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March 2010

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.

Annual convention held by IU board; officers re-elected

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The annual convention of school directors from the 11 public school districts in Schuylkill County and one in Dauphin County, who comprise Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School District, was held Tuesday evening at the Maple Avenue Campus of Schuylkill IU in Marlin, Norwegian Township

Election of officers was held and seating of new representatives from the various county school districts. Each school district has one member serve on the IU Board.

Spring snowstorm surprises everyone

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Tuesday's surprise spring snowfall coats trees along Route 309 north of Hometown.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Tuesday's surprise spring snowfall coats trees along Route 309 north of Hometown.

An out-of-the-blue spring snowstorm walloped Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties late Tuesday. In some areas, several inches of snow covered a glaze of ice, causing dozens of accidents and closing the northbound lanes of Route 309 about a mile south of McAdoo for well over an hour after two tractor trailers got stuck in the heavy, wet snow at about 5:30 p.m.

The wind-driven storm that ushered out March came as a surprise as drivers headed home from work or school on what they expected to be just a rainy afternoon.

E. Penn man removed from meeting faces disorderly conduct charge

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

An East Penn Township man who became unruly and was escorted from a public meeting is set to appear in court.

Walter Zlomsowitch, 75, of 2001 Ben Salem Road, Andreas is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Zlomsowitch faces one charge of disorderly conduct for an incident that occurred during a meeting of the township's board of supervisors last month at the East Penn Social Hall.

Hit and run driver sought in Carbon

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A hit and run driver is being sought in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton said a vehicle was dreiven southbound on Lower Main St., Parryville, about 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 28, when it veered off the road and struck a garage behind 210 Main St. After the collision the driver fled the scene.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (610) 377-4270.

Avon fundraiser helps make a child's wish come true

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some of the Avon Products independent sales representatives who helped raise $1,735.00 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through sales of Bentley the Bear are, front, left to right : Bonnie Frock; Rose Reese, District Sales Manager; Make A Wish volunteer Danielle Argot; Richelle Moyer; and Mary Strohl. Rear, from left : Jill Saylor; Toni Drake; Tonya Frable; Leslie Guerra; Lorraine Battles; and Wayne Glass.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some of the Avon Products independent sales representatives who helped raise $1,735.00 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through sales of Bentley the Bear are, front, left to right : Bonnie Frock; Rose Reese, District Sales Manager; Make A Wish volunteer Danielle Argot; Richelle Moyer; and Mary Strohl. Rear, from left : Jill Saylor; Toni Drake; Tonya Frable; Leslie Guerra; Lorraine Battles; and Wayne Glass.

District 2879 Avon Products, managed by Rose Reese, along with representatives from District 2888 worked together selling "Bentley the Bear" to raise monies for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The funds were raised for the Greater Northeast Chapter of the Foundation which serves Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia.

The Avon Products independent sales representatives raised a total of $1,735 to help make a child's wish come true.

Set a stunning Easter table

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Copyright Times News 2009

Easter is one of those times of the year when you want your table to look a little special.

It's easy to give it that extra touch.

Start by giving some thought to the color or colors that you want to use.

Perhaps because this long winter finally seems to be ending, and feeling the need for something soft, gentle and soothing, I had in my mind a very soft pale pink. Try to limit yourself to using only two or three colors throughout the tablescape to keep the table from becoming too busy.

Near blizzard conditions

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

Heavy snow and winds Tuesday afternoon made driving difficult and visibility difficult for many area motorists.

Ostergaard is a semifinalist eligible for Pa. Geographic Bee

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS James Ostergaard of St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, is eligible to participate in the Pa. Georgraphic Bee at Penn State on April 9.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS James Ostergaard of St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, is eligible to participate in the Pa. Georgraphic Bee at Penn State on April 9.

James Ostergaard, an eighth grade student at St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, has been notified by the National Georgraphic Society that he is a semifinalist eligible to compete in the 2010 Pennsylvania Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.

Bees were held in schools with 4-8 grade students throughout the state to determine each school's Geographic winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society.

