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May 2012

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 William Gaddes stands by the wishing well in the Womens Memorial Garden next to Coaldale borough hall. The well, designed by Gaddes, recently had a new copper roof added. Images of women, including Mary Nesterak, who is Coaldale's last surviving Gold Star Mother, will be installed around the base of the well.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS William Gaddes stands by the wishing well in the Womens Memorial Garden next to Coaldale borough hall. The well, designed by Gaddes, recently had a new copper roof added. Images of women, including Mary Nesterak, who is Coaldale's last surviving Gold Star Mother, will be installed around the base of the well.

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.

Schuylkill crashes

Saturday, May 26, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a one vehicle crash about 9:34 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, along Meadow Drive, near the Landingville boat launch, in South Manheim Township, Schuylkill County. It was one of two crashes probed by troopers

Troopers said Michael N. Krause, 22, of Orwigsburg, was operating a 2002 Ford northbound and negotiating a right turn when deer entered the road in front of him.

Vehicle stop leads to drug charge

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A vehicle stop led to a drug charge in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton said Matthew Ronald Werley, 21, of Walnutport, was stopped about 10:11 p.m. on May 16 along the Stanley Hoffman Blvd., in Lehighton. At the stop Werley was found to be in possession of a controlled substance, troopers said.

Lehighton pool features soft ice cream

Saturday, May 26, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tom Evans, Lehighton Recreation Director, stands in front of Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool, which opens for the season at noon today.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tom Evans, Lehighton Recreation Director, stands in front of Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool, which opens for the season at noon today.

The Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool opens at noon today with something new - soft ice cream.

Tom Evans, Lehighton Recreation Director, said another new addition is coming. Thanks to a government grant, another pavillion will be built. It will be located outside the fencing of the pool to allow purchases of the soft ice cream and other refreshments without having to enter the pool area.

Evans said the pool will be open from noon to 8 p.m., seven days a week. However, on Mondays and Wednesdays, the pool closes to the public at 7 p.m. because of zoomba classes from 7-8 p.m.

One man's junk ... cheap

Saturday, May 26, 2012

"How about this?" Harry held up my antique wooden sauerkraut masher.

"No," I responded.

"How about this?" he pointed to my large copper boiler.

"No!"

When he reached for my beautiful antique wooden grape harvest basket, I just glared at him and said, "Funny."

He grinned, knowing he got my goat.

"Just kidding," he said. But I wasn't so sure.

Vehicle snaps utility pole in Franklin Twp.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
 Larry Neff/special to the times news
Larry Neff/special to the times news

Franklin Township police closed Long Run Road just east of West Valley road Friday after a vehicle snapped off a PPL utility pole along the north berm. State police from Lehighton first responded to scene while the Franklin Township Fire Company set up their fire police to maintain traffic control before township police ordered the road closed. There was no power outage reported in the immediate area.

Eleven enter guilty pleas in Carbon County court

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Several defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Those who pleaded included:

Kerri A. Blasko, 44, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to one count each of theft by failure to make required distribution of funds and receiving stolen property.

She was arrested by Palmerton police for an incident in which she was the executor of an estate and received a payment but failed to properly deposit it. There is a question concerning total restitution due so Matika deferred sentencing to a later date.

Bears drop pitcher's duel

Saturday, May 26, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Tracy Deubler crosses the plate to score Pleasant Valley's lone run in a 2-1 loss to Northampton as umpire Andy Harvan looks on.
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Tracy Deubler crosses the plate to score Pleasant Valley's lone run in a 2-1 loss to Northampton as umpire Andy Harvan looks on.

It took two days and two different fields, but ultimately it was too much Marly Laubach that ended Pleasant Valley's season.

Laubach, Northampton's junior fireballer, limited the explosive Bear offense to just four hits and struck out 11. The Konkrete Kids needed that type of performance to post a 2-1 victory on Friday in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class AAAA softball playoffs.

Man arrested in Jackson Twp. incident

Saturday, May 26, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge reported on the following arrest made by troopers.

