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July 2012

Palmerton health fair just what the doctor ordered

Saturday, July 28, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Chuck Thomas, president of Home Solutions of Lehighton, administers a pulse oximetry on resident Kay Evans of Weatherly. Looking on is Kay's friend, Judy Cooper.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Chuck Thomas, president of Home Solutions of Lehighton, administers a pulse oximetry on resident Kay Evans of Weatherly. Looking on is Kay's friend, Judy Cooper.

It was a one-stop shop for preventive medicine and medical screening, all free of charge.

Indeed, for individuals concerned with their well-being, the annual Health Fair held Thursday at the Village at Palmerton was just what the doctor ordered.

An ample supply of vendors and exhibitors were on hand to offer literature, and conduct various health screenings such as blood pressure and cholesterol testing.

Resident Kay Evans, of Weatherly, said she invited several of her friends to attend the Health Fair.

Nicholls completes studies at Universal Technical Institute

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Nicholls
Nicholls

Zachary Nicholls, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nicholls of New Ringgold, completed his studies at Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Exton, in the auto/diesel and industrial program. While attending UTI, Nicholls earned a 3.96 grade point average, was nominated for Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society, attained the Director's List 16 times, was named Student of the Course 11 times and obtained full credentials from the Ford FACT program.

Young was leader of "Red Swarm"

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Justin Young graduated from Jim Thorpe Area Senior High School in 2004, and was a member of the 2004 Olympians football team that finished the regular season 10-0 the only such team to do so in school history.

Young started every game in his four-year career at Jim Thorpe. He played fullback on offense and inside linebacker on defense. As the fullback he blocked for backfield mate Jason Figura for four years. Figura is Jim Thorpe's all-time leading rusher in school history.

PM evens series with FT

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Mike Cataldo catches the ball for a force out during Game 1 of the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth championship series.
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Mike Cataldo catches the ball for a force out during Game 1 of the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth championship series.

TANNERSVILLE - The Pocono Mountain Outlaws knew they had their work cut out for them.

Resuming a game that was halted due to stormy weather on Thursday night, all tied up at 1-1 while batting in the bottom of the second, they wanted a quick start at Mountain View Park last night.

The Outlaws, with runners on first and second with one out, did just that completing what would be a five-run inning en route to a 6-4 win over the Franklin Hurricanes to even up the best-of-three Keystone Babe Ruth Championship series at 1-1.

Are you and your family better off?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

By DAVID WARGO

tneditor@tnonline.com

How to prevent Medicare fraud

Friday, July 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Kathy McIntosh talks to members of Western Pocono Women's Club about Medicare fraud.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Kathy McIntosh talks to members of Western Pocono Women's Club about Medicare fraud.

"Never ever give your Medicare ID number to anyone," said Kathy McIntosh of PA Senior Medicare Patrol. She was the speaker at the Western Pocono Women's Club and the topic was Medicare Fraud.

"Medicare will never call you or come to your door. So you should never give your Medicare ID number to anyone who asks," she said.

"If anyone calls you or comes to your home and offers you something from Medicare for free but first you have to give them your ID number, remember this, Medicare gives nothing away free."

Plan 50th reunion

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Marian High School Class of 1963 will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. to plan their 50th class reunion.

The meeting will be held at Basile's Italian Restaurant in Hometown.

Any members of the class wishing to be on the reunion committee are invited to attend

Cutting up downed trees

Friday, July 27, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

A member of the Bowmanstown Volunteer Fire Company uses a chainsaw to cut trees that were knocked down along Route 248 following Thursday evening's storm.

Navy club to meet

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Carbon County Navy Club will meet Monday, July 30, 7:30 p.m. at the VFW at 300 E. Center St., Nesquehoning. Scott Reinhart will be in charge. New members are welcome. Applications will be available at the meeting.

Statewide crackdown on synthetic drugs

Friday, July 27, 2012

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Linda Kelly and State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan today announced that narcotics agents and troopers, along with local police officers in communities across Pennsylvania, have executed more than 50 search warrants as part of a statewide crackdown on the trafficking and sale of dangerous synthetic drugs.

Senate Finance Committee reviews Argall school property tax bill

Friday, July 27, 2012

HARRISBURG – The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster), convened this morning to review a proposal sponsored by Senators David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) that would eliminate the school district property taxes and replace the funding for public schools with a new mixture of expanded sales and state income taxes.

