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May 2013

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.

Toulouse-Lautrec arrives in Allentown

Friday, May 31, 2013
ABOVE: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), Mademoiselle Eglantine's Troupe, 1896, color lithograph.  BELOW: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Eldorado: Aristide Bruant, 1892, color lithograph. Both are from the collection of Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece.
ABOVE: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), Mademoiselle Eglantine's Troupe, 1896, color lithograph. BELOW: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Eldorado: Aristide Bruant, 1892, color lithograph. Both are from the collection of Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece.

Popular exhibit of Paris-themed posters and prints set to open June 2

Crates containing more than 140 works on paper by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) arrived recently at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley in preparation for the summer 2013 exhibit, Toulouse-Lautrec and His World.

Polk Elementary School says "Thank you" to its volunteers

Friday, May 31, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Polk Elementary School held a Volunteer Appreciation Brunch to thank its volunteers. Some of those recognized were, from left, seated, Jen Akob, Sandy Righi, Melissa Roberti, Suzana Rizvic and Stephanie Havansky. Standing, from left, Keri Ramsay, PVSD reading supervisor; Erica Walters, Polk principal; volunteer Sasha Medina from Community Services Group Day Program; Steve Becker, Polk instructional support teacher; and Catherine Benincasa from the Community Services Group Day Program.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Polk Elementary School held a Volunteer Appreciation Brunch to thank its volunteers. Some of those recognized were, from left, seated, Jen Akob, Sandy Righi, Melissa Roberti, Suzana Rizvic and Stephanie Havansky. Standing, from left, Keri Ramsay, PVSD reading supervisor; Erica Walters, Polk principal; volunteer Sasha Medina from Community Services Group Day Program; Steve Becker, Polk instructional support teacher; and Catherine Benincasa from the Community Services Group Day Program.

Polk Elementary School loves its 54 volunteers. To show appreciation for all they do for its 300 students and staff, Chris Becker, the school's instructional support teacher coordinated a special brunch for them.

The tables and room were decorated with handmade decorations made by the students from pictures of flower pots with flowers to the centerpieces of construction paper flowers.

Write-in winners set for May primary vote

Friday, May 31, 2013

The importance of write-in votes, if applied intelligently, can become a major factor in nominating candidates as was shown in last week's primary election held in Schuylkill County.

The computing board, appointed by the county commissioners, completed its task Thursday in making the official count of the votes cast in the May 21 primary election. Write-in votes were unable to be counted election night because the electronic voting machines can count numbers but cannot read names.

LAHS ALUMNI

Friday, May 31, 2013

Family Day

The ninth annual All Alumni Family Day will take place at the New Orioles Park, Lehighton, on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Anyone who has attended LAHS or has been associated with LAHS or is a spouse, and/or child of alumni of LAHS are invited.

Monroe Berger will provide musical entertainment (DJ and KJ) from noon until 8 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring their own food and beverage. There will be a grill available for use. There will be raffles and activities throughout the day.

Tamaqua native publishes Purple Heart stories

Friday, May 31, 2013
"All American Hearts," a new book by Tamaqua native Joe Baddick, will debut June 7, 8 and 9.
"All American Hearts," a new book by Tamaqua native Joe Baddick, will debut June 7, 8 and 9.

Four years after publishing the compelling story about the life of his son who died in Iraq, Tamaqua native Joe Baddick, former lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne, has penned riveting stories of some of America's Purple Heart recipients.

The introduction in Baddick's newest book, "All American Hearts," was written by Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, USMC, Ret.

The work is a collection of true stories that were brought to Baddick's attention following the September 2003 death of his son, Sgt. Andrew J. Baddick, whose life is captured in Baddick's earlier work "My Hero, My Son."

McAdoo police round up suspected drug dealers

Friday, May 31, 2013

McAdoo police conducted a roundup of suspected drug dealers yesterday.

The arrests were the result of a yearlong investigation by the borough police department. The roundup was conducted by borough police without any assistance of other police.

Arrested were the following:

Michael Miller, 54, of 222 E. Blaine St., McAdoo, charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to the county prison after failing to post $10,000 percentage bail.

123 recycling bins now owned by Carbon man

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Nesquehoning man now owns the 123 blue recycling bins that once held plastic, metal and paper for the now-defunct county Solid Waste Management Department.

Shawn Quigley submitted the highest bids to buy the bins. County commissioners on Thursday agreed to sell him the bins.

Efforts to reach Quigley to find out what he plans to do with the bins were unsuccessful.

