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July 2011

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.

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.

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.

A deadly encounter

Friday, July 29, 2011
Mike Bester discusses the shooting death of his brother, Robert Kish, 29, late Thursday afternoon at the hands of the state police in Brodheadsville.
Mike Bester discusses the shooting death of his brother, Robert Kish, 29, late Thursday afternoon at the hands of the state police in Brodheadsville.

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.

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

Friday, July 29, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Summit Hill's Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church will hold its closing for the annual Vacation Bible School on today at 7 p.m. Seen here is David Perkins, director of music for the VBS, rehearsing with Steven Reehl, Ellen Perkins, Michael Perkins, Amber Guzman and Nicholas Henninger.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Summit Hill's Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church will hold its closing for the annual Vacation Bible School on today at 7 p.m. Seen here is David Perkins, director of music for the VBS, rehearsing with Steven Reehl, Ellen Perkins, Michael Perkins, Amber Guzman and Nicholas Henninger.

Tamaqua relic found 85 miles away after surviving 54 years

Friday, July 29, 2011
Pictured is the Hoka Poka Moka Tribe which was one of many neighborhood or business tribes that were organized all around town during the 125th Anniversary celebration. Tribes went all out with decorations and garb during the grand celebration.
Pictured is the Hoka Poka Moka Tribe which was one of many neighborhood or business tribes that were organized all around town during the 125th Anniversary celebration. Tribes went all out with decorations and garb during the grand celebration.

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.

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.

On this date

Thursday, July 28, 2011

July 28, 1953

At a meeting held in the Nesquehoning Recreation Center, the ground work was laid for a citizens' celebration when the Robert M. Green and Sons Inc. plant is dedicated on Sept. 26. Governor John S. Fine will be the principal speaker. The plant, which will produce metal hospital equipment, stands on a 10-acre plot, which will be surrounded by a $15,000 landscape project. There will be a parade, consisting of eight bands, at the dedication. Ten thousand persons are expected to attend the event.

Soldier support

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

Members of the Hometown Army National Guard FRG, Family Readiness Group, routinely hold fundraisers to raise donations for troops overseas. Pictured socializing during a recent spaghetti dinner fundraiser from left are guest Sis Lechleitner, FRG chairperson Heather Rossetti, FRG treasurer Darci Woleslagle, and guest Al Lechleitner, who served in the Hometown Army from 1978 to 1997 with the 103rd National Guard Armored Division. For more information visit the FRG on Facebook or call the armory at (570) 668-1850.

Council president's residency questioned

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Lansford borough councilman is challenging President Adam Webber's right to be on the board, saying Webber is not qualified to hold the seat because, although he owns a home in town, he actually lives in McAdoo.

Councilman Tommy Vadyak at a public meeting Wednesday announced he would be filing the challenge. He presented Webber's water bill, obtained through the Right To Know law, as proof that Webber's house at 356 W. Ridge St., is not where Webber lives.