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March 2010

Tips for building a better meatball

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ask the experts how to build a better meatball, and the answers generally are a pretty underwhelming, "It depends."

It's more than a case of chefs adding their personal touch to recipes. It also depends on which culture they draw their inspiration from.

The meat? Anything from turkey to tofu. The binder? Pureed rice, breadcrumbs, cheese, pulpy potatoes, an egg or two, and cream all can do the trick. Cooking? Fry, bake, braise. Maybe, a combination.

"It's all about personal taste," said Koren Grieveson of Avec restaurant in Chicago. "There is no secret science."

Former Carbon resident gets state time for assaults

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A former Carbon County resident was sentenced to a state prison on Tuesday on assault counts. He was one of several defendants to appear before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.

Three cases

Erik R. Boehm, 31, formerly of Lehighton, appeared on three criminal cases which he previously pleaded guilty to and was sentenced to a total of one to two years in a state prison.

Boehm was arrested for simple assault on March 14, 2009, for an incident at the Rusty Nail Bar in Palmerton where he assaulted the bartender/owner Cindy Whiteman.

Schuylkill driver in Lehigh crash

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Schuylkill County driver sustained serious injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Lehigh County. State police at Fogelsville said the crash occurred along SR309 in Lynn Township, about 7:25 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17.

Monroe students place first in state competition

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Four students from the Monroe Career & Technical Institute placed first in the Lodging Management Program State Competition. This competition was held March 10 - 12, 2010, at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College. The team was comprised of Brandon Gargan, Bill Hagen, Angela Heffer and Jasmine Hurt. Their teacher is Patricia LeCompte.

Tamaqua man has probation revoked; sentenced to jail term

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Tamaqua man was one of six people who had their probations or paroles revoked by judges following hearings held in Schuylkill County Court.

Seth Valentine, 29, of 323 Washington St., had his probation revoked by Judge D. Michael Stine for violating terms fixed by the court. Stine found Valentine failed to notify his probation officer within 48 hours after a new arrest and possessed a controlled substance. He was resentenced to serve nine to 23 months in the county prison, receiving credit for having served 169 days.

Fast and easy meals: Why not try a stir-fry tonight?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's been a crazy week. Between work and family responsibilities, I've had little time to cook.

On days like this, I rely on fast, easy meals to get through the week. One of our favorite meals is stir-fry. While there is some prep work involved, it takes less than 20 minutes to put together once you turn on the stove. Why order out when you can prepare a healthy, inexpensive meal in the same amount of time it takes to order a pizza?

Beef Stir-Fry

Beef blade steak, approximately lb. per serving

1-2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips

Patriotism

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

In some places, it's genuine and unfiltered

During the last presidential campaign First Lady Michelle Obama caused a minor flap by telling an audience in Wisconsin that "for the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country."

Many criticized her for suggesting that she wasn't proud of her country before her husband got involved in politics.

Softball capsules

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

JIM THORPE

Head coach - Bernice Bott

Assistant coaches - Karen Marhefka, Jamie Fedor, Anna Leigh Rowlands,Tina Tedesco

Last year's record - 1-19

League - Schuylkill League Division 1

District 11 classification - AA

Key losses - None

Key returnees - Rhiannon Milliard (Sr., ss/C), Nikita Singletary (Sr., 1B), Christina Gibson (Jr., CF), Lauren Mason (Jr., 3B), Alexandrea Mosteller (Jr., IF), Lauren Rich (Jr., LF), Ashley Tillou (So., P)

Brodheadsville monk invested into Knights Hospitaller Order

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Brother Bernard Seif
Brother Bernard Seif

The Sovereign Medical Order of the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, often called the Knights Hospitaller, invested 35 new members into the world-wide one thousand year old medical order recently. Brother Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM, of the Salesian Monastery in Brodheadsville was among these new vowed members. The ancient ceremony took place in Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic church in Miami, Fla. on March 20.

