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May 2012

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.

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.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 10:55 a.m. on May 11 along SR924 in Mahanoy Township.

State police at Frackville said James R. Onisick, 18, of Shenandoah, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu southbound and entered the left lane when the road split into two lanes. He then proceeded at a high rate of speed up a hill on the Gold Star Highway.

Charged with violating PFA order

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Schuylkill County man has been charged with violating a protection from abuse (PFA) order.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Joseph Edward Setlock, 67, of Tremont, violated the order by having direct contact with his estranged wife, Barbara Ann Setlock, 65, of 51 N. Crescent St., Tremont. The violation occurred about 2:20 p.m. on Friday, May 18, troopers said.

Charges will be filed with District Judge Carol Pankake, of Tremont, troopers said.

Copper piping stolen in Monroe

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Copper piping was reported stolen from a Monroe County property. The burglary was one of several incidents probed by state police at Lehighton.

Troopers said the property of Windy Hill Pet Rescue, located along Wind Hill Road, in Polk Township, was entered by damaging a basement door. Once inside the criminals removed copper piping from the basement.

The break-in occurred sometime between midnight and 9 a.m. on May 17.

Schuylkill driver facing charges

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Schuylkill County teen driver is facing multiple charges following an incident in Lehigh County.

State police at Foglesville said Rachel Ann Clauser, 19, of New Ringgold, was stopped about 11:53 p.m. on May 17 along SR222 at Kressler Road, in Lower Macungie Township, for multiple traffic violations.

At the stop she was suspected to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was placed under arrest. She was also found to have in her possession a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Troopers said charges will be filed.

Drug sweep includes Tamaqua woman

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Tamaqua woman was one of 11 alleged drug dealers arrested Friday by the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Drug Task Force during a sweep of the northern and eastern part of Schuylkill County.

The arrests were the result of investigations conducted by the task force and local police.

"We will continue efforts to keep drug dealers off the street," District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon announced Friday morning.

BR Rifles holding traditional shoot

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Blue Ridge Rifles Muzzleloader Club, located off Route 183, south of Summit Station, is holding the Eastern Pennsylvania Rendezvous and Muzzleloader Shoot this weekend. Shooting activities are today and Sunday, with the firing line open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with events for men, women and juniors at 25 and 50 yards.

Guess what? Normal is abnormal

Saturday, May 26, 2012
The bell-shaped curve implies that there is a large normal toward the middle and a lesser amount toward the outliers. But normal is abnormal, according to The Best and the Rest: Revisiting the Norm of Normality of Individual Performance, a paper published in Personnel Psychology by Ernest O'Boyle Jr. and Herman Aguinis.
The bell-shaped curve implies that there is a large normal toward the middle and a lesser amount toward the outliers. But normal is abnormal, according to The Best and the Rest: Revisiting the Norm of Normality of Individual Performance, a paper published in Personnel Psychology by Ernest O'Boyle Jr. and Herman Aguinis.

Twenty-five years ago, when my wife was studying for her secondary education certificate at Kutztown University, she was required to take a class on how to grade students using the bell-shaped curve.

She asked the instructor, "Why do we have to curve our grades? If the grades were so poor, wouldn't that imply either the students were not learning, the students were not working hard, the test was not testing what it should, or the teacher is not doing a good job. I did not get a satisfactory answer."

No Header!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

People often ask what the favorite aspect of my job is. One of the driving reasons that I became a golf professional in the first place was the avenue it gave me to help young people develop all of the wonderful traits of a golfer: respect for rules and others, etiquette, politeness and honesty. Junior golf is the lifeblood of the future of the game.

'411' God

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dear Editor:

Oh how the world could be so strange at times, not knowin' what the day may dish unto you.

It's a cosmic game that's stumbled upon, with problems at hand now you've got an issue.

How to confront it is the question at hand. So look to the Lord, for it's time to make your biblical stand.

Life is short and very fast. Just keep focused and don't live in the past.

Just at the cloud's raindrops pludges silently to it's death, without you God, I'm tormented with an astronomical loneliness.