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April 2013

Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck seeks re-relection

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
K. Tony Walck
K. Tony Walck

Nesquehoning Mayor K. Tony Walck has announced his candidacy for re-election to that office. A Democrat, he is seeking his party's nomination in the May 21 Primary Election.

Walck was elected to a two-year term as mayor in November 2003 and re-elected to a four-year term in 2005. Since that time, he has overseen a police department that has maintained a high level of enforcement.

During his terms, major drug busts were conducted in the community through the Attorney General's Drug Task Force.

Elvis tribute show benefits Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick performs recently at Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association. He will return to the Lehighton area on Saturday, June 1 for a fundraiser to benefit the community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick performs recently at Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association. He will return to the Lehighton area on Saturday, June 1 for a fundraiser to benefit the community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club.

Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick recently brought his award-winning show to Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association. All proceeds from this event benefit MVAA.

"This is probably the only fundraiser that we do during the year," said MVAA Treasurer Robert Miller. "We are going to use the proceeds to purchase a new automatic litter."

Nesquehoning VFW Post and Auxiliary to celebrate Loyalty Day

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Nesquehoning Memorial VFW Post 8008 and the Ladies Auxiliary will celebrate Loyalty Day on Wednesday, May 1, beginning at 6 p.m.

The program will be held in the social hall of the local organization.

On July 18, 1958 the Veterans of Foreign Wars won a long, hard battle to have May 1 approved by Congress as Loyalty Day. It is designated as a day filled with activities designed to involve the community in a display of loyalty to flag and country.

Residents are requested to fly their flags on May 1.

Organizations come together during community cleanup

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Picking up trash along the tracks are Tamaqua Boy Scout Aidan Bonner, 12, Joseph Yarzebinski with Rural LISC, and Tamaqua Girl Scout Ashley DeAngelo, 12.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Picking up trash along the tracks are Tamaqua Boy Scout Aidan Bonner, 12, Joseph Yarzebinski with Rural LISC, and Tamaqua Girl Scout Ashley DeAngelo, 12.

About 3 dozen volunteers with a number of local community-minded organizations came together in Tamaqua to pick up trash during S.K.I.P. (Schuylkill Keep It Pretty) day held over the weekend. Some o rganizations involved were volunteers from S.K.I.P., Tamaqua Safety Initiative (T.S.I.), Tamaqua Community Arts Center (T.C.A.C.), Tamaqua Area Community Partnership (T.A.C.P.), Tamaqua Boy Scouts, Tamaqua Girl Scouts and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (L.I.S.C.). About 3 dozen garbage bags were filled with garbage during the cleanup.

Millage scenarios submitted to Palmerton School District

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Palmerton Area School District's 2013-14 budget picture is coming into focus as the number-crunching ensues.

Business Manager Diane Serfass presented several millage scenarios to the school board's Budget and Finance Committee on Monday relative to next year's spending plan.

Serfass said those scenarios call for either a zero-mill, half-mill, three-quarter-mill, one-mill, 1.18-mill (to the index), or 1.74-mill (index plus exceptions) increase.

Lehighton notes its 20th year as a 'Shade Tree USA' borough

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Joshua Eckman, right, fixes brick at base of Cleveland pear tree in front of Diggity Dogg on South First Street, Lehighton, volunteering with the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission to planted several trees and made other improvements involving trees, Saturday. Looking on are Jacob Hoffner, left, and Sara Wingert.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Joshua Eckman, right, fixes brick at base of Cleveland pear tree in front of Diggity Dogg on South First Street, Lehighton, volunteering with the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission to planted several trees and made other improvements involving trees, Saturday. Looking on are Jacob Hoffner, left, and Sara Wingert.

Plants trees in memory of youngster and to honor news media

The 20th anniversary of Lehighton being named a "Shade Tree USA" was observed with the planting of a tree in memory of a young child who died of illness and a tree saluting the the news media; specifically the TIMES NEWS and Blue Ridge Communications TV-13.

Mark Hoffman, chairman of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission, said volunteers worked at five locations on Saturday morning. Besides planting these new trees, they also replaced some trees as well as improved brickwork at the base of some prior tree planting locations.

The trees were all Cleveland pears.

