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February 2010

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
  A vortex of flames shoots from the side of the century-old brick oven of the Tamaqua Italian Bakery, awaiting a deposit of dough.
A vortex of flames shoots from the side of the century-old brick oven of the Tamaqua Italian Bakery, awaiting a deposit of dough.

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.

It's pretty, but wait

Thursday, February 25, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS An SUV crosses the Bridge Street bridge near Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton this morning.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS An SUV crosses the Bridge Street bridge near Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton this morning.

Area braces for the brunt of the storm

Don't panic, but according to the National Weather Service our area is the epicenter of a wind-driven snow storm that is expected to dump 14-16 inches of heavy, wet snow on an already winter-fatigued people.

Meteorologist Greg Heavener said the snow started early this morning and is expected to fall through Friday evening. Winds are expected to reach 25-30 mph this afternoon, with gusts up to about 40 mph, with 50 mph gusts in the higher elevations.

Roth IRA conversion advantages detailed for Tamaqua Chamber

Thursday, February 25, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Lee Zink, manager of Mauch Chunk Trust Company's wealth management division, details the advantages of conversion to Roth IRA accounts during a breakfast mixer held by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Lee Zink, manager of Mauch Chunk Trust Company's wealth management division, details the advantages of conversion to Roth IRA accounts during a breakfast mixer held by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

This is the year to convert retirement funds to a tax-free Roth IRA.

That was the advice of Lee Zink, manager of Mauch Chunk Trust Company's wealth management division, at a presentation during the breakfast mixer held Wednesday by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

The mixer, which was sponsored by Mauch Chunk Trust, was hosted by the Tamaqua Elks Lodge.

Mike Prock, manager of Mauch Chunk Trust's Hometown branch, introduced Zink, who detailed the differences between tax deferred and tax free retirement plans.

Monroe arrests

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on several arrests made recently by officers.

On Monday, Feb. 22, about 10:23 p.m. officers responded to Box 22, Stony Hollow Road, in Pocono Pines, to a reported domestic incident. Upon arrival officers were told by Wendy Lemise, 44, of that address, she and her ex-boyfriend, Dean Eppley, 47, of Pocono Pines, argued over the use of the telephone. During the argument Eppley allegedly shoved Lemise. Police said a witness, John Rhodes, 40, of Pocono Pines, confirmed Lemise's account.

Eppey was cited for harassment.

Dog's death probed by Animal Response Team

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Donna Crum, Carbon County Animal Response Team coordinator and county animal cruelty officer, is asking for the community's help to find out more information on the death of a dog.

During the monthly meeting of the CART team on Wednesday, Crum announced that the body of a male pit bull, fawn or tan in color with a white patch of fur on its chest, was discovered Tuesday afternoon behind Lehigh Drive near the Lehigh River.

The canine had sustained a wound from an unknown object. No identification tags or a collar were found on the animal.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tax exemptions

The Tamaqua Area School District is accepting Assessed Occupation Tax exemption applications for the 2010-2011 school year. This will cover the 2010 calendar year.

Retired persons and housewives with no earned income, who have previously been exempted, do not need to file again unless their status has changed and they are now earning income. Also, those who are disabled or at least 75 years of age, who have been specifically notified of their exemption by the district, need not file an application.

Monroe drivers facing DUI counts

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Two Monroe County drivers are facing charges of driving under the influence (DUI) following separate incidents that occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

State police at Lehighton said Walter S. Tomaszewski, of Kunkletown, was stopped about 4:10 p.m. along SR209 at Hideaway Hills Rd., in Polk Townsip, for an expired inspection sticker and for following too closely and intermittent braking. He was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest for DUI, troopers said.

Schuylkill burglary

Thursday, February 25, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Schuylkill County property.

Troopers said unknown criminals gained entry to a barn belonging to the Tallman Family Farms and located at 62 Kalmia Rd., in Porter Township, and removed a Chicago electric wire feed welder, gray and red in color. The welder weighs about 50 pounds and is valued at $200. The incident occurred sometime between 4 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 593-2000.

