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April 2013

Vavra leaves mark on ESU swimming

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Vavra leaves mark on ESU swimming
Copyright 2013

Another chapter is in the books for Panther Valley graduate Sami Vavra, as she recently completed her swimming career at East Stroudsburg University and in the process, made an indellible mark on the record books.

"Sami Vavra," "Swimming," and "Success" are three words that fit together on a page when talking about the student-athlete's accomplishments over the course of her career in the pool.

Catholic schools not part of conference proposal

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Where there's smoke, there's fire and the news of a Lehigh Valley super-conference finally came to fruition last week.

After months of rumors and speculation about the future of the Lehigh Valley Conference, the Mountain Valley Conference stepped in and sent out an invitation to 12 neighboring schools to ultimately form a "big school, super-conference," according to Stroudsburg Principal and MVC President Jeff Sodl.

Tamaqua MS students start Lafayette Street community mural

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Lafayette Street will be closed during the day, up to May 3rd to allow students a safe environment to work.
Lafayette Street will be closed during the day, up to May 3rd to allow students a safe environment to work.

Sixteen Tamaqua Middle School students with Kim Woodward's art class have started work to their Lafayette Street Community Mural. They aren't letting rainy weather prevent them from getting the job done. "Actually, rain is better as students are using wax to draw the outlines," said Woodward. She added that her students have been practicing over a year for this event.

"The mural will depict historically significant people, places and events that helped to establish our community," expressed Woodward.

Lehighton Tree City for 20 years

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Lehighton was named Tree City USA for the 20th year. Accepting the recognition from Frank Snyder, district forester with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) were members of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission. From left are, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig, Nicole Beckett, Lehighton borough manager; Mark Hoffman and Diane Hoffman, members of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission.

Hit-and-run driver being sought

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A hit-and-run driver is being sought following an incident in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Renee Spancake, 16, of Pine Grove, was driving a 2006 Subaru Legacy westbound on SR443 about 5:26 p.m. on April 25, when an eastbound vehicle crossed into her lane of travel and sideswiped her vehicle. After impact the other driver continued eastbound.

Spancake was not injured. The hit-and-run car is white in color, a late-model sedan, and is missing the driver's side mirror and will have blue paint on the driver's side from Spancake's Subaru.

Lehigh residents hear Walmart plans

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Residents of Lehigh Township gathered at the township building to learn about the plan for a Walmart on 34 acres at Riverview (Route 145) and Birch Drive. Many of them came from the Hills of Greenock which is abutting the Walmart property.

A special 'Thank You'

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Cindy Swatt, activity's director, offers cake to Dick Gross, a member of Joyful Noise, which is a gospel quartet that performs at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Cindy Swatt, activity's director, offers cake to Dick Gross, a member of Joyful Noise, which is a gospel quartet that performs at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

MVNRC recognizes its many volunteers at social tea

About 45 volunteers of the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center recently were commended at the annual Volunteer Tea for the commitment, dedication and love they show residents when they visit the center.

As the volunteers arrived at the Emerald Room, they were treated to music by David Westrip, who performed on piano.

Welcoming everyone was Cindy Swatt, activity director; Nancy Snyder, activities department; and Christopher Rodrigues, human resources executive.

On this date

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30, 1983

A 23-year-old Jim Thorpe man was among 14 fatalities in a tragic U.S. Navy transport plane crash this afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla. Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy N. Keck of West Broadway died in the crash of the aircraft into the St. John's River. A son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Keck, he was a 1977 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School where he excelled academically and in athletics. The tragic irony is that he won the 1976-77 Bruce Pollock Memorial Wrestling Award in his senior year.

'Mahanoy Area Revisited'

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
"Mahanoy Area Revisited" encompasses 1913 to 1963.
"Mahanoy Area Revisited" encompasses 1913 to 1963.

128-page pictorial to debut May 13

A 128-page-visit to the history of Mahanoy City, 12 miles northwest of Tamaqua, will be available in two weeks.

The work, "Mahanoy Area Revisited," is authored by the Mahanoy Area Historical Society and made available by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Images of America series.

The book showcases more than 200 vintage images from 1913 to 1963, including many of Lakeside and Lakewood parks in Barnesville.

The pictures depict culture, faith, music, schools, beauty and strength of the unique coal region town and its people.

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
Proceeds from the recent Elvis tribute show at Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association will help the organization to purchase a new automatic litter. Pictured left to right are MVAA Vice President Phil Liszka; MVAA First Responder Joe Michaels; Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick holding one of his newest fans, two-month old Brayden Bisbing; MVAA Health Professional Michelle Bisbing; and MVAA Treasurer Robert Miller.
Proceeds from the recent Elvis tribute show at Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association will help the organization to purchase a new automatic litter. Pictured left to right are MVAA Vice President Phil Liszka; MVAA First Responder Joe Michaels; Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick holding one of his newest fans, two-month old Brayden Bisbing; MVAA Health Professional Michelle Bisbing; and MVAA Treasurer Robert Miller.

