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May 2012

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.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 3:56 a.m. on Sunday, May 27, along Crestview Drive in Tobyhanna.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers responded to the above location, in A Pocono Country Place development, to a report of a vehicle stuck in a ditch.

Cause of death in murder still pending

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The cause of death for a Schuylkill County man, who was tied to a tree for 20 hours in extreme heat, is still pending following an autopsy that was conducted yesterday.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said an autopsy on the victim, Bryan R. Smith, 26, of Orwigsburg, did not determine the exact cause of death. The autopsy was conducted at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, by forensic pathologist Dr. Neil Hoffman.

PG rallies to beat Bombers

Thursday, May 31, 2012
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Lauren Campbell slides into third base with a triple as Pine Grove's Samantha Lengel waits for the throw.
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Lauren Campbell slides into third base with a triple as Pine Grove's Samantha Lengel waits for the throw.

ORWIGSBURG Palmerton pitcher Martina Herring and her defense worked through numerous jams during Wednesday's District 11 Class AA semifinal matchup against Pine Grove.

Unfortunately for the Blue Bombers, they couldn't get out of the final one.

After stranding eight Cardinal runners through the first six innings, Palmerton's magic finally ran out as Pine Grove pushed across two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 3-2 victory and earn a berth in today's district final.

Liquor board cites Carbon business

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Wilkes-Barre enforcement office of the state liquor control board has cited a Carbon County business.

Gina Properties, trading as Lizard Creek Tavern, 1424 W. Lizard Creek Road, Lehighton, East Penn Township, was cited for fortified, adulterated and/or contaminated liquor. The violation occurred on April 28, the liquor board charged.

Summit Hill News

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summit Hill

Lions to meet

The monthly meeting of the Summit Hill Lions Club will be held on Wednesday, June 6, at the Harry Packer Mansion, Jim Thorpe. Judy Midas, first vice president, will be in charge of the session.

The evening will include tours of the mansion and its grounds.

Members planning to attend are asked to contact her by Friday, June 1, in order to get an accurate headcount for the event.

St. Paul Lutheran

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, has announced its schedule for June.

Vincent Spisak Person of the Year

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Vincent T. Spisak
Vincent T. Spisak

"He possessed the important ingredients of being a teacher ... caring for people."

Those were the words guest speaker and friend John Harkins had for Vincent "Vince" T. Spisak, this year's Lansford American Legion Person of the Year.

Harkins, a fellow coach and teacher who has known Spisak since 1962, also described Spisak as someone who possesses many leadership traits, depicting him as "not a clock watcher."

Good Vybrations kiosk no quick cure, but promotes health and well being

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Jeanine D'Andrea, owner of a Good Vybrations whole body vibration machine at a kiosk at the Carbon Plaza Mall said 10 minutes on the Sonix Whole Body vibration machine helps people lose weight and a heightened feeling of wellness.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Jeanine D'Andrea, owner of a Good Vybrations whole body vibration machine at a kiosk at the Carbon Plaza Mall said 10 minutes on the Sonix Whole Body vibration machine helps people lose weight and a heightened feeling of wellness.

Good Vybrations kiosk, located across from Holiday Hair Salon at the Carbon Plaza Mall, can provide you with a personalized Sonix Whole Body vibration experience.

Jeanine D'Andrea, owner of Sonix, said the whole body vibration machine improved the condition of her skin, helped her lose weight and gave her a heightened feeling of wellness despite her own serious health issues.

"I used to have extreme pain in my body," she admitted. "I have stress fractures in both my feet and I couldn't do anything."

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.

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.

Jim Thorpe news

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Vacation Bible school

Children are welcome to join Ebenezer E. C. Church for games, crafts, music, snacks and more at Son Rise National Park Vacation Bible School.

Register children ages 5-18 on-line at www.ebenezerec.org or call (570) 325-2855.

Vacation Bible School will be Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 22 from 6-8:45 p.m. at the church, located at 441 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe. There is no charge.

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.

