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July 2011

RSVP volunteers are needed

Friday, July 29, 2011

RSVP in Monroe County is putting out an all-points-bulletin for volunteers.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is America's largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. RSVP offers a full range of volunteer opportunities with thousands of local and national organizations. With RSVP, you can choose how and where you want to serve. You choose the amount of time you want to give. You choose whether you want to draw on your skills or develop new ones. In short, you find the opportunity that's right for you.

State police make Act 64 arrest

Friday, July 29, 2011

Jorge L. Ortiz Jr., 26, of Macungie, has been arrested by state police at the Fogelsville barracks for driving under the influence of drugs, an Act 64 offense.

The incident happened at 2:56 a.m. July 27 at the intersection of Scenic View and Hunt drives in Lower Macungie Township.

police said he was stopped for a traffic violation, after which time police learned he was driving under the influence of drugs and was in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Carbon County EMA sets training sessions

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has coordinated the following emergency services training. Registration is required. To register, call, fax or email the hosting agency.

Hazmat Operations: Sept. 12, 14, 17, 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA at (570) 325-3097.

CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams): starting Sept. 19, at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA.

PA State Fire Convention: Free trainings starting Sept. 22. Contact Lake Harmony Fire Department at (570) 722-8138.

Citizen's Fire Company parade winners

Friday, July 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua was filled with emergency sirens and lights during the Citizen's Fire Company annual apparatus parade.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua was filled with emergency sirens and lights during the Citizen's Fire Company annual apparatus parade.

Citizen's Fire Company, Tamaqua, has announced the winners of its annual parade held recently. Awards were given out in various categories.

1. Most Functional 1750 GPM and over: 1st: Tuscarora Fire Company. 2nd: Summit Hill Fire Company. 3rd: Coaldale Fire Company.

2. Most Functional 1500 GPM and over: 1st: Mary-D Fire Company. 2nd: Nesquehoning Fire Company.

3. Most Functional 1250 GPM and over: 1st: Hometown Fire Company. 2nd: Palo Alto Fire Company. 3rd: Coaldale Fire Company.

4. Most Functional 1000 GPM and over: Coaldale Fire Company.

Charges pending against driver

Friday, July 29, 2011

Charges of driving under the influence of alcohol are pending against Samantha Richardson, 21, of Tamaqua, who was involved in a one-vehicle accident July 27 at 10:35 p.m. on Old Route 209, about one-quarter mile east of the Village of Newkirk in Walker Township.

State police at the Frackville barracks said severe damages result to her 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, including multiple airbag deployment.

JT Lions announce leadership change

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

Acknowledging a leadership change for the Jim Thorpe Lions Club, Secretary Jim Gallagher (left) stands with the club's incoming President Jim Trainer (center) and outgoing President Ron Sheehan.

Muzzleloader Hunting 101 program slated

Friday, July 29, 2011

Outdoors writer and lecturer Doyle Dietz, a member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association and the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association will present "Muzzleloader Hunting 101," focusing on deer hunting with flintlock and traditional percussion ignition rifles. The program will take place at 6:30 p.m. August 13 in the Locust Lake State Park Amphitheatre.

Jacob's Church marks 250 years

Friday, July 29, 2011
Jacob's Church members are proud of the lighted picture behind the altar.
Jacob's Church members are proud of the lighted picture behind the altar.

Jacksonville house of worship began in 1761 with dirt floors

"We thank you Lord God for brave and believing people who planted your message in this place."

Call to Worship, Homecoming, May 22, 2011

The Church of the open doors,

The Church of the open Bible,

The Church of the open hand,

The Church of the open heart,

The Church open to the Spirit of the Living Christ.

The Rev. Richard Solliday, served 1984-1987

BB or pellet gun causes damages

Friday, July 29, 2011

A criminal mischief incident that happened between 1-9 a.m. July 26 in Penn Forest Township is being investigated by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

The victim is Dorthea Moser, Behrens Road, Jim Thorpe.

Police said her 2000 Ford Ranger was parked in the parking lot of All-Points Towing, 136 Smith Road, when an unknown actor arrived at the scene and broke the rear and passenger's side windows on it. Police said the windows appear to have been shot by a BB or pellet rifle.

Orefield driver escapes injuries

Friday, July 29, 2011

A man from Orefield escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash that happened after he avoided striking a deer on Orchard Road in Lowhill Township.

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said Chad L. Gray, 32, was northbound in a 2011 Nissan X-Terra when he swerved the vehicle to the right to avoid striking the deer. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree with the right side of its front end, resulting in disabling damages that required it to be towed from the scene.

