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May 2012

Lansford man given state prison term for break-ins

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Lansford man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday to six criminal counts after previously entering pleas in three other cases, and was immediately sentenced to a state prison term. He also faces a big restitution bill.

Dog survives a real cliff hanger

Thursday, May 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A wet Brittany Spaniel looks down from a rocky cliff along SR309 in Kline Township as McAdoo firefighters set up their ladder truck for a rescue.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A wet Brittany Spaniel looks down from a rocky cliff along SR309 in Kline Township as McAdoo firefighters set up their ladder truck for a rescue.

Firefighters and police in Kline Township responded to the Mile Hill (SR309) in Kline Township Wednesday morning after a motorist heard a dog barking and noticed it perched on a high ledge overlooking the road.

"There was no way I could reach the dog," Township Police Chief John Petrilla said. "I radioed dispatch to have McAdoo Fire Company bring their ladder truck."

Petrilla closed one northbound lane of SR309 while firefighters arrived.

Mauch Chunk memorabilia

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Nancy Albeck of Jim Thorpe holds stereo viewer and accompanying photos of the Switchback Railroad which are part of the Mauch Chunk collection of her late father, Bill Huber. The vast collection will be solde during an auction beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mahoning Valley Fire Company.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Nancy Albeck of Jim Thorpe holds stereo viewer and accompanying photos of the Switchback Railroad which are part of the Mauch Chunk collection of her late father, Bill Huber. The vast collection will be solde during an auction beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mahoning Valley Fire Company.

Local man's railroad items, vast collection to be sold

The late Bill Huber was not one of the residents who voted for the towns of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk to merge and change their names to Jim Thorpe at an election held May 18, 1954.

"He loved Mauch Chunk," said his widow, Dorothy Huber.

His daughter, Nancy Albeck, remarked, "He didn't want (the name) changed. He was so sad when they changed the school to Jim Thorpe."

Huber, who died on June 6, 2011 at age 82, acquired a vast collection of Mauch Chunk memorabilia. He had also collected railroad items and historical items from surrounding communities.

Schuylkill crash

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Luzerne County teen driver escaped injury after her car left a Schuylkill County road and crashed head-on into a tree.

State police at Frackville said Nicole M. Prokop, 19, of Conyngham, was operating a 2000 Saturn SC2 southbound on Silverbrook Road, in Kline Township, about 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, when she said she looked down at the radio while negotiating a right hand curve.

The car left the road and struck the tree. Troopes said Prokop was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

West Penn churches hold Memorial Service

Thursday, May 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of both the St. Peter's Union Church in Mantzville and Zion's Stone Church in New Ringgold held their annual Memorial Day Service on Sunday in the cemetery of the Zion's Stone Church. The location alternates between churches each year. The service consisted of a reading from Rev. Michael Frost of Zion's Stone Church and Rev. Cheryl Moore of St. Peter's Union Church. Guest speaker was Iraq veteran Andrew Leibenguth. Special thanks was given to Al Martinez, Chairman, West Penn Township Board of Supervisors, Boy Scout Teddy Zeigler and musicians Erin Raymond and Emmeline Knowlan, who also took part in the service. Next year's service will be held at the St. Peter's Union Church. Church parishioners and visitors remember veterans as they hold flags during the service.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of both the St. Peter's Union Church in Mantzville and Zion's Stone Church in New Ringgold held their annual Memorial Day Service on Sunday in the cemetery of the Zion's Stone Church. The location alternates between churches each year. The service consisted of a reading from Rev. Michael Frost of Zion's Stone Church and Rev. Cheryl Moore of St. Peter's Union Church. Guest speaker was Iraq veteran Andrew Leibenguth. Special thanks was given to Al Martinez, Chairman, West Penn Township Board of Supervisors, Boy Scout Teddy Zeigler and musicians Erin Raymond and Emmeline Knowlan, who also took part in the service. Next year's service will be held at the St. Peter's Union Church. Church parishioners and visitors remember veterans as they hold flags during the service.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met May 22 at the Ryan Township Fire Company with 44 members in attendance. Two new members, Joseph St. Ong and George Carvel were welcomed.

Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation. Reports were offered by Vice President Rhoda Purnell and treasurer Shirley Becker, who also offered inspirational readings. Upcoming events include an election of officers on June 12 and the annual picnic, at St. Peter's UCC Grove, on July 24.

Checkpoint results are released

Thursday, May 31, 2012

State police at Lehighton released the results of a sobriety checkpoint conducted during the period of May 26-27.

