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January 2010

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.

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.

Burglars hit borough hall, fire company

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The string of break-ins in Lansford ramped up a notch this week when someone broke into and ransacked the borough hall and the American Fire Co. No. 1 station at 26 East Patterson St.

According to borough police officer Chris Ondrus, the burglar(s) entered through the back door of the breezeway of the fire station sometime overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday. Both the first and second floors were found in disarray, including the borough office and the fire company meeting room upstairs, and the first floor engine room.

Tim Back and Bob Lily earned the nickname of 'The Potato Men'

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left, the Rev. Keyone Kale Yu, pastor of St. Peters United Methodist Church in Saylorsburg is proud of two of its members, Tim Back, center, and Bob Lily, right, who started a potato ministry. To date, the church has raised enough money to buy 2,325 lbs. of potatoes to be donated to Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network since May 2009. Before that time, Tim and Bob were purchasing several hundred pounds of potatoes by themselves since Feb. 2009.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left, the Rev. Keyone Kale Yu, pastor of St. Peters United Methodist Church in Saylorsburg is proud of two of its members, Tim Back, center, and Bob Lily, right, who started a potato ministry. To date, the church has raised enough money to buy 2,325 lbs. of potatoes to be donated to Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network since May 2009. Before that time, Tim and Bob were purchasing several hundred pounds of potatoes by themselves since Feb. 2009.

One never knows the seeds they sow and how an idea can grow.

Audrey Gould, a member of St. Peters United Methodist Church in Saylorsburg, is the church's representative to Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network, (PVEN) a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation located in McMichaels in the Western Pocono area of Monroe County. It is made up of a network of area churches working together to meet the needs of their community.