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April 2012

Palmerton park vandalism prompts discussion on skateboard ordinance

Friday, April 27, 2012

Vandalism at its borough park has prompted Palmerton Borough officials to contemplate the potential implementation of a skateboarding ordinance.

Council Vice President Chris Olivia broached the subject before borough council on Thursday, at which time it was agreed community input on the matter was welcome.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said skateboarders have damaged many benches in the park.

'Go jump off a bridge'

Friday, April 27, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The jumpmaster in blue to the left of Russ Frank tells him when to jump after the previous person is out of the way. Spectators and a television satellite dish fill the bridge.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The jumpmaster in blue to the left of Russ Frank tells him when to jump after the previous person is out of the way. Spectators and a television satellite dish fill the bridge.

Towamensing Township man takes it literally

Have you ever been told to go jump off a bridge?

Russ Frank of Towamensing Township decided that was what he wanted to do for his 65th birthday.

Bridge Day at Fayettesville, W.Va., is one of two sites in the United States where BASE jumping is legal. BASE stands for bridges, antennas, spans and earth (mountains).

Readdressing studied at Kidder Twp. meeting

Friday, April 27, 2012

A public meeting was held at the Kidder Township Municipal building Wednesday afternoon about readdressing the township to conform to what most neighboring communities have done to keep emergency response personnel on the right road to finding addresses.

Play Ball!!

Friday, April 27, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A colorful sea of hundreds of youngsters and adults filled North Street on the East side of Jim Thorpe last Saturday on their way to McGarvey's Field during the JT Little League's Opening Day parade.

Panther Valley news

Friday, April 27, 2012

Lions Club to meet

The Nesquehoning Lions Club will meet on Tuesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. at Lengyel's Restaurant. Plans to update the Veteran Memorial on Catawissa Street will be discussed.

Anthracite Little League Women's Auxiliary

The Women's Auxiliary to the Anthracite Little League will meet on Monday, April 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Meed's Methodist Church, 126 W. Catawissa St. Plans for the June Home Run Derby will be reviewed. All hands available are needed.

St. Jerome School set for musical

Friday, April 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Partcipants in the spring musical will include, from back left are Mikayla Moyer, 10; Rose Reid, 13; Bryann Gigli, 10; Megan Moyer, 10; Molly Carnish, 13; and Nadiya Sieger, 10. In front are Kadence Dietrich, 7, right, and Lance Price, who will turn 7 on Sunday.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Partcipants in the spring musical will include, from back left are Mikayla Moyer, 10; Rose Reid, 13; Bryann Gigli, 10; Megan Moyer, 10; Molly Carnish, 13; and Nadiya Sieger, 10. In front are Kadence Dietrich, 7, right, and Lance Price, who will turn 7 on Sunday.

Kindergarten through 8th grade students with the St. Jerome Regional School's Theatre Group will be holding their first annual spring musical this Sunday.

The event will start at 4 p.m. in the gymnasium of the school. A community dance will be held immediately afterwards.

The performance will be directed by the school's performing arts director Paul Mulhern.

Organizers say donations are always accepted.

DUI arrests reported

Friday, April 27, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported on the following driving under the influence (DUI) arrests.

Troopers said about 3:20 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, Diane Potcher, 58, of Kunkletown, was operating a 2001 Ford Focus along Silver Springs Road, at Smale Lane, in Eldred Township, Monroe County, when the vehicle left the road and struck a tree.

She was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest. The DUI charge is pending, troopers said. Damages were termed severe to the vehicle.

Student art show to be featured at Stonehedge Gardens

Friday, April 27, 2012

Tamaqua Area Senior High School students will be showcasing various forms of art today from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stonehedge Gardens located at 51 Dairy Road in South Tamaqua. For more information about the gardens and its events call (570) 386-4276 or visit them online at www.stonehedgegardens.org

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.

2012 NFL draft

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Luck, RG III are locks ... then fun begins

The 2012 NFL Draft is now just hours away, and make no mistake about it, today is a great day to be a football fan. It's even a greater day to be a draftnik! This year's draft is filled with a few certainties and a lot of unpredictability. Yes, we know the Colts are selecting Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the Draft. Yes, we know the Redskins gave up a king's ransom to trade up to the second spot and will be selecting Robert Griffin III. But then what?

2 CCTI students donate to MDA

Thursday, April 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Carbon Career & Technical Institute DECA member's Kellyann Higgins (Palmerton) and Bree-Anne D'Esposito (Jim Thorpe) presented an $800 check to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Representative Courtney Angle, the fund raising coordinator of the MDA office in Allentown, proudly accepted the donation. Last year, Kellyann and Bree-Anne started their own non-profit business called Kandi for a Cause for their DECA competitive project. At the state competition this past February, Kellyann and Bree-Anne won third place in the Learn and Earn Event.

Dairy cow infected with 'mad cow' virus

Thursday, April 26, 2012

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed that a dairy cow in California tested positive for atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or "mad cow" disease). The USDA also confirmed the cow did not enter the animal feed or human food supply. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with federal and state authorities to further investigate this case.

Joins Silberline firm as controller

Thursday, April 26, 2012
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Le

Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc., the global supplier of effect pigments with its Corporate Headquarters in Tamaqua, announced that Andrew Le recently joined the firm as Controller.

Le is a graduate of DeSales University, where he earned an MBA with an Accounting concentration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a dual major in Finance. Additionally, Le holds an Associates in Applied Science degree in Accounting from Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Two face charges

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Two area women were charged after they hacked a person's email and Facebook account.

According to Summit Hill police, the investigation began on Sept. 28, 2010, after police received a report that an individual's email and Facebook accounts had been accessed by an unknown person(s).

The investigation led police to Kelly Gray, 21, of 17 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning; and Kristina Janelle Jones, 20, of 30 E. Walter St., Summit Hill, who both accessed the accounts.

Gray was charged with unlawful use of a computer and computer trespass.

Reading greyhounds visit the library

Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Palmerton Area Library went to the dogs recently when four greyhounds visited, much to the delight of the children. Left to right, Kelso, Tina Stout, Shawn Green, Wiki, Comet, Clipper and Nina Green.
The Palmerton Area Library went to the dogs recently when four greyhounds visited, much to the delight of the children. Left to right, Kelso, Tina Stout, Shawn Green, Wiki, Comet, Clipper and Nina Green.

The Palmerton Area Library had some four-legged page-turners visit. Long, tall and sleek, Comet, Clipper, Wiki and Kelso charmed everyone in the library when they arrived. Patient and affectionate, they appeared to enjoy all the petting by children and adults.