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September 2011

Man jailed after domestic incident

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Tamaqua man was incarcerated in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, on Saturday, Sept. 24, following a domestic dispute.

Borough police were dispatched to 27 N. Railroad St. at 7 p.m. Saturday for a reported domestic violence call in progress.

On scene the officers spoke with Mary Becker, who said she was tired of being hurt by her husband, Henry Edward Becker. She claimed he had been drinking all day, verbally assaulting her, then pushing and grabbing her repeatedly. At one point, he was striking her and hurt her right hand, she said.

The Gathering is Saturday in Slatington

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Quiet view of the Trout Run Covered Bridge and the new Pavilion along the Slate Belt Heritage Trail.
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Quiet view of the Trout Run Covered Bridge and the new Pavilion along the Slate Belt Heritage Trail.

The Gathering will hold its 8th annual event on October 1 at the Trout Run Covered Bridge, Seventh Street, Slatington. The Gathering will be held rain or shine. Sponsored by the Northern Lehigh Historical Society (NLHS), The Gathering has grown in size and popularity over the years as more and more families come to enjoy the festivities, beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing until closing.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Seniors met Sept. 8 at the Tamaqua Community Center with 87 members in attendance. One new member, Betty Connely, was welcomed to the group.

President Jean Machamer conducted the business session and provided an inspirational reading.

Rose Valle provided the invocation, entitled "Little Acts of Kindness."

Vice president Doris Brobst and secretary Joan Ann Garber provided their reports.

Doris Skeath was added to the sick list.

Members were treated to pizza and drinks.

On this date

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September 28, 1940

Thousands attended the annual Republican Party of Carbon County picnic at the Lehighton Fair Grounds. Chairman W. D. McCay of Coleraine, Lancaster County spoke at the social event. The Lehighton Boys Band, directed by Charles Kueblere, provided spirited music throughout the day's festivities. Irwin W. Bennett, of Franklin Township, the party's choice for a return to the office of representative in the General Assembly from Carbon County, gave remarks.

Rosh Hashanah begins today at sundown

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

For those of the Jewish faith, Rosh Hashanah begins this evening at sundown and continues until Friday evening.

Rosh Hashanah begins the 10-day period for the Jewish New Year on the first of Tishrei, and concludes with Yom Kippur on the 10th of Tishrei.

Yom Kippur is a day for Jews to become reunited with God and their fellow men, and to make atonement for their sins.

According to the Chabad.org of Jewish High Holidays, "Rosh Hashanah means, 'Head of the Year,' and as its name indicates, it is the beginning of the Jewish year."

Smallest parade participant

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Amidst all the colossal fire trucks and marching bands during the Annual Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania parade held in Lake Harmony Saturday, smaller things, like this monarch butterfly, always seem to stand out. Junior firefighter Tyler Michael, 14, Albrightsville Fire Company, holds still as the butterfly lands on his patch, while fire police volunteer Stephen Kanyuck, Albrightsville Fire Company, gives a slight smurk as the butterfly perches on his hand prior to the start of the parade.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Amidst all the colossal fire trucks and marching bands during the Annual Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania parade held in Lake Harmony Saturday, smaller things, like this monarch butterfly, always seem to stand out. Junior firefighter Tyler Michael, 14, Albrightsville Fire Company, holds still as the butterfly lands on his patch, while fire police volunteer Stephen Kanyuck, Albrightsville Fire Company, gives a slight smurk as the butterfly perches on his hand prior to the start of the parade.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September 28, 1940 Jackie Costello throws a pair of touchdown passes to help Tamaqua gain a 19-6 victory over Ashland. Costello hooks up with Bob McMichael from seven yards out for the Blue Raiders' first score and then connects with "Young Hogan" Fulmer on a nine-yard scoring strike later in the contest. McMichael also scores on defense, intercepting a pass and returning it 70 yards for a touchdown.

State Set-Aside funds for Carbon County agencies

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Local Board for Carbon County would like to make known that funds for Carbon County agencies are now available. These funds can be used for food pantries, mass shelter, rental and utility assistance. Interested agencies can visit www.efsp.unitedway.org to learn more about this grant.

