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April 2013

Bark For Life at Locust Lake State Park

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The second annual Bark For Life fundraising event will be held this Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville. Organizers stated there will be food available for sale, a dog sled team, and dog activities and contests such as talent, best dressed, and best kisser. T-shirts and luminary bags, which may be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one, will also be sold. The event is open to the public and pre-registration is not required.

Alleged potty peeper nabbed in Mahoning

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Reportedly spent an hour in a Wal-Mart restroom

A Nesquehoning man is being charged by Mahoning Township police with three counts of invasion of privacy following a situation which occurred in the restroom of Wal-Mart.

Police said Anthony Mistretta, 48, was charged with three counts of invasion of privacy, following an incident that happened on April 28.

Audie Mertz, officer in charge of the police department, urged that anyone who believes they may have been a victim or witness to the incident should contact Mahoning Police at (570) 386-2241.

Dale Freudenberger seeks tax collector's post for Tamaqua

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Dale Freudenberger
Dale Freudenberger

Dale Freudenberger of Tamaqua is seeking the Tamaqua Borough Tax Collector position in the upcoming May Primary Election. Current Tamaqua Tax Collector, Alan Kerr, is retiring at the end of 2013, so Freudenberger decided to seek the position. Freudenberger, age 53, is registered on the Republican ticket.

Freudenberger is a lifelong resident of Tamaqua and graduate of Tamaqua Area High School Class of 1977. He is the son of the late Charles and Jean Freudenberger of Schuylkill Avenue. He has two older brothers, Barry who is deceased, and Wayne, with whom he resides.

Local girl wins Lions Club poster contest

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Moranda Romanishan, center, a student at the Penn-Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area, holds the

winning poster she designed for the Lions Club's annual Peace Poster Contest. Moranda was the winner of the local contest, sponsored by the Penn Kidder Lions Club. Her poster came in second at the district level earlier this month when at the Lions 14U mini

convention, which was held at the Best Western Hotel in Wilkes-Barre. With Moranda is Manny DaCosta, president of the Penn Kidder Lions Club, left, and Brian Gasper, principal at the Penn Kidder campus.

Marches, Broadway, and Sinatra kick off Lehighton Band season

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Lehighton Band members, l-r, Brad Cressley and Raymond Hontz, clarinet players, and Beth Cressley, a bassoonist, perform during 2013 kick-off concert of the Lehighton Band.
Lehighton Band members, l-r, Brad Cressley and Raymond Hontz, clarinet players, and Beth Cressley, a bassoonist, perform during 2013 kick-off concert of the Lehighton Band.

The Lehighton Band, under the direction of Paul Smith, kicked off its 2013 season with a free concert held in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium.

Selections included marches, Broadway tunes, folk songs, and even hits from Frank Sinatra.

Featured soloists were Laurel Seamiller, a Palmerton Area High School senior, and Jo deForest, a Lehighton Area High School senior.

Both students play the French horn and were impressive during their duet. Their selection was "The Mermaids."

Several medleys were included in the concert.

LAMS gains two more trees to add to Environmental Center

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Middle School students plant a copper beech tree at the environmental center. From left are, Dane Frantz, student; Joe Yescavage, 7th grade science teacher; Kyle Strohl, student; and Dan Gerber, PPL forester.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Middle School students plant a copper beech tree at the environmental center. From left are, Dane Frantz, student; Joe Yescavage, 7th grade science teacher; Kyle Strohl, student; and Dan Gerber, PPL forester.

The environmental center at the Lehighton Area Middle School is a haven for students wanting to communicate with nature. There is a water fall and pond filled with koi fish, flowers and trees budding and blooming and a cozy seating area, but on Friday the center was buzzing with the celebration of Arbor Day.

The center is located adjacent to the school. The center was started 17 years ago and since then many trees, flowers, a pond and the patio were added throughout the years to make this area truly breathtaking.

Township government, recycling explained at Towamensing

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Mary Beth Beers shows an old family picture and compared it to more recent ones.
Mary Beth Beers shows an old family picture and compared it to more recent ones.

Flower pots filled with dirt were enclosed in colorful paper along with a package of seeds and a pencil for each of the Towamensing Elementary School sixth graders who walked over to the municipal building to learn what local government does. They were told there was further information at www.towamensingtownship.com.

It is the 11th year Towamensing held a local government day. Included are what goes on in a township and about the township itself.

