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May 2012

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.

Schuylkill crashes

Saturday, May 26, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on two crashes probed by troopers on Schuylkill County roads this week.

A one vehicle crash occurred about 10:55 a.m. on Monday, May 21, along Manheim Road, in North Manheim Township. Troopers said Vera L. McAfee, 84, of Pottsville, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala northbound and negotiating a right hand curve when she lost control. The right side tires went onto the berm and the car continued for about 130 feet before McAfee attempted to regain control.

Blakeslee man admits to five burglaries; others enter pleas

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Blakeslee man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Thursday to six criminal counts, including five burglaries, and is facing a big restitution bill at the time of sentencing. He was one of 11 to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Penn Forest Township

John Angelo Larocco, 24, pleaded to break-ins that occurred in the Penn Forest Township area of the county.

Three injured in Monroe crash

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Three persons were injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred about 4:26 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, along SR335 (Kunkletown Road), in Ross Township, Monroe County.

State police at Lehighton said Emilia A. Valente, 19, of Kresgeville, was operating a 2005 Subaru Impreza eastbound and failed to negotiate a right curve. Her vehicle left the road and struck a guide rail. It then continued east and struck a 2005 Dodge Stratus driven westbound by Joann M. Quinn, 57, of Ashfield.

Lansford Man charged with DUI

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Eric M. Sabol, 29, of 215 E. Patterson St., Lansford, has been charged by Coaldale police with two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Coaldale Officer Joseph Krebs was dispatched at 8:15 p.m. April 19 to 135 E. Ruddle St. for a fight in progress.

Once there, he separated the subjects and questioned them all. All told him they had seen Sabol driving a vehicle. Sabol admitted this, but said he only drove it short distance.

Motorized fun

Saturday, May 26, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Having some motorized fun, Charles Kirklosky rides alongside Luis Sanchez, 3, and his sister, Thalia Arocho, 6, in the parking lot of the Tamaqua Area High School. They are the children of Alvaro Sanchez and Molly Petro.

Funeral rules

Saturday, May 26, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton funeral director Todd Kriner is concerned about the impact of a recent court ruling that threw out key provisions of the law that govern the funeral home industry in Pennsylvania.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton funeral director Todd Kriner is concerned about the impact of a recent court ruling that threw out key provisions of the law that govern the funeral home industry in Pennsylvania.

Federal court decision has directors wondering about local impact

A recent federal court ruling that struck down several key provisions of Pennsylvania's 60-year-old set of laws governing the funeral industry including ownership, locations and trade names, whether food and beverages can be served in funeral homes, and whether the state can come perform unannounced inspections has triggered strong reactions among local funeral directors.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, May 26, 2012

May 26, 1952 Bob Andrews earns the pitching win and collects two hits at the plate to help Lehighton post a 9-3 legion victory over Tamaqua. Andrews scatters six hits, allows two walks and strikes out seven in his eight innings of work. Bob Zellner contributes two hits, one a solo homer, and scores three runs. The winners, coached by "Moose" Kunkle, also receive a pair of hits from Earl Knappenberger and three runs scored from Jack Mullen.

Carbon court news

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts.

Portfolio Recovery Associates, Norfolk, Va., filed four actions as follows: Victoria D. Bisher, 265 Manor Drive, Palmerton, seeking $1,043.57; Erica Rivera, 2055 Stagecoach Road West, Palmerton, seeking $1,405.23; Heather Karper, 19 W. Seventh St., Jim Thorpe, seeking $2,558.28; and George Fendt Jr. and Linda M. Fendt, 1720 Mountain Rd., Albrightsville, seeking $1,546.07.

So-called 14th Amendment not lawfully adopted or ratified!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

There are many unconstitutional actions that have contributed to the destruction of constitutional governments in the States of the Union and the United States of America. The so-called "14th Amendment" was the first major unconstitutional step taken toward this end after the "War between the States". The statement that "the 14th Amendment is and always has been unconstitutional" is supported by extensive and compelling documented evidence. The following are some of the many factual, evidentiary sources that emphatically prove the total lack of validity of the so-called 14th Amendment:

Plenty of Hope for Raiders

Saturday, May 26, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Tyler Hope gets set to unleash the javelin. Hope grabbed a silver medal in the event with a throw of 198-4.
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Tyler Hope gets set to unleash the javelin. Hope grabbed a silver medal in the event with a throw of 198-4.

SHIPPENSBURG - They say there is nothing like a good sibling rivalry.

However, for Tamaqua's Kayla and Tyler Hope, there was only sibling encouragement taking place on day one of the PIAA Track and Field Championships.

