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July 2011

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.

Cited for dog running loose

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Doris Cohen, 50, of 366 East Alley, Lehighton, has been cited by Lehighton police for allowing a dog to run at large.

Cohen was initially cited at 5:30 p.m. July 8 for allowing the dog to roam the 300 block of North Second Street.

Police said the second violation happened at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 25, when the dog was running loose in the vicinity of the 300 block of East Alley.

Allowing a dog to run loose is a violation of a borough ordinance.

Under mother's watchful eyes

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This mother doe keeps a vigilant watch as her two fawns graze on a lawn near Jim Thorpe just before sunset.

Schuylkill man facing charges

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Schuylkill County man is facing charges following incidents that occurred on July 21, between the hours of 10:20 a.m and 4:30 p.m.

State police at Frackville said Michael Jevelle, 24, of Shenandoah, was observed multiple times throughout the day trespassing on the property of Far Away Springs, located at 22 Spring Water Blvd., in Brandonville, East Union Township, despite being told verbally by the owner not to be on the property. He will be cited for criminal trespass.

On this date

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 26, 1964

A major expansion program designed to provide the finest and easiest skiing in Pennsylvania has been announced by Big Boulder Ski Area near Split Rock Lodge on Lake Harmony. The Big Boulder improvement program will be developed in a series of progressive steps, including two new ski slopes, two new ski lifts, snow-making facilities will be tripled in size, the parking area will be enlarged so 1,000 cars can be accommodated, and the lodge will be enlarged and refurbished.

Lehighton Fire Co. expansion

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Steve Ebbert, a member of the Lehighton Fire Department, who is also the department's volunteer grant writer, speaks to Lehighton Borough Council about the need for a larger fire station. The council agreed and committed itself to helping finance the project.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Steve Ebbert, a member of the Lehighton Fire Department, who is also the department's volunteer grant writer, speaks to Lehighton Borough Council about the need for a larger fire station. The council agreed and committed itself to helping finance the project.

Council agrees to project costing $3.75M

The Lehighton Fire Department Monday night gave a PowerPoint presentation about the crowded conditions and safety deficiencies in the existing fire stations.

Apparently the presentation was effective.

The council unanimously agreed to borrow $1.75 million from the borough's capital reserve fund to match an anticipated grant which will let the present stations be enlarged and enjoined.

The money from the reserve fund will be repaid through a two-mill fire protection tax increase to be levied beginning in 2012.

Early commit to Temple fits McGowan

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS  Marian's Brendan McGowan chases after Shenandoah Valley's Eric Whalen during action last fall in a game at men of Marian Stadium. McGowan has verbally committed to attend Temple University in the fall of 2012 after his high school career with the Colts is over.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Brendan McGowan chases after Shenandoah Valley's Eric Whalen during action last fall in a game at men of Marian Stadium. McGowan has verbally committed to attend Temple University in the fall of 2012 after his high school career with the Colts is over.

Marian's Brendan McGowan liked Temple University so much that he didn't want to wait to make his decision.

Despite the fact that McGowan has yet to suit up for his senior season of high school football, the offensive lineman recently gave his verbal commitment to the Temple Owls and head coach Steve Addazio for 2012.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Elmer W. Reinhart to Elmer W. Reinhart, Greeneville, Tenn., property at Box 111, Beaver Meadows R.1, House 61, Coxeville, $1.

East Penn Township

Thomas S. Haberman to Thomas S. Haberman, 319 Thomas Jefferson Road, Lehighton, property at 319 Thomas Jefferson Road, $1.

Franklin Township

Patricia Lynn Graham to Paul H. Heere Jr., 3750 Long Run Road, Lehighton, property at 3750 Long Run Road, $1.

Linda L. Smith to Paul H. Heere Jr., 3750 Long Run Road, Lehighton, property at 3750 Long Run Road, $1.

Kidder Township

Schuylkill break-in

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating a burglary at a Schuylkill County business.

Troopers said the Tastee Freeze building, located at 63 Ringtown Blvd., Shenandoah Heights, in West Mahanoy Township, was entered sometime between 12:45 and 1:20 a.m. on Monday, July 25.

