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June 2011

Theft of vehicle being probed

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of a motor vehicle.

Troopers said Andrea Dinofa, 3 Lost Creek St., in Lost Creek, near Shenandoah, reported her 2003 Chevrolet Impala, silver in color, was stolen from her residence about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26. The car was involved in a hit and run accident in Frackville about 3:30 a.m. on Monday, June 27, troopers said.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

Talk with your doctor before taking minerals

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Q. Should I take minerals?

It's important to talk with your doctor before you take mineral pills, especially if you take prescription medicines, have any health problems or are elderly. Taking too much of a mineral can cause problems with some medical tests or interfere with drugs you're taking.

Minerals are "micronutrients" your body needs in small but steady amounts. Your body can't make most micronutrients, so you must get them elsewhere.

Two Luzerne men cited in Schuylkill

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Two Luzerne County men were cited for an incident in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said a employee of the Reading Anthracite Company observed two men driving on company property at the St. Clair north bank, off the Burma Road, in New Castle Township, in a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck. The driver was identified as Craig D. Sims, 40, of Hazle Township, and his passenger, John K. Davidovich, 36, of Hazleton.

Food, fun and fellowship at Strawberry Social in Jim Thorpe

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A steady stream of visitors throughout the day attended St. John's Lutheran Church's Strawberry Social which held this past Sunday on North Street in Jim Thorpe on the church grounds from 1 to 8 p.m. There was plenty of covered dining space for visitors to enjoy the wide variety of food available, including of course, strawberries served up with a combination of ice cream and or cake and, along with crafts and kid's games, live musical entertainment was provided throughout the day.

Graduates in Virginia

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Goidas have announced that their daughter, Angelina, graduated on June 18 from Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, Va.

Family and friends attended the high school graduation ceremony following a reception at their home.

Angelina lettered four years in varsity swimming and received an award for her community service. She received an academic scholarship from Marymount University which she will attend in the fall and swim for the MU Saints.

Stephanie Blaker named to dean's list

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Stephanie Blaker, of Andreas has been awarded the Roberta and Ernest Scheller Jr. Family Foundation scholarship by the Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation.

Blaker has recently graduated summa cum laude from Lehigh Carbon Community College with an associate degree in arts education.

She was named to the dean's list all four semesters she attended LCCC with a 4.0 GPA. She was also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa society.

Blaker will continue her education this fall at Kutztown University, where she will major in elementary/early childhood education.

Lansford eliminated by Jim Thorpe

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Doerr of Lansford is safe after sliding into home while looking on is Jim Thorpe catcher Brandon Carroll in Babe Ruth All-Star baseball action last night.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Doerr of Lansford is safe after sliding into home while looking on is Jim Thorpe catcher Brandon Carroll in Babe Ruth All-Star baseball action last night.

The score says it all.

Jim Thorpe eliminated Lansford last night, 20-1, in the District 18 11-12 Little League tournament.

The Olympians had everything go their way: pitching, hitting, and fielding. On the other side, nothing seemed to go right.

All but one player on Jim Thorpe's entire roster contributed at least one hit. Kenny Pugh did especially well, going three-for-three including a second inning grand slam. He also had two doubles, a sacrifice fly, and six RBI.

Field renovations scheduled to begin

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Jim Thorpe football stadium will undergo extensive renovations beginning in July.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Jim Thorpe football stadium will undergo extensive renovations beginning in July.

J. Thorpe to play all home football games at Panther Valley Stadium

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board voted to rent the Panther Valley Stadium for the fall football season. The home games will be played at Panther Valley while the Jim Thorpe Stadium is being renovated. The renovations are set to be finished around the middle of October.

The architect from EI Associates, Gary Bannon, said that by the time the renovations are finished there would only be one or two more home games left in the season. He also stated that it would be beneficial if the team didn't play on the field right away after the renovations are finished.

Driver hits police cruiser, then flees

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Two Monroe County residents are facing charges after the vehicle they were riding in hit a state police cruiser and then the two fled the scene, but were caught. State police at Lehighton said the incident occurred about 12:10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the intersection of Kunkletown and Fiddletown roads, in Eldred Township.

