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September 2013

Palmerton flag retirement program held

Monday, September 30, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 41 carry old and tattered flags that were distributed to members of the Palmerton United Veterans Organization during a Flag Retirement Ceremony held Saturday in the borough park.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 41 carry old and tattered flags that were distributed to members of the Palmerton United Veterans Organization during a Flag Retirement Ceremony held Saturday in the borough park.

It was out with the old, and in with the new, during a Flag Retirement Ceremony in Palmerton.

The Palmerton United Veterans Organization, in association with Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 41, held the event Saturday in the borough park.

Ed Moyer, Commander, American Legion Post 269 of Palmerton, welcomed the scant crowd in attendance, and said the ceremony was a dignified disposal of unserviceable flags.

"I'd like to thank everybody for coming out today," Moyer said. "[The purpose of the ceremony] is the respectful retirement of worn out colors of our flag."

The Summit Fall Fest to be held October 5

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Fest, a festival for the whole family, will be hosted by The Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing & Rehabilitation Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, in the parking lot at The Summit, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

A flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. For information on the flea market, or to reserve a space, call (610) 377-7206.

A Little Miss Summit/Little Mr. Summit and Jr. Miss Summit/Jr. Mr. Summit Pageant will be held at 10 a.m.

Set for trial, Brockton woman enters plea, gets prison term

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Brockton woman, one of 15 defendants who have been in the Schuylkill County prison because they couldn't raise bail, decided to plead guilty to the criminal charges instead of going to trial and was sentenced in the Judge James P. Goodman as follows:

Leann Irene Baddick, 33, of 320 Valley St., pleaded guilty to theft of a vehicle owned by Elizabeth Zaprazny, Summer Valley Road, East Brunswick Township, and was sentenced to serve three to 23 months in the county prison with credit for serving 96 days.

Lions honor Irvin H. Miller in American flag program

Monday, September 30, 2013

Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected earlier this year as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

As the program continues this week, Summit Hill resident Irvin H. Miller, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, will be honored.

Canvas of color set to begin

Monday, September 30, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NWES
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NWES

Peak fall foliage season is still a few weeks away, but local mountains hint at a canvas of color as seen here Sunday afternoon at historic Winding Trail Farm on Crossover Road near Lehighton.

Break-ins probed

Monday, September 30, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating burglaries in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Ric's Service Station, 542 Port Carbon-Saint Clair Highway, East Norwegian Township, was entered through an unsecured door. Taken were numerous tools from the garage area. The listed victims are Ricardo Marks Jr., 37, of Port Carbon, and Roger Hoagland Jr., 39, of Pottsville. The incident occurred sometime between Sept. 20-24.

Tumble with Denise competed in State Games of America

Monday, September 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Tumble With Denise, Inc. earned 40 metals to help the state reach the highest honors in "The State Games of America" Competition in Hershey.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Tumble With Denise, Inc. earned 40 metals to help the state reach the highest honors in "The State Games of America" Competition in Hershey.

Thirty-one members of Tumble With Denise, Inc. recently competed in "The State Games of America" Competition in Hershey. There were over 10,000 athletes representing 27 sports competing that weekend in Hershey. Pennsylvania dominated the entire competition winning 471 medals.

Tumble With Denise Gymnastics earned 40 of the medals (12 gold medals) to help the state reach the highest honors.

The following Tumble With Denise Gymnasts earned medals:

Pawstock a 'furry' fine event

Monday, September 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Medal winner Wearing a red lobster costume, Tin Tin, smiles after receiving a medal during Pawstock, held Sunday by the Coaldale VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Tin Tin, part pitbull and dachshund, is cared for by Jackie Babinetz of Coaldale.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Medal winner Wearing a red lobster costume, Tin Tin, smiles after receiving a medal during Pawstock, held Sunday by the Coaldale VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Tin Tin, part pitbull and dachshund, is cared for by Jackie Babinetz of Coaldale.

Walnutport woman cited in Lehigh

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Walnutport woman was cited for an incident in Lehigh County.

Upper Macungie Township police said Kayla Billman, 22, was cited for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct for an incident at 7607 Hamilton Blvd., in Trexlertown.

