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July 2011

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.

Two Times News carriers finalists in PNA competition

Monday, July 25, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Two TIMES NEWS carriers were finalists in the Pennsylvania Newspapers Association 2011 Newspaper Carrier of the Year competition. From left are, Kathy Carpenter, TIMES NEWS circulation director; Jessica Warnkin, TIMES NEWS, 2011 Youth Carrier finalist; Tom Melochick, TIMES NEWS, 2011 Adult Carrier finalist; and Larry Boggs, circulation director for the Beaver County Times and member of the PNA board, who presented the awards.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Two TIMES NEWS carriers were finalists in the Pennsylvania Newspapers Association 2011 Newspaper Carrier of the Year competition. From left are, Kathy Carpenter, TIMES NEWS circulation director; Jessica Warnkin, TIMES NEWS, 2011 Youth Carrier finalist; Tom Melochick, TIMES NEWS, 2011 Adult Carrier finalist; and Larry Boggs, circulation director for the Beaver County Times and member of the PNA board, who presented the awards.

With finalists in all three categories in the Pennsylvania Newspapers Association 2011 Newspaper Carrier of the Year competition, Pencor Services, Inc. has reason to be proud.

When the dust settled, Tom Melochick, a carrier for the TIMES NEWS in Brockton, earned a second place in the Adult Division; while Jessica Warnkin, also a carrier for the TIMES NEWS in Lehighton, earned a fifth place in the Youth Carrier Division; and Alma Clauser, a carrier for the Allentown Whitehall/Coplay Press, was presented a fourth place in the Senior Carrier Division.

Schuylkill driver facing charges

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Schuylkill County driver is facing charges of hit and run.

State police at Frackville said Jason Paul Weinreich, 34, of Shenandoah, was driving a 2001 Ford F150 pickup truck about 5 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, in the area of 250 Ohio Avenue, in West Mahanoy Township, when his truck struck a parked 2010 Ford F150 truck owned by John Henry Lorah, 57, of Shenandoah. After impact Weinreich left the scene without contacting the owner of the parked vehicle.

Panther Valley receives $5,000 Verizon grant

Monday, July 25, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Rosemary Porembo, superintendent of Panther Valley School District, center; and Bill Lombardo, elementary school principal, second from right; accept the $5,000 "Check Into Literacy" grant from the Verizon Foundation from Daniel J. Reavy, director of external affairs, Verizon Pennsylvania, left. With them are Carbon County Commissioners Charles Getz, second from left; and William O'Gurek, right. Panther Valley was named the 2011 recipient of this grant, which will help the school purchase 680 books for its 100 Book Challenge program.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Rosemary Porembo, superintendent of Panther Valley School District, center; and Bill Lombardo, elementary school principal, second from right; accept the $5,000 "Check Into Literacy" grant from the Verizon Foundation from Daniel J. Reavy, director of external affairs, Verizon Pennsylvania, left. With them are Carbon County Commissioners Charles Getz, second from left; and William O'Gurek, right. Panther Valley was named the 2011 recipient of this grant, which will help the school purchase 680 books for its 100 Book Challenge program.

Panther Valley School District was recently named a recipient of a $5,000 Verizon grant.

During a brief presentation on Thursday afternoon, Daniel J. Reavy, director of external affairs, Verizon Pennsylvania, presented Rosemary Porembo, superintendent; and Bill Lombardo, elementary school principal; with the grant from Verizon's "Check Into Literacy" program.

Reavy congratulated Panther Valley for being named the 2011 recipient.

Lions conduct banner exchange

Monday, July 25, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lions District 14U Governor Scott Dudley, left, is ready to take this Lions year ownership of the District Banner as it is turned over to him by Immediate Past District Governor Bob Kelsey, right. The Banner Exchange is a tradition of many years' standing.
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lions District 14U Governor Scott Dudley, left, is ready to take this Lions year ownership of the District Banner as it is turned over to him by Immediate Past District Governor Bob Kelsey, right. The Banner Exchange is a tradition of many years' standing.

A yearly ritual for the Lions of District 14U continued as the West Penn Lions of Schuylkill County came to the Western Pocono Lions of Monroe County for the traditional District Governor banner exchange.

West Penn Lion Scott Dudley is now District Governor and Bob Kelsey of the Western Pocono Lions has just completed his year's tenure as District Governor.

The passing of the District Governor's banner forward has been a tradition, an annual event, for years.

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.