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April 2013

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.

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
Paiste rallies to reach final
Copyright 2013

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
Matthew Taras prepares to throw a curve ball.
Matthew Taras prepares to throw a curve ball.

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 Matt Hope credited friends, family and community for receiving the award.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Matt Hope credited friends, family and community for receiving the award.

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
Alana Dowling, 2, helps her mother, Kristen Dowling, 2 mulch the playground at Beltzville State Park.
Alana Dowling, 2, helps her mother, Kristen Dowling, 2 mulch the playground 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
LEHIGHTON AREA: Mike Feifel, adviser; Dylan Andrew, senior; Alden Everett, senior; and Jacen Nalesnik, senior.
LEHIGHTON AREA: Mike Feifel, adviser; Dylan Andrew, senior; Alden Everett, senior; and Jacen Nalesnik, senior.

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.

Thoughts

Saturday, April 27, 2013

According to an Associated Press story, 16 percent of illegals who crossed the border from Mexico into California in the last year escaped capture.

You're probably thinking, well, that's not too bad. That means 84 percent were caught and sent back home.

That 126 percent figure, however, equates into 85,467 people, and that's a lot.

Thanks to the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent capture of the second suspect, the fertilizer plant story in Taxas, which killed 14 and injured 200 more, didn't get the media attention it deserved.

Researchers studying results of LGNC prescribed burn

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Firefighters monitor the test phase of the experimental proscribed burn at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.
Firefighters monitor the test phase of the experimental proscribed burn at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

If, while driving along Route 248 near Palmerton on the afternoon of Sunday, April 14, you may have seen fire and smoke emanating from the west side of the Lehigh River, perhaps you thought that might be signs of a forest fire.

It was a forest fire - but a special type of controlled forest fire called a prescribed fire.

Coaldale inducting four members

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Coaldale inducting four members
Copyright 2013

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2013 class on Sunday, May 26 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

The doors will open at 12:45 with cocktail hour from 1-2 p.m. Dinner will be at 2 p.m. with the induction ceremony to follow.

Grateful for those who helped

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

I wanted to thank everyone that helped me out Friday around 6 p.m. when my car got stuck right in the middle of route 329 and Main Street. People were so nice and tried everything to get my car off to the side but it was impossible to move.

The police officer that came to the call was very professional as well as kind and nice. A lot of people think no one helps each other or the cops are jerks. Yesterday that proved it wrong.

Trash to treasure

Saturday, April 27, 2013

By show of hands, how many of you have ever driven around on garbage day (either coincidentally or purposefully) and plucked something off the curb that you thought was "awesome" and gave it new life back at your own homestead?

The term for this practice is "garbage picking" and despite the embarrassment I have caused my children over the years, I can say quite proudly that sometimes, one man's trash truly is another's treasure.

Beltzville Lions Club members organize Lehigh Canal clean-up

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Jacob Pritchard of Bethlehem scaled Lock 13 walls to remove trees that had grown between the stones. He was assisted by Boys From Concern Treatment for Boys.
Jacob Pritchard of Bethlehem scaled Lock 13 walls to remove trees that had grown between the stones. He was assisted by Boys From Concern Treatment for Boys.

Trail Tenders, volunteers, members of the Beltzville Lions Club and Concern Treatment for Boys, Mahoning Township, took on the challenge to clean up the Lehigh Canal at Lock 13 at Parryville and made a mark on the site.

Much of the work that needed to be done at the site was the result of storm damage from Hurricane Sandy, along with some much regular needed attendance to overgrown brush.

Northwestern clinches D-11 berth

Saturday, April 27, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua base runner Angelica Heisler tries to beat the ball headed toward Jim Thorpe third baseman Anna Fiducia. Heisler was tagged out on the play.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua base runner Angelica Heisler tries to beat the ball headed toward Jim Thorpe third baseman Anna Fiducia. Heisler was tagged out on the play.

The Tigers' baseball team picked up a win over Pen Argyl on Friday to secure a District 11 playoff berth.

In other action, Tamaqua beat Jim Thorpe in baseball and softball action The Olympians' earned a victory in their final tennis match of the season to finish with a .500 record.

BASEBALL

Jim Thorpe-Tamaqua

Tamaqua used a strong pitching performance en route to a convincing 9-0 Schuylkill League win over Jim Thorpe.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, April 27, 2013

April 27, 1957 Nesquehoning captures the final event, the mile relay, to win the annual Carbon County track meet. Bill Sotak sprints to victory in the 220 while Tony Malaska claims the top spot in the broad jump. The two also combine with Joe Vignone and Bob Macenka for the win in the mile relay. The Warriors, coached by Bob Steventon, also receive a first from John Ferko in the shot put. Sotak's 220 time of 24.0 sets a new field record at Lehighton, which hosts the meet, while Malaska's leap of 20-7 1/2 ties a field mark.

Why is cat allowed to roam?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to the article in the Thursday April 18 edition of your paper about the pet owner Geralyn Lyons whose cat someone shot with an arrow. I am sorry for the loss of your pet Pepe.

I understand her love for her pet, but the way I look at it, if she loved her cat as much as she says she does, whey does she let it roam the streets of Weissport without being on a leash or supervised. Also why would she let Pepe or any other pet out on their own, with the possibility of this happening again or being hit by a car.

Background checks are common sense

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

Senators Casey and Toomey acted with common sense by joining the majority in support of gun reform. It's shameful that a small bloc of senators were able to block life-saving legislation.

Background checks are common sense. And they work. In states where background checks are required for handguns, far fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners. The people most excited by the U.S. Senate's failure are criminals because they'll continue to have access to no background check gun sales.

Scouts visit water treatment system in Rush Township

Saturday, April 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Post shows the scouts the inner workings of the filtration system.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Post shows the scouts the inner workings of the filtration system.

Tamaqua and West Penn Boy and Cub Scouts were treated to a tour of the Still Creek Water Filtration Plant along SR309 in Rush Township Thursday evening.

Jeff Post, plant superintendent, served as tour guide during their visit. The $7.6 million plant, in operation since 1995, serves over 6,000 customers.

In addition to the filtration plant, the authority built three storage tanks, strengthened the dam at the reservoir, installed water meters and improved the distribution system.