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April 2013

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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.

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
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The walls of the Schuylkill County Historica Society are filled with anthracite coal images by Tamaqua native Scott Herring.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The walls of the Schuylkill County Historica Society are filled with anthracite coal images by 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.

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.

Marriage licenses

Friday, April 26, 2013

Carbon County

John Anthony Kavusak III and Stephanie Heather Dunleavy, 868 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

Brandon Michael Brideson and Tina Marie Green, 320 W. Front St., Lansford.

Benjamin Michael Highland and Ashley Mae Nase, 404 South St., Apt. 2, Jim Thorpe.

Kevin Patrick Gillespie and Shannon Nicole Cummings, 18 W. Fifth St., Jim Thorpe.

Danis Ramey Botrus and Danielle Nicole Mulligan, 1805 Vintage Drive, Easton.

Dennis Anthony Binder and Brenda Jean Mervine, 507 Lehigh St., Jim Thorpe.

James Dominic Provizzi and Kelli Marie McGuire, 147 Brenkman Drive, Weatherly.

Springtime rails

Friday, April 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Showing a glimps of spring foliage are railroad tracks running parallel to North Railroad Street in Tamaqua.

Bogosh seeks position of West Penn supervisor

Friday, April 26, 2013
Ted Bogosh III
Ted Bogosh III

Ted Bogosh III of South Tamaqua has announced he is a candidate for the position of West Penn Township Supervisor.

A 1971 graduate of Tamaqua High School, Bogosh was active in chess club, gymnastics and the swim team. He then attended Parks College of Aeronautical Technology, studying aircraft maintenance engineering, participating in ROTC, the college rifle drill team and the Parks Environmental Protection Foundation. He served as a disc jockey for the Parks radio station and became editor of the Parks newspaper.

"Romeo and Juliet" comes to Pleasant Valley

Friday, April 26, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

"Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?" Why, he's at Pleasant Valley High School's old auditorium tonight and Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in the production of William Shakespeare's tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet" by PVHS's Shaky's Players under the direction of Robert Young.

Eldred Township news

Friday, April 26, 2013

Blood drive

St. Matthew's UCC will be holding a blood drive on Monday, May 6 from 1-6 p.m. Please consider donating.

Vacation Bible School

St. Matthew's UCC will be making a splash this summer with Vacation Bible School. It will be the week of July 15-19 from 9-11:30 a.m. Those who would like their children or grandchildren to learn about the Bible through stories, games, crafts and songs, may call and register at (610) 381-2442.

Paiste rolls; Bombers surprise

Friday, April 26, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Kyle Bacher prepares to hit a backhand during the opening round of the D-11 Class AA tennis tournament.
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Kyle Bacher prepares to hit a backhand during the opening round of the D-11 Class AA tennis tournament.

ALLENTOWN Overall number one seed and two-time defending champion Henry Paiste of Northwestern took care of business on the opening day of the District 11 Class AA Tennis Singles Championships. Paiste wasn't the only local highlight, however, as Palmerton also made an impact on the initial day of matches.

Paiste breezed to a pair of easy victories, making quick work of his first and second round opponents. In the process, he lost just one game.

The Northwestern junior was excited to get this tournament underway.

Safe Kids Day proclaimed in Carbon

Friday, April 26, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday proclaimed May 4 as Carbon County Safe Kids Day. On that day, an event hosted by state Sen. John Yudichak will be held beginning at 10 a.m. at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, along Lentz Trail. The day will be filled with fun, games, and learning. There will be simulated rescue demonstrations, food, giveaways and information. The event will be held rain or shine.

Tamaqua news

Friday, April 26, 2013

Garden club

The Lewistown Valley Garden Club will hold its Annual Spring Tea on April 30 in the social hall of Zion Church, Lewistown Valley. Members are reminded to bring tea cups, finger sandwiches and desserts. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (570) 668-4288 or 467-3400. Set up for the tea will be held at 9 a.m. the same day.

Monroe driver facing hit/run

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of hit and run following an incident that occurred on Tuesday, April 23. It was one of two hit and runs investigated by state police at Lehighton on Tuesday.

Troopers said the incident occurred along Serfass Road at Long Mountain Road, in Polk Township, about 12:55 p.m. Troopers said a vehicle was driven westbound on Long Mountain Road when the driver attempted to turn onto Serfass Road. He lost control of the vehicle which went off the left side of Serfass Road and crashed into a tree.

Bobish seeks nomination for Beaver Meadows mayor

Friday, April 26, 2013

Jeffrey S Bobish, Beaver Meadows, has announced his intent to seek the Democratic nomination in the May 21st primary, for the seat of Mayor of Beaver Meadows.

After serving four years on the borough's Planning Commission, and helping to create the borough's Comprehensive Plan, Bobish was appointed to fill a vacant council seat. Jeff has subsequently been elected to four consecutive terms since. During his 16 year tenure as a councilman, Bobish has been elected to serve as president of the council for seven of those years and currently holds the vice president's position.

Heritage Hill woman celebrates 96 years

Friday, April 26, 2013
Nellie Johnson
Nellie Johnson

Nellie (Greenwood) Johnson, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, celebrated her 96th birthday on April 24.

Born in Halifax, Yorkshire County, England in 1917, Nellie has also resided in Cregah, Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Union, Newark, Irvington and Branchville, New Jersey.

