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July 2011

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.

Construction site submerged

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A construction site along Lehigh Drive in Lehighton was submerged Monday when torrential rains flooded the area.

Attains dean's list

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Andrew W. Watkins, Summit Hill, has made the dean's list Honor for the 2011 spring semester at Kutztown University. Watkins, a 2006 Panther Valley graduate, will graduate from Kutztown in December with a bachelor's degree in art education.

He is the son of Megan Watkins and grandson of William and Eleanor Watkins of Lansford.

Jim Thorpe news

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Address needed

A reunion for Jim Thorpe High School classes of 1955 through 1965 will be held in 2012. The committee for the class of 1961 is in need of the whereabouts of a classmate, Robert A. Balliet. If you have an address or telephone number for Robert, please contact Bob Zovak, (570) 325-3001.

Leaders needed

Palmerton to accept bids for vacant lot in west end

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Palmerton will accept bids for a vacant lot in the west end of the borough.

Bids will be received for the property at 910 Edgemont Avenue until 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the borough would like to see the property serve a useful purpose.

"The borough purchased it in order to be able to clean it up and abate a hazard," Danielson said. "We'd really like to get it back in private hands and back in the taxes."

Tamaqua board hears solar proposal

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The proposal involves 676 solar panels to be placed east of the Rush Elementary School.
The proposal involves 676 solar panels to be placed east of the Rush Elementary School.

TASD could produce more solar power than any other district in the state

Officials with MetroTek Electrical Services, Kunkletown, recently gave a turn-key solar proposal presentation to Tamaqua School board and other District officials in the LGI room of the Tamaqua Middle School.

According to the proposed agreement, the District would allow MetroTek to construct and operate the solar electric systems on district-owned land on each campus, with the entire project being completed at no cost to the District, as the District will be paying them for power over the next 20-years.

Corn has 'popped' too early

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

"Knee High By The Fourth of July" is one phrase Pennsylvania farmers have used for generations of how they wanted their crops to be by early summer. But this year it was chest high. Now that bumper crop of corn is in jeopardy with the lack of substantial rains before Monday's downpours and the blazing record high temperatures. This crop of corn in West Penn Township shows just how blighted the corn is and another heat wave on the way for this weekend.

Palmerton Historical group's picnic slated

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Palmerton Area Historical Society will host its annual picnic on August 8 at the farm of member, Bert Holczman, 540 Sand Quarry Road, Ashfield.

The society will provide the hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls, condiments and beverages. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish and/or dessert.

Please make a reservation by calling Jane at (610) 767-5638 before July 29.

Come any time after 4 p.m.

Rain date is August 8.

'Cruise to the Music' this Saturday in JT

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Displaying the "Cruise to the Music" banner in the Gazebo at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe for this Saturday's upcoming United Way event are, left to right, Angela Nardini, vice president of PR Media & Marketing; Oscar Santizo, Human Resources; Donna Lennon, vice president of allocations; and Dr. Lisa Bleicher, vice president of campaign/fundraising.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Displaying the "Cruise to the Music" banner in the Gazebo at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe for this Saturday's upcoming United Way event are, left to right, Angela Nardini, vice president of PR Media & Marketing; Oscar Santizo, Human Resources; Donna Lennon, vice president of allocations; and Dr. Lisa Bleicher, vice president of campaign/fundraising.

The United Way of Carbon County's Fourth Annual "Cruise to the Music" Festival and Car Cruise with The Juke Box Cruisers Car Club will be held on Saturday, July 30, from 1 to 10 p.m. at Memorial Park on East 10th St. in Jim Thorpe.

The event will be "Fun for All Ages" admission is free and there will be live entertainment beginning at 1 p.m. with the vocal trio "I.C.E.," vocal performances by Jim Thorpe and Carbon County Idol winner Hailey Hoherchak, as well as the 2010 Jim Thorpe Idol winner Caitlin Henninger and NYC and Poconos favorite musician Tom Riccobono.

Schuylkill property transfers

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Property transfers

Stanley J. and Gloria A. German to Andrew A. Asbury and Lisa M. Brown, tract containing two acres on western side of a dirt road leading from Blue Mountain to Summer Valley Road in East Brunswick Township, $225,000.

Carmen J. and Kathleen M. Forke to Carmen J. Forke III, a two and one-half story frame home on Lewis and Brock Street, Schuylkill Township, $1 (transaction from parents to son).

Elizabeth K. Coombe, Ryan Township, to Delroy G. Wagner, New Boston, a lot 53 feet by 138 feet on Church Street, Ryan Township, with improvements, $65,000.

Washington Twp. supers accepting bids for air breathing system

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Star Hose Fire Company in Emerald has a demand for an air breathing system.

To that end, Washington Township supervisors will accept bids for the purchase and installation of the system.

Bids will be received at the Emerald Fire Station until 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3. They will then be publicly opened and read aloud at a workshop meeting of the board that day at 3:15 p.m.

In May, Fire Chief Keith Kibler asked supervisors to help prepare a bid package for a pump to fill air packs, as reported in an article that ran in the TIMES NEWS.

