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May 2013

Eldred news

Friday, May 31, 2013

Laymen's accepting donations

St. Matthew's UCC's Laymen's Fellowship is now accepting donations of sugar, milk and Carnation Evaporated Milk to make homemade ice cream for the Strawberry Festival. They are also in need of raffle items and donations of cake for the strawberry shortcake. The recipe is available in the White Dove Flyer which can be accessed on the church's website at www.stmatts.org.

On this date

Friday, May 31, 2013

May 31, 1981

A consortium presently consisting of the Y.M.C.A. and the Schuylkill Branch 5120 of Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) is planning on building a community center on land presently owned by the Y.M.C.A. between Burger King and the Acme Market, fronting on Cedar Street in Tamaqua. Co-chairmen of the consortium are Fred B. Curvey, representing AAL, and Howard F. Miller, representing the Y. The Rev. F. Peter Muhr, pastor of Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, is also active in the project.

Tamaqua news

Friday, May 31, 2013

Adult Day Care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for June, including a Flag Day celebration on June 14.

Other activities for the month will include: June 4, craft day; June 5, bingo; June 6, bulletin board; June 7, movie day; June 11, musical entertainment with Audrey Christ; June 13, cooking class; June 19, Salvation Army service; June 19, monthly birthday party; June 21, picnic.

The day care center will be participating in the annual Summerfest celebration on June 9.

Carbon man sent to state prison on firearms charges

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday after previously pleading guilty to illegal firearm possession.

He was one of five defendants who had entered guilty pleas at prior proceedings to be sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Penn Forest incidents

Randy Edwin Merriman, 56, of Albrightsville, was sentenced to a total of 40 to 80 months in a state prison on counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited from possessing a weapon, driving under the influence (DUI), and two summary offenses of the motor vehicle code.

Judge denies reconsideration request by PV school board

Friday, May 31, 2013

Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika has denied a request by the Panther Valley School Board to reconsider his memorandum opinion from March 8 denying their petition for special relief in part and granting the petition in part, in a one page order signed Tuesday.

In a 31-page memorandum opinion filed March 8, Matika denied the Panther Valley school board from banning member R. Mickey Angst from attending executive meetings. But Matika sided with the board in its request in limiting Angst from disclosure and dissemination of confidential and privileged information or material.

Season was a learning experience

Friday, May 31, 2013
nancy scholz/tspecial to the times news Palmerton's Sam Doherty waits for a throw as Bethlehem Catholic's Marissa Merriman gets back to second base.
nancy scholz/tspecial to the times news Palmerton's Sam Doherty waits for a throw as Bethlehem Catholic's Marissa Merriman gets back to second base.

For most teams, a loss in a championship game of any kind would be tough to overcome.

For the Palmerton softball team, however, the appearance in a title game alone speaks volumes about how far the program has come over the last few years. It also gives a sense of where it is headed in the future.

A 9-0 defeat to Bethlehem Catholic in the District 11 Class AAA title game is certainly not what the Lady Bombers envisioned, but their success this season with such a young roster has many in the program thinking they'll be on this stage again in the near future.

Palmerton to stage Fun on Wheels Festival

Friday, May 31, 2013

They'll race beds around the park, toss water balloons, and unroll toilet paper by swinging their arms.

All that and more awaits those who attend the Fun on Wheels Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Palmerton Borough Park. The rain date is Sunday.

Sponsored by Family Promise of Carbon County, the event will feature a church food tent and food vendors, kiddie rides, free activities for kids, and caricatures.

Victorino feels Philly connection

Friday, May 31, 2013

PHILADELPHIA Shane Victorino kept his emotions in check, but it wasn't easy.

When the Phillies ran a video tribute to the guy who was a staple in their outfield for seven seasons, including the 2008 World Series-winning squad, he was touched, but held back any tears.

"I was told they were going to do a little video tribute showing some highlights, and (to give me a chance) to say one last thank you to the fans," said Victorino, on the 15-day disabled list for the Red Sox with a strained hamstring. "I would have loved to have done it walking to the plate."

