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June 2012

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.

Local performers show off talent in Tamaqua

Friday, June 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Performers of all ages had a chance to show off their talent during Thursday's free open stage event held at the new Tamaqua Community Arts Center. Showing off their talents during the event were Julia Shellhamer, Jenny Beck, Nate Orae, Mike Kernan, Adam Bachert, Claire Lewis, John Lewis, Damian Munoz, Ivan Munoz, Steven Moyer, Zack Venable, Andrew Whitacre, Ed Michalik, Troy Moyer, John Frye, Doug Betz. Duane Allen, Phillis Pardoush, Jack Kulp and Sam Frantz.

Picnic in the park

Friday, June 29, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

A.J. Mitchell and his wife, Nikki, and their two daughters, Fallon, 4 and Sawyer, 2, take advantage of a picture perfect summer evening as they enjoy a picnic dinner while listening to a free concert in the Chestnuthill Township Park. "This is great. I hope more people come out to support these concerts so they will continue to have them," said Nikki.

$80,225 stolen from hospital

Friday, June 29, 2012

Ex-employee is charged

A former employee at the Blue Mountain Health Systems Gnaden Huetten Campus, Lehighton, has been charged with taking a large amount of money from the hospital bank account.

Lehighton police said Theresa Bernardi, 42, of 15 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.

She is accused of fraudulently removing money from the hospital account from July 2009 to May 2012 while an employee of the hospital.

Police said the total amount taken was $80,225.15.

Area Keystone Girls State delegates recognized

Friday, June 29, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Local Keystone Girls State (KGS) delegates and past delegates attended the Keystone Girls State Tea. They are, front from left, Alyssa Dachowicz, Bianca Santiago, Jamie Harron, Brianna Handwerk, and Elizabeth Reichard; and back row, Jordan Semmel, KGS 2009; Stacey Kerschner, KGS 2011: Tina Ressler, President 899 Walnutport: Ruth Porter, KGS Chairman of Four County Council: and far right, LaRue Fritz, Unit 314 KGS Chairman.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Local Keystone Girls State (KGS) delegates and past delegates attended the Keystone Girls State Tea. They are, front from left, Alyssa Dachowicz, Bianca Santiago, Jamie Harron, Brianna Handwerk, and Elizabeth Reichard; and back row, Jordan Semmel, KGS 2009; Stacey Kerschner, KGS 2011: Tina Ressler, President 899 Walnutport: Ruth Porter, KGS Chairman of Four County Council: and far right, LaRue Fritz, Unit 314 KGS Chairman.

Local delegates who are attending Keystone Girls State at Shippensburg University from June 24-30 were recognized at the "Girls State Tea," held Saturday, June 16 at the American Legion, Post 899 in Walnutport.

Police find fugitive hiding in mom's attic

Friday, June 29, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Patrolman Tom Rodgers prepares to transport Keith D. Neff, 29, to the Schuylkill County Prison after an arraignment before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua. Neff was wanted on a felony warrant in connection with a burglary at his grandmother's Tamaqua apartment.
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Patrolman Tom Rodgers prepares to transport Keith D. Neff, 29, to the Schuylkill County Prison after an arraignment before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua. Neff was wanted on a felony warrant in connection with a burglary at his grandmother's Tamaqua apartment.

A Tamaqua man wanted on a felony burglary warrant was apprehended early Thursday morning after officers learned where he was hiding.

Keith D. Neff, 29, was taken into custody after he was discovered hiding in the attic of his mother's home. Police also charged his mother, Gladys B. Neff, 56, of 119 Pine St., in connection with the incident.

The incident began Wednesday night when officers were asked to check on a property at 307 Arlington St. The owners had received information that someone was in the home when it should have been empty.

Charcoal inspiration

Friday, June 29, 2012
Joe Evanousky's original artwork and creations fill their Barnesville home.
Joe Evanousky's original artwork and creations fill their Barnesville home.

Barnesville heritage artist salutes coal mining culture

Joe Evanousky is telling the rich story of anthracite coal and the people who mined it. But he's not using a single sentence.

Instead, the Barnesville man speaks through his hands, relaying every intricate detail through the eloquence of a charcoal pencil.

At age 58, it's a passion he's had all of his life, even though his earliest artwork focused on other subject matter.

Truth be told, the former football coach and art instructor at North Schuylkill School District began doodling as a child while spending time one-on-one with his father.

Carbon commissioner to serve on state board

Friday, June 29, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, center, was sworn in as a member of the state Deputy Sheriffs' Education and Training Board Thursday morning by Judge Steven Serfass, left. Nothstein received word from Gov. Tom Corbett's office appointing him to the board as of June 20.