This year, the board did not qualify for EFSP (Emergency Food and Shelter Program) funds from the National Board. The national formula was changed and the unemployment rate set by the National Board was 11.5 percent. the rate of unemployment was only 9.3 percent for Carbon County.

Strengthening Families Program returning to N. Lehigh District

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The very prospect of a program that aims to strengthen families and help children succeed may seem too good to be true.

Yet, that's exactly what families can expect when they sign up for a free program for parents and caregivers and their middle school-age children.

Back by popular demand, the Strengthening Families Program will be available in the Northern Lehigh School District over a seven-week period.

Carbon unemployment takes big leap in August

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

County has third highest rate

Carbon County's unemployment rate took a big jump in August.

The adjusted seasonal rate was a staggering 11.2 percent for the month, according to the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry.

In July, Carbon's adjusted rate was 10.4 percent.

The August rates for other area counties are:

Ÿ Schuylkill - 10.0 percent.

Ÿ Lehigh - 9.1 percent.

Ÿ Monroe - 10.2 percent.

Ÿ Northampton - 8.9 percent.

Ÿ Luzerne - 10.0 percent.

Hypnotherapist to lecture in SH

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Do you believe that we have been here before or do some sights seem familiar to you or are you just curious about hypnosis?

Nationally certified hypnotherapist and Reiki Master Diane Pryor may have some of the answers for you if you have wondered about this as she shares her experiences in studying past life regression through hypnosis at the Summit Hill Heritage Center's fall lecture series on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m.

Engineer to inspect township building for possible renovations

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Could the township building be renovated to continue meeting the needs of Mahoning Township supervisors was the question that led to a 4-0 vote to have their engineer inspect the structure and determine if it is a feasible idea during Monday evening's board meeting.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

PVEN statistics

During the quarterly hunger ministry meeting held at the Monroe County Administrative Center last week, the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network Community Service Center statistics led in new families served in this August and overall clients served for the previous program year. The PVEN provided help to over 720 clients from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.

Firemen respond

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Coaldale volunteers tell their side of what happened in fight

Coaldale volunteer firefighters on Tuesday spoke in their own defense against accusations that several of them beat a borough man early Sunday after a fund-raising event at the local VFW.

Some residents of Ridge Street say they saw firemen chasing and assaulting Joseph Terry, 47, of 151 Third St. Terry's mother told the TIMES NEWS on Tuesday morning that her son was in critical condition in St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, Bethlehem, with a torn artery in his brain, a fractured cheekbone, and blurred vision in one eye.

Giving back

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Although some of the activities of United Way's Day of Caring in Monroe County had to be changed, good work for various community institutions was still being done during the heavy rain of Sept. 24. David Rodriguez, vice president of Citizen's Bank and manager of the Tannersville branch, as well as Lucille Lama, also a vice president and and assistant manager at the Brodheadsville branch, worked for several hours helping the Brodheadsville Head Start organize its collection of books instead of doing the pre-weather scheduled painting.

CCTI house is auctioned

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A house auction was held at 220 North St. in Jim Thorpe. The house was built by plumbing/HVAC, electrical, and carpentry students of the Carbon Career and Technical Institute. The auction was hosted by Houser Auctioneers. According to Houser Auctioneers, after the auction a sale on the home looked promising. The living area features hardwood floors and a fireplace. The house also features three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a full unfinished basement, back deck, and detached garage. The house is a 2,000-square-foot, two story framed home.

Carbon Fair acquires more than 700 acres at tax sale

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Linda Koehler/TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Fair Board purchased over 700 acres of property along Little Gap Highway in Lower Towamensing Township through a Carbon County Tax Sale to develop into new fairgrounds. Of the 700 acres, 46 acres will be developed into the fairgrounds.
Linda Koehler/TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Fair Board purchased over 700 acres of property along Little Gap Highway in Lower Towamensing Township through a Carbon County Tax Sale to develop into new fairgrounds. Of the 700 acres, 46 acres will be developed into the fairgrounds.

