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April 2013

Organizations come together during community cleanup

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Picking up trash along the tracks are Tamaqua Boy Scout Aidan Bonner, 12, Joseph Yarzebinski with Rural LISC, and Tamaqua Girl Scout Ashley DeAngelo, 12.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Picking up trash along the tracks are Tamaqua Boy Scout Aidan Bonner, 12, Joseph Yarzebinski with Rural LISC, and Tamaqua Girl Scout Ashley DeAngelo, 12.

About 3 dozen volunteers with a number of local community-minded organizations came together in Tamaqua to pick up trash during S.K.I.P. (Schuylkill Keep It Pretty) day held over the weekend. Some o rganizations involved were volunteers from S.K.I.P., Tamaqua Safety Initiative (T.S.I.), Tamaqua Community Arts Center (T.C.A.C.), Tamaqua Area Community Partnership (T.A.C.P.), Tamaqua Boy Scouts, Tamaqua Girl Scouts and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (L.I.S.C.). About 3 dozen garbage bags were filled with garbage during the cleanup.

Millage scenarios submitted to Palmerton School District

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Palmerton Area School District's 2013-14 budget picture is coming into focus as the number-crunching ensues.

Business Manager Diane Serfass presented several millage scenarios to the school board's Budget and Finance Committee on Monday relative to next year's spending plan.

Serfass said those scenarios call for either a zero-mill, half-mill, three-quarter-mill, one-mill, 1.18-mill (to the index), or 1.74-mill (index plus exceptions) increase.

Lehighton notes its 20th year as a 'Shade Tree USA' borough

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Joshua Eckman, right, fixes brick at base of Cleveland pear tree in front of Diggity Dogg on South First Street, Lehighton, volunteering with the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission to planted several trees and made other improvements involving trees, Saturday. Looking on are Jacob Hoffner, left, and Sara Wingert.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Joshua Eckman, right, fixes brick at base of Cleveland pear tree in front of Diggity Dogg on South First Street, Lehighton, volunteering with the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission to planted several trees and made other improvements involving trees, Saturday. Looking on are Jacob Hoffner, left, and Sara Wingert.

Plants trees in memory of youngster and to honor news media

The 20th anniversary of Lehighton being named a "Shade Tree USA" was observed with the planting of a tree in memory of a young child who died of illness and a tree saluting the the news media; specifically the TIMES NEWS and Blue Ridge Communications TV-13.

Mark Hoffman, chairman of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission, said volunteers worked at five locations on Saturday morning. Besides planting these new trees, they also replaced some trees as well as improved brickwork at the base of some prior tree planting locations.

The trees were all Cleveland pears.

West Penn scouts cross over into Boy Scouts

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Oliver Kressley, 11, and Christopher Osenbach, 11, crossed over from Cub Scout Pack 756 to Boy Scout Pack 755. The ceremony was held Sunday evening at the St. Peter's Church in Mantzville. Cub Scouts meet every Sunday at 6 p.m. at the church. Boy Scouts meet 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the one room schoolhouse in Clamtown. For more information about either group, find them on Facebook or call Cub/Scout Master Rob Knowlan at (570) 573-9085. Family members and fellow scouts took part in the event.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Oliver Kressley, 11, and Christopher Osenbach, 11, crossed over from Cub Scout Pack 756 to Boy Scout Pack 755. The ceremony was held Sunday evening at the St. Peter's Church in Mantzville. Cub Scouts meet every Sunday at 6 p.m. at the church. Boy Scouts meet 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the one room schoolhouse in Clamtown. For more information about either group, find them on Facebook or call Cub/Scout Master Rob Knowlan at (570) 573-9085. Family members and fellow scouts took part in the event.

On this date

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30, 1991

April 30, 1991 Greg Flyte and Dave Figura both slug home runs to help Jim Thorpe roll to an 11-1 Schuylkill League win over Marian. Flyte blasts a three-run shot in the fourth inning while Figura connects for a two-run homer in the fifth. Joe Kehrli allows just two hits in five innings of work to earn the pitching win, while Kyle Armbruster contributes a pair of hits, one of them a two-run double.

Christopher D. Olivia seeks Democratic nomination for mayor of Palmerton

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Christopher D. Olivia
Christopher D. Olivia

Christopher D. Olivia, 1036 Circle Drive, Palmerton, has announced his candidacy for election to a four-year term of office as the Mayor of Palmerton Borough. He is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the May 21 Primary Election.

Olivia, 65, has been serving as mayor since Oct. 11, 2012, having been unanimously appointed to the position upon the resignation of Brad Doll. Previously, he served 11 years as a borough councilman, having been appointed to an unexpired term in 2002 and then being elected to four-year terms in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

Thomas R. Ring to Cody Snyder, 6877 Memorial Road, New Tripoli, property at 33 Chalfin Lane, $242,000.

Franklin Township

Dino L. Eckhart to Jane E. Nicolai, 245 Fairview St., Lehighton, property at 245 Fairview St., $110,000.

Jim Thorpe

Anita Nonnemacher to Jay T. McElmoyle Jr., 927 North St., Jim Thorpe, property at 927 North St., $65,000.

Matthew S. Dunbar to Matthew S. Dunbar, 514 South Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 516 South Ave., $1.

Kidder Township

Pauline F. Homm seeks tax collector's post in Mahoning

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Pauline F. Homm
Pauline F. Homm

Pauline F. Homm is seeking the Mahoning Township Tax Collector position on the Democratic Party ticket in the May Primary Election. A life-long resident of the township, she also serves as secretary to the Mahoning Municipal Authority and is a local business woman, owning and operating the Normal Square Mini Mart for the past 15 years.

Schuylkill County court news

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Divorces granted

Sharon M. Wagner was granted a divorce from Jerffrey L. Wagner, both of 347 Tuscarora Mountain Drive, Barnesville. They were marred April 20, 1985.

Lori A. Klock was granted a divorce form Kyle Klock, both of Ashand. They were married March 26, 2010.

Scott B. Richards, Cressona, was granted a divorce from Barbara A. Richards, Hamburg. They were married Aug. 24, 1991.

Patrick J. Davie, Saint Clair, was granted a divorce from Cheryl A. Davie, Llewellyn, Branch Township. They were married June 28, 2003.

Turnpike Interchange enters phase 2

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Contractors merge traffic into a single lane on the southern side of the Route 903 bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike as construction begins on phase 2 of the E-ZPass Only Interchange.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Contractors merge traffic into a single lane on the southern side of the Route 903 bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike as construction begins on phase 2 of the E-ZPass Only Interchange.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike s Route 903 All-Electronic Interchange Project shifted into its second phase with construction beginning along Route 903 on both the north and south sides of the PA Turnpike bridge in Penn Forest Township.

Motorists are advised of traffic delays approaching the bridge from both sides of Route 903, as well as in the area beneath the bridge which is located on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 476), nine miles south of the Pocono Interchange (Exit 95) and 13 miles north of the Mahoning Valley Interchange (Exit 74).

Palmerton police log

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Theft

Criminal charges were filed against Denise Rex, 61, of 1105 Hamilton Street, Lehighton, for forgery, theft by unlawful taking, and theft by deception. The incident occurred on April 28 in the 700 block of Lafayette Avenue.

Harassment

Dion Smith Sr., 50, of 125 Lehigh Avenue, Palmerton, was cited for harassment. The violation occurred on April 20 at 6:08 p.m. in the 100 block of Lehigh Avenue.

Speeding

A citation was issued to a 17-year-old Slatington male for speeding. The violation occurred on April 20 at 10:09 p.m. on SR248 east.

McAdoo Catholic school to close

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
BY ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/times news McAdoo Catholic Elementary School.
BY ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/times news McAdoo Catholic Elementary School.

