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September 2011

Carbon Navy Club offers flag program

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Carbon County Navy Club Ship 260 is available to all schools in the Carbon County area to present their flag program. The club performed this program at a number of schools earlier this year. Officials are limited to two presentations in the morning. This is a free program to schools.

For more information or to set up a program at a school, call club historian Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at (570) 645-3643.

ARAACA donates to local organizations

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Pictured from left are Bill Bowman, member, ARAACA; Marion Debalko, chairwoman, SCP; Michael Havrilla, president, ARAACA; and Kelly Hoherchak, secretary, SCP.
Pictured from left are Bill Bowman, member, ARAACA; Marion Debalko, chairwoman, SCP; Michael Havrilla, president, ARAACA; and Kelly Hoherchak, secretary, SCP.

Ride the rails

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is the Hometown Trestle, also known locally as the High Bridge. The 185 foot high bridge crosses a steep gorge where the train will stop to allow passengers views in all directions.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is the Hometown Trestle, also known locally as the High Bridge. The 185 foot high bridge crosses a steep gorge where the train will stop to allow passengers views in all directions.

Heritage Festival to feature third oldest railroad route

Tamaqua's long railroad heritage will be celebrated during the 27th Annual Tamaqua Heritage Festival on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Former Summit Hill man must go to court over charges he had sex with a young girl

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A 13-year-old girl was the only witness against a former Summit Hill man during a magistrate hearing yesterday.

She kept composed, speaking just above a whisper in explaining how the man, Nicholas D. Molino, 42, now living in Wilkes-Barre, would have sex with her, sometimes twice a day. She said he had been assaulting her since she was just six years old, and it came to a halt when she went to live with a different relative during the summer of 2010 – when she was 12.

Carbon bus involved in Mahoning accident

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Two persons were injured Wednesday afternoon in a rear-end collision at the intersection of Jamestown Road and SR209 in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred at 4:15 p.m. as a car with two occupants was attempting to make a left turn off of SR209 south onto Jamestown Road when it was struck by a Carbon County Community Transport bus also traveling south. The force of the impact drove the car up onto a private lot. The two victims were treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.


Thursday, September 29, 2011
Eric Danielson and Shanna Hubbs
Eric Danielson and Shanna Hubbs

Bill and Denise Hubbs of Odessa, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Shanna Leigh Hubbs of Port Allegany, Pa., to Eric Marshall Danielson, also of Port Allegany.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Watkins Glen High School, N.Y.; a 2008 graduate of Mansfield University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in music education; and is currently enrolled at Edinboro University, where she is working toward a master's degree in education leadership.

She is employed by the Cameron County School District in elementary band.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, September 29, 2011

JROTC meeting

A JROTC meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 17 in the JROTC classroom. Election of officers will take place. All parents are invited.

Summit Hill

Meetings changed

The Summit Hill Water Authority has announced two changes in meeting dates.

The October meeting of the board will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and the November meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Both sessions will begin at 7 p.m.

Louis Alexander, chairman, will be in charge of the meetings.

SHCIO to meet

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.