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July 2013

Slatington man charged with homicide by vehicle

Monday, October 21, 2013

Police said he was traveling 86 mph in construction zone

A Slatington man has been charged with homicide by vehicle and other offenses in a Whitehall Township crash that killed his mother, who was a passenger in his car, and a woman and her teen son, who were in another vehicle.

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
ELSA KERSHNER/TIMES NEWS John Balogh started working with wood during vocational school. He now has his own business making furniture but still takes time to make the things he enjoys. The fins and tail of this big mouth bass, displayed at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center art show, are made of copper with a green patina. The dragonfly on the vine bowl is made with wings of curly maple and black and white ebony. The American Holly of the bowl was damaged by ants to create the natural mix of colors.
ELSA KERSHNER/TIMES NEWS John Balogh started working with wood during vocational school. He now has his own business making furniture but still takes time to make the things he enjoys. The fins and tail of this big mouth bass, displayed at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center art show, are made of copper with a green patina. The dragonfly on the vine bowl is made with wings of curly maple and black and white ebony. The American Holly of the bowl was damaged by ants to create the natural mix of colors.

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.

'American Pickers'

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua resident Sheila Davison gets the attention of TV antiques picker Frank Fritz during a March 13 snowstorm when the cable TV show arrived unexpectedly in Lansford.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua resident Sheila Davison gets the attention of TV antiques picker Frank Fritz during a March 13 snowstorm when the cable TV show arrived unexpectedly in Lansford.

Locally filmed episode to air Aug. 5 on The History Channel

The towns of Lansford and Coaldale will receive national visibility when a national cable television show airs a segment filmed here five months ago.

According to a list of new episodes released by The History Channel, an upcoming segment of "American Pickers" titled "Going Hollywood" will reveal that "a Pennsylvania couple has filled two sprawling warehouses with their mammoth collection."

That specific show will premiere August 5 from 9 to 10 p.m.

Area students make dean's list

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The following area students have been named to the dean's list at Franklin & Marshall College for the spring 2013 semester.

Ÿ Sarah Gardner, who is the daughter of Michael Gardner, Lehighton, and is a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School.

Ÿ Frank Hall who is the son of Frank Hall and Theresa Hall, Palmerton, and is a graduate of Palmerton Area High School.

A student earns dean's list recognition for achieving a 3.25 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Veteran dies in homicide/ suicide

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
TIMES NEWS file photo Army SPC Robert Kislow (right) receives the keys to his home during a ceremony in 2011.
TIMES NEWS file photo Army SPC Robert Kislow (right) receives the keys to his home during a ceremony in 2011.

An Afghanistan War vet is dead after his role in a homicide/suicide inside the custom home built for his family in Danielsville.

Authorities say Robert Kislow III, 27, shot and killed his fiancee's mother and then turned the handgun on himself just before midnight on Monday in the home he shared with her and his family at 3001 Delps Road, Moore Township.

A 2004 graduate of Northampton Area High School, Kislow shot and killed Michelle Snyder, 44. Snyder's death was ruled a homicide, while Kislow's death was ruled a suicide.

Carbon County court news

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees have been signed by the county court.

Paul George Sherbine, 695 Firehouse Rd., Palmerton, from Valerie Gail Sherbine, 9376 Laandis Lane, East Greenville.

Jared Reitz, 33 S. Tippets Rd., Nesquehoning, from Jessica Reitz, 61 W. High St., Nesquehoning.

Theresa A. Fronheiser, 4075 Fireline Rd., Palmerton, from Shawn A. Fronheiser, 3530 Forest Inn Rd., Palmerton.

John William Neville, 179 Whitman Lane, Albrightsville, from Doreen Neville, 7 Club House Rd., Jim Thorpe.

Swimming in Weatherly

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
AP PHOTO/Hazleton standard-speaker
AP PHOTO/Hazleton standard-speaker

Fourteen-year-old Katie Miller jumps off the dock while swimming at the lake at Eurana Park in Weatherly with her friend Nalani Lowman, also 14, on Tuesday.

Vesuvio's advances to semifinals in Tournament of Champions

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

After winning the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league championship last week with three upset victories in five days, Vesuvio's continued its string of upsets in the 24th annual Catasauqua Tournament of Champions.

On Tuesday night, Vesuvio's defeated Pammer Chiropractic (the North Catasauqua summer basketball league champion) by a final score of 56-46. North Catasauqua was the defending Tournament Champion.

