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July 2011

Postal cutbacks

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The Parryville Post Office is among 3,700 nationwide included on an "expanded access study list" for possible closure by the U.S. Postal Service.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The Parryville Post Office is among 3,700 nationwide included on an "expanded access study list" for possible closure by the U.S. Postal Service.

5 area departments being considered for closure

Five local post offices are on a study list of the U.S. Postal Service for potential closing as a cost-saving measure.

Postal officials stressed this doesn't mean they will be closed, but consideration is definitely being given to shutting them.

They are: Parryville and Junedale in Carbon County, and Mary D, Mahanoy Plane and Cumbola in Schuylkill County.

Nationally, there are 3,700 post offices on the "expanded access study list" of the Postal Service for potential closure.

The Postal Service currently maintains nearly 32,000 retail offices.

Postal pinch

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Even Franklin museum feeling the cash crunch

Whenever present-day technology – which accelerates by the day – clashes with history, it leaves us with an empty feeling.

One important thread of history that students in this area should become aware of at an early age is that Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S., came to New Gnadenhuetten – present-day Weissport – in order to design and build Fort Allen to protect the settlement against the hostile Indians in 1756.

Crash along I81 in Schuylkill

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

State police at Frackville reported investigating a one vehicle crash along Interstate 81 in Ryan Township, Schuylkill County, that occurred on Monday, July 25.

Troopers said Joseph D. Brennan, 44, of Minersville, was driving a 2004 Dodge Dakota southbound about 2:05 p.m. in the passing lane when he lost control. The pickup truck flipped several times and struck an embankment before coming to rest along the west side of the road.

Fun at the pool

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Fun at the pool
Copyright 2011

Seven-year-old Hailey Anthony of Lehighton emerges from a large tube at the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool into 11-feet of water. The warm weather we've been having this summer has made for a successful season at the pool, according to Lehighton recreation director Tom Evans.

Revitalizing Tamaqua park

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua youth and community members spent all day Tuesday revitalizing the Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park located behind Boyer's Market in Tamaqua. Justin Startzel, who spearheaded the cleanup, said he is restarting the assocation with determination of bringing back all the benefits the park has always offered since its creation, while also dding new ideas and programs. Startzel and other community members will spend the next few weeks painting, pulling weeds, landscaping and performing other improvements to the park. To volunteer or for more information about the restarted Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park Association and its future initiatives, visit them on Facebook or email Startzel at skatepark18252@hotmail.com. Community volunteer Jeremy Richardson, 18, left, and Tamaqua Area Skate and Startzel load barrels of excavated dirt onto a truck for disposal.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua youth and community members spent all day Tuesday revitalizing the Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park located behind Boyer's Market in Tamaqua. Justin Startzel, who spearheaded the cleanup, said he is restarting the assocation with determination of bringing back all the benefits the park has always offered since its creation, while also dding new ideas and programs. Startzel and other community members will spend the next few weeks painting, pulling weeds, landscaping and performing other improvements to the park. To volunteer or for more information about the restarted Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park Association and its future initiatives, visit them on Facebook or email Startzel at skatepark18252@hotmail.com. Community volunteer Jeremy Richardson, 18, left, and Tamaqua Area Skate and Startzel load barrels of excavated dirt onto a truck for disposal.

Tamaqua youth and community members spent all day Tuesday revitalizing the Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park located behind Boyer's Market in Tamaqua.

Justin Startzel, who spearheaded the cleanup, said he is restarting the association with determination of bringing back all the benefits the park has always offered since its creation, while also doing new ideas and programs.

Startzel and other community members will spend the next few weeks painting, pulling weeds, landscaping and performing other improvements to the park.

Cyclist who fled police is sought

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge are seeking the operator of a motorcycle who fled troopers and led them on a chase.

Troopers said the incident began about 7 p.m. on Tuesday along SR209 in the Brodheadsville area of Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, when a traffic stop was attempted. The driver of the bike fled.

