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September 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 lehighton.library@gmail.com.

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 Wilson Band members perform for a full audience inside the Tamaqua Athletic Center.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Wilson Band members perform for a full audience inside the Tamaqua Athletic Center.

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.

McCann business school teams with PCT

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

McCann School of Business and Technology has announced the implementation of an articulation agreement with Pennsylvania College of Technology. This agreement allows graduates of McCann, from any of 13 different degree programs, to enter Central Pennsylvania College at third year status and complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Technology Management. This newest agreement compliments the existing articulation agreement between the two educational institutions for the Paralegal program.

Sweetness and light

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sweetness and light
Copyright 2011

Grandest Kids Alyssa and Gabriella Harris, ages 5 and 2, are from Machenbach, Germany. They made a trip back to Pennsylvania in August to visit their Oma and Opa Gary and Sylvia Serfass of Lehighton. The girls got to visit the sights of Philadelphia and New Jersey. They also went to Dorney Park, Becky's Drive In and the Lehigh Valley Zoo and did lots of shopping while they were here. They spent a lot of time swimming in their Oma and Opa's pool and playing with their great-grandmother, Helen Keiser and great-grandfather, Kenneth Serfass. Their parents are Sarah (Serfass) and Austin Harris.

Rush crash probed

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Tamaqua man escaped serious injury early Friday morning, Sept. 23, when his vehicle climbed a curb and struck a retaining wall at the Beacon Diner in Hometown.

James Faust, 24, told police he fell asleep behind the wheel of his 1995 Subaru as he was traveling south on SR309. The vehicle drove over the curb and struck a retaining wall on the east end of the parking lot. The Subaru continued sliding sideways, traveling south, impacting a second retaining wall. It finally came to rest against a curb on the southeast edge of the lot.

The vehicle was towed from the scene.

More charges filed against Franklin Twp. kennel owner

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yet more charges have been filed against a Franklin Township kennel owner already incarcerated for purchasing dogs using an alias name and not paying for them.

This time, Patricia E Gadaleta, 52, of 974 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, faces six counts of identity theft, as well as one count each of theft by deception, receiving stolen property, forgery, and access device fraud.

Gadaleta was arraigned via video conference on Tuesday by District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton. She has been recommitted to Carbon County Prison in lieu of $10,000, 10-percent bail.

Results of DUI enforcement noted

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The North Central PA Regional DUI Enforcement Program has released the results of Roving DUI Patrols held last weekend in Schuylkill County.

On Sept. 23, four officers representing four law enforcement agencies conducted a roving patrol, contacting and detaining a total of 46 vehicles. Five operators were tested for possible intoxication, with two adult DUI and one underage drinking arrests. Officers also issued 19 traffic citations, made three criminal arrests and issued 24 warnings.

'Moneyball' hits the right pitch

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"There's no crying in baseball," Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) told us in "A League of Their Own" (1992).

There is crying in "Moneyball" and not only when Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) hears his daughter, Casey (Kerris Dorsey) sing "The Show" (the original was released in 2008 by Lenka). This scene alone should net an Oscar actor nomination for Pitt, who may be a dual nominee (his other Oscar actor nod could be for "The Tree of Life").

Lehighton arrests

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lehighton police reported on two arrests made over the past weekend.

Police said Jon R. Doughtery Jr., 27, of 201 White St., Apt. 8, Weissport, was cited for public drunkenness. The incident occurred on Friday, Sept. 23, about 3:46 a.m. in the vicinity of 200 block of N. First St.

Edwin Mertz, 52, of 131 Mauch Chunk St., Lehighton, was cited for criminal trespass at 131 N. First St. The incident occurred on Sunday, Sept. 25, about noon.

