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June 2011

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, June 30, 2011

June 30, 1988 Pleasant Valley's Rick Hackett catches a 21-yard touchdown pass but the Centennial-Colonial-Independent team drops a 19-9 decision to the East Penn stars in the annual McDonald's All-Star Football Classic. A total of 11 TIMES NEWS area players participate on the CCI squad, which is coached by Lehighton's Dave Parsons. In addition to Hackett, area players include Lehighton's Kyle Hough, Clayton "Skimmer" Andrews and Troy Yurasits, Northwestern's Eric Dalius, Wade Sulzer, Chad Wieder, Brian Good and Steve Clay, Northern Lehigh's Doug Hunsicker, and Palmerton's George Toth.

On this date

Thursday, June 30, 2011

June 30, 1969

Pfc. Merritt D. Merluzzi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Merluzzi, Lehighton, has received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He will report to the academy on July 1. He is one of 116 Army enlisted men chosen from a class of 288 to attend West Point after 9 1/2 months of training and instruction at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, Fort Belvoir, Va. He is a 1966 graduate of Lehighton Area High School.

JT Franklin stay alive

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Jim Thorpe and Franklin Township advanced in the loser's bracket of the District 18 11-12 tournament on Wednesday night.

In other action, Northern Valley continued its fine run in the LV Legion with another win.

DISTRICT 18 11-12

LITTLE LEAGUE

Jim Thorpe

-Weatherly

Jim Thorpe got the best of Weatherly in five innings to score a 12-0 victory to advance further into tournament play.

Jim Thorpe's Jacob Burkhart tossed a complete game two-hit shutout, in which he struck out 11 of 17 batters he faced last night.

Birches come alive late to top East Stroudburg

Thursday, June 30, 2011

SAYLORSBURG - For the first five innings, the Birches had trouble figuring out the puzzle that was East Stroudsburg starter J.T. Hartman.

Then, finally in the sixth inning, the locals seemed to put together all of the pieces.

Pinnacle hike slated on Appalachian Trail

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Join naturalist Robin Tracey at 9 a.m. Monday, July 4 for a hike to the Pinnacle on the Appalachian Trail.

The hike is 10.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. Meet at the lower parking log in the Weiser Forest District, off Route 61 South in Port Clinton. There will be a car pool to the trailhead.

The trail has great views of the forest and the overlook at the Pinnacle is breathtaking.

Bring a bag lunch. Space is limited.

This is a dog friendly hike but pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Deputy, suspect killed in gunfight

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Berks officer was serving an arrest warrant near Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

A Berks County deputy sheriff, who was shot while serving an arrest warrant, and the person wanted in the warrant, were killed in a gunfight last night.

State police at Reading said deputy Kyle Pagerly, 28, was flown from the scene to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where he was pronounced dead. Also killed in the incident was Matthew Connor, 25.

Troopers said the incident occurred in the first block of Pine Swamp Road in Albany Township, near the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

Rainbows with a purpose

Thursday, June 30, 2011
ron gower/times news
ron gower/times news

Rev. Allen Heckman, pastor of Zion United Church of Christ in Lehighton, places colored rainbows on balcony in the church sanctuary. Heckman said, "We have been selling blank rainbows to raise money for a fund entitled 'In Dylan's Arms'. This fund is in memory of Dylan Krum (who died last July at 15 years of age). Folks are coloring the rainbows and they are being hung in the sanctuary." The fund will be use to send monetary gifts to families experiencing long hospital stays with one of their children. Krum, who lived in Lehighton, was an active member of the church. Rev.

Castle bill

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Needed Pa. legislation

It's not nice to break into someone else's home to steal things, destroy the property, and/or cause fear, injury, or even death to the residents.

Some bad boys – and occasionally girls – just don't understand this. As a result, many innocent lives are often jeopardized by random acts of illegal entry and unprovoked violence.

Until now, fighting back could put the resident in more trouble than the perpetrator.

Harassment arrests reported

Thursday, June 30, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported on two arrests for harassment made by troopers in separate incidents.

