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July 2012

'Indians of Pa.' is topic of Locust Lake prog.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Conservation volunteer Dave McSurdy will present an "Indians of Pennsylvania" program on Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Locust Lake Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m.

This program presents the artifacts and the story of Pennsylvania's original inhabitants.

The artifacts are made of stone, bark, and clay and include the skins of animals.

The program will be held in the Locust Lake pavilion in case of rain. The program will be cancelled in the event of thunder/lightning storms.

Santa's summer visit

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Santa Claus showed up recently for Christmas in July at the Palmerton Memorial Pool. Here, he is shown pictured with Zoey Moyer, 5, of Palmerton.
Santa Claus showed up recently for Christmas in July at the Palmerton Memorial Pool. Here, he is shown pictured with Zoey Moyer, 5, of Palmerton.

Special to the TIMES NEWS

On this date

Monday, July 30, 2012

July 30, 1992

In a move aimed at securing the 55-acre former Packerton Yards area of Mahoning Township for its proposed county prison, the Carbon County Board of Commissioners authorized its solicitor to prepare a resolution of intent to condemn the land. The land is owned by Joseph and Elizabeth Zaprazny, New Ringgold R. 2, who commissioner Dean D. W. DeLong said at one time offered to sell the land to the county for an undisclosed price.

What heat?

Monday, July 30, 2012
Dressed in Victorian garb, cake artist Erica Heery of La Mia Torta Custom Cake Studio stands next to the birthday cake that she created in celebration of the 200th birthday of author Charles Dickens. The cake depicts Dickens' book "A Christmas Carol."
Dressed in Victorian garb, cake artist Erica Heery of La Mia Torta Custom Cake Studio stands next to the birthday cake that she created in celebration of the 200th birthday of author Charles Dickens. The cake depicts Dickens' book "A Christmas Carol."

Jim Thorpe celebrates Christmas in July

On a hot and humid summer day, Christmas in July was recently celebrated in the town of Jim Thorpe topped off with the 200th birthday celebration of Charles Dickens.

Historian Jack Gunser entertained the crowd as Dickens, reenacting the famous author's visit to the town of Mauch Chunk in November of 1867.

Concluding his informative presentation at Dimmick Memorial Library, Gunser quoted Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby."

"The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again."

Over 100 calls this year for Lansford Fire Department

Monday, July 30, 2012

The American Fire Company No. 1, Lansford, has responded to over 100 calls so far this year.

The monthly report submitted by Fire Chief Joseph Cannon shows the fire company answered 10 calls during June. That makes a total of 101 calls for the year.

Of the calls in June, five were automatic alarms, two were for RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) responses in neighboring communities, and one each carbon monoxide, public assist, and investigation.

One-vehicle crash

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Nesquehoning man was charged with multiple offenses after he crashed his vehicle in Summit Hill and fled the scene.

According to Summit Hill police, on May 3, at 5:24 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of the Panther Valley High School along Route 209 for a one-vehicle accident. The driver had fled the scene on foot.

After an investigation was conducted, it was learned that the driver of the vehicle, Cody Kmetz, 20, of 3 Second Ave., was inhaling a substance at the time of the accident.

Vehicle and bear collide on I-81

Monday, July 30, 2012

A vehicle and a bear collided along Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the incident occurred about 10:55 p.m. on Friday, July 27, in Butler Township.

Troopers said Gerald Brokenshire, of Shenandoah, was operating a 2004 Subaru Forester northbound in the left lane when a large black bear was crossing the road from west to east. Brokenshire was unable to avoid striking the bear and hit it with the front end.

Harassment

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Summit Hill man was charged with harassment after he threatened his neighbors.

According to Summit Hill police, on March 15, at 11:50 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of the 300 block of East White Street.

Upon arrival, it was learned that James Foreaker, 32, of 303 E. White St., had an altercation with his neighbors and made a threat to one of them.

Forgery

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Summit Hill man was charged after he stole checks from a residence.

