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May 2012

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Prior to Tamaqua's Memorial Day Parade, members of the Tamaqua American Legion held their annual Memorial Day Service at the Veterans War Memorial located at the 800 block of Hazle and East Broad Street. Members of Tamaqua's Raider Marching Band also participated in the service. Veterans, Tamaqua band members and firefighters show their respects during the War Memorial detail held prior to the parade.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Prior to Tamaqua's Memorial Day Parade, members of the Tamaqua American Legion held their annual Memorial Day Service at the Veterans War Memorial located at the 800 block of Hazle and East Broad Street. Members of Tamaqua's Raider Marching Band also participated in the service. Veterans, Tamaqua band members and firefighters show their respects during the War Memorial detail held prior to the parade.

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

Thank you

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

Friends and family of veterans show their honor and respect for deceased loved ones in many ways. Staked in front of a war veterans' grave in West Penn, is a home-made cross with red, white and blue flowers .

A mud-covered park in Coaldale

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

Ashton Skate Park in Coaldale was overwhelmed with surface water and mud during Saturday's heavy rainfall. Coaldale firefighters will spend time this week cleaning the park.

Theft of ATM at golf course probed

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of an ATM from a Schuylkill County golf course.

Troopers said the incident occurred at the Mountain Valley Golf Course in Ryan Township. On Monday, May 28, about 4:50 a.m. unknown criminals arrived at the front entrance to the lodge on an all terrain vehicle (ATV). They then pried open the front doors. Once inside they dislodged the ATM from the wall just inside the main entry doors.

A wet response in Hometown

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

Driving through rushing water, an East End Fire Company truck from Tamaqua travels north up Hometown Hill while responding to flooded homes and streets in Hometown. Also pictured is a Kline Township police car, which was staged on the hill to close the flooded northbound lane.

Two drivers facing DUI charges

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Two Schuylkill County drivers are facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges following separate incidents.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said on Saturday, May 26, about 3:08 a.m. troopers stopped Brandon Lee Erb, 27, of Pottsville, along SR61 at Norwegian St., in Pottsville.

Troopers said he was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI of a controlled substance. He will be charged.

Class reunion

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Panther Valley Class of 1987

The Panther Valley High School Class of 1987 will be hosting its 25-year reunion on June 9 at The Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville.

For further information, contact committee members Liz Citrano Cruciani at (570) 963-9734 or Simone Sparich Zuber at (732) 772-1271.

Cyclist fatally injured

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

State police at Bethlehem are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash at the intersection of Mountain and Rextown roads in Washington Township, Lehigh County, that occurred Monday afternoon. The cyclist killed was identified as Thomas Morganelli, 63, of 807 W. Broad St., Bethlehem. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:43 p.m. by deputy coroner Jason Nicholas. The crash involved Morganelli's bike and two other vehicles, and occurred about 3:55 p.m. Mountain Road and all nearby roads were closed for hours.

Carmen Street turned into a river

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

Residents on Carmen Street in Rush Township stepped outside their home to a fast-moving river. Residents said they've never seen anything like this.

LAMS students plant flowers

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
JASON SANDER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton students and teachers show off their flowers and gardening skills. Back row, from left, Mike Miller, Toni Verta, Isabelle Meckes, Taylor Carroll, Brandon Berger, Kyle Clark, Charles Daniels, and Cameron Berger. In the front row, from left, math teacher Jake Molchany, Alivia Paules, Stephanie Reeves, Tyler Motzkus, Lindsay Carrigan, and English teacher Sharon Focht.
JASON SANDER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton students and teachers show off their flowers and gardening skills. Back row, from left, Mike Miller, Toni Verta, Isabelle Meckes, Taylor Carroll, Brandon Berger, Kyle Clark, Charles Daniels, and Cameron Berger. In the front row, from left, math teacher Jake Molchany, Alivia Paules, Stephanie Reeves, Tyler Motzkus, Lindsay Carrigan, and English teacher Sharon Focht.

This past Saturday, fifth graders from the Lehighton Area Middle School planted flowers to help beautify their hometown park.

As a part of the 5 Maroon Team and 5 White Team, area students get to participate in various activities just like this on a regular basis.

"It's great to see these kids get out of the classroom and do something to benefit the greater good for this community. I love to get involved in activities like this," said Jake Molchany, fifth-grade math teacher.

"We're all looking forward to many more future events, just like this one."

A wet mess

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Workers clear eroded landscaping work from a home Cumberland Avenue in Hometown. Joe Bonner, homeowner, stated that he just completed the landscaping work a day before the storm.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Workers clear eroded landscaping work from a home Cumberland Avenue in Hometown. Joe Bonner, homeowner, stated that he just completed the landscaping work a day before the storm.

Rush Township workers and firefighters were seen throughout the township clearing roads from erosion washouts following Saturday's heavy rain storm.

Good Samaritans in a flood

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

Good Samaritans, middle and right vehicles, offer assistance to a stranded motorist on Dennison Street in Rush Township.

What could Vitamin D do for you?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Q. I'm 68 years old and I want to know how much Vitamin D you need to be healthy.

The U.S. Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences has established Adequate Intake (AI) levels for vitamin D. The daily levels in International Units (IU) for everyone are as follows according to age:

Ÿ Under 50 - 200 IU

Ÿ From 50-70 - 400 IU

Ÿ Over 70 - 600 IU

Home surrounded by creek water

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

This home, which sits along the usually quiet and peaceful Mahoning Creek in Mahoning Township, was inundated by waters Saturday evening when the stream left its banks due to a period of violent rain storms that rolled through the area.

Carbon K-9 woes

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What will happen if service is ended?

It's been at least 35 years that the Carbon County K-9 service was established. It came about because Carbon had no way of dealing with a growing problem of dogs running loose.

At that time, the closest SPCA was located in Stroudsburg and the service provided to Carbon County wasn't adequate.

Last week, the Carbon County Commissioners announced that they are considering doing away with the K-9 program; that it has become to expensive. A $27,000 dog enforcement grant which the county had received from the state is being eliminated because of the state's budget cuts.

Car rolls

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

A young woman escaped serious injury Monday morning when she rolled her car along Hahn's Dairy road just east of the intersection with Spruce Hollow road. The woman appeared to be traveling west when she lost control swerving to the right, striking an earth embankment, rolling and coming to rest on its wheels. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.