On this date

Friday, July 29, 2011

August 29, 1993

World famous fashion designer Calvin Klein visited Nesquehoning this morning to meet his employees at the Kaijay Pants Company. Klein, who owns the firm as a subsidiary of Calvin Klein Sportswear, was especially interested in production of of of his fall sportswear newest lines, C. K. Outerwear. He said the line is proving so successful that he is adding about 40 more full-time employees to the plant. Presently the plant employs about 200 workers.

Mischief probed at Schuylkill site

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that was reported at 6 p.m. July 24.

The victim is the Hubley Community Park, School Road, Hubley Township, Schuylkill County.

Police said someone cut the padlock used to lock the handle on the well pump at the park, and then proceeded to turn the pump on before leaving the scene in an undetected manner or direction.

Eldred column

Friday, July 29, 2011

Smith Reunion

The Smith-Schmidt Reunion will be this Sunday, July 31 at St. Matthew's UCC Picnic Grove from 1-7 p.m.

This reunion brings together the descendants of Abraham and Margaretha Schmidt.

Entertainment includes music, cake walk, basket raffle and they are looking for donations for the cake walk and basket raffle.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will be Aug. 1-5 at St. Matthew's UCC from 9-11:30 a.m.

Farewell open house scheduled for minister

Friday, July 29, 2011

A farewell open house will be held at the Trinity UCC in Tamaqua on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The open house is also being held to say farewell to Rev. Dr. David Grant, who will hold his last official service on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the church.

Wheel is stolen off woman's car

Friday, July 29, 2011

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are investigating the theft of a wheel off a parked car in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

The victim is Catherine M. Sparacio, 36, of Albrightsville.

Police said the incident happened between 4:20 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. July 26 at the Martz Park & Ride at the Mt. Effort Shopping Plaza, Rt. 115.

Police said someone removed the left front wheel of the victim's 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier and replaced it with another wheel.

The estimated loss is $200.

Vehicles entered at Bear Creek Lakes

Friday, July 29, 2011

Several items were removed from three vehicles that were unlocked and parked at 51 Hawthorne Drive, Bear Creek Lakes, Penn Forest Township, between 10 p.m. July 13 and 6:30 a.m. July 14.

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the thefts.

Police identified the victims as David Laurie Woodman and Thomas John Stokes, both of Jim Thorpe, and Thomas Steven McGunnigle of Mattituck, N.Y.

Injuries averted in Schuylkill Co.

Friday, July 29, 2011

A 17-year-old female from Schuylkill Haven escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash July 26 at 9:05 a.m. on State Rt. 813 in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks did not reveal the identity of the driver but said she was traveling westbound in a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan when the vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a utility pole on the north berm, coming to a halt facing northwest.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, July 29, 2011

July 29, 1945 Palmerton jumps on Nesquehoning early and cruises to a 16-6 victory. "Lefty" Steinmetz has a big day with three hits and two runs scored. He also earns the pitching win, striking out 10 while walking nine. Brobst adds three hits and scores four times while Sabota, Frantz and Kuba all finish the contest with two hits. For Nesquehoning, Sammy Alonge collects three hits, one of them a two-run homer.

Injuries averted in interstate accident

Friday, July 29, 2011

No one was hurt in a one-vehicle crash July 27 at 9:38 a.m. on Interstate 81 in Foster Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Megan Leymeister, 26, of Schuylkill Haven, was driving a 1996 Honda Accord northbound when it traveled off the western berm and struck a guide rail.

The vehicle required towing from the scene.

Police said Leymeister will be cited for Motor Vehicle Code violations.

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.

Men of Marian picnic is this weekend

Thursday, July 28, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Workers prepare halupki for the 41st Annual Men of Marian Summer Picnic, which will take place July 29-31, on the school grounds. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Friday with music provided by "Kartune." The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday with entertainment from the country band "Crazy Heart." Sunday's event will begin at 4 p.m. with music from "Remember When." A flea market will again be a part of the picnic.

Atheists challenge

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cross-shaped steel beams the latest target

There must be better ways for the American Atheists to spend their time ... and money.

On Wednesday the group filed a lawsuit claiming that a cross of two steel beams found in the rubble at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on this country, promotes Christianity over other religions on public property and diminishes the civil rights of non-Christians. With the lawsuit, they hope to block the cross-shaped steel beams, known as the "World Trade Center Cross," from being included in the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.

Births: Costenbader

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Lily Rose and Gracie Lynn Costenbader
Lily Rose and Gracie Lynn Costenbader

Twin daughters, Lily Rose Costenbader and Gracie Lynn Costenbader, were born on May 27, 2011 to Jennifer and David Costenbader of Palmerton at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

Lily was 0born at 12:09 a.m. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

Gracie was born at 12:14 a.m. She weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 17 inches long.

The babies were welcomed home by an older sibling, Aubrey, who is a year old.

