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August 2012

JT tax office closed today

Friday, August 31, 2012

The office of Jim Thorpe tax collector Terry McElmoyle will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Schuylkill incident being probed

Friday, August 31, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a incident that occurred in Schuylkill County in which someone threw a rock at a moving vehicle. Troopers said the incident occurred about 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, along SR209, just north of S. Coal St., in Port Carbon.

According to police Julie A. Legutko, 64, of Port Carbon, was driving a Chevrolet Impala at the above location when someone threw a rock from a wooded area striking the car. The rock caused a fist-like sized hole in the windshield.

Free GED classes

Friday, August 31, 2012

Free GED classes are now in progress at the Northern Lehigh High School.

The Literacy Center of the Lehigh Valley provides the instructors and materials for the GED classes.

New registrations are being taken Sept. 6, 11, and 13. To begin classes, you must attend a registration session at 6 p.m.

The classes begin on Sept. 18, and are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m.

For more information about these classes, please contact Cheyanne Pavan at 610-435-0680.

LAHS Class of 1977

Friday, August 31, 2012

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.

12 nonprofit projects to benefit from Hotel Room Excise Tax

Friday, August 31, 2012

Tourism is a priority in Carbon County.

That's why county officials created the tourism grant fund after they implemented the 3 percent hotel tax in February 2007.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board unanimously voted to approve the release of funds under a memorandum of understanding between Carbon County and the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau that supports the grant initiatives in Carbon County. The memorandum of understanding authorizes the release of $45,000 from the Hotel Room Excise Tax fund for the county's tourism grant.

Exotic pets

Friday, August 31, 2012

They're animals and caution is necessary

This week, a very serious situation occurred in Lehighton involving an exotic animal.

A ball python reportedly bit a 5-year-old girl. The snake was killed by the girl's father who used a knife to free it from the girl.

Without knowing every detail, there is one thing for certain about the situation. What we do know is the snake is an exotic animal and couldn't have known right from wrong. We know that no 5-year-old should be playing alone with a python.

Carbon officials designate Sept. as National Preparedness Month

Friday, August 31, 2012

September is officially National Preparedness Month in Carbon County.

On Thursday, the commissioners adopted the proclamation proclaiming September as the month to "increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks."

Tamaqua gets the best of JT

Friday, August 31, 2012

Tamaqua defeated Jim Thorpe in golf and tennis action on Thursday.

GOLF

Jim Thorpe-Tamaqua

In a Schuylkill League meet on the links, it was Tamaqua posting a 339-388 victory over Jim Thorpe.

The Blue Raiders' Mike Weinert led all golfers with a medalist score of 76.

Jake McGeehan shot an Olympians' best 89 on the day.

JIM THORPE 388

Jake McGeehan 89, Brett Luicana 91, Mike Hemler 100, Nicholas Goldberg 108

TAMAQUA 339

Mike Weinert 76, Troy Reinhardt 79, Scott Zellner 90, Matt Stanek 94

Stacie Surotchak weds Richard Jasinski

Friday, August 31, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jasinski
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jasinski

Stacie Surotchak, daughter of Bruce and Anna Mae Surotchak of Tamaqua, and Richard Jasinski Jr., son of Richard and Suzanne Jasinski of Lake View, New York, were united in marriage on June 2, 2012 at The Jefferson House on Lake Hopatcong, N.J.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Alexander Baker.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. The bride's cousin. Dana Rottet of Tamaqua, was chosen as her maid of honor. Rachel McGuire of Dickson City, was chosen as the bride's matron of honor.

Gina Ferrante of Hackettstown, N.J. was a bridesmaid.

Equality in America

Friday, August 31, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Archbishop Bruce J. Simpson
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Archbishop Bruce J. Simpson

Former Carbon cleric & cop leads fight for gay marriage

Do you know this person?

He is a U. S. citizen. He can vote. He can teach. He can be a cop and a leader in society.

He pays his taxes like all other Americans and he can fight and die for his country.

Yet, in return, his country doesn't protect him as it does others. And he's not permitted to marry the one he loves.

Who is he?

He is every man and woman of gay America - and his fight for civil rights is the defining social movement of the 21st century.

On this date

Friday, August 31, 2012

August 31, 1973

PennDOT crewmen and supervisory personnel dispatched from the Lehighton maintenance division have begun construction of a truck "pull-off" safety lane on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning. Site preparation got underway along Route 93. According to George B. Stewart of Summit Hill, a PennDOT inspector who is the coordinator assigned to the project, completion of the safety lane is expected in about three weeks, weather permitting.

SUPPORT GROUP

Friday, August 31, 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.

St. Ann's image remains

Friday, August 31, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory J. Sniscak Jr.

