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July 2013

Palmerton Community News

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, Aug. 3. 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.

Fire company addition progressing

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Fire company addition progressing
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Work on an addition to the Lehighton Fire Department's buildings is about 40 percent complete. Lehighton borough manager Nicole Beckett said occupancy is expected by the end of the year. New bays, office space, shower facilities, and a storage area are being added to the building on South Third Street. In addition, Stations 1 and 2 of the Fire Department will be connected.

Wanted person nabbed by police

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A wanted person was nabbed by Nesquehoning police recently.

On July 17 Officers Timothy Wuttke and Steven Homanko received information that a male wanted by Lehigh County probation office would be coming through the borough in a silver Hyundai Tuscon.

The officers stopped a vehicle matching the description in which an occupant matched the description of the wanted person.

Dr. Douglas Arnold bids a fond 'adieu' to Pleasant Valley

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dr. Douglas Arnold's portrait now hangs alongside the other retired superintendents of Pleasant Valley School District.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dr. Douglas Arnold's portrait now hangs alongside the other retired superintendents of Pleasant Valley School District.

Is it a coincidence, divine design or a twist of fate that a young boy began his education at Pleasant Valley and ends his career there as well?

Dr. Douglas Arnold, 57, says he never could have imagined that he would someday become Pleasant Valley School District's superintendent but he always knew he would be emotionally tied to PV. His life-long affiliation with PV even predates his birth.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summit Hill

Blood drive

St. Joseph Church in Summit Hill will host a Miller-Keystone Bloodmobile from 2-7 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 13, in the church social hall, 462 W. Ludlow St.

To schedule a time to donate blood, call the parish office at (570) 645-2664, Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Committee members needed

Next year marks the 100-year anniversary of historic Ludlow Park in Summit Hill.

Crash probed in construction zone

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A crash involving a tractor with trailer in a construction zone along a Schuylkill County road was probed by state police at Schuylkill Haven on Tuesday, July 30. The crash occurred about 9:45 a.m. along SR61, a tenth of a mile south of Coal Mountain Road in West Brunswick Township.

Landlord-tenant dispute

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A landlord-tenant dispute in Nesquehoning led to the arrest of the landlord for firearm and related charges.

Palmerton 8-year-old fights kids' cancer with lemonade

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, 8-year-old Palmerton resident Tyler Hager will host an Alex's Lemonade Stand on Thursday, Aug. 1 and Friday, Aug. 2 at Hager Furniture Company, 242 Delaware Ave., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

No Header!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Chili Mango-Beef Salad is a kid-friendly dinner salad that will please the entire family.
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Chili Mango-Beef Salad is a kid-friendly dinner salad that will please the entire family.

Like so many kids, my 8-year-old son is no fan of green vegetables. Or at least that's what he moans any time I insist he force down yet more salad at dinner.

So recently, I decided to blow his mind. I decided to create a salad he would love. A salad that didn't immediately trigger eye rolls and complaints. It ended up being easier than I thought.

Step No. 1 ditch the greens. I'm not saying the kid gets a free pass on having to eat leafy greens. But for this salad, we'd give them a break.

Woman charged for theater incident

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Coaldale police have charged a Tamaqua woman for causing a ruckus in a movie theater.

Melissa Ann Bailey, 33, of 12 W. Broad St., Apt. 304, is charged with disorderly conduct/hazardous/physically offensive conduct, and disorderly conduct/obscene language/gesture.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Joseph Krebs, at 8:28 p.m. July 20, Bailey was creating a disturbance at the Angela Theater. When he arrived he saw a woman with three young children standing at a counter talking with an employee. Another woman was standing at the end of the counter.

Benyo is one of 10 finalists

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
times news filephoto Drew Benyo talks to some Jim Thorpe cross country team members before a practice. Benyo recently found out he is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Brooks Inspiring Coach of the Year Award.
times news filephoto Drew Benyo talks to some Jim Thorpe cross country team members before a practice. Benyo recently found out he is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Brooks Inspiring Coach of the Year Award.

Jim Thorpe cross country coach heading to Seattle for Brooks event

For Jim Thorpe cross country coach Drew Benyo, the journey continues.

After being selected as one of 26 candidates for the 2013 Brooks Inspiring Coach of the Year Award, Benyo recently learned that he is one of 10 finalists that will be making the trip to Seattle, Washington, where the winner will be announced on August 7.

Schuylkill break-in

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

State police at Frackville are investigating a burglary at a Schuylkill County residence.

The home of Russell Bahrey, 15 Haddock St., McAdoo, Kline Township, was entered by two unknown criminals about 3:25 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31.

Troopers said several items were removed from the home before the intruders fled the scene. The investigation is continuing.

Blocked

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Suppressing opposing view is troublesome

In the early 1930s, Germany's Nazi Party presented itself as the new political option and Adolph Hitler rode to power on a wave of public dissatisfaction fueled by political instability and economic suffering.

Using military power, the goal was to establish a one-party totalitarian state. Opposing political organizations were banned and it became a crime to express a dissenting view. Political opponents were rounded up, detained in concentration camps or forced into exile.

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
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Having fun poolside with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the inaugural Christmas in July Celebration at Baer Memorial Swimming Pool in Lehighton on Thursday evening are, left to right, Emily Lencovich, 10, of Weatherly; Daniel Hughes, 5, of Lehighton; and Morgan Hart, 7, of Lehighton.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Having fun poolside with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the inaugural Christmas in July Celebration at Baer Memorial Swimming Pool in Lehighton on Thursday evening are, left to right, Emily Lencovich, 10, of Weatherly; Daniel Hughes, 5, of Lehighton; and Morgan Hart, 7, of Lehighton.