Rosemary Brown and Mark Goff marry

Friday, June 29, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Goff
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Goff

Rosemary Brown, daughter of Gene and Linda Brown of Jim Thorpe, and Mark Goff, son of Kathy and the late Arthur Highland of Lehighton and Chuck and Janet Goff of Amarillo, Texas, were united in marriage on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Flagstaff Resort in Jim Thorpe.

Mayor Michael Sofranko officiated the ceremony.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. The bride's sister, Brandi Brown of Summit Hill, was chosen as maid of honor.

Bridesmaids included Katie Mertz of Jim Thorpe, Daphne Gasker, also of Jim Thorpe and Mary Casnocha of Kunkletown.

US Rails, Beatlemania at M.C. Opera House

Friday, June 29, 2012

There are concerts scheduled tonight and tomorrow night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Tonight, US Rails with the Sterling Koch Band perform at 8:30.

The Cast of Beatlemania will perform at the Opera House on Saturday, June 30th, at 8 p.m.

The latest album of U.S. Rails, Southern Canon, is a formidable testament to how tightly knit Ben Arnold, Tom Gillam, Joseph Parsons, Scott Bricklin and Matt Muir have become as a band. They produce some of the finest driving rock 'n' roll and folk rock and around.

Leann Bunch and Mark Rawlins Jr. are wed

Friday, June 29, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Rawlins Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Rawlins Jr.

Leann Bunch, daughter of Clyde and Debra Snyder of Jim Thorpe was united in marriage to Mark Rawlins Jr., son of Mark and Christine Rawlins of Jim Thorpe on June 16, 2012 at Stonehedge Gardens in Tamaqua.

Michael Cooper of Deer Lake officiated the double ring ceremony.

The bride chose Jessica Kappler to be her maid of honor, while the bridegroom chose Jake Ostrander to perform the duties of the best man.

Others attending the couple included Alainna Bunch, Amy Rawlins, John Grady, Mike Lanoue and Kevin Snyder.

DUI arrests reported

Friday, June 29, 2012

Lehighton police reported on two driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made recently.

Police said Christopher Malick, 41, of 217 Honeysuckle Lane, Lehighton, has been charged with DUI, driving a vehicle at an (un) safe speed, and failing to yield to right-of-way when making a left turn.

The incident occurred about 1:20 a.m. on March 28 at the intersection of Bridge and E. Bridge sts. Given a test, the result was .14BAC.

A record-breaking weekend for hill climb

Friday, June 29, 2012
Ready to race some of the seventy cars participating in the Weatherly Hill Climb line up near the start line at the bottom of the hill.
Ready to race some of the seventy cars participating in the Weatherly Hill Climb line up near the start line at the bottom of the hill.

It was a record-breaking weekend at the June Weatherly Hill Climb as George Bowland from North Carolina won the event with a new record time of 47.592 seconds.

That superseded the standing hill record of 47.715 seconds which was also set by Bowland in September of 2010.

Seventy cars from throughout the country competed on the 1.1 mile course during the two day event which was sponsored by Fairway Subaru of Hazleton and co-sponsored by DeAngelo Brothers Inc. of Hazleton (DBI).

"Day of the Rope" Mass held in Jim Thorpe

Thursday, June 28, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The "Day of the Rope" Mass commemorating the 135th anniversary of the execution of the Molly Maguires at the Carbon County Prison in what was then Mauch Chunk was was co-celebrated by, left to right : Fr. Patrick Shoenauer, St. Francis Parish, Nesquehoning; Fr. John R. McFadden, Retired from Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Associate Priest St. Joseph Parish, Jim Thorpe; and Msgr. Francis Carbine, St. Katharine Parish, Philadelphia.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The "Day of the Rope" Mass commemorating the 135th anniversary of the execution of the Molly Maguires at the Carbon County Prison in what was then Mauch Chunk was was co-celebrated by, left to right : Fr. Patrick Shoenauer, St. Francis Parish, Nesquehoning; Fr. John R. McFadden, Retired from Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Associate Priest St. Joseph Parish, Jim Thorpe; and Msgr. Francis Carbine, St. Katharine Parish, Philadelphia.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), Alec Campbell, Mauch Chunk Div.1 of Carbon County held a Memorial Mass to commemorate the "Day of the Rope", on the 135th anniversary of the execution of the Molly Maguires in 1877 at what is now the Old Jail Museum in Jim Thorpe (then Mauch Chunk).

On June 21st of that year, four men accused of being Molly Maguires were hanged at the Carbon County Prison on West Broadway.

Those hanged in Mauch Chunk were : Alec Campbell, John "Yellow Jack" Donahue, Michael Doyle and Edward Kelly.

