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April 2012

Charlotte Hughes and Jared Stroup marry

Friday, April 27, 2012
Charlotte Stroup
Charlotte Stroup

Charlotte Hughes, daughter of Candy and Tony Roper of Abbeville, S.C., and Jared Stroup, son of Gavin and Janice Stroup of Palmerton, were wed on Friday, April 13 in Greenwood, S.C.

The Rev. Jason Wilson officiated the ceremony. Benjamin Sprouce was the vocalist.

The bride was given in marriage by her son, Dawson Hughes. Shanna Sutherland, Abbeville, was the maid of honor.

The bridegroom chose his brothers, Shane and Travis Stroup, to serve as best men. Ushers were Dusty, Logan and Hayden Kresge, and Derbe Stroup, all of Palmerton.

Inducted into honor society at Susquehanna

Friday, April 27, 2012

Michael S. Fiorilla of Tamaqua, was recently inducted into the Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society at Susquehanna University.

Fiorilla, a senior majoring in English and creative writing, is a 2008 graduate of Tamaqua High School and the son of Gary and Linda Fiorilla.

The purpose of Sigma Tau Delta is to bestow distinction upon undergraduates, graduates and scholars in academia, as well as upon professional writers who have recognized accomplishments in linguistic or literary realms of the English language.

Connor leads PV

Friday, April 27, 2012
Connor leads PV
Copyright 2012

Dianna Connor has been scoring goals for the Pleasant Valley girls' soccer team all season long.

Thursday afternoon proved to be no different.

Connor scored three goals, all in the first half, to lead the Lady Bears to a 4-0 shutout victory over Pocono Mountain West in Mountain Valley Conference play. Teammate Emily Schlogl added a fourth goal midway through the second half to help keep Pleasant Valley undefeated in conference play.

Sterling Koch Band performs at TCAC

Friday, April 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Sterling Koch Band performed oldies and popular favorites recently at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center (TCAC). For more information or to volunteer, contact center director Micah Gursky at (570) 668-6899 or via the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership website, www.tacp.info.

St. Luke's staff revitalize first aid room

Friday, April 27, 2012
Employees Micah Gursky, hospital Director of Development, and Betsy Steffy, cardiopulmonary supervisor, move a first aid cabinet to paint behind it.
Employees Micah Gursky, hospital Director of Development, and Betsy Steffy, cardiopulmonary supervisor, move a first aid cabinet to paint behind it.

Volunteers and staff with the St, Luke's Hospital - Miner's Campus spent time recently cleaning, painting, replacing fixtures and adding lighting and cabinets to the first aid room of the Lansford Pool. Organizer Trahn Thompson stated his appreciation to fellow staff members who helped revitalize the room. The hospital is a routine support of mulitiple community-minded ventures. Here, volunteer Celena Steffy helps task organizer Trahn Thompson paint the walls of the Lansford Pool's first aid room.

Take-Back program

Friday, April 27, 2012

Unwanted prescription drugs can be turned in

Young people seeking to get high with mind-altering drugs should realize it can be as dangerous as playing Russian roulette.

Just this week, a disturbing report surfaced about California teens getting drunk on hand sanitizer, which contains 62 percent ethyl alcohol and can make a 120-proof liquid. Over the past few months, six teenagers have shown up in Los Angeles area emergency rooms with alcohol poisoning after drinking the cheap, easily product which is easily assessable.

Mrs. Bush's and Monroe County encourages everyone to recycle

Friday, April 27, 2012
Jim Lambert, executive director of the Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority, shows a resident at Mrs. Bush's in Kunkletown, what a fleece vest made out of recycled plastic bottles looks like.
Jim Lambert, executive director of the Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority, shows a resident at Mrs. Bush's in Kunkletown, what a fleece vest made out of recycled plastic bottles looks like.

"We do recycle here at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes. But maybe we can do better," says Carrie Shafer, activity director at Mrs. Bush's. She was speaking to a group of the home's residents and guests.

