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July 2013

Palmerton sidewalk sale begins

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Got the itch to strike it rich, but don't care to penny pinch?

That's the idea behind the annual Sidewalk Sale in Downtown Palmerton, where bargain shoppers will be in full stride in search of deals.

The 42nd annual event will take place Thursday through Saturday. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to closing on Saturday.

As usual, multiple businesses will set up shop throughout an area that spans several blocks of Delaware Avenue eager to sell their products.

Christmas in July held at the Lehighton pool

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Spinning an entertaining mix of Christmas and summer music at the inaugural Christmas in July Celebration at Baer Memorial Swimming Pool in Lehighton is Lane Roberts - aka "The Doctor" - from Penn's Peak Radio. All proceeds from this event benefit Shull-David Elementary School PTO to help support their activities throughout year - including field trips, assemblies, etc.
Spinning an entertaining mix of Christmas and summer music at the inaugural Christmas in July Celebration at Baer Memorial Swimming Pool in Lehighton is Lane Roberts - aka "The Doctor" - from Penn's Peak Radio. All proceeds from this event benefit Shull-David Elementary School PTO to help support their activities throughout year - including field trips, assemblies, etc.

Santa and Mrs. Claus joined several hundred guests for a Christmas in July Celebration last week at Baer Memorial Swimming Pool in Lehighton.

"We are very excited to host this event," said Jackie Hansler, Shull-David Elementary School PTO treasurer. "Christmas in July is giving us the opportunity to get together as a community and support a wonderful cause - our children's education."

In addition to the special visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, the event included a bounce house, food; games, and activities - including fishing for goldfish in the baby pool.

Lansford church hosts Vacation Bible School

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Volunteer, Carol Evans and Ashley O'Brien, 15, work on a craft project during Vacation Bible School at Grace Community Church.
Volunteer, Carol Evans and Ashley O'Brien, 15, work on a craft project during Vacation Bible School at Grace Community Church.

The fact that it was the hottest week of the summer couldn't stop area children from attending Vacation Bible School at Grace Community Church in Lansford recently.

Over 60 children ages 3-15 attended the weeklong program written by the Go Fish Guys called "Praise Where kids get down and lift God high!"

Over the course of the week the children sang songs, did crafts, made new friends and learned how to praise God through Bible stories about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Daniel, Paul and Silas, and Jesus.

Carbon County court news

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts.

Discover Bank, New Castle, Del., filed against George C. Strohl III, 1824 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive East, Lehighton, seeking $1,349.82.

American Express Centurion Bank, Salt Lake City, UH., filed against Dennis E. Hager, Broadway, Jim Thorpe, seeking $6,042. A second action was filed by the bank against Hager seeking $4,784.57.

Palmerton man dies in Lower Tow vehicle accident

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A 71-year-old Palmerton man, whose identity has not been released, was killed Tuesday morning after this 2013 Ford Explorer was traveling westbound on Lower Smith Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township, when it veered off the left side of the roadway, traveled down a small embankment, and struck a tree before coming to final rest.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A 71-year-old Palmerton man, whose identity has not been released, was killed Tuesday morning after this 2013 Ford Explorer was traveling westbound on Lower Smith Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township, when it veered off the left side of the roadway, traveled down a small embankment, and struck a tree before coming to final rest.

A 71-year-old Palmerton man was killed Tuesday morning when his vehicle traveled down an embankment and struck a tree in Lower Towamensing Township.

State police at Lehighton said the male, whose identity has not been released, was operating his 2013 Ford Explorer westbound on Lower Smith Gap Road at around 10:07 a.m. when the vehicle veered off the left side of the roadway.

At that point the vehicle traveled down a small embankment and struck a tree before coming to final rest.

The operator was pronounced dead at the scene by deputy coroner Robert Miller.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31, 2007 Anthony Agosti hits a grand slam and a two-run double to help Tamaqua defeat Council Rock Newtown, 10-5, to claim the Section 6 10-11 Little League championship. Agosti's slam comes during a seven-run second inning with the other runs scoring on Nate Edmonds' three-run blast. Edmonds also pitches four innings of relief, allowing one run and striking out seven, for the mound victory. Dalton Nunemacher collects a pair of hits, one a double, while Bo Rottet scores three runs.

