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June 2012

It's a tax

Friday, June 29, 2012

Ruling defines this election

Chief Justice John Roberts' crucial swing vote Thursday saved President Obama's signature piece of legislation mandated health care but the president and other Democrats should not be doing victory laps.

Many conservative pundits are saying that although Democrats won the battle in the Supreme Court, the 5-4 decision could very well propel Republicans to a bigger victory in November.

Tamaqua news

Friday, June 29, 2012

TASD news

Tamaqua Area School District students participating in sports and/or any extracurricular activity, or who have a school parking permit is subject to random drug and alcohol testing, as established in 2010. Random drug testing of non-participating students is also available if the district receives a parental request. Students must provide a signed parental consent form before participating.

PV planning meeting

Friday, June 29, 2012

Panther Valley High School Class of 1974 will have a 40-year class reunion planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at the Sports Zoo in Lansford.

June 29, 1912

Friday, June 29, 2012

The new road over the Broad Mountain has cost Carbon County $31,819.34 for labor, machinery, etc. The matter has been referred to the State Highway officials to decide whether it is a state or a county road. If a county road, Carbon pays the expenses of keeping it up. If otherwise, the state will pay.

A hop in her step

Friday, June 29, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Leah Slepoi of Penn Forest Township jumps an opening in the stone wall of the Lehigh Canal at Weissport.

Fundraiser to be held for slain Walnutport youth

Friday, June 29, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Summer Goldy and Pat Ohl will be holding a Bake Sale fundraiser to raise money to be used for the cost of bringing the body of Joshua Stepp home from Michigan.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Summer Goldy and Pat Ohl will be holding a Bake Sale fundraiser to raise money to be used for the cost of bringing the body of Joshua Stepp home from Michigan.

Summer Goldy, 16, says Joshua Stepp, 16, of Walnutport, was her best friend in kindergarten through third grade, right up until she and her family moved away from Walnutport. When she heard that her friend had been fatally shot during an attempted burglary while visiting friends in Mt. Morris, Michigan on June 11, she just couldn't believe something like that happened.

When she heard the family needed $2,000 to bring his body home, the first thing she thought was, "I have to donate."

She approached her mother, Pat Ohl of Lehighton and said, "We have to do something."

ACS workshop

Friday, June 29, 2012

'Look Good,Feel Better'

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., July 9, at the Schuylkill Medical Center South, 420 S. Jackson St., Pottsville. The session is free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Palmerton nixes plan to build new fire station

Friday, June 29, 2012

It appears as though Palmerton will not build a new fire station after all.

After a meeting of borough council on Thursday, borough manager Rodger Danielson told the TIMES NEWS a new fire station "is off the books."

"There's no effort to go through with building a (new) fire station," Danielson said. "In light of that, the borough has applied for amended ways to use those funds that's yet to be determined by the state."

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'

Friday, June 29, 2012

State and local police, along with PennDOT, will take part in a national enforcement effort through July 8 targeting motorists who drive under the influence. The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement effort will focus on keeping Pennsylvania's roads safe during the Independence Day travel period.

Completion of solar project near

Friday, June 29, 2012

The completion of the solar project is finally nearing as Marrone Brothers agreed to make repairs to the data acquisition box and replace a shielded cable for the solar field they constructed for the Summit Hill Water Authority that is to supply the physical plant with electricity for the next several years.

The project was originally due to end last fall and its original deadline of August 31st has long past.

Palmerton Area High School announces honor roll

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the third marking period of the second semester of the 2011-12 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

HIGH HONORS [3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects]

Class reunion

Friday, June 29, 2012

LAHS Class of 1982

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1982 is holding its 30-year reunion on Friday, July 13 at the Lehighton Orioles from 6-11 p.m. It will be a pig roast/luau-style event, and there is a charge. There will be live entertainment.

If you have not received an invitation or for more information, please contact Robin Fatzinger at rfatzing@verizon.net or (610) 718-9091.

TSMA car cruise slated

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Tamaqua Street Machine Association will hold several car cruises at Heisler's Dairy Bar, including one this Saturday, June 30. The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Prizes will be awarded.

Additional events at the dairy bar, located at 743 Catawissa Rd., Tamaqua, will be held on July 28 and Aug. 18. Hours for each event will be 5 to 8 p.m.

For further information, call (570) 668-0323.

Kayak flips, fisherman rescued

Friday, June 29, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two Beltzville State Park Rangers examine the kayak which was involved in an accident along the Lehigh River near Bowmanstown late Thursday night. Two persons were fishing in the river when one of the two apparently struck an object and flipped the unit with the male being ejected. Firefighters from Bowmanstown, Parryville and Palmerton were dispatched to the scene along with the Palmerton ambulance and Lehighton paramedics. The injured fisherman was finally discovered in water just off the east bank about a half mile north of SR895.

