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September 2012

Blue Cross of NEPA seeks nominees for 2013 Gallery of Hope

Friday, September 28, 2012

Earlier this year, 10 northeastern and north central Pennsylvania residents took the brave step of sharing their personal stories of surviving breast cancer in an effort to educate others about the disease.

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) collected their experiences for the company's 12th annual Gallery of Hope, a traveling display containing survivor profiles and educational materials designed to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer.

Check made to police department stirs debate

Friday, September 28, 2012

A $3,567.91 check donated to the police department caused some debate and eventually, finger pointing during Wednesday night's meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council.

Anthracite Little League Awards

Friday, September 28, 2012
Anthracite Little League Awards
Copyright 2012

The Anthracite Little League awarded trophies to 9/10 year old baseball players for various batting and pitching categories as well as sportsmanship and most improved. The award winners were, from left, Jacob Taras, Aaron Miller, Derek Pavlik, Colin Rehnert, Josh Robin, and Blake Morgans.

Palmerton mayor resigns

Friday, September 28, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Mayor Brad Doll reads his letter of resignation before borough council on Thursday.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Mayor Brad Doll reads his letter of resignation before borough council on Thursday.

Palmerton is in search of a new mayor.

Borough council, on a 6-0 vote Thursday, accepted the resignation of Mayor Brad Doll, effective immediately. Councilman Jason Behler was absent.

In a prepared statement, Doll explained his decision to resign.

"This is not an easy thing to do, but my wife and I are moving out of the borough, which has been our home for three decades," Doll said. "Palmerton has always been a good place to live, and a perfect place to raise a family."

Lock Haven University announces dean's list

Friday, September 28, 2012

Lock Haven University has released the names of students who achieved dean's list recognition for the spring 2012 semester. The dean's honor list, prepared at the end of each semester, recognizes those students who have achieved academic distinction. To qualify for the dean's list, the student must have earned a GPA of at least 3.5 in 12 hours of letter grades.

Area students named to the dean's list are as follows:

Lehigh County:

Nicholas K. Boyd, New Tripoli, junior, Health Sciences/Pre-physical Therapy; and Alycia J. DeMilio, New Tripoli, sophomore, Criminal Justice;

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, September 28, 2012

Deeds recorded

Jim Thorpe

David H. Gasker to Daphne C. Gasker, 46 Coal St., Jim Thorpe, ,property on Coal Street, $1.

David Gasker to Dorothy A. Gasker, 51 Primrose Lane, Jim Thorpe, property on Front Street, $1.

Kidder Township

Ruth Holstein to Scott St. Pierre, Yardley, Pa., property at 113 Henning Drive, Albrightsville, $13,000.

Jean E. Carter to John R. Carter, 147 Pine St., Tamaqua, property at 50 Crest Drive, Lake Harmony, $100,607.

Lansford

Mary T. DeLauretis to Robert A. Soldivera, Emmaus, property at 864 E. Patterson St., $33,000.

Women of the ELCA gather for Fall Event

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Women of the ELCA from congregations throughout the Hazleton/Lehighton cluster will gather for their Fall Event Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sixth and North streets, Jim Thorpe, from 8:45 a.m. to noon. The theme is "Sacred Spaces."

Northeastern Pennsylvania synod's SALM (synodically appointed lay minister) Emma Weaver will guide the women gathered in supporting and enriching prayer life. There will also be time for devotions and fellowship. Women interested in the topic are invited to attend. The church phone number is (570) 325-3471.

Two Tamaqua men among 10 to enter guilty pleas

Friday, September 28, 2012

Two Tamaqua men were among 10 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin in Schuylkill County court.

Kerry Scott Fulmer, 41, was placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) to serve 24 months on probation on charges of criminal trespass on private property at 224 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, with three months under house arrest with electronic monitoring after release from undergoing inpatient treatment for drug and alcohol treatment.

The colors of Autumn

Friday, September 28, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This colorful display of flowers, leaves and pumpkins in Jim Thorpe is ready to usher in the same fall colors soon to be appearing on the surrounding mountains in our area. The vibrant display, the handiwork of Bernadette Behan, is located in front of the deck at the Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse in Jim Thorpe.

Four charged in Lansford burglary

Friday, September 28, 2012

Mel Gerber, 39, of 117 Lombard Street, Tamaqua; Anthony Paltanavage, 26, of 75 Water St., New Philadelphia; Matthew Stephens, of 210 Windifeld Drive, Middleport; and Shane Stoops, 23, of 189 Winfield Drive, Middleport, all face charges from an incident which took place on Sept. 8 at 8:49 p.m. at 304 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.

Charges were filed by Lansford Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick and Officer Amie Barclay.

All individuals were charged with burglary, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property.

Seven inducted into Tamaqua Area High School Hall of Fame

Friday, September 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Seven Tamaqua alumni were inducted into the Tamaqua Area High School's 17th Hall of Fame class prior to Friday's football game held at the Sport's Complex.

Inducted, from left, were Larry Lech, class of 1978; Joseph J. Urenovitch, class of 1982; Tara Rottet-Blackburn, class of 1988; Erika Barron, class of 2007; Isaac Dunkelberger, class of 2007; Alex Griffiths, class of 2007; and Amanda Sandlin, class of 2007.

To view the full story and all of their accomplishments, view the full story that appeared in Friday's TIMES NEWS.

Tech-Net Comedy Night will feature comedy, music, prizes

Friday, September 28, 2012

A night of fun and laughter is planned for Saturday, Nov. 10, when the 10th annual Tech-Net Comedy Night will be held at Penn's Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter and five local fire companies, including Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company, Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, Lehigh Township Volunteer Fire Company, West End Fire Company, Brodheadsville; and Slatington Volunteer Fire Company.

Lansford High School Class of 1952 reunites

Friday, September 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lansford High School Class of 1952 hosted its 60-year reunion on July 28 at Kelly's Irish Pub in Lansford. Those attending include, seated front row from left, Theresa Gallagher Zebian, (standing) Mary Pasho Anderson, Mary Louise Stickler Savitt, Annette Matta Kirchdoerfer and Joan Surotchak Radvon. Second row, George Krajnak, Stella Gorka Williams, Shirley Marshall Green, Jack Schoneberger, Louis Dignazio, Jim Lorah and Ann Shober Heffelfinger. Third row, Harry Vadyak, Frank Petko, George Hydock, Joe Filloy, Marvin Evans, Jerry Besbris, Howard Heffelfinger, Tom Gallagher and Ed Drozd.

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.