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September 2011

Panther Valley approves several personnel changes

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Panther Valley School Board has approved personnel changes.

The board accepted the retirement of high school cafeteria head cook Lennora Goida, effective May 12, 2012; the immediate resignation of varsity girls softball coach James Gilbert; the retirement of high school Special education teacher Joan Kennedy, effective Dec. 23, 2011.

Celebration marks kickoff of 100th anniversary of Palmerton's incorporation

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Sue Steigerwalt of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce presented a citation to Peter Kern.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Sue Steigerwalt of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce presented a citation to Peter Kern.

On Sept. 20 members of the Palmerton business community, Palmerton Area Historical Society and individuals met at Blue Ridge Country Club for a kickoff dinner for Palmerton's 100th anniversary.

Palmerton, begun in 1898 by New Jersey Zinc Company, was incorporated in 1912 and will be officially 100 years old in October 2012. The Society was host for the event.

Run meets pass on center stage

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Heading into its matchup with Lehighton last week, Pleasant Valley's defense had to prepare for the Indians' aerial attack.

This week the Bears will have to get ready for the complete opposite, as Tamaqua's run-heavy offense comes to town.

Tamaqua man among 12 to enter guilty pleas

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Tamaqua man was among 12 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

Brian Keith Startzel, 42, of 35 W. Union St., Tamaqua, on a charge of loitering was given credit for spending 52 days in the county prison and was released on parole for 12 months, and ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). On charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness he was fined $200 plus costs. Startzel was cited by Trooper Todd W. Heintz.

Arrest made in theft of vehicle

Thursday, September 29, 2011

An arrest has been made in connection with the theft of a vehicle that occurred in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Joel P. Lucci, 54, of 8 Water St., New Philadelphia, reported his 1999 Dodge Dakota truck was stolen sometime between 11 p.m. on June 27 and 7:15 a.m. on June 28. Later the same day York Area Regional Police became involved in a vehicle pursuit with someone operating Lucci's truck. The pursuit ended in a crash with the driver fleeing the scene.

PV welcomes back Mitchell

Thursday, September 29, 2011

There was plenty of good news for the Panther Valley football team on Friday night.

Not only did the Panthers beat Jim Thorpe for their first victory of the season, but they also saw Brock Mitchell return to the field.

Mitchell, a second-team All-State tight end a year ago, suffered a serious leg injury in an ATV accident back in December.

The injury, which required several surgeries, cost Mitchell the entire 2010-11 winter and spring sports seasons and left him questionable for this football season.

Lehighton library hosts book signing

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lehighton Area Memorial Library, 124 North St., Lehighton, will host a book signing and release party for Autumn Jordan (aka Diane Gerber of Lehighton), author of a newly released book, "In the Presence of Evin" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the library. For additional information call the library at 610-377-2750 or email at

Palmerton Fitness Center now under new ownership

Thursday, September 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Community Fitness Center is under new ownership. Pictured are manager Taylor Knight (seated), and owner Janet Knight (standing).
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Community Fitness Center is under new ownership. Pictured are manager Taylor Knight (seated), and owner Janet Knight (standing).

A popular exercise facility in Palmerton is under new ownership.

Located at 346 Delaware Avenue, the Palmerton Community Fitness Center is now family-run.

Taylor Knight serves as manager, while her mother, Janet Knight, is owner.

To commemorate the change in ownership, an open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All ages are welcome. There will be a one-month membership give away, family packages and 3-month special. Food and drinks will be provided.

Tamaqua holds 15th annual band adjudication extravaganza

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Bangor Marching Band marches in step during the adjudication.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Bangor Marching Band marches in step during the adjudication.

The Tamaqua Area Athletic Center radiated with sounds of marching band music Saturday night during the Tamaqua Area Band Booster's 15th Annual Land of the Running Water Band Adjudication Festival, which was held indoors due to weather.

Performing field shows were 13 participating bands from Panther Valley, Hamburg Area, Mahanoy Area, Minersville, Southern Lehigh, Williams Valley, Wilson Area, Tri-Valley, Emmaus, Exeter, Bangor, Pottsville and Tamaqua Raider Marching Band, which hosted the event.