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
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rev. Jeremy Benack, pastor of Grace Community Church, teaches a group of children during Vacation Bible School recently held at the church.
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rev. Jeremy Benack, pastor of Grace Community Church, teaches a group of children during Vacation Bible School recently held at the 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.

Kunkletown man jailed in assault

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bernadin Solloitto, 59, of Kunkletown, was committed to the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Snydersville, after allegedly assaulting a 53-year-old Kunkletown woman during a physical altercation that happened at 10 p.m. July 25 at 136 Dusty lane, Polk Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said he is charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, and harassment.

Police said it is alleged Solloitto struck the woman in the face several times, causing visible injuries, and threatened to stab her if she called police.

Schuylkill Fair opens

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying themselves at the Schuylkill Fair, Courtney, 11, tries for a gold fish with family member Sherie Linkhorst of Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying themselves at the Schuylkill Fair, Courtney, 11, tries for a gold fish with family member Sherie Linkhorst of Tamaqua.

Pa. Ag Secretary helps kick off six-day event

Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George D. Greig kicked off the 30th year of the Schuylkill County Fair during a ribbon cutting anniversary celebration held yesterday afternoon at the fairgrounds in Summit Station.

"Why Schuylkill County? Why not? Every fair is unique," said Greig, who said this was his first visit to the Schuylkill County Fair. "I see so much pride here in Schuylkill County."

Free Music Academy hosted by Zion UCC

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Zion UCC, 2nd and Iron Streets in Lehighton will be hosting its fourth annual summer Music Academy on Sunday, August 4, through Thursday August 8 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

This free program is offered to any school aged child grades K-12 and to younger children accompanied by a parent.

The program offers multiple choices for the participants. They can participate in one or all of the offered stations.

Jim Thorpe news

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Clothing give-away

St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., will begin their 2013 free clothing giveaway on Thursday, Aug. 2 and it will run through Saturday, Aug. 17. Days and times are as follows; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you wish more information call the church office at (570) 325-4255 and leave a message; someone will return your call.

Touchdown Club

Police are probing theft in Carbon

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a theft incident that happened between midnight and 6 a.m. July 26.

The victim is Kassandre Noelle St. Ores, 35, of Fernandina Beach, Fla.

The incident happened at 935 Summer Mountain Road, Palmerton, when an unknown actor(s) removed the victim's Sprint iPhone 4 with a pink Otterbox case from the above location.

Anyone with information about the incident or valuables is asked to contact police at (610) 377-4270.

On this date

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30, 1992

Santa Claus in shorts bright red Bermuda shorts, no less homemade Christmas cookies, brightly wrapped gift packages galore and a fun-filled sing-along that featured Christmas carols.

Those were the highlights of the 14th annual Christmas in July celebration, hosted by the Social Ministry members of Lehighton's Trinity Lutheran Church.

This year's event was held at the Mahoning Valley Nursing, Retirement and Rehabilitation Center and involved 140 residents of the center and nearly 100 friends, family members and ministry volunteers.

Nine first time offenders placed in probation program

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nine first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Judge Steven R. Serfass placed all for a year, unless otherwise noted.

BMHS eliminating 28 jobs

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Some employees will get a reduction in hours

Blue Mountain Health System will eliminate 28 jobs, laying off 15 full-time employees and one part-time worker, and not filling another 13 vacant positions.

Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Johnson on Tuesday said that another seven employees will have their hours cut, some by a few hours. Others will go from full-time to part-time.

All departments and levels have been affected in one way or another, she said.

"One department may have had a vacant position not filled, another may have a person laid off, or hours reduced."

Motorcycle accident in West Penn

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

Emergency crews were called to the 100 block of Mush Dahl Road around 10 a.m. yesterday in West Penn Township for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle. The rider, Howard Boyer Jr. of Tamaqua, was driving a 1995 Kawasaki, owned by Diane Smith of Tamaqua, and was taken via ambulance to Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton for unknown issues. Police report that Boyer was traveling north on Mush Dahl Road when a 2003 Volvo, driven by Anthony Bubary Jr. of New Ringgold, allegedly pulled into the path of Boyer.

Arrest warrants are issued, one for arson

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Kyle Frantz
Kyle Frantz

Lansford police are looking for three men.

They are Kyle Frantz, Greg Muffley, and Jonathan Findley.

A felony warrant has been issued for Frantz, 19, whose last known address was 243 E. Ridge St., Lansford.

Frantz is charged with three counts of arson, risking a catastrophe, and criminal mischief after an incident which took place on May 16 on the 200 block of E. Ridge Street.

LASD gets ready for opening day

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Since the end of the 2012-2013 school year in June, Lehighton Area School District has been working on long-term projects at two of its elementary schools East Penn and Mahoning. As soon as the school year was over, the staff removed everything from each room, color-coded it all, and stored it in the respective all-purpose room of each school. Once everything was safely stored away, the asbestos abatement projects began. Everything is expected to be back in order for the first day of school for LASD students on Tuesday, Sept. 3 the day after Labor Day.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Since the end of the 2012-2013 school year in June, Lehighton Area School District has been working on long-term projects at two of its elementary schools East Penn and Mahoning. As soon as the school year was over, the staff removed everything from each room, color-coded it all, and stored it in the respective all-purpose room of each school. Once everything was safely stored away, the asbestos abatement projects began. Everything is expected to be back in order for the first day of school for LASD students on Tuesday, Sept. 3 the day after Labor Day.

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.