The checkpoint results included seven drivers arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. Also, 12 motorists were drinking but released after passing standardized field sobriety tests. There were 50 traffic citations issued

Troopers also reported one of the DUI arrests resulted in a further charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance after 160 bags of heroin were recovered.

6 Tamaqua students honored

Thursday, May 31, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Six Tamaqua Area High School students were recognized at the 29th Annual Schuylkill County Academic Achievement Awards. The event was held at the Pottsville Club and was sponsored by Schuylkill IU#29 and all county school districts. The students were recognized for their academic excellence, achievement and accomplishments, as determined by their school district. In attendance were: TAHS Principal Stephen Toth, Dana Ansbach, Kelsey Patrick, Anthony Iacoviello, Jacqueline McMullen and Suzanne Arner.

Polk Township news

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Historical society

The Polk Township Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4 at the Polk Township Municipal Building.

Happy Birthday wishes

Happy Birthday to Cindy Faust who will celebrate her day on June 3

Congratulations

Congratulations to Katie Arace who will be confirmed at St. Matthew's Church in Kunkletown on Sunday, June 3.

Tamaqua physicals

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tamaqua has announced its schedule for Junior and Senior High School sports physicals. All sports for the 2012-13 school year will receive their physicals at this time.

Tuesday, June 12

(all sports)

8-9:30 a.m. - grades 7 and 8

9:30-11:30 - grades 9-10

Wendesday, July 11

(all sports)

8-9:30 - grades 11-12

9:30-11:30 - make up physicals

Notes

* A student-athlete may attend during another time frame, but is encouraged to attend during their scheduled time.

INDIANS: great season comes to end

Thursday, May 31, 2012

ALLENTOWN – Following his team's ten-run loss to Pleasant Valley back on April 16th, Lehighton manager Brian Polaha wasn't shy about expressing his displeasure with his players and their recent play.

Despite being 9-2 at the time, Polaha felt as if his team's sub-par defensive play did not match their above-average record.

"Our record is a lot better than we are," Polaha said at the time. "A 9-1 team should not play like this. Yeah, sometimes a hard hit ball will get booted. Even good teams make mistakes. But there is no excuse for the amount of errors we made today."

Carbon County marriage licenses

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Matthew Jared Reis, 8 White Lane, Jim Thorpe, and Bryana Lee Laudenslager, 141 Unionville Rd., Jim Thorpe.

William Joseph Leitgeb Jr. and Lisa Marie Shafer, 7533 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown.

Brad Michael Graver, 2175 Deer Lane, Lehighton, and Heather Marie Kemmerer, 603 Gypsy Hill Gardens, Lehighton.

Tyler Ronald Berger and Kristy Nicole Rodgers, 301 Prospect St., Lehighton.

John Francis Miller and Karen Mary Freeman, 5219 SR115, Box 22, Blakeslee.

Steven Patrick Miller II and Jalene Mae Egner, 304 Christman Rd., Lehighton.

Legion Post 16 holds Memorial Day services at 11 cemeteries

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Marc Beleno of Northern Lehigh High School played "Taps" for the Memorial Day services at Fairview Cemetery and 10 other sites.
Marc Beleno of Northern Lehigh High School played "Taps" for the Memorial Day services at Fairview Cemetery and 10 other sites.

Allen O. Delke Post 16 American Legion of Slatington completed its annual tour of local cemeteries on May 27 and 28. The Sunday programs were scheduled so that, where possible, church services would be concluded when the Legion arrived allowing members to attend the service.

The tour began at Williamstown, a small cemetery outside of Slatington, and moved on to Jacksonville, Lynn Township.

Nine first time offenders placed in probation program

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nine first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Brochure lists state, local historical markers

Thursday, May 31, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Dan Stevenson, president of Northern Lehigh Future Focus, and Marilyn Kaul, chairperson of the historic preservation and tourism task force of Northern Lehigh Future Focus, unveil the Northern Lehigh Historical Markers Program brochure during a news conference Tuesday at the Victory Park Historical Marker, in Victory Park, Slatington.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Dan Stevenson, president of Northern Lehigh Future Focus, and Marilyn Kaul, chairperson of the historic preservation and tourism task force of Northern Lehigh Future Focus, unveil the Northern Lehigh Historical Markers Program brochure during a news conference Tuesday at the Victory Park Historical Marker, in Victory Park, Slatington.

A snapshot of the Northern Lehigh area at a glance.