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.

Woman injured during vehicle rollover in WP

Monday, April 29, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Emergency responders were dispatched to the 200 block of Pine Hill Road in West Penn Township Sunday evening after the driver of a GEO Tracker lost control and rolled it on it's side. The driver, identified as Marilyn Shamonsky of New Ringgold, was standing in the vehicle when responders arrived. Shamonsky was the only person in the vehicle. Responding were West Penn Police and fire company. Once crews got her out, Penn Mahoning Ambulance transported her to the hospital to be checked out. Fire police kept the road closed until the vehicle was removed.

Nine school teams ready for Citizen Bee

Monday, April 29, 2013
JIM THORPE AREA: (front) Bronson Ford, senior; Dan Linendoll, freshman; (back) Erin Kelly, sophomore; Shelley Miller, adviser; and Emily Layden, freshman alternate.
JIM THORPE AREA: (front) Bronson Ford, senior; Dan Linendoll, freshman; (back) Erin Kelly, sophomore; Shelley Miller, adviser; and Emily Layden, freshman alternate.

Nine area schools are sending participants to the 19th annual Pa. Citizen Bee May 2 at the Carbon County Courthouse.

The Bee is an educational outreach program sponsored by The Times News.

The competition tests participants' knowledge of U.S. history, economics, geography, Pa. studies, local history and current events.

Schools participating are Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Jim Thorpe, Marian Catholic, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton, Lehighton, Panther Valley, Tamaqua and Weatherly.

Rick Springfield brings his 'End of the World' tour to Penn's Peak

Monday, April 29, 2013
Rick Springfield gets help from an audience member as he loses his balance walking the railing while performing at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.
Rick Springfield gets help from an audience member as he loses his balance walking the railing while performing at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Audience members danced, sang, and had a lot of fun

On Thursday, Rick Springfield was in California.

Sunday night, he performed at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe and there was absolutely no sign of jet lag.

He was full of energy, expending so much of it that by halfway through the concert his tee shirt was wet with sweat.

The visit to the local venue was part of his "End of the World" tour, promoting his newest album "Songs for the End of the World."

En route to Pennsylvania from California, he made stops in Oklahoma on Friday and in Miami, Fla. on Saturday.

Latest summer fashions featured at administrative assistant luncheon

Monday, April 29, 2013
Kim Bell models an all white outfit complimented with pink.
Kim Bell models an all white outfit complimented with pink.

For the women who attended the Professional Administrative Assistant Luncheon on Wednesday, sponsored by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, it was a pleasant interlude between morning and afternoon job responsibilities.

The event was held at Blue Ridge County Club in Palmerton.

Both Margie Federanich, event chairman, and Dawn Ferrante, director of CCCCED, welcomed the women to the event.

"Happy Professional Administrative Assistant Day," said Ferrante. She also thanked all the sponsors for helping to make the day a success.

Tamaqua man among 30 to enter guilty plea

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Tamaqua man was one of 30 defendants who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court to criminal charges and were sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman.

Harassment incident

Monday, April 29, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported on a harassment incident.

On April 25 about 5:30 p.m. troopers responded to 5167 Hickory Lane, Kunkletown, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, for an incident. Troopers said John W. Tutko, 49, and a 57-year-old female engaged in a verbal argument that turned physical. As a result Tutko was cited for harassment, troopers said.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI).

State police at Frackville said Leonard Chiscavage, 49, of Shenandoah, was stopped for a traffic violation about 12:52 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, along W. Coal St., in West Mahanoy Township.

He was found to be under the influence and submitted to a breath test at the barracks which showed he was over the legal limit, troopers said.

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
The Interagency Council of Carbon County presented its annual agency grant to the Victims Resource Center during its fourth annual Legislative Brunch. This grant was awarded to an agency through a panel of community members. Accepting the award from Mindy Graver, left, and Cheri Santore, right, both from the Interagency Council, is Tammy Sue Neff from the Victims Resource Center.
The Interagency Council of Carbon County presented its annual agency grant to the Victims Resource Center during its fourth annual Legislative Brunch. This grant was awarded to an agency through a panel of community members. Accepting the award from Mindy Graver, left, and Cheri Santore, right, both from the Interagency Council, is Tammy Sue Neff from the Victims Resource Center.

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
Stephen Pisulak, manager, Lehigh Gap Installed Sales & Service, Palmerton, proudly displays some of the products the business is noted for.
Stephen Pisulak, manager, Lehigh Gap Installed Sales & Service, Palmerton, proudly displays some of the products the business is noted for.

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
It was 'home sweet home' early Friday as volunteers from Citizens Fire Company, Tamaqua, push the 1922 Seagrave pumper into an auxiliary building near the firehouse, seen in background.
It was 'home sweet home' early Friday as volunteers from Citizens Fire Company, Tamaqua, push the 1922 Seagrave pumper into an auxiliary building near the firehouse, seen in background.

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.