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January 2010

Alcohol at the party?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Lehighton officials consider allowing booze in rec center

Lehighton Borough Council has no plans to sell alcohol at the town's Recreation Center, but it is considering allowing individuals to bring it on the premises for private parties and other special events.

Scott Rehrig, vice president of the council, remarked that requests have been made to hold large parties at the center whereby people could bring their own "booze."

Not all council members are ready to accept such a concept.

"I don't think that's a good idea," remarked Bessie Bauchspies.

Reaching out, coming together

Saturday, January 30, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Jim Tkach of the Bo Tkach Memorial Foundation, addressing Palmerton Area High School students and faculty members on Friday, one week after sophomore Nick Bickowski took his life.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Jim Tkach of the Bo Tkach Memorial Foundation, addressing Palmerton Area High School students and faculty members on Friday, one week after sophomore Nick Bickowski took his life.

Jim Tkach talks to Palmerton students about moving forward after tragic death

Palmerton Area students continue to mourn in the aftermath of the death of a high school student who took his life.

Jim Tkach of the Bo Tkach Memorial Foundation, spoke to high school students on Friday one week after PAHS sophomore Nick Bickowski was found dead in his home on Jan. 22. He was 16.

Earlier in the day, Tkach spoke with junior high students about Bickowski. Tkach also visited the high school auditorium on Thursday, at which time he spoke with students and community members.


Saturday, January 30, 2010

January 30, 1963 Jim Menconi scores half of his team's points to lead Marian to a 68-64 victory over Shenandoah Catholic. Menconi hits on 14 shots from the floor and goes 6-of-7 at the foul line to account for his 34 points. Teammate Bill Donovan contributes 14 points as the Colts rally from a halftime deficit with a 22-10 third-quarter spread. The winners, coach by "Wink" Gallagher, also receive seven points from Gene Dillon.

Theft incidents probed in Tamaqua

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tamaqua police are investigating two thefts reported this week.

Casey Williams, of Lansford, reported that someone pried open the rear trunk lid of his red BMW, which was parked near 427 E. Broad St.

The incident was reported to police at 8:20 on Jan. 25. According to the report the car was left in the area after it had broken down earlier this month.

The second incident was reported on Jan. 26, although it was discovered on Jan. 20. Someone entered a garage at 334 Hazle St. and removed various hand tools and circular saws owned by Donald Nunemacher.

Hit/run accident in Schuylkill

Saturday, January 30, 2010

State police at Frackville reported investigating a hit and run accident.

Troopers said Stephanie Coreia, 23, of Girardville, reported her 2008 Ford Fusion was damaged while parked near Ogden and Second streets, Girardville. Damage was to the passenger side of the vehicle. The incident occurred sometime between 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, and 1:55 p.m. on Thursday.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

Zehner grand is latest Raider milestone

Saturday, January 30, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Amy Zehner, third from left, is congratulated by family members after she scored her 1,000th point in varsity basketball, Thursday. From left are her parents, Mel and Judy Zehner; her sister, Lori; nephew, Judge Gusick, who is being held by another sister, Kelly Gusick, and niece Alina Gusick.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Amy Zehner, third from left, is congratulated by family members after she scored her 1,000th point in varsity basketball, Thursday. From left are her parents, Mel and Judy Zehner; her sister, Lori; nephew, Judge Gusick, who is being held by another sister, Kelly Gusick, and niece Alina Gusick.

It has been a month of milestones for Tamaqua Lady Raider basketball.

First, on Jan. 18, the Raiders beat North Schuylkill to give coach Joe Berezwick his 200th career victory.

A few days later, on Jan. 21, Tamaqua earned the 500th triumph in the history of its program with a win at Jim Thorpe.

The latest achievement came from Amy Zehner, Tamaqua's 5-11 All-State standout, who reached a personal goal in surpassing the 1,000 point mark Thursday night.

Saving hospital a tribute to Rep. Keith McCall

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

One of the many, and maybe one of the most significant, accomplishments of Rep. Keith McCall's tenure in Harrisburg was the preservation of an area asset that we in the Panther Valley and Tamaqua areas have almost always taken for granted - a community hospital and skilled nursing facility in Coaldale. That fact seems to have been somewhat overlooked by the press in recent weeks news accounts relating to Keith's resignation announcement.

