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June 2011

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.

Schuylkill break-in

Thursday, June 30, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a burglary at a Schuylkill County business.

Troopers ssid Morgan's Service Inc., located at 190 S. Tremont St., Tremont, was entered sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, and 6 a.m. on Monday. Entry was gained to the office area by removing a plastic vent from a window on the west side.

Lansford News

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lansford

Jubilarian sisters

Five area nuns who are members of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters (OSF), all of whom were born in Lansford, recently celebrated milestone anniversaries in the order.

The women were among 16 sisters honored at a Jubliee Mass and dinner reception at Alvernia College, Reading, in May 29.

They include:

Sister Aileen Bomba, who celebrated the 75th anniversary of her reception into the order.

Born Helen Bomba, she is a daughter of the late Joseph and Stephanie (Krutsick) Bomba.

Palmerton High School Class of 1961 hosts 50-year reunion

Thursday, June 30, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Palmerton High School Class of 1961 gathered June 11 for their 50-year class reunion at Blue Ridge County Club in Palmerton. Those attending included, front row from left, Arthur Pettit, Gail Adams Bell, Alice Arner Walck, Ann Teichert German, Cathy Honzo Wolter, Carol Smith Stefanik, Carol Werkiser Kuronyi, Judith Frano Sommers, Brenda Meckes Abraham, Carolyn Hittner Handwerk, Carolyn Beers Andrews, Candace Simpson, Doris Farenkopf, Gloria Kravetz Kraftician, Judy Dotter Walck and Barbara Buck Barilla.

Palmerton couple's irises are tops

Thursday, June 30, 2011
George Boyce, and his wife, Carol, took top honors at the Delaware Valley Iris Show receiving three American Iris Society Rosettes and the coveted American Iris Societies' Silver Medal for the most Blue Ribbons at the show. They grow hybrid lilacs, daylilies, and Siberian and Japanese irises at their three-year-old seven-acre Glenara Gardens in Palmerton.
George Boyce, and his wife, Carol, took top honors at the Delaware Valley Iris Show receiving three American Iris Society Rosettes and the coveted American Iris Societies' Silver Medal for the most Blue Ribbons at the show. They grow hybrid lilacs, daylilies, and Siberian and Japanese irises at their three-year-old seven-acre Glenara Gardens in Palmerton.

A Palmerton couple took top honors at the Delaware Valley Iris Show receiving three American Iris Society Rosettes and the American Iris Society's Silver Medal for the most blue ribbons at the show.

George and Carol Boyce, who grow hybrid lilacs, daylilies and Siberian and Japanese irises at their 3-year-old seven-acre Glenara Gardens, entered 25 varieties of irises and received 24 ribbons.

Over 500 varieties of irises are grown at Glenara Gardens.

Domestic incident leads to an arrest

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A domestic incident has led to the arrest of a Lehigh County resident.

State police at Fogelsville said troopers were called to 3920 Blacksmith Rd., in Wiesenberg Township, about 11:10 a.m. on June 19 for a domestic incident. Troopers allege that Richard Paul Kresge, of the 7900 block of Carpet Road, New Tripoli, threatened Ashley Elizabeth Kresge, 80 block of Quarry Road, Kutztown, at the above stated location.

Troopers cited Richard Kresge with terroristic threats.

3 new zoning ordinances adopted

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Three new zoning ordinances were unanimously adopted by Polk Township Supervisors though not without general discussion between residents and board members.

Friedens Fire Co. to get new truck

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A public meeting was held by Friedens Fire Company concerning its purchase of a new truck. The new truck is needed because the old one no longer meets the qualifications to be rated first class. The meeting was required on the loan application.

Fire chief Joe Merkel said Friedens members met representatives of Toyne Fire Apparatus at a fire equipment expo in Harrisburg. The truck is built on a Spartan Chassis. It is coming from Iowa.

