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July 2011

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.

Valley Athletic Supply, Sandstorm both sweep

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) had another week of volleyball at Black Diamond Park in Coaldale.

Valley Athletic Supply and Sandstorm both won all their games for the week through Tuesday and Thursday's action.

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

Now Serving-Sandstorm

Sandstorm won all three of the games against Now Serving 25-22, 25-15, 25-15.

No individual serving points were recorded for this game.

Diggers Wit Attitude-

Team Ram Rod

Team Ram Rod swept pass Diggers Wit Attitude in all three games 25-14, 25-11, 25-18.

Youngster struck by vehicle

Monday, July 25, 2011

A youngster was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, along Market St., in Port Carbon, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said an 11-year-old female attempted to cross the street and was struck by a GMC Sierra driven by Kelly L. Lipshaw, 40, of Port Carbon. The right side of the GMC made contact with the female.

Heavy trucks still rumbling

Monday, July 25, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS A truck rumbles over the Andrewsville bridge just east of the Borough of Lansford. PennDOT has reduced the weight limit on the deteriorated bridge, and plans to reroute truck traffic in the near future.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS A truck rumbles over the Andrewsville bridge just east of the Borough of Lansford. PennDOT has reduced the weight limit on the deteriorated bridge, and plans to reroute truck traffic in the near future.

Heavily laden dump trucks continue to rumble over the 90-year-old Andrewsville bridge, at the eastern end of Lansford, even though the state Department of Transportation in October reduced the weight limit for vehicles crossing the bridge to 30 tons and plans to detour trucks to keep them off the span.

The continuing truck traffic has some people puzzled, but PennDOT spokesman Ron Young explained that his agency has issued special permits that allow some heavy trucks to use the bridge.

C'mon in Everybody into the pool

Monday, July 25, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Children jumping in the refreshing water after receiving a week's worth of swim lessons from the Tamaqua Bungalow pool lifeguards are, from left, Mason Job, 6; Sarah Hope, 5; Eric Richardson, 5; Timmy Berg, 5; Nate Fannock, 6; Callista Fannock, 7; Emma Hope, 8; McKayla Kester, 7; Toby Berge, 7; and Zachary Fannock, 10.

Schuylkill County Women Outdoor Day

Monday, July 25, 2011

The 10th Schuylkill Women Outdoor Day will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 20 at the Friedensburg Fish and Game Club in Friedensburg. The event is free and open to all women ages 18 and older. The activities may include archery, canoeing, fishing, .22 pistol, .22 rifle, shotgun and black powder muzzleloader.

A special program, "Edible Wild Plants" will be presented by Kermit Henning. Female instructors teach many of the activities.

Carbon business cited by PLCB

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Carbon County business has been cited by the Wilkes-Barre enforcement office of the state liquor control board for violating the liquor code.

Gemstar Enterprises Inc., trading as Rubys Saloon, 298 Bridge St., Lehighton, was cited for used, or permitted to be used on the inside of the licensed premises, a loudspeaker or similar device whereby the sound of music or other entertainment, or the advertisement thereof, could be heard outside.

Car barn is gone

Monday, July 25, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The deteriorated former Kiddie Kloes factory looms over the rubble of the former industrial soap plant at 401 W. Bertsch St., Lansford. A goalpost on the Panther Valley School District football stadium can be seen at the left.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The deteriorated former Kiddie Kloes factory looms over the rubble of the former industrial soap plant at 401 W. Bertsch St., Lansford. A goalpost on the Panther Valley School District football stadium can be seen at the left.

PV District seeks bids on fencing

The walls came tumbling down, and what was once a sturdy hub of activity known as "the car barn" and more recently, a would-be industrial soap factory, is now a pile of dusty, broken bricks.

Now that the one-story building is gone, the Panther Valley School District is seeking bids for the installation of a chain-link fence to surround the area. Bids will be accepted until 1 p.m. Aug. 1.

Inflatable party at Tamaqua YMCA

Monday, July 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Families enjoyed both indoor and outdoor activities over the weekend during the Tamaqua YMCA's first annual Community Inflatable Party held at the center. The event consisted of large bounce inflatables, games, dunk tank, food and more. Nick Zigmant, executive director, stated his appreciation to all the volunteers who helped put the event together.Jumping around in one of the large inflatables is Ayden Souders, 6.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Families enjoyed both indoor and outdoor activities over the weekend during the Tamaqua YMCA's first annual Community Inflatable Party held at the center. The event consisted of large bounce inflatables, games, dunk tank, food and more. Nick Zigmant, executive director, stated his appreciation to all the volunteers who helped put the event together.Jumping around in one of the large inflatables is Ayden Souders, 6.

On this date

Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25, 1988

Gary Cooper and his wife Michelle felt pretty special. The former Virginia residents who moved to Mahoning Township were personally greeted by a half dozen local officials, including a township supervisor, the Lehighton mayor, a Lehighton Area Chamber of Commerce President, and a couple of businessmen. They arrived in a white limo and presented the Coopers with flowers and a packet of information about the area. The Coopers were the first participants of the Chamber's new "Welcome Wagon" program.

Area blood drives scheduled

Monday, July 25, 2011

The American Red Cross is in search of donors.

Basic kayaking courses slated at Tuscarora State Park

Monday, July 25, 2011

Join the park naturalist for a basic kayaking course at Tuscarora State Park at 5 p.m. September 3, 3 p.m. September 4, 4 p.m. September 9, 4 p.m. September 15 and 4 p.m. September 21.

Kayaks, paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided. Maximum weight capacity is 275 pounds.

Registration is required by signing up at the park office before the event via phone at (570) 467-2506 or in person. There is a fee.

The class will be canceled in case of inclement weather. There is limited space for the program.

Six teams reach playoffs

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league concluded it regular season on Wednesday, with six teams advancing into next week's playoffs.

Ryan's Oil & Heating capped off an undefeated regular season and will receive a first round bye as the league's top seed. Guerilla Squad also notched a first round bye, while defending league champion R.R. Frey Services secured the third-seed and will be in action this evening against Big Dippers.

One Love Foundation to screen 'Pride of Lions'

Monday, July 25, 2011

Brutalized by a decade-long civil war, the people of Sierra Leone continue to recover after being devastated by war and poverty.

With that very thought in mind, the One Love Foundation will present a documentary film screening, Pride of Lions, Hope carries life forward in Sierra Leone.

There will be two showings: the first, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. John Neumann Regional School, 259 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton; and the other, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic church Social Hall, 462 West Ludlow St., Summit Hill. Admission is $5 for both screenings.