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February 2010

PGC board okays grant

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Approval of a $100,000 federal State Wildlife Grant to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in support of the "Second Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas" analysis project has been given by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners.

East Penn Youth Wrestling League champs

Saturday, February 27, 2010
East Penn Youth Wrestling League champs
Copyright Times News 2009

Youth wrestlers from Lehighton and Northern Lehigh captured first place finishes at the end of the season East Penn Youth Wrestling League (EPYWL) varsity tournament held at Souderton High School on Jan. 21. The EPWYL consists of elementary teams from schools throughout Monroe, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks county. Pictured from left to right are, Matt Schmall (85 pounds) and CJ Young (92 pounds) from Northern Lehigh and Connor Frey (115 pounds) and Tegan Durishin (76 pounds) from Lehighton. The wrestlers were coached by Dave Schmall, Rob Marlatt and Mike Gornick.

Voters will remember

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

It's clear you (the administration) are not doing the will of the American people and throwing another bone to the fat cat insurance companies.

This White House is as shameful as the last one. You are obviously all bought and paid for.

History will record your (mis)deeds and we will remember on election day.

Phil Forchielli

859 S. Cottonwood Road


Snowy thoughts

Saturday, February 27, 2010

As I'm writing this, it is snowing outside. The prediction is for another 8-12 inches on top of the last 12 inches we had in Effort.

I get a kick out of listening to people when there is a prediction of snow. It seems to send everyone into a tizzy.

Here are some of my skewered musings on human behavior when it begins to snow.


I'm not one of those people who panics, races to the grocery store and buys enough to see me through until the spring thaw.

On this date

Saturday, February 27, 2010

February 27, 1942

Stephen R. Radocha, treasurer of the Coaldale School Board and mining employee of the Lehigh Navigation Coal Company at its No. 8 colliery, was killed instantly at 10 a.m. today by a delayed explosion of dynamite which he and his mine buddy, Raymond Hoffman, also of Coaldale, had placed a few minutes earlier. A native of Czecho Slovakia, he immigrated to this country in 1906. Surviving are his widow and four children.

Lehighton 912 Project sets town hall meeting

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A town hall meeting will be hosted by the Lehighton 912 Project at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

At the meeting will be primary candidates who will be presenting their platforms.

Among them will be Sam Rohrer, gubernatorial candidate; Lou Barletta, a candidate for congress, and Doyle Heffley, who is a candidate for state representative.

For more information, visit the Lehighton 912 Project Web site.

Pair of teams perfect

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Service Electric stayed undefeated on the season with a 20-point victory, while Two King's Pizzeria needed a last second shot to keep its perfect record intact.

The two teams square off this Wednesday night (6:15 p.m.) with first-place on the line, as the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission's winter basketball heads into the month of March.

Also, starting this Wednesday, and continuing for the reason of the season, all ESRC winter basketball league games will be held at the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center (at the Tamaqua Middle School).

Be yourself, sort of

Saturday, February 27, 2010

My favorite television show of the new season is "The Middle" on Wednesday nights.

It focuses on the Hecks, an average, if a bit quirky, family, living average lives, trying to get by just like everyone else. In a recent episode, the father, Mike, loses his job as a quarry foreman. He'd worked there for quite a few years, and was shell shocked when he found himself out of work. To make matters worse, he's hopelessly out of touch with how to find a job.

Tamaqua lifts snow emergency; removal work begins Monday

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mayor Christian Morrison lifted the Snow Emergency Declaration for the Borough of Tamaqua on Friday at 5 p.m.

There are no travel restrictions in Tamaqua, but motorists are advised to use caution when driving.

Just when borough officials were finishing up their snow removal process after the major storm two weeks ago, the big weathermaker that hit on Thursday set the stage for another round of clean up operations.

Snow removal will begin on Monday at 12:01 a.m.

Three houses

Saturday, February 27, 2010

My loyal readers have followed my life journey these past years. You all know how excited I was to move from Pennsylvania to Pawleys Island, SC, even though it meant leaving my childhood home in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Moving from that large brick historic home on West Broadway in the Pocono Mountains was a trauma. Moving into our smaller home near the beach was quite a change.

Must be a better way

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

I would like to weigh in on the recent talk of a new school to be built in the Jim Thorpe district. I would like to point out there are online charter schools that local folks are currently succesfully teaching children at home.

I say Bravo! to those who are enrolled. These brave and resourseful parent/teachers deserve praise they are helping alleviate burdens to taxpayers while performing a valuable service.

