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July 2012

Young anglers can register for bass tourney

Saturday, July 28, 2012

HAMBURG Forget about video games and smart phones, now young anglers who will be in grades 9-12 this year can participate in an actual bass tournament.

This year, The Bass Federation, in partnership with FLW Outdoors, the Pennsylvania Bass Federation, Cabela's and Berk's Bassmasters, will hold the 2012 Student Angler Federation Pennsylvania and New Jersey High School Fishing State Championship, Saturday, Aug. 4, out of the Dry Brooks Ramp at Blue Marsh Lake in Bernville.

No more attack weapons

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Editor:

On the news 12 dead 58 injured. Another reason for gun control.

I have no problem with gun owners having a weapon. My problem is when they have attack weapons and hand guns.

You don't need a weapon that can automaticly fire 100 or more rounds, you don't need a hand gun that's automatic.

These types of weapons are for war not for hunting.

There should be an amendment to any law that allows them in public, or make them harder to get.

Others may disagree but look at schools, theaters and malls where idiots just kill for the hell of it.

Where the streets have no guns

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Brandon Taylor
Brandon Taylor

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Aurora.

When are we going to learn?

Reading about the recent tragedy in Colorado, the story of a man gone mad and a defenseless crowd of theater-goers forced to play witness to their own horror film, was saddening, depressing. But it wasn't surprising.

It's the Readers Turn - The PSU sanctions

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Jill Hoppes, 19, West Penn - "I don't really pay attention to football, but I don't agree with punishing the students. Its not fair or right. Punish the people that were directly involved, not all the athletes and proud students."
Jill Hoppes, 19, West Penn - "I don't really pay attention to football, but I don't agree with punishing the students. Its not fair or right. Punish the people that were directly involved, not all the athletes and proud students."

"What do you think of the sanctions handed down by the NCAA to the Penn State football program? Are they too harsh or too lenient?"

Real Rockwell portraits

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Recently Sis and I went to a terrific concert performed by the Cressona Band. The concert was a real treat but while I was there, I was not only embraced by the music, I was truly in a reverie of childhood memories. It was real Americana too; the concert was at the East End playground in Tamaqua, part of my old playing grounds with my cousin Joseph, who lived nearby.

Lansford man has parole revoked; sent to prison

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Lansford man was one of six defendants who had their parole or probation revoked by Schuylkill County judges.

Marco Baker, 26, of 211 E. Bertsch St., had his parole revoked by Judge Charles M. Miller and he was committed to the county prison to serve the balance of his sentence with 357 days of liberty taken away and added to his maximum sentence which was extended to Aug. 26, 2013.

Making little piggies

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

Diane Hudock of Lehighton, a volunteer with the Palmerton Area Library's summer reading program, shows the children how to make their own Poppy, the little big who dares to dream big in the children's book, "Dream Big, Little Pig" by Kristi Yamaguchi.

The Pyramid aims to improve area baseball

Friday, July 27, 2012

Baseball exposure in the Carbon County and Schuylkill County area has always been somewhat of a problem for kids looking to advance to the next level.

The Pyramid Sports Performance Center, based in Lehighton, is trying to solve that very issue.

Since opening their doors to the public earlier this year the Pyramid has offered a variety of programs to try and improve the sports performance of area athletes. The Pyramid has had clinics in wrestling, field hockey, and football and is now venturing out to try and improve those who love America's Pastime.

Four injured in Schuylkill crash

Friday, July 27, 2012

Four persons were injured in a two-vehicle crash at the entrance to a Schuylkill County mall. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash occurred about 10:49 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, along SR61 at the entrance to the Cressona Mall, in North Manheim Township.

Troopers said Todd Moyer, 25, of Schuylkill Haven, operating a 1993 Ford Ranger pickup truck, was southbound in the left lane when he failed to observe a steady red light at the intersection.

Cleaning up

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

Palmerton Borough Public Works Department employees Todd Merkel and Joel George attempt to clean up the debris at Fifth and Columbia following Thursday evening's storm.

Stars are shining at Palmerton Area Library

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

Star light, star bright, the stars shining at the Palmerton Area Library are quite a sight. This year's summer reading program's theme was "Dream Big Read!" To encourage everyone to read, the library is sponsoring a reading contest for children and adults, with three prizes to be awarded per age category. For every book read, the registered reader puts his/her name on a star and it is added to a star chain.

Concourse Club of Palmerton looking for artwork for art show

Friday, July 27, 2012

The annual Concourse Club of Palmerton Art Show for adults and students, in all media and photography, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9 from 1-4 p.m. at St. John Neuman School at 3rd and Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

If interested in entering the show, applications can be obtained from www.concourseclub.org or at the Palmerton Area Library, 402 Delaware Ave., or by calling 610-377-0530.