Police allege that Billman physically ripped off both side-view mirrors from the vehicle of Arielle Wendling, 19, of Breinigsville.

Injured in Mahoning crash

Monday, September 30, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A Mahoning Township woman sustained head injuries during accident shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday on Route 443 at Normal Square in Mahoning Township. The woman was reportedly operating this car which ran into the rear of a tractor-trailer, owned by New England Motor Freight. The rig sustained minor damage. The female in the car was transported by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. Mahoning Valley Fire Company, Mahoning Valley Ambulance, Lehighton Ambulance, Mahoning Fire Police, and Mahoning Police responded. The driver's name was not available this morning.

Train enthusiasts

Monday, September 30, 2013
Chris kulp/special to the times news @Caption Stand Alone:Enjoying model train show The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society Presents the 37th Annual Railroadiana & Model Railroad Show & Sale at Dieruff High School, Allentown. Drew Snowberger, Normal Square, Mahoning Township, hecks out the Lehigh Valley Chapter NRHS Children's Lionel Layout
Chris kulp/special to the times news @Caption Stand Alone:Enjoying model train show The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society Presents the 37th Annual Railroadiana & Model Railroad Show & Sale at Dieruff High School, Allentown. Drew Snowberger, Normal Square, Mahoning Township, hecks out the Lehigh Valley Chapter NRHS Children's Lionel Layout

Jim Gilmore, left, and John Smolczynski, both of Jim Thorpe, enjoy attractions at Railroadiana and Model Train Show in Allentown, sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, Saturday. Smolczynski is a train engineer.

Lansford woman charged with DUI, careless driving

Monday, September 30, 2013

Emily Hoehne, 23, of 117 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place at 1:55 a.m. July 31 at Centre and Bertsch streets in the borough. Hoehne is charged with two counts of driving under the influence and careless driving.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick and Officer Joshua Tom responded to a report of an erratic driver at that time in the area of Springgarden and East Ridge streets.

Arrest warrant issued for Lansford woman

Monday, September 30, 2013
Alexis Goldberg
Alexis Goldberg

Lansford police have issued a felony warrant for Alexis Goldberg, 23, of 254 3rd St., Coaldale, as a result of an incident which took place on Aug. 14 at Boyer's Market. Goldberg is charged with retail theft.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact police at (570) 645-5844.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, at about 12:30 p.m. that afternoon, Lansford Officer Brian Horos was called to Boyer's Market for a retail theft.

Annual Pink Light Walk set Oct. 1 in Lehighton

Monday, September 30, 2013

To promote breast cancer awareness, Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will sponsor its eighth Pink Light Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., warm up is at 6:30 p.m., with the walk to follow.

Participants will be walking from the Lehighton Recreation Center to the Lehighton Amphitheatre and back.

All those participating are asked to wear a pink shirt to increase awareness of breast cancer.

Angela Mims of Milford, two-time cancer survivor, will be the speaker for the event.

Slatington arrest

Monday, September 30, 2013

Slatington police reported the arrest of a Breinigsville man.

Police said about 6:57 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, they were called for a disturbance at 1072 Main St. As a result of an investigation Adam S. Harrison, 30, of 1020 Kay Way, was cited for persistent disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Lansford man charged by police with escape

Monday, September 30, 2013
Travis P. Johnson
Travis P. Johnson

Travis P. Johnson, 23, of 43 Leisenring St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on Sept. 26 at 533 E. Patterson St.

Johnson is charged with escape.

He was taken to Carbon County Correctional Facility, Nesquehoning, before being arraigned Thursday morning.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

The ageless wonder

Monday, September 30, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Karate Master Stephen Meining, 4th Dan Black Belt, of Lower Towamensing Township, proudly displays the medals he won in the Senior Elite Advanced Division at the national State Games of America Karate Tournament.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Karate Master Stephen Meining, 4th Dan Black Belt, of Lower Towamensing Township, proudly displays the medals he won in the Senior Elite Advanced Division at the national State Games of America Karate Tournament.

Meining continues to find enjoyment, success in martial arts

At a stage in life when many of his contemporaries have begun to slow down, Karate Master Stephen Meining continues to prove that age is only a number.

Over four decades after he first got the martial arts bug, Meining, a 4th Dan Black Belt, of Lower Towamensing Township, continues to amass one impressive feat after another.

Further proof of that was evident when Meining, 66, won a Gold Medal in the Weapon's competition in the Senior Elite Advanced Division at the national State Games of America Karate Tournament held recently in Harrisburg.

A 'special' contribution

Monday, September 30, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Attending a special program by the Carbon County Special Olympics at bocce ball courts in Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton, Sunday, are, l-r, Maureen Foster, president of the Carbon County Special Olympics; Jake McGeehan of Penn Forest Township, who constructed the bocce courts as an Eagle Scouts project, and Jake's mother, Robin McGeehan. The program was held to honor McGeehan for his contribution to the Special Olympics. Foster was also recognized for being named the Special Olympics "Manager of the Year" for Pennsylvania.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Attending a special program by the Carbon County Special Olympics at bocce ball courts in Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton, Sunday, are, l-r, Maureen Foster, president of the Carbon County Special Olympics; Jake McGeehan of Penn Forest Township, who constructed the bocce courts as an Eagle Scouts project, and Jake's mother, Robin McGeehan. The program was held to honor McGeehan for his contribution to the Special Olympics. Foster was also recognized for being named the Special Olympics "Manager of the Year" for Pennsylvania.

Penn Forest teen honored for constructing bocce courts

The Carbon County Special Olympics yesterday honored a Penn Forest Township teen for constructing bocce courts in Lehighton for their competitive games.

Jake McGeehan, a senior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, was recognized during a ceremony at Baer Memorial Park, held on the bocce ball courts that he built.

McGeehan, the son of Jack and Robin McGeehan, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 555 of Penn Forest and built the courts as an Eagle Scout project.

Recognized, too, were members of his Scout troop and other individuals who assisted him with the project.

Two cited for Schuylkill incident

Monday, September 30, 2013

Two men were cited following an incident in the village of Cumbola, Blythe Township, Schuylkill County, that occurred about 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27.

State police at Frackville said Thomas Edward Grady, 68, of Pottsville, and Marc Anthony Greenaway, 26, of New Philadelphia, began arguing at the stated location. At some point the argument escalated and became physical. Both men shoved and punched each other. Greenaway then left the scene.

Both were cited for harassment, troopers said.

Nice lesson

Monday, September 30, 2013

Utah high school coach got the team's attention

It was a memorable week for members of one Utah high school football team and it had everything to do with learning a life lesson and not on but off the field.

Leading into the team's Friday night game 10 days ago, head coach Matt Labrum learned that some players had cyberbullied a classmate. Because the site Ask.fm. allows users to remain anonymous, Labrum wasn't sure which players were involved.

Man who committed robbery among 15 to enter guilty pleas

Monday, September 30, 2013

Several area residents were among 15 defendants who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court and where sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes as follows:

Roosevelt Warden, 45, of 400 N. Pine St., Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to robbery at knife point on street in front of Freddy's Pub, Tamaqua, was sentenced to serve three to six years in a state correctional facility with credit of serving 346 days in the county prison and pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). Warden was cited by Cpl. Henry Woods.

Bears capture Red Rover V-ball Classic

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Pleasant Valley volleyball team captured its second tournament championship of the season, winning the Easton Red Rover Classic on Saturday. Earlier this month, the Bears won their own tournament.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Lehighton, Pleasant Valley, Panther Valley at Easton Red Rover Classic

Pleasant Valley pulled off a tournament championship at the 11th Annual Easton Rover Classic.

Slatington driver in Lehigh crash

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Slatington driver was involved in a two vehicle crash in Lehigh County in which he was cited. State police at Fogelsville said the accident occurred about 10:56 p.m. on Sept. 26 along Windy Road, in Lowhill Township.

Troopers said James H. Williams, 50, of Slatington, was driving a 2004 Pontiac GT northbound and negotiating a uphill right curve while Abdulkader Namous, 55, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was driving a 1999 Subaru Outback southbound, negotiating the same curve while traveling downhill.

