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July 2011

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.

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.

ON THIS DATE

Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25, 1979 Jim Thorpe scores in every inning to post a 14-6 victory over Lansford in the opening round of the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. Pat Large connects for a pair of RBI hits while Tom Carrigan drills a run-scoring double. Scott Kmetz adds an RBI single while Ken Kuhn picks up the pitching win. For Lansford, Mike Repik delivers a two-run single.

Berks man cited in Schuylkill

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Berks County man was cited for an incident in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Harry H. Grym, 64, of Hamburg, arrived at the residence of Anthony E. Sparacino, 54, of 363 Pine Valley Road, New Ringgold, East Brunswick Township, about 2 a.m. on Friday, July 22.

The two men got into a altercation in the driveway area. Grym allegedly struck Sparacino in the head with his fist. Troopers said Grym was charged with harassment.

Pigs blank Columbus

Monday, July 25, 2011

ALLENTOWN – It's been a rough go lately for Lehigh Valley. The IronPigs' recent road trip saw their division lead sawed to just one game as the Columbus Clippers and their International League best record rolled into Coca Cola Park.

As they have done all season, the team stepped up to the challenge.

After splitting the first two games of the series, Brian Bass and two relievers combined for a two-hit shutout Sunday to lead the IronPigs to a 4-0 win over the Clippers.

Temps dip for a couple of days

Monday, July 25, 2011

For the first time in more than a week, temperatures won't be in the 90s today.

The oppressive heat wave that has us sweating, weary, and complaining, is gone.

Today's high is only expected to be 82, says the National Weather Service. Humidity will be much lower than it has been the past few days.

The only down side is we're likely to have some showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

Then, the mercury is expected to gradually climb each day this week, with the 90s making a comeback on Friday and Saturday.

Warwick surge ends Blue streak

Monday, July 25, 2011

The radar showed that there was a storm approaching, and little did Tamaqua Blue's 10 & 11 team know, it was coming in the form of Warwick's offensive surge. The Bulldogs cracked their bats and deluged the scoreboard in the final two innings of play, as they came back from a 5-0 deficit for a 12-6 win.

Warwick now moves on to the state tournament that begins later this week in Latrobe.

Scary report

Monday, July 25, 2011

Naval 'deficiencies' in combat readiness

There's a frightening report in a recent issue of the Stars and Stripes, a military newspaper which covers all branches of service around the world.

The headline reads: "Navy facing 'alarming' deficiencies' in combat readiness, lawmaker says."

The article states that more than a fifth of Navy ships fell short of combat readiness in the past two years, and fewer than half of the service's deployed combat aircraft are ready for their mission at any time."

DUI arrests reported

Monday, July 25, 2011

Several arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) have been reported by Nesquehoning police.

On May 21 about 12:50 a.m. police stopped Robert John Yorke, 50, of 16 Deer Trail Lane, Nesquehoning, after observing him driving erratically. He was stopped along SR54.

Officer Thomas Kurtz said Yorke showed signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests. He was then taken to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, for a blood test. The test showed Yorke had a .13BAC. He was also charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic, and restraint systems.

Carbon man facing mischief count

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Carbon County man is facing a charge of criminal mischief. The incident was one of several investigated by state police at Lehighton.

Troopers said Michael Balogach, 31, of Weissport, allegedly damaged the cellular phone of Melissa Tessitore, 32, also of Weissport.

The incident occurred about 5 a.m. on Friday, July 22, at 218 White St., Weissport.

David John Dutton, 42, of 640 Mill St., Palmerton, reported his vehicle was entered and removed was $2 in cash. The incident occurred sometime between 3 a.m. and 6 p.m. on July 21. The vehicle was unlocked.

Woman charged with stealing funds

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Pottsville woman, formerly of Carbon County, has been arrested and charged with stealing money from her father.

Nesquehoning police arrested Lori Ann Christman, 30, of 509A Carbon St., Pottsville, for theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Carbon court news

Monday, July 25, 2011

Auto loan

Alliance Capital Management, 1597 Washington Park, Bridgeville, Allegheny County, filed an action against Bruce Bisbing, 120 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, alleging he defaulted on an automobile loan. Sought is $16,134.37 plus interest, costs and fees.

Judgment sought

Ford Motor Credit Company, Box 6508, Mesa, Ariz., filed an action against Robert A. Hess II, 610 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, seeking a judgment of $12,711.82 plus interest, costs and fees.

