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August 2012

Depot station celebrated for its 100th year birthday

Friday, August 31, 2012
Pictured celebrating the West Penn depot's 100 year birthday are, from left, Jim Bohrman, station's website administrator; Lewis Hoy, station enthusiast; Dorothy Bailey, co-donator of the station, Charlie Lehrman, local historian; Curt Bailey, co-donator of the station; and Brad Knapp, station enthusiast, event organizer and railroad researcher.
Pictured celebrating the West Penn depot's 100 year birthday are, from left, Jim Bohrman, station's website administrator; Lewis Hoy, station enthusiast; Dorothy Bailey, co-donator of the station, Charlie Lehrman, local historian; Curt Bailey, co-donator of the station; and Brad Knapp, station enthusiast, event organizer and railroad researcher.

Community members, train enthusiasts and historians spent a recent afternoon celebrating the 100th birthday of the historic Lehigh Valley/West Penn Train Depot Station. After finding a report from the Pennsylvania State Railroad Commission for 1912, historians estimated the depot station was built in 1912. They added that the rail line, which followed Lizard Creek, was built in the early 1890's and abandoned in 1953.

Fishing for peace

Friday, August 31, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Volunteers and veterans and military personnel enjoy a relaxing, calming day fly fishing at the Indian Mt. Rod and Gun Club stream, through Project Healing Waters.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Volunteers and veterans and military personnel enjoy a relaxing, calming day fly fishing at the Indian Mt. Rod and Gun Club stream, through Project Healing Waters.

Man has been fishing for as long as he has been searching for food for survival.

The sounds of water have been soothing man since time began, attributed to having restorative powers.

Thousands of years ago, man found fishing to be a calming and relaxing activity and it became a sport, as well as a means for survival.

Bomb threat in Nesquehoning

Friday, August 31, 2012
@Caption Stand Alone:Checking for a bomb A state trooper with his K-9 dog examines a car which was reported to be loaded with explosives Thursday evening at the Kovatch Corporation in Nesquehoning. No explosives were found. The Nesquehoning Fire Department and Lehighton Ambulance Corps was dispatched to the scene to assist the Nesquehoning Police Department. Nesquehoning police had no information on the incident this morning.
@Caption Stand Alone:Checking for a bomb A state trooper with his K-9 dog examines a car which was reported to be loaded with explosives Thursday evening at the Kovatch Corporation in Nesquehoning. No explosives were found. The Nesquehoning Fire Department and Lehighton Ambulance Corps was dispatched to the scene to assist the Nesquehoning Police Department. Nesquehoning police had no information on the incident this morning.

State police, Nesquehoning police, the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, as well as the Nesquehoning fire department and Lehighton Ambulance Corps discuss the threat of a car having explosives parked in the lot of the Kovatch Corporation along State Route 54 in Nesquehoning Thursday evening. Nesquehoning Police declined to give information on the matter this morning.

LAHS Class of 1967

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1967 is having its 45-year class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, beginning with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m.

Reservations are due by Sept. 22.

If more information is needed by any class members, call Loren at (610) 826-2397 or LaRae at (570) 386-2108.

On this date

Friday, August 31, 2012

August 31, 1985

August 31, 1985 Joe Hartner scores on a pair of long touchdowns to help Northern Lehigh opens its season with a 25-12 comeback victory over Saucon Valley. Hartner breaks loose for a 58-yard scoring run and also recovers a fumble and takes it 84 yards to the end zone. The Bulldogs, coached by Mike Bonner, receive a 61-yard punt return for a TD from Barry Parham to help the team recover from a 12-0 deficit. Nolehi's other tally comes on a 60-yard run by Donald Evans.

'Twiggy' was a pet

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Aerielle Hoffman shows the bite marks on her chest where Twiggy the ball python bit her.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Aerielle Hoffman shows the bite marks on her chest where Twiggy the ball python bit her.

Ball python snake bit 4-year-old girl in chest

Lehighton Police Chief Neal Ebbert arrived at a North Second Street house Wednesday afternoon to find a man cutting a three-foot long snake away from a small girl's chest.

Police had been called to the house on a report of a snake wrapped around a child's neck, Lehighton Officer Derek Solt said early Friday.

The child was crying, and there was blood on her neck, chest and face," he said. "There was possibly a tooth embedded in her chest."

Morrisons draw record crowd during free concert in Tamaqua

Friday, August 31, 2012
Members of the Morrison family and friends were treated to a record attendance during their free concert held via the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's Summer Concert Series.
Members of the Morrison family and friends were treated to a record attendance during their free concert held via the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's Summer Concert Series.

Eldred news

Friday, August 31, 2012

Sunday School

Sunday School at St. Matthew's UCC will begin on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m. The kick-off will begin with a Rally Day event. There are classes for preschool to adults and everyone is welcome to attend.

Blood Drive

St. Matthew's will be holding a Blood Drive on Monday, Sept. 17 from 1-6 p.m. Please consider donating.

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Burglary investigated at Monroe business

Friday, August 31, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Monroe County business.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, about 3 a.m. officers responded to Bill's Shoprite service station at 503 Pocono Blvd., Mount Pocono, for a burglar alarm. On scene officers discovered forced entry was made to the building and several items missing.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 895-2400.

