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June 2011

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.

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.

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.

Saving the environment

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Rita Lacey of Kunkletown, founder and owner of Close the Loop, has organized a Give and Take Day the last three years to help her community recycle unwanted items.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Rita Lacey of Kunkletown, founder and owner of Close the Loop, has organized a Give and Take Day the last three years to help her community recycle unwanted items.

Rita Lacey of Kunkletown to receive national award at White House for Give and Take Day

Rita Lacey's reaction to receiving a call from Washington, D. C.?

"Unbelievable!"

She was informed that she and her business, Close the Loop in Kunkletown, had just won a national award from Take Pride in America, and will be recognized at a ceremony and reception at the White House on July 18.

Property tax/rent rebate program extended from June to December

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Senator David G. Argall (R-29) announced that the application deadline for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30 to December 31.

Endo Pharmaceuticals issues voluntary, nationwide recall of two lots of Endocet®

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Endo Pharmaceuticals issued a voluntary nationwide consumer level recall of Endocet® (oxycodone/acetaminophen, USP) Tablets, 10 mg/325 mg 100 count bottles, NDC 60951-712-70, Lot No. 402415NV and 402426NV. One bottle from each lot of Endocet® (oxycodone/acetaminophen, USP) Tablets, 10 mg/325 mg, Lot 402415NV and402426NV, NDC 60951-712-70, 100 count bottles, was found to contain some Endocet® 10 mg/650 mg Tablets, which are identifiable by their larger size, and different shape and markings.

Tamaqua Elks scholarship winners

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Special to the Times News
Special to the Times News

The Tamaqua Elks Lodge recognized their scholarship winners recently at their lodge. Pictured from front left are Amber Schock, Sarah Pisak, Lyndsay Kusko and Brianna Oswald. From back left are Carl Wittig, Brandon Dopira, Dylan Smith and Scott Winterburn.