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September 2012

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Children with the Child Development Inc. Head Start of Schuylkill County spent time at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center (TCAC) tap into their creative side as they learned the importance of less screen time. This lesson is part of St. Luke's Hospital's Live Your Life Campaign. The event consisted physical activities that didn't require the use of a computer, television or digital device. Some of the activities were a scavenger hunt, sidewalk art, imagination play circle and so on. Volunteers with the TCAC, staff of Head Start and St. Luke's employees organized the event. Gavin Reigel, 4, gets pointers from Shaina Hodge, assistant teacher, Head Start.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Children with the Child Development Inc. Head Start of Schuylkill County spent time at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center (TCAC) tap into their creative side as they learned the importance of less screen time. This lesson is part of St. Luke's Hospital's Live Your Life Campaign. The event consisted physical activities that didn't require the use of a computer, television or digital device. Some of the activities were a scavenger hunt, sidewalk art, imagination play circle and so on. Volunteers with the TCAC, staff of Head Start and St. Luke's employees organized the event. Gavin Reigel, 4, gets pointers from Shaina Hodge, assistant teacher, Head Start.

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:

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.

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 Micah Gursky, Executive Director of Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, on right, says to the crowd, "We are competing against larger communities." He continued by addressing some of the attending tenants, saying, "We are glad you chose to live in Tamaqua."
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Micah Gursky, Executive Director of Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, on right, says to the crowd, "We are competing against larger communities." He continued by addressing some of the attending tenants, saying, "We are glad you chose to live in Tamaqua."

"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.

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.

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.