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, June 28, 2012

June 28, 1976 George Harris delivers a run-scoring double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Lehighton a 4-3 Lehigh Valley League walk-off win over Whitehall. Harris brings home Mike Galasso, who started the rally by being hit by a pitch. Kevin Moyer goes the distance on the mound for the pitching win. Moyer, whose three-run homer accounts for his team's other runs, scatters five hits and strikes out six batters.

Rating Pa. educators

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New teacher evaluations called 'ground breaking

The competition for jobs in the workplace these days is stronger than ever, fueled by the high numbers of unemployed college graduates. Whether it's someone in sports or an employee in private industry, if the performance isn't there, one can have much anxiety about job security.

It is little surprise, therefore, that on Wednesday, state lawmakers voted 199-0 for a compromise amendment to overhaul the way teachers and principals are evaluated in the commonwealth. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster, called the compromise "ground breaking legislation."

Schuylkill property transfers

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Olga Kuzma, West Penn Township, to Joshua A. and Laura L. Gruver, Tamaqua, parcel containing 0.984 of an acre on the north side of Valley Park Estates, West Penn Township, $1 (full consideration $176,000).

Ricky S. Geissler, Berks County, to Lane Freeman, Lehigh County, tract containing 1.5909 acres on east side of Red Church Road (Township Route 716), West Penn Township, $1 (full consideration $19,697); and Lot Number One in Tunnel Road Subdivision containing 19.2 acres beginning 1,500 feet south of Red Church Road, West Penn Township, $100,000.

Difference between rabbits and hares

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

Many people do not know the difference between a rabbit and a hare. Even though these creatures look the same, in fact they belong to entirely different species. The difference between rabbits and hares appears at the moment they are born. Believe it or not - baby-rabbits are called kittens, while baby-hares are called leverets. Rabbits are born completely helpless, naked and blind, while hares are born fully furred, able to see and capable of independent movement. In fact, most hares are able to live on their own only one hour after birth.

Jones scores second modified victory at MVS

Thursday, June 28, 2012

With just 10 laps to run in Saturday's Modified main at Mahoning Valley Speedway, Tommy Flanagan appeared to be on his way to winning. However, after a restart at lap 25 his motor failed and Bobby Jones became the benefactor.

Jones, who hails from Palmerton, then had to shield off Earl Paules and Nevin George en route to his second win of the season.

Theft incidents

Thursday, June 28, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating three theft incidents, two involving the theft of motor vehicles.

The 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee of Sharon Regina Stanley, of Slatington, was stolen from a driveway along Barry's Road, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. The vehicle was taken sometime between June 20 and 24. The Jeep is red and bears state registration plate EBC5350, with damage to the passenger's side and a missing passenger side mirror.

Change in formula for inheritance tax proposed

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A campaign by Theresa Santai Gaffney, who last January became the new Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court in Schuylkill County, to revamp the formula by which counties and the state share inheritance tax proceeds has received the support of state Sen. David Argall. The proposed change would allow the counties to retain a greater share of the taxes.

Always willing to help...

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

In addition to fighting fires and responding to local emergencies, firefighters throughout our area routinely volunteer their time and services helping with many local community or non-profit tasks. Pictured filling the Tamaqua LEO Club's dunk tank during a recent event in Tamaqua are, from left, Tamaqua's Citizen's Fire Company firefighters Christopher Daynorowicz (junior firefighter), Fire Captain Jason Hartz and EMS Captain Travis Huegel.

Man hurled through rear of pickup truck cap

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A man was hurled through the truck cap glass of a pickup truck during an accident in Mahoning Township.

Mahoning Township Police said the accident happened at 11:35 p.m. on Friday, June 22, along Mill Road.

Police said Candace Tejera of Nesquehoning was traveling south on Mill Road at an apparent high rate of speed in a 1990 Jeep Comanche. She lost control of the vehicle in a curve, and crossed over the center of the roadway.

Monroe teen charged

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Monroe County teen has been charged with criminal mischief for an incident that occurred about 11:16 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26, in the parking lot of the Wawa store at the intersection of state Routes 715 and 209 in Brodheadsville, Chestnuthill Township.

State police at Fern Ridge said Donald Ebinger, 18, of Effort, was charged after he allegedly damaged the side mirrors on the vehicle of Robert Foster, 50, also of Effort.

The incident followed an argument the two had inside the store, troopers said.

Allentown man cited in Slatington

Thursday, June 28, 2012

An Allentown man is facing charges for an incident in Slatington.

Borough police said about 10 p.m. on June 22 officers responded to the area of W. Church and Sixth sts., for an intoxicated male. On scene they found Ryan Slocki, 28, of 825 Marshall St.

As a result of an investigation police charged Slocki with possession of a controlled substance-cocaine, public drunkenness, and disorderly conduct.