Door is damaged on Eldred home

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A criminal mischief incident that happened between July 23-25 at a residence in Eldred Township, Monroe County, is being investigated by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

The victim is Ellen Kowalczyk Mooney, 56, of 680 Getz Dawl Road.

She reported someone arrived at the above location by unknown means and proceeded to damage an aluminum side door. The value of the property damage is listed at $50.

Fun at the fair

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Fun at the fair Enjoying themselves at the Schuylkill Fair, Courtney Postupak, 11, tries for a gold fish with grandmother Sherrie Linkhorst of Tamaqua. The fair continues through Saturday.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Fun at the fair Enjoying themselves at the Schuylkill Fair, Courtney Postupak, 11, tries for a gold fish with grandmother Sherrie Linkhorst of Tamaqua. The fair continues through Saturday.

Enjoying themselves at the Schuylkill Fair, Courtney Postupak, 11, tries for a gold fish with grandmother Sherrie Linkhorst of Tamaqua. The fair continues through Saturday.

Walk to end Alzheimer's

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes has a team that will walk in the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sept. 7 at Shawnee. The team, made up of residents and staff members, is called Team Bush.

Carrie Shafer, Mrs. Bush's activities director, says that everyone at the home has a loved one or knows someone who suffers from Alzheimer's or dementia and wants to help find a cure.

Palmerton Police Log

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Harassment

Shawn Filchner, 43, of 178 Avenue A, Palmerton, was cited for harassment. The violation occurred on June 21 at 2:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Mauch Chunk Road.

Speeding

Stephen Bollinger, 34, of 31 Lafayette Avenue, Palmerton, was cited for speeding. The violation occurred on July 25 at 12:42 p.m. at Mauch Chunk Road and Railroad Alley.

A citation was issued to Alexander Gicking, 21, of 3082 Audrey Drive, Coplay, for speeding. The violation occurred on July 21 at 7:40 p.m. in the 100 block of Delaware Avenue.

Schuylkill County property transfers

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Donna Keller, as executor of the estate of Anna Mae Malay, late of Tamaqua, to Evelyn M. Lesniak, Tamaqua, property at 543 E. Union St., Tamaqua, $1 (full consideration $12,000).

Ronald J. Miller Jr., Gordon, to Keystone Frontier Investments, Ryan Township, property at 30 Walnut St., Delano, Delano Township, $1,200.

Eagle Rock Resorts Company, Hazle Township, Luzerne County, to Aida B. Santos and Orlando Q. Centeno, both of Jackson Heights, N.Y., Lot 440, ER Subdivision, Eagle Rock Resorts, East Union Township,$10 (full consideration $66,900).

Probation/parole revocations

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Carbon County judges conducted probation/parole revocation hearings on petitions filed by the county adult probation office.

The probation office filed petitions against the defendants for violating the terms of their probation or parole.

The revocation hearings were held for the following:

Benjamin Kunkel, 37, of Lansford, had a petition filed to revoke his parole filed by probation officer Clifford Eckhart on a charge of theft. He was sentenced on May 23, 2012, on the charge.

Northern Lehigh news

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Veterans Outreach hours

State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) will offer her monthly veterans outreach hours in her Slatington district office on Thursday.

At that time, local veterans will be able to meet with a veterans outreach specialist from the American Legion in Wilkes-Barre, who will assist them with issues such as accessing benefits and services from the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Exhausted, yet motivated

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

For many, summer is a time to motivate themselves into a more healthy active lifestyle. Taking on such a task, visitors and members of the Tamaqua YMCA were encouraged recently to compete with each other at the Schuylkill Mall and at the Tamaqua YMCA Center with a number of exhausting exercises. Participants jumping rope with YMCA volunteer coach John Quigley are, from left, Janet Smetana of Hometown, Mike Ambrose of Tamaqua, John Quarmley of Kutztown, Janie Connor of Summit Hill, Todd Phillips of Summit Hill, and Mario Capone of Barnesville.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blood drive

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive today from 1-6 p.m., at Our Lady Queen of Peace. Call 1-800-RED-Cross to schedule an appointment or visit redcrossblood.org.

