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September 2012

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..

M&T Bank supports CCF

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Michele Pompa, branch manager of M&T Bank, Carbon Plaza Mall, Lehighton, presented a $1,000 check to Bob Silliman, president of the Carbon County Fair to assist with improvements to the fair. From left are, Martha Moyer, fair director; Pompa; and Silliman.

Summit Hill making progress in paying off recent loans

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Summit Hill Borough officials have announced significant progress has been made by the borough council in paying off loans the borough took out in recent years for major construction projects in the community.

In August, the council paid off a loan that was secured for the construction of a new borough garage for its maintenance department. Originally, the $200,000 loan was scheduled for full repayment on Dec. 16, 2014, but the council paid the $41,485.99 balance owed on it last month.

Man charged with breaking wife's jaw waives hearing

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Mahoning Township man who allegedly assaulted his wife and broke her jaw waived his criminal charges to Carbon County Court.

Matthew J. Schaffer, 35, of Lower Nis Hollow Drive, is facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and harassment.

Individuals facing criminal charges are entitled to a preliminary hearing or can have the charges forwarded for trial at county court level.

The hearing had been scheduled yesterday before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

Lehighton news

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Trinity happenings

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold Service of the Word worship service at 9 a.m. The Rev. Carl G. Schweitzer will lead the service. Substitute clergy will preside during the pastoral vacancy. Coffee house fellowship follows.

A nursery will be available during the 9 a.m. worship service for children through age 6, staffed with an experienced caregiver who is trained in CPR and first aid and a youth volunteer.

Sunday School for children ages 3 through adults begins at 10:15.

Hearing continued for two charged in shooting incident

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Preliminary hearings scheduled yesterday for two individuals charged following a shooting incident in Lehighton were continued.

The shooting occurred at about 3:41 a.m. on Sept. 17 at an apartment in the 100 block of South First Street.

Anthony M. Chillari, 31, of South First Street, was shot in his right hand and thigh, allegedly while he was trying to take the gun from his ex-girlfriend, Eleanor Figuccio, who shared the same address.

Marian captures Schuylkill golf title

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Marian captured the Schuylkill League golf championship to highlight Wednesday scholastic sports action.

GOLF

Marian-Pottsville-Blue Mountain-Mahanoy Area

Marian, the Schuylkill League Division 2 champion, knocked off Pottsville, Blue Mountain and Mahanoy Area to claim the 2012 Schuylkill League Team Championship at Blue Mountain Golf Course in Pine Grove.

Tamaqua couple wed 50 years

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Zlock
Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Zlock

Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Zlock of Tamaqua recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Sept. 22, 1962 at Trinity U.C.C., Tamaqua by the Rev. Joseph Miller.

Mrs. Zlock is the former Janice L. Wetterau, daughter of Helen Wetterau of Tamaqua, and the late Paul Wetterau.

Mr. Zlock is the son of the late Paul and Susan Zlock of Lansford.

The couple have two daughters, Janna Scheese, wife of David Scheese of Sinking Spring, Pa.; and Allison Valentine, wife of James Valentine of Lehighton.

Silver Creek fire tower hike

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Robin Tracey, environmental education specialist, at Tuscarora State Park, will be conducting a hike to the Silver Creek Fire Tower on Friday, Oct. 5. The hike will explore the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park. The hike is six miles in length and moderate in difficulty.

The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife. Those planning to attend are asked to meet at the visitor parking lot of Locust Lake located before the contact station. Dogs are allowed for the hike. All pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets.

Colts trying to stay unbeaten

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Friday, September 22, 2006: That was the last time Marian started out a season with a 4-0 record.

Another date of significance for the Colts is Friday, September 26, 2008. That was the last time Marian defeated North Schuylkill.

Fast forward to the present where the Colts are 4-0 once again and heading into Frackville this Friday night to take on the Spartans.

Theft of scrap metal probed

Thursday, September 27, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of scrap metal from a Schuylkill County site.

Troopers said the metal was taken from a construction site off Moss Glen Road, in Schuylkill Township. Taken was eight iron excavator body panels and two iron screens. The items are the property of M&J Excavation, of Bloomsburg.

The theft occurred sometime between Sept. 21 and 25, troopers said. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

Ross Township Community Day brings community awareness

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

Ross Township Community Day, held at the Van Buskirk-Haney Park on Anchorage Road in Saylorsburg, gets a little bigger and better each year, says Bernie Kozen, executive director of West End Parks and Open Space. This year there were 35 local vendors, organizations and non-profits that had displays. Leigh Cole and Dean Hornig were the entertainment. It is organized by Ross Township and the Ladies of Ross to promote community involvement, an opportunity to come out and meet neighbors, and learn about community organizations.

