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July 2011

Reader's Turn

Saturday, July 30, 2011
Kaitlyn Klingensmith, New York University - "Yes and no. I'm excited to be back in the city, but I'm not really looking forward to my classes."
Kaitlyn Klingensmith, New York University - "Yes and no. I'm excited to be back in the city, but I'm not really looking forward to my classes."

Now that it's almost August, are you looking forward to going back to school? Why or why not?

Carbon Veterans Affairs office praised for bringing $2.25 M benefits to county

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Carbon County's Veterans Affairs office proved that it is working to benefit its veterans.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioners Wayne Nothstein and William O'Gurek, chairman, recognized the outstanding work Henry Desrosiers, director of the Veterans Affairs office, and Bonnie Gawlik, credit service officer in the Veterans Affairs office, has been doing over the last year.

Nothstein reported on the Adjutant General's end of year report, which breaks down the monies brought into Carbon from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

Monroe DA says shooting was justified

Saturday, July 30, 2011

State police were justified in using deadly force against a Chestnuthill Township man on Thursday at his residence, Monroe County District Attorney E. David Christine said.

Christine made the determination after reviewing the facts involving the death of Robert Joseph Kish, 29, whom police shot after he allegedly took hostages, set his house ablaze, struck a trooper with bird shot pellet from a 410 gauge shotgun, and exited the burning home carrying a bolt-action long gun after initially using a woman as a shield.

SH Basketball League donates to Recreation Commission

Saturday, July 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Summit Hill Basketball League donated $300 to the Summit Hill Recreation Commission. Pictured from left are SH recreation commission member Maria Szczecina, president Monica Marshall and Summit Hill Basketball League Commissioner Danny Matika. Szczecina stated that the donation will be used to improve the Ginder Field Playground.

The Hoppes Grist Mill

Saturday, July 30, 2011
Karl Jens, current owner of the mill shows how the grain could be diverted from one chute to another.
Karl Jens, current owner of the mill shows how the grain could be diverted from one chute to another.

Local historians tour the water-powered wonder

Little about walking into the mill near Mantzville's St. Peter's Church today gives the impression that it has sat idle for some 70 years.

Entering, it feels as though the owner momentarily stepped out the back door. The C. J. Homm's "BB Feeds" sign, that lists prices of turkey starter and ground oyster shells, looks as vibrant today as any modern sign. The workings sit and wait as though their master will soon return to once again make them rumble.

1911 was the year of the fly in this country

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Medical authorities were alarmed at the "threatened importation of typhus fever and the germs of other intestinal diseases" due to the high number of flies during the hot summer of 1911.

One Tamaqua Courier writer told how a many areas were initiating Swat the Fly campaigns in an attempt to control the flying menace.

"The chase after Brer Fly is no new form of sportsmanship," he said. "Few latter day swatters can equate the persistence with which the American housewife of olden times used to fall upon the trail of the little varmints."

Five persons from the area enter guilty pleas

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Five area people were among eight who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell as follows:

Drug crime

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Lehighton residents are concerned

"There's a big drug problem in Lehighton," said borough councilman Scott Rehrig. "Something has to be done."

Rehrig made the comment after three individuals complained about drug use in the community, and more specifically about a situation which occurred last year in the Community Grove during which two teenagers were allegedly beaten.

The council was told by the grandmother of one of the victims that "15 people" participated in the beating.

Retaliation by the father of one victim resulted in a prison sentence for the dad, she added.

Fanciful painting marathon at Jim Thorpe gallery

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, 20 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, will host the second annual Painting Marathon, for artists and anyone with the desire to try painting.

Artists ages 10 and up are eligible to participate and will create work most of the time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. There is an entry fee, and seniors are discounted.

Wooden racks to hold paintings in progress will be set up outdoors around the historic, 1849 church that the foundation owns and uses as an art museum. Artists may also paint nearby Jim Thorpe scenes.

Imposed restrictions placed on Geisinger, Shamokin merger

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly on Wednesday announced that her office has imposed restrictions on the proposed merger of Geisinger Medical Center and Shamokin Area Community Hospital over antitrust concerns that the merger may substantially lessen or eliminate competition in the region, especially for Medicare Advantage Plans.

Jewelry is stolen from Polk home

Friday, July 29, 2011

The theft of an undetermined amount of jewelry from a Polk Township home is under the investigation of state police at the Lehighton barracks.

The victim is Ralph Lucchese, 3 Upper Green Hill Road in the township.

Police said someone burglarized the home between 2 p.m. July 25 and 10 p.m. July 26 by gaining entry through a front door. The jewelry was removed from a bedroom in the home before the thief left the scene undetected.

Motorcycle sales center given approval by Lehighton zoners

Friday, July 29, 2011

Will open November 1 in the 400 block of South Ninth Street

A motorcycle and ATV sales center will be moving from Route 248 in Parryville to a site in Lehighton.

Last night, the Lehighton Zoning Hearing Board unanimously gave approval to Terry and Christina Blocker to open the business at 497 S. Ninth St.