Villas Crossing Beginner League Open House

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Villas Crossing Golf Course will offering a FREE Open house on April 18th 2010 at 2pm for those interested in participating in the beginner league. If you have some golf experience or have never played before, This is your chance to experience the game with a free lesson and chance to play afterward.

Slatington to conduct annual flushing of water system

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Slatington Borough will be conducting the annual flushing of its water system.

Residents are advised that there may be a drop in pressure and/or a cloudy to brownish appearance for a very short period of time during the flushing operation and will return to normal with use.

The flushing schedule is as follows: well number seven, and lower pressure system, from 9 a.m. to noon April 5-8; low pressure system, and Kuehner Hill, high pressure, from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. April 12-15; and high pressure system, from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. April 19-22 and April 26-29.

Argall co-Sponsors legislation prohibiting Pa. participation in new health care law

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

HARRISBURG – State Senator David G. Argall (R-29) today joined a growing number of legislators who are opposed to the newly signed federal health care law by co-sponsoring legislation in the state Senate to prohibit the federal government from mandating participation in any given health care system and eliminate fines or penalties on those who decline to enroll in a health care plan.

On this date

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March 3, 1969

The merger of The Bank of Lehighton into the Peoples First National Bank and Trust effective at the close of business today, it was announced jointly by O. E. Phillips, president of Peoples First National Bank and Trust Company and Gordon T. Bennett, president of the Bank of Lehighton. Under the merger, Gordon T. Bennett and Edgar A. Poe will become vice presidents of Peoples First National Bank and Trust Company. The Bank of Lehighton office will retain all of its present officers and employees.

Pottsville receives $504,000 in mine reclamation funding

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Schuylkill County project will receive funding under Pennsylvania's Growing Greener program, according to the county's legislative delegation.

More than $500,000 has been awarded to the City of Pottsville for the Sharp Mountain Phase VI Reclamation Project.

The project will help reclaim 28.25 acres of dangerous crop fall subsidence, along vertical coal seams. This grant was among $12.6 million in grants that will fund 64 projects across the state to clean up rivers, streams and watersheds.

Woman who made threats with knife enters guilty plea

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Palmerton woman, who wielded a knife at several persons in a Lansford apartment while threatening them, entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday. She was one of several defendants in pending criminal cases to enter pleas before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Spared jail

Ashly Nicole Tansley, 21, pleaded to one count each of simple assault and resisting arrest for an incident that occurred on Sept. 20, 2009, at 149 W. Ridge St. in Lansford. In a plea agreement more serious charges of aggravated assault were dropped.

Checkpoint set for Schuylkill

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Schuylkill County during the time frame of Friday, April 2, and Sunday, April 4.

Seven placed in probation program for first timers

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Seven first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record his wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked from it the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

MHS cast meets Jesus Christ, Superstar star

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

The cast members and crew of Marian Catholic High School's spring musical "Jesus Christ, Superstar" attended a "meet and greet" with Ted Neeley, the original "Jesus" in the blockbuster 1973 movie, at the Scranton Cultural Center on Sunday, March 14. This is Neeley's farewell tour. He has been playing the role of "Jesus" for almost 40 years. Marian Catholic's show will be presented on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m.

Two teens cited in Carbon County

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Two teens were cited following an incident in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton said troopers responded to 212 White St., Weissport, date not listed, to a report of harassment. Troopers said a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old females slapped and pushed each other. Both were cited for harassment.

CCTI expansion opens for students

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tammy Marshall, instructional assistant in the cosmetology department at the Carbon Career & Technical Institute unpacks material's for the new cosmetology salon in the expansion wing at CCTI. The new facility has areas for facials, manicures, a clinic floor, a theory room, and storage for supplies.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tammy Marshall, instructional assistant in the cosmetology department at the Carbon Career & Technical Institute unpacks material's for the new cosmetology salon in the expansion wing at CCTI. The new facility has areas for facials, manicures, a clinic floor, a theory room, and storage for supplies.

On Monday portions of the 33,000 square foot expansion of the Carbon County Career & Technical Institute opened as students made their first visits to three math classrooms, a science classroom, an English classroom, and a Special Education classroom.

The opening of the expansion will continue throughout the following weeks as additional classes in cosmetology and carpentry, and the new library and media center are relocated. To avoid disruptions, the cafeteria and dining area will be relocated during the summer.

