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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

Two concerts in area

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Cressona Band will be presenting two concerts in the area.

On Sunday, August 5, at they will appear at Heisler's Dairy Bar, Lewistown Valley from 4-6 p.m. The concert is free to the public and is being sponsored by Heisler's. Please bring a lawn chair. For more info, please call 622-8784.

Brown still around

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

In the first game of a double header, Lehigh Valley clung to a 2-0 lead with a man on third. IronPig starter, Tyler Cloyd, had made a living all season being calm and successful in getting out of jams such as this.

Stepping to the plate was major league veteran Bill Hall. The momentum started to swing to the Norfolk Tide in the same manner it had recently fallen for the IronPigs. Then the sound of the bat left a collective groan from the crowd as the ball headed to the left field gap.

Missing exhibit for traffic light agreement is found

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Due to the diligence of Mahoning Township supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt working with PennDOT, the township finally found a missing exhibit that was originally attached to a traffic light agreement for the light at the intersection of Lowe's and the Carbon Plaza Mall.

In addition, PennDOT supplied the highway occupancy permit that clearly states that access and signage must be maintained by the permittee.

Maple Shade residents cruise to the 50s

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Enjoying the day and each other's company are from left, Florence and Eugene Tokosh who will celebrate their 68th anniversary this weekend by renewing their vows. They are standing in front of a 1954 Chevy owned by Ken Adams of Barnesville.
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Enjoying the day and each other's company are from left, Florence and Eugene Tokosh who will celebrate their 68th anniversary this weekend by renewing their vows. They are standing in front of a 1954 Chevy owned by Ken Adams of Barnesville.

Residents of Maple Shade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning took a trip down memory lane over the weekend by holding a "Sock Hop" and a classic car show.

The center was decorated in a 50s theme and the bistro was transformed into Linda's Doo Wop Diner as residents reminisced about their younger days.

Maple Shade Meadows resident Josephine Andreas recalled her first pair of saddle shoes that a local librarian had purchased for her when she was 14 or 15.

"I wore them everywhere," she said.

Wetlands

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "Sometimes I come here to find peace and serenity," said Amber Bageris, an environmental intern with Lafarge. At Lafarge's Cementon cement manufacturing facility, a 1.62 acre abandoned limestone quarry is now a wetland.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "Sometimes I come here to find peace and serenity," said Amber Bageris, an environmental intern with Lafarge. At Lafarge's Cementon cement manufacturing facility, a 1.62 acre abandoned limestone quarry is now a wetland.

Ex-quarry is repurposed

Cementon, the birthplace of Pennsylvania's cement industry, became so because of its abundance of limestone deposits. For more than a century, over half a dozen companies have quarried this resource and helped to build projects as grand as the Empire State Building and the Panama Canal.

Community party in Tuscarora

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Over 50 volunteers and firefighters came together over the weekend in support of the Tuscarora Fire Company during the annual community party held in Tuscarora. Volunteers estimated just over a two thousand people came out in support of the cause. Working behind the scenes are volunteers Dennis Harris and Lisa Blew, washing dishes late into night.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Over 50 volunteers and firefighters came together over the weekend in support of the Tuscarora Fire Company during the annual community party held in Tuscarora. Volunteers estimated just over a two thousand people came out in support of the cause. Working behind the scenes are volunteers Dennis Harris and Lisa Blew, washing dishes late into night.

Drug arrests at Pocono carnival

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Several individuals are facing drug charges following two separate incidents at the a firemens carnival being held in Mount Pocono last week.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 9:18 p.m. on July 24 officers observed a suspicious activity in the parking lot of the carnival. Officers observed four individuals inside a vehicle and made contact with them after they exited the vehicle. After speaking with the occupants officers returned to the suspect vehicle and observed a large amount of drug paraphernalia and narcotics inside the vehicle.

Warrants and drug charges

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Summit Hill man was arrested after police conducted a traffic stop and learned there were warrants out for his arrest.

According to Summit Hill police, on June 30, at 10:05 p.m., police were conducting a traffic patrol when they stopped a vehicle for a lighting violation.

An investigation revealed that the driver, Ian Thrasher, 35 of 42 E. Ludlow St., Apt. 3, had warrants out on him in Michigan and Florida. He was taken into custody. It was later discovered that Thrasher also had drug paraphernalia and some controlled substance in his possession.

Panther Valley board approves coaching hires

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Panther Valley School Board re-opened and extended the time to apply for the position of track and field head coach.

In other matters, the board approved the following coaches for the 2012-2013 school year:

Football: Lonnie Hazlet, $4,275; Paul McArdle, $2,125; Broc Hazlet, $2,125; Ben Tkach, $1,825; Matt Davis, $1,800; Jon Williams, $1,800; John Ruzicka, $1,630; Richard Zabroski, Bill Hutt and Ed Kennedy, all volunteers.