Military history displayed at Redball Rally

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Between 70 to 80 military vehicles ranging from WWII to present day filled a large section of the parking area outside of the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert during the Redball Military Transport Fall Military Vehicle Rally and Show which was held there last Friday and Saturday.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Between 70 to 80 military vehicles ranging from WWII to present day filled a large section of the parking area outside of the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert during the Redball Military Transport Fall Military Vehicle Rally and Show which was held there last Friday and Saturday.

Once again, last weekend, the Redball Military Transport Fall Military Vehicle Rally and Show brought history back to life at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert.

Whether for a youngster curious to see some of the vehicles that Grandpa may have told them about from his service days, or a veteran searching for memories, the rally did not disappoint.

A wide variety of military vehicles filled a large section of the parking area outside of the fairgrounds while inside there was just about every spare part for them that one could ever need.

Two men who robbed area resident sent to state prison

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Two New York area men who held up a Tamaqua man in the state game lands in Walker Township were among 17 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.

Philip E. Hemminger Jr., 19, of Black River, N.Y., pleaded guilty to robbery, conspiracy and reckless burning and Andrew M. O'Connor, 20, of Carthage, N.Y., pleaded guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy, robbery and theft. Both were sentenced to serve four to eight years in a state correctional institution.

Vandalism incident probed in Rush

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rush Township police are investigating an act of criminal mischief reported to the department on Monday morning, Sept. 26.

Vandals reportedly smashed the window on a Kobelco backhoe owned by Ankiewicz Enterprises Inc.

The vehicle was parked on Bnosky Street and was undamaged as of Friday afternoon.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 668-6100.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, Oct. 1. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need grocery size brown paper bags.

Former Catholic high school placed on tax rolls

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The building which formerly housed the Cardinal Brennan High School, located at 130 Academy Lane, Butler Township, Schuylkill County, was removed from tax exemption by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board after a hearing in the county court. The request for placing the property, which contains 95.5 acres, was made by North Schuylkill School District.

Underage drinking arrest in Tamaqua

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tamaqua police cited a 17-year-old male for underage drinking on Friday night, Sept. 23.

Officers on patrol at 9:20 p.m. observed a white Pontiac Grand Am coming from the area of the Buehler Memorial (Bungalow) Pool.

The car failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Catawissa and Lafayette streets, turning left on to Lafayette. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was asked for his license and registration.

While a passenger in the car was searching for the car's registration an officer noticed a silver can of Coors original beer.

Sweet and savory

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
This Sept. 8, 2011 photo shows honey-thyme glazed chicken with cider gravy and baby spinach salad in Concord, N.H. This recipe has a sweet autumnal flavor that can be tailored to your region by using a local wildflower honey and a cider made with heirloom apples. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 8, 2011 photo shows honey-thyme glazed chicken with cider gravy and baby spinach salad in Concord, N.H. This recipe has a sweet autumnal flavor that can be tailored to your region by using a local wildflower honey and a cider made with heirloom apples. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Rosh Hashanah meals perfect for local, seasonal eating

You may not think of Jewish cooking as trendsetting, but truth is it has been focused on seasonal recipes sporting local ingredients since long before farmers markets became the darling of the foodie scene. And the Jewish New Year meal, served at Rosh Hashanah, is a perfect example of this unintended hipness.

Woman seriously hurt in crash

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A young woman was seriously injured after being involved in a violent crash Tuesday afternoon along Lizard Creek Road (SR895) in East Penn Township. The crash occurred just before 4 p.m. as she was traveling east just leaving West Penn Township in Schuylkill County. For some unknown reason her car left the right berm traveling up a grass berm before impacting with a clump of large trees. A combination of rescuers from the East Penn Fire Company, Penn Mahoning and Mahoning Valley ambulances worked to free the heavily entrapped victim.

Lehigh Township Festival to benefit Dream Come True, BRC

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

For those who love cars, good food, entertainment and fun, stop by the Lehigh Township Benefit Festival and Car Show on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Becky's Drive In, 4548 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport (Berlinsville). The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Raindate is Oct. 9.