Carbon County court news

Friday, February 26, 2010

Lease payments

Woodrow R. Frey Jr., aka, Woody Frey, dba, Body & Soul Complex, 701 Bridge St., Lehighton, filed a complaint against SPA, and Blair and Leslie Gerber Jr., 22 Hillside Place, Kunkletown, alleging the defendants have defaulted on a lease agreement at the defendants' Lehighton property. Sought is an amount in "excess of the jurisdictional limits requiring compulsory arbitration."

Medical suit

District 11 postpones all Friday basketball

Friday, February 26, 2010

All District 11 basketball playoff games scheduled for Friday night have been postponed.

The games will now be played on Saturday afternoon.

Of the games rescheduled, six of them involve TIMES NEWS area teams.

In boys AAA, the site of the Panther Valley vs. Pottsville contest has also changed. The game will now be played at Minersville at 2:30 p.m.

Other AAA boys games with local teams include Jim Thorpe vs. Blue Mountain, which will be played at 2:30 p.m. at Weatherly, and Northern Lehigh vs. Saucon Valley, now scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Catasauqua.

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, February 26, 2010

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Roman J. Baran to Roman J. Baran, Hazleton, property at 1405 E. Broad St., $1.

East Penn Township

Alan T. Steigerwalt to Paul A. Baker, 1849 Municipal Rroad, Lehighton, parcel No. 99-8-B36, $100,000.

Jim Thorpe

Sheriff of Carbon County to Wells Fargo Bank, Ft. Mill, S.C., property at 59 W. Front St., $1.

Sheriff of Carbon County to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, Pasadena, Calif., property at 206 South Ave., $69,531.

Naratil, Rat Pack enjoy success

Friday, February 26, 2010

Rat Pack Fighting Systems recently had a very successful weekend, capturing four titles in two days of Mixed Martial Arts competition.

Rat Pack Fighting Systems is a Mixed Martial Arts Academy that is located on Delaware Ave. in Palmerton

On Friday night, the club's top amateur MMA fighter T. Bubba Naratil, of Aquaschicola, fought for and captured the Central PA Warrior Challenge Heavyweight title belt with a seven second first round KO of the reigning champion.

Keeping up with the storm

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Jim Thorpe Borough crew clears West 6th Street this morning.

A winter sculpture

Friday, February 26, 2010

Strong, gusty winds have sculpted the overnight snowfall into a four-foot-high drift along the sidewalk next to the old Moose building at Broad and Pine streets in Tamaqua.

Cub Scouts move on to Boy Scouting at Blue and Gold dinner

Friday, February 26, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Joshua Ritter crossed the bridge to be met by members of Boy Scout Troop 209.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Joshua Ritter crossed the bridge to be met by members of Boy Scout Troop 209.

Blast into Scouting was the theme of the Pack 209 Blue and Gold banquet held Feb. 20 at Palmerton Rod and Gun Club. Cub Scouts who completed the requirements for their level of achievement received the badges they earned and moved up to the next level. Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Trachsville, sponsors Pack 209.

Greg Cope, said scouting is the safest investment you can make in your child's success and explained that it cost $120 for a child per year of scouting. He asked parents to contribute. It is the 100th anniversary of scouting.

Ross The Mentalist amazes Rotarians with his "tricks"

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ross the Mentalist messed with the minds of members of the West End Rotary Club. He amazed them with a "trick" at one of their weekly Thursday 7:30 a.m. morning breakfast meetings. "And what I do are tricks. Not magic," says Ross. He has performed over 200 shows, free. "I do it because I like to reward groups like you," he told the Rotarians. "You raise money for donations to give to community organizations and I do it to bring awareness of VIABL, (Visual Impairment and Blindness Services in Monroe and Northampton counties) to audiences.

Nesquehoning news

Friday, February 26, 2010

Democratic club

The Nesquehoning Democratic Club will hold a meeting on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. in the Nesquehoning Lions Club building.

All Democrats are invited to attend and discuss the upcoming election. Food will be served after the meeting.

2010 PV All night party

A meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the high school library for the Panther Valley All Night Party.

Topics of discussion will be the current pierogie sale and a schedule will be set for the decorating committee to begin meeting at the Coaldale Complex.

Indians on ice Lehighton seniors playing in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League

Friday, February 26, 2010
Linda Rothrock/Special to the TIMES NEWS Goalie Nick Hoster hugs the post while watching the puck go behind the net during a recent LVSHL game.
Linda Rothrock/Special to the TIMES NEWS Goalie Nick Hoster hugs the post while watching the puck go behind the net during a recent LVSHL game.

