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January 2010

Serious injuries in crash early today

Friday, January 29, 2010

A Schuylkill County woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash about 3 a.m. today along Mountain Road (SR2003), at the Blythe Township-New Philadelphia line, in the borough.

State police at Frackville said Tracy A. Wilcosky, 39, of Middleport, was southbound operating a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire when it left the roadway and struck a tree head-on.

Tamaqua news

Friday, January 29, 2010

Kindergarten registration

The Tamaqua Area School District will hold orientation and registration for kindergarten for the 2010-11 school year.

An orientation night is scheduled for March 1 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tamaqua Elementary School. Parents of incoming kindergarten students will be provided with information about what programs the district has to offer, the benefits of different tracts of learning and other general information needed to get students ready for registration and the first day of school.

Harleysville loss totaled $219.5 million in 2009

Friday, January 29, 2010

Harleysville National Corporation, the parent company of East Penn Bank and Harleysville National Bank, had a net loss of $219.5 million during 2009.

The losses came during the first three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Harleysville showed net income of $2.8 million.

Most of the loss was attributed to a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $214.5 million in the second quarter, according to a financial report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Break-in, theft incidents probed

Friday, January 29, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a burglary, two theft incidents and a act of criminal mischief.

The break-in occurred at a residence along West Cherokee Trail in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County. The home was entered and lengths of copper pipe were stolen. The incident occurred sometime between Jan. 19-27. The home is owned by a unidentified female from Bangor.

Panther Valley Board votes to hire new HS principal

Friday, January 29, 2010

Panther Valley High School will soon have a new principal.

The school board voted unanimously to hire Joseph Gunnels to fill the position that was vacated by George Gillespie as of January 15th. Gunnels, who is currently working in the Bangor School District as a gifted teacher, has experience as both a principal and assistant principal, and will take the position no later than March 31st. His salary was set at $75,000.

Area native returns from mission

Friday, January 29, 2010
Rescue workers in Port-au-Prince rush a young earthquake survivor into the local medical center.
Rescue workers in Port-au-Prince rush a young earthquake survivor into the local medical center.

When Dr. Paul Vanek saw the earliest earthquake images on his TV screen, he cringed.

What he saw on CNN was a Haitian family using a power saw to cut off the leg of their trapped daughter in order to pull her from rubble.

"The girl died. She lost too much blood. The body only has so much blood in it," explained Vanek, a plastic surgeon. That image was seared in Vanek's mind and his response was to jump to action.

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, January 29, 2010

Deeds recorded

Franklin Township

Joseph J. Demjanick Sr. to Edward Rodenbach, Towanda R.5, property at 27 Sunset Drive, $80,000.

Jim Thorpe

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Tadeusz Kulesza, Whitehall, property at 158 W. Broadway, $25,000.

Anne E. Gremling to Patrick A. Gremling, 2900 Forest St., Lehighton, property at 77 Broadway, $1.

Jason Kuhn to James F. Kalinowsky, Gilbertsville, property on North Street, $75,500.

Eugene E. Stermer to Larry A. Ahner, 1798 Long Run Road, Jim Thorpe, property at 418 South St., $64,500.

Markert-Kochie

Friday, January 29, 2010
Jennifer M. Markert and James E. Kochie
Jennifer M. Markert and James E. Kochie

The parents of Jennifer M. Markert and James E. Kochie have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of George and Deborah Markert of Slatington.

She is a 2004 graduate of Northern Lehigh High School, and is currently employed by the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 as a special education secretary.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of James and Marcia Kochie of Walnutport. He is a 2002 graduate of Northern Lehigh High School, and a 2006 graduate of Kutztown University.

ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE

Friday, January 29, 2010

BRC Community Cupboard

BRC Community Cupboard has announced its eighth annual food drive.

With support from its customers and employees, Blue Ridge Cable can help make someone's day a little brighter through its Community Cupboard 2010 initiative.

Last year BRC collected 2,665 pounds of food. From Feb. 15 through March 15, it will be collecting nonperishable food to benefit the Salvation Army and local food banks.

Items can be dropped off at all BRC offices, Palmerton Telephone, Penn's Peak, Roadies, and Pencor Superstore locations.