Assault with knife incident probed

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

One Monroe County resident has been jailed for stabbing his brother in a dispute. Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occurred about 1:29 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, in the parking lot of the Mount Pocono Plaza.

Police said they were dispatched to the scene of a report of a fight in a vehicle. While responding police were told one of the persons involved had left the scene in a vehicle headed toward Pocono Summit and the other went into a store.

Carbon man sentenced to state prison on various criminal counts

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday afternoon after pleading guilty in four pending cases.

Luis Flores-Rivas, 29, of Lehighton, entered the pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II in three cases that date back to 2008 and the fourth in 2011.

Rivas, who has been incarcerated in both the county prison and the state correction institution in Frackville, Schuylkill County, was given credit for a substantial amount of time spent in prison.

Vigilance

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It's something all of us should practice

Last Thursday night, a home was raided by borough police in Lansford and a suspected methamphetamine lab was found and dismantled.

When the raid occurred, a woman, Misty Nicole Hyneman, 30, was arrested on drug related charges. Inside the home with her were two small children in diapers.

A meth lab is dangerous. Not only are dangerous fumes emitted, but there is potential of an explosion. We don't know if drugs were actually being used inside this residence, but if so it certainly is another life-threatening danger for these little kids.

Brian J. Dolena is candidate for Panther Valley School Board

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Brian J. Dolena
Brian J. Dolena

Brian J. Dolena, 35 W. Vernon St., Summit Hill, has announced his candidacy for a position on the Panther Valley School District Board of Education.

He is seeking both the Democratic Paty and Republican Party nominations in the May 21 Primary Election.

Dolena, 26, is a son of Lousie Maxwell and James Dolena, both of Summit Hill, and a stepson of Michael Maxwell of Summit Hill.

A 2005 graduate of Marian High School, Hometown, he graduated in 2010 from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of science degree in leisure and sports studies.

Bonner a fixture for Nolehi track team

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh assistant coach Mike Bonner has been inolved with the Bulldog track and field program for 32 years and actually began his coaching as a football assistant at Slatington High 45 years ago.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh assistant coach Mike Bonner has been inolved with the Bulldog track and field program for 32 years and actually began his coaching as a football assistant at Slatington High 45 years ago.

Anyone associated with Northern Lehigh sports over the years knows who Mike Bonner is.

He might have retired as a teacher, but he's been a mainstay as a coach in the Bulldogs' athletic program.

This is Bonner's 32nd year as part of the Northern Lehigh track and field program.

"I actually got my start working the events at the track meets," Bonner said. "For the first 19 years, I worked the long jump, triple jump and high jump. Around 1980, they had an opening for me and I came on with Marv Miller.

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.

DUI arrests

Monday, April 29, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported on the following driving under the influence (DUI) arrests.

About 7:18 p.m. on April 25 Daniel W. Driscoll, 25, of Saylorsburg, was stopped along SR115 in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County, for multiple traffic violations. He was found to be under the influence and also in possession of a quarter-ounce of marijuana. A drug charge is also pending.

ACS Workshop

Monday, April 29, 2013

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 12:30-2:30 p.m., May 6, at Carbon Career and Technical Institute Beauty Salon, West 13th St., Jim Thorpe. Sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients 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.

Rep. Heffley co-sponsors bill outlawing bath salts compounds

Monday, April 29, 2013

Citing examples of harrowing reports of people committing bizarre, violent acts while high on a designer drug sold as 'bath salts', Gov. Tom Corbett on June 23, 2011 signed into law a bill barring the manufacture and sale of the substance, as well as other synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana.

But it didn't take long for "street chemists" to tweak their formulae to continue making the drugs with compounds that were perfectly legal.

Paiste rallies to reach final

Monday, April 29, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Henry Paiste of Northwestern tosses the ball in the air as he prepares to serve during the District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament.
nancy scholz/special to the times news Henry Paiste of Northwestern tosses the ball in the air as he prepares to serve during the District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament.

Pleasant Valley's White eliminated in Class AAA quarterfinals

ALLENTOWN – Henry Paiste and Jon White both found themselves in unfamiliar positions on Saturday during the District 11 tennis tournament.

Paiste, the two-time defending Class AA singles champion, was on the verge of dropping a set for just the second time in his three years of district competition.

But Paiste staged a dramatic opening set rally and went on to post a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Notre Dame of Green Pond's Mike Antonis in the semifinals.