Nellie was married to her loving husband, Horace, on April 27, 1946 and they both came to America on the Queen Mary in 1955, searching for those streets of gold. They were married for 49 years until his death in 1995.

Lansford meth home raided

Friday, April 26, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Mobile meth lab equipment removed from a house at 346 W. Patterson St., Lansford, during a raid Thursday night.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Mobile meth lab equipment removed from a house at 346 W. Patterson St., Lansford, during a raid Thursday night.

Drug agents from the Pennsylvania office of the Attorney General, assisted by local police and the Carbon County Emergency Management coordinator, on Thursday night raided a home at 346 W. Patterson St., Lansford, where a person was allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine.

Firefighters from American Fire Co. No. 1, Lansford, stood by, several in full turnout gear and air packs. Two trucks were ready, engines running and hoses unfurled, in the event of an explosion or other reaction from the volatile chemicals used to make the drug.

'Everyday heroes'

Friday, April 26, 2013
Auxiliary members at the Lehighton campus of Blue Mountain Health System with 10 or more years of service during the 2012-2013 fiscal year were honored on Thursday during National Volunteer Week. Their names were added to the Carl S. Merluzzi volunteer Recognition Board, which was created this year in honor of Merluzzi's retirement after 60 years of service. Back row, from left: Charlotte Knappenberger, Joan Mertz, Art Mertz, Joyce Ricciardi, Nancy Dacosta, Teresa Hunsicker, Alfred Feuerstein, and Bill Reed. Front row: Mary Ellen Poe, Shirley Stamm, Pauline Lorchak, Dolores Hontz, Vicki Kromer, and Doreen Kromer.
Auxiliary members at the Lehighton campus of Blue Mountain Health System with 10 or more years of service during the 2012-2013 fiscal year were honored on Thursday during National Volunteer Week. Their names were added to the Carl S. Merluzzi volunteer Recognition Board, which was created this year in honor of Merluzzi's retirement after 60 years of service. Back row, from left: Charlotte Knappenberger, Joan Mertz, Art Mertz, Joyce Ricciardi, Nancy Dacosta, Teresa Hunsicker, Alfred Feuerstein, and Bill Reed. Front row: Mary Ellen Poe, Shirley Stamm, Pauline Lorchak, Dolores Hontz, Vicki Kromer, and Doreen Kromer.

Lehighton hospital honors volunteers

The Lehighton campus of Blue Mountain Health System celebrated National Volunteer Week by honoring its volunteers and Auxiliary members on Thursday.

Auxiliary president Henry Bisbing welcomed the group, thanking the men and women for their time as volunteers during the past year.

"To be a volunteer takes generosity, a willingness to give to others, and the ability to put yourselves into other peoples' shoes," he said. Bisbing noted that volunteers also need patience and dedication, among other virtues.

Dorsey Brothers mural to be unveiled at PV

Friday, April 26, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley High School will conclude its Artist in Residency program, led by Tamaqua artist Stephen Bennett, by portraying cultures both near and far on May 7 during the district's spring band concert. In addition to unveiling a portrait of the native Dorsey brothers, members of Kim Burkett's art class at the high school will demonstrate their mud men masks and dances, inspired by the tribes of Papua New Guinea. From left: Joselyn Zedalis, 12th grade; Troy Margerum, 11th grade; Devin Hoffman; 10th grade; Mark Christ, high school music teacher; Shy Ortiz, 12th grade; Kim Burkett, high school art teacher; Brendan Beshock, 10th grade; and Stephen Bennett, artist in residency.
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley High School will conclude its Artist in Residency program, led by Tamaqua artist Stephen Bennett, by portraying cultures both near and far on May 7 during the district's spring band concert. In addition to unveiling a portrait of the native Dorsey brothers, members of Kim Burkett's art class at the high school will demonstrate their mud men masks and dances, inspired by the tribes of Papua New Guinea. From left: Joselyn Zedalis, 12th grade; Troy Margerum, 11th grade; Devin Hoffman; 10th grade; Mark Christ, high school music teacher; Shy Ortiz, 12th grade; Kim Burkett, high school art teacher; Brendan Beshock, 10th grade; and Stephen Bennett, artist in residency.

Students create artwork during Artist in Residency program

Panther Valley students have combined art, music, and history through this year's Artist in Residency program at the school, taking place in April and May.

The most vivid example of this academic collaboration will be unveiled on May 7 during the school's spring band concert and art show. During the concert, students will unveil a mural of local musical legends Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, American jazz musicians who were born in Schuylkill County. Students will also perform dances and display masks inspired by the tribes of Papua New Guinea.

Woman facing charges

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Monroe County woman is facing a charge of scattering of rubbish following an incident that occurred about 8:20 p.m. on April 18.

State police at Lehighton said Robert Beers was cleaning up the roadside along Windy Hill Road, in Kunkletown, Polk Township, when he came across some trash and found numerous letters addressed to Kayla Lynn Johnson, 21, of Kunkletown.

Troopers responded to the scene and confirmed that Johnson was the person responsible for depositing the rubbish.

Lansford man cited in Tamaqua

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Lansford man, wanted by Carbon County authorities, was picked up by Tamaqua police on April 6 in the course of an investigation into the theft of cigarettes from the Turkey Hill Minute Mart, 330 E. Broad St.