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February 2010

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
"I crawled in the oven but you could never do it if you were claustrophobic," says Larry Padora, 36, as he explains recent repairs to the bricks.
"I crawled in the oven but you could never do it if you were claustrophobic," says Larry Padora, 36, as he explains recent repairs to the bricks.

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
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Answering questions about the Andreas Fire Company's three-month suspension by the West Penn Township board of supervisors are, from left, Assistant Chief Jeff Bradford; Fire Chief Rob Nunemacher, Jr.; and Assistant Chief Rob Nunemacher, Sr.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Answering questions about the Andreas Fire Company's three-month suspension by the West Penn Township board of supervisors are, from left, Assistant Chief Jeff Bradford; Fire Chief Rob Nunemacher, Jr.; and Assistant Chief Rob Nunemacher, Sr.

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.

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
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

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

A winter sculpture

Friday, February 26, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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
The new Boy Scouts join members of Troop 209 at a camp set up on the stage.
The new Boy Scouts join members of Troop 209 at a camp set up on the stage.

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
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

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 Zach Schlener heads toward the net during a recent game against Freedom.
Linda Rothrock/Special to the TIMES NEWS Zach Schlener heads toward the net during a recent game against Freedom.

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

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.

TAMAQUA