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January 2010

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.

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.

Tamaqua boys clinch SIAL title

Friday, January 29, 2010

It was Senior Appreciation Day Thursday at the Tamaqua Area natatorium.

That made it a perfect time to celebrate the accomplishments of Tamaqua's senior class swimmers and divers.

For the Blue Raiders' boys squad, its latest achievement is its second Schuylkill League championship in three years.

The Raiders clinched the swim crown by coasting to a 139-19 triumph over visiting Mahanoy Area. The Lady Raiders made it a sweep with a 111.5-70.5 victory.

The Power of Partnerships

Friday, January 29, 2010
State Senator David Argall (R-29) and Linda Yulanavage, executive director of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, speak to students from Schuylkill County school districts as part of the Generation Next program, held in the Lehigh Carbon Community College Morgan Center, Tamaqua. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
State Senator David Argall (R-29) and Linda Yulanavage, executive director of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, speak to students from Schuylkill County school districts as part of the Generation Next program, held in the Lehigh Carbon Community College Morgan Center, Tamaqua. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Sen. Argall speaks to Generation Next students in Tamaqua

State Senator David Argall (R-29) often points out that it is partnerships that have created the framework on which Tamaqua's revitalization efforts have been built.

The Tamaqua Area 2004 Parnership, now known as the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, galvanized the efforts of volunteers to help improve the quality of life for residents of the borough and its surrounding townships.

The grand marshal

Friday, January 29, 2010
@$:USE PERSON ON RIGHT ONLY Hugh Donald Dugan
@$:USE PERSON ON RIGHT ONLY Hugh Donald Dugan

Hugh D. Dugan to lead Carbon St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Carbon County Division 1 and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hiberians, Mollie Maguire Division 1, Carbon County, has announced that Hugh Donald Dugan, financial secretary of the A.O.H., has been selected to serve as the grand marshal of the 13th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade, to be held on Sunday, March 14, at 1 p.m. in the historic section of Jim Thorpe.

"It's an honor," Dugan said of the announcement. "I am really happy and thrilled. I'm excited about it and can't wait for parade day.

Lehighton attorney announces candidacy for McCall's seat

Friday, January 29, 2010
@$:Atty. Robert Frycklund
@$:Atty. Robert Frycklund

Lehighton attorney Robert Frycklund, 39, announced his candidacy for the 122nd District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives at this week's meeting of the Carbon County Democrats for Change.

Frycklund and his wife, Shannon, have made their home in her hometown of Lehighton since 2000. They have three children, Cole, 10, Cobe, 8, and Olivia, 4.

Raiders' Zehner tops 1,000

Friday, January 29, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Amy Zehner goes in for a layup to make her first two points of the night against Minersville. She ended the evening with 34 points, which bring's the junior's career total to 1,018 points.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Amy Zehner goes in for a layup to make her first two points of the night against Minersville. She ended the evening with 34 points, which bring's the junior's career total to 1,018 points.

Tamaqua's Amy Zehner topped the 1,000 career point mark in a victory over Minersville on Thursday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Minersville-Tamaqua

With 5:45 remaining in the second quarter, Zehner scored her 1,000th career point on a drive and lay-up, propelling Tamaqua to a 68-48 victory non-league triumph over visiting Minersville.

Zehner went on to score a career-high 34 points on the night. She is now ninth on Tamaqua's all-time scoring list and the third to hit the 1,000 point plateau as a junior. Zehner also pulled down 14 rebounds.

On this date

Friday, January 29, 2010

January 29, 1942

Thomas Dougherty received the unanimous endorsement of the Mauch Chunk Fire Department for the position of fire chief at the annual meeting held in the Marion Hose Company. Presented at that time was the report of retiring chief Fred Kemmerle. Other officers are Roland Edwards, assistant chief; Joseph Hilferty, president; Robert D. Tobias, first vice president, and George B. Hall, second vice president.

Schuylkill court news

Friday, January 29, 2010

Divorces granted

Donna Lee Hartranft, 502 N. Railroad St., Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from Joseph D. Hartranft, Newkirk R.1. They were married April 10, 1992.

Amy Zimmerman, 35 Swatara St., Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from Jeffrey Zimmerman, Pottsville. They were married Aug. 4, 2006.

Tammie Lee Durham, Orwigsburg, was granted a divorce from Brent Lynn Laubenstine, Schuylkill Haven. They were married Jan. 1, 2004.