Marriage licenses

Friday, August 31, 2012

Carbon County

Zachary Bryant Smith and Kayla Sarah Faith Reabold, 2294 Cherry Hill Rd., Palmerton.

Shannon Thomas Smith and Kelly Marie Craft, 1005 Hamilton St., Lehighton.

Gregg Richard Harleman and Michelle Marie Siemion, 15 Hawthorne Drive, Jim Thorpe.

Corey Reagan Schlier Sr. and Sally Zawaly, 413 1/2 N. Fourth St. West Alley, Lehighton.

Jason Manuel Amorim and Tia Alasyne Beers, 303 Princeton Ave., Palmerton.

Michael Anthony Barbaro and Christina Maria Thomas, 351 Towamensing Trails, Albrightsville.

Zoostock kickoff

Friday, August 31, 2012
Volunteers also unveiled their new wooden stage for the Zoostock.
Volunteers also unveiled their new wooden stage for the Zoostock.

Kicking off a new season of Grid Picks

Friday, August 31, 2012

BY ED HEDES

Where has the summer gone.....

It seems like only yesterday we were watching some outstanding performances at the Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University and here we are beginning the 2012 High School football season with seven local games on the docket.

Two matchups of local teams has Tamaqua traveling to Jim Thorpe and Marian visiting Lehighton. All eyes in the Colonial League will be on the new turf field at Northern Lehigh as the Bulldogs host pre-season favorite Southern Lehigh.

Free soup social slated in Tamaqua

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua is having their monthly Community Soup Social Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in their social hall.

The meal is free to the public and everybody is welcome to enjoy the soup, desserts, refreshments and time with friends.

For more information or to volunteer, stop by the church, 22 Lafayette Street, or call (570) 668-4139.

Tamaqua news

Friday, August 31, 2012

Adult Day Care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for September, including the celebration of National Adult Day Care Week from Sept. 17-23.

Other activities for the month will include: Sept. 5, bingo; Sept. 12, craft day; Sept. 13, trip to Heisler's Dairy Bar; Sept. 17, spaghetti dinner and flu shots; Sept. 18, cooking class; Sept. 19, Salvation Army service; Sept. 24, musical entertainment with Audrey Christ; Sept. 28, visit from the foot doctor.

Trying their luck at the fair

Friday, August 31, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Virginia Snyder and Fred Lesher, both of Palmerton, decided to try their luck at Bingo at the West End Fair as Virginia's husband, Quinton and Fred's wife, Roseann, watch. (Quinton and Virginia are Roseann's parents.) They both won one game so far. Roseann said they love the food and that it is a very nice fair.

Palmerton Class of 1962

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Palmerton High School Class of 1962 will hold its 50-year class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Blue Ridge Country Club, Palmerton. There will be a cash bar from 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7.

On Friday, Sept. 7, classmates are asked to meet at the park playground at 7 p.m.

Brunch will be served at 10 a.m., on Sunday, Sept. 9, at Bert's.

For more information, call Janice at (570) 992-1432.

Carbon native given U.S. Navy promotion

Friday, August 31, 2012
Sr. Chief Petty Officer Tara L. Snead
Sr. Chief Petty Officer Tara L. Snead

A former Parryville resident has received the commission of Chief Warrant Officer with the U.S. Navy.

Tara L. Snead, daughter of Rodney and Irene Hudock of Parryville, received the promotion during a Commissioning Ceremony held in Norfolk, Va.

Her parents attended the event.

It was also noted that she is deemed the prestigious label of a "Mustang," which is an officer who is promoted up from the ranks of Navy enlisted personnel through an in-service procurement program, with no interruption of their duty status.

Palmerton pair sentenced in child's death

Friday, August 31, 2012

11-month-old daughter starved

Calling it "the most egregious acts of parenting this court has ever seen" Carbon County Judge Joesph J. Matika sentenced a Palmerton couple to prison terms Thursday for the starvation death of their 11-month old daughter.

Kimberly Ann Taschler, 30, was sentenced to serve 14 to 42 months in a state prison followed by two years of probation. Jacob Adam Taschler, 36, was sentenced to serve 11 months and three days to 24 months less one day in the county prison.

Summit Hill couple celebrating 60 years

Friday, August 31, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Tirpak  on their wedding day.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Tirpak on their wedding day.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Tirpak of Summit Hill are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 31, 1952 in St. John's Byzantine Catholic Church, Lansford.

Mrs. Tirpak is the former Kathleen Rinko, daughter of the late Frances and Michael Rinko of Summit Hill. Mr. Tirpak is the son of the late Mary and George Tirpak, also of Summit Hill.

Maple Shade Meadows supports ACS

Friday, August 31, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Residents of Maple Shade Meadows Senior Living Center in Nesquehoning recently presented a check to the American Cancer Society in the amount of $110, which was raised during a Car Cruise, held July 28. Seated, from left, are residents Joyce Wentz, Mary Tanzola and Blanche Graham. Back row, Judy Hoppes, Senior Health Initiative Representative, American Cancer Society; and Maple Shade Meadows employees Susan Hydro, Activities Director and Melanie Goodman, Executive Director.

