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January 2010

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.

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.

William Ravert named president of Bowmanstown Borough Council

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

At the Jan. 4 reorganization meeting William Ravert was named as president of Bowmanstown Borough Council. Pam Leiby is vice president. Tracy Burbage was retained as secretary. James Preston and Ted Stevenson were named solicitor and engineer respectively.

Committee chairmen are: Norman Engle, fire; Pam Leiby, law; Chad Everett, sewer, sanitation and water authority; Burdell Steigerwalt, budget and finance; Ernie Guldner, streets; Troy Muffley, property and special; and Leiby, personnel.