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May 2013

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Community Art Center is hosting miniature houses and doll houses by Len Usalis. Usalis states he has a passion for building and collecting miniature hobby items. Usalis, who began designing and handcrafting Victorian Doll houses back 1996, noted that Doll houses are not just for young girls and women. He added also that enjoys building log cabins and other house variations. Paying close attention to detail is part of the artists creativity in building the homes as he uses molded tongue and groove pine clapboard siding, fancy silk screened windows along with hardwood floors and working front doors. The collection will be on display at the center, 125 Pine Street, for about two weeks. Usalis, of Tamaqua, utilizes old miniature items to add to his doll houses.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Community Art Center is hosting miniature houses and doll houses by Len Usalis. Usalis states he has a passion for building and collecting miniature hobby items. Usalis, who began designing and handcrafting Victorian Doll houses back 1996, noted that Doll houses are not just for young girls and women. He added also that enjoys building log cabins and other house variations. Paying close attention to detail is part of the artists creativity in building the homes as he uses molded tongue and groove pine clapboard siding, fancy silk screened windows along with hardwood floors and working front doors. The collection will be on display at the center, 125 Pine Street, for about two weeks. Usalis, of Tamaqua, utilizes old miniature items to add to his doll houses.

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.

Poppy Queen in Summit Hill

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle purchases poppy from Poppy Queen Kacy Steber, age 7, during Memorial Day services Sunday in White Bear.

PPL electric rates rising slightly effective July 1

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

PUC approves system improvement charges

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday approved PPL Electric Utilities' request to implement a new charge to recover costs associated with capital investments on its distribution system to improve service reliability.

Parryville Council hires engineering firm to handle zoning, sewage

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Parryville Council on Tuesday night ended the controversy concerning former zoning officer Richard Fedor by hiring an engineering firm to handle both zoning and sewage issues.

Barry Isett and Associates was hired to assist the borough with both zoning and sewage.

"We have this all under one roof," said council President Mike Grant. "It makes it easier for our residents."

Fun Day at Panther Valley Elementary School

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Panther Valley High School senior Richie Smith poses in the dunk tank for Fun Day at the Panther Valley Elementary School. Each student got a chance to knock Smith into the water tank. Fun Day was held over two days to accommodate all of the students in the school.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Panther Valley High School senior Richie Smith poses in the dunk tank for Fun Day at the Panther Valley Elementary School. Each student got a chance to knock Smith into the water tank. Fun Day was held over two days to accommodate all of the students in the school.

Carbon man given jail term for theft and other counts

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday after previously entering guilty pleas in three pending cases.

Todd James Brown, 26, of Lehighton, was sentenced to a total term of six to one day less 24 months by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II on counts of theft from a motor vehicle, theft by unlawful taking, terroristic threats, and flight to avoid apprehension.

Tourism maven touts Tamaqua

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The allure of Tamaqua's Victorian architecture is part of what makes the town second on the list of 10 reasons to visit Pennsylvania, according to an article in The Huffington Post.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The allure of Tamaqua's Victorian architecture is part of what makes the town second on the list of 10 reasons to visit Pennsylvania, according to an article in The Huffington Post.

Victorian town declared among 10 reasons to visit Pennsylvania

Forget the typical tourist traps and highly commercialized venues.

Pennsylvania's charm is in locations richly genuine, says an expert. And she just told the world that the town of Tamaqua is a prime example.

The Schuylkill County community ranks No. 2 on a list of the top 10 reasons to visit the commonwealth, according to award-winning travel author and writer Judith Fein.

Passing on generations of Patriotism

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Guest speaker Daniel Smith had tears in his eyes as he recalled his late grandmother's dedication to family and patriotic traditions. Smith is a veteran of the Vietnam War.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Guest speaker Daniel Smith had tears in his eyes as he recalled his late grandmother's dedication to family and patriotic traditions. Smith is a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Following the Tamaqua Memorial Day parade Monday, visitors were treated to a memorial service at the Soldier's Circle in Odd Fellows Cemetery, honoring all deceased veterans.