Storm damages Asa Packer Mansion tree

Friday, July 27, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In what was an all too common sight after Thursday evening's vicious storms that passed through our area, a large branch broke off of a tree on the Asa Packer Mansion property in Jim Thorpe just to the rear of the county court house partially blocking Packer Hill Road.

Downed tree closes road

Friday, July 27, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

SR248 was closed eastbound Thursday evening when strong winds brought down a large tree across the two lanes.

Class reunions

Friday, July 27, 2012

PV Class of 1992

The Panther Valley Class of 1992 will be holding a 20th reunion on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 8 p.m., at the Fire Company Roadside Rest in Nesquehoning. Notifications have been sent out via Facebook and through word of mouth.

If any classmate has not been reached, please contact Paul McArdle at (570) 645-8707 or McArdle92Reunion@yahoo.com or Yvonne Stoffey at Ystoff@ptd.net or (570) 778-6017.

PV Classes of '90, '91, '93, and '94

Eldred column

Friday, July 27, 2012

Mrs. Bush's Pet Show

Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home is looking for animals to participate in the sixth annual Pet Show on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.

Animals are welcome with current updated shot records. Many prizes will be awarded for different categories and there is no fee to enter, but they ask that you bring along a pet item to donate to a local shelter (food, bedding, etc.).

Some categories will include smallest and largest pet, most talented, unique and many more.

Lonestar, Blue Oyster Cult slate Penn's Peak concert dates

Friday, July 27, 2012
A film, "The Last Ride - A Story of Hank Williams - Music's Original Bad Boy," will be shown at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, Sept. 16.
A film, "The Last Ride - A Story of Hank Williams - Music's Original Bad Boy," will be shown at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Tonight, 7 Walkers will be making their first venue appearance

More concerts have been added to the calendar for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, and tickets for two of them go on sale tomorrow.

Meanwhile, tonight at the venue, 7 Walkers will be making their debut appearance.

Bill Kreutzmann, former Grateful Dead drummer, formed 7 Walkers whose sound is an electrifying mix of New Orleans funk and classic Bay Area rock which they have dubbed "swampadelic."

Their name comes from the title of one of their songs.

Tonight's concert starts at 8 o'clock. Tickets at the door are $25.

Underage drinking arrest reported

Friday, July 27, 2012

Slatington police reported on an underage drinking arrest in the borough.

Police said about 4:12 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, officers were dispatched for a report of an intoxicated male in the 400 block of West Church St.

As a result of an investigation police said Trevor Richard Dottery, 19, of 309 Main St., Walnutport, was cited for purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Dutch oven cooking featured in Mormon 'Pioneer Days' event

Friday, July 27, 2012

Will occur beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday along by-pass in Lehighton

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Franklin Township, has planned a special event for the public that features Dutch oven cooking on Saturday.

The Dutch oven cooking, as part of a Pioneer Days celebration, will be held starting at 5 p.m. along the Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard (Route 209) in Lehighton.

Members of the church will be doing the cooking, said Gary Schoenberger, high priest group leader.

Yudichak applauds court ruling on Marcellus Shale zoning restriction

Friday, July 27, 2012

State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) released the following statement in response to Thursday's Commonwealth Court ruling that struck down Pennsylvania's attempt to establish statewide zoning for Marcellus Shale drilling.

JROTC program's future remains unsettled

Friday, July 27, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Director of Veterans Affairs Henry Desrosiers asks the Panther Valley School Board to keep JROTC Senior Army Instructor Kenneth Markovich.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Director of Veterans Affairs Henry Desrosiers asks the Panther Valley School Board to keep JROTC Senior Army Instructor Kenneth Markovich.

Despite the pleas of a number of veterans, including Carbon County Director of Veterans Affairs Henry Desrosiers, the future of Panther Valley School District's Junior Officer Reserve Training Corps is up in the air after two school directors on Thursday shot down the board's second attempt to settle a contract for the program's leader.

Children and pigs can dream big

Friday, July 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Bette Stout, Lehighton, a retired second grade teacher, read "Dream Big Little Pig" by Kristi Yamaguchi, for the children at the Palmerton Area Library's summer reading program, "Dream Big Read." She told the story with the help of her puppet friends, which the children loved, bringing Poppy the little pig to life.

Fire station remains hot stove issue in Palmerton

Friday, July 27, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Council President Terry Costenbader voices his displeasure after a motion to not build a new fire station in the borough failed.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Council President Terry Costenbader voices his displeasure after a motion to not build a new fire station in the borough failed.

Palmerton Borough Council's failure to support a motion to not construct a new fire station in the borough has lit a fire under one borough councilman.

