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June 2012

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.

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.

Disorderly conduct

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Two Summit Hill residents were cited for disorderly conduct in two separate incidents in Summit Hill.

The first incident occurred at 1:31 a.m., on April 23. Officers received a report of loud music coming from a residence at 39 W. Walter St. Upon arrival they tried to confront Lawrence Mustacchio, 53, of the above residence about the loud music but he refused to answer the door.

On May 17, at 5:14 p.m., police received a report of a disturbance at 243 E. Hazard St. Upon arrival, they learned that the resident of the home, Frank Melnick, 28, was causing a disturbance.

On this date

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 27, 1965

James Nardozzi, Nesquehoning, was elected president of the Panther Valley Chapter of Unico at a meeting held in Coniglio's Grove, Nesquehoning. His associates on the executive staff are: Michael Cerimele, first vice president; John Polumbo, secretary; Frank Molinari, treasurer; John Ricciardi, wrangler; attorney Joseph Greco, parliamentarian; the Rev. A. J. Angelini, chaplain; and Samuel Damiano, three-year trustee. The retiring president is Frank Arieta.

Rotarians ride hundreds of miles to pedal out polio

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured in front of the Tamaqua YMCA are Tamaqua Rotary Club members Lynn Zimmerman and Floyd Zimmerman; Jeff Coup, District Polio Plus Chair; Michelle Simons, Rotarian rider; Matthew Shull, safety driver; Eric McDowell, Rotarian rider; Joe Dubosky, husband of Michelle; Major Sharon Whispell, Tamaqua Salvation Army and Tamaqua Rotarian; and Kevin Bailey, Tamaqua Rotarian.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured in front of the Tamaqua YMCA are Tamaqua Rotary Club members Lynn Zimmerman and Floyd Zimmerman; Jeff Coup, District Polio Plus Chair; Michelle Simons, Rotarian rider; Matthew Shull, safety driver; Eric McDowell, Rotarian rider; Joe Dubosky, husband of Michelle; Major Sharon Whispell, Tamaqua Salvation Army and Tamaqua Rotarian; and Kevin Bailey, Tamaqua Rotarian.

Members of the Milton Rotary Club and others trekked 380 miles in five days as part of their second annual Rotary Pedals Out Polio Bike Ride held to raise donations in Rotary Club's campaign to eradicate poliomyelitis/polio, or Poliomyelitis; a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. The virus spreads by direct person-to-person contact, by contact with infected mucus or phlegm from the nose or mouth, or by contact with infected feces.

YES workforce training initiative continues to grow

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A workforce training initiative aimed at improving employability skills among high school graduates has done so well in schools throughout Schuylkill, Luzerne and Erie counties over the past six years, that two Penn State University campuses will continue to offer scholarships to students who have successfully completed the workforce training program. McCann School of Business and Technology has also stated that they will also include graduates within an existing scholarship they currently offer.

Both sides in argument cited

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Both sides in an argument were cited by police.

State police at Frackville said Jennifer L. Swope, 26, and Marc Anthony Greenaway, 25, both of 174 Market St., Cumbola, Blythe Township, engaged in a verbal argument about 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at their residence.

The argument eventually turned physical, troopers said. Both were issued citations for harassment.

Discover 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Moonrise Kingdom" is the cinema discovery of the 2012 summer movie season.

"Moonrise Kingdom" captures youthful summer vacation adventures. It's a rare cinema experience you don't want to end and could see again and again.

"Moonrise Kingdom" is a throwback to 1980's cinema: the pre-teen world view of "Stand By Me"(1986); the rambunctiousness of "Raising Arizona" (1987); and the charm of "A Christmas Story" (1983), "Back to the Future" (1985) and "The Princess Bride" (1987). It's "The Wonder Years" (1988) with twists.