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July 2011

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.

Eagles happy to be back at Lehigh

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Now that the NFL lockout is over, teams are now able to function as normal in preparation for the upcoming 2011 NFL season.

Training camps are just around the corner, and the Philadelphia Eagles will report to Lehigh University for their 16th straight training camp.

Eagles Chief Operating Officer Don Smolenski announced at a press conference on Tuesday at Starters Bar and Grille, that the team will report to Lehigh on Wednesday afternoon, and the first practice open to the public will be held on Saturday, July 30, at 8:15 a.m.

Pocono arrests

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on two arrests made by officers.

On July 19 about 9:07 p.m. officers were on patrol in the area of SR196 and Carriage Square shopping plaza and observed a male urinating on the front of the Carriage Square building near the CVS store.

The male was identified as Bolivar Beltran, 45, of Tobyhanna. He was issued a citation for disorderly conduct.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July 27, 1953 Three two-run homers in the first inning help propel the Summit Hill All-Stars to a 13-3 win over the Lansford All-Stars in the annual Twin-City League all-star game. Bob "Kaska" Watkins, Alex Maketa and the Rev. Raymond Rossnagle all go deep during the eight-run frame. Richie Davidyock adds a two-run single in the big inning. Johnny Herbert adds two hits and two runs and also gains the pitching win. The winners receive two hits and three runs from Allan Schock while Joe Van Horn chips in with two hits and a run.

Major improvements at Ginder playground

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS David Sokol, left, and Scott Reese sand metal on a fire truck climbing structure at the Ginder Field playground in Summit Hill.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS David Sokol, left, and Scott Reese sand metal on a fire truck climbing structure at the Ginder Field playground in Summit Hill.

Some major improvements are occurring to the Ginder Field playground in Summit Hill.

New rides are being added, existing rides are being painted, buildings are getting fresh paint, more picnic tables will be placed here, and much-needed maintenance is occurring at the pavilion.

Even a foot bridge over a small drainage ditch is getting a new coat of paint.

The work is being done with volunteers by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Miller Bloodmobile

Miller-Keystone Blood Center will conduct a bloodmobile at the First United Church of Christ's air-conditioned Fellowship Hall (next to Borough Hall) on Monday, Aug. 15. Registration hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This visit is sponsored by Janet Snyder.

Off-street parking will be available at Penn Northeast (both sides of the building), and at the former Golden Key parking lot, by permission of the owners.

Lighten up!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This July 18, 2011 photo shows angel food cake in Concord, N.H. Itís light, pairs perfectly with fresh berries and ice cream, and even is low-fat. Itís summerís perfect dessert _ angel food cake. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This July 18, 2011 photo shows angel food cake in Concord, N.H. Itís light, pairs perfectly with fresh berries and ice cream, and even is low-fat. Itís summerís perfect dessert _ angel food cake. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Angel food cake: Light as air, sweetly satisfying

It's light, pairs perfectly with fresh berries and ice cream, and even is low-fat. It's summer's perfect dessert – angel food cake.

It's also wonderfully easy to make. So to help you sweeten up your summer table, we've given you a master recipe for this egg white-based confection, plus three recipes for different ways to serve it – a tiramisu trifle, grilled and topped with fresh berries, and layered with sorbet for a cool and refreshing torte.

Angel Food Cake

Start to finish: 45 minutes

Makes 1 tube cake (12 servings) or 2 loaf pans

Driver cited after Schuylkill crash

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A driver was cited after a one vehicle crash that occurred about 5:36 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, along Pheasant Run Road, in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Madison A. Accordino, 19, of Auburn, was driving a 1999 Saab 93 eastbound and negotiating a curve at a speed too fast for the wet road conditions. She lost control of the car which traveled across the westbound lane and up an embankment before striking a concrete wall.

Three healthy dips to inspire eating healthier snacks

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This July 6, 2011 photo shows fruit dippers in Concord, N.H. Dippers shown are orchard spice dipper, bottom, chocolate dipper, center, and citrus dipper. Making a dip (or three) to dunk your fruit in can make it a little more enticing, and a lot more fun. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This July 6, 2011 photo shows fruit dippers in Concord, N.H. Dippers shown are orchard spice dipper, bottom, chocolate dipper, center, and citrus dipper. Making a dip (or three) to dunk your fruit in can make it a little more enticing, and a lot more fun. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Maybe you need another idea for packing fiber and vitamins into your child's lunch. Or maybe you're looking for a way to convince yourself to eat more fruit. Either way, making a dip (or three) to dunk your fruit in can make it a little more enticing, and a lot more fun.

In constructing a healthful dip for fruit, the main problem lies in the base of the dip. You want something that doesn't pile on the fat or sugar, but still is interesting enough that you want to dunk your apple wedges and strawberries in it.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Senior news

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens met last week with 82 members in attendance. One new member, Marie Williams, and one guest, Jan Cavarella, were welcomed.

The business meeting was conducted by President Jean Machamer and Rose Vallee provided the invocation, entitled "It Only Takes A Moment." Jane Springer was added to the sick list, while it was reported that Alice Miller and Doris Brobst are recuperating at their homes.

Two members of PVSD staff receive awards

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

Dr. Lauretta Woodson, a Pennsylvania educator, joined the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees in 1988 and rose through the ranks of the organization and was instrumental in helping PASR to become what it is today. She bequeated a sum of money to PASR to be used for the support of public education. Each year, the Lauretta Woodson Recognition Program honors one teacher and one support professional for doing an outstanding job within a dsitrict or school. A chapter selects the award recipients, who receives a medallion, certificate and a PASR pin.

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.