Nick Hoster and Zach Schlener wear maroon jerseys.

But the Lehighton seniors don't play for the Indians.

Since their school doesn't have a team in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League, the two ice hockey players are forced to join another squad in order to compete in the sport they love.

Fortunately for Whitehall, it is that school.

Hoster, the team's starting goalie, and Schlener, the Zephyrs' second-leading scorer, have been key members of a squad that is in first place in the non-pure division with a 9-1-1 record.

Commissioner Nothstein chairman of Red Cross heroes campaign

Friday, February 26, 2010

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein is again heading up an American Red Cross campaign in the county.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday it was announced that Nothstein has been named this year's chairman for the American Red Cross Heroes Campaign, Carbon County branch. This is the second time the campaign, which kicks off March 1 and runs through March 31, has been held in the county.

Nothstein explained the campaign's goal is to raise money for the local branch of the organization, as well as make community heroes.

Marriage licenses

Friday, February 26, 2010

Carbon County

Gregory Alan White and Melissa Mary Miller, 334 W. Patterson St., Lansford.

Michael Pernell Herman Jr. and Tiffani Marie Christman, 322 S. First St., Lehighton.

Casey Eric Yates and Elizabeth Nicole Hamilton, 2451 Fairyland Rd., Lehighton.

Thomas Andrew Dedinsky and Tina Marie Abbott, 1328 Orchard Lane, Jim Thorpe.

D-11 wrestling tourney now Saturday, Sunday

Friday, February 26, 2010

The District 11 Wrestling tournaments scheduled for today have been postponed.

The tournaments, which were originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, have now been moved to Saturday and Sunday.

Both the AAA and AA will begin action Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with pigtail rounds. The quarterfinals will take place at 11:30 a.m. with first round consis slated for 1:30 p.m.

Second round consis will start at 5 p.m. with semifinals and third round cosis scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Fourth round consis will follow that at 9:30 p.m.

On this date

Friday, February 26, 2010

February 26, 2003

February 26, 2003 Jen Blasko tallies a game-high 14 points and pulls down five rebounds to help the Marian girls gain a 45-34 victory over Moravian Academy in the District 11 Class A semifinals. Blasko scores six early points in the first quarter as the Fillies, coached by Paul Brutto, jump out to 9-2 lead. Trish McElmoyle finishes with 13 points for the winners, while Alanna Zahora contributes 11.

Basketball playoff ticket sale

Friday, February 26, 2010

The following schools have announced ticket sales for their District 11 basketball playoff games:


Panther Valley will be holding a special ticket sale for its boys game which will be played on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Minersville High School at 2:30 p.m..

Tickets can be purchased on Saturday in the athletic office of the high school between 9-11:30 a.m.

The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. All tickets at the door will cost $5.


No 'Storm of Century'

Friday, February 26, 2010

But still tough to handle

Chances are when you woke up this morning, your car was clear of snow thanks to the heavy winds.

Or, maybe your car was almost totally buried under drifting snow.

It was the wind which made yesterday's storm tough to handle. While early weather reports indicated this could be the "Storm of the Century," accumulated totals were less for most of the Carbon-Schuylkill area than the storm on Feb. 16. Road crews, though, found that overnight as the wind increased in intensity, drifting made it hard to keep many roads open.

Receives basic infantry training

Friday, February 26, 2010

Army National Guard Pvt. Paul F. Katona III has graduated from the Direct Fire Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training.

Tamaqua news

Friday, February 26, 2010

Taboo subjects

Schuylkill County VISION will sponsor a free event for parents, grandparents and guardians of children 10-21 years of age. Billed as "Talking With Your Children - No Subject is Taboo," the session will be held April 18 at the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29, Maple Avenue Campus in Marlin. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. and the session will be held from 2-4:30 p.m.

Tamaqua man one of eight to plead guilty

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Tamaqua man was one of eight who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges this week in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

Larry Lon Wagner, 30, of 300 1/2 Arlington St., Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to assault and drug charges.

Schuylkill crash

Friday, February 26, 2010

A snow-covered Schuylkill County roadway was the site of a one vehicle crash that occurred about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.

State police at Frackville said David James Davis, 55, of Pottsville, was driving a 1997 Jeep Wrangler southbound on SR924 in East Union Township when he failed to negotiate a right hand curve. The vehicle crossed the northbound lane and went onto the berm where it struck a concrete bridge head-on.

Davis was not injured but damages were disabling to the vehicle. Troopers said Davis will be cited for driving a vehicle at an (un) safe speed.