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August 2012

Labor Day Weekend planned at No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum in Lansford will be celebrating Labor Day Weekend with a variety of fun and educational activities each day. The main day will be Sunday September 2 in conjunction with the Old Time Miners Picnic beginning at 11 a.m.. The event is open to the public and all are welcome. The Old Fashioned Miners Picnic features a variety of great homemade ethnic foods and desserts that the coal region is famous for. Everyone is invited to enjoy the fun and great foods. Seating will be available in the picnic pavilion. Take outs are also available.

Holly-Leaver

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Patrick Leaver and Rachel Holly
Patrick Leaver and Rachel Holly

The engagement of Rachel Holly, daughter of Valerie (Holly) Baber of New Tripoli, and Patrick Leaver, son of Michael and Tammy Leaver of Lehighton, has been announced by their families.

The bride to be is the granddaughter of Edward and Anna Marie (Balukonis) Holly of Freeland. She is a 2012 graduate of Parkland High School in Allentown, and is currently attending East Stroudsburg University in the honors college where she is seeking a bachelor of arts degree in art and design.

She is employed as a customer service representative at the TIMES NEWS, LLC in Lehighton.

Girl Scout meeting set

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Anyone interested in learning more about Girl Scouting in the Tamaqua-Panther Valley area is welcome to attend a meeting this Thursday, at 6 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, Greenwood and Mauch Chunk Streets, Tamaqua.

In addition to learning more about scouting, there will also be the opportunity to sign up for Girl Scout Service Unit 310.

Carbon man gets year in jail for DUI; other pleas entered

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty on Tuesday morning to driving under the influence (DUI). He was one of 14 defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before Carbon County President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.

Nesquehoning stop

Sean Christopher McFadden, 23, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced to serve one to five years in prison on the DUI count.

Two who allegedly wrote fake prescriptions waive hearings

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Two Philadelphia men who allegedly wrote fake prescriptions to a Lehighton pharmacy have waived their charges to Carbon County Court.

Richard Knajib Johns and Damien Lamont Black both had preliminary hearings scheduled before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe, but opted to have their cases forwarded to court instead.

Johns was charged with two counts of forgery and one count of conspiracy. He is free on $2,000 unsecured bail.

Chestnuthill news

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Maternity clothes drive

The TLC Moms Group at Our Lady Queen of Peace is holding its annual Maternity Clothes Drive to benefit Monroe County's Shepherd's Maternity House.

Both new and used maternity clothes are desperately needed. The drive will continue until the group's first meeting of the school year, Sept. 6.

Items may be dropped off in McCawley Hall at the specially marked TLC table.

Rotary speakers

Girls soccer moves to fall for all this year

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Northwestern's Sarah Segan (right) battles with Palmerton players Sabreena Strauch (31) and Shana Ahner (12) for possession in a game last spring. For the first time, the PIAA has moved girls soccer to be played as a fall sport across the Commonwealth.
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Northwestern's Sarah Segan (right) battles with Palmerton players Sabreena Strauch (31) and Shana Ahner (12) for possession in a game last spring. For the first time, the PIAA has moved girls soccer to be played as a fall sport across the Commonwealth.

Welcome to the new world of Pennsylvania girls' high school soccer.

Instead of the usual format that saw the eight TIMES NEWS area teams split up between the fall and spring seasons, now all PIAA soccer teams will compete in the fall.

The girls' soccer teams that compete in the Schuylkill League like Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua, and Weatherly have always competed in the fall so the change is minimal for them as far as numbers go.

Driver hurt in Mahoning crash

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Township police are investigating an accident Tuesday evening which closed down SR902 for a period of time. The crash occurred at 7 p.m. when a male motorist was traveling south and apparently lost control of his vehicle. The car swerved to the left crossing over the oncoming lanes entering the east berm where it impacted with and snapped off a utility pole. The pole carried power lines as well as other utility lines which were snapped off with the impact. A PPL transformer lay along the berm of the roadway.

Palmerton woman celebrates 99 years

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Angeline DeKorte, a resident at The Village at Palmerton, recently celebrated her 99th birthday.

She was born on Aug.26, 1913.

"Angie" is an active member of her community. She attends exercise programs, bingo, Wii bowling, and plays any kind of game when asked .

She crochets and enjoys doing puzzle books to keep her mind active. She says that's the key to long life: staying active, that and a good beer. She also enjoys going shopping and on lunch trips.

She met her husband Gary when she was 23 years old. He had come to her parent's farm to pick up some eggs.

'ParaNorman' is on par

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The cleverly-titled "ParaNorman," the new animated feature film, takes a page from the screenplay of "The Sixth Sense" (1991) where a young boy sees ghosts.

You no doubt remember the line: "I see dead people"?

In "ParaNorman," there's doubt among family, middle school classmates and New England towns people about just what Norman sees. Most think he simply has a vivid imagination.

Norman persists, however, and soon, he's scared up seven accusers from the grave who had sent a young girl they believed to be a witch to her doom 300 years ago in 1712.