Volleyball: Nancy Filer, $3,500; LouAnn Brida, Debbie Yusella and Lori Dacey, all volunteers.

Prepared

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

N.J. girl responds after grandpa's heart attack

Desperate situations can bring out the best in people, and stories of individual heroism are often associated with our adult emergency responders.

If ever there was a poster child for young responders it would be 12-year old Miranda Bowman of Burlington Township, N.J. She was recently returning home with her grandfather, Paul Parker, after an afternoon of go-karting when the 63-year-old man told her he wasn't feeling well.

On this date

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July 31, 1945

Sgt. Clifford J. Knappenberger of Mauch Chunk has been recommended for the Soldier's Medal for heroic conduct not involving conflict with the enemy. On the afternoon of June 15, 1945, at Linz, Austria, Sgt. Knappenberger exhibited exemplary courage and heroism by saving a young girl from drowning. The girl was swimming in a harbor about 100 yards from his guard post. He dove into the water fully dressed with heavy boots to rescue her. On reaching shore, it was necessary for the soldier to apply artificial respiration and the girl was successfully revived.

Coaldale street paving

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Street paving will be taking place in the borough of Coaldale starting Monday, Aug. 6. Drivers should be alert and are asked to use caution as street closure and new traffic patterns are in place.

Residents are asked to be on the look out for the posting of signs as no parking will be permitted during the time of paving.

Streets to be paved include sections of Lehigh Street and sections of High Street.

St. Clair driver facing charges

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A St. Clair man is facing charges in Rush Township following a traffic stop last Thursday.

Keith Lash II, 29, was stopped along State Road at 9:27 p.m. for suspected traffic violations. Due to his actions, officers suspected he was operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance. He was transported to a Pottsville Hospital for blood tests.

Charges are pending the results of the blood test.

Lehighton arrests

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lehighton police reported on two arrests made recently by officers.

Jamie Lynn Bauder, 29, of 102 Bridge St., Lehighton, was cited for harassment following an altercation which resulted in physical contact with another individual. The incident occurred on Monday, June 25, in the 100 block of Bridge St., police said.

Make A Wish in Hobbie

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Moyer's Grove Campground and Country RVs in Hobbie is inviting Carbon and Schuylkill residents to participate in 'Funtastic Make A Wish Weekend' on August 10, 11 and 12.

The event will include food, baked goods and entertainment. Saturday will feature magician Terry Lasorda at 3 p.m. Sunday will include church service by Mark Rissinger at 10:30, followed by John Carver Productions.

The event will help make possible the power of a wish for a child in need. Emcees for the weekend will be DJ Shawn and DJ Mitch.

McAdoo man gets jail term for theft from area coal firm

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A McAdoo man pleaded guilty to theft from a Tamaqua area coal company and with 12 other defendants, who pleaded guilty to various criminal charges, were sentenced in the Schuylkill County Court by Judge John E. Domalakes as follows:

Handgun and sword incident

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported the arrest of a Monroe County woman following a domestic incident in which a handgun and sword were used.

Police said on Friday, July 27, about 10:25 p.m. they were dispatched to 92 Lenape Trail, Long Pond, in the Emerald Lakes development, for a domestic dispute.

On scene Zasha Sanchez, 24, of that address, stated that her mother, Emerida Sanchez, 61, pointed a handgun at her and cut her neck with a sword.

West Nile virus found in Carbon

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

West Nile virus is present in Carbon County.

According to a report by the Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program, released Monday, the first mosquito sample that has tested positive for West Nile virus in the county this year was found in Palmerton.

The sample was the 17th mosquito collected and eighth tested in the county.

This is the 926th reported positive result in the state this year.

A total of 40 out of the 67 counties have discovered the virus in mosquitoes; while 15 counties have had dead bird positive results.

Defendants waive hearings before DJ

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A number of defendants recently waived their right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, as their cases proceeded through the criminal court system.

Gary Leland Scott Jr., 25, of 14 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and criminal mischief by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods. The charges stem from a June 17 incident.

Bail was set at $50,000. Unable to post the required 10 percent, Scott was incarcerated in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville.

Scarred for life? Maybe not

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Q. I have a nasty-looking scar that shows only when I wear a bathing suit. I'd like to get rid of it, if possible. What's available?

There is no procedure yet that will make a scar disappear completely. However, there are treatments to make a scar less noticeable. These include:

Surgical scar revision

Schuylkill man jailed for assault

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Monday, July 30, following a domestic assault incident.

State police at Frackville were called to 249 W. Preston Ave., Girardville, about 9 p.m. for a report of a domestic dispute.

On scene the victim, a 24-year-old female whose name was not released, claimed her husband, James Rooney, 26, had subjected her to physical contact and during the course of the dispute, she claimed a firearm was involved. Troopers noted she showed no signs of injuries.

