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August 2012

Equality in America

Friday, August 31, 2012
Former Kidder Township residents Archbishop Simpson, right, and partner Jack Bixler relax in their Wilkes-Barre home and reflect on social advances made in marriage equality over the past decade.
Former Kidder Township residents Archbishop Simpson, right, and partner Jack Bixler relax in their Wilkes-Barre home and reflect on social advances made in marriage equality over the past decade.

Former Carbon cleric & cop leads fight for gay marriage

Do you know this person?

He is a U. S. citizen. He can vote. He can teach. He can be a cop and a leader in society.

He pays his taxes like all other Americans and he can fight and die for his country.

Yet, in return, his country doesn't protect him as it does others. And he's not permitted to marry the one he loves.

Who is he?

He is every man and woman of gay America - and his fight for civil rights is the defining social movement of the 21st century.

On this date

Friday, August 31, 2012

August 31, 1973

PennDOT crewmen and supervisory personnel dispatched from the Lehighton maintenance division have begun construction of a truck "pull-off" safety lane on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning. Site preparation got underway along Route 93. According to George B. Stewart of Summit Hill, a PennDOT inspector who is the coordinator assigned to the project, completion of the safety lane is expected in about three weeks, weather permitting.

SUPPORT GROUP

Friday, August 31, 2012

GriefShare

St. John's Lutheran Church of Mahoning is hosting a free weekly grief support group and seminar.

"GriefShare" will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, starting Sept. 15. It will feature video from prominent Christian experts on grieving, and caring conversation with people who understand your thoughts and feelings, whether your loss is recent or long ago.

To find out more, call St. John's at (570) 386-9960.

Stadium safety issues found, steps are taken

Friday, August 31, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Director of Student Services and Facility Planning Kyle Spotts (left) and Supervisor of Building and Grounds Joseph Hauser (right) inspect the vinyl mesh fencing that has been installed as a safety precaution at Lehighton Football Stadium in order to prevent fans from using the top three rows of the bleachers
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Director of Student Services and Facility Planning Kyle Spotts (left) and Supervisor of Building and Grounds Joseph Hauser (right) inspect the vinyl mesh fencing that has been installed as a safety precaution at Lehighton Football Stadium in order to prevent fans from using the top three rows of the bleachers

With a balmy late summer weather forecast for this evening, the Lehighton Indians will kick-off the new varsity football season by hosting the Marian Colts.

A good crowd is expected as Tom McCarroll will walk the sidelines for the first time as the new head football coach for the Indians. He is a former assistant football coach for the Colts.

A few additional changes will be unveiled at Lehighton Football Stadium as well.

Driver facing hit-and-run count

Friday, August 31, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of hit-and-run following an incident that occurred about 6:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

State police at Frackville said Kenneth R. Jessman Jr., 46, of Girardville, was operating a 1995 Chrysler Cirrus while backing out of a space in the unit block of W. Main St., in Girardville, when his vehicle struck a 2006 Ford F150 truck.

After striking the truck Jessman fled the scene, troopers said, going east on W. Main St. Evidence found at the scene and through an investigation led to Jessman, troopers added.

St. Ann's image remains

Friday, August 31, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory J. Sniscak Jr.

Janet M. Davis, daughter of James and Maria Davis, Hazleton, became the bride of Gregory J. Sniscak Jr., son of Gregory and Diane Sniscak, Nesquehoning, on July 18, 2009 at St. John's Methodist Church in Hazleton. The double ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Neal Smith. Ruth Hughes was the organist.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride chose Cherie Davis, Westampton, N.J., as matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Diane Zecker and Carmen Masias, both of Hazleton. The flower girl was Chelsea Davis of Westampton.

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.

'Messages from Palmerton' available at Heritage Center

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Three paintings of the bandstand in the park were donated by Jessica Gasper and Paula Zelienka to be auctioned at a dinner at the Blue Ridge Country Club on Sept. 25. The dinner celebrates the Palmerton Borough Centennial Year.
Three paintings of the bandstand in the park were donated by Jessica Gasper and Paula Zelienka to be auctioned at a dinner at the Blue Ridge Country Club on Sept. 25. The dinner celebrates the Palmerton Borough Centennial Year.

