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June 2011

Mooney brothers triumph

Thursday, June 30, 2011

It turned out to be a great night of racing for the Mooney family of Lehighton as Joe Mooney claimed his first Modified feature win after a wild drive to the finish while his younger brother Josh Mooney also enjoyed winning with his first victory of the season in the Street Stocks.

The Modified race saw five lead changes in the 35-lap contest that was quiet the shootout as one leader after another was taken down. The last four laps alone saw the front spot switch three times.

Cressona Band performed at Heisler's

Thursday, June 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Cressona Band presented a free community concert Sunday at the Heisler's Dairy Bar in Lewistown Valley. They will present another free concert at the Tamaqua East End Park on Wednesday, July 13, at 7 p.m. The concert is being sponsored by an anonymous contributor. Raindate is set as Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

Judging stand

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Historian seeks to save fairgrounds landmark

The last time Lehighton Borough Council members talked about the old judging stand – salvaged from the former Lehighton Fairgrounds and standing deserted in the Lehighton Community Grove – they were contemplating either giving it away or demolishing it.

Not so fast, says a Jim Thorpe historian.

John Drury, head of a Jim Thorpe museum, has offered to help organize a committee of borough residents to renovate the stand and move it to the borough park.

Atherholt-Heilman

Thursday, June 30, 2011
David Heilman and Nicole Atherholt
David Heilman and Nicole Atherholt

The engagement of Nicole Atherholt, Lehighton, to David Heilman, also of Lehighton, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Kevin and Gisele Atherholt of Palmerton. A homemaker, she is a 2003 graduate of Palmerton Area High School.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Kim and Paulette Heilman of Lehighton. He is a 2002 graduate of Palmerton Area High School. He is employed by Star Pre-Owned Automotive as a finance/sales manager.

A wedding date has been set for Oct. 22, 2011.

Tax collector's office closed

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The office of tax collector Terry McElmoyle will be closed on Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4.

Break-in at school is probed

Thursday, June 30, 2011

State police at Lehighton are investigating a burglary at a Carbon County school.

Troopers said the Educare School, located along Bridge Street in Weissport, was entered by forcing open a locked window. Once inside the criminals took two laptop computers – a Gateway 17-inch and a EMachines 14.1 inch. The incident was reported at noon on Monday, June 20.

Tamaqua ousts Towamensing

Thursday, June 30, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Ethan Kuczynski tags Towamensing township's Nate Sterner out in Wednesday night's district 18 11-12 Tournament contest.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Ethan Kuczynski tags Towamensing township's Nate Sterner out in Wednesday night's district 18 11-12 Tournament contest.

It took some time for Tamaqua's batting order to adjust to the pitching of host Towamensing Township, but once it did, the offensive firepower of the visitors ignited and lit up the scoreboard, on their way to a 11-1, four-inning win in the District 18 11-12 Little League Tournament.

Parryville on hot seat again regarding Act 537 planning

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Parryville Council was put on alert again to comply with Pennsylvania Sewage Act 537, which forces communities to correct existing sewage disposal problems and prevent future problems. The act, enacted Jan. 24, 1966, requires proper planning in all types of sewage disposal situations. Local municipalities are largely responsible for administering the Act 537 sewage facilities program.

But Parryville does not have funds to do so.

Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary shares its light with community hospital

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tammy Neff, right, is the 2011 recipient of the PHA Joyce W. White In-House Nursing Award and Emily Eberly, right, was the 2011 recipient.
Tammy Neff, right, is the 2011 recipient of the PHA Joyce W. White In-House Nursing Award and Emily Eberly, right, was the 2011 recipient.

"While for most of the year we work in the background, this evening is our night to shine. We celebrate all of our hard work and our accomplishments throughout the past year. Welcome everyone to the annual dinner meeting of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary," said Auxiliary President Priscilla Offen as a greeting to the event's guests. The dinner was held in the Blue Mountain Health System's (BMHS) Palmerton campus's cafeteria.

