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July 2011

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.

Local FSA county committee nomination deadline is Aug. 1

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Carbon/Monroe County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director Danadee M. Miller-Boyle reminds farmers, ranchers and landowners to nominate farmer and rancher candidates to serve on their local FSA county committee by the August 1 deadline.

Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues.

Polk column

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Salem St. Paul's

Christmas in August is Sunday, Aug. 14 at Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

They will sing Christmas carols and collect "gifts" for PVEN, such as new sneakers, socks, undies, gently used sheets and blankets. Stay after worship for a Christmas brunch.

There will be a blood drive in honor of JoAnne Fitzpatrick Sunday, Aug. 7 after worship. Fill the bus. The Red Cross bus will be there from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

JoAnn Sienkiewicz will get the sign-up sheet and all other information shortly, or call the church office at (610) 681-5191.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summit Hill

St. Paul Lutheran

Brian Buzik will lead the worship service on Sunday, July 31, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill. It will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Hope of Christ

Members of the Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, Summit Hill, are reminded the summer worship schedule is now in effect. The Sunday morning worship service on Sunday, July 31, will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Scripture sharing

The weekly scripture sharing sessions at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, will be held tonight at 7 o'clock in the parish rectory.

Displaying that magic TTouch

Thursday, July 28, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Rose Reese, a certified dog trainer who is working to become a certified TTouch practitioner, gets ready to illustrate what she is learning about the Linda Tellington-Jones' TTouch system during Tuesday's Carbon County Animal Response Team meeting. With her is Mickey, a 6-year-old Shetland Sheepdog, who she demonstrated the methods on.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Rose Reese, a certified dog trainer who is working to become a certified TTouch practitioner, gets ready to illustrate what she is learning about the Linda Tellington-Jones' TTouch system during Tuesday's Carbon County Animal Response Team meeting. With her is Mickey, a 6-year-old Shetland Sheepdog, who she demonstrated the methods on.

Dog trainer explains to CART members how to deal with animals

An animal can sense what a person thinks, so if you are agitated with the animal, they will show agitation in their behavior as well.

Rose Reese, a certified dog trainer, explained to members of the Carbon County Animal Response Team during the group's monthly meeting on Tuesday, that the simple act of touching can help an animal relax, heal and learn actions.

The method she illustrated was Linda Tellington-Jones' TTouch system, which uses the power of touch to connect with an animal, make them feel at ease, and provide a healing touch.

Northern Lehigh news

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kindergarten Orientation

The Northern Lehigh School District, in conjunction with the Northern Lehigh PTO, will hold its annual kindergarten orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. at Peters Elementary School. Kindergarten students and their parents are encouraged to attend. Invitations will be mailed to all families who have registered a child for kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year.

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.

Family reunion

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Marsh

The 69th annual Marsh Family Reunion will be held on Aug. 14, at Indian Trail Park, Pavilion 1. The meal will begin at 12:30 p.m. A business meeting will convene at 1:30 p.m.

Families attending are asked to bring either a salad or dessert for the event. Family members with the last name beginning with A through M should bring a salad; N through Z should bring a dessert.

Prizes for youngest male and female, oldest male and female, traveling the farthest, the most recently married couple, longest married couple, and the largest family present will be awarded.

Palmerton Area Library updates

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Palmerton Area Library, located at 402 Delaware Ave., offers a variety of activities.

Summer Reading program: Friday July 29 at 10:30 a.m., "Bugs, Baboons, and Story Tunes" will be presented by singer and guitarist/banjoist Tom Sieling, and will feature humorous, participatory songs for kids that engage the whole family.

Adults, teens and kids, sign up for the "Read Around the World" contest and compete in your age group for fun prizes. Add a link to the chain for each book you read during the summer months.

Tuscarora parade set

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tuscarora will hold their annual fire company parade at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The parade route travels through the streets of Tuscarora and surrounding communities.

Sobriety checkpoint in Schuylkill County

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Pennsylvania. State Police at Schuylkill Haven will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location within Schuylkill County sometime during July 29-31.

Motorists are reminded to utilize proper restraint systems in their vehicles. One of the main causal factors in fatal accidents is not wearing a seatblet.

5K Run/Walk to benefit diabetes association

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A run to raise money for diabetes will once again be staged in Palmerton.

The fourth annual 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The start/finish line will be at the borough park. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

Carla Majczan, event coordinator, said the activity is held to raise money for the ADA's diabetes research and education programs.

Tamaqua's Greenwood Street bridge to be closed two weeks

Thursday, July 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Greenwood Street Bridge and that part of Greenwood Street will be closed for bridge repairs from August 1 to August 14.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Greenwood Street Bridge and that part of Greenwood Street will be closed for bridge repairs from August 1 to August 14.

The Greenwood Street Bridge (County Bridge 136) in Tamaqua will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, August 1 for repair and maintenance work.

The bridge will remain closed for about two weeks, and it will be reopened to traffic as soon as possible after the work is completed.

Schuylkill County contracted with Bill Anskis Company of Elysburg, to perform the bridge repairs. The work started on June 6 and may take up to 90 days to complete.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Harry Potter party

The Panther Valley Public Library will host a birthday party for one of Hogwarts' most famous students, Harry J. Potter, on July 30, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Feel free to dress in Wizard or Muggle (non-wizard) clothing depending on your preference. At the celebration quests will be sorted, have activities to win points for their house, have snacks and will be given the opportunity to win prizes. The festivities will end at 12:30 p.m.

Jim Thorpe man jailed following gun incident

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Jim Thorpe man was jailed last evening following a gun pointing incident.

Borough police identified the suspect as Thomas D. Dobbie Jr., 38, of 241 Center Ave.

According to the police report Douglas Smela, of 209 Center Ave., was driving home from work about 8 p.m. when he said a man stopped him in front of 241 Center Ave. and began yelling at him. Smela said the man, later identified as Dobbie, was yelling at him about urinating on his garage. Smela told officers he had no idea what Dobbie was talking about.