Michael James Koert, 54, of Stroudsburg, was cited following an incident that occurred along Reeders Run at Mountain View Drive, in Jackson Township, about 4:19 p.m. on May 6. Troopers said Koert allegedly threatened Robin Kolessar, 29, of Stroudsburg, as she drove by in her Ford Explorer. Troopers said Koert apparently believed Kolessar was another person. Koert was intoxicated at the time, troopers added.

Koert was charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Two different worlds, we live in

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I'm sitting here sick in the stomach for the fourth time this year because, once again, I am watching a treasured friend lose her home.

Once again, I'm stunned that people that old are homeless.

My friend is 72. Her husband is 75. I know them for eight years. In all that time, I have never seen them spend money for anything except necessities. Not one single so-called luxury, unless you call food a luxury.

But they do have a lovely home. At least they do until next Saturday when the bank is having an auction on the steps of their waterfront property.

Tamaqua elementary students show off talents

Saturday, May 26, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua PTO organized a kindergarten through fifth grade student talent show Thursday evening in the gymnasium of the Tamaqua Elementary School. Students from Rush Elementary also took part in the show, which consisted of about 30 acts and over 60 performers. Show organizers and volunteers were Charise Fiorilla, Kelly McGlinchey, Vanessa Gerhard and Danielle Kane. Organizers stated their appreciations to Tamaqua Elementary School Principal Steven Behr, Assistant Principal James Fasnacht, teachers, parents and especially all the students that came together to make the event an enjoyable one. Austin Wolfe, 6, wears a cowboy hat as he shows off his cowboy vocal skills.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua PTO organized a kindergarten through fifth grade student talent show Thursday evening in the gymnasium of the Tamaqua Elementary School. Students from Rush Elementary also took part in the show, which consisted of about 30 acts and over 60 performers. Show organizers and volunteers were Charise Fiorilla, Kelly McGlinchey, Vanessa Gerhard and Danielle Kane. Organizers stated their appreciations to Tamaqua Elementary School Principal Steven Behr, Assistant Principal James Fasnacht, teachers, parents and especially all the students that came together to make the event an enjoyable one. Austin Wolfe, 6, wears a cowboy hat as he shows off his cowboy vocal skills.

Memorial Day 90 years ago

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lenny McGavin of High Street, Jim Thorpe, holds program from 1922 Memorial Day Services in what was then called Mauch Chunk. He found the program behind some attic boards at his parents' house.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lenny McGavin of High Street, Jim Thorpe, holds program from 1922 Memorial Day Services in what was then called Mauch Chunk. He found the program behind some attic boards at his parents' house.

Thorpe man finds program detailing services in 1922

Back in 1922, Memorial Day services in Mauch Chunk – now Jim Thorpe – were as impressive as they are today.

Residents were advised:

"The church bells will be rung from 12 o'clock noon, until 12:05, and the Comrades and the general public will stand with uncovered heads during the ringing of the bells."

The services were held at various locations throughout the day. Graves of veterans were decorated by school children with flowers.

Palmerton council honors 7 achievers in class of 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2012 recognized by Borough Council on Thursday with a resolution for their levels of activities and achievements include (front row, l-r) Cheyann Sensinger, Greta Hartsell, Michael Sander, Aleksander Everett (second row, l-r), Kalyn Lehr, Lydia Anthony, and Steven Semmel. Also pictured are (back row, l-r) Councilman Richard Nothstein and council President Terry Costenbader.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2012 recognized by Borough Council on Thursday with a resolution for their levels of activities and achievements include (front row, l-r) Cheyann Sensinger, Greta Hartsell, Michael Sander, Aleksander Everett (second row, l-r), Kalyn Lehr, Lydia Anthony, and Steven Semmel. Also pictured are (back row, l-r) Councilman Richard Nothstein and council President Terry Costenbader.

Just call them the Magnificent Seven.

That's the number of Palmerton Area High School Class of 2012 students who were recognized by borough council on Thursday with a resolution for their levels of activities and achievements.

