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May 2012

College students hired for summer work

Thursday, May 31, 2012

To most students when the school year ends it means free time during the summer months. But to a few who were cited in juvenile court during the school year it means fulfilling a court order to carry on a sentence imposed to perform community service since the services cannot be carried out during school hours.

Northwestern eliminated in shootout

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Big games are usually filled with big moments, but in the case of the Northwestern and Red Land opening round state soccer match-up there was only one.

Unfortunately, for the Tigers the monumental moment was in the favor of Red Land. The Patriots out-scored Northwestern 6-5 in the shootout session to get the 1-0 victory, ousting the Tigers from state competition.

The Tigers (20-3) lived dangerously throughout the whole first half, with Red Land (19-3) looping passes into the Northwestern box on numerous occasions.

Pleasant Valley High School presents its academic awards

Thursday, May 31, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Top 10 of the senior class with Dr. Douglas Arnold, superintendent, left: Left to right-Anthony Reyes, Nicholas Stanovick, Alexander Yanovich, Shirley Hochhouser, Samantha Frable, Brian Schoonmaker, Marissa Gray, Lauren Heckelman, Sarah Schillinger, Adam Parham with principal Mr. John Gress.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Top 10 of the senior class with Dr. Douglas Arnold, superintendent, left: Left to right-Anthony Reyes, Nicholas Stanovick, Alexander Yanovich, Shirley Hochhouser, Samantha Frable, Brian Schoonmaker, Marissa Gray, Lauren Heckelman, Sarah Schillinger, Adam Parham with principal Mr. John Gress.

It's that time of year when the academic stars of Pleasant Valley High School come out to shine. Many students were recognized for their hard work at the 31st Annual Academic Awards Program held in the new high school auditorium.

"It is the night we recognize the accomplishments of your sons and daughters," said Mr. John Gress, PVHS principal in his welcome to all.

"It is exciting, uplifting and satisfying to recognize our students for their accomplisments," Dr. Douglas Arnold, PVSD superintendent said.

Extended letter of credit deadline looms for Sunny Hills Farm Land project

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The clock is ticking for developer Rick Bjorkman of PKR Enterprises to deliver to Mahoning Township supervisors an extended letter of credit for the Sunny Hills Farm Land Development project or Friday afternoon June 1st when the $125,000 letter expires, Chairperson John Wieczorek and Solicitor Tom Nanovic will be collecting the note due from Mauch Chunk Trust Company.

On this date

Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 31, 1998

May 31, 1998 Nick Mangold draws a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning to force in the winning run as Lehighton registers an 11-10 comeback victory over Fullerton in Lehigh Valley Legion action. Ron Johnson hits a grand slam for the winners while Brent Kunkle also contributes a three-run blast. Tim Matula, who earns the mound win with two scoreless innings in relief, collects three hits. Kunkle, Mangold and Casey Hydro each finish with two.

Ukranian Folk Dance workshop set

Thursday, May 31, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 23rd Ukrainian Folk Dance Workshop will take place from July 2-6 in Lehighton.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 23rd Ukrainian Folk Dance Workshop will take place from July 2-6 in Lehighton.

The 23rd Ukrainian Folk Dance Workshop, sponsored by the Ukrainian American Heritage Foundation of the Lower Anthracite Region (UAHF) will be held at the Ukrainian Homestead in Lehighton from Monday-Friday, July 2-6.

The camp runs daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes dance instruction, folk singing, sports, crafts and swimming.

Instruction is offered to children 5 and up, with advanced workshop instruction for experienced dancers. The workshop is under the artistic direction of Andrij Dobriansky assisted by Yurij Dobriansky.

Eldred Township remembers

Thursday, May 31, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Eldred Township Veterans Commission, left to right, Leon Smale, Marlene Prutzman, Janet Smith, Mary Correll, Lorraine Everett, Helen Mackes, Wilbert Kleintop and Elmer Frantz, conducted a Memorial Day observance with patriotic songs, poems, readings and the recognition of area veterans lost serving their country.