C and C topic

Members of the West End Rotary Club are slated to hear about the Rotary International Convention and the RYLA Camp 2013 at the Aug. 1 breakfast meeting at the Western Pocono Community Library. Presenting will be Karin-Susan Breitlauch and Erin Gallagher.

Evening worship

Zion Lutheran will host an evening worship service Saturday at 5 p.m.

Serving others

Named to dean's list

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Allison Houle, Walnutport, has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Columbia College Chicago. She is an arts management major.

To be named to the dean's list at Columbia College Chicago, students must have taken at least 12 credit hours and have a 3.75 grade point average or above for that semester.

Exhibit at LGNC

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
@Caption Stand Alone:Nature in art The Great Blue Heron is exhibited by Stephanie Hess at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center art show. She has been painting for two years. The show is open daily through Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. plus evenings 6-8 p.m., Aug. 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 without charge.
@Caption Stand Alone:Nature in art The Great Blue Heron is exhibited by Stephanie Hess at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center art show. She has been painting for two years. The show is open daily through Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. plus evenings 6-8 p.m., Aug. 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 without charge.

Body of fisherman found

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Dean Christman, 57, was missing over a week at Beltzville Lake

The body of a boater who went missing on Beltzville State Park Lake early last week has been found.

Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency coordinator, explained the body, identified as Dean Christman, 57, of Towamensing Township, was discovered by search crews and brought to shore around 4 p.m., Tuesday, nine days after Christman went missing.

Kevin Koflanovich, Beltzville State Park manager, noted that the body was located east of the Pine Run boat launch in about 90 feet of water.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Adult day care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a number of activities planned for the month of August, including a special breakfast on Aug. 5.

Other special days next month include: Aug. 2, bulletin board and foot doctor visit; Aug. 7, cooking class; Aug. 13, Sam and Susie Skits; Aug. 19, Corkboard Coasters; Aug. 21, Salvation Army service; Aug. 22, sing-along with Audrey Christ; Aug. 23, Polish Day at Holy Family; Aug. 26, luau; Aug. 27, craft day.

Carbon man facing Coaldale charges

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Coaldale police have charged a Palmerton man for deliberately damaging his former girlfriend's car.

Tyler Billings, 21, of 862 Columbia Ave., was charged with criminal mischief/damage real or personal property; harassment/ physical strike kick; disorderly conduct/hazardous/physical offensive conduct.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by officer Charles Blesse the trouble happened at 12:01 a.m. June 23. Blesse was dispatched to 124 E. Ruddle St. on a report of a disturbance involving a man destroying a vehicle.

LASD gets ready for opening day

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver, left, and Supervisor of Building and Grounds Joseph Hauser inspect the "hockey pucks" on the walls of Mahoning Elementary School. When East Penn and Mahoning elementary schools were constructed in 1954, these "hockey pucks" were where the slabs of glue were placed to hold the chalkboards on the walls. The  chalkboards will be replaced with white dry erase boards.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver, left, and Supervisor of Building and Grounds Joseph Hauser inspect the "hockey pucks" on the walls of Mahoning Elementary School. When East Penn and Mahoning elementary schools were constructed in 1954, these "hockey pucks" were where the slabs of glue were placed to hold the chalkboards on the walls. The chalkboards will be replaced with white dry erase boards.

Two of the elementary schools have asbestos abatement, chalkboard removal

The new school year is right around the corner and the Lehighton Area School District is almost ready for the new year.

Since the end of the 2012-2013 school year in June, LASD has been working on long-term projects at two of its elementary schools East Penn and Mahoning.

The East Penn Elementary School project will include a new ground-source geothermal HVAC system, installation of energy efficient lighting, and building thermal envelope upgrades. The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by 1,131,270 kBTU annually.