Argall holds Community Revitalization Summit

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Senator David Argall discusses the "Blight Bill" with county-wide community leaders during his Community Revitalization Summit held Tuesday evening in Tamaqua.
Senator David Argall discusses the "Blight Bill" with county-wide community leaders during his Community Revitalization Summit held Tuesday evening in Tamaqua.

Sponsored Senate Bill 900 provides improved methods of fighting blight

Senator Dave Argall (R-29) held a Community Revitalization Summit Meeting Tuesday evening at the Tamaqua Community Center. The meeting addressed specific areas, such as fighting blight, municipal and regional planning, tax incentive programs, Main Street and Elm Street programs, Trail Town Program and sustainable community initiatives.

Icy roads cause crashes

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Icy roads cause crashes
Copyright Times News 2009

Nesquehoning and state police were kept busy Tuesday afternoon investigating numerous accidents along a snow and ice covered Route 93. The rain changed into snow and ice shortly after noon. Motorists apparently failed to slow down in the weather and paid the price.

Surprise snow causes danger

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Surprise snow causes danger
Copyright Times News 2009

Route 93 in Nesquehoning and Banks Township became a nightmare for motorists Tuesday afternoon when heavy rains changed unexpectedly to heavy snow. Police throughout the area had to deal with multiple accidents when motorists were caught unaware and of those who just chose not to slow down.

DUI arrests reported in Monroe

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on several driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by officers over the past weekend.

On Friday, March 26, about 2:07 a.m. officers on routine patrol observed a Mercedes Benz being driven erratically along SR611 at SR940. A vehicle stop was made and the driver identified as Annette M. Gibson, 41, of Nazareth. She was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. She was then transported to the Pocono Medical Center, in East Stroudsburg, for a blood test. The DUI charge is pending the test results.

I'm ready to hunt

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
MARY TOBIA/SPEICAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MARY TOBIA/SPEICAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Even if it may have been a little chilly, Sierra Scheirer of Lehighton didn't mind as she was dressed in her kitten hat, purple scarf and warm winter jacket. Sierra was waiting patiently to hunt Easter eggs in the one-year division at the Palmerton Memorial Pool Grove in Palmerton. There were five different age groups participating in the hunt with ten lucky eggs in each group. Special egg prizes were toys geared to that specific age group. All of the children under the age of one were given a small stuffed animal. A large number of children ages up to ten years old attended the egg hunt.

Mower found; owner sought

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A riding mower was found and the owner is being sought.

State police at Lehighton said a Craftsman 8HP mower was found at 25 High Point Drive, Ross Township, Monroe Coutny, about 8 a.m. on Monday, March 29. The mower is gray in color and is a older model.

Anyone who has information on the ownership of the mower is asked to call troopers at (610) 377-4270.

Schuylkill court news

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Divorces granted

Kevin A. Hoffman, 36 Wagner St., Lehighton, was granted a divorce from Ruthann Hoffman, 2003 West Penn Pike, New Ringgold. They were married July 12, 2003.

Jill Marie Rehrig, Kresgeville, was granted a divorce from Anthony Rehrig, 94 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton. They were married Dec. 21, 1991.

Lisa B. Mikovich, 68 Crescent Drive, Nesquehoning, was granted a divorce from John C. Mikovich, 71 Crescent Drive, Nesquehoning. They were married May 19, 2000.

Jim Thorpe signs off on LCCC budget

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Larry Ross, vice president for finance and facilities as well as controller for Lehigh Carbon Community College paid a visit to the Board of Education of the Jim Thorpe Area School district Monday evening to answer any questions they might have on the institution's 2010-2011 budget. Jim Thorpe, like all of the other school districts in the county, supports the school by providing funds for both its operating and capital budgets.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March 31, 1965 Two area high school basketball players are named to the United Press International (UPI) Class B and C All-State Honorable Mention list. Bill Gicking of Weatherly averaged 24.0 points per game during the regular season of the Anthracite League and was selected to the squad. Jim Thorpe's Jack Kmetz, who netted 21.4 ppg in Anthracite League play, also was recognized and named to the team.