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June 2012

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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.

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.

Selfless

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Heroic acts can restore our faith in humanity

This has been a week to recognize people for their remarkable and selfless achievements.

On our local scene Monday night, the Mauch Chunk Trust Company honored four outstanding volunteers as Community Heroes. Connie Reinhart of Palmerton, Peter L. Kern of Brodheadsville, Larry Wittig of Andreas and Rose Marie Mikulski of Lansford joined a distinguished list of 81 people who have been honored since the MCT started the Heroes program in 2000.

Schuylkill tax committee moves to replace collection firm

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

An urgent meeting was called by the Schuylkill Tax Collection Committee to deal with a problem it was having with the firm hired to collect the Occupation Privilege and Earned Income taxes for the 62 municipalities and 13 school districts in the county.

Five area residents among 15 to enter guilty pleas

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Five area residents were among 15 who entered guilty pleas to criminal chargers in Schuylkill County court recently and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell as follows:

Riders take to the rocks and hills of Tamaqua

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Thorn Devlin, 15, Tamaqua, takes off from the starting line during the morning race. Devlin placed first overall, competing against 102 racers in the morning race.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Thorn Devlin, 15, Tamaqua, takes off from the starting line during the morning race. Devlin placed first overall, competing against 102 racers in the morning race.

Over 290 dirt bike racers, ages 5 to 77, took to the woods and rocky hills west of Tamaqua during five races held via the 8th annual RORR (Reading Off Road Riders) ECEA Series Hare Scramble.

"We keep coming back to Tamaqua. We love the rocks and hills," said Dale Sweigert, RORR Vice President. "Tamaqua offers more challenges for racers compared to other southern races."

Drug charges are pending

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tamaqua Patrolman Peter Wysochansky was serving a warrant on Gary Leland Scott Jr., 25, of 14 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, when he discovered a plastic bag containing green vegetable matter in the suspect's front pocket.

The incident occurred at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Charges are pending.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

PV school board

The Pleasant Valley Board of Education will meet at 8 p.m., Thursday in the district office in Brodheadsville.

Free fun time

The Western Pocono Lioness Club, in cooperation with the West End Park and Open Space Commission, will host its Patriotic Coloring contest for children 5-12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at the Chestnuthill Township Park in Brodheadsville. Winners must be present at award time.

Other activities include crafts, writing a letter to a soldier and free ice cream.

The activity is in honor of the Fourth of July.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Seniors met June 21 at the Tamaqua Community Center with 82 members in attendance.

President Jean Machamer conducted the business session and provided an inspirational reading. Rose Vallee provided the invocation, entitled "Little Things." Vice President Nancy Gerber and secretary Joan Anne Garber provided their reports.

Northern Valley, Tamaqua lose

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Northern Valley's offense couldn't get much going against Lower Macungie and suffered a Lehigh Valley Legion loss on Tuesday.

Tamaqua, meanwhile, was hurt by nine errors in dropping a Schuylkill-Berks contest to Pottsville.

No. Valley-Lower Mac

Lower Macungie scored two early runs in the first inning to help secure a 4-1 victory over Northern Valley.

Kirk Bender, Payton Bachman, Cody Hallman, Austin Kelly, Tyler Harris each had a hit for Northern Valley.

Colin Breidinger also had a hit and knocked in the only run for the Chargers.

Six area residents among 27 to enter guilty pleas in Schuylkill court

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Six area residents were among 27 defendants who pleaded guilty to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell.

Norman S. Paisley, 50, of 422 W. Rowe St., Tamaqua, involved in accident by striking the side of the house at 415 Nescope St., Tamaqua, was placed on probation for 12 months and on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia must serve an additional six months probation.

Mine rescue

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Glenn Bensinger, underground mine inspector, PA DEP, left, and Chris Opresko, mine motor operator, No. 9 Mine, watch as representatives from Breathing Air Systems use a Paratech lifting bag to raise a 20 ton mine motor, aka "lokie", off the track.
Glenn Bensinger, underground mine inspector, PA DEP, left, and Chris Opresko, mine motor operator, No. 9 Mine, watch as representatives from Breathing Air Systems use a Paratech lifting bag to raise a 20 ton mine motor, aka "lokie", off the track.

Training competition held at No. 9 Mine

More than 70 trained volunteers and mine rescue personnel from local, state and federal agencies took part in a Mine Emergency Response Drill (MERD) competition Tuesday at the No. 9 Mine in Lansford.

During the competition, officials with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), were placed at numerous locations inside and outside the mine, testing the abilities of three mine rescue teams. Each of the three teams, all from Anthracite Underground Rescue in Tremont, was comprised of coal or stone miners.

Fourteen placed in probation program

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fourteen first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon Couny's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program by county judges.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Placed by Judge Joseph J. Matika were the following:

CSIDC donates to Lansford Historical Society

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Carbon-Schuylkill Industrial Development Corporation recently made a donation to the Lansford Historical Society to help cover its costs with a heating system, display cases and other operational costs associated with hosting the society. Members of the Lansford Historical Society are currently working to organize the memorabila that has been donated by borough residents and businesses. Accepting the donation for the society is Bill Harleman, president of the Lansford Historical Society, center. Members of the CSIDC presenting the check are, from left, Richard E.

