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August 2012

Morrisons draw record crowd during free concert in Tamaqua

Friday, August 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Thursday's vocal and instrumental performance by the Morrison family drew record attendance during a free concert held as part of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's Summer Concert Series. The concert, held outside the Tamaqua Train Station, was sponsored by Micah and Penny Gursky. The next free concert at the station is scheduled for Thursday September 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature the variety band It Takes Two performing. Jarrett Morrison receives laughs from the crowd while performing his magic bag trick.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Thursday's vocal and instrumental performance by the Morrison family drew record attendance during a free concert held as part of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's Summer Concert Series. The concert, held outside the Tamaqua Train Station, was sponsored by Micah and Penny Gursky. The next free concert at the station is scheduled for Thursday September 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature the variety band It Takes Two performing. Jarrett Morrison receives laughs from the crowd while performing his magic bag trick.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jesse Hiles and Lisa Hiles unveiled this year's Zoostock T-shirt during a frozen T-shirt contest held during yesterday's Zoostock kickoff held at the Sports Zoo in Lansford. The Zoo Crew's 14th annual "Zoostock" will be held on Labor Day on the grounds of the Sports Zoo/Halftime Sports Bar in Lansford.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jesse Hiles and Lisa Hiles unveiled this year's Zoostock T-shirt during a frozen T-shirt contest held during yesterday's Zoostock kickoff held at the Sports Zoo in Lansford. The Zoo Crew's 14th annual "Zoostock" will be held on Labor Day on the grounds of the Sports Zoo/Halftime Sports Bar in Lansford.

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.

Mayors seek to have prison certified to detain illegals

Friday, August 31, 2012

A newly formed association of mayors want to help get the Carbon County Correctional Facility certified to detain illegal immigrants found in the area.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck and Beaver Meadows Mayor Bill Hines, approached the board about problems municipalities are having because of the lack of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) certified prison. Currently, the Carbon County prison is not allowed to hold illegal immigrants until ICE agents can pick up the person.

Lawsuit against sheriff settled

Friday, August 31, 2012

Carbon County officials have settled a 2009 lawsuit that involved a county employee and the sheriff.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-0 to authorize and execute any and all documents relative to the settlement agreement between the county, Sheriff Dwight Nothstein and Evelyn Hydock-Horos of Jim Thorpe. Commissioner Chairman Wayne Nothstein, who is Sheriff Nothstein's brother, abstained from the vote but said he supported the county's decision because he "felt it was in the county's best interest."

New turf field should help bring Nolehi up to 'speed'

Friday, August 31, 2012

At the completion of the 2011 field hockey season, Northern Lehigh head coach Jess Frew had an inkling that her team would be able to compete this season with the Colonial League and District 11 elite. With a number of potentially-strong players returning to the roster, there would be a solid nucleus of talent to build upon to make her team excel. What she didn't know was that a new turf field would help the program in plenty of other ways along that same path towards competing with other great teams on the 2012 schedule.

FIELD HOCKEY CAPSULES

Friday, August 31, 2012

LEHIGHTON

Head coach Lamar Long (Second season)

Assistant coaches Ashley Lichenwalter, Krysti Klotz, Ashley Miller

Last year's record 9-9-3 overall

League Mountain Valley Conference

Key losses Rachel Werley, Steph Slaw, Lauren Michalik, Emily Kollar

Key returnees Sarah Keer (Sr., F), Maris Stern (Jr., MID), Sage Terembula (Sr., F)

Other to watch Lacey Haldeman (Sr., DEF), Emily Mantz (Sr., F)

History made in May

Friday, August 31, 2012
History made in May
Copyright 2012

"I think same sex couples should be allowed to get married."

With those words, President Barack Obama in May became the first sitting president to openly declare support for equal marriage rights for gay Americans.

Immediately, Democratic Party leaders boosted momentum by fashioning a pro-gay marriage plank for September's political convention. The U. S. military has taken a leadership role, too.

Six states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage. Other states have voted it down. But the tide is shifting.

Bad check arrests at Lehighton market

Friday, August 31, 2012

Lehighton police reported on two bad check arrests made recently, both at the same borough business.