Solemn ceremony held at Slatedale Cemetery

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Victoria Lear stands by keyboardist Linda Eberhardt to sing "How Great Thou Art."
Victoria Lear stands by keyboardist Linda Eberhardt to sing "How Great Thou Art."

The Rev. James Robison Jr. of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Slatedale, gave the reason for the Memorial Day service held at the Slatedale Cemetery as being "for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice."

In the opening prayer he said, "We gather here mindful of Your presence in our lives. As we gather today make known to our hearts the many who have died in defense of our country."

Coaldale church holds service for veterans

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Watching a slide show of local veterans prior to the service are Coaldale American Legion members, from left, Jimmy Rickert, adjutant; David Kessler, Chaplain; and Nancy Stevens, Auxiliary, Sgt. at Arms.
Watching a slide show of local veterans prior to the service are Coaldale American Legion members, from left, Jimmy Rickert, adjutant; David Kessler, Chaplain; and Nancy Stevens, Auxiliary, Sgt. at Arms.

Streets lined in New Philadelphia during Memorial Day Parade

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Waving flags as they march through town are members of Boy Scout pack 633 of New Philadelphia.
Waving flags as they march through town are members of Boy Scout pack 633 of New Philadelphia.

Charged with theft

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Nesquehoning man is facing a charge of theft, for stealing from his employer.

Jim Thorpe police said on Tuesday, May 8, they received a complaint from Robert Kuhn Jr., who is owner/operator of Kuhn Transportation, located at 3 Adventure Lane, regarding the theft of about $400 in rolled coins from his business office.

Kuhn related that the coins were in a milk crate underneath his desk. On Wednesday, May 9, Kuhn reported to police that one of his employees, Brian J. Steigerwalt, 34, of 236 Railroad St., Nesquehoning, admitted taking the coins.

Mahoning Elementary holds Olympic Day

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Readers and flag bearers during Olympic Day include, front row from left: Kylie Kresge, Jenna Kroboth, Paige Gruber, Bryanna Berger, Hannah Schappell, Austin Fritzinger, Joseph Fretz, and Jacob Cunfer. Back row: John Sherry, Collin Moyer, Ray Zobitne, Cory Moyer, and Michael Guzenski.Readers and flag bearers during Olympic Day include, front row from left: Kylie Kresge, Jenna Kroboth, Paige Gruber, Bryanna Berger, Hannah Schappell, Austin Fritzinger, Joseph Fretz, and Jacob Cunfer. Back row: John Sherry, Collin Moyer, Ray Zobitne, Cory Moyer, and Michael Guzenski.
Readers and flag bearers during Olympic Day include, front row from left: Kylie Kresge, Jenna Kroboth, Paige Gruber, Bryanna Berger, Hannah Schappell, Austin Fritzinger, Joseph Fretz, and Jacob Cunfer. Back row: John Sherry, Collin Moyer, Ray Zobitne, Cory Moyer, and Michael Guzenski.Readers and flag bearers during Olympic Day include, front row from left: Kylie Kresge, Jenna Kroboth, Paige Gruber, Bryanna Berger, Hannah Schappell, Austin Fritzinger, Joseph Fretz, and Jacob Cunfer. Back row: John Sherry, Collin Moyer, Ray Zobitne, Cory Moyer, and Michael Guzenski.

Team spirit ran high as students from Lehighton's Mahoning Elementary took part in their annual Olympic Day.

The program serves as a day to get students out of the classroom and into some friendly "international" competition. Boys and girls in kindergarten through fourth grade were broken into five teams representing the United States, Canada, Norway, Mexico, and Japan for a full day of athletic competition.

Stories wanted

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pa 4-H compiling history of the program

Pennsylvania 4-H is celebrating 100 years of youth programming. As part of the centennial celebration the planning committee is compiling a history of 4-H through stories.

4-H members, current and former leaders, alumni, current and former extension educators, and/or family members are invited to help tell the story of 100 years of 4-H. The group is hoping to create a historical timeline through stories of those impacted by 4-H.

Stories will be on exhibit around the state throughout 2012. A compilation will be published and offered for sale.