Troopers Todd Jones and Kristen Bauchspies were on patrol and sitting in a stationary position at a stop sign at the above stated intersection when a vehicle, traveling in the opopsite direction, struck the cruiser and then took off.

Tamaqua stays alive in 11-12 tournament

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tamaqua stayed alive, while Weatherly and Towamensing headed for the losers bracket in the District 18 11-12 Little League tournament.


District 18 11-12


Justin Fisher pitched a complete game and helped Freeland top Weatherly, 17-0 in a second-round matchup.

Fisher allowed just one hit in his four innings of work.

Weatherly's only hit came off of the bat of Chris MacNeil. MacNeil doubled down the left field line in the fourth inning.

Freeland 526 4 - 17 13 1

Weatherly 000 0 - 0 1 9

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.?


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.

Valley Athletic still in first

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) rolled into its second week of action withsix matches taking place onTuesday and Thursday at Coaldale's Black Diamond Park.

Valley Athletic Supply went 5-1 on the week (with its lone loss to defending league champion Sandstorm) to remain a game up on Sandstorm and Team Ram Rod atop the standings.


Dunder Mifflin Coal-Scared Hitless

Scared Hitless got the best of Dunder Mifflin Coal Region Branch by winning two out of the three games, 25-23, 20-25, 25-15.

DUI arrests

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported on several driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by troopers in recent days.

Troopers said Daquan Marvin Sease, 20, of Saylorsburg, was stopped along Blue Mountain Road at Pennell Road, in Ross Township, Monroe County, about 1:35 a.m. on Saturday, June 25. He was found to be under the influence and will be charged with DUI, troopers said.

Domestic incidents lead to charges

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Two domestic incidents, both occurring on Sunday, June 19, led to charges being filed against two individuals.

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported at 3:10 a.m. officers were on patrol along SR196 near Domino's Pizza shop in Mt. Pocono when they observed a male and female verbally arguing in the parking lot. When police pulled into the lot the male put the female in a bear hug and pinned her against the car.

Seven waivers tabled on Packerton project

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

In a split 3-2 vote, Mahoning Township supervisors granted a six month extension for the Carbon County commissioners' Packerton Business Park Major Subdivision, but tabled seven waivers requested by the project's engineering firm Carbon Engineering.

"I was at the Planning Commission meeting and the waiver regarding turning radii was tabled by them while a few others failed and the rest were split on whether to recommend them or not," said Chairperson John Wieczorek. "I just don't feel comfortable that we have enough information to proceed with deciding upon these waivers."

West End Saloon under new management

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Derrick Drey, manager, stands behind the bar at the West End Saloon, which recently re-opened.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Derrick Drey, manager, stands behind the bar at the West End Saloon, which recently re-opened.

A business in the West End of Palmerton has re-opened under new management.

Thus far, it's been nothing but thumbs up for the West End Saloon, located at 1121 Mauch Chunk Road.

Derrick Drey, manager, said the business continues to be run by owner Stephen Takacs.

Drey said the business, which reopened May 31, features "good food and a friendly atmosphere."

He said tacos, cheeseburgers, cheesesteaks, and wings are among the more popular menu items.

"It's a good place to bring the family to eat," he said. "Our staff provides good food, and good service."

Ex-IU board member didn't violate ethics laws, court says

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Former Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit board member Kenneth Kistler did not violate state ethics laws when he voted to give an architect a contract to build a school while Kistler's companies were vying to subcontract work with the same architect on a related project.

Seven area residents among 39 to enter guilty pleas

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Seven area people were among 39 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller as follows:

Troopers probing vehicle break-ins

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating the break-ins of several vehicles in the same area of Schuylkill County with numerous items and money taken. Troopers said the break-ins occurred along the 200 block of W. Washington St., 500 block of E. Grand Ave. and the unit block of S. Seventh St. in the Tower City/Porter Township area.

Recognized in United States Achievement Academy yearbook

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The United States Achievement Academy announced that Jenna Wallace, of Palmerton, has been recognized for her academic achievement as United States National Honor Student Award winner.