Terry Blocker said he anticipates a November 1 opening.

The business will be in an area zoned industrial. It is situated next to the Kim DePue Insurance Agency on Ninth Street and the Zimmerman Dairy on Bridge Street. A PennDOT garage is located across the street.

Sold will be Yamaha and Kawasaki brands.

Vehicle damaged in parking lot

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating an incident whereby a vehicle parked in a private lot in Monroe County was damaged by an unknown vehicle.

The incident was reported at 1:36 p.m. July 23 at a private parking lot in Ross Township.

The victim, Katherine A. Hanley, 53, of Effort, told police the unknown vehicle struck her unattended 2011 Kia Sorento in the left rear, causing minor damages.

Palmerton Police Log

Friday, July 29, 2011

Robbery

Criminal charges were filed against Gregg Romig, 20, of 152 Lehigh Avenue, Palmerton, and Tyler Hosier, 19, of 165 Woods Road, Palmerton, for robbery, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, simple assault, and criminal conspiracy. The incident occurred on July 16 at 3:27 p.m. in the 600 block of Delaware Avenue.

Criminal trespass

Matthew Lenhart, 30, of 156 Princeton Avenue, Palmerton, was cited for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. The violations occurred on July 12 at 9:15 p.m. in the 100 block of Princeton Avenue.

R.R. Frey after another crown

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league championship game is set, as two-time defending champion R.R. Frey Services will try for a three-peat when they tangle with B & R Gym on Friday night (7 p.m.) at the North and Middle Ward Playground in Tamaqua.

In the event of rain, the game will be moved to Monday night at 7 p.m.

R.R. Frey Services advanced to the championship game by defeating Guerilla Squad, while fourth-seeded B & R Gym posted a monumental upset over top-seed and previously undefeated Ryan's Oil & Heating.

WEDNESDAY'S

West End Rotary installs officers and directors

Friday, July 29, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 2011-2012 officers and directors were installed at the West End Rotary Club's Installation and Awards dinner. They are, left to right: Jill Rehrig, Vice President/Service Projects director; Honi Grasing, Rotary Foundation director; Dave Pierce, Sergeant-at-Arms; Joey Krawitz, Club Administration director; Theresa Yocum, Past President; Joanie Loveless, Membership director; Karin-Susan Breitlauch, President.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 2011-2012 officers and directors were installed at the West End Rotary Club's Installation and Awards dinner. They are, left to right: Jill Rehrig, Vice President/Service Projects director; Honi Grasing, Rotary Foundation director; Dave Pierce, Sergeant-at-Arms; Joey Krawitz, Club Administration director; Theresa Yocum, Past President; Joanie Loveless, Membership director; Karin-Susan Breitlauch, President.

The West End Rotary Club held their annual Installation and Awards Dinner at The Hamilton in Saylorsburg.

Beltzville Lions Club forming

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Beltzville Area Lions Club is forming in Carbon County. Now is the time to learn more about what Lions do in their community.

Beltzville Area Lions Club will be meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 at 576 Main Road, Lehighton. The format will be informal and everyone is welcome to stop by and meet the new club members and find out what it takes to join the world's largest service organization. Members who join will become Charter members of the new organization.

Anyone interested in attending and learning more about Lions is invited to attend this meeting.

Driver falls asleep while driving

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks were summoned July 24 at 5:25 a.m. to investigate a one-car crash on State Route 903, south of Hatchery Road, in Penn Forest Township.

Police did not reveal the identity of the driver but said a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier was southbound on Route 903, about 66 feet south of Hatchery Road, when the operator fell asleep. The car traveled off the roadway, struck a small embankment and became stuck at the scene.

Police said the driver will be cited.

Help for homeowners

Friday, July 29, 2011

Federal assistance designated to help those who have setbacks in income

Carbon County residents in jeopardy of losing their homes because they have been laid off, had their hours of employment cut, or for health reasons are unable to work, could qualify for federal assistance that could save their homes.

TASM car cruise slated

Friday, July 29, 2011

Tamaqua Area Street Machine will hold a car cruise Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Heislers Dairy Bar in Lewistown Valley. The cruise is free to view for the public.

Woman is injured in Schuylkill crash

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pauline M. Longenecker, 77, of Pine Grove, suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash July 26 at 12:35 p.m. on State Rt. 183 in Cressona Borough.

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said she needed to be extricated from her wrecked 2007 Chevrolet Impala, after which time she was flown to the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Vehicle crashes, bursts into flames

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Pocono Summit man was injured in a one-vehicle crash July 27 at 7;10 a.m. on State Rt. 94- in Tobyhanna Township.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said John Vacolla, 18, was transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, after the crash. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.

Police said he was driving a vehicle west on Rt. 940 when it veered off the right side of the road, struck a rock and a tree, overturned and burst into flames.

Golf still good without Tiger

Friday, July 29, 2011

Anyone who follows professional golf closely, and even most that follow it casually, know that the sport's television ratings suffer when Tiger Woods doesn't play.