Keystone Girls State gives girls the experience of a lifetime

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Stacey Kerschner
Stacey Kerschner

Two Lehighton teens are having the experience of a lifetime this week while attending Keystone Girls State, a program of American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Pennsylvania. The event is taking place at Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, and is the 66th session sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Stacey Kerschner, daughter of Gary Kerschner and Carol Surmaitis; and Kara Serfass, daughter of Karen Evans and the late Thomas K. Serfass are attending the session.

Kershner's and Serfass' expenses are sponsored by the Lehighton Legion Auxiliary Unit 314.

Man who allegedly disrupted graduation at JTHS has charges forwarded to court

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A man who allegedly disrupted the Jim Thorpe Area High School graduation with an air horn had a hearing on various charges relative to the incident, yesterday.

Christopher R. Mazella, 24, of Mahoning Township, had all the charges forwarded to Carbon County Court. A pre-trial conference is scheduled on Aug. 11 at the court.

Originally Mazella was charged with resisting arrest and persistent disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. At the request of his lawyer, Attorney Stephen Vlossak, the persistent disorderly conduct charge was changed to "making unreasonable noise."

Correction

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Former Carbon -Lehigh Intermediate Unit board member Kenneth Kistler donated thousands of hours, not dollars, to that board and to the Northwestern Lehigh School District. The incorrect information appeared in a June 28 story about Kistler's successful appeal of a state Ethics Commission ruling to the state Supreme Court.

'Rotary Pedals Out Polio' raised over $20,000

Thursday, June 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured are Jeff Coup, District 7370 PolioPlus chairman, left, and Eric McDowell. Both are members of the Milton Rotary Club.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured are Jeff Coup, District 7370 PolioPlus chairman, left, and Eric McDowell. Both are members of the Milton Rotary Club.

Raising over $20,000 for the 'Rotary Pedals Out Polio' bike tour campaign, exhausted cyclists trekked into Tamaqua Tuesday evening as they finished one of the last stretches of the Rotary's four-day Schuylkill County bike tour to fight polio. The 335-mile bike tour, sponsored by District 7370 of Rotary International (Central PA), was held to provide continued funds, support and awareness for Rotary International's never-ending campaign to totally eradicate polio from the face of the earth. Polio, or Poliomyelitis, is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus.

Marriage licenses

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Schuylkill County

Leeann R. Handwerk and Christopher D. Motz, 323 N. Columbia St., Tamaqua.

Rebecca M. Murphy and Ryan A. Fannick, 509 N. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Amanda N. Nuss, 896 Alter St., Hazleton, and Jacob D. Souchak, 83 Trenton, Mahanoy City

Monroe man cited for simple assault

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Monroe County man was cited for simple assault following a domestic incident.

State police at Fern Ridge said Bradley S. Boyington, 26, of 504 Park Drive, Effrot, Chestnuthill Township, was cited for an incident that occurred about 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, at his residence.

He is accused of assautling a 27-year-old female, not identified by troopers, at the residence.

Family-owned real estate firm is business of month

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Prudential Benjamin Real Estate has been selected as the Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce. Pictured is the office at 2254 Skyline Drive, Slatington.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Prudential Benjamin Real Estate has been selected as the Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce. Pictured is the office at 2254 Skyline Drive, Slatington.

Substance over style. Quality over quantity. Experience over inexperience.

It's those business traits that has enabled Prudential Benjamin Real Estate to serve the Northern Lehigh area for nearly 40 years.

The family-owned and operated business, with offices in Slatington and Schnecksville, has been selected as the Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Jason Breidinger, associate broker, said the business was pleased to have earned the distinction.

Unvaccinated children are at risk

Thursday, June 30, 2011

In the United States and most developed countries, children are now routinely immunized with a vaccine to prevent polio. However, according to the United States Center for Disease Control, 10 percent of American children under the age of 3, about 1 million toddlers, have not been vaccinated against polio and are at risk of being infected by this paralyzing disease.

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.