Tamaqua news

Friday, July 27, 2012

TASD news

Tamaqua Area School District students participating in sports and/or any extracurricular activity, or who have a school parking permit is subject to random drug and alcohol testing, as established in 2010. Random drug testing of non-participating students is also available if the district receives a parental request. Students must provide a signed parental consent form before participating.

Panther Valley and Jim Thorpe students may be eligible for private school grants

Friday, July 27, 2012

Students in Panther Valley School District's middle and senior high schools and the Jim Thorpe Area School District's high school may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 each to attend private schools under the state's $50 million Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program in the upcoming school year.

Marriage licenses

Friday, July 27, 2012

Schuylkill County

Miranda L. M. Leone and Nathan L. Day, 117 W. Broad St., Tamaqua.

Megan S. Parker and Jason D. Joy, 127 New Philadelphia Road, New Philadelphia.

Tina M. Boyce, 17 Stratton Drive, Zion Grove, North Union Township, and Scott K. Ritzman, 8 Hallton Hill Road, Pine Grove.

Tracey J. Williams, 21 Mush Dahl Road, New Ringgold, and Michael Chickilly II, 684 Arrow Road, New Ringgold.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, July 27, 2012

July 27, 1956 Steve Yasenchak singles home Jim Kristoff with two outs in the ninth inning to complete a comeback and give Tamaqua a 4-3 walk-off win over Lehighton in Tri-County Legion action. Trailing 3-0, the winners tie the game in the eighth frame on a two-run double by Larry Leitzel and RBI single by Bob Lusky. Yasenchak, Leitzel and Dave Evans all finish with two hits. Kristoff earns the pitching win with two scoreless innings of relief. Starter Joe Thomas strikes out eight batters in his seven innings of work.

Art in the Park and concert

Friday, July 27, 2012

17th annual Art in the Park Show at the Chestnuthill Twp. Park, Rt. 715-Brodheadsville on Sunday, July 29 from 12-4 p.m.

Riverside Rhythm (swing band) will be performing from 1 – 3 p.m. Over 30 of the areas finest artists will be exhibiting.

Enjoy art and a concert free.

Cleaning up after storm

Friday, July 27, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Volunteers Lee Arner and Tom Davies this morning clean up the remnants from an 80-90-foot tree that fell at the Palmerton Memorial Park as the result of Thursday evening's storm.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Volunteers Lee Arner and Tom Davies this morning clean up the remnants from an 80-90-foot tree that fell at the Palmerton Memorial Park as the result of Thursday evening's storm.

Volunteers Lee Arner and Tom Davies this morning clean up the remnants from an 80-90-foot tree that fell at the Palmerton Memorial Park as the result of Thursday evening's storm.

New Ringgold man to face drug counts in Schuylkill court

Friday, July 27, 2012

A New Ringgold man was one of four defendants who received hearings in the Schuylkill County Court on bench warrants which were issued for their arrest.

Michael Vincent Gustis, 31, of 111 Bear Creek Drive, had his bench warrant dissolved by Judge James P. Goodman and bail reinstated.

Amid the carnage ... Heroes surface from the tragedy in Aurora

Friday, July 27, 2012

The horrible events that unfolded in Aurora, Colo. one week ago prove that we don't have to look to Hollywood, or to a concert stage or sporting event to find real heroes in our society.

Parents must register children for school

Friday, July 27, 2012

With the end of summer approaching, parents need to be certain that their children are ready for school before Aug. 27. It is extremely important for parents to register their children for kindergarten and grades one through five before school begins.

In order to register a child for kindergarten in the Panther Valley School District, the child must be 5 years of age before Oct. 1, 2012.

A state-issued birth certificate or other acceptable proof of name and age along with immunization records and two proofs of residency are required for each child registering.

Championship game set

Friday, July 27, 2012

After an epic night of playoff basketball on Wednesday evening, the championship game has been set for the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) Summer Basketball League.

With a semifinal win over Batter's Box, defending ESRC Winter League Champion Ryan's Oil & Heating has advanced to tonight's championship game, where they will meet three-time defending summer league champion R.R. Frey Services (a semifinal winner over Schick's Café Calcutta).

Mini Olympic winners named in S. Hill

Friday, July 27, 2012
Mini Olympic winners named in S. Hill
Copyright 2012

The Summit Hill Recreation recently held its 2012 Mini Olympics competition at the Ginter Field in that community. Event winners included Brenna McAndrew, front-left, and Isabella Miller, front-right; middle row, from left, Matthew Juracka, Trey McAndrew, Michael Pascoe, Harry Swinehart and Jonas Swinehart; and back, same order, Ava Kosciolek, Cassidy Englert, Megan Pascoe, Justin Juracka, Sarah Hood, Chloie Englert, Sophia Tuccillo and Brenna Beshock.

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.