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May 2014

Single lane on Route 209 McCall Bridge starting June 6

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced the next phase of construction will begin on Friday, June 6 on the project to rehabilitate the structurally deficient US 209 Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge over the Lehigh River, Lehigh Canal and Norfolk Southern rail line in Franklin Township, Lehighton and Weissport boroughs, Carbon County.

Beginning on June 6, the southbound lanes of the US 209 Thomas J. McCall Bridge will be closed, with southbound traffic being detoured on Canal and Bridge streets. US 209 will be open with a single traffic lane northbound.

Drunken driving cases heard in court

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a county prison term after previously pleading to a driving under the influence charge, while other defendants charged with drunken driving entered guilty pleas.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II presided.

Barracks' incident

Rebecca Ann Urban, 46, of Lehighton, was sentenced on charges of DUI and driving while under suspension-DUI related.

Neighborhood Watch plans National Night Out on Aug. 5

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nesquehoning wants criminals to know that the borough is fighting back against crime.

During the borough council meeting on Wednesday, Nesquehoning Mayor Samuel Kitchko said that the Neighborhood Watch group has registered the borough for the National Night Out campaign on Aug. 5.

National Night Out is a "lights on" campaign held in over 16,124 communities across the country as a way to teach residents and build relationships between the community and police officers, as well as deter crime. Locally, Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua participate in the annual event.

Nesquehoning citations issued

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nesquehoning police reported on the following citations issued.

Officer Robert Blisard issued three speeding citations on May 26: one at Route 54 and Tippets Road, 64 mph in a 40 zone; two at routes 209 and 93, 56 in a 40 zone, and 57 in a 40 zone.

He also issued a citation for an incident on Route 209 between Jim Thorpe and Nesquehoning on May 26.

Officer Timothy Wuttke issued a citation on April 20 at Ratcliff Street and Route 209 for an expired registration plate.

Letter to Argall and Knowles corrected

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Editor's note: We are reprinting this letter because some information was typed incorrectly in the Saturday, May 24, edition.

Dear Editor,

Mr. Argall and Mr. Knowles want to do away with the property tax. They want to replace it with a sales tax at a higher rate.

I am asking them to post in the local newspaper everything that is going to be taxed. I mean everything. Ninety to 95 percent of what you purchase under bill number 76 is going to be taxed.

Commencement in Tamaqua

Saturday, May 31, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Commencement in Tamaqua Tamaqua Area High School Principal Stephen Toth is flanked by, left, Salutatorian Tyler Ruch and right, Valedictorian Jared Sharpe. Commencement was held Friday at the school. A full article on the commencement will be appear in a special tab in the Times News on Thursday, June 26.

Supervisor appointed to planning commission

Saturday, May 31, 2014

At the Eldred Township May meeting, Vice Chairman Mary Ann Clausen announced that Supervisor and secretary Sharon Solt has been appointed to the Monroe County Planning Commission Executive Board to represent the township and the West End municipalities.

Need for newalarm company

Two Mahoning residents facing drug charges

Saturday, May 31, 2014
David Smith
David Smith

Two Mahoning Township residents are facing drug related charges as a result of an incident on Friday.

Police said that at 11:52 a.m., on Route 443, a Ford Ranger traveling east on pulled into the path of a Mahoning Township Police Department SUV.

The vehicle then turned onto Mall Road into the path of an oncoming westbound midsize pickup. The pickup was forced to brake and swerve as a result.

Eldred passes Zoning and SALDO amendments

Saturday, May 31, 2014

There was a public hearing among all the CJER townships held at the West End Fire Company on May 1 to consider the adoption of the 2014 Zoning and SALDO amendments, as well as the official map.

At that hearing, all three Eldred Township supervisors were present and voted unanimously for the adoption of the amendment ordinances and official map. The zoning ordinance became Ordinance 2014-1 and the SALDO Ordinance became 2014-2. Additionally, the other three townships adopted their own individual amendments.

Who are the real heroes?

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Over Memorial Day weekend, television had a lot of military movies. We enjoy watching those, especially the ones that show the events during World War II.

One of my favorite World War II movies is "The Dirty Dozen." That film makes me laugh out loud. It is the story of a bunch of misfits who are challenged to complete a perilous activity. These men are all prisoners and charged with various crimes. If they complete their task, they will be pardoned.

Another one bites the dust

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Where are all the Catholic schools?

Oh that's right, they're closing.

After 128 years of providing a Catholic education, SS. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton is closing.

Parents and students learned of this in a letter sent home in the students' backpacks.

What a cowardly way to inform one of such an important decision. Questions have been asked with no answers provided by either the diocese or pastor.

No one seems to care about the students. If it's costing them (the diocese) money, close it down.

Court news

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Divorces started

David R. Sterling, 430 S. Third St., Lehighton, filed against Jillyan A. Sterling, same address. They were married Feb. 14, 2004.

