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May 2013

Carbon club cited by liquor board

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Carbon County social club has been cited by the Wilkes-Barre enforcement office of the state Liquor Control Board for violating the state liquor code.

The Summit Hill Legion Home Association, 100 E. Lehigh St., Summit Hill, has been cited for on March 6 and April 7 possessing or operating gambling devices or paraphernalia or permitted gambling or lotteries, poolselling and/or bookmaking on the licensed premises.

Warrants issued for 10 in drug sweep Wednesday

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Detectives from the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office, along with the county drug task force, sheriff's department, office of the state Attorney General, and several local police departments conducted a drug sweep this week with warrants for 10 individuals.

District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon said the felony warrants were for street level dealers and were the result of investigations conducted by the county drug task force.

"We will continue to pursue drug dealers wherever they sell these poisons in our neighborhoods," said Byrnes-Noon.

Miniature houses on display at TCAC

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Another doll house on display was this southern style 1940's tin doll house.
Another doll house on display was this southern style 1940's tin doll house.

The Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, is hosting an exhibit of miniature houses and doll houses by Len Usalis.

Usalis says he has a passion for building and collecting miniature hobby items. He began designing and handcrafting Victorian doll houses in 1996, and noted that doll houses are not just for young girls and women. He says he also enjoys building log cabins and other house variations.

OLOAA Students of the Month

Thursday, May 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy are from left, first row: Rebecca-Lynn Graham, Shylah Fenstermaker, Elsie Heckman and Kalyssa Fenstermaker; second row, Stephen Puza, Brian Bauer and Sierra Bauer; and third row, Adam Gilbert, Joshua Jurick and Brittney Ziegler.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy are from left, first row: Rebecca-Lynn Graham, Shylah Fenstermaker, Elsie Heckman and Kalyssa Fenstermaker; second row, Stephen Puza, Brian Bauer and Sierra Bauer; and third row, Adam Gilbert, Joshua Jurick and Brittney Ziegler.

Ten students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, were recently named Students of the Month for February for the 2012-2013 school year. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of tolerance. The following are quotes from each student.

Kindergarten, Kalyssa Fenstermaker: I was chosen as Student of the Month because I respect and help my friends.

Grade 1, Elsie Heckman: I was chosen as Student of the Month because I tried very hard to be polite to everyone and to keep peace in the classroom.

Carbon County Art League sets 32nd annual exhibit

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Carbon County Art League Inc. has announced its 32nd annual art exhibit to take place Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, from noon until 5 p.m. at the Anita Shapolsky Art Gallery, 20 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

The exhibit will showcase 138 works of art created by 46 artists. The artists will be in attendance to discuss their work with viewers.

The exhibit is free and the public is invited to select by vote, the winner of the "People's Choice Award."

All awards will be presented on Sunday at the artists' reception.

On this date

Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 31, 1996

Nine-year-old Douglas Cook of Tamaqua wrote a letter to Mayor Frank Walton asking that a "duck crossing" sign by placed on the Elm Street bridge. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cook of East Elm Street. His concern for the safety of ducks crossing in the busy area of Elm Street and Schuylkill Avenue began one day recently when his mother was driving down Elm Street toward the Little Schuylkill River and a little duck waddled onto the road. Mrs. Cook braked hard enough to avoid striking the duck.

Pet Parade

Thursday, May 30, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Western Pocono Community Library held its first Pet Parade. It had 19 entries and all but one were dogs in various breeds and sizes. Some received prizes.

Man leaves kids alone; goes to bar

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Nesquehoning man has been charged with endangering the welfare of his children by going to a local bar and leaving them alone in his home.

Brian Karlick, 26, of 134 W. Railroad St., has been charged with one count each of endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering.

Tamaqua man cited for incident

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Daniel S. Moore, 28, of 34 N. Greenwood St., Tamaqua, has been cited by Tamaqua police following a May 7 incident.

Police were dispatched to the Moore home at 11:50 p.m. for a domestic dispute. Moore allegedly slapped his wife in the face during an argument.

He was cited for harassment.

Marriage licenses

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Schuylkill County

Allyson V. Chryst, 402 S. Centre St., Pottsville, and Eric S. Seibert, 3302 Center St., Whitehall.

Susan C. Bowers and Kevin M. Carroll, 316 New Philadelphia Road, New Philadelphia.

Amy L. Ney, 230 E. Biddle St., Gordon, and Cory M. Stauffer, 373 Faux Hill Road, Zion Grove, North Union Township.

Danielle M. Morgan and Jason Pasechnick, 242 Hillside Drive, Barnesville.

Michelle L. Bailey and Matthew R. Boyer, 1144 Summer Valley Road, New Ringgold.

Frank Hinkle recognized for 50 years with Tamaqua Legion

Thursday, May 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Francis "Frank" G. Hinkle, a native of Beaver Meadows, was recognized on Memorial Day at the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center by members of the Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 for having 50 years of membership with the post. Presenting Hinkle with a framed certificate and cap are Ed Smith, incoming 13th District Commander, left, and Tamaqua post Commander Larry Kabana.

Palmerton pool opens for season

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Here's what the pool area looked like within the first hour of its opening due to the unseasonably cold temperatures. On a typical day, the entire area would be jam-packed with kids and their families.
Here's what the pool area looked like within the first hour of its opening due to the unseasonably cold temperatures. On a typical day, the entire area would be jam-packed with kids and their families.

The water was crystal blue, the grass was immaculately manicured, and the entire pool area was in tiptop shape.

All that was missing when the Palmerton Memorial Pool opened for its 67th season this past Saturday were the visitors themselves.

Dealt a huge blow by Mother Nature, less than a handful of people were at the pool within the first hour, clearly kept away by the unseasonably cool temperatures.

Palmerton news

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Knitting Club

The Knitting Club will meet from 6-8 p.m., Monday, June 3, and Monday, June 17, at the Palmerton Area Library. The club is free, and new members are always welcome.

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.