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May 2012

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.

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.

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.

Nesquehoning VFW installs officers

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008 installed new officers on Friday. Seated from left is James Mulholland, commander; Richard Ellis, junior vice commander; and Bill Moskerintz, service officer. Standing is Don DeMarco, installing officer.
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008 installed new officers on Friday. Seated from left is James Mulholland, commander; Richard Ellis, junior vice commander; and Bill Moskerintz, service officer. Standing is Don DeMarco, installing officer.

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.

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

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Jerome Balliet, 8, smiles as he holds up a 21 inch trout. Jerome is the son of Jeremy and Tracy Balliet of Tamaqua.
Jerome Balliet, 8, smiles as he holds up a 21 inch trout. Jerome is the son of Jeremy and Tracy Balliet of Tamaqua.

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.