Shoop back at JT

Friday, June 29, 2012

There was no elementary school wrestling team when Ren Shoop attended Jim Thorpe High School.

In fact, Shoop had to wait until his sophomore year to take part in intramural wrestling and waited until his junior year to compete as a varsity wrestler, the first year for the program.

He's stayed around the sport long since graduating from Jim Thorpe High in 1966. And now he'll return to the wrestling program where his career started.

Board fails to renew annual JROTC pact

Friday, June 29, 2012

An attempt to renew annual contracts for Panther Valley School District's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program died Thursday after one school board member questioned the action and another followed in her footsteps.

A motion to renew the contract of JROTC Senior Instructor Kenneth J. Markovich failed, even though the vote was by a 3-2 in favor.

Board President Jeff Markovich, who is Kenneth Markovich's brother, and his wife, board member Michelle Markovich, abstained from voting. Board members David Hiles and Koreen Nalesnik were absent.

$45,970 lightning suppression system awarded for prison

Friday, June 29, 2012

Carbon County Correctional Facility will soon be better protected from lightning strikes.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted unanimously to award the lightning suppression system project contract to Albarell Electric Inc. of Bethlehem. Albarell was the sole bidder for the project and bid $45,970 for the work.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, explained after the vote that the commissioners had Mike Schade from Schade Engineering Inc., the project engineer, review the bid.

6 County Firemen's Convention parade in Mount Carmel

Friday, June 29, 2012

The 109th Annual Six County Firemen's Convention Parade will be held Saturday in Mount Carmel. Many area fire companies and other emergency services are expected to be in attendance. Registration will be from 9 a.m to 12 p.m. Judging will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parade starts promptly at 2 p.m. Parade will be held rain or shine. For more information about the three-day convention or parade, visit www.station2.org.

Blue Sox fall to Valley View

Friday, June 29, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Adam Bates leaps to pull in a throw before tagging out Valley View's Devin Masser at second base Thursday.
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Adam Bates leaps to pull in a throw before tagging out Valley View's Devin Masser at second base Thursday.

The first time that Valley View and Tamaqua met on the baseball diamond, the game turned out to be quite a battle as VV took a one-run thriller.

This time around, however, the winners erased any doubt that they were the better team, downing the Blue Sox 8-1 in a Schuylkill-Berks Legion contest.

In fact, in the first meeting the game came down to the final out. Tamaqua had the bases loaded before that last out was made. In Thursday's game, though, things were decided early.

Basic kayaking courses slated

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tuscarora State Park will host basic kayaking courses at the park July 13, 20, and 27; and Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. Kayaks, paddles, and personal floatation devices will be provided. Maximum weight capacity is 275 lbs.

Participants should meet at the old lifeguard shack on the beach. Children must be 12 or older. If they are under 16, they must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is required by signing up at the park office prior to the event or by calling (570) 467-2506. No online or fax registration will be accepted. There is a donation fee to hold reservations.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summit Hill

St. Paul Lutheran

The Rev. Carl Schweitzer, a retired pastor from Lehighton, will be the guest minister at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, on Sunday, July 1. He will deliver the sermon during the 9:30 a.m. worship service. On Sunday, July 8, the Rev. George Zacarda, a retired pastor from Catasauqua, will be the guest minister.

Presbyterian church

Joins Silberline as Executive Accounts Manager

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Russell
Russell

Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc., the global supplier of effect pigments with its Corporate Headquarters in Tamaqua, announced that Ms. Christine Russell recently joined the firm as Executive Accounts Manager.

Ms. Russell is a graduate of Marietta College, Marietta, OH, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry.

Ms. Russell has more than 20 years of broadbased sales experience in the coatings, pigments, plastics and auto industries.

Ms. Russell's home base will be in Mentor, OH.

New blocks on the block

Thursday, June 28, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Specific business donors who helped the Palmerton Swim Team raise enough money to purchase six new starting blocks for them to use at the Palmerton Memorial Park Pool had representatives at the dedication ceremony. They were, left to right: Palmerton Pool Pals represented by Susie Arner; Jean Stemler, Horsehead Community Development Fund; Lehighton Lodge 621 Free and Accepted Masons represented by Duane Dellecker, the Grand Master; Krill Foundation represented by Rodney Strohl, a board member; Job Connections represented by Chuck Cornmesser; My Family Doctor represented by Dr. Varano's wife, Lori Varano.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Specific business donors who helped the Palmerton Swim Team raise enough money to purchase six new starting blocks for them to use at the Palmerton Memorial Park Pool had representatives at the dedication ceremony. They were, left to right: Palmerton Pool Pals represented by Susie Arner; Jean Stemler, Horsehead Community Development Fund; Lehighton Lodge 621 Free and Accepted Masons represented by Duane Dellecker, the Grand Master; Krill Foundation represented by Rodney Strohl, a board member; Job Connections represented by Chuck Cornmesser; My Family Doctor represented by Dr. Varano's wife, Lori Varano.

