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July 2011

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.

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.

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.

DUI arrests

Monday, July 25, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported on two driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by troopers.

About 12:33 a.m. on Sunday, July 24, troopers stopped Roxanne Longenbach, 54, of Coplay, along SR248, near the cantilever, in Lower Towamensing Township, when she was observed traveling in the opposite lanes of travel and throwing items out the window.

She was found to be under the influence and was taken to the Palmerton hospital for a blood test. The DUI charge is pending the test results.

Monroe crash

Monday, July 25, 2011

No one was injured but one driver cited in a two vehicle crash that occurred about 9:27 p.m. on Friday, July 22, along Kunkletown Road in Ross Township, Monroe County.

State police at Lehighton said Joshua M. Miles, 25, of Saylorsburg, was eastbound when he made a left turn in the path of vehicle operated by William M. Warnke, 38, of Saylorsburg, who was westbound. The right front of Warnke's 1998 Dodge Dakota struck the right rear of Miles' 1999 Chevrolet Prism.

Troopers cited Miles for vehicle turning left.

New Ringgold man facing charges

Monday, July 25, 2011

A New Ringgold man is facing criminal charges following an incident that occurred about 12:30-12:35 p.m. on July 21 at 59 Goose Pond Road, in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Theodore S. Sadorski, 47, and Linda M. Lebel, and a 17-year-old female, were involved in an altercation at that address. The altercation became physical, troopers said, during which Sadorski allegedly caused bruising to Lebel. He also caused the juvenile female to sustain a black and blue mark above her eyebrow and a cut and bruise to her elbow.

Heritage Hill woman is 92 years old

Monday, July 25, 2011
Agnes Josephine Kopec
Agnes Josephine Kopec

Agnes Josephine Kopec, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, recently celebrated her 92nd birthday.

She was born on July 18, 1919 in Harwood, Pa. Agnes also resided in Treskow, Hazleton, West Hazleton and Weatherly. She was married to Peter Kopec in 1944 and they were married for 33 years until his passing in 1977.

Agnes worked as an examiner in Perfect Maid and Tony & Carmella's dress factories. She is a member of the ILGWU and Transfiguration church in West Hazleton.