Mrs. Bush's invited Jim Lambert, executive director of the Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority (MCMWMA), to come speak to the residents and the public at the home as an effort to observe Earth Day, April 22.

Lambert spoke about how important it is for the environment for everyone to recycle.

Carbon holds Government Day

Friday, April 27, 2012

Students from 7 area schools learn about the county's daily operation

Students from seven area high schools had the opportunity to see how Carbon County operates during the county's 12th annual Government Day.

On Thursday, students from Panther Valley, Marian, Palmerton, Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Weatherly, and Carbon Career & Technical Institute high schools found themselves spending a day observing Carbon County officials doing what they do best, run the county.

Students visited the Carbon County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex in Jim Thorpe and county Emergency Management Agency and 9-1-1 Communications Center in Nesquehoning.

Carbon County Navy Club slates meeting

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Carbon County Navy Club will meet at the VFW in Nesquehoning, on April 30. Please note the meeting will be held at 7 p.m., which is a new time.

The club welcomes any one who might be interested to come and check it out, including civilians.

Scott Reinhart, commander, will be in charge of the meeting.

Carbon County court news

Friday, April 27, 2012

Mortgage

foreclosures

The following actions were filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans.

U.S. Bank National Association, 1661 Worthington Rd., West Palm Beach, Fla., filed against Larry D. Christman and Tracey A. Stahler, 540 Columbia Ave., Palmerton, over property at that address. Sought is $118,758.60 and continuing interest.

Stahl honored for citizenship

Friday, April 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS “It's not so much the hand you've been dealt, it's how you play the cards," Fran Stahl told the audience at the Tamaqua Area Community Dinner.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS “It's not so much the hand you've been dealt, it's how you play the cards," Fran Stahl told the audience at the Tamaqua Area Community Dinner.

Volunteer credits life's struggles, persistence, family and friends

"Stick to your principles and random acts of kindness."

Those were two life lessons offered by Fran Stahl, Lewistown Valley, to a full audience of community members, family and friends during the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's 62nd annual citizenship award. Stahl received the honor, now called the Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Citizenship Award, last night at the Tamaqua Community Center.

She was described by Rev. Jeffrey Kistler as having community virtue and non-stop hospitality.

Seat open on Palmerton council

Friday, April 27, 2012

Board accepts resignation of Randolph Gursky, who moved from area

A seat on Palmerton Borough Council is up for grabs after an incumbent vacated his post.

On a 5-0 vote, council agreed to accept the resignation of Councilman Randolph Gursky. Councilman Richard Nothstein was absent at the time of the vote.

Council Vice President Chris Olivia said Gursky resigned because he bought a business and moved to Florida.

Olivia said Gursky was a "wonderful council guy."

Council President Terry Costenbader added "we're going to miss him."

Round 2 for revising vote districts

Friday, April 27, 2012

Summit Hill still affected in new plan; Public hearing in Harrisburg May 2

A second proposed redistricting plan for Pennsylvania again pushes Summit Hill out of the 122nd voting district.

Fairway donates Little League equipment

Friday, April 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Fairway Motors in Hazleton donated sports equipment to the Tamaqua Area Little League Baseball Association (TALLBA) during their kickoff game. Mayor Chris Morrison threw out the first ball. Bill Angst, who been president of the association since 1996, thanked Fairway Motors for the kind donation. Employees and management with Fairway Chevrolet Motors stated that their company routinely gives to local groups and believes in being involved in the community.

Plowing the back 40

Friday, April 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Jacob Kresge, 6, had a grand time imagining he was plowing a large field on this McCormick Farmall tractor at the Pocono Old Tyme Farm Equipment Association consignment sale held at the West End Fairgrounds. He likes coming to the sale because of the tractors. He was with his dad, Jon Kresge of Brodheadsville who says, "I'm always looking for something to buy and always selling something."

Bark for Life to help ACS

Friday, April 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tyler Resch, walk chairman, kneels down with Zues, a rescued German Shephard.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tyler Resch, walk chairman, kneels down with Zues, a rescued German Shephard.