There are some new blocks on the block.

After a few years of steady fundraising and generous donations, the Palmerton Swim Team recently purchased six new starting blocks with non-slip surfaces for $18,000. They held a dedication ceremony before a swim meet on Monday, June 18, with the Northern Lehigh Lightnings. No one's saying the new blocks are the reason they won, but they sure helped boost the morale of the Porpoises.

Library volunteers

Thursday, June 28, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Public Library relies upon volunteers to keep its programs thriving. Here, the library's Summer Reading Program volunteers take a few minutes from their duties to pose for a picture. Seated, from left, are Susan Wentz of Summit Hill; Mimi Reinbold of Lansford; and Nancy Meitzel of Summit Hill. Standing, from left, are Pat Ladick; Jackie Dolly, and Danielle Dolly, all of Lansford; and Dawn Neyer of Coaldale. The Summer Reading Program, which offers a variety of fun activities, has tripled in size over last summer to 46 children. The library is at 117 E.

Board approves filing of application of bus system

Thursday, June 28, 2012

To continue the operation of the bus system in Schuylkill County the commissioners adopted a resolution authorizing Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) to file a consolidated application for transit related capital improvement projects in action taken at Wednesday's public meeting.

These capital improvement projects consist of vehicle replacements and upgrades to the maintenance and office facilities as follows:

Schuylkill crash

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver was cited following a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 10:08 a.m. on Monday, June 25, along Bethel Road, in Pine Grove Township.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Jay P. Bowen, 80, of Schuylkill Haven, was operating a 2003 Dodge Dakota truck southbound and rounding a curve when he lost control. The truck began to turn counter-clockwise and crossed the center line and traveled into the oncoming lane.

Summer book selections

Thursday, June 28, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Public Library Summer Reading program coordinators Pat Ladick, left, and Dawn Neyer, center, discuss book selections with Marcie Domines of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansford.

Trinity Lutheran is a sponsor of the program, along with the Fritz Financial Group, Kovatch Enterprises, the Lansford Mid-Rise Social Club and the Lansford Mid-Rise Bingo Club.

The library is at 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, and can be reached at (570) 645-3780.

A busy weekend at Penn's Peak

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Blues guitarist, singer, and producer Johnny Winter will be performing Saturday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. It's one of three concerts at the venue this weekend.
Blues guitarist, singer, and producer Johnny Winter will be performing Saturday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. It's one of three concerts at the venue this weekend.

Concerts will be held by Foreigner, Johnny Winter, and Cinderella

It's going to be a busy weekend at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, with three concerts set over three nights.

On Friday night, Foreigner performs with this event being sold-out.

Johnny Winter returns to the venue Saturday night at 8 p.m. with Magic Slim & The Teardrops opening.

On Sunday night, the rock band Cinderella performs.

It's general admission seating for both the Winter and Cinderella performances, with tickets available at the door.

Tickets for Johnny Winter are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and for Cinderella $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Polk column

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Al-Anon Adult Children meeting

Al-Anon Adult Children meetings are held Monday evenings, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Salem United Church of Christ, Route 209 and Gilbert Road, Gilbert (behind the Turkey Hill).

One week life span

Thursday, June 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The bright lights of the Panther Valley stadium attraced all kinds of flying insects during the recent Relay For Life held at the stadium. Actias luna, commonly known as the Luna Moth, is a lime-green moth with a wingspan of up to 4.5 inches, making it one of the largest moths in North America. At first, their wings are very small when they first emerge from their cacoon. The moth will enlarge its wings by pumping bodily fluids through them.

Jim Thorpe medals on display locally

Thursday, June 28, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking over the 25 duplicate medals of Jim Thorpe's pre-Olympic victories are, from left, Anne Marie Fitzpatrick of the Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend Committee; Chuck Gentile, sports director at the U.S. Army War College at the Carlisle Barracks, and his wife, Wanda Gentile; Craig Zurn, president of the Jim Thorpe National Bank; and Raymond Brader of the Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend Committee.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking over the 25 duplicate medals of Jim Thorpe's pre-Olympic victories are, from left, Anne Marie Fitzpatrick of the Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend Committee; Chuck Gentile, sports director at the U.S. Army War College at the Carlisle Barracks, and his wife, Wanda Gentile; Craig Zurn, president of the Jim Thorpe National Bank; and Raymond Brader of the Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend Committee.

While it is generally known that, at a ceremony in 1983, duplicates of the gold medals that Jim Thorpe won for his record-breaking performance in the Decathlon and Pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics were presented to his family, it is much less known that around the same time, a series of duplicate medals of Thorpe's AAU victories were likewise struck and given to his children.