Wednesday, March 4, 2015
     

May 2013

Child abuse suspect has hearing continued

Thursday, May 30, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Robert Schafer of Palmerton is shown being escorted out of the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Wednesday. Schafer's hearing has been continued until June 5.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Robert Schafer of Palmerton is shown being escorted out of the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Wednesday. Schafer's hearing has been continued until June 5.

A Palmerton man accused of assaulting his child has had his case postponed.

Robert Schafer, 34, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

But, instead, the case has been continued until 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 5.

Schafer faces charges of aggravated assault; simple assault, attempt; and endangering the welfare of children.

He has been recommitted to Carbon County Prison in lieu of $150,000, 10-percent bail.

Local author visits students at OLOAA in Lansford

Thursday, May 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Author and photographer Kathy Miller poses with her "Chippy Chipmunk" books and several OLOAA students: Jacob Trubilla, Julia Jurick, Sara Collevechio and Allison Slakoper.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Author and photographer Kathy Miller poses with her "Chippy Chipmunk" books and several OLOAA students: Jacob Trubilla, Julia Jurick, Sara Collevechio and Allison Slakoper.

Students at Our Lady of the Angels Academy were recently treated to a visit by local author and photographer Kathy Miller of the "Chippy Chipmunk" series.

Miller, a New Ringgold resident, visited OLOAA to teach students about the art of photography and how to turn photos of nature into stories.

Students were thrilled to see the variety of backyard visitors that Miller showcased in her photographs and throughout her books during the assembly. Another highlight of the assembly was a visit by Chippy Chipmunk himself.

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
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The combined Kindergarten classes of the L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe say the Pledge of Allegiance along with the veterans and audience present during their Memorial Day program.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The combined Kindergarten classes of the L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe say the Pledge of Allegiance along with the veterans and audience present during their 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.

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.

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.

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.

10 digit dialing required in 570 code on Sept. 21

Thursday, May 30, 2013

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced today that mandatory 10-digit dialing is set to begin in September 2013 for residential and business customers within the existing 570 area code.

Presently, customers in this area are taking part in a permissive dialing period. However, beginning Sept. 21, 2013, mandatory 10-digit dialing will be required.

Slatedale honors fallen veterans

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Judge James Anthony spoke on the subject of volunteers in the military.
Judge James Anthony spoke on the subject of volunteers in the military.

Following the Rev. James D. Robison's welcome, Victoria Lear, a seventh grade Northern Lehigh Middle School student sang "The Star Spangled Banner." It was her fifth year of sharing her talents, said Robison of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ.

Slatedale's memorial service was held May 27 in a combined service by four churches: Holy Trinity Lutheran, Good Shepherd, St. Peter's United Methodist and Salem United Methodist. Each contributed members to a combined choir.

Tamaqua's Poppy Queens

Thursday, May 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison buys the first Poppy from Tamaqua American Legion Poppy Queens Shelby, 10, and Ariel Frederickson, 10. They are the daughters of Shawn and Kelly Frederickson of Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison buys the first Poppy from Tamaqua American Legion Poppy Queens Shelby, 10, and Ariel Frederickson, 10. They are the daughters of Shawn and Kelly Frederickson of Tamaqua.

Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison buys the first Poppy from Tamaqua American Legion Poppy Queens Shelby, 10, and Ariel Frederickson, 10. They are the daughters of Shawn and Kelly Frederickson of Tamaqua.

On this date

Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 30, 1950

May 30, 1950 Jack Esrang has a big day at the plate to lead Mauch Chunk to an 8-3 Panther Valley League win over Coaldale. Esrang collects four hits, including a triple, double and two singles, and scores two runs. Vince Huber goes the distance on the mound for the victory, striking out eight batters while walking five. The winners also receive a hit and two runs scored from Joe Kuhla. For Coaldale, Frank Radocha, Al Zummers and Johnny Danyo each finish with two hits.

Nesquehoning VFW installs officers

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

The Nesquehoning Memorial VFW Post 8008 installed new officers Friday evening. From left are, Lee Thear, senior vice commander; James Mulholland, commander; Ted Dacey, post chaplain; Rick Ellis, junior vice commander; and Don DeMarco, installing officer. Not pictured is Stanley Gieniec, service officer.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summit Hill

SHCIO meeting

The Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization will meet on Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m. in borough building.

Panther Valley

Golden Agers

Fifty members of Panther Valley Golden Agers attended the Annual Memorial Mass at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Summit Hill on May 13. Nine members passed away in the past year and as each name was announced a candle was lit in their memory. Hymns were provided by the chorus. The Rev. James Burdess was the celebrant and welcomed all.

Nesquehoning arrests reported

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nesquehoning police reported on the following citations issued.

On May 26 about 6:40 p.m. officers observed a domestic dispute along W. Railroad St. next to the McDonald's restaurant. Two persons were observed screaming, cursing and pushing one another.

As a result police issued two disorderly conduct citations to Rachel Dougherty, 252 W. Railroad St., and two citations for the same violation to Leonard Michlovsky Jr., of 140 W. Coal St., for fighting and cursing in public.

DeMatto birth

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Matthew Mark Patrick DeMatto
Matthew Mark Patrick DeMatto

DEMATTO A son, Matthew Mark Patrick DeMatto, was born at 7:45 a.m. on May 4, 2013 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, Allentown, to Trish and Mark DeMatto of Summit Hill.

He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

He was welcomed home by his older brother, Mark Luke DeMatto, who is 15 months old.

Maternal grandparents are George and Ann Nalesnik of Nesquehoning.

Paternal grandparents are Donald and Aurelia DeMatto of Summit Hill.

