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March 2010

Access Services Eggstravaganza at Lakeside Ballroom April 9

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Back by popular demand, Access Services in Orwigsburg has announced that the after-dark Egg Hunt will be an added back to the upcoming 7th Annual Eggstravaganza event, taking place on Friday, April 9 at the Lakeside Ballroom, in Barnesville, PA from 7 p.m. to midnight.

"The after-dark egg hunt has always been a hugely celebrated part of our annual Eggstravaganza event. Last year we followed a slightly different format and did not have the outside hunt," says Sheila Davison, Regional Director.

Pleas entered in pending drug cases

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Several defendants, including two who were part of a drug trafficking operation, entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday. Seven persons facing drug charges appeared before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to enter the pleas.

Drug operation

Jason Michael Seekins, 34, and Melissa Ann Oriel, 36, both of 232 W. Ridge St., Coaldale, pleaded guilty to drug counts. Both were part of a drug trafficking operation dealing drugs in the county.

Northern Lehigh news

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Slatington Library News

The library will be celebrating National Library Week by holding a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble in the Lifestyle Center, Whitehall, on Friday, April 16, from 6-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact the library.

In recognition of National Library Week, the month of April will be a month of amnesty for all patrons with overdue books. No overdue fees will be charged. If you have a library book that is overdue, please return it, no questions asked. The book drop is always open.

Low-Income Home Energy Program extended again

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now open until April 16, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/ Schuylkill) announced today.

The LIHEAP program is administered by the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and helps income-eligible households pay for heat during the winter months.

The LIHEAP program was scheduled to close April 2, but the program has been extended another two weeks to end April 16.

DPW has helped nearly 500,000 families through cash and crisis grants since the program opened last November for the current season.

Jim Thorpe news

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Holy Week Services

The following local churches have announced their services for Holy Week.

St. John's Lutheran Church, South Ave., Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. with the Rite of First Holy Communion and the stripping of the altar. Good Friday service at 2 p.m. There will be no service on Saturday and only one service, on Easter Sunday, that being at 10:30 a.m.

Health bill

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ignoring the Constitution

Constitutional questions have dogged the health care bill since its introduction. But rather than address these issues head on, supporters of the legislation have shrugged them off. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, when asked where the Constitution grants the power to impose an individual mandate to buy insurance, famously replied, "Are you serious?"

Planners OK special exception to construct Kovatch solar park

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Robert Irwin appeared with Atty Steve Cormier before the Nesquehoning Planning Committee Tuesday asking for a special exception use to begin plans to construct a solar park to produce power for Kovatch's Corporation Building.

St. Jerome's hosts Internet Safety program

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Jeanine Holter, who works for the office of State Attorney General Tom Corbett, addresses students at St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, as part of Operation Safe Surf, an Internet safety program, on Thursday, March 25. Holter is a graduate of St. Jerome's and her presentation is designed to help education students, parents and schools about the importance of being safe on-line. Operation Safe Surf provides schools and parents with resources and tools to help kids learn how to protect themselves while on the Internet.

Morrison Family concert at Trinity UCC

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Morrison Family group will be performing at Trinity U.C.C. Church, Tamaqua on Saturday, April 24th at 7pm. They will feature music from a variety of musical eras, instruments, vocals and dance. Proceeds will benefit Trinity U.C.C. Church and the D.A.R.E. program. Pictured are, from left, Ella Morrison, Sadie Morrison, Abbie Morrison and Rita Morrison. Middle row, Allison Morrison, Devan Sweeney, Deb Sweeney and Olivia Morrison. Back row, Jarrett Morrison, Holly Morrison, Jake Morrison, Gene Morrison and Chris Morrison.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

PV Senior Center

The Panther Valley Senior Center has announced its list of activities for April.

The Senior Game Practices will be held each Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Lehighton Senior Center. Chair exercises are held on Mondays and Fridays at the PV Senior Center starting at 10 a.m.

On April 1 wear something silly for April Fool's Day. April 2 is Good Friday and the center is closed.

Diversity logo contest winner announced

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Penny Derr, PVE Principal, left, and Joshua Krebs, PVE Assistant Principal, center, presented a framed copy of the winning picture in the "Design the School Logo Contest" by the Curriculum Committee of the Pleasant Valley School District Diversity Task Force to Christopher Dela Cruz, 10, PVE fourth grader, at the last PV school board meeting.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Penny Derr, PVE Principal, left, and Joshua Krebs, PVE Assistant Principal, center, presented a framed copy of the winning picture in the "Design the School Logo Contest" by the Curriculum Committee of the Pleasant Valley School District Diversity Task Force to Christopher Dela Cruz, 10, PVE fourth grader, at the last PV school board meeting.

