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July 2011

Tamaqua Relay for Life wrap-up meeting set

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities is hosting its 2011 Relay season wrap-up meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1.

The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved. Top fundraising teams and individuals will be announced and plans for the 2012 Relay will be discussed. Committee members are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m.

PV Library picnic held

Friday, July 29, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Front left: Kayla Kibler, Kierstan Moyer. In back is Kierstan's sister, Cassie Moyer, who did not participate in the reading program.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Front left: Kayla Kibler, Kierstan Moyer. In back is Kierstan's sister, Cassie Moyer, who did not participate in the reading program.

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, held a picnic at the Lansford swimming pool on Thursday to mark the end of the library's Summer Reading Club.

The club, one section for pre-school children and those in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

The weekly session featured a variety of guest readers, including state Sen. John Yudichak, state Rep. Doyle Heffley, and WLSH on-air personality Kerry Dowd.

JT Vet honored by American Legion

Friday, July 29, 2011
 VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

30th District Senior Vice Commander for Carbon County, Harry J. Wynn III, left, presents a "Continuos Member Certificate" to Jim Thorpe Post 304 member Francis C. O'Donnell recognizing his 60 years "as a member in good standing of the American Legion."

Two are arrested for prostitution

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office reported today two persons were arrested on prostitution charges stemming from an investigation police launched after receiving complaints about that type of activity taking place at the Aroma Spa, 511 Rt. 61 South, North Manheim Township.

Officials said Sung Chun Yang, 47, of Rockville, Md., and Miduck Park, 47, of Philadelphia, were arraigned before District Justice James Ferrier, Orwigsburg, on charges of prostitution and related offenses and criminal solicitation.

Humble Hearts for Hope needs your help

Friday, July 29, 2011

Did you ever wonder the stress multiple deployments puts on a military marriage?

Do you know if a military family has a webcam or laptop to keep in touch with their soldier when they are actively serving?

Do you realize every time a military family relocates, children are moved to a new school?

Do you realize how many young children go around with no father or mother on a daily basis because their mom or dad is a soldier serving our country for our freedom?

Vehicles collide in Polk Township

Friday, July 29, 2011

Two vehicles were damaged in a driveway-highway collision on July 27 at 12:13 p.m. in Polk Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said the accident happened when Emily M. Steffen, 23, of Nattleborough, Mass., driving a 2004 Hyundai Elantra, was turning out of a private driveway to travel east on Whitey B Drive, and turned into the path of a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado operated by Robert A. Derco, 22, of Brodheadsville. The latter was westbound on Whitey B Drive and was unable to stop in time. His vehicle was struck in the left front by the Elantra.

Operation: Touch of Home meets

Friday, July 29, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home, Inc. will be meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert.

Operation: Touch of Home is a local organization that collects essential and non-essential items and ships them to our local members of the Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

If you would like to help in this endeavor, please consider joining them on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Argall, Knowles address budget, welfare cuts

Friday, July 29, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sen. David Argall, left, and Rep. Jerry Knowles recently addressed state issues during the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast mixer held Thursday morning at the Tamaqua ABC Hi-Rise.
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sen. David Argall, left, and Rep. Jerry Knowles recently addressed state issues during the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast mixer held Thursday morning at the Tamaqua ABC Hi-Rise.

Senator David G. Argall (R-29) and Representative Jerry Knowles (R-124) addressed state issues to about 60 people during the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast mixer held Thursday morning at the Tamaqua ABC Hi-Rise. Some of the discussion focused on the pro-jobs agenda in the Senate and House, welfare cuts and bills to be voted on when the General Assembly reconvenes in September.

Bethlehem man violates PFA

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks on July 26 filed charges in Monroe County Court against a Bethlehem man for violating a Protection From Abuse order.

Police said the incident happened at 4 p.m. in the parking area of the Chestnuthill Diner, Rt. 209, Chestnuthill Township.

Charged was Thomas Francis Healey Jr., 42.

It is alleged that during a custody exchanged, he grabbed the arm of and pushed a 34-year-old female from Kunkletown who has the PFA order against him.

She was uninjured.

