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August 2012

Get a kit, make a plan

Friday, August 31, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tom Newman, CERT coordinator, left; Tony Walck, president of the Carbon County Citizen Corps Council, center; and Megan Fredericks, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency administrative assistant, hold items that will be placed in an emergency kit that will be given away to a person at the Palmerton Community Festival in September. Carbon residents are urged to be prepared for emergencies by making their own kits that will last their families for at least three days.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tom Newman, CERT coordinator, left; Tony Walck, president of the Carbon County Citizen Corps Council, center; and Megan Fredericks, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency administrative assistant, hold items that will be placed in an emergency kit that will be given away to a person at the Palmerton Community Festival in September. Carbon residents are urged to be prepared for emergencies by making their own kits that will last their families for at least three days.

Carbon officials want residents to be prepared in emergencies

The Carbon County Citizen Corps Council and Community Emergency Response Team wants people to be prepared during emergency situations.

That's why, Sept. 7, 8, and 9, the group will have a free informational booth set up at the Palmerton Community Festival to provide people with information and checklists on what they should know in case of an emergency. They will also give away one emergency supply kit on Sunday evening.

Palmerton Class of 1952

Friday, August 31, 2012

Palmerton Area High School Class of 1952 will hold a 60-year reunion Oct. 5-7.

Anyone who has not received a notice should please call Peter Blynn at (610) 826-6402, who will send information regarding the reunion.

Parryville School reunion

Friday, August 31, 2012

The fourth Parryville School Reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association, 902 Mill Road, Lehighton. Doors open at 3 p.m.; dinner will be served at 5 p.m.

The deadline for reservations has been extended to Friday, Sept. 7.

Please contact Irene Hopstock at (610) 377-1646 for more information or to make your reservation.

Anyone who attended classes at the Parryville School is welcome.

Three cited for criminal trespass

Friday, August 31, 2012

Three Schuylkill County residents were cited for criminal trespass following an incident that occurred about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30.

State police at Frackville said Gregory Desmond Eckert, 18, of Schuylkill Haven, Jared T. Stessalavage, 24, and Jeffrey Drew Roberts, 18, both of Orwigsburg, were cited after security found them on the property of Joe's Used Auto Parts, located at 2401 Summer Valley Road, East Brunswick Township, after normal business hours.

Panther Valley news

Friday, August 31, 2012

Nesquehoning

Conservation Club

The Nesquehoning Conservation Club will start their fall meetings beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Maple Shade Meadows, 50 E. Locust St. There are important matters to be discussed and all members are being asked to attend. Please remember to bring Redner's Save-A-Tapes.

Summit Hill

St. Paul's at a glance

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 123 W. White St., would like to remind the congregation that the worship service will return to the original time of 10:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 2.

Press Pass

Friday, August 31, 2012

It's finally here.

After months of waiting, the high school football season is just hours away.

To get into the mood for that opening kickoff, here's an A-Z look at TIMES NEWS area football.

Zombie Crawl planned tonight in hopes to set world record

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Mahoning Valley Drive-in in Lehighton is holding it's first ever Movie Marathon and Zombie Crawl today starting at 6 p.m. at the drive-in.

Organizers pointed out that the Zombie Crawl will be filmed in 3-D and uploaded online. The finished video will also be available for all to watch in both 2-D or 3 D.

Exchange students, past, present and future meet in JT

Friday, August 31, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Meeting together at Jim Thorpe Area High School were, left to right : Susan Sterling, Exchange Student Counselor; exchange students Terry Loyd; David Castro; and Jessica Wetzel; and Bob Stevenson, Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe President and Youth Exchange Officer.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Meeting together at Jim Thorpe Area High School were, left to right : Susan Sterling, Exchange Student Counselor; exchange students Terry Loyd; David Castro; and Jessica Wetzel; and Bob Stevenson, Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe President and Youth Exchange Officer.

The Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe is rich with exchange students at the present time, three of whom met together with club officers at Jim Thorpe Area High School.