There was a district wide K-12, "Design the School Logo Contest" by the Curriculum Committee of the Pleasant Valley School District Diversity Task Force.

Students were asked to draw a picture representing diversity in their schools and classrooms and "what diversity means to you."

Out of more than 600 entries, Christopher Dela Cruz, 10, of Pleasant Valley Elementary School's Mrs. Pekurny's 4th grade won first place. He won a framed copy of his submission and a framed certificate of appreciation.

Accident closes Rt. 209

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Route 209 was closed between Lansford and Nesquehoning Tuesday evening after the driver of this car lost control on an ice covered roadway. The unit swerved to the right, entered the berm rolling down an embankment onto its side. Summit Hill police investigated the incident.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Class of 1969

The Tamaqua Class of 1969 will hold an initial planning session for its next reunion on April 29, at 7 p.m., at the Restaurant at the Station. All class members are welcome to attend.

For more information, call Dave at (570) 386-5203 or 225-5586.

Senior news

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group met last week with 75 members in attendance. The business session was conducted by President Jean Machamer, who also offered several readings later in the meeting. Eleanor Roberts offered the invocation, entitled "Always Near You."

What spring? Winter gives us one last shot of nasty weather

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Borough of McAdoo was just one of several local areas above 1,500 ft. in elevation that received a surprise, elevation dependant snowstorm Tuesday afternoon. Here at W. Grove Street and Bayview Avenue. a fresh coating of snow blankets the landscape turning spring into winter for a day.

Lehigh man cited in Carbon County

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Lehigh County man was cited for an incident in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton said John Werley, 21, of Allentown, went to the residence of Maggie Routhier, 22, of 582 Behrens Rd., Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest Township, about 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, to pickup his paycheck. Upon arrival at the victim's apartment Werley entered it while she was not present and without her permission.

Werley was cited for criiminal trespass, troopers said.

Neither rain, nor snow...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The saying might be true for the U.S. mail, but it obviously is pertinent to delivery of the TIMES NEWS. Kylie Smith, 12, of Summit Hill, walks through new-fallen snow while on her paper route Tuesday.

Theft of vehicle probed in Monroe

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police are investigating the theft of a vehicle in Monroe County.

Police said Joseph Campesi, of 103 Cambell Way, Pocono Farms East, Tobyhanna, reported his 2010 Ford Explorer was removed from the driveway of his home about 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 28. The vehicle is dark red in color with tan bumpers and fender flares and bears state registration plate DGJ-2789.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 895-2400.

Police issue two warrants on Tamaqua drug suspect

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Alden R. Whately of Tamaqua was arrested last night on drug related charges following an investigation by Tamaqua Police and the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Alden R. Whately of Tamaqua was arrested last night on drug related charges following an investigation by Tamaqua Police and the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.

While it wasn't the witching hour, the bells did toll at 8 p.m. Tuesday for an alleged Tamaqua drug dealer. That's when law enforcement personnel executed two warrants at 345 E. Union St., flooding the black night with red, white and blue swirls of light.

Snow covers crocuses

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
ron gower/times news
ron gower/times news

Just a day or two ago, the petals of these crocuses in a Summit Hill yard were outstretched, absorbing the sunlight. A couple inches of snow fell yesterday, resulting in the petals huddling inward. Within a day or two, the snow will be forgotten as temperatures are expected to be in the 70s; possibly even 80 by Friday.

Police officer pleads to corruption of minors count; resigns position

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A long-time Weatherly police officer pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday to one count of corruption of a minor and resigned his position with the police force.

Anthony James McFadden, 49, of 21 E. Main St., Weatherly, appeared before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to enter the plea to the charge.

Schuylkill crashes blamed on weather

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Two crashes Tuesday along Schuylkill County roadways were blamed for weather conditions which caused wet and snow-covered roads.

State police at Frackville investigated a crash about 1:30 p.m. along SR1012 (Delano Road), in Delano Township. Troopers said Christine Joseph, 51, of Mahanoy City, was westbound in a 1996 Toyota Camry when she lost control due to the snow-covered road. The car began to slide counter-clockwise and rolled over onto its roof.

