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May 2011

Coaldale news

Friday, May 27, 2011

Coaldale

Veterans service

The annual Veterans Memorial Day Service will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 29, at First Congregational Church, Coaldale. Participating will be the Panther Valley High School JROTC and the Community Choir.

Veterans from World War I to the present will be honored for their service.

The service is open to the public.

On Wednesday, June 1, the church ministry group will visit St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital and Maple Shade at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively.

LCCC lists summer hours

Friday, May 27, 2011

Lehigh Carbon Community College has announced its Summer hours for the northern tier campuses in Tamaqua and Nesquehoning. The Summer schedule will begin on May 31.

The LCCC Carbon Center in Nesquehoning will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua will be open Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. tp 2:30 p.m.; and Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admissions and registratrations will be open at both sites. For more information, call 570-669-7010 (Carbon) or 570-668-6880 (Tamaqua).

Firefighter who admitted to arson fires gets long state prison term

Friday, May 27, 2011

The last of four volunteer firefighters who pleaded guilty to starting fires in vacant buildings and barns on farms in eastern part of the county was sentenced by President Judge Willliam E. Baldwin in the Schuylkill County Court.

Shawn Matthew Hoy, 22, Long Run Road, Pine Grove, pleaded guilty to 92 charges and received a sentence 13 to 26 years in a state correctional institution and ordered to make restitution to a number of victims which totaled $725,982.42. He was sentenced on 10 counts of arson.

The restitution he was ordered to pay were to victims as follows:

One hail of a storm

Friday, May 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A trio of cars in the parking lot of St. Catherine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, have back windows missing as a result of the hail storm last evening. Hail the size of oranges smashed windows on about a dozen cars of people attending the graduation of preschoolers of Our Lady of the Angels Academy. Throughout the Panther Valley and Tamaqua area, literally hundreds of cars were damaged.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A trio of cars in the parking lot of St. Catherine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, have back windows missing as a result of the hail storm last evening. Hail the size of oranges smashed windows on about a dozen cars of people attending the graduation of preschoolers of Our Lady of the Angels Academy. Throughout the Panther Valley and Tamaqua area, literally hundreds of cars were damaged.

Area receives damaging ice, winds, rain, lightning, power outages

Balls of hail larger than anyone can remember ever falling on the region caused widespread damages last night, especially in the Tamaqua and Panther Valley areas where literally hundreds of cars were damaged. Many of those cars had windows knocked out.

The National Weather Service confirmed the hail that fell in Lansford and Summit Hill was three inches in diameter, about the size of an orange.

The hail was part of a series of storms which swept through the region, packing winds that felled power lines and trees. There were widespread power outages throughout the region.

Bears win on homer

Friday, May 27, 2011

Pleasant Valley's Dianne Klapatch was only trying to hit a fly ball to the outfield.

As it turns out, she got a little extra.

With teammate Kasey Meckes on third base with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning of a tie game, Klapatch knew a sacrifice fly would chase home the winning run in Thursday's District 11 Class AAAA quartefinal game against Emmaus.

The Bears' No. 3 hitter got her fly ball and then some. Klapatch's shot to left cleared the fence to give PV a 5-3 walkoff win and a berth in Tuesday's semifinals.

Weather impacts District 11 playoff games

Friday, May 27, 2011

Three District 11 playoff games involving TIMES NEWS area teams were impacted by Thursday night's powerful storms that swept through the area.

Marian-Tri-Valley

A severe thunderstorm and a tornado warning caused the suspension of the District 11 Class A baseball semifinal between Marian and Tri-Valley.

The Colts were leading 3-0 in the third inning. The game will be resumed at 5 p.m. today at Pine Grove.

No. Lehigh-Salisbury

Sizing up the hail

Friday, May 27, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Andy Leibenguth, Tamaqua, uses a camera to document the size of hail that fell Thursday evening in Tamaqua, demonstrating that chunks of ice were about the size of a billiard ball, seen in the center of the ice chunks. Checking out the results is Courtney Postupack, 9, Tamaqua. The severe hail storm appeared to cause damage to virtually every automobile parked outdoors in the community. When the storm finally abated, vehicle owners were dismayed to find dents, like pock marks, on their vehicle roofs, hoods and trunks.

16th annual fishing derby held at Kellner's Dam

Friday, May 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Kellner's Dam Association trustee Anthony McGeehan, secretary Amy Bieniek, president Pete Bieniek Jr., trophy winner Kailyn Ever, 9, who caught a 23.5 inch fish, Cody House, 15, who also caught a 23.5 inch fish, vice president Pete Bieniek III and trustee Marygrace House.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Kellner's Dam Association trustee Anthony McGeehan, secretary Amy Bieniek, president Pete Bieniek Jr., trophy winner Kailyn Ever, 9, who caught a 23.5 inch fish, Cody House, 15, who also caught a 23.5 inch fish, vice president Pete Bieniek III and trustee Marygrace House.

