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August 2012

Mayors seek to have prison certified to detain illegals

Friday, August 31, 2012

A newly formed association of mayors want to help get the Carbon County Correctional Facility certified to detain illegal immigrants found in the area.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck and Beaver Meadows Mayor Bill Hines, approached the board about problems municipalities are having because of the lack of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) certified prison. Currently, the Carbon County prison is not allowed to hold illegal immigrants until ICE agents can pick up the person.

Lawsuit against sheriff settled

Friday, August 31, 2012

Carbon County officials have settled a 2009 lawsuit that involved a county employee and the sheriff.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-0 to authorize and execute any and all documents relative to the settlement agreement between the county, Sheriff Dwight Nothstein and Evelyn Hydock-Horos of Jim Thorpe. Commissioner Chairman Wayne Nothstein, who is Sheriff Nothstein's brother, abstained from the vote but said he supported the county's decision because he "felt it was in the county's best interest."

New turf field should help bring Nolehi up to 'speed'

Friday, August 31, 2012

At the completion of the 2011 field hockey season, Northern Lehigh head coach Jess Frew had an inkling that her team would be able to compete this season with the Colonial League and District 11 elite. With a number of potentially-strong players returning to the roster, there would be a solid nucleus of talent to build upon to make her team excel. What she didn't know was that a new turf field would help the program in plenty of other ways along that same path towards competing with other great teams on the 2012 schedule.

FIELD HOCKEY CAPSULES

Friday, August 31, 2012

LEHIGHTON

Head coach Lamar Long (Second season)

Assistant coaches Ashley Lichenwalter, Krysti Klotz, Ashley Miller

Last year's record 9-9-3 overall

League Mountain Valley Conference

Key losses Rachel Werley, Steph Slaw, Lauren Michalik, Emily Kollar

Key returnees Sarah Keer (Sr., F), Maris Stern (Jr., MID), Sage Terembula (Sr., F)

Other to watch Lacey Haldeman (Sr., DEF), Emily Mantz (Sr., F)

History made in May

Friday, August 31, 2012
History made in May
Copyright 2012

"I think same sex couples should be allowed to get married."

With those words, President Barack Obama in May became the first sitting president to openly declare support for equal marriage rights for gay Americans.

Immediately, Democratic Party leaders boosted momentum by fashioning a pro-gay marriage plank for September's political convention. The U. S. military has taken a leadership role, too.

Six states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage. Other states have voted it down. But the tide is shifting.

Bad check arrests at Lehighton market

Friday, August 31, 2012

Lehighton police reported on two bad check arrests made recently, both at the same borough business.

Shawn M. Filchner, 42, of 178 Avenue A, Palmerton, was cited for an incident on Saturday, July 14, at Mallard Markets in which he issued a bad check for $91.58.

Daniel R. Giniewski, 37, of 131 Iron St., Lehighton, was charged for a Tuesday, July 17, incident at the market involving a bad check for $48.55.

Tamaqua couple married 62 years

Friday, August 31, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Curvey of Tamaqua will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary on Sept. 2. They were married in Trinity Reformed Church, Tamaqua, by the late Rev. John Kleinginna.

Mrs. Curvey is the former Evelyn Betz, daughter of the late John C. and Bertha Betz and was formerly employed part time in the garment industry and the former Atlas Powder Company.

Mr. Curvey is the son of the late Jacob and Mabel Curvey. He retired from the former Atlas Powder Company after being employed there for 43 years.

Lansford man gets prison term for indecent assault

Friday, August 31, 2012

A Lansford man was sentenced to a county prison term Thursday in Carbon County court on a charge of indecent assault. He was one of four defendants who previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford incident

Christopher Miller, 23, was sentenced to serve five to 12 months in jail on the charge after Matika noted the defendant has a history of issues concerning his conduct with females.

Miller was arrested by Lansford police for an incident on April 14 in which he inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl in a home along Oak Street.

