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September 2011

Slatington Class of 1951 holds 60-year reunion

Friday, September 30, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Slatington High School Class of 1951 held its 60-year reunion at the Heidelberg Church on Sept. 21. Classmates attending were, front row, from left, Kathryn (Koenig) Snyder, Ruth (Snyder) Geiger, Elaine (Herber) Niedermeyer, Joan (Chandler) Wieand, Grace (Remaley) Schneck, Marie (Fisher) Walters, Marion (Rex) Neustadter, Delores (Silvius) Wetzel, and Delores (Meckes) Lentz. Second row, Elaine (Hallman) Kern, Ruth (Kutz) Geiger, Donna (Meckes) Muth, Robert Kemmerer, Henry Kline, Paul Hewitt, Richard Neustadter, Jane (Garrity) Smith, and Nancy (Coffin) Follweiler.

Jo Dee Messina sings at Penn's Peak, Saturday

Friday, September 30, 2011
Country singer Jo Dee Messina will be performing in her "Music Room Series" at 8 p.m. Saturday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.
Country singer Jo Dee Messina will be performing in her "Music Room Series" at 8 p.m. Saturday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Country singer makes a return with her highly-acclaimed 'Music Room' series

Jo Dee Messina, one of country music's most congenial performers who has had a long string of hits, makes a return to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe tomorrow.

She's back with her popular "Music Room" series, during which she takes fans' requests, tells stories, and likely has some special surprises.

Messina said she is looking forward to returning to the venue, which is her third time performing here.

Enjoying flood waters

Friday, September 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

For some, high water isn't a bad thing. Up to his handlebars is Colton Black, 15,

riding his bicycle through the flooded Coaldale skate park.

Man jailed for passing fake bill

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Schuylkill County man was jailed this week for passing a fake $20 bill at a county business.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Juesten Davis, 23, of Pine Grove, went to the McDonald's restaurant at 427 Suedber Rd., in Pine Grove Township, about 4:37 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and gave the bill to a cashier, who gave him four $5 bills in exchange.

Suffering through a rough week of Grid Picks

Friday, September 30, 2011

Can't believe we're closing in on the midway point of the high school football season as Week 5 is on the card.

It was a rough week for most of us in Week 4 with the majority finishing with 9-6 records, including myself.

As a matter of fact, the only writer to have a better week was Shawn McFarland, who was 10-5, and with the help of TJ Engle's 5-10 mark, made it out of the basement.

This week, there are quite a few tough games on the schedule so it might be a good week to try and make a move.

So no sense putting things aside, let's get to it:

Marriage licenses

Friday, September 30, 2011

Carbon County

Travis Robert Fichter, 5895 Little Gap Rd., Kunkletown, and Alaine Ruth Halick, 6483 Mountain View Drive, Slatington.

Charles Edward Troutman, 672 Fairyland Rd., Lehighton, and Drewann Melanie Eckman, 407 Mahoning Alley, Lehighton.

Alan Wayne Nastelli, 700 Quaker circle, Apt. 6, Lewisberry, and Judy Lee Schafer, 1166 Red Hill Rd., Lehighton.

Frank Sean Tiedman and Krystle-Dawn Marie Willing, 20 W. Fourth St., Jim Thorpe.

Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center wins Lansford approval

Friday, September 30, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS From left, Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center Director of Outreach Vicky Benack, Executive Director Jonathan M. Rodgers, Attorney Kim Christie and building owner Janet Sager answer questions from Lansford Zoning Hearing Board solicitor Greg Mousseau, foreground, members Bob Gaughan, Jermaine Thomas and Joe Orsulak, and Code Enforcement Officer Katheryn Labosky.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS From left, Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center Director of Outreach Vicky Benack, Executive Director Jonathan M. Rodgers, Attorney Kim Christie and building owner Janet Sager answer questions from Lansford Zoning Hearing Board solicitor Greg Mousseau, foreground, members Bob Gaughan, Jermaine Thomas and Joe Orsulak, and Code Enforcement Officer Katheryn Labosky.

Lansford's zoning hearing board on Wednesday granted approval for a new business, the Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center, to operate out of a former voice and dance studio on East Ridge Street.

The board also approved a new sign for the enterprise, to be placed above a wooden fence that marks the property.

The business owners needed a change of use variance. The site was originally granted a variance to operate a voice and dance studio in a residential section of town in July 1998.

Then, it was The Studio, owned and operated by Janet and Joel Sager.

Blue Mountain district increases tax base by almost $2 million

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Blue Mountain School District was successful in increasing the market value of 24 properties

located within the boundaries of the district following hearings held on appeals filed before the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board.

In three hearings held at the courthouse the district was successful in increasing values of 92 properties to add almost two million dollars to the assessed valuation of the district for tax purposes. Latest increases were as follows:

Eldred column

Friday, September 30, 2011

St. Matthew's UCC

This Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9 a.m., the guest preacher at St. Matthew's UCC will be the Rev. Dr. Scott Brooks Cope, director of Pastoral Care-Phoebe Ministries.