The event opens at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be served in the refreshment stand until 10:30 a.m.

Throughout the day, there will be a car show hosted by Blue Ridge Rod and Custom Car Club.

Hodge Podge DJ will be offering music by screen two.

Parryville forced to comply with Act 537 sewage facilities plan

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Barry Issett, engineer, with Barry Issett Associates, Trexlertown, right, explains to Mike Grant, left, the steps Parryville Council will have to take to comply with Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan.
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Barry Issett, engineer, with Barry Issett Associates, Trexlertown, right, explains to Mike Grant, left, the steps Parryville Council will have to take to comply with Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan.

Parryville's sewage problems will not be an easy fix, but Parryville Borough Council finally has taken the first step to comply with Act 537, a community-wide sewage facilities plan. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ordered communities to adopt an official plan to provide sewage services for areas within its jurisdiction in 1968.

Barry Issett, engineer, with Barry Issett Associates, Trexlertown, met Tuesday night with Parryville Council to discuss the steps Parryville must take.

Indians play better, but lose to Cards

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
RON GOWER /TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Cole Christman (26) and Anthony Rossino (6) try to block Pocono Mountain East's Martin Dieppa from moving the ball downfield in soccer action yesterday in Lehighton.
RON GOWER /TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Cole Christman (26) and Anthony Rossino (6) try to block Pocono Mountain East's Martin Dieppa from moving the ball downfield in soccer action yesterday in Lehighton.

For the Lehighton boys' soccer team, it was probably a tough task to get motivated for their second facing against Pocono Mountain East.

The first time that the two squads played each other, the Cardinals scored nine goal by halftime. That kind of defeat can do damage to the psyche of any team.

Last night, the two faced off again and the game went in favor of the Cardinals again by a 4-1score.

"The last time we played them, we were losing 9-0 at halftime," LHS head coach Dave Yob mentioned. "Today, I think we showed up with much better play against them."

Strong fire response in Walker Township

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua firefighters investigate the outside of the home for the cause of the fire.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua firefighters investigate the outside of the home for the cause of the fire.

About 50 emergency responders were called during heavy rains to 28 Kettle Road in Walker Township just before 8 p.m. Tuesday after a possible lightning strike to a home.

When firefighters arrived they noticed smoke emanating from the home.

Removal of top soil raises concerns at JT school board

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

During the public comment portion of the Jim Thorpe Area School Board meeting, resident Peter McGuire raised questions and concerns about a motion that was voted on at the previous school board meeting. The motion involved the removal of top soil from the high school football stadium.

Currently the Jim Thorpe High School football stadium is being renovated. The top soil from the field was originally to be removed and used on the practice field. During the renovation, engineers from EI Associates stated the soil was substandard and could not be used on the practice field.

No weeds for festival

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kevin Steigerwalt trims a tree on the North Railroad Street parking lot during their seasonal cleanup held Monday evening held in Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kevin Steigerwalt trims a tree on the North Railroad Street parking lot during their seasonal cleanup held Monday evening held in Tamaqua.

Tamaqua Beautification Association (T.B.A.) volunteers routinely spruce up parks and other areas of Tamaqua. Volunteers are dedicating extra time in preparation for the Tamaqua Heritage Day Festival, set for Sunday October 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kevin Steigerwalt, T.B.A. president, stated, "We are always looking for volunteers. Feel free to call either Karen Davison or myself at (570) 668-3444 to help."

Lansford woman gets jail time for drunk driving

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fifteen area residents entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County Court.

Betty J. Dolly, 39, of 418 E. Patterson St., Lansford, on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in the county prison, fined $1,500, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), and shall receive outpatient treatment. Dolly was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Bynon.

Lansford woman cited for theft

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Lansford woman was cited by Rush Township police after a shoplifting incident at the Hometown Commons Walmart on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Nicole Raposo, 27, allegedly removed merchandise valued at $36.88 from the store.

She was charged with retail theft.