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May 2012

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
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Taking part in the Memorial Day services at the Lehighton Cemetery were, from left, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig, LaRue Fritz, Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314 poppy chairman, Madison Brown, Miss Poppy; Major General James Joseph, James Wentz, chaplain; and Harry Wynn III, Memorial Day service director and past VFW Post commander. Wentz was presented a plaque thanking him for his 20 years of dedicated service as a chaplain at Lehighton Memorial Day services.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Taking part in the Memorial Day services at the Lehighton Cemetery were, from left, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig, LaRue Fritz, Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314 poppy chairman, Madison Brown, Miss Poppy; Major General James Joseph, James Wentz, chaplain; and Harry Wynn III, Memorial Day service director and past VFW Post commander. Wentz was presented a plaque thanking him for his 20 years of dedicated service as a chaplain at Lehighton Memorial Day services.

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.

Memorial Day in Jim Thorpe

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
 VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe honored all veterans on Memorial Day with its annual Memorial Day parade seen here on Monday making its way towards the Mauch Chunk Cemetery and eventually continuing on through the remainder of the borough concluding with a service at the Civil War monument in Downtown Jim Thorpe.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe honored all veterans on Memorial Day with its annual Memorial Day parade seen here on Monday making its way towards the Mauch Chunk Cemetery and eventually continuing on through the remainder of the borough concluding with a service at the Civil War monument in Downtown Jim Thorpe.

Area rocked by flash flooding and high winds

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Area communities were taken by surprise after a strong, yet fast-moving, rainstorm overwhelmed our area Saturday. Up to 10 inches of rain fell in less than an hour. Every community in our area was affected by the storm in one way or another, ranging from heavy rains, high winds, small hail, flooding, fallen trees, power outages, road closures, and earthen erosion.

In addition to pumping out homes and businesses, firefighters and emergency personnel were out in force controlling traffic, removing road debris, closing roads and offering assistance to stranded motorists.

Lights, sirens, water

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

A Rush Township police cruiser responds to flooded properties along Claremont Avenue (SR309) in Hometown. Rush Township Fire Police helped police close parts of SR309 and other flooded roads throughout Hometown.

Sport clinic stresses safety, fun

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Panther Valley athletic trainer Mark Shanton, left, checks Carter Strauss' balance and coordination in a mock concussion evaluation during a sport safety clinic at Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton. The program was offered by Carbon County Safe Kids and sponsored by Johnson and Johnson. This clinic will be offered again on Tuesday, July 31 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Panther Valley athletic trainer Mark Shanton, left, checks Carter Strauss' balance and coordination in a mock concussion evaluation during a sport safety clinic at Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton. The program was offered by Carbon County Safe Kids and sponsored by Johnson and Johnson. This clinic will be offered again on Tuesday, July 31 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

While approximately 3.8 million children are treated for sport-related injuries each year, many of these injuries are preventable.

This was the message for young athletes, coaches and parents attending a recent sport safety clinic at the Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton, offered by Carbon County Safe Kids. The clinic addressed common safety issues for all types of sports, including hydration, concussion prevention and response, overuse and acute injury prevention, and the use of proper safety equipment.

Thorpe driver facing DUI count

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Jim Thorpe driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI), and other counts, following an incident on Friday, April 20.

Borough police said about 3:30 p.m. they received a report of a hit-and-run accident that occurred at the intersection of SR209 and Broadway.

Police also received information that the hit-and-run vehicle was a gold truck and the registration came back to Nicholas Kuzo III, 66, of 14 W. Seventh St.

It was also reported that Mahoning Township police were attempting to locate the same vehicle for an earlier report of an erratic driver.

Weekend's flooding arrives on anniversary of big hail storm

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 26 is becoming a date to remember.

Last year, a hail of a storm ripped through Carbon County, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage to homes and vehicles; flash flooding; and a large-scale power outage.

This past Saturday, one of the strongest thunderstorm cells in recent years tore through the TIMES NEWS coverage area, dropping nearly six inches of rain in a two-hour period, and causing Memorial Day weekend travel problems, roadways to be damaged, and home basements to be flooded.

Flash flooding damages many roads

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

Saturday's quick rain storm caused damage to area roads throughout our area. In some areas, the forces of the flowing surface water was so intense it tore up the asphalt, tar lines and recent repair patches, as is pictured here on SR209 in Coaldale. Road damage and displaced debris also resulted in numerous road closures throughout our area.

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Ann Tentylo Krajcir, her daughter Robin Krajcir and Ann's father, Steve Tentylo, stand with a plaque dedicated to the 52 fallen submarines in World War II. Steve Tentylo, who sponsored the plaque, served on a submarine during World War II.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Ann Tentylo Krajcir, her daughter Robin Krajcir and Ann's father, Steve Tentylo, stand with a plaque dedicated to the 52 fallen submarines in World War II. Steve Tentylo, who sponsored the plaque, served on a submarine during World War II.

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.