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September 2011

Lehighton news

Friday, September 30, 2011

Zoning officer hours

The Lehighton Zoning Officer's new part-time hours will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

For your convenience, call (610) 377-4002 prior to coming to the office.

Halloween parade

Lehighton Halloween Parade will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. The rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m.

Trick or Treat night

Lehighton Trick or Treat night will be Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6-8 p.m. Please leave your porch lights on for the Trick-or-Treaters.

Tamaqua woman escapes injury

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Tamaqua woman escaped injury after losing control of her car on a wet Schuylkill County roadway.

State police Frackville said Geraldine A. Schuetrumpf, 51, was driving a 2000 Ford Focus eastbound on SR443 in East Brunswick Township, about 6:22 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28. She failed to negotiate a right curve just after heavy rain fell in the area. The car spun around multiple times, troopers said, before traveling north through the westbound lane.

The car left the road and impacted with the embankment and trees where it came to rest.

A journey and a search within

Friday, September 30, 2011
Susan Stine, Tamaqua, displays a Flight 93 memorial flag inside her Dutch Hill house. Stine, a certified nurse's aide, has traveled to the Shanksville crash site on 9-11 for the past ten years.
Susan Stine, Tamaqua, displays a Flight 93 memorial flag inside her Dutch Hill house. Stine, a certified nurse's aide, has traveled to the Shanksville crash site on 9-11 for the past ten years.

Tamaqua woman drawn to Shanksville crash site

Every year around September 11, Susan Stine leaves her warm, cozy house on Dutch Hill and makes a 200-mile pilgrimage to a grassy field in western Pennsylvania.

There, she spends a few days sorting through thoughts and feelings deep inside.

She's been doing it for a decade, and never misses the trip, regardless of what might be happening in her busy life.

Stine is drawn to the serene setting where she ponders a sequence of events that challenge the imagination.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month

Friday, September 30, 2011

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Cancer Society is urging women to follow early detection guidelines for breast cancer and to make healthy behavioral changes to lower their risk of breast cancer.

An estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 39,520 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. in 2011.

Slatington Class of 1952 celebrates 59-year reunion

Friday, September 30, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Slatington High School Class of 1952 celebrated its 59-year class reunion at the Post 16 Restaurant on Aug. 27. Attending were, front, Myrle Wannamaker Bird. First row, from left, Pearl Hamm Follweiler, Delores Scheffler Dengler, Marian Sittler Miller, Theo Jones Elias, and Shirley Fredrick Kern. Second row, Mary Jane Smith Sheckler, Irwin Zellner, Mildred Kern Zellner, Mae Hankee Rehrig, Nancy Leiby Billig, Carolyn Krause Steele, Judy Lentz Shiner, Grace Williams Lewis, Joan Skutches Heffelfinger, and Doris Shellhamer Bruder.

Three Coaldale residents among 21 placed in probation program

Friday, September 30, 2011

Three Coaldale residents were among 21 who were admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program and President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.

The program is reserved for first offenders and if they successfully complete all conditions imposed their record will be wiped clean.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Lansford man's lawyers ask Carbon court to drop charges that he killed wife

Friday, September 30, 2011
Edwina Atieno Onyango
Edwina Atieno Onyango

Lawyers for a Lansford man accused of killing his estranged wife on Thursday asked a Carbon County court judge to drop the charges and set him free, arguing that information from a 2009 preliminary hearing failed to provide sufficient evidence to take the case to trial and that evidence from three search warrants should be suppressed because they failed to include an initial visit to the defendant's home by a Lansford patrolman.

Saving the planet for our grandchildren

Friday, September 30, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein, Charles Getz, and William O'Gurek attended the Awards Cermony of the Carbon County Recycling Program held at Panther Valley Middle School. School principal Lisa Mace (rear) was on hand for the presentation. In front are seventh grade students Abby Haas and Brendan Morgans, who are members of the Recycling Club.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein, Charles Getz, and William O'Gurek attended the Awards Cermony of the Carbon County Recycling Program held at Panther Valley Middle School. School principal Lisa Mace (rear) was on hand for the presentation. In front are seventh grade students Abby Haas and Brendan Morgans, who are members of the Recycling Club.

Chrisanne Powell, Panther Valley Middle School teacher initiated the school's recycling program at the beginning of 2010-2011. She and sixth grade teacher Shannon McBride are the co-advisors of the club.

Fall Foliage Festival starts this weekend in Jim Thorpe

Friday, September 30, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Among the business establishments preparing for the month-long Fall Foliage Festival in Jim Thorpe, is the Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse where Bernadette Behan is seen preparing a large and colorful Autumn flower display in front of the Pub's outdoor deck.

