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September 2010

What the Coaldale Complex inspection revealed

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A report compiled by engineers hired by borough council to inspect the Coaldale Complex includes the following findings:

Roof: The 10-year-old roof is a concrete deck under rubber roofing. The engineers observed that there was significant cracking that would allow water to enter, but there were numerous soft spots on the rubber membrane. The chimney has missing bricks and cracked mortar joints, and the rubber roof membrane is improperly flashed to the brick on all sides. Caulk is being used as the main deterrent to allowing water into the chimney.

Lehigh Township benefit festival and car show slated for Oct. 3

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The 23rd Lehigh Township Benefit Festival and Car Show is slated for Sunday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is held at Beck's Drive In, 4548 Lehigh Drive, Route 248, Walnutport. Rain date is Oct. 10.

On this date

Thursday, September 30, 2010

September 29, 1951

The bodies of 579 Americans who lost their lives as a result of fighting in Korea are being returned to the United States aboard the Hossier State Victory, the Department of Defense announced. Included in the list of dead being returned is Pfc. Charles F. Bressler, brother of Mrs. Helen M. Reigel, 33 Third Avenue, Lehighton. The ship was expected to arrive at the San Francisco Port of Embarkation today.

Special service slated in Lansford

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The public is invited to attend a special service at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 to honor those who served in the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.

Those in the reserves or on active duty and their families are encouraged to attend the service, which will be held at St. John Slovac Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott St., Lansford.

Organizations that want to bring flags must provide their own stands.

For more information, call (570) 645-3643.

Birth: Rodgers

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Lilly Anna Rodgers
Lilly Anna Rodgers

A daughter, Lilly Anna Rodgers, was born on July 21, 2010 at Schuylkill Medical Center, Pottsville, to Ashley and Thomas Rodgers of Hometown.

She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Ronald and Helene Zeigler of West Penn Township/Tamaqua.

Paternal grandparents are Charles and JoAnn Rodgers, Tamaqua.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Writers' group

The Black Diamond Writers' Network will meet Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St. Guest speaker will be Kelly Ann Butterbaugh, whose topic will be "copywriting."

The public is welcome to attend. The group also holds mini critiques during their meetings. Local authors are welcome to bring a page of their unpublished work for review.

The BDWN is a nonprofit organization offering writing education and networking opportunities.

The group meets the third Saturday of every month.

Fall fun and pumpkins too

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Mollie Jo Keller, 3, of Lansford, pets Samson the goat, a resident of Troxell's Pumpkin Patch in Lehighton.
Mollie Jo Keller, 3, of Lansford, pets Samson the goat, a resident of Troxell's Pumpkin Patch in Lehighton.

Parents and children from the Carbon County Right From The Start program recently visited Troxell's Pumpkin Patch in Lehighton for an educational and fun day on a farm. The kids had the opportunity to learn about animals and farm life, play in a corn maze, and pick a pumpkin. Right From The Start is a program that serves nearly 75 Carbon County children annually and helps parents to prepare their child for kindergarten through home visits, educational trips and more.

No sale; Complex to be made safer

Thursday, September 30, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Alfred E. Benesch & Co. engineer Gregory J. Kuklinski explains his report on a safety inspection of the Coaldale Complex to borough council members. In the background are councilmen Steve Tentylo, left, and Tom Keerans. Councilwoman Nancy Lorchak is partially obscured.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Alfred E. Benesch & Co. engineer Gregory J. Kuklinski explains his report on a safety inspection of the Coaldale Complex to borough council members. In the background are councilmen Steve Tentylo, left, and Tom Keerans. Councilwoman Nancy Lorchak is partially obscured.

Coaldale borough council on Thursday voted unanimously to take four simple steps to make the deteriorated Coaldale Complex safe for the children and staff who occupy a Carbon County Head Start program there more than two weeks after engineers urged immediate action.

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.

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.