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March 2010

Tamaqua Rotary Health Screening

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Tamaqua Rotary Club is sponsoring an Omega Health Screen on Saturday, March 27 from 7-9:30 a.m. at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 West Broad Street.

The health screen is being performed by Quest Diagnostics, Wyomissing and is a screening consisting of blood tests and a lifestyle evaluation. This is a personal health screen to help your doctor identify many serious but treatable health issues. All results are strictly confidential.

There is a cost involved. Please pre-register by calling 1-800-776-6342 from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

FCSLA plans meeting

The Frances C. Jakabein District of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association will hold its spring meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25, in Macaluso's Lantern, Route 209 and 93 in Nesquehoning. Host branches will be Nesquehoning 410 and Hauto 414.

Members of the St. Ann Society of St. Katharine Drexel Church planning to attend should make reservations by calling President Veronica Bazcik at (570) 669-5253 by Saturday, April 10.

Nesquehoning

Council meeting

Domestic incident leads to an arrest

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A domestic incident has led to the arrest of a Monroe County man.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers responded to 219 Annette Marie Drive, in Long Pond, about 7:39 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, to a report of a domestic incident.

On scene Anne Marie Andrews, 39, of that address, told officers her boyfriend, Anthony DiValentino, 55, same address, had pushed her down and got on top of her and hit her numerous times with both open and closed hands. Officers observed redness and bruises on the face and arms of Andrews.

PV District to turn over tax records to Carbon

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

At a brief proceeding in Carbon County court on Tuesday afternoon, the Panther Valley School District said it will turn over to Carbon County all its delinquent tax records that the county was seeking, but will challenge the county in its request to recover the 5 percent commissions paid.

Both sides at odds over teachers' pact

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Commencement date for the Lehighton Area High School class of 2010 will remain June 4.

Lehighton school directors failed to make a motion that would change the date to Friday, June 11 after listening to the pleas of senior student Jourdan Semmel and her mother, Teri Semmel, to keep the June 4 date. Since no member made the motion to change it, the date of June 4 will stand.

Kingdom Hall to be taken over by Access Services in Tamaqua

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Tamaqua Zoning Hearing Board unanimously approved a change of use permit for the former Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses, located at 523 Schuylkill Avenue.

Access Services is currently in the process of purchasing the property, with the intent of turning it into an adult day care facility.

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

Summit Hill scouts advance

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Summit Hill Cub Scout Troop 743 held a "bridging" ceremony on Sunday, March 21, in the social hall of the Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, Summit Hill, where five members of the troop crossed the bridge to Boy Scouting. They included, front, from left, David Gieniec, Michael Witczak, Jacob Snyder, Aaron Rohlfing and Chris Santore, who were welcomed, at right, by Boy Scout Jeremy Thomas of Troop 744, Nesquehoning. With the scouts are, back, from left, scoutmaster Rich Vermillion and den leader Michael Witczak. The boys will now advance to the Nesquehoning troop.

Mahoning establishes Web site

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mahoning Township entered the information age Monday night when they formally announced the rollout of their new website www.mahoningtownshiponline.com.

The new Web site, created by Black Diamond Entertainment Company in coordination with Secretary-Treasurer Natalie Haggerty for the township, offers information to residents and visitors about the township, its services and regulations.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI charge

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 9:20 p.m. on March 10 along SR61, near Interstate 81, in West Mahanoy Township.

State police at Frackville said Kathleen Robbins, 40, of Frackville, was stopped at the above location and found to be under the influence. She was taken to the barracks where she submitted to a breath test, which showed her over the legal limit of .08 percent, troopers said.

Nominations sought for Annual Tamaqua Citizenship Award

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations for its oldest and most prestigious award.

In 1963, the chamber's board of directors established the Tamaqua Citizenship Award, to be bestowed on a deserving area resident. This year will be the 47th year the chamber is presenting the honor.

The award will be presented at the 60th Annual Chamber/TIDE (Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprise) Dinner, to be held on Wednesday, April 28, at the Tamaqua Community Center.

Carbon driver facing DUI count

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Carbon County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 9:51 p.m. on Thursday, March 18.

State police at Lehighton said Kenneth Grant Ahner Jr., 54, of Palmerton, was stopped for several motor vehicle code violations along Hahns Dairy Road, at Sheckler Lane, in Lower Towamensing Township, at the time and date stated.

He was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest for DUI. The DUI charge is pending, troopers added.

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.