Carbon man facing gun count

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Carbon County man is facing a charge of firearms not to be carried without a license.

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith said Robert John Semko, 47, of 261 E. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, is facing the charge following an incident that occurred about 11:58 a.m. on June 23.

Smith said at the time stated he and Officer Chad McGowan responded to a report of a male behind the Panther Creek Co-Generation Plant off Dennison Road, intoxicated, armed and suicidal driving a Jeep Cherokee.

Trapped!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Industrial designer Nic East leaves compressor room where he was trapped at temperatures of up to 115 degrees.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Industrial designer Nic East leaves compressor room where he was trapped at temperatures of up to 115 degrees.

A hot day's night in a compressor room

If you haven't seen the work of industrial designer Nic East, then you have been missing one of the premier artistic experiences in Jim Thorpe. With his wife Eileen, he operates Hill Home Forge-a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired combination home, bed-and-breakfast, and workshop for this designer of metal, wood and glass artworks.

East's latest project is a redesign of Hill Home Forge's kitchen cabinetry. He designed a set of custom drawer pulls for the new cabinetry and realized that he would need a fixture to position the knobs.

Hurricanes fall in title game

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Justin Kaminski of the Franklin Township Hurricanes comes off the bag to take a throw at second base.
Justin Kaminski of the Franklin Township Hurricanes comes off the bag to take a throw at second base.

It was nearly a week ago when the Franklin Township Hurricanes were the team taking advantage of fielding miscues by the opposition, earning them a victory in the opening game of the best-of-three Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League Championship series.

Monday night, however, it was a complete role reversal as the Pocono Mountain Outlaws were the squad cashing in on mistakes made by the Hurricanes in the decisive third game of the series.

New pool area dedicated

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This autumn blaze maple tree is one of eight of its kind that has been added to the new Palmerton Memorial Pool area. Pictured behind it is the new volleyball court.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This autumn blaze maple tree is one of eight of its kind that has been added to the new Palmerton Memorial Pool area. Pictured behind it is the new volleyball court.

A community treasure in Palmerton known for its picturesque look may be even more aesthetically pleasing than ever before.

The supporters who helped make the impressive transformation complete at the Palmerton Memorial Pool attended a dedication of the new pool area on Sunday.

Complete with eight autumn blaze maple trees, a refurbished pavilion, and new volleyball court, the new pool area is a welcome addition to the facility.

West Penn church hosts old fashioned community picnic

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteers and parishioners with the Zion's Stone Church in West Penn organized their second annual community picnic last weekend. The community event included music, baskets, food, games, dunk tank, moon bounce, duck pond, duck river races, face painting, basket extravaganza, prize wheel, carnival games, horse drawn carriage rides and more. Entertainment was provided by Bill Clause and the Blue Mountain Buckaneers, The Cressona Band, Cole Gursky and Mike Miller. In photo above, getting dunked is volunteer Maxine Beers, 10. Not pictured was her brother Jake, 16, who helped operate the dunk tank.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteers and parishioners with the Zion's Stone Church in West Penn organized their second annual community picnic last weekend. The community event included music, baskets, food, games, dunk tank, moon bounce, duck pond, duck river races, face painting, basket extravaganza, prize wheel, carnival games, horse drawn carriage rides and more. Entertainment was provided by Bill Clause and the Blue Mountain Buckaneers, The Cressona Band, Cole Gursky and Mike Miller. In photo above, getting dunked is volunteer Maxine Beers, 10. Not pictured was her brother Jake, 16, who helped operate the dunk tank.

Theft from vehicle incident probed

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven are invesetigating a theft from vehicle incident.

Troopers said Todd J. Cloak, 38, of Reading, reported his Ford 150 truck with trailer attached was parked at 2100 Market St., West Brunswick Township, when someone entered the unlocked trailer. Removed from the trailer was a Stihl FS90R weed whacker, a Stihl MS290 chainsaw, and a Echo blower. The estimated valued of the stolen items was $1,100. Cloak operates Todd J. Cloak & Evergreen Landscaping business.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July 31, 1974 Ed Shubeck's two-run homer in the fifth inning starts a five-run rally that helps Lansford come back for an 8-7 victory over Jim Thorpe in Panther Valley Little League tournament play. Emmett McCall delivers a two-run single during the big frame and also earns the pitching win in relief. Dave Stanko and McCall each finish with two hits and a pair of runs scored while Shubeck also ends with two hits. The winners also receive a hit and run scored from Tony Dominic and Frank Rossi.

Feds to oversee Allentown schools after boy's assault

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Allentown public schools signed a federal oversight plan Monday after a judge called their response to reports that a 12-year-old was molesting first-graders in a boys' bathroom "wholly inadequate."

The consent decree comes weeks after the school district settled a lawsuit with four families for $825,000. The U.S. Department of Justice had joined the 2006 lawsuit.