The two pastors whose parishes sponsor McAdoo Catholic Elementary School have announced after a five-month study that because of declining enrollment and financial challenges, the school will close at the end of the current school year.

In a letter to parents sent home with students today and mailed for delivery tomorrow, the pastors said McAdoo Catholic students will be eligible for $1,500 grants to defray tuition at other Catholic schools in the Diocese of Allentown next school year.

Boy Scout Troop 82 bags 150 seedlings for LAMS students

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Nathan Kroboth, Gaige Accardi and James Henderson, members of Boy Scout Troop 82, prepare seedlings for the Arbor Day program at Lehighton Area Middle School. The seedings were donated by PPL and are part of a project by the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Nathan Kroboth, Gaige Accardi and James Henderson, members of Boy Scout Troop 82, prepare seedlings for the Arbor Day program at Lehighton Area Middle School. The seedings were donated by PPL and are part of a project by the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission.

Lehighton Shade Tree Commission members had help again this year with spreading their tree planting mission.

To start off this year's projects, they enlisted the help of Lehighton Boy Scout Troop 82 to help bag 150 seedlings which were presented to Lehighton Area Middle School students to take home to plant.

Boy Scouts used hand shovels and then their hands to mix soil in a wheel barrow. Next they set up an assembly line of workers near Trinity Lutheran Church to fill each of the bags with soil and stuck the trees into the soil and tied the bags shut with rubber bands.

Driver facing DUI after crash

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Carbon County driver has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) following a one-vehicle crash. Jim Thorpe police said the accident occurred on March 23 about 3:05 p.m. in the area of 625 Lentz Trail

Police were dispatched to the scene and found a Volkswagen Jetta sedan partially in a drainage ditch near the entrance to the Mauch Chunk Lake boat launch.

The driver was identified as Joshua M. Fabiani, 33, of 1126 Center St., Jim Thorpe.

District 11 singles tennis

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Henry Paiste hits a forehand during the third set of Monday's District 11 Class AA championship singles match. Paiste, who lives in the Northwestern School District, defeated Moravian Academy's Zach Shaff to win his third straight D-11 title.
nancy scholz/special to the times news Henry Paiste hits a forehand during the third set of Monday's District 11 Class AA championship singles match. Paiste, who lives in the Northwestern School District, defeated Moravian Academy's Zach Shaff to win his third straight D-11 title.

ALLENTOWN – As he watched a perfectly placed lob shot sail over the head of Zach Shaff and bounce out of his reach, Henry Paiste let out one final shout.

His loud "yes" and the accompanying fist pump put the finishing touches on 2 hours and 28 minutes of incredible tennis.

It also gave Paiste his third consecutive District 11 Class AA singles championship.

While the first time is always special, and repeating is almost always more difficult, it's hard to imagine any of the titles being more rewarding than Monday's three-peat.

CSIDC donates to Anthracite Little League

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during the check presentation are, from left, Richard Forgay, Executive Director, CSIDC; Chuck Byers, Vice President, ALLA; Mike Pascoe, President, ALLA; Andy Snoha, member, CSIDC; Russ King, Treasurer, CSIDC; Jonathan Byers, 9; Dave Kuchta, Vice President, CSIDC; Daniel Rabayda, member, CSIDC; Dianna Binder, Treasurer, ALLA.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during the check presentation are, from left, Richard Forgay, Executive Director, CSIDC; Chuck Byers, Vice President, ALLA; Mike Pascoe, President, ALLA; Andy Snoha, member, CSIDC; Russ King, Treasurer, CSIDC; Jonathan Byers, 9; Dave Kuchta, Vice President, CSIDC; Daniel Rabayda, member, CSIDC; Dianna Binder, Treasurer, ALLA.

Hearing of the Anthracite Little League Association's (ALLA) need for immediate repairs needed at the Trooper Philip C. Melley Memorial Little League Field in Summit Hill, members of the CSIDC (Carbon Schuylkill Industrial Development Corporation) provided a donation of $500.

