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February 2010

ACL injury ends Miller's career

Saturday, February 27, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern graduate Caitlin Miller was honored recently during the DeSales women's basketball Senior Day ceremony. Miller leaves DeSales as the fifth-leading rebounder in school history. She is accompanied by her parents, Jane and Dave.
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern graduate Caitlin Miller was honored recently during the DeSales women's basketball Senior Day ceremony. Miller leaves DeSales as the fifth-leading rebounder in school history. She is accompanied by her parents, Jane and Dave.

Former Northwestern standout was key member of DeSales basketball team

In some ways, the end of Caitlin Miller's DeSales University basketball career resembles her departure from Northwestern.

Just like high school, Miller leaves the Lady Bulldog program as one of the top rebounders and overall players the school has seen.

Just like her high school team, she leaves a program in goood shape as DeSales has won two straight conference titles, their first since 2000, and is heading into this year's Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament on a 10-game winning streak.

Tamaqua Relay for Life event rescheduled

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Due to this week's storm, the Relay for Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities' indoor yard sale has been rescheduled for March 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Tamaqua Community Center, located behind Boyer's Market, Tamaqua.

The event will also include a food and bake sale. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society.

For further information, call 1-888-227-5445, option 3, or visit the website at www.relayforlife .org/patamaquaarea

Faithful to the end, Scamper touched many lives

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Late on the snowy afternoon of January 25, 2001 in Somerset County, while driving through the park at Somerset Lake and rounding a corner, there appeared in the twilight beams of my van, two bright, sharply lit eyes peering above a high pile of snow.

The temperature was Arctic, the conditions were severe, and here was an animal, crouched behind a wall of snow. When I stopped to investigate, the terrified Beagle peered higher and retreated in fear. The dog was obviously in distress.

Champion dogs each have their own wall of ribbons

Saturday, February 27, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Prayer Bear, Primeau and Breezer perk up their ears and pose when they hear the word "bank."
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Prayer Bear, Primeau and Breezer perk up their ears and pose when they hear the word "bank."

Can anything be whiter than snow?

Todd and Sandra Wingert's dogs are. Their American Eskimo dogs trace their history to Pomeranian and Spitz dogs. Known as German Spitz, they were brought to this country during the war and renamed American Eskimo dogs. They come in three sizes – toy up to 12 inches, miniature up to 15 inches and standard size.

Sandra says they are low maintenance dogs because their hair naturally sheds dirt. They can be outside and get muddy, and when they dry the mud slides off without staining the fine, soft hair.

Red Ball Military Club Swap Meet March 6

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Red Ball Military Transport Club, an organization of historians, vehicle preservationists and collectors interested in collecting, restoring, displaying and enjoying antique historic military transport equipment and vehicles, will be holding its annual Winter Swap Meet at Memorial Park Hall in Jim Thorpe from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 6.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, February 27, 2010

February 27, 1993 Six TIMES NEWS area athletes, three of them from Pleasant Valley, earn gold medals at the Centennial League wrestling championships. The Bears' Jim Christy earns a 12-4 major decision in the finals at 140 pounds while teammate Chris Iandoli gains a 6-5 decision at 145 to earn first place. PV's Allen Lange also cops gold with a 10-5 decision at 160. Lehighton crowns two champs with Nic Lorenzo registering a major win at 103 and Steve Hawk getting a decision at heavyweight. Northern Lehigh accounts for the other champ, with Mike Altif gaining gold at 130 with a 5-2 win.

Palmerton taking action against eyesore

Saturday, February 27, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton has agreed to file legal proceedings against the owner of this home at 910 Edgemont Avenue.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton has agreed to file legal proceedings against the owner of this home at 910 Edgemont Avenue.

Palmerton has agreed to take action against a home that's become an eyesore in the borough.

Borough Council on Thursday unanimously agreed to file legal proceedings against the owner of the home at 910 Edgemont Avenue.

As part of that measure, council authorized borough Manager Rodger Danielson and borough solicitor Michael Ozalas to take the action.

Danielson said the property has been abandoned for many years, and has been cited various times. Council was vehemently in favor of the action.

Schuylkill court news

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Granted divorce

Cathryn L. Brackman was granted a divorce from John M. Brackman, both of Pottsville. They were married April 14, 2007.

Sentenced

Practice

Saturday, February 27, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Nathan Marlatt, at 14 months, is practicing for the time when he will be ready to bridge from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. He was at the Blue and Gold banquet of Cub Scout Pack 209 where the older Cubs moved into Boy Scouting.

Winter memories

Saturday, February 27, 2010

I love winter.

Well ok, let me define that a little more.

I love the winter memories I have of growing up in the Midwest.

The first seasonal South Dakota snowfall could happen as early at Halloween.