On Friday, June 24, about 8:45 p.m. troopers were dispatched to Lot 19, Dueblers Trailer Park, Polk Township, Monroe County, for an incident. Troopers said Leonard Sawyer, 44, of Gilbert, was cited. Troopers said during an argument Sawyer struck an 11-year-old girl in the head with a lamp causing a minor injury. He also allegedly stomped on the wrist of a 34-year-old female causing a minor injury. The adult female was not identified by troopers.

Burglary suspect headed to court

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Ryan Heiser
Ryan Heiser

Accused of breaking into deceased fire chief's home

A man who allegedly burglarized the home of a Lehighton fire chief three days after the chief had died has waived the charges to Carbon County Court.

Ryan Thomas Heiser, 29, who had lived next door to the fire chief, was scheduled to appear before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, and theft.

After waiving the hearing, he was remanded to Monroe County Prison where he is being held on unrelated charges.

Polk column

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Young at Heart Seniors

Young at Heart Seniors meet twice a month at the Polk Township Fire Co. in Kresgeville, located on Rt. 209 just past the Kresgeville Post Office. The meetings are the first and third Tuesday of the month. If you are a senior and would like to join this group, or for more information, call Barbara at (610) 681-5979, or Shirley at (610) 681-4611.

Graduate recognition

Lehighton Rotary Club recognizes former borough manager

Thursday, June 30, 2011
MICHAEL HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Congratulating former Lehighton Borough Manager John Hanosek (center) on receiving the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award are (left to right) 2009-2011 Lehighton Rotary Club President Barbara Belón; District Governor-Elect Paul "Budd" O'Malia; Past District Governor Dick Wagner; and 2011-2012 Lehighton Rotary Club President Erica Heery.
MICHAEL HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Congratulating former Lehighton Borough Manager John Hanosek (center) on receiving the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award are (left to right) 2009-2011 Lehighton Rotary Club President Barbara Belón; District Governor-Elect Paul "Budd" O'Malia; Past District Governor Dick Wagner; and 2011-2012 Lehighton Rotary Club President Erica Heery.

On Tuesday evening, Rotary Club of Lehighton recognized former Lehighton Borough Manager John Hanosek with the Paul Harris Fellow Award. The dinner took place at Lehighton American Legion Post 314.

Major improvements planned at the Ginder Field playground

Thursday, June 30, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A rusting fire truck at the Ginder Field playground in Summit Hill will likely be painted this summer, according to the Summit Recreation Commission. In addition, five new rides are planned for the playground.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A rusting fire truck at the Ginder Field playground in Summit Hill will likely be painted this summer, according to the Summit Recreation Commission. In addition, five new rides are planned for the playground.

Some major improvements are planned for the Ginder Field playground in Summit Hill.

Monica Marshall, chairman of the Summit Hill Recreation Commission, said the improvements include adding five new rides, painting the fire truck ride, adding picnic tables to the pavilion and painting the concession stand.

She said it is anticipated the work will be done this year.

The fire truck, a climbing toy, is made from metal pipes. The paint on it has been peeling.

Marshall said if all goes as planned, the new rides could be installed by the end of July.

Wrestling show held for 4-year-old girl with rare disease

Thursday, June 30, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured being recognized for her bravery during the wrestling show's intermission is Rayne Shellhamer, 4, surrounded by Elite Generation Wrestling staff, volunteers and about a dozen of their professional wrestlers.
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured being recognized for her bravery during the wrestling show's intermission is Rayne Shellhamer, 4, surrounded by Elite Generation Wrestling staff, volunteers and about a dozen of their professional wrestlers.

Family, friends, community members and about a dozen professional wrestlers with Elite Generation Wrestling (EGW), Lansford, came together in the gym of the Tamaqua Salvation Army to hold a special wrestling show fundraiser recently to help Rayne Shellhamer, a 4-year old girl who was diagnosed in December 2010 with Arnold-Chiari malformation, often simply called Chiari malformation.

Family and friends recently organized an EGW wrestling show to help raise funds required to cover Rayne's accruing medical costs.

