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May 2013

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 The thrill of victory is enjoyed by Ireis Hubbert as she crosses the finish line, with her father Michael Hubbert, winning the Assisted Wheelchair Race during the Special Olympics of Carbon County in Jim Thorpe.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The thrill of victory is enjoyed by Ireis Hubbert as she crosses the finish line, with her father Michael Hubbert, winning the Assisted Wheelchair Race 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
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among the seniors at Lehighton Area High School who were recipients of awards are, from left, Elyse Kistler, Sarah Kistler, Tyler Martz and Alden Everett; and back row, Tia Rex, Hannah Bartron, Cierra Kobal and Brittany Redmond.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among the seniors at Lehighton Area High School who were recipients of awards are, from left, Elyse Kistler, Sarah Kistler, Tyler Martz and Alden Everett; and back row, Tia Rex, Hannah Bartron, Cierra Kobal and Brittany Redmond.

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
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS John Mankos and Anne Jacoby attended with their granddaughter Monica Mankos. She had both sets of grandparents present.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS John Mankos and Anne Jacoby attended with their granddaughter Monica Mankos. She had both sets of grandparents present.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kevin Evans of McAdoo cares for an injured dog following the accident. Evans, who turned around after seeing the accident happen in his rear view mirror, even took the dog home to care for him.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kevin Evans of McAdoo cares for an injured dog following the accident. Evans, who turned around after seeing the accident happen in his rear view mirror, even took the dog home to care for him.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS It was be 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." For further information, contact No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum at (570) 645-7074 or visit them on the web at www.no 9mine.com No. 9 Mine and Museum volunteer Paula Fisher serves stuffed cabbage (Halupki), also called Golumpki, to visitors.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS It was be 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." For further information, contact No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum at (570) 645-7074 or visit them on the web at www.no 9mine.com No. 9 Mine and Museum volunteer Paula Fisher serves stuffed cabbage (Halupki), also called Golumpki, to visitors.

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."

Carbon approves personnel moves

Friday, May 31, 2013

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved several personnel moves:

*Christine M. Lesher, Palmerton, separation from her job as Collection Clerk II, Bureau of Collections/Clerk of Courts, effective May 13;

*Anthony E. Powell, Lansford, hired as a summer laborer under the Liquid Fuels program, effective June 3;

*Barbara J. Houser and Margaret A. Houser, both of Tamaqua, changed job status from part-time correctional officers to full time correctional officers, effective June 10;

Tamaqua man cited again

Friday, May 31, 2013

It's barking dog citation number 27 for Steven Llewellyn, 37, of 317 Owl Creek Rd., Tamaqua.

Llewellyn was cited on May 20, at 10:30 p.m., after officers received a complaint from neighbors. The dogs were audible to the officer who responded.

Air Products Foundation Wildlands Conservancy receives $500,000

Friday, May 31, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Wildlands Conservancy announced a $500,000 five-year donation/investment from the Air Products Foundation and the naming of its "Air Products Environmental Education Center." In front are students from Steckel Elementary School in Whitehall. In the back row, from left, Jane Ervin, chair, Wildlands Conservancy; Chris Kocher, president, Wildlands Conservancy; John McGlade, chair, president and CEO of Air Products; Pat Waller, board member and education committee chair, Wildlands Conservancy; and Patrick F. Loughlin, vice president, Electronics-Asset Management & Supply Chain of Air Products.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Wildlands Conservancy announced a $500,000 five-year donation/investment from the Air Products Foundation and the naming of its "Air Products Environmental Education Center." In front are students from Steckel Elementary School in Whitehall. In the back row, from left, Jane Ervin, chair, Wildlands Conservancy; Chris Kocher, president, Wildlands Conservancy; John McGlade, chair, president and CEO of Air Products; Pat Waller, board member and education committee chair, Wildlands Conservancy; and Patrick F. Loughlin, vice president, Electronics-Asset Management & Supply Chain of Air Products.

Wildlands Conservancy, the Lehigh Valley's nonprofit land trust, announced receipt of a $500,000 five-year donation/investment from the Air Products Foundation.

The Air Products Foundation is our "largest philanthropic investor in history," said Elizabeth Dugan, vice president of Development and Communications for the Wildlands Conservancy.

"The Foundation's gift will vitally support the growing demand for nature-based educational programming and celebrate the legacy of Leonard Parker Pool, the founder of Air Products," said Dugan.

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.

Confidence keys Raiders' run

Thursday, May 30, 2013
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Matt Minchhoff slides home with the go-ahead run as Southern Lehigh catcher Jacob Del Priore awaits the throw.
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Matt Minchhoff slides home with the go-ahead run as Southern Lehigh catcher Jacob Del Priore awaits the throw.

ALLENTOWN – Confidence.

You can't have it without success, but you can't be successful without it.

That's what makes it so crucial, yet so elusive.

It can be the difference between close losses and narrow victories. It doesn't happen overnight, but when you get it, you can become an overnight success.

It can be the magical ingredient that turns a frustrating 5-15 season into a memorable district championship run.

Palmerton man seeks to add another apartment to home

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Palmerton man will seek permission to add another apartment to his existing structure.

William Parsons, of 744-748 Mauch Chunk Road, will go before the borough's Zoning Hearing Board tonight at 7 p.m. in search of use and area variances necessary to make the conversion.

At that time, Parsons will seek permission to change the use of the property from one three-bedroom and one one-bedroom apartment to three one-bedroom apartments, which would result in one additional apartment.

Frackville man cited in Tamaqua

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Frackville man has been cited by Tamaqua police after he reportedly continually called a former girlfriend.

Brian Morit, 30, of 128 S. Broad Mountain Rd., allegedly made more than 40 phone calls and texts to a former girlfriend who lives in Tamaqua.

Police warned Morit about contacting the victim on Jan. 11 and again on Jan. 23. He then allegedly began contacting her again on April 20, making 33 calls between that date and May 15.

He was cited for harassment.