West Penn scouts cross over into Boy Scouts

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Oliver Kressley, 11, and Christopher Osenbach, 11, crossed over from Cub Scout Pack 756 to Boy Scout Pack 755. The ceremony was held Sunday evening at the St. Peter's Church in Mantzville. Cub Scouts meet every Sunday at 6 p.m. at the church. Boy Scouts meet 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the one room schoolhouse in Clamtown. For more information about either group, find them on Facebook or call Cub/Scout Master Rob Knowlan at (570) 573-9085. Family members and fellow scouts took part in the event.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Oliver Kressley, 11, and Christopher Osenbach, 11, crossed over from Cub Scout Pack 756 to Boy Scout Pack 755. The ceremony was held Sunday evening at the St. Peter's Church in Mantzville. Cub Scouts meet every Sunday at 6 p.m. at the church. Boy Scouts meet 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the one room schoolhouse in Clamtown. For more information about either group, find them on Facebook or call Cub/Scout Master Rob Knowlan at (570) 573-9085. Family members and fellow scouts took part in the event.

On this date

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30, 1991

April 30, 1991 Greg Flyte and Dave Figura both slug home runs to help Jim Thorpe roll to an 11-1 Schuylkill League win over Marian. Flyte blasts a three-run shot in the fourth inning while Figura connects for a two-run homer in the fifth. Joe Kehrli allows just two hits in five innings of work to earn the pitching win, while Kyle Armbruster contributes a pair of hits, one of them a two-run double.

Christopher D. Olivia seeks Democratic nomination for mayor of Palmerton

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Christopher D. Olivia
Christopher D. Olivia

Christopher D. Olivia, 1036 Circle Drive, Palmerton, has announced his candidacy for election to a four-year term of office as the Mayor of Palmerton Borough. He is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the May 21 Primary Election.

Olivia, 65, has been serving as mayor since Oct. 11, 2012, having been unanimously appointed to the position upon the resignation of Brad Doll. Previously, he served 11 years as a borough councilman, having been appointed to an unexpired term in 2002 and then being elected to four-year terms in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

Thomas R. Ring to Cody Snyder, 6877 Memorial Road, New Tripoli, property at 33 Chalfin Lane, $242,000.

Franklin Township

Dino L. Eckhart to Jane E. Nicolai, 245 Fairview St., Lehighton, property at 245 Fairview St., $110,000.

Jim Thorpe

Anita Nonnemacher to Jay T. McElmoyle Jr., 927 North St., Jim Thorpe, property at 927 North St., $65,000.

Matthew S. Dunbar to Matthew S. Dunbar, 514 South Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 516 South Ave., $1.

Kidder Township

Pauline F. Homm seeks tax collector's post in Mahoning

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Pauline F. Homm
Pauline F. Homm

Pauline F. Homm is seeking the Mahoning Township Tax Collector position on the Democratic Party ticket in the May Primary Election. A life-long resident of the township, she also serves as secretary to the Mahoning Municipal Authority and is a local business woman, owning and operating the Normal Square Mini Mart for the past 15 years.

Schuylkill County court news

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Divorces granted

Sharon M. Wagner was granted a divorce from Jerffrey L. Wagner, both of 347 Tuscarora Mountain Drive, Barnesville. They were marred April 20, 1985.

Lori A. Klock was granted a divorce form Kyle Klock, both of Ashand. They were married March 26, 2010.

Scott B. Richards, Cressona, was granted a divorce from Barbara A. Richards, Hamburg. They were married Aug. 24, 1991.

Patrick J. Davie, Saint Clair, was granted a divorce from Cheryl A. Davie, Llewellyn, Branch Township. They were married June 28, 2003.

Blowhards

Monday, April 29, 2013

Two persons we don't miss hearing or seeing

Many uplifting stories surfaced from the Boston terrorist bombings but two persons that we didn't need to hear from were liberal Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank and the mother of the two terror suspects.

Both used the tragic events to make political or ideological points.

Carbon residents in Lehigh crash

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Carbon County driver, who with her passenger was reportedly seriously injured in a crash in Lehigh County early Saturday morning, is facing charges. State police at Fogelsville said the accident occurred along New Smithville Road, near Willow Run Road, in Weisenberg Township, about 12:35 a.m.

Troopers said Kristin L. Rowe, 23, of Lehighton, was driving a 2001 Dodge Neon northbound at a speed that was "greater than reasonable" for road conditions. Rowe was negotiating a curve when the car went onto the east shoulder and impacted with two utility poles.

Driver cited after three-vehicle crash

Monday, April 29, 2013

A driver was cited following a three vehicle crash in Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in the area of 121 Valley St., (SR209), New Philadelphia.

Troopers said Joan Quirk, 80, of Cumbola, driving a 1999 Buick Park Avenue, was attempting to pull out of a parking lot near the borough Post Office when she struck the passenger side of a 2006 GMC Sierra pickup truck operated by George Grendus Jr., 52, of Kaska, who was northbound.