Maternal grandparents are Jeffrey George and Carolyn Smiley.

Paternal grandparents are Ronald and Rose Costenbader.

Men of Marian seeking 500 plus in recruiting drive

Thursday, July 28, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Back row from left are Men of Marian members Jack Malarkey, Membership Chairman; Annette Boyle, Vice President; Sue Ann Gerhard, treasurer and Marian HS Director of Development; and Debby McKinley, secretary. Front row from left are Stan Dakosty, Marian HS Athletic Director; Sister Bernard Agnes, Principal; and Tom Gerhard, President.
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Back row from left are Men of Marian members Jack Malarkey, Membership Chairman; Annette Boyle, Vice President; Sue Ann Gerhard, treasurer and Marian HS Director of Development; and Debby McKinley, secretary. Front row from left are Stan Dakosty, Marian HS Athletic Director; Sister Bernard Agnes, Principal; and Tom Gerhard, President.

Members of the Marian High School's Men of Marian booster organization are putting strong efforts towards recruiting new booster members via their Men of Marian 500 Plus membership campaign.

When the Men of Marian booster organization began operating in 1964, it was primarily responsible for helping with transportation costs for students at the Marian Catholic High School, Hometown.

Oswalt back to business

Thursday, July 28, 2011

ALLENTOWN - After having not pitched for a little over a month, Roy Oswalt got back to business Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Park.

Oswalt, one of the Philadelphia Phillies' quartet of aces, began his rehab assignment with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs last night and showed flashes of his old self. The right-hander allowed just one run on one hit in four innings of work. It was his first action since being pulled from his June 23 start with lower back inflammation.

Chestnuthill column

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Needs continue

Over 155 people were impacted when 38 families were served this past Saturday at the Effort UMC's Supplemental Center.

Currently needed by the food pantry are: canned fruit and vegetables, tuna, spaghetti sauce and pasta.

To donate bring items to the church office during office hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

On Wednesdays pantry volunteers are generally present to receive the donations.

Rotary speaker

Nesquehoning police make arrest

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Nesquehoning police have arrested Juli Ann Tumbioli/Schlorf, 25, of 418 Woodlawn Ave., Slatington, on charges of theft by unlawful taking or dispopsition and receiving stolen property as a result of an incident that happened in May in the borough.

Police Chief Sean Smith said the woman was arraigned before District Justice Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford and committed to the Carbon County Correctional Facility, Nesquehoning, in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Worker zapped

Thursday, July 28, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters pull off siding to find hot spots and stop the fire from spreading.
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters pull off siding to find hot spots and stop the fire from spreading.

Roof work causes house fire in Summit Hill

A half-duplex home located at 200 West Ludlow St., at the intersection of North Walnut Street in Summit Hill, suffered smoke and exterior damage Wednesday after a young man working on the roof accidentally contacted a 7,200 volt conductor power line with a piece of the roof's drip edge.

Summit Hill Fire Chief Shawn Hoben said that after PPL's quick response to turn off power, firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to search for hidden hot spots as grounding current spread to various parts of the home.

The home is occupied by Jacqueline Collevechio.

Crash injured Mahoning man

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Mahoning Township man was hurt in a crash on Route 209 Tuesday evening.

Zachary Hoffman (no age given) was backing out of his driveway at 727 N. First St. Lehighton (Mahoning Township) at 6:32 p.m., and backed into the path of Brian Berger (no age given), of the 100 block of West Ridge St. Nesquehoning.

Berger had been traveling south on Route 209 in a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am, Mahoning Township Police Chief Kenneth Barnes said in a report released Wednesday.

Berger was treated at the scene by emergency ambulance crews.

Lehighton news

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Picnic in the Park

Franklin Township Lions Club will host a "Picnic in the Park," from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Phifer Ice Dam Park.

The day will feature bingo from 2-3 p.m., calk walk from 3-4 p.m., and the Mudflaps from 4-6 p.m.

The Lions will be serving food in the pavilion throughout the day. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Lindsay Shoff weds David Chiavaroli

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. David Chiavaroli
Mr. and Mrs. David Chiavaroli

Lindsay Shoff, daughter of Glenn and Mary Karen Shoff of Tamaqua, became the bride of David Chiavaroli, son of Daniel R. and Gayle Chiavaroli of Nazareth, on July 2, 2011, at St. John's UCC, Nazareth. The Rev. Curtis Kemmerer officiated the double ring ceremony. Susan Frickert was the organist.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Candice Semasek of Mojave, Calif., formerly of Tamaqua; and Elisha Kitchen of Hancock, Mich, as her maids of honor. Bridesmaids were Erin Strouse of Easton, Ashley Milkovitz of Allentown and Christa Miller of Tamaqua.