Mortgage foreclosures

Scholarships available to help local food, beverage and hospitality businesses

Monday, July 25, 2011

Local food, beverage and hospitality industry businesses in Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Carbon, Schuylkill and Wyoming counties are eligible to apply for scholarships to MetroAction's Small Business Institute program. Through an innovative partnership between Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program, and MetroAction, food, beverage and hospitality businesses are now able to access these training scholarships as well as flexible loans to help their businesses grow.

Fourteen enter guilty pleas

Monday, July 25, 2011

Fourteen defendants entered pleas of guilty to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court recently and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell as follows:

4-H Livestock Club

Monday, July 25, 2011

The next meeting of the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will take place on July 27 at the Big Creek Grange at 7 p.m.

The following projects are available through the livestock club: beef, swine, sheep, goats, dairy beef and poultry.

4-H is the youth component of Penn State University. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

Tamaqua couple wed 61 years

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Snyder of 313 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, will celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary on July 29. They were married in Zion Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, by the late Rev. Charles Schlitzer.

Mrs. Snyder is the former Joan Schlosser. She is retired after working 25 years as the Tamaqua borough secretary.

Her husband is a disabled veteran with over 16 years of service in the U.S. Army. Retired, he was last employed as plant superintendent at the former Diversified Metals Corp., Hometown.

Packer Township man injured after he's thrown from backhoe

Monday, July 25, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Carbon County man was seriously injured Sunday morning when he was thrown from a backhoe he was operating and trapped beneath a portion of the unit. The incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. in the 5400 block of Quakake Road in Packer Township. State police at Hazleton report Thomas Titus, 70, was "bounced" off the piece of equipment and was trapped under the unit by his lower extremities. He was treated at the scene then flown via Medevac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township.

Threat with gun incident probed

Monday, July 25, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a threat incident in which a gun was used.

Troopers said about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, Herbert H. Krause, 81, of 317 Rock Road, in Pine Grove Township, pulled into the driveway of his home. An unknown person driving a pickup truck pulled along the side of the driveway and pointed what appeared to be a pistol, brown in color, at Krause.

Splash Day at Tamaqua Bungalow

Monday, July 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Hundreds of people fought the intense heat by taking part in the Tamaqua Bungalow Pool's 22nd annual Splash Day held Sunday. The event started off with activities and games, such as limbo, dunk tank, water balloon wars, watermelon polo, and a special floating section, in which swimmers were allowed to bring their floatables in the pool. Kyle Smith, manager, said the event was a great success, pointing out over 350 people of all ages took part in the fun event. Assistant manager Adrian Bumbulsky said they also offered "mocktails", which were fun ice drink cocktails for kids. Special Splash Day specials were also offered on the menu of the concession stand operated by the Broad Street Deli. Smith also stressed appreciations to Citizens Fire Company, Tamaqua Elks Lodge, Burger King, Bob Jones, Adam Fritzinger, Robbie VanNorman and DJ Jack and Dave, who've donated their music entertainment for 22 consecutive years.Teams consisting of lifeguards and local residents compete in a cool game of watermelon polo during the 22nd annual Splash Day.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Hundreds of people fought the intense heat by taking part in the Tamaqua Bungalow Pool's 22nd annual Splash Day held Sunday. The event started off with activities and games, such as limbo, dunk tank, water balloon wars, watermelon polo, and a special floating section, in which swimmers were allowed to bring their floatables in the pool. Kyle Smith, manager, said the event was a great success, pointing out over 350 people of all ages took part in the fun event. Assistant manager Adrian Bumbulsky said they also offered "mocktails", which were fun ice drink cocktails for kids. Special Splash Day specials were also offered on the menu of the concession stand operated by the Broad Street Deli. Smith also stressed appreciations to Citizens Fire Company, Tamaqua Elks Lodge, Burger King, Bob Jones, Adam Fritzinger, Robbie VanNorman and DJ Jack and Dave, who've donated their music entertainment for 22 consecutive years.Teams consisting of lifeguards and local residents compete in a cool game of watermelon polo during the 22nd annual Splash Day.

Leave hunger in the dust

Monday, July 25, 2011

Join the AARP for a 28 kilometer bike ride along the scenic Lehigh Gorge Trail White Haven Access to Rockport Access and return at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 6.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. at White Haven Access of Lehigh Gorge State Park, with the ride beginning at 9 a.m. All participants are asked to bring a sack of nonperishable food items. Food donations and registration fees will go directly to Second Harvest Food Bank.

There is a registration fee.