Wallace, who attends Palmerton Area Junior High, will appear in the United States Achievement Academy's Official Yearbook which is published nationally.

Wallace is the daughter of Phill and Melissa Costenbader Sr, of Palmerton. Wallace's grandparents are Larry and Kathy Wallace, of Palmerton and Ronald and Rose Costenbader, of Palmerton.

PF Transfer Station closed for holiday

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Penn Forest Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. However, it will be open Tuesday, July 5 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

It will also be closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, but opened on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 8 a.m. until 4 pm.

The next regular scheduled meeting will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 5 at the township building, located at 2010 State Route 903, Jim Thorpe.

Schuykill-Berks tops LV in Legion All-Star game

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Mike Streisel pitched a scoreless sixth inning for Schuylkill-Berks in the win over Lehigh Valley.
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Mike Streisel pitched a scoreless sixth inning for Schuylkill-Berks in the win over Lehigh Valley.

READING - Runs were difficult to come by for Lehigh Valley in Monday's All-Star legion baseball game at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.

The pitching staff for Schuykill-Berks combined to allow just one Lehigh Valley run on six hits in a 7-1 victory.

"I think the wood bats definitely played a role in it," said Northern Valley's Tyler Harris. "Playing all season - all high school and legion season - with aluminum then going straight to wood definitely makes a change."


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June 28, 1946 Walter Slog doubles and belts a two-run homer to help Lansford post an 8-5 Panther Valley League win over Tamaqua. Slog scores a pair of runs for the winners, who also receive three hits and two runs scored from "Peka" Daniels. Johnny Kozak, who has an RBI triple in the contest, gains the pitching win. He tosses seven shutout innings before running into trouble in the eighth. He also walks four and strikes out five. Joe Fignar contributes to the win with two hits.

Schaeffer Harley Davidson schedules fifth annual toy run

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson, Orwigsburg, will host its Fifth Annual Toy Run, Christmas In July event to benenfit Access Services of Schuylkill, Carbon and Berks Counties. The event will be hled July 9. The ride will begin at 1 p.m at Schaeffer's, located at 1123 Brick Hill Rd., Orwigsburg.

Theft of gun being probed

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

State police at Lehighton are probing the theft of a handgun from a vehicle.

Troopers said Justin Haydt, 21, of Palmerton, reported a 9mm Highpoint handgun was removed from his car while parked at 1465 Walnut St., Towamensing Township. The theft occurred sometime between Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (610) 377-4270.

Schuylkill County court news

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

File for divorce

Thomas J. Blackwell, 630 E. Mahanoy Ave., Mahanoy City, started a divorce action against Kimberly M. Blackwell, 30 Courdas Rd., Barnesville. They were married June 26, 2010.

Christopher L. Fremberg, 5375 Prospect St., Susquehanna, Susquehanna County, filed for divorce from Melissa L. Fremberg, 249 W. Rowe St., Tamaqua. They were married Sept. 30, 2000.

Leon R. Jones, 1105 E. Pine St., Mahanoy City, filed suit for divorce from Peggy Jones, 101 E. Washington St., Shenandoah. They were married July 30, 1987.

Ss. Peter and Paul announces students who attained honors

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sherry Sernak, principal of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton, has announced the names of the students who have qualified for the honor roll in the fourth marking period of the 2010-2011 school year.

Principal's List – 95 or above in all major subjects and an S or above in all other subjects and conduct. Honorees are: Katherine Aaron, Megan Aaron, Jason Bauder, Zoe David, Ryan Drazek, Lydia Gowin, Casey Hanley, Hailey Hoffman, Katelyn Hosler, Amy McConnell, Abigail Rakos, Benjamin Slaw and Kaia Slaw.

West Penn driver cited for DUI

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A West Penn Township man was cited by Tamaqua police on May 30 after testing positive for alcohol consumption.

Officer Thomas Duarte was on patrol at 1:28 a.m. when he observed a silver Acura illegally parked on Cedar Street. As the officer exited his vehicle to issue a parking ticket the Acura began moving. Duarte noticed the right taillight was broken and initiated a vehicle stop.