Mother, daughter donate hair to help others

Friday, January 29, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Cheyenne Edmonds, 7, and her mother, Tammy, right, of MaryD, visited Purr-Fect Reflections Hair Salon, Tamaqua, where stylist Martha DiBuo, left, trimmed at least 10 inches of hair from both girls' heads. Cheyenne will donate her tresses to Locks of Love, while Tammy's hair will be sent to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths Program. The Pantene program uses donated hair to make free wigs for women with cancer, while Locks of Love provides wigs to children dealing with cancer. Cheyenne is a student at the Tamaqua Elementary School and mom works at the Tamaqua Child Care Center.

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
PATRICK BECHTEL/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
PATRICK BECHTEL/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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.

ON THIS DATE

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.

Lehighton area couple wed 40 years

Friday, January 29, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. William Phelps
Mr. and Mrs. William Phelps

William and Esther (Seifert) Phelps of Towamensing Township, Lehighton, will soon be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.

They were married on Jan. 31, 1970 in St. Paul's U.C.C. in Easton, by the Rev. Fred Shafer.

Their reception was held at the Twin Lakes Country Club in Allentown.

William's parents are the late Mansfield and Anne Phelps of Jetson, Ky.

Esther's parents are the late Earl K. and Bessie A. Seifert of Easton.

William attended schools in Kentucky. He is retired from Kraft, Inc. in Fogelsville.

Carbon court news

Friday, January 29, 2010

Divorce decrees

The following divorce decrees were signed by the county court.

Alan Berndt, Box 647, Whitehall, from Amanda K. Berndt, 12 Audry Lane, Jim Thorpe.

Margaret B. Stiely, 3376 Jackson Rd., Bethlehem, from James R. Stiely, 825 E. Patterson St., Lansford.

Tammy L. Bowman, 417 White St., Weissport, from Wesley H. Bowman III, same address.

Nicole S. Shuck, 454 N. First St., Lehighton, from Charles J. Shuck Jr., 146 Mauch Chunk St., Lehighton.

Polk Twp. Volunteer Fire Co. has good turnout for awards presentations

Friday, January 29, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Ladies' Auxiliary President Alice Harner presents a check for $15,200 to company President Dan Bartholomew.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Ladies' Auxiliary President Alice Harner presents a check for $15,200 to company President Dan Bartholomew.

Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company invited two special guests to its appreciation banquet and awards night held Jan. 23.

They were Nate Sawyer who fixes the fire trucks and Alan Eckhart who takes care of refrigeration problems, said Matt Schessler, vice president of the company. "Nate is here at the drop of a hat. They both go above and beyond."

Glenn Simmons gave the blessing thanking God for the opportunity to come together, for all the volunteers and for the support from the community. He asked for a special blessing for those suffering from disaster.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Friday, January 29, 2010

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI).

State police at Frackville said Michael Shane Matrishion, 33, of McAdoo, was stopped for traffic violations about 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, along Interstate 81 southbound in Kline Township.

Matrishion was found to be under the influence was taken to the barracks for a breath test, which he refused, troopers said. He will be charged with DUI and other offenses, troopers added.

PennDOT plans work on two bridges along Penn Forest Road

Friday, January 29, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Matt Hickson of PennDOT is questioned by Roy Christman as Towamensing supervisors Tom Newman and Penny Kleintop look on. The Towamensing sketch plan is shown.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Matt Hickson of PennDOT is questioned by Roy Christman as Towamensing supervisors Tom Newman and Penny Kleintop look on. The Towamensing sketch plan is shown.

PennDOT held an informational meeting on Wednesday in the Towamensing municipal building to talk to residents about the two bridges that will be worked on. They are both along Penn Forest Road with one, the southern bridge, in Towamensing Township and the northern one in Penn Forest Township.

The southern bridge, the larger one at 53 feet, is between the Penn Forest and Wild Creek reservoirs. This bridge is scheduled for complete replacement.

Jim Thorpe news

Friday, January 29, 2010

Tryouts for the Jim Thorpe Drama Club production of "West Side Story" will take place on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at the high school. The production is open to anyone 13 years of age and older. The production will be held on April 30, and May 1. For more information contact Natalie Kmetz, (570) 325-4923.

Bereavement Group

The bereavement group of St. Joseph's Church, will meet on Monday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. in the rectory, 526 North Street. The group is open to anyone and if you have questions you may call the rectory office at (570) 325-3731.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.