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May 2011

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.

Tamaqua Fireman's Relief holds 82nd Annual Memorial Service

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

More than 100 uniformed Tamaqua firefighters marched into the St. Jerome Catholic Church Sunday evening to pay tribute and remembrance to all their fallen firefighters. St. Jerome Catholic Church hosted the 82nd Annual Memorial Service of the Tamaqua Fire Department's Volunteer Firemen's Relief Association with a worship service and call to remembrance. The department lost 15 of its own since the last memorial service held in May 2010. The East End Fire Company lost Joseph Ruggeri, Edward "Pat" Patrick, John Stapleton and Robert J. "Bip" Delay. Citizen's Fire Company lost Clarence L. Nice.

A day for reflection in Nesquehoning

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ted Dacey, chaplain of VFW Post 8008 (left) is seen with JROTC cadet speakers, Codey Drum, Chelsea Digiglio, and Lazur Zenon, along with Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck in front of VFW Post 8008.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ted Dacey, chaplain of VFW Post 8008 (left) is seen with JROTC cadet speakers, Codey Drum, Chelsea Digiglio, and Lazur Zenon, along with Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck in front of VFW Post 8008.

What a beautiful day for a parade! Nesquehoning's Memorial Day reflected on the veterans and what the day means to those who spoke at the service.

The parade consisted of marchers of soccer, scouts, baseball, JROTC, and veterans organizations. Due to the small numbers in the Panther Valley Band this year, only one band marched and this year they were in Lansford's parade.

5k to benefit Diabetes Association slated

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Local volunteers are planning the annual 5k Run/Walk to raise money for the American Diabetes Association's diabetes research and education programs. The event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13. The start/finish line will be at the Palmerton Borough Park, and registration will begin at 8 a.m.

There is a registration fee for the event, which will be donated to the ADA.

Trophies will be given to fastest overall male and female runners. Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each age category. Walkers will be noncompetitive.

Argall's TV report to focus on KOZs

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

This month's local TV report by state Sen. David G. Argall features a public hearing regarding the pros and cons of Keystone Opportunity Zones throughout Schuylkill County.

A plea for help

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

The driveway says it all, "SEND HELP.....5 DAYS WITHOUT POWER.....F1 ZONE." This is just one of many homes without power along Ranch road in West Brunswick township. A tornado or possibly more traveled through North Manheim, West and East Brunswick, West Penn and Walker townships causing vast amount power outages and and damage to buildings and structures.

A weekend to remember

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Members of the Lansford American Legion ride a float during the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday in Summit Hill. In the blue uniform is Nathan Krajcirik, who is presently home on leave after serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Members of the Lansford American Legion ride a float during the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday in Summit Hill. In the blue uniform is Nathan Krajcirik, who is presently home on leave after serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Large crowd attends 5 division march

Neither picnics nor swimming seemed to harm the turnout at the annual Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade.

The five-division line-up had crowds along the entire parade route. It featured four bands, 28 pieces of fire apparatus, five ambulances, floats, community groups, military members, and, of course, veterans.

"This is an awesome parade," said Cassie Malatak of Dover, Delaware, who said she tries to always come to Summit Hill and visit friends on the day of the parade.

Girl Scouts support community

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Members of Lehighton Junior Girl Scout Troop 3248 have adopted an organization every year for several years. This year's organization was Trinity Food Pantry, which received $230. The girls have also donated to the Carbon County Friends of Animals, Carbon County Animal Shelter and the Lehigh Valley Zoo; as well as food, a food basket and a turkey to needy families.

Lehigh driver facing DUI count

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Lehigh County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) and drug counts, following an incident in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton said Laurie Hudak, 47, of Catasauqua, was stopped operating a 2001 Pontiac sedan along SR903 in Penn Forest Township, about 3:35 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, for traffic violations.

At the stop troopers found Hudak to be under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance.

Cocaine and marijuana was found in her possession, troopers added.

Charges are pending.

Restoring service

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

Workers spent a majority of their Memorial Day weekend replacing lines and restoring services throughout our area. Pictured are PPL crews replacing downed power lines and poles on Tower Road following last week's tornado and high winds in West Penn Township.

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.

What to watch for

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Some of the most obvious things to watch for and include are:

· A stranger entering your neighbor's house when it's unoccupied.

· A scream heard anywhere might mean a robbery or assault.

· Offers of merchandise at ridiculously low prices could mean stolen property.

· Any removing of accessories, license plates or gasoline from a car should be reported.

· Persons entering or leaving a business place after hours could mean burglars.

· Anyone peering into parked cars may be looking for a car to steal, or for valuables left displayed in the car.

Power outage in Nesquehoning

Saturday, May 28, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

As of Friday night, residents who live on West Diaz Avenue in Nesquehoning were still without power. The culprit was a tree which brought down an electrical wire in front of George Malaska's home during Thursday's powerful storm.

Selected for national leadership program

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dylan Bradley, a sophomore at Jim Thorpe Area High School, 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) from May 19-22 at Millersville University.

Representing JTAHS, Dylan is the son of Raymond and Colleen Bradley of Jim Thorpe.

Did life evolve from non-life?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dear Editor,

The theory of evolution purports that life originated from non-living inanimate matter. The theory of creation purports that life originated from God. Did life evolve out of non-life? Or was life created by God? In regards to the origin of the species the above statements depict the basic difference between these two theories.

Romano named April Guiding Star by CCP

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Kristen Amanda Romano, a senior at Palmerton Area High School, was honored by the Concourse Club of Palmerton as a 2011 Guiding Star for the month of April.

