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September 2012

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.

Woman charged in Monroe incident

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Monroe County woman was charged following an incident that occurred at her home on Tuesday, Sept. 25, about 9:30 a.m.

Pocono Mountain Regional police officers went to the residence of Marisol Delarosa, 45, of Emerald Lakes development in Long Pond, to serve a warrant on her issued to Scranton police. Delarosa met police at the door and was informed about the arrest warrant and she was advised that she was under arrest.

Delarosa told police she was not going anywhere until she took a bath and attempted to close the door on the officers.

24 inducted into National Junior Honor Society

Thursday, September 27, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Students who were inducted Thursday into the Palmerton National Junior Honor Society were (front row, l-r) Emily Dugan, Lauren Fegely, Kayla Bumberger, Nicole Andress, Hailey Muniz, Kristen Keiper, Kody Kolnik, and Tasia Biege (middle row, l-r) Alyssa Olewine, Alanna Shivone, Mercedes Melo, Emily Smith, Madeline Zelienka, Candis Keck, Nathan Goodhile, Cole Buck and Allison Dugan (back row, l-r) Makayla Smale, Jacob Taylor, Jonathan Blichar, John Iles, Austin Debski, Garrett Perschy, and Joseph Suto.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Students who were inducted Thursday into the Palmerton National Junior Honor Society were (front row, l-r) Emily Dugan, Lauren Fegely, Kayla Bumberger, Nicole Andress, Hailey Muniz, Kristen Keiper, Kody Kolnik, and Tasia Biege (middle row, l-r) Alyssa Olewine, Alanna Shivone, Mercedes Melo, Emily Smith, Madeline Zelienka, Candis Keck, Nathan Goodhile, Cole Buck and Allison Dugan (back row, l-r) Makayla Smale, Jacob Taylor, Jonathan Blichar, John Iles, Austin Debski, Garrett Perschy, and Joseph Suto.

They've distanced themselves from the pack because of their work inside the classroom.

As a result, the supreme scholars who were initiated into the Palmerton National Junior Honor Society found themselves in select company.

In all, two dozen students took part in the induction ceremony held recently in the high school auditorium, which commenced with a prelude and processional given by junior high school music instructor Ken Mettam.

After the Pledge of Allegiance was performed, junior high school Principal Paula Husar welcomed the students.

Versatile Ferryman earns POW

Thursday, September 27, 2012

There might not be much to Panther Valley's Kyle Ferryman as far as size goes.

The junior is listed at 5-9 165 and that's being generous. However, with Ferryman, size really doesn't matter because its his speed and football savvy that have gotten him this week's TIMES NEWS Player of the Week.

Pisarchick-Drake

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Jennifer Pisarchick and Steven Drake
Jennifer Pisarchick and Steven Drake

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Jennifer Pisarchick of Coaldale to Steven Drake, also of Coaldale.

The bride-elect is the daughter of John Pisarchick of Elysburg. A 1991 graduate of Southern Columbia High School, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications from Bloomsburg University in 1995.

She is employed as director of marketing and admissions at Maple Shade Meadows in Nesquehoning.

Eleven first time offenders placed in Carbon Co. probation program

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Eleven first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all remaining charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

Danielle Tirpak weds Francis Milesky III

Thursday, September 27, 2012
@$:Mr. and Mrs. Francis Milesky III
@$:Mr. and Mrs. Francis Milesky III

Danielle Tirpak, daughter of Thomas and Janel Tirpak of Summit Hill, and Francis Milesky III, son of Michael and Sande Twohey of Mt. Airy, Md., and the late Francis Milesky Jr., were united in marriage on May 5, 2012 at the Loew's Annapolis Hotel in Annapolis, Md. The Rev. Michael Drnec Sr. officiated the double ring ceremony.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.

A reception at the hotel followed the ceremony. The couple honeymooned in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Polk Township Community News

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Historical society meeting

The Polk Township Historical Society will meet on Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Polk Township Municipal Building in Kresgeville. Everyone is invited to attend their meetings and new members are always welcome.

For additional information, please call Pat at (610) 681-8984.