Driver cited after Carbon crash

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A driver was cited following a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 4:40 p.m. on Monday, June 27, along Forest Inn Road in Towamensing Township.

State police at Lehighton said Shawn M Bognar, 17, of Palmerton, was driving a 2008 Kia Spectra eastbound when the vehicle left the road while Bognar was negotiating a curve. The Kia crashed into a utility pole on the right side berm.

Bognar and passengers Brenda Bognar, 44, and Angela Bognar, 3, were injured, troopers said, but did not require immediate medical attention. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Schuylkill break-in

Thursday, June 30, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a burglary at a Schuylkill County business.

Troopers ssid Morgan's Service Inc., located at 190 S. Tremont St., Tremont, was entered sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, and 6 a.m. on Monday. Entry was gained to the office area by removing a plastic vent from a window on the west side.

Lansford News

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lansford

Jubilarian sisters

Five area nuns who are members of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters (OSF), all of whom were born in Lansford, recently celebrated milestone anniversaries in the order.

The women were among 16 sisters honored at a Jubliee Mass and dinner reception at Alvernia College, Reading, in May 29.

They include:

Sister Aileen Bomba, who celebrated the 75th anniversary of her reception into the order.

Born Helen Bomba, she is a daughter of the late Joseph and Stephanie (Krutsick) Bomba.

Palmerton High School Class of 1961 hosts 50-year reunion

Thursday, June 30, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Palmerton High School Class of 1961 gathered June 11 for their 50-year class reunion at Blue Ridge County Club in Palmerton. Those attending included, front row from left, Arthur Pettit, Gail Adams Bell, Alice Arner Walck, Ann Teichert German, Cathy Honzo Wolter, Carol Smith Stefanik, Carol Werkiser Kuronyi, Judith Frano Sommers, Brenda Meckes Abraham, Carolyn Hittner Handwerk, Carolyn Beers Andrews, Candace Simpson, Doris Farenkopf, Gloria Kravetz Kraftician, Judy Dotter Walck and Barbara Buck Barilla.

Palmerton couple's irises are tops

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Pink Puffer
Pink Puffer

A Palmerton couple took top honors at the Delaware Valley Iris Show receiving three American Iris Society Rosettes and the American Iris Society's Silver Medal for the most blue ribbons at the show.

George and Carol Boyce, who grow hybrid lilacs, daylilies and Siberian and Japanese irises at their 3-year-old seven-acre Glenara Gardens, entered 25 varieties of irises and received 24 ribbons.

Over 500 varieties of irises are grown at Glenara Gardens.

Domestic incident leads to an arrest

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A domestic incident has led to the arrest of a Lehigh County resident.

State police at Fogelsville said troopers were called to 3920 Blacksmith Rd., in Wiesenberg Township, about 11:10 a.m. on June 19 for a domestic incident. Troopers allege that Richard Paul Kresge, of the 7900 block of Carpet Road, New Tripoli, threatened Ashley Elizabeth Kresge, 80 block of Quarry Road, Kutztown, at the above stated location.

Troopers cited Richard Kresge with terroristic threats.

New Western Pocono Women's Club officers

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The 2011-2012 officers of the Western Pocono Women's Club are, left to right: Vicki Connor, president, Paulette Sebring, vice president, Bobbi Fisher, secretary and Judy Smith, treasurer.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The 2011-2012 officers of the Western Pocono Women's Club are, left to right: Vicki Connor, president, Paulette Sebring, vice president, Bobbi Fisher, secretary and Judy Smith, treasurer.

The new 2011-2012 Western Pocono Women's Club officers and new members were installed at the May Banquet held at the Effort Methodist Church with 38 ladies attending. The new officers are, left to right: President, Vicki Connor; Vice President, Paulette Sebring; Secretary, Bobbi Fisher; Treasurer, Judy Smith. Thanks to the banquet committee, Fern Smith, Kay Charbonnier and Darlene Beers, the evening was judged to be a success.