Other bidders were Nick Boyle of Tamaqua, Barry Fisher of Lehighton, and Robert Balch of Palmerton.

Luzerne woman facing charges

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Luzerne County woman is facing charges following an incident that began as a retail theft in Rush Township, and ended with a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest in Kline Township, both in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said the incident began with a retail theft at the Walmart store in Rush Township, about 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29. Township police put out an alert for a vehicle described as a Mercury Mountaineer and the driver involved in the theft and last seen going northbound on SR309.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center announces June blood drives

Friday, May 31, 2013

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives. Individuals registering to donate at any MKBC donor center or MKBC community blood drive from June 3 to Sept. 8 can enter for the opportunity to win (2) $100 gas gift cards drawn weekly. The entry will also be eligible to win a set of tickets (4 tickets plus parking) to a Philadelphia Phillies Game. One winner will be drawn each month in June, July and August. * Saturday, June 1, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, Parryville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2, 359 Main St., Parryville. Call 484-548-4030.

New Tamaqua Relay For Life meeting location

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting this Monday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. for all committee members and 7 p.m. for everyone else. There is a location change for this meeting. It is now being held at the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 Mauch Chunk Street in Tamaqua. Meeting organizers ask everyone to enter using the glass side doors on Mauch Chunk Street, and then go upstairs to the meeting room.

Marriage licenses

Friday, May 31, 2013

Carbon County

Michael Charles Kistler, 586 Ridge Road, Andreas, and Samantha Marie Parsons, 40 Oak St., Parryville.

Anthony Dylan Shetrompf and Katelyn Grace MacFarland, 668 Princeton Ave., Palmerton.

Luis Francisco Cruz and Kristina Marjorie DeFeo, 242 Claremont Ave., Tamaqua R.D.

Justin James Foster and Rachel Marie Andrews, 125 N. Chestnut St., Summit Hill.

Ryan Johannes Poeldnurk, 210 W. Columbus Ave., Nesquehoning, and Nicole Angela Matson, 214 E. Center St., Nesquehoning.

Elderly Barnesville man admits to sexual assault of young boy

Friday, May 31, 2013

An elderly Barnesville man pleaded guilty to sex charges in the Schuylkill Court and the judge ordered he be evaluated by a state sex offender's board before sentencing. Nine other area defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Gene S. Lutz, 79. of 36 Hillside Road, entered a guilty plea to one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and under the plea agreement a second charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and charges of corruption of minors and indecent assault to be nol pros.

Special Olympics competition held in Jim Thorpe

Friday, May 31, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The thrill of victory is enjoyed by Ireis Hubbert as she crosses the finish line, with her father Michael Hubbert, winning the Assisted Wheelchair Race during the Special Olympics of Carbon County in Jim Thorpe.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The thrill of victory is enjoyed by Ireis Hubbert as she crosses the finish line, with her father Michael Hubbert, winning the Assisted Wheelchair Race during the Special Olympics of Carbon County in Jim Thorpe.

The Jim Thorpe Area High School stadium was the setting for the Special Olympics in which athletes competed in a wide variety of track and field events that were appropriate to the age and disability level of each individual.

Athletes from different participating counties in Pennsylvania : Carbon, Luzerne/Wilkes-Barre, and Columbia/Montour counties, participated in the events which were appropriately held in conjunction with the annual community celebration honoring Olympian Jim Thorpe on his birthday.

Roaring Creek trail hike slated Saturday

Friday, May 31, 2013

Naturalists from Tuscarora State Park will host a hike at Roaring Creek Watershed, north of Mount Carmel, at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. This hike is 8 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The hike is on a hardened trail and passes by two large reservoirs. All dogs must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Hikers will meet at the Roaring Creek parking lot located on Route 42 below Aristes. Call Robin at (570) 467-2506 or register at www.dcnr.state.pa.us under calendar of events for Tuscarora State Park.

Franklin Fire Co. presents 9th annual car show Sunday

Friday, May 31, 2013

Summertime is here and its time to get those classic cars out of the garage to show them off to the community.

Franklin Township Fire Co. will be hosting the 9th Annual Classic Car Show on Sunday, June 2, on the fire company grounds, 2440 Fairyland Road Lehighton.

Registration is from 8 a.m. to noon and awards will be presented. Breakfast will be available at 8 a.m.

Awards will be sponsored by area businesses. For more information about the show, contact Allen Goodhile at (570) 657-0538.

Proceeds will benefit Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company.