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April 2012

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.

Carbon man cited for mischief

Friday, April 27, 2012

State police reported the arrest of a Carbon County man for criminal mischief.

Troopers said Jonathan Charles Eckart, of Lehighton, has been charged after allegedly damaging the windshield, driver's side rear window, and front left fender of the car of Amanda Lynn Raub, of Lehighton.

The incident occurred in Parryville on Monday, April 23, between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., troopers said.

Logging rig driver rescued from cab

Friday, April 27, 2012
 Larry Neff/special to the times news Fire company personnel free a tractor trailor driver who was trapped in his rig after logs crushed the rear of his cab.
Larry Neff/special to the times news Fire company personnel free a tractor trailor driver who was trapped in his rig after logs crushed the rear of his cab.

The operator of a logging tractor trailer narrowly escaped death Thursday afternoon after a mishap on the Gangloff Tree farm in East Brunswick Township.

The accident occurred just after 4 p.m. on a steep hillside just off SR443 near the village of Hecla.

The driver was attempting to turn the rig around and the trailer filled with logs rolled onto the rear of the truck tractor.

The weight of the load crushed the rear of the cab, trapping the driver.

Food safety course to be held in June in Stroudsburg

Friday, April 27, 2012

Penn State Extension is offering ServSafe® Food Safety Certification training for those needing certification.

Effective on Jan. 22, 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture requires the "person in charge" in a food service operation to hold a "nationally recognized food protection certificate" such as ServSafe®. To receive and maintain national food safety certification, all individuals are required to pass a certification exam every five years.

Rain forest mammal show slated for S.S Palmer Elementary tonight

Friday, April 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Show director Mike Kohlrieser holds Jack and Jill, two brown Kinkajous during a recent "Live on Stage, The Rain Forest" show.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Show director Mike Kohlrieser holds Jack and Jill, two brown Kinkajous during a recent "Live on Stage, The Rain Forest" show.

Touring under the name "Live on Stage, The Rain Forest", the non-profit group is holding its last show in our area in Palmerton today.

The show consists of comedy routines and various types of live animals. The rain forest mammals are found in east and south of the Sierra Madres in Mexico, throughout Central American to Bolivia east of the Andes and the Atlantic Forest of southeastern Brazil.

Tonight's show will be held at the S.S. Palmer Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Children under 3 don't require donations.

For more information, visit www.understandingwildlife.org

Marian Catholic FBLA members attend leadership conference

Friday, April 27, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Front from left, Faith Befano, daughter of Anthony and Susan Befano, Kelayres, Introduction to Business; Alexis Makowiec, daughter of John and Lynn Makowiec, Hazle Township, Sports Management; Samantha Faust, daughter of James and Mary Beth Faust, Barnesville, Business Calculations. Second row, Patricia Patton; Joshua Lex, son of Robert and Angela Lex, Ringtown, Management Information Systems; Timothy Miller, son of David and Judith Miller, Jim Thorpe, Business Communications; Nicholas Hopeck, son of Susan Hopeck, Hazleton, Introduction of Technology Concepts; and Christian Legath, son of Robert and Christina Legath, White Haven, Management Information Systems.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Front from left, Faith Befano, daughter of Anthony and Susan Befano, Kelayres, Introduction to Business; Alexis Makowiec, daughter of John and Lynn Makowiec, Hazle Township, Sports Management; Samantha Faust, daughter of James and Mary Beth Faust, Barnesville, Business Calculations. Second row, Patricia Patton; Joshua Lex, son of Robert and Angela Lex, Ringtown, Management Information Systems; Timothy Miller, son of David and Judith Miller, Jim Thorpe, Business Communications; Nicholas Hopeck, son of Susan Hopeck, Hazleton, Introduction of Technology Concepts; and Christian Legath, son of Robert and Christina Legath, White Haven, Management Information Systems.

Seven members of the Marian Catholic chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America and the chapter adviser, Patricia Patton, the business education teacher at Marian, attended the 2012 Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference April 16-18, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey.

During the conference the students competed with representatives from other Pennsylvania chapters for top honors in the individually stated events.

Dog law violation

Thursday, April 26, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge reported the arrest of a Monroe County resident for violating the state dog law.

Troopers said Suzanne M. Bowman, of Saylorsburg, was cited for confinement and housing of dogs not part of a kennel.

Troopers said Laurie Ann Heath, of Saylorsburg, was walking in the area of Barberry Crossing, in Chestnuthill Township, about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, when Bowman's dog left her property and allegedly made contact with Heath. Heath alleges the dog bit her, troopers said.

A non-traffic citation was filed against Bowman, troopers added.

April 26, 1971

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Panther Valley School District officials are seeking to have all students enrolled on a fulltime basis when the new school year opens in September, George Thear, superintendent, reported.

Thear commended students, teachers and janitors for their role in carrying out changes necessary following the fire which destroyed the Phillip Ginter Junior High School building in Summit Hill on April 13.

LACC plans mixer

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will hold a mixer at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium, 110 N. Third Street in Lehighton. There is no charge for this event. Food and drinks will be served. Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost. Please RSVP to Lehighton Area Council at (610) 377-2191 or e mail to lacc@ptd.net they know how much food to prepare.

Bowling for dollars with the Lions

Thursday, April 26, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Husband and wife teams at the Western Pocono Lions Club bowl-a-thon included these duos: Lion Matt and Pat Held, left, Carol and Lion Dave Rowan Rowan, left. Another bowling couple from the club was Lion Charlie and Lion Joanne Rush.
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Husband and wife teams at the Western Pocono Lions Club bowl-a-thon included these duos: Lion Matt and Pat Held, left, Carol and Lion Dave Rowan Rowan, left. Another bowling couple from the club was Lion Charlie and Lion Joanne Rush.

Combining fun with community support helps the Western Pocono Lions Club serve folks with various needs. That is just what members and friends of the club did this past Saturday as they held an annual bowl-a-thon.

Husbands and wives, three generations of one family, visitors from the Tri-Valley Lions Club in Schuylkill County, and others, all did their best to knock the pins down at the West End Lanes Bowling Center, Brodheadsville, raising money for the club's charitable work.

Lansford driver facing DUI count

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Lansford man was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after police conducted a traffic stop.

According to Summit Hill police, on March 4, at 1:15 a.m., officers were on routine patrol along SR902 when they observed a vehicle that was driving in front of them drive off the roadway and back onto the roadway, crossing into the oncoming lane of traffic.

Police conducted a traffic stop and a short investigation revealed that the driver, Daniel Faille, 23, of 38 Jones St., was intoxicated and was also driving on a suspended license.

Jim Thorpe man facing theft counts

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Jim Thorpe man is facing multiple charges of theft after he used stolen merchandise in an attempt to gain store credit at the Game Stop store in Hometown.

Rush Township police said Gregory A. Macalush, 20, allegedly removed various items from the store then brought them back later in the day seeking store credit. The items were valued at $144.