According to Summit Hill police, in March, police received a report of stolen checks and forged signatures. An investigation revealed that from March 6 to 16, Jeremy Johnson, 28, of 127 W. Iron St., stole the checks and forged the signatures.

He was charged with two counts forgery, theft and receiving stolen property.

Pick up your head!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Another traffic hazard: Distracted pedestrians

In this age of instant communication, many have become slaves to our handheld electronic devices.

This has created a safety issue in many areas and state and local officials are trying to figure out how best to protect citizens ... from themselves.

A decade ago, the growing concern was with distracted drivers and states like Pennsylvania responded with new laws. Last March, a new statewide texting law went into effect for all Pennsylvania drivers, prohibiting them from texting while driving, but not from using handheld cell phones.

Four area residents placed in ARD program

Monday, July 30, 2012

Four area residents were among 16 who were recommended by District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon to be placed in the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program, which is a special program reserved for first offenders who committed a non-violent crime. If they successfully complete the program their record is cleared. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Judge John E. Domalakes admitted the following, for for year year, unless otherwise noted:

First monthly Tamaqua giveaway draws large crowd

Monday, July 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer Dave Adamitis, right, helps Scott Webb and Bob Webb, both from Cumbola, take a couch off the back of their truck to be donated to Tamaqua residents.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer Dave Adamitis, right, helps Scott Webb and Bob Webb, both from Cumbola, take a couch off the back of their truck to be donated to Tamaqua residents.

Hundreds of items were both donated and given away during the first Tamaqua Volunteers Free Community Monthly Giveaway held Sunday in Tamaqua.

More than 70 Tamaqua residents could be seen surrounding rows and rows of items, consisting of appliances, furniture, clothing, tools, toys, kitchen supplies and more.

The giveaway, which was held at the M & M Self Storage next to Schickram's Car Wash on Rose Street, was moved from Saturday to Sunday due to a chance of rain.

Dekka-Haus presents German Shepherds

Monday, July 30, 2012

Join Hank Macuch, retired Police K-9 handler, for an evening of laughs and entertainment at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Locust Lake camp store field. Macuch is a retired Police K-9 handler from the Hazleton City Police Department in Pennsylvania. Macuch is a certified master trainer and licensed judge with the Pennsylvania K-9 Association and he has been breeding German Shepherds since 1978. Hank provides the dogs as companions, personal protection, executive protection, police patrol, narcotics/explosives detection, as well as search and rescue training.

Area couple celebrates 59 years of marriage

Monday, July 30, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Delessio
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Delessio

Albert and Anna Delessio, formerly of Hazleton, recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.

They were married on June 27, 1953. Mrs. Delessio is the former Anna Sisack.

They have seven children, 14 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

The couple lived in Hazleton, prior to moving to Heritage Hill, Weatherly.

Criminal trespass

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Lansford man was cited after he trespassed.

According to Summit Hill police, on April 7, at 9:19 a.m., officers received a report of an unwanted person at a residence in Summit Hill.

Upon arrival, they found Terry Phillips, 37, of 34 E. Water St.

He had been warned that that he was not allowed to be at the residence but was up in the attic.

He was charged with criminal trespass.

Pair charged with theft

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Coaldale pair were charged after they stole items from a Summit Hill residence.

According to Summit Hill police, officers received a report in June that items were stolen from a residence. An investigation revealed that on June 13, Ricky Hunsicker, 26, Sarah Yusella, 24, both of 13 W. Ruddle St. were in that residence at the time of the theft. They removed various pieces of jewelry.

Both were charged with theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy to commit theft.

