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January 2010

$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
Ed Arnold, Ken Hawk, Clarence Hawk and Mitch Kreger were honored for the many years they served with the Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company.
Ed Arnold, Ken Hawk, Clarence Hawk and Mitch Kreger were honored for the many years they served with the Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company.

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.

Thorpe girls, Panther matmen win

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Jim Thorpe girls basketball team and the Panther Valley wrestlers both recorded victories on Wednesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Williams Vy.-Jim Thorpe

The Lady Olympians jumped out to a 18-4 lead after the first quarter of play and went on to post an easy 57-35 non-league victory over Williams Valley.

Celeste Robinson led Jim Thorpe (6-9) with 16 points. Teammate Hillary Reis added 14, while Chelsea Smelas chipped in with 11.

Jim Thorpe won the JV game, 42-20.

WILLIAMS VALLEY

Panther Valley news

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Senior center

The activities for the Panther Valley Senior Center have been announced by manager Fran Craigie.

For more information call the center at (570) 669-9930. Remember to sign in or call by 10 a.m. for the next day's meal.

Chair exercise is held at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Wii Dancercise is at 10 a.m. on Thursdays.

Monday, Feb. 1 is horse racing at 11 a.m. Line dancing is held on a Tuesday plus the Sunshine meeting after lunch.

Wednesday, Feb. 3 is pay bingo at 11 a.m.; Feb. 4 is penny game at 11 a.m.; Feb. 5 darts at 11 a.m.

Tamaqua Area Chamber hosts St. Jerome's, EITC programs

Thursday, January 28, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS John Mayernik, a member of the St. Jerome Regional School advisory board, discusses the school's history for those attending the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast mixer.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS John Mayernik, a member of the St. Jerome Regional School advisory board, discusses the school's history for those attending the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast mixer.

St. Jerome Regional School presented a program Wednesday morning as part of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce's first breakfast mixer for the year.

Linda Yulanavage, executive director for the Tamaqua Area Chamber, welcomed a crowd of 40 at the mixer, held at the Tamaqua Elks Lodge. The mixer was co-sponsored by St. Jerome's School and Heisler's Cloverleaf Dairy.

Dance instructor Con Gallagher honored

Thursday, January 28, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Con Gallagher, an Allentown based dance instructor with ties to the local area, was honored recently by his students with an appreciation award at one of his Wednesday evening classes at the Hometown Fire Company. For the past three years Mr. Gallagher has made the trip from the Lehigh Valley every Wednesday evening to teach students, who themselves travel from all parts of Eastern Pa., a range of dance routines from ballroom and Latin to club and swing.

Extension internship

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Michelle Johnson, Brodheadsville, is doing an internship at the Monroe County office of Penn State Cooperative Extension.

St. Luke's layoffs

Thursday, January 28, 2010
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale.
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale.

Miners Hospital cuts 30 jobs, reduces hours for others; reports loss of more than $1.1 million in 6 months

St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, announced today it is eliminating 30 positions from its staff, as well as reducing hours for six additional positions.

According to a news release from the hospital, the positions to be slashed include full-time, part-time and per diem employees. It includes management and staff in clinical and nonclinical jobs.

The announcement cited economic reasons. St. Luke's Miners is reporting a loss of over $1.1 million over the last half of 2009, particularly due to a decline in the areas of acute care and skilled nursing admissions.

Venture group votes against Christmas Lights project

Thursday, January 28, 2010

At the Venture Group's meeting that was held Wednesday morning the group's charter members voted against proceeding with the Slate Heritage Trail Christmas lights project.

"Let's put it (the Christmas light project) on the back burner right now and focus on the building. Once we get some financial backing, we can look at it again," Gary Fedorcha said.

Arrest made in Schuylkill break-in

Thursday, January 28, 2010

An arrest has been made in a burglary that occurred last October in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Ervin Washington, 24, of Pine Grove, was arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and charged in connection with a burglary that occurred on Oct. 3, 2009. Washington was arraigned before District Judge Carol Pankake, of Tremont, on charges of burglary, theft and rerlated offenses. Bail was set at $25,000 which was not posted.

Washington was arrested at the Northumberland County prison where he is being held on unrelated charges.

Lehighton TOPS chapter forming

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Karen Geiger of Lehighton is forming a Lehighton TOPS chapter. The first meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Zion's Church, Iron Street, Lehighton. Geiger is looking for officers. Anyone with questions should call (610) 377-6279.

Carbon man facing trespass charge

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Carbon County man is facing a charge of criminal trespass.

State police at Lehighton said Lewis Emens, 65, of Lehighton, was on the property of Perma Graber, 78, of 61040 Pohopoco Drive, Towamensing Township, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, about 2:30 p.m. when he knew he was not permitted to be there. Charges will be filed, troopers said.

Hosts are needed for PSU Glee Club

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Penn State Glee Club will present a concert at Lehighton Area Middle School on Friday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

David Perkins, music director in the Lehighton Area School District, said the high school choir is looking to find housing for the university students on Feb. 5 following the concert.

There are 72 members of the Glee Club. About two dozen still need housing.

Any family interesting in hosting a student should contact Perkins at (610) 377-6180 during school hours as soon as possible, or e mail Perkins at dperkins@lehighton.org.

Donate your used prom and wedding dresses

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Donate your prom and wedding dresses today to benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

New and gently-used dresses and accessories including jewelry, purses, shawls, and shoes are being collected now until March 16.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations: Blue Ridge Communications Walnutport and Gilbert Offices; Michele's Family Hair Salon in Palmerton; The Treasure Shop in Jim Thorpe; The Lehighton Bakery; and Tiki Tans in Palmerton.

Textin

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New phone ban law will make our roadways safer

Finally, some common sense.

The Pennsylvania House this week passed legislation that would make it a primary offense punishable by a $50 fine, for motorists to use hand held mobile phones to place or receive calls or text message while driving.

It's a bill that's long overdue, and one that will be embraced by law enforcement officers once it clears the Senate and the Governor's desk, as is expected.

"We are all one text from eternity," said the bill's prime sponsor Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Joe Markosek, D-Allegheny.

Where to purchase Kathy Long's CDs

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Two story CDs recorded by professional storyteller Kathy Long of Lehighton are available at the Lehighton Memorial Library, Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe, and the Palmerton Library.

They also can be purchased at Carbon County Music & More, South First Street, Lehighton; Carrigan's Pharmacy, Albrightsville, and Puffer Bellies in Jim Thorpe.

Or you can order direct by contacting Long at (610) 377-0428.

Besides the two CDs, she also wrote and illustrated two books, Taylor Twinkle Finds a Star and Living in Harmony, which is a Christmas book.

Lansford man waives his hearing; police say he stole from neighbor

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Lansford man facing charges he burglarized the home of his neighbor, Wednesday waived a preliminary hearing scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek in Lansford.

Ryan Gorka, 26, of West Ridge Street, allegedly committed the crimes to purchase heroin.

Charges include burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and receiving stolen property.

Court papers indicate that the amount of loss to the victim totaled $4,080.

Carbon County property transfers

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Deeds recorded

Bowmanstown

Paul R. Hoffman to Judy M. Hoffman, 514 White St., Bowmanstown, property at 514 White St., $1.

Franklin Township

Lester W. Kintz to Franklin Township, 900 Fairyland Road, Lehighton, parcel No. 70F-11-99, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Jens H. Kindt to Jens H. Kindt, 20 W. Chipmunk Trail, P.O. Box 227, Jim Thorpe, property at 20 W. Chipmunk Trail, $1.

Fannie Mae to Neil Bogin, 2501 Leisure Lane, Effort, property at 628-630 Center Ave., $61,500.

BRC Community Cupboard launches eighth annual food drive

Thursday, January 28, 2010

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 non-perishable 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.

Tamaqua woman celebrates 96 years

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Elva Howell of Tamaqua celebrated her 96th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Home In Tamaqua, Inc., 237 E. Broad St., where she has resided for the past seven years.

Elva is a 1932 graduate of Tamaqua High School. She served as a bookkeeper for the former Eames Bakery, as well as for Tamaqua Borough for over 30 years. She is also well-known as an artist and for her poetry.

Elva had three sisters, all of whom are deceased: Florence Eames, Beatrice Koch and Doris Howell. She has a niece, Barbara Price, of Washington, D.C., and a nephew, David Koch of Lewistown Valley.

Lehighton storyteller puts her tales on CDs

Thursday, January 28, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Kathy Long of Lehighton displays two books which she wrote and illustrated and two story CDs she has recorded.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Kathy Long of Lehighton displays two books which she wrote and illustrated and two story CDs she has recorded.

Hoping a book publisher eventually takes notice

There's probably no local storyteller better known than Kathy Long of Lehighton.

She tells her stories in schools and libraries. She has been making an annual Christmas visit to nationally-known Eckley Miners Village where she has a new tale to tell every year. Her storytelling has taken her as far away as Tennessee.

She has illustrated and authored two books.

Now her stories have been put on CDs.

On this date

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jan. 28, 1960

A Lehighton miner, "scaling" a mine roof to make it safe for others to work, was killed last night, as a large rock fell at the Friedensville zinc workings.

Steward Dorward, 25, was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem. George Diehl, 22, Centre Valley, who was working with Dorward, escaped with a slight scratch.

Other miners had blasted at the end of yesterday's shift, as was the usual practice, and Dorward and Diehl, working the second shift, were knocking down rock loosened by the blast.

Board moves on grant requests

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Approval was given by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to Gary Bender, the county grant writer, to seek grants from state and federal bureaus for various projects, in action taken at Wednesday's board meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

LCCC to offer nurse aide job training

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) will offer an evening/weekend Nurse Aide Diploma program at its Carbon Center in Nesquehoning.

This 8-week course begins March 2, Tuesday and Friday from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Course number is HEA 702.

Nurse Aide Training Diploma is an intensive program, designed to prepare the student to take the PA State Certification exam and earn a Nurse Aide Diploma.