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August 2013

A series of runs/walks by St. Luke's Network

Saturday, August 31, 2013

St. Luke's University Health Network is sponsoring a series of runs/walks this fall in an effort to "build a healthier community - one mile at a time."

The series of runs/walks and fitness events will be held in September and October. Each event will have a specific purpose, from honoring trauma patients to raising funds for men's cancer and local children's programs to increasing fitness and improving health in the community.

The mileage of the runs/walks will count toward the "Get Your Tail on the Trail Program" and the 1645 Mile Challenge (www.tailon the

Accident in Palmerton

Saturday, August 31, 2013

This Pontiac Grand Prix, operated by Anna Rehrig, 41, of Palmerton, was traveling at a high rate of speed east on Lafayette Avenue at around 11:29 a.m. Friday when it lost control and went off the roadway, sideswiping one tree, and continuing east where it sideswiped more trees, climbed a bank, and sheered off the telephone pole. The driver, who complained of head pain and dizziness, was transported to Palmerton Hospital. Also assisting at the scene was the Palmerton Police Department.

Carbon to receive decrease in drug and alcohol funding

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Carbon County will receive 3 percent less in state and federal funding next year for drug and alcohol programs.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the commissioners discussed a piece of correspondence from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs about the Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funds.

Carbon County will receive $521,615 for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 fiscal years. That is $15,776 less than originally allocated.

No Header!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Department of Environmental Protection announced that the deadline for Pennsylvania small-business owners to apply for DEP's Small Business Advantage Grants has been extended to Tuesday, Oct. 8. The deadline has been extended to ensure that as many small businesses as possible can benefit from this worthwhile opportunity.

Businesses can apply for 50-percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures.

Irish out to prove 2012 no fluke

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Was 2012 a fluke? Was Notre Dame just lucky and a team that had all the breaks fall their way en route to a regular season 12-0 record.

There is no dispute that the Irish were on the right end of many breaks during the season. Some say good teams make their own breaks. But it was a season that had just about everything go the Irish way.

Caution urged on Route 61

Saturday, August 31, 2013

HAMBURG Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) and state representatives Jerry Knowles (R-124) and Mike Tobash (R-125) urged motorists to use caution and be patient during much-needed upgrades to portions of Route 61 in Berks and Schuylkill counties.

"It is extremely important for motorists to be careful when traveling through the stretch of Route 61 that is currently under construction by PennDOT," Argall said. "Cautious, defensive driving in these construction zones will go a long way toward avoiding a serious accident."

'Farm of the Year'

Saturday, August 31, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Beth Leiby, right, of Leiby's Farm Market, Lewistown Valley, assists shopper Kathy Simmons, Tamaqua, in selecting choice fruits and vegetables Tuesday in Tamaqua. Leiby's Farm Market has been named the Schuylkill Conservation District Farm of the Year.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Beth Leiby, right, of Leiby's Farm Market, Lewistown Valley, assists shopper Kathy Simmons, Tamaqua, in selecting choice fruits and vegetables Tuesday in Tamaqua. Leiby's Farm Market has been named the Schuylkill Conservation District Farm of the Year.

Leiby's earns top honor in Schuylkill County

Leiby's Farm Market, Lewistown Valley, has been named the prestigious 2013 Schuylkill Conservation District Farm of the Year.

The award honors a farm that observes best practices in various areas including pest management, no-till farming and other techniques.

Finding answers on Slovak churches

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Here are the questions Slovakian college student Michaela Luterancikova asks for her master's thesis on Slovak churches in northeastern Pennsylvania:

1. When did your ancestors come to the USA? Do you know the place in Slovakia they came from?

2. Why was the establishment of the national churches important for immigrants?

3. What were the fundamentals of the national churches in the past? Do you think that these fundamentals (liturgy, services) have been adhered to in the present Slovak churches?

Tamaqua man charged with theft in Mahoning; jailed after arraignment

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Alexander Modawar
Alexander Modawar

Mahoning Township Police charged Alexander Modawar, 33, of Tamaqua, with retail theft.

Police reported that Modawar was at Radio Shack on Route 443 in Mahoning Township on Aug. 30 when he fled the area in a Jeep Wrangler.

When he was stopped by police, he had two stolen hand-held radio scanners valued at $699.98, according to the police.

Records showed that Modawar had three prior retail theft convictions. As a result, he was charged as a felony offense.

Movies all night tonight at Becky's Drive-In

Saturday, August 31, 2013

In what is continuing as a Labor Day Weekend tradition, Becky's Drive-In Theater in Berlinsville will be showing films all night tonight.

Cindy Deppe, manager, ssaid breakfast will be served in the morning.

Special tie-dyed shirts will be available for purchase.

