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September 2012

Tamaqua news

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met Sept. 11 at the Ryan Township Fire Company with 42 members in attendance. The business session was conducted by Vice President Nancy Godonis. A moment of silence was held in observance of the lives lost on 9/11/2001.

Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation. Reports were presented by secretary Gloria Gerhard and treasurer Shirley Becker, who both offered inspirational readings. Birthday wishes were extended to Rose Valee, Betty Brobst, Joyce Krell and Jane Tarter.

Dissolving E-waste

Friday, September 28, 2012

Medical device helps man and environment

Earlier this week, Carbon County residents had the opportunity to dispose of their old electronics by taking them to the Lehighton Borough Public Works building for recycling.

The event, in cooperation with Advanced Green Solutions Inc., was held at no charge to the county or to residents. It was a quick and easy way to get rid of that old television, VCR, radio, stereo equipment, computer monitor, keyboard, telephone, typewriter, hard drive, lap top or copier that's been taking up space in the house.

Marriage licenses

Friday, September 28, 2012

Carbon County

Jason Andrew Diehl and Nicole Lynn Nunemacher, 54 E. White St., Summit Hill.

William David Swan, 243 Wesner Road, Reading, and Nina Maria Burkett, 14 E. High St., Coaldale.

Thomas Paul Kowalski and Janelle Frances Rinck, 1225 Browning Court, Lansdale.

Kyle William Lindermuth, 819 Center St., Jim Thorpe, and Evelyn Susie Hydock, 113 Autumn Lane, Jim Thorpe.

Stephen Michael Sauchinitz and Kimberly Lynn Kemp, 858 Edgemont Ave., Palmerton.

Summit Hill woman faces drug charges

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sherry Phillips, 36, of 6 E. White St., Summit Hill, faces charges from an incident which took place on Aug. 11 on W. Patterson Street, Lansford. Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and harassment were filed by Officer Timothy Wuttke.

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

Wuttke was dispatched to meet an assault victim at the police station. But because he was on another assignment, Summit Hill Officer Dave Midas interviewed the victim for him.

Choy, Mounties win MVC golf

Friday, September 28, 2012

DELAWARE WATER GAP – Staring down his second shot on the second playoff hole in Thursday's Mountain Valley Conference golf championships, Stroudsburg's Evan Choy was faced with an uphill approach that had to either go over or under a tree roughly 15 yards in front of him.

After some internal deliberation, and watching his opponent and teammate Cormac Salmon leave his second shot short and in a tough location, Choy decided to grab his gap wedge and fly it over the bare tree.

"It was a gamble," Choy admitted afterward. "After seeing (Salmon's) shot, I had to take the risk."

History of both complexes

Friday, September 28, 2012

401 Hazle Street (Tamaqua Shoe and Boot Factory Building):

Awash in color

Friday, September 28, 2012
Bieren's autumn photo of Stourbridge Village, Mass., took Best of Show at the Provincetown Art Museum.
Bieren's autumn photo of Stourbridge Village, Mass., took Best of Show at the Provincetown Art Museum.

Tamaqua artist excels in mixed media

Don't ask artist Donna Bieren which medium she likes best.

She'll tell you she likes everything.

And don't ask if she considers herself an illustrator in perhaps the realist style or abstract style.

She'll tell you that she doesn't go for labels.

Labels are for canned vegetables, not artists.

"My thing is not the style, it's the medium and how I can make it work," she explains.

And with that perspective, Bieren has established herself over the past decade as ambassador of the visual arts in the Carbon-Schuylkill region.

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.

Volunteers, students spruce up Tamaqua

Thursday, September 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua High School students with Roseann Weinrich's Biology Club, as well as area volunteers, spent time recently during the Schuylkill Keep It Pretty (SKIP) cleanup held in Tamaqua. Some cleanup volunteers pictured from front left are Damian Munoz, Joann Butkus, Anthony Rago, Nick DiGilio, Tannar Urban, Carolyne Kanaskie and Gregg Gehman. From back left are Tyler Butkis, Marshall Kershey, Jake Wenzel, Zac Powell, Bobby Galuska, Kyle Weaver and Tamaqua's SKIP Kevin Steigerwalt.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua High School students with Roseann Weinrich's Biology Club, as well as area volunteers, spent time recently during the Schuylkill Keep It Pretty (SKIP) cleanup held in Tamaqua. Some cleanup volunteers pictured from front left are Damian Munoz, Joann Butkus, Anthony Rago, Nick DiGilio, Tannar Urban, Carolyne Kanaskie and Gregg Gehman. From back left are Tyler Butkis, Marshall Kershey, Jake Wenzel, Zac Powell, Bobby Galuska, Kyle Weaver and Tamaqua's SKIP Kevin Steigerwalt.

