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August 2012

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.)

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 A kitten watches as Oliver, the shelter's dog mascot, snatches up a catnip pillow.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A kitten watches as Oliver, the shelter's dog mascot, snatches up a catnip pillow.

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
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gas Guzzlers? Is that what these skull-shaped carburetor intakes at the Wheels of Time Car Show this past weekend in Macungie might look like to some people?
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gas Guzzlers? Is that what these skull-shaped carburetor intakes at the Wheels of Time Car Show this past weekend in Macungie might look like to some people?

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.

Fire Company to dedicate new KME pumper

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mahoning Valley Fire Company's new 2013 KME pumper will be dedicated on Sept. 15.

Fire company officials said the festivities will begin at 2 p.m. "with an old fashion carnival atmosphere." The official dedication be occur at about 5 p.m.

Fun at the West End Fair

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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ron gower/times newsº

Karley Rex, age 2 1/2, of New Ringgold, plays in the "Farmer For A Day" exhibit at the West End Fair in Gilbert, where she demonstrates how to pick carrots. Looking on is 4-H volunteer at the stand, Krista Borger of Kunkletown. The fair, enjoying a week of great weather conditions, continues through Saturday.

Labor Day events set at 2 local state parks

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Several events are scheduled for the Labor Day weekend at the two state parks in Schuylkill County.

The events are set for Tuscarora and Locust Lake parks.

Responding to disaster

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A fishing boat lies on its side on the New Orleans shore following Hurricane Gustav and Ike.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A fishing boat lies on its side on the New Orleans shore following Hurricane Gustav and Ike.

Local volunteer's account of Louisiana's hurricanes

(Editor's Note: Hurricane Isaac hit New Orleans late last night as a Category 1 storm on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which struck in 2005, and only one week before the anniversaries of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which pounded the gulf coast in 2008. This is a first-person account by TIMES NEWS reporter Andrew Leibenguth, who volunteered as a national disaster responder and shelter manager with the American Red Cross during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.)

Lehighton High School Class of 1952 reunites

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton High School Class of 1952 held its 60th class reunion on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Lehighton Legion Home. Sixty-one people, including 33 classmates, attended. Classmates include, front row from left, Mary Fay Daugherty Levendusky, Joan Solt Walk, Shirley Gross Davis, Shirley Blose Mertz, Shirley Hill Wentz, Marilyn Ockenhouse Sterling, Joan Haberman Heintzelman and Leah Jane Obert Duling.

Marines, family members gather in Andreas

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Marines and family members of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 held a Marine picnic over the weekend at Cheese's Grove in Andreas. The event, open to any Marine, included free snacks, games, kids activities and weapons firing. Joshua, 13, left, and his brother Caleb Johnson, 15, display a snapping turtle they caught at the grove during the event.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Marines and family members of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 held a Marine picnic over the weekend at Cheese's Grove in Andreas. The event, open to any Marine, included free snacks, games, kids activities and weapons firing. Joshua, 13, left, and his brother Caleb Johnson, 15, display a snapping turtle they caught at the grove during the event.

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.