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May 2012

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.

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
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.