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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.

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.

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.

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.

Airman deploys to South Korea

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.