My homemade Halloween costumes were usually larger than need be just in case I had to wear a parka underneath.

It would be unlikely that this snow would stick around for long but it was always a reminder that lots more would soon be on the way.

Thanksgiving was always cold and by December the farm dams and ponds were already frozen over.

PV students learn personal details about cerebral palsy

Saturday, February 27, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bobby O'Gurek of Summit Hill graduated from Panther Valley High School and came back to PV Elementary School to speak to the fifth graders. They recently studied a story about cerebral palsy and learned first hand from Bobby what it's like to have CP. Greeting Bobby after the program were Taylor Kondash, Raelynn Mahoney, Corey Goss, David Gieniec ( with Thank You card), O'Gurek, Kelsey Rimsky, McKenzie Lazur, and Danielle Hudicka.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bobby O'Gurek of Summit Hill graduated from Panther Valley High School and came back to PV Elementary School to speak to the fifth graders. They recently studied a story about cerebral palsy and learned first hand from Bobby what it's like to have CP. Greeting Bobby after the program were Taylor Kondash, Raelynn Mahoney, Corey Goss, David Gieniec ( with Thank You card), O'Gurek, Kelsey Rimsky, McKenzie Lazur, and Danielle Hudicka.

When the fifth grade students at Panther Valley Elementary School read a story entitled " Stretching Ourselves", the special education teacher Nicole Hajcak contacted Bobby O'Gurek who suffers from cerebral palsy. The story is about children who have CP and how they cope with it.

Bobby was invited to the school to give a personal account of his affliction. He presented a power point program of his school days and answered questionsasked by some of the students.

Clearing an alley in Tamaqua

Friday, February 26, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Borough workers have been working hard over the past weeks. Here, a Tamaqua plow truck plows through a small alley on rear Mauch Chunk Street.

CLASS REUNION

Friday, February 26, 2010

JTAHS Class of 1990

Jim Thorpe Area High School Class of 1990 will hold a 20-year class reunion meeting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28 at Roadies Restaurant in Penn Forest Township.

Class members wishing to help plan the reunion are invited to attend.

Living for the '80s

Friday, February 26, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ann Marie Calabrese does some recording work in her home studio. Calabrese, The 80's Guru, is celebrating her 20th anniversary as a radio and mobile disc jockey.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ann Marie Calabrese does some recording work in her home studio. Calabrese, The 80's Guru, is celebrating her 20th anniversary as a radio and mobile disc jockey.

DJ Ann Marie Calabrese celebrates 20 years

Ann Marie Calabrese grew up watching American Bandstand.

While others would tune in for the musical acts or to watch the dancers, Calabrese was more focused on the show's host, Dick Clark.

"I'd watch Bandstand, listen to Dick Clark, and with his material, I'd go back and practice," recalled Calabrese. "I thought it was cool that he was a household name and involved in the music industry."

From those days as a novice announcer, the Tamaqua native has created a 20-year career as a radio and mobile disc jockey.

Locals named to MVC First Team

Friday, February 26, 2010

Lehighton's Jordyn Homyak and Pleasant Valley's Kasey Meckes were both named to the First Team of the 2009-10 Mountain Valley Conference Girls All-Star Team.

Homyak, a junior, averaged 15.4 points per game for the Indians while Meckes, also a junior, topped the Bears in scoring with 12.6 ppg.

No TIMES NEWS area boys players were named to the First Team although PV's Mike Sharpe was selected to the Second Team. Sharpe finished the season averaging 11.5 points per game.

Italian Bakery gains national recognition

Friday, February 26, 2010
The Tamaqua Italian Bakery is a modest building located at 122 North Railroad Street. The one-lane, dead-end street is better known locally as Pleasant Row.
The Tamaqua Italian Bakery is a modest building located at 122 North Railroad Street. The one-lane, dead-end street is better known locally as Pleasant Row.

Mickey and Larry Padora are becoming media celebrities and the humble building at 122 North Railroad Street is a tourist attraction.

The Tamaqua Italian Bakery and its two bread bakers were featured recently on a special television segment produced by Fox 41 in Louisville, Ky.

Baked to perfection

Friday, February 26, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS At age 83, Lorenzo Guiseppe "Mickey" Padora has been baking Italian bread the Old World way for over 50 years.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS At age 83, Lorenzo Guiseppe "Mickey" Padora has been baking Italian bread the Old World way for over 50 years.

Tamaqua Italian Bakery may be only one of its kind in the country

Lawrence "Mickey" Padora, 83, is a master baker who specializes in only one product - Italian bread.

Born Lorenzo Guiseppe Padora, Mickey has spent over 50 years making fresh, hard-crusted Italian bread in Tamaqua's Italian Bakery. The small, white wood-frame structure clings to the hillside unannounced at 122 Railroad Street. Locals call the area Pleasant Row.