Practice makesperfect

Monday, April 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying the unusually warm weather, Matthew Taras, Nesquehoning, throws a few practice balls with his son Jacob inside the batting net of the Summit Hill Little League Field. Jacob Taras takes a swing while in the batting net.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying the unusually warm weather, Matthew Taras, Nesquehoning, throws a few practice balls with his son Jacob inside the batting net of the Summit Hill Little League Field. Jacob Taras takes a swing while in the batting net.

Enjoying the unusually warm weather, Matthew Taras, Nesquehoning, throws a few practice balls with his son Jacob inside the batting net of the Summit Hill Little League Field.

Area men enter guilty pleas in Schuylkill

Monday, April 29, 2013

New Ringgold and New Philadelphia men, who pleaded guilty to criminal charges in Schuylkill County Court, were sentenced by Judge Cyrus M. Dolbin.

David T. Osenbach Jr., 31, of 12 Log Lane, New Ringgold, pleaded guilty to charges of receiving stolen property and criminal mischief and was sentenced to serve one to 24 months in the county prison and upon completion of his minimum sentence is eligible to be placed on parole. He was ordered to report to the county prison on Friday, May 24, at 10 a.m. to begin serving his sentence.

Solitary man in gazebo

Monday, April 29, 2013
 CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Vincent Green, 60, who moved to Tamaqua two years ago, enjoys peace and quiet as he strums an acoustic guitar, serenading birds and flowers with country music Friday evening inside the gazebo at Depot Square Park.

Carbon crash

Monday, April 29, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a one-vehicle crash about 7:24 p.m. on April 23 along SR903 in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, in which another driver is being sought for causing the crash.

Troopers said Ashton M. Hormuth, 21, of Cresco, was driving a 2003 Hyundai Sonata northbound when a black Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) made a left turn from Danner Road onto 903 southbound in front of Hormuth. She applied her brakes to avoid the other vehicle and lost control.

Anthracite Little League parade

Monday, April 29, 2013
 CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Anthracite Little League baseball players and coaches paraded through Nesquehoning on their way to the Nesquehoning Little League field for the start of baseball season. Throwing out the first pitch was a sponsor Kevin Dillon, caught by VFW player Jacob McLaughlin.

Two teens cited for drug counts

Monday, April 29, 2013

Two 17-year-old males are facing drug counts.

State police at Fern Ridge said the two were in possession of marijuana and related drug paraphernalia along Brian Lane, Birches West, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. The incident occurred on April 9 about 5:35 p.m.

Enjoying higher temperatures

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

Taking advantage of warmer spring weather, kids compete with each other to see who can jump the highest on a friend's trampoline in McAdoo. From left are Nicholas Waak, Dante Alucci, Nick Damiano, Joey Wargo and Dylan Brogan; all aged 10.

Citizenship winner

Monday, April 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with Matt Hope, second from right, are, from left, brother Gary Hope, nephew Tom Hope Jr., brother Tom Hope Sr. and son Matthew Hope. Pictured in front is mother Lorene Hope.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with Matt Hope, second from right, are, from left, brother Gary Hope, nephew Tom Hope Jr., brother Tom Hope Sr. and son Matthew Hope. Pictured in front is mother Lorene Hope.

Matt Hope, dedicated and humble volunteer

Holding back tears, Matt Hope praised his family, friends and community after receiving the 2013 Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Citizenship Award Thursday night at the Masonic Temple Hall in Hometown.

Sponsored annually by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and Greater Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises, this honor represented Tamaqua's 50th Citizenship honor recipient. An honoree is chosen each year by a panel representing a cross-section of the community.

Beltzville State Park readied for May 31 opening by Mormon Helping Hands volunteers

Monday, April 29, 2013
Josh Engdahl and Mike Tomlinson, both of Pennsbury, clean a fallen tree at Beltzville State Park.
Josh Engdahl and Mike Tomlinson, both of Pennsbury, clean a fallen tree at Beltzville State Park.

A sea of people wearing yellow "Mormon Helping Hands" bibs were at Beltzville State Park on Saturday to clear trails of debris and remnants of Hurricane Sandy. Among the 150 people were 80 students from Lehigh Carbon Community College and families of the students along with LCCC staff and faculty who also shared in the volunteer effort. The group from LCCC was led by assistant professor of Spanish, Charles H. Molano, who encouraged students from his classes to participate.

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.