Cyber war

Friday, May 31, 2013

China's breach of our military a major deal

Last Tuesday, Lockheed Martin, the advanced technology defense company, released a statement that it has made significant investments in cyber security, given the fact that "program information resides in a large cyber ecosystem."

Lockheed is not alone in having cyber security concerns. Other top defense contractors are declining to say whether their systems have been breached but it's obvious they realize that it poses a serious risk to their business.

PV school board approves staff for summer school

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors approved the following business at the last school board meeting, 7-0, with Charles Hoffman and James Spinola absent:

Ÿ a resolution authorizing e-signature, giving Dr. Douglas Arnold, PVSD superintendent authority to sign any and all contracts, agreements, grants and/or licenses up until and including July 31, 2013, his last official day before his retirement and then giving that authorization to Carole M. Geary as of Aug. 1, 2013, when she assumes the position of superintendent.

Driver who struck fire chief with vehicle enters guilty plea

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Carbon County man, who struck a county fire chief as he was directing traffic at a charitable event and seriously injurying him, entered a guilty plea in the county court on Thursday.

Steven M. Schock, 37, of Lehighton, appeared before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II and pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI), and DUI.

Schock was charged for an incident on July 7, 2012, along Lentz Trail in Jim Thorpe. He was operating a United Parcel Service (UPS) van when he struck borough Fire Chief William H. Diehm.

Paint the Town Purple Sunday in Tamaqua

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be holding their 5th annual "Paint the Town Purple" event, which will again be held on Cancer Survivor's Day this year as it has been in the past. All cancer survivors and their caregivers are cordially invited to join them this Sunday, June 2 at 7 p.m. for a free ice cream social in front of The Restaurant at the Station in Tamaqua (weather permitting). They will be using the color of Relay, purple, along with a brief ceremony, to help promote the upcoming Relay (June 21 and 22 from 2 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Donation aids Special Needs Fishing Derby in JT

Friday, May 31, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Matt King (left),Vice President of Public Relations for Americare Home Care Services, Inc.

presents a check in the amount of $775 to Francis O'Donnell representing Jim Thorpe American Legion Post 304 to help defray expenses of the Fishing Derby for special needs

students which is is sponsored by both Post 304 and the Germantown Grove Club.

Variance granted for new apartment

Friday, May 31, 2013

Another apartment may be added to an existing structure in Palmerton.

After about a 25-minute recess, the borough's Zoning Hearing Board unanimously agreed on Thursday to grant William Parsons a variance for the conversion at 744-748 Mauch Chunk Road.

As a result, Parsons may change the use of the property from one three-bedroom and one one-bedroom apartment, to three one-bedroom apartments, which will result in one additional apartment.

However, as part of their approval, zoners attached several conditions to the plan.

Flexer Family Benefit set to help family get back on its feet

Friday, May 31, 2013

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mahoning Township, and the community are coming together to help a family in need on Sunday, June 2 at the Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 S. Eighth St. Lehighton.

The Flexer Family Benefit will assist Derrick Flexer, his wife, Bobbie Jo, and their daughter, Peyton, who lost everything in a fire on April 9.

Flames shot high in the air that night when they lost virtually all their possessions in the fire.

Doyle Heffley is named to Ben Franklin Authority

Friday, May 31, 2013

LEHIGHTON – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) was recently appointed to the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority which aims to provide funding for early-stage Pennsylvania technology companies.

"I look forward to working with education, technology and business leaders across the Commonwealth to ensure Pennsylvania continues to make strategic investments toward advancing technology and life sciences industries throughout the state," said Heffley.

Free Father's Day dinner set in Lansford

Friday, May 31, 2013

Feed the People is serving an early Father's Day community dinner from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at St. John Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street (Tunnel Street entrance) Lansford. The group invites sons and daughters to bring their fathers for a meatloaf dinner with gravy, mashed potatoes, and tossed salad. Chocolate cake is planned for dessert. All are welcome. For more information call (570) 657-1480.

