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August 2012

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lehigh driver facing DUI count

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Lehigh County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 1:39 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, along Schochary Road at Holbens Valley Road, in Lynn Township.

State police at Fogelsville said Zachary Michael Busch, 18, of New Tripoli, was stopped for multiple traffic violations. At the stop he was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance, troopers said. Charges will be filed.

Four arrests in Slatington incident

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Four persons were cited following an incident in Slatington.

On Aug. 15 about 1:46 a.m. borough police responded to the area of the covered bridge on N. Seventh St., to a report of suspicious activity.

On this date

Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 30, 1979

Few people in the village of New Columbus - known for its lovers of opera - knew that one of the nation's top country music stars was in their midst. But Little Jimmy Dickens and his combo got top billing at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam S. Degiglio of East Diaz Avenue. The reason for the visit is that lead guitarist Bobby Galloway of Nashville, Tenn. is Mrs. Degiglio's nephew. Mrs. Degiglio said this is her first time meeting Dickens, who is a member of the Country Music All of Fame. The singer and his band were returning from an engagement in Bellefonte, near Penn State.

Lady uses hairspray in store

Thursday, August 30, 2012

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks arrested a Schuylkill Haven woman for retail theft after she took a can of hairspray off the shelf at the Redner's Supermarket, Schuylkill Haven, used it and then put it back on the display.

Police said Tina Marie Fitzpatrick, 37, made use of the Fructis Hairspray from the shelf, which will net her a citation through District Court 21-3-03.

Shoplifting nets man prison stay

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Raymond Scarnaty Jr., 45, of Tobyhanna, was committed to the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Snydersville, after he was caught shoplifting on Aug. 25 at 4:41 p.m. at Bill's Shop Rite in Mount Pocono.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said they were summoned to the store after its loss prevention personnel detained Scarnaty after he was observed trying to steal two air conditioners valued at $249 from the premises. Police said video surveillance showed Scarnaty attempting to leave the store with the air conditioners.

When rescuers become victims

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Standing on top of a newly constructed earthen barrier, Ryan Township Dive Team members, from left, Mike Harris, Darrell Harris and Mike Mistishen point to where 15-foot high rushing water trapped them for over three hours.
Standing on top of a newly constructed earthen barrier, Ryan Township Dive Team members, from left, Mike Harris, Darrell Harris and Mike Mistishen point to where 15-foot high rushing water trapped them for over three hours.

A year later, Ryan Twp. rescuers recall scary moment

"All we could do was hang on and wait," said volunteer EMT diver Mike Harris of the Ryan Township Emergency Rescue Squad and Dive Team, as he described being swept away with fellow volunteers after fast moving flood waters struck the area late last August.

Nesquehoning church planning basket raffle

Thursday, August 30, 2012

St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 9 W. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, will hold a theme basket raffle on Saturday, Sept. 8.

There will also be refreshments and bake sale. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the drawing starts at 2 p.m. Patrons do not need to be present to win.

For additional information, call the church hall at (570) 669-6036.

Driver is facing charges in Monroe

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional Police arrested a Waymart woman for possession of drug paraphernalia after police made a traffic stop on Aug. 26 at 7:48 a.m. at the intersection of Route 940 and Spur Road in Pocono Lake, Tobyhanna Township.

Police said they stopped Jillian M. Bombrowski, 28, after observing a car she was driving weaving along Rt. 940. Police later smelled the odor of burned marijuana, after which time Dombrowski turned over to them a multi-colored glass pipe containing marijuana residue. Police said the woman retrieved the pipe from inside her pants.