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May 2011

Turnout large for Tamaqua parade

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Ed Smith, left, adjutant for the Tamaqua American Legion Post 173, presents Roy Hable, right, with an award commemorating Hable's 50 consecutive years of membership in the American Legion. Looking on is Commander Joel Perry, center.
Ed Smith, left, adjutant for the Tamaqua American Legion Post 173, presents Roy Hable, right, with an award commemorating Hable's 50 consecutive years of membership in the American Legion. Looking on is Commander Joel Perry, center.

The turnout for Tamaqua's annual Memorial Day parade and service was the highest that it has been in recent memory. At one point, the parade itself stretched the entire length of Broad Street.

"I think the streets were the most crowded that I have ever seen them," remarked Tamaqua's Mayor Christian Morrison. Led by the C.H. Berry Post 173 of the American Legion, the parade consisted of several marching units from local veterans' organizations, the Tamaqua Fire Department, several rescue units, the Tamaqua and Marian High School marching bands, as well as other civic organizations.

PIAA track and field results

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The following are the results for the TIMES NEWS area athletes at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.

AA GIRLS

200M - Kayla Hope, Tamaqua, 26.16, 5th in semifinal heat, 10th overall, did not advance to finals.

3200M - Amber Carroll, Tamaqua, 11:47.69, 18th overall.

Shot Put - Kelsey Hay, Palmerton, 35-8 1/2, 10th overall; Gwen Remaley, Lehighton, 34-11 1/2, 19th overall.

Javelin - Christine Streisel, Tamaqua, 143-11, 1st overall; Kelsey Hay, Palmerton, 129-10, 5th overall.

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.

Chicken coop took direct hit

Saturday, May 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This chicken coop on the Lane Freeman property along Sechler road in Lynn township took a direct hit by high winds or a possible tornado Thursday night.

Man charged with harassment

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tamaqua police have cited Clyde Clayton Bachert, 52, of Tamaqua and Gettysburg, with harassment base on information provided by Bachert's brother, Wayne Bachert, 45, of Tamaqua and Hazle Township.

According to the complaint the older Bachert called his brother multiple times on May 18 issuing threats of bodily harm.

Bowmanstown student a finalist in MMI 'Best of the Best' program

Saturday, May 28, 2011
MMI "Best of the Best" finalists are, from left: Luke Yamulla, Robert Rosamelia, Sarah Moyer, Megan Kost (winner), Antonia Diener and Elijah Dove.
MMI "Best of the Best" finalists are, from left: Luke Yamulla, Robert Rosamelia, Sarah Moyer, Megan Kost (winner), Antonia Diener and Elijah Dove.

Sarah Moyer, seventh grader from Bowmanstown, was a finalist at the Freeland MMI Preparatory School's spring Best of the Best Performance Assembly.

The program recognized six students in seventh, ninth and 11th grades as "Best of the Best." Sarah, the daughter of Robert and Susan Moyer, was honored as a finalist for her presentation on the flute.

The "Best of the Best" winner was junior Megan Kost, daughter of Frank and Kathleen Kost, Freeland, for her presentation on Taylor Swift.

Lehighton Water Authority approved to replace coffer dam in the Lehigh Canal

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A coffer dam that has been missing from Lehigh Canal at Long Run since a high water event in the mid-1990s will be replaced, according Armand Galasso of the Lehighton Water Authority.

During a meeting of the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission held Thursday at the Lehigh Canal at Weissport, Galasso presented a photo from 1985 which showed the coffer dam was originally located in the middle of the Lehigh Canal at Long Run. Galasso said it was put there to stop flooding downstream into Weissport from the Lehigh River.

East-central Pa. AHEC announces certification of health care specialists

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Shelba Scheffner, left, and Debra Youngfelt, executive director and health educator, of the East-central Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (East-central PA AHEC) were recognized as members of the first group to earn certification as Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES).
Shelba Scheffner, left, and Debra Youngfelt, executive director and health educator, of the East-central Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (East-central PA AHEC) were recognized as members of the first group to earn certification as Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES).

Shelba Scheffner and Debra Youngfelt, executive director and health educator, respectively, of the East-central Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (East-central PA AHEC) were recognized as members of the first group to earn certification as Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES).

The newly created advanced-level certification, MCHES, is awarded by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).

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.