"The field's retaining wall is deteriorating," said Michael Pascoe, President, Anthracite Little League. "It was built in 1977 and showing it's age."

Bark For Life at Locust Lake State Park

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The second annual Bark For Life fundraising event will be held this Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville. Organizers stated there will be food available for sale, a dog sled team, and dog activities and contests such as talent, best dressed, and best kisser. T-shirts and luminary bags, which may be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one, will also be sold. The event is open to the public and pre-registration is not required.

Alleged potty peeper nabbed in Mahoning

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Reportedly spent an hour in a Wal-Mart restroom

A Nesquehoning man is being charged by Mahoning Township police with three counts of invasion of privacy following a situation which occurred in the restroom of Wal-Mart.

Police said Anthony Mistretta, 48, was charged with three counts of invasion of privacy, following an incident that happened on April 28.

Audie Mertz, officer in charge of the police department, urged that anyone who believes they may have been a victim or witness to the incident should contact Mahoning Police at (570) 386-2241.

Dale Freudenberger seeks tax collector's post for Tamaqua

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Dale Freudenberger
Dale Freudenberger

Dale Freudenberger of Tamaqua is seeking the Tamaqua Borough Tax Collector position in the upcoming May Primary Election. Current Tamaqua Tax Collector, Alan Kerr, is retiring at the end of 2013, so Freudenberger decided to seek the position. Freudenberger, age 53, is registered on the Republican ticket.

Freudenberger is a lifelong resident of Tamaqua and graduate of Tamaqua Area High School Class of 1977. He is the son of the late Charles and Jean Freudenberger of Schuylkill Avenue. He has two older brothers, Barry who is deceased, and Wayne, with whom he resides.

Local girl wins Lions Club poster contest

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Moranda Romanishan, center, a student at the Penn-Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area, holds the

winning poster she designed for the Lions Club's annual Peace Poster Contest. Moranda was the winner of the local contest, sponsored by the Penn Kidder Lions Club. Her poster came in second at the district level earlier this month when at the Lions 14U mini

convention, which was held at the Best Western Hotel in Wilkes-Barre. With Moranda is Manny DaCosta, president of the Penn Kidder Lions Club, left, and Brian Gasper, principal at the Penn Kidder campus.

Marches, Broadway, and Sinatra kick off Lehighton Band season

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Veteran band director Paul Smith directs the Lehighton Band during concert Sunday in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium. The concert kicked off the Lehighton Band's 2013 season.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Veteran band director Paul Smith directs the Lehighton Band during concert Sunday in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium. The concert kicked off the Lehighton Band's 2013 season.

The Lehighton Band, under the direction of Paul Smith, kicked off its 2013 season with a free concert held in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium.

Selections included marches, Broadway tunes, folk songs, and even hits from Frank Sinatra.

Featured soloists were Laurel Seamiller, a Palmerton Area High School senior, and Jo deForest, a Lehighton Area High School senior.

Both students play the French horn and were impressive during their duet. Their selection was "The Mermaids."

Several medleys were included in the concert.

LAMS gains two more trees to add to Environmental Center

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Middle School students plant a copper beech tree at the environmental center. From left are, Dane Frantz, student; Joe Yescavage, 7th grade science teacher; Kyle Strohl, student; and Dan Gerber, PPL forester.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Middle School students plant a copper beech tree at the environmental center. From left are, Dane Frantz, student; Joe Yescavage, 7th grade science teacher; Kyle Strohl, student; and Dan Gerber, PPL forester.

The environmental center at the Lehighton Area Middle School is a haven for students wanting to communicate with nature. There is a water fall and pond filled with koi fish, flowers and trees budding and blooming and a cozy seating area, but on Friday the center was buzzing with the celebration of Arbor Day.