'A call to action'

Monday, April 29, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Guest speakers at the fourth annual Legislative Brunch were, front row from left: Wayne Nothstein, county commissioner and chairman of the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board; Karen Flexer, parent; and Rocky Ahner, president of the Lehighton Area School Board. Back row: Rich Mroczka, executive director of Carbon Monroe Pike Drug an Alcohol; the Honorable Gary Tennis, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol; and Brandon Danz, special adviser to the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare. The brunch was presented by the Interagency Council of Carbon County and the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board.
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Guest speakers at the fourth annual Legislative Brunch were, front row from left: Wayne Nothstein, county commissioner and chairman of the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board; Karen Flexer, parent; and Rocky Ahner, president of the Lehighton Area School Board. Back row: Rich Mroczka, executive director of Carbon Monroe Pike Drug an Alcohol; the Honorable Gary Tennis, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol; and Brandon Danz, special adviser to the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare. The brunch was presented by the Interagency Council of Carbon County and the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board.

Interagency council addresses drugs, alcohol in Carbon County

The Carbon County Interagency Council offered its fourth annual Legislative Brunch on Friday at the Penn Forest Fire Co. No. 1 banquet hall. The program was hosted by the Interagency Council and Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board.

The annual event serves to bring together legislators, county agencies, and community members to address the most pressing issues facing our area. This year's topic was drug and alcohol abuse in Carbon County.

On this date

Monday, April 29, 2013

April 29, 1983

A Tamaqua woman was the top winner in the Pennsylvania Lottery's "3 of a Kind" insant game finalist drawing, receiving a prize which guarantees her $1,000 a week for the rest of her life. Anna Burnham, 41, who was employed as a factory worker for the past 23 years, said she will retire from that line of work. She and her husband, David, were present at the Penn National Race Track in Grantville where they were assigned a horse which determined they were the winner of the lottery.

Monroe man jailed for violating PFA

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Monroe County man was jailed for violating a protection from abuse (PFA) order.

Pocono Mountain Regional police were dispatched to a 9-1-1 hangup call at 18 Skyline Way, Mount Pocono, about 9:55 a.m. on April 24. On scene the caller at the residence advised police there was nothing wrong.

Upon further investigation police learned that a domestic argument had occurred at the home and that a male party had left the home prior to the arrival of officers and was believed to be in the area.

Home, Garden and Business Expo held at Blue Mountain

Monday, April 29, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Brad Ohl (left), vice president, R.F. Ohl, Lehighton, and Christopher Hardy, program specialist, were among those who participated in the Carbon County Home, Garden and Business Expo 2013 held at Blue Mountain Ski Area over the weekend.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Brad Ohl (left), vice president, R.F. Ohl, Lehighton, and Christopher Hardy, program specialist, were among those who participated in the Carbon County Home, Garden and Business Expo 2013 held at Blue Mountain Ski Area over the weekend.

An 'expo'dition through Carbon County.

That's essentially what visitors who attended the Carbon County Home, Garden and Business Expo 2013 at Blue Mountain Ski Area over the weekend received.

Presented by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon Builders Association, the expo had plenty of fun-filled events for the whole family.

It featured home, garden and business experts on location, educational seminars, food, entertainment, pony rides, face painting, and MoonBounce.

Bears, Bombers walk off with wins

Monday, April 29, 2013
Nancy Scholz Palmerton's Janel Tracy tops a ball in front of the plate during Saturday's Colonial League game against Catasauqua at Pates Park.
Nancy Scholz Palmerton's Janel Tracy tops a ball in front of the plate during Saturday's Colonial League game against Catasauqua at Pates Park.

Pleasant Valley and Palmerton's softball teams both registered walk-off wins over the weekend.

The Bombers defeated Catasauqua in a Colonial League contest, while the Bears won their 10th straight game with a non-league victory over Allen.

In other weekend action, Lehighton's baseball team and Northern Lehigh's softball squad both rolled to non-league wins.

BASEBALL

Lehighton-Dieruff

Lehighton made quick work of Dieruff in a non-league baseball game, defeating the Huskies 11-0 in five innings.

CLASS REUNION

Monday, April 29, 2013

Tamaqua High School

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1964 will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. An initial planning session will be held at 7 p.m., on May 2 at the home of Tom and Toni Jones, New England Valley, Tamaqua.

All class members are welcome to attend.