There will be pony rides, moon bounce, and trackless fire engine rides before the features begin

The gates open at 6 pm,

The refreshment stands will be opened all night serving funnel cake, hot food, soda, candy, popcorn.

Films, which will be shown on two screens, are:

Jim Thorpe in competition for 'most fun small town' status

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Deadline for on-line voting is Sept. 3; winners will be named in Oct.

The town of Jim Thorpe is being featured on the Best of the Road 2013 Contest with Rand McNally.

Jim Thorpe is competing for the "most fun small town in America." The contest is taking place online at

Jim Thorpe was featured last year in the contest and was a finalist for the "most beautiful small town in America."

There are a few days left and voting will run until Sept. 3.

Nazareth tops PV

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Over the past couple seasons the Nazareth and Pleasant Valley openers have been good ole' fashioned shootouts.

There was a combined 78 points scored between the two team's a year ago, but this time around offense was not easy to come by. Both teams didn't look comfortable early, but it was Nazareth that found some consistency on offense and also put in a solid defensive effort, taming the Bears for a 31-9 victory.

'Economic potential' of heritage corridor is topic of program

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Business owners in search of ways to maximize the economic potential of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor could be in luck.

A presentation that will offer tips to "Learn How You Can Maximize the Economic Potential of the Trail" will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Slatington Trailhead Pavilion in Slatington.

Registration is at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and the program from noon to 1 p.m.

Tribe, Bears get soccer wins

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Linda Rothrock/special to the times news Northern Lehigh’s Nate Czarnecki (4) and Catasauqua’s Nicholas Rossnagle race to gain possession of the ball.
Linda Rothrock/special to the times news Northern Lehigh’s Nate Czarnecki (4) and Catasauqua’s Nicholas Rossnagle race to gain possession of the ball.

Lehighton and Pleasant Valley posted shutout victories in boys soccer to highlight Friday's scholastic sports action.



Anthony Rossino had a hat trick to spark Lehighton to a 7-0 non-conference win over visiting Hazleton.

Zach Christoff recorded a goal and an assist for the Indians. Drake Didyoung, Frank Bokan and Anthony Farano added single scores. Dan Baka and Cole Christman both notched two assists.

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Just callme crotchety

Saturday, August 31, 2013

It's raining. Again.

Which makes me about as crotchety as Clint Eastwood in his latest movie "Trouble With the Curve."

Whine. Whine.

Which means another day I won't be in the pool. Summer is winding down to a few precious few. When Harry sees the calendar say Sept. 1, he's ready to shut the pool down. I'm always hopeful that summer will extend herself for a couple of weeks to give me a little more time to splish and splash.

There are other ways I can tell summer is coming to an end.

Lehighton controls Marian

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Lehighton controls Marian
Copyright 2013

Controlling the line of scrimmage leads to long drives.

Long drives often result in scoring touchdowns.

And scoring touchdowns brings about victories.

On Friday in Hometown, that obvious formula worked to perfection for Lehighton as it opened the season with a solid 27-14 non-league win over Marian.

We need to come together

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dear Editor:

I've just read the EXCELLENT letter from Mr. Gangwer, Weatherly! TIMES NEWS, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

I must comment you for printing it, and compliment Mr. Gangwer on the writing of it.

Finally! Someone with true Patriotic steadfastness, nerve and wisdom to speak the truth about what is needed for our dear nation.

I might only add that all our Christian/Jewish leaders need to open their eyes and hearts and minds to come together for the sake of the United States of America, as we once knew it.

Guilty pleas

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Admit robbing several local businesses

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that two former New Jersey residents pleaded guilty yesterday before Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick and admitted to participating in multiple armed robberies of stores and businesses located in Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Carbon counties between December 2011 and February 2012.

Why reading is so important to me

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The sad fact is that people do not read as much as they once did. In our fast-paced world, reading takes time, concentration and commitment. Although it pays rich rewards, many choose shortcuts. The proliferation of social media has taken a significant toll on the idea that a person can enjoy reading.

Where does the love and joy of reading come from?

In my case, it was fired up by my immigrant mother, who never missed an opportunity to tell me what reading and learning would mean to me.

August 31, 1973

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mary Ann Lawson recently participated in a twirling contest at the Shippensburg State Fair and copped six awards out of six categories. They were two first place awards, three second place and one third place.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lawson, she is a freshman at Panther Valley High School and featured twirler of the varsity band.

She entertained on Sunday at the Panther Valley Chamber of Commerce picnic. Her routine drew much applause.

