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May 2011

Quakake Legion holds Memorial Services

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Veterans from the Heckman-Isganitis-Messerschmidt Quakake American Legion Post 973 held multiple memorial ceremonies in Barnesville, Hometown and Delano on Memorial Day. Pictured are their color guard members taking part in one of their Memorial Day Services held at the Christ Lutheran (White Church) in Barnesville.

Motorcyclist killed in Schuylkill crash

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Northumberland County motorcyclist was killed when is bike collided with a sports utility vehicle on Memorial Day. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 6:19 p.m. along SR901 at Valley Road, in Foster Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Benjamin Thompson, 23, of Mt. Carmel, was operating a 1994 Honda Nighthawk bike eastbound and attempting to negotiate a curve in the road when he lost control.

Man struck by tractor trailer in Tamaqua

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Tamaqua man was injured just before 5:30 a.m. this morning when he was struck by a tractor trailer in the 300 block of Pine Street (SR309). Norman McLaughlin of Pine Street, Tamaqua, apparently entered the truck's lane of travel to get to his parked car. He told police he saw the truck, a tractor trailer, but thought he had enough time.Traffic was backed up for 45 minutes as emergency responders cared for the victim and Tamaqua police remained on scene to investigate.

Twice the patriotism

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Seven-month old twins Anna and Carolina sit with their mother Jordi Breiner of Tamaqua during the annual West Penn Memorial Day Service. Their father is Ernie Breiner.

Budget workshop is scheduled

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Palmerton Area School District will hold yet another budget workshop to review next year's spending plan.

This time, the school board will hold a special meeting for financial and personnel considerations, immediately followed by a budget workshop, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the high school auditorium.

Last month, the board, on a 7-2 vote, agreed to grant proposed final adoption to the 2011-12 proposed budget, which calls for a 12.6 percent, or 5.506-mill, increase.

O-positive is the most common blood type

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Q. What is the most common blood type?

The approximate distribution of blood types in the U.S. population is as follows. Distribution may be different for specific racial and ethnic groups:

O-positive 38 percent

O-negative 7 percent

A-positive 34 percent

A-negative 6 percent

B-positive 9 percent

B-negative 2 percent

AB-positive 3 percent

AB-negative 1 percent

Woman injured in ATV accident

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An unknown age female was injured Sunday afternoon when involved in an accident while riding a four wheel all terrain vehicle in Towmensing Township. The incident occurred at 1 p.m. along the nineteen hundred block of Deer Lane. The victim was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. The Towmensing township fire company responded to the scene. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.

Local dancers earn scholarships

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Kaitlyn Shlanta
Kaitlyn Shlanta

Catrina Strubinger, 15-year-old daughter of Jerry and Carolyn Strubinger of Lehighton, was named Senior Dancer of the Year 2011. Catrina was awarded a $300 performing Arts scholarship.

Kaitlyn Shlanta, 11-year-old daughter of Andrew and Cindy Shlanta of New Ringgold, was named Dance with Kim's Junior Dancer of the Year 2011. Kaitlyn received a $200 Performing Arts Scholarship.

The Edward Zarsky Memorial Scholarship for $100 was awarded to Devyn Hauser. She is the daughter of Bill and Lisa Hauser of Palmerton.

Those who paid the ultimate price honored in Palmerton

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Bethany Thomas, a member of Palmerton Girl Scout troop 3112, served as Miss Poppy, while Andrew Proffit, a member of Palmerton Cub Pack 41, served as Legion Mascot.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Bethany Thomas, a member of Palmerton Girl Scout troop 3112, served as Miss Poppy, while Andrew Proffit, a member of Palmerton Cub Pack 41, served as Legion Mascot.

They paid the ultimate sacrifice for the love of our country.

While they can never be repaid for their heroism, the spirits of those soldiers who died to defend our great nation continues to live on.

Perhaps no where was that more evident than at the Memorial Day Parade in Palmerton on Monday, sponsored by the United Veteran's Organization of Palmerton, which consists of the American Legion Post 269 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7134.

Memorial Day fire at Mahanoy Area closes school

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heavy damage occurred Memorial Day when a fire ravaged a building at the Mahanoy City Area school complex, forcing the closing of school today and perhaps for the rest of the school year.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heavy damage occurred Memorial Day when a fire ravaged a building at the Mahanoy City Area school complex, forcing the closing of school today and perhaps for the rest of the school year.

Hometown and other Schuylkill County fire companies, some wearing parade attire, spent their Memorial Day fighting a destructive fire at the Mahanoy City Area school complex that started just before 8 a.m. Monday morning.