Robert B. Gorski, 1082 Old Stage Rd., Albrightsville, filed against Jill R. Gorski, same address. They were married April 7, 2007.

Mikisha Acevedo 222 W. Ridge St., Lansford, filed against David J. Acevedo, 1132 N. Spring St., Apt. 2, Reading. They were married Nov. 2, 2007.

Diane L. Brong, 1807 Route 534, Albrightsville, filed against Jeffrey A. Brong, 1101 Walnut St., Freeland. They were married June 24, 2000.

Two placed in probation program for drunken driving

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Two first-time offenders were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on driving under the influence charges on Thursday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If the two successfully complete all conditions of the program, their records will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, then they will stand trial on all pending charges. They did not admit guilt in entering the program.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, May 31, 2014

May 31, 1981 A two-run triple by Karen Klotz highlights an eight-run third inning and Lehighton cruises to a 10-4 victory over East Stroudsburg in a District 11 Class AAA softball playoff game. The Indians, coached by Joel Christman, receive two hits and two RBIs from Barb German while Beth Bevington adds two hits and scores a pair of runs. Winning pitcher Beth Smith tosses a six-hitter and also contributes at the plate with a hit and two runs scored.

Businessman Katz buying Philadelphia newspapers

Saturday, May 31, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Businessman Lewis Katz and philanthropist H.G. "Gerry" Lenfest will take over Philadelphia's two largest newspapers from their partners with an $88 million auction bid.

Katz and another businessman, George Norcross, had bought The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philly.com news website for $55 million in 2012. But they began feuding and competed to take control at Tuesday's auction.

Cited for underage drinking

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nesquehoning police reported an arrest for underage drinking.

Officer Carl Breiner filed a nontraffic citation against Elijah Frey, of 221 E. Railroad St., for an incident at the borough foot bridge off Willow Lane which occurred on May 9.

What is right and what is left?

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Are you right; will you be left? Are you left; will you be right?

My thought is there are two definitions of the right and the left. One has to do with nationalism; that is, the presence of it or the lack of it. The far right would be nationalism to the point of aggression. The right would be the patriots who hold their principles in the Constitution as it is written. The left would be those who prescribe to the "one world" global philosophy.

Frozen

Saturday, May 31, 2014

While covering the Memorial Day services at Kennedy Park in Lansford on Monday, an elderly gentleman suddenly collapsed to the ground.

I turned around and watched as people rushed to his assistance.

Fortunately, two nurses happened to be among the spectators and were able to attend to him until the ambulance came (which took way too long, in my opinion).

As for me, all I could do was stand there, watch and pray.

A useful know-it-all friend

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I love the Internet with the same kind of support and appreciation I have for a good friend.

After all, the Internet is the best know-it-all friend we can have. I love the way it can spit out the information I need a second after I seek it.

What impresses me is the wide scope of knowledge at your fingertips. Ask the Internet for the most obscure information, and it will come spitting out.

MCTC introduces its 'community heroes'

Saturday, May 31, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Mauch Chunk Trust's 2014 Community Heroes, introduced at the bank's main branch in Jim Thorpe are Edward J. Moyer, left; William H. Diehm, second from left; Ralph C. Lennon, second from right, and James H. Wentz, right. Also pictured are Ida "Butts" Queen, center, and Patrick H. Reilly, third from right, CEO/President of MCT. The "heroes" were on hand Friday to meet the public and pass out "hero" sandwiches and other refreshments.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Mauch Chunk Trust's 2014 Community Heroes, introduced at the bank's main branch in Jim Thorpe are Edward J. Moyer, left; William H. Diehm, second from left; Ralph C. Lennon, second from right, and James H. Wentz, right. Also pictured are Ida "Butts" Queen, center, and Patrick H. Reilly, third from right, CEO/President of MCT. The "heroes" were on hand Friday to meet the public and pass out "hero" sandwiches and other refreshments.

Four local residents have been selected by Mauch Chunk Trust Company as "2014 Community Heroes" in recognition of their outstanding volunteer contributions.

The award recipients, nominated by community residents, will be recognized at a banquet in their honor on Wednesday, June 18, at The Mahoning Valley Country Club in Lehighton.

At that time, Mauch Chunk Trust will present each recipient with an award and a $200 donation to the charity of his or her choice.

"We're a better people"

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dear Hon. John E. Jones,

Just some feedback from a conservative Pennsylvania Dutchman up in the mountains.

I heard what you said, that "we're a better people than what these laws represent." Then, with the stroke of a pen, you extended civil rights and helped to pull Pennsylvania out of the Dark Ages. Our state now has a clearer vision of equality.

But let's face it, in a perfect world, marriage equality would've been a given.

But, you see, some influential politicians in Pennsylvania are, perhaps, not a better people.