Alarms accidentally triggered in Tamaqua

Thursday, February 25, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

During installation of a new monitor box at the intersection of Lafayette and Swatara Street in Tamaqua, PP&L workers accidentally triggered sporadic alarms Wednesday afternoon via a wire leading from a nearby fire alarm box. Reportedly, a tool came in contact with the wire, triggering multiple fire whistles to be heard in Tamaqua for about 20 minutes.

Terray caps three-peat at PSAC Championships

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lock Haven junior Amanda Terray, a former Panther Valley standout, capped a three-peat over the weekend winning the 200 backstroke for the third straight year at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships held at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg.

Terray won the 200 backstroke for the third consecutive year with a time of 2:02.81. Her time is also a NCAA automatic qualifying time, marking her second NCAA qualifier in as many days after hitting one in the 100 backstroke event a night earlier with a time of 57.57. for a silver medal.

Chili Challenge held at Jerusalem UCC

Thursday, February 25, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Paul Hoppel displays chili in a crockpot before the judging begins.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Paul Hoppel displays chili in a crockpot before the judging begins.

Members of Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Trachsville, do fundraising all year. Then Pastor Sharon Temple said it was time to do something "just for fun."

"This won't cost anything except the hot dog rolls," said Terry Goodhile, who organized the Chili Challenge as that fun project. He hopes it will become an annual event.

"Everybody makes the 'best' chili," Goodhile said. People made the chili at home and brought it in crockpots.

First they took tastes because everyone was a judge. The contestants can vote for themselves.

Polk column

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hunter Trapper Safety Course

Pennsylvania Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education classes will be held on June 12 and 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Register early as class fills quickly. No walk-ins, limited seating. No fee for course.

The ins and outs of snow

Thursday, February 25, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The owner of this Jeep awakened to a snowy greeting today. He'll have to shovel his vehicle both inside and out before the storm is over.

Marian Mock Trail team picks up two wins

Thursday, February 25, 2010
KEITH HOPPES/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
KEITH HOPPES/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian Catholic's team of Mock Trial attorneys and witnesses cruised into victory at the Services Center in Reading for a chance at the quarterfinals. Marian earned an 18 point win over Northampton and another victory over Boyertown. The Marian Catholic team competed against Pine Grove on Tuesday evening, to end up just two points shy of moving into the quarterfinals of competition. The case was presided over by Judge Jeffrey Sprecher of the Court of Common Pleas, Berks County.

College financial aid workshop postponed

Thursday, February 25, 2010

State Rep. Keith McCall said his Free Application for Federal Student Aid Workshop originally scheduled for this Saturday in Nesquehoning has been postponed until Saturday, March 13 due to the forecasted inclement weather.

The workshop will now be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 13 at Lehigh Carbon Community College's Carbon Center, 24 Locust St., Nesquehoning.

Solicitor criticises controller

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Board approves loan from debt service fund

A resolution was adopted by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to borrow $2.5 million from the county's Debt Service Fund to be transferred to the county's General Fund cash account, in action taken at Wednesday's public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Controller Melinda Kantner continued to question the legality of this transaction. She raised it at last week's work session.

Monroe arresst

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Monroe County woman was arrested for retail theft.

State police at Fern Ridge allege that Ashley Knibbs, of Effort, attempted to remove $94.73 worth of merchandise from the Weis Market, located at SR209 and Weir Lake Road, in Chestnuthill Township. The incident occurred about 6:38 p.m. on Feb. 13, troopers said.

Snow parking objectors at Nesquehoning meeting

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Several Nesquehoning residents objecting to the recent rash of snow storm parking bans appeared at Wednesday night's Nesquehoning Borough Council meeting.

One resident had four tickets issued by two different police officers on Rhume Street. He said he moved his car as others in the area did. President Mark Stromelo told the residents to follow the rules on the snow parking signs and that it would be enforced during this week's snow storm as well.

DUI roving patrol

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The North Central Pa. Regional Sobriety Checkpoint DUI Taskforce and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement Program has released the following information from activities held this past weekend.

A Roving DUI Patrol was held Feb. 19 with two law enforcement departments represented by two officers. A total of 26 vehicles were contacted and detained. Two drivers were tested for possible DUI. Officers issued 11 traffic citations, made one criminal arrest and issued 16 warnings.