Shooting incident being probed

Monday, April 29, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a reported shooting incident. The incident occurred in the area of Whisperwood Court cul de sac, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, about 8:11 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

Troopers said two persons reported they were doing yard work when a Suzuki, red in color, turned around in a neighboring driveway. The vehicle then parked down the street from the two victims and four black males exited.

Auxiliary donates new door to Tamaqua American Legion

Monday, April 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Taking initiative, Auxiliary members of the Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 took it upon themselves to raise funds for a new side door to the post. Legion officers, stating their appreciation, presented a placard to be placed on both sides of the door. Pictured holding the placard outside the new door are, from left, Wendy Seigenfuse, Second Vice President; Mary Zelonis, 13th District Commander; Nancy Kabana, Treasurer; and Anne Posey, First Vice President.

999 miles without a glitch

Monday, April 29, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS A flatbed carrying Tamaqua's oldest surviving motorized fire apparatus early Friday rounds the Five Points intersection on the final leg of a 999-mile journey from Florida.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS A flatbed carrying Tamaqua's oldest surviving motorized fire apparatus early Friday rounds the Five Points intersection on the final leg of a 999-mile journey from Florida.

Tamaqua's 1922 'Prohibition fire truck' is back home

The 'Prohibition fire truck' Tamaqua's oldest surviving motorized fire apparatus, is back home safe and sound after a 54-year absence.

The 1922 Seagrave pumper weathered a 999-mile trip from Ocala, Fla., which went off without a glitch, although it was intercepted by state police at one point in the journey.

"I was pulled over and put onto a scale," said Tom Martonick on Friday morning at 9:30 when arrived at Wal-Mart Supercenter, Hometown, a transfer point.

Blooming patriotism

Monday, April 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Old Glory waves in the wind between two blooming trees at the St. Peters Church in Mantzville.

Stabbings, shots fired at large party in Lynn Township

Monday, April 29, 2013

State police at Fogelsville are investigating a reported stabbing and shots fired incidents that occurred at a large party. Troopers said the incident occurred at 8996 Kings Highway, in Lynn Township, about 3:05 a.m. on Saturday, April 27.

Troopers said during the party several fights broke out involving at least five victims and a suspect. In the course of the fights all the victims were either slashed or stabbed by a suspect who had an edged weapon.

After the parties disbursed, a possible gunshot was fired in the area of the home.

Hanging out weather

Monday, April 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

70 degree temperatures made for good "hanging out" weather. Pictured at the Veterans Memorial Park in McAdoo are Samantha Smith, who turned 15 on Sunday, and Anthony Perno, 16, both of McAdoo.

On this date

Monday, April 29, 2013

April 29, 1953

April 29, 1953 Bobby Popik and Frank Zlock both win two events to help Lansford's track team gain a 71-38 victory over Coaldale. Popik claims the shot put and discus, while Zlock captures the javelin and high jump. The Panthers, coached by Johnny Chuckran, also receive firsts from John Gallagher (880), Francis McNelis (mile), Charlie Wernert (broad jump) and John Kanuch (pole vault). Coaldale's Pete Julo turns in an outstanding effort despite his team's loss. Julo breaks the tape first in the 100, 220 and 440.

Schuylkill man jailed for assault

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Schuylkill County man was jailed over the weekend for assault and other counts following a domestic incident.

State police at Frackville said troopers were called to 40 Main Blvd., in Brandonville, East Union Township, about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, for a domestic incident. On scene troopers determined that Daniel John Wylie, 43, of Ringtown, and a 43-year-old female, engaged in a verbal argument.

Schuylkill woman facing theft count

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Schuylkill County woman is facing a charge of retail theft following an incident at the Fairlane Village Mall, in Norwegian Township.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Katlyn Miller, of Pottsville, was in the Super Shoes store about 6:35-6:40 p.m. on Friday, April 26, when store personnel observed her placing a pair of boots in a bag and exiting the store without paying for them.

Rear-end type crash in Monroe

Monday, April 29, 2013

State police at Lehighton reported investigating a rear-end type crash along SR209 in Polk Township, Monroe County, about 10:21 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23.

Troopers said Justin Alirkan, 18, of Kunkletown, was driving a 2007 Nissan Sentra southbound and approaching Burger Hollow Road when he slowed down due to a vehicle in front making a left turn.

His vehicle was struck in the rear by a 2011 Nissan Versa driven by Carmen L. Campione, 51, of Effort. Campione, Alirkan, and his passenger, Isaiah S. Nieves, 18, of Freemansburg, Northampton County, were all not injured.