Palmerton Police log

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Disorderly conduct

David Yenser, 29, of 132 Avenue A, Palmerton, was cited for disorderly conduct. The violation occurred on June 19 at 10:08 p.m. in the 100 block of Avenue A.

Speeding

Criminal charges were filed against Derick Hymans, 20, of 217 B, S. Third St., Lehighton, for habitual offender, driving under suspension, careless driving, and speeding. The incident occurred on June 11 at 10:45 a.m. on SR248 east.

Carbon County property transfers

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Revenue from deeds

Carbon County Recorder of Deeds Emmett P. McCall reported his office recorded 219 deeds, 236 mortgages and 494 other writs during the month of May.

As a result of those transactions, McCall turned over to the Carbon County General Fund the sum of $32,659.69. A breakdown of that revenue includes: transfer fees, $27,411.50; data processing fees, $1,921.01; notaries, $80; commission on transfers and writs, $2,108.38; and Affordable Housing administrative fee, $1,138.80.

Salamander program at Locust Lake

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Locust Lake State Park naturalist Robin Tracey will lead a Salamander program at the park at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. She will discuss salamander anatomy, habitat, and role in the ecosystem. A field identification capture and release walk will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants are asked to meet at the amphitheater at the park and bring a plastic container for animal collection.

For more information, call Tracey at (570) 467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The event will be held in nice weather only.

Volunteer creates donation box

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with the donation box are, from left, Sue Dolan, a Tamaqua LEO Club advisor and member of the Tamaqua Lions Club; Gayle Heath, director of the Tamaqua Public Library; Erica Dolan, member of the Tamaqua Lions Club; and volunteer Carmen Caruso IV, 19.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with the donation box are, from left, Sue Dolan, a Tamaqua LEO Club advisor and member of the Tamaqua Lions Club; Gayle Heath, director of the Tamaqua Public Library; Erica Dolan, member of the Tamaqua Lions Club; and volunteer Carmen Caruso IV, 19.

Carmen Caruso IV, 19, saw that donated items were being stolen from the Tamaqua LEO Club and Lions Club donation area at the Tamaqua Public Library.

Caruso decided to take initiative and create a more secure way to keep donated items, such as cell phones, ink cartridges and reading/sun glasses. He spent a week or so, and with help from family, created a wooden, lockable storage container to hold donations.

He added that the box is separated into three different donation compartments. The Tamaqua LEO Club also made a $100 donation to the library.

Third man arrested in Schuylkill County bank robbery

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a third man from Reading pleaded guilty Tuesday before Senior United States District Judge James M. Munley to aiding and abetting an armed bank robbery.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Orlando Luis Velez, Jr., 24, of Reading, admitted to participating in an armed bank robbery that occurred at the Union Bank and Trust in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, on April 18, 2011.

A free, hot breakfast

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Come join Feed the People in their community cafe that provides a free, hot Breakfast for any community member who enters our doors regardless of where you live. No registration is required. On Tuesday, July 3, Feed the People will be serving at The Heritage Center at 1 West Hazard Street in Summit Hill. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. to noon. The community cafe provides a welcoming atmosphere to meet neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a meal, and share information about what is happening in the community, play some checkers, chess or dominoes. Volunteers are welcomed.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summit Hill

Presentation

A presentation on his medical mission trip to Haiti will be presented by Dr. Kenneth Vermillion of Summit Hill during a public gathering scheduled to be held on Thursday, June 28, at 6 p.m. in the social hall of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill.

Palmerton High School gathers for 55-year class reunion

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Palmerton High School Class of 1957 hosted its 55-year reunion on Saturday, June 9 at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton. Those attending the reunion included, front row from left, Patricia (Henning) Neff, Dorothy (Bandzi) Krein, Barbara (Balliet) Christman, Patricia (Zeiser) Johannes, Dolores (Recker) Unangst, Phyllis (Costenbader) Geiss, Joanne (Holecz) Gutshall and Annette (Beers) Knappenberger. Second row, Shirley (Meinhart) Craig, George Prutzman Jr., Gene Dieter, John Sulick, Gary Fatzinger, Edward Levis, Wilbur Meinhart, Gayle (Ramaly) Eckhart and Susan (Truesdale) Christian.

Carjacking incident results in 4 arrests

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A carjacking incident that began early Tuesday morning in Luzerne County, ended in Carbon County with the arrest of four individuals.

State police at Hazleton said the incident began along Interstate 81 in Rice Township, and ended with the arrest of the four following an intensive search in the woods of Packer Township, Carbon County. The incident also caused the shutdown of SR93 between Stockton Mountain Road, in Hazle Township, Luzerne County, and SR209 in Nesquehoning.