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September 2011

Tamaqua area man gets time-served for assault

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Tamaqua area man was one of four defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced as follows:

Joseph Franz, 24,of 190 Lincoln Drive, Tamaqua R.D., on two counts of simple assault and one count each of criminal trespass, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct was sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin to serve 17 days to 23 months in the county prison, however, since he served the minimum time was released on parole.

Operation: Touch of Home needs you and your help

Friday, September 30, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home, Inc. will be meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert.

Operation: Touch of Home is a local organization that collects essential and non-essential items and ships them to our local members of the Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

If you would like to help in this endeavor, please consider joining them on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Tamaqua news

Friday, September 30, 2011

Adult Day Care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center is conducting a non-perishable food drive to benefit the Tamaqua Salvation Army Food Bank. Donated goods will be accepted Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., through Nov. 1.

The center has a variety of activities planned for October, including a pancake breakfast on Oct. 4.

Dunn's Farms wins national recognition

Friday, September 30, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Charles Itle, left, presents Josh and Jimmy Dunn of Dunn's Pride Holsteins, New Ringgold, a jacket and monetary award for the first place Charles Itle Exhibition and Display Award at the 2011 All-American Dairy Show, held in Harrisburg. At right is Rita Kennedy, All-American Dairy Show President.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Charles Itle, left, presents Josh and Jimmy Dunn of Dunn's Pride Holsteins, New Ringgold, a jacket and monetary award for the first place Charles Itle Exhibition and Display Award at the 2011 All-American Dairy Show, held in Harrisburg. At right is Rita Kennedy, All-American Dairy Show President.

The Jim and Tammy Dunn family of Dunn's Pride Holsteins, New Ringgold, received the first place Charles Itle Exhibition and Display Award at the 2011 All-American Dairy Show, held last week in Harrisburg.

The 48th All-American Dairy Show, the world's largest dairy show. It was held this year at the Pa. Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

Credit for the Dunn's design and execution of the pack's display, featuring fall foliage, electric lanterns and rustic wood trim, goes to mother Tammy, said brothers Josh and Jim, who accepted the award, an embroidered jacket and cash prize.

Pink Friday

Friday, September 30, 2011

Marian HS asks fans to wear pink on Oct. 7

Marian Catholic's Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America will be sponsoring a "Pink Friday" service event at the Marian vs. Panther Valley football game on Friday, Oct. 7, at the

Men of Marian Stadium.

The FBLA members are asking all fans, both Colts and Panthers alike to support "Breast Cancer Awareness" month by wearing pink to the game. The students will also be collecting donations and selling baked goods and ribbon pins.

All proceeds will go directly to breast cancer research.

For more information, contact the Development Office at (570) 467-0641.

A real downpour

Friday, September 30, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This picture was taken Thursday afternoon during the heavy down pour. The water is rushing down the hill by the stairs located on Rt 903 in Jim Thorpe by The Jim Thorpe Market.

Schuylkill crash

Friday, September 30, 2011

State police at Frackville reported investigating a one-vehicle crash about 7:14 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, along SR61 at Darkwater Road, in New Castle Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Joseph H. Smith, 59, of Columbia, Md., and Melvin R. Nye, 36, of Sunbury, were both southbound. Smith, operating a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, made a right turn onto Darkwater Road and proceeded to make a U-turn.

He then attempted to turn left onto 61 northbound but failed to yield the right-of-way to Nye. The Equinox struck a utility trailer attached to Nye's 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 truck.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, September 30, 2011

September 30, 1950 Slatington scores a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter and hangs on to defeat Lehighton, 14-0, at Victory Park in both team's Lehigh Valley League opener. The Slaters get on the board early when Bruce Kemmerer returns a punt 92 yards for a score. Later in the first period, Romaine Ross breaks loose for a 35-yard TD run. Slatington's defense, which forces three turnovers, does the rest in recording the shutout.

Press pass

Friday, September 30, 2011

BY SHAWN MCFARLAND

Is everyone else as confused about what the heck is going on with all this college realignment as I am?