The criminals pried open a rear door of the business to gain entry. Once inside they went through the business and then fled. Nothing was apparently taken. The building is owned by Louann Rader, troopers noted.

Next of kin sought for two individuals

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Lehigh County Coroner's Office is seeking the next of kin for two persons who were found deceased.

The next of kin for Larry F. Abreu, 60, of 36 S. Fifth St., Allentown, is being sought. Abreu was found dead in his apartment on Monday, July 25, about 1:28 p.m when friends went to check on his well being. The coroner's office attributed death to natural causes.

Turbulent waters close road

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

Officials closed off Gypsy Hill Road in Mahoning Township Monday when torrential rains passed through the area. A river of water was found flowing down a private drive into a storm drain marked by a safety cone. The force of the water could easily consume a child or small adult in seconds.

Palmerton Jr. High student named All-American Scholar

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The United States Achievement Academy announced that Jenna Wallace, of Palmerton, has been named an All-American Scholar.

The All-American Scholars must earn a 3.3 or higher GPA. Only scholars selected by a school instructor, counselor or other qualified sponsor are accepted.

Wallace, who attends Palmerton Junior High, was nominated for this honor by her school. Wallace will appear in the All-American Scholar Yearbook, which is published nationally.

Panther Valley makeup physicals

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Panther Valley School District will be holding fall make up sports physicals on Wednesday August 3.

The sports physicals will be held in the Panther Valley high school nurses office at 4:00pm.

Cheerleading, Volleyball, 7th and 8th grade Girls Basketball , Freshman, JV and Varsity Football and 7th and 8th grade Football are all included.

In order to receive a physical, student athletes must have a physical form and consent to random mandatory drug testing paper work signed by a guardian.

Grandma-to-be wonders what's changed since she was new mom

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Q. I'm going to become a grandmother for the first time and I was wondering how things have changed since I took care of a newborn many years ago.

Probably the most important change is in the approach to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the abrupt, unexplained death of an infant younger than a year. SIDS is often called crib death because many victims are found in their cribs.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 26, 2003 Bobby Karman slugs a two-run homer and Anthony Bumbulsky has a good day at the plate to help lead Tamaqua to an 8-7 win over Franklin Township in the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. Bumbulsky finishes with two hits, one an RBI double, two runs scored and earns the pitching win. Tyler Rother adds a two-run double while Chris Pilla also collects two hits. For FT, Tim Sulzer hits a two-run homer and Kyle Hunter knocks in three runs with a pair of hits.

Theft of vehicle being probed

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating a theft of vehicle incident that occurred Monday night.

Troopers said Tyler Jaye Watkins, 20, of Freeland, stopped in the parking lot of the New Ringgold Market, located near the intersection of state routes 895 and 443, in New Ringgold, about 11:42 p.m. to "relieve himself."

Deluge quenches area's thirst for much needed rain

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

4.83 inches recorded in Lehighton

After a days-long stretch of extraordinarily hot, dry weather that turned lawns brittle and brown, the region's thirst was quenched by a deluge Monday.

The storms rumbled through in the afternoon and early evening, bringing some thunder and lightning and dumping 4.83 inches of rain on the Lehighton area as of 8:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The Lake Hauto area, still cleaning up from a severe storm on July 7, got 2.56 inches.

In Tamaqua, weather-spotter Ron Yurchak measured 2.10 inches of rain from the storm.

Coaldale resident among 11 to enter guilty pleas

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Eleven defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell as follows:

Jose Enrique Paulino Jr., 35, of 139 Second St., Coaldale, theft of scrap metal, placed on probation six months, and ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), perform 20 hours community service and make restitution of $28 to victim. Paulino was cited by Trooper Arthur Wink.

Minor injuries in Schuylkill crash

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Minor injuries were reported in a one vehicle crash in Schuylkill County. It was one of two reported by state police at Schuylkill Haven.

Troopers said Denise D. Olechnowicz, 58, of Pottsville, was driving a 2006 Ford F150 pickup truck southbound on SR61 in West Brunswick Township, about 2:05 p.m. on Monday, July 25. She lost control and the truck traveled onto the shoulder where it struck an embankment. The truck traveled for about 58 feet along the embankment before rolling over onto the passenger side, where it came to rest.

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.