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May 2012

Lehighton School District plans free night of fun for kids

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Families are invited to the third annual Lehighton School and Community Education/Safety program which will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Lehighton Memorial Pool.

The event is sponsored by Lehighton Area School District, Title One Department and the Lehighton Pool.

This is a fun, free evening of swimming, food and activities all geared to young children.

Thorpe woman facing drug count

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Jim Thorpe woman is facing a drug count.

Borough police said on Monday, March 26, about 10:10 p.m. they were dispatched to 421 North St., Apt. 5, for a domestic incident involving Gabrielle Galit, of New York, and her sister, Siobhan T. Carrasso, 50, of that address. While searching for her car keys, police observed Galit open a foot rest belonging to Carrasso, which contained several pipes used to smoke marijuana.

Police siezed the items and asked Carrasso if the items belonged to her. She confirmed that the items belonged to her.

6th annual Youth Fishing Education Day planned June 16

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Delaware River Shad Fisherman's Association will hold its 6th annual Youth Fishing Education Day from 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Blue Mountain Fish and Game Club. The event is rain or shine and is limited to the first 100 students ages 8 to 15 years old. Trophies are awarded for fishing contests.

For more information or to register your child for this event, contact Dave Carl at 570-325-4336 or email at fisherman_dcarl@yahoo.com. Registration is required. Free t-shirt and hat for registered participants.

Special Olympics held in Jim Thorpe

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Special Olympians received their awards on a podium located in front of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Special Olympians received their awards on a podium located in front of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope.

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 Tamaqua LEOs Patrick McMullen, 14, and President Andrea Whitley, 18, call BINGO numbers.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua LEOs Patrick McMullen, 14, and President Andrea Whitley, 18, call BINGO numbers.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS While many people were running for cover during Saturday's and Tuesday's heavy rain storms, some made the best of it. While enjoying themselves during the annual Citizen's Fire Company picnic on Saturday in Clamtown, Teegan Phillips, 4, drives slow in the downpour with Madeline Tringone, 21-months, riding shotgun.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS While many people were running for cover during Saturday's and Tuesday's heavy rain storms, some made the best of it. While enjoying themselves during the annual Citizen's Fire Company picnic on Saturday in Clamtown, Teegan Phillips, 4, drives slow in the downpour with Madeline Tringone, 21-months, riding shotgun.

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

Tamaqua War veterans remembered during East End detail

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Members of Tamaqua's Raider Marching Band took part in the War Monument Memorial Service, Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Service held at Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Members of Tamaqua's Raider Marching Band took part in the War Monument Memorial Service, Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Service held at Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Checkpoint results for Schuylkill

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The North Central Pa. Regional Sobriety Checkpoint DUI Taskforce and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement program has released the following information from a sobriety checkpoint held May 25 in Minersville. The checkpoint was a joint effort between local officers and state police.

Jim Thorpe news

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Positions available

The Jim Thorpe Borough is seeking residents to serve on the following boards of the community. Openings are available on the Jim Thorpe Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board and an EMA Director.

Letters of intent should be mailed to the borough office by June 8. If you wish more information about the boards, please call the borough office.

Tamaqua High School students help teach art to elementary students

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS About 100 works of art, ranging from paintings to clay art, were on display Thursday evening in the lobby of the Tamaqua Elementary School. The art show was put together following eight weeks of classes with the elementary students by five Tamaqua 11th graders as part of Tamaqua High School language arts teacher Mrs. Thelma Urban's Hero Project. Hero Project organizers were students Denae Starry, Erika Cassell, Karina Derr, Christian Gardiner and Victoria Mueller.Holding photograph and abstract art are Mason Job, 7, and one of the Hero Project organizers, Denae Starry, 16. Mason is the son of Beth and Fran Job of Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS About 100 works of art, ranging from paintings to clay art, were on display Thursday evening in the lobby of the Tamaqua Elementary School. The art show was put together following eight weeks of classes with the elementary students by five Tamaqua 11th graders as part of Tamaqua High School language arts teacher Mrs. Thelma Urban's Hero Project. Hero Project organizers were students Denae Starry, Erika Cassell, Karina Derr, Christian Gardiner and Victoria Mueller.Holding photograph and abstract art are Mason Job, 7, and one of the Hero Project organizers, Denae Starry, 16. Mason is the son of Beth and Fran Job of Tamaqua.

