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May 2013

Tamaqua/Rush elementary hold mini Relay For Life

Friday, May 31, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua and Rush Elementary schools held a mini-Relay For Life recently at the school to bring attention to the upcoming Relay For Life planned for June 21-22 at Panther Valley Football Stadium in Lansford. The children were given time to run or walk around the school track. Every year the Tamaqua and Rush Elementary schools use the mini-relay and other functions to raise awareness and donations for the Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

County expected to save $115,240 on prison meals

Friday, May 31, 2013

Carbon County stands to save about $115,240 in each of three years by hiring a Florida company to supply the prison with meals.

The county Prison Board on Thursday chose Trinity Services Group, Inc., Oldsmar, Florida, which bid a total of $843,776 for the contract.

Other bidders were Aramark/BDS/Sales, Philadelphia, bid $1,124,554; A'viands LLC, Roseville, Minnesota, bid $1,205,512; and the Nutrition Group, Irwin, Westmoreland County, bid $1,394,208.

Currently, the meals are provided by the county.

Jim Thorpe news

Friday, May 31, 2013

Meeting set for

JTHS classes 1972-1973

A meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1 for anyone who graduated in 1972 or 1973 from Jim Thorpe High School. The meeting will be held in the pavilion near the borough office.

Bible school

Ebenezer E.C. Church, 441 Center Ave., will host a Vacation Bible School from June 17-21, from 6-8:45 p.m. The program is open to children, in grades kindergarten through 12th. For more information or to register a child, call the church office at (570) 325-2855.

Old Fashioned Miners Picnic

Friday, May 31, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS It was be a grand old time Sunday at the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford as members and volunteers celebrated the holiday with their annual Old Fashioned Miners Picnic and activities. The grounds were filled with the sound of music, the smells of homemade ethnic foods, the sights of vintage and classic cars, and a special photo exhibit. Admission to the grounds was free. A special exhibit inside the mining museum featured the photos of Scott Herring, "Last of the Anthracite Photographers." For further information, contact No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum at (570) 645-7074 or visit them on the web at www.no 9mine.com No. 9 Mine and Museum volunteer Paula Fisher serves stuffed cabbage (Halupki), also called Golumpki, to visitors.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS It was be a grand old time Sunday at the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford as members and volunteers celebrated the holiday with their annual Old Fashioned Miners Picnic and activities. The grounds were filled with the sound of music, the smells of homemade ethnic foods, the sights of vintage and classic cars, and a special photo exhibit. Admission to the grounds was free. A special exhibit inside the mining museum featured the photos of Scott Herring, "Last of the Anthracite Photographers." For further information, contact No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum at (570) 645-7074 or visit them on the web at www.no 9mine.com No. 9 Mine and Museum volunteer Paula Fisher serves stuffed cabbage (Halupki), also called Golumpki, to visitors.

It was a grand old time Sunday at the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford as members and volunteers celebrated the holiday with their annual Old Fashioned Miners Picnic and activities.

The grounds were filled with the sound of music, the smells of homemade ethnic foods, the sights of vintage and classic cars, and a special photo exhibit.

Admission to the grounds was free. A special exhibit inside the mining museum featured the photos of Scott Herring, "Last of the Anthracite Photographers."

Carbon approves personnel moves

Friday, May 31, 2013

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved several personnel moves:

*Christine M. Lesher, Palmerton, separation from her job as Collection Clerk II, Bureau of Collections/Clerk of Courts, effective May 13;

*Anthony E. Powell, Lansford, hired as a summer laborer under the Liquid Fuels program, effective June 3;

*Barbara J. Houser and Margaret A. Houser, both of Tamaqua, changed job status from part-time correctional officers to full time correctional officers, effective June 10;

Tamaqua man cited again

Friday, May 31, 2013

It's barking dog citation number 27 for Steven Llewellyn, 37, of 317 Owl Creek Rd., Tamaqua.

Llewellyn was cited on May 20, at 10:30 p.m., after officers received a complaint from neighbors. The dogs were audible to the officer who responded.

