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April 2011

Building for the future Pennsylvania Conservation Corps renovating McCartney Pavilion at Mauch Chunk Lake Park

Saturday, April 30, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kristian Koehler, left, crew leader Jody Johnson, and Alfredo Russo of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps apply a vapor barrier to the exterior of the new kitchen at the Agnes McCartney Pavilion in Much Chunk Lake Park.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kristian Koehler, left, crew leader Jody Johnson, and Alfredo Russo of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps apply a vapor barrier to the exterior of the new kitchen at the Agnes McCartney Pavilion in Much Chunk Lake Park.

Mauch Chunk Lake Park's oldest pavilion is undergoing a major renovation, thanks to the help of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps.

The PCC is in the process of refurbishing the Agnes McCartney Pavilion, the oldest of the park's pavilions dating back to the 1970s. Over the years, it had deteriorated from the weather, and unlike the pavilions built afterwards, did not have a kitchen.

Lansford, Summit Hill pooling resources Project manager will be working for both communities in the partnership setup

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Sara Ruch, seated, is serving as project manager for the newly organized Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership. Directors include, l-r, Dale Freudenberger of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, chairman; David Benevy, Mark Sverchek, and Chris Ondrus, all representing Lansford Alive; and Harry Miller and Michele Toniatti, both representing Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization. Miller is treasurer. Also representing Summit Hill, but not in the photo, is Debra Ranck, secretary.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Sara Ruch, seated, is serving as project manager for the newly organized Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership. Directors include, l-r, Dale Freudenberger of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, chairman; David Benevy, Mark Sverchek, and Chris Ondrus, all representing Lansford Alive; and Harry Miller and Michele Toniatti, both representing Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization. Miller is treasurer. Also representing Summit Hill, but not in the photo, is Debra Ranck, secretary.

Organizations in two Panther Valley communities are pooling their resources in an effort to get better results for both towns.

The Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership was created by Lansford Alive and the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization (SHCIO).

Sara Ruch of Summit Hill will be serving on a part-time basis as project manager of the partnership, working about 25 hours per week.

The partnership has seven directors, three from each of the two groups. The seventh member is Dale Freudenberger of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

A marriage made in Heaven

Saturday, April 30, 2011

If you have watched television this past week, you know that on Friday Prince William married his long time love Kate Middleton. The wedding was lavish, featuring a beautiful chapel, an extensive guest list of dignitaries, and wedding receptions across England in the couple's honor.

While this wedding was beautiful, the main focus of the ceremony (as is always the case) was the bride. For weeks, much of the conversation surrounded who Kate is, where she is from, and what should she wear. On the day of the ceremony, all eyes were not on the prince, but on his bride.

Tamaqua students attend Computer Fair

Saturday, April 30, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area High School students participated in the March 15 Regional High School Computer Fair at the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit. More than 40 various computer projects were judged, according to industry standards, with awards presented to four TAHS students. Winners included: Nicolai Kabana, second place in the digital movie category; Dallas Mease and Austin Chartier, first place in graphic design; Megan Witkus, first place, and Eriz Hertzog, second place, in computer fair logo.

Carbon judge will decide on injunction request for Panther Valley drug policy Judge Serfass considers action filed by ACLU on students' behalf against the district

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Carbon County judge will decide on a request for a preliminary injunction to stop the Panther Valley School District from enforcing its drug policy concerning students who participate in sports and extracurricular activities.

Judge Steven R. Serfass conducted a hearing on the action filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the district which was filed on behalf of Morgan and Donna Thomas. The Thomas' sought the action on behalf of two of their children, a son, Jeremy, 18, and a daughter, identified in the suit as M.T.

Freeland motorist facing charges

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Freeland woman is facing charges following an incident in Rush Township on Wednesday.

