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May 2011

Lehighton man killed by van

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
larry neff/special to the times news A Lehighton man was struck and killed by a van on SR 248 Saturday morning.
larry neff/special to the times news A Lehighton man was struck and killed by a van on SR 248 Saturday morning.

A Lehighton man was struck and killed by a van on Saturday morning.

State police at Lehighton said the accident occurred about 4:55 a.m. along SR 248, in Franklin Township. Troopers identified the victim as Billy J. Silvers, 31.

Troopers said Michael D. Salerno, 41, of Lehighton, was driving a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan eastbound in the right lane and Silvers was walking east in the right lane.

The front of the Dodge struck Silvers in the right lane of travel, troopers said. Silvers died from injuries he suffered upon impact with the van.

Waving Old Glory

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

Anthony Ciavlia, 5, son of Robert and Amy Ciavlia of Coaldale, flies the American flag through the air just before the start of the annual Memorial Day Service held at the St. Peter's Union Church in Mantzville.

Nesquehoning Poppy Queen and King

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The 2011 Poppy Queen and King are Olivia Dacey and Nicholas Ellis (standing back). Members of the court are from the front Jacob and Anthony Ellis, Gabriella Greek, Christina Dacey, Emma Dacey, Julia Romankow, Emma Kattner, and Alyssa Kattner.

Mayor buys first poppy

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck buys the first poppy of the 2011 Memorial Day season from Poppy Queen Olivia Dacey. Olivia is the daughter of Ted and Lori Dacey and will ride in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday with the other princesses and king.

JTASD budget passed, awaiting final vote

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Last week the Jim Thorpe School Board passed the 2011-2012 budget with a 2 mill (value of 1 mill is $649,682) increase. The final budget has been passed but the school board will have a final vote at the June 27th board meeting.

The budget has to be submitted by June 30th, which is the end of the school districts fiscal year. The school board will be putting in a final vote on June 27th but the budget cannot be changed.

Superintendent Barbara Conway stated, "Once the budget is passed, it is locked in."

Parade and service mark Lansford Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Richard D. Pogwist, past commander of the Lansford American Legion Post, conducts Memorial Day service in front of veterans' monument at Kennedy Park in Lansford.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Richard D. Pogwist, past commander of the Lansford American Legion Post, conducts Memorial Day service in front of veterans' monument at Kennedy Park in Lansford.

Jack Anderson, commander of Lansford American Legion Post 123, gave the remarks during the annual Memorial Day service Monday in Lansford's Kennedy Park.

It was held in front of the impressive veterans' monument in the park.

The service was preceded by a parade consisting of American Legion members, the Panther Valley JROTC, Panther Valley High School Marching Band, and Legion Riders Motorcycle Club members.

Anderson told the story of Frank Buckles, the last surviving veteran of World War 1 on died on Feb. 27 at the age of 110.

Memorial Day perspectives shared at Summit Hill service

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
William K. O'Donnell, at podium, commander of the Summit Hill American Legion Post, serves as emcee during Memorial Day service in Summit Hill's Ludlow Park. Looking on are, l-r, Perry Shelton, a Vietnam War veteran who was parade grand marshall and who tolled the bell signalling the start of the borough's huge parade; State Representative Doyle Heffley, and guest speaker John McFadden of Washington D.C., a retired army lieutenant colonel who is a native of Summit Hill.
William K. O'Donnell, at podium, commander of the Summit Hill American Legion Post, serves as emcee during Memorial Day service in Summit Hill's Ludlow Park. Looking on are, l-r, Perry Shelton, a Vietnam War veteran who was parade grand marshall and who tolled the bell signalling the start of the borough's huge parade; State Representative Doyle Heffley, and guest speaker John McFadden of Washington D.C., a retired army lieutenant colonel who is a native of Summit Hill.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. John McFadden yesterday told of several perspectives about Memorial Day changed with him over the years, and one consistent theme remained the same.

McFadden, a native of Summit Hill who now resides in Washington D.C., was the keynote speaker during the Memorial Day service held yesterday morning in Summit Hill's Ludlow Park.

Several hundred people attended the service, during which William K. O'Donnell, commander of the Summit Hill American Legion Post 316, served as master of ceremonies.

Those perspectives, said the speaker, are:

Tressel resigns

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Quits after allegedly lying to the NCAA

It's happening too often in college sports. It happened to Pete Carroll at USC, Gary Barnett at Colorado, Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV, and now Jim Tressel at Ohio State.