Beers is 'King of the Ring' once again

Friday, May 31, 2013

There just doesn't seem to be any stopping Eric Beers as he cruised to his third consecutive Modified win in Saturday night's action at Mahoning Valley Speedway and fourth on the year.

In this week's winning edition Beers, who hails from Northampton, began ninth on the grid and blasted into the lead on lap 16. He then turned on the afterburners and pulled away to a dominating victory.

Woman admits to drug dealing; drunk drivers sent to prison

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Carbon County woman admitted to a drug dealing charge while defendants in pending driving under the influence (DUI) cases entered pleas, with some getting long prison terms because of prior convictions.

The pleas were heard by Carbon County President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II during a daylong session of court on Thursday.

Search of home

Jennifer Lynn Steigerwalt, 30, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Toulouse-Lautrec arrives in Allentown

Friday, May 31, 2013
Toulouse-Lautrec arrives in Allentown
Copyright 2013

Popular exhibit of Paris-themed posters and prints set to open June 2

Crates containing more than 140 works on paper by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) arrived recently at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley in preparation for the summer 2013 exhibit, Toulouse-Lautrec and His World.

Polk Elementary School says "Thank you" to its volunteers

Friday, May 31, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Polk Elementary School held a Volunteer Appreciation Brunch to thank its volunteers. Some of those recognized were, from left, seated, Jen Akob, Sandy Righi, Melissa Roberti, Suzana Rizvic and Stephanie Havansky. Standing, from left, Keri Ramsay, PVSD reading supervisor; Erica Walters, Polk principal; volunteer Sasha Medina from Community Services Group Day Program; Steve Becker, Polk instructional support teacher; and Catherine Benincasa from the Community Services Group Day Program.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Polk Elementary School held a Volunteer Appreciation Brunch to thank its volunteers. Some of those recognized were, from left, seated, Jen Akob, Sandy Righi, Melissa Roberti, Suzana Rizvic and Stephanie Havansky. Standing, from left, Keri Ramsay, PVSD reading supervisor; Erica Walters, Polk principal; volunteer Sasha Medina from Community Services Group Day Program; Steve Becker, Polk instructional support teacher; and Catherine Benincasa from the Community Services Group Day Program.

Polk Elementary School loves its 54 volunteers. To show appreciation for all they do for its 300 students and staff, Chris Becker, the school's instructional support teacher coordinated a special brunch for them.

The tables and room were decorated with handmade decorations made by the students from pictures of flower pots with flowers to the centerpieces of construction paper flowers.

Write-in winners set for May primary vote

Friday, May 31, 2013

The importance of write-in votes, if applied intelligently, can become a major factor in nominating candidates as was shown in last week's primary election held in Schuylkill County.

The computing board, appointed by the county commissioners, completed its task Thursday in making the official count of the votes cast in the May 21 primary election. Write-in votes were unable to be counted election night because the electronic voting machines can count numbers but cannot read names.

LAHS ALUMNI

Friday, May 31, 2013

Family Day

The ninth annual All Alumni Family Day will take place at the New Orioles Park, Lehighton, on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Anyone who has attended LAHS or has been associated with LAHS or is a spouse, and/or child of alumni of LAHS are invited.

Monroe Berger will provide musical entertainment (DJ and KJ) from noon until 8 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring their own food and beverage. There will be a grill available for use. There will be raffles and activities throughout the day.

Tamaqua native publishes Purple Heart stories

Friday, May 31, 2013
Joe Baddick
Joe Baddick

Four years after publishing the compelling story about the life of his son who died in Iraq, Tamaqua native Joe Baddick, former lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne, has penned riveting stories of some of America's Purple Heart recipients.

The introduction in Baddick's newest book, "All American Hearts," was written by Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, USMC, Ret.

The work is a collection of true stories that were brought to Baddick's attention following the September 2003 death of his son, Sgt. Andrew J. Baddick, whose life is captured in Baddick's earlier work "My Hero, My Son."

On the Subject of Ruthless Women: "American Mary" and "Black Rock"

Thursday, May 30, 2013

One of my favorite things about the horror genre is that it gives women a chance to explore our darker sides. The less than flattering clichés of the Virgin and the Whore still thrive in your standard slasher movie - but those same tropes are played with and torn apart by other, smarter horror films, like "Scream" or "The Cabin in the Woods" (where the "dumb blonde" in that case is actually an intelligent brunette wearing doctored, stupefying hair dye).

Liberty rallies past PV

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Rikki Correll of Pleasant Valley  releases a pitch against Liberty in the District 11 semifinals.
Rikki Correll of Pleasant Valley releases a pitch against Liberty in the District 11 semifinals.

It looked like top-seeded Pleasant Valley (16-8) would have just enough gas to down defending champion Liberty in the District 11 Class AAAA softball semifinals, but the Hurricanes woke up in the top of the seventh to score five runs and down the Bears 6-2.

Pleasant Valley had earned the top seed by virtue of winning the Mountain Valley Conference, but knew that Liberty (15-7) wouldn't go easily.

Field Day a real treat for students

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Young students play under the brightly-colored parachute tarp at the school's Field Day.
Young students play under the brightly-colored parachute tarp at the school's Field Day.

Wheelbarrow races, water balloon fights, Rita's Italian Ice and gifts of cool, new sunglasses for everyone made Field Day a good day to be a student at SS. Peter and Paul's Catholic School in Lehighton.

The event is an end of the year celebration that took place on May 22 at the Lehighton soccer field where preschool through eighth grade enjoyed the sunny day outside.

Sherry Sernak, the school's principal, said the day allows students to get out their excess energy before they begin to prepare for upcoming exams.

Speeding citations

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nesquehoning police reported on several speeding citations issued recently.

Officer Brian White cited Josh Christman, of Kelayres, for going 61 miles-per-hour in a 40 zone along SR54 at the Hauto Fire Company on May 28.

Officer Timothy Wuttke cited Gaetano Ztio, of Drums, for going 58 mph in a 40 zone on SR209 and Cemetery Road on May 27; and Elizabeth Booser, of Bangor, for going 60 in a 40 zone, at the same location. He also cited Cody Gerhard, of Weatherly, for display of registration plate at state routes 209 and 93 on May 27.

Lehighton news

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Trinity happenings

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St, Lehighton, will hold worship the First Saturday with Holy Communion at 5 p.m. The Rev. Michael Frost, pastor at Zion's Stone Church, New Ringgold, presides.

Sunday worship with Holy Communion, will be held at 9 a.m., includes recognition of graduating students. Interim pastor the Rev. Donald Hayn presides. Coffeehouse fellowship follows.

First Tuesday "Quiet Communion" is at 10 a.m. June 4.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Garden club

The Lewistown Valley Garden Club held its May meeting in the social hall of Zion Church, Lewistown Valley. The business session was conducted by Vice President Kathy McGee.

The group discussed the 2013 Schuylkill County Fair, which will be held July 29 through Aug. 3. Members were encouraged to enter as many categories as possible.

Parade, ceremony honor those who died in the military

Thursday, May 30, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS On a 2-1/2 ton truck stage Dennis Ziegler, president of the Memorial Day committee of the American Legion Post 16, watches as Slatington Mayor Walter Niedermeyer speaks. The Rev. Kevin Fruchtl of New Tripoli provided the prayers and Col. David J. Griffith, retired, US Army, was the speaker.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS On a 2-1/2 ton truck stage Dennis Ziegler, president of the Memorial Day committee of the American Legion Post 16, watches as Slatington Mayor Walter Niedermeyer speaks. The Rev. Kevin Fruchtl of New Tripoli provided the prayers and Col. David J. Griffith, retired, US Army, was the speaker.

David Carroll, director of the Northern Lehigh High School Band, led the band in a selection of songs as the annual Memorial Day service was held in Fairview Cemetery, Slatington, on May 27. It is held in Fairview and Union cemeteries switching back and forth each year for the 93rd consecutive time.