Meeting along with Susan Sterling, Exchange student counselor, and Bob Stevenson, Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe president and Youth Exchange officer, were exchange students Terry Loyd, David Castro, and Jessica Wetzel.

Loyd, 17, returned in July from Hungary where she stayed with Rotary-sponsored host families in Szolnok for the 2011-2012 school year.

JT tax office closed today

Friday, August 31, 2012

The office of Jim Thorpe tax collector Terry McElmoyle will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Schuylkill incident being probed

Friday, August 31, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a incident that occurred in Schuylkill County in which someone threw a rock at a moving vehicle. Troopers said the incident occurred about 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, along SR209, just north of S. Coal St., in Port Carbon.

According to police Julie A. Legutko, 64, of Port Carbon, was driving a Chevrolet Impala at the above location when someone threw a rock from a wooded area striking the car. The rock caused a fist-like sized hole in the windshield.

Free GED classes

Friday, August 31, 2012

Free GED classes are now in progress at the Northern Lehigh High School.

The Literacy Center of the Lehigh Valley provides the instructors and materials for the GED classes.

New registrations are being taken Sept. 6, 11, and 13. To begin classes, you must attend a registration session at 6 p.m.

The classes begin on Sept. 18, and are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m.

For more information about these classes, please contact Cheyanne Pavan at 610-435-0680.

LAHS Class of 1977

Friday, August 31, 2012

Lehighton Area High School Class of 1977 will hold its 35-year class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Oriole's Club in Lehighton.

The festivities will run from 12:30 p.m. until 11 p.m., and will include lunch, dinner and a band.

Class members can make reservations by calling Marsha at (610) 393-7135 as soon as possible.

12 nonprofit projects to benefit from Hotel Room Excise Tax

Friday, August 31, 2012

Tourism is a priority in Carbon County.

That's why county officials created the tourism grant fund after they implemented the 3 percent hotel tax in February 2007.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board unanimously voted to approve the release of funds under a memorandum of understanding between Carbon County and the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau that supports the grant initiatives in Carbon County. The memorandum of understanding authorizes the release of $45,000 from the Hotel Room Excise Tax fund for the county's tourism grant.

Exotic pets

Friday, August 31, 2012

They're animals and caution is necessary

This week, a very serious situation occurred in Lehighton involving an exotic animal.

A ball python reportedly bit a 5-year-old girl. The snake was killed by the girl's father who used a knife to free it from the girl.

Without knowing every detail, there is one thing for certain about the situation. What we do know is the snake is an exotic animal and couldn't have known right from wrong. We know that no 5-year-old should be playing alone with a python.

Carbon officials designate Sept. as National Preparedness Month

Friday, August 31, 2012

September is officially National Preparedness Month in Carbon County.

On Thursday, the commissioners adopted the proclamation proclaiming September as the month to "increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks."

Tamaqua gets the best of JT

Friday, August 31, 2012

Tamaqua defeated Jim Thorpe in golf and tennis action on Thursday.

GOLF

Jim Thorpe-Tamaqua

In a Schuylkill League meet on the links, it was Tamaqua posting a 339-388 victory over Jim Thorpe.

The Blue Raiders' Mike Weinert led all golfers with a medalist score of 76.

Jake McGeehan shot an Olympians' best 89 on the day.

JIM THORPE 388

Jake McGeehan 89, Brett Luicana 91, Mike Hemler 100, Nicholas Goldberg 108

TAMAQUA 339

Mike Weinert 76, Troy Reinhardt 79, Scott Zellner 90, Matt Stanek 94

Stacie Surotchak weds Richard Jasinski

Friday, August 31, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jasinski
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jasinski

Stacie Surotchak, daughter of Bruce and Anna Mae Surotchak of Tamaqua, and Richard Jasinski Jr., son of Richard and Suzanne Jasinski of Lake View, New York, were united in marriage on June 2, 2012 at The Jefferson House on Lake Hopatcong, N.J.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Alexander Baker.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. The bride's cousin. Dana Rottet of Tamaqua, was chosen as her maid of honor. Rachel McGuire of Dickson City, was chosen as the bride's matron of honor.