Carbon County Fair board (Carbon County Lioness Lions Club Fair) purchased 717.49 acres of property in Lower Towamensing Township, of which Bob Silliman, president, said 46 acres are planned to be developed into a new fairground.

The property was purchased for $45,899.60 through the Carbon County Unpaid Tax Sale last Friday. The property was abandoned by Horsehead Corporation and was up for sale because of non payment of taxes from 2006 to the present.

Silliman said that he figures it will take at least two years before the fair will move onto the new property.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Summit Hill

St. Paul Lutheran

The Rev. Phyllis Pelletier will be the supply pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, on Sunday, Oct. 2. A retired pastor from Nanticoke, she will preside at the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

The Sunday Church School will have an additional activity this weekend in addition to the traditional 9 a.m. class. Members will meet at the church at 5 p.m. for a scavenger hunt. Those attending are reminded to dress appropriately for outdoors and are invited to bring a friend.

Lehighton news

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Trick or Treat night

Weissport, Lehighton and Franklin Township will hold Trick or Treat night from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 in their respective communities.

Garbage collection date change

Franklin Township residents should note that garbage collection for Columbus Day holiday will be changed from Monday, Oct. 10 to Tuesday, Oct. 11.

LCRC plans meeting

Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Weissport trailhead. All members are encouraged to attend.

Congressman Lou Barletta speaks at Carbon GOP rally

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta, center, was the main speaker at the fall rally of the Carbon County Republican Committee rally last night in Tresckow. He was introduced by MaryEllen Salerno, chairman of the Republican Committee. Looking on is Michael Sofranko, mayor of Jim Thorpe, who served as master of ceremonies.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta, center, was the main speaker at the fall rally of the Carbon County Republican Committee rally last night in Tresckow. He was introduced by MaryEllen Salerno, chairman of the Republican Committee. Looking on is Michael Sofranko, mayor of Jim Thorpe, who served as master of ceremonies.

One of the largest gatherings at a Carbon County Republican Committee dinner in recent years attended the fall rally Tuesday night at Capriotti's Restaurant in Tresckow.

Nearly 100 people were present, with the main address delivered by U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton.

Barletta spoke in detail about the national deficit, stating, "It's not that Washington taxes too little. It's that Washington is spending too much."

Truck runoff

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Repairs on Broad Mt. site need to be made

Maintenance.

It's something that's often done to prevent future problems. It's something that's usually done when fixable problems develop.

It seems that PennDOT sometimes waits too long to do some of its maintenance work.

For example, it took over a year to fix a problem along Route 443 in Mahoning Township near Carbon Plaza in which barriers made the road narrow. The barriers were needed because some sinking was feared along the two-lane highway's shoulder.

For a long 12 months, a dangerous sitution existed due to those barriers.

The 'eyes' have it in field hockey action

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

If you haven't seen a high school field hockey game this season, you're in for a bit of a surprise.

Since the first day of pre-season practice, active players in the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference have been dealing with a rule change incorporated by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Board of Directors.

Back in April, the NFHS voted to mandate the use of protective eyewear that meets the current American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard for field hockey, according to a statement on the NFHS's website.

Animal Response Team looking for new members

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Carbon County's Animal Response Team is looking for new members.

During the volunteer organization's last meeting on Tuesday evening, the group spoke to area animal lovers who were interested in becoming CART members.

Some of the goals CART strives toward is to decrease the threat to humans and animals, prevent and decrease the spread of diseases, and minimize the economic impact of animal emergencies.

Carleen Ladden, CART president, said that members are always needed to help in various positions during an emergency.

Lehighton, Nolehi get hockey wins

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Gwen Remaley of Lehighton puts her stick in front of ball, blocking an offensive move by a Pocono Mountain East player. Looking on is Remaley's teammate, Sage Trembula (11).
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Gwen Remaley of Lehighton puts her stick in front of ball, blocking an offensive move by a Pocono Mountain East player. Looking on is Remaley's teammate, Sage Trembula (11).

