Wednesday, August 20, 2014
     

August 2011

Cash is stolen from Monroe home

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are investigating the theft of cash from a home in Chestnuthill Township.

The victim is Douglas Searles, 30, of Saylorsburg.

Police said someone stole about $750 form the victim's residence located on the Effort-Neola Road between 8;20 a.m. Aug. 25 and 10 a.m. Aug. 29.

No other information about the incident was released by police.

New bleachers at Marian

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

Left, Andy Cotter, left, and Jason Messenger of J.R. Vaughn Construction, Frazeysburg, Ohio, place railings on new bleachers installed in the Men of Marian Stadium at Marian Catholic High School. Right, Rod Stufflebean tightens wire siding on new bleachers in Hometown. The bleachers were manufactured by National Recreation of Fort Wayne, Ind. The bleachers were purchased by the Men of Marian. Construction foreman Jim Vaughn assured they'll be ready for Marian's season opener at home Friday night against Lehighton.

Dudefest held to promote suicide prevention awareness

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from back left are Stephanie McCarroll, Frank McCarroll, Tara McCarroll-Stauffenberg, Tom McCarroll and Michele McCarroll. In front is Kenny Stauffenberg.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from back left are Stephanie McCarroll, Frank McCarroll, Tara McCarroll-Stauffenberg, Tom McCarroll and Michele McCarroll. In front is Kenny Stauffenberg.

The third annual Dudefest was held recently at the West Penn Rod and Gun Club in Clamtown to promote suicide prevention and awareness.

Tara McCarroll Stauffenberg, who has organized the Dudefest every year, has held the fundraising event in honor of her brother Cory McCarroll, 32, who took his own life in June of 2009.

Meet the Colts

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Marian will be having it's annual Meet the Colts for the Fall sports season on Thursday September 1st. All Fall sports will be represented and season tickets will also be available for purchase at the event.

Look before you sniff !

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Yes, you better look before you sniff this flower because this pollen-coated busy-bee may just have a painful surprise waiting for you if you disturb its work.

Crashes probed

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported on several crashes investigated by troopers.

A one vehicle crash occurred about 11 a.m. on Aug. 25 along Weir Lake Road, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. Troopers said Paula A. Martini, 48, of Saylorsburg, was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue northbound and negotiating a curve when she saw a deer on the road. Martini attempted to avoid the deer but could not and struck it. Upon impact she lost control of the car that spun onto the berm and struck a tree.

Martini was not injured but the vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Mischief incident

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

State police at Lehighton are investigating a criminal mischief incident.

Troopers said unknown criminals damaged the latch on a shed and struck the freezer door inside the shed with a blunt object causing damages on the property of Cleotha A. Niziolek, located in the 100 block of Paw Paw Drive, in Polk Township, Monroe County. The incident occurred sometime between Aug. 11 and 26.

Panther Valley Public Library news

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, is offering a number of events.

The library will host a Back to School Sundaes eventing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept 11.

The sundaes are free for all school children, who will be able to listen to a story about the how ice-cream sundaes began.

The sweet treats are an ideal way to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the library's opening day.

Game night at the library will be held at 6 p.m., Sept. 15.

Fleetwood man is facing charges

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

An incident at 8:45 p.m. Aug. 30 in Port Clinton resulted in a Fleetwood man being arrested by state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.

Police said Daniel Ruch, 30, was charged with defiant trespass, persistent disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, harassment, criminal mischief and simple trespass after the incident at 73 Center St. in the borough.

The victim is Matthew Carroll Sr., 28, of Port Clinton.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive Saturday, Sept. 3. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. They also need brown grocery size paper bags.

57th Convention ends with parade

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Josh Orfur, 14, left, receives beads from Ben Goodwin and Eric Ochenriden of the Filthy McNasty parade group.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Josh Orfur, 14, left, receives beads from Ben Goodwin and Eric Ochenriden of the Filthy McNasty parade group.

Rain didn't stop hundreds of fire trucks, floats, marchers and bands from taking part in the 57th Annual Schuylkill County Firefighter's Association Convention parade held Saturday in Minersville. The weeklong convention ended with the parade and after celebration where awards were presented.

Parade winners are as follows:

Most Functional and Fire Ready Chief Officer/Command Unit: 1st place, Schuylkill Haven; 2nd place, Anthracite Protective Services

Street signs

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

More important items should concern feds

Just as Summit Hill changed its street sign colors to give it individuality, so does Northampton have unique colors - orange and black - reflecting the pride the community has in its athletic teams.

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued an edict that Northampton's signs are hard to read and they must be changed to DOT standards by 2018.

The ruling would have affected a lot of communities, necessitating an expense they don't need during these difficult financial times.

DUI checkpoint

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The North Central PA Regional DUI Enforcement Program has released the results from a sobriety checkpoint held Aug. 26 in Coaldale.

A total of 269 vehicles were contacted with 16 detained. Three operators were tested for possible intoxication, with one adult arrested. Officers also issued 10 traffic citations and issued 30 warnings. Four law enforcement departments were represented by 10 officers.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dessert and show

Western Pocono Lioness Club enjoyed a mini fashion show and ice cream social, with Sherri Gallagher doing the fashion show moderation.

The show was a review of the fall luncheon and fashion show the Lioness will have in September.

Special guest was Western Pocono Lions Club President Charles Rush and his wife, Joanne.

Rush guided the Lioness through documentation requirements they must follow to keep records up to date.

Cyclist sustains minor injuries

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A motorcycle rider sustained minor injuries in a crash at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 30 on Township Route 432 in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said David A. Drumgo, 29, of Stroudsburg, was riding the 2008 Kawasaki EX250 south on Frable Road when he failed to negotiate a left curve. The cycle went off the right side of the roadway onto loose gravel and came to rest on its side.

Schuylkill court news

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Marriage licenses

Lisa L. Trezise and Troy M. Meckes, 239 Orwigsburg Street, Tamaqua.

Jennifer A. Mazaika, 19 Marlyn Lane, Exton, and Zachary R. Tanner, 19 Marylyn Lane, Exton. Mazaika is formerly from McAdoo.

Allison N. Wallace and Matthew R. Govern, 56 Washington Street, Middleport.

Angelina A. Patton, 607 East Broad Street, Tamaqua and Jose Toro Velez, 765 Carson Street, Hazleton.

Kenya M. DeSangles and Angel M. Torres, 129 West Birch Street, Hazleton.

Margaret A. Martin, 1018 Spruce Lane, Tamaqua and Vernon L. Nolt, 347 Rife Run Road, Manheim.

Slatington man jailed after ruckus

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ronald J. Seibert, 50, of 34 Second St., Slatington, was committed to the Northampton County Prison, Easton, after being arraigned on charges on Aug. 30 in Walnutport.

Police said he was charged with resisting arrest and persistent disorderly conduct and jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail set by District Judge Robert Hawke.

The incident happened in the 400 block of Main Street in Walnutport. The arresting officer is Christopher Fredericks.

Blackout lantern party

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Despite suffering over 36 hours of no power, neighbors on Rymin Road in Hometown came together to relish the company of each other during their blackout lantern party. Neighbors, all holding flashlights, enjoyed snacks and refreshments as they socialized around a lantern while watching PPL crews work in pitch black to restore their power. A tree had fallen onto powerlines behind one of the homes on Rymin Road early Sunday morning causing a community wide blackout.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI), and several motor vehicle code violations, following an incident that occurred about 5:32 p.m. on Aug. 24 along Gilbert Road at Fairground Road, in Polk Township.

State police at Lehighton said Jolanta B. Loranc, of the 200 block of Shady Oaks East, Saylorsburg, was operating a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder when she failed to stop for a stop sign, failed to use turn signals and failed to stay her lane of travel.

Golfing in between the books

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Teen Advisory Group of the Palmerton Area Library, have been working on their annual Mini Golf Tournament to be held at the library on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 4-7 p.m. It is open to all ages. There will be nine holes placed throughout the shelves of books. Setting up the "Alice in Wonderland" hole are, left to right: Tyler Riggio, Andrew Kmetz, Paige Kravetz, Stephanie Rizzio, Elizabeth Allen, Elizabeth Anthony, Maison Allen and Lenaick Zelienka.

Juliann Longhi presented H.D. Vest excellence award

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Roger Ochs, President of H.D. Vest presented Juliann Longhi of Longhi Financial of Hometown with the H.D. Vest Excellence Award during a forum in Incline Village, Nev. Also attending was John Longhi.
Roger Ochs, President of H.D. Vest presented Juliann Longhi of Longhi Financial of Hometown with the H.D. Vest Excellence Award during a forum in Incline Village, Nev. Also attending was John Longhi.

H.D. Vest Services recently recognized Juliann Longhi, a financial services professional in Hometown, as one of its most successful advisors. In recognition of this achievement, H.D. Vest President Roger Ochs presented Longhi with the prestigious H.D. Vest Excellence Award. "We recognize these leaders for their commitment to their clients and their profession," said Ochs. "These advisors have excelled in all areas of client service and are great role models for other advisors in our firm."

Jamesway Plaza purchased

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Upgrades, new initiatives and other changes will come to the Tamaqua Shopping Center, according to the facility's new owners. The complex was sold for $1.29 million to Tamaqua Plaza LP, of Horsham. The new owners have opened an office at the site and will engineer an overhaul of the complex.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Upgrades, new initiatives and other changes will come to the Tamaqua Shopping Center, according to the facility's new owners. The complex was sold for $1.29 million to Tamaqua Plaza LP, of Horsham. The new owners have opened an office at the site and will engineer an overhaul of the complex.

Tamaqua Shopping Center sells for $1.2M; facelift, upgrades, new tenants eyed

A rejuvenation is taking place at the Tamaqua Shopping Center and the new owner says even more is coming.

In fact, the former Jamesway Plaza will soon undergo a visible overhaul at its location in the east end of Tamaqua.

Partners Doug Topkis and Bruce E. Toll recently purchased the shopping center complex with an eye on improving and expanding it.

"We're excited. It's a very busy place. It's really picked up" said Topkis.

Marian registers victories on links

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Marian wound up on the winning end on Tuesday in its Schuylkill League golf match, while Tamaqua and Weatherly suffered setbacks.

Tamaqua-Lourdes Regional

Lourdes Regional just barely defeated Tamaqua , 392-395.

Ali Singh led the way for the winners and took medalist honors with a 85.

Meanwhile, the Blue Raiders got a 86 from Mike Weinert.

TAMAQUA (395)

Mike Weinert 86, Travis Miller 98, Adam Frantz 105, Nick Toth 106.

LOURDES REGIONAL (392)

Ali Singh 85, Bryce Fiamoncini 99, Dan Costa 103, Ray Heromin 105.

Two big movie nights planned at Becky's Drive In

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Becky's Drive In, Route 248, 4548 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport, Berlinsville area, will hold their Eighth Annual Two Big Movie Nights event on Sept. 3 and Sept. 4. Gates open each night at 6 p.m. Marathon shows will play from dusk to dawn on two big screens. On screen one, at 8 p.m. Kung Fu Panda (PG) will play, followed by X-Men (PG-13), Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13), Bad Teacher (R) and Insidious (R) and on screen two, 8:05 p.m. start time will feature Apollo 18 (PG-13), Fright Night (R) and Hangover (R).

Veggie Delight and Harvest program

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The September evening garden program presented by Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Master Gardeners will be a "Veggie Delight and Harvest Program."

It will take place from 6:15-8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Penn State Extension office on Phillips Street in Stroudsburg.

Registration forms and information are available online at http://extension.psu.edu/monroe/events/wednesday-garden-program-6, or by calling (570) 421-6430.

Penn Forest break-in probed

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 5-7:40 p.m. Aug. 25 at a residence in Penn Forest Township.

Police said the residence at 6 Chickadee Lane, Albrightsville, was entered via an open front window. Once inside, the actor(s) stole several items.

The victims were identified only as a 48-year-old Philadelphia female and a 26-year-old Albrightsville female.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August 31, 1991 Brian Kennedy throws a pair of touchdown passes and also runs for a score to help Marian open its season with a 36-21 win over Wilkes-Barre Meyers. Both TD tosses, one from 34 yards out and the other a 17-yard strike, go to Mark Makovec, who finishes with 79 receiving yards and 56 rushing yards. Rich Miller carries 21 times for 102 yards and a touchdown while Chris Lewis returns a fumble 29 yards for another score.

Melba Harleman celebrates 90th birthday

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Melba Schafer Harleman
Melba Schafer Harleman

Melba Schafer Harleman, a resident of Slate Belt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Bangor, celebrated her 90th birthday on Aug. 27.

Melba lived in North Weissport and Lehighton before moving to the Effort/Brodheadsville area in 1954.

She has two daughters, Sandra Altemose and her husband Bill of Effort; and Brenda Dorshimer and her husband Bob of Kunkletown; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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.