Members and volunteers of the Kellner's Dam Association held their 16th annual two-day Kellner's Dam Children's Fishing Derby for children ages 4 to 15 in Tamaqua.

Approximately 200 youngsters registered for the free fishing derby. More than 70 prizes were given out for catching tagged fish. Some of the prizes consisted of fishing poles, tackle boxes, bicycles, nets, and many other sport items.

Verta building to come down

Friday, May 27, 2011
TIMES NEWS file photo
TIMES NEWS file photo

A dilapidated former industrial building next to the Panther Valley stadium in Lansford will be torn down.

The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday agreed to seek bids for the job of demolishing the building, at 401 W. Bertsch St.

The school district in June 2010 bought the building for about $800 at a Carbon County tax sale. The building had been owned by Bennett Verta Jr., who had planned to operate an industrial soap factory, Everbrite Industries, there. But he eventually lost the building to back taxes.

Early runs help PA edge Tamaqua

Friday, May 27, 2011

If Pen Argyl's softball team received a scouting report about Tamaqua heading into their matchup against the seventh seeded Lady Raiders, it would have proven to be inconclusive.

With wins against quality programs, losses to sub-par squads, and an overall record of 9-11 heading into its District 11 Class AA quarterfinal matchup, Tamaqua was certainly a mystery.

Add into that mix, a heartbreaking loss by his own team in the Colonial League championship and Green Knight head coach Bill Schankel wasn't exactly sure what to expect.

Bulldogs ousted by North Schuylkill

Friday, May 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh catcher Erika Bowman hurls the ball to first after fielding a bunt. Behind her is teammate Kristi Seiler.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh catcher Erika Bowman hurls the ball to first after fielding a bunt. Behind her is teammate Kristi Seiler.

There wasn't any power hitting by either Northern Lehigh or North Schuylkill in their first round, District 11 Class AA matchup Thursday. The only hits by both teams were singles.

The visiting Spartans won the game, 5-0, scoring early by capitalizing on errors and speed.

Also worth mentioning is a superb pitching performance by North Schuylkill's Cassie Lapotsky, who allowed only four N.L. hits, struck out 11 Lady Bulldogs, and walked just two.

Figures show borough is saving money hauling trash to Hegins

Friday, May 27, 2011

Several months ago Nesquehoning councilman Michael Sniscak asked council president Mark Stromelo for proof that he found it cheaper to haul garbage to Hegins to dump instead of the Tamaqua Transfer Station. Sniscak said he would have the Tamaqua Station send figures to council. As months went by, council woman Mary Fox said she pursued getting the figures and had them on Wednesday night at the council meeting.

Stromelo read a reply to Sniscak who did not attend the meeting. But councilman Richard Zabroski was there to defend Sniscak's accusations.

Weatherly couple wed 50 years

Friday, May 27, 2011
The Rev. and Mrs. Richard L. Hinkle
The Rev. and Mrs. Richard L. Hinkle

The Rev. and Mrs. Richard L. Hinkle, Weatherly, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

They were married on May 29, 1961, by the late Rev. Alfred G. Sandrock in Salem United Church of Christ, Weatherly.

Mrs. Hinkle is the former Gladys (DeFrain) Titus. Pastor Hinkle is an ordained Lutheran pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, having served parishes in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod. He also was a member of the staff of the former Lutheran Welfare Service, serving as the senior vice president of the agency until 1989.

Spilled stone closes SR-209 for hours

Friday, May 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured clearing stone of the road are Tuscarora Fire Company firefighters, Hope's Towing employees, and Terry Koch, owner and operator of Terry Koch Excavating of Schuylkill Haven.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured clearing stone of the road are Tuscarora Fire Company firefighters, Hope's Towing employees, and Terry Koch, owner and operator of Terry Koch Excavating of Schuylkill Haven.

Results in generous donation to Kellner's Dam

SR-209 between Tamaqua and Tuscarora was closed Thursday morning while Tuscarora firefighters, Schuylkill Township Police and Hope's Towing spent hours removing a quarter-mile trail of quarry stone that had fallen out the back of a tri-axle truck after its rear hatch malfunctioned and opened.

Terry Koch, owner and operator of Terry Koch Excavating of Schuylkill Haven, stated his appreciation to all the firefighters, Schuylkill Township Police Chief Jesse Zimmerman and community members who helped clean the lengthy spill.

