The Coal Crackers lost the time of possession battle, at least in part due to a quick strike offense. Timmy McFarland connected with JJ Moran and Kevin Warren on long TD passes. McFarland also added a 1-yard TD run.

Defensively, Anario Thomspon and Travis Williams lead the charge, each with an interception. Williams' interception ended a late charge by the Steelers, allowing the Coal Crackers to run out the clock. Joshua Shilko added a fumble recovery.

Minister held for trial in wife's death

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Arthur (A.B.) Schirmer, a former pastor of Reeders United Methodist Church in Monroe County, is led to his preliminary hearing Tuesday by police officers. About 75 people attended the hearing, held in the Pocono Township Ambulance Garage. Charges of criminal homicide and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence were bound over to Monroe County Court.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Arthur (A.B.) Schirmer, a former pastor of Reeders United Methodist Church in Monroe County, is led to his preliminary hearing Tuesday by police officers. About 75 people attended the hearing, held in the Pocono Township Ambulance Garage. Charges of criminal homicide and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence were bound over to Monroe County Court.

A former Methodist minister will have to stand trial on charges that he killed his wife. It is alleged he beat her, placed her in a car, then staged an accident. She died the following day.

Rev. Arthur Burton (A.B.) Schirmer, 62, of Reeders, is charged with criminal homicide and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He also is suspected of killing his first wife in Lebanon County back in April 1999. Originally it was reported she fell down a flight of stairs.

Jim Thorpe man charged with theft

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Coaldale police charged a Jim Thorpe man with theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving without a license, general offenses and being a habitual offender.

Travis Weiser, 32, of 8 Stoney Creek Rd., No. 3, allegedly took a friend's car after several hours of drinking on the Fourth of July.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by police Chief Timothy E. Delaney, here's what happened: