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April 2013

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.

'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.

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.

Conspiracy theories

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Jim:

An outfit called "Public Policy Polling" took a poll earlier this month regarding 20 widespread and infamous conspiracy theories. Here's some of what they came up with:

1 37 percent of voters believe that global warming is a hoax. Fifty eight percent of Republicans believe this.

2. 21 percent believe a UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947 and Uncle Sam covered it up.

Tiny bundles of faith

Saturday, April 27, 2013

By CHRIS PARKER

cparker@tnonline.com

It's a chilly, overcast Monday afternoon, and I've watered the tomato, pepper, impatiens, and pansey seedlings that are springing up in their paper cups on a folding table next to a south-facing window in the guest room of our old farmhouse.

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.

Working on a prisoner's heart

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

The media, politicians, courts, and public opinion all promote more restrictive laws, trying to set up released prisoners for failure and re-entry into the prison system. What are they trying to prove by that? What are they afraid of? What are they trying to hide? "Public Safety," they say, mistakenly believing that people cannot change.

Mother's Day coming early at Lans. church

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Feed the People will serve an early Mother's Day community dinner from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at St. John Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street (Tunnel Street entrance) Lansford.

The group invites sons and daughters to bring their mothers for a turkey meal with all the trimmings: stuffing, candied yams and a tossed salad.

The first 10 mothers will receive a live plant. All are welcome. For more information, call (570) 657-1480.

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.