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August 2011

One last hurrah for JT seniors

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
RON GOWER/times news Jim Thorpe girls' soccer team seniors, who have been with the team since they were freshmen, are, front l-r, Jeanna McElmoyle, Jennifer Rusbarsky, Kristin Lawrence, Erica Smith; back l-r, Celeste Meriano, Samantha Hughes, Coach Rick Emmert, Chelsea Smelas, and Monica Eckley.
RON GOWER/times news Jim Thorpe girls' soccer team seniors, who have been with the team since they were freshmen, are, front l-r, Jeanna McElmoyle, Jennifer Rusbarsky, Kristin Lawrence, Erica Smith; back l-r, Celeste Meriano, Samantha Hughes, Coach Rick Emmert, Chelsea Smelas, and Monica Eckley.

Four years ago, eight Jim Thorpe girls' soccer players had to wait out a decision by the school board as to whether they had to play co-ed soccer or would have the chance to finally field their own team.

There was that potential fear yet again where there might be another year without a girls soccer program.

Northern Lehigh news

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Slatington Memorial Park

Northern Lehigh Future Focus announces that the Slatington Memorial Park, Second and Main streets, Slatington, will be dedicated as part of a community concert/celebration from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

All are invited. More details will follow in upcoming weeks.

Slatington Lions Club

Help is needed for the 23rd annual Antique/Collector Car Show on Sunday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Slatington Airport on SR873. The rain date is Monday, Sept. 5. The car show is sponsored by the club.

Palmerton bars are in compliance

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, conducted an age compliance check detail in Palmerton Borough between 6-10 p.m. Aug. 30, checking out five establishments to determining if they were in compliance with state liquor laws.

Police said officers checked the license establishments by utilizing supervised underage buyers in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages, but found four of the five businesses checked into did not break the law.

West End Fair

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Four-year-old Makayla Frable of Brodheadsville seems to be comparing face makeup with Balloons the Clown at the West End Fair in Gilbert. This is the first year for Balloons, who greets youngsters by giving them balloon creations. Frable had her face painted at a stand along the midway of the fair.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Four-year-old Makayla Frable of Brodheadsville seems to be comparing face makeup with Balloons the Clown at the West End Fair in Gilbert. This is the first year for Balloons, who greets youngsters by giving them balloon creations. Frable had her face painted at a stand along the midway of the fair.

Fine weather means fine attendance; tomorrow is kids' day

After a stormy start, the West End Fair in Gilbert is seeing some of the best weather it has had in years.

And the attendance is proving that people are enjoying it.

Large crowds packed the midway last night.

It was a full house on the grandstand, too, for the first of three nights of demolition derbies.

The second demo derby is tonight, with compacts, pickups, lawn mowers, and 4x4 SUVs featured. The first fender will be crunched at 7 p.m.

Admission to the grandstand for the demolition derby is $8.

Lehighton news

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

LALLC meeting

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 at the home of Pamela and Bill Gothard, 265 Forest Inn Road, Lehighton. All members are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert.

Anyone interested in learning more about Lionism or anyone who would like to attend a meeting should contact Sue Anthony at (610) 377-9015 or email at sueuknowwho86@aol.com or email the club at la_llc@yahoo.com.

Dial-a-Devotion

Speeding in Palmerton

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Beth Schmoyer, 26, of 2633 Lehigh Street, Slatington, was cited for speeding. The violation occurred on Aug. 21 at 12:26 p.m. on SR248 east.

Criminal charges were filed against Jared Bailey, 22, of 4801 Jasper Road, Emmaus, for fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless driving, careless driving, and speeding. The incident occurred on Aug. 5 at 9:16 p.m. on SR248 west.

A citation was filed against Conlin Gross, 49, of 112 Gaffney Hill Road, Easton, for speeding. The violation occurred on Aug. 25 at 5:27 a.m. on SR248 east.

Speaks to Lehighton Rotary

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Family Promise of Carbon County Vice President Tina Dowdwas guest speakerat a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. Shediscussedthe nondenominational 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is preparingto provide shelter, meals, and fellowship in order to meet the basic needs of homeless familiesin Carbon County. Picturedleft toright are Rotarian Harry Hill, Dowd, andLehighton Rotary ClubVice President Rev. Leon Morgan. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays from 7:30to 8:30 a.m. at Beacon 443 Diner / Restaurant.

Carbon break-in

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

State police at Lehighton are investigating a burglary in Carbon County. Troopers reported on that incident and several others.