Mix up mundane meals with meatballs

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

They've been around for ages and can be found across numerous cultures, but they've only earned their English name in recent times.

As food historians can tell, the term "meatball" is fairly new, most likely created in melting pot America to refer to the classic Italian-American version so often tucked into gooey subs, slathered in red sauce and spooned over noodles, or bobbing in soup.

Easter egg hunt schedule announced

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Franklin Township

Fire Co. egg hunt

Children and grandchildren of members of the Franklin Township Fire Company are invited to an egg hunt at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the fire company. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance.

Weissport egg hunt

Weissport Recreational Association, formerly Concerned Citizens of Weissport, will he hosting the annual Weissport egg hunt for children and grandchildren of Weissport residents at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27. Rain date is 1 p.m. Sunday, March 28.

Move from baseball perfect for DeAngelo

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
steve shinko/special to the times news Joe DeAngelo, Marian's new varsity head softball coach, discusses defensive strategy with his team during a recent indoor practice session.
steve shinko/special to the times news Joe DeAngelo, Marian's new varsity head softball coach, discusses defensive strategy with his team during a recent indoor practice session.

Sometimes opportunities come when you least expect it. They suddenly appear and you take them and run.

That was the case with 'new' Marian softball coach Joe DeAngelo.

DeAngelo, head basketball coach in the early '90s, assistant baseball coach for 19 seasons, and additional three as an assistant to Paul Brutto's girls basketball team, is also a teacher at Marian.

So, when previous head coach Bud Lauster stepped down after last season, the spring time move from baseball to softball seemed like the perfect fit.

'Bounty Hunter' looks for laughs

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Bounty Hunter" is an amusing romantic comedy with some out-loud laughs.

It's a throwback to the caper film of decades of yore on the order or, rather, disorder of "Something Wild" (1986) and "The Freshman" (1990) for its mix of shenanigans and small-time crime.

Nicole Hurley (Jennifer Aniston) is a New York Daily News reporter investigating a story about a man's plunge from a building that may or may not have been a suicide.

United Way plans Hero Roast

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured with UWCC Roast Committee Chairman Dave Reinbold (standing) is Palmerton resident Geno Roberts, who will be one of two honorees at the UWCC's Third Annual Community Service Hero Roast.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured with UWCC Roast Committee Chairman Dave Reinbold (standing) is Palmerton resident Geno Roberts, who will be one of two honorees at the UWCC's Third Annual Community Service Hero Roast.

The United Way of Carbon County (UWCC) will be holding its Third Annual Community Service Hero Roast on Friday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at The Galleria at Split Rock.

The celebrity roast is one of the United Way of Carbon County's biggest fundraisers of the year where they select people who are active in their community to honor.

DUI taskforce releases statistics

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The North Central Pa. Regional Sobriety Checkpoint DUI Taskforce and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement Program has released the following statistics from recent Roving DUI Patrols and a Sobriety Checkpoint held in Schuylkill County.

On March 13, a Roving DUI Patrol contacted and detained a total of 12 vehicles. Four motorists were tested for driving under the influence, with two adults arrested. Officers cited 3 drivers for traffic violations and issued 11 warnings. The patrol was conducted by one law enforcement officer.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Easter Egg Hunts

There will be two egg hunts in the Palmerton Borough on Saturday, March 27. The first will be held at the Palmerton Memorial Pool Grove at 11 a.m. The hunt is for ages infant to age 10. The rain date is Sunday, March 28 at 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Pool Pals and PMPA.

The second egg hunt will be held in the Palmerton Borough Park at 1 p.m. This hunt is for children ages 1-10. The rain date is Sunday, March 28 at 1 p.m.

Spring workshops

Correction

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It was incorrectly stated in Tuesday's edition of THE TIMES NEWS that Lehighton School Board member Andrew Yenser voted both "Yes" and "No" on the recommendation to hire Tom McCarroll as head football coach at Monday night's meeting. Yenser actually voted "Yes". Larry Stern was the board member who cast the other "No" vote. The voting was 4-3 to hire McCarroll with one abstaining, but five votes are needed for it to pass. Board member Wayne Wentz was absent.

