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May 2012

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
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Grand Army Cemetery on Saturday dedicated the GAR memorial, which was created from the plaque donated by Lansford Borough Council to the cemetery. Officers of the GAR pose with the monument, from left, President David A. Wargo, corporate secretary Tom Phillips, and treasurer Louis Vermillion. Missing are Vice President David Hiles and managing secretary Penny Shelton.
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Grand Army Cemetery on Saturday dedicated the GAR memorial, which was created from the plaque donated by Lansford Borough Council to the cemetery. Officers of the GAR pose with the monument, from left, President David A. Wargo, corporate secretary Tom Phillips, and treasurer Louis Vermillion. Missing are Vice President David Hiles and managing secretary Penny Shelton.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying a day out fishing, from left, are Matthew Miller, 14; Caleb Carpenter, 14; Larry Miller; Erica Miller, 12; and Rick Miller.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying a day out fishing, from left, are Matthew Miller, 14; Caleb Carpenter, 14; Larry Miller; Erica Miller, 12; and Rick Miller.

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.

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
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Henry Distler Jr., speaker, and the Rev. James Robison Jr. participated in the Slatedale Memorial Day program.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Henry Distler Jr., speaker, and the Rev. James Robison Jr. participated in the Slatedale Memorial Day program.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the First Congregational Church in Coaldale held their annual Veterans Memorial Day service on Sunday. The church choir sang patriotic songs during the service.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the First Congregational Church in Coaldale held their annual Veterans Memorial Day service on Sunday. The church choir sang patriotic songs during the service.

Streets lined in New Philadelphia during Memorial Day Parade

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS New Philadelphia's Memorial Day on Monday parade drew the attention of many as it marched down Valley Street (SR209) and then through town, ending at the town court. Some groups marching consisted of the New Philadelphia American Legion Post 677, Catholic War Veterans Post 1079, New Philadelphia AMVETS Post 256, Cressona Band, Borough Council members, New Philadelphia Boy Scouts Troop 633, New Philadelphia's Community Organization, Little League team and so on. Members of the New Philadelphia American Legion Post 677, Catholic War Veterans Post 1079 and New Philadelphia AMVETS Post 256 march in step during Saturday's Memorial Day parade held in New Philadelphia.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS New Philadelphia's Memorial Day on Monday parade drew the attention of many as it marched down Valley Street (SR209) and then through town, ending at the town court. Some groups marching consisted of the New Philadelphia American Legion Post 677, Catholic War Veterans Post 1079, New Philadelphia AMVETS Post 256, Cressona Band, Borough Council members, New Philadelphia Boy Scouts Troop 633, New Philadelphia's Community Organization, Little League team and so on. Members of the New Philadelphia American Legion Post 677, Catholic War Veterans Post 1079 and New Philadelphia AMVETS Post 256 march in step during Saturday's Memorial Day parade held in 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
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS ABOVE LEFT: Georgianna Messinger, Olympic Day organizer and Mahoning Elementary physical education teacher, far right, addresses students during their Olympic Day closing program. Behind her are the flags representing each of the five countries students represented during the program. ABOVE RIGHT: Kate Halenar, left, and Payton Costenbader, first grade students in Mrs. Miller's class, throw a winning toss during the water balloon toss.
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS ABOVE LEFT: Georgianna Messinger, Olympic Day organizer and Mahoning Elementary physical education teacher, far right, addresses students during their Olympic Day closing program. Behind her are the flags representing each of the five countries students represented during the program. ABOVE RIGHT: Kate Halenar, left, and Payton Costenbader, first grade students in Mrs. Miller's class, throw a winning toss during the water balloon toss.

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.

Pool opens to large crowd

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Kiera Jochen, 5, of Saylorsburg, cools off in the Kiddie Pool during the 65th annual opening of the Palmerton Memorial Pool on Saturday.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Kiera Jochen, 5, of Saylorsburg, cools off in the Kiddie Pool during the 65th annual opening of the Palmerton Memorial Pool on Saturday.

A mixture of rain, some clouds, and balmy temperatures weren't enough to derail attendance at the Palmerton Memorial Pool.

Between 400 to 450 pool-goers jammed the entrance way on Saturday for the 65th annual opening of the pool, which saw temperatures reach the 90-degrees mark.

But, severe thunderstorms hit soon thereafter to put a damper on the first day of the area pool season, according to Larry Arner, general manager of the Palmerton Memorial Park Association.

Schuylkill crash

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Two persons were injured, including a young male child, in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 4:26 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, along Interstate 81 in Ryan Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Jonestown said Terry E. Books, 62, of Newville, Cumberland County, was driving a 1999 Ford F350 truck southbound when the left front tire blew out causing him to lose control. The truck went onto the berm and struck an embankment and several trees before over-turning onto its roof.

On this date

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May 30, 1941

H. S. Gilbertson of Lansford, superintendent of personnel of the L.N.C. Co., announced the company's proposed plan to construct a new $40,000 plant at Andrewsville, near their present No. 6 plant at the East end of Lansford. The plant will manufacture "lightweight aggregate," which is a substitute building material for the combination of concrete and steel. The L.N.C. has been working for years to perfect this new material and should it prove successful, it will undoubtedly revolutionize the industry.