A place for entrepreneurial growth

Friday, September 30, 2011
Pictured taking part in the ribbon cutting during the grand opening of the center are from left student Cpl. Gabriel Au Buchon, Army Reserve; Donald Snyder, President, LCCC; Richard Warner, BEC project director, LCCC; Ann L. Thompson, trustee, LCCC; Dave Hunsinger, trustee, LCCC; Tim Herrlinger, Executive Director of the Foundation, LCCC; Carlton R. Raines, adjunct business professor and associate project director, BEC, LCCC; Chris Morrison, Tamaqua mayor; Linda Yulanavage, executive director, Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce; Bill Moyer, President, St. Luke's Miners Hospital, Coaldale; and Micah Gursky, president, Tamaqua Borough Council.
Pictured taking part in the ribbon cutting during the grand opening of the center are from left student Cpl. Gabriel Au Buchon, Army Reserve; Donald Snyder, President, LCCC; Richard Warner, BEC project director, LCCC; Ann L. Thompson, trustee, LCCC; Dave Hunsinger, trustee, LCCC; Tim Herrlinger, Executive Director of the Foundation, LCCC; Carlton R. Raines, adjunct business professor and associate project director, BEC, LCCC; Chris Morrison, Tamaqua mayor; Linda Yulanavage, executive director, Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce; Bill Moyer, President, St. Luke's Miners Hospital, Coaldale; and Micah Gursky, president, Tamaqua Borough Council.

Business Enterprise Center opens in Tamaqua

Thinking about starting a business? Community members, representatives, local and state officials were on hand this week during the Lehigh Carbon Community College Entrepreneur Week and grand opening and dedication ceremony of their Business Enterprise Center (BEC) in Tamaqua.

Lowe's officially opens Lehighton store

Friday, September 30, 2011
Kerry Collins, manager at Lowes, Lehighton, offered to assist Habitat for Humanity, Lehigh Valley, with an opening day sales promotion. For each gift card purchased this weekend, Habitat for Humanity gets matching funds. From left are, Collins, Tom James, and Thivault Alessandrin.
Kerry Collins, manager at Lowes, Lehighton, offered to assist Habitat for Humanity, Lehigh Valley, with an opening day sales promotion. For each gift card purchased this weekend, Habitat for Humanity gets matching funds. From left are, Collins, Tom James, and Thivault Alessandrin.

Lowe's, Lehighton, held its grand opening ceremony on Thursday morning by having a grant recipient saw a painted board with the words Lowe's of Lehighton engraved on it in half.

Kerry Collins, store manager, said that Lowe's opened last Thursday, but this was the official grand opening celebration of events.

"We are opening our store by giving the Lehighton Area School District $1,000," said Collins, as he handed Jonathan J. Cleaver, curriculum director, an oversized check.

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.

Fillies, Wreckers sweep in volleyball

Friday, September 30, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Marian's Joanna Batula taps the ball over the net against Minersville in volleyball action last night. In the background is teammate Lauren Nietz.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Marian's Joanna Batula taps the ball over the net against Minersville in volleyball action last night. In the background is teammate Lauren Nietz.

Marian and Weatherly both picked up volleyball wins in action from Thursday.

The Fillies remained undefeated by cruising past Minersville, while the Wreckers swept Millersburg.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Minersville-Marian

Marian swept Minersville with ease, winning 25-6, 25-8, 25-6 in volleyball action.

Marykate Sherkness led the Fillies (8-0) with 17 kills. She also had seven digs and five aces.

Nicole Collevechio recorded ten digs, while Abby O'Donnell dished out 26 assists. Rebecca Hartman added ten aces and seven digs.

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.

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.

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.

Birth: Carroll

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Owen Dylan  Carroll
Owen Dylan Carroll

A son, Owen Dylan Carroll, was born to Brianna and Kevin Carroll of Jim Thorpe, at 9:24 a.m., on July 29, 2011 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. He weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 23 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Michael and Doriana Hurley of Jonas, Pa.

Paternal grandparents are Harry Carroll of Jim Thorpe, and Mary Carroll of Coaldale.

Newly hired guard suspended

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Schuylkill County Prison Board held a special meeting Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville to take action on a personnel matter dealing with a correctional officer.

The greater part of the meeting was held in executive session to discuss the problem and when the meeting was opened to the public the board acted on two quick motions.

Polk column

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Sunday, Oct 16 from 3-6:15 p.m. is Family Fun Day. Pocono Lutheran churches will host a Family Fun Day on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 3 to 6:15 p.m. The event is outdoors and will include games, supper and worship at St. Paul's picnic grove in Albrightsville, off Rte. 534. Bring food to share. Drinks and dinnerware will be provided.

See the Rev. Scheffey for more information.

