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May 2013

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."

McAdoo police round up suspected drug dealers

Friday, May 31, 2013

McAdoo police conducted a roundup of suspected drug dealers yesterday.

The arrests were the result of a yearlong investigation by the borough police department. The roundup was conducted by borough police without any assistance of other police.

Arrested were the following:

Michael Miller, 54, of 222 E. Blaine St., McAdoo, charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to the county prison after failing to post $10,000 percentage bail.

123 recycling bins now owned by Carbon man

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Nesquehoning man now owns the 123 blue recycling bins that once held plastic, metal and paper for the now-defunct county Solid Waste Management Department.

Shawn Quigley submitted the highest bids to buy the bins. County commissioners on Thursday agreed to sell him the bins.

Efforts to reach Quigley to find out what he plans to do with the bins were unsuccessful.

Other bidders were Nick Boyle of Tamaqua, Barry Fisher of Lehighton, and Robert Balch of Palmerton.

Luzerne woman facing charges

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Luzerne County woman is facing charges following an incident that began as a retail theft in Rush Township, and ended with a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest in Kline Township, both in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said the incident began with a retail theft at the Walmart store in Rush Township, about 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29. Township police put out an alert for a vehicle described as a Mercury Mountaineer and the driver involved in the theft and last seen going northbound on SR309.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center announces June blood drives

Friday, May 31, 2013

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives. Individuals registering to donate at any MKBC donor center or MKBC community blood drive from June 3 to Sept. 8 can enter for the opportunity to win (2) $100 gas gift cards drawn weekly. The entry will also be eligible to win a set of tickets (4 tickets plus parking) to a Philadelphia Phillies Game. One winner will be drawn each month in June, July and August. * Saturday, June 1, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, Parryville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2, 359 Main St., Parryville. Call 484-548-4030.

New Tamaqua Relay For Life meeting location

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting this Monday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. for all committee members and 7 p.m. for everyone else. There is a location change for this meeting. It is now being held at the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 Mauch Chunk Street in Tamaqua. Meeting organizers ask everyone to enter using the glass side doors on Mauch Chunk Street, and then go upstairs to the meeting room.

Marriage licenses

Friday, May 31, 2013

Carbon County

Michael Charles Kistler, 586 Ridge Road, Andreas, and Samantha Marie Parsons, 40 Oak St., Parryville.

Anthony Dylan Shetrompf and Katelyn Grace MacFarland, 668 Princeton Ave., Palmerton.

Luis Francisco Cruz and Kristina Marjorie DeFeo, 242 Claremont Ave., Tamaqua R.D.

Justin James Foster and Rachel Marie Andrews, 125 N. Chestnut St., Summit Hill.

Ryan Johannes Poeldnurk, 210 W. Columbus Ave., Nesquehoning, and Nicole Angela Matson, 214 E. Center St., Nesquehoning.

Elderly Barnesville man admits to sexual assault of young boy

Friday, May 31, 2013

An elderly Barnesville man pleaded guilty to sex charges in the Schuylkill Court and the judge ordered he be evaluated by a state sex offender's board before sentencing. Nine other area defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Gene S. Lutz, 79. of 36 Hillside Road, entered a guilty plea to one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and under the plea agreement a second charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and charges of corruption of minors and indecent assault to be nol pros.

Special Olympics competition held in Jim Thorpe

Friday, May 31, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carl Klager (on right) just edges out Damian Christian in the last leg of the men's 400 Meter Relay during the Special Olympics of Carbon County in Jim Thorpe.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carl Klager (on right) just edges out Damian Christian in the last leg of the men's 400 Meter Relay during the Special Olympics of Carbon County in Jim Thorpe.

The Jim Thorpe Area High School stadium was the setting for the Special Olympics in which athletes competed in a wide variety of track and field events that were appropriate to the age and disability level of each individual.

Athletes from different participating counties in Pennsylvania : Carbon, Luzerne/Wilkes-Barre, and Columbia/Montour counties, participated in the events which were appropriately held in conjunction with the annual community celebration honoring Olympian Jim Thorpe on his birthday.

Roaring Creek trail hike slated Saturday

Friday, May 31, 2013

Naturalists from Tuscarora State Park will host a hike at Roaring Creek Watershed, north of Mount Carmel, at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. This hike is 8 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The hike is on a hardened trail and passes by two large reservoirs. All dogs must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Hikers will meet at the Roaring Creek parking lot located on Route 42 below Aristes. Call Robin at (570) 467-2506 or register at www.dcnr.state.pa.us under calendar of events for Tuscarora State Park.

Franklin Fire Co. presents 9th annual car show Sunday

Friday, May 31, 2013

Summertime is here and its time to get those classic cars out of the garage to show them off to the community.

Franklin Township Fire Co. will be hosting the 9th Annual Classic Car Show on Sunday, June 2, on the fire company grounds, 2440 Fairyland Road Lehighton.

Registration is from 8 a.m. to noon and awards will be presented. Breakfast will be available at 8 a.m.

Awards will be sponsored by area businesses. For more information about the show, contact Allen Goodhile at (570) 657-0538.