Shawn M. Filchner, 42, of 178 Avenue A, Palmerton, was cited for an incident on Saturday, July 14, at Mallard Markets in which he issued a bad check for $91.58.

Daniel R. Giniewski, 37, of 131 Iron St., Lehighton, was charged for a Tuesday, July 17, incident at the market involving a bad check for $48.55.

Free popcorn and movies every Friday at South Ward Playground

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Members and volunteers with Tamaqua's South Ward Playground Association are showing free movies at the playground, which is located at the intersection of Oak and Race Street in Tamaqua. The children's movie will start at 7 p.m., followed by a PG-rated movie playing at 8:30 p.m. Free popcorn will also be given. To see what is playing, visit them on Facebook.South Ward Playground volunteer Catrina Mehallic, left, watches a movie with Mickensy Kranch, 15, center, and Aubrey Smith, 11.
Members and volunteers with Tamaqua's South Ward Playground Association are showing free movies at the playground, which is located at the intersection of Oak and Race Street in Tamaqua. The children's movie will start at 7 p.m., followed by a PG-rated movie playing at 8:30 p.m. Free popcorn will also be given. To see what is playing, visit them on Facebook.South Ward Playground volunteer Catrina Mehallic, left, watches a movie with Mickensy Kranch, 15, center, and Aubrey Smith, 11.

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.)

Memorial service set

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a Patriot's Day memorial service on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 8:40 a.m. at the Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe. All emergency services: fire, police and ambulance personnel, Veterans organizations, and the public are invited to attend.

Sunday School in Summit Hill

Thursday, August 30, 2012

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 123 W. White St., Summit Hill will begin Sunday School classes on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. All area children ages 4 and up are welcome to attend.

The classes teach about the people of the Bible and living by God's word in daily life in addition to caring for all of God's creatures and the world around us.

The lessons are non-denominational and all children are invited to attend regardless of religious affiliation.

Three placed in probation program

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Three first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If a person successfully completes all conditions imposed by the court their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Placed were the following:

Nurses aides graduate

Thursday, August 30, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

The latest class of state-approved nurse aides has graduated from Carbon Career and Technical Institute's Adult Education program. The class celebrated with a ceremony Wednesday at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Seated, from left to right, are: Jacki Kemmerer; Jarod Moses; Joy Ott; and Kaycie Reabold. Standing are Sindy Gonzalez-Rodriguez; Alyssa Bernardi; Nancy Doerr; Stephanie Kelhart; and Instructor Colleen Gooch, RN.

Celebrating a silver anniversary

Thursday, August 30, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Attorney William Schwab (center) is celebrating 25 years as Lehighton Area School District Solicitor. Congratulating him on this milestone are (left to right) Lehighton Area School Board Member William J. Hill, Jr.; LASD Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver; School Board President Rocky Ahner; and School Board Vice President Hal Resh.

Violent robbers sentenced

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Monroe home was one target

Members of a violent robbery gang were sentenced to prison Wednesday for five armed home invasion robberies of business owners in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland.

The incidents happened between October 2009 and April 2010.

In all of the robberies, the defendants assaulted the victims in their own homes. U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis sentenced four defendants Wednesday and one Tuesday. Three other defendants await sentencing and one defendant was sentenced in April.

On this date

Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 30, 1949

August 30, 1949 Summit Hill bats around in the first inning, scoring six times, and goes on to post a 12-3 win over Coaldale in the opening game of the Panther Valley League finals. Bonetsky leads the offensive attack with three hits and two runs scored. Vince Lisella also contributes three hits and a run, while George Keister finishes with two hits and a pair of runs. Sarabok, who adds a two-run double, earns the pitching win, and "Monk" Robin chips in with two hits.

Coaldale news

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Coaldale

First Congregational Church

Morning Worship will be held at First Congregational Church, Ruddle Street, at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, followed by Sunday School at 10 a.m.

Nursing home services will be conducted Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke's, Coaldale, and 1:30 p.m. at MapleShade, Nesquehoning.

Morning Worship and Sunday School will take place at 9 and 10 a.m., respectively, on Sunday, Sept. 9.

The church board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10.