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May 2012

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."

Lansford man given state prison term for break-ins

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Lansford man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday to six criminal counts after previously entering pleas in three other cases, and was immediately sentenced to a state prison term. He also faces a big restitution bill.

Dog survives a real cliff hanger

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Kline Township Police closed a northbound lane of the Mile Hill (SR309) as firefighters responded to rescue and stranded dog stuck on the rocks overlooking the road.
Kline Township Police closed a northbound lane of the Mile Hill (SR309) as firefighters responded to rescue and stranded dog stuck on the rocks overlooking the road.

Firefighters and police in Kline Township responded to the Mile Hill (SR309) in Kline Township Wednesday morning after a motorist heard a dog barking and noticed it perched on a high ledge overlooking the road.

"There was no way I could reach the dog," Township Police Chief John Petrilla said. "I radioed dispatch to have McAdoo Fire Company bring their ladder truck."

Petrilla closed one northbound lane of SR309 while firefighters arrived.

Mauch Chunk memorabilia

Thursday, May 31, 2012
The original sign of the Hooven Building in Jim Thorpe is part of Bill Huber's collection of Mauch Chunk memorabilia which will be sold during an auction on Saturday.
The original sign of the Hooven Building in Jim Thorpe is part of Bill Huber's collection of Mauch Chunk memorabilia which will be sold during an auction on Saturday.

Local man's railroad items, vast collection to be sold

The late Bill Huber was not one of the residents who voted for the towns of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk to merge and change their names to Jim Thorpe at an election held May 18, 1954.

"He loved Mauch Chunk," said his widow, Dorothy Huber.

His daughter, Nancy Albeck, remarked, "He didn't want (the name) changed. He was so sad when they changed the school to Jim Thorpe."

Huber, who died on June 6, 2011 at age 82, acquired a vast collection of Mauch Chunk memorabilia. He had also collected railroad items and historical items from surrounding communities.

Schuylkill crash

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Luzerne County teen driver escaped injury after her car left a Schuylkill County road and crashed head-on into a tree.

State police at Frackville said Nicole M. Prokop, 19, of Conyngham, was operating a 2000 Saturn SC2 southbound on Silverbrook Road, in Kline Township, about 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, when she said she looked down at the radio while negotiating a right hand curve.

The car left the road and struck the tree. Troopes said Prokop was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

West Penn churches hold Memorial Service

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Boy Scout Allan Knowlan, 8, receives flowers from Marlin "Bubby" Tyson, Assistant Scoutmaster, while girl and boy scouts place flowers on veterans graves during the service.
Boy Scout Allan Knowlan, 8, receives flowers from Marlin "Bubby" Tyson, Assistant Scoutmaster, while girl and boy scouts place flowers on veterans graves during the service.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met May 22 at the Ryan Township Fire Company with 44 members in attendance. Two new members, Joseph St. Ong and George Carvel were welcomed.

Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation. Reports were offered by Vice President Rhoda Purnell and treasurer Shirley Becker, who also offered inspirational readings. Upcoming events include an election of officers on June 12 and the annual picnic, at St. Peter's UCC Grove, on July 24.

Checkpoint results are released

Thursday, May 31, 2012

State police at Lehighton released the results of a sobriety checkpoint conducted during the period of May 26-27.

The checkpoint results included seven drivers arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. Also, 12 motorists were drinking but released after passing standardized field sobriety tests. There were 50 traffic citations issued

Troopers also reported one of the DUI arrests resulted in a further charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance after 160 bags of heroin were recovered.

6 Tamaqua students honored

Thursday, May 31, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Six Tamaqua Area High School students were recognized at the 29th Annual Schuylkill County Academic Achievement Awards. The event was held at the Pottsville Club and was sponsored by Schuylkill IU#29 and all county school districts. The students were recognized for their academic excellence, achievement and accomplishments, as determined by their school district. In attendance were: TAHS Principal Stephen Toth, Dana Ansbach, Kelsey Patrick, Anthony Iacoviello, Jacqueline McMullen and Suzanne Arner.

Polk Township news

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Historical society

The Polk Township Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4 at the Polk Township Municipal Building.

Happy Birthday wishes

Happy Birthday to Cindy Faust who will celebrate her day on June 3

Congratulations

Congratulations to Katie Arace who will be confirmed at St. Matthew's Church in Kunkletown on Sunday, June 3.

Tamaqua physicals

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tamaqua has announced its schedule for Junior and Senior High School sports physicals. All sports for the 2012-13 school year will receive their physicals at this time.

Tuesday, June 12

(all sports)

8-9:30 a.m. - grades 7 and 8

9:30-11:30 - grades 9-10

Wendesday, July 11

(all sports)

8-9:30 - grades 11-12

9:30-11:30 - make up physicals

Notes

* A student-athlete may attend during another time frame, but is encouraged to attend during their scheduled time.

INDIANS: great season comes to end

Thursday, May 31, 2012

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."

