Tuesday, February 9, 2016

August 2012

Celebrating a silver anniversary

Thursday, August 30, 2012

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


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

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

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

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.


Thursday, August 30, 2012


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.)

Lewistown Valley Gardening Club wins ribbons at Schuylkill Fair

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Members of the Lewistown Valley Gardening Club received top place awards in the horticulture and craft departments. From left are Judy Kellner, who received awards in artistic arrangements; Linda Leiby, who placed top with her vegetables; June Leiby, who received top awards for her sea shell and dried flowers wreath; Mary Bridygham, who placed first for her prayer quilt; Evelyn Adams, who received high awards for her artistic flower arrangements; and Karen Winkleman, who received best of show and earned the judge's choice with her counted cross stitch.

Criminal mischief reported in Tamaqua

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tamaqua Police are investigating an act of criminal mischief that took place at the South Ward Playground on Friday.

Officers were dispatched to the playground, at 299 Penn St., at 3:51 p.m. and met with Lee Calkins of the playground association. According to the report, a man identified as Michael Wimer, 25, had used a pocket knife to damage one of the benches at the park. Wimer had told Calkins he lived at 215 E. Elm St., Tamaqua, but when the officer checked, neighbors said the residents of that address had been evicted.

Nesquehoning citations issued

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Nesquehoning police reported on the following citations issued by officers.

Officer Timothy Wuttke issued a speeding ticket on Aug. 24 along SR93, for going 81 miles-per-hour, in a 55 zone; on Aug. 26, for following too closely, on SR209; and on the same date speeding, 56 in 40 zone, on SR209.

Officer Brian White issued a stop sign citation on Aug. 26 at state routes 209 and 93.

Helping feline friends

Thursday, August 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Samantha Schanowolf plays watches as the kittens go crazy over some of the catnip pillows.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Samantha Schanowolf plays watches as the kittens go crazy over some of the catnip pillows.

Lehighton Girl Scout makes catnip toys for New Ringgold kitten rescue

Lehighton Girl Scout Samantha Schanowolf, 14, decided to do what she likes best when she came up with the idea of making and donating over a hundred multi-colored catnip-filled pillow play toys to the Cat's Peek Rescue in New Ringgold.

She, along with fellow girl scouts, family members and volunteer Lisa Hawk of Lehighton spent numerous hours putting these pillows together. This act was also a way for Schanowolf to pursue her Girl Scout Silver Award, which requires 60 hours spent on completing a project that helps the community.

Drug arrest in Slatington

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Slatington police reported a drug arrest made by officers.

Police said Tyler Westwood, 20, who has no current address, was arrested about 1:02 a.m. on Aug. 3 in the unit block of Oak Alley.

He was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was arraigned on the charge and later committed to the Lehigh County prison on a probation violation, police said.

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
Get the message? The admonition in the interior of this immaculately clean 1957 Chevrolet reflects the feelings of most car owners at the Wheels of Time Car Show in Macungie this past weekend.
Get the message? The admonition in the interior of this immaculately clean 1957 Chevrolet reflects the feelings of most car owners at the Wheels of Time Car Show in Macungie this past weekend.

West End Fair brings smiles to all

Thursday, August 30, 2012

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