Air Products Foundation Wildlands Conservancy receives $500,000

Friday, May 31, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Wildlands Conservancy announced a $500,000 five-year donation/investment from the Air Products Foundation and the naming of its "Air Products Environmental Education Center." In front are students from Steckel Elementary School in Whitehall. In the back row, from left, Jane Ervin, chair, Wildlands Conservancy; Chris Kocher, president, Wildlands Conservancy; John McGlade, chair, president and CEO of Air Products; Pat Waller, board member and education committee chair, Wildlands Conservancy; and Patrick F. Loughlin, vice president, Electronics-Asset Management & Supply Chain of Air Products.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Wildlands Conservancy announced a $500,000 five-year donation/investment from the Air Products Foundation and the naming of its "Air Products Environmental Education Center." In front are students from Steckel Elementary School in Whitehall. In the back row, from left, Jane Ervin, chair, Wildlands Conservancy; Chris Kocher, president, Wildlands Conservancy; John McGlade, chair, president and CEO of Air Products; Pat Waller, board member and education committee chair, Wildlands Conservancy; and Patrick F. Loughlin, vice president, Electronics-Asset Management & Supply Chain of Air Products.

Wildlands Conservancy, the Lehigh Valley's nonprofit land trust, announced receipt of a $500,000 five-year donation/investment from the Air Products Foundation.

The Air Products Foundation is our "largest philanthropic investor in history," said Elizabeth Dugan, vice president of Development and Communications for the Wildlands Conservancy.

"The Foundation's gift will vitally support the growing demand for nature-based educational programming and celebrate the legacy of Leonard Parker Pool, the founder of Air Products," said Dugan.

Indians' Coleman will play field hockey at Wilkes

Friday, May 31, 2013

Lehighton High School's Haley Coleman, daughter of Leroy and Amy Coleman, will play field hockey at Wilkes University next fall.

Coleman was a three-year varsity letter winner in field hockey, where she played left inner/forward.

During the 2012 season, she tallied 15 goals and 23 assists for the Lady Indians. Coleman is also a member of the Xcalibur and Pyramid Evolution Field Hockey clubs.

Coleman was also a member of the track and field team while at Lehighton, as well as student council.

While at Wilkes, she will study Elementary Education.

Powder puff benefit held in Tamaqua

Friday, May 31, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Freshman Lynn Kistler leaps past juniors during a play.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Freshman Lynn Kistler leaps past juniors during a play.

Girls played football while members of the Tamaqua Raider football team coached during the annual Powder Puff benefit held recently at the Tamaqua Sports stadium to defray costs of student field trips and support a number of other charities.

The benefit, hosted yearly by the Tamaqua High School Biology Club, involved female students from each high school class trying for the Powder Puff championship.

In the end, the seniors won against the juniors, 21-8.

Bombers' magical season ends

Friday, May 31, 2013
nancy scholz/special to the times news Palmerton's Janel Tracy waits for the ball to arrive as Bethlehem Catholic's Angelys Cotto slides safely into second base.
nancy scholz/special to the times news Palmerton's Janel Tracy waits for the ball to arrive as Bethlehem Catholic's Angelys Cotto slides safely into second base.

ALLENTOWN - It is said that all great things must come to and end.

Unfortunately for the Palmerton softball team that is what exactly happened Thursday afternoon, as the Bombers' remarkable 2013 season finally concluded.

Bethlehem Catholic proved it was a better team by blanking Palmerton 9-0 in the District 11 AAA championship game at Pate's Park on Thursday. The Golden Hawks pounded out 13 hits while limiting the Bombers to just four singles en route to winning their seventh district title since 1999.

On this date

Friday, May 31, 2013

May 31, 1990

May 31, 1990 Eleven players from the TIMES NEWS area participate in the annual Schuylkill County Football Coaches All-Star game held at Williams Valley. The locals - from Marian, Panther Valley and Tamaqua - compete for the North squad, which drops a narrow 19-18 decision to the South. PV's Tom Rosahac catches five passes for 75 yards and also intercepts a pass on defense. Panther teammate Jody Shober contributes an interception and fumble recovery. Tamaqua's Joe Coleman and Marian's Joe Marsilio lead the locals with seven tackles apiece while PV's Brian Kane chips in with four.

FT and JT Old-timers plan 28th annual benefit baseball game

Friday, May 31, 2013

Franklin Township Old-timers and the Jim Thorpe Old-timers will play their 28th annual benefit baseball game at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Christman field to help two people in the community who have serious health problems.

This year they plan to split the proceeds between Dwain Gable of Mahoning Township and Sabrina Steigerwalt of Jim Thorpe.

