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July 2011

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.

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, July 28, 2011

July 28, 1984 Brian Kane tosses a no-hitter and strikes out 15 batters in helping Lansford post a 15-5 win over Franklin Township in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Kane, who walks five and is hurt by five errors, strikes out the side in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Tom Rosahac collects four hits, four RBIs and three runs scored to pace the offense. Craig Goida adds two hits, one a two-run triple, while Bill Maynard chips in with a pair of hits.

Blue Mountain to host Pa. Blues Festival

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Otis Thorpe will be among the many talented blues singers to perform this weekend at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival held at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Otis Thorpe will be among the many talented blues singers to perform this weekend at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival held at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.

Celebrating 20 years of Blues in the Poconos.

That tradition will continue when the inaugural Pennsylvania Blues Festival emanates this weekend from Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.

The event will kick off Friday evening from 8 p.m. to noon with a performance by Studebaker John & The Hawks from Chicago inside the air-conditioned Adventure Center.

It will continue from 1 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Gates open one hour before performance start both days.

Still cleaning up

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Trees crashed onto Phil Price's house on Crescent Drive in the Lake Hauto development.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Trees crashed onto Phil Price's house on Crescent Drive in the Lake Hauto development.

Lake Hauto's July 7 'big disaster' toppled a thousand trees, caused untold damage

Retired welding supervisor Phil Price was looking forward to getting home as he drove between the weathered wooden pyramids on Route 54 and headed down the winding road through the Lake Hauto development.

It was about 10 p.m. on July 7, and a storm had just rolled through the area, so Price expected some branches on the road.

Schuylkill court news

Thursday, July 28, 2011

File for divorce

Joshua Aaron Napolitano, 217 Market St., Tamaqua, filed suit for divorce from Tonya Jean Napolitano, 333 W. Mill St., Nesquehoning. They were married Aug. 20, 1999.

Charles E. Brinich, 145 Valley Road, Tamaqua, started a divorce action against Alberta Brinich, 224 E. Elm St., Tamaqua. They were declared a Common Law marriage in 2001.

Granted divorce

William Irvin Horn Jr., 377 Mountain Road, New Ringgold, was granted a divorce from Lori Ann Horn, 2300 W. End Avenue, Pottsville. They were married Sept. 17, 1988.

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.

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.

Construction tools reported stolen

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A large amount of construction tools were reported stolen in a Monroe County incident.

State police at Fern Ridge said the tools were removed from the 1998 GMC truck of Mark Maggio, of Bartonsville, while parked and unlocked at 2918 Rocky Ridge Rd., in Barton Glen, Jackson Township.

The theft occurred sometime overnight of July 11-12.

Gillick stunned when call came from Hall

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg (left) and Pat Gillick chat before Tuesday night's IronPigs game at Coca-Cola Park. Gillick, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall this past weekend, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg (left) and Pat Gillick chat before Tuesday night's IronPigs game at Coca-Cola Park. Gillick, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall this past weekend, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

ALLENTOWN – One of the newest members of Baseball's Hall of Fame visited the Lehigh Valley to throw out the first pitch.

Pat Gillick, one of the most successful General Managers and evaluators of talent the game has seen was honored at Coca-Cola Park last night.

The first 3,000 fans that entered the Park received Pat Gillick bobblehead dolls.

His enshrinement last weekend made him just the 32nd baseball executive to make the Hall of Fame.