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April 2013

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.

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.

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.

Someone should pay

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

Since the people that want the body of Jim Thorpe are all about money then I feel the town should turn it around since the agreement was that they would change the name of the town to Jim Thorpe for the body and providing a proper burial site and maintenance.

ince they want to change that they should have to pay for the change of the name and all cost connected, the burial site and maintenance, all other related costs plus interest and possibly the cost to change it all back to Mauch Chunk.

'The Deep Miners'

Saturday, April 27, 2013
The historic 1863 Female Grammar School, Pottsville, is home to the county historical society, now showcasing images from the 40-year-body of photographic work of Tamaqua native Scott Herring.
The historic 1863 Female Grammar School, Pottsville, is home to the county historical society, now showcasing images from the 40-year-body of photographic work of Tamaqua native Scott Herring.

County historical society features Tamaqua native's collection

Close to 300 images of the anthracite coal fields filled the walls inside the Schuylkill County Historical Society and the exhibition had 700 visitors raving.

'The Deep Miners,' the second of seven primary shows honoring the anthracite coal industry and its people, opened Saturday, drawing hundreds to the 1863 Female Grammar School, 305 North Centre Street, Pottsville, society headquarters.

Many of the attendees were current and former miners and their families.

We must defend America against all threats

Saturday, April 27, 2013

America is the last refuge in the world for those who seek freedom. Each year a million new immigrants come to this country legally to build a new life for themselves and their families. Immigrants like myself hear the words of freedom that offers us a new life:

"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Catasauqua roughs up Bombers

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Catasauqua roughs up Bombers
Copyright 2013

The last time Palmerton and Catasaqua faced off earlier in the season, the Bombers held the Rough Riders to just two runs.

The Bombers scored three runs themselves in that match-up defeating Catty in nine innings.

This time around they saw a different Roughies ball club as Catty came out swinging for the fences, scoring 10 runs in the first inning en-route to a 12-0 Colonial League victory.

Anybody can tell you that spotting a team 10 runs is not a good recipe for winning baseball.

Expunged

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

Good ideas were not recorded from a public meeting. On February 19th seven concerned citizens went to a public meeting at the Communications Center in Nesquehoning before the Planning Commission. The county funded corporation known as the office of Planninng and Developement was expected to represent itself there. Two of us spoke to the issues. The controlling provisions of the federal and state constitutions were streseed.. Only one of us was put on record. There was no mention of my warning for the Planning Commission not to partisipate in wrong doing.

Pop singer Rick Springfield will be at Penn's Peak, Sunday

Saturday, April 27, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Rick Springfield entertains at a previous Penn's Peak concert. The energetic performer will be at the Jim Thorpe venue at 8 p.m. Sunday.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Rick Springfield entertains at a previous Penn's Peak concert. The energetic performer will be at the Jim Thorpe venue at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Starred in TV series 'General Hospital,' hit movie 'Hard to Hold'

Tomorrow night at Penn's Peak, Rick Springfield makes his return.

It's been over three years since he performed at the venue, but for those who attended his last concert, the memories are likely as vivid as if the concert occurred yesterday.

He was full of energy. The stage couldn't contain him. He walked along the rail of the Jim Thorpe venue and into the throng of the frenzied ladies who came to see him.

Will the same thing happen tomorrow night?

on this date

Saturday, April 27, 2013

April 27, 1922

A fire which originated in the Fabric Cigar Store, Broadway, Mauch Chunk, at 9:15 this morning, destroyed four stores entailing a loss approximated at $100,000. It was the most disastrous fire in the history of the town and took five hours to contain. Besides the three Mauch Chunk companies, the firefighting equipment of Lansford, Summit Hill, Nesquehoning, and Lehighton was on hand. Other stores damaged were the Paradise Confectionery, the Charles Dolan Post American Legion, and the Mauch Chunk Art Company.

Interdependence is important to health

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I don't perform scientific research. I only comment upon the results in this column.

But I am pleased to announce a positive trend in the type of research I've been reading about recently. So many of the studies now consider a concept crucial in philosophy.

Interdependence.

Unlike independence, interdependence acknowledges that acts do not occur in a vacuum. That all acts in some way affect other things even some previously seen as opposite or unrelated.

Logic is flawed

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

We would like to respond to Bill Boyer's letter "setting record straight". The logic Bill Boyer uses is flawed. It does not matter by what name a municipal road is called, if a road is opened by ordinance or resolution as a street or alley it is a thoroughfare for the public.

The alley Bill Boyer is reffering to was barricaded with pipe and shrubs he placed preventing public access.