The break-in occurred at a cabin located at Lot 1, Belle Place, in Towamensing Township. Unknown criminals gained entry through a rear sliding glass door. Once inside the cabin was ransacked with an estimated $2,000 in damages. The incident occurred sometime between June 20 and Aug. 26. The cabin is owned by Jane A. Washington, 66, of Willow Grove.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Seniors met Aug. 25 at the Tamaqua Community Center with 86 members in attendance. One guest, Gladys Neff, was welcomed.

President Jean Machamer conducted the business session and offered an inspirational reading. Rose Valle provided the invocation, entitled "Laugh at the Clouds." Vice President Doris Brobst and Secretary Joan Ann Garber provided their reports. An election of officers will be held in September.

Horse show at Getz's Farm, Albrightsville, will benefit Carbon County Special Olympics

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Getz's Farm, Albrightsville, will be the site of a Horse Show to benefit Special Olympics of Carbon County. this Sunday, Sept. 4. Rain date is Sept. 5. The event begins at 9 a.m. and continues throughout the day. There will be a Chinese auction, various horse show events, and many food items for purchase. Show prizes will be announced in the afternoon.

Two persons are cited in incident

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

An altercation that happened at 10:10 p.m. Aug. 25 in Towamensing Trails, Penn Forest Township, resulted in two persons being cited by state police at the Fern Ridge barracks.

Police said Arcadio Vera, 47, and George R. Shepherdson, 41, both of Albrightsville, were cited on a summary charge of harassment after the incident.

Mauch Chunk Opera House has two shows this weekend

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Jonathan Edwards will be performing at the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Jonathan Edwards will be performing at the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

U.S. Rails performs Friday; Jonathan Edwards is here Saturday

Two nights of music are featured on Labor Day weekend at the Mauch Chunk opera House

On Friday, the Philadelphia-based band US Rails takes the Opera House stage.

These A-list musicians and songwriters consisting of Ben Arnold, Joseph Parsons, Scott Bricklin, Matt Muir and Tom Gillam possess individual talents. They echo some of the classic folk, pop and rock unions of the 60's and 70's.

Opening will be the Shannon Marsyada Trio.

On Saturday, Sept. 3, folk rocker Jonathan Edwards and his Band perform.

Old-time farm equipment

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Earl Beers of Olde Homestead Tree Farm, Trachsville, stands next to a wagon loaded with old fashioned farm equipment at the West End Fair in Gilbert. Also at the exhibit are a giant, plastic pumpkin and other unique, fun items. The tree farm is well-known for its fall pumpkin patch. Beers said the pumpkin patch will be held, but because of the heat wave and dry conditions, pumpkins won't be as large as last year.

Palmerton Community Festival slated for Sept. 9, 10, 11 in Palmerton park

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The 22nd Annual Palmerton Community Festival will be held Friday, Sept. 9, from 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 11, from noon to 9 p.m. in the Palmerton Borough Park. The event will be held rain or shine.

There is no admission charge and plenty of free continuous entertainment, bingo, rides, Chinese auction, games, lots of homemade foods and crafts and free parking.

End of summer party held in Tamaqua

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Enjoying a jumping competition in the rain are Derian Stianche, 10, left, and Michael Bonetsky, 10.
Enjoying a jumping competition in the rain are Derian Stianche, 10, left, and Michael Bonetsky, 10.

Hit-and-run crash on Route 895

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said one person was hurt in a hit-and-run accident at 3 a.m. Aug. 31 on State Route 895 at the intersection of Route 61 in West Brunswick Township.

Police said a 1990 Oldsmobile registered to Louis DeAngeles of Orwigsburg was involved in the crash.

Pollice said the vehicle was traveling on Rt. 895 towards the Et. 61 intersection when it went through the intersectio and struck a guardrail before going down an embankment.

Tamaqua plans 9/11 service

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The line up of guest speakers has been announced for the annual Tamaqua Area 9/11 Remembrance Service. The event will be held Sunday, Sept. 11, the tenth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, at the Hometown Nursing Center on SR54 in Hometown. The annual event was moved to the nursing center last year as organizers took steps to include almost 20 military veterans who reside at the center.

Murder trial gets under way in Schuylkill Co.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Commonwealth's first key witness placed Julies C. Enoe of Reading at the scene of the crime. The defendant is on trial in the Schuylkill County Court for the alleged fatal shooting of Bruce Forker in his Shenandoah home in March of 2010.

Teen on bike runs into truck

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A teen riding a bicycle ran into a truck in an incident in Schuylkill County that occurred on Monday, Aug. 29. State police at Schuylkill Haven, who did not indicate what time the accident occurred, said it happened along W. Laurel Boulevard at N. Second Street, in Pottsville.