Yankees Honor Miracle League Supporter/Babyhouse 10 Survivor

Friday, July 29, 2011
On Friday, John Lahutsky of Bethlehem Township will throw out the first ball of the New York Yankees Friday night baseball game. Lahutsky is a member of the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club, and a Board member of the Miracle League of Northampton County.
On Friday, John Lahutsky of Bethlehem Township will throw out the first ball of the New York Yankees Friday night baseball game. Lahutsky is a member of the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club, and a Board member of the Miracle League of Northampton County.

Tonight, John Lahutsky will throw out the first ball at the New York Yankees baseball game.

Lahutsky, whose Boy from Babyhouse 10 autobiography chronicled his life from his abandonment to a Moscow orphanage for incurable children to his rescue and emigration to the United States where he has been living in Bethlehem Township with Paula Lahutsky. Lola Schirra of Jim Thorpe went to Russia to help Paula bring John to the US. Their story was picked up by Dateline on television and ran in an April 2011 story in The TIMES NEWS

Teens are arrested for shoplifting

Friday, July 29, 2011

Two girls, a 16-year-old from Kutztown and a 17-year-old from Topton, are facing retail theft charges (shoplifting) after an incident at 7:20 p.m. July 6 at the Kohl's store in the Trexlertown Mall, Lower Macungie Township.

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said the girls removed clothing items and makeup from the store and placed it in their purses before trying to leave the store without paying for them.

They were caught trying to steal items valued at $27.98 and $93.19, respectively.

Navy Club membership

Friday, July 29, 2011

The USS Carbon County Ship 260 Navy Club is accepting applications for associate membership. This membership is open to those who have not served in the military, or have served in the Army, Air Force or other branch of service.

For information, call (570) 645-3643.

FT downs Lansford

Friday, July 29, 2011

Franklin Township posted a 10-4 victory over Lansford recently in the Panther Valley Little League 9-10 Tournament.

Chris Whiteman had two hits for the winners, while Jason Pryce and Jesse Dekorte both collected triples. Winning pitcher Zachary Crum struck out eight batters.

For Lansford, Wyatt Zimmerman had a triple.

Panther Valley news

Friday, July 29, 2011

PV knee hi

The Panther Valley Knee Hi Meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. at The Sports Zoo in Lansford.

Nesquehoning

Meed's Vacation Bible school

Meed's United Methodist Church will hold Vacation Bible School this year from Aug. 1-5 from 6-8:30 p.m. Registration forms are available at the church's lunch program on West Catawissa Street.

Gilbert woman leaves crash scene

Friday, July 29, 2011

Amanda M. Hahn, 26, of Gilbert, is facing charges after she left the scene of an accident on July 15 at 10:15 p.m. on Serfass Road in Polk Township, Monroe County, according to state police at the Lehighton barracks.

Remembering David on Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in Thorpe

Friday, July 29, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heather Formica and Msgr. John Chizmar look on as Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko reads the proclamation declaring July 21st to be "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" in honor of David Formica, a young boy from Jim Thorpe, and other children and their families that have been affected by Childhood Cancer.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heather Formica and Msgr. John Chizmar look on as Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko reads the proclamation declaring July 21st to be "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" in honor of David Formica, a young boy from Jim Thorpe, and other children and their families that have been affected by Childhood Cancer.

On Thursday, July 21st Mayor Michael Sofranko of Jim Thorpe declared the day to be "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" in honor of David Formica, a young boy from Jim Thorpe, and other children and their families that have been affected by Childhood Cancer.

David, who was diagnosed in 2002 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 11, lost his battle to the disease on July 21, 2006.

Wanted man dives in lake

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional Police are seeking Robert Waters, 19, of Bangor, who police said they tried to take into custody on July 27 at 4:42 a.m., when the man jumped into a lake and avoided apprehension.

Police said they responded to a fight reported to have been taking place along Deerfield Drive in Mount Pocono and upon arrival found Waters at the property. Police observed a marijuana pipe and several small baggies lying on the floor of Waters' vehicle.

Motorcycle stolen in Jim Thorpe

Friday, July 29, 2011

Jim Thorpe police are investigating the theft of a motorcycle owned by a Lewisberry, Pa. man.

Police said they were summoned on July 24 at 12:37 p.m. to Lehigh Avenue near the train station for a report of a stolen motorcycle.

