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June 2011

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
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Priscilla Offen, president of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary, introduced Kristen Romano, 2011 recipient of the Nancy G. Mendsen Medical Career Award and Kevin Seemiller, 2011 recipient of the Dan and Mary Shook Nursing Award, at the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary Annual Dinner Meeting.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Priscilla Offen, president of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary, introduced Kristen Romano, 2011 recipient of the Nancy G. Mendsen Medical Career Award and Kevin Seemiller, 2011 recipient of the Dan and Mary Shook Nursing Award, at the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary Annual Dinner Meeting.

"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
George Boyce, and his wife, Carol, took top honors at the Delaware Valley Iris Show receiving three American Iris Society Rosettes and the coveted American Iris Societies' Silver Medal for the most Blue Ribbons at the show. They grow hybrid lilacs, daylilies, and Siberian and Japanese irises at their three-year-old seven-acre Glenara Gardens in Palmerton.
George Boyce, and his wife, Carol, took top honors at the Delaware Valley Iris Show receiving three American Iris Society Rosettes and the coveted American Iris Societies' Silver Medal for the most Blue Ribbons at the show. They grow hybrid lilacs, daylilies, and Siberian and Japanese irises at their three-year-old seven-acre Glenara Gardens in Palmerton.

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.

3 new zoning ordinances adopted

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Three new zoning ordinances were unanimously adopted by Polk Township Supervisors though not without general discussion between residents and board members.

Friedens Fire Co. to get new truck

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A public meeting was held by Friedens Fire Company concerning its purchase of a new truck. The new truck is needed because the old one no longer meets the qualifications to be rated first class. The meeting was required on the loan application.

Fire chief Joe Merkel said Friedens members met representatives of Toyne Fire Apparatus at a fire equipment expo in Harrisburg. The truck is built on a Spartan Chassis. It is coming from Iowa.

Keystone Girls State gives girls the experience of a lifetime

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Stacey Kerschner
Stacey Kerschner

Two Lehighton teens are having the experience of a lifetime this week while attending Keystone Girls State, a program of American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Pennsylvania. The event is taking place at Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, and is the 66th session sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Stacey Kerschner, daughter of Gary Kerschner and Carol Surmaitis; and Kara Serfass, daughter of Karen Evans and the late Thomas K. Serfass are attending the session.

Kershner's and Serfass' expenses are sponsored by the Lehighton Legion Auxiliary Unit 314.

Man who allegedly disrupted graduation at JTHS has charges forwarded to court

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A man who allegedly disrupted the Jim Thorpe Area High School graduation with an air horn had a hearing on various charges relative to the incident, yesterday.

Christopher R. Mazella, 24, of Mahoning Township, had all the charges forwarded to Carbon County Court. A pre-trial conference is scheduled on Aug. 11 at the court.

Originally Mazella was charged with resisting arrest and persistent disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. At the request of his lawyer, Attorney Stephen Vlossak, the persistent disorderly conduct charge was changed to "making unreasonable noise."

Correction

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Former Carbon -Lehigh Intermediate Unit board member Kenneth Kistler donated thousands of hours, not dollars, to that board and to the Northwestern Lehigh School District. The incorrect information appeared in a June 28 story about Kistler's successful appeal of a state Ethics Commission ruling to the state Supreme Court.

'Rotary Pedals Out Polio' raised over $20,000

Thursday, June 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured are Jeff Coup, District 7370 PolioPlus chairman, left, and Eric McDowell. Both are members of the Milton Rotary Club.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured are Jeff Coup, District 7370 PolioPlus chairman, left, and Eric McDowell. Both are members of the Milton Rotary Club.

Raising over $20,000 for the 'Rotary Pedals Out Polio' bike tour campaign, exhausted cyclists trekked into Tamaqua Tuesday evening as they finished one of the last stretches of the Rotary's four-day Schuylkill County bike tour to fight polio. The 335-mile bike tour, sponsored by District 7370 of Rotary International (Central PA), was held to provide continued funds, support and awareness for Rotary International's never-ending campaign to totally eradicate polio from the face of the earth. Polio, or Poliomyelitis, is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus.

