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April 2013

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.

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
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Taking stumps out of the Lehigh Canal at Lock 13, at Parryville, was done by members of the Beltzville Lions Club.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Taking stumps out of the Lehigh Canal at Lock 13, at Parryville, was done by members of the Beltzville Lions Club.

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.

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.

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.