Also, if you would like to make food donations to PVEN, please bring items to the church on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or Sundays from 8-11:30 a.m.

A $600,000 savings

Friday, September 30, 2011

Carbon County officials refinance $7,375,445 worth of bonds

Carbon County officials are expecting to save around $600,000 in the county's debt payments over the next 17 years.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted on four motions that outlined the refinancing of four bonds, totaling $7,375,445. The county last refinanced the bonds in 2008, when it needed to free up funds for the new judge's chambers in the courthouse.

Weatherly PTA meeting slated

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its first annual meeting for the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the elementary/middle school cafeteria.

Among the items for discussion will be the 2011-2012 PTA budget, homeroom parent notification, PTA calendar of events, announcement of the November speakers, by-laws amendment, reflections and more. Childcare will be provided. Refreshments will be served.

PTA meetings will be held on the second Monday of every month unless otherwise noted.

On this date

Friday, September 30, 2011

September 30, 1977

The age of nuclear medicine arrived at Coaldale State General Hospital, with test calibrations on the Ohio Nuclear Scanner conducted by Dr. William Maroun, director of the department, and Dennis J. Ockenhouse, neclear technologist. It can be used to scan the brain and is the best way to investigate tumors, find the cause of strokes, and discluse the reason of mygraine headaches. It will be useful in thyroid, lung, heart, and bone scans, as well as for other organs.

Modern day gandy dancers in Jim Thorpe

Friday, September 30, 2011
This machine, known as a "Tie Exchanger", also worked in pairs, with one unit working out in front of the tie cranes pulling the old ties out from under the rails while the unit behind the tie cranes were pushing the new ties back in place beneath the rails.
This machine, known as a "Tie Exchanger", also worked in pairs, with one unit working out in front of the tie cranes pulling the old ties out from under the rails while the unit behind the tie cranes were pushing the new ties back in place beneath the rails.

Work crews and machinery from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad have been busily working on the railroad tracks passing through the Jim Thorpe area for the last few days. The track maintenance workers, using 26 pieces of equipment, have been putting in new ties, surfacing, and aligning the tracks at a rate of about a mile and a half a day. This piece of equipment known as a "Tie Crane" was being used in pairs together, with one crane removing the old ties from alongside the tracks while the following crane dropped off new ties to be installed by another pice of machinery.

Cub Scouts camp out at Becky's Drive In

Friday, September 30, 2011

There will be plenty of action this weekend at Becky's Drive In, Route 248, 4548 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport, Berlinsville area.

The Cub Scouts from North Valley District (Minsi Trail Council) are camping out at the drive-in. A double feature will be shown: "Spy Kids 4", and "The Smurfs".

Activities will include a rope bridge, scouting displays, moon bounce, and roasting marshmallows before the features begin at 7:30 p.m.

Explosive times

Friday, September 30, 2011

Internet purchases, info make it a scary period

America is far from being the envy of the world that baby boomers were used to hearing while growing up in our Ozzie and Harriet world in the 1950s.

The reality today is that many outside – and some even inside our own borders – want to see this country, along with its democratic freedoms, crash and burn. More evidence of this emerged earlier this week when federal authorities arrested Rezwan Ferdaus, a Muslim American, near Boston for plotting to attack federal buildings with remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives.

Traversing flood waters

Friday, September 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured is a group of people traversing flooded waters just off East Phillips Street between Lansford and Coaldale.

Hometown couple celebrates 40 years

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. James Firkal Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. James Firkal Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. James Firkal Jr. of Hometown will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.

They were married on Oct. 2, 1971 at St. Joseph's Church in Summit Hill.

Mrs. Firkal is the former Patricia Yurick, daughter of Paul and Frances Yurick of Summit Hill. Her husband is the son of the late Rita and James Firkal Sr. of Coaldale.

The couple have three children: Pamela of Summit Hill, Kimberly of Hometown, and Brian, who is deceased.

The Firkals took a trip to Disney World in Florida with their daughters to celebrate this special occasion.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tamaqua Public Library news

The Tamaqua Public Library is gearing up for National Book Month, which will be held in October. Activities will be held throughout the month, including amnesty week and Teen Read Week.

Amnesty Week will be held Oct. 9 through Oct. 15. Fees on all overdue books will be waived during this time. This includes all late fees, giving procrastinators an opportunity to return late books, allowing other patrons to enjoy these editions.

Traversing flooded waters

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured assisting the stranded driver are Coaldale firefighters Tom Polischak, left, and chief Rich Marek.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured assisting the stranded driver are Coaldale firefighters Tom Polischak, left, and chief Rich Marek.

Wednesday's additional rainfall added even more rain to local water tables, causing rising waters and flooded roadways. Pictured yesterday afternoon, are Coaldale firefighters helping a stranded motorist get his vehicle out of flooded waters on East Phillips Street in Coaldale. Firefighters also spent time clearing borough drains of debris.

