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May 2011

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
It's this kind of pride of accomplishment displayed by first place winner, second grader Jordan Frailey of J.M. Hill East Stroudsburg and second place winner PVE 2nd grader Justin Unger of the 50 yard that makes Special Olympics so special.
It's this kind of pride of accomplishment displayed by first place winner, second grader Jordan Frailey of J.M. Hill East Stroudsburg and second place winner PVE 2nd grader Justin Unger of the 50 yard that makes Special Olympics so special.

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.

Marian Catholic baseball team faced with a tornado warning

Friday, May 27, 2011

What a wild evening for the Marian Catholic High School baseball team!

The Colts played at Pine Grove in a District 11 elimination game.

First, the game was stopped because of a tornado warning. A police siren caused the team to flee to a local school building in anticipation of a potential twister.

Then, when the team finally did make the trip home, the bus had to stop for coaches to remove fallen tree branches from the roadway; dropped power lines forced detours, and finally, some team members got back to broken windows on their vehicles from the catastrophic hail.

Sports briefs

Friday, May 27, 2011

@Breif.Head:Mangold will play football at Albright

Jim Thorpe High School senior Tyler Mangold has announced that he will continue his academic and football career at Division III Albright College.

Mangold was a four-year starter for the Olympians, where he was named captain the past two two seasons. A two-way starter, Mangold led the team in pancake blocks as an offensive lineman and tackles as the team's linebacker.

This year, Mangold had 75 tackles, including 16 tackles for a loss and 6.5 quarterback sacks.

Monroe man facing trespass count

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Monroe County man is facing a charge of criminal trespass following an incident that occurerd about 7:50 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, along Evergreen Hollow Road, in Chestnuthill Township.

State police at Fern Ridge siad Ray Ianuale, 49, of Saylorsburg, arrived at the above location after being advised previously not to come to the property.

Tamaqua cyclist cited after crash

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Tamaqua motorcyclist was cited following a crash that occurred about 5:28 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, along SR209 in Blythe Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Molly M. Petro, 29, was driving a 2004 Honda bike northbound when she lost control while rounding a curve.

She laid the bike on its side and left the road traveling onto the east berm. Petro sustained moderate injuries in the crash, troopers said, and was transported to the Schuylkill Medical Center-S. Jackson St., Pottsville, for treatment.

As big as a baseball

Friday, May 27, 2011
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS

Hail that was as big as a baseball pounded the Panther Valley-East Schuylkill region late Thursday afternoon, causing severe damages to vehicles, homes and properties. The above photo shows varying sizes of the ice, compared to a baseball.

Tamaqua YMCA offers fitness class

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Tamaqua YMCA will begin offering a Silver Sneakers Fitness Class on May 31. Classes will then meet every Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Silver Sneakers is an innovative health, exercise and wellness program for older adults. For more information, call (570) 668-2903.

No escape from record hail

Friday, May 27, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Unless your vehicle was covered, there was very little you could have done to protect it from dents and window damage during Thursday's record hail storm that damaged thousands of vehicles and hundreds of properties. Almost every uncovered vehicle in the Panther Valley area was damaged from the record storm. While Panther Valley school board candidate Mike Celentano was attending a meeting inside the high school, fist-sized hailstones smashed the back window of his Mazda and cracked the windshield.

Subject of search

Friday, May 27, 2011
Subject of search
Copyright 2011

Pamela Boiko, 52, of Lehigh Township is the target of an intense search along the Lehigh River, after she entered it Wednesday night in a canoe in an attempt to save a dog in the river.

Sign of the times

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

Tamaqua American Legion volunteers, surrounded by fallen hail, lift a heavy metal sign back to its original location after a strong wind gust toppled it minutes prior to the heavy rain and record hail.

Landscape trees uprooted

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

Thursday night's thunderstorm caused blackouts and uprooted trees. Here, a pear tree on the 100 block of West Broad Street in Tamaqua was ripped from its roots. The tree was only a few years old, planted as part of a recent Streetscape Program.

Portions of Palmerton without power this a.m.

Friday, May 27, 2011
This was the scene at 6th and Lafayette Avenue early this morning as this work crew attempts to clean up the remnants of last evening's ferocious storm.
This was the scene at 6th and Lafayette Avenue early this morning as this work crew attempts to clean up the remnants of last evening's ferocious storm.

Last night's ferocious storm that downed trees left portions of the municipalities within the Palmerton Area School District without power into early this morning.

Palmerton borough manager Rodger Danielson told the TIMES NEWS this morning that portions of the borough were without power from 9:30 p.m. last evening until 1 a.m. today.

While he wasn't certain of the actual cause, Danielson said very high winds contributed to the power outage.

Architect hired to design fire station

Friday, May 27, 2011

Palmerton has hired a Lehigh County architectural firm to design the borough's new fire station.

Borough Council unanimously agreed on Thursday to hire S.J. Elton Architect, of Bethlehem, to develop the blueprint.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the work will cost about $40,000, which the borough will take out of a $906,000 grant it received last fall.

Danielson said construction of the fire station - which will be built in the borough lot at Fifth and Lehigh Avenue - is expected to get under way this fall.