Jim Thorpe news

Thursday, September 29, 2011

National Christian recording artists and author, David and Karen Brickley will be speaking at the Ebenezer E.C. Church every Sunday during the month of October at the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

For more information, call 325-2855. The church is located at 441 Center Ave.

Women of ELCA


Thursday, September 29, 2011

September 29, 1972 Dru Herman throws a touchdown pass on offense, and comes up with an interception and a fumble recovery on defense to help Jim Thorpe earn a 13-6 victory over Pocono Mountain. Herman recovers a fumble on the opening kickoff and it leads to his 29-yard scoring toss to Gene Binder. The Olympians, coached by Barry Hackenberg, extend the advantage on a nine-yard touchdown run by Mike Clewell.

Vehicle found, owner is sought

Thursday, September 29, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported a vehicle was found along Buskirk Lane in Saylorsburg, and the owner is being sought.

Found was a 2002 Honda Foreman TRX450 FE about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. Anyone with information concerning the vehicle is asked to call troopers at (610) 377-4270

Northern Lehigh community news

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Gathering

The Gathering will be held from 1 p.m. until close on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Trout Run Covered Bridge in Slatington/Washington Township, rain or shine.

There will be music, food, beverages, vendors and crafters, and The Great Slatington Duck Race

Duck Certificates are available at the Northern Lehigh Historical Society stand.

There will be a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

Slatington Public Library

Look for the library's table at the Presbyterian Church's Apple Festival. They will be having a book sale.

Look Good, Feel Better

Thursday, September 29, 2011

ACS makeover slated

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 6-8 p.m., Oct. 3, at St. Catherine's Medical Center- Ashland. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment. It will be held in the Susan Amedow Board Room, 101 Broad St.

Tamaqua couple wed 60 years

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Erbe of Tamaqua celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 22. They were married in St. Jerome's Rectory, Tamaqua, by the late Rev. Joseph Dougherty.

Mrs. Erbe is the former Dolores Marcin, daughter of the late Michael and Bernetta Marcin of Tamaqua.

Mr. Erbe is the son of the late Walter and Sarah Erbe of Tamaqua.

Palmerton Police Log

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Tim Heimbach, 35, of 88 Walnut Street, Lehighton, was cited for speeding. The violation occurred on Sept. 16 at 5:39 a.m. on SR248 east.


Criminal charges were filed against Christopher Crook, 23, of 14 E Catawissa Street, Nesquehoning, for DUI, registration and certificate of title required, unauthorized transfer or use of registration, drivers required to be licensed, driving under suspension, required financial responsibility, and periods for required lighted lamps. The incidents occurred on Sept. 2 at 2:13 a.m. in the 500 block of Delaware Avenue.

Flooded tracks

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Flooded tracks
Copyright 2011

Railroad tracks on Hazle Street in Tamaqua are overrun with water following another day of heavy rain.

Carbon Labor Chapter to host "Meet the Candidate Night"

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Carbon County Labor Chapter will host a "Meet the Candidate Night" on Friday, Sept. 30, between 4 and 7 p.m. at the Phifers Ice Dam in Franklin Township.

All candidates, Democratic or Republican, seated or running, are invited to speak.

Admission is free and food prepared by the Franklin Township Lions Club will be available for purchase in the parks pavilion. Entertainment will be provided by The Drew Kelly Band and Buster the Clown.

A classic car show is also running in conjunction with this event in the park.

Shifferts propel NL

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Shiffert brothers combined to lead Northern Lehigh to an easy soccer victory to highlight Wednesday's rain reduced scholastic sports schedule.


NDES-No. Lehigh

Channing Shiffert and Zeb Shiffert both scored hat-tricks to help spark Northern Lehigh to a 9-0 Colonial League victory over visiting Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg.

Channing became the first Bulldog in the program's history to score 50 career goals .

Thatcher George just missed out on a hat-trick as he finished with two goals, while Ryan Perkowski added a single score.

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


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

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.