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July 2011

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.

Bridge at Tuscarora Park is scout's Eagle project

Monday, July 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Steven Christ stands on the bridge that he constructed at Tuscarora Park as part of his Eagle Scout project.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Steven Christ stands on the bridge that he constructed at Tuscarora Park as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Tuscarora State Park now has a new bridge built by Eagle Scout Steven Christ, of Hometown.

"I wanted to build this bridge because it would help out hikers and recreational walkers get into the back of Tuscarora Park," said Christ.

Christ, who is a member of Boy Scout Troop 783, spent a month planning the bridge and all of its specifications and then completed the project in two days. The new bridge spans the Locust Creek, located on the Spirit of Tuscarora Trail.

Break-ins probed

Monday, July 25, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on probing two burglaries, an attempted burglary and a mischief incident in recent days at Schuylkill County locations.

Troopers said the Fresenius Medical Care facility at the BMA Medical of Pottsville building, 278 Saint Clair Industrial Park Road, in East Norwegian Township, was entered sometime overnight of Saturday, July 23, at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 6:45 a.m.

A crowbar or similar tool was used to pry open a window. Once inside the criminals removed a black Dell Latitude E6400 laptop computer.

Tamaqua Blue clinches title

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Tamaqua Blue 11-12 Year old All Star team clinched the Panther Valley Tournament Championship with a 9-3 win over Towamensing last Friday.

Eddie Titus and Tanner Hamm combined for 10 strikeouts while giving up only five hits to Towamensing. Monte Baez had two hits while Jake Taschler, Spencer Moyer and Hayden Kresge had the other three for Towamensnig.

Lehigh River clean-up

Monday, July 25, 2011

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and its Jacobsburg EE Center, and the state Fish and Boat Commission, is sponsoring a "Lehigh River Clean-up" on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join the staff as they canoe the lower Lehigh River and pick up plastic bottles, aluminum cans, fishing line and other trash that threatens the wildlife. Also, it is a great opportunity to see wildlife along the river. To register, contact Bill Sweeney at wisweeney@state.pa.us. Or call 610-746-2808.

Bushkill ousts Hurricanes

Monday, July 25, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township's Dane Ciavarella finds himself trapped between second and third base in fifth inning action on Saturday. With his path blocked by several Bushkill defenders, Ciaverella raced around their perimeter and thought he made it back to second safely despite the odds, but the rev called him out for running outside the base line.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township's Dane Ciavarella finds himself trapped between second and third base in fifth inning action on Saturday. With his path blocked by several Bushkill defenders, Ciaverella raced around their perimeter and thought he made it back to second safely despite the odds, but the rev called him out for running outside the base line.

BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP - Franklin Township's engine showed plenty of steam yesterday, but the hill proved a bit too steep to climb.

The Hurricanes got men on base but left them stranded. They got some big hits, but they weren't consistent enough to match the power shown by their opponent.

The result was, after making an incredible comeback Saturday night to qualify for the championship game, the Hurricanes fell to Bushkill, 12-5.

Man jailed for domestic assault

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Sunday, July 24, on a charge of domestic simple assault.

State police at Frackville said troopers were called to the residence of Harry Hosler, 30, and Brandy Lorah, 20, of 28 Old Team Road, Barnesville, Ryan Township, about 9:11 p.m.

Troopers said during a domestic dispute Hosler allegedly slammed Lorah into a wall.

Troopers said they observed bruising on Lorah.

Family reunion

Monday, July 25, 2011

Strohl

The 79th Annual Reunion of the Strohl Family will be held Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Palmerton Memorial Park beginning at 1 p.m.

Family members are asked to bring a covered dish. Sodas and hot dogs will be available for purchase.

A brief business meeting will be held immediately after lunch. Bring cakes for the cakewalk and a small prize for bingo.

Please bring old family pictures and other Strohl mementos for discussion.

Calling all cougars

Monday, July 25, 2011

Local naturalist Joe Lankalis will present a program on cougars in Pennsylvania at the Locust Lake Park amphitheater at 6 p.m. on August 6.

He will use skulls and tracks to educate the public about the facts and the myths surrounding the Eastern Cougar.

For more information call Robin at the Park Office at (570) 467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Program will be held in the program shelter in the case of inclement weather.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

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.