Eldred news

Friday, May 31, 2013

Laymen's accepting donations

St. Matthew's UCC's Laymen's Fellowship is now accepting donations of sugar, milk and Carnation Evaporated Milk to make homemade ice cream for the Strawberry Festival. They are also in need of raffle items and donations of cake for the strawberry shortcake. The recipe is available in the White Dove Flyer which can be accessed on the church's website at www.stmatts.org.

On this date

Friday, May 31, 2013

May 31, 1981

A consortium presently consisting of the Y.M.C.A. and the Schuylkill Branch 5120 of Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) is planning on building a community center on land presently owned by the Y.M.C.A. between Burger King and the Acme Market, fronting on Cedar Street in Tamaqua. Co-chairmen of the consortium are Fred B. Curvey, representing AAL, and Howard F. Miller, representing the Y. The Rev. F. Peter Muhr, pastor of Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, is also active in the project.

Tamaqua news

Friday, May 31, 2013

Adult Day Care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for June, including a Flag Day celebration on June 14.

Other activities for the month will include: June 4, craft day; June 5, bingo; June 6, bulletin board; June 7, movie day; June 11, musical entertainment with Audrey Christ; June 13, cooking class; June 19, Salvation Army service; June 19, monthly birthday party; June 21, picnic.

The day care center will be participating in the annual Summerfest celebration on June 9.

Carbon man sent to state prison on firearms charges

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday after previously pleading guilty to illegal firearm possession.

He was one of five defendants who had entered guilty pleas at prior proceedings to be sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Penn Forest incidents

Randy Edwin Merriman, 56, of Albrightsville, was sentenced to a total of 40 to 80 months in a state prison on counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited from possessing a weapon, driving under the influence (DUI), and two summary offenses of the motor vehicle code.

Judge denies reconsideration request by PV school board

Friday, May 31, 2013

Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika has denied a request by the Panther Valley School Board to reconsider his memorandum opinion from March 8 denying their petition for special relief in part and granting the petition in part, in a one page order signed Tuesday.

In a 31-page memorandum opinion filed March 8, Matika denied the Panther Valley school board from banning member R. Mickey Angst from attending executive meetings. But Matika sided with the board in its request in limiting Angst from disclosure and dissemination of confidential and privileged information or material.

Season was a learning experience

Friday, May 31, 2013
nancy scholz/tspecial to the times news Palmerton's Sam Doherty waits for a throw as Bethlehem Catholic's Marissa Merriman gets back to second base.
nancy scholz/tspecial to the times news Palmerton's Sam Doherty waits for a throw as Bethlehem Catholic's Marissa Merriman gets back to second base.

For most teams, a loss in a championship game of any kind would be tough to overcome.

For the Palmerton softball team, however, the appearance in a title game alone speaks volumes about how far the program has come over the last few years. It also gives a sense of where it is headed in the future.

A 9-0 defeat to Bethlehem Catholic in the District 11 Class AAA title game is certainly not what the Lady Bombers envisioned, but their success this season with such a young roster has many in the program thinking they'll be on this stage again in the near future.

Palmerton to stage Fun on Wheels Festival

Friday, May 31, 2013

They'll race beds around the park, toss water balloons, and unroll toilet paper by swinging their arms.

All that and more awaits those who attend the Fun on Wheels Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Palmerton Borough Park. The rain date is Sunday.

Sponsored by Family Promise of Carbon County, the event will feature a church food tent and food vendors, kiddie rides, free activities for kids, and caricatures.

Victorino feels Philly connection

Friday, May 31, 2013

PHILADELPHIA Shane Victorino kept his emotions in check, but it wasn't easy.

When the Phillies ran a video tribute to the guy who was a staple in their outfield for seven seasons, including the 2008 World Series-winning squad, he was touched, but held back any tears.

"I was told they were going to do a little video tribute showing some highlights, and (to give me a chance) to say one last thank you to the fans," said Victorino, on the 15-day disabled list for the Red Sox with a strained hamstring. "I would have loved to have done it walking to the plate."

Cyber war

Friday, May 31, 2013

China's breach of our military a major deal

Last Tuesday, Lockheed Martin, the advanced technology defense company, released a statement that it has made significant investments in cyber security, given the fact that "program information resides in a large cyber ecosystem."

Lockheed is not alone in having cyber security concerns. Other top defense contractors are declining to say whether their systems have been breached but it's obvious they realize that it poses a serious risk to their business.