Schuylkill County marriage license

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lauren M.Gibson and Joshua C. Shimer, 342 Hazle St., Tamaqua.

Cloud formations

Thursday, May 31, 2012
As seen from SR309 in McAdoo, these dark blue clouds appear intimidating.
As seen from SR309 in McAdoo, these dark blue clouds appear intimidating.

As seen from SR309 in West Penn Township, these cloud formations resemble mini tornadoes, although no official sightings of tornadoes were reported by the NOAA.

Recent weather has made for strange and scary looking cloud formations in the skies above us.

Tamaqua Fire Police meeting slated

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Any Tamaqua firefighters interested in joining the Tamaqua Fire Police are encouraged to attend their next meeting at the Tamaqua Borough Hall on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. For more information call (570) 668-1234.

Township to rebid for gasoline

Thursday, May 31, 2012

While several bids for road materials and fuel were awarded by Mahoning Township supervisors Tuesday evening, four of them were held up for various reasons and not awarded. Bid awards that were delayed included the bids for 500 tons of 2A, 500 tons of #3 stone and 500 tons of #1 stone while a fourth bid for 89 octane gasoline was rejected and supervisors decided to re-advertise that bid for 87 octane gasoline instead.

Slatington Legion sponsors parade, Memorial Day service at Union Cemetery

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Legionaires Mark Queen and Charles Rowland placed on wreath on the grave of Allen O. Delke for whom the Legion post was named.
Legionaires Mark Queen and Charles Rowland placed on wreath on the grave of Allen O. Delke for whom the Legion post was named.

Memorial Day was as busy as Sunday had been for the Allen O. Delke Post 16, American Legion. It paid one more church visit, which was to Washington Catholic, and then went to Slatedale to help with their ceremony. The last stop before returning to the Post to organize a parade was at the covered bridge over Trout Creek in Slatington.

The parade marched up the hill to Union Cemetery led by the Color Guard and followed by reenactors of the 26th Cavalry, 12th Phillipine Division.

'We can never be grateful enough,' says speaker at White Bear service

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek speaks during Memorial Day rites at St. Joseph's Cemetery in the White Bear section of Summit Hill.
Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek speaks during Memorial Day rites at St. Joseph's Cemetery in the White Bear section of Summit Hill.

The speaker at the Memorial Day weekend service at St. Joseph's Cemetery in the White Bear section of Summit Hill paid tribute to local soldiers who died in combat.

Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek mentioned fellow St. Joseph's Church parishioner Airman George M. Bevich Jr., "Carbon County's first casualty of the Vietnam War."

On this date

Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 31, 1941

Mr. and Mrs. George Trexler, Washington D.C. visited with the former's mother in Lehighton. Mr. Trexler was Lehighton's first mail carrier. He went to Washington under the late Fourth Assistant Postmaster General James I. Blakeslee and became assistant director of the postal department, which is next in line to Fourth Assistant Postmaster General. Mr. and Mrs. Trexler registered at the County Commissioners office today as voters.

Coaldale man faces burglary charges

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Paul David Weirich, 25, of 105 Miner St., Coaldale, faces burglary and related charges stemming from a break-in.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Officer Joseph Krebs was on duty on April 26 when he received a phone call at 3:18 p.m. from a Kayla Leibowitz, who told him that a friend with whom she lives is "in a situation and is afraid to report it to police."

Community Block Party held at Sam Miller Field in Jim Thorpe

Thursday, May 31, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Seniors Taylor Smela (left) Angela Strohl volunteered at the Community Block Party as their Senior project to help benefit Sam Miller Field . Angela is the great-great granddaughter of Sam Miller who founded the field.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Seniors Taylor Smela (left) Angela Strohl volunteered at the Community Block Party as their Senior project to help benefit Sam Miller Field . Angela is the great-great granddaughter of Sam Miller who founded the field.

