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August 2012

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.

Tamaqua couple married 62 years

Friday, August 31, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Curvey of Tamaqua will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary on Sept. 2. They were married in Trinity Reformed Church, Tamaqua, by the late Rev. John Kleinginna.

Mrs. Curvey is the former Evelyn Betz, daughter of the late John C. and Bertha Betz and was formerly employed part time in the garment industry and the former Atlas Powder Company.

Mr. Curvey is the son of the late Jacob and Mabel Curvey. He retired from the former Atlas Powder Company after being employed there for 43 years.

Lansford man gets prison term for indecent assault

Friday, August 31, 2012

A Lansford man was sentenced to a county prison term Thursday in Carbon County court on a charge of indecent assault. He was one of four defendants who previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford incident

Christopher Miller, 23, was sentenced to serve five to 12 months in jail on the charge after Matika noted the defendant has a history of issues concerning his conduct with females.

Miller was arrested by Lansford police for an incident on April 14 in which he inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl in a home along Oak Street.

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.

Drum circle at Mauch Chunk Lake

Thursday, August 30, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Maureen "Moe"Jerant of the the Lehigh Valley Drum Circle leads fledgling and experienced percussionists at Wednesday evening's drum circle on the beach at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. The drum circle, organized by Jule Greco of Doc Baker's shop in Jim Thorpe, is planned to become a monthly event.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Summer concerts

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the sixth year of its free Summer Concert Series, with mini concerts scheduled every other Thursday into September. The next concert will be held today and will feature The Morrison Family and Friends.

The final concert will take place on Sept. 13, with It Takes Two (variety). Concerts are held from 6-8 p.m., on the platform at the Tamaqua Train Station, weather permitting.

For more information, call (570) 668-1880 or email tamaquachamber@verizon.net.

Keeping "Andrew" company

Thursday, August 30, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Rikki Jane Fraile, 8, left, of Stroudsburg, and Sarah Altemose, 12, formerly of Reeders but now living in Whitney Point, New York, give Altemose's cow, Andrew, some TLC at the West End Fair in Gilbert. Fraile holds blue ribbon that her cow had won in judging yesterday at the fair. The fair continues through Saturday.

Free breakfast slated in Summit Hill

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Feed the People will offer a community cafe that provides a free, hot breakfast for any community member, regardless of where they live.

No registration is required. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, Feed the People will be serving at The Heritage Center, 1 West Hazard Street, Summit Hill. Doors open from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

A welcoming atmosphere to meet neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a meal, and share information about what is happening in the community. Volunteers are welcomed.

For further information about other days and locations of service call (570) 657-1480.

Polk news

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cornerstone Community Church

Sunday School for all ages from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at Cornerstone Community Church will resume on Sunday, Sept. 9. The Sunday School Program offers a complete program from nursery through adult. The mission of the program is to teach the existence and truth of God's Word, the Bible. They teach the salvation message and the personal nature of one's commitment to Jesus Christ. They also teach how to live, grow and serve in this world as a member of the family of God.

Man wanted in N.J. nabbed in Monroe

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional Police report a traffic stop they made in Coolbaugh Township resulted in the apprehension of a Tobyhanna man who was wanted on a warrent issued in Morris County, N.J.

Police said they stopped a vehicle driven by Timothy Meade, 22, after observing it had an expired inspection sticker on it. When the vehicle parked in a driveway at 243 Pope Road, Tobyhanna, police ran a report that indicated the man was a fugitive from New Jersey.

He is lodged in the Monroe County Correctional Facillity, Snydersville, awaiting extradition by out-of-state authorities.

Top court to hear appeal filed by Pa. jury commissioners

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has found probable jurisdiction to hear an appeal filed by the Pennsylvania Association of Jury Commissioners, according to the association's attorney, Samuel C. Stretton of West Chester.

"I received a notification from the supreme court," Stretton said. "The court has noted they will now enter a briefing schedule. I'm also going to ask for an oral argument on this important constitutional issue."

Dusk to dawn movie marathon set

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Becky's Drive-in, Route 248, Berlinsville, will be holding a dusk to dawn movie marathon on Saturday and Sunday.

No passes or coupons will be accepted these nights. Breakfast will be served in the snack shop in the morning.

Screen 1:

8 p.m., "Madagascar 3," rated PG; 9:45 p.m., "What to Expect When Expecting," rated PG13; 11:45 p.m., "Avengers," rated PG13; 2:30 a.m., "Ted," rated R; 4:20 a.m., "Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," rated R.

Screen 2:

8:05 p.m., "The Possession," rated PG13; 9:50 p.m., "The Campaign," rated R; 11:35 p.m., "The Watch," rated R.

Free concert slated today in Tamaqua

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free concert this evening in Tamaqua as part of their Summer Concert Series. The concert, being held outside the Train Station from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will feature Todd Wolfe Band playing the blues. The concert is sponsored by Micah and Penny Gursky.

Big snake bites little girl

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The father of a four-year-old Lehighton girl had to cut away a pet ball python that had bitten the girl on the chest Wednesday afternoon.

The incident happened at 3:10 p.m. as the girl was showing the snake to children down the street from a North Second Street school bus stop.

Police were called to the scene. However, neither police Chief Neal Ebbert nor the officer who handled the incident was available to provide details Thursday morning.

Look for more on this story in Friday's TIMES NEWS.

BOYS 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 Chris Boyd, Darren Gehres

Key returnees Bob Taylor (Sr.), Erik Sellers (Jr.), Christian Fields (Jr.), Zachary Nace (Jr.), Nathan Fields (So.), Jonathan Condly (So.), Jacob Saxon (So.)

Others to watch Jian Qui Gentile (Fr.), Jake McGeehan (Jr.)