A motion by Councilman Kris Hoffner to not proceed with plans to build a new fire station was defeated by a 4-3 measure on Thursday, much to the dismay of council President Terry Costenbader.

Councilmen Chris Olivia, Richard Nothstein, Jeremy Barbosa and Michael Ballard voted against the motion. Councilman Jason Behler, Hoffner, and Costenbader voted in the affirmative.

A.S. Art Foundation to host 'Melodies and Trees' Aug. 11

Friday, July 27, 2012

The A.S. Art Foundation, Anita Shapolsky, director, will present The Sonora Trio in a program entitled "Melodies and Trees," at 4 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the A.S. Art Foundation, 20 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

The Sonora Trio includes Judith Sainte Croix, performing on Hopi Native American flute and drum, keyboard and voice; Andrew Bolotowsky, flutes; and Mary Hurlbut, soprano.

In honor of the famous Native American athlete Jim Thorpe of the Sac and Fox Nations, the concert will feature music played on both Native American and classical musical instruments.

Lehighton woman celebrates 90 years

Friday, July 27, 2012
Lois K. (Schoenberger) Claus
Lois K. (Schoenberger) Claus

Lois K. (Schoenberger) Claus of Lehighton will be 90 years young on Saturday.

Since her birth on July 28, 1922, Claus has had many interesting adventures, which she recalls with ease.

Born in Palmerton to the late John W. and Luella (Rex) Schoenberger, Claus lived in Lehighton until she was 6. She then moved with her family to White Haven; Belvidere, N.J., Phillipsburg, N.J.; Easton; and Lehighton. At the age of 12, she and her mother lost their home in Easton when the Roxy Theater burned down.

Trees, power lines take big hits

Friday, July 27, 2012

Another in a series of violent storm systems that have occurred this summer season passed through the region last evening and caused some serious disruptions.

Among the towns most affected was Parryville borough, where the mayor says either a tornado or straight-line winds came through.

Elsewhere in the region, there were homes damaged, power outages, trees downed, and roads closed.

Vets well taken care of

Friday, July 27, 2012

Carbon County veterans are well taken care of by the county veterans affairs office, officials report.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, discussed a report received from the Office of the Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs. The report was the June monthly claims award report.

Nothstein pointed out that in the report, the county's year-end total was $2,850,206 with an additional $1,789,657 still owed for a combined total of $4,639,863 brought into the county for veterans during the last fiscal year.

Palmerton seeking part-time officers

Friday, July 27, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Councilman Jason Behler presents a Certificate of Recognition the borough received from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs to council President Terry Costenbader. The certificate was in honor of the borough's upcoming Centennial Celebration.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Councilman Jason Behler presents a Certificate of Recognition the borough received from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs to council President Terry Costenbader. The certificate was in honor of the borough's upcoming Centennial Celebration.

Palmerton is in search of additional part-time officers to round out its police department.

The matter came to light after Borough Council unanimously agreed on Thursday to remove officer David Gentile from its substitute police officers list.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson informed council that the borough has advertised for part-time officers.

Contacted this morning, borough Police Chief Randy Smith confirmed that the department has a need for part-timers, as it currently has just three.

Wires down from storm in Weissport

Friday, July 27, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Weissport Councilman Arland Moyer and borough worker Pete Pywar parked vehicles and placed flares on White Street to prevent someone from coming in contact with a downed cable wire. Moyer said that he had called Blue Ridge Communications and alerted the company about the problem, but were parking vehicles on the roadway to protect drivers from hitting it and causing further damage. The storm on Thursday night was the likely cause of the downed wire.

Game Two is suspended

Friday, July 27, 2012

Heavy storms forced the Franklin Township Hurricanes to wait another day to try and capture this year's Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League title. Yesterday's tournament title game was suspended in the second inning.

With two outs in the bottom of the second and with the host Pocono Mountain Outlaws at bat, the homeplate umpire brought the Hurricanes after spotting ligtning in the background. The game was tied 1-1 and will be continued tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Big Pocono State Park.

Panther Valley news

Friday, July 27, 2012

Feed the People

Feed the People will serve meals during the month of August as follows: Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St. from 10:30 a.m. to noon; Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 E. Abbott St., Lansford, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Feed the People will now begin serving dinner on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning Aug. 15 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1 E. Abbott St., Lansford from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Yudichak encourages small businesses to apply for DEP grants

Friday, July 27, 2012

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) encourages local small business owners to apply for the Department of Environmental Protection's Small Business Advantage Grant program.

Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures.