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September 2012

Completion of $10 million wastewater plant moved back

Friday, September 28, 2012

Palmerton's brand new $10 million wastewater treatment plant likely won't be finished until the end of the year.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson notified borough council on Thursday that the project's completion date has been moved back.

"It appears to be typical delivery delays, construction delays to come up, things that happen during construction," Danielson said. "Unforeseen things really; it's primarily being looked at as a delay in some material delivery."

Previously, Danielson said final completion was scheduled for late-November, possibly into December.

Picks remain tight through four weeks

Friday, September 28, 2012

Week Five is upon us and believe it or not, the TIMES NEWS Grid Picks Standings get tighter and tighter.

Eight out of the 10 prognosticators are pretty bunched up to say the least.

In case you haven't heard, there is a new leader and it's none other that Brad Hurley, our Penn State guru. He had a big week and moved one game ahead of the other four guys who were all knotted together. Rod Heckman also had a good week and moved out of the bottom tier a bit.

Motion to not construct new fire station comes up empty again

Friday, September 28, 2012

For the second time in two months, support for a motion to not construct a new fire station in Palmerton has come up empty.

Councilman Kris Hoffner again made a motion at Thursday's borough council meeting to end the planning and building of a new fire station.

But, just as it did in July, Hoffner's motion failed, this time, due to the lack of a second. Councilman Jason Behler was absent.

Hoffner made the motion after council emerged from about a 20-minute executive session.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, September 28, 2012

September 28, 1973 A long touchdown pass and a blocked punt help Slatington pull off a 14-6 Lehigh Valley League upset over Lehighton. The Bulldogs open the scoring with a first quarter 68-yard scoring strike from Mike Hunsicker to Todd Freed. Later in the half, Bob "Yogi" Edwards blocks an Indian punt to give the winners, coached by George Yaniger, a first-and-goal. Edwards eventually bulls his way into the end zone from two yards away for what turns out to be the winning score.

Thorpe gets key soccer victory

Friday, September 28, 2012
Tamaqua's Steven Billet (10) and Jim Thorpe's Caleb Heller (13) battle for possession of the ball. The Olympians won the Schuylkill League soccer showdown, 2-0, on Thursday night.
Tamaqua's Steven Billet (10) and Jim Thorpe's Caleb Heller (13) battle for possession of the ball. The Olympians won the Schuylkill League soccer showdown, 2-0, on Thursday night.

Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe and Blue Mountain all want to be playing at Tri-Valley on October 16 in the Schuylkill League semifinals.

However, in the three-team race for Division 1 supremacy, only two of those teams will ultimately reach their final destination.

Last night in Tamaqua, the road map became a little bit clearer, as Jim Thorpe posted a 2-0 victory over the Blue Raiders, it's second straight victory over Tamaqua this season.

West Rotary harvests fun at Oktoberfest and Car Show

Friday, September 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West End Rotarian, Ed Gallagher, chairman of the car show, invites everyone to the club's annual Oktoberfest and Car Show, scheduled rain or shine for Oct. 14 at the Polk Township Fire Hall. The event will feature food, an old-fashioned cake walk and an exhibit of classic cars.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West End Rotarian, Ed Gallagher, chairman of the car show, invites everyone to the club's annual Oktoberfest and Car Show, scheduled rain or shine for Oct. 14 at the Polk Township Fire Hall. The event will feature food, an old-fashioned cake walk and an exhibit of classic cars.

They'll be bringing in the sheaves, roasting pigs and firing up 500-horsepower engines this harvest season as West End Rotary hosts its fourth annual Oktoberfest and Car Show. The event will run rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Polk Township Fire Hall in Kresgeville.

Rotary's Oktoberfest will feature authentic German food, hand-pressed cider, music, a biergarten and pig roast, highlighted by an old-fashioned cakewalk and tricky tray. Admission to the event is free. There is a charge for food items.

Tamaqua man cited again

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Tamaqua man was cited, again, for allowing his dogs to cause a disturbance.

Steven Llewellyn, of 317 Owl Creek Rd., was cited under the borough's dog control ordinance. The incident took place on Aug. 24.

Theft of riding mower probed

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rush Township police are investigating the theft of a Troy Bilt riding lawn mower, removed from 33 W. Main St., Quakake. The theft occurred sometime between Sept. 17 and 22.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 668-6100.

'Lawless' dispenses true story

Friday, September 28, 2012

"Lawless" is a brutal drama based on a true story said to have taken place during the Great Depression in 1931 in Franklin County, Va.

With the advent of Prohibition in 1920, following passage of the Volstead Act as the 18th Amendment in 1919, the making and drinking of alcoholic beverages was banned in the United States.

Panthers sweep Tamaqua

Friday, September 28, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Jessica Wiese (23) spikes the ball at the net as Tamaqua's Devan Sweeney (11) sets up the block.
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Jessica Wiese (23) spikes the ball at the net as Tamaqua's Devan Sweeney (11) sets up the block.

It was a good night for area volleyball teams as Panther Valley, Pleasant Valley, Lehighton, Marian and Northwestern all posted victories on Thursday.

VOLLEYBALL

Panther Valley-Tamaqua

Panther Valley got the best of Tamaqua for a 25-8, 25-11, 25-18 Schuylkill League victory.

Jocelyn Stefanick had a dominating performance at the service line for Panther Valley with nine aces and 17 points. Macey Markovich added 14 service points, including three aces. Leading the way at the net were Marley Mikovich and Jessica Wiese with five kills each.

Man cited for stealing from boss

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Nesquehoning man has been charged by Rush Township police after allegedly stealing from his employer.

Michael E. Ruckhardt, 31, reportedly removed a wallet and check from his employer's vehicle on Aug. 24. He then allegedly forged his boss' name and wrote a check, made payable to himself, in the amount of $2,300.

He was charged with felony counts of forgery, theft by deception, and receiving stolen property.

Tamaqua man loses zoning appeal when he fails to show

Friday, September 28, 2012

Failure to appear in Schuylkill County court on the day his appeal was to be heard proved costly to a Tamaqua property owner.

Clyde Bachert, owner of several properties in the borough, filed an appeal to court from alleged zoning ordinance violations. He claimed he had complied and was asking the court to enter an order nunc pro tunc allowing him to appeal the alleged violations of the zoning ordinance or in the alternative to allow him to apply for the appropriate permits or variances as required from the Tamaqua Zoning Hearing Board.

Kuehner-Kuhn

Friday, September 28, 2012
Sarah Kuehner and Brendan Kuhn
Sarah Kuehner and Brendan Kuhn

The engagement of Sarah Kuehner of Lehighton to Brendan Kuhn, also of Lehighton, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Suzanne and Merlin (Dusty) Kuehner of Palmerton.

She is a graduate of Palmerton High School, as well as Northampton Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College and Marywood University.

She is employed as a senior district manager at ADP.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of MaryAlice and Richard Kuhn of Jim Thorpe. He is a graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School and Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Unhappy with PennDOT

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bridge inspections an issue in Carbon County

Carbon County officials are frustrated with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regarding the requirement for bridge inspections.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted on two motions regarding naming an engineer to complete the inspections of bridges between 2013 and 2018.

Work progresses on recreational facility

Friday, September 28, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Hydroseeding work has been performed recently at the multipurpose field at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. recreation center along Fireline Road in Lower Towamensing Township. The work was performed by Blue Mountain Ski Area.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Hydroseeding work has been performed recently at the multipurpose field at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. recreation center along Fireline Road in Lower Towamensing Township. The work was performed by Blue Mountain Ski Area.

Work continues to progress at a recreational facility in Lower Towamensing Township.

Further proof of that was evident this week as volunteers continued to plug away at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. along Fireline Road.

Once completed, the recreation center will be open to the public and be fully heated/cooled, have a functional snack bar, restrooms, and Wi-Fi Internet access.

Carbon Democratic HQ open for voter regs and absentee apps

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Carbon County Democratic Committee would like to remind county residents of upcoming voter registration deadlines for this November's General Election. The election will be held on Tuesday, November 6 and any interested parties have until Tuesday, October 9 to register to vote. In addition to registering new voters, those interested in obtaining an absentee ballot have until Tuesday, October 30 to apply for a civilian absentee ballot.

Lansford woman faces two assault charges

Friday, September 28, 2012

Amber Reenock, 28, of 44 E. Water St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place at 44 E. Water St. on Sept. 10 at 7:16 p.m. Charges of two counts of simple assault and harassment were filed by Ofc. Joshua Tom.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Tom received a call about an active domestic at Reenock's address. The complainant was at a friend's house at 30 E. Abbott St. He arrived there and spoke with the complainant, Roxanne Reenock, who had red marks on her neck as if she had been choked.

Steve and Bud a pair of innovators

Friday, September 28, 2012

BY MIKE FEIFEL

The end of the baseball and beginning of NFL seasons have been remarkable, and sometimes, not for the best reasons.

Rather than beating the negatives like the 'replacement referee' debacle to do death, I would like to focus on a couple of people – a pair of innovators – that really are the ones responsible for this excitement.

The two are Steve Sabol and, yes – dare I say Bud Selig.

Theft charges filed against Lansford man

Friday, September 28, 2012

Barry Schlier, 31, of 14 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on April 2. Charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property were filed by Officer Brian Horos.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

At 2:10 p.m., April 2, Horos received a dispatch about a theft at 343 W. Abbott St. He arrived and was greeted by property owners Monique Orr and Merissa Zielinski. They said they had rented the house to Schlier and his paramour, Dana Lincovich, from May 1, 2011 to March 2012.

Wanted man caught in Rush

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rush Township police arrested a Wilkes-Barre man on an outstanding warrant last weekend.

Police came in contact with Troy A. Holtzer, 48, as a result of a traffic stop on Sept. 23. Holtzer was a passenger in the vehicle. A routine records check indicated that Holtzer was wanted by the Carbon County Adult Probation Office.

He was taken into custody, then released to officials from the probation office.

Migration Fest taking place at LGNC

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Migration Fest will be held Saturday, Sept. 29; and Sunday, Sept. 30, at Lehigh Gap Nature Center, with be two days of nature-related programming.

All events are free except for the talk by Scott Weidensaul which requires registration and a fee.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 to 9:30 a.m., there will be a hawk identification program in the Osprey House followed by a trip to Bake Oven Knob; from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Schuylkill county court news

Friday, September 28, 2012

Granted divorce

Stephenie A. Lepera, Minersville, was granted a divorce from John A. Lepera, Pottsville. They were married Sept. 17, 2005.

Election data

Last day to register to be eligible to vote in the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Tuesday, Oct. 9; last day to apply for civilian absentee ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 30, and to date the election board has received requests for 943 applications; the last day to return voted civilian absentee ballots is Friday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m., in the election bureau.

Tax appeals

Woman facing drug counts

Friday, September 28, 2012

Lisabeth Kuklis, 23, is facing charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia following an incident on Sept. 21.

The incident took place on State Game Lands, just off Taggertsville Road. Rush Township police, who filed the charges, did not list an address for Kuklis..

Head Start learn to reduce screen time

Friday, September 28, 2012
Tamaqua Community Arts Center volunteer Evie Welikow-Roberts encourages the children during an imagination play circle.
Tamaqua Community Arts Center volunteer Evie Welikow-Roberts encourages the children during an imagination play circle.

On this date

Friday, September 28, 2012

September 28, 1969

Dedication ceremonies were held at two playground sites in Parryville. Dedicated and officially opened to the public were the Parryville Memorial Park, which was constructed last summer adjacent to the Parryville Cemetery on Second Street, and the Harry E. Orkin playground adjacent to the Parryville Dam. Dr. Robert Mlkvy of Palmerton, one of he finest basketball players ever to play in the region, spoke at the Memorial Park program. George Babyar, Lehighton Recreation director, was the keynote speaker at the Orkin playground.

Lansford man faces assault, drug charges

Friday, September 28, 2012

David Penberth, 42, of 315 E. Abbott St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on Sept. 8 at 315 E. Abbott St., Lansford. Charges of simple assault, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphrenalia, and harassment were filed by Office Timothy Wuttke.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Theft of Rush coal firm probed

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rush Township police are investigating a theft reported to the department concerning the Mazakas Coal Company. Someone reportedly entered the property and removed numerous items, including tools and fuel.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 668-1600.

The Summit at Blue Mountain to host Fall Fest on Oct. 6

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Fall Fest will be hosted by The Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the parking lot at the Summit, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton. The event will be held rain or shine.

A scavenger hunt will begin at 9 a.m. Registration from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

A Little Miss Summit/Little Mr. Summit and Jr. Miss Summit/Jr. Mr. Summit Pageant will be held at 10 a.m. Registration is required. There are two age categories: 0-4 years old "Who's the cutest?"; 5-10 years old "Who has the best talent?"

Local artists to showcase their work

Friday, September 28, 2012

Carbon County Art League will present its fall show on Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. The Hampton Inn, 877 Interchange Road (Route 209), Lehighton, will host the exhibit.

An opening reception will take place all day on Saturday. The show is free and open to the public.

Original artwork as well as prints will be available from some of the area's finest artists. The participating artists will be eligible for prizes.

Tamaqua's new Liberty Hall Complex dedicated

Friday, September 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The complex also provides parking and storage space for its tenants.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The complex also provides parking and storage space for its tenants.

"Developing affordable housing in these significant historic buildings gives the Borough a 'double shot' - we're creating modern, efficient homes for area residents at prices they can afford and at the same time restoring a piece of the Borough's rich history," said Micah Gursky, Executive Director of Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, during the well-attended dedication of the new Liberty Hall Housing Complex in Tamaqua yesterday.

Redball Rally is a big draw once again

Friday, September 28, 2012
This FAV (Fast Attack Vehicle) from the Gulf War packed high speed and a big punch into a small vehicle.
This FAV (Fast Attack Vehicle) from the Gulf War packed high speed and a big punch into a small vehicle.

Last weekend the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert took on the look of a well equipped WWII military base right here in our back yard as the Redball Military Transport Fall Military Vehicle Rally and Show held its two day run there.

The members of Redball Military Transport collect, restore and show antique military vehicles both for the enjoyment of it and also to remember and honor the members of our Armed Forces, past and present.

Their vehicles represent military equipment from 1941 on up to the present day.