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April 2013

Tamaqua MS students start Lafayette Street community mural

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Working to create the mural's background are Tamaqua Middle School students Ryan Alicandri, Zoe Snyder, Alexis Higgins, and art teacher Kim Woodward.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Working to create the mural's background are Tamaqua Middle School students Ryan Alicandri, Zoe Snyder, Alexis Higgins, and art teacher Kim Woodward.

Sixteen Tamaqua Middle School students with Kim Woodward's art class have started work to their Lafayette Street Community Mural. They aren't letting rainy weather prevent them from getting the job done. "Actually, rain is better as students are using wax to draw the outlines," said Woodward. She added that her students have been practicing over a year for this event.

"The mural will depict historically significant people, places and events that helped to establish our community," expressed Woodward.

Lehighton Tree City for 20 years

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Lehighton was named Tree City USA for the 20th year. Accepting the recognition from Frank Snyder, district forester with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) were members of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission. From left are, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig, Nicole Beckett, Lehighton borough manager; Mark Hoffman and Diane Hoffman, members of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission.

Hit-and-run driver being sought

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A hit-and-run driver is being sought following an incident in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Renee Spancake, 16, of Pine Grove, was driving a 2006 Subaru Legacy westbound on SR443 about 5:26 p.m. on April 25, when an eastbound vehicle crossed into her lane of travel and sideswiped her vehicle. After impact the other driver continued eastbound.

Spancake was not injured. The hit-and-run car is white in color, a late-model sedan, and is missing the driver's side mirror and will have blue paint on the driver's side from Spancake's Subaru.

Lehigh residents hear Walmart plans

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Residents of Lehigh Township gathered at the township building to learn about the plan for a Walmart on 34 acres at Riverview (Route 145) and Birch Drive. Many of them came from the Hills of Greenock which is abutting the Walmart property.

A special 'Thank You'

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS George Weaver, dietary manager at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, offers a piece of cake to Emma Weaver a volunteer.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS George Weaver, dietary manager at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, offers a piece of cake to Emma Weaver a volunteer.

MVNRC recognizes its many volunteers at social tea

About 45 volunteers of the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center recently were commended at the annual Volunteer Tea for the commitment, dedication and love they show residents when they visit the center.

As the volunteers arrived at the Emerald Room, they were treated to music by David Westrip, who performed on piano.

Welcoming everyone was Cindy Swatt, activity director; Nancy Snyder, activities department; and Christopher Rodrigues, human resources executive.

On this date

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30, 1983

A 23-year-old Jim Thorpe man was among 14 fatalities in a tragic U.S. Navy transport plane crash this afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla. Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy N. Keck of West Broadway died in the crash of the aircraft into the St. John's River. A son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Keck, he was a 1977 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School where he excelled academically and in athletics. The tragic irony is that he won the 1976-77 Bruce Pollock Memorial Wrestling Award in his senior year.

'Mahanoy Area Revisited'

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
"Mahanoy Area Revisited" encompasses 1913 to 1963.
"Mahanoy Area Revisited" encompasses 1913 to 1963.

128-page pictorial to debut May 13

A 128-page-visit to the history of Mahanoy City, 12 miles northwest of Tamaqua, will be available in two weeks.

The work, "Mahanoy Area Revisited," is authored by the Mahanoy Area Historical Society and made available by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Images of America series.

The book showcases more than 200 vintage images from 1913 to 1963, including many of Lakeside and Lakewood parks in Barnesville.

The pictures depict culture, faith, music, schools, beauty and strength of the unique coal region town and its people.

Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck seeks re-relection

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
K. Tony Walck
K. Tony Walck

Nesquehoning Mayor K. Tony Walck has announced his candidacy for re-election to that office. A Democrat, he is seeking his party's nomination in the May 21 Primary Election.

Walck was elected to a two-year term as mayor in November 2003 and re-elected to a four-year term in 2005. Since that time, he has overseen a police department that has maintained a high level of enforcement.

During his terms, major drug busts were conducted in the community through the Attorney General's Drug Task Force.

Elvis tribute show benefits Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick performs recently at Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association. He will return to the Lehighton area on Saturday, June 1 for a fundraiser to benefit the community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick performs recently at Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association. He will return to the Lehighton area on Saturday, June 1 for a fundraiser to benefit the community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club.

Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick recently brought his award-winning show to Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association. All proceeds from this event benefit MVAA.

"This is probably the only fundraiser that we do during the year," said MVAA Treasurer Robert Miller. "We are going to use the proceeds to purchase a new automatic litter."

Nesquehoning VFW Post and Auxiliary to celebrate Loyalty Day

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Nesquehoning Memorial VFW Post 8008 and the Ladies Auxiliary will celebrate Loyalty Day on Wednesday, May 1, beginning at 6 p.m.

The program will be held in the social hall of the local organization.

On July 18, 1958 the Veterans of Foreign Wars won a long, hard battle to have May 1 approved by Congress as Loyalty Day. It is designated as a day filled with activities designed to involve the community in a display of loyalty to flag and country.

Residents are requested to fly their flags on May 1.

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.