The center is located adjacent to the school. The center was started 17 years ago and since then many trees, flowers, a pond and the patio were added throughout the years to make this area truly breathtaking.

Township government, recycling explained at Towamensing

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Kyla Brown holds her pot and seeds - a gift from the township.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Kyla Brown holds her pot and seeds - a gift from the township.

Flower pots filled with dirt were enclosed in colorful paper along with a package of seeds and a pencil for each of the Towamensing Elementary School sixth graders who walked over to the municipal building to learn what local government does. They were told there was further information at www.towamensingtownship.com.

It is the 11th year Towamensing held a local government day. Included are what goes on in a township and about the township itself.

Assault with knife incident probed

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

One Monroe County resident has been jailed for stabbing his brother in a dispute. Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occurred about 1:29 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, in the parking lot of the Mount Pocono Plaza.

Police said they were dispatched to the scene of a report of a fight in a vehicle. While responding police were told one of the persons involved had left the scene in a vehicle headed toward Pocono Summit and the other went into a store.

Carbon man sentenced to state prison on various criminal counts

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday afternoon after pleading guilty in four pending cases.

Luis Flores-Rivas, 29, of Lehighton, entered the pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II in three cases that date back to 2008 and the fourth in 2011.

Rivas, who has been incarcerated in both the county prison and the state correction institution in Frackville, Schuylkill County, was given credit for a substantial amount of time spent in prison.

Vigilance

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It's something all of us should practice

Last Thursday night, a home was raided by borough police in Lansford and a suspected methamphetamine lab was found and dismantled.

When the raid occurred, a woman, Misty Nicole Hyneman, 30, was arrested on drug related charges. Inside the home with her were two small children in diapers.

A meth lab is dangerous. Not only are dangerous fumes emitted, but there is potential of an explosion. We don't know if drugs were actually being used inside this residence, but if so it certainly is another life-threatening danger for these little kids.

Brian J. Dolena is candidate for Panther Valley School Board

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Brian J. Dolena
Brian J. Dolena

Brian J. Dolena, 35 W. Vernon St., Summit Hill, has announced his candidacy for a position on the Panther Valley School District Board of Education.

He is seeking both the Democratic Paty and Republican Party nominations in the May 21 Primary Election.

Dolena, 26, is a son of Lousie Maxwell and James Dolena, both of Summit Hill, and a stepson of Michael Maxwell of Summit Hill.

A 2005 graduate of Marian High School, Hometown, he graduated in 2010 from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of science degree in leisure and sports studies.

Bonner a fixture for Nolehi track team

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh assistant coach Mike Bonner has been inolved with the Bulldog track and field program for 32 years and actually began his coaching as a football assistant at Slatington High 45 years ago.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh assistant coach Mike Bonner has been inolved with the Bulldog track and field program for 32 years and actually began his coaching as a football assistant at Slatington High 45 years ago.

Anyone associated with Northern Lehigh sports over the years knows who Mike Bonner is.

He might have retired as a teacher, but he's been a mainstay as a coach in the Bulldogs' athletic program.

This is Bonner's 32nd year as part of the Northern Lehigh track and field program.

"I actually got my start working the events at the track meets," Bonner said. "For the first 19 years, I worked the long jump, triple jump and high jump. Around 1980, they had an opening for me and I came on with Marv Miller.

Five placed in Carbon probation program

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

Tamaqua woman among 18 to enter guilty pleas

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Tamaqua woman was one of 18 defendants who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman.

Dianne Louise Ontiverods, of 31 Swatara St., pleaded to retail theft from Boscov's Store, Fairlane Village Mall, Pottsville. She had her sentencing deferred to Wednesday, June 19, and the court ordered a pre-sentence report prepared by the adult probation department. She was cited by Trooper Robert Oakley.

Man who assaulted police chief given prison term

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Carbon County man, who assaulted Lehighton's police chief, was given a prison term Monday after pleading guilty in the county court.

He was one of 19 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

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