Officers were dispatched to SR309 (Claremont Avenue) at 12:45 p.m., in the area of Tirpak Insurance, where they found damage to a retaining wall and flower bed. It was determined that a vehicle operated by Sylvia Bridge, 56, had cut through the lot to avoid traffic, damaging the property in the process

Nolehi gets softball, baseball wins

Saturday, April 30, 2011
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Ashley Sensinger scoops up the ball at third base during Friday's game against Stroudsburg.
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Ashley Sensinger scoops up the ball at third base during Friday's game against Stroudsburg.

Northern Lehigh picked up wins in both softball and baseballa ction on Friday.

SOFTBALL

Tamaqua-Panther Valley

Tamaqua's Jordan Nowacki singled in the fifth, watched as her Raiders batted around, and came back up to smack a grand slam en route to a 15-0 win over Panther Valley.

The Raiders' Angelica Heisler (three singles), Brianna Boyer (two singles), Lauren Mateyak (two singles) and Emily Zancofsky (two singles) each had multiple hits.

Ashtin Walck had two of the Panthers' four hits. She picked up two singles.

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One man's opinion

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

* Accept the days you are a pigeon and some that your are a statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet just in case you have to eat them.

* Drive carefully, it's not only the cars that can be recalled by their maker.

* Never buy a car you cannot push, with fuel at $5 never buy a car.

* Do not put both feet in your mouth at the same time. You'll not have a leg to stand on.

* Since it is the early bird that gets the work, sleep late.

* The second mouse gets the cheese.

Budget protest

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Group concerned about possible sports cutbacks

A group of Palmerton residents plan to protest the potential elimination of several athletic programs in the Palmerton Area School District early next week.

The TIMES NEWS has learned that an assemblage of parents, student athletes and supporters will participate in a demonstration outside the Parkside Education Center at 5 p.m. Monday.

The Palmerton school board is scheduled to hold an executive session at 5:30 p.m. that will be closed to the public.

Is there more to it?

Saturday, April 30, 2011

If I was to argue with you that white was black or up was down, I am willing to bet two things would happen. First, you would probably attempt to prove that I was wrong since you would believe the truth is so obvious that it would seem insane to argue otherwise. Second, failing to convince me of either of these truths you may eventually give up and believe I'm crazy since the truth is staring me right in the face and yet I still deny it.

Local agencies pitch for their programs Area legislators hear how preventive programs affect quality of life in Carbon Co.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Cheri Santore, director of the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging and chairperson of the Interagency Council of Carbon County, left; and Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, right, present Larissa Kimmel of Family Promise with the first annual Interagency Council Grant. The grant is in the amount of $500.
Cheri Santore, director of the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging and chairperson of the Interagency Council of Carbon County, left; and Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, right, present Larissa Kimmel of Family Promise with the first annual Interagency Council Grant. The grant is in the amount of $500.

In Carbon County, millions of dollars are spent annually on preventive programs that help children, families and the elderly.

Because of the state deficit, area agencies may be forced to cut these programs.

Lies my president told me

Saturday, April 30, 2011

This week, the administration revealed that the President couldn't be trusted. Using "Chicago Style Politics" to ram healthcare down the throats of Americans wasn't enough. Now the administration must vilify major corporations as Obama launches his 2012 reelection campaign. A good example is the administration's actions against the oil industry. In a speech last week the President claimed that high oil prices are the result of oil companies gouging the public and speculators manipulating the price of oil for their own profit.

Nolehi gets softball, baseball wins

Saturday, April 30, 2011
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Ashley Sensinger scoops up the ball at third base during Friday's game against Stroudsburg.
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Ashley Sensinger scoops up the ball at third base during Friday's game against Stroudsburg.

Northern Lehigh picked up wins in both softball and baseballa ction on Friday.

SOFTBALL

Tamaqua-Panther Valley

Tamaqua's Jordan Nowacki singled in the fifth, watched as her Raiders batted around, and came back up to smack a grand slam en route to a 15-0 win over Panther Valley.