Get a kit, make a plan

Friday, August 31, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tom Newman, CERT coordinator, left; Tony Walck, president of the Carbon County Citizen Corps Council, center; and Megan Fredericks, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency administrative assistant, hold items that will be placed in an emergency kit that will be given away to a person at the Palmerton Community Festival in September. Carbon residents are urged to be prepared for emergencies by making their own kits that will last their families for at least three days.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tom Newman, CERT coordinator, left; Tony Walck, president of the Carbon County Citizen Corps Council, center; and Megan Fredericks, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency administrative assistant, hold items that will be placed in an emergency kit that will be given away to a person at the Palmerton Community Festival in September. Carbon residents are urged to be prepared for emergencies by making their own kits that will last their families for at least three days.

Carbon officials want residents to be prepared in emergencies

The Carbon County Citizen Corps Council and Community Emergency Response Team wants people to be prepared during emergency situations.

That's why, Sept. 7, 8, and 9, the group will have a free informational booth set up at the Palmerton Community Festival to provide people with information and checklists on what they should know in case of an emergency. They will also give away one emergency supply kit on Sunday evening.

Palmerton Class of 1952

Friday, August 31, 2012

Palmerton Area High School Class of 1952 will hold a 60-year reunion Oct. 5-7.

Anyone who has not received a notice should please call Peter Blynn at (610) 826-6402, who will send information regarding the reunion.

Parryville School reunion

Friday, August 31, 2012

The fourth Parryville School Reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association, 902 Mill Road, Lehighton. Doors open at 3 p.m.; dinner will be served at 5 p.m.

The deadline for reservations has been extended to Friday, Sept. 7.

Please contact Irene Hopstock at (610) 377-1646 for more information or to make your reservation.

Anyone who attended classes at the Parryville School is welcome.

Three cited for criminal trespass

Friday, August 31, 2012

Three Schuylkill County residents were cited for criminal trespass following an incident that occurred about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30.

State police at Frackville said Gregory Desmond Eckert, 18, of Schuylkill Haven, Jared T. Stessalavage, 24, and Jeffrey Drew Roberts, 18, both of Orwigsburg, were cited after security found them on the property of Joe's Used Auto Parts, located at 2401 Summer Valley Road, East Brunswick Township, after normal business hours.

Press Pass

Friday, August 31, 2012

It's finally here.

After months of waiting, the high school football season is just hours away.

To get into the mood for that opening kickoff, here's an A-Z look at TIMES NEWS area football.

Panther Valley news

Friday, August 31, 2012

Nesquehoning

Conservation Club

The Nesquehoning Conservation Club will start their fall meetings beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Maple Shade Meadows, 50 E. Locust St. There are important matters to be discussed and all members are being asked to attend. Please remember to bring Redner's Save-A-Tapes.

Summit Hill

St. Paul's at a glance

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 123 W. White St., would like to remind the congregation that the worship service will return to the original time of 10:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 2.

Zombie Crawl planned tonight in hopes to set world record

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Mahoning Valley Drive-in in Lehighton is holding it's first ever Movie Marathon and Zombie Crawl today starting at 6 p.m. at the drive-in.

Organizers pointed out that the Zombie Crawl will be filmed in 3-D and uploaded online. The finished video will also be available for all to watch in both 2-D or 3 D.

Exchange students, past, present and future meet in JT

Friday, August 31, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Meeting together at Jim Thorpe Area High School were, left to right : Susan Sterling, Exchange Student Counselor; exchange students Terry Loyd; David Castro; and Jessica Wetzel; and Bob Stevenson, Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe President and Youth Exchange Officer.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Meeting together at Jim Thorpe Area High School were, left to right : Susan Sterling, Exchange Student Counselor; exchange students Terry Loyd; David Castro; and Jessica Wetzel; and Bob Stevenson, Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe President and Youth Exchange Officer.

The Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe is rich with exchange students at the present time, three of whom met together with club officers at Jim Thorpe Area High School.

Meeting along with Susan Sterling, Exchange student counselor, and Bob Stevenson, Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe president and Youth Exchange officer, were exchange students Terry Loyd, David Castro, and Jessica Wetzel.

Loyd, 17, returned in July from Hungary where she stayed with Rotary-sponsored host families in Szolnok for the 2011-2012 school year.

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.