5th annual 5K for Diabetes a success

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Runners in the 5th annual Palmerton 5K for Diabetes begin the race on Third Street. There were 96 runners and walkers in this year's event, which raised $2,600.
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Runners in the 5th annual Palmerton 5K for Diabetes begin the race on Third Street. There were 96 runners and walkers in this year's event, which raised $2,600.

More than 100 people gathered in Palmerton Borough Park this weekend to support the American Diabetes Association during the fifth annual Palmerton 5K for Diabetes. The event raised $2,600 for the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Onlookers and supporters cheered as 96 runners and walkers began their race down Third Street and Lafayette Avenue in Palmerton. Many participants had taken part in the race before and are active supporters of the ADA.

Carbon PASR speaker will discuss legal services

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Carbon PASR (Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees) will host a special event for school retirees on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. Registration is 9-9:30 a.m. followed by a breakfast buffet.

"All school retirees are encouraged to attend this informative session," said Vince Spisak, retirement planning committee chairman.

Girls soccer capsules

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

JIM THORPE

Head coach Tom Condly (First year)

Assistant coaches Willie Macek (First year), Dani Condly (First year)

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Last year's record 8-10

Key losses The Olympians graduated 8 of 11 starters from last season.

Key returnees Cat Condly (Jr., F/MF), Alyssa Dachowicz (Sr., D), Alyssa Smith (So., M/GK), Amber Castillo (Jr., D).

Others to watch Autumn Cope (Fr., F/GK), Rebecca Cressman (Fr., F/GK).

Penn Forest Township

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Holiday hours

Penn Forest Township Municipal Building, located at 2010 State Route 903, Jim Thorpe, will be closed Monday, Sept. 3 for Labor Day, however, the Transfer Station will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The municipal building will also be closed on Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 5-7 for staff training. The building inspector's office hours will be Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the zoning officer's office hours will be Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 1-4 p.m.

On this date

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

August 29, 2003

August 29, 2003 Dan Flizack completes 7-of-8 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown to help Jim Thorpe open its football season with a 28-0 win over Tamaqua. Flizack hits Jason Figura for an 85-yard scoring strike for the game's first TD. Figura, who also hits the end zone on a 12-yard run, finishes with five catches for 157 yards and runs for 74 yards. Flizack adds a 16-yard scoring run while Justin Young provides the other Olympian tally.

Verdicts returned in three criminal trials

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jurors returned verdicts in three criminal trials held in Schuylkill County court and in a fourth case the defendant waived a jury trial and pleaded guilty.

Erik S. Miller, 33, of 321 E. Lloyd St., Shenandoah, was found guilty of two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia but was found not guilty of possession of a small amount of marijuana and three counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

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.

Northern Lehigh schools get off to a fluid beginning

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS These Slatington Elementary students appear eager as they return for the first day of classes Monday in the Northern Lehigh School District.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS These Slatington Elementary students appear eager as they return for the first day of classes Monday in the Northern Lehigh School District.

Teamwork and continuity are the hallmarks of any successful entity.

That stellar combination was in full effect as classes got off to a fluid start in the Northern Lehigh School District on Monday.

Aside from a few glitches here and there, the first day of school was a rousing success, according to Superintendent Michael Michaels.

Monroe County Crime Stoppers seeking credit card thief

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Monroe County Crime Stoppers are seeking the identity of this young man who is accused of making unauthorized charges on a credit card.
Monroe County Crime Stoppers are seeking the identity of this young man who is accused of making unauthorized charges on a credit card.

Monroe County Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in a theft investigation.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Summit Hill

Hope of Christ

Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, 44 E. White St., Summit Hill, announces that the time for Sunday Worship service will return to its usual time at 10:30 a.m., effective Sept. 9.

Worship time is followed by a short fellowship time, with coffee, tea, juice and cookies and conversation.

Everyone is welcome.

Lansford

St. John Lutheran

Tonight at 7 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church, 1 E. Abbott St., Lansford, will hold an informal worship. This will be a spiritual, peaceful, evening service with Holy Communion.

CLASS REUNIONS

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

LAHS Class of 1977

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1977 will hold its 35-year class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Oriole's Club in Lehighton.

The festivities will run from 12:30 p.m. until 11 p.m., and will include lunch, dinner and a band.

Class members can make reservations by calling Marsha at (610) 393-7135 as soon as possible.

Ann Romney

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

She is strength personified

At the Republican National Convention in Tampa last night, Ann Romney's objective was clear. The task was to humanize her husband and prove to America that he is much more than a successful businessman willing to give it his best to save the nation from economic catastrophe.

It didn't surprise those who know the 63-year-old mother of five and grandmother of 18 that she was able to hit a home run in front of millions for her husband's campaign.

SUPPORT GROUP

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

GriefShare

St. John's Lutheran Church of Mahoning is hosting a free weekly grief support group and seminar.

"GriefShare" will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, starting Sept. 15. It will feature video from prominent Christian experts on grieving, and caring conversation with people who understand your thoughts and feelings, whether your loss is recent or long ago.

To find out more, call St. John's at (570) 386-9960.