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January 2010

Blue Mt. Health System lists new partnership

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Blue Mountain Health System is pleased to announce a partnership with Foundation Radiology Group (FRG), a premier provider of diagnostic imaging professional services located in Pittsburgh.

Foundation Radiology Group provides full-service radiology solutions for hospitals and imaging centers through a mix of on-site and tele-radiology services.

FRG features a world-class physician group, state-of-the-art technology solutions and subspecialty services including pediatric, neurologic, mammography and interventional practice specialties.

Two teens cited in Monroe

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Two 17-year-old males from Blakeslee have been cited for an incident in Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said they were notified on Jan. 25 by the Monroe County Litter Control of a scattering of rubbish incident that occurred on Dec. 26, 2009, in Stone Crest development in Tunkhannock Township. The large area of rubbish was located in the lake area of the development.

Through an investigation the two teens were found to be responsible for the incident, police said. Both were cited for scattering rubbish.

Teen facing threats charge

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Monroe County teen is facing a charge of terroristic threats.

State police at Fern Ridge said Justin Marcus Campbell, 19, of Effort, will be charged following an incident about 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, at Kinsley Market, located along SR209, in Brodheadsville, Chestnuthill Township.

Troopers allege that Campbell entered into an altercation with a 48-year-old male from Palmerton during which he pulled a firearm and held it at his side. Troopers declined to name the victim.

Weird stories

Saturday, January 30, 2010

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

Maybe it was the cold winter that numbed the senses, or the pressures of work and putting food on the table that drove some to desperation, but some weird news stories surfaced in the early weeks of 1910.

When I grow up

Saturday, January 30, 2010

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"

How many times were we asked that question as kids? It's kind of funny to remember some of our answers. I bet most of us haven't followed through on those childhood ambitions.

Of course, kids think big and have some pretty sophisticated career plans. We all had friends who had dreams of being a princess, or a cowboy, or a professional wrestler. As we get older, we have to get serious. There aren't too many degree programs out there for pro wrestlers. So with that hope dashed, it's time to move on to Plan B.

On this date

Saturday, January 30, 2010

January 30, 1969

It's quiet now at Pennsylvania Power & Light Company's Hauto Steam Electric Station near Hometown. As of today, the generating units of the Hauto power plant, totaling 78,000 kilowatts, were stilled, terminating 56 years of electric power generation at the site. "It was an old an inefficient plant," said John Chaplinsky, PP&L's Community Service Manager-Northeast Division. "Like an old car, it had become costly to operate."

Boy Scouts recognized as tree farmers

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation, near Summit Station, is recognized as a certified tree farmer in the American Tree Farm System. The Boy Scout's 670-acre tree farm is managed for recreation, wood, water and wildlife.

The American Tree Farm System is an industry-sponsored program that promotes and encourages the wise use and management of large and small forests for a multitude of benefits, including wood, water, wildlife and recreation.

Bereavement group

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Jim Thorpe

The Bereavement Group of St. Joseph Church, Jim Thorpe, will meet on Monday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in the church rectory at 526 North St.

For more information, call the rectory at (570) 325-3731.

JT 'spurts' to victory

Saturday, January 30, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe’s Rashid Epps (21) pump fakes to get Panther Valley’s Kyle Picht into the air.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe’s Rashid Epps (21) pump fakes to get Panther Valley’s Kyle Picht into the air.

Jim Thorpe's relentless style of play and its offensive firepower make it a ticking time bomb.

The Olympians are an explosion ready to happen. Their myriad of weapons and frenetic pace can produce game-changing runs in the blink of an eye.

Thorpe has what CBS' basketball analyst Clark Kellogg calls "spurtability."

One of those spurts was the difference on Friday night as Jim Thorpe beat Panther Valley, 65-51, in a critical Schuylkill League Division I showdown.

Canceling the pity-party

Saturday, January 30, 2010

So I'm on my way to work and feeling sorry for myself.

Since we last talked, I turned another year older, my back is killing me again and I'm feeling every bit my age and more.

But then I heard something on the radio and I received a couple emails that made me feel ashamed of my self-pity party I was indulging in.

The gist is "Feeling unappreciated? World got you down? Things got ya down? Well then, consider these..."

An article in The New York Times with the headline: "Worker dead at desk for five days."

How times have changed

Saturday, January 30, 2010

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

How times change.

Back when I was in high school, during the late 1950s and early 60s, there was an English Lit teacher at Coaldale High School by the name of Sam Pascoe.

