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April 2013

A throw away society

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

Return to Mauch Chunk

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

Perhaps this would be an opportune time to consider returning the name of Jim Thorpe to its original name: Mauch Chunk. The Thorpe children are attempting to have his remains returned to Oaklahoma for a burial consistent with Indian custom.

Although a great athlete, as locals know, Jim Thorpe had absolutely no ties to the area nor did he make any contributions. Return his remains! Do not dispute the court ruling.

Minersville man facing DUI charges

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Michael Grustas, 34, of Minersville, is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as a result of a one-vehicle crash at 11 p.m. April 24 on Route 209 in Brancgh Township.

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said he escaped injuries in the incident.

Police said he was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger southbound on Rt. 209 when he lost control of it, causing it to travel onto the west berm and strike a pile of landscape rocks and a stone wall. The truck continued several feet south before coming to rest in the south lane facing southwest.

Herren brings message back to the area

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Chris Herren speaks to the audience during his visit to Marian High School earlier this week.
Chris Herren speaks to the audience during his visit to Marian High School earlier this week.

Most sports enthusiasts have heard the inspirational story of former college and professional basketball player Chris Herren thanks to ESPN's highly acclaimed film Unguarded.

Unguarded captured Herren's story of his drug addiction through his playing career at Boston College, Fresno State, and the Boston Celtics, and documented his resurgence to sobriety.

Herren was back in the TIMES NEWS area for the third time in the last two years, this time talking to people at Marian High School. The event was sponsored by the Mauch Chunk Pharmacy and was free to the general public.

Preying on the elderly

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dear Editor:

The following information should be read by all and passed on to you aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, grandparents or any one else who falls into the over 65 age bracket. I know that there have been numerous letters and articles written on this topic, but I feel it is time again for yet another advisory be issued. During the course of our work day we receive calls from people who have been scammed out of their savings by the scum of the earth.

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
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right (front): Shannon Henry, "Burn Boss" for Silvix Forestry and Prescribed Fire; Jennifer Lansing, environmental consultant with Arcadis, representing CBS, one of the settling defendants at the Superfund site; and Tom Whitlow, a professor who teaches Restoration Ecology at Cornell University prepare for the April 14 prescribed burn at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right (front): Shannon Henry, "Burn Boss" for Silvix Forestry and Prescribed Fire; Jennifer Lansing, environmental consultant with Arcadis, representing CBS, one of the settling defendants at the Superfund site; and Tom Whitlow, a professor who teaches Restoration Ecology at Cornell University prepare for the April 14 prescribed 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.

Trinity Lutheran Church plans several activities this week

Friday, April 26, 2013

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold fifth Sunday of Easter worship at 9 a.m. Sunday which will include baptism of an infant girl. Interim minister is the Rev. Donald Hayn. Coffeehouse fellowship follows.

Sunday School Power Hour begins at 10:15 a.m. for ages 3 through adult. The final classes will meet May 12 before the summer break.

A Mother-Daughter Brunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Luther Hall. This is a free event. RSVP to the church office in advance at (610) 377-4303.

DUI arrests

Friday, April 26, 2013

State police at Lehighton reported on two driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by troopers.

About 7:19 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, Jonathan H. Burak, 30, of Jim Thorpe, was stopped for several vehicle code violations along SR209 at Flagstaff Road, in Mahoning Township, Carbon County.

He was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday Roseann Maria Izuka, 27, of Jim Thorpe, was stopped at the same location for several vehicle code violations. She was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest.

Tamaqua man cited for assault

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Tamaqua man was cited following a domestic incident in the borough on April 3.

Patrolman Karl Harig was dispatched to 302 Mahanoy St. at 6:16 p.m. where he was met by the victim, who stated she had been punched in the face by Clarence E. McGeehan, 53, same address. McGeehan said he had been arguing with the woman, who had a visibly swollen eye, but denied punching her, stating he had just pushed her into a wall.

Students receive seedlings from West Penn Lions

Friday, April 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn Lion Robert Neumoyer, project coordinator, left, and Gary Kistler, President, wrap seedlings in preparation to distribute them to all Tamaqua Elementary School students.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn Lion Robert Neumoyer, project coordinator, left, and Gary Kistler, President, wrap seedlings in preparation to distribute them to all Tamaqua Elementary School students.

Members of the West Penn Lions Club spent a couple hours Wednesday evening prepping and wrapping over 1,000 white spruce seedlings to be given to all elementary students in the Tamaqua Area School District.

The project was done as part of the Lions Club Global Service Action Campaign created to focus efforts on preserving and protecting the environment.

Inspiring

Friday, April 26, 2013

Keeping the games in a proper perspective

Sports have played a role in boosting morale during times of stress and national tragedy in American history.

When baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis asked the president if the national past time should continue after our nation entered World War 2, Franklin D. Roosevelt replied that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going. He noted that people who would be working longer and harder for the war effort and should have a chance for recreation to take their minds off their work for a few hours.

Palmerton parking problems rectified

Friday, April 26, 2013

Parking concerns in downtown Palmerton have been alleviated, according to one borough business owner.

One month after she said there was a lack of available parking spaces in front of her business, Jan Kresge once again appeared before Borough Council on Thursday.

However this time, Kresge, who owns Jan's Barber Shop, at 434 Delaware Avenue, told council the situation appears to have been rectified.

"There's parking now," Kresge said. "I have additional parking."

Recycling returns to Nesquehoning

Friday, April 26, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Recycling is available once again in Nesquehoning. Orange, single-stream recycling dumpsters are located on Locust Street, behind the former blue bins.
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Recycling is available once again in Nesquehoning. Orange, single-stream recycling dumpsters are located on Locust Street, behind the former blue bins.

After a brief hiatus resulting from Carbon County pulling the plug on its blue bin recycling program, recycling has returned to the Borough of Nesquehoning.

Councilman Mark Stromelo made the announcement during Wednesday's monthly council meeting that as of Tuesday, large orange dumpsters were placed behind the old blue bins to allow for single stream recycling in the borough.

In an agreement with Municipal Recovery in Wilkes-Barre, residents may now place all of their recyclable items in one of the orange dumpsters without any sorting.

Woman cited for issuing bad check

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Tamaqua woman has been cited after a check she wrote for a coal delivery came back marked as insufficient funds.

Courtney Nicole Bowman, 29, of 314 Hazle St., allegedly ordered coal from Rarick's Coal and Oil, which was delivered on Dec. 28, 2012. She paid for the delivery with a check from a Woodforest National Bank account.

On Dec. 31 Rarick was notified the check had bounced. Efforts to resolve the issue, including certified letters, failed.

Charges of issuing a bad check were filed by Cpl. Henry Woods.

Errors doom Lehighton's chances

Friday, April 26, 2013
bob ford/times news Lehighton's James Farano slides safely into third base.
bob ford/times news Lehighton's James Farano slides safely into third base.

Lehighton's defensive fielding and throwing was not for the faint of heart Thursday afternoon.

After failing to score a single run against Mountain Valley Conference foe Stroudsburg earlier in the season, the Indians' offense showed up the second time around to the tune of eight runs and 11 hits. Unfortunately, due to their defensive play it wouldn't be enough.

Slatington man charged with assaulting officer

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Slatington man has been jailed after assaulting a police officer Wednesday night.

William Brown II, 45, faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Brown is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Lehigh County Courthouse in Allentown. He remains in Lehigh County Prison under $40,000 bail.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Slatington Patrolman Deron Dorward:

Palmerton Hospital recognizes volunteers

Friday, April 26, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those on hand for the Volunteer Recognition Program and New Member Tea of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary and Blue Mountain Health System were (front row, l-r) Priscilla Offen, Lois Rehrig, Tracey Gursky, Betty Thomas, Mary Levandusky, (back row, l-r) Jenny Serfass, Auxiliary president, Lucille Bredbenner, Carol Heffelfinger, Brenda Mull, and Iren Light.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those on hand for the Volunteer Recognition Program and New Member Tea of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary and Blue Mountain Health System were (front row, l-r) Priscilla Offen, Lois Rehrig, Tracey Gursky, Betty Thomas, Mary Levandusky, (back row, l-r) Jenny Serfass, Auxiliary president, Lucille Bredbenner, Carol Heffelfinger, Brenda Mull, and Iren Light.

They are the lifeblood of the Palmerton Hospital.

Which is why it was only fitting, then, that those who so unselfishly give of their time received their well-deserved pat on the back.

The Volunteer Recognition Program and New Member Tea of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary and Blue Mountain Health System got under way Tuesday with a welcome from Jenny Serfass, president of the Auxiliary.

Serfass, who marveled at the impressive number of hours accumulated by many of the volunteers, thanked them for their service to the hospital.

Palmerton's new cruiser gets first nick

Friday, April 26, 2013

Palmerton's new police cruiser has been nicked up.

Borough Mayor Chris Olivia informed Borough Council on Thursday that the police department's 2013 Ford Taurus cruiser "got a little bump in it."

"It's at the shop," Olivia said. "It should be back any day now."

It was stated that the incident occurred while a police officer was driving down the street when an individual opened their car door into the driving area of the cruiser.

The borough took ownership of the cruiser this past February.

Vehicle stop leads to wanted person

Friday, April 26, 2013

A vehicle stop led to the arrest of a wanted person.

State police at Lehighton said a vehicle was stopped about 8:43 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, along SR209 in Towamensing Township, Carbon County, for a traffic violation.

At the stop a passenger in the car, Lawney L. Strohl, 44, of Lehighton, was found to have multiple warrants for his arrest including theft. He was also found to have in his possession marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Ss. Peter and Paul teacher is honored for 25 years of dedication

Friday, April 26, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Family and friends as well as current and previous fellow teachers and administrators recently gathered at Ss. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton to honor Candace Steffie for her 25 years of dedication to the school. Pictured are Rev. Michael Ahrensfield, Pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, (left) and Principal Sherry Sernak (right) presenting a plaque to Steffie (center) to commemorate her special day.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Family and friends as well as current and previous fellow teachers and administrators recently gathered at Ss. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton to honor Candace Steffie for her 25 years of dedication to the school. Pictured are Rev. Michael Ahrensfield, Pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, (left) and Principal Sherry Sernak (right) presenting a plaque to Steffie (center) to commemorate her special day.

An actor-turned politician by the name of Ronald Reagan was President of the United States.

Moviegoers were enjoying films like Dirty Dancing, Good Morning, Vietnam, Moonstruck, and Three Men and a Baby.

Songs including At This Moment, Livin on a Prayer, The Lady in Red, and Walk Like an Egyptian filled the airwaves on boomboxes and walkmen.

It was during this time that Candace Steffie was hired as a teacher at SS. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton.

Tamaqua man cited at fire scene

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Tamaqua man has been cited following an incident at a Tamaqua fire on April 4.

As firefighters were dealing with a fire at 208 W. Spruce St., John Blank, 50, of 82 Hunter St., was operating a green Dodge truck, running over a fire hose. The end of the hose was broken in the incident.

Blank has been cited for unauthorized driving over a fire hose.

Six furloughed PV teachers identified

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Panther Valley school board put faces to the furloughs of six educators on Thursday, naming those teachers who have lost their jobs due to curtailment or alteration of various programs.

The board voted, with school director Roy "Mickey" Angst absent, and after accepting the resignation of school director David Hiles, to approve the furloughs.