Schuylkill man facing child porn charges

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that the Attorney General's Child Predator Section arrested Tyler Kennedy, 29, of 601 Willow Road, Orwigsburg, and Kerry Biehl, 33, of 1150 Muhlenberg St., Reading, Berks County, for the sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

Tamaqua Blue receives Joe Plasko Memorial Trophy

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Tamaqua Blue team received the Joe Plasko Memorial Trophy after capturing the 11-12 year-old championship of the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. Tamaqua Blue capped an undefeated run through the tourney with a 14-4 victory over Lansford on Friday. Cody Scherer was the winning pitcher and also scored four runs in the title clinching win. Brady Moyer had three hits for Tamaqua while Nate Boyle and Nick Breiner added two hits each. Team members include, front row, from left, Nate Boyle, Brayden Knoblauch, Pat Burns, Michael Bonetsky and Cody Hamm.

A smiling president

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

Enjoying himself between fair events is Schuylkill County Fair President Paul Kennedy, who is volunteering his second year in office.

On this date

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31, 1964

Dianna Schmick, Lehighton, was one of the recipients of scholarships presented last night for the Allentown-Reading district of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

A graduate of Lehighton Area High School, she plans to attend Kutztown State College.

David Gingold, vice president and director of the Northeast Division of the ILGWU, presented the awards, each for $250.

Her mother is a member of Local 111, based in Allentown.

Head-on crash nets injury in Schuylkill

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

One person was injured in a head-on crash at 6:39 p.m. July 16 on Panther Valley Road in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said Jodi L. Spotts, 43, of Pottsville, was hurt and taken to the Schuylkill Medical Center-E. Norwegian St., Pottsville, for treatment of injuries.

Here's your new favorite way to enjoy zucchini

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Slice zucchini and onion thinly, then sauté in 2 tablespoons of oil.
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Slice zucchini and onion thinly, then sauté in 2 tablespoons of oil.

By now, I bet anyone with a garden has zucchini coming out of their ears or at least close to it.

There are lots of recipes for that bumper crop, but this one is my absolute favorite. It's a dish my mother used to make, and I have made for years.

Sautéing caramelizes the zucchini and the onion, giving it a certain sweetness, which is enhanced by a pinch of salt and a little bit of heat from the pepper. This dish is a pleasing combo for all your taste buds.

It can be served as both a side dish or a main dish.

Nesquehoning citations issued

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Nesquehoning police officer Steven Homanko reported issuing the following citations on July 25.

Austin Gladd, of Coaldale, cited for going 47 miles-per-hour in a 25 zone; Bekim Mehmeti, of Lansford, failing to stop at a red traffic signal; and Bernard Utrata Jr., of Lehighton, cited for failing to stop for a red traffic signal.

Airman deploys to South Korea

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Hodge
Hodge

Airman Shawn Hodge, son of Colleen Hodge, Junedale and Michael Hodge of Tamaqua, respectfully has deployed to Asan, South Korea.

He has completed six years of a twelve-year enlistment and previously served six months in Iraq.

Hodge holds various medals, employed by Ammunitions Control and also holds a military vehicle license.

He is currently in flight training and will also resume his studies in criminal justice.

His family prayerfully awaits his homecoming.

Domestic incident leads to arrest

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A domestic incident led to the arrest of a Schuylkill County man.

State police at Frackville said Robert James Barlow, of Girardville, and a female, who troopers declined to identify, were traveling along Schaeffers Hill Road, in the area of Branch Road, in Cass Townshihp, where he began to yell at the female.

Troopers said Barlow stopped the vehicle and allegedly grabbed the female by the face and neck. He was charged with harassment.

Pulling for better records

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jake Frye of New Ringgold pulls his diesel Ford F250 Super Duty a competitive distance of 332.49 feet.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jake Frye of New Ringgold pulls his diesel Ford F250 Super Duty a competitive distance of 332.49 feet.

A big attraction at the Schuylkill County Fair is its competitive truck pulls. Organizers said truck pull participants came as far away as New York, Ontario and Colorado.

Health Fair conducted at Village at Palmerton

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Andrea Kimble, of Northampton, looks over material that was available as part of the Health Fair held recently at the Village at Palmerton. Also pictured are (l-r) Mary Lou McGeehan, Catherine Miller, and Nancy Matyas.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Andrea Kimble, of Northampton, looks over material that was available as part of the Health Fair held recently at the Village at Palmerton. Also pictured are (l-r) Mary Lou McGeehan, Catherine Miller, and Nancy Matyas.

An individual is only as good as their health.

Seniors in search of a healthy lifestyle were fortunate to have a wealth of information at their disposal during a recent Health Fair held at the Village at Palmerton.

Visitors were able to choose from blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening, blood glucose screening, depression screening, diabetic foot checks, pulse oximetry, and other services.

Andrea Kimble, of Northampton, opted to have a blood pressure screening.