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June 2012

Paving project to cost $200,000

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A paving project at one of its elementary schools will likely cost Northern Lehigh School District slightly over $200,000.

However, the apparent low bid of $203,559 submitted by Livengood Excavators, Inc. of Walnutport, to replace existing pavement at Slatington Elementary, came in well under budget.

Livengood's proposal one of four turned in to the district on Wednesday was $75,000 less than the district had earmarked for the project, and $1,949 less than the next lowest bid of $205,508 turned in by Muschlitz Excavating, Inc. of Bath.

Schuylkill man sought for assault

Thursday, June 28, 2012

State police at Frackville have obtained a criminal arrest warrant for a Schuylkill County man charging him with aggravated assault.

Troopers are seeking Gabriel Thomas, 29, of the village of Cumbola, Blythe Township.

According to troopers about 3 a.m. on Wednesday Thomas subjected his girlfriend, whose name was not released by police, to physical contact at their residence in Cumbola. He allegedly used a knife against her during the incident.

The female received numerous injuries, none life threatening, but refused medical treatment.

Franklin Township stays alive

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Danny Keer rounds the bases after he hit a homerun vs. White Haven on Wednesday night. FT beat WH 23-2.
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Danny Keer rounds the bases after he hit a homerun vs. White Haven on Wednesday night. FT beat WH 23-2.

Staying alive.

That was the chant the 12-year-old Franklin Township little league team used in its dugout after its victory over White Haven on Wednesday.

Franklin Township beat up on White Haven in its losers' bracket game at Phifer Ice Dam, winning 23-2 in four innings of play. All 11 Franklin players reached base safely and scored at least one run on the day. It was the perfect way for Franklin to bounce back from its previous loss to Valley East.

Audition

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rehearsal pianist

The Bach and Handel Chorale, located in historic Jim Thorpe, is auditioning pianists to accompany its rehearsals and some performances.

Those who are interested are asked to send a letter of inquiry to the chorale office, Attention Maestro Randall D. Perry, 810 Carbon Ave., Jim Thorpe, PA 18229.

The successful candidate must be available for all rehearsals, have knowledge of playing reduced orchestrations of Bach and Handel works, and be directly responsible to the conductor.

The practice year begins Aug. 27, so earliest application is recommended.

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.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer concerts

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the sixth year of its popular free Summer Concert Series, with mini concerts scheduled every other Thursday into September. This week's event will feature the country music of Jeremiah Jones.

Additional events will include: July 19, Steve Brosky and Jimmy Meyer (blues); Aug. 2, Lizard Creek (Celtic); Aug. 16, Large Flower Heads (60s classics); Aug. 30, The Todd Wolfe Band; Sept. 13, It Takes Two (variety).

On this date

Thursday, June 28, 2012

June 28, 1923

Martin Brennan and Joseph Engleman of Mauch Chunk, who were reported as being held at Sunbury for an alleged train hold-up, stated today that the circumstances were exactly opposite. Both men were riding from Altoona and when they reached Catawissa, two escaped convicts, wearing prison garb, entered the freight car and after a battle, robbed them, taking their money, gold watch, and clothing. The police chief provided them with clothing and they have returned to Mauch Chunk. They said they were amazed when they saw an article which stated they held up the train.

Allentown Art Museum will host work of Toulouse-Lautrec in 2013

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Allentown Art Museum will host work of Toulouse-Lautrec in 2013
Copyright 2012

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is thrilled to announce that it will be one of the first venues outside of Europe to host Toulouse-Lautrec and His World, during the summer of 2013.

This traveling exhibition is on loan from the collection of the Heraklaidon Museum in Athens, Greece, and focuses on the art and life of one of the most fascinating artists and personalities of the Belle Époque (Beautiful Era) in France, which dates from the late 19th century through World War I.

Marriage licenses

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Carbon County

Clinton Howard Schafer and Gayle Ann Schafer, 219 Harrity Rd., Parryville.

Cory Steven Swartz and Caitlin Marie Spiker, 68 Rhume St., Nesquehoning.

Brent Adam Harris, 183 1/2 N. Seventh St., Apt. B, Lehighton, and Angela Marie Lobien, 101 Maple Ave., Lehighton.

Ryan Michael Moser and Ashley Lynn Keiper, 29 1/2 E. Ridge St., Lansford.

Stanley Roland Kieffer and Celesse Ann Phillips, 246 Hudsondale St., Weatherly.

John Robert Motola III and Nadine Kathryn Simmons, 1020 Towamensing Rd., Lehighton.

"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.