Sam was a life-long educator and an avid outdoorsman. He lived on the same block as me, on Howard Avenue. And it wasn't unusual to see Sam, decked out in his hunting gear, walking with his shotgun and trusty Beagle past my house.

A week in the news

Saturday, January 30, 2010

This isn't a good week for Sandusky, Ohio folks as two bizarre stories made the Associated Press wire.

n the "Meteor Falling on Head" file, a 47 year old woman named Deborah McDonald left a bar where she was with a group who was celebrating her winning an $8,000 prize in an Ohio lottery game show and was struck and killed by a car while she was walking on the side of a road.

Slippery road causes crash

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A slippery road surface was blamed for a two vehicle crash in Schuylkill County that was reported about 7:50 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, along Mill Creek Ave., in Norwegian Township.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Tamara J. Dragna, 34, of Pottsville, was driving a 2000 Toyota 4Runner eastbound and Julianne Kupchinsky, 56, of New Philadelphia, was operating a 2006 Mercury Montego Preimer westbound.

Dragna was traveling up hill when her vehicle began to slid on the slippery surface and entered the westbound lane where it struck the Montego.

Pedestrian struck in Monroe accident

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A pedestrian was struck by a pickup truck in a Monroe County accident.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occurred about 7:14 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, along Industrial Drive in Mt. Pocono. Police said Ronald Barzydlo, 53, of Cresco, was driving a 2009 Toyota Tacoma toward SR940 while Luz Rivera, 42, of Tobyhanna, was walking in the same direction. Police said it is not known if Rivera tripped or stepped out into the lane of travel but she was struck by the truck.

Casting Kids event at Show

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A chance to advance to the statewide Casting Kids Championship and win cash and prizes will be at stake when the Capital City Bassmasters conducts its 16th annual Casting Kids Event, Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg.

Competition will be held for age groups 7-10, 11-13 and 14-17 in the seminar area located off of the Main Exhibition Hall next to the Chevrolet truck display. This year's event is sponsored by the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, and the age groups have been modified to allow more youth to participate.

Reader's Turn

Saturday, January 30, 2010
Zacary Reif, Palmerton - "I would like to be a police officer because I want to be just like my Uncle Mikey."

What would you like to be when you grow up? And why?

Mischief incidents probed in Monroe

Saturday, January 30, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating two acts of criminal mischief, both occurring at locations in Monroe County.

James Pecora, 24, of Albrightsville, reported someone entered his unlocked 1998 Chrysler Sebring and damaged wiring inside. The incident occurred at the Mount Effort Plaza parking lot in Effort, Chestnuthill Township, sometime between 4 a.m. and 5:15 p.m on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

N'western cruises

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Northwestern needs every win it can to climb back over .500 and secure a district playoff spot. That's why the Tigers had to avoid a trap game against a one-win Pen Argyl team Friday night in New Tripoli.

The best way to do it was to jump out to an early lead and take away any hope the Knights might have had to pull off an upset.

Northwestern used a 20-point run through the first quarter and the beginning of the second en route to a 65-40 win.

Hit and run accident probed

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Mahoning Township police are investigating a two-vehicle crash Wednesday along SR209 and Center Street.

The accident happened at 3:21 p.m. in the area of East Coast Medical Service, said Chief Kenneth J. Barnes.

Sparse attendance for planning hearing

Saturday, January 30, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Rod Mann, chairman of the Central Carbon County Comprehensive Plan board, left, and Allen Heist of Stell Environmental Enterprises, project manager and consultant, discuss the study area that will update comprehensive plans for Franklin, Mahoning and East Penn townships and the boroughs of Weissport and Lehighton.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Rod Mann, chairman of the Central Carbon County Comprehensive Plan board, left, and Allen Heist of Stell Environmental Enterprises, project manager and consultant, discuss the study area that will update comprehensive plans for Franklin, Mahoning and East Penn townships and the boroughs of Weissport and Lehighton.

Only 4 people show up at meeting to discuss comprehensive plan for Carbon communities

Local residents lost an opportunity to have their say Thursday night on the Central Carbon County Comprehensive Plan.

Only four people attended the public hearing, which was set up to give people living in Franklin, East Penn or Mahoning townships, or in the boroughs of Weissport or Lehighton, an opportunity to discuss the comprehensive plan.

Tamaqua break-in

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tamaqua police are investigating a reported burglary that allegedly took place at 239 Cedar St.

Carol Kelly, who lives in apartment 2, contacted police at 11:27 a.m. Tuesday to report that someone had been in her apartment. Items reported to be missing were old cell phones, compact discs, a book and tea lights. There were no signs of forced entry.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at 668-6100.

