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June 2012

Rush break-ins

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rush Township police are investigating two incidents of forced entry burglaries reported to them recently. Two homes located along Claremont Avenue were reportedly entered.

Copper wire was taken in both burglaries. Residents are asked to call police at (570) 668-4242 if they see suspicious activity.

High grass to cost residents more

Thursday, June 28, 2012

High grass will now cost Nesquehoning property owners big bucks.

During the regular meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council held last night, council unanimously voted to increase fees to property owners who fail to maintain their properties.

Young driver injured after striking pole

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

Emergency personnel were called to Fairview Street (about a mile east of the Marian Avenue intersection) in Rush Township around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a car crashed into a pole. When they arrived, they noticed two females at the vehicle, a black Nissan Maxima. The female driver was Emilee Barkus, 19, of Mahanoy City, was taken via Ryan Township Rescue Squad/Ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital for unknown injuries, while the female passenger, Maria Yankus, 19, also of Mahanoy City, was treated on scene.

Sssssssh in the library

Thursday, June 28, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Right, Devon Knappenberger held a hognose snake from Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center and walked around the room letting children, like Aiden Reinhart, get a close up view of it at Palmerton Area Library's kick-off to the summer reading program.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Right, Devon Knappenberger held a hognose snake from Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center and walked around the room letting children, like Aiden Reinhart, get a close up view of it at Palmerton Area Library's kick-off to the summer reading program.

Katherine Uhler, director of the Pocono Wildlife Rehaibilitation and Education Center, brought different animals of the night to the Palmerton Area Library's kick-off of the summer reading program.

Devon Knappenberger helped Uhler by holding a hognose snake and walked around the room letting children, like Aiden Reinhart, get a close up view of it.

Uhler said the hognose was a safe snake and it was called that because it's head is shaped like the nose a pig. She pointed out that it sticks its tongue out because it's a sensor.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Heritage Hill woman celebrating 98 years

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Doris Sturtevant
Doris Sturtevant

Doris Sturtevant, a resident of Heritage Hill Senior Community is celebrating her 98th birthday today. She was born in Weatherly on June 27, 1914, the daughter of Harry and Mary (Rehrig) Wertman.

She was married to Robert B. Sturtevant until his death in 1982. They have a son, Robert H. Sturtevant, Weatherly.

Doris attended school in Weatherly and graduated from Weatherly High School in 1931.

Following graduation, she worked in the family business, Wertman's Hardware Store, with her father and brother, Bill.

Two days, two charges

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Summit Hill man was charged twice after he caused a scene on May 15 and 16.

According to Summit Hill police, officers received a report of a disturbance at 128 W. Hazard St., Apartment 108. Upon investigation, it was determined that the disturbance was caused by Harry Foerster Jr., 49, of the above residence. He was charged with disorderly conduct.

On May 16, police responded to a report of an intoxicated person in the area of 10 S. Pine St. Upon arrival, officers found Foerster heavily intoxicated. He was charged with public drunkenness.

Effects of Rt 903 bridge replacement outlined to Carbon County officials

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Carbon County officials are learning what will be done when the 903 bridge is replaced.

During the county railroad commission meeting on Thursday, the board discussed its recent site visit with PennDOT, railroad, county and other officials regarding the proposed 903 bridge replacement project in Jim Thorpe. The project would replace the current 903 bridge that spans the Lehigh River and straighten out the curve before the bridge.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 27, 1953 Dick Denesevich strikes out 12 batters and collects two hits at the plate to help lead Mauch Chunk to a 7-4 Tri-County Legion win over Lansford. Roy Gover finishes with two hits and three runs scored for the winners, managed by Mickey Hodor, while McIntyre chips in with a hit and run scored and Paul "Mert" Kroculick contributes a double. For Lansford, Billy Sproule ends with a pair of hits and a run scored.

Franklin Township couple wed 53 years

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Truman Andrews of Franklin Township are observing their 53rd wedding anniversary. They were married on June 27, 1959 at St. Paul's Church in Big Creek by the Rev. Paul Buehrle.

Mrs. Andrews is the former Joy Young, daughter of the late Stella Ahner of Lehighton.

Mr. Andrews is the son of the late Clinton and Marguerite Andrews of Slatington. He is retired from Bethlehem Steel.

The celebrants have three children: Wendy Bussey-Williams, Marci Warnkin and Scott Andrews, all of Lehighton.

Young area artists exhibit workin Jim Thorpe this weekend

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Among the attendees at the reception and and exhibition for the Summer Art Class 2012 at the Anita Shapolsky Foundation this past Sunday in Jim Thorpe were, from left, Rick Ellis of Nesquehoning; art teacher Linda Lefevre; Rick's son Tony; Anita Shapolsky, director of the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation; and art assistant, Michael Schu of Wilmington, Del.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Among the attendees at the reception and and exhibition for the Summer Art Class 2012 at the Anita Shapolsky Foundation this past Sunday in Jim Thorpe were, from left, Rick Ellis of Nesquehoning; art teacher Linda Lefevre; Rick's son Tony; Anita Shapolsky, director of the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation; and art assistant, Michael Schu of Wilmington, Del.