Ryan's Oil & Heating claims title

Monday, July 30, 2012
Ryan's Oil & Heating captured the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league championship with a 75-63 victory over three-time defending champion R.R. Frey Services. Team members include (kneeling front row, from left): Shawn Tray, Mike Stankiewitch, Jon Scheuer and Joe Schaeffer; (standing back row, from left): ESRC Summer Program Director Zack Lakitsky, Jeff Krusinsky, Kieran Conway, Jeff Peel and ESRC Executive Director Jason Boris. Ted Styka (not shown) was also a member of the championship team.
Ryan's Oil & Heating captured the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league championship with a 75-63 victory over three-time defending champion R.R. Frey Services. Team members include (kneeling front row, from left): Shawn Tray, Mike Stankiewitch, Jon Scheuer and Joe Schaeffer; (standing back row, from left): ESRC Summer Program Director Zack Lakitsky, Jeff Krusinsky, Kieran Conway, Jeff Peel and ESRC Executive Director Jason Boris. Ted Styka (not shown) was also a member of the championship team.

On Friday night in Tamaqua, Ryan's Oil & Heating ended R.R. Frey Services' three-year reign as champions in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league.

In a game that started outside at the North & Middle Ward Playground and finished inside at the Salvation Army Community Center (due to inclement weather), Ryan's Oil & Heating claimed its first summer league crown since 2008 (when they were known as Service Electric) with a 75-63 victory over R.R. Frey Services.

Four clinch

Monday, July 30, 2012

With one week remaining in the regular season of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer volleyball league, the playoff field is set with Sandstorm, Valley Athletic Supply, Victorious Secret and VBC Lehighton Tomahawks all clinching playoff berths.

Sandstorm, Valley Athletic Supply and Team Have Fun all posted sweeps on Tuesday night, while Thursday night's games were postponed due to inclement weather.

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

Team Have Fun-Hope's

Team Have Fun started off the day with a three-game sweep over Hope's, 25-10, 25-22, 25-10.

Former DA sues political consultant

Monday, July 30, 2012

A former district attorney of Schuylkill County, who lost his bid for judgeship in the 2011 election, has filed a civil suit in Schuylkill County court against a political consultant and seeks damages in excess of $20,000.

The action was started by Claude A.L. Shields, 1940 West Norwegian St., Pottsville, and the Committee to Elect Cal Shields for Judge against Bob Caruso, 1037 Willow Street, rear, Wilkes-Barre.

Schuylkill man jailed for assault

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was jailed early Sunday morning following a domestic incident.

State police at Frackville said the incident occurred at 19 Church St., Gilberton, about 12:30 a.m. Troopers said Gary Schaeffer, 54, and a 50-year-old woman, both of that address (troopers did not identity the victim), became involved in a verbal dispute.

Parent asks board to provide help for grieving PV students

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Coaldale father asked the Panther Valley School Board Thursday to provide help for students to handle the recent death of a classmate.

Jason Gilbert asked what counseling services were available for students coping with the loss of Nolan Ritchie, 7, who accidentally drowned with his grandmother, Wanda Wentz, as they swam in the Lehigh River on June 22.

Carbon business cited by PLCB

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Carbon County business has been cited by the Wilkes-Barre enforcement office of the state liquor control board.

Failte Inc., trading as Molly Maguire's Pub & Steak House, 5 Hazard Square, Jim Thorpe, was cited for used, or permitted to be used on the outside of the licensed premises, a loudspeaker or similar device whereby the sound of music or other entertainment, or the advertisement thereof, could be heard beyond the licensee's property line.

Sheppton post member files civil suit after being intoxicated, falling

Monday, July 30, 2012

A member of the American Legion Post in Sheppton, East Union Township, filed a civil suit in Schuylkill County court claiming the post was negligent in allowing him to become intoxicated which caused him to fall down a flight of steps and injure himself after leaving the post.

The suit was started by Joseph Longo and his wife, Janette Longo, Ringtown, and both are seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

In the suit Long states on Aug. 11, 2010, he was a patron on the premises from 2:37 to 9:42 p.m. when he left the premises he fell, blaming it on being intoxicated.

Summit Hill police cracking down on ATV, four-wheelers

Monday, July 30, 2012

Summit Hill police are cracking down on the use of all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and four-wheelers on borough streets.