Attempted robbery at Pilot Truck Stop

Monday, September 30, 2013

An attempted armed robbery occurred early today in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred at the Pilot Truck Stop, located at 482 Suedburg Road (SR443), in Pine Grove Township.

Troopers said three individuals entered the truck stop and forced a clerk to the ground. While one of the suspects held a gun to the head of the clerk the other two attempted to access a safe and cash register but were unsuccessful.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center announces blood drives

Monday, September 30, 2013

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives.

Sunday, Oct. 6, 7 a.m. to noon, Parryville Volunteer Fire Co #2, 359 Main Street, Parryville. Call (484) 560-0470.

Monday, Oct. 7, 2 to 5 p.m., Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services, 1022 Blakeslee Boulevard, Lehighton. Call (610) 377-5845.

Friday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northern Lehigh High School, One Bulldog Lane, Slatington. Call (610) 767-9832.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ryan Township Fire Hall, 945 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville. Call (570) 225-5364.

The alarming news about pollinators

Monday, September 30, 2013

The alarming news about the decline in our honey bee population has spurred agricultural extension specialists around the country to take a hard look at how our native wild pollinators are faring. It seems to many that we are seeing fewer pollinating insects in our area, and researchers at Penn State are providing the science that verifies that opinion.

In a recent email inviting local Master Gardeners to "The Great Insect Fair" held annually at Penn State, urban entomologist Steven Jacobs included this note.

ON THIS DATE

Monday, September 30, 2013

September 30, 1955 Tamaqua's defense pitches a shutout and also accounts for one of the team's two touchdowns in a 13-0 win over Coaldale. The Blue Raiders, coached by Dick Jones, limit their opponent to just 40 yards rushing on 29 carries and force four turnovers. One of the takeaways is an interception by Bob Gerber, who races 62 yards to the end zone. Jack Zeigler tallies the game's first TD when he breaks free for a 52-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

Lansford Alive! stages annual fall cleanup

Monday, September 30, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Alive! member Donna Valent picks up bits of glass near the monument at Kennedy Park.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Alive! member Donna Valent picks up bits of glass near the monument at Kennedy Park.

Lansford Alive! held its annual fall cleanup throughout the borough on Saturday. Group trustee Bob Dobosh said that about 15 volunteers raked leaves and picked up debris to make the town prettier for the autumn season.

The workers included the Swan family of Coaldale mother Nina, and her sons Chance, 9, and Joseph, 14.

Nina Swan said the family decided to join the effort after seeing a flier posted at Boyer's Market in Lansford.

"They all go to the same school district, Panther Valley, so we should all pitch in no matter which town it is," she said.

Father, daughter died in I-81 crash

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Cumberland County man and his daughter were killed in a one vehicle crash on Saturday along Intestate 81 in Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the crash occurred about 10:50 a.m. in the Butler Township.

Troopers identified the victims as Alberto Hernandez, 42, and his 11 month old daughter, Anastacia Marie-Carman Hernandez, both of Mechanicsburg.

Troopers said Hernandez was operating a 2007 Suzuki Forenza northbound when he lost control of the vehicle. The Forenza went onto the west berm and struck a tree.

Benefit raises funds for Quakake couple

Monday, September 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during Saturday's event are, l-r, benefit organizer Judi Musselman, Bud Musselman, Jack Kulp and Terry Rex.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during Saturday's event are, l-r, benefit organizer Judi Musselman, Bud Musselman, Jack Kulp and Terry Rex.

Wife has cancer, husband suffers from burns

Friends and family members of Stacey Rex-Bennett and her husband James "Jim" Bennett, both of Quakake, came together over the weekend to hold two events as part of the three-event Stompin' For Stretch benefit.

Stacey is struggling with cancer, while Jim remains in the hospital after receiving a serious burn at work.

Both are the parents of two children, Breanna and Brendan.

Free seminar on scams and fraud

Monday, September 30, 2013

A representative from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General will present a free seminar on rip-offs, fraud, scams and cons on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nesquehoning Recreation Center.

The seminar is geared toward senior citizens but is applicable to everyone and is open to the public.