The fire started in a the ceiling of a storage room located near the cafeteria. The fire broke out in the cafeteria complex. One witness stated, "Thick black billowing smoke shot out the school's glass front doors when firefighters opened them."

The Soldier's Cross

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Retired U.S. Airman William Gaddes wrote a poem for the dedication Sunday of the Soldier's Cross in the Veteran Memorial Garden in Coaldale. Gaddes designed the garden, on Third Street.

The Cross, sculpted by Andrew Chernak of Springfield, Delaware County, completes the project.

Here is Gaddes' poem:

The Battlefield or Soldier's Cross

I am made of bronze, the "Soldier's Cross,"

I signify a tragic loss.

As I look down, I see a star,

the name of one who died on shores afar.

I also see some stars of gold,

fifty three in all, I am told.

Lehighton honors veterans and those who gave their lives

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The United Veterans Organization Color Guard led the Lehighton Memorial Day parade.
The United Veterans Organization Color Guard led the Lehighton Memorial Day parade.

Lehighton United Veterans Organization honored veterans, active military and those who gave their lives for freedom throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

Services were held in nine rural cemeteries on Sunday and throughout Lehighton on Monday. On Sunday the West Group was directed by Harry J. Wynn III, Past Post Commander; and the East Group was directed by Kevin Long, American Legion Past Post Commander.

Sky-View tribute cites harshness of war

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Quakake American Legion rifle squad members fire off a volley salute to the honored dead at Monday's Memorial Day service at Sky-Vew Memorial Park. From left: Carmen Forke, Quakake; Steve Datchko, Delano; and Ed Sabol, Barnesville.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Quakake American Legion rifle squad members fire off a volley salute to the honored dead at Monday's Memorial Day service at Sky-Vew Memorial Park. From left: Carmen Forke, Quakake; Steve Datchko, Delano; and Ed Sabol, Barnesville.

The bitter reality of war is never as stark as when you find yourself in battle and see your comrades fall.

That sobering message was one of several points made by Sgt. Major George Holmes of Hauto at Monday's Sky-View Memorial Day Service held in front of the Sky-View Memorial Park's 1948 Mausoleum along Route 54 in Hometown, Rush Township.

Holmes, who serves as principal of Pine Grove Area High School, is a veteran of the Gulf War, where he entered combat on February 20, 1991. He also served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was wounded.

Man's best friend or worst nightmare

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The recent rash of dog attacks has led me to this conclusion.

The owners of dangerous dogs that attack people need to be heavily fined, and in a hurry.

Specifically those dog owners who allow their vicious animals to run loose that aren't licensed or leashed.

Such measures are necessary in light of a series of dog attacks that have occurred in the area in recent months.

In fact, several articles have appeared in our publication about incidents where dogs have attacked humans, chickens, and other dogs.

Parryville Council plans to apply for grant to repair borough roads

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Road repairs were on the minds of members of Parryville Council on Tuesday.

Council president Mike Grant said he is applying for a grant to repair roads in the borough.

Grant said that Water Street needs repairs and that other roads need patching done.

Grant also noted that he is still waiting to hear who owns the property adjacent to the borough building before moving forward on the salt storage shed.

Attorney Michael Greek, solicitor for the borough, said that his office is researching the deed and should have an answer soon. The deed dates back to 1914.

Three charged for incident at bar

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tamaqua police have finished an investigation into a reported fight at the Tiki Bar, 20 Mauch Chunk St., that injured two people in February.

After interviewing numerous victims and participants and Cpl. Henry Woods has filed charges against three people involved in the melee Anthony Edward Pascoe, Joshua Michael DeWire and Charles Mimms.

Theft of vehicle

Saturday, May 28, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of a vehicle.

Troopers said a 1992 Ford Explorer that was parked to the rear of 95 Hazle St., in Delano Township, was stolen, according to the owner, Tabe Yisrael, 56, of Hazleton. The theft was reported about noon on May 2.

Wanted: Carbon County backbone

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dear Editor,

Hey! There is an elephant in our living room and gee, he just pooped. Oh my, now what are we gonna do?

This seems to be the typical protocol of this state, county, the whole area.

Come on Carbon County Comprehensive Planning Committee. Whose hat did they pull this group out of and just who does it consist of?

Hugh O'Brien recipient

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Tokash
Tokash

Jacob Tokash, son of Lora Tokash and the late David Tokash of Lansford has been selected to represent Panther Valley High School at the annual Hugh O'Brien Seminar. The event is held at Millersville University from May 19-22. Outstanding tenth graders with potential leadership abilities are selected for the event.