Marines presented "Four Chaplains" award

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Two Marines were presented with the Four Chaplains Award for their service and dedication given to local organizations and religious traditions while serving with the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626. Pastor Robert Johnson, Lehighton, and Al Cheese, Andreas, received the prestigious award during the VFW Post 5069's All Veterans Picnic held recently at Cheese's Grove in Andreas.

Theft suspect arrested by Tamaqua police

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Tamaqua area man was picked up by Tamaqua Police Monday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest on felony theft charges.

Richard G. Wolfe, 22, of 232 Millhead Rd., Tamaqua, was picked up Monday evening, then video arraigned before duty District Judge Carol Pankake, Frackville, on charges of access device fraud, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Driver uninjured in Carbon mishap

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Axel Figueroa, 33, of Albrightsville, escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Aug. 28 at 8:20 p.m. on State Route 534, near Jonas Mountain Drive, in Penn Forest Township.

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said he was westbound on Rt. 534 in a 2007 Nissan when he lost control of the vehicle. It traveled off the westbound shoulder of the road and struck a pile of boulders, becoming disabled and requiring towing from the scene.

Arrests reported

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported on the following arrests made by troopers.

Danall Greenzweig, 27, of Summit Hill, was cited for public drunkenness for an incident that occurred about 9:20 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, along SR534 in the area of Creek Road, in Polk Township.

Troopers said Greenzweig was found walking along the road, and upon speaking with him, he was found to be under the influence.

American Red Cross needs immediate blood donations

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hurricane Irene has affected blood donations along the East Coast at a time when the nation's blood supply is already low.

Since Hurricane Irene began its path along the East Coast, the storm has forced the cancellation of nearly 60 American Red Cross blood drives, resulting in the shortfall of more than 1,500 units of blood and the numbers could increase this week while areas deal with the storm's aftermath.

Ready for football season

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Rod Stufflebean tightens wire siding on new bleachers installed at the Marian Catholic High School football field in Hometown. The bleachers were purchased by the Men of Marian and are installed by J.R. Vaughn Construction of Frazeysburg, Ohio. Construction foreman Jim Vaughn assured they'll be ready for Marian's season opener at home Friday night against Lehighton.

Camper sticks Rosemount Resort

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Eleanore J. Shomper, 53, of Nazareth, has been arrested by state police at the Frackville barracks for theft of services after she rented two cabins at the Rosemount Camping Resort, Walker Township, and left the premises without paying for them.

Police said the incident was reported to them at 1 p.m. Aug. 29. The rent owed is $240.

Census says Pa. marriages work better

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pennsylvanians are both marrying and divorcing at a lower rate than the rest of the country, a quality they share with many men and women of the Northeast, a new U.S. Census Bureau report says.

Later marriages have traditionally been viewed as more likely to last longer.

That's a link making itself known more favorably in states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York than places such as Arkansas, Georgia and West Virginia, where divorce rates are well above the norm, according to the data released today from the 2009 American Community Survey.

Antique/Collector Car Show scheduled in Slatington

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It's a day for car aficionados who have kept their vehicles in tip top shape to show off their set of wheels.

The 23rd annual Antique/Collector Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Slatington Airport along State Route 873. The rain date is Monday.

Sponsored by the Slatington Lions Club, Inc., the event will be comprised of a flea market vendor setup, registration of cars, and an awards presentation at 3 p.m. There will be food, refreshments, and entertainment all day.

Staying flu-free as easy as a trip to the supermarket

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Staying flu-free is a priority this fall and the best way to manage flu is to prevent it through vaccination. GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN'S Food Markets are now offering flu shots at all of their in-store pharmacies. No appointment is needed and convenient walk-in vaccinations are provided by trusted in-store pharmacists any time the pharmacy is open.

"Flu shots are reformulated every year so it's important to receive your vaccination annually, even if you received one last year," said Leigh Shirley, director of pharmacy.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Summit Hill

Anthracite LL

The Anthracite Little League will hold election of officers for the 2012 Little League season at a meeting scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Summit Hill Borough Building. Any and all parents of league participants, as well as members of the community, are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Roobhenn Smith, (570) 645-5385.

St. Paul Lutheran

Former Carbon man pleads to indecent exposure count

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A former Carbon County man pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent exposure on Tuesday in the county court. He was one of 12 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea.

Lansford incident

Travis Williams, 22, of Allentown, and formerly of Lansford, pleaded to the charge before Judge Steven R. Serfass for an incident in Lansford that occurred in or around Sept. 1, 2010.