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May 2013

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
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Justin Sebelin, 7, of Palmerton, shows off his form as he jumps off one of the new diving boards at the Palmerton Memorial Pool, which opened for its 67th season this past Saturday.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Justin Sebelin, 7, of Palmerton, shows off his form as he jumps off one of the new diving boards at the Palmerton Memorial Pool, which opened for its 67th season this past Saturday.

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.

Motorcyclist injured in crash

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Schuylkill County motorcyclist was slightly injured in a crash over the holiday weekend. The crash was one of three reported by state police at Frackville.

Troopers said Daniel Gaughan, 53, of Girardville, was operating a 1988 Harley-Davidson Sportster southbound on Mahanoy City Road, in Mahanoy Township, about 5:50 p.m. on Monday, May 27, and negotiating a left curve. He failed to maintain his lane of travel, went onto the berm and lost control on some gravel.

Carbon man jailed for assault

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Carbon County man was jailed on Saturday, May 25, for assault.

State police at Lehighton said they were dispatched about 10:30 a.m. to 84 Deer View Drive, Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, for a reported domestic dispute. Upon investigation troopers said Mark Wayne Ashley, 52, of that address, was taken into custody for domestic violence and charged with simple assault. He allegedly assaulted his wife, Rosanne Marie Ashley.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 12:59 a.m. on Sunday, May 26.

State police at Frackville said Francis Gaffney, 41, of Ashland, was stopped along SR4030, just east of SR54, in Butler Township, for a traffic violation. He was found to be under the influence and placed under arrest.

He was taken for a blood test, troopers said. The DUI charge is pending the test results. He is also facing numerous motor vehicle code violations, troopers added.

On this date

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May 29, 1996

Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs staff recommended Lansford not be declared distressed at the present time. The decision was announced in a report presented during a public hearing presided over by Fred A. Reddig, chief of the municipal programs division of the DCA. These actions were set in motion with a request made last month by Robert Silver, acting on behalf of 275 residents who signed petitions in agreement. They asked for a determination of municipal financial distress under the Municipalities Financial Recover Act of the DCA.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group met May 23 at the Masonic Lodge in Hometown, with 76 members in attendance. President Jean Machamer conducted the business session. A picnic lunch was held before the business meeting.

Jacquie Patrick provided the invocation, which was a tribute to military veterans in honor of Memorial Day. A memorial service was held for deceased members of the Tamaqua Senior Citizens, with a candle lit for each of the departed members.

Arrests reported

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

State police at Frackville reported on the following arrests.

David Alexander McDowell, 32, of Girardville, was charged with retail theft for an incident at the Sears Department Store in the Schuylkill Mall in New Castle Township.

Troopers said McDowell was in the store about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 27, and allegedly attempted to hide two bottles of fragrance on his person. He was approached by store security and the items were found.

Lehigh crash

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

State police at Fogelsville reported investigating a crash involving a pedestrian about 10:17 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, along Kings Highway in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

Troopers said Joshua H. Stendell, 22, of Slatington, was driving a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire northbound while Caleb J. Adams, 19, of New Tripoli, was jogging northbound along the east shoulder. Troopers said Adams entered the northbound lane and was struck by the Sunfire.

Collectionsfor food pantry

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At this year's Community Indoor Yard Sale and Chinese Auction, Lehighton Rotary Club and Lehighton Area Pool Pals collected food and monetary donations for the community food pantry at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton totaling $178. Pictured making the official presentation to the food pantry – a division of Shepherd House, Inc. – are seated (left to right) Diane Hoffman representing LAPP and Lehighton Rotary Club Immediate Past President Erica Heery.

Assault incident

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Schuylkill County man is facing a charge of aggravated assault following an incident that occurred about 11 p.m. on May 24.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred at 69 Spring St., in Tremont. Troopers said David Allen Kramer, 38, of Dauberville, Berks County, confronted Daniel Troy Langtry, 24, of Tremont, about loud music he was playing.

Kramer touched Langtry on the forearm with his hand. At this point Langtry responded by continuously punching Kramer about the head and face until he was pulled off by his brother.