Graduates from Robert Morris University

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Shupp
Shupp

Jarrod Shupp, a 2007 graduate of Palmerton Area High School, graduated May 7 from Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, with a bachelor of science degree in marketing. He is the son of Chad and Lori Shupp of Germansville.

He is the grandson of Betty and Dave Thomas of Palmerton, and Louise Shupp of Palmerton.

Jarrod was on the dean's list all four years of college and received top honors on graduation day.

Area Sophomore selected to attend HOBY seminar

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Molly K. Betz has been selected to join 245 leaders representing many high schools from throughout central and northeast Pennsylvania at the Central Pennsylvania Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) at Millersville University May 19-22. Betz is representing Tamaqua Area High School. Betz's parents are Kristine Kropp Betz, of Mantzville, and A. Douglas Betz, of Tamaqua.

Housewives

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Okay, I admit it. I am enthralled by the "Housewives" shows on Bravo channel. My husband is appalled that I, an educator with a Ph.D., can watch such trivial TV fare.

I, on the other hand, enjoy getting a peek into the lives of those women. Surely, they know that the camera is running. All of the drama is scripted. But, there is still a kernel of truth in the shows. Plus, I'd much rather watch the fluff of the "Housewives" than the depressing news channels.

on this date

Saturday, May 28, 2011

May 28, 1954

Two Summit Hill young men, both 22 , had a miraculous escape from possible death at 8:40 a.m. today, when the Graham-Paige sedan they were riding in went out of control in attempting to negotiate the sharp curve on the Mauch Chunk-Nesquehoning highway, a short distance from the Liberties, and plummeted 50 feet over the embankment after upending three steel rails supporting a road guard. They are William Sorber, who sustained a laceration of the right eye and an injury to the ankle, and William Gateus, who received a laceration on the face.

Reader's Turn: May 28

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Nick Weaver,Lehighton "Having a barbecue and playing XBOX."
Nick Weaver,Lehighton "Having a barbecue and playing XBOX."

What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend?

Carbon Co. realtors participating in nationwide open house June 5

Saturday, May 28, 2011

As the spring home buying season kicks off, Realtors® will host thousands of open houses in neighborhoods across the country during Realtor® Nationwide Open House Weekend.

On June 5, Realtors® in Carbon County invite buyers to visit some of the many open homes throughout the area where they can learn more about homeownership.

Lehighton girl to attend Keystone Girls State

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Otto
Otto

Ashley Otto of Lehighton Area High School has been selected by Oplinger-Hower, Unit 899, of the American Legion Auxiliary to attend Keystone Girls State.

This Experience in Government will be held at Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, June 26-July 2, and is the 66th session sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. About 200 girls are brought together through the sponsorship of local auxiliary units and other organizations to study government on the city, county and state levels.

RGA hires production manager

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Miller
Miller

Rick Grant & Associates (RGA), a public relations and marketing communications firm that specializes in emerging media to tell customer success stories, has hired Margaret Miller as a production manager. In her new role, she will guide the company's staff in providing services to a national client base.

We made it to Memorial Day

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Finally, Memorial Day weekend is here. Remember the brutally cold and snowy winter, and the soggy spring? We endured, because we knew eventually May 30th would be here and the unofficial summer kickoff would begin.

Parades and Memorial services will be held in just about every town. Memorial Day is both a solemn and joyous occasion, solemn because we honor the memories of all those who have made the great sacrifice so that we can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It's joyous because despite terror-driven enemies we continue to embrace those freedoms.

What a stormy week!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

2 twisters in 3 days confirmed for Schuylkill Co.

Tornadoes are rare locally, but on Thursday night the second one in three days touched down in Schuylkill County.

The National Weather Service in State College confirmed that a twister with a EF-1 rating plowed down an 18 mile path from the Cressona area to West Penn Township on Thursday.

It had winds up to 110 mph, says the Weather Service.

On Monday night, an EF-1 rated tornado, struck an area one mile south of Brockton.

He has nothing to hide

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dear Editor:

During the past election, only a few individuals asked to be shown what was actually happening in Rush Township, not listening to rumors but seeking out facts. At all township meetings, I have repeatedly told residents I would spend as much time as needed to show any and all documents allowed by law.

2011 Carbon County Senior Games a success

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dear Editor:

The 23rd Carbon County Games have been another success because of the cooperation of many people.

Thank you to the following people: Students from Carbon County Career and Technical Institute, Concern Group students, Jim Thorpe senior high students, Lehighton senior high students, Weatherly high students, Tom Evans, director, Lehighton Recreation Center; Mike Andrews, Lehighton Public Works, Grant Hunsicker, president, Lehighton Council; and Brenda Koons, secretary; Marie Johns, TV 13; and Amy Miller, TIMES NEWS.