Troopers engaged in a pursuit north on Weir Lake Road, north on SR115, west on Jonas Road and then north on Mountain Road. Troopers terminated the pursuit in the Sun Valley area of Mountain Road.

Robert Hines receives award for helping educate PV of needs of the homeless

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left, Dr. Douglas Arnold, superintendent of Pleasant Valley School District, presented Robert Hines, associate principal of PVHS, with the Pennsylvania Homeless Children's Initiative Region 7 Homeless Advocate of 2010 Award. The award was for Region 7 (made up of Luzerne, Lackawanna, Pike, Monroe, Wyoming, Wayne, Carbon, Columbia, Northumberland, Bradford, Tioga, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Montour, Snyder, and Union Counties. It is issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education/Bureau of Teaching and Learning/Division of Student Services.

Chestnuthill news

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Grocer's fight cancer

Kinsley's ShopRite in Brodheadsville will hold Grocer's Fight Cancer Day on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Special activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including"celebrity baggers" who will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Anyone wishing to volunteer can call Lisa Hoey, Monroe ACS Unit, at (570) 562-9749, ext. 321, or store volunteer co-chairs Rosie Francis or Lori Fernandez at (570) 992-2670.

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.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 2:12 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, along SR904, east of Brady's Lake, in Pocono Lake, Tobyhanna Township.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers conducted a traffic stop for motor vehicle code violations. The driver was identified as Shawn Kingsley, 30, of Pocono Lake. It was determined that Kingsley had been consuming alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood test.

Weatherly, Beaver Meadows install legion officers

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Weatherly American Legion Post 360 and Auxiliary held its installation of officers for the upcoming year along with Post 383 of Beaver Meadows at the Post 360 Legion Home in Weatherly. Newly installed officers of Weatherly American Legion Post 360 are, front, left to right : Chuck Weber, Deputy Commander 30th District; Roosevelt Acker, Judge Advocate; Bruce Doney, Sgt. at Arms; Dominic DeLuca, Vice Commander; Thomas Keener, Commander; and Joseph Kluk Sr., 30th District Commander. Rear from left : Ray Kochin, Vice Commander; Earl Drasher, Assistant Sgt. at Arms; Cal Walper; Chris Keller, Post Adjutant; and Arnold Keller, Jr. Vice Commander.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Weatherly American Legion Post 360 and Auxiliary held its installation of officers for the upcoming year along with Post 383 of Beaver Meadows at the Post 360 Legion Home in Weatherly. Newly installed officers of Weatherly American Legion Post 360 are, front, left to right : Chuck Weber, Deputy Commander 30th District; Roosevelt Acker, Judge Advocate; Bruce Doney, Sgt. at Arms; Dominic DeLuca, Vice Commander; Thomas Keener, Commander; and Joseph Kluk Sr., 30th District Commander. Rear from left : Ray Kochin, Vice Commander; Earl Drasher, Assistant Sgt. at Arms; Cal Walper; Chris Keller, Post Adjutant; and Arnold Keller, Jr. Vice Commander.

Carbon crash

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a two vehicle crash about 11:54 a.m. on July 14 at the intersection of Old Stage Road and Penn Forest Trail in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, in which one driver was cited.

Troopers said Hebedyare Velez, 22, of Hazleton, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier northbound on Old Stage Road and approaching a stop sign at the intersection while Maria Kaplan, 43, of Rockville, Md., driving a 2006 Mazda 5, was stopped on Penn Forest Trail.

Two vehicles crash in Mahoning

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At least one person was injured Tuesday evening when involved in a T-bone type collision in the 800 block of North First Street (SR209) in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred about 6:15 p.m. According to reports from the scene as a person operating a sport utility vehicle attempted to pull out onto the road and pulled into the path of a car and was struck in the side of the SUV. That person was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. The road was closed for several hours. Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.