Kristen is the daughter of William and Kathy Romano of Norman Drive, Lehighton. She has a brother, Anthony. She is active in the Palmerton Leo Club and is treasurer of the Environmental Club, FBLA, Student Council, vice president of the National Honor Society, and is involved in the Gifted Program.

Tamaqua man cited for incident

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Tamaqua man was cited following an incident in the Spruce Street area on May 16.

Police were dispatched to 107 Hunter St. at 10:16 p.m. where they met Christopher Kieffer, 25, of 344 Arlington St. Kieffer told officers he had been walking along Spruce Street when a white Mitsubishi SUV pulled up. A male identified as Henry Winger, 29, exited the vehicle and proceeded to sucker punch Kieffer's left cheek. Winger then reportedly got back in to the vehicle and left the scene.

Winger was cited for harassment.

A 1911 storm even had circus people buzzing

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Weather experts are calling this the deadliest tornado season in half a century. The storm earlier this week which spawned two low-level tornadoes in this area was a scary reminder of the whopper systems rolling through the nation's midsection.

A century ago, another intense storm system created havoc throughout the Northeast.

Owl Creek Reservoir not going down

Saturday, May 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Daily precipitation is slowing the drainage of the Owl Creek Reservoir which was started on May 12th. The reservoir is being drained to allow contractors to perform maintenance, replacement and repairs on both the upper and lower dams. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has lifted all seasons, sizes and creel limits on the upper Owl Creek reservoir in anticipation of the reservoirs complete drawdown. The temporary modification will remain in effect until further notice; but in no event will it remain in place after Jan. 1, 2012.

Competed in the DuPont Challenge

Saturday, May 28, 2011
George
George

Booker George, grandson of Jim and Jean George of Tamaqua, finished third in his division for the 25 anniversary of the DuPont Challenge. George was one of approximately 10,000 students nationwide who competed in the challenge by entering science essays. Only three winners were selected in each category, grades 7 to 9 and grades 10-12. In addition to other awards, winners were given an all expenses paid trip to Florida, which included visits to Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center. Expenses for a parent and a teacher, to accompany each winner, were also provided.

Jim Thorpe Sportsmen's Club holds fishing contest

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Seven year old Spencer Hunsicker of Jim Thorpe, son of Carl and Melissa Hunsicker, proudly displays his nice catch at the 59th annual Jim Thorpe Sportsmen's Club Children's Fishing Contest held recently on Mauch Chunk Creek.
Seven year old Spencer Hunsicker of Jim Thorpe, son of Carl and Melissa Hunsicker, proudly displays his nice catch at the 59th annual Jim Thorpe Sportsmen's Club Children's Fishing Contest held recently on Mauch Chunk Creek.

Starting a business? Carbon Partners offer help

Saturday, May 28, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Recognizing that Carbon is a county of small businesses, Carbon agencies are offering help for budding entrepreneurs with a workshop series on getting started in business. Front row: Richard Warner of Lehigh County Community College's Business Enterprise Center, Dawn Ferrante of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, Curt Evans of PA CareerLink in Carbon County. Back row: Ed Kowalczyk of Wilkes University's Small Business Development Center, Gary Wentz of PA CareerLink in Carbon County, Michael Kane of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Also supporting the program but not in the photo are: Carbon County Career and Technical Institute's Adult Education Program, Lehigh Valley SCORE, and the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Recognizing that Carbon is a county of small businesses, Carbon agencies are offering help for budding entrepreneurs with a workshop series on getting started in business. Front row: Richard Warner of Lehigh County Community College's Business Enterprise Center, Dawn Ferrante of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, Curt Evans of PA CareerLink in Carbon County. Back row: Ed Kowalczyk of Wilkes University's Small Business Development Center, Gary Wentz of PA CareerLink in Carbon County, Michael Kane of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Also supporting the program but not in the photo are: Carbon County Career and Technical Institute's Adult Education Program, Lehigh Valley SCORE, and the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

Recognizing that Carbon is a county of small businesses, local agencies are offering help for budding entrepreneurs with a workshop series on getting started in business.

The Realities of Entrepreneurship and Getting Started will be offered twice: Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 18. This first workshop provides an overview of the basic components of taking your business from an idea to developing a business plan and starting up.

A ridiculous bill

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dear Editor,

The story by Ron Gower and the other large article on the editorial page in Monday May 9's paper about the Pa. Senate and House wanting the towns to stop advertising their meetings in the papers and do it on the internet and the other crap is the most ridiculous law ever tried to be passed.

Every one doesn't have computers and internet things. Wake up you politicians and do what you are voted into office to do. Do the right thing for the ordinary people.

Keep putting those items about the towns in the newspapers where everybody can see them.

Tri-Valley rally stuns Colts

Saturday, May 28, 2011
bob ford/times news Marian second baseman Dylan Latham fires to first after forcing out a Tri-Valley runner.
bob ford/times news Marian second baseman Dylan Latham fires to first after forcing out a Tri-Valley runner.

PINE GROVE Even with a 5-0 lead, Marian head coach Jeff Nietz wasn't comfortable.

As it turned out, he had every reason to be anxious.

Devin Masser delivered a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning to help Tri-Valley complete a comeback and gain a 7-6 victory in the semifinal round of the District 11 Class A playoffs.

Eleven enter guilty pleas

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Eleven defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following.

Nico Anthony Botch, 30, of Hazleton, pleaded to one county of harassment by communication. He was arrested by Lansford police on June 17, 2010, for making inappropriate phone calls to a then 11-year-old female resident of the borough. He would make lude remarks to the girl, police said.