Police Chief Joseph Fittos announced that in recent weeks the department has received numerous complaints about citizens riding ATVs and four-wheelers in the borough. He said that there will be zero tolerance on those individuals who are found by police riding these vehicles on the streets.

Anyone caught riding ATVs and four-wheelers on the streets in Summit Hill will be arrested.

Wedding party helps put out van fire

Monday, July 30, 2012
Police and firefighters were called to a van on fire just before 6 p.m. on Saturday at the one-hundred block of North Railroad Street in Tamaqua. Witnesses said they saw fire shooting from under the hood and inside the seating compartment. Good Samaritans, coming from a wedding and wearing semi-formal attire, were quick to help the man out of the vehicle and put water onto the fire. The incident blocked northbound traffic on SR309 from going through Tamaqua, causing a heavy traffic jam. Volunteers with Tamaqua Fire Police responded at provided alternate routes from drivers. Also responding were Tamaqua Ambulance and firefighters from East End Fire Company and American Hose Company. No injuries were reported.
Police and firefighters were called to a van on fire just before 6 p.m. on Saturday at the one-hundred block of North Railroad Street in Tamaqua. Witnesses said they saw fire shooting from under the hood and inside the seating compartment. Good Samaritans, coming from a wedding and wearing semi-formal attire, were quick to help the man out of the vehicle and put water onto the fire. The incident blocked northbound traffic on SR309 from going through Tamaqua, causing a heavy traffic jam. Volunteers with Tamaqua Fire Police responded at provided alternate routes from drivers. Also responding were Tamaqua Ambulance and firefighters from East End Fire Company and American Hose Company. No injuries were reported.

ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Trinity UCC welcomes 3 new members

Monday, July 30, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, welcomed three new members through the Rite of Confirmation, including Angelique M. Coughlin, Jade A. Pradel and Alexa R. Hromyak.

Charged with theft

Monday, July 30, 2012

A 20-year-old man was charged with theft after he stole items from a residence in Summit Hill.

According to Summit Hill police, on May 12, officers received a report of cash and jewelry missing from a borough residence. An investigation led to Timothy Keiper 20, whose current address on file is the Carbon County Corrections Facility, who had stolen the items.

He was charged with theft by lawful taking.

Long loop hike planned Aug. 4

Monday, July 30, 2012

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow, Lake View and Spirit Trails at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. The hike is seven miles in length and moderate in difficulty. This is the first time the hike is being offered and it combines the best of the trails in Tuscarora State Park. Meet in the Crow Trail parking lot of Tuscarora Mountain Road. Call Robin at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions. This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Shine only.

Cyclist injured in Schuylkill crash

Monday, July 30, 2012

A motorcyclist was injured in a crash along Interstate 81 in Butler Township, Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 7:16 p.m. on Sunday, July 29.

Troopers said David Douglas Kulp, 47, of Ashland, was operating a 2004 Harley Davidson cycle northbound in the left lane when he traveled onto the median. The bike then rolled several times and came to rest near mile marker 119.7.

Kulp sustained a moderate injury and was treated at the scene by Ashland ambulance personnel. The bike had to be towed from the scene.

Schuylkill man facing charges

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Schuylkill County man is facing charges following an incident that occurred about 12:30 a.m. on Friday, July 27, along SR54 at N. West St., in Shenandoah.

State police at Frackville said Charles Edward Wishnefsky, 20, of Shenandoah, was found at the above location and visibly intoxicated. He was placed under arrest for public drunkenness.

A check revealed that Wishnefsky was wanted on a bench wrarrant issued to the district attorney's office. He was placed in the county prison in Pottsville on the outstanding warrant, troopers said.

Volunteers needed for therapeutic horseback riding program

Monday, July 30, 2012

Horses and Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its special program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs. The center, which offers special riding lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from May through October, is located 10 miles south of Tamaqua, near Route 309.

There is a required volunteer training session on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the center. Anyone who wishes to volunteer to help with the riding lessons must attend this hands-on training.