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January 2010

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.

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.

Incident at youth camp is probed

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Charges are pending against three teens following an incident at a youth camp in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton said Jahimel Williams, 18, and two 17-year-olds, all of Jim Thorpe, are facing assault counts after they allegedly punched a 14-year-old juvenile. The incident occurred at the Youth Services Camp Adams in Penn Forest Township on Wednesday, Jan. 27, about 8 p.m.

Indian field hockey team honored in Harrisburg

Thursday, January 28, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Lehighton High School field hockey team was honored at the Pennsylvania State Capitol on Tuesday. The Lady Indians finished the season with a 26-0 record and captured the PIAA Class AA state championship. Seniors members of the team and Lehighton school district administrators are shown receiving the proclamation from Speaker of the House Keith McCall. From left are, Tim Tkach, high school principal; James Kraky, Superintendent; Katrina Reppert; Keith McCall; Head Coach Shawn Hindy; Abby Frey; Corrine McConville; Kelcie Smith; Tiffany Harleman; Vanessa Rimbey and Sarah Snyder.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Lehighton High School field hockey team was honored at the Pennsylvania State Capitol on Tuesday. The Lady Indians finished the season with a 26-0 record and captured the PIAA Class AA state championship. Seniors members of the team and Lehighton school district administrators are shown receiving the proclamation from Speaker of the House Keith McCall. From left are, Tim Tkach, high school principal; James Kraky, Superintendent; Katrina Reppert; Keith McCall; Head Coach Shawn Hindy; Abby Frey; Corrine McConville; Kelcie Smith; Tiffany Harleman; Vanessa Rimbey and Sarah Snyder.

Members of Lehighton's state champion field hockey team were honored Tuesday on the House floor in Harrisburg by Speaker of the House, Keith McCall.

The entire team, coaches, and parents were able to take photos with Rep. McCall before the session.

Local psychologist facing assault charges

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Carbon County psychologist is facing sexual assault charges.

Mahoning Township police have filed charges against Michael Degilio of Lehighton. Degilio, who has a psychology practice in an office along SR443, has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and indecent exposure.

Police allege that Degilio forced a patient to perform sexual acts on him in his office. The charges are the result of a lengthy investigation.

Attempted break-in probed in Monroe

Thursday, January 28, 2010

State police at Lehighton are investigating an attempted burglary at a Monroe County property.

Troopers said someone attempted to open the garage door on the property of Jerome Davis, 44, of 118 Birch Drive, Gilbert, Polk Township, about 6:26 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, but failed and then fled the scene.

A basket of prayer hearts

Thursday, January 28, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Kindergarten students [l-r) Madison Mahler, Christopher Ross, Matthew Chambliss and Sydney Duke from St. John Neumann Regional School's Slatington campus present a basket of prayer hearts to Father Joseph Grembocki at offertory during the Wednesday Morning Mass at Assumption BVM Church in Slatington as part of their donation drive and prayers for the Haitians.

LIFE's Second Hand Treasures relocates in Tamaqua

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The entire community is invited to join Access Services for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of its newly relocated thrift store, LIFE's 2nd Hand Treasures.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 9:30 a.m. at the store's new location on 217 S. Center Street in Tamaqua. The store previous occupied the former El-Jay Jewelers shop on West Broad Street.

Polk column

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Food Offering is every first Sunday of the month. It helps feed the hungry in the West End. Please bring boxes or cans of food any time, and place them in barrel by church office. (SSP sets aside the first Sunday to help them remember.) SSP's PVEN volunteers take the food on Tuesday.

If you need food, clothing or rental assistance, call the director of PVEN, Eloise Laubach, at 570-992-3136.

Health Ministry at Salem St. Paul's

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, January 28, 2010

January 28, 1978 Five Slatington players reach double figures in scoring to lead the Bulldogs to a 66-58 Centennial League victory over rival Northwestern. Dave Oertner leads the way for the winners with 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Ron Breiner contributes 14 points. Nolehi, which rallies from a 17-10 deficit, also receives 13 points from Bruce Kemmerer and 12 from Marc Benninger while Mike Fisher chips in with 10.

Senator Argall addresses Generation Next program

Thursday, January 28, 2010

State Senator David G. Argall (R-29) addressed high school student leaders, representing seven school districts, this morning as part of the Schuylkill Chamber and Schuylkill Vision's Generation Next Program.

The Generation Next Program brings together high school student leaders from all area school districts to share ideas and learn about their community.

Colts clinch D-3 crown

Thursday, January 28, 2010
steve shinko/special to the times news Marian's Cody Decker (22) goes over Zack Chesney of Lourdes Regional to get off a shot. Looking on is Lourdes' Joe Gownley (24).
steve shinko/special to the times news Marian's Cody Decker (22) goes over Zack Chesney of Lourdes Regional to get off a shot. Looking on is Lourdes' Joe Gownley (24).

When the opportunity presented itself, the Marian boys' basketball team acted upon it.

After both Mahanoy Area and Weatherly lost Tuesday night, it opened the door for the Colts to clinch their third straight Division 3 title.

The Colts got the job done with a 57-44 victory over Lourdes Regional to wrap up a spot in the Schuylkill League playoffs.