Reader's Turn: Are you planning a vacation this summer? Where are you planning to go?

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Drew Wehr, Lehighton "Yes, the Florida Keys."
Drew Wehr, Lehighton "Yes, the Florida Keys."

On this date

Saturday, May 31, 2014

May 31, 1956

Jim Thorpe Area's Parent-Teacher Association held a meeting at the junior high school to install new officers.

Mr. Harry Pry was named president, Mrs. Leonard Houser was named vice president, Mrs. Joseph Weiss was named secretary, and Mrs. Edward Lentz was named treasurer.The installing officer was Mrs. Evelyn Sellers, a member of the board of directors.

A dinner was shared among the P.T.A., and the drama club performed two one-act plays under the direction of Miss Helene Becker.

Longtime park worker honored at MCLP

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Heather Bacsick/Special to the Times News Members of Frederick "Rick" Johnson's family attend the dedication at Mauch Chunk Lake Park recently. Back, from left, are his brother Jody Johnson and his wife, Shelley Johnson, who is holding a picture of Rick Johnson. Seated on the bench named in his honor are his son Joseph Johnson and his mother, Connie Johnson.
Heather Bacsick/Special to the Times News Members of Frederick "Rick" Johnson's family attend the dedication at Mauch Chunk Lake Park recently. Back, from left, are his brother Jody Johnson and his wife, Shelley Johnson, who is holding a picture of Rick Johnson. Seated on the bench named in his honor are his son Joseph Johnson and his mother, Connie Johnson.

Recently, family and friends came to Mauch Chunk Lake Park to remember Frederick "Rick" Johnson. A dedication was made and a bench was named in his honor. Friends and family had a chance to come together and share memories of Johnson.

Johnson, of Summit Hill, passed away two years ago.

His wife, Shelley, said that he loved the outdoors and hunting and fishing. He loved Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

"His love is all over the park. He loved to be here. He loved the people he worked with," Shelley Johnson said.

Police seek man in connection with Nesquehoning drug raid

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Barry Warner Jr.
Barry Warner Jr.

Nesquehoning Chief of Police Shawn Smith said he is seeking a second man regarding a suspected meth lab raid in the borough on Thursday.

Smith said police are trying to locate Barry Warner Jr., 33, whose last known address was in Lansford.

According to Smith, Warner no longer lives in Lansford.

"We know he's not there and we're trying to locate him for questioning," said Smith.

No charges are filed against Warner.

He is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

A day to remember

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Friday was Memorial Day, the actual Memorial Day and not the one we set aside on the last Monday of May to celebrate with a long weekend. Most people today associate Memorial Day with our veterans and soldiers, but many do not realize the true origins of the holiday weekend we enjoy as the start of summer. Let's explore this holiday and its traditions.

Social media responds to problem

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Social media companies have policies in place for dealing with cyberbullying.

"Facebook does not tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behavior directed at private individuals," said spokesman Matt Steinfeld.

Among Facebook's rules are that "you may not credibly threaten others, or organize acts of real-world violence."

No Header!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Deeds recorded

Bowmanstown

Edwin M. Savacool to Mark S. Savacool, 701 Fireline Road, Palmerton, property at 701 Fireline Road, $1.

Federal National Mortgage Association to Steven L. Hawk, 330 Bridge St., Lehighton, property at 527 White St., $67,000.

East Penn Township

Mark Gunkel to CAD Holdings LLC, Bethlehem, property at 61 Malaty Lane, $56,220.

Franklin Township

Janice J. Yale to Robyn A. Green, 526 Franklin Ave., Palmerton, property at 436 Walnut St., $1.

Jim Thorpe

ISO recipes for cookbook

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Camp cooks, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is looking for receipies.

Wild-game recipes are being collected and considered for inclusion in a new edition of the Pennsylvania Game Cookbook. Last printed in 1979, the cookbook is being brought back by popular demand, said Lori Mitchell, who heads up the Game Commission's Public Information and Media Services Division.

Let's talk turtle

Saturday, May 31, 2014

"Did you see all the turtles?" Harry asked me as we whizzed on by a pond.

"No. And I don't think you saw any either," I smart-mouthed him back. "That's just a log with knobby things on them."

Schuylkill court news

Saturday, May 31, 2014

West Penn Township:

Sheila P. Frymyer and Aaron Frymyer to Aaron Frymyer: Property at 143 Blue Mountain Drive for $1.

Tamaqua:

Bridgette L. Holland to Bridgette L. Shinton: Property at 0, 119 and 123 Lafayette St. for $1.

Jamie Turner to Joseph Yarnell: Property at 0 Cherry St. for $342.80.

Shirley Ann French, executor for the estate of John Trudich, to Peter Trudich: Property at 0 Owl Creek Road for $12,000.

Pathway Properties to Wendy L. Yuengling: Property at 501 Railroad St. for $30,000.

Rush Township: