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August 2011

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.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rain didn't stop the fun and festivities during the North and Middle Ward Playground Assocation's End of Summer Party held recently at the playground. Children got to enjoy games, snacks, and DJ entertainment by DJ Mixx, Raymond Schlauch, who donated his services. Happily splashing in muddy water are, from left are Dylan Ems, 7, Dustin Smith, 3, Merissa Smith, 10, Amber Flannigan, 7, McKenzie Hamm, 9, Gavin James, 3, and Nathan Reigel, 6.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rain didn't stop the fun and festivities during the North and Middle Ward Playground Assocation's End of Summer Party held recently at the playground. Children got to enjoy games, snacks, and DJ entertainment by DJ Mixx, Raymond Schlauch, who donated his services. Happily splashing in muddy water are, from left are Dylan Ems, 7, Dustin Smith, 3, Merissa Smith, 10, Amber Flannigan, 7, McKenzie Hamm, 9, Gavin James, 3, and Nathan Reigel, 6.

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.