Upon arrival, police learned from Chris Hynes of Lewisberry that his black Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle was stolen from the scene. The cycle, valued at $5,000, has silver lettering on its gas tank.

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

Garbage dumped in Schuylkill

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Frackville barracks are investigating an incident whereby someone illegally dumped several bags of household waste at a site in East Union Township.

Police said the incident was discovered July 28 off Old Mill Road, west of Green Mountain Road.

Police said several items inside the bags will assist them in identifying the person who left the items along the roadway.

Details of Polk incident are listed

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks said they are investigating an incident they called "unauthorized use of a motor vehicle."

The incident happened between July 1-26 in Polk Township.

Police said the victim is a 58-year-old female and the actor is a 34-year-old female, although police did not reveal their identities.

Police said the actor was making payments to the victim for a 1998 Saab. Police said the actor fell behind on payments but made the final payment and changed the title upon state police making contact with her.

Wallet, cash taken from unlocked car

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the theft of a wallet that contained $130 in cash from an unlocked vehicle.

Police said the victim is Antoinette Pologruto of Saylorsburg.

The incident happened between 7-8 p.m. July 27 while the victim's vehicle was parked at the Vanbuskirk-Haney Community Park, Anchorage Road, Ross Township, Monroe County.

The wallet was removed from the glove compartment of the vehicle.

Tamaqua news

Friday, July 29, 2011

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. held a Summer picnic at the Grier City Playground with 51 members and 2 guests in attendance. The meal was catered by Christy Joy.

President Eleanor Schmerfeld led the group invocation. Activities included a Chinese Auction and bingo.

The group meets the second and fourth Monday of every month at the Ryan Township Fire Company. Anyone 50 or older is welcome to join.

Cross country

VVOCC commemorating 47th anniversary of Vietnam War

Friday, July 29, 2011

Vietnam Veterans Organization of Carbon County (VVOCC) is hosting a program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Palmerton Park, Third Street and Delaware Avenue, Palmerton. The group will be commemorating the 47th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War. The main speaker will be Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, a Vietnam era Air Force Veteran.

Ex-boyfriend is charged in Monroe

Friday, July 29, 2011

John Paul Carangelo, 49, of Analomink, has been cited by state police at the Fern Ridge barracks for harassment, stemming from incidents that happened between Feb. 17 and July 26 involving his former girlfriend.

Police said the 35-year-old victim from Stroudsburg reported Carangelo made numerous harassing telephone calls and sent numerous text messages to her.

Carbon groups urged to send support for narrowband-capable radios grant

Friday, July 29, 2011

Municipalities, ambulance organizations, fire companies, and police in Carbon County participating in a nearly $2 million grant application for the purchase of narrowband-capable radios and other devices and have not yet sent the county commissioners their letter of support, please do so now, officials ask.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein stressed the importance of these letters.

"The more letters of support we have (with the application), the better chance we will have at getting the grant," he said.

Vehicle rolls over in Interstate crash

Friday, July 29, 2011

Three persons were injured in a one-vehicle crash at 4:40 p.m. July 27 on Interstate 81 southbound in Frailey Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Robert Baker, 77, of Plantation, Fla., was driving the vehicle when he lost control of it and it crossed both southbound lanes, entering the west berm. The vehicle proceeded to roll over and came to rest in the grass adjacent to the west berm.

Kathy Rimm performs in Tamaqua

Friday, July 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Despite a small drizzle, Kathy Rimm still strummed her acoustic guitar on the platform at the Tamaqua Train Station yesterday. Rimm, a Tamaqua native, performed in front of a hometown crowd as part of the Summer Concert Series produced by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce. The concert was sponsored by Tamaqua Business and Professional Women's Club. The next show in the Summer Concert Series will be on Thursday, August 11, when Wildcat will play classic rock from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Water line project postponed

Friday, July 29, 2011

A project to replace a water line in a section of Palmerton has been postponed.

Work to replace the water line in the 200 and 300 blocks of Lehigh Avenue, and pave the 200-400 blocks of Lehigh, likely won't start until next spring, borough council learned on Thursday.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the borough still plans to use its allotment of Community Development Block Grant funds toward the project, which was originally scheduled to begin by late-summer, early fall.

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.