Schuylkill, Carbon officers recognized for dedication

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Officers pictured from back left are Raymond Tonkinson, Mahoning Township; Chief Mike Morresi, Beaver Meadow; Joseph Lawrence, Lehighton; Chief Brian Johnson, West Penn Township; and Carol Alonge, PATSN Regional Coordinator. From front left are officers Steve Stinsky, Schuylkill Haven State Police; Richard Bekesy, Rush Township;Frank Lorah, Franklin Township; and Brian Cawley, Lehighton State Police.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Officers pictured from back left are Raymond Tonkinson, Mahoning Township; Chief Mike Morresi, Beaver Meadow; Joseph Lawrence, Lehighton; Chief Brian Johnson, West Penn Township; and Carol Alonge, PATSN Regional Coordinator. From front left are officers Steve Stinsky, Schuylkill Haven State Police; Richard Bekesy, Rush Township;Frank Lorah, Franklin Township; and Brian Cawley, Lehighton State Police.

The North Central Highway Safety Network, in conjunction with Buckle UP PA and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recognized Schuylkill and Carbon county police officers and departments for their dedication and commitment to the PA Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project (PAADEEP) during an awards presentation held Tuesday at the Ambulance Building in Frackville.

The presentation was done in cooperation with the Community Traffic Safety Project and is part of PennDot's Drive Safe PA initiative.

Treatment plant construction

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Construction of Palmerton's new $10 million wastewater treatment plant is in full swing Tuesday afternoon. The treatment plant is expected to be completed by fall of 2012.

West Penn Rod & Gun Club holds Poker Run

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
West Penn Rod & Gun Club holds Poker Run
Copyright 2011

Visitors from far away as Maine took part in the annual Poker Run and community block party held Saturday at the West Penn Rod & Gun Club in Clamtown. One of the attractions was this 1,100 pound Boss Hoss BHC-3 motorcycle which runs on a liquid-cooled 5700cc Chevrolet Corvette V-8 engine.

Lehigh crashes

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

State police at Fogelsville reported on two crashes investigated by troopers, one involving a Slatington driver and the other crash a driver from Schuylkill County.

Troopers said a two vehicle crash occurred about 4:29 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, along SR29 at the intersection with Beck Rd., in Upper Milford Township. Troopers said Randy L. Stone, 44, of Slatington, was northbound operating a 2011 Dodge Caravan and approaching the intersection while Pat T. Rossignuolo, 82, of Macungie, was stopped at a stop sign on Beck Rd. in a 2007 Toyota Avalon.

Legislation is big win for firefighters

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

HARRISBURG – Legislation to include cancer as part of the list of occupational diseases for firefighters was unanimously passed by the Senate on Monday.

The legislation, House Bill 797, was introduced by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks County) with companion legislation in the Senate, Senate Bill 654, introduced by Sen. David G. Argall (R-29). The legislation now moves to the Governor's desk for his signature.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Western Pocono Lioness

The Western Pocono Lioness Club will host a Patriotic Coloring Contest at the Chestnuthill Park in Brodheadsville from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 2.

The board will meet at the Western Pocono Community Library at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 6.

Lion Mary Jane Lucrezi represented the club as a celebrity bagger at Kinsley's Celebrity Bagger Day.

Caregiver's support

On July 6, from 6:30-8 p.m., the Caregiver's Support Group will meet on the first floor of the Loder Building.

Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions present scholarships, Melvin Jones award

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Jordyn Homyak received a Lions Club scholarship.
Jordyn Homyak received a Lions Club scholarship.

President Jean Smith opened the June 20 meeting of the Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions with the singing of "America" and the Pledge of Allegiance. It was the 35th annual charter-observance meeting and was held at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building.

Burdell Steigerwalt, who gave the invocation, thanked God for his guidance and help. A moment of silence was held for deceased members.

