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September 2010

Miller-Keystone Blood Center schedules area blood drives

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has scheduled the following blood drives. For additional information call 1 (800) 223-6667 or (570) 455-2018.

6:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, Gnaden Huetten Hospital, 211 North 12th Street, Lehighton. Contact Denise Chickilly at (610) 377-7350.

11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, First United Church of Christ, 457 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton. Contact George Ashman at (610) 826-2097.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, St. John's Lutheran Church, 2915 Fireline Road, Palmerton. Contact: Janet Raub at (610) 824-2784

Large snake killed in Nesquehoning

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning Patrolman Carl Breiner was on nightshift on Monday when he saw this 7 1/2 foot Burmese python crossing the roadway along the S-turns in Hauto. He got out of his police car and shot it a few times until it was dead. This type of snake is an invasive species native to India and Southeast Asia. It is dangerous to humans and pets. With bow and arrow season approaching, the Nesquehoning police wanted to notify hunters to be on the look out for snakes of this nature.

Tamaqua driver facing DUI count

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

When a man jumped out of a moving car in Tamaqua on Saturday, Sept. 25, he caught the attention of Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Duarte, who was on a routine patrol.

It was 2:25 a.m. when Duarte noticed a red Jeep traveling south on North Railroad Street. As the Jeep made a left turn onto Mauch Chunk Street, a man appeared to fall from the front passenger seat, then roll on to the street. The officer stopped to render assistance, but the one time passenger said he jumped from the Jeep and was fine.

Annual Gathering to take place along Slate Trail

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

They band together for a community celebration along the Slate Trail.

That same allure is what will once again bind those who assemble for the Gathering in Slatington.

The annual event will be held along the Slate Heritage Trail from noon to midnight Saturday, rain or shine.

The Trail runs from Slatington, through Washington Township and Emerald, to the baseball fields in Slatedale.

Lehighton news

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

LIFE meets

Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Third and Iron streets.

LALLC board meeting

The Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Gothard Realty Office located on Interchange Road in Lehighton.

The Breakfast with Santa committee will meet at 6 p.m. before the regular meeting.

Crop Walk planned

LIFE is sponsoring a local Crop Walk for hunger on Sunday, Oct. 10. Registration is at 1 p.m. and the walk starts at 2 p.m.

Time to invest in 'Wall Street'

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is the third significant fall studio movie, along with "The Town" and "The American." Look for several Oscar nominations for "Wall Street."

"Wall Street," its full title references a Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) line in the original "Wall Street" (1987) and perhaps Neil Young's song, "Rust Never Sleeps" (1979), picks up the story in a post 9/11 Wall Street when Gekko is released after serving eight years in prison.

"One gold money clip, with no money in it," the guard says, then hands him a cell phone the size of a shoe.

Zoning officer responds to complaint about Washington Twp. junkyard issues

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Zoning officer Justin Yaich of Washington Township replied to the complaint of David and Patrina Meixsell on junkyard issues in the township:

The issue of Hanna's Junkyard has gone before the Common Pleas Court of Lehigh County and was appealed through the Commonwealth Court. Through the process the court determined, since thejunkyard was in operation since the 1960s, it was a pre-existing non-conforming use and should be treated as such.

Fillies and Bears stay unbeaten in girls volleyball league competition

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lyndsay Kusko makes a diving save during Panther Valley's match against Blue Mountain on Tuesday night. The Eagles won in four games.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lyndsay Kusko makes a diving save during Panther Valley's match against Blue Mountain on Tuesday night. The Eagles won in four games.

Marian and Pleasant Valley stayed unbeaten in league competition ingirls volleyball action on Tuesday.

VOLLEYBALL

Marian-Tri-Valley

In a battle of Schuylkill League Division leaders, Marian dominated Tri-Valey and rolled to a 25-14, 25-13, 25-7 victory.

The Fillies, who lead Division 4 with a 7-0 record, got another outstanding performance by sophomore middle hitter Marykate Sherkness. Sherkness, who already has 200 kills this season, had 16 more against Division 3 leading Tri-Valley. She also added nine digs.

Lehighton arrests

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lehighton police reported on three arrests made by officers recently.

Police said on Sept. 21 about 3 p.m. Edwin Mertz, 51, of 131 Mauch Chunk St., Lehighton, was cited for public drunkenness in the 100 block of S. First St.

Ernest Dash, 42, of 17 Mahoning Drive East, Lehighton, was cited for violation of the borough's curfew ordinance involving his 15-year-old child. The incident occurred on Saturday, Sept. 28, about 2:30 a.m. at the rear of 101 N. First St.

A New England-style chowder with a taste of India

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
AP PHOTOS Part seafood chowder, part corn chowder and a hint of India is a winning combination in this curried corn and shrimp chowder recipe.
AP PHOTOS Part seafood chowder, part corn chowder and a hint of India is a winning combination in this curried corn and shrimp chowder recipe.

Being from New England, I hold to the idea that chowders – whether seafood or corn – must be thick. Very thick.

But that's where my marriage to tradition ends. I love both seafood and corn chowders, and I see no reason why they can't be combined. I also think that coconut milk and other flavors often associated with Indian cuisines work well with both.

And so I decided to bring them all together in one pot. Rather than the more traditional cream, I used a can of lite coconut milk to add the creamy richness chowders need, as well as starchy russet potatoes for body.

Palmerton Historical Society to meet

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Palmerton Area Historical Society's 20th birthday monthly event will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 in the Little White Church, Third and Columbia streets. The Blue Mountain Paranormals will give a presentation and conduct an investigation in the church and historic burying ground at the rear of the church. Light refreshments will be served on the church lawn.

Motorcyclist facing Tamaqua charges

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Walker Township man is being cited by Tamaqua police following an incident that took place at 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

Officer Thomas Rodgers was on patrol when he observed a black Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling on Mauch Chunk Street. The operator attempted to do a burn out and almost lost control. Tamaqua Sgt. Rick Weaver identified the motorcyclist as Nicholas Demyanovich, 38, of 1481 Valley Rd.

Another zoning hearing slated for Riverwalck Saloon

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The fate of Riverwalck Saloon, 8 Centre St., Parryville, (Route 248) will once again will be in the hands of the Parryville Zoning Hearing Board.

Atty. Michael Greek said on Tuesday night during a regular meeting of Parryville Council that Riverwalck Saloon owner Mark Stemler has appealed the decision of Parryville Zoning Officer Dick Fedor regarding his decision on the application of zoning permits and that because of that appeal Parryville Zoning Hearing Board will be asked to make a decision.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?