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June 2011

West Penn continues creating a plan for public sewage

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

West Penn Township's Sewer Committee and area specialist Sean McElroy from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continued Tuesday evening creating a plan to bring public sewage facilities to five communities in the area: South Tamaqua, Clamtown, Reynolds in Walker Township, Andreas and Snyders.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, July 2.

There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need brown grocery size paper bags.

SHINE Camp helps promote healthy bodies and minds

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Students scatter after pulling the strings and dropping Mentos candy into bottles of cola. The experiment showed that by dropping the candy into cola, a reaction occurred, causing the cola to shoot out of the bottle like a rocket.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Students scatter after pulling the strings and dropping Mentos candy into bottles of cola. The experiment showed that by dropping the candy into cola, a reaction occurred, causing the cola to shoot out of the bottle like a rocket.

What do you get when you drop Mentos candy in a two-liter bottle of cola?

The answer, which dozens of students learned last week during the Healthy Body/Healthy Minds SHINE Camp, is a rocket.

Easton driver in Schuylkill crash

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

An elderly Easton man was injured and flown to a medical facility following a one-vehicle crash in Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the crash occurred about 5:25 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, along Interstate 81 in Delano Township.

Planners examine sketch for dividing property

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Surveyor Bruce Steigerwalt, PE, PLS stood before the West Penn Township planning commission Tuesday at the municipal building with a preliminary sketch plan for the Hoffman property located in East and West Penn in hopes to figure out how to equally divide it among Carol Hoffman's family before presenting it to the zoning board to seek approval.

Driver cited after Schuylkill crash

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

One of two drivers involved in a crash that occurred about 10:35 a.m. on Monday, June 27, along Waterfall Road in Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County, was cited.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Nicholas P. Heisler, 21, of Pine Grove, was southbound and Beau C. Natale, 17, also of Pine Grove, was northbound. Troopers said Heisler failed to negotiate a right curve in the road and entered the northbound lane where his 1998 Ford Taurus struck the left side of Natale's 2000 GMC Sierra truck with the left front end.

Snyder County man gets long prison term for rape of child

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Lansford man sent to jail for burglary

A Selinsgrove man received a 20 to 80 year sentence for rape of a nine year old McAdoo child and a Lansford man a sentence of one two years for burglary, in sentences handed down by Schuylkill County judges. Both previously had entered guilty pleas to the charges.

David H. Miller, 22, was sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes for the rape charges and John Elvin Bartenope, 34, of 43 Centre St., Lansford, was sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller.

Two teens admit to Banks break-in

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Two teens pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Carbon County court to entering a Banks Township home and removing cash and other items.

Steven Anthony White, 19, of Tresckow, and Patrick Wersinger, 19, of Hazleton, each pleaded to one count of burglary, as a felony one.

The two admitted entering a home at 6 E. Hemlock St., Tresckow, on Sept. 23, 2010. The home owner is Ronald Kokinda, who is chief adult probation officer of Carbon County.

Weatherly man celebrating 90 years

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Niles Landers Grover
Niles Landers Grover

Niles Landers Grover, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, celebrated his 90th birthday on Monday.

He was born on June 27, 1921 in Hudsondale. He has lived all of his life in this area.

Niles graduated in 1938 from Weatherly Area High School and was also a graduate of Hardwick University in New York.

During his service in World War II, as an Army Aircorp B-24 Bomber pilot, he received a Flying Distinguished Cross and various other medals of honor.

Monroe business cited by PLCB

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Monroe County business has been cited by the Wilkes-Barre enforcement office of the state liquor control board.

Wildwood 115 Inc., trading as La Roma Pizza & Madd Anthony's Bar, located at HC-3 Box 2517, SR115, in Blakeslee, Tunkhannock Township, was cited for issuing checks or drafts, in payment for purchases of malt or brewed beverages, when there were insufficient funds in or credit with, the institution upon which the draw for payment was made.

On this date

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 29, 1977

The six-man Lansford Borough maintenance cre and borough council remain deadlocked in negotiations centered around a new three-year contract and a strike by the Teamster Union affiliates dating back to June 3 continues. Al Abruzzi, president of Teamster Local 773, said the borough council turned down the latest offer by the employees. The men had asked for a salary increase of 35 cents an hour for the first two years and 30 cents per hour during the third year of the three-year pact.

Bad marks

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Students need inspiring when it comes to history

Earlier this month, a national report card was issued on the performances of students in American schools in the area of history. The results weren't the kind of statistics that provides inspiration as we head into next Monday's national birthday celebration.

The proficiency tests were given to 4th, 8th and 12th graders by the National Assessment of Educational Progress board and the history scores were the lowest among the subjects tested, which included math, reading, science, writing, civics, geography and economics.

Color added to Franklin playground

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS The playground at Phifer's Ice Dam in Franklin Township is repainted by the Franklin Lions Club. The equipment had been all brown, but some green and red colors have been added.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS The playground at Phifer's Ice Dam in Franklin Township is repainted by the Franklin Lions Club. The equipment had been all brown, but some green and red colors have been added.