The Raiders' Angelica Heisler (three singles), Brianna Boyer (two singles), Lauren Mateyak (two singles) and Emily Zancofsky (two singles) each had multiple hits.

Ashtin Walck had two of the Panthers' four hits. She picked up two singles.

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Youth fishing day recognizes children of military veterans

Saturday, April 30, 2011

In recognition of local military veterans, Poho Poco Rod and Gun Club is hosting a "Youth Fishing" day on May 15 in the newly-dredged dam at the Phifer Ice Dam Park, Main Road, in Franklin Township.

The ponds are adjacent to the Franklin Township Little League fields.

All children – ages 1 to 12 – who are children, grandchildren or great-grand children of military veterans in the lower Carbon County area are invited to fish during the event for free.

Bank robbery suspect caught

Friday, April 29, 2011

A Berks County man, wanted for the armed robbery of a Lehigh County branch bank, has been apprehended.

State police at Fogelsville said Corey S. Angstadt, 43, formerly of Temple, was taken into custody on Thursday at about 6:25 p.m. Troopers did not indicate where Angstadt was found.

He has been charged with the robbery fo the TD branch bank office at 5980 Hamilton Blvd., in Lower Macungie Township, on Monday, April 25, about 6:17 p.m.

On this date

Friday, April 29, 2011

April 29, 1991

Carbon County Manager Mortimer Smedley was the featured speaker during the official ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremonies held this afternoon at the newly opened Lehighton Community Recreation Center. A warm welcome was extended to all those in attendance for the special event by Councilman Darryl Arner, who was instrumental in getting the "buy a brick" fundraiser off the ground.

Marian High School presents "Seussical, the Musical"

Friday, April 29, 2011

Marian Catholic Senior Class presents "Seussical, the Musical" tonight and Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m.

"Seussical" is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertude McFuzz, Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination-JoJo.

BASEBALL AND THE CIVIL WAR

Friday, April 29, 2011

Earlier this month, America celebrated the 150th Anniversary to the start of the American Civil War. The Glorification and glamorization of the event through historians, re-enactors, and movies, only serves to hide the horror of the conflict.

Although there are many positive outcomes to the Civil War, one true and yet overlooked plus is the relationship of the Civil War and Baseball.

Flag repaired, hoisted

Friday, April 29, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Coaldale World War II Committee member William Gaddes mends the 10-foot-by-16-foot American flag that now waves in the breeze at the Coaldale Complex.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Coaldale World War II Committee member William Gaddes mends the 10-foot-by-16-foot American flag that now waves in the breeze at the Coaldale Complex.

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Berks man jailed after theft arrest

Friday, April 29, 2011

A retail theft at the Hometown Commons Walmart, in Rush Township, turned into a much bigger headache for suspect Ruben Ortiz, of Reading, on Monday.

Ortiz, 36, was being questioned by township police following the 6:58 p.m. incident when officers discovered heroin, cocaine and marijuana, as well as several thousand dollars in cash, in his possession.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, April 29, 2011

April 29, 1974 Kerry Solt hits two home runs to help Palmerton gain an 11-4 victory over Jim Thorpe. Solt, just a freshman, drills a grand slam in the first inning and adds a two-run blast in the fourth frame. The Blue Bombers also receive a two-run homer off the bat of Denny Strohl while Jerry Serfass contributes a two-run single. Bill Mazepa chips in with a hit, RBI and three runs scored.

Eldred column

Friday, April 29, 2011

Family Movie and Dinner Night

Norm and Amy Burger invite all community youths and their families to a Family Movie and Dinner Night at St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown to begin at 5 p.m.

If you are in fifth grade and up, you are welcome to join in the fun.

YMCA Open House at Eldred Elementary

The Pocono Family YMCA will be holding a grand opening at its new West End Extension Site on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Eldred Elementary in Kunkletown.

The public is invited to join them.