Carbon cyclist in Schuylkill crash

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Carbon County motorcyclist was slightly injured in a crash in Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 1:48 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, along Mountain Road in Blythe Township.

Troopers said Joseph M. Kupec, 71, of Lansford, was operating a 2002 Harley Davidson northbound when he lost control while negotiating a left curve. Kupec laid the bike down on its left side causing minor damage to the bike. Kupec sustained a minor injury, troopers added.

Troopers said Kupec was cited for the crash.

Kidder Township EAC Spring Workshop

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Kidder Township Environmental Advisory Committee will host its spring workshop from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, June 2 at the Kidder Township Municipal Building, SR1003, Lake Harmony.

There will be free presentations on gardening and native plants, with free refreshments and door prizes.

Call (570) 722-0107 to register for this free annual event.

Running of the Dawgs on Saturday

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Who let the Dawgs out?

Those who participate in the 12th annual Running of the Dawgs 5K Run/Fitness Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday can see for themselves.

The event will be held at the Northern Lehigh Athletic Stadium, 1 Bulldog Lane, Slatington. Registration will take place at 7:30 a.m.

The 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. The post race features awards, a drawing, and dog costume judging.

Lehighton 9/12 Project presents special movie

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

'Rumors of War III: Target U.S.' will be shown tonight

The Lehighton 9/12 Project has a special movie presentation this evening.

"Rumors of War III: Target U.S." will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building, 902 Mill Road (Route 902), Lehighton.

Sandy Dellicker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, said the documentary shows that America is under attack and the enemy isn't an ocean away, "it's much closer than you think."

She noted that the film has been shown on Capitol Hill to some members of Congress.

School invasion drill

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Fire Department Chief William Diehm, with papers, coordinates with Hazmat personnel during the simulated school invasion at the Jim Thorpe Area High School.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Fire Department Chief William Diehm, with papers, coordinates with Hazmat personnel during the simulated school invasion at the Jim Thorpe Area High School.

Preparing for a worst-case scenario in Jim Thorpe

To the repetitive cautionary alert of "Exercise! Exercise!" from the Carbon County 911 Center, a simulated nightmare scenario of a school invasion began at the Jim Thorpe Area High School.

Police, emergency responders, school officials, emergency management agencies and the coroner's office all converged at the site of this frighteningly realistic drill with the official title of "Jim Thorpe High School Active Shooter/Bomber Full Scale Exercise."

Special equipment such as decontamination vehicles and rehab tents also were called to the scene.

Palmerton filmmaker film wins Best Documentary award in Memphis

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Filmmaker Noah Berlow
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Filmmaker Noah Berlow

Filmmaker Noah Berlow, a native of Palmerton, along with director Katina Dunn and cinematographer Avi Cohen of Los Angeles are savoring their Award for Best Documentary at the Memphis International Film Festival for their film, "Kumpania Flamenco Los Angeles" presented on April 24 in Memphis, TN.

Tamaqua Bethany E.C.C. holds service for veterans

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS In addition to many churches throughout our area, members of the Tamaqua Bethany E.C. Church on East Broad Street held their annual Memorial Day services (contemporary and traditional) on Sunday. In addition to a patriotic sermon by Rev. Kevin Roberts, the service consisted of the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" and "O Beautiful for Spacious Skies," acknowledgement and recogniton of veterans and military personnel, readings about "The Empty Place Setting" and "The 13 Folds of the American Flag," playing of Taps, performance of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and My Country, Tis of Thee," Rodney Clouser performing God Bless America" and others. Prior to the beginning of the service, Glee Krapf of Tamaqua looks over a special arrangement displaying photos of local veterans. Glee's husband, Calvin Andrew Krapf Jr., who passed away in 1997, retired from the Army after service in both the Vietnam and Korean War.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS In addition to many churches throughout our area, members of the Tamaqua Bethany E.C. Church on East Broad Street held their annual Memorial Day services (contemporary and traditional) on Sunday. In addition to a patriotic sermon by Rev. Kevin Roberts, the service consisted of the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" and "O Beautiful for Spacious Skies," acknowledgement and recogniton of veterans and military personnel, readings about "The Empty Place Setting" and "The 13 Folds of the American Flag," playing of Taps, performance of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and My Country, Tis of Thee," Rodney Clouser performing God Bless America" and others. Prior to the beginning of the service, Glee Krapf of Tamaqua looks over a special arrangement displaying photos of local veterans. Glee's husband, Calvin Andrew Krapf Jr., who passed away in 1997, retired from the Army after service in both the Vietnam and Korean War.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cressona band

The Cressona Band will be appearing locally three times over the summer months, providing free entertainment to all.

The first concert will be held at 7 p.m. on June 6 at the Tamaqua ABC Hi Rise, 222 E. Broad St. Next up will be a performance at the East End Playground, at 7 p.m., on July 18. The third appearance will be Aug. 5, from 4-6 p.m., at Heisler's Dairy Bar in the Lewistown Valley.

All of the performances will include show tunes, marches, overtures and songs of yesteryear.

The public is welcome to attend.

Cross country

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
With a mighty toss, Carbon County athlete James O'Connor sends a javelin flying during the the Special Olympics Annual Athletics Competition in Jim Thorpe.
With a mighty toss, Carbon County athlete James O'Connor sends a javelin flying during the 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 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.