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April 2012

Paiste advances to title match

Monday, April 30, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Henry Paiste of Northwestern returns a shot during the District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament. Paiste won a pair of matches on Friday and two more on Saturday to reach today's championship match.
nancy scholz/times news Henry Paiste of Northwestern returns a shot during the District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament. Paiste won a pair of matches on Friday and two more on Saturday to reach today's championship match.

ALLENTOWN – Henry Paiste's run to a second straight District 11 Class AA tennis championship has been far more sprint than it has been marathon.

Needing to win four matches in a little over 24 hours just to reach the final might seem like a test of endurance. But the way Paiste blazed past his opposition would have made Usain Bolt proud.

Frey, Ryan sign with NFL

Monday, April 30, 2012
photo courtesy University of Connecticut Lehighton graduate Robbie Frey signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons.
photo courtesy University of Connecticut Lehighton graduate Robbie Frey signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons.

Most area sports fans would agree that there's nothing like Friday night football in the fall. Whole communities flock to the nearest stadium to watch their friends, neighbors, and family battle it out on the gird iron.

Two former TIMES NEWS area football players will now try and take what they have learned from those brisk Friday nights in Eastern Pennsylvania and use it on Sundays in the National Football League.

Lehighton Democrats meet Wednesday

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Lehighton Area Democrats will meet Wednesday, May 2 at Johnnie's Restaurant, 111 N. First St. in Lehighton. The meeting will start at 7 p.m.

The agenda will include a discussion of the primary election results and plans for a community service project. For more information, call President Jesse Walck at (267) 238-7417. Newcomers are welcome.

On this date

Monday, April 30, 2012

April 30, 1952

The selection of Delbert Eckhart, Palmerton R. 1, as one of four Pennsylvanians to attend the 22nd National 4-H Camp at Washington D.C. as delegates from June 18 o 25, is a singular honor for Carbon County, it was announced by Ray Reitz, East Mauch Chunk, county farm agent. It is the first time a representative from this county was so delegated. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred O. Eckhart and is a member of the Big Creek 4-H Club.

TIMES NEWS wins 3 AP awards, 7 Keystones

Monday, April 30, 2012
Bob Ford
Bob Ford

Members of the TIMES NEWS editorial department earned awards in Pennsylvania's major writing and photography competitions for work produced in 2011.

Associated Press

The Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) announced April 24 that the TIMES NEWS has been awarded three state honors in APME News Excellence Competition.

The feature package 'Down Syndrome: A family's journey,' scored two wins.

St. Jerome school's walk/run held in Hometown in memory of teacher

Monday, April 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Staff members and volunteers with the St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua held their annual 5K walk/run on Saturday in Hometown in memory of 2nd grade teacher Debra Earley, who passed away last April to cancer. The walk/run started at the Marian High School and stretched about three miles around the school. Funds collected from all the participants went to the American Cancer Society. Hometown Fire Police directed traffic around the area. Organizers stressed their appreciation to all who helped or took part in the event.

Pigs game day

Monday, April 30, 2012

PIGS GAME DAY

Yankees 8, Iron Pigs 2

Hitting star(s) – Lehigh Valley bright spot in this down streak is Cody Overbeck. Going (2-for4), the first baseman registered his third straight multiple hit game. His two run homerun gave the IronPigs a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Pitching star(s) – After giving up a two-run homer to Overbeck in the first inning, Yankee starter Michael O'Connor settled in to allow only two more hits over the next four, scoreless innings. Switch pitching reliever, Pat Venditte pitched three scoreless innings in relief of O'Connor.

Open stage event held at Tamaqua arts center

Monday, April 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Performers from left are Dave Shiffert, Lehighton; Kathy Rimm, Hazleton; Ivan Munoz, 17, Hometown; Faith Roberts, 12; Damian Munoz, 16, Hometown; Steven Moyer, 18, West Penn; Nathan Gerace, 14, Tamaqua; and Jack Kulp, Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Performers from left are Dave Shiffert, Lehighton; Kathy Rimm, Hazleton; Ivan Munoz, 17, Hometown; Faith Roberts, 12; Damian Munoz, 16, Hometown; Steven Moyer, 18, West Penn; Nathan Gerace, 14, Tamaqua; and Jack Kulp, Tamaqua.

Numerous youth and adult performers took to the stage during the Tamaqua Community Arts Center free Open Stage event held recently at the center.

The next free open stage event will be held May 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the center, 125 Pine Street.

Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.

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

Meet JT police officers

Monday, April 30, 2012

Mayor Mike Sofranko and Chief Joseph Schatz will be holding a series of Meet Your Officer's Night, April 30 at the Fairview Hose Company and May 14 at the Phoenix Hose Company. Both events start at 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to show your support to Mayor Mike Sofranko, Joseph Schatz and the police officers. Jim Thorpe Community Watch Group will also be there to show their support.

