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August 2012

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.

Carbon County property transfers

Thursday, August 30, 2012

East Penn Township

Richard T. Gabovitz to Kenneth L. Higgins, 210 Sassafras Road, Lehighton, property at 210 Sassafras Road, $1.

Jim Thorpe

John J. Bilsak Jr. to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, Allentown, property at 103 North St., $1.

Donald C. Reis to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, Allentown, property on West Front Street, $1.

Ann K. Laughlin to Stroud J. Hiller, Sun Lakes, Ariz., property at 1130 Center Ave., $120,000.

Lansford

Tigers, Colts win matches

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Northwestern and Marian both scored wins on the links on Wednesday in high school golf matches.

GOLF

Palmerton

-Northwestern

Cole Miller's three-under-par highlighted Northwestern's 425-532 Colonial League victory over Palmerton.

The Tigers' Miller grabbed medalist honors with his score of 69, while teammate Nick Vecillio shot under 80 with a 77.

Ke-Koa Mook led the Bombers with a team-low 76.

NORTHWESTERN 425

Cole Miller 69, Nick Vecillio 77, Zach Caruso 85, Eric Abercrombie 95, C. Kelson 99

PALMERTON 532

Police are probing hit-run accident

Thursday, August 30, 2012

State police at the Lehighton barracks were summoned at 11:32 a.m. Aug. 27 to investigate a hit-and-run accident on State Route 115 in Ross Township, Monroe County.

Police said a vehicle left the scene of the crash after striking a 1999 Nissan Sentra driven by Maureen K. Sandt, 63, of Saylorsburg. She was uninjured.

Hunadi graduates from King's

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Hunadi
Hunadi

Andrew Hunadi, son of Gregory and Carol Hunadi of Bowmanstown and the grandson of Walter and Rosaline Spack of Bowmanstown and the late Andrew and Eleanore Hunadi of Nesquehoning, graduated from King's College in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 18.

Slatington Lions to hold antique/collector car show

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Car buffs ought to get a real charge out of this.

Welcome to the 24th annual Slatington Lions Club Antique/Collector Car Show, where a smorgasbord of cars awaits.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Slatington Airport along State Route 873. The rain date is Monday.

Parking will be at Walker Bus Garage, and across the street at Emerald Dragon Karate. Parking after 11 a.m. will be in the airport. Admission is $3 per person, and free to those under the age of 16.

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.

Kline's little taste of Holland

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

Standing about 15 feet high, this large Holland-style windmill located along Lofty Road in Kline Township is hard to miss. Van Hoekelen Greenhouses, Inc., put this up recently to replace the old one, which was about half as high. Employees stated that the main part of the working windmill was shipped from Holland.

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.