Help the animals, residents plead

Friday, May 27, 2011

Carbon County residents want something done to help the dogs and cats in the county.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, members of Carbon County Friends of Animals approached the board, asking them to do something to help the animals, such as creating an ordinance addressing issues of overpopulation; and abandoning animals. They also offered to help reduce the burden on the county K-9 shelter by offering volunteer services.

West End Car Show planned

Friday, May 27, 2011

The West End Car Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at the West End Fairgrounds, Route 209, Gilbert. Music will be provided at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Chris Eckert. There will be peddle tractor pulls by the Pocono Old Tyme Farm Equipment Association and a display by the Pocono Mountain Garden Railway Society, plus other events. Refreshments will be available. Preregistration for car should call 610-681-4045 or 570-629-7363. The event benefits Western Pocono Jaycees. Admission is charged. Dash plaques will be given to the first 300 entries.

Fishing Derby trophy catch

Friday, May 27, 2011
Carol Zickler, special to the TIMES NEWS
Carol Zickler, special to the TIMES NEWS

Frank Bokan received the trophy for largest fish at the Third Annual Connell McCall Fishing Derby sponsored by the Nesquehoning Conservation Club. His fish measured 18 1/2 inches long. Behind Frank are family members of the late Connell McCall. They include, from left, Madison, Darby, Avery, Mary Ellen and Terry McCall and behind them are Emmett Jr., Michael, and Emmett Sr. McCall.

A knowledgeable trail

Friday, May 27, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Derek Marouchoc of Boy Scout Troop 744 in Nesquehoning, kneels behind one of the signs he made along the nature trail at Air Products in Hometown. Marouchoc completed his Eagle Scout project by identifying trees and plants along the trail and building 38 identification posts, which now line the path.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Derek Marouchoc of Boy Scout Troop 744 in Nesquehoning, kneels behind one of the signs he made along the nature trail at Air Products in Hometown. Marouchoc completed his Eagle Scout project by identifying trees and plants along the trail and building 38 identification posts, which now line the path.

Eagle Scout project will help visitors identify nature

On the grounds of Air Products Plant in Hometown, a nature trail exists, lush with flora and fauna of the area.

But residents visiting the trail had no way of knowing what the names of the plants and trees that lined the winding path were as they walked.

That has all changed now, thanks to the efforts of Derek Marouchoc, a Panther Valley High School senior and member of Boy Scout Troop 744 in Nesquehoning, who is working toward becoming an Eagle Scout.

Tide eliminates Northwestern

Friday, May 27, 2011
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Northwestern coach Len Smith (left) watches the action on the field and directs baserunner Tyrone Williams back to third base.
Nancy Scholz/special to the times news Northwestern coach Len Smith (left) watches the action on the field and directs baserunner Tyrone Williams back to third base.

OREFIELD – Something had to give when two of the hottest teams in the area met up in Thursday night's District 11 Class AAA baseball game at Parkland High School.

Northwestern came in on a seven-game winning streak. Pottsville had won 12 of its last 14 games. With its season on the line, the Crimson Tide ended Northwestern's streak with a 9-0 win to advance to next week's title game against Blue Mountain at Coca-Cola Park.

'Touch of Broadway' held at St Jerome School

Friday, May 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS All grades, kindergarten through eighth, performed in the first annual Spring Theatre Program called "Touch of Broadway."
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS All grades, kindergarten through eighth, performed in the first annual Spring Theatre Program called "Touch of Broadway."

Hundreds of parents, teachers, and guests overflowed the gymnasium of the St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua Wednesday night to watch the school's first annual Spring Theatre Program called "Touch of Broadway."

All grades, K-8, participated in the program.

Graduation Ceremonies at Tamaqua library

Friday, May 27, 2011
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Graduation ceremonies were held last week for children participating in the Tamaqua Public Library's Pre-School Reading Program. The program offers sessions twice a week. Monday participants, who will be moving on to kindergarten in the fall, include: Stephen Behun, Jathan Krall, Anthony Odorizzi and Tyler Black. Library aides who assisted with the program are Penny Gursky and Linda Smarr.

Atlas Portland Cement

Friday, May 27, 2011
Curator Ed Pany of the Atlas Cement Museum
Curator Ed Pany of the Atlas Cement Museum holds a cement bag with the early name for Northampton, Siegfried, under his fingers.

Northampton museum memorializes legendary industry

When the Atlas Portland Cement Company closed in 1982 Ed Pany went to homes, churches and newspapers to get the names of 2,376 people who worked at the plant. It was to remember these people that he started the cement museum in the municipal building of Northampton Borough. The names were placed on stainless steel plaques in the lobby.

