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May 2013

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).

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
DANIELLE FOX/TIMES NEWS Abby Rakos, Alesandra Lentini, Mason Smith, Robert Middleton, Miguel Gonzalez, Julia Barthold, Victoria Eads-Rodriguez and Clarissa Colondo excitedly accept sunglasses from Sherry Sernak, principal of SS. Peter and Paul's Catholic School.
DANIELLE FOX/TIMES NEWS Abby Rakos, Alesandra Lentini, Mason Smith, Robert Middleton, Miguel Gonzalez, Julia Barthold, Victoria Eads-Rodriguez and Clarissa Colondo excitedly accept sunglasses from Sherry Sernak, principal of SS. Peter and Paul's Catholic School.

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.

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.