Fire company story clarified

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In yesterday's coverage of Lehighton Borough Council regarding approval for financing a new fire station, it was stated that three houses to be torn down are owned by the Lehighton Fire Department.

The houses were actually purchased and are owned by Lehigh Fire Company No. 1, the social quarters of the fire department.

Also, the motion to go with the project was made by council member Melissa Ebbert.

Her name was wrong in the article.

LCRC plans meeting

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at the Weissport trailhead. Anyone interested in invited to attend.

Summer cruise night to benefit JDRF

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured are 1932 Chevy 5-window coupe owned by Joe Horvat and a 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T owned by Phil Domin.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured are 1932 Chevy 5-window coupe owned by Joe Horvat and a 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T owned by Phil Domin.

Advanced Auto Parts, Tamaqua, and Hazleton Rapid Transit System is presenting their Summer Cruise Nights to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF, this Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Advanced Auto Parts store in Tamaqua. Door prizes and raffles will also be part of the event. The raindate is Saturday. The next cruise night will be Friday Sept. 2nd.

Semis are set

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league entered playoff mode with two opening round games on Monday evening at the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center.

Third-seeded R.R. Frey Services and fourth-seeded B & R Gym posted victories and have advanced to Wednesday evening's semifinals at the North and Middle Ward Playground in Tamaqua.

MONDAY'S PLAYOFF RESULTS

B & R Gym-

Cuz-N-Joe's Place

Free sports concussions seminar to be conducted

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Area residents and student athletes may want to attend a free seminar on sports concussion awareness, management and safe return to play.

The seminar will be held on Friday at the Commonwealth Medical College, 525 Pine Street, Scranton. Registration/reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the lecture at 5:30 p.m.

Tamaqua Lions donate to emergency services

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from front left are Chief Mark Bower, South Ward Fire Company; EMTs Captain Amber Stahler and Chief Engineer Shawn Phillips, Tamaqua Ambulance; President Brian Keich, Tamaqua Lions Club; Ed Boerner, Tamaqua Rescue Squad; and Emerson Musser, Hometown Fire Company. Pictured from back left are Sgt. Jack Bowman and Lt. Brent Confer, Tamaqua Fire Police; Lt. Jack O'Brien, Citizen's Fire Company; Lt. Dale Hadesty, Tamaqua Rescue; and Chief Jimmy Connely, American Hose Company. Not pictured is East End Fire Company.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from front left are Chief Mark Bower, South Ward Fire Company; EMTs Captain Amber Stahler and Chief Engineer Shawn Phillips, Tamaqua Ambulance; President Brian Keich, Tamaqua Lions Club; Ed Boerner, Tamaqua Rescue Squad; and Emerson Musser, Hometown Fire Company. Pictured from back left are Sgt. Jack Bowman and Lt. Brent Confer, Tamaqua Fire Police; Lt. Jack O'Brien, Citizen's Fire Company; Lt. Dale Hadesty, Tamaqua Rescue; and Chief Jimmy Connely, American Hose Company. Not pictured is East End Fire Company.

The Tamaqua Lions Club presented checks totaling over $3,000 to eight local emergency service organizations during their regular meeting held at their Lions Club Grove in Tamaqua.

This is the Tamaqua Lions Club largest annual donation.

Organizations receiving donations were Tamaqua Ambulance, Tamaqua East End Fire Company, American Hose Company, Citizens Fire Company, South Ward Fire Company, Tamaqua Rescue Squad, Tamaqua Fire Police, and Hometown Fire Company.

Following the check presentation, Lions Club members were given a tour of the Tamaqua Ambulance vehicle.

On this date

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July 27, 1953

"I was so happy, I cried," Mrs. John M. Rimsky of Coalport said in expressing her joy upon having heard of the armistice which ended hostilities in Korea, where her son, Corporal George Stoffa, 22, has been a prisoner of war for two years. With the young man in the POW camp is Bobby Bonetsky, Summit Hill. When last heard from on June 6, Cpl. Stoffa was in good health and anxiously awaiting his return home.