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5-8 p.m. Polk residents who would like to participate should turn on their porch or house lights.

Happy Birthday

Free, hot breakfast

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Feed the People will provide a free, hot breakfast for any community member, regardless of where you live, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St., Summit Hill. No registration is required.

Volunteers and donations are welcome.

For more information about other days and locations of service call (570) 657-1480.

New Ringgold couple wed 51 years

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Clair J. Zehner Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Clair J. Zehner Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Clair J. Zehner Jr. of New Ringgold will celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary on Sept. 30. They were married in Zion's Stone Church, New Ringgold, by the Rev. Arthur Kleintop.

Mrs. Zehner is the former Anita Moerder. She owned and operated a beauty shop for 30 years.

Mr. Zehner is retired from the Hexcel Corporation, Pottsville, where he worked for 11 years. Previously, he had been employed at the former Keystone Lamp Factory in Slatington.

Heritage Hill to chair annual Alzheimer's Memory Walk

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly will again chair the Alzheimer's Memory Walk for the 12th consecutive year.

Alzheimer's is a disease that has affected over 5 million Americans and causes them to behave erratically, becoming disoriented and forgetful.

The Alzheimer's Association provides vital programs that include: family caregiver training, support group assistance, Safe Return program, telephone information and referral, and professional in-service programs.

This year's Walk will be on Saturday, Oct. 6. Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m.

They don't make them like they use to

Thursday, September 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The winner of Salem UCC's 4th Annual Fall Festival Car Show was this 1929 Nash Cabriolet owned by Harold Metzgar. It has a rumble seat and the spokes of the wheels are wood.

New scoreboard unveiled at Lansford LL

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Taking part in the dedication of a new scoreboard at the Lansford Little League Field this week are, front l-r, Glen Karnish, vice president of the Lansford Little League; Jennifer Karnish, financial accountant at Jim Thorpe National Bank; Tim Goida and Jay Doyle, coaches in the little league; back l-r, Rich Soto, electrician; Bill Gardiner, member of the JTNB board of directors; Craig Zurn, president and CEO of JTNB; Mike Turrano, Lansford Little League president; Tawny Delich, assistant manager of the Lansford Branch of Jim Thorpe National Bank; Jake Maurer of PPL, and Jeff Yeakel of the Kovatch Corporation. The scoreboard was donated by Jim Thorpe National Bank.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Taking part in the dedication of a new scoreboard at the Lansford Little League Field this week are, front l-r, Glen Karnish, vice president of the Lansford Little League; Jennifer Karnish, financial accountant at Jim Thorpe National Bank; Tim Goida and Jay Doyle, coaches in the little league; back l-r, Rich Soto, electrician; Bill Gardiner, member of the JTNB board of directors; Craig Zurn, president and CEO of JTNB; Mike Turrano, Lansford Little League president; Tawny Delich, assistant manager of the Lansford Branch of Jim Thorpe National Bank; Jake Maurer of PPL, and Jeff Yeakel of the Kovatch Corporation. The scoreboard was donated by Jim Thorpe National Bank.

A new scoreboard was dedicated this week on the Lansford Little League baseball field.

It replaces one which was about 15 years old and, according to Little League Vice President Glen Karnish, was basically worn out.

"It had some internal problems," Karnish said of the previous scoreboard. "Sometimes the score would change by itself."

The bright red and white scoreboard which was used for the first time was a gift from Jim Thorpe National Bank.

The structure, made of steel, measures 8-by-16 feet total and has LED lighting with a wireless controller.

CLASS REUNION

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Palmerton Class of 1952

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.

Middleport Fire Company needs new fire truck

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Pictured is a photo of the Citizen's Fire Company's old tanker truck used by the company many years ago. Dedicated volunteers had transformed this milk truck into a pumper.
Pictured is a photo of the Citizen's Fire Company's old tanker truck used by the company many years ago. Dedicated volunteers had transformed this milk truck into a pumper.