Kayla and Tyler, who are brother and sister, each won silver medals in their first events Thursday. Kayla took second in the AA long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 11 inches, while Tyler was the runner up in the AA javelin with a throw of 198 feet, four inches.

For the older sister, it was a great experience.

The simple things in life are no longer simple

Saturday, May 26, 2012

love simplicity. When you want to buy something, the actual price should be disclosed. For several years now, businesses have been changing their pricing so that their goods and services appear less expensive than their competitors. For example, most passengers book airline travel based on the price of the ticket. To appear to be the low cost provider, the airline sells the ticket at very low price. When the passenger arrives at the airport, they are hit with a myriad of additional charges and fees.

Break-in at church being probed

Saturday, May 26, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a burglary at a Schuylkill County church.

Troopers said unknown criminals broke open two locked shed doors on the property of Manbeck Zion United Church of Christ, located at 110 Wild Cherry Rd., in Washington Township. They removed the fill cap to the heating oil tanks for the church. No other items were reported missing from the sheds.

The incident occurred sometime between 11 a.m. and noon on May 12.

Rich do pay their share

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dear Editor:

In regard to the question posed to readers in "It's the Reader's Turn", please provide context. In 2008, the top 1 percent of taxpayers paid 38 percent of all taxes, while the top 5 percent paid 58.7 percent of all taxes.

The point: the wealthy DO pay a higher percentage of taxes! Based on the Reader's responses one would think that the wealthy (define that as well) pay less than others. Specifically, Mary Becker commented that she didn't see how they (the wealthy) feel that the lower income people should pay all the taxes.

The 2012 Senior Games experience

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dear Editor:

The word "stamina" is defined as Staying Power; endurance. During the 2012 senior games in Lehighton these past two weeks this word took on a form of its own as I watched seniors participate outside on a raw, cloudy ominous morning last Monday. The forecast called for more of the same damp, weather for the whole day, but at 8:30 a.m. the field was filled with exuberant individuals aged 60 to 88 years old. They were all ready to compete. Ice water was provided, but none of the warm coffee or tea I had secretly hoped for.

Luzerne driver facing DUI count

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Luzerne County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Dawn Strunk, 40, of Drums was stopped along SR339 at Brandonville Road, in Union Township, about 12:52 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, for a traffic violation.

She was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. Troopers said the DUI charge is pending test results.

New Jersey man jailed in Carbon

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A New Jersey man was jailed in Carbon County following an incident in Jim Thorpe.

Borough police said about 4:02 p.m. on Friday, May 18, they were dispatched to the Sam Miller baseball field, located along North Avenue, for a male shooting people with a BB gun.

On scene officers found Francis G. Vitagliano Jr., 23, of Veterans Place, Hammonton. He had shot two adults and two juveniles with a BB gun. The victims were reported as Harold R. Baker, Fred J. Baker, a 13-year-old male, and a 15-year-old female, all from Jim Thorpe.

Schuylkill County man jailed for violation of Megan's Law

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Schuylkill County man has been jailed for violating Megan's Law.

State police at Frackville said Donald George Ignjatovic, 21, of Minersville, was arrested at his place of employment on Tuesday, May 15, about 1 p.m. for failure to verify his residence and update additional information as required by Megan's Law. Ignjatovic is a convicted sexual offender and is required to register for life under the provisions of the law.

Troopers said Ignjatovic has resided at numerous non-registered locations in Shenandoah, Pottsville and Minersville.

Area trap facility gains International reputation

Saturday, May 26, 2012

DALMATIA In less than 13 months, Keystone Shooting Park has earned the reputation as one of the finest Olympic Trap training facilities in the world.

Located on the grounds of Martz's Game Farm in Dalmatia, KSP and its founder Allen Chubb, president of Chubb International Shooting Sports in Elizabethville, held an open house earlier this month for members of the outdoors media attending the annual Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association Spring Conference based in Pottsville.

Preparing for a parade

Saturday, May 26, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua American Legion volunteer Jeff Gangaware, Coaldale, helps fellow Legion members place flags throughout Tamaqua in preparation for Tamaqua's Memorial Day Parade, which starts Monday at 10 a.m. and then proceeds to the Odd Fellows Cemetery at 11 a.m. for a community Memorial Day Service.

Mischief incidents probed by troopers

Saturday, May 26, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating three acts of criminal mischief at Schuylkill County locations.

Troopers said unknown criminals spray-painted walls with red and yellow paint at the American Legion building located at 2 Clarks Valley Road, in Porter Township. The incident occurred sometime between May 14-16.

Troopers said unknown criminals smashed a six-foot by five-foot, nine-inch plate glass window at the Carpet Man store, located at 1150 SR61 South, in North Manheim Township. The incident occurred sometime overnight of May 16-17.