Bombers, Indians, Wreckers have big weekend

Monday, April 30, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Lee Kuntz is congratulate by teammates Cody Geist and Brett Snyder as he scores the winning run on a bases loaded hit by pitch in Saturday's game with Jim Thorpe.
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Lee Kuntz is congratulate by teammates Cody Geist and Brett Snyder as he scores the winning run on a bases loaded hit by pitch in Saturday's game with Jim Thorpe.

Palmerton, Lehighton and Weatherly all came away with baseball and softball wins over the weekend.

BASEBALL

Jim Thorpe-Palmerton

With two strikes and two outs in the seventh inning, Lee Kuntz scored the winning run on a hit-by-pitch for the Blue Bombers to pull out a 5-4 win over JT.

Kuntz finished the contest 2-for-4 with two runs scored for the winners, while CJ Cressman was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Ryan Saylor picked up the mound win impressively, with ten Ks.

Lansford store robbed

Monday, April 30, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lansford police are investigating the armed robbery of the Friendly Mart at 135 W. Patterson Street. The incident occurred at 8:43 p.m. Saturday when a lone male entered the business and demanded money. Police report the man was armed with a black handgun believed to be a semi-automatic. He was described as being thin, 5'8" - 5'10", wearing a dark blue sweatshirt with a hood, with an emblem on the front of the shirt, and dark jeans that were worn low, below the waist.

State officials field hot topic questions

Monday, April 30, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Guest speakers at the third annual Legislative Brunch, held at the Lehighton Recreation Center, gather before the brunch. They are, from left, state Rep. Doyle Heffley; state Sen. John Yudichak; Brian Duke, secretary of the Pennsylvania Deaprtment of Aging; Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein; and state Sen. David Argall.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Guest speakers at the third annual Legislative Brunch, held at the Lehighton Recreation Center, gather before the brunch. They are, from left, state Rep. Doyle Heffley; state Sen. John Yudichak; Brian Duke, secretary of the Pennsylvania Deaprtment of Aging; Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein; and state Sen. David Argall.

State legislators were in the hot seat last week as they answered hot topic questions affecting Carbon County agencies.

During the third annual Legislative Brunch, held at the Lehighton Recreation Center, dozens of area agencies and organizations, as well as school, hospital and municipal officials, listened as four state officials gave their thoughts on the financial health of the state, how it affects Carbon County, and what is being done to help the future of the area.

JT woman wins ballet scholarship

Monday, April 30, 2012

A Jim Thorpe woman was one of the winners of The Marjorie Berlin Fink Merit Scholarships, announced the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Inc.

Abigal Bleicher Healey of Jim Thorpe, will receive a half-tuition scholarship to study ballet and other dance forms in the Guild's Pre-Professional Division for the 2012-2013 school year and the 2012 Summer Dance Program.

Other recipients are Olivia Lovell of Breinigsville and Ava Gilotti of Bethlehem.

The winners were chosen from auditions at the Ballet Guild studios on April 15.

Interstate crash is probed

Monday, April 30, 2012

State police at Frackville reported investigating a commercial vehicle crash along Interstate 81 in West Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, that occurred about 12:16 p.m. on Friday, April 27.

Allentown museum announces recent acquisitions

Monday, April 30, 2012
One of the 12 Passion prints by Johann Bussemacher recently acquired by the Allentown Art Museum.
One of the 12 Passion prints by Johann Bussemacher recently acquired by the Allentown Art Museum.

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley has acquired a number of new artworks in recent months to add to its extensive permanent holdings, which now include more than 17,000 pieces.

"We're always looking to collect works that we feel should be preserved for future generations and that will help us fulfill our mission today as an educational resource," says Sofia Bakis, coordinator for Collections and Exhibitions.

Stocking fish at Locust Lake

Monday, April 30, 2012
Fishermen held their rods in hand as officers and volunteers with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) stocked thousands of fish at the Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville over the weekend. Fishermen in Locust Lake fish next to a PFBC stocking truck.
Fishermen held their rods in hand as officers and volunteers with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) stocked thousands of fish at the Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville over the weekend. Fishermen in Locust Lake fish next to a PFBC stocking truck.

Local businesses featured at Carbon County Expo

Monday, April 30, 2012
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mari Gruber, 'The Butterfly Lady' of Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, describes the life of a butterfly. Gruber's seminar was one of a few seminars that were held at the Expo.
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mari Gruber, 'The Butterfly Lady' of Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, describes the life of a butterfly. Gruber's seminar was one of a few seminars that were held at the Expo.