On this date

Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27, 1937

Johnny Woods, human fly, climbed the Central Hotel building in Mauch Chunk this evening and presented a program of daredevil stunts, assisted by his wife, the former Evelyn Peschel, of East Mauch Chunk. The Woods arrived in town recently in their trailer from a tour that included California, Texas, and Mexico. Among the stunts Woods did was carry his wife on his shoulders along the edge of the building, while he was blindfolded. Woods also balanced himself on his head while standing on the building's ledge.

Barletta applauds top court's decision on Hazleton-style law

Friday, May 27, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, applauded the decision by the United States Supreme Court that upheld a Hazleton-style illegal immigration law.

The decision, which was handed down Thursday morning, supports Arizona's "Legal Arizona Workers Act" a law that was specifically modeled on the law Representative Barletta spearheaded when he was mayor of Hazleton in 2006. Both laws were drafted by one of the nation's leading immigration law experts, Kris Kobach.

GAR Cemetery to hold annual tree dedication

Friday, May 27, 2011

Grand Army Cemetery Association will hold its annual tree dedication program led by Board Treasurer Dr. Louis Vermillion on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 10 a.m. near the garage on the 500 block of East White Street at the upper gate of the cemetery. Following the short program, there will be a complementary walking tour of the grounds in which several veterans interred at the cemetery will be profiled by members of the board of directors.

Career Day at Tamaqua Area Middle School

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

More than 70 local professionals, ranging from a politician to a massage therapist, spent time talking to Tamaqua Area Middle School students during the school's annual Career Day.

Career Day is a day where professionals are invited to talk to students concerning the benefits and duties of their profession.

One of the speakers was Donald Serfass, who is the managing editor-features at the TIMES NEWS. He spoke about the field of journalism.

Safe, money stolen from Friends of Animals

Friday, May 27, 2011

Jim Thorpe police are investigating a burglary at the Carbon County Friends of Animals shelter.

According to the Jim Thorpe police report, the break-in occurred between 6:30 p.m., May 24, and 9 a.m., May 25. Taken from the shelter was a safe and a cash lock box.

Susan Yaich, a member of CCFOA, said the employees discovered the theft when they went to place money in it from an adoption. She noted that about three weeks worth of checks and cash totaling $1,500 from donations and adoptions were secured in the safe.

Panther Valley Library to initiate book club

Friday, May 27, 2011

A book club is starting for adults at the Panther Valley Public Library. The first meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31. The group will discuss what kinds of books people want to read, and when and how often the club will meet.

Also, the library's summer hours start on June 6: Mondays: 10 a.m. .-1 p.m.; Tuesdays: 9 a.m. - noon, then from 4 p.m. -7 p.m.; Wednesdays: 10 a.m.. -1 p.m.; Thursdays: 10 a.m.. -1 p.m.; Fridays: 10 a.m.. -1 p.m.; Saturdays: 10 a.m.. -1 p.m.

Damages in the millions

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday night's record-size hail, which spread through multiple counties, is expected to result in millions of dollars in hail damage as tens of thousands of area drivers take their vehicles to local auto body and glass shops to repair dents and replace windows.

"Hail damage repairs easily range from around $300 to a couple thousand dollars," said Matt Hope, owner of Hope's Collision and Towing in Tamaqua.

Hope and many other auto body shops throughout our area are overwhelmed with phone calls as people push to get their vehicles repaired.

Penn Kidder PTA holds volunteer staff appreciation luncheon

Friday, May 27, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Some of the present and past officers of the Penn Kidder PTA attending the Penn Kidder PTA Volunteer Staff Appreciation Luncheon in the school's gym were, left to right : Trish Kellar; Christine Baldwin, Treasurer; Marge Steen, President; Nadia Corino, Secretary; Cheryl O'Rourke; and Nesa Ciobanu, Vice President.

L.B. Morris kindergarteners honor veterans

Friday, May 27, 2011
Kindergarteners at L.B. Morris Elementary wave American Flags during their performance of "Yankee Doodle" at their Memorial Day program May 26.
Kindergarteners at L.B. Morris Elementary wave American Flags during their performance of "Yankee Doodle" at their Memorial Day program May 26.

A special Memorial Day service starring kindergarten students from L.B. Morris Elementary School, Jim Thorpe kicked off the Memorial Day weekend Thursday.

Each year the kindergarteners put together a Memorial Day program for veterans and their families.

"They've been doing it for longer than I can tell you," said kindergarten teacher Shawn Bierman, "But this is our third year doing this program."

Eldred Township news

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day

Observance

Everyone is invited to attend a Memorial Day Observance at Eldred Township's Veteran's Memorial on Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m.

St. Matthew's cemetery

The St. Matthew's UCC cemetery committee asks that during the summer months no one put any flower pots or baskets on a grave site. It makes it hard for the mowing crew to mow and keep the cemetery neat. Only items able to go on the tombstone are allowed.

St. Matt's youth group

Tamaqua youths witness funnel cloud

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

A number of witnesses in Tamaqua reported seeing a funnel cloud or similar-shaped cloud heading south behind the Tamaqua Senior High School. Pictured are Tamaqua youths that observed the funnel cloud appear for approximately two minutes behind the Tamaqua High School. They also stated that it was only in sight for less than five minutes prior to the start of the heavy winds, rain and sleet. The hail struck so fast, that they had to seek quick cover from the falling hail. They also pointed out that the hail stung when it impacted their skin.

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.