Five-vehicle rear-end crash

Thursday, September 27, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a five-vehicle, rear-end crash along SR61 in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, that occurred about 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Troopers identified the drivers and vehicles as follows: Bernard A. Zaremba, 48, of Frackville, 2012 Toyota Camry; Tiffany M. Frantz, 17, of Saint Clair, 1999 Mercury Mystique; Christopher M. Thomas, 31, of Schuylkill Haven, 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe; Robert L. Antonni, 52, of Schuylkill Haven, 2008 Toyota Scion; and Terry L. Blatt, 42, of Auburn, 2004 Pontiac Vibe.

ACS WORKSHOP

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 6-8 p.m., Oct. 1, at the ACS Office, 101 Frack St, Frackville.

The sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Look Good, Feel Better is offered in a group setting, providing participants with cancer education, information and support.

Tamaqua's second Five Points

Thursday, September 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The addition of traffic lights at the Mauch Chunk Street and Pine Street (SR309) intersection in Tamaqua has turned the intersection into a five points intersection. The lights were added by PennDOT recently to allow traffic to safely enter and exit Hess Windows and Tamaqua Tabacco Outlet. The new traffic lights, placed on the sidewalk adjacent to the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, are triggered via a non-recording camera-like device that is aimed at the northwest side of the parking lot. Pictured are the new traffic lights placed at the Mauch Chunk and Pine Street intersection in Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The addition of traffic lights at the Mauch Chunk Street and Pine Street (SR309) intersection in Tamaqua has turned the intersection into a five points intersection. The lights were added by PennDOT recently to allow traffic to safely enter and exit Hess Windows and Tamaqua Tabacco Outlet. The new traffic lights, placed on the sidewalk adjacent to the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, are triggered via a non-recording camera-like device that is aimed at the northwest side of the parking lot. Pictured are the new traffic lights placed at the Mauch Chunk and Pine Street intersection in Tamaqua.

Domestic incidents

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on two domestic incidents in which arrests were made.

On Sept. 19 about 10:37 p.m. police responded to 29 Holly Forest Road, in Mount Pocono, for a reported physical domestic incident.

On scene officers spoke with Katie Brown, 20. She was observed to have several injuries to her face.

She told officers that Tywain Preston, 19, of Mount Pocono, had attacked her. Brown was taken to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for treatment.

Tractor trailer gets stuck on Tamaqua bridge

Thursday, September 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Both lanes of traffic on the temporary Center Street (SR309) bridge in Tamaqua were blocked for awhile yesterday afternoon after a tractor trailer struck the bridge. The impact flattened the tractor trailer's tire and bent the axil, preventing it from moving. Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson stated the width of the bridge makes it hard for two tractor trailers to safely pass each other. In addition to thanking the Tamaqua Fire Police for helping direct traffic, Mattson stated his appreciation to passing PPL workers who used their bucket truck to relocate downed wires at the bridge to allow for traffic to alternate on the bridge. No injuries were reported. Tamaqua Fire Police volunteer Ed Kashmer helps alternate traffic over the temporary SR309 bridge.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Both lanes of traffic on the temporary Center Street (SR309) bridge in Tamaqua were blocked for awhile yesterday afternoon after a tractor trailer struck the bridge. The impact flattened the tractor trailer's tire and bent the axil, preventing it from moving. Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson stated the width of the bridge makes it hard for two tractor trailers to safely pass each other. In addition to thanking the Tamaqua Fire Police for helping direct traffic, Mattson stated his appreciation to passing PPL workers who used their bucket truck to relocate downed wires at the bridge to allow for traffic to alternate on the bridge. No injuries were reported. Tamaqua Fire Police volunteer Ed Kashmer helps alternate traffic over the temporary SR309 bridge.

Pleasant Vy. to be tested

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pleasant Valley at Wyomissing

WHEN: Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

RECORDS: Pleasant Valley 3-1 (3-0 Mountain Valley Conference); Wyomissing 4-0 (1-0 Berks Inter-County Conference)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Pleasant Valley def. Lehighton 54-0; Wyomissing def. Blue Mountain 35-0.

PLEASANT VALLEY'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Brandon Leap (37-71-689-10TD pass, 20-110-TD rush**), RB Austyn Borre (50-616-8TD rush, 6-146-2TD rec**), WR Sekou Jones (11-176-TD rec**), WR Andrew Romeo (10-201-5TD rec**)

Schuylkill court news

Thursday, September 27, 2012

File for divorce

Susan Merkel, 467 Nichols St., Pottsville, started a divorce proceeding against Charles Merkel Jr., 838 Lizard Creek Drive, Andreas, West Penn Township. They were married Sept. 23, 1989.

Kim Novack Simmonds, 207 Market St., Tamaqua, filed suit for divorce from Willliam S. Simmonds, 106 Market St., Tamaqua. They were married Dec. 9, 2008.

Divorces granted

Robin L. Greiner, Tower City, was granted a divorce from Edward J. Greiner, Pottsville. They were married Oct. 20, 2011.

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.