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August 2012

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.)

Lewistown Valley Gardening Club wins ribbons at Schuylkill Fair

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

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 One of the kittens peeks its head out. Over 25 kittens are available for adoption at Cat's Peek Rescue.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS One of the kittens peeks its head out. Over 25 kittens are available for adoption at Cat's Peek Rescue.

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
Throngs of car enthusiasts turned out at the Wheels of Time Car Show in Macungie this past weekend to see the hundreds of custom-built hot rods and muscle cars on display there.
Throngs of car enthusiasts turned out at the Wheels of Time Car Show in Macungie this past weekend to see the hundreds of custom-built hot rods and muscle cars on display there.

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.

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.

Free luncheon slated at Parryville United Methodist Church

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Parryville United Methodist Church, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, will host a free luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Please note that this monthly luncheon has been changed this month to the fourth Saturday, rather than the last Saturday of the month. This change is for the month of September only.

The regular schedule of the last Saturday of the month will resume in October, barring any major holidays.

Spisak birth

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Emma Jean Spisak
Emma Jean Spisak

SPISAK A daughter, Emma Jean Spisak, was born at 6:10 p.m., July 28, 2012 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, to Janiel and John Spisak of Allentown.

She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21.5 inches.

Maternal grandparents are Mark and Mary Jean Pfaff of Tannersville.

Paternal grandparents are Vince and Fran Spisak of Lansford.

On this date

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

August 29, 1973

A total of 17 men and one woman have been charged with disorderly conduct by the Lehighton Police. The charges resulted from a street fight between about 40 local residents and 10 carnival workers early Saturday morning on South First Street, Lehighton. The charges were to be issued today, according to District Magistrate Harry Heydt, Jim Thorpe. More arrests will be made, police said. The melee between the area men and the workers resulted in injury to two persons.

Marian gets win, Lehighton splits

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Marian picked up a non-league golf win, while Lehighton earned a split in Mountain Valley Conference action on Tuesday.

GOLF

Pottsville-Marian

Marian improved to 5-1 (4-0) on the year with its 318-351 golf victory over non-league foe Pottsville.

The Colts' Mike Gottstein took medalist honors with a 77. Teammate Eric Mason also broke 80, as he finished with a 79.

Josh Green and Mark Postupack fired 81s to round out the scoring for the locals.

Marian 318, Pottsville 351

MARIAN

Tamaqua man hurt in cycle crash

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Seth W. Valentine, 32, of 323 Washington St., Tamaqua, was injured in a motorcycle accident Aug. 25 at 8:30 p.m. on Route 248 eastbound in Bowmanstown Borough.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said he was transported by helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

The accident happened in the area before Route 895. Police did not report any details of the accident, except to say Valentine was operating a 2003 black Suzuki GSX motorcycle.

2012's Concourse Club of Palmerton's Art and Photography Show needs artists and photographers

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Venita Horinko, standing, is the chairwoman of the Concourse Club of Palmerton's Annual Palmerton Community Festival Art and Photography Show. She and Margaret Kuhet, Concourse Club's chairwoman of publicity, invite artists and photographers to enter and invite everyone else to come to the show where some lucky people can win these beautiful prizes.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Venita Horinko, standing, is the chairwoman of the Concourse Club of Palmerton's Annual Palmerton Community Festival Art and Photography Show. She and Margaret Kuhet, Concourse Club's chairwoman of publicity, invite artists and photographers to enter and invite everyone else to come to the show where some lucky people can win these beautiful prizes.

The Concourse Club of Palmerton's Annual Palmerton Community Festival Art and Photography Show is in need of artists' and photographers' work to make it a success.

The event will coincide with the Palmerton Community Festival.

The Art and Photography Show will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9 from 1-4 p.m. at St. John Neumann School at Third and Lafayette Avenue, Palmerton.

There are category divisions for youth and adults, which include all media paintings and black/white and color photographs.

Man given jail term for bomb threat; others enter pleas

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Montgomery County man was given a county prison term on Tuesday afternoon in Carbon County court after pleading guilty to a bomb threat and related count. He was one of 16 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Kidder incident

Timothy Francis Duggan Jr., 29, of Norristown, was sentenced to serve six to 12 months on charges of bomb threat and false alarms. He was arrested by Kidder Township police for phoning in a bomb threat to the Boulder View Tavern, Lake Harmony, on March 24.

Class reunion

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

LAHS Class of 1967

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.

No one injured in Monroe crash

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

No one was hurt in a one-vehicle crash Aug. 26 at 12:04 a.m. on Weir Lake Road (State Route 3013) in Ross Township, Monroe County.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said Michael N. Chlopik, 27, of Kunkletown, was driving a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon north on the road when it traveled off the roadway and struck a boulder.

Police said the driver will be cited.