Healthier Picks workshop to be held in West End

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Penn State Extension's West End Community Change Club will host a workshop aimed at ideas for increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables in meals on Monday, Nov. 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Western Pocono Community Library, Pilgrim Way, Brodheadsville.

In proper perspective

Thursday, September 27, 2012

As far as losses go, Friday night's 49-48 overtime heartbreaker against Panther Valley would probably have to rank among one of the toughest in Jim Thorpe coach Mark Rosenberger's career.

Anytime a team losses by a point in overtime, there are dozens of plays that a coach can replay over and over in his head that might have changed the outcome.

Diabetes newsletter available

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Do you or someone you know have diabetes?

Penn State Extension offices in Pike and Carbon County are offering free online Diabetes Life Lines newsletters, created by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. The newsletters are distributed six times a year, preferably via email to cut down on expenses.

To sign up for the newsletter, contact Penn State Extension in Pike County, 514 Broad St., Milford, (570) 296-3400 or e-mail PikeExt@psu.edu; or Penn State Extension in Carbon County, 529 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe, (570) 325-2788 or e-mail CarbonExt@psu.edu.

ADULT CLASSES

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Living and Learning After 50

Diakon Living and Learning After 50 is offering a variety of educational classes designed for active adults interested in learning a new skill, enhancing a current interest or just finding ways to more fully enjoy life.

Classes focus on spiritual, educational, physical, social and emotional wellness and include topics such as computer skills, stress reduction, musical instruction, art and more.

All local sessions will be held at the Tamaqua Salvation Army,105 W. Broad St. in Tamaqua.

Memorial dedication for Leona Smith

Thursday, September 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS A new sign at the Western Pocono Women's Club's Flower Garden was donated by Leona Smith's family in her memory.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS A new sign at the Western Pocono Women's Club's Flower Garden was donated by Leona Smith's family in her memory.

Recently the GFWC Western Pocono Women's Club (WPWC) placed a new sign at their Flower Gardens, located across from the Chestnuthill Diner in Brodheadsville. It was dedicated in memory of Leona Smith.

Leona was a past president and charter member of the club, which was founded in 1970.

The Flower Gardens, established in 2002, have been planted and maintained by the WPWC as an Adopt and Beautify project in conjunction with PennDOT.

Pocono arrests

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on the following arrests.

On Fricay, Sept. 21, about 12:02 a.m. officers were dispatched to 2162 Freedom Way, Coolbaugh Township, for a report of a domestic incident. On scene officers discovered Kamarl K. Hargrove, 27, of Tobyhanna. He was at the residence of his ex-girlfriend. The woman told officers she had a protection from abuse (PFA) order which stated he could not be at the residence.

He was taken into custody and charged with violating the order and placed in the county prison in Snydersville pending arraignment.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nesquehoning

Woman's club

The executive board of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club will hold a meeting on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. at the home of Madeline Ligenza. The meeting will be co-hosted by Judy Moon.

The regular meeting is set for Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church.

Summit Hill

Cleanup dates

are announced

Summit Hill borough secretary Susan S. Gibiser announced the fall cleanup dates for the borough.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) after she crashed her vehicle while allegedly texting and being under the influence.

State police at Frackville said Monica Weikel, 23, of Lavelle, was operating a 2002 Ford Escape eastbound on SR54 (Mt. Olive Blvd.), in West Mahanoy Township, about 12:55 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25. She allegedly was texting while driving, troopers said.

Monroe burglary, theft incidents

Thursday, September 27, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported investigating a burglary and theft incidents.

The break-in occurred at a residence at 490 Getz Dawl Road, in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County. The home was entered through a basement door that was broken. Once inside the criminals proceeded to rummage through various rooms but nothing was apparently taken. The home is owned by Lorenzo John Munroe, 57, of Norwalk, Conn.

Enjoying new computers

Thursday, September 27, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

St. Joseph Regional Academy students, Jim Thorpe, are now enjoying 20 new Dell computers in the school's computer lab, which were purchased as a result of joint fundraising efforts by the school and Msgr. John Chizmar, pastor of St. Peter the Fisherman Church in Lake Harmony; the Rev. James Ward, pastor of Immaculate Conception in Jim Thorpe; and the Rev. Francis Baransky, pastor of St. Joseph's Church, also in Jim Thorpe. A total of 28 computers were purchased, with eight going into the classrooms. Seen completing research are fifth grade students Gianna Steber, left, and JJ Wimmer.

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.