Police hold youth fishing contest

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 3rd Annual Jim Thorpe Police Department Fishing Contest which was held at the Germantown Grove on the East side of town enjoyed a great turnout of children in the Jim Thorpe Area School District aged 15 and under.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 3rd Annual Jim Thorpe Police Department Fishing Contest which was held at the Germantown Grove on the East side of town enjoyed a great turnout of children in the Jim Thorpe Area School District aged 15 and under.

The 3rd Annual Jim Thorpe Police Department Children's Fishing Contest was held at the Germantown Grove on the East side of town.

The event was open to all children in the Jim Thorpe Area School District aged 15 and under.

The idea for the police-sponsored youth event originally came from retired Carbon County Sheriff Pete Hoherchak.

Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joe Schatz noted that "without the help of the Germantown Grove Club, we wouldn't be able to make this possible."

Palmerton news

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, June 1. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m. Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need grocery size brown paper bags.

3-volley salute

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 Honor Guard perform a 3-volley salute during one of many ceremonies honoring veterans over the weekend. The 3-volley salute is a ceremonial act performed as part of the drill and ceremony of the Honor Guard. It consists of a rifle party firing blank cartridges into the air three times. Some say the custom originated from the European dynastic wars, where the fighting ceased so the dead and wounded could be removed. Then, three shots were fired into the air to signal that the battle could resume.

Two cited for harassment

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Two Monroe County residents were cited for harassment.

State police at Lehighton said Colt Dunlap, 21, and Albert Dunlap, 50, both of Albrightsville, were cited following an incident that occurerd about 4:15 p.m. on May 21, along SR534, in the area of Jonas Road, in Polk Township.

Troopers said the two got into a verbal and physical altercation. The listed victim is Matthew Thomas James, 31, of Kunkletown.

Lions Club Soccer Classic slated for Sunday, June 2

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The International Association of Lions Clubs from Lehigh and Northampton counties recently announced the schedule and players for their 32nd Annual All Star Soccer Classic.

This year's event will be held on Sunday, June 2 at Whitehall High School. The games will again feature graduating high school senior all-star boys and girls from the Mountain Valley Conference, Colonial League and the Lehigh Valley Conference.

Starting time for the boys game will be 3 p.m. and the girls game will begin at 5 p.m.

Tamaqua driver in crash

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Tamaqua driver was involved in a crash that occurerd about 3:35 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, along SR61 in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Karen L. Brode, 36, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze northbound when she drove onto the berm impacting with the guard rail.

The car continued along the rail for about 20 feet before she steered back onto the road. Brode over-corrected to the left and struck the concrete barrier and continued forward for about five feet making contact with the barrier.

East Penn monument to Korea and Vietnam veterans dedicated

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Taking part in the dedication of the East Penn Korea and Vietnam Veterans Memorial were, from left, David Bryfogle, Hans Keller, Frank Bokan, Kevin Long, Henry Desrosiers and Jay Barry. The monument was dedicated after 10 months of planning.
Taking part in the dedication of the East Penn Korea and Vietnam Veterans Memorial were, from left, David Bryfogle, Hans Keller, Frank Bokan, Kevin Long, Henry Desrosiers and Jay Barry. The monument was dedicated after 10 months of planning.

After 10 months of planning, a monument to recognize Korea and Vietnam veterans of East Penn Township was dedicated on Saturday under sunny skins at Marvin Gardens Park. The location of the monument is next to the World War I and World War II monument and is near the Lehigh River.

The monument honors veterans of the two conflicts for their military service.

Carved into the black granite monument were the 56 names of East Penn Township veterans who served in the military during the Korean War from 1950 to 1955 and Vietnam War from 1960 to 1975.

Crashes probed

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

State police at Lehighton reported on the following crashes investigated by troopers.

Pregnancy Skin Care Line Popular with Oncology Patients

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pretty Mommies/True Spa Skin Care Center

It is no surprise that pregnancy and nursing skin care products are held to a higher standard of safety. This is due to the fact that many recent studies have shown some serious concerns with a large variety of cosmetic ingredients.

Some ingredients have proven to show reproductive and developmental toxicity along with birth defects, as well as being known carcinogens (cancer causing agents). They can also cause estrogenic activity which can be dangerous if expecting.

Waves of remembrance

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Hundreds, if not thousands, of American flags wave in the air at the Sky-View Memorial Park in Hometown. Many veteran, church and volunteer organizations carried out their traditions of placing flags at the graves of fallen veterans.