Inmate charged with threats count

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An inmate at the Carbon County prison in Nesquehoning has been charged with one count each of terroristic threats and harassment for an incident at the prison in which a corrections' officer is the victim.

Borough police report on May 11 about 8:25 p.m. Officer Carl Breiner was called to the prison for a report of a threat incident. Upon arriving he spoke to corrections officer Clayton Hunsicker. Hunsicker explained that a disturbance occurred in his block area and the decision was made to have the inmates re-enter their cells and close their door and trap doors to restore order.

Lions president to host meeting on Carbon K-9

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tom Zimmerman IV, president of the Mahoning Valley Lions Club, has called a meeting for 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss the potential future of the Carbon County K-9 program.

It will be held at the Lehighton American Legion Post.

Zimmerman said, "This event is to discuss what we can do and how we can help with the possible closing of the Carbon County Animal Shelter. We will need resources, volunteers, ideas, plans, and help whatever is decided. We need to meet as a group to discuss options for the welfare of Carbon County animals. We need this shelter open."

Blessing of the flags

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Carbon County Navy Club Ship 260, in conjunction with Immaculate Conception Church in Jim Thorpe, will hold its yearly Blessing of The Flags on June 9, at noon.

All organizations who have American flags are invited to come and get the flags blessed and fly them on Flag Day. Also invited were the sheriff, Carbon County commissioners, and state and federal legislators.

For more information, call Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at (570) 645-3643.

PK Student of the Month

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Aislinn Galvin of Albrightsville, center, receives a certificate from Penn-Kidder Lions Club President Manuel DaCosta, right, after being honored as the May Student of the Month at the Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District. Galvin was joined by her mother Mary Ellen at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Galvin is also the daughter of Joseph Galvin.

Salute to Carbon County Veterans Expo planned for July 1

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Striving to reach out to as many Carbon County veterans as possible, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), in conjunction with local veterans' organizations, encourages all veterans and their families to participate in his first "Salute to Carbon County Veterans Expo" slated for Sunday, July 1, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Jim Thorpe High School auditorium.

LCRC slate meeting

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Weissport trailhead.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May 30, 1955 Nesquehoning's Bill Sluck and Lansford's Mike Kerestes both win two events at the Carbon County track and field meet, held at Summit Hill. Sluck captures the 880 and mile, while Kerestes tops the field in the shot put and discus. The Panthers, who capture the team title by one point over Lehighton, also receive firsts from Bussy Earley (440), Charlie Wernett (broad jump) and Mike Midas (high jump). The Indians get top performances from Carl "Skippy" Koons (100) and LaMar Semmel (pole vault).

Muggy weather draws swimmers to closed beaches

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

Swimmers on a muggy Memorial Day ignored posted signs at closed beaches and jumped right into the storm-fed muddy waters at Tuscarora State Park just north of Tamaqua.

Northern Lehigh news

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Slatington Lions Club

The first outdoor meeting of the Slatington Lions Club will be held at the Skeet Club Grove at 7 p.m. June 5. This meeting is for members and guests only.

Lions celebrating birthday are William Stein (June 2) and Shawn Wanamaker (June 4).

Seven defendants have probation/parole revoked

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Seven defendants were found to have violated their probations or parole after a hearing in Schuylkill County court this week. They were:

Suzanne Elizabeth Reber, 28, of 288 Wood St., Cumbola, Blyhthe Township, had her probation revoked by President Judge William E. Baldwin and was re-sentenced to serve four to 18 months in the county prison with credit for serving 81 days. Reber pleaded guilty in December 2010 to a charge of retail theft from Walmart Store in Saint Clair and was placed on probation for 30 months.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Meed's free dinner

A free community dinner will be held at Meed's Methodist Church, 126 West Catawissa St., on Wednesday May 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Senior boxes will be distributed on Friday, June 1 from 10-11 a.m.

NCFC Ladies Auxiliary

The New Columbus Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold its dinner on Tuesday, June 5 at 6 p.m.

St. John Lutheran

Tied to a tree, man dies, 2 charged

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Two Schuylkill County men are jailed, charged with the murder of another county resident by tying him to a tree for 20 hours in extreme heat.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the suspects as Keith Allen Reber, 48, of 294 Meadow Drive, Schuylkill Haven, and Daniel W. Dull, 25, of 115 Station Rd., Orwigsburg.

The two are charged in the death of Bryan Robert Smith, 26, of Orwigsburg.

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.

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.