Lehighton district excels at PSSA tests

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS At last evening's Lehighton Area School Board meeting, Franklin Township resident Glenn Whiteman proposed adding another bus stop on Innsbruck Drive at the cul-de-sac in order to help improve safety for the students.
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS At last evening's Lehighton Area School Board meeting, Franklin Township resident Glenn Whiteman proposed adding another bus stop on Innsbruck Drive at the cul-de-sac in order to help improve safety for the students.

Jonathan Cleaver, director of curriculum, informed Lehighton Area School Board last evening that according to preliminary results that he recently received, "The school district hit every AYP target at every level."

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment also known as PSSA measures how well students have achieved in reading, mathematics, science and writing. By using these standards, educators, parents, and administrators can evaluate their students' strengths and weaknesses to increase students' achievement scores.

A missed PR opportunity

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Big airlines pocketing fed ticket tax windfall

A partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administratison due to a funding stalemate in Congress has halted airport construction projects around the country, directly affecting some 4,000 employees in 35 states.

Thankfully, the safety of airline passengers isn't being compromised since air controllers and those who inspect the safety of planes are not among the furloughed workers.

Brockton driver facing charges

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Brockton driver is facing charges following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 4:10 p.m. on Monday, July 25, along Pinedale Industrial Road in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County.

Hometown couple celebrates 50 years

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Rev. David and Beverley Knoebel
Rev. David and Beverley Knoebel

The Rev. David and Beverley Knoebel of Hometown recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

They were married in Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua on June 24, 1961.

Beverley is the daughter of the late John and Mae Barton. David is the son of the late Rev. Arthur and Marion Knoebel.

A service of celebration was held on June 26 in the Muhlenberg College Chapel.

Rig operator facing counts after crash

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

An out-of-state tractor trailer operator is facing charges following a crash along Interstate 81 in Delano Township, Schuylkill County, that occurred about 9:53 p.m. on Saturday, July 23.

Bump, offense lead Pigs

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ALLENTOWN – After Sunday night's game, Lehigh Valley starter Brian Bass predicted the offense was about to explode.

Although they came up short with runs, his prophecy came true. The IronPigs belted out 13 hits in support of a solid effort by starter Nate Bump to lead Lehigh Valley to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Clippers.

Bump, who entered the game with an uncharacteristic 5.88 ERA, had his sinker and his cutter working to perfection.

Peter Noone sings hits, proves congenial, at Penn's Peak show

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Peter Noone performs at Penn's Peak on Friday night.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Peter Noone performs at Penn's Peak on Friday night.

From the moment Peter Noone entered the stage at Penn's Peak, his high energy excited and entertained his fans who came as far away as Canada and Brazil to see his show. Peter played to a nice size crowd on Friday night at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe.

Noone's charisma and boyish looks brought fans from all ages, from young children to women who are in the 80s.

The first 20 rows of seats were filled with "Noonatics" those special fans who attend nearly every show and are part of his fan club.

Noone announced that for "Rose of Canada," this was her 605th Peter Noone show.

Be more responsible with loaned books

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Please be more responsible with loaned books. That is what Gayle Heath, Tamaqua Library director, is tellling people while stressing the number of hours wasted cleaning and restoring damaged books returned the the library. "People are returning books with tears, rips and even food stuck between the pages," stated Heath. She added, "People in Tamaqua are extremely generous when it comes to donating books and I hate throwing books out." She is asking people to be responsible for any damages they may do, pointing out the diminishing state funds being given to libraries.

Charges pending after crash

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Charges are pending against a Schuylkill County driver following a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 1 a.m. Tuesday, July 26. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred along SR4002 (Valley Road), in the village of Heckscherville, Cass Township.

Troopers said Tyrone Leiby, 24, of Minersville, was driving a 1990 Jeep Cherokee westbound when he lost control. The Jeep left the road and struck a utility pole. Leiby was not injured.

Troopers said Leiby is facing several charges that are pending a blood test result.

Request by engineer to make development changes tabled

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors Monday night discussed but consequently tabled a request for a policy statement from the Township Engineer Tim Edinger on whether he had the ability to approve minor changes to development plans without board approval.

At issue for the supervisors was the question as to how to decide what is a minor change and whether the term "minor" would mean the same to supervisors as it would to Edinger.

Four charged for theft incidents

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Four persons have been charged, including two juveniles, in connection with theft of vehicle incidents in Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said the four were arrested on Monday, July 25, in connection with theft from vehicle incidents that were reported on July 15. The theft incidents were reported in the Pocono Farms development in Coolbaugh Township.

Several residents reported their vehicles were entered and various items removed.

Closed due to flooding

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton officials closed Bridge street between Third and Fourth streets Monday when heavy rains flooded a section of the roadway.

Schuylkill resident facing theft count

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Schuylkill County resident is facing a charge of retail theft.

State police at Frackville said Brian L. Dietrick, 40, of Ashland, has been charged with the count, a felony, for an incident at the Kmart store in the Schuylkill Mall, New Castle Township.

Troopers allege that Dietrick entered the store about 1:36 p.m on July 5 and removed merchandise from the electronics department without paying for it.

Dietrick was arraigned before duty District Judge David Plachko, of Port Carbon, and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.