Lehighton and Northern Lehigh grabbed wins in field hockey on Tuesday afternoon.

In other action, Tamaqua grabbed a tennis win over Jim Thorpe.

FIELD HOCKEY

PM East-Lehighton

Lehighton's Sage Terembula scored two goals and helped the Indians to a 3-1 win over MVC foe Pocono Mt. East.

Sarah Keer added the third goal for the locals late in the second half. She also had an assist.

Lehighton moves to 6-4-1 (4-1-1).

Wilson-No. Lehigh

Northern Lehigh put up double digit goals, as they Lady Bulldogs beat up on Wilson 11-1 in Colonial League play.

Dunkin' Donuts in northeastern Pa donates $19,700 to center

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lehighton Dunkin' Donuts was one of the local franchise Dunkin' Donuts which helped raise $19,700 to support St. Joseph's Center in Scranton.

It is Dunkin' Donuts or Northeastern Pa.'s second consecutive year working with St. Joseph's Center, donating in total more than $42,000 since last summer's initial fundraising program.

Slatington Memorial Park opens

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Dolores Rowlands cuts the ribbon to complete the dedication of the new park.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Dolores Rowlands cuts the ribbon to complete the dedication of the new park.

The "Star Spangled Banner," sung by the audience and led by the Quartet of 5, opened the dedication ceremony of the Slatington Memorial Park on Sunday.

Dan Stevens, president of the Northern Lehigh Future Focus, introduced Mayor Walter Niedermeyer of Slatington, who welcomed the approximately 70 people who attended the program.

AARP driver safety program to salute veterans

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The AARP Driver Safety Program, formerly "55 Alive," salutes our area veterans during the month of November. Veterans and their spouses attending the course will receive a free course completion certificate. Veterans or the spouse of a veterans will be asked simply to fill out a form stating their status.

Two facing burglary counts

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Two Monroe County teens are facing burglary counts.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said on Friday, Sept. 23, about 1:30 p.m., they responded to 7139 Robinwood Drive, in Tobyhanna, Coolbaugh Township, for a burglary in progress. Upon arrival officers were told by the homeowner that he walked in on a burglary at his residence and recognized one of the suspects from a prior contact. He provided police with information which led officers to the home of Calvin Devine, 18, of Tobyhanna, which is located in the same neighborhood.

Palmerton HS crowns homecoming royalty

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
LYNN SHUPP/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LYNN SHUPP/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Palmerton High School named its 2011 Homecoming King and Queen this past weekend, as the Blue Bombers hosted Saucon Valley. Kane Kralik, right, was Homecoming King; and Kelsey Eaton was crowned Homecoming Queen.

Nesquehoning native receives doctor of medicine degree

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Homcha
Homcha

Christine Marie Homcha graduated as a doctor of medicine with high academic honors from the Penn State College of Medicine on May 15, 2011.

The daughter of Steve and Marge Homcha of Nesquehoning, she is a 2000 graduate of Marian High School, and a 2005 graduate of Misericordia University, where she earned her bachelor of science degree in health sciences, as well as her master's degree in physical therapy. She was employed in the physical therapy departments of the Blue Mountain Health System and Lehigh Valley Hospital prior to entering medical school.

Thorpe, Nolehi pick up soccer wins

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Andrew Hansen of Pleasant Valley sinks a putt during Monday's Mountain Valley Conference golf match.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Andrew Hansen of Pleasant Valley sinks a putt during Monday's Mountain Valley Conference golf match.

Jim Thorpe and Northern Lehigh picked up soccer wins, while Lehighton, Pleasant Valley and Panther Valley were successful in girls volleyball on Monday.

BOYS SOCCER

Nativity-Jim Thorpe

Corey Ligenza's hat trick led the Olympians to a 6-0 win over the Hilltoppers.

Ligenza scored two first half goals then added the final one with 12:35 left in the game.

Matt Rich added two goals and an assist and Caleb Heller had one goal and assist for Jim Thorpe. Kyle Lawrence also had an assist.

Justin Kaminski had 16 saves in goal for the Olympians.