They have very successful sports programs, gain national recognition and respect, and then are embarrassed when serious infractions are uncovered.

Tressel, who guided Ohio State to its first national title in 34 years, and has built a virtual Big 10 dynasty, resigned Monday amid NCAA violations from a tattoo-parlor scandal that sullied the image of one of the country's top football programs.

Vegetable Marketing program issues correction

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program is looking for recipe entries from Pennsylvania residents for the "Simply Delicious, Simple Nutritious" vegetable recipe contest. The original press release from the program contained some incorrect information. That release ran in the May 20 edition of the TIMES NEWS.

Nesquehoning power outage

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Carl Zickler/special to the times news
Carl Zickler/special to the times news

On this date

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31, 1967

William Z. Scott, former state senator from Carbon County, was elected chairman of the State Liquor Control Board. He replaces A. D. Cohn. Scotts' salary will increase from $17,000 to $18,000 with his elevation to the chairman. He has been a member of the P.L.C.B. since retiring from the Senate. A former resident of Lansford, where he still maintains a law office, Scott now lives in Pocono Manor. He had served eight years in the House of Representatives and 12 years in the Senate.

A young voice drives home the importance of patriotism

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Shippensburg University student Aric Shubeck of Summit Hill speaks at Coaldale's Memorial Day services, held Sunday in the Seek section of the borough, and at the Veterans Memorial Garden on Third Street.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Shippensburg University student Aric Shubeck of Summit Hill speaks at Coaldale's Memorial Day services, held Sunday in the Seek section of the borough, and at the Veterans Memorial Garden on Third Street.

A young but wise voice on Sunday called for the nation to keep alive the memories of those who left the comfort and security of home to defend America from those who threaten our freedoms.

"From the American Revolution, to the Afghan and Iraq wars, the United States has lost 1,343,812 of the finest men and women the world will ever know in the line of duty," said Aric Shubeck, the main speaker for Coaldale's Memorial Day services, held at the Seek memorial and at the Veterans Memorial Garden on Third Street.

Family members, friends gather to honor veterans

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Keynote speaker, John Crampsie, addresses the audience during the memorial service at the Bloomingdale Cemetery in Summit Hill on Sunday.
Keynote speaker, John Crampsie, addresses the audience during the memorial service at the Bloomingdale Cemetery in Summit Hill on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon turned out to be the perfect day for remembrance as members of the Davis-Lawton-Yurko-Breslin-Bevich American Legion Post 316, family members and friends gathered to honor their fallen brethren during a memorial service at the Bloomingdale Cemetery in Summit Hill.

Turnout large for Tamaqua parade

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Grand Marshal Lawrence J. Kabana, left, and Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison lay a memorial wreath at the Soldiers' Circle monument at Odd Fellows Cemetery.
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Grand Marshal Lawrence J. Kabana, left, and Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison lay a memorial wreath at the Soldiers' Circle monument at Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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
Jenna Kroboth
Jenna Kroboth

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  This local boy scout group displays their patriotism as part of the Memorial Day Parade in Palmerton on Monday.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This local boy scout group displays their patriotism as part of the Memorial Day Parade in Palmerton on Monday.

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
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS The main keynote speaker at the Lehighton Cemetery was Lt. Col. John O'Boyle, Deputy Commander, 213 ASG, Pa. Army National Guard, standing at the podium. Seated at left is Donald Rehrig, mayor of Lehighton; and seated right is, James Wentz, UVO chaplain; and right standing is Harry J. Wynn III, master of ceremonies.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS The main keynote speaker at the Lehighton Cemetery was Lt. Col. John O'Boyle, Deputy Commander, 213 ASG, Pa. Army National Guard, standing at the podium. Seated at left is Donald Rehrig, mayor of Lehighton; and seated right is, James Wentz, UVO chaplain; and right standing is Harry J. Wynn III, master of ceremonies.

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
"Sometimes, the guilt of not knowing the fallen is as great as the pain of losing someone you know," says Sgt. Major George Holmes to 140 gathered at Sky-View Memorial Park for Monday's Memorial Day service.
"Sometimes, the guilt of not knowing the fallen is as great as the pain of losing someone you know," says Sgt. Major George Holmes to 140 gathered at Sky-View Memorial Park for Monday's Memorial Day service.

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.