PV school board approves staff for summer school

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors approved the following business at the last school board meeting, 7-0, with Charles Hoffman and James Spinola absent:

Ÿ a resolution authorizing e-signature, giving Dr. Douglas Arnold, PVSD superintendent authority to sign any and all contracts, agreements, grants and/or licenses up until and including July 31, 2013, his last official day before his retirement and then giving that authorization to Carole M. Geary as of Aug. 1, 2013, when she assumes the position of superintendent.

Driver who struck fire chief with vehicle enters guilty plea

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Carbon County man, who struck a county fire chief as he was directing traffic at a charitable event and seriously injurying him, entered a guilty plea in the county court on Thursday.

Steven M. Schock, 37, of Lehighton, appeared before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II and pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI), and DUI.

Schock was charged for an incident on July 7, 2012, along Lentz Trail in Jim Thorpe. He was operating a United Parcel Service (UPS) van when he struck borough Fire Chief William H. Diehm.

Paint the Town Purple Sunday in Tamaqua

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be holding their 5th annual "Paint the Town Purple" event, which will again be held on Cancer Survivor's Day this year as it has been in the past. All cancer survivors and their caregivers are cordially invited to join them this Sunday, June 2 at 7 p.m. for a free ice cream social in front of The Restaurant at the Station in Tamaqua (weather permitting). They will be using the color of Relay, purple, along with a brief ceremony, to help promote the upcoming Relay (June 21 and 22 from 2 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Donation aids Special Needs Fishing Derby in JT

Friday, May 31, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Matt King (left),Vice President of Public Relations for Americare Home Care Services, Inc.

presents a check in the amount of $775 to Francis O'Donnell representing Jim Thorpe American Legion Post 304 to help defray expenses of the Fishing Derby for special needs

students which is is sponsored by both Post 304 and the Germantown Grove Club.

Variance granted for new apartment

Friday, May 31, 2013

Another apartment may be added to an existing structure in Palmerton.

After about a 25-minute recess, the borough's Zoning Hearing Board unanimously agreed on Thursday to grant William Parsons a variance for the conversion at 744-748 Mauch Chunk Road.

As a result, Parsons may change the use of the property from one three-bedroom and one one-bedroom apartment, to three one-bedroom apartments, which will result in one additional apartment.

However, as part of their approval, zoners attached several conditions to the plan.

Flexer Family Benefit set to help family get back on its feet

Friday, May 31, 2013

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mahoning Township, and the community are coming together to help a family in need on Sunday, June 2 at the Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 S. Eighth St. Lehighton.

The Flexer Family Benefit will assist Derrick Flexer, his wife, Bobbie Jo, and their daughter, Peyton, who lost everything in a fire on April 9.

Flames shot high in the air that night when they lost virtually all their possessions in the fire.

Doyle Heffley is named to Ben Franklin Authority

Friday, May 31, 2013

LEHIGHTON – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) was recently appointed to the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority which aims to provide funding for early-stage Pennsylvania technology companies.

"I look forward to working with education, technology and business leaders across the Commonwealth to ensure Pennsylvania continues to make strategic investments toward advancing technology and life sciences industries throughout the state," said Heffley.

Free Father's Day dinner set in Lansford

Friday, May 31, 2013

Feed the People is serving an early Father's Day community dinner from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at St. John Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street (Tunnel Street entrance) Lansford. The group invites sons and daughters to bring their fathers for a meatloaf dinner with gravy, mashed potatoes, and tossed salad. Chocolate cake is planned for dessert. All are welcome. For more information call (570) 657-1480.

Beers is 'King of the Ring' once again

Friday, May 31, 2013

There just doesn't seem to be any stopping Eric Beers as he cruised to his third consecutive Modified win in Saturday night's action at Mahoning Valley Speedway and fourth on the year.

In this week's winning edition Beers, who hails from Northampton, began ninth on the grid and blasted into the lead on lap 16. He then turned on the afterburners and pulled away to a dominating victory.

Woman admits to drug dealing; drunk drivers sent to prison

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Carbon County woman admitted to a drug dealing charge while defendants in pending driving under the influence (DUI) cases entered pleas, with some getting long prison terms because of prior convictions.

The pleas were heard by Carbon County President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II during a daylong session of court on Thursday.

Search of home

Jennifer Lynn Steigerwalt, 30, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.