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April 2013

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

Monday, April 29, 2013
In the midst of the audience at Penn's Peak is singer Rick Springfield during concert last evening.
In the midst of the audience at Penn's Peak is singer Rick Springfield during concert last evening.

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
Marlyn Kissner of the Lehigh Valley Chamber wore a denim on denim outfit.
Marlyn Kissner of the Lehigh Valley Chamber wore a denim on denim outfit.

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
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
Madison Fludgate (left), 8, of Lehighton, was among the many children who went on a Pony Ride. Madison is accompanied by Vanessa Clerico, of Palmerton.
Madison Fludgate (left), 8, of Lehighton, was among the many children who went on a Pony Ride. Madison is accompanied by Vanessa Clerico, of Palmerton.

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.

One subject we won't think about

Saturday, April 27, 2013

My friend and newspaper columnist Linda Koehler wrote a column months ago where she mentioned a book called: "Estate Planning for People Who Aren't Going to Die."

To my way of thinking, that must mean just about everybody. Planning for our own death is something we avoid. Some act as if making estate plans means hastening death.

Too many of us avoid anything that smacks of our own demise. A favorite couple of mine had a running battle for years where he kept trying to get her to at least select cemetery lots and make burial plans.

PFBC, Cabela's team up for PA fishing contest

Saturday, April 27, 2013

For a third year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is partnering with Cabela's to promote family fishing with the "Fish for a Millions" contest, beginning Saturday, May 4. Pennsylvania is one of 22 states that is part of the national contest.

Despite bombing, runner vows to be back in Boston

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Regine Sediva at the Boston Marathon.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Regine Sediva at the Boston Marathon.

Regine Sediva won't let violence at this year's Boston Marathon race stop her from running there again next year.

"I want to go back so I can cross that finish line," she said, adding that the incident hasn't caused her any fear.

Sediva, 46, of Chino, Calif., is the daughter of Lansford native Tom Sediva. Her uncles are Joe Sediva of Lansford and John Sediva of Summit Hill. She has visited the Panther Valley area over the years.

Having it all - now

Saturday, April 27, 2013

We don't watch "The Jerry Springer Show" in our house. Too much drama and yelling and stupidity. But, once in a while, the Dr. Phil show will appear on our TV screen. Dr. Phil seems more normal and intelligent. Actually, a Dr. Phil show formed the basis for this column.

A young, newlywed couple appeared to be headed for divorce before their first anniversary. Dr. Phil tried to get to the root of the problem and help them.

The wife "needed" expensive clothes, a stylish car, a spacious, well-decorated home, and a big diamond ring.

Bears' White reaches quarters

Saturday, April 27, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Stevie Berry returns the ball during his District 11 Class AAA singles match on Friday.
nancy scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Stevie Berry returns the ball during his District 11 Class AAA singles match on Friday.

Early on in tournaments, athletes may agree that a "gut check" is a good thing for them when it comes time to perform in tight situations later on in the deeper stages of the event.

Pleasant Valley sophomore Jon White, the No. 2 seed in the District 11 AAA draw, received that type of test of will in the first round, when he was taken to a third-set to decide the match. White responded successfully and went on to defeat Rutvij Dave from Emmaus.

White followed that win up by defeating his second round opponent, Emmaus' Rowan Hobson, as well.

Small children at drug raid site

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Youngsters were inside Lansford home

When drug agents from the Office of the Attorney General raided a Lansford home Thursday night, they found not only equipment for manufacturing methamphetamine, but two small, diaper-clad children.

The children were decontaminated, clothed and fed by Lansford emergency responders, then placed with Carbon County Children and Youth Services.

In a blink, life changed

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

Help when help is needed. On March 12, 2013, I was involved in an accident at the Five Points intersection in Tamaqua. In the blink of an eye my life would be forever changed, my way of living would be changed.

Driver reports lostregistration plate

Saturday, April 27, 2013

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said an Effort man lost the registration plate from his vehicle while he was driving in Monroe County on April 20.

The victim, Juan Bolivan Gavilanes, told police the plate, bearing the registration No. HoB8312, was mounted on his 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport when it became lost between the Stroud Mall parking lot and his residence.

The incident happened between 2 and 3:30 p.m. on the above date.

Young talent featured during open stage event in Tamaqua

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Kim Grant, gallery and arts coordinator for the center, left, talks with Carol Kelly outside the center during the free meet and greet.
Kim Grant, gallery and arts coordinator for the center, left, talks with Carol Kelly outside the center during the free meet and greet.

Rabies clinic a success

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

We wanted to write and thank everyone who came out to our 25th annual Mahoning Lions rabies clinic. This year 400 animals received their shots and treats. Special thank you's to Dr. Mary Lombardo and Staff, Mr. & Mrs. Gene Durigan, Jane Longazel & Concern Home for Boys, Missy Arieta, Shane Nothstein, Lori Nothstein, Betty Frey, Elaine Koons, Marzens Feed Store, Alicia Silliman, Ron Gower, and the TIMES NEWS. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

Sincerely,

Tom Zimmerman IV

Mahoning Lions President

tomzim4@yahoo.com

Cited for harassment

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Richard William Hornbeck, 43, of 240 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, was cited by Tamaqua Police following an incident on April 10.

Police were dispatched to the 200 block of East Broad Street at 1:30 p.m. that day and spoke with a woman who reported that Hornbeck had "chest bumped" her, almost knocking her over.

He was cited for harassment.