That's exactly what those who come in contact with a brochure to cap the Northern Lehigh Historical Markers Program can come to expect.

The pamphlet was displayed at a news conference conducted by Northern Lehigh Future Focus Tuesday at the Victory Park Historical Marker in Victory Park, Slatington.

Becahi blanks Northwestern

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Becahi blanks Northwestern
Copyright 2012

Bethlehem Catholic is on a roll. And Northwestern got in its way Wednesday in the District 11 Class AAA softball playoffs.

The Lehigh Valley Conference champ Golden Hawks took out the Tigers, 10-0 in five innings to advance to Thursday's title game. They'll face No. 2 seed Pottsville, which beat Saucon Valley 5-2 in the other semifinal.

Bethlehem Catholic had 14 hits and took advantage of three Northwestern errors in Wednesday's win.

Visionary artists bend reality

Thursday, May 31, 2012
@$:"Sandsworms of Dune" 1977 by John Schoenherr, from the collection of Robert K. Wiener.
@$:"Sandsworms of Dune" 1977 by John Schoenherr, from the collection of Robert K. Wiener.

At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic comes to Allentown Art Museum

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley announces its next special exhibition a mind-bending menagerie of fantastical artworks that push the boundaries of the imagination.

A flood to remember

Thursday, May 31, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Area residents will find it hard to forget the violent rain storm that hit our area on Saturday, dropping up to 10 inches of rain in less than an hour in some communities. Pictured at the intersection of State Road and Hamilton Street in Ryan Township is a white Subaru Legacy, owned by a Barnesville woman, up to its roof with flood waters. Police said the woman driver was able to escape as her car slid into the water. State Road was closed due to fast flooding. In addition to township police, firefighters from Quakake and Delano also responded.

Vehicle entered in Schuylkill incident

Thursday, May 31, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a theft from vehicle incident in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said the 1987 Dodge Ram Charger of Eric Shubrooks, 39, of Shenandoah, was entered while parked along SR209 at the off-ramp of Interstate 81, in Frailey Township.

Troopers said rocks were thrown through four windows of the vehicle to gain entry.

Removed from the vehicle was numerous electronic items such as stereo, amplifier and subwoofers. The incident occurred sometime between Wednesday, May 23, at 11:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Country View Diner offers great meals with a great country view

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Country View Diner owners are celebrating its 10th anniversary. From left are, Roger Bartholomew, Tricia Frantz, David Zacharias, Laura Zacharias, Kelly Lassell, Linda Zacharias, Donald Gearhart, Beverly Harakel and Barbara Mackes. Also staff members are, Elaine Koch, Melissa Pfancook, Jacob Borger, Tonya Lundy and Bethney Koch.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Country View Diner owners are celebrating its 10th anniversary. From left are, Roger Bartholomew, Tricia Frantz, David Zacharias, Laura Zacharias, Kelly Lassell, Linda Zacharias, Donald Gearhart, Beverly Harakel and Barbara Mackes. Also staff members are, Elaine Koch, Melissa Pfancook, Jacob Borger, Tonya Lundy and Bethney Koch.

Customers are the number one reason why Country View Diner owners are so happy.

"If it wouldn't be for my customers, I wouldn't be here," said Laura Zacharias, with a smile. "Most of my customers stop by every day."

Ten years ago, Laura found herself unemployed when the previous owner closed the restaurant. She had been a waitress since 1994.

So without a job and after some discussion, she and her fiance, David Zacharias, (at the time), decided to take the restaurant over.

Country superstar Martina McBride coming to Penn's Peak on Oct. 28

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band concert postponed until Sept. 21

Tickets go on sale Saturday for a major country music concert coming to Penn's Peak.

Martina McBride, whose hits include "Independence Day" and "This One's For the Girls," will be at the venue on Sunday, Oct. 28. Tickets for "Martina McBride: One Night 2012," are $85 and $62.

It's one of two concerts for which tickets will be sold beginning Saturday. They also go on sale for "The Lettermen - The Christmas Tour," which is making a stop at the venue on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets for this show are $32 and $27.

WW II event

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Reading show a unique living history experience

This weekend in Reading, we all have the opportunity to thank and pay tribute to some of the nation's oldest soldiers the men and women from the Greatest Generation as the Mid Atlantic Air Museum presents its 22nd annual World War II event.

When it comes to the living history experience, the Reading show ranks among the best anywhere. Friday is arrival day, or what the re-enactors call "A-Day", as many of the vintage aircraft touch down at the airport.