Consumers say Padora's bread is without equal.

Stonehedge beauty

Friday, February 26, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Before yesterday's second wave of snow, warmer temperatures had already begun to melt earlier snowfall. Pictured is Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua.

LALLC plans regular meeting

Friday, February 26, 2010

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions will meet at 6 p.m. March 4 in the community room at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton. Members are also busy planning for their annual Bunny Lunch being held at 11 a.m. March 20 at the Lehighton Recreation Center. Anyone interested in more information about the club may contact Linda Benner at (610) 377 3685.

Eight area residents among 17 to enter guilty pleas

Friday, February 26, 2010

Eight area residents were among 17 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges recently in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Pension crisis Poor planning led to shortfalls

Friday, February 26, 2010

Pennsylvania's state pension fund is in crisis. Thanks to a down stock market and poor planning on the part of state legislators, taxpayers may be on the hook for billions of dollars in tax increases.

The state's retirement fund will soon face a severe shortage. To fund this gap, school districts may be asked to contribute $1.9 billion in 2012-2013. This increase will place a hardship on local homeowners, who can't afford the extra tax burden.

Friday trash pick-up

Friday, February 26, 2010

Kline, Rush, Tamaqua, Lansford

Tamaqua Transfer and Recycling has announced a weather related change for its customers in Kline Township, Rush Township, Tamaqua and Lansford. Due to the heavy, drifting snow, trash collections for today have been postponed until tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 27.

Tamaqua domestic

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Tamaqua man was lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, following a domestic incident in the borough.

Officers were dispatched to 302 Orwigsburg St. at 3:45 a.m. Thursday for a reported domestic in progress. When they arrived they could hear a male yelling inside the home. The male was identified as Levi Warren, 26, of that address.

Carbon reapplying for $200,000 grant

Friday, February 26, 2010

Carbon County is reapplying for a $200,000 grant to help fund the Packerton Business Park Project.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to submit an application to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), for the project. This is a re-submission of last year's application.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said that the re-submission includes changes and additions of information, which was requested by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

On this date

Friday, February 26, 2010

February 26, 1942

It was reported today that the only survivor on the torpedoed tanker W. D. Anderson is Frank L. Terry of Lansford, a former lifeguard who went to sea only two months ago. The tanker was sunk on Feb. 23 by enemy submarines off the Atlantic Coast, about 12 miles from Florida. Thirty-five members of the crew died in the flaming wreckage or were drowned. Terry, 23, was on the deck when the attack occurred. He managed to dive into the ocean just as the tanker exploded into flames.

Clearing church walk

Friday, February 26, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured are Tamaqua residents shoveling snow outside the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua.

Suspended Andreas firefighters work to regain active duty

Friday, February 26, 2010
Fire Chief Rob Nunemacher, Jr. of the Andreas Fire Company displays equipment on a firetruck.
Fire Chief Rob Nunemacher, Jr. of the Andreas Fire Company displays equipment on a firetruck.

On Feb. 1, the West Penn Township board of supervisors suspended the Andreas Fire Company from active duty for three months.

The supervisors cited financial, safety and training concerns with the fire company for taking the action.

Since then, the volunteers of the Andreas company say they have been working to address those concerns to the board's satisfaction.

"We need the community to know that we are complying," said Rob Nunemacher Jr., the company's fire chief.

Weather conditions close Schuylkill courthouse

Friday, February 26, 2010

For the third time during the month of February the Schuylkill County courthouse was closed today because of the amount of snow dumped in the county.

However, county employees at the county prison and 9-1-1 Communication Center located in Pottsville and at Rest Haven Home and Hospital in Schuylkill Haven, struggled to reach their workplace to keep them functional.

Bach Choir of Northeastern Pennsylvania forming

Friday, February 26, 2010

A new singing group known as The Bach Choir of Northeastern Pennsylvania, will be auditioning voices for membership on Sunday, March 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe.

Membership will be open to all interested singers from anywhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania who wish to audition.

Strange formations

Friday, February 26, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

These strange snow formations occurred on the ground throughout our area last night. These spots are the result of rapid freezing, snowfall, and blowing winds.

Schuylkill Co. man pleads to 10 counts of sexual assault

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Tower City man pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual abuse recently in Schuylkill County court and is being evaluated as a sexual offender.

Leroy Joseph Johns, Jr., 44, entered a guilty plea to 10 counts of sexual abuse of children and Judge Jacqueline Russell deferred sentencing and ordered the defendant to submit to an evalation through the state's sexual offenders asssessment board. A sentence date will be set when the court receives the result of the evaluation.