Event consists of many canine activities

On Saturday, dogs of all descriptions will converge at Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the first annual Bark for Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding areas. The walk is an Eagle Scout project for Tyler Resch of Clamtown Troop 755. Resch, walk chairperson, said, "This walk provides a great opportunity to have fun, meet new friends and join with your K-9 family members to support ACS's Relay for Life".

Depot Square Park closed temporarily

Friday, April 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Depot Square Park located at the Five Points intersection, SR209 and SR309, in Tamaqua is closed temporarily to prevent people from disturbing seeds and fertilizer recently planted to restore the area which was dug up to lay thousands of feet of underground wire. The power strips were used for the park's Christmas lighting, an annual event led by Brockton lighting technician Frank Fabrizio.

Two juveniles cited for theft of ATV

Friday, April 27, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported two male juveniles from the Palmerton area have been cited for the theft of a all terrain vehicle (ATV).

Troopers said the incident occurred on April 19 about 5 p.m. The ATV has been recovered and returned to the owner who resides in Aquashicola, and not identified by police.

Ss. Peter and Paul students recognized for good grades

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sherry Sernak, principal of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton, has announced the names of the students who have qualified for the Honor Roll in the third marking period of the 2011-2012 school year.

Principal's list – 95 or above in all major subjects and an S or above in all other subjects and conduct are: Katherine Aaron, Megan Aaron, Jason Bauder, Xamantha Descallar, Hailey Hoffman, Amy McConnell, David Pignoli and Benjamin Slaw.

Walk For Life planned tomorrow in Tamaqua

Friday, April 27, 2012

Care Net of Schuylkill County, Tamaqua office, a non-profit group, will be holding their 2nd Annual Walk for Life Saturday to help raise needed funds for programs. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the walk starts at 1:30 p.m. All walking will be on flat ground - up and down Broad Street and a little on Railroad, Pine and Elm Streets. The walk will start and end at the Bethany E.C.C. on East Broad Street in Tamaqua. Any questions - call (570) 624-7244. Walk sponsor donations encouraged.

House, Senate citations for Freeh-Stefanek

Friday, April 27, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The board of directors of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership saluted Pat Freeh-Stefanek, center, retiring volunteer chairman, at a dinner held April 12 at Schick's Cafe Calcutta, Tamaqua. State Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124, right, presented the guest of honor with a citation from the state House of Representatives along with another from the Senate on behalf of Sen. David Argall, R-29.

Leadership Carbon sets graduation event for May 2

Friday, April 27, 2012

Leadership Carbon, a program of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, will host a dinner event to celebrate the graduating class of 2012. The public is invited to attend the celebration to be held at the Mahoning Valley Country Club on Wednesday May 2.

The class will unveil its group project, "Guiding Carbon Youth to Inspire Community Growth," during the event. In addition, Micah Gursky, Director of Development of the St. Luke's Hospital, Miners Campus and an alumnus of the Leadership Carbon class of 2008, will serve as keynote speaker.

Streisel wins javelin at Penn Relays

Friday, April 27, 2012

Tamaqua's Christine Streisel, last year's PIAA Class AA champion in the javelin, took first place in the event at the Penn Relays Thursday.

Competing in the High School category, Streisel's throw of 47.22 meters (154-11) edged Maria Jimmenez of Vineland, NJ. Jimmenez threw 47.11 (154-6).

Streisel, a junior, has an area best this season of 160-11, which came on March 30 at the Tamaqua Blue Raider Invitational.

Palmerton's Kelsey Hay also competed in the javelin finishing 18th with a throw of 33.75 meters (110-8).

Lansford fire department launches new fund drive to keep their engines running

Friday, April 27, 2012

When a call comes in, the volunteers of Lansford's American Fire Co. #1 don't hesitate to haul themselves out of bed at 2 a.m., pull themselves away from family dinners or give up that evening on the couch after a hard day's work.