Rear-end type crash in Tamaqua

Saturday, January 30, 2010

No one was injured in a two vehicle accident in Tamaqua on Monday.

Brian Wirth, of Lower Rd., Tamaqua, was driving a 2008 Saturn north on Railroad Street when he stopped for a red light at the intersection with Elm Street. A 2002 Dodge Neon, driven by Liang Geng, of East Broad St., Tamaqua, was unable to stop before striking the rear of the Saturn.

Damage was minimal to both vehicles and no charges were filed.

CC Vietnam Veterans Organization meets

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Carbon County Vietnam Veterans Organization will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Nesquehoning V.F.W. Post 8008, Nesquehoning. The agenda will include nomination of officers for 2010-11.

10 TIMES NEWS wrestlers in Off The Mat State rankings

Friday, January 29, 2010

Ten wrestlers from THE TIMES NEWS coverage area are ranked among the top 16 in their respectrive weight classes in this week's Off The Mat Class AA State Rankings compiled by Mark Dugan of Clearfield.

Northern Lehigh has three ranked wrestlers while Lehighton and Tamaqua have two each and Jim Thorpe, Northwestern and Panther Valley one apiece.

103 - Nick O'Donnell, Panther Valley (15th)

112 - Dylan Long, Northwestern (6th)

130 - Kolby Mashack, Tamaqua (5th)

140 - Nikko Stevens, Northern Lehigh (15th)

Jim Thorpe pulls away from Panthers

Friday, January 29, 2010
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson (left) tries to get around Panther Valley defender Abby Markovich.
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson (left) tries to get around Panther Valley defender Abby Markovich.

The Jim Thorpe girls' basketball team had no trouble forcing Panther Valley turnovers.

Once the Olympians started cashing in on them, they pulled away for a 55-40 Schuylkill League victory.

"We talked at halftime about turnovers and points off turnovers," said Jim Thorpe coach Rob Kovac. "We were unhappy with the fact that we weren't scoring off of those turnovers. Finally, we got some buckets to drop in the second half."

The Olympians' full court press created havoc up-and-down the court, but the Panthers still managed to stay within reach in the first half.

Panther Valley man protests water authority billing process

Friday, January 29, 2010

A Panther Valley man is upset with the Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority because its policy to bill customers who have meters installed, regardless of whether the service is on.

Chad Warman is also upset because, he said, the authority turned off service to the house he rents because he didn't pay his bill on time. He was supposed to have a 30 day time period to pay, but the service was turned off much sooner, he said. In fact, it was turned off in the morning of the day he had arranged with the authority to pay the bill.

Panther Valley news

Friday, January 29, 2010

Catholic schools

Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, which serves families in Coaldale, Lansford, Nesquehoning and Summit Hill, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week beginning Sunday, Jan. 31.

The theme of the week is "Dividends for Life."

The weeklong ceremonies will begin with an open house program from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, in St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford.

On Monday, Feb. 1, appreciation will be extended to the school's "Senior Angels" and community helpers during a program from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Court orders company to pay $1.3 million penalty for underground tank violations

Friday, January 29, 2010

The owner of two former gas stations in northeast Pennsylvania has learned the cost for not cleaning up underground fuel storage tanks.

New York-based Century Oil Acquisition Corp. now must pay a $1.3 million federal court judgment, after failing to cleanup and come into compliance with a 2007 EPA order assessing a $193,538 penalty and requiring the closure of underground storage tanks (USTs) at two former Texaco stations in Stroudsburg and Scotrun.

Resident wants line changed in front of mother's home

Friday, January 29, 2010

A line on Route 209 in the Jamestown area may have been placed in the wrong location according to a Mahoning Township resident's son who came to ask supervisors for their assistance in having PennDOT move the line to provide room to park a car to help his elderly mother.

"I have an 80 year old mother with respiratory problems and when we park in front of our house now we are over the white line and on the road," said resident Todd Weaver who informed supervisors that at one time he believed the line was further away from the curb in front of his mother's house.

Local psychologist faces sexual assault charges

Friday, January 29, 2010

Alleged incident occured in his Mahoning office

A psychologist has been charged with sexually assaulting a female patient in his Mahoning Township office.

Michael T. Degilio, 41, of Dogwood Drive, Bear Creek Lake Estates, Penn Forest Township, was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, and indecent exposure.

He was arraigned yesterday before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe. Lewis set bail at $100,000 unsecured.

The alleged victim is a 39 year old Lehighton woman.

Checkpoint set for Schuylkill

Friday, January 29, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Schuylkill County sometime between today and Sunday.