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July 2011

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.

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 West End Rotary Club President Karin-Susan Breitlauch presented member Jim Mannello with the Service Above Self Award.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West End Rotary Club President Karin-Susan Breitlauch presented member Jim Mannello with the Service Above Self Award.

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.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, July 28, 2011

St. John's Lutheran

The Rev. Phyllis Wolford will officiate at the 9:15 a.m. worship service this Sunday in St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Activities for next week will include: Monday, Worship and Music Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Learning Ministry Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m.

Get involved at the Carbon County Fair

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Volunteers are needed to assist at the 12th Carbon County Fair noted Liz McElwee, volunteer coordinator.

"It's all about having fun and so many of our volunteers return year after year," said McElwee. "They enjoy doing what they do best…volunteering and they enjoy being part of our fair family."

Each year at least two volunteers are recognized by the association during the opening ceremony.

YMCA camp teaches community pride

Thursday, July 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua YMCA kids spent a day during their YMCA Summer Fun Camp this week to clean parts of Tamaqua. Pictured cleaning outside the Tamaqua Community Center are Bradley Hornung, 12, Coaldale, Leah Sharer, 8, Tamaqua and camp counselor Katie Hummel.

Passing of the office

Thursday, July 28, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

With the handing over of the gavel of Western Pocono Lioness president Lioness Arlene Mullery turns over her six years of service as president of the club to new president Virginia Lamendola. She begins the tenure of her two-year term as president the beginning of July.

Tamaqua Historical Society to meet

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Tamaqua Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting today at the Heisler's Dairy Bar in the Lewistown Valley. Anyone may stop by to inquire about joining the society or to help in other ways. FMI: Call (570) 668-1234.

New Western Pocono Lioness leadership

Thursday, July 28, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The new officers and board members of the Western Pocono Lioness Club were recently installed by Lion PDG Bob Argot, back. Seated, from left, are the following Lioness and their respective office: Vice President Lioness Ruth Smith, President Lioness Virginia Lamendola, Past President Lioness Arlene Mullery, Treasurer Lioness Pat Brooks, Secretary Lioness Camille Desando.

Frank Jacobs named to Nesquehoning council

Thursday, July 28, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith was awarded two commendations for his recent involvement of the Carbon County Correctional Facility's Postage Stamp incident and the bath salts apprehension in town. Presenting the awards is Mayor Tony Walck on behalf of council.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith was awarded two commendations for his recent involvement of the Carbon County Correctional Facility's Postage Stamp incident and the bath salts apprehension in town. Presenting the awards is Mayor Tony Walck on behalf of council.

Nesquehoning Council voted to replace the late council member Frank DiMiceli Wednesday evening. Voted to fill the position was Frank Jacobs, a former councilman who was the leading vote getter in the May primary election. Abstaining from the vote was Michael Sniscak and Richard Zabroski. Jacobs thanked those who voted for him.

During the visitors segment, resident Mickey Angst thanked council for placing the pedestrian crosswalk signs on Catawissa Street. He said a lot of people praised the borough for their action.

Phils honor Carpenter Cup champs

Thursday, July 28, 2011
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Philadephia Phillies catcher and Northampton native Brian Schneider (far right) greets the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team at Citizens Bank Park prior to last night's game against the San Francisco Giants.
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Philadephia Phillies catcher and Northampton native Brian Schneider (far right) greets the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team at Citizens Bank Park prior to last night's game against the San Francisco Giants.

PHILADELPHIA – The 2011 Carpenter Cup champions finally got their just rewards.

Last month, the Lehigh Valley squad, dotted with local players, wrapped up the championship at Citizens Bank Park. Last night, they were back once again, this time as guests to receive the Carpenter Cup before the Phillies game against San Francisco.

To present the trophy there was no better person than Northampton's own Brian Schneider.

Lansford Council scolded

Thursday, July 28, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford resident Rita McIntyre Klekamp takes borough council to task for its failings.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford resident Rita McIntyre Klekamp takes borough council to task for its failings.

Angry citizen threatens to call in state

Lansford resident Rita McIntyre Klekamp, president of Lansford Concerned Citizens, took council to task Wednesday on a number of items, including the borough's deteriorating buildings.

"Not to take this personally, but council is inept. If you are unable or unwilling to fulfill the obligations of your office, I will call in the state to see if we can get assistance for the citizens," she said.

"Buildings in town are deteriorating and owners are not being held accountable," Klekamp said.

CCEEC to host dedication and open house

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center is planning a dedication ceremony with an open house event from noon to 4 p.m. August 6. The public is invited free of charge.

The Frederick R. Wallace Flight Pen will be officially dedicated. The newly completed structure allows CCEEC staff to more quickly rehabilitate and release injured raptors. IT was completed as part of an Eagle Scout project by area resident Steven Hutta and is named in honor of CCEEC volunteer and falconer Fred Wallace.

Culvert, bridge work begins today

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Progress for replacing the Lower Middle Creek culvert and bridge may well be in evidence this week in Polk Township as the contractor wants to start today, reported supervisor Chairman Brian K. Ahner. Discussion as to whether a poured-in place-footer or a precast footer should be used ensued. After considering the merits and demerits of both the 3-0 vote was to spend $4,600 additional funds to use the poured-in-place.

In regard to the bridge, the township engineer reported that PennDOT approval has been received.