The Jim Thorpe Community Athletic Association held a three day Community Block Party at Sam Miller Field in the Heights section of Jim Thorpe.

In addition to rides, games, food, and beverages, there was live musical entertainment each night.

Association member Shawn Sheckler, who is the Vice President of the Jim Thorpe Community Athletic Association said, "we're here to raise money for Sam Miller Field and for the youth of Jim Thorpe and the community."

Tamaqua man pleads to criminal counts; sentenced to state prison

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Tamaqua man pleaded guilty to 20 criminal charges was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin in Schuylkill County court to serve 15 1/2 to 35 months in a state correctional facility. Nine other defendants who entered guilty pleas were also sentenced.

Michael Howard Startzel, 28, of 45 N. Greenwood St., pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance when arrested on Sept. 23, 2010, at his residence by the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.

Indians fall just short

Thursday, May 31, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton's A.J. Wenrich charges in to scoop up an infielder grounder.
bob ford/times news Lehighton's A.J. Wenrich charges in to scoop up an infielder grounder.

ALLENTOWN – Following his team's ten-run loss to Pleasant Valley back on April 16th, Lehighton manager Brian Polaha wasn't shy about expressing his displeasure with his players and their recent play.

Despite being 9-2 at the time, Polaha felt as if his team's sub-par defensive play did not match their above-average record.

"Our record is a lot better than we are," Polaha said at the time. "A 9-1 team should not play like this. Yeah, sometimes a hard hit ball will get booted. Even good teams make mistakes. But there is no excuse for the amount of errors we made today."

Dogs have residents barking

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dogs are disrupting one Mahoning Township development and resident Kim Snyder – bearing a petition from neighbors in Mahoning Manor Estates – attended the supervisors' meeting this week to request they do something about the situation.

"My neighbor has 10 dogs in their house and they do not clean up their yard after them. The smell is so bad that I cannot let my son outside or play with him outside and it's been awful the past few days with how murky the weather has been," Snyder told supervisors.

Blue Mt. blanks Lehighton

Thursday, May 31, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton catcher Jacen Nalesnik puts the tag on Blue Mountain's James Bromwell at home plate. Bromwell was out on the play.
bob ford/times news Lehighton catcher Jacen Nalesnik puts the tag on Blue Mountain's James Bromwell at home plate. Bromwell was out on the play.

ALLENTOWN - Giving up nine walks over the course of seven innings, most of the time you would be on the losing end by a ton of runs.

That wasn't the case for the Lehighton baseball team on Wednesday at Coca-Cola Park when they faced District 11 3A defending champion Blue Mountain.

The No. 2 seeded Indians, who defeated Saucon Valley two years ago for the district crown, never gave up.

Hot asphalt on a hot day

Thursday, May 31, 2012
West Penn Township worker Dale Faust operates a roller Wednesday while fellow crew members lay asphalt and provide repairs to 2.5 miles of Golf Road in the township.
West Penn Township worker Dale Faust operates a roller Wednesday while fellow crew members lay asphalt and provide repairs to 2.5 miles of Golf Road in the township.

Al-l-ll aboard !

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Engine 426 prepares to pull its train load of passengers out of the station in Jim Thorpe this past Memorial Day weekend as the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway kicked of its 2012 train ride season.

Sewer Authority chief operator charged by DEP

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Schuylkill County man, who is the chief operator of the Greater Pottsville Area Sewer Authority, was arrested today on charges that he submitted false monitoring reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as David Kraft, 59, 1210 Pottsville St., Pottsville.

According to the criminal complaint, Kraft allegedly submitted false reports to DEP for the waste water treatment plant's total residual chlorine analysis.

High winds

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

In addition to Saturday's rain storm, high winds resulted in numerous fallen trees throughout our area. A tree blocks West Snyder Avenue in Lansford.