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
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Tyler Merkel and Derek Ahner from the Carbon County Technical Institute receive scholarships from the Lions. On the left is President Jean Smith and on the right is Larry Engle who made the presentations. Other recipients are Jordyn Homyak from Lehighton High School and Andrew McReynolds from Palmerton High School.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Tyler Merkel and Derek Ahner from the Carbon County Technical Institute receive scholarships from the Lions. On the left is President Jean Smith and on the right is Larry Engle who made the presentations. Other recipients are Jordyn Homyak from Lehighton High School and Andrew McReynolds from Palmerton High School.

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
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lehighton police have moved into their new station on South Third Street, which is named for the borough's long-time mayor. The former meeting room of the Lehighton Fire Department in its Station 2 building was converted due to overcrowded conditions at the municipal building, where the police were located for at least 75 years.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lehighton police have moved into their new station on South Third Street, which is named for the borough's long-time mayor. The former meeting room of the Lehighton Fire Department in its Station 2 building was converted due to overcrowded conditions at the municipal building, where the police were located for at least 75 years.

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.

Townships updating zoning laws

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Representatives from Towamensing Township and Lower Towamensing Township have formed an implementation agreement to rezone their SALDO and zoning ordinances. Pictured are (l-r) Connie Bieling, Towamensing, Penny Kleintop, Towamensing, Angela Farrell, Lower Towamensing, and Ron Walbert, Lower Towamensing.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Representatives from Towamensing Township and Lower Towamensing Township have formed an implementation agreement to rezone their SALDO and zoning ordinances. Pictured are (l-r) Connie Bieling, Towamensing, Penny Kleintop, Towamensing, Angela Farrell, Lower Towamensing, and Ron Walbert, Lower Towamensing.

For some, the year 1978 may seem like just yesterday.

That also happens to be the last time Lower Towamensing Township's zoning ordinance was updated, which by today's standards, marks an eternity.

With an eye toward the future, Lower Towamensing and Towamensing townships have formed an implementation agreement in conjunction with the Palmerton Area Comprehensive Plan.

Ron Walbert, chairman of the Lower Towamensing Township board of supervisors, said the time to update its zoning and Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO) is long overdue.

Marian softball

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
@Caption Stand Alone:Fillie award winners Marian softball award winners were honored at the team's recent banquet. They were, front row, from left, Samantha Faust, Marissa Webb, Jeanne Cannon, Lindsay Nemeth and Gabrielle Cann. Standing, Shannon Skotek, assistant coach Joe Nemeth, head coach Joe DeAngelo, assistant coach Joe Brennan and Ginger Howe. Missing from the photo are award winners Ashley Donlin, Abbey Hill, and Gabby Green.
@Caption Stand Alone:Fillie award winners Marian softball award winners were honored at the team's recent banquet. They were, front row, from left, Samantha Faust, Marissa Webb, Jeanne Cannon, Lindsay Nemeth and Gabrielle Cann. Standing, Shannon Skotek, assistant coach Joe Nemeth, head coach Joe DeAngelo, assistant coach Joe Brennan and Ginger Howe. Missing from the photo are award winners Ashley Donlin, Abbey Hill, and Gabby Green.

Teen struck while riding a pedalcycle

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Lehigh County teen was injured while riding a pedalcycle. The accident occurred about 7:43 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28, along SR309 at Memorial Road, in Lynn Township.

State police at Fogelsville said a 15-year-old male from New Tripoli was driving the cycle southbound along the right berm when he turned left into the path of a 2010 International tractor with trailer driven by Domingos M. Parente, of East Stroudsburg, who was also southbound.

Arson suspects waive hearings in Lansford

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Three Panther Valley men charged with starting a fire in an unoccupied building in Lansford on June 4 have waived their magistrate hearings.

The defendants are:

Ÿ Jeremy Scott Schmick, 27, West Hazard Street, Summit Hill - Arson, criminal conspiracy, two counts of criminal trespass, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal mischief.

Ÿ Michael Ryan Zuber, 25, of East Ridge Street, Lansford - Two counts of arson, criminal conspiracy, two counts of criminal trespass, and criminal mischief.

'Cars 2' back to drawing board

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Cars 2" takes its audience for a ride. That's not necessarily a good thing.

The sequel lacks the charm of the 2006 original animated feature. It borrows standard plot devices and smashes them together in an attempt to take a, ahem, different turn.

The Pixar Animation looks great. The spiffy polish of the cars (and the rust on the tow truck, Tow Mater, as well), the renderings of glass, trees, inflatable promotional balloons, road surfaces well, just about everything is remarkable.