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August 2012

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.

Cyclist is injured in Towamensing

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Enrique Oerez, 29, of 189 Glade Drive, Long Pond, was injured in a motorcycle crash Aug. 25 at 3:45 p.m. at the intersection of Route 209 and Stable Road in Towamensing Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks did not report any details of the crash, except to say he was driving a 2003 red Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle that crashed. The victim was transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

The Towamensing Township Fire Department and Palmerton Ambulance assisted police at the scene.

Tractors, tractors, tractors all on display

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Victoria, 10, and her brother, Nelson Bensinger, 7, look at a large John Deere 8330 tractor. The 8-wheeled tractor, owned by Travis Halabura of Orwigsburg, is equipped with GPS tracking, auto steering and a 275 horse power engine.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Victoria, 10, and her brother, Nelson Bensinger, 7, look at a large John Deere 8330 tractor. The 8-wheeled tractor, owned by Travis Halabura of Orwigsburg, is equipped with GPS tracking, auto steering and a 275 horse power engine.

More than 48 tractors were on display recently during the first ever Tractor Day held at the Heisler's Dairy Bar in Lewistown Valley (Tamaqua).

The free event, hosted by The Grange No. 1369, was held to gain public interested in agriculture and consisted of all makes, models and years of restored and field-ready tractors.

Man charged with assault incident

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Nesquehoning man has been charged with assault and related offenses involving a 12-year-old boy.

Borough police officer Timothy Wuttke has charged Michael David Gonzales, 28, whose address is listed at 116 W. High St., with one count each of endangering the welfare of children, terroristic threats, attempted simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and harassment.

Romney is nominated

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
AP PHOTO U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney sits his wife Ann after she addressed the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.
AP PHOTO U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney sits his wife Ann after she addressed the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, praised lovingly by his wife Ann from their national convention stage as the "man American needs" and cheered by delegates eager to propel him into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama.

The hall erupted in cheers when Romney strolled on stage and shared a hug and kiss with his wife of more than 40 years.

9th St. bridge a big concern

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Is the Ninth Street Bridge in Lehighton slipping into more serious deterioration?

At least one member of Lehighton Borough Council believes it is.

Scott Rehrig, vice president of the council, told the council, "The bridge is dropping some more."

Rehrig urged that a letter be sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation asking if it knows when repairs to the bridge will occur.

He said the bridge is used by school buses as well as truck traffic and he has concerns about safety.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, Sept. 1. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need brown grocery-size paper bags.

Weissport Redneck Festival opens Saturday

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weissport's popular Redneck Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Weissport Park in the center of the town.

The festivities, including the Redneck games, contests, food vendors and live entertainment, will be from noon to 10 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from the event benefit youth recreation in Weissport. The event is sponsored by the Weissport Recreation Committee.

The event will open on Saturday morning with the dedication of the new gazebo in the borough park and to thank the sponsors who helped support the event.

Sobriety checkpoints set

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The North Central Regional DUI Program have announced Sobriety Checkpoints and Roving Patrols will be conducted between Aug. 31 thru Sept. 9 on Routes 209, 443, 902, and 903 in Carbon County.

Travelers are reminded to report drunk drivers by dialing 911.

To report underage drinking call 1-888-UNDER-21.

Sobriety Checkpoints are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Around the fair they go

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Kahla, 6, Travis, 4 and their mom, Cheryl Wargo, of Summit Hill, get ready for a carousel ride at the West End Fair. The fair has been enjoying a week of perfect weather. It continues through Saturday.