Janet M. Davis, daughter of James and Maria Davis, Hazleton, became the bride of Gregory J. Sniscak Jr., son of Gregory and Diane Sniscak, Nesquehoning, on July 18, 2009 at St. John's Methodist Church in Hazleton. The double ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Neal Smith. Ruth Hughes was the organist.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride chose Cherie Davis, Westampton, N.J., as matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Diane Zecker and Carmen Masias, both of Hazleton. The flower girl was Chelsea Davis of Westampton.

Stadium safety issues found, steps are taken

Friday, August 31, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Director of Student Services and Facility Planning Kyle Spotts (left) and Supervisor of Building and Grounds Joseph Hauser (right) inspect the vinyl mesh fencing that has been installed as a safety precaution at Lehighton Football Stadium in order to prevent fans from using the top three rows of the bleachers
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Director of Student Services and Facility Planning Kyle Spotts (left) and Supervisor of Building and Grounds Joseph Hauser (right) inspect the vinyl mesh fencing that has been installed as a safety precaution at Lehighton Football Stadium in order to prevent fans from using the top three rows of the bleachers

With a balmy late summer weather forecast for this evening, the Lehighton Indians will kick-off the new varsity football season by hosting the Marian Colts.

A good crowd is expected as Tom McCarroll will walk the sidelines for the first time as the new head football coach for the Indians. He is a former assistant football coach for the Colts.

A few additional changes will be unveiled at Lehighton Football Stadium as well.

Driver facing hit-and-run count

Friday, August 31, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of hit-and-run following an incident that occurred about 6:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

State police at Frackville said Kenneth R. Jessman Jr., 46, of Girardville, was operating a 1995 Chrysler Cirrus while backing out of a space in the unit block of W. Main St., in Girardville, when his vehicle struck a 2006 Ford F150 truck.

After striking the truck Jessman fled the scene, troopers said, going east on W. Main St. Evidence found at the scene and through an investigation led to Jessman, troopers added.

Depot station celebrated for its 100th year birthday

Friday, August 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn's Depot Station, which is located next to the Sovereign Bank along SR309 in Snyders (West Penn Township) was recognized by a number of local and area enthusiasts and historians for surviving 100 years.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn's Depot Station, which is located next to the Sovereign Bank along SR309 in Snyders (West Penn Township) was recognized by a number of local and area enthusiasts and historians for surviving 100 years.

Community members, train enthusiasts and historians spent a recent afternoon celebrating the 100th birthday of the historic Lehigh Valley/West Penn Train Depot Station. After finding a report from the Pennsylvania State Railroad Commission for 1912, historians estimated the depot station was built in 1912. They added that the rail line, which followed Lizard Creek, was built in the early 1890's and abandoned in 1953.

Fishing for peace

Friday, August 31, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Volunteers and veterans and military personnel enjoy a relaxing, calming day fly fishing at the Indian Mt. Rod and Gun Club stream, through Project Healing Waters.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Volunteers and veterans and military personnel enjoy a relaxing, calming day fly fishing at the Indian Mt. Rod and Gun Club stream, through Project Healing Waters.

Man has been fishing for as long as he has been searching for food for survival.

The sounds of water have been soothing man since time began, attributed to having restorative powers.

Thousands of years ago, man found fishing to be a calming and relaxing activity and it became a sport, as well as a means for survival.

Bomb threat in Nesquehoning

Friday, August 31, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

State police, Nesquehoning police, the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, as well as the Nesquehoning fire department and Lehighton Ambulance Corps discuss the threat of a car having explosives parked in the lot of the Kovatch Corporation along State Route 54 in Nesquehoning Thursday evening. Nesquehoning Police declined to give information on the matter this morning.

LAHS Class of 1967

Friday, August 31, 2012

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.

On this date

Friday, August 31, 2012

August 31, 1985

August 31, 1985 Joe Hartner scores on a pair of long touchdowns to help Northern Lehigh opens its season with a 25-12 comeback victory over Saucon Valley. Hartner breaks loose for a 58-yard scoring run and also recovers a fumble and takes it 84 yards to the end zone. The Bulldogs, coached by Mike Bonner, receive a 61-yard punt return for a TD from Barry Parham to help the team recover from a 12-0 deficit. Nolehi's other tally comes on a 60-yard run by Donald Evans.

'Twiggy' was a pet

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Aerielle Hoffman, 4, with her father, Mike Hoffman.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Aerielle Hoffman, 4, with her father, Mike Hoffman.

Ball python snake bit 4-year-old girl in chest

Lehighton Police Chief Neal Ebbert arrived at a North Second Street house Wednesday afternoon to find a man cutting a three-foot long snake away from a small girl's chest.

Police had been called to the house on a report of a snake wrapped around a child's neck, Lehighton Officer Derek Solt said early Friday.

The child was crying, and there was blood on her neck, chest and face," he said. "There was possibly a tooth embedded in her chest."

