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May 2012

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

School invasion drill

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
"Nightmare image" a line of ambulances outside of a school building.
"Nightmare image" a line of ambulances outside of a school building.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Firefighters kept busy Memorial Day weekend

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

Many fire companies throughout our area responded to multiple flood-related incidents over Memorial Day weekend. Incidents ranged from eroded roads, road closures, pump details, water rescues, drain clearing and so on. Pictured pumping out water from a home are volunteer firefighters with the East End Fire Company in Tamaqua.

Hometown Hill turned into a river

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

Saturday's strong storm ripped up new tar, eroded earth and moved large pieces of asphalt and rocks onto the road as it turned Hometown Hill (SR309) into a rushing river. Hometown Fire Department, Rush Township and Kline Township Police closed the right side lane of the hill while volunteers and police removed the debris.

Fire causes anxious moments in Lehighton

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Extensive fire damage is obvious to the top floors of the Kathleen Kattner residence, 226 Ochre St., Lehighton. The fire broke out shortly before midnight. Despite intense flames, the fire was contained to the Kattner side of the twin dwelling.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Extensive fire damage is obvious to the top floors of the Kathleen Kattner residence, 226 Ochre St., Lehighton. The fire broke out shortly before midnight. Despite intense flames, the fire was contained to the Kattner side of the twin dwelling.

Lehighton firefighter Wayne Nothstein saw the celestial aura of the raging fire several blocks away, en route to the scene at 226 Ochre St. shortly before midnight last night. He knew it was bad.

When Lehighton Fire Department members reached the scene, heavy flames were shooting from the front, second-floor bedroom window.

There was a fear of entrapment. Someone had said there might have been a child inside.

Stuck in the rain

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

Jason Kufrovich, waits patiently for the rain to lessen, as he parks his Suzuki Intruder 1400 under an old bridge located off of SR309 in South Tamaqua. Kufrovich, a Barnesville native from Greentown, was leaving a well-attended Poker Run at the New Ringgold Fire Company when he and all the bikers were caught off guard by Saturday's quick downpour.

Twenty-nine first time offenders placed in probation program

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Twenty-nine first offenders, charged with non-violent criminal acts, were placed in the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program by Senior Judge D. Michael Stine in Schuylkill County court.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted:

Coming out to show respect

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

Thousands took to the streets in honor and memory of all military veterans during numerous Memorial Day parades held throughout area. One-year-old Izabella Zelinsky waves Old Glory with her mother, Ashley, during New Philadelphia's annual Memorial Day parade held Monday.

Lehighton UVO offers Memorial Day services throughout weekend

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Frank Bayer, a Navy veteran of World War II, and president of the Lehighton American Legion Last Man's Club salutes during services held at the Lehighton cemetery. Bayer is standing next to a 1945 Willys MB jeep, owned by TIMES NEWS editor James Zbick, which was in the Lehighton Memorial Day parade.
Frank Bayer, a Navy veteran of World War II, and president of the Lehighton American Legion Last Man's Club salutes during services held at the Lehighton cemetery. Bayer is standing next to a 1945 Willys MB jeep, owned by TIMES NEWS editor James Zbick, which was in the Lehighton Memorial Day parade.

Lehighton United Veterans Organization capped off a weekend of Memorial Day services with a flag raising service honoring all branches of the military at the Shoemaker-Haydt American Legion Post 314, Lehighton on Memorial Day.

The flag raising cemetery followed the main services at the Lehighton Cemetery, where the main speaker was Maj. Gen. James Joseph, assistant adjutant General, Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

Overwhelmed with flood waters

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Fast moving surface water washed away soil from underneath a section of railroad track near East Blaine Street and Tresckow Road in McAdoo during Saturday's flash flood.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Fast moving surface water washed away soil from underneath a section of railroad track near East Blaine Street and Tresckow Road in McAdoo during Saturday's flash flood.

10 inches of rain in less than an hour

Over 25 blocks of McAdoo sustained flood or storm damage following Saturday's intense rain storm that left South Kennedy Drive (SR309) under almost four and a half feet of water after 10 inches of rain had fallen in less than an hour. McAdoo Mayor Dane Watro and council members signed a Declaration of Disaster while people were being evacuated and after water levels rose to dangerous levels in many low lying parts of McAdoo.

"We had flooding in this area before, but never this bad," said borough councilwoman Marion DeBalko.

County Line Road closed

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

Mahoning township officials closed County Line Road near the West Penn border Saturday evening after waters of the Mahoning Creek covered the roadway.