Closed beaches fail to deter

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Beaches were closed and water was muddy and deep at Tuscarora State Park after Saturday's drenching rain storm. But warnings of off-limits holiday destinations didn't deter a few hundred swimmers and picknickers from enjoying the summertime destination on Memorial Day.

Nesquehoning VFW installs officers

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008 installed officers on Friday. Seated from left are Ellen Driesbach, senior vice president; Tillie Lakata, junior vice president, musician and color bearer; and Anne Paulakovich, trustee, patriotic instructor and historian. Standing from left are Maureen Hirochek, secretary/treasurer; Amanda Breiner, president; and Carol Malatak, installing officer and guard.
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008 installed officers on Friday. Seated from left are Ellen Driesbach, senior vice president; Tillie Lakata, junior vice president, musician and color bearer; and Anne Paulakovich, trustee, patriotic instructor and historian. Standing from left are Maureen Hirochek, secretary/treasurer; Amanda Breiner, president; and Carol Malatak, installing officer and guard.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Lioness Club grows

The Western Pocono Lioness Club inducted three new members at its last meeting. They were B. Madlyn Reimel, Ruth Hebron and Karen Heckman.

The group heard about the growth and changes at Northampton Community College as Matt Connell, West Ender and dean of the Monroe Campus, and Cathleen Canevari, major gifts officer of the Monroe Campus and also a West Ender, detailed what is happening in terms of the future addition to Monroe's NCC facility.

Monument dedicated to Civil War vets

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Lansford Borough Council President Rosemary Cannon addresses the audience during the dedication of the GAR Memorial at the GAR Cemetery in Summit Hill on Saturday. Cannon thanked the cemetery for providing a public place for people to view the plaque which was in storage for several years in Lansford's Community Center, after having been removed from the PV Middle School when it was sold.
Lansford Borough Council President Rosemary Cannon addresses the audience during the dedication of the GAR Memorial at the GAR Cemetery in Summit Hill on Saturday. Cannon thanked the cemetery for providing a public place for people to view the plaque which was in storage for several years in Lansford's Community Center, after having been removed from the PV Middle School when it was sold.

After more than a year of planning and with gratitude toward the Lansford Borough Council, the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Association of Summit Hill unveiled and dedicated a monument to the members of the Eli T. Conner Post #177 of the GAR and all of the Panther Valley area veterans of the Civil War.

The monument was constructed from the large bronze plaque that once hung in the foyer of the Panther Valley Middle School and was donated last year to the cemetery by Lansford Borough.

Summit Hill Lions award scholarships

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Jordan Weber, second from left, a senior at Marian Catholic High School, and Amy Yusella, second from right, a senior at Panther Valley High School, receive $250 Service Award Scholarships from the Summit Hill Lions Club, during club meeting at the Parkview Inn in Summit Hill. Looking on are Sister Bernard Agnes, left, principal at Marian, and Judy Midas, chairperson of the Lions Scholarship Committee.

Rabbit Run Fish & Game Association holds 45th annual fishing derby

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Logan Detwiler, 4, poses with Smokey Bear for catching the first five fish. Logan is the son of Kevin and Amy Detwiler of Fleetwood.
Logan Detwiler, 4, poses with Smokey Bear for catching the first five fish. Logan is the son of Kevin and Amy Detwiler of Fleetwood.

Members of the Rabbit Run Fish and Game Association held their 45th annual 2-day community free fishing derby recently at the Rabbit Run Reservoir Dam on Rabbit Run Road in Tamaqua. Despite a few periods of drizzle, hundreds of youth and adults participated in the event.

Nesquehoning deaths ruled murder, suicide

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Authorities confirmed that the shooting deaths of a man and woman over the weekend were a murder-suicide.

State police in Lehighton said the bodies of 33-year-old Christopher Lewis and 31-year-old Dana Lewis were found in the Nesquehoning residence on Saturday morning.

Coroner Bruce Nalesnik said that autopsies Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, confirmed that the man shot the woman multiple times and then turned the weapon on himself.

Friends told reporters that the two were divorcing.