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January 2010

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.

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.

Class reunion

Thursday, January 28, 2010

JTHS Class of 1985

Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1985 will hold a 25th reunion planning meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8 at TB's Pub, Route 903, Jim Thorpe.

Anyone interested in helping plan the event are welcome.

Former Miss America tour manager pens novel

Thursday, January 28, 2010
ABOVE: Author Ami Feller RIGHT: The cover of Feller's new book, Boardwalk inDisrepair: TheSplintering of Miss Patriotic, which is available at Amazonbooks.com.
ABOVE: Author Ami Feller RIGHT: The cover of Feller's new book, Boardwalk inDisrepair: TheSplintering of Miss Patriotic, which is available at Amazonbooks.com.

She won't be watching pageant Saturday night

On Saturday night, the annual Miss America Pageant will be airing on TLC: The Learning Channel. Ami Feller won't be watching it, even though she was heavily involved in it for two years.

Feller, who lives in Voorhees, N.J., served as tour manager for the Miss America winners in 2006 and 2007. Obviously, her title meant she traveled extensively and was involved in the most personal details of the grande ladies.

Tiger squad has senior experience

Thursday, January 28, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern coach BJ Dugan stands in front of his bench during a recent game. Seated, from left, are Andrew Rivera (in street clothes), Kyle Wagner, Dalton Conway, Toby Koenig, Garrett Lerner, Trevor German and assistant coach Josh Snyder.
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern coach BJ Dugan stands in front of his bench during a recent game. Seated, from left, are Andrew Rivera (in street clothes), Kyle Wagner, Dalton Conway, Toby Koenig, Garrett Lerner, Trevor German and assistant coach Josh Snyder.

Not a lot of basketball teams are able to keep large classes of players all the way through their senior year.

With only five available starting spots there isn't a lot of playing time to go around. If players today don't get what they (or their parents) feel is a fair share of playing time, they usually don't stick around.

District receives Keystone awards second straight year

Thursday, January 28, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area School District administrators pictured with the Keystone Achievement Awards the district received after it met Adequate Yearly Progress for the second consecutive year are (l-r) Gary Bruch, principal, Towamensing Elementary, Carol Boyce, superintendent, Thad Kosciolek, principal, junior high school, Kathy Egan, principal, high school, Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, and Mary Brumbach, principal, S.S. Palmer Elementary and Parkside Education Center.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area School District administrators pictured with the Keystone Achievement Awards the district received after it met Adequate Yearly Progress for the second consecutive year are (l-r) Gary Bruch, principal, Towamensing Elementary, Carol Boyce, superintendent, Thad Kosciolek, principal, junior high school, Kathy Egan, principal, high school, Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, and Mary Brumbach, principal, S.S. Palmer Elementary and Parkside Education Center.

The large, keystone-shaped placards that grace the halls within the Palmerton Area School District sure didn't come easy.

For the second consecutive year, the district has received the Keystone Achievement Awards after it once again met Adequate Yearly Progress.

Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, said the district has made AYP in both the 2007-08 and 08-09 school years.

"We're very proud," Fenner said. "Not only every building, but the entire district, made AYP."

Theft incidents in Schuylkill

Thursday, January 28, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating two separate theft incidents.

One occurred on a lot at Don's Auto, located along the Port Carbon/St. Clair Highway, in East Norwegian Township. Troopers said the rear right window on the car of Harriet Pellegrino, 67, of Frackville, was smashed to gain entry. Removed from the car was a Sony flip-front loading CD player. A right rear wing window on the vehicle of Amanda Mikitka, 23, of McAdoo, was broken but nothing removed. Both vehicles were parked at the lot for repairs.

Tamaqua woman facing DUI count

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Tamaqua woman has been cited following a traffic stop in the borough on Jan. 18.

Officers were on patrol at 12:15 a.m. when they were alerted to a hit and run accident that occurred in Lansford. The suspect vehicle was a gold Pontiac Grand Am headed towards Tamaqua on SR209. A vehicle fitting that description was observed on 209 in the area of the former Jamesway Plaza.

Officers followed the car, with lights and sirens activated, making a traffic stop in the area of Mauch Chunk Street. The driver was identified as Linda Heffelfinger, of 337 E. Elm St., Tamaqua.

Marriage license

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Carbon County

Joseph Anthony Alfieri and Laura Anne Butler, 15 Hickory Rd., Box 442, Lake Harmony.

Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert at M. C. Opera House on Saturday

Thursday, January 28, 2010
Steve Forbert
Steve Forbert

JTAMS Productions presents Steve Forbert, heralded as one of the most gifted songwriters and compelling live performers in contemporary folk music.

Forbert will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe on Saturday, January 30, at 8:30 p.m.

At 21, Steve Forbert left the small town of Meridian Mississippi where he grew up in and traveled north, to become a folk hero in the giant metropolis of New York City.

Jim Tkach to speak to Palmerton students in wake of recent tragedy

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A noted public speaker will talk to students and community members in the Palmerton Area School District in the wake of a high school student's death last week.

Jim Tkach, of the Bo Tkach Memorial Foundation, will speak to the community about Nick Bickowski, 16, a sophomore at PAHS who was found dead in his home after he took his life on Jan. 22.