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May 2012

Speaker tells of personal experiences of growing up in Coaldale; honors friend

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Julian Rickert, 9, stands proud as he holds the Sons of the American Legion flag as part of the color guard at Sunday's Memorial day services in Coaldale.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Julian Rickert, 9, stands proud as he holds the Sons of the American Legion flag as part of the color guard at Sunday's Memorial day services in Coaldale.

Standing on tippytoes in order to reach the microphone, Our Lady of Angels sixth-grade student Julia Hoben confidently recited Lincoln's Gettysburg Address at Coaldale's two Memorial Day observances Sunday.

Julia was one of several people to take part in the ceremonies. The first ceremony was held in the Seek section of the borough, and the second in front of the Veterans' Memorial Garden, next to Borough Hall.

Former area resident celebrates 90th birthday

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Francy Lawton
Francy Lawton

Francy Lawton of Carriere, Miss. and formerly of Summit Hill, celebrated his 90th birthday recently. He was born on May 26, 1922 in Summit Hill.

The son of John and Margaret Lawton, he is married to Helen Haluska for 68 years.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Summit Hill, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He still flies the Marine flag in front of his home.

He is the father of two children, Lois, who is deceased, and Frances, wife of Robert McElmoyle of Carriere, Miss.

Lansford honors fallen heroes with parade and service

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Standing in front of the memorial at St. Nicholas Church are from left Nathan Krajcirik, Noreen Hine, Dennis McHugh, Jimmy Rickert, Tim Midas, Dave Padora and George Tessitore.
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Standing in front of the memorial at St. Nicholas Church are from left Nathan Krajcirik, Noreen Hine, Dennis McHugh, Jimmy Rickert, Tim Midas, Dave Padora and George Tessitore.

Members of the Lansford American Legion Post 123 and the Lansford AMVETS along with the Panther Valley JROTC honored the brave servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives for our nation during the annual Memorial Day parade and service.

The parade began at St. Katherine Drexel Roman Catholic Church and moved through town stopping at the Abbott Street Memorial, the AMVETS, the American Legion, St. Nicholas Church and concluding at Kennedy Park. At each location, wreaths were placed and a salute was rendered by the United Veterans Organization and the JROTC firing squad.

Rainfall made for tough holiday travel

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

Saturday's heavy rainfall made it tough for holiday travelers, such as is pictured here on SR309 in Hometown.

Murder, suicide

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police and emergency personnel converged at 144 West Railroad St. in Nesquehoning just after 9 a.m. Saturday, after an apparent murder-suicide.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police and emergency personnel converged at 144 West Railroad St. in Nesquehoning just after 9 a.m. Saturday, after an apparent murder-suicide.

Nesquehoning community, loved ones, neighbors in shock

As you pass by the single two-story home located at 144 West Railroad St. in Nesquehoning, you'll notice a colorful memorial placed there by friends and loved ones of a couple found dead in the home by two of their children and a neighbor.

State police reported that Christopher Lewis, 33, shot his wife, Dana, 31, and then himself in an apparent murder-suicide early Saturday morning.

Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik pronounced the two dead at 10:38 a.m. He said autopsies are scheduled for today.

Wet fun in a flood

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

Saturday's flash flood didn't stop many from going outside and enjoying a wet Memorial Day weekend. Splashing each other in knee high water at the Panther Valley Sports Stadium in Lansford are, from left, Robert Ahn, 10; Nick Ahn, 8; and Tia Thomas, 11.

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.

Flood cleanup

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

Many borough and township workers spent a majority of their Memorial Day weekend providing emergency maintenance to area roads and property affected by Saturday's flash flood. Pictured is a Hometown worker removing rocks from a street in Hometown. Many townships and boroughs will spend a couple weeks recovering from the storm.

A glorious day for veterans in S. Hill

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade grand marshall Christy Lisella, right, rings bell to officially start the parade, while looking on is parade chairman Tom Vermillion.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade grand marshall Christy Lisella, right, rings bell to officially start the parade, while looking on is parade chairman Tom Vermillion.

Christy Lisella estimates that for an incredible 70 years he's been participating in every annual Memorial Day parade in Summit Hill. None likely affected the modest, 91-year-old World War II veteran and life-long resident of the Hilltop community like yesterday's parade

He had tears in his eyes when he was introduced before the parade as the grand marshal. He expressed his thankfulness in just a few words for granting him the honor. He rode in a convertible, smiling and waving to the hundreds of people who lined the parade route on a most glorious day.

FYI

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Horses & Horizons sets open house

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. will hold its 12th annual open house from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 10.

There will be light refreshments and lesson demonstrations.

For those interested in becoming a volunteer with the program, a required volunteer training session will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the center.

For more information and directions, contact Janie Miller at (570) 386-4280 or wintsprg@ptd.net; or Elaine Smith at (570) 386-5679 or elshhtlc@ptd.net.

Special warriors are recognized

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Al Kohler and Victor Jahelka, of the United Veterans Organization of Palmerton, place a wreath at the Veterans' monument at Palmerton Borough Hall along Delaware Avenue to honor all veterans as part of the borough's Memorial Day Parade on Monday.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Al Kohler and Victor Jahelka, of the United Veterans Organization of Palmerton, place a wreath at the Veterans' monument at Palmerton Borough Hall along Delaware Avenue to honor all veterans as part of the borough's Memorial Day Parade on Monday.

They protect us, whether in peacetime, or time of war.

It's only fair and just, then, that those special warriors be recognized for their acts of heroism, much as they were at the annual Palmerton Memorial Day Parade on Sunday.

The parade was again sponsored by the United Veteran's Organization of Palmerton, which is comprised of the American Legion Post 269 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7134.

Weatherly PTA collecting shoes

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Weatherly Area PTA is still collecting shoes for the recycling project that had been held in conjunction with Go Green family night.

Bring old shoes to Field Day on June 4, to continue the ShoeBox Recycling Project.

For more information, contact Donnell Stump, PTA president at (570) 579-8801 or email weatherlypta@mail.com.

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.