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May 2012

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
Pictured from back left are William Weaver, Rabbit Run Fish and Game Association President; Joe Eltringham of Lansford, largest fish male winner; Trish Fickett of Tuscarora, largest fish female winner; Rick Miller of Tamaqua, winner of drift boat trip; and Guy Ulshafer of Tamaqua, who is the outgoing treasurer of 27 years. In front are Daeja Riddick, 6, of Lansford, young female winner of largest fish caught; and Jerome Balliet, 8, of Tamaqua, who was the young male winner of largest fish caught. Riddick's fish was 19.5 inches and Balliet's fish was 21 inches.
Pictured from back left are William Weaver, Rabbit Run Fish and Game Association President; Joe Eltringham of Lansford, largest fish male winner; Trish Fickett of Tuscarora, largest fish female winner; Rick Miller of Tamaqua, winner of drift boat trip; and Guy Ulshafer of Tamaqua, who is the outgoing treasurer of 27 years. In front are Daeja Riddick, 6, of Lansford, young female winner of largest fish caught; and Jerome Balliet, 8, of Tamaqua, who was the young male winner of largest fish caught. Riddick's fish was 19.5 inches and Balliet's fish was 21 inches.

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
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
Veterans and active duty military personnel lead Saturday's Memorial Day parade held in New Philadelphia.
Veterans and active duty military personnel lead 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
Mahoning Elementary holds Olympic Day
Copyright 2012

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
Palmerton Area youth Damian Costello, 13, Andrew Karetz, 14, Cody Gloster, 16, Matt Hartranft, 13, Nathan Miller, 11, and Jesse Ungood, 11, chill out in the pool.
Palmerton Area youth Damian Costello, 13, Andrew Karetz, 14, Cody Gloster, 16, Matt Hartranft, 13, Nathan Miller, 11, and Jesse Ungood, 11, chill out in the pool.

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.

A common site

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Fast moving surface water resulted in road and soil erosion throughout our area. Pictured affected by Saturday's rain storm is Dock Street in Lansford. Lansford Borough workers were seen working in the rain to repair eroded areas.

TOMORROW

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Meed's free dinner

A free community dinner will be held at the Meed's Methodist Church, 126 West Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, on Wednesday, May 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Never forgotten...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Many youth and community groups placed flowers on veterans' graves over the weekend during memorial services to remember those who served.

A murky bungalow in Tamaqua

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The H.D. Buehler Memorial Pool at Tamaqua's Bungalow Park was overrun with surface water, debris and mud during Saturday's flash flooding, resulting in a murky and debris-filled pool. Prior to Saturday's flash flooding, borough workers had the pool sparkling blue and ready for opening day of the season, June 2nd. This week, borough workers are planning on redraining, recleaning and refilling the pool. Rob Jones, Public Works Director, said, "Despite this large setback, we still hope to have the pool open for the season this Saturday, June 2nd."

Never forgotten

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Sheri ryan/special to the times news
Sheri ryan/special to the times news

The memorial at St. Nicholas Church stands in remembrance of the fallen heroes of

Lansford.

Lanscaping washout in Barnesville

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Drivers traveling both directions on Pine Creek Drive, SR54, between Barnesville and Hometown were caught off guard as they came across a mound of washed out dirt and landscaping rocks across both lanes. The owners of a nearby property stated that Saturday's rain storm eroded all their landscaping work, which they just finished only a few days prior. A backhoe was used to clear the road. Rush Township Police, State Police and Rush Township Fire Police helped control traffic around the area.

On this date

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 29, 1963

Debra Zellner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Zellner, Stedman Avenue, Lehighton, is observing her birthday today, the same day as President John F. Kennedy. She is a third grade pupil in the First Ward Building. Today Debra received the following letter from President Kennedy's personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln:

Dear Debra,

The president was very pleased to receive a birthday message from one who shares his birthday and thanking you for you thoughtfulness, he asked me to convey greetings and best wishes."

Tamaqua firefighters remember 14

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Firefighters from four Tamaqua fire companies assemble in front of Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church on Sunday evening after marching in full parade dress from their respective fire houses.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Firefighters from four Tamaqua fire companies assemble in front of Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church on Sunday evening after marching in full parade dress from their respective fire houses.

Scores of uniformed Tamaqua firefighters solemnly marched into church Sunday evening in full parade dress to pay tribute to the caring devotion of departed souls of the Tamaqua Fire Department.

Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, 223 East Broad Street, hosted the 83rd Annual Tamaqua Volunteer Fireman's Association Memorial Service with a worship service led by the Rev. Kevin Roberts.

Hometown flooded

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Saturday's intense rainfall turned this section of Hometown, along SR309, into a small lake.

Motorist taken into custody

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning township police officers Audie Mertz and Jeff Frace are investigating a crash Saturday afternoon which lead to taking into custody the female driver of a mini van. Police and the Mahoning Valley fire company responded just before 1 p.m. to a single vehicle crash along SR902 just north of the Mahoning Valley ambulance building. The driver was traveling north when for some unknown reason she lost control of her vehicle with it leaving the east berm impacting with and snapping off a utility pole. The woman was interrogated by officers, handcuffed and removed from the scene.

Schuylkill woman facing drug counts

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Schuylkill County woman is facing drug charges following an incident that occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 27.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Amanda Lee Campion, 20, of Pottsville, was found in the parking lot of the Manheim Diner, located along SR61 in North Manheim Township, in possession of a marijuana smoking pipe and a metal marijuana grinder. Drug charges are pending, troopers said.

Service attendees taken on trip down memory lane

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Durbin Wagner, right, presented the Memorial Day address during the 144th Annual Memorial Day Service at Odd Fellows Cemetery and Helene and Russel Kellner, who served as the Grand Marshal of Tamaqua's Parade. Kellner is a 91 year old Tamaqua resident who served in World War II.
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Durbin Wagner, right, presented the Memorial Day address during the 144th Annual Memorial Day Service at Odd Fellows Cemetery and Helene and Russel Kellner, who served as the Grand Marshal of Tamaqua's Parade. Kellner is a 91 year old Tamaqua resident who served in World War II.

Tamaqua's 144th Annual Memorial Day Service was held at Odd Fellows Cemetery under bright sunny skies and a gentle breeze. Master of ceremonies Jon Zizelmann welcomed the crowd, many of whom had previously attended Tamaqua's Memorial Day Parade. The Tamaqua Raider Band was on hand to provide the National Anthem and several other patriotic selections. Zizlemann welcomed the parade's Grand Marshal Russel L. Kellner, a 91 year old World War II Veteran, who served in both Europe and Japan during the war. Zizlemann also presented the Poppy Queen, Shaina Ristila.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 29, 1964 Gary Druss collects two hits and scores three runs to help lead Lansford to a 10-7 Black Diamond League comeback victory over Summit Hill. Dave Padora tosses two innings of scoreless relief to gain the pitching win. John Zubek finishes with three hits and a run scored for the Panthers, who use a four-run sixth inning to offset a deficit. Tom Major and Ed Sabol each contribute two hits and two runs scored while Dave Malkin adds two hits and knocks in a pair of runs.

Sky-View service honors sacrifice

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  "Reach out and shake the hand of a defender of freedom," and visit the graves of the departed says Sgt. Paul A. Shutter at Monday's memorial service at Sky-View Memorial Park Cemetery.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS "Reach out and shake the hand of a defender of freedom," and visit the graves of the departed says Sgt. Paul A. Shutter at Monday's memorial service at Sky-View Memorial Park Cemetery.

Hometown cemetery a resting place of more than 3,000 veterans

Pennsylvania National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Paul A. Shutter called on the public to do two things in tribute to our veterans.

"Visit the gravesites and give thanks," whenever possible, said the Lansford resident. But just as important: "Reach out and shake the hand of a defender of freedom," and tell them you appreciate their sacrifice, or simply just say thanks.

That was the key message at Monday's annual Sky-View Memorial Park Cemetery service held near the mausoleum at 108 Lafayette Avenue, SR54, Hometown.

Streisel, Johnson lead way

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Christine Streisel winds up to release a throw in the javelin during Saturday's PIAA Championships. Streisel won a silver medal in the event.
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Christine Streisel winds up to release a throw in the javelin during Saturday's PIAA Championships. Streisel won a silver medal in the event.

SHIPPENSBURG – The TIMES NEWS area was represented quite well on day two of the PIAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday, bringing home medals in seven events.

Tamaqua's Christine Streisel and Eric Hertzog, Jim Thorpe's PJ Johnson, Palmerton's Monty Szukics, the Blue Bombers 4x100 relay team, Northern Lehigh's Caleb Johnson and Pleasant Valley's Kelecia Harris all earned hardware.