Five cement companies remain in the area but all are foreign-owned: Keystone, LaFarge, Heidelberg, Essoc and Hercules.

Flag marker mount donated to Tamaqua Legion

Friday, May 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua American Legion members Al Breiner, left, and Ed Smith look over one of two new flag markers that Breiner made for the front of both memorial monuments. Legion members are preparing for the upcoming Memorial Day Parade, which starts at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day. Everyone is also welcome to visit the Odd Fellows cemetery after the parade for the annual memorial service and the reading of the fallen veterans from Tamaqua area within the last year. A brief service will also take place in front of the Legion at around 12:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend all the events.

Hardships expected in replacement of water line

Friday, May 27, 2011

The eventual replacement of a water line in a section of Palmerton could cause hardships.

Borough manager Rodger Danielson informed borough council on Thursday that work to replace the water line in the 200 and 300 blocks of Lehigh Avenue, and pave the 200-400 blocks of Lehigh Avenue, could get dicey.

"It's going to be a logistical nightmare getting everybody to switch over," Danielson said. "It's going to be a mess over there."

As a result, Danielson suggested that council hold one or several public information sessions to discuss the project.

Tigers qualify for States

Friday, May 27, 2011

WHITEHALL - After suffering a 2-1 loss to Southern Lehigh in the Colonial League semifinals earlier this month, Northwestern Lehigh had an opportunity for revenge in the District 11 consolation game.

The winner of this game would be awarded a spot in the 2011 PIAA state championships which will begin on June 1.

The Tigers understood what was at stake, and defeated the No. 1 seeded Spartans 1-0 on Thursday.

Special Olympics: A special day with special people

Friday, May 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS It takes a lot of organizing and coordinating to run an event like the Special Olympics. Thanks to members of the Northampton County Special Olympics (NCSO) crew like, left to right, Amanda Sechrist, NCSO director, Christine Camerini and Chris Perfetti, NCSO, they get the job done.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS It takes a lot of organizing and coordinating to run an event like the Special Olympics. Thanks to members of the Northampton County Special Olympics (NCSO) crew like, left to right, Amanda Sechrist, NCSO director, Christine Camerini and Chris Perfetti, NCSO, they get the job done.

The Pleasant Valley High School Band, under the direction of James DeVivo, provided festive music as bus loads of Special Olympians arrived from five Monroe County schools. The 325 participating athletes and 350 PV student volunteers and staff volunteers, family members and visitors took their seats.

A spattering of raindrops fell causing some to raise their umbrellas as the 20th Annual Special Olympics got under way. While there may have been gray cloudy skies up above, there was a sea of sunny smiles everywhere in the PV stadium in anticipation of this yearly event.

Theft from vehicle incident probed

Friday, May 27, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a theft from vehicle incident in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said multiple unlocked vehicles in the area of Coal and Valley streets, in Port Carbon, were entered and various items were removed. The incident was reported about 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24, troopers said.

Be safe

Friday, May 27, 2011

Make sure partyers act sensibly and responsibly

Last weekend as many as 32 students in a Montgomery County school district had to be sent home after showing up drunk at their prom.

At a time when graduating seniors are about to embark on their next step in life, this is not the kind of event that Methacton High School students, parents and district officials want their school or class to be remembered for around the state. Officials said some of the students were so intoxicated they couldn't stand on their own.

A kayak tour of Tamaqua

Friday, May 27, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Springtime's endless rain is providing perfect river levels for kayaking around Tamaqua, where the Little Schuylkill River is typically more popular for wading and fishing. On Sunday, visitors spent the day touring the town and shooting the rapids from their starting point at Taggartsville.

Tamaqua news

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial parade

Tamaqua's Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday, beginning at 10 a.m. This is a change in time from previous years. The parade will again form in the area of the former CVS/Maff Motors parking lots. Lawrence J. Kabana has been named as the parade's grand marshal, while Neal E. Smith will be the featured speaker for the service at the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

The day's activities will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the Rahn Township Memorial on East Broad Street. The color guard of C.H. Berry Post 173, Tamaqua American Legion, will render honors.

On this date

Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27, 1997

May 27, 1997 Ivan George tosses a four-hitter to help Palmerton's legion team open the season with an 8-2 victory over Fullerton. George strikes out 11 and doesn't walk a batter in the Lehigh Valley Legion contest. The winners use a four-run fifth inning to take the lead for good. John Kovacs, Jason Hernandez and Bob Young each finish with two hits to lead Palmerton's 11-hit attack.