Big challenge, huge rewards

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Newfoundland moose put the 'big' in 'big game' hunting

RIVER OF PONDS, Newfoundland When it comes to hunting, few animals put the "big" in "big game" like the moose, the biggest member of the deer family and the second largest land animal in North America. The animal, which can weigh well over 1,200 pounds, is sought after not only for its antlers, which can grow to 50 inches or more, but also for the challenges associated with hunting it and the incredible beauty of the regions it calls home.

Carbon County property transfers

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Deeds recorded

Franklin Township

Kyle A. Hartman to Franklin Township, 900 Fairyland Road, Lehighton, parcel No. 70E-11-70.04, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Joseph Misson to Jennifer A. Schelkopf, Malvern, Pa., Lot 10, Maple Shade Drive, $70,000.

Blue Ridge Real Estate to Switchback Gravity Railroad Foundation, Inc., 173 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, reserved rights on Switchback, $1

Kidder Township

Scott Lignore to Qing Yang, Malvern, Pa., Lot 44, Section II, Hemlock Forest, Indian Mountain Lakes, $175,000.

Are cyber town meetings the future of politics?

Saturday, January 30, 2010
House Appropriations Chairman Dwight Evans discusses the state's budget with Internet users at the second Cyber Town Hall meeting held on March 24, 2009.
House Appropriations Chairman Dwight Evans discusses the state's budget with Internet users at the second Cyber Town Hall meeting held on March 24, 2009.

Nearly a year ago, when it became no secret that the Pennsylvania state budget was on life support, the citizens of the Commonwealth wanted answers.

House Appropriations Chairman Dwight Evans became the point man. His difficult mission was to discuss it, as quickly as possible, with the millions of Pennsylvanians spread across the cities and towns.

The culture and people of Ghana

Saturday, January 30, 2010
AMANDA SANDLIN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A boy and his dog share a moment in a Ghana orphanage
AMANDA SANDLIN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A boy and his dog share a moment in a Ghana orphanage

(Editor's Note: Amanda Sandlin is a 20-year-old junior journalism major at Rider University, and a previous Times News intern. A Tamaqua resident, she is studying and volunteering in Accra, Ghana, located in western Africa, for one semester. Ghana gained independence from British rule in 1957, and now is a constitutional democracy. It is classified as a third world country and a developing nation. Amanda's columns will appear periodically on Saturdays in The TIMES NEWS during her stay in Ghana.)

Steps to recovery

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

In these dire economic times I think it is about time for our legislators to take the first steps in some type of recovery. I recommend the following.

First, the elimination of per diem for all meals during a normal workday. Let their wives pack them a brown bag lunch or pay the tab at a local restaurant. Just like we do.

Second, the elimination of all automobile allowances. Except for the recovery of mileage costs, let them buy their automobiles just like we do.

No. Lehigh girls earn CL playoff berth

Saturday, January 30, 2010

As the regular season winds down on the Northern Lehigh girls basketball season, head coach Dave Oertner seems to get more intense.

With four games remaining, the Bulldogs' mentor seems to know when to push the right buttons to get his team to do what it needs to get a win.

That held true again on Friday night as Northern Lehigh pulled away from a stubborn Bangor team for a 39-27 Colonial League win, to run its record to 18-0 on the season.

The victory also clinched a spot in the Colonial League playoffs for the Bulldogs who are 12-0 with four games remaining.

Less safe on Obama's watch

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

As a former naval intelligence officer on a high level staff (Top Secret Cryptographic clearance), I agree with President Obama that the breach of security associated with the Detroit-bound airliner is "totally unacceptable". The warning signs were there, but the intelligence community failed to recognize, analyze and disseminate the information. This is the same type of failure which led to the 9/11 attacks and the Ft. Hood massacre.

State leaders have failed to protect us from the electricity deregulation fiasco

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dear Editor:

Pennsylvania decision-makers' poor understanding of the electricity industry led them into a big mistake 13 years ago: giving up the state's authority to control electricity-generation prices. Consumers were promised a competitive retail electricity market that would restrain prices. The warnings that such a market would not develop went unheeded, but they turned out to be correct.