THE TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

On this date

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March 24, 1960

John P. Lavelle, Esq. of Weissport was admitted to practice before the several courts of Carbon County today by the Honorable Paul R. Selecky, specially presiding on petition of Attorney George A. Shutack of Nesquehoning. In gaining admission to the local Bar, Attorney Lavelle joins his wife, Attorney Marianne S. Lavelle, and together they form the first husband and wife lawyer team in the history of Carbon County. They reside at the Fort Allen Apartments, Weissport.

Lehighton Boy Scouts hold BSA 100th Anniversary program

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Boy Scouts and Troop officials from Troop 82 are from left, front row, Judy Wingert, Michael Everett, Mason Everett, Nick Kern, Zach Shiner, Justin Wingert, Tyler Helmer, Sean Maloney, Joshua Kern, Sam Blose and Ryan Andrews; middle row, Russell Beltz, Joey Bradley, Tyler Ritter, Isaiah Fitzsimmons, James Henderson, Shaun Mann, Nathan Kroboth, Devin Frantz, Thomas Youngkin and Jacob Hoffner and Logan Berger; and back row, Scott Berger, Chris Simok, Wage Blose, Tom Maloney, Ed Kroboth, Pati Reichard, Duane Reichard, Scot Wingert, Kathy Henderson and Jim Henderson. Also part of the troop are, Adam Reichard, Jeremy and Joshua Eckman and Miquel Gonzalez.
Boy Scouts and Troop officials from Troop 82 are from left, front row, Judy Wingert, Michael Everett, Mason Everett, Nick Kern, Zach Shiner, Justin Wingert, Tyler Helmer, Sean Maloney, Joshua Kern, Sam Blose and Ryan Andrews; middle row, Russell Beltz, Joey Bradley, Tyler Ritter, Isaiah Fitzsimmons, James Henderson, Shaun Mann, Nathan Kroboth, Devin Frantz, Thomas Youngkin and Jacob Hoffner and Logan Berger; and back row, Scott Berger, Chris Simok, Wage Blose, Tom Maloney, Ed Kroboth, Pati Reichard, Duane Reichard, Scot Wingert, Kathy Henderson and Jim Henderson. Also part of the troop are, Adam Reichard, Jeremy and Joshua Eckman and Miquel Gonzalez.

Lehighton Boy Scout Troop 82 held its 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouting, Court of Honor.

Boy Scout scoutmaster Scot Wingert began the evening by having a Friends of Scouting presentation by Dennis Nagy of Minsi Trails Council. He then thanked all the family and friends for their support and aid in helping to make the scouting program a success.

After the Rank advancement ceremonies the scouts then thanked their parents by presenting them with red and white roses, as well as served them dinner and demonstrating patrol skills.

JT tops Pottsville

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jim Thorpe opened the regular season with a 5-2 victory over Pottsville.

Sam Lux, Zach Ligenza, James Denny, Mitch Franko and Dan Meader all scored singles' win to help seal the win for the Olympians (1-0).

Jim Thorpe 5, Pottsville 2

SINGLES

Sam Lux (JT) def. Matt Witkin 6-3, 6-2; Zach Ligenza (JT) def. James Daily 6-4, 6-1; James Denny (JT) def. Sean Brennan 6-1, 6-2; Mitch Franko (JT) def. Kevin Wang 6-3, 7-5; Dan Meader (JT) def. Nate Hootz 6-4, 6-3

DOUBLES

Monroe drivers facing DUI charges

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Two Monroe County drivers are facing charges of driving under the influence (DUI) following two separate vehicle stops made over the past weekend.

Two drug dealers given prison terms

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Two men who previously pleaded guilty to drug dealing charges were sentenced to prison terms on Tuesday in Carbon County court. They were amont several defendants to appear before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb for sentencing.