A reception and exhibition of the works of the 12 young area artists that attended the Children's Art Workshops at the Anita Shapolsky Foundation was held this past Sunday in Jim Thorpe.

The art workshops, which were for children ages 9-14, were sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and featured artwork done in the Abstract Expressionist style.

The students of the summer art class 2012 worked with monotypes, acrylic paints, charcoal, ink and pencil.

Robbery-assault incident probed

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating a robbery and assault incident that occurred Tuesday afternoon in Schuylkill County. Troopers said the incident occurred between 3 and 3:15 p.m. at a farmhouse at 293 Orchard Road, in Ryan Township.

Troopers said at the time listed two males arrived at the above location and kicked in a side door to the home. They then entered the property and removed copper tubing from the basement area. They also took several power tools from the home and placed them on the back porch.

Northern Lehigh Community News

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Slatington Lions Club

The Slatington Lions Club is in need of used wheelchairs. Anyone who wishes to dispose of their used wheelchairs is asked to contact Ted Kistler at (610) 767-2396.

Shickora finishes13th in 100 backstroke semi

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Marian and Univesity of Georgia graduate Kristen Shickora finished 13th in the 100 backstroke semifinals on Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska.
Marian and Univesity of Georgia graduate Kristen Shickora finished 13th in the 100 backstroke semifinals on Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

Marian graduate and Georgia All-American Kristen Shickora missed out on a spot in the 100 backstroke finals for the second time in four years at the U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha, Nebraska on Tuesday.

Shickora competed in the 100 backstroke at the 2008 Olympic Trials four years ago, finishing ninth in the semifinals and missed a spot in the finals by eight one-hundredths of a second.

Competing again in the 100 backstroke this year, Shickora advanced to the evening semifinals once again, but fell short of a spot in the finals, placing 13th with a time of 1:01.59.

Old Flivver

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Elvin and Helen Gower of Kunkletown brought their 1926 Model T Ford to St. Matthew's UCC's Laymen's Fellowship Strawberry Festival and Car Show. Elvin says he learned how to drive on his grandfather's Model T Ford pick-up so they have a special place in his heart. The car show drew in 136 entries, the largest number they've ever had.

Summer camp for singers

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A summer day camp for singers, grades 4-6, under the auspices of the staff of the Singing Boys of Pennsylvania and the Keystone Girls Choir will be held July 15-19 at East Bangor Methodist Church.

It will combine musical training, recreation and concert practice. New students will work with members of the choir to learn music and choreography with regular and guest staff members.

For registration information call (610) 759-6002.

Argall to host annual expo for seniors

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

MAHANOY CITY Senator David G. Argall (R-29) will be hosting his annual expo for the region's senior citizens on Wednesday, July 11 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event will take place at the Schuylkill Mall, right off of Route 61 and Interstate 81, in Frackville.

Argall confirmed that more than 25 exhibitors will be in attendance to provide up-to-date information on programs and services available to Pennsylvania's older residents.

Eighteen enter guilty pleas

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Eighteen defendants in pending cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas.

Bowmanstown

incident

James Leroy Luckenbaugh III, 27, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of terroristic threats, indecent exposure and institutional vandalism. A burglary charge was dropped in a plea bargain.

Luckenbaugh was arrested by state police at Lehighton on Sept. 5, 2011, for incident at a residence along Fireline Road in Bowmanstown.

Two officers praised

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ventured into Lehigh River in rescue attempt

Two members of the Lehighton Police Department were praised this week by borough officials for their heroic efforts during a tragic incident last Friday in which two people drowned.

Full-time patrolman Bob DeFuso and part-time officer Ryan Kennedy were the first emergency responders at the Lehigh River near the Lehighton-Weissport trestle, where a woman and her grandson drowned.

Both officers, in full uniform, went into the river and along with some other individuals pulled the unconscious victims from the water. They then proceeded with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

Jim Thorpe news

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Scamper

St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, is also preparing for the 42nd annual Switchback Scamper, 10K Run and 5K Walk. It is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21, beginning at 2 p.m. For more information call Walter Schlenner, (570) 325-8342 or Bonnie Hoffman, (610) 554-3528 or leave a message at the church office, (570) 325-4255.

Registration forms will be available at a later date.Annual clothing drive/give away

Towamensing Elementary holds end of year awards and graduation

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Eric Baumgardt, Timothy Maradeo and Avery Neipert are Towamensing Elementary School students who earned Principal's List status every marking period in third, fouth, fifth and sixth grades. Their names will be added to the Principal's Plaque.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Eric Baumgardt, Timothy Maradeo and Avery Neipert are Towamensing Elementary School students who earned Principal's List status every marking period in third, fouth, fifth and sixth grades. Their names will be added to the Principal's Plaque.