Hernandez Cascante, Paiste roll

Friday, April 29, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Jim Thorpe's James Denny gets set to hit his forehand during the District 11 Class AA Tournament.
nancy scholz/times news Jim Thorpe's James Denny gets set to hit his forehand during the District 11 Class AA Tournament.

ALLENTOWN – Both Gonzalo Hernandez Cascante and Henry Paiste were playing in their first District 11 Tournament. And both first-timers looked pretty comfortable with their surroundings Thursday in the opening rounds of the Class AA singles tournament at West End Racquet Club.

Henandez, a Spanish foreign exchange student from Tamaqua High School, and Paiste, a Northwestern freshman, both won their first two matches and are headed to Saturday's quarterfinal round.

"As a freshman, it's my first time," said Paiste. "I'm pretty happy with the result.

Rt. 209 closed by flooding

Friday, April 29, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The southbound lane of SR209 in Franklin Township was closed Thursday morning when torrential rains were too much for the storm drains to handle. This scene is just north of the entrance to the Northeast Extension of the turnpike.

Nominate your Friend of the Lehigh River

Friday, April 29, 2011

Wildlands Conservancy is seeking nominations for its Friend of the Lehigh River Awards. The awards, given annually by the organization, are in acknowledgment of individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, institutions, or government entities that deserve recognition for their commitment to preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Lehigh River and its watershed. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 20.

Students from 7 area schools attend commissioners' meeting

Friday, April 29, 2011

Students from seven area high schools had the opportunity to see how Carbon County operates during the county's 11th annual Government Day.

On Thursday, students from Panther Valley, Marian, Palmerton, Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Weatherly, and Carbon Career & Technical Institute high schools found themselves spending a day observing Carbon County officials doing what they do best, run the county.

Students had stops at the Carbon County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex in Jim Thorpe and 9-1-1 Communication Center in Nesquehoning.

Schuylkill crash

Friday, April 29, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a one-vehicle crash about 10:22 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, along SR61 at the Mount Carbon "jug handle" in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

Flooding

Friday, April 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This 1991 Mercury Cougar operated by an Allentown couple was stuck along Route 248 West for more than an hour Thursday morning due to the severe thunderstorm.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This 1991 Mercury Cougar operated by an Allentown couple was stuck along Route 248 West for more than an hour Thursday morning due to the severe thunderstorm.

Severe thunderstorms block Rts. 248 and 209

Friday morning's severe thunderstorm caused Route 248 West to be shut down for three hours.

Emergency crews worked to drain the flooded roadway as traffic was diverted through Parryville.

An Allentown couple got stuck on the road for more than an hour. The vehicle was eventually towed.

In addition, the southbound lane of Route 209 in Franklin Township was also closed yesterday morning as a result of the flooding.

Arrests reported

Friday, April 29, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported on two arrests made by troopers this week.

On Tuesday, April 26, about 11:34 p.m. troopers observed Joseph Pizzutti, 64, of Lehighton, walking into traffic at the intersection of state routes 443 and 209, in Lehighton. He was under the influence of alcohol.

He was placed under arrest and cited for public drunkenness, troopers said.

Creating policy

Friday, April 29, 2011
Larry Wittig
Larry Wittig

Tamaqua's Larry Wittig named chairman of Pennsylvania State Board of Education

The state of education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stands at a crossroad, and that crossroad now goes directly through Tamaqua.

On Thursday, Gov. Tom Corbett announced his decision to appoint Larry Wittig, president of the Tamaqua Area School Board of Education, to the position of chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education. Wittig's appointment will fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Joseph M. Torsella, who has been confirmed to the post of U.S. Representative to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform.

Arbor Day

Friday, April 29, 2011

We must work on behalf of future generations

You probably have a favorite tree-lined street in your community. Or a tree-filled neighborhood you've always admired. Or a favorite forest where you like to bask in the beauty of the trees.

It's important to remember that those beautiful spaces aren't here by accident. The forests we enjoy today – which give us both pleasure and environmental benefits – are here because of the vision, courage and hard work of generations past.