"We need to do a fundraiser, we need toilet paper," said Russell Hauck Jr, volunteer firefighter and Fire Police Captain with Citizen's Fire Company of Middleport. Even though his statement was said in a comical manner, his statement still reflects the struggles local fire departments face when trying to raise funds for new equipment.

That is the current issue faced by volunteers and firefighters of the Citizen's Fire Company of Middleport.

Lansford native raised to rank of archpriest

Thursday, September 27, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Rev. Matthew-Peter Butrie, second from right, a Lansford native, was raised to the rank of Archpriest in the Orthodox Church. The dignity was conferred by Bishop Alexander, third from left, of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese (OCA) on Sunday, Sept. 16 at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Burton, Mich., where Butrie has been pastor since 2007. Butrie is the son of Nicholas and Margaret Butrie of Lansford. Pictured from left, daughter Anastasia Butrie, wife Popadia Lisa Butrie, Bishop Alexander, the Very Rev. Matthew-Peter Butrie, and son Taras-Michael Butrie.

Less bang for a buck

Thursday, September 27, 2012

SF officials study plan to help single renters

Despite what we're hearing from liberal pundits who have already crowned President Obama the winner, pocket book issues will still determine the election on Nov. 6.

The questions Republicans hope voters will ask themselves is whether or not they are better off now than four years ago and if they think Obama has us on the right course.

In the upcoming debates and over the next 40 days of the campaign, President Obama will be spinning the numbers, indicating how the economic recovery has been slow, and that his policies need more time.

PV Public Library schedules October events

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, has a full schedule of events to offer in October.

Ÿ Thursday, Oct. 4: Dr. Chandra Reddy, M.D., fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon, with St. Luke's Orthopedic Specialists, will do a presentation on "The 10 Common Orthopedic Injuries," from 6-7:30 p.m.

Ÿ Monday, Oct. 8 and Wednesday, Oct. 10: St. Luke's Miners "Diabetes Classes," from 6-8 p.m.

Ÿ Monday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 17: St. Luke's Miners "Diabetes Classes," from 6-8 p.m.

Early start

Thursday, September 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Sometimes it makes sense to get a head start. Pictured are East Penn Township workers repairing sections of Blue Mountain Road in the early morning hours.

Signs of fall

Thursday, September 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Five days into fall and we already see some signs of Autumn. Pictured atop the high coal pockets of Walker Township are the rolling hills along US209 (Pottsville Stretch) in Schuylkill Township, just west of Tamaqua. Also pictured is old route 209.

Marriage licenses

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Schuylkill County

Kristine M. Zemanik and Jason E. Yanett, 72 Second St., Coaldale.

Kathryn A. Mast, 1051 Catawissa Road, Tamaqua, and Matthew R. Brubaker, 15517 Long Prairie Road, Ewing, Ill.

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, September 27, 2012

September 27, 1940 Alex Feretti scores two touchdowns, including his second one in the final minute of play, to help lift Lansford to a 12-7 win over host Pottsville in front of a crowd of 8,000. Trailing by a point, Feretti leads the Panthers on a 55-yard scoring drive. He completes three passes, all of them to Tony Jaso, for 34 yards and completes the march with a six-yard scoring run. Feretti also accounts for his team's other TD, also coming on a six-yard run.

Walk the Walk planned at Lehigh Canal Park, Weissport

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A 5K Walk the Walk Fun Run and Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Lehigh Canal Park at Weissport.

The event is being organized by Country Inn and Suites to raise funds for Walk the World for Childhood Foundation.

Contact Country Inn and Suites by Sept. 28 at (610) 377-5066 or in person at 1619 Interchange Road, Lehighton or register at the walk site on the day of the event.

Funds raised are used to assist children at risk in the United States and foreign countries, in the areas of child abuse.

Palmerton Camera Club meeting

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Palmerton Camera Club will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 5th and Lafayette, Palmerton.

The monthly photo challenge subject is "abandoned." Those who attend may bring their images to the meeting.

This evening's program is "What is green-screen photography: A how-to on green-screen photography.

The group's club site is http://palmertoncameraclub.squarespace.com.

Meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact 610-826-7285, or bcrein@ptd.net.