Home in Saylorsburg destroyed

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

At least three fire companies responded to a fire on Lake Road in Saylorsburg around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. An unoccupied home was completely destroyed. Wind Gap Fire Co., Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder and West End Vol. Fire Co. responded.

Bashing a Car to help a vet

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Dean Green of Operation: Touch of Home gets ready to show onlookers how you wield a sledgehammer to bash a car at the Tri-County Vettes and Brodheadsville Chevrolet Car Show and Swap Meet. The idea was to raise funds to donate to the building of a home for U.S. Army SPC Robert Kislow III of Danielsville. He had his right leg amputated after being shot while serving in Afghanistan. Operation: Touch of Home plans to donate all the proceeds from the Car Bash to the Build Brigade through an organization called Homes for our Troops that will be working on a home for Kislow on July 22, 23, 23.

Inmate found dead in cell

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

An inmate in the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Frackville, Schuylkill County, was found dead in his cell on Sunday, July 24.

Luis Diaz, 31, formerly of Pottsville, was found unresponsive and hanging in his cell at about 10:20 p.m. Staff was making rounds when they found Diaz, said prison Superintendent Robert Collins. The staff immediately started CRP as medical staff responded to the scene.

Faulty extension cord cause of fire

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A faulty extension cord was the cause of a fire that extensively damaged a Schuylkill County home.

State police at Frackville said the fire occurred at the residence of Jason and Bethany Clark, 215 Chestnut St., village of Mar Lin, Norwegian Township, on Saturday, July 23. The fire was discovered about 7:30 a.m. when Bethany Clark and her 11-year-old son were awakened by a neighbor, James Santai, who entered the home and escorted them to safety, troopers said.

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.

Domestic incidents leads to arrests

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Three domestic incidents led to arrests and jail for two men in Monroe County. Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on the incidents.

Treasurer promoted to borough mgr.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Nicole (Tessitore) Beckett, left, Lehighton borough treasurer, is congratulated by council President Grant Hunsicker after the council named Beckett the new borough manager in Lehighton effective Oct. 1. Beckett was selected from a list of nine candidates for the position.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Nicole (Tessitore) Beckett, left, Lehighton borough treasurer, is congratulated by council President Grant Hunsicker after the council named Beckett the new borough manager in Lehighton effective Oct. 1. Beckett was selected from a list of nine candidates for the position.

Nicole Beckett, 30, who has been serving as treasurer for Lehighton Borough since March 2010, is being elevated to borough manager.

The borough council chose Beckett over a field of nine candidates for the position. She was hired by a 6-1 vote, with only council member Dale Traupman opposed.

"She's been with us over a year. We know her work ethics," remarked council President Grant Hunsicker.

Beckett, who has an associate degree in public administration from Kutztown University and is working on her master's, assumes her new position Oct. 1

Kunkletown man runs for his health and Semper Fi

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Angelo Stambolis of Kunkletown, finishes up a training run for his next 5K race to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Angelo Stambolis of Kunkletown, finishes up a training run for his next 5K race to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

Angelo Stambolis admits he wasn't getting the exercise he should have.

Then one day, the national construction firm where he works as an electrical estimator presented health insurance incentives to its employees.

"That's when I decided to go from a couch potato to a 5K runner," says the 45-year-old Kunkletown man.

In order to motivate and commit himself to the health pledge he made, he added another commitment to the Semper Fi Fund as a Community Athlete.

Schuylkill man gets long state prison term for drug deal

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fifteen defendants entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court this week and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin as follows:

Keith Lamont King, 38, Pottsville, three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (CS) and criminal use of cell phone, sentenced to serve nine to 18 years in a state correctional institution, pay $400 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $200 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), $767 to Bethlehem Regional Lab and $300 to Pottsville Police Drug Task Force. He was cited by Pottsville police.