Gina Ferrante of Hackettstown, N.J. was a bridesmaid.

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.

Driver is uninjured in Schuylkill crash

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Louis F. Genther Jr., 72, of Schwenksville, escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash Aug. 27 at 1:20 p.m. on Route 61 in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, according to state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.

Introduction to Photography

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, will offer an Introduction to Photography class from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Schuylkill County court news

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rejects jury trial

Kevin Michael Hook, 27, last known address, Cressona, was scheduled to go on trial before a jury but had a change of heart and pleaded guilty to charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

Judge John E. Domalakes accepted the guilty plea and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a pre-sentence investigation. Hook was released on his current bail and ordered to report on Tuesday, Oct. 4, for sentencing.

Slatington arrest

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Slatington police reported the arrest of a North Carolina resident for a incident in the borough that occurred on Aug. 1.

Police said a residence along Fernwood Road was entered sometime in the afternoon of that date and taken was jewelry and electronics.

As the result of an investigation police charged Cari Rose Nalesnik, 24, of 10583 Earnhardt Lake Rd., Davidson, with theft of property, and receiving stolen property, both felony threes.

Nalesnik was arraigned before a district judge and committed to the Lehigh County prison in lieu of $50,000 straight cash bail.

Craftsmanship everywhere at Macungie car show

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Just two of the meticulously built hot rods which were typical of the craftsmanship visible everywhere at the Wheels of Time Car Show this past weekend in Macungie.
Just two of the meticulously built hot rods which were typical of the craftsmanship visible everywhere at the Wheels of Time Car Show this past weekend in Macungie.

West End Fair brings smiles to all

Thursday, August 30, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Caitlyn Lewullis, 8 and Brianna Goucher, 8, both of Effort, show off their fun balloon animals and decorations they received at the Cornerstone Community Church stand at the West End Fair where they could also receive free face painting. They both agreed they LOVED the pony rides at the fair.

Cerimele's pizza pick up times

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cerimele's Pizza of New Columbus will be open until 5 p.m., Friday Aug. 31 for pizza pick ups.

Anyone who has pre-ordered pizzas can pick them up anytime before 5 p.m.

No new orders are being accepted.

Lehighton man facing charges

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Jordan Daniel Trotta, 19, of Lehighton, is facing a charge of criminal mischief filed against him by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

Police said the charge stems from an incident that happened at 10 p.m. Aug. 26 at 938 Vanman Lane, East Penn Township.

The victim is a 40-year-old Lehighton resident, who told police her house window was broken by Trotta after engaging in a verbal argument.

Man is caught stealing copper

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Bethlehem man has been arrested by state police at the Lehighton barracks after he was caught with $24,900 worth of copper that was stolen from a Carbon County site.

Robert Thomas Fisher, 47, was charged with theft by unlawful taking after the incident at 4:07 p.m. Aug. 26, in Lower Towamensing Township.

Outdoor service at People's EC Church

Thursday, August 30, 2012

People's EC Church, 216 Wagner Street in Franklin Township, will host an outdoor service featuring the Christian band Witness on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 10:30 a.m.

The concert is open to everyone. People attending this special event are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

For further information, call (610) 377-1696

Kidder citations

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Kidder Township police reported on the following citations issued by officers.

On Aug. 3, 9:30 a.m. Denardo McEachron, Blakeslee, cited for speeding, Lake Drive, 52 miles-per-hour, in a 35 zone; 10 a.m. Justin Stuyck, Kresgeville, cited for speeding, same area, 49 in a 35 zone; 10:15 a.m. Casandra Brown, Tobyhanna, speeding, same area, 45 in 35 zone; 11 a.m. William Bartosh, Jim Thorpe, speeding, same area, 53 in 35 zone; 11:30 a.m., Antonia Posa, Albrightsville, speeding, same area, 51 in 35 zone.