The Phifer's Ice Dam playground, built by the Franklin Township Lions Club nearly 20 years ago, has been given new paint and some added color.

Lions Club members have been doing the volunteer work, stating it's the first major such project for the playground.

David Hawk, Lions club president, said about eight to 10 club members spent eight hours a day for four days to complete the project.

He said all the wooden equipment was stained. The playground equipment had been all brown, but to add color there were locations on the equipment that were painted green or red.

Vacant house draws complaints from neighbors

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The monthly meeting of Nesquehoning Borough Council went off later this month due to the untimely death of one of its council members, Frank DiMiceli. Also absent was councilman David Hawk. Council is now accepting names to replace DiMiceli's seat.

Argall votes in favor of budget

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

HARRISBURG – Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) voted today in favor of a $27.148 billion state budget which should allow the state to begin its budget year on time, for the first time in nine years.

Carbon center plans summer programs

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center is planning fun and exciting summer programs for children.

On July 7, starting at 5:30 p.m., the center will be hosting an Outdoor Field Day event for children ages five to 12. Guest naturalist Becky Cunfer will be leading special events including team relays, challenges and an obstacle course.

Towamensing Elementary announces fourth marking period honor roll

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The following students have achieved Principal's List or Honor Roll for the fourth marking period at Towamensing Elementary School.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST: Students who have attained all A's in all major subjects.

Slatington Women's Club announces May's Girl of the Month

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Kristi Seiler
Kristi Seiler

Kristi Seiler has been named as the Slatington Women's Club Girl of the Month for May.

The Northern Lehigh High School senior is a captain of the Varsity Softball Team and a captain of the Varsity Field Hockey Team

She plays varsity basketball and is a member of Interact Club. She is the treasurer of S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and secretary of Student Council.

Albrightsville man owes big restitution bill in DUI case

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

An Albrightsville man owes a big restitution bill stemming from a driving under the influence (DUI) incident.

Christopher A. Nodzo, 48, appeared before Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass on Tuesday for sentencing on one count of DUI. He previously entered a guilty plea but sentencing was deferred due to a dispute over restitution.

Nine enter guilty pleas

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Three others placed in Carbon ARD program

Nine persons in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court. Also, three first time offenders were placed in a special probation program.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following:

Lehighton Middle School band concert slated

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Lehighton Area Middle School music department will present a Summer Band concert on Friday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at the middle school.

The sixth through eighth grade combined band will perform several pieces including "Sugar Creek Saga," "Bugs That Bug Me," and the theme from the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants. Furthermore, selected clarinet, saxophone, flute, and low brass students will be featured during the small ensemble portion of the concert.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hometown Nazareth

St. John's and Zion's Lutheran Churches have combined forces to host a Vacation Bible School program from July 11-15. Themed "Hometown Nazareth – Where Jesus Was a Kid," the program will be held at Zion Lutheran Church from 6-8 p.m., with closing ceremonies at 6 p.m. on July 15.

In addition, an outreach program, "Operation Kid to Kid," is being offered for students in grades three through six.

Older students and adults are needed as helpers.

For more information, or to register a child, call (570) 668-2180 or 668-4554.

SS. Peter and Paul

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

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.

Graduates magna cum laude from Muhlenberg

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
DeAngelo
DeAngelo

John DeAngelo, son of Joe and Jackie DeAngelo of Coaldale, graduate magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College, Allentown on May 22.

DeAngelo graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in accounting and finance. He was the recipient of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants 2011 Outstanding Senior Student Award. He has accepted a position with Rothstein, Kass & Company, P.C. in Roseland, N.J.

DeAngelo is a 2007 graduate of Marian Catholic High School.

Refrigerator donated

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
ron gower/times news
ron gower/times news

Jesse Hiles of Lansford has donated a new refrigerator to the Lansford Little League. Hiles, left, who owns the Sports Zoo in Lansford, looks over the appliance with Dan Wynn, secretary-treasurer of Lansford Little League. Hiles said he made the donation because at one time, he received a phone call asking if he knew where the league could find a used one. He said, "When I was a kid, I got so much out of Little League. I played in Summit Hill but live in Lansford, now. That's why I decided they should have a new one."

On this date

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June 28, 1992

Someone is feeding the rats in Weissport and it had better stop. "I found full family packs of spoiled chicken legs and pork chops all ripped up in the run," said councilman Don Frehulfer. "There were also several heads of lettuce or cabbage there, too." The run is a drainage ditch that takes storm water runoff from throughout the borough to the Lehigh River. Frehulfer, who said the food contributes to the rodent problem in the town, warned that anyone caught tossing food in the run will be cited under the garbage ordinance.

Slatington arrests

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Slatington police reported the following arrests.

Justin Ziegler, 22, of 214 Chestnut St., Slatington, was cited for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct for an incident that occurred about 11:38 p.m. on June 23. Police were called to 203 Chestnut St. for a report of a burglary in progress. As a result of an investigation Ziegler was charged.

Charged in connection with the same incident were two juveniles, police said.