Flags blessed at JT church

Thursday, June 30, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Representatives of Carbon County area veterans organizations: the Carbon County Navy Club, American Legion, AMVETS and VFW were present, along with Carbon County officials, for a flag-blessing ceremony conducted by the Rev. James J. Ward, pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception on West Broadway in Jim Thorpe last Sunday.

Junior Girl Scouts cross the bridge to become Cadets

Thursday, June 30, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left to right: Junior Girl Scouts of Troop 37 Paige Montanari, Holly Ahner, Lindsey Shimko, Abby Huber and Skye Klotz, crossed over the bridge to become Cadet Girl Scouts at the Flying Up/Bridging ceremony held at Old Homestead Tree Farm in Lehighton. Members of the Troop received badges they earned throughout the year and the top three sellers of Girl Scout Cookies were recognized: Samantha Shupp, Lindsey Shimko and Devyn Hauser. The Junior Scout leaders are Heather Rogers and Betsy Mattes. They meet at the Towamensing Elementary School.

Northern Lehigh news

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Library News

The Slatington Library is looking for donations of handcrafted items, gift certificates, gift baskets or like new items for its 15th annual Chinese auction on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Items can be dropped off at the library.

The library is looking for any member or former member of the Endless Hills Doll and Toy Collectors Club. The library has a doll case that belongs to the club and would like to return it if possible. Please call the library.

Beltzville State Park ready for a busy holiday weekend

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is preparing for another very busy holiday weekend at Beltzville State Park.

"Our crowds exceeded the capacity of our parking lots on Memorial Day weekend, and with the anticipated nice weather for the upcoming weekend, we are expecting a similar situation this Sunday and Monday," Park Manager Kevin Koflanovich said. "Our first concern is that our visitors are safe."

Koflanovich reminded visitors that parking is not permitted on Pohopoco Drive, the road that leads to the main entrance of the 3,002-acre park.

Marriage licenses

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Carbon County

Michael James Miller and Racye Reinal Sanders, 132 S. Second St., Lehighton.

Paul Wesley Miller and Dorothy Mae Seko, 128 W. Hazard St., Apt. 102, Summit Hill.

Timothy James Santee and Stacy Ann Fritzinger, 200 Douglas Lane, Kunkletown.

Michael David Gilbridge Jr. and Tina Louise Kemmerer, 72 E. Center St., Nesquehoning.

David Andrew Magyar and Linda Lee Lewis, 755 Elm St., Lehighton.

Joseph John Julian Jr., 50 Crescent Drive, Nesquehoning, and Jessica Rachel Lane, 144 Wildcreek Drive, Jim Thorpe.

Crossing the bridge to become Junior Girl Scouts

Thursday, June 30, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

At the Flying Up/Bridging ceremony held at the lovely pond at Old Homestead Tree Farm, Lehighton, three Brownies of Troop 3259 became Junior Girl Scouts. Left to right, Madison Wagner, Kayleigh Snyder and Kaylah Altemose crossed over the bridge to become Junior Girl Scouts. Members of Brownie Troop 3259 received several merit badges they worked on all year long. The top three sellers of Girl Scout Cookies were recognized. They were: Kayleigh Snyder, Kaylah and Kassidy Altemose and Carissa Fallon.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Adult day care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center is looking for interested adults to serve on its board of directors. The board meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Anyone willing to serve may call (570) 668-6556.

Mooney brothers triumph

Thursday, June 30, 2011

It turned out to be a great night of racing for the Mooney family of Lehighton as Joe Mooney claimed his first Modified feature win after a wild drive to the finish while his younger brother Josh Mooney also enjoyed winning with his first victory of the season in the Street Stocks.

The Modified race saw five lead changes in the 35-lap contest that was quiet the shootout as one leader after another was taken down. The last four laps alone saw the front spot switch three times.