Mrs. Christine Steigerwalt, Towamensing Elementary School principal wished everyone a "Happy Last Day" at the end of the year assembly. Special recognition was given to "all our outstanding students and our graduating sixth grade class," she said.

Mrs. Stacey Olewine and Mrs. Kocher recognized all the student council members representing all grades. Mrs. Olewine got a little emotional when she called out the sixth grade names. "They are wonderful wonderful kids. We'll miss them very much."

Rottet Motors earns Ford's 2011 President's Award

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rottet Motors staff from back left are: Ryan Heffelfinger, service technician; Billy Tucket, parts manager; Alton Snyder, maintenance; Will "Beezer" Zubey; sales representative; Jason Gardiner, service technician; Joan Rottet, parts and service, vice president; Dan Shlegel, detailer; and James Benner, finance manager. From front left are Tressa McLaughlin, service writer; Mike Rottet, sales and president; Brett Hart, sales consultant; and Steve Sennott, service technician.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rottet Motors staff from back left are: Ryan Heffelfinger, service technician; Billy Tucket, parts manager; Alton Snyder, maintenance; Will "Beezer" Zubey; sales representative; Jason Gardiner, service technician; Joan Rottet, parts and service, vice president; Dan Shlegel, detailer; and James Benner, finance manager. From front left are Tressa McLaughlin, service writer; Mike Rottet, sales and president; Brett Hart, sales consultant; and Steve Sennott, service technician.

Rottet Motors in Tamaqua received the Ford Motor Company's 2011 President's Award, the company's highest award.

Only 408 of 4,800 Ford dealerships are given this award.

"Earning this award is a reflection of our entire staff's committment to delivering the best customer experience possible," said owner Michael Rottet. "I couldn't be more proud to receive this recognition, especially since it comes from the people we value most - our customers. They're are the reason we are able to achieve this award."

Two Packerton Yards project development plans extended

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mahoning Township supervisors voted to accept a pair of extensions for land development plans submitted by the Carbon County Commissioners for the Packerton Yards project and the land currently owned by the Lehighton Water Authority which they need to secure a highway occupancy permit for the project. Both plans were unanimously extended until August 31, 2012 on 4-0 vote provided letters were submitted by Project Engineer Mike Tirpak with the corrected date. The original extension date was July 31, 2012 but supervisors were concerned with the timeline.

Free lunch and VBS at Parryville UMC

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A free luncheon will take place at Parryville United Methodist Church, corner of Chestnut and Main Streets, Parryville, on Saturday, June 30, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. All are welcome.

Public drunkenness

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Two area women were cited for public drunkenness after they caused a disturbance in Summit Hill.

The first incident occurred on April 12 at 11 p.m. Officers received a report of a disturbance in the units block of West Ludlow Street. Upon arrival, they observed Christina Rodriguez, 22, of 305 W. Abbott St., Lansford, to be highly intoxicated.

Chamber honors Becky's Drive In as N. Lehigh Business of the Month

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
TIMES NEWS file photo Becky's Drive-In, located along Route 248 in Walnutport, has been selected as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.
TIMES NEWS file photo Becky's Drive-In, located along Route 248 in Walnutport, has been selected as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

It's been one of the area's premier entertainment destinations for as long as anyone can remember.

After all this time, Becky's Drive In, Inc. at 4548 Lehigh Drive, along Route 248 in Walnutport, shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Much to its enchantment, the drive in has been selected as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Mary Mayberry, president, Becky's Drive In, said the family is "honored" by the distinction.

Nesquehoning citations issued

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nesquehoning police reported on the following citations issued by officers.

Speeding tickets were issued by Officer Timothy Wuttke along state Routes 93 and 209, with speeds reaching 81 miles-per-hour, in a 55, 56 in a 40, 58 in a 40, 74 in a 55, 72 in 55, and 78 in a 55. Citations were issued on June 11 and 17. Also a driving under suspension citation in the 400 block of W. Catawissa St., on June 17.

Officer Dane O'Brien issued a red light violation on June 16 at Mermon and Catawissa sts.

Utley passes the test

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Chase Utley takes a swing before stepping into the batter's box last night on a rehab assignment with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He went 2-for-5 and hit a home run in a 10-3 win over Rochester.
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Chase Utley takes a swing before stepping into the batter's box last night on a rehab assignment with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He went 2-for-5 and hit a home run in a 10-3 win over Rochester.

ALLENTOWN - "So far so good."

The first words uttered by Utley after the game were a bit of an understatement considering what had just occurred.

The 10,100 capacity fans at Coca-Cola Park represented all Phillies fans as they gave a standing ovation to their hero as he rounded the bases in the top of the fourth inning. Moments earlier, the slugging second baseman drilled a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for a solo home run.