A wine and cheese book-signing was held by the Palmerton Area Historical Society on Aug. 26 to kick off the sale of "Messages from Palmerton - the First Fifty Years." The book's history is presented as "a brief visual and written history of a unique community told through the medium of postcards."

Janet Snyder, who had already bought her book and was coming to have it signed, said, "It's wonderful - the reading in addition to the postcards. It's just better than anything I ever read."

Two Schuylkill County eyesores are razed

Thursday, August 30, 2012

There was no Schuylkill County Commissioners meeting Wednesday because it was the fifth Wednesday of the month which was a by-month because the schedule of meetings are by-weekly work sessions and public meetings each month.

However, the commissioners were not idle as they participated in a demolition program in New Castle Township where two dilapidated structures were finally razed under the county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Young guns

Thursday, August 30, 2012

GOP speakers show vision

Local financial professional recognized among financial services premier advisors

Thursday, August 30, 2012

H.D. Vest Financial Services® recently recognized Juliann Longhi, a financial services professional in Hometown, as one of its most successful Advisors at the H.D. Vest Advisors' Forum.

In recognition of this achievement, H.D. Vest President and CEO Roger Ochs presented Juliann Longhi with the prestigious H.D. Vest Excellence Award. "We recognize these leaders for their commitment to their clients and their profession", says Ochs. "These Advisors have excelled in all areas of client service and are great role models for other Advisors in our firm."

Man who allegedly blocked road with pickup facing more charges

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A man who allegedly blocked Route 903 in Penn Forest Township with his pickup on Sunday morning, Aug. 19 for 2 1/2 hours, and stated he had bombs, grenades, and a gun in the vehicle, is facing more, unrelated charges.

Yesterday, he was charged with a road rage incident in which he allegedly pounded dents into a woman's vehicle with his fists.

Donald Brozoski, 50, who uses a post office box in Blakeslee as his current address, was arraigned yesterday before District Judge Edward Lewis on charges in both incidents.

Lady Bears go for MVC three-peat

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Lady Bears go for MVC three-peat
Copyright 2012

Kristen Eberhardt, Abigail Kaspszyk, Dana McAllister, Stephanie Palmer, Katelyn Slack and Katelyn Smith all decided to give the sport of cross country a shot in their first year of high school.

While the first year of high school might have been a difficult transition for them to handle, the girls weren't concerned about adding a varsity sport to their schedules.

It has turned out to be a great move for both the girls and the Pleasant Valley cross country program.

After school time with friends

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

Playing around in a tree along North Railroad Street in Tamaqua are Merissa Smith, 11, left, and Savanna Alfaro, 10.

Test drive, car wash event held

Thursday, August 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, of Slatington, recently presented a check in the amount of $2,300 to the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club, which hosted a Dodge Booster Club fundraiser as part of the PHS Basketball Team (boys and girls) Free Test Drive and Car Wash Event. Pictured are (l-r) Greg Rentschler, manager, Jim Nemeth, president of the PHS Basketball Parents' Club, and John Kleintop, general manager.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, of Slatington, recently presented a check in the amount of $2,300 to the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club, which hosted a Dodge Booster Club fundraiser as part of the PHS Basketball Team (boys and girls) Free Test Drive and Car Wash Event. Pictured are (l-r) Greg Rentschler, manager, Jim Nemeth, president of the PHS Basketball Parents' Club, and John Kleintop, general manager.

Spic and span.

One by one, each vehicle that took a spin through came back immaculately clean as part of the Palmerton High School Basketball Team Free Test Drive and Car Wash Event.

Without question, the Dodge Booster Club fundraiser hosted earlier this month by the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club paid dividends for the boys and girls teams

Dodge made a $20 donation to PHS Basketball Parents' Club for each person who took a short test drive at the event, held at the Leon George Bus Company in Palmerton.

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.