The annual 2012 Carbon County Home, Garden, and Business Expo was held this past Saturday and Sunday at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe. Nearly 80 businesses were featured at the Expo as well as educational seminars.

The Expo is co-coordinated by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon Builders Association. This is the second year the two organizations co-coordinated the Expo.

Deb Kleckner, EO of Carbon Builders Association stated that Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Carbon Builders Association use to host their own individual events.

On this date

Monday, April 30, 2012

April 30, 1979

April 30, 1979 Palmerton pushes across four runs in the third inning to help gain a 6-5 Centennial League win over rival Slatington. Kevin Williams and Chip Hesse each deliver RBI doubles during the big frame while Art George and Brad Myers contribute run-scoring singles. Myers also earns the pitching win, tossing the first six innings, while Bob Kolnik gets credit for the save by throwing a scoreless seventh inning.

JTHS 1955-1965 committee meeting

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Jim Thorpe High School class reunion committee will meet this evening at 6:30 p.m., at the second floor conference room of the Jim Thorpe Administration Building, Center Ave.

If you were a member of the classes of 1955 through 1965, and you have any old photos that you would like to share, please contact Alvin Sellers or any member of the committee.

The committee is also looking for the class colors and class flowers.

The reunion is set for Sept. 29, at Whispering Pines banquet hall, Penn Forest Fire Company.

Bridge work starts in Walker Township

Monday, April 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Contractors are in the process of replacing a bridge connecting Catawissa Road and Cold Run Road, near Shady Lane, in Walker Township. Detour signs are placed throughout the area diverting traffic around the construction site. Work is expect to take less than three months.

Correction

Monday, April 30, 2012

Previous mother/ daughter Senior Games competitors named

In Thursday's edition of the TIMES NEWS, the article "Like mom, like daughter" stated that Shirley Stein and LaRae Hlavaty were the first mother/daughter team in the history of the Carbon County Senior Games to compete at the same time.

It was brought to the paper's attention after the article ran that at least two other mother/daughter teams have already competed together in the games in previous years. They are Bessie Bauchspies and her daughter Kathy Getz, and the late Alma Ferko and her daughter Sandy Whiteman.

Carbon Conservation District names poster contest winners

Monday, April 30, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS First place winners of the Carbon County Conservation District's 37th annual poster contest stand with Audrey Wargo, district secretary, second from right, during the recent awards ceremony. Winners are, front row, from left, Sadie Trubilla and Brynn Wentz. Second row, Allison Amodea, Jack Kemmerle, Wargo, and Erin Hollingsworth.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS First place winners of the Carbon County Conservation District's 37th annual poster contest stand with Audrey Wargo, district secretary, second from right, during the recent awards ceremony. Winners are, front row, from left, Sadie Trubilla and Brynn Wentz. Second row, Allison Amodea, Jack Kemmerle, Wargo, and Erin Hollingsworth.

Twenty Carbon County students were recently recognized for their poster designs during the Carbon County Conservation District's 37th annual poster contest.

This year's theme was "Soil to spoon."

During the awards presentations, members of the Conservation District spoke about the importance of understanding the roles of farmers and where food comes from.

Josiah Behrens, district chairman, welcomed the group of students and families and thanked them for participating in the contest.

Crash kills Tamaqua man

Monday, April 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A Tamaqua man died Sunday of injuries he sustained in a crash on Saturday along Catawissa Road, in Walker Township, where his vehicle left the road and crashed into a utility pole.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A Tamaqua man died Sunday of injuries he sustained in a crash on Saturday along Catawissa Road, in Walker Township, where his vehicle left the road and crashed into a utility pole.

A Tamaqua man died Sunday of injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle crash that occurred on Saturday.

Nicholas W. Zeigler, 21, of 317 Pine St., was pronounced dead at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, at 12:36 p.m. by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Eric Minnich. He died of blunt force trauma, Minnich ruled.

Zeigler was involved in a crash about 11:54 a.m. on Saturday along Catawissa Road, about 100 feet south of Valley Road, in Walker Township.

Medication pumping errors reported in St. Luke's system

Monday, April 30, 2012

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Nurses with an eastern Pennsylvania hospital system incorrectly programmed pumps that dispense medication, causing two patient overdoses, according to state health officials.

The errors came just weeks after staff members at St. Luke's University Hospital Network were retrained following a pump overdose last fall, a Lehigh Valley newspaper reported Wednesday.

Both overdoses were promptly reported internally, and the hospital has reviewed its policies and retrained the nurses responsible for the mistakes, St. Luke's said in a statement.