Sentenced

Power of the printed word

Friday, January 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mrs. Jacqueline Ludka's senior honors English class read Michael J. Fox's book, "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist." They were so moved by its message that they organized a fund-raising event to benefit Follow Me Foundation, a food pantry in Monroe County. They are: Bottom row, left to right: Tracey Smith, Angela Rodriguez, Meagan Fitzgerald, Mrs. Ludka, Sasha Faust, Amber Lee Wojtkowski, Shannen McGinley; Top row, left to right: Ben Desotelle, Johno Martin, Jonathan Gab, Daniel Walsh, Matt Libretti, Katie Peavely, Maya Adamczyk, Ben Parhan.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mrs. Jacqueline Ludka's senior honors English class read Michael J. Fox's book, "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist." They were so moved by its message that they organized a fund-raising event to benefit Follow Me Foundation, a food pantry in Monroe County. They are: Bottom row, left to right: Tracey Smith, Angela Rodriguez, Meagan Fitzgerald, Mrs. Ludka, Sasha Faust, Amber Lee Wojtkowski, Shannen McGinley; Top row, left to right: Ben Desotelle, Johno Martin, Jonathan Gab, Daniel Walsh, Matt Libretti, Katie Peavely, Maya Adamczyk, Ben Parhan.

Pleasant Valley High School seniors inspired by Michael J. Fox book

Mrs. Jacqueline Ludka assigned three books for this past summer's reading to her senior honors English class at Pleasant Valley High School: "Frankenstein," "The Bonesetter's Daughter" and "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist."

Never did she or her 15 students imagine that one of those books would have a life-changing impact on them.

But one book did.

It was Michael J. Fox's "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist," released in the spring of 2009.

Palmerton parish raises $4,090 for Haiti relief

Friday, January 29, 2010

Relief efforts are on the rise amid the devastation faced by the victims of the recent Haiti earthquake.

With that very thought in mind, the Sacred Heart Parish in Palmerton has raised its game a notch to the tune of $4,090.

Pastor William Campion announced last weekend's second collection for relief efforts for the victims will be sent onto the diocese to provide direct service for the poor.

Campion lauded the parish for their goodwill, and added this was one of the largest second collections in recent times for his parish.

Six guns reported stolen in Monroe

Friday, January 29, 2010

Six guns were reported stolen from a Monroe County residence.

State police at Lehighton said a home at 1745 Mountain Rd., in Ross Township, was entered sometime between Dec. 23, 2009, and Jan. 23. Taken were the following guns: SIG-Saurer-Equinox, 45-caliber automatic; SIG-Sauer-Elite, 40-caliber automatic; Kimber ProCarry, 45-caliber automatic; Kimber TLE RL2, 45-caliber automatic; Jennings MDL-9, 9mm; and a Jennings 22-caliber. Total value of the missing guns was set at $4,200.

The listed victims are Sean McGuire, 39, of Hellertown, and John Pugh, 70, of Saylorsburg.

Drosdak-Bartholomew

Friday, January 29, 2010
Aaron F. Bartholomew and Denise A. Drosdak
Aaron F. Bartholomew and Denise A. Drosdak

The engagement of Denise Ann Drosdak of Camp Hill, Pa., to Aaron F. Bartholomew, also of Camp Hill, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Joseph and Joanne Drosdak of Nesquehoning. She is a 2001 graduate of Panther Valley High School, and a 2005 graduate of Lycoming College, Williamsport, where she earned a bachelor of arts in business administration.

She is employed as real estate manager for Lamar Advertising in Harrisburg.

Driver abandons crashed vehicle

Friday, January 29, 2010

A driver abandoned a crashed vehicle and is now being sought by state police.

Troopers out of the Frackville barracks said a 1998 Ford Windstar was driven southbound on SR924, in East Union Township, Schuylkill County, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, about 10:10 p.m. when it left the roadway. The vehicle traveled into the woods and over a tree stump. The vehicle sustained damage to the coolant system due to the crash.

The driver fled the scene leaving the vehicle and failing to report the accident.

The World's Richest Man

Friday, January 29, 2010

When Jerry Wolman wanted to announce the upcoming publication of his book, he went back home to do so.

Home in Wolman's case is Shenandoah, and the Schuylkill County community welcomed back one of its native sons.

Wolman was the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League from 1963-1969 and his story is told in the book, titled The World's Richest Man.

Tamaqua Middle School announces honor rolls

Friday, January 29, 2010

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the second marking period of the 2009-2010 school year. To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93. For High Honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

Schuylkill arbitration awards made

Friday, January 29, 2010

Arbitration boards ruled in favor of financing firms and against holders of credit cards who have defaulted on payments after hearings held in Schuylkill County court.

HSBC Bank-Nevada, of Las Vegas, Nev., obtained a judgment against Bruce Edmunds, of 546 E. Elm St., Tamaqua, in amount of $15,213.52 plus costs and a judgment against Dohn L. Drumheller, of 16 Smoking Lane, Tower City, in the amount of $3,245.17 plus costs.

Be wary of phony telephone charges, commissioner warns

Friday, January 29, 2010

Check your phone bill for any fraudulent charges, one Carbon County official says.

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein warns residents that there has been scams happening that place extra charges on your phone bill.

He explained that he noticed a charge for $14.95 for an MP3 download on his land line number.

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.