Starting the service was Master of Ceremonies Jon Zizelmann, who stated his appreciation for those attending.

This was followed by the singing of the Star Spangled Banner sung by the assemblage with accompaniment by the Tamaqua Area Raider Marching Band.

Invocation was provided by Reverend Kevin Roberts of the Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church in Tamaqua.

Nesquehoning service center celebrates 15 years in business

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL T0 THE TIMES NEWS Scot Samoleski and his daughter Sophia are getting ready for their 15th anniverary at SNG Service Center on Route 209, East Catawissa Street, Nesquehoning. A cook out will be held on June 1 from noon to 2 p.m. Lottery tickets will be handed out to the first 100 people.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL T0 THE TIMES NEWS Scot Samoleski and his daughter Sophia are getting ready for their 15th anniverary at SNG Service Center on Route 209, East Catawissa Street, Nesquehoning. A cook out will be held on June 1 from noon to 2 p.m. Lottery tickets will be handed out to the first 100 people.

On Saturday, June 1, SNG Service Center, East Catawissa Street, Nesquehoning looks back at 15 years in a thriving business.

Scot Samoleski is the owner along with his wife, Gina (Tessitore) and their children Nickolas, who has graduated from Penn State University as a mechanical engineer, and daughter Sophia, a fourth grader at St. Joseph Regional Academy. Gina is the receptionist at the center and daughter Sophia comes every day after school to help.

Showing support

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

Dressed in red, white and blue, Tamaqua resident Dian Fudge watches the Tamaqua Memorial Day parade with her golden retrievers Jack and Joe. "I am so grateful to all our military and uniformed heroes," said Fudge.

NFL Punt-Pass-Kick contest held in JT

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS NFL Punt-Pass-Kick contest held in Jim Thorpe This year to mark the 50th anniversary of Jim Thorpe's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Carbon County Special Olympics hosted an NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick contest during their annual competition at the Jim Thorpe High School football stadium. Pictured with State Rep. Doyle Heffley and Special Olympic's Competition Coordinator Dave Rodrigues are brothers Brandon and Bailey Becker who both placed first in their age brackets.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS NFL Punt-Pass-Kick contest held in Jim Thorpe This year to mark the 50th anniversary of Jim Thorpe's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Carbon County Special Olympics hosted an NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick contest during their annual competition at the Jim Thorpe High School football stadium. Pictured with State Rep. Doyle Heffley and Special Olympic's Competition Coordinator Dave Rodrigues are brothers Brandon and Bailey Becker who both placed first in their age brackets.

This year to mark the 50th anniversary of Jim Thorpe's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Carbon County Special Olympics hosted an "official" NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick contest during their annual competition at the Jim Thorpe High School football stadium. Pictured with State Rep. Doyle Heffley and Special Olympic's Competition Coordinator Dave Rodrigues are brothers Brandon and Bailey Becker who both placed first in their age brackets.

Berks man arrested in Rush

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Christopher Keer, 23, of Reading, was arrested by Rush Township police on May 21.

Keer was taken into custody at 2:53 a.m. at 180 Claremont Ave., then transported to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville. Warrants had been issued by the Pennsylvania Parole Office for his arrest.

Civil War flag returns to Mauch Chunk

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Mauch Chunk Museum's President John Drury, left, and Vice President Bob Stevenson are putting on display a 31-star silk Civil War-era flag that is believed to have been made in Mauch Chunk in the 1850s and presented to a Union officer in 1861. AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Mauch Chunk Museum's President John Drury, left, and Vice President Bob Stevenson are putting on display a 31-star silk Civil War-era flag that is believed to have been made in Mauch Chunk in the 1850s and presented to a Union officer in 1861. AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

On Jan. 24 John Drury, president of the Mauch Chunk Museum in Jim Thorpe, received a phone call from J.C. Coombs of Wichita, Kansas. Coombs was in possession of a flag that was presented to a Union soldier in Mauch Chunk In 1861.

Coombs, a retired Wichita State University music teacher who specialized in the Civil War period, had been lecturing at St. James Episcopal Church in Wichita. Following the lecture, a board member said to him, "While renovating the church, in the basement we found something that might interest you".