While viewership has declined over the past couple years as Woods has been either absent or not at his best, there has still been plenty of great golf and many exciting finishes. But a public that likes to follow favorites has missed much of them.

A deadly encounter

Friday, July 29, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West End fire police block off Weir Lake Road during a state police standoff and deadly shooting late Thursday afternoon.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West End fire police block off Weir Lake Road during a state police standoff and deadly shooting late Thursday afternoon.

State police kill man who took mother, two others hostage, shot at officers and set house on fire

A 29-year-old Monroe County man is dead, shot by a state trooper after allegedly ignoring a PFA order, holding hostages inside a dwelling, starting the house on fire with the hostages inside, ambushing police and striking a state trooper in the head with bird shot pellet from a shotgun, and finally approaching police carrying a bolt-action long gun.

Robert Kish, of 174C Maple Lane, Weir Lake Development, Chestnuthill Township, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Vigilant store clerk

Friday, July 29, 2011

Suspicions led to arrest of home grown terrorist

Within a week we've seen examples of homegrown terrorism in two parts of the world. The first, in Norway a week ago, ended in the massacre of 76 people; the second occurred in Texas, where an alleged plot was foiled thanks to a concerned gun shop owner.

The randomness of these cases shows that no city or town in the civilized world is immune to acts of individual terrorism. The lone wolf is often the most difficult for law enforcement agencies to trace.

Deer enters path of vehicle on Rt. 183

Friday, July 29, 2011

No one was injured when a deer entered the path of a vehicle on State Rt. 183 in Cressona Borough on July 28 at 1:42 a.m., causing the 2001 Dodge Caravan to crash.

Police said Matthew J. Sinkovich, 41, of St. Clair, was driving the vehicle southbound, just north of Sweet Arrow Lake, when the deer jumped in front of it and the operator was unable to avoid the collision.

In addition to Sinkovich, three passengers in the vehicle were also unhurt.

Police said the caravan sustained disabling damages and required towing from the scene.

Vacation Bible School at Summit Hill's Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church

Friday, July 29, 2011
"Let's Get Cookin' at Vacation Bible School" is the theme of this year's event. Dru Laughman as Chef Basil and a teacher at the school is acting out a skit with Makayla Kester, Emily Loudon, Cailey Ludicello, and Taylor Crampsie for the show on Friday night. Any offerings taken up, as far as food items and money, will be given to the Summit Hill Food Pantry.
"Let's Get Cookin' at Vacation Bible School" is the theme of this year's event. Dru Laughman as Chef Basil and a teacher at the school is acting out a skit with Makayla Kester, Emily Loudon, Cailey Ludicello, and Taylor Crampsie for the show on Friday night. Any offerings taken up, as far as food items and money, will be given to the Summit Hill Food Pantry.

Tamaqua relic found 85 miles away after surviving 54 years

Friday, July 29, 2011
The year 1832 signified Tamaqua's incorporation as a borough, while the year 1957 represented the borough's grand 125th anniversary celebration and parade.
The year 1832 signified Tamaqua's incorporation as a borough, while the year 1957 represented the borough's grand 125th anniversary celebration and parade.

Totem pole used to celebrate borough's 125th anniversary

A historic relic, made to help celebrate Tamaqua's 125th year as a borough, was reunited with its native town recently after it caught the eye of a local sharp-minded individual.

About two weeks ago, Michael J. O'Malley III, of Hometown, was browsing an antique shop in Lemoyne, Pa., near Harrisburg, when he spotted two familiar dates, 1832 and 1957.

Those dates were painted on the bottom of a colorful 13-foot, 3-inch hand-carved, hand-painted totem pole, which was displayed upright and for sale at the shop.

Jim Thorpe girl facing charges

Friday, July 29, 2011

A female juvenile from Jim Thorpe, who police said was a runaway who became combative after she was located, resulting in injury to a police officer, has been arrested by Pocono Mountain Regional Police.

Officers said they were notified by state police on July 26 that the juvenile runaway was possibly staying at 217 Green Briar Circle. The homeowner was identified as Susan Marin, 48.

Stolen vehicle located in lake

Friday, July 29, 2011

Jim Thorpe police reported today a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer that was reported stolen on July 24 in the borough was discovered in the Mauch Chunk Lake by two fishermen.

Police said the vehicle is owned by William Sparacio, 27 E. 13th St., Jim Thorpe.

The owner told police the vehicle was stolen between 12:30-4:30 a.m. that day while it was parked near his residence.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police at (570) 325-4995.

One person hurt in Towamensing

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Kunkletown woman sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash July 24 at 3:30 p.m. on Pohopoco Drive in Towamensing Township.

Deborah L. Kropf, 54, was hurt in the mishap, according to state police at the Lehighton barracks.

Police said she was driving a 2006 Kia Optima that was unable to stop in time after a vehicle had pulled out from a driveway in an attempt to cross Pohopoco Drive, causing the two vehicles to collide. The other vehicle was driven by Charles B. Rodgers Jr., 51, of Palmerton, who was driving a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer.