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January 2010

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.

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.