Seniors Lydia Anthony, Aleksander Everett, Greta Hartsell, Kalyn Lehr, Cheyann Sensinger, Michael Sander and Steven Semmel were acknowledged for their impressive feats both inside and outside of the classroom.

Carbon business cited by PLCB

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Carbon County business has been cited by the Wilkes-Barre enforcement office of the state liquor control board for a violation of the state liquor code.

J.D. Citro's Inc., 328 S. Second St., Lehighton, was cited for a violation on Jan. 22 in which liquor was sold, furnished or gave liquor for consumption off premises.

Lansford man faces assault charges for 2011 incident

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ricky Hunsicker, 43, of 359 W. Patterson St. Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on Nov. 16, 2011 at 11:05 p.m. on East Patterson Street. Charges of simple assault and two counts of harassment were filed by Officer Jeffrey Ohl.

According to an affidavit of probable cause:

Police were dispatched to a fight at Logan's 209 Pub, at 635 E. Patterson St. Upon arrival, he and Officer Joshua Tom tried to determine what had happened, but no one in the bar would cooperate.

Why, why, why and why?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Questions that make you scratch your head while you're contemplating what you're going to do during this long Memorial Day weekend.

Have you ever wondered......

Why do they use sterilized needles for lethal injections?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose cruel idea was it to put an "s" in the word "lisp"?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

National Honor Society members challenged

Saturday, May 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Area High School chapter of the National Honor Society recently held an induction ceremony for 31 new members. NHS members include: (first row) Jacob Fegley, Anthony Iacoviello, Jennifer Kabana, Chelsey Valentine, Lauren Christ, and Lauren DeBenedict; (second row) Emily Bumbulsky, Janelle Cinicola, Laine Confer, Emily Demyanovich, Lacey Folweiler, and Amber Groner; (third row) Amanda Hinkle, Derrian Gulden, Trevor Arnold, David Frederick, and Christian Gardiner.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Area High School chapter of the National Honor Society recently held an induction ceremony for 31 new members. NHS members include: (first row) Jacob Fegley, Anthony Iacoviello, Jennifer Kabana, Chelsey Valentine, Lauren Christ, and Lauren DeBenedict; (second row) Emily Bumbulsky, Janelle Cinicola, Laine Confer, Emily Demyanovich, Lacey Folweiler, and Amber Groner; (third row) Amanda Hinkle, Derrian Gulden, Trevor Arnold, David Frederick, and Christian Gardiner.

Members of the Tamaqua Area Chapter of the National Honor Society were challenged to continue to improve at a recent induction ceremony for 31 new student members. The challenge was issued by senior high school assistant principal Thomas McCabe as part of the ceremony.

McCabe encouraged the NHS members to rise to his challenge, which he noted "may sound simple, but it is difficult for many continue to improve."

Deeply saddened by loss

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dear Editor:

Monroe cyclist injured in crash

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Monroe County motorcyclist was injured in a crash in Carbon County over the past weekend. The accident was one of several investigated by state police at Lehighton.

Troopers said Frances D. Kintz, 54, of Stroudsburg, was operating a 2011 Harley Davidson northbound on SR209 in Towamensing Township, about 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. As he approached Red Hill Road a large deer ran onto the road in front of him. The bike struck the deer which caused Kintz to lose control.

Playing of TAPS transports veteran's son back in time

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dear Sir,

Sitting on my porch on a recent evening, enjoying a cup of coffee after supper, I could hear the strains of Taps being practiced from the open window of a house across the street. As I sipped my coffee and listened to the music filling the evening air, I was taken back in time by the melancholy tones and wondered what it must have been like to hear that sad refrain on battle fields in our past.

on this date

Saturday, May 26, 2012

May 27, 1974

Twin monuments of granite and anthracite coal, complete with bronze plaques and honoring two pioneer priests of Saint John's Byzantine Catholic Church, Monsignor Gabriel Martyak and Father Michael Morris, were solemnly dedicated this Memorial Day. The memorials flank the chapel entrance at the parish cemetery in Summit Hill and were unveiled during an outdoor Requiem Liturgy. Monsignor Maratyak and Father Morris served the parish for a combined total of 63 years.