All they ask in return is for each family to kick in a few dollars to help keep the lights on and the engines running.

The fire company has launched its annual fund drive.

Feed the People to offer free lunch

Friday, April 27, 2012

Feed the People will offer a community cafe that provides a free, hot meal for any community member, regardless of place of residence. No registration is required.

On Tuesday, May 1, Feed the People is serving at the Heritage Center at 1 West Hazard Street Summit Hill. Doors open at 10:30 a.m..

The cafe offers a welcoming atmosphere to meet friends and neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a meal, and share information about what is happening in the community, play some checkers, chess or dominoes. Volunteers are welcomed.

Lansford man escapes injury in accident

Friday, April 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A Lansford man lost control of his car which landed in the woods in Schuylkill Township.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A Lansford man lost control of his car which landed in the woods in Schuylkill Township.

A Lansford man escaped injury after his car crashed into the woods in Schuylkill Township just before 12 p.m. yesterday.

State police at Frackville said Chester F. Schaeffer, 32, was driving a 2001 Mercury Sable northbound toward Tamaqua on SR209, also called the Pottsville Stretch, when he veered off the east berm. Schaeffer overcompensated, troopers said, and re-entered the road where he lost control.

The car went off the west berm and struck a deer crossing road sign and some trees before coming to rest in the woods. Schaeffer was not injured.

Construction waiver, development plan approved for Pencor complex

Friday, April 27, 2012

A waiver for the construction of a 3-story, 15,000-square-foot professional complex in Palmerton has been granted.

Borough Council, on a 5-0 vote Thursday, with one abstention, accorded the request to Pencor Services Inc. Councilman Jeremy Barbosa abstained because he is a part-time employee.

The waiver is in regard to a section of the borough's Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance that requires four-square-feet of off-street parking for every one-square-foot of building use.

District 10 band participants from PVMS

Friday, April 27, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jocelyn Mansberry and BrendanMorgans, bothmembers of thePanther Valley Middle School Band, were recently chosen to participate in the 2012 PMEA District 10 IntermediateBand and Orchestra Festival which was held on April 13 at Broughal Middle School in Bethlehem. Jocelyn, an eighth grade student, played second clarinet while Brendan, a seventh grader, was selected as first trumpet.

Bowa, Sandberg forever linked in 'The Trade'

Friday, April 27, 2012

Larry Bowa has been asked a lot about Jan. 27, 1982.

The Philadelphia Phillies parted ways with Bowa and a young infielder by the name of Ryne Sandberg that day, sending them to the Chicago Cubs for Ivan DeJesus.

He didn't want to go.

Ruly Carpenter was the owner of the Phillies during the 1981 season and the two sat down and talked, agreeing on a three or four year verbal contract. Bill Giles, however, took over the team in the offseason and naturally a new owner doesn't have to honor what the old owner did especially since there was no signed contract.

LCCC inducts students in Phi Theta Kappa

Friday, April 27, 2012

The following students in the TIMES NEWS area attending Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, during a March 26 ceremony in the college's Community Service Center, Route 309, Schnecksville;

Albrightsville: Annette Chimenti; Bowmanstown: Garrett Scott; Jim Thorpe: Nicole Fischer, Mark Freeby, and Stephanie Stidham; Lansford: Richard Paul; Lehighton: Lonnie Christoff, Christina Pearson, and Bobbi Jo Strohl; New Ringgold: Brenda Follweiler; and New Tripoli: Patricia Kern.

Jim Thorpe man among 8 arrested in 'bath salts' drug ring in central Pa.

Friday, April 27, 2012

A Carbon County man was among eight persons arrested last week as part of a drug ring that distributed "bath salts" and synthetic marijuana in central Pennsylvania.

Federal authorities claimed the ring operated a $6 million operation in the sale of the illegal drugs. The brand names used in the sales included "Purple Haze Krytonite" and "Bangkok Chill." The ring operated in the Dauphin, Cumberland, Lebanon, Mifflin and Lancaster counties.

A grand jury recommended the charges against the men.