Smith led the Lions' toast: "Not above you, not beneath you, but with you."

ACS makeover slated in Pottsville

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., July 11, at the Schuylkill Medical Center-South. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Look Good, Feel Better is offered in a group setting, providing participants with cancer education, information and support.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 29, 1952 Dick Person fires a six-hit shutout to lead Palmerton to a 9-0 Tri-County League win over Mauch Chunk. Person, who collects a hit at the plate and scores a run, walks one and strikes out five. Bruce Snyder collects two hits, one a double, and scores three runs. Williard Fritzinger adds an RBI triple and scores a pair of runs, while Ronnie Costenbader, Pete Blynn and Joe Nagy each chip in with a hit and run scored.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summit Hill

Scripture sharing

The weekly scripture sharing program at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, will continue this week.

Participants will meet on Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m. in the parish rectory.

St. Paul Lutheran

The Rev. John W. Tomlinson, a retired pastor from Allentown, will be the guest preacher at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, on Sunday, July 3.

The service will begin at 9:30 a.m., which is a new starting time for the services which will be held in July and August.

Castle Doctrine becomes the law

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Individual's right to use deadly force defined

Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law a bill expanding Pennsylvania residents' rights to use deadly force to defend themselves and others in public places.

The "Castle Doctrine" bill, approved eight days ago by the state legislature, eliminates the requirement that people must first try to get away from perceived attackers, except when confronted inside their homes, vehicles or businesses.

The new law, which protects people who use legal, registered guns in self-defense or to defend others, goes into effect in 60 days.

Schuy. Valley outhits Blue Sox

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Matt Delborrello takes the throw to try and put the tag on Schuylkill Valley's Derek Tarconish during last night's Legion game in Tamaqua.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Matt Delborrello takes the throw to try and put the tag on Schuylkill Valley's Derek Tarconish during last night's Legion game in Tamaqua.

Schuylkill Valley head coach Mike Tarconish knew that his team's offense was more than capable of putting up some good numbers. But what he didn't expect was for his team's hit total to amass 14, en route to his team defeating Tamaqua last night in their Schuylkill/Berks Legion game by a 9-8 score.

Each player in their batting order snagged a hit and SV built a 9-6 lead, heading into the bottom of the seventh, only to see the locals comeback and fall just short of tying the game up in the waning moments of the contest.

Pair advance

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Lansford and Towamensing White advanced to the winner's bracket final of the District 18 9-10 LL tournament with wins last night.

DISTRICT 18 9-10

LITTLE LEAGUE

Franklin Twp.-

Lansford

Lansford scored 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back in posting a 15-5 win in four innings over Franklin Township to advance into the winner's bracket final on Thursday.

Zack Kindt had three triples and scored three runs for the winners, while Wyatt Zimmerman added two doubles and Tristan Blasko had two singles.

Lehighton police have a new home

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Criminal Investigator Mike Svetik of the Lehighton Police Department works in a cubicle in the new police headquarters, located in the 100 block of South Third Street.
Criminal Investigator Mike Svetik of the Lehighton Police Department works in a cubicle in the new police headquarters, located in the 100 block of South Third Street.

The Lehighton Police Department has its first new headquarters in more than 75 years.

The department moved from the municipal building on Second Street to what was the former Engine Company No. 2 building, and then Station 2, of the Lehighton Fire Department in the 100 block of South Third Street.

The move has been planned for at least two years.

Work on renovations to the former fire station began in January 2010. Initially, occupancy was scheduled for August of last year, but complications with the heating system and several plan changes resulted in the delays.

Schuylkill county court news

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Withdraws plea

Jorge Diaz, 39, of 228 E. Washington St., McAdoo, was granted permission by Judge Dolbin to withdraw his guilty plea and his case was remanded to the district attorney's trial list. Diaz was charged with terroristic threat, simple assault and harassment filed by McAdoo Patrolman Joseph David.