Morrisons draw record crowd during free concert in Tamaqua

Friday, August 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Thursday's vocal and instrumental performance by the Morrison family drew record attendance during a free concert held as part of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's Summer Concert Series. The concert, held outside the Tamaqua Train Station, was sponsored by Micah and Penny Gursky. The next free concert at the station is scheduled for Thursday September 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature the variety band It Takes Two performing. Jarrett Morrison receives laughs from the crowd while performing his magic bag trick.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Thursday's vocal and instrumental performance by the Morrison family drew record attendance during a free concert held as part of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's Summer Concert Series. The concert, held outside the Tamaqua Train Station, was sponsored by Micah and Penny Gursky. The next free concert at the station is scheduled for Thursday September 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature the variety band It Takes Two performing. Jarrett Morrison receives laughs from the crowd while performing his magic bag trick.

Eldred news

Friday, August 31, 2012

Sunday School

Sunday School at St. Matthew's UCC will begin on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m. The kick-off will begin with a Rally Day event. There are classes for preschool to adults and everyone is welcome to attend.

Blood Drive

St. Matthew's will be holding a Blood Drive on Monday, Sept. 17 from 1-6 p.m. Please consider donating.

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Burglary investigated at Monroe business

Friday, August 31, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Monroe County business.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, about 3 a.m. officers responded to Bill's Shoprite service station at 503 Pocono Blvd., Mount Pocono, for a burglar alarm. On scene officers discovered forced entry was made to the building and several items missing.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 895-2400.

Marriage licenses

Friday, August 31, 2012

Carbon County

Zachary Bryant Smith and Kayla Sarah Faith Reabold, 2294 Cherry Hill Rd., Palmerton.

Shannon Thomas Smith and Kelly Marie Craft, 1005 Hamilton St., Lehighton.

Gregg Richard Harleman and Michelle Marie Siemion, 15 Hawthorne Drive, Jim Thorpe.

Corey Reagan Schlier Sr. and Sally Zawaly, 413 1/2 N. Fourth St. West Alley, Lehighton.

Jason Manuel Amorim and Tia Alasyne Beers, 303 Princeton Ave., Palmerton.

Michael Anthony Barbaro and Christina Maria Thomas, 351 Towamensing Trails, Albrightsville.

Zoostock kickoff

Friday, August 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jesse Hiles and Lisa Hiles unveiled this year's Zoostock T-shirt during a frozen T-shirt contest held during yesterday's Zoostock kickoff held at the Sports Zoo in Lansford. The Zoo Crew's 14th annual "Zoostock" will be held on Labor Day on the grounds of the Sports Zoo/Halftime Sports Bar in Lansford.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jesse Hiles and Lisa Hiles unveiled this year's Zoostock T-shirt during a frozen T-shirt contest held during yesterday's Zoostock kickoff held at the Sports Zoo in Lansford. The Zoo Crew's 14th annual "Zoostock" will be held on Labor Day on the grounds of the Sports Zoo/Halftime Sports Bar in Lansford.

Kicking off a new season of Grid Picks

Friday, August 31, 2012

BY ED HEDES

Where has the summer gone.....

It seems like only yesterday we were watching some outstanding performances at the Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University and here we are beginning the 2012 High School football season with seven local games on the docket.

Two matchups of local teams has Tamaqua traveling to Jim Thorpe and Marian visiting Lehighton. All eyes in the Colonial League will be on the new turf field at Northern Lehigh as the Bulldogs host pre-season favorite Southern Lehigh.

Free soup social slated in Tamaqua

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua is having their monthly Community Soup Social Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in their social hall.

The meal is free to the public and everybody is welcome to enjoy the soup, desserts, refreshments and time with friends.

For more information or to volunteer, stop by the church, 22 Lafayette Street, or call (570) 668-4139.

Tamaqua news

Friday, August 31, 2012

Adult Day Care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for September, including the celebration of National Adult Day Care Week from Sept. 17-23.

Other activities for the month will include: Sept. 5, bingo; Sept. 12, craft day; Sept. 13, trip to Heisler's Dairy Bar; Sept. 17, spaghetti dinner and flu shots; Sept. 18, cooking class; Sept. 19, Salvation Army service; Sept. 24, musical entertainment with Audrey Christ; Sept. 28, visit from the foot doctor.

Trying their luck at the fair

Friday, August 31, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Virginia Snyder and Fred Lesher, both of Palmerton, decided to try their luck at Bingo at the West End Fair as Virginia's husband, Quinton and Fred's wife, Roseann, watch. (Quinton and Virginia are Roseann's parents.) They both won one game so far. Roseann said they love the food and that it is a very nice fair.

Palmerton Class of 1962

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Palmerton High School Class of 1962 will hold its 50-year class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Blue Ridge Country Club, Palmerton. There will be a cash bar from 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7.

On Friday, Sept. 7, classmates are asked to meet at the park playground at 7 p.m.

Brunch will be served at 10 a.m., on Sunday, Sept. 9, at Bert's.

For more information, call Janice at (570) 992-1432.