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August 2012

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.

Council pays tree service for assisting with downed trees

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Parryville Council voted on Tuesday night to pay Dave's Tree Service $ 6,600 for the company's assistance with clearing the town of fallen trees following the violent storm last month."

"They did a fantastic job," said Mike Grant, council president. "We couldn't have done it without them."

Parryville residents suffered fallen trees, downed wires and structure damage due to the storm.

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.

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.

Breininger completes Navy basic training

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Navy Seaman Apprentice Colton C. Breininger, son of Teresa M. Breininger of Germansville, and Chris C. Breininger, of Germansville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Breininger completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.