Cressona Band performed at Heisler's

Thursday, June 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Cressona Band presented a free community concert Sunday at the Heisler's Dairy Bar in Lewistown Valley. They will present another free concert at the Tamaqua East End Park on Wednesday, July 13, at 7 p.m. The concert is being sponsored by an anonymous contributor. Raindate is set as Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

Judging stand

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Historian seeks to save fairgrounds landmark

The last time Lehighton Borough Council members talked about the old judging stand – salvaged from the former Lehighton Fairgrounds and standing deserted in the Lehighton Community Grove – they were contemplating either giving it away or demolishing it.

Not so fast, says a Jim Thorpe historian.

John Drury, head of a Jim Thorpe museum, has offered to help organize a committee of borough residents to renovate the stand and move it to the borough park.

Atherholt-Heilman

Thursday, June 30, 2011
David Heilman and Nicole Atherholt
David Heilman and Nicole Atherholt

The engagement of Nicole Atherholt, Lehighton, to David Heilman, also of Lehighton, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Kevin and Gisele Atherholt of Palmerton. A homemaker, she is a 2003 graduate of Palmerton Area High School.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Kim and Paulette Heilman of Lehighton. He is a 2002 graduate of Palmerton Area High School. He is employed by Star Pre-Owned Automotive as a finance/sales manager.

A wedding date has been set for Oct. 22, 2011.

Tax collector's office closed

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The office of tax collector Terry McElmoyle will be closed on Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4.

Break-in at school is probed

Thursday, June 30, 2011

State police at Lehighton are investigating a burglary at a Carbon County school.

Troopers said the Educare School, located along Bridge Street in Weissport, was entered by forcing open a locked window. Once inside the criminals took two laptop computers – a Gateway 17-inch and a EMachines 14.1 inch. The incident was reported at noon on Monday, June 20.

Tamaqua ousts Towamensing

Thursday, June 30, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Ethan Kuczynski tags Towamensing township's Nate Sterner out in Wednesday night's district 18 11-12 Tournament contest.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Ethan Kuczynski tags Towamensing township's Nate Sterner out in Wednesday night's district 18 11-12 Tournament contest.

It took some time for Tamaqua's batting order to adjust to the pitching of host Towamensing Township, but once it did, the offensive firepower of the visitors ignited and lit up the scoreboard, on their way to a 11-1, four-inning win in the District 18 11-12 Little League Tournament.

Parryville on hot seat again regarding Act 537 planning

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Parryville Council was put on alert again to comply with Pennsylvania Sewage Act 537, which forces communities to correct existing sewage disposal problems and prevent future problems. The act, enacted Jan. 24, 1966, requires proper planning in all types of sewage disposal situations. Local municipalities are largely responsible for administering the Act 537 sewage facilities program.

But Parryville does not have funds to do so.

Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary shares its light with community hospital

Thursday, June 30, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Priscilla Offen, president of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary, introduced Kristen Romano, 2011 recipient of the Nancy G. Mendsen Medical Career Award and Kevin Seemiller, 2011 recipient of the Dan and Mary Shook Nursing Award, at the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary Annual Dinner Meeting.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Priscilla Offen, president of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary, introduced Kristen Romano, 2011 recipient of the Nancy G. Mendsen Medical Career Award and Kevin Seemiller, 2011 recipient of the Dan and Mary Shook Nursing Award, at the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary Annual Dinner Meeting.

"While for most of the year we work in the background, this evening is our night to shine. We celebrate all of our hard work and our accomplishments throughout the past year. Welcome everyone to the annual dinner meeting of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary," said Auxiliary President Priscilla Offen as a greeting to the event's guests. The dinner was held in the Blue Mountain Health System's (BMHS) Palmerton campus's cafeteria.

Driver cited after Carbon crash

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A driver was cited following a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 4:40 p.m. on Monday, June 27, along Forest Inn Road in Towamensing Township.

State police at Lehighton said Shawn M Bognar, 17, of Palmerton, was driving a 2008 Kia Spectra eastbound when the vehicle left the road while Bognar was negotiating a curve. The Kia crashed into a utility pole on the right side berm.

Bognar and passengers Brenda Bognar, 44, and Angela Bognar, 3, were injured, troopers said, but did not require immediate medical attention. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.