Schuylkill break-in being probed

Thursday, August 30, 2012

State police at Frackville is investigating a burglary at a Schuylkill County home.

Troopers said Misty Lambert, 31, of 369 Phineyville Rd., in Ringtown, East Union Township, reported items were removed from her home sometime during the period of July 8 to Aug. 8. Taken were a Vizio blue-ray disk player, Wii gaming system, Xbox gaming system (old style with 20 games), a Sony 27-inch flatscreen television, and a Pioneer audio receiver.

Correction

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Coaldale borough purchased a dilapidated, vacant property at 255 W. High St. for $20 at a Schuylkill County judicial sale. A story in Tuesday's edition listed an incorrect purchase price. The TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

Decameron show Friday at Tamaqua Community Arts Center

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Decameron will be held tomorrow at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine Street.

The show is comprised of a tapestry of human comedy, or, to put it another way, a laugh in the 14th century."The Decameron", also called "Prince Galehaut" is a 14th-century medieval allegory by Gio vanni Boccaccio, told as a frame story encompassing 100 tales by ten young people.

Carbon County property transfers

Thursday, August 30, 2012

East Penn Township

Richard T. Gabovitz to Kenneth L. Higgins, 210 Sassafras Road, Lehighton, property at 210 Sassafras Road, $1.

Jim Thorpe

John J. Bilsak Jr. to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, Allentown, property at 103 North St., $1.

Donald C. Reis to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, Allentown, property on West Front Street, $1.

Ann K. Laughlin to Stroud J. Hiller, Sun Lakes, Ariz., property at 1130 Center Ave., $120,000.

Lansford

Tigers, Colts win matches

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Northwestern and Marian both scored wins on the links on Wednesday in high school golf matches.

GOLF

Palmerton

-Northwestern

Cole Miller's three-under-par highlighted Northwestern's 425-532 Colonial League victory over Palmerton.

The Tigers' Miller grabbed medalist honors with his score of 69, while teammate Nick Vecillio shot under 80 with a 77.

Ke-Koa Mook led the Bombers with a team-low 76.

NORTHWESTERN 425

Cole Miller 69, Nick Vecillio 77, Zach Caruso 85, Eric Abercrombie 95, C. Kelson 99

PALMERTON 532

Police are probing hit-run accident

Thursday, August 30, 2012

State police at the Lehighton barracks were summoned at 11:32 a.m. Aug. 27 to investigate a hit-and-run accident on State Route 115 in Ross Township, Monroe County.

Police said a vehicle left the scene of the crash after striking a 1999 Nissan Sentra driven by Maureen K. Sandt, 63, of Saylorsburg. She was uninjured.

Hunadi graduates from King's

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Hunadi
Hunadi

Andrew Hunadi, son of Gregory and Carol Hunadi of Bowmanstown and the grandson of Walter and Rosaline Spack of Bowmanstown and the late Andrew and Eleanore Hunadi of Nesquehoning, graduated from King's College in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 18.

Slatington Lions to hold antique/collector car show

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Car buffs ought to get a real charge out of this.

Welcome to the 24th annual Slatington Lions Club Antique/Collector Car Show, where a smorgasbord of cars awaits.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Slatington Airport along State Route 873. The rain date is Monday.

Parking will be at Walker Bus Garage, and across the street at Emerald Dragon Karate. Parking after 11 a.m. will be in the airport. Admission is $3 per person, and free to those under the age of 16.

Free popcorn and movies every Friday at South Ward Playground

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Volunteer Tyler Calkins, 16, receives fries from South Ward Playground Association President Lee Calkins and secretary Michele Mehallic.
Volunteer Tyler Calkins, 16, receives fries from South Ward Playground Association President Lee Calkins and secretary Michele Mehallic.

ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Not again!?

Thursday, August 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Around 9 a.m. this morning, a tractor trailer struck a crosswalk sign and switch at the Five Points intersection in Tamaqua. The sign, now located directly next to the ramp leading into the M & T Bank, was moved further away from the curb after being destroyed by turning trucks. Black tire tracks could be seen as tractor trailers routinely drive 6 feet onto the sidewalk to make the turn from SR309 north onto PA209 east. Since the end of the Streetscape project, signs are hit once a week, on average.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY CAPSULES

Thursday, August 30, 2012

JIM THORPE

Head coach Drew Benyo (25th season)

Assistant coaches Marie Rosahac

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Last year's record 6-3 overall (2-3 SL Division 1)

Key losses Kayla Susko, Erin Bucci, Caitlin Liscinski, Caitlin Henninger, Gabby Miller, Samantha Miller, Cara Williams

Key returnees Briana Gehres (Sr.), Rebecca Osborne (Sr.), Catherine Condly (Jr.), Courtney Capper (Jr.), Emily Ruffa (So.)

Others to watch Terry Loyd (Sr.), Taylor Tonelis (Jr.), Lindsey Capper (So.), Anna Marie Fiducia (So.)