Flood repairs continue

Thursday, May 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

PennDOT workers and contractors have been working non-stop over the past few days repairing roads and washout areas since Saturday's violent rain storm. Pictured is a crew working on SR902 southeastof Summit Hill.

PV fall sports physicals

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Panther Valley School District will be holding fall sport physicals on Thursday June 7.

The sport physicals will be held in the Panther Valley high school nurses office. See below for sports and times.

@$:1:00pm-Volleyball, 1:30pm-7th and 8th grade Girls Basketball, 2:00pm-Freshman, JV and Varsity Football, 2:30pm-7th and 8th grade Football

Cheerleading will be held on Monday June 11th at 5:00pm in the Panther Valley high school nurses office.

In order to receive a physical, student athlete must have a physical form signed by a guardian.

College students hired for summer work

Thursday, May 31, 2012

To most students when the school year ends it means free time during the summer months. But to a few who were cited in juvenile court during the school year it means fulfilling a court order to carry on a sentence imposed to perform community service since the services cannot be carried out during school hours.

Northwestern eliminated in shootout

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Big games are usually filled with big moments, but in the case of the Northwestern and Red Land opening round state soccer match-up there was only one.

Unfortunately, for the Tigers the monumental moment was in the favor of Red Land. The Patriots out-scored Northwestern 6-5 in the shootout session to get the 1-0 victory, ousting the Tigers from state competition.

The Tigers (20-3) lived dangerously throughout the whole first half, with Red Land (19-3) looping passes into the Northwestern box on numerous occasions.

Pleasant Valley High School presents its academic awards

Thursday, May 31, 2012
At the Pleasant Valley High School Academic Awards night it was announced that, left, Marissa Gray is the PV Class of 2012 Salutatorian and Lauren Heckelman, right, is the 2012 Valedictorian.
At the Pleasant Valley High School Academic Awards night it was announced that, left, Marissa Gray is the PV Class of 2012 Salutatorian and Lauren Heckelman, right, is the 2012 Valedictorian.

It's that time of year when the academic stars of Pleasant Valley High School come out to shine. Many students were recognized for their hard work at the 31st Annual Academic Awards Program held in the new high school auditorium.

"It is the night we recognize the accomplishments of your sons and daughters," said Mr. John Gress, PVHS principal in his welcome to all.

"It is exciting, uplifting and satisfying to recognize our students for their accomplisments," Dr. Douglas Arnold, PVSD superintendent said.

Extended letter of credit deadline looms for Sunny Hills Farm Land project

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The clock is ticking for developer Rick Bjorkman of PKR Enterprises to deliver to Mahoning Township supervisors an extended letter of credit for the Sunny Hills Farm Land Development project or Friday afternoon June 1st when the $125,000 letter expires, Chairperson John Wieczorek and Solicitor Tom Nanovic will be collecting the note due from Mauch Chunk Trust Company.

On this date

Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 31, 1998

May 31, 1998 Nick Mangold draws a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning to force in the winning run as Lehighton registers an 11-10 comeback victory over Fullerton in Lehigh Valley Legion action. Ron Johnson hits a grand slam for the winners while Brent Kunkle also contributes a three-run blast. Tim Matula, who earns the mound win with two scoreless innings in relief, collects three hits. Kunkle, Mangold and Casey Hydro each finish with two.

Ukranian Folk Dance workshop set

Thursday, May 31, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 23rd Ukrainian Folk Dance Workshop will take place from July 2-6 in Lehighton.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 23rd Ukrainian Folk Dance Workshop will take place from July 2-6 in Lehighton.

The 23rd Ukrainian Folk Dance Workshop, sponsored by the Ukrainian American Heritage Foundation of the Lower Anthracite Region (UAHF) will be held at the Ukrainian Homestead in Lehighton from Monday-Friday, July 2-6.

The camp runs daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes dance instruction, folk singing, sports, crafts and swimming.

Instruction is offered to children 5 and up, with advanced workshop instruction for experienced dancers. The workshop is under the artistic direction of Andrij Dobriansky assisted by Yurij Dobriansky.

Eldred Township remembers

Thursday, May 31, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Eldred Township Veterans Commission, left to right, Leon Smale, Marlene Prutzman, Janet Smith, Mary Correll, Lorraine Everett, Helen Mackes, Wilbert Kleintop and Elmer Frantz, conducted a Memorial Day observance with patriotic songs, poems, readings and the recognition of area veterans lost serving their country.