Teachers: Code has many flaws

Friday, September 30, 2011

Count the Palmerton Area Education Association among the many detractors of the school district's revamped dress code policy.

In a letter directed to the school board and read aloud by Superintendent Carol Boyce at Thursday's Policy Committee meeting, the PAEA urged the board to revise the policy.

Signed by PAEA President Brad Landis, the letter expresses the PAEA's position.

First Congregational Church in Coaldale

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Service of the Lord's Supper will be held during Morning Worship at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Sunday School will be held at 10 a.m.

The church board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3.

The church's Women's Class will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, nursing home services will be held at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke's-Miners and MapleShade, respectively. Choir rehearsal will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Morning Worship will be held at 9 a.m. and Sunday School at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Richard C. Warner, BEC Project Director, Morgan Campus, LCCC, talks during the grand opening about entrepreneurial resources provided by the program.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Richard C. Warner, BEC Project Director, Morgan Campus, LCCC, talks during the grand opening about entrepreneurial resources provided by the program.

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
gail maholick/times news Jonathan J. Cleaver, center, cut the board "Lowe's of Lehighton" to officially open Lowe's, Lehighton, at 1204 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East, Lehighton. On right is store manager, Kerry Collins. Left is Kenneth J. Barnes, chief, Mahoning Township Police Department. The store is open Monday through Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For additional information, call (570) 453-1500.
gail maholick/times news Jonathan J. Cleaver, center, cut the board "Lowe's of Lehighton" to officially open Lowe's, Lehighton, at 1204 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East, Lehighton. On right is store manager, Kerry Collins. Left is Kenneth J. Barnes, chief, Mahoning Township Police Department. The store is open Monday through Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For additional information, call (570) 453-1500.

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.

Suffering through a rough week of Grid Picks

Friday, September 30, 2011

Can't believe we're closing in on the midway point of the high school football season as Week 5 is on the card.

It was a rough week for most of us in Week 4 with the majority finishing with 9-6 records, including myself.

As a matter of fact, the only writer to have a better week was Shawn McFarland, who was 10-5, and with the help of TJ Engle's 5-10 mark, made it out of the basement.

This week, there are quite a few tough games on the schedule so it might be a good week to try and make a move.

So no sense putting things aside, let's get to it:

Marriage licenses

Friday, September 30, 2011

Carbon County

Travis Robert Fichter, 5895 Little Gap Rd., Kunkletown, and Alaine Ruth Halick, 6483 Mountain View Drive, Slatington.

Charles Edward Troutman, 672 Fairyland Rd., Lehighton, and Drewann Melanie Eckman, 407 Mahoning Alley, Lehighton.

Alan Wayne Nastelli, 700 Quaker circle, Apt. 6, Lewisberry, and Judy Lee Schafer, 1166 Red Hill Rd., Lehighton.

Frank Sean Tiedman and Krystle-Dawn Marie Willing, 20 W. Fourth St., Jim Thorpe.

Blue Mountain district increases tax base by almost $2 million

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Blue Mountain School District was successful in increasing the market value of 24 properties

located within the boundaries of the district following hearings held on appeals filed before the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board.

In three hearings held at the courthouse the district was successful in increasing values of 92 properties to add almost two million dollars to the assessed valuation of the district for tax purposes. Latest increases were as follows:

Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center wins Lansford approval

Friday, September 30, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS From left, Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center Director of Outreach Vicky Benack, Executive Director Jonathan M. Rodgers, Attorney Kim Christie and building owner Janet Sager answer questions from Lansford Zoning Hearing Board solicitor Greg Mousseau, foreground, members Bob Gaughan, Jermaine Thomas and Joe Orsulak, and Code Enforcement Officer Katheryn Labosky.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS From left, Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center Director of Outreach Vicky Benack, Executive Director Jonathan M. Rodgers, Attorney Kim Christie and building owner Janet Sager answer questions from Lansford Zoning Hearing Board solicitor Greg Mousseau, foreground, members Bob Gaughan, Jermaine Thomas and Joe Orsulak, and Code Enforcement Officer Katheryn Labosky.

Lansford's zoning hearing board on Wednesday granted approval for a new business, the Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center, to operate out of a former voice and dance studio on East Ridge Street.

The board also approved a new sign for the enterprise, to be placed above a wooden fence that marks the property.

The business owners needed a change of use variance. The site was originally granted a variance to operate a voice and dance studio in a residential section of town in July 1998.

Then, it was The Studio, owned and operated by Janet and Joel Sager.