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June 2011

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.

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
A few winners of physical fitness events pose with Sam Bonner, head coach of Tamaqua Area High School Football program. From left, Jacob Kemmerer, Cecelia Leskowsky, Rosalyna Lugo, Kaya Lutz, Educ Zamudio, and Ivan Monjaraz.
A few winners of physical fitness events pose with Sam Bonner, head coach of Tamaqua Area High School Football program. From left, Jacob Kemmerer, Cecelia Leskowsky, Rosalyna Lugo, Kaya Lutz, Educ Zamudio, and Ivan Monjaraz.

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
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

TASM car show winners

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area Street Machine awarded the winners of their car show recently. Pictured from back left are Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison, Mayor's Choice Award winner Chad Frederickson for his 1964 Chevy Impala, members Ron Becker, Harry Miller and Vice President Tom Maruschak. Pictured from front left are People's Choice winners Louis Slakoper with his 1970 Pontiac GTO convertible, Scott Serfass with his Chevy Monte Carlo SS, member secretary Marie Becker, and third People's Choice winner Earl Billig with his 1929 Ford Model A.

Pre-kindergarten PV summer school

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Panther Valley Pre-Kindergarten Summer School Program will be held at the Panther Valley Elementary School. This program is designed to help the new kindergarten students gain a positive attitude toward school and to become familiar with their new school.

Classes will be held 9-11:30 a.m., Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 22, 2011.

Transportation will be provided. Please be at your child's bus stop at least 10 minutes before pick up and drop off time to assure the safety of your child. Nesquehoning walkers should arrive no earlier than 8:50 a.m..

Jim Thorpe news

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be stationed at Memorial Hall on Wednesday, June 29, from 1-6 p.m. Donors must be 17 years of age and older.

Classmate information needed

Jim Thorpe High School classes 1975-1979 will be holding their reunion on Oct. 22, at the Lehighton Orioles facility.

Graduates Magna Cum Laude from Susquehanna Univ.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jaime E. Price of Nesquehoning graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with double emphases in marketing and entrepreneurship as Susquehanna University closed its 153rd academic year with annual commencement exercises on May 15. She is the daughter of Kevin and Lauri Price and a graduate of Tamaqua High School.