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June 2012

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).

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Lehighton Area High School Class of 1972 hosts 40-year reunion

Thursday, June 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Area High School Class of 1972 held its 40-year reunion on Saturday, June 23 at The Orioles Community Center in Lehighton. Class members attending included, front row from left: Renee Frey Nothstein, Ann Kelowitz, Bonnie David, Debra Stenack, Susan Brown Conner, Sarajane Horn Long, Cindylou Heiser and David Snyder. Second row, Diane Walck Poandl, Cheryl Christman Kunkle, Brenda Buck Fisher, Leon Homm, Delbert Levan, Sharon Rabuck, Cindy Ahner Pysher, Davene Heckman and Kathleen Williams Repsher.

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.

Basement fire quelled fast

Thursday, June 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters converged at 2 West Sherman Street last night following a basement fire.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters converged at 2 West Sherman Street last night following a basement fire.

McAdoo firefighters, police and ambulance responded to 2 W. Sherman St., at the intersection of SR309, around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday after the the occupants called in a structure fire in the basement. According the firefighters the fire was started and located in the basement of the home. Firefighters pointed out that the occupants were trying to ignited a coal furnace with gasoline. Firefighters placed numerous exhaust fans at exit and entry points to the home. No serious damage or injuries were reported. Firefighters and fire police detoured traffic around the incident.

Named to dean's list at Penn State Univ.

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Mann
Mann

Cody Mann has been named to the dean's list at Penn State University-University Park. He attained a 3.63 GPA for the spring semester.

He is majoring in Information Sciences and Technology and will be entering his sophomore year in the fall.

Cody is a 2011 graduate of Jim Thorpe High School. He is the son of Lynn and Julie Mann of Jim Thorpe.

Burglar caught in the act

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Schuylkill County woman was caught in the act of attempting to enter a county business.

State police at Frackville said the incident occurred about 4:07 p.m on Tuesday, June 26, at the Jiffy Mart, located at 146 N. Second St., Girardville.

Troopers said Melinda Marie Mahmod, 18, of Girardville, was observed on the roof of the business attempting to gain entry. She was taken into custody and charged with attempted burglary and related counts, troopers said.

Marriage licenses

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Schuylkill County

Ciara L. Startzel and Robert W. Mercer, 126 Center St., Tamaqua.

Marcia B. Clark, 7675 Kaleb Grove, Colo., and Shane C. Regula, 86 Valley View Road, Zion Grove.

Kimberly F. Atkins and Greg A. Ziolko, 30 Shepp St., Sheppton, East Union Township.

Gwyneth L. Davies and Nathan R. Navitsky, 398 W. Cottage Ave., Tamaqua.

Completes basic combat training

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Army Reserve Pfc. Matthew J. Lakey has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Historic bridge coming down

Thursday, June 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Contractors are almost half way through the demolition of the old SR309 bridge.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Contractors are almost half way through the demolition of the old SR309 bridge.

Despite being only two weeks since both lanes of SR309 in Tamaqua were diverted onto the new temporary steel bridge, contractors are almost half way through the demolition of the original concrete bridge, which was deemed structurally deficient.

On June 15, traffic flow on the old bridge was stopped and diverted onto the new temporary 150-foot-long, 38-foot-wide steel Baily-type Acrow bridge, which runs over the Little Schuylkill River.

Palmerton Community News

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Historical society

Monday, July 9, the Palmerton Area Historical Society's meeting will be a mystery tour. Members and guests should meet at the parking lot across from Hager's Furniture by 6 p.m. (note earlier time) to car pool to the site. This replaces the usual meeting at the library.

Heritage Center

Lehighton news

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Celebrates anniversary

Wendy and Thomas Williams of Lehighton observed their second wedding anniversary on June 19. They were married at the Franklin Township Fire Company by the Rev. James Ziegenfuss.

Wendy is the daughter of Truman and Joy Andrews of Franklin Township. She is a first-grade teacher at Franklin Elementary School.

Thomas is the son of Kay Williams and the late Ishmael Williams of Florida. He is a retired firefighter from Bethlehem.

Lansford edges JT to advance

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A team's heart and determination can simply be measured when adversity strikes during the course of a ball game.

The Lansford 11 and 12 year old baseball squad, which has been fighting to win ball games all summer, showed Jim Thorpe that when adversity strikes they will strike back.

After giving up a four-run lead in the third inning, Lansford rallied to score two runs and eliminate the Olympians from the District 18 tournament by a score of 6-4.

The Lansford success started in the second inning.

Re-grand opening of Tamaqua Subway

Thursday, June 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Subway sandwich artists Alyssa Rudloff, left, and Emily Hunter prepare a footlong sub for Gary Price.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Subway sandwich artists Alyssa Rudloff, left, and Emily Hunter prepare a footlong sub for Gary Price.

A popular sub shop in downtown Tamaqua celebrated its re-grand opening recently. Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce members, Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison and shop staff were on hand during the event of the Tamaqua Subway, located at 36 West Broad Street.

Even at age 60, local wrestler still grappling

Thursday, June 28, 2012
A. J. "Tony" Petrucci holds a certificate of induction into the Independent Pro Wrestling Association Hall of Fame. Petrucci has a nearly 30-year career in professional wrestling, which included tours of Australia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Europe, and Hawaii. At 60, he is still winning championships.
A. J. "Tony" Petrucci holds a certificate of induction into the Independent Pro Wrestling Association Hall of Fame. Petrucci has a nearly 30-year career in professional wrestling, which included tours of Australia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Europe, and Hawaii. At 60, he is still winning championships.

As a professional wrestler, A. J. "Tony" Petrucci has fought the very best; names like "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, "Polish Strongman" Ivan Putski, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, Hillbilly Jim and Davey Boy Smith.

Not to mention the late Andre the Giant, who was 7-foot, 4 inches and weighed 525 pounds.

He has wrestled all over America including Hawaii. He fought opponents in Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Africa, and throughout Canada and Europe.

"I got to see the world and I didn't have to join the service," he laughed.

Strawberry delicious

Thursday, June 28, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Janelle, left, and Christopher, right, join their dad, Jim Frable, for a Father's Day treat of homemade strawberry shortcake with homemade ice cream at St. Matthew's UCC's Strawberry Festival. Janelle said it was "Good" and Christopher liked the shortcake the most. Their dad said what he liked best about the Strawberry Festival was "It's close to home so I can get one now and get one later. It's the best Father's Day meal they could have."

Monroe resident jailed for assault

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Monroe County resident has been jailed for assault on a police officer and other offenses. Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occurred on Tuesday, June 26, about 10:26 p.m.

Police responded to the Penmart store along SR196 in Coolbaugh Township, for a reported fight inside the store.

Upon arrival police made contact with Niambi Hamilton, 30, and Wilmir Perez, 25, both of Tobyhanna. Police learned that Hamilton tried to assault Perez inside the store.

"Alien" Wow signal to be answered by National Geographic transmission

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Friday evening you will have the opportunity to send a message to a possible alien civilization to celebrate the anniversary of the Wow! transmission which researchers believe could be our first contact with an alien society as National Geographic Channel's program "Chasing UFOs" is gathering tweets on Twitter to package into a signal.

Those tweets will be beamed back to the area of space in a signal on August 15th on the anniversary of the Wow! transmission being discovered.