Helicopter crash victims were from Maryland and Virginia

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

NOXEN, Pa. (AP) – Severe thunderstorms and heavy fog were reported around the time a helicopter crashed in northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday, killing all five people on board, including a child, officials said Monday.

Search and rescue crews scouring the rugged, wooded area where the helicopter crashed on Saturday night encountered heavy fog, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said.

Two persons hurt in Kline accident

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Two persons sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash at 2:12 p.m. July 27 on the ramp from SR309 (McAdoo) onto Interstate 81 in Kline Township. A photograph of the accident scene appeared on page 2 of yesterday's TIMES NEWS.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Anthony T. Margelewicz, 62, of Nanticoke, the driver of the vehicle, and Wallace E. Hart, 77, of Nescopeck, his passenger, were transported to the Hazleton General Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Walnutport couple celebrates 65 years

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Strohl
Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Strohl

Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Strohl of Walnutport are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on July 31, 1948 at the First United Church of Christ in Palmerton.

Shirley is the daughter of the late Allen R. and Carrie Mae (Kipp) Kresge and stepdaughter of the late Hattie Crissman.

Charles is the son of the late Floyd and Ethel Strohl.

Four area residents among 26 placed in probation program

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Four area residents were among 26 people who were admitted by President Judge Willliam E. Baldwin in the Accelerated Rehabilatative Disposition (ARD) probation program at a hearing held in Schuylkill County court.

The program is reserved for first offenders to non-violent crimes to allow them to serve a probation period to clear their record.

All were placed in the program for a year, unless otherwise noted:

Nesquehoning man facing counts

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Nesquehoning man has been charged with making a false robbery report to police.

Officer Carl Breiner has charged Eric Willing with unsworn falsification to authorties and false reports to law enforcement.

According to the police report on July 15 Willing called police and reported he had been robbed by two individuals while he was out walking in the area of the "foot bridge" located between Willow Lane and Musmano Avenue.

Diapers, formula stolen in Parryville

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

State police at the Lehighton barracks were summoned on July 24 to investigate the theft of diapers and baby formula from a residence in Parryville.

As a result of the investigation, police said Nicholas Sterling Minnich, 23, of Sumneytown, Montgomery County, will be charged with criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking.

Police said it is alleged Minnich made forced entry to a residence on Main Street through a side window without being authorized to do so. Once inside, he proceeded to take the baby supplies.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30, 1997 After being held scoreless for the first two innings, Towamensing explodes for five runs in the third and 11 more in the fourth to roll to a 16-1 Panther Valley Little League tournament win over Blue Mountain. Stephen Holmes delivers a key two-run single during the third inning while Mike Falcone and Jed Fisher also knock in runs. In the big fourth frame, Towamensing sends 15 men to the plate. Jim Shafer collects a three-run double during the uprising while Ralph Andrews adds a two-run double. Shafer allows just two hits in earning the pitching win.

Tuscarora Fire Company holds apparatus parade

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Just over 40 fire apparatus vehicles took part in the Tuscarora's annual apparatus parade through Tuscarora, MaryD and surrounding communities Saturday. A Tuscarora fire truck leads the way during the parade on Saturday.

Turnpike fare hikes

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Aren't you glad I-80 wasn't tolled?

It doesn't come as any surprise that the Pa. Turnpike Commission announced a rate increase for 2014.

For individuals who use E-ZPass, the rate is just 2 percent, but for motorists who pay cash on the Turnpike, it's a 12 percent rate increase.

Rate hikes have become pretty regular by the Turnpike Commission. Remember, this is the same Turnpike Commission that lawmakers had wanted to take over Interstate 80 not too long ago. Aren't you glad that didn't happen?

Of course, it is those same lawmakers who are responsible for the rate hikes.

Carbon man gets prison term for threats; others enter pleas

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday after pleading guilty to terroristic threats.

He was one of 17 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lehighton incident

Steven Walck Jr., 28, of Lansford, was sentenced to serve nine to one day less 24 months in prison on the threats count. He also pleaded to one count of harassment and was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the threats charge.

Walck was arrested by Lehighton police for an incident on April 30 at 230 N. Third St.