Palmerton's Christman is fourth in state tournament

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Palmerton's Lucas Christman had an outstanding tournament run that ended with a fourth place finish at the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship held the weekend of March 27-28 in Wilkes-Barre.

The Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championships are comprised of 53 different weight and age classes. Over 6,000 youth wrestlers from across the state entered the tournament at the district level this year.

Christman, who wrestles for the Palmerton Youth Wrestling Association, competed in the 8-and-under, 55-pound division.

Schuylkill woman cited for theft

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Schuylkill County woman was cited for retail theft.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Tahisha Hook, 23, of Pottsville, was arrested about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29, at the Redners Warehouse Market, located at 191 Manheim Rd., in North Manheim Township, for allegedly attempting to remove a Secret deodorant product, valued at $4.59, from the store without paying for it.

Don't put the plows away

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A PennDot snowplow pushes snow and spreads salt on S. Kennedy Drive in the Borough of McAdoo on Tuesday. Local areas located above 1,500 feet in elevation received a surprise snowstorm during the afternoon and early evening as heavy precipitation from a coastal storm blasted the region once again.

Jeep crashes, catches fire

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The driver of this Jeep is lucky to be alive after he was pulled from the burning wreckage by Nesquehoning Chief of Police Sean Smith. The crash occurred about 4 p.m. Tuesday on a snow covered route 93. The unit came to rest on its side then burst into flames. Smith was patrolling the roadway when he came across the accident. The roadway was closed for several hours.

District 5 CYO Spelling Bee winners

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Grade 4 CYO Spelling Bee winners included, from left, second place, Luke Strauch, OLOAA; first place, Susan Brennan, St. Jerome; and third place, Lauren Babinetz, St. Joseph Regional.
Grade 4 CYO Spelling Bee winners included, from left, second place, Luke Strauch, OLOAA; first place, Susan Brennan, St. Jerome; and third place, Lauren Babinetz, St. Joseph Regional.

The District 5 Catholic Youth Organization Spelling Bee was held at St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua. Winners of the 5th grade competition included, from left, second place, Anthony Salazer, McAdoo Catholic first place, Camaryn Wheeler, St. John Neumann; and third place, Eric Fischer, St. Joseph Regional Academy.

Candidates speak out at town hall meeting

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tonia Thompson, center, of Tresckow, speaks with Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, left, a candidate for congress, and Sam Rohrer, a gubernatorial candidate, during Town Hall Forum at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe last night.
Tonia Thompson, center, of Tresckow, speaks with Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, left, a candidate for congress, and Sam Rohrer, a gubernatorial candidate, during Town Hall Forum at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe last night.

Health care reform, immigration, term limits, and property taxes were among numerous topics covered by candidates for governor and congress at a Town Hall Forum last night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

There were 228 people at the event, according to MaryEllen Salerno, head of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, sponsors of the event. She said more than 100 people who had said they were coming canceled because of slippery roads caused by several inches of snow that covered many major roadways from a surprise snowstorm.

Three firefighters charged with setting nine fires

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Three members of a Schuylkill County fire company have been charged with setting nine arson fires over a four month period in the county.

State police at Schuylkill Haven have charged Shawn Hoy, 21, of Pine Grove, John Eichert, 21, of Orwigsburg, and Matthew Dixon, 18, of Friedensburg, with setting nine fires that occurred in Washington, Wayne, West and East Brunswick townships over a period of time from Sept. 30, 2009, to Jan. 23. Additionally, Hoy was charged in connection with a fire in January 2007.

It was 'Meet the Candidates' night for the CCDC

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The March meeting of the Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC), was "Meet the Candidates" night, packing the newly-renovated lower-level at Pepperjack's Restaurant in Jim Thorpe. Several Democratic candidates running for positions in the upcoming primaries attended to make their pitch.

Gubernatorial candidate Joe Hoeffel, a Montgomery County commissioner, and arguably the most progressive of the Democrats running for the party's nomination, made the first presentation.

Theft of vehicle reported in Monroe

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating the theft of a motor vehicle.

Mary and Ronald Popolillo, of Kennel Rd., Saylorsburg, Chestnuthill Township, reported their 1997 GMC pick-up was stolen from their property sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29, and 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

The truck is green in color, has a Miami Dolphins plate on the front and a Harley Davidson sticker on the rear window. There is carpet in the bed covered by a blue tarp. It has state registration plate YYL4200.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Newspaper Drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, April 3. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. They also need brown grocery size paper bags.