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April 2012

On this date

Friday, April 27, 2012

April 27, 1994

April 27, 1994 A three-run double by Jon Williams keys an eight-run first inning and Panther Valley goes on to upset Schuylkill Haven, 8-3. The Panthers also receive a two-run double from Len Oriel during the frame while Mike Turrano chips in with an RBI single. Oriel finishes the contest with two hits. Turrano gains the pitching win, tossing 3 innings of relief while striking out six.

Tamaqua news

Friday, April 27, 2012

Playground news

The Tamaqua North and Middle Ward Playground Association will meet at 2 p.m. this Sunday, April 29, in the playground.

One of the topics for discussion will be ways to keep the playground open despite a lack of volunteers. Volunteers are needed to ensure the safety of the children who use the park, as well as operate the concession stand and raise funds.

Anyone willing to help may attend Sunday's meeting.

Baseball competition

Virginia Dunbar honored by library group

Friday, April 27, 2012
Virginia Dunbar
Virginia Dunbar

On Monday afternoon the Friends of the Dimmick Memorial Library held an Afternoon Tea to thank all of the volunteers who work to support the Friends group and the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe.

Virginia "Ginny" Dunbar, a long time member of the group, was honored for all she has done over the years.

Joining the Friends group in 1989, Dunbar had served as the group's president for five years and is currently the vice president, a position she has held now for eight years.

Two arrested for child pornography

Friday, April 27, 2012

Two Monroe County men were arrested in separate incidents for possession of child pornography. The arrests were reported by the Pocono Mountain Regional police.

On April 24 Kevin Fitzgerald Jr., 25, no current address, was charged with 43 counts of possessing child pornography as well as one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was arraigned before District Judge Anthony D. Fluegel, of Tobyhanna, and committed to the county prison in Snydersville after failing to post $50,000 bail.

Kellner's Dam free fishing derby tomorrow and Sunday

Friday, April 27, 2012

Volunteers are invited to help in this year's Kellner's Dam Free Fishing Derby set over the weekend. The derby is set for tomorrow and Sunday from 9 a.m. to dusk. Ages 4 to 15 can take part in the derby annually. In addition to food and music, many prizes will be awarded. Held rain or shine.

Carbon Co. realtors ready for Open House Weekend

Friday, April 27, 2012

To kick off the spring season and bring buyers and sellers together, the Carbon County Association of Realtors is participating in Realtor Nationwide Open House Weekend this Sunday.

This is an opportunity for potential buyers to take advantage of plentiful inventory and record-breaking housing affordability conditions.

Jim Thorpe couple wed 50 years

Friday, April 27, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Klepper
Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Klepper

Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Klepper, Jim Thorpe, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday. They were married on April 28, 1962 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Miller Heights, Bethlehem by the late Rev. Msgr. Francis Gilley.

Mrs. Klepper is the former Frances Marie Kopas, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kopas of Bethlehem. Mr. Klepper is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Klepper, Hellertown.

Scouts, children honored by Schuylkill officials

Friday, April 27, 2012

Proclamations were adopted honoring two Eagle Scouts and seven children from Schuylkill County as "Keystone Shining Stars" by the Schuykill County Commissioners at Wednesday's public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

On this date

Friday, April 27, 2012

April 27, 1956

Claude E. Mench, (Jim Thorpe) council president, and Harold Richards, postamaster, represented this community at impressive ground-breaking ceremonies at the site of the gigantic $18,000,000 Bear Creek Reservoir project between White Haven and Bear Creek.

Hailed for his outstanding contribution in making the project possible but unable to be present, was Congressman Francis E. Walter, Easton.

Tamaqua concert features classic and popular songs

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

"The best leaders are great followers," said Tamaqua band member Erin Raymond in describing this year's new band director, Mark Beltz, during the Tamaqua Area High School Music Department's Annual Spring Concert held in the school district auditorium Thursday night.

"Mr. Beltz, thank you for following us from elementary school to high school and proudly leading The Pride of Tamaqua, The Tamaqua Raider Band," said Raymond, who is a senior.

Tigers rally to post baseball victory

Friday, April 27, 2012

Northwestern's comeback victory over Saucon Valley in baseball highlighted Thursday scholastic sports action.

BASEBALL

Northwestern-Saucon Vy.

Matt Maher had a big day at the plate to help spark Northwestern to a 6-4 Colonial League victory over Saucon Valley.

Maher finished 3-for-4 with three singles and four RBIs. Teammate Austin Kelly also finished 3-for-4 with three singles.

Kevin Schreder paced the Panthers (4-9, 3-7) with three singles and two RBIs.

Northwestern improves to 10-5 overall and 6-5 in the CL.

Northwestern 000 120 3 - 6 12 1

Ten area residents among 28 placed in probation program

Friday, April 27, 2012

Ten area residents were among 28 who were qualified by District Attorney Karen M. Burns to be admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program recently.

The program is for first time offenders to be given a chance to clear their record. If they successfully complete the program their record is wiped clean. However, if the they fail to complete it they can face trial on all the charges filed against them. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Panther Valley holds Spring Band Concert

Friday, April 27, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some of the Panther Valley High School musicians perform a number under the direction of Mark Christ.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some of the Panther Valley High School musicians perform a number under the direction of Mark Christ.

On Wednesday evening, musical students in the Panther Valley School District gathered together to entertain family and friends in the high school auditorium.

The annual Spring Band Concert started with the Elementary School Band performing under the direction of Karen Grebousky. They played "Let's Rock", "Power Rock", "Theme from Transformers", "Rock and Roll Part II, and "Star Wars."

The Junior Band directed by Joseph Ogozalek followed with "Animal", "Born This Way", "Uprising", "Captain America March", "Rolling in the Deep", "Dynamite", and "Firework."

Coaldale news

Friday, April 27, 2012

Coaldale

First Congregational Church

Morning Worship will take place at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 29, at First Congregational Church, 123 East Ruddle St., followed by Sunday School at 10 a m.

The Women's Class will gather for its annual Mother's Day event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the church hall. Please note the earlier-than-usual meeting time.

The church's nursing home ministry team will visit St. Luke's Miner's Geriatric Department, Coaldale, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, followed by a visit to MapleShade, Nesquehoning, at 1:30 p.m.

Bears' Voulo, White eliminated

Friday, April 27, 2012
Pleasant Valley's Jon White hits a forehand return during Thursday's District 11 Class AAA tennis tournament at West End Racquet Swim and Fitness in Allentown. White won his opening round match before being eliminated in the second round.
Pleasant Valley's Jon White hits a forehand return during Thursday's District 11 Class AAA tennis tournament at West End Racquet Swim and Fitness in Allentown. White won his opening round match before being eliminated in the second round.

Familiarity with opponents can be a dangerous thing. Just ask Pleasant Valley's Vince Vuolo.

Voulo, Pleasant Valley's No. 1 singles player, and teammate Jon White, were both ousted from the District 11 Class AAA Tennis Tournament Thursday afternoon.

Unused drug disposal

Friday, April 27, 2012

Local officials taking part in national effort

Carbon County officials want residents to know that there are places they can take their unused prescription drugs to dispose of them properly.

During the county commissioners meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, announced that a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event will be held in Carbon County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this Saturday, April 28, at the Summit Hill Police Department, 40 W. Amidon St.

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."