Planning continues for Slatington's 150th anniversary celebration

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Jonathan Jakum, who designed the logo for the Slatington anniversary celebration, attended the May 20 meeting of the anniversary committee. He said he chose the design to showcase elements of the community. He wanted something simple so it could be printed on anniversary items.

A certificate was presented to him.

An ad campaign such as that used in 1989 for the 125th anniversary is planned. Prices will depend on how many will fit on a page.

Chestnuthill news

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Free sports camp

Pleasant Valley Assembly of God, Brodheadsville, is holding a free sports camp for children ages Pre-K through sixth grade. Camp will run from 6-8:30 p.m. from June 23-27 at the church at 1 Warren Lane.

Crafts will be offered for Pre-K while sports will be offered to grades 1-6, including soccer, flag football, basketball and cheerleading.

For more information call (570) 992-6799.

Rotary speaker

Cyclist injured in Schuylkill crash

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Schuylkill County motorcyclist was slightly injured in an accident at 10:04 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, along Hinkel Road in Barry Township.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Robert Hoffman, 77, of Gilberton, operating a 2003 Honda Magna, was negotiating a left curve when a small animal entered the road.

Hoffman applied his brakes, stopping suddenly. Prior to the bike stopping, Hoffman fell off, sustaining a moderate injury. He was taken to the Schuylkill Medical Center-S. Jackson St., Pottsville, for treatment.

Claddagh Keepers raise funds for domestic violence victims

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Members of the Claddagh keepers giving circle who participated in a "Back to the 80s" benefit dance held recently at the West End Saloon in Palmerton for the Domestic Violence Service Center include (front row, l-r) Lynn Shupp, Fred Miller, (Erin Pindris' sister and mother) Shannon Pindris and Catherine O'Connor (second row, l-r) Tara Anders, Lorraine Paules, Stuart Henritzy, Missy Kolnik, Amy Lalik, Cindy Gasper, and Alexis Drey, (third row, l-r) Jessica Gasper, Barry Hahn, Tina Ahner, Dee Evans, Tim Lorah, and Derrick Drey.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Members of the Claddagh keepers giving circle who participated in a "Back to the 80s" benefit dance held recently at the West End Saloon in Palmerton for the Domestic Violence Service Center include (front row, l-r) Lynn Shupp, Fred Miller, (Erin Pindris' sister and mother) Shannon Pindris and Catherine O'Connor (second row, l-r) Tara Anders, Lorraine Paules, Stuart Henritzy, Missy Kolnik, Amy Lalik, Cindy Gasper, and Alexis Drey, (third row, l-r) Jessica Gasper, Barry Hahn, Tina Ahner, Dee Evans, Tim Lorah, and Derrick Drey.

A Palmerton goodwill organization has helped raise money for victims of domestic violence.

The Claddagh Keepers giving circle recently held a "Back to the 80s" benefit dance for the Domestic Violence Service Center.

Held at the West End Saloon, the event was in memory of Erin Pindris of Jim Thorpe, who was a victim of severe domestic violence. Erin's mother and sister, Shannon, attended the event.

DUI arrests

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

State police at Lehighton reported on the following driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by troopers.

On May 17 about 8:42 p.m. troopers stopped Tiffany Pramick, 24, of Wilkes-Barre, along Maury Road, south of SR903, in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, for a traffic violation. She was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest.

Carbon man facing drug count in Rush

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Angelo Maldonado, 23, of Summit Hill, faces drug related charges in Rush Township.

Maldonado was reportedly on foot on Claremont Avenue at 1:33 a.m. on May 21. township police found two bags of suspected crack cocaine on Maldonado's person during a routine patdown check.

Showing respect

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

SPC Joseph Bevins, formerly of Coaldale, salutes our nation's Colors during one of numerous Memorial Day services held throughout our area. Bevins, a 2011 graduate of Panther Valley and it's JROTC program, was stationed in Afghanistan with the United States Army 411th Engineer Brigade of New York from Nov. 12 to April 13.