Packerton Yards grant deadline extended a year

Friday, April 26, 2013

Carbon County commissioners voted 2-1 Thursday to extend for one year the deadlines for $1.2 million in government grants to help pay for development of the Packerton Yards Business Park, an action that prompted a spirited but civil debate between two members.

Commissioners William O'Gurek and Chairman Wayne Nothstein voted in favor of applying to extend the deadline for the two Local Share grants to June 30, 2014. Commissioner Vice Chairman Thomas J. Gerhard opposed.

Former Carbon resident dies in intense blaze in Lehigh Twp.

Friday, April 26, 2013

A former Carbon County man who had been living in Lehigh Township, just south of Walnutport, died in a structure fire late Wednesday night, according to Northampton County officials.

Harley A. Henning, 65, died of smoke inhalation during the blaze that destroyed his two-story house located at 443 Washington Drive, according to Coroner Zachary Lysek.

Lane restrictions

Friday, April 26, 2013

PennDOT will have daytime lane restrictions for crack sealing throughout our area beginning April 29. The work is expected to last through May 3. The following roads will be affected:

Franklin Township

Long Run Road and Forest Street, May 1-3

Lower Towamensing

Hahn's Dairy Road and Fireline Road between East White Street and Little Gap Road, May 1-3

Mahoning Township

Mill Road between Pine Hill Road and Mahoning Drive, April 29-30

Kidder Township

PA 534 between Tannery Road and Old Stage Road, April 29-May 3

Palmerton police log

Friday, April 26, 2013

Theft

Juvenile referrals were filed against a 15-year-old Palmerton female and a 16-year-old Palmerton male for theft, criminal conspiracy-theft, and receiving stolen property. The incident occurred on March 27 at 11:45 p.m. in the 200 block of Avenue B.

Disorderly conduct

Juvenile referrals were filed against a 16-year-old Whitehall female and a 15-year-old Bethlehem female for aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct. The incident occurred on April 9 in the 400 block of Delaware Avenue.

Speeding

Summit Hill man cited in Tamaqua

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Summit Hill man has been charged after an incident in Tamaqua on April 5.

At 8:13 p.m. Patrolman Joseph Krebs was dispatched to 128 Center St. for a reported threat incident. On scene he spoke with a woman who said she had been threatened by an exboyfriend, Jeremy Liggitt, 23, of 137 E. White St.

According to the report, Liggitt had approached the victim and told her he had left a present for her on her car. When the vehicle was checked, there was a white, crumpled paper under the windshield. Nestled in the paper was a .45 caliber bullet.

Tamaqua High School music department holds spring concert

Friday, April 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Just over 100 Tamaqua Area band members took part in the Tamaqua High School Music Department's Annual Spring Concert held Thursday evening in the Tamaqua Area School District's auditorium. Directed under Mark E. Beltz, the concert was comprised of the department's Wind Ensemble, The 'Raider' Jazz Band and The 'Raider' Concert Band. Awards and recognizations were also presented to various students during the concert. Beltz also thanked the Tamaqua Board of Education, administration, faculty and staff; as well as all the band members, parents, friends, volunteers and relatives for their tireless efforts with the music program.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Just over 100 Tamaqua Area band members took part in the Tamaqua High School Music Department's Annual Spring Concert held Thursday evening in the Tamaqua Area School District's auditorium. Directed under Mark E. Beltz, the concert was comprised of the department's Wind Ensemble, The 'Raider' Jazz Band and The 'Raider' Concert Band. Awards and recognizations were also presented to various students during the concert. Beltz also thanked the Tamaqua Board of Education, administration, faculty and staff; as well as all the band members, parents, friends, volunteers and relatives for their tireless efforts with the music program.

Annual geography bee winners

Friday, April 26, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS

Students Jason Bauder, front left, and Mason Smith, right, were recently honored for winning Ss. Peter and Paul's annual school geography bee. With the students is school Principal Sherry Sernak. Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School is located in

Lehighton.