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June 2011

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.

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.