Tribe faces Cardinals

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pocono Mountain East at Lehighton

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Pocono Mt. East 2-2 (1-0 Mountain Valley Conference); Lehighton 2-2 (0-1 Mountain Valley Conference)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Pocono Mt. East def. Stroudsburg 7-3; Pleasant Valley def. Lehighton 7-6

POCONO MOUNTAIN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Charles Mann (1-2-30 TD pass), RB Devyn Papa (21-65 rush), WR Jake DeJohn (1-30 TD receiving)

LEHIGHTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Anthony Farole (10-22-102-TD pass, 16-100 rush), Jacen Nalesnik (6-10-TD rush)

Schuylkill crash

Thursday, September 29, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a one vehicle crash about 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, along Spruce Drive, near SR125, in Pine Grove Township.

Troopers said Joshua A. Bishop, 18, of Schuylkill Haven, was operating a 2002 Mazda Portege 5 when it left the road and traveled about 16 feet along the berm before striking an embankment. After impact the car traveled another 34 feet before turning over onto its roof and coming to rest back on the road.

Yashur gashes through Pirates

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Yashur gashes through Pirates
Copyright 2011

Keeping a high school football program at a premier level year in and year out is a difficult task to achieve, but with kids like Trevor Yashur it's easy to see why the Bulldogs stay at that level. Yashur's performance (22-243-3 tds) last week against Palisades has earned him week four TIMES NEWS Player of the Week honors.

Northern Lehigh's (4-0, 4-0 Colonial) head back knew he had to be an offensive threat coming into 2011, to build off the Bulldog's success from last season.

Carbon man jailed on theft counts

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Carbon County resident was jailed over on theft of items from vehicles.

Nesquehoning police said Sean Christopher McFadden, 22, of 318 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, has been charged with criminal conspiracy-theft, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property.

McFadden was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek, of Lansford, and committed to the county prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Officer Thomas Kurtz gave the following report on the incident.

On this date

Thursday, September 29, 2011

September 29, 1977

Miss Lisa Digiglio, a junior at Panther Valley High School, has been selected the Rose Queen for the 1977 St. Therese Shower of Roses celebration which will take place Sunday at Our Lady of Mounty Carmel Church, New Columbus. Attendants will be Trieste Digiglio and Theresa Izzo. The First Rose Princess is the queen's sister, Joanne, a freshman at Panther Valley. The Second Rose Princess is Michelle Damiano, a Panther Valley High School sophomore.

Payroll help is sought by Lansford

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Poised to begin hammering out a 2012 budget amid financial disarray, Lansford Borough Council on Wednesday agreed to seek a firm to take over payroll operations.

The move would free staff to help get the fiscal problems resolved so the borough has a better idea of where its stands financially before it begins the budget process.

Only four members of council were present at the regular public meeting Wednesday: Mary Kruczek, Rosemary Cannon, Danielle Smith and president Adam Webber.

Clearing debris

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Recent rainfall has resulted in many roads and drains to be filled with rocks or brush debris. Pictured is a PPL crew Wednesday afternoon clearing Hometown Hill, SR309, of fallen rocks and road debris.

West Penn reviews two subdivision plans

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The West Penn Township planning commission reviewed two plans on Tuesday evening at the municipal building to add subdivisions on Thomas W. Smith's property on Penn Drive on Route 443 and on Cynthia and Steven Hatton's property on Mush Dahl Road near Route 309.

Last month, the commission accepted a set of preliminary plans to add a trailer, which will serve as offices, on Smith's lot. At this month's meeting the plans were formally reviewed. Issues such as parking, a trash holding area and lot access were worked out with Township Engineer Ronald B. Madison, PE.

State Firemen's Parade results, appreciations

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters with the Lake Harmony Fire Company march in step during the state parade.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters with the Lake Harmony Fire Company march in step during the state parade.

The New Jersey State Fire Chief's Parade Judges Association released the results of the 132nd Annual Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania convention parade held on Saturday in Lake Harmony, and hosted by both the Lake Harmony and Albrightsville fire companies.

Firefighters busy again

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Recent rainfall has again kept volunteer firefighters throughout our area busy clearing drains and pumping out basements. Pictured is Coaldale volunteer firefighter Tom Polischak clearing borough drains, which routinely get clogged with debris.

Support group

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fibromyalgia

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Guest speaker will be attorney Jacqueline Zabresky of Wilkes-Barre, who will explain Social Security Disability, SSI and what you must know to apply.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (except for January and February) at Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, Hazle Township. This is located off the Airport Beltway behind the Toyota dealership.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Lehighton couple wed 50 years

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Nace Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Nace Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Nace Sr. are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

They were married Sept. 29, 1961 in Lehighton.

Mrs. Nace is the former Naomi Smith, daughter of the late Jonathan D. Smith Jr. and Ellen S. Smith of Lehighton. Her husband is the son of the late William T. Nice and Catherine E. Nace, Lehighton.