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June 2012

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.

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.

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."

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.

Leadership Carbon accepting applications

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Deadline for the Class of 2013 is Saturday, June 30

The Carbon Leadership Program is accepting applications for its Class of 2013, noting it is seeking individuals interested in improving their ability to take a positive role in the community and better themselves in the work place.

The Leadership Carbon Program is designed to develop knowledgeable, skilled, committed, and action-oriented community leaders.

Leadership Carbon brings together participants once a month September 2012 through May 2013.

Slatington park drinking fountain to be dedicated

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The dedication of a new drinking fountain recently installed at a Slatington park will soon be on tap.

Northern Lehigh Future Focus will conduct a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the Slatington Memorial Park, located at Second & Main streets in Slatington.

In the event of inclement weather, the news conference will be held underneath the gazebo in the park.

Along with the dedication of the fountain, the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber Foundation will be recognized for their contribution to the project as well, according to NLFF member Robert Stettner.

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).