Three vehicle crash in Schuylkill

Saturday, January 30, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a three vehicle crash about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, along Molleystown Road in Tremont Township, Schuylkill County.

Tamaqua Area School District to conduct kindergarten registration

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Kindergarten registration in the Tamaqua Area School District will be held on March 15, 16 and 17 at the Tamaqua Elementary School and March 18 at the West Penn Elementary School. Students residing in Walker and Schuylkill Townships will register on March 15, students within the Borough of Tamaqua will register on March 16 and students residing in Rush Township will register on March 17.

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


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."

Delinquent Tax list approved in Mahoning

Friday, January 29, 2010

At this week's Mahoning Township supervisor's meeting, the following items of business were approved on a 4-0 vote with only Supervisor George Stawnyczyj absent from the meeting.

- Approved the 2009 Delinquent Tax list for the township. The total in delinquent taxes outstanding in the township is $23, 542.00. The list has already been forwarded to the county for collections.

- The 1986 Eager Beaver trailer previously used to haul the paver will be advertised for sale on PSATS for $1200 or best offer.

Gift basket about Northern Lehigh

Friday, January 29, 2010

Gary Fedorcha, left, past president of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce; Dan Stevens, president of Northern Lehigh Future Focus; Mike Becker, owner/operator of Post 16 Restaurant and Catering, 510 Main St., Slatington; Walter Niedermeyer, the mayor of Slatington, and Les Glanz, chairman of Future Focus' Downtown Revitalization Task Force. The Chamber and Future Focus presented Becker with a gift basket full of information about Northern Lehigh, gift certificates from other businesses in the area and decorations.

Weatherwood drawing interest

Friday, January 29, 2010

47 companies sign confidentiality agreements, some take tours

The sale of Weatherwood, the Carbon County Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Weatherly, is generating a lot of interest, county officials say.

$6.5 million treatment plant work could begin this summer

Friday, January 29, 2010

Construction on a $6.5 million project to upgrade Palmerton's aged wastewater treatment plant could get underway by late summer.

That was the information borough Manager Rodger Danielson shared with Borough Council on Thursday after he said the plans for the new treatment plant are nearly complete.

Danielson said a copy of the plan must be forwarded to the state Department of Environmental Protection, as well as the Delaware River Basin Commission.

From that point, Danielson said DEP has 90 days to review the plan, which would bring the time frame to around May.


Friday, January 29, 2010

January 29, 2000 Ben Grant scores a team-high 14 points, including an 8-of-8 effort at the foul line in the fourth quarter, to help lead Lehighton to a 56-40 win over host Tamaqua. The Indians, coached by Ed Wise, also receive 11 points from Brent Kunkle. Rudy Kubin aids the winning cause with a double-double, scoring 10 points while pulling down 13 rebounds. For the Raiders, Ricky Cipko tallies a team-high 14 points.

Aides to the grand marshal named for Jim Thorpe parade

Friday, January 29, 2010

This year's aides to the grand marshal have also been announced for the 13th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade in Jim Thorpe.

Ronald Sheehan, Carbon County treasurer and charter member of the Carbon County Ancient Order of Hiberians, said they are selected by the A.O.H. and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians members, based upon how they represent the motto of friendship, unity and Christian charity.

The aides include Marie D. Mriss of Lehighton; and Rita O'Donnell, Noel Behan, and Ron Sheehan, all of Jim Thorpe.

Arrests made in Schuylkill incident

Friday, January 29, 2010

Two women were arrested on Thursday and charged with the attempted break-in of a home in Girardville, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Rochelle Hauze, 22, of 8 Ogden St., and Amber McCracken, 21, of 136 B St., both of Girardville, were charged with attempting to enter the home of Margaret Hennessy, 58, of 207 A St., on Jan. 20, between 1-1:10 a.m.

Our money

Friday, January 29, 2010

U.S. delegation ran up a hefty tab in Denmark trip

There was nothing unusual about Wednesday night's State of the Union Address.