The baby's great-grandmother is Eileen Bonner of Nesquehoning.

Polk news

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Safe Haven Pet Rescue

Safe Haven Pet Rescue will have a volunteer meeting on Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Cherry's Family Restaurant, Route 209 near Route 534, Kresgeville.

Safe Haven is a small group of animal advocates who rescue dogs from high kill and overcrowded shelters and find them loving homes. All dogs are in foster care until their permanent homes are found.

Volunteers are needed for adoption days, dog transport to veterinary and grooming appointments, fundraising, clerical help, home visits and more. Foster homes are needed in order to save more dogs.

Ex-wrestling coach pinned with lawsuit

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Former Pleasant Valley Coach and 1994 PIAA "AAA" State Champion Wrestler Mark Getz will take on three opponents in what may be his last district match ever a civil rights lawsuit.

Lori Moeck, a Palmerton resident and mother, filed the lawsuit May 9 alleging her teenage children were sexually harassed and physically abused by former Pleasant Valley wrestling coach Mark Getz. The suit also targets, members of Pleasant Valley School District's Administration.

Tamaqua captures title

Thursday, May 30, 2013
bob ford/times news Southern Lehigh's Pat Rhoads slides into second base as Tamaqua's Nate McDonald makes a throw to first. Rhoads' was called for interference on the play, resulting in a double play.
bob ford/times news Southern Lehigh's Pat Rhoads slides into second base as Tamaqua's Nate McDonald makes a throw to first. Rhoads' was called for interference on the play, resulting in a double play.

ALLENTOWN - In 2003, the Tamaqua Blue Raiders made their historic run, winning the District 11 AA Championship and eventually advancing to the PIAA AA State Championship game.

Now, 10 years later the Raiders are looking to duplicate that wild ride.

However, standing in the way of all their championship aspirations was Colonial League runner-up Southern Lehigh on Wednesday at Coca-Cola Park. The Spartans proved to be a very worthy opponent, but like they have all season long, the Raider players came through when the game was on the line.

PPL increasing electric rates

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Effective June 1, PPL Electric Utilities' price to compare will be higher for residential customers and lower for small businesses.

The new price to compare for residential customers will increase to 8.2 cents per kilowatt-hour, up from 7.2 cents per kilowatt-hour currently.

For small business customers, the new price to compare will decrease to 7.7 cents per kilowatt-hour, down from the current 10.8 cents per kilowatt-hour. A full list of PPL Electric Utilities' new rates for all rate classes can be found at www.pplelectric.com/choice

$95,000 water slide debuts

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Laura Mace, 9, takes the first ride on the water slide.
Laura Mace, 9, takes the first ride on the water slide.

The Tamaqua Borough Council held a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new water slide at the H.D. Buehler Memorial Pool on Monday.

The water slide measures approximately 12 feet high and 60 feet in length and cost $95,000. The project was funded by a $60,000 grant from the John E. Morgan Foundation and $35,000 from the borough's Community Development Block Grant Program.

Missing tax collector had twp. folks irate

Thursday, May 30, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Taxpayer Paul Stecyna peers through the front door of Mahoning Township tax collector Richard P. Swarcheck's office on Ashtown Drive Wednesday.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Taxpayer Paul Stecyna peers through the front door of Mahoning Township tax collector Richard P. Swarcheck's office on Ashtown Drive Wednesday.

Mahoning Township tax collector Richard P. Swarcheck said this morning that he will be back in his office today, tomorrow and Saturday.

Days after losing a three-way race for the Democratic nomination for tax collector in Mahoning Township, Swarcheck was nowhere to be found. Calls to his office phone were met with either a busy signal or the shrill tone of a fax line.

"An emergency came up and I had to leave," he said when reached at his home early Thursday.

Burglary, other incidents probed

Thursday, May 30, 2013

State police at Lehighton reported investigating a burglary, thefts, and criminal mischief incidents.

The break-in occurred at a residence at 163 Pine Grove Rd., in Eldred Township, Monroe County. Troopers said entry was made to the home by unknown persons who plugged the sinks and turned on the water causing water damage at various locations throughout the home. The home is owned by U.S. Bank National, troopers said. The incident was reported on April 16.

Carbon man facing mischief count

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Carbon County man is facing a charge of criminal mischief.

State police at Lehighton have charged Michael Vincent Bocina, 22, of Penn Forest Township, for allegedly intentionally striking the vehicle of Kelly Lynn Wheeler, 26, of 582 Behrens Rd., in Penn Forest Township, causing damage to the vehicle. The incident occurred in the victim's driveway on May 25 about 5:50 p.m., troopers said.

12th annual Relay for Life in Lehighton this weekend

Thursday, May 30, 2013

One Day. One Night. One Hope.

It is with that conviction that participants will converge at the Lehighton High School football stadium this weekend for the 12th annual Relay For Life of Lower Carbon County and Surrounding Areas.

Free and open to the public, the event kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, and runs for 24 hours until 10 a.m. Sunday. All proceeds benefit the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Cheryl Haas, event chair, said the theme of this year's event is "Carnival for a Cure."

Lady Bombers reach championship game

Thursday, May 30, 2013
linda rothrock/special to the times news Palmerton pitcher Kendra Pekurney settles under an infield pop up.
linda rothrock/special to the times news Palmerton pitcher Kendra Pekurney settles under an infield pop up.

OREFIELD - Palmerton's girls softball team hadn't played a game since Catasauqua embarrassed it in the Colonial League semifinals two weeks ago.

There was no rust showing on the Lady Bombers, however, as they shut out Southern Lehigh by a 3-0 score in the District 11 Class AAA semifinal at Parkland on Wednesday afternoon.

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).