Separate arrests

Timothy Arner, 34, of Palmerton, and Joseph John Ichart, 44, of Raleigh, N.C., were arrested by state police in separate incidents and entered pleas to one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Tamaqua girls basketball seniors honored at banquet

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Senior members of the 2009-2010 Tamaqua Area High School girls basketball team pose with the Schuylkill League and District 11 Class AA championship trophies the squad captured this season. The Lady Raiders were honored at a banquet by their booster club on Sunday, March 22 at the New England FIre Company. Senior members of the team were, from left, Kali Chrush, Elissa Streisel, Lauren Fedor, Shelby Hankins and Megan Berezwick.

Gift of life

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Western Pocono Lions Club's first American Red Cross Blood Drive was a wonderful success in the eyes of officers and members. The club had 48 productive units, thus allowing the Red Cross to help 144 patients in need of lifesaving blood products, according to Jacqueline Dercole, Account Manager, Donor Resource Development, American Red Cross, Northeastern Blood Services Region, in Ashley. Among the donors were several club members and such individuals as shown here with Michael Miller, nurse technician.

Monroe fire victim dies

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The owner of a Monroe County diner, who was critically burned when the diner was extensively damaged by fire early Monday morning, has died.

Officials said Rigas Ioannidis, 72, died at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where he was taken suffering from third degree burns over 85 percent of his body.

Tamaqua street closing

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tamaqua Borough and PPL officials have announced that Hunter Street, in the Borough of Tamaqua, will be closed to traffic Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., between Spruce and Mahanoy Streets. The electric utility company will be working within that area during those hours.

Power outtages are possible throughout the workday.

Anyone with questions may call Tamaqua Borough Hall at (570) 668-3444.

Tamaqua man wins arbitration award

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The claim by a Tamaqua man to regain a downpayment made for the purchase of a trailer after the transaction was never completed was upheld by a board of arbitration after a hearing held in the Schuylkill County Courthouse.

Angel Rodrigues, of 1926 Long Run Road, Schuylkill Haven, had appealed a judgement entered against him by Magisterial District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, awarding damages to John Sinkiewicz, who is owner of the Sienkiewicz Construction Company in Tamaqua. The arbitrators upheld the ruling by Bayer awarding Sienkiewicz $1,237.87 plus costs.

Schuylkill County airport will receive funds for upgrades

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Joe Zerbey Airport in Schuylkill County will receive $97,500 for the design portion of a pavement rehabilitation project on Taxiways A, B and C.

The funds are part of an investment of $13.8 million in federal and state funds which will help 32 Pennsylvania airports make upgrades and enhance safety, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today.

Raising funds for D.A.R.E program

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Rescue Squad and DARE Committee held their first annual Roast Beef Dinner last weekend to benefit the D.A.R.E. program. Since very little funding is available via government grants, the Tamaqua Rescue Squad and DARE Committee decided on raising funds themselves via a roast beef dinner. Volunteers stated their first roast beef fundraiser was a great success and look forward to next year's dinner.

Perryman and Keglovits All-Star games

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

White, Kregeloh play well

EAST STROUDSBURG - Seven TIMES NEWS area seniors played their last Mountain Valley Conference basketball game Monday night.

The MVC held its eighth annual Perryman and Keglovits All-Star doubleheader at East Stroudsburg University's Koehler Fieldhouse on Monday. Seniors from all the seven MVC teams, along with Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg, took part in the action.

Outdoor woodburner causes smoky condition in Lehighton

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Residents register complaints during meeting of borough council

Lehighton borough has an ordinance governing outdoor wood burners, but one resident who was "grandfathered" regarding the regulations literally has been causing a big stink in his neighborhood.

Doug Williams of the 100 block of South Fourth Street said his neighbor's woodburner has a chimney which doesn't meet borough regulations and the wood that is burned appears to be a substandard variety.

Williams complained that the smoke from the wood burner "inundates our yard."