Proceeds will benefit Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Special events enhance Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit

Friday, May 31, 2013

In support of the exhibition, the Allentown Art Museum will also offer several related events:

Ÿ Saturday, June 1 from 6-8 p.m. there will be an Exhibition Preview Party for Toulouse-Lautrec and His World. The party provides a first look at the exhibition and features cabaret-style performances at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.; live music; sketch artists; French-inspired hors d'oeuvres; and a cash bar complete with absinthe and French-style varietal wines from Blue Mountain Vineyards. Admission is free for museum members.

Circus flash mob today in Tamaqua

Friday, May 31, 2013

A fun circus flash mob and community entertainment event is set for today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Depot Square Park in Tamaqua. The event will be hosted by the Eclectic Circus and NGO's Faces of the World. There will be a stilt walker or two, hula hoopers, and a puppeteer to name few. In addition, the free event includes a hula hoop contest for kids in two different age groups. Those who win the contest will win a free ticket to their June 8 carnival event at the old First Presbyterian Church at 224 West Broad Street. For more information, visit them on Facebook.

$170,000 in scholarships awarded to LAHS seniors

Friday, May 31, 2013
Among the seniors who received scholarships at the All School Awards Assembly, are, from left, Kaitlin Smith, Jacob Strohl, Brandon Everett and Montreo Thompson; and back row, Matthew Schweitzer, Emily Lauer and Meghan Maustreller.
Among the seniors who received scholarships at the All School Awards Assembly, are, from left, Kaitlin Smith, Jacob Strohl, Brandon Everett and Montreo Thompson; and back row, Matthew Schweitzer, Emily Lauer and Meghan Maustreller.

Lehighton Area High School Class of 2013 shared in scholarships and awards totaling over $170,000 during award the All School Academic Awards Assembly.

Top prizes lure artists to Carbon County Art League exhibit

Friday, May 31, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right: Board members of the Carbon County Art League hold early entries in the Art Show: Evelyn Jordan, board member, holding watercolor painting, "Yum" by Gary Embich; Earlene Russell - president, holding her watercolor painting, "Horse Farm Enchantment"; and Dave Lautt, holding his watercolor painting, "Floral".
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right: Board members of the Carbon County Art League hold early entries in the Art Show: Evelyn Jordan, board member, holding watercolor painting, "Yum" by Gary Embich; Earlene Russell - president, holding her watercolor painting, "Horse Farm Enchantment"; and Dave Lautt, holding his watercolor painting, "Floral".

Combined prizes of $1,700, reportedly the largest awards ever offered in the county, have lured local artists to exhibit and compete in this weekend's Carbon County Art League Show.

Anthracite All-Star baseball game Saturday at Pine Grove

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Anthracite Baseball Coaches Association Senior All Star Game will be held at Stump Stadium in Pine Grove Saturday night. Along with the game, there will also be a hall of fame induction ceremony and charity event.

The Hall of Fame inductions will take place between 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. with the first pitch tentatively scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

A true senior prom

Friday, May 31, 2013
Victoria Lear sang accompanied by Mat Handley on guitar.
Victoria Lear sang accompanied by Mat Handley on guitar.

Northern Lehigh National Junior Honor Society fetes 176 special guests

Bob and Carol Brazes used the occasion of the Northern Lehigh Middle School National Junior Honor Society's Senior Prom to make up for the prom they missed as seniors at school. He wore a white jacket, she was in a beautiful navy dress and they both had corsages.

The event is a community service project for Society members. Community service is required before moving up to the National Honor Society. It was held May 4.

Dawn Kemery and Jason Graver, Sue Bowser and Rick Eckhart, Society advisers, organized the program with a Chinese theme.

Free Blessing Shoppe Saturday in Tamaqua

Friday, May 31, 2013

Members and volunteers of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Tamaqua will be holding their New Life Free Blessing Shoppe this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. They'll be giving away clothing, shoes and other items. Organizers stress that everyone, not just Tamaqua residents, are welcome. The free shoppe is located next to the church, 407 Schuylkill Avenue.

Woman, dog injured during rollover in Kline

Friday, May 31, 2013
Firefighters use hydraulic equipment to cut off the roof of the vehicle to free the woman.
Firefighters use hydraulic equipment to cut off the roof of the vehicle to free the woman.

A McAdoo woman had to be extricated after flipping her vehicle just south of McAdoo in Kline Township.

Just after 2 p.m. yesterday, emergency responders were called to the area below the railroad bridge that runs across SR309 in Kline Township for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Firefighters and rescuers arrived quickly and used hydraulic equipment to free the woman and her dog from the vehicle.

Running of the Dawgs set Saturday

Friday, May 31, 2013

Ready to take a fun run in the sun?

Those who possess enough gumption to brave the heat will have the chance to do just that on Saturday.

That's when the annual Running of the Dawgs 5K Run/Fitness Walk and 1-Mile Run Run will be held at Northern Lehigh Bulldog Community Stadium, 1 Bulldog Lane, Slatington.

Despite the warm weather that's been forecast, the event sponsored by the Northern Lehigh Education Foundation figures to attract a solid number of participants as it does each year.

Tamaqua/Rush elementary hold mini Relay For Life

Friday, May 31, 2013
Tamaqua/Rush elementary hold mini Relay For Life
Copyright 2013

Tamaqua and Rush Elementary schools held a mini-Relay For Life recently at the school to bring attention to the upcoming Relay For Life planned for June 21-22 at Panther Valley Football Stadium in Lansford. The children were given time to run or walk around the school track. Every year the Tamaqua and Rush Elementary schools use the mini-relay and other functions to raise awareness and donations for the Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

County expected to save $115,240 on prison meals

Friday, May 31, 2013

Carbon County stands to save about $115,240 in each of three years by hiring a Florida company to supply the prison with meals.

The county Prison Board on Thursday chose Trinity Services Group, Inc., Oldsmar, Florida, which bid a total of $843,776 for the contract.

Other bidders were Aramark/BDS/Sales, Philadelphia, bid $1,124,554; A'viands LLC, Roseville, Minnesota, bid $1,205,512; and the Nutrition Group, Irwin, Westmoreland County, bid $1,394,208.

Currently, the meals are provided by the county.

Jim Thorpe news

Friday, May 31, 2013

Meeting set for

JTHS classes 1972-1973

A meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1 for anyone who graduated in 1972 or 1973 from Jim Thorpe High School. The meeting will be held in the pavilion near the borough office.

Bible school

Ebenezer E.C. Church, 441 Center Ave., will host a Vacation Bible School from June 17-21, from 6-8:45 p.m. The program is open to children, in grades kindergarten through 12th. For more information or to register a child, call the church office at (570) 325-2855.

Old Fashioned Miners Picnic

Friday, May 31, 2013
Emily Pfeiffer, 3, receives a balloon from Buster the Clown. Emily is the daughter of Bridget Murphy and Howard Pfeiffer of Lansford.
Emily Pfeiffer, 3, receives a balloon from Buster the Clown. Emily is the daughter of Bridget Murphy and Howard Pfeiffer of Lansford.

It was a grand old time Sunday at the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford as members and volunteers celebrated the holiday with their annual Old Fashioned Miners Picnic and activities.

The grounds were filled with the sound of music, the smells of homemade ethnic foods, the sights of vintage and classic cars, and a special photo exhibit.

Admission to the grounds was free. A special exhibit inside the mining museum featured the photos of Scott Herring, "Last of the Anthracite Photographers."

State court denies Tamaqua man's appeal of conviction

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Tamaqua man lost his appeal from a sentence imposed after a jury convicted him of drug charges when a panel of judges of the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the sentence

George J. Bonetsky, 35, of 214 Brown St., was found guilty by a jury on Sept. 12, 2011, of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin to serve six to 23 months in the county prison plus an additional 12 months on probation.

JT kindergarten students honor veterans

Thursday, May 30, 2013
As veterans present salute, the combined Kindergarten classes of the L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe and the audience stood at attention while remembering and honoring America's veterans during the students' Memorial Day program.
As veterans present salute, the combined Kindergarten classes of the L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe and the audience stood at attention while remembering and honoring America's veterans during the students' Memorial Day program.

ACS WORSKHOP

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 1-3 p.m., June 3, at Maple Shade Meadows, 50 E. Locust St., Nesquehoning.

Sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Sisters donate to Locks of Love

Thursday, May 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jennifer Reppert, 28, right, and her little sister, Charlee Swartz, 5, shared a sisterly experience recently when they both had their hair cut to donate to the Locks of Love Foundation. They both had 18 inches cut from their hair. Jennifer and Charlee are from Lehighton.

Diocese churches to collect for Oklahoma storm victims

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Churches in the Diocese of Allentown will be taking up a special collection on one of the weekends in June to benefit the victims of the devastating tornado that struck Moore, Okla., and its surrounding area last week.

In his communication to pastors directing that the collection be taken up, Diocese of Allentown Bishop John Barres said, "We cannot help but be moved to reach out in Christian charity to those affected."

Proceeds of the collection will be forwarded to Catholic Charities USA, a conduit for monetary donations in areas of devastation in the U.S.

Yard sales

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Don't hang signs on utility poles

The warmer weather means that it's yard sale season. Check the classified ads in the TIMES NEWS and you'll find a long list of weekend sales; from individuals to multi-families to complete blocks and neighborhoods.

Often yard sales mean good bargains. Sometimes you'll find collectibles. Whether you're looking for toys, clothing, appliances, yard tools, books, or virtually anything else, there's a chance somebody has it for sale at pennies on a dollar.

Nesquehoning Ladies Aux. officers installed

Thursday, May 30, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Nesquehoning Memorial VFW Post 8008 installed officers on Friday. Seated from left are, Cheri Santore, conductress and flag bearer and Ellen Driesbach, president. Standing from left are, Mary Arieta, trustee; Maureen Hirochek, secretary and treasurer; and Missy Hascher, trustee and color bearer. Maureen Hirochek was the installing officer.