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June 2011

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
Among the members of the Franklin Lions Club repainting playground equipment at Phifer's Ice Dam are, front from left, Shirley Gross, Pat Hawk, Elaine Correll; back from left, Len Eckhart, Bob Correll, David Hawk (leaning on slide), president of the club; Ray Haydt, Joel Christman, Art Berger and Carl Gross.
Among the members of the Franklin Lions Club repainting playground equipment at Phifer's Ice Dam are, front from left, Shirley Gross, Pat Hawk, Elaine Correll; back from left, Len Eckhart, Bob Correll, David Hawk (leaning on slide), president of the club; Ray Haydt, Joel Christman, Art Berger and Carl Gross.

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.

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
Officers who were installed are Joe Herzog, Roger Smith, Ron Engle, Burdell Steigwalt, Duane Hawk, Henry Altemose, Linda Swartz and Delano Swartz.
Officers who were installed are Joe Herzog, Roger Smith, Ron Engle, Burdell Steigwalt, Duane Hawk, Henry Altemose, Linda Swartz and Delano Swartz.

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.

JT Bruins repeat as champions

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Jim Thorpe Bruins Shane Snisky tags out Brian Ohl of the Jim Thorpe Royals during Monday's Carbon Junior Babe Ruth Championship game. The Bruins won, 14-5. BOB FORD /TIMES NEWS
Jim Thorpe Bruins Shane Snisky tags out Brian Ohl of the Jim Thorpe Royals during Monday's Carbon Junior Babe Ruth Championship game. The Bruins won, 14-5. BOB FORD /TIMES NEWS

The Jim Thorpe Bruins were on a mission to defend last year's Carbon County Junior Babe Ruth championship..

On the other hand, the Jim Thorpe Royals were looking to put an exclamation point on an undefeated regular season with a tournament title.

In the end, it was the Bruins however who had the upper hand rolling to a 14-5 victory over the Royals on Monday night at Christman's Field.

It's exactly what Christian Gavornik and the rest of the American League champions, set out to do.

Legislation to move local zoning control to state is opposed

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors are not happy with a recent Senate bill 1100 that is on the floor in the PA Legislature which will centralize zoning to the state removing the power of local governments to control how their municipalities are zoned if it passes. This could mean the state could dictate what is built and what is not throughout the commonwealth.

Graduates from basic military training

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Londono
Londono

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Jeremy L. Londono graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Mary Londono of Shawnee Trail, Albrightsville.

Bill Tiley celebrates 100th birthday

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Bill Tiley
Bill Tiley

William "Bill" F. Tiley, formerly of Tamaqua, is celebrating his 100th birthday today at his home on Marco Island, Fla. His relatives and friends will gather to celebrate the occasion.

Born June 28, 1911, Tiley attended Tamaqua schools and participated on sports teams with Karl and Don Rubin and Joe Zanin. They all went to Temple University and played football under the coaching of the famous Glenn "Pop" Warner. He played on the winning team of the very first Sugar Bowl game that was played that year.