Carbon schools compete in Academic Meet

Monday, April 30, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Runners-up in the Championship Round, Marian Catholic team, left to right : Representative Doyle Heffley, Andrew Dotter, Jessica DeLash, Ryan Darrough, Mia Casale, Michael Dino, Emma Boyle, Michael McHale, Emily DeSantis, and Mrs. Carol Cannon, moderator.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Runners-up in the Championship Round, Marian Catholic team, left to right : Representative Doyle Heffley, Andrew Dotter, Jessica DeLash, Ryan Darrough, Mia Casale, Michael Dino, Emma Boyle, Michael McHale, Emily DeSantis, and Mrs. Carol Cannon, moderator.

Weatherly Area High School was the host for the Carbon County Academic Meet with all five of the Carbon County public high schools, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Panther Valley, Weatherly, and also Marian Catholic High School represented.

Each of the high schools brought four team members and two alternates.

The judges for the meet were from the Carbon Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR).

State Rep. Doyle Heffley, 122nd District, was the quizmaster for the Championship Round.

Pre-construction work starts on East Broad Street bridge

Monday, April 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

PennDOT contractors with AWK Consulting Engineers INC, Camp Hill, spent the last week taking measurements and performing other ground tests in preparation for Penn-DOT's rehabilitation of the East Broad Street (SR209) bridge in Tamaqua. Actual bridge reconstruction work isn't scheduled to begin until at least 2013. For more information, contact Tamaqua Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt at (570) 668-3444 or 668-0300.

Bob's Wildlife Taxidermy is Business of the Month

Monday, April 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Bob's Wildlife Taxidermy in Orefield has been selected Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce. Pictured is Bob V. Danenhower Sr., taxidermist and owner.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Bob's Wildlife Taxidermy in Orefield has been selected Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce. Pictured is Bob V. Danenhower Sr., taxidermist and owner.

Outdoorsmen with an affinity for stuffed and mounted animal skins should take heed.

For the past 26 years, Bob's Wildlife Taxidermy in Orefield has utilized only top of the line materials to create mounts.

Located at 4642 Kernsville Road, the taxidermy has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Bob V. Danenhower Sr., taxidermist and owner, said his business is a full service, full-time taxidermy operation that preserves animals all over the world in an artistic way.

Aaron Tippin, Nicole Donatone give high-energy country show

Monday, April 30, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Aaron Tippin, left, completes assembly of a bicycle after singing a song at Penn's Peak, Friday, while looking on are Marine Sgt. Andrew Rawcliffe of York and local country singer Nicole Donatone. At all his concerts, Tippin puts a bicycle together and then donates it to the Marine Corps League Toys-for-Tots campaign.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Aaron Tippin, left, completes assembly of a bicycle after singing a song at Penn's Peak, Friday, while looking on are Marine Sgt. Andrew Rawcliffe of York and local country singer Nicole Donatone. At all his concerts, Tippin puts a bicycle together and then donates it to the Marine Corps League Toys-for-Tots campaign.

Tippin's act at Penn's Peak includes Toys-for-Tots bicycle donation

Aaron Tippin put on quite a performance on Friday night at Penn's Peak.

The country singer had sang all his charted hits, presented a full sack of humor, bantered with the crowd, and at one point, put together a two-wheel bicycle - doing the feat in under three minutes - while singing a song.

The bicycle will be donated to the local Toys-for-Tots campaign, an annual program by the Marine Corps League that gives toys to children.

Man sues PV Board

Monday, April 30, 2012

By CHRIS PARKER

cparker@tnonline.com

A Nesquehoning man who has ruffled the feathers of several Panther Valley School Board members has filed a federal lawsuit against them, saying they violated his Constitutional rights by removing and banishing him from public meetings.

In his suit, filed April 5 in U.S. District Court, Scranton, John Barna names the school board, and directors Koreen Nalesnik, Anthony DeMarco, David Hiles, William Hunsicker, president Jeffrey Markovich and former directors Donna Trimmel and Anthony Pondish.

Jim Thorpe news

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Jim Thorpe Borough Council will be accepting letters of interest for the following positions; Jim Thorpe Zoning Hearing Board and the Jim Thorpe Planning Commission.

If you are interested, letters must be received at the borough office, by 3 p.m. on May 10.

Each envelope should be marked for the board that you are applying. If you have questions call the borough office.

Benefit concert

Three arrested in second Palmerton robbery in 4 days

Monday, April 30, 2012

Three individuals have been arrested in connection with the second armed robbery of a convenient store in Palmerton within a span of four days.

Palmerton Police Chief Randy Smith said James Dee Archer, 33, of 302 Delaware Avenue, Apt. 2, Palmerton, was arrested in connection with a robbery that occurred at about 12:03 a.m. Sunday at the Convenient Food Mart, 643 Delaware Avenue.