Care Package committee

Kagan-Semanoff

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Jack Semanoff and Rebecca Kagan
Jack Semanoff and Rebecca Kagan

The engagement of Rebecca Kagan of Cherry Hill, N.J. to Jack Semanoff of Lehighton has been announced by the couple.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Rita and Alan Kagan of Cherry Hill. She is a graduate of Drexel University, where she earned a master's of science in nursing. She is employed as a family nurse practitioner at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Public hearing will discuss Central Carbon Regional Comprehensive Plan

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A public hearing will be held to discuss the Central Carbon Regional Comprehensive Plan will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. today at the at the Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium, 110 N. Third Street, Lehighton. The meeting will be facilitated by Allen G. Heist, PMP, project manager, Stell Environmental Enterprises, Inc. Elverson. Heist has spent most of the year developing and refining the plan.

Invited guests to the meeting are members of the four planning commissions that comprise Central Carbon County: Mahoning, East Penn and Franklin townships and the Borough of Weissport.

Young drivers

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tougher rules for teen motorists in Pa. bill

According to car accident statistics involving Pennsylvania teens, the number of fatalities for 16 and 17-year-olds increased to 57 last year.

The numbers nationally are even more gripping as car accidents remain the number one cause of death of people 16-20 years old.

In 2009, 3,214 teens between the ages of 15 and 19 were killed in car accidents. Of that number, 2,336 were drivers and another 196,000 were injured.

Tech-Net Comedy Night will feature comedy, music, prizes

Thursday, September 29, 2011

One-night-event set for Penn's Peak on Nov. 12

A night of fun and laughter is planned for Saturday, Nov. 12, when the ninth annual Tech-Net Comedy Night is held at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter and local fire companies, including Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Department, Franklin Township Fire Company, Lehigh Township Volunteer Fire Company, Albrightsville Fire Company and West End Fire Company, Brodheadsville.

Journey to Carbon County's Carboniferous past

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Join geoscientist Matt Bielecki on a Journey to Carbon County's Carboniferous Past at the Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Join geoscientist Matt Bielecki on a Journey to Carbon County's Carboniferous Past at the Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Travel back in time 300 million years to the Carboniferous Period to see the origins of the coal in Carbon County at the "Journey to the Past - the Carboniferous" at the Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The program at the Museum, 41 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, includes a comprehensive display of fossils from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and a slide presentation lecture by geoscientist Matt Bielecki from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. There is no charge for the program.

Board closes recycling drop-off site in McAdoo

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The drop-off recycling site in McAdoo was discontinued in action taken by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

By a unanimous vote the three commissioners decided to terminate the lease with the John Debalko, owner of the property. The county had installed six recycling bins in an area of a miniature shopping mall in the 300 block on Hancock Street.

Snowmobile safety course planned

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Area snowmobilers interested in taking the Pennsylvania Snowmobile Safety Course may enroll for the course, according to Dennis Blocker and Richard German, who have volunteered to organize the program in this area.

The program is designed for youngsters 10 to 15 years of age.

The course consists of one eight hour session. The safety training will be held at Blockers Enterprises, 770 State Road, off Route 248, Parryville, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. There is no charge to attend the safety course.

Car loses brakes, driver crashes into pole

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

Late Wednesday night, Coaldale firefighters were called during heavy rain to Fifth Street, near the Water Street (SR209) intersection, after a report of a car into a pole. After losing his brakes while driving down Fifth Street, the driver, Harry Puff, 22, of Coaldale, was forced to stop his out of control car by crashing it into a utility pole. Going about 35 MPH, Puff managed to miss a traffic sign and other obstacles, before hitting the pole, located in a neighboring yard.

Palmerton rape suspect waives preliminary hearing

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Palmerton man accused of the alleged rape of a female has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Wayne Smith Jr., 24, of 832 Mauch Chunk Road, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Instead, Smith opted for a waiver, which means he will next go before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas for a pretrial status conference at 9 a.m. Nov. 8.

Smith faces charges of rape by forcible compulsion, aggravated indecent assault, and indecent assault.

Slatington driver facing charges

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Slatington driver is facing multiple charges following an incident in Nesquehoning.

Borough police identified the suspect as Sula Blaze Sabwa, 36, of 122 Hill St. He has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or a controlled substance, resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault (two counts), aggravated assault and summary offense of maximum speed limits – 50.6 miles-per-hour in a 25 zone.

Arresting officer Robert Blisard reported the following.

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.