Carbon County marriage licenses

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Matthew Jared Reis, 8 White Lane, Jim Thorpe, and Bryana Lee Laudenslager, 141 Unionville Rd., Jim Thorpe.

William Joseph Leitgeb Jr. and Lisa Marie Shafer, 7533 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown.

Brad Michael Graver, 2175 Deer Lane, Lehighton, and Heather Marie Kemmerer, 603 Gypsy Hill Gardens, Lehighton.

Tyler Ronald Berger and Kristy Nicole Rodgers, 301 Prospect St., Lehighton.

John Francis Miller and Karen Mary Freeman, 5219 SR115, Box 22, Blakeslee.

Steven Patrick Miller II and Jalene Mae Egner, 304 Christman Rd., Lehighton.

Legion Post 16 holds Memorial Day services at 11 cemeteries

Thursday, May 31, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The Color Guard leads the parade to the Union Cemetery, Slatington.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The Color Guard leads the parade to the Union Cemetery, Slatington.

Allen O. Delke Post 16 American Legion of Slatington completed its annual tour of local cemeteries on May 27 and 28. The Sunday programs were scheduled so that, where possible, church services would be concluded when the Legion arrived allowing members to attend the service.

The tour began at Williamstown, a small cemetery outside of Slatington, and moved on to Jacksonville, Lynn Township.

Nine first time offenders placed in probation program

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nine first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Brochure lists state, local historical markers

Thursday, May 31, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A close-up of the brochure that culminated the Northern Lehigh Historical Markers Program.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A close-up of the brochure that culminated the Northern Lehigh Historical Markers Program.

A snapshot of the Northern Lehigh area at a glance.

That's exactly what those who come in contact with a brochure to cap the Northern Lehigh Historical Markers Program can come to expect.

The pamphlet was displayed at a news conference conducted by Northern Lehigh Future Focus Tuesday at the Victory Park Historical Marker in Victory Park, Slatington.

Becahi blanks Northwestern

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Becahi blanks Northwestern
Copyright 2012

Bethlehem Catholic is on a roll. And Northwestern got in its way Wednesday in the District 11 Class AAA softball playoffs.

The Lehigh Valley Conference champ Golden Hawks took out the Tigers, 10-0 in five innings to advance to Thursday's title game. They'll face No. 2 seed Pottsville, which beat Saucon Valley 5-2 in the other semifinal.

Bethlehem Catholic had 14 hits and took advantage of three Northwestern errors in Wednesday's win.

Visionary artists bend reality

Thursday, May 31, 2012
@$:"Garden of Hope" 1992 by James Gurney, from the collection of he artist.
@$:"Garden of Hope" 1992 by James Gurney, from the collection of he artist.

At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic comes to Allentown Art Museum

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley announces its next special exhibition a mind-bending menagerie of fantastical artworks that push the boundaries of the imagination.

A flood to remember

Thursday, May 31, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Area residents will find it hard to forget the violent rain storm that hit our area on Saturday, dropping up to 10 inches of rain in less than an hour in some communities. Pictured at the intersection of State Road and Hamilton Street in Ryan Township is a white Subaru Legacy, owned by a Barnesville woman, up to its roof with flood waters. Police said the woman driver was able to escape as her car slid into the water. State Road was closed due to fast flooding. In addition to township police, firefighters from Quakake and Delano also responded.

Vehicle entered in Schuylkill incident

Thursday, May 31, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a theft from vehicle incident in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said the 1987 Dodge Ram Charger of Eric Shubrooks, 39, of Shenandoah, was entered while parked along SR209 at the off-ramp of Interstate 81, in Frailey Township.

Troopers said rocks were thrown through four windows of the vehicle to gain entry.

Removed from the vehicle was numerous electronic items such as stereo, amplifier and subwoofers. The incident occurred sometime between Wednesday, May 23, at 11:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Country View Diner offers great meals with a great country view

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Country View Diner owners are celebrating its 10th anniversary. From left are, Roger Bartholomew, Tricia Frantz, David Zacharias, Laura Zacharias, Kelly Lassell, Linda Zacharias, Donald Gearhart, Beverly Harakel and Barbara Mackes. Also staff members are, Elaine Koch, Melissa Pfancook, Jacob Borger, Tonya Lundy and Bethney Koch.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Country View Diner owners are celebrating its 10th anniversary. From left are, Roger Bartholomew, Tricia Frantz, David Zacharias, Laura Zacharias, Kelly Lassell, Linda Zacharias, Donald Gearhart, Beverly Harakel and Barbara Mackes. Also staff members are, Elaine Koch, Melissa Pfancook, Jacob Borger, Tonya Lundy and Bethney Koch.

Customers are the number one reason why Country View Diner owners are so happy.

"If it wouldn't be for my customers, I wouldn't be here," said Laura Zacharias, with a smile. "Most of my customers stop by every day."

