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January 2010

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.

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.

Officials seek status of Live Scan Booking Station

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Carbon County court officials want to know what is going on about an electronic fingerprinting and photo station that the county received for free in 2008.

Officials move toward repairing High Bridge

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Carbon County officials are moving forward to repair the Hometown High Bridge in Schuylkill County.

During the monthly meeting of the county railroad commission on Tuesday, the board discussed the 2010 Rail Freight Assistance Program grant the county was awarded from the state in December 2009. The amount of the grant is $435,456; over $500,000 lower than initially requested.

Tamaqua man cited for DUI

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tamaqua police have released details of a driving under the influence (DUI) related arrest made last week.

Musto to retire from Senate

Thursday, January 28, 2010
State Sen. Raphael "Ray" Musto
State Sen. Raphael "Ray" Musto

State Sen. Raphael "Ray" Musto (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election and will retire from the Senate at the end of his current term.

"After nearly 40 years of public service to the citizens of the northeast and seven terms serving the 14th Senatorial District, it is time to retire from the Senate," Musto said. "I have been fortunate and blessed, and I am grateful for all the kindness that has been extended to me over the years."

"It has been a privilege and an honor to serve."

Nesquehoning garbage truck breaks down

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Nesquehoning Borough Council president Mark Stromelo, who heads the Sanitation Committee, reported at Wednesday's council meeting that the garbage truck broke down and was put in the repair shop at Kovatch's. The truck was purchased in May 2006 and hauls Nesquehoning trash to a dump site in Hegins.

On Wednesday the Kovatch Corporation refurbished the radiator and the truck was on the road again in the afternoon, trying to play catch up on collecting the trash into the evening hours..

High-tech thieves hit CVS store

Thursday, January 28, 2010
High-tech thieves hit CVS store
Copyright Times News 2009

The CVS drugstore in Nesquehoning has been the target of high-tech thieves for the second time.

According to borough police, three black females came into the store at 5:11 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 with a device capable of deactivating security bar codes on various items. Two of the females each filled a red carrying basket with products, and one filled a black duffel bag with a purple heart on it.

The store manager found the other basket that was filled with items.

He checked to see if the device alarm would activate, but it would not.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Adult day care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center is seeking volunteers to serve on its board of directors. The board meets one evening per month. Anyone interested in serving on the board of directors may call (570) 668-6556.

Roberti to receive ACCESS Award

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Steven M. Roberti of Jim Thorpe, who is graduating from DeSales University with a bachelor's degree in finance, will receive the ACCESS Award. Roberti plans to attend law school after graduation.

The ACCESS program at DeSales is one of the most widely respected adult education programs in the region.

To qualify for the ACCESS Award, the recipient must be graduating in January, have at least a 3.75 GPA and submit a one-page essay on their experience in the program. The winning essay is selected, upon review by a committee. The award includes a plaque and monetary gift.

Penn State Glee Club sets local concerts

Thursday, January 28, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Dr. Christopher Kiver, right, directs the Penn State University Glee Club during a concert. The club will be performing in concert on Friday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lehighton Area Middle School and on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Pleasant Valley High School.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Dr. Christopher Kiver, right, directs the Penn State University Glee Club during a concert. The club will be performing in concert on Friday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lehighton Area Middle School and on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Pleasant Valley High School.

Will be playing at Lehighton Area High School on Feb. 5, Pleasant Valley on Feb. 6

The Penn State Glee Club, which has a built a stellar global reputation in its 112 year of existence, is coming to two local school districts:

Ÿ On Friday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. the club will perform in the Lehighton Area Middle School.

Ÿ On Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. a concert will be given at the Pleasant Valley High School.

A donation of $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens will be accepted at the door for the Lehighton concert.

Miller-Keystone slates blood drives

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Miller-Keystone Blood Center has scheduled the following blood drives. Please call the Blood Center for donation information at (610) 926-6060 or (570) 455-2018.

*Feb. 1, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Polk Township Fire Company, Rt. 209, Kresgeville.

*Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 to 6 p.m., McCann's School of Business, 14 Maplewood Drive, Hazleton.

* Feb. 7, noon to 3 p.m., Salem St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Trach Drive and Rt. 209, Kresgeville.

* Feb. 7, 10:30 a.m. to 5:10 p.m., Boyer's IGA, 318 Hancock Street, McAdoo.