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May 2013

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
It certainly was an easy day for lifeguards (front row, l-r) Stephanie Buck, Cathy Gamez, Amanda Resh (back row, l-r) Lauren Prator, Connor Beck, and Ricky Getz, who gathered poolside.
It certainly was an easy day for lifeguards (front row, l-r) Stephanie Buck, Cathy Gamez, Amanda Resh (back row, l-r) Lauren Prator, Connor Beck, and Ricky Getz, who gathered poolside.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.