Ten years ago, Laura found herself unemployed when the previous owner closed the restaurant. She had been a waitress since 1994.

So without a job and after some discussion, she and her fiance, David Zacharias, (at the time), decided to take the restaurant over.

Special Olympics held in Jim Thorpe

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Carbon County athlete Jose Karnish leaps high into the air during the Standing High Jump competition during the Special Olympics Annual Athletics Competition in Jim Thorpe.
Carbon County athlete Jose Karnish leaps high into the air during the Standing High Jump competition during the Special Olympics Annual Athletics Competition in Jim Thorpe.

The Jim Thorpe Area High School stadium was the setting for the Special Olympics in which athletes competed in a wide variety of track and field events that were appropriate to the age and disability level of each individual.

Athletes from three different participating counties in Pennsylvania: Carbon, Luzerne, and Columbia/Montour counties, participated in the events which were appropriately held in conjunction with the annual community celebration honoring Olympian Jim Thorpe on his birthday.

Tamaqua LEO's play BINGO with St. Luke's residents

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Playing BINGO from left are St. Luke's Hospital resident Roy Hinkle, Pittsburg native; LEO Courtney Miller, 14; resident Violet Arner, Tamaqua native; LEO Alexandra Miller, 16; resident Irene Evanko, Nesquehoning native; LEO Julianna Wagner, 14; and resident Anna Edmonds, Tamaqua native.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Playing BINGO from left are St. Luke's Hospital resident Roy Hinkle, Pittsburg native; LEO Courtney Miller, 14; resident Violet Arner, Tamaqua native; LEO Alexandra Miller, 16; resident Irene Evanko, Nesquehoning native; LEO Julianna Wagner, 14; and resident Anna Edmonds, Tamaqua native.

Tamaqua LEO Club members and advisors spent time recently calling and playing BINGO with residents at the St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus in Coaldale. Also on hand were LEO Club advisors and Tamaqua Lions Club members Sue Dolan, Fran Stahl and Liz McElwee, who stated their appreciation to the LEOs for donating their time with the residents.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, June 2. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need grocery size brown paper bags.

Born with a skillet in her hand

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BROADWAY GRILLE & PUB Zoraida Rivera is the new executive chef at the Broadway Grille in Jim Thorpe.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BROADWAY GRILLE & PUB Zoraida Rivera is the new executive chef at the Broadway Grille in Jim Thorpe.

Zoraida Rivera joins Broadway Grille as executive chef

She has sautéed with Alain Sailhac at LeCirque and parboiled with Jacques Pepin at the French Culinary Institute. She has broiled, baked and braised for thousands of hungry customers at some of the top restaurants in the world.

But now she's here. Zoraida Rivera is cooking in Jim Thorpe.

The Broadway Grille & Pub in Jim Thorpe recently hired Rivera as its new executive chef, and she's already cooking up a storm, changing the menu and infecting the staff and customers with her passion for cooking and food.

Time with family and friends

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

Louie Yelito, left, and Jason Yanett enjoy a game of horseshoes with family and friends on Memorial Day in Coaldale.

Pleasant Valley wins three 2012 Spotlight Awards

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

On Sunday, May 20, the Tony Awards-style Sherman Theater SPOTLIGHT Awards Gala Ceremony was presented on the Sherman Theater stage, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg, where nominees performed and award recipients were announced.

Pleasant Valley High School's "Oklahoma" was nominated for a record number of categories (23) for this year's Spotlight Awards. PV won Outstanding Scenic Achievement, Outstanding Lobby Display Achievement, and Outstanding Performance by a Featured Ensemble Member - Devin Cetnar.

Veterans take part in multiple Memorial Day details

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of both the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 and Andreas General George S. Patton Jr. Post 5069 took part in their annual firing details at six cemeteries and churches throughout West Penn, including one in Lehighton. For more information about these services or membership, call (570) 668-1234.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of both the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 and Andreas General George S. Patton Jr. Post 5069 took part in their annual firing details at six cemeteries and churches throughout West Penn, including one in Lehighton. For more information about these services or membership, call (570) 668-1234.

American Legion donates to Panther Vy. JROTC

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Richard D. Pogwist, right, of the American Legion Post 123 presents a donation for the JROTC program to Sergeant First Class Joseph A. Jordan, JROTC instructor at Panther Valley High School, during the Memorial Day service in Lansford.

Senseless

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Idiotic, deadly pranks can scar for a lifetime

Everything seems to be coming earlier these days, from strange weather to bizarre human behavior often associated with the hot, hazy days of midsummer.

The official start of the hurricane season is still two days away but ever since we experienced that strange October snowstorm last year, our seasonal weather patterns seem out of whack. Already this month we've seen two tropical storms form over the Atlantic, including Beryl which affected Memorial Day weekend plans for many in the southeastern United States.

Enjoying the rain

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Enjoying the rain
Copyright 2012

Shawn Schock, 6, laughs as he stands in the pouring rain.