Pie baking champions

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The winners of the Pillsbury Pie Baking Championship held at The 2013 Great Allentown Fair were, l-r, Amy Gress of Danielsville, fourth place; Marie White of Lehighton, third place; Michelle Argust of Tamaqua, second place, and Eva Seibert (standing in for her mother is Krista) of Salisbury Township won first place in the dessert pie category. Debra Lilly of Bethlehem won first place in the savory pie category.

A 400,000-pound test run

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Historic locomotive #425 passes through Tamaqua at 1 p.m. Friday on a test run to Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton after two years of repairs and restoration. It was built on Jan. 16, 1928, by Baldwin Locomotive Works of Eddystone, Pa., and today is owned by Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad. The engine and tender tip the scales at almost 400,000 pounds. The steam engine reportedly will return to the railroad's Port Clinton headquarters Sunday.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

August 31, 1979 Ed Shubeck throws three touchdown passes and runs for another score to help Panther Valley open its season with a 42-12 victory over Lehighton. Shubeck hooks up with Dave Bonner on TD tosses of 16 and 30 yards and also hits Tom Lutz with a 23-yard scoring strike. Shubeck adds a 64-yard touchdown scamper while Bonner scores a third TD on a 60-yard interception return. The Panthers, coached by Trevor Lawrence, also receive 216 yards rushing from Dave Slonaker. One's of Slonaker's runs goes for a 97-yard touchdown.

Jay Smarr performs at Tamaqua Summer Concert Series

Friday, August 30, 2013

Jim Thorpe news

Friday, August 30, 2013

Smoke detectors

With the fall and winter seasons approaching, Jim Thorpe Fire Chief Bill Diehm would like the residents of Jim Thorpe to check their smoke detectors, to make sure they are in working order. He also stated that he has smoke detectors for any resident of the community, not commercial businesses, who may need one. Please contact Diehm at (570) 325-3890.

Celebration-dedication service


Friday, August 30, 2013

August 30, 1996 Sam Frame carries 18 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns to help Northern Lehigh gain a 34-18 Colonial League win over Notre Dame. Frame, who also reached the end zone on a fumble return, scores on runs of four, 55 and two yards. The Bulldogs, coached by Jim Tkach, collect 311 of their 316 yards on the ground with Mike Mike Lilly also contributing 98 on 21 attempts. The five Nolehi yards through the air result in a touchdown pass from P.J. Snyder to Jeff Rink.

Tamaqua, Northwestern, Marian get golf wins

Friday, August 30, 2013

Tamaqua, Northwestern and Marian picked up golf victories on Thursday.


Tamaqua-Jim Thorpe

In a Schuylkill League Division I match-up at Villas Crossings, Tamaqua posted a 349-370 victory over Jim Thorpe.

The Blue Raiders' Mike Weinert scored medalist honors with a 77.

Brett Luciana paced the Olympians with a team low 85.


Mike Weinert 77, Derek Cinicola 88, Anthony Lewis 91, Nate McDonald 92


Brett Luciana 85, Alex Heydt 94, Luke Eggert 94, James Marks 97

Tamaqua tickets

Friday, August 30, 2013

Tamaqua Police have issued the following citations this week: 13 speeding violations; two non-traffic tickets for fighting; and one failure to obey a traffic control device.

Charges filed against man, 69, shot by police

Friday, August 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS State police Trooper David Beohm talks to media during a press conference held yesterday outside the Frackville State Police barracks concerning an incident that resulted in a police officer shooting a 69-year-old man during a high-speed chase, which ended in Mahanoy Township.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS State police Trooper David Beohm talks to media during a press conference held yesterday outside the Frackville State Police barracks concerning an incident that resulted in a police officer shooting a 69-year-old man during a high-speed chase, which ended in Mahanoy Township.

State police in Frackville announced yesterday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a 69-year-old man shot by police during a high-speed chase through Schuylkill County.

John A. Pino, Shenandoah, currently a patient at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, was shot by St. Clair Police Chief Michael Carey after a 90-mile-per-hour chase that stretched over a dozen miles from St. Clair to Barnesville, and ended in Mahanoy Township.

Harassment charges filed

Friday, August 30, 2013

A Tamaqua man has been cited following an altercation with his father on Wednesday.

William George Manness Sr., 55, of 326 W. Rowe St., Tamaqua, told police he was involved in an argument with his son, William George Manness Jr., 32, around noon on that day, when the younger man struck him twice.

The son was cited for harassment.

Inmate allegedly issues violent threats in letters

Friday, August 30, 2013

A Lansford man has reportedly threatened a borough police detective and several other borough residents with violent acts, including rape.

Charged was John Provisiero, 20, who is currently an inmate in the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

Provisiero has been charged with terroristic threats, harassment, and stalking, stemming from an incident that happened on May 15.

He will remain in Carbon County Prison, where he is serving time on other, unrelated charges.