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March 2010

Northern Lehigh news

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Slatington Lions Club

The Slatington Lions Club has received a very nice thank you regarding its computer program.

The recent comedy night was also a great success.

The club still needs a Halloween Parade chairman. This is a great public relations program showing the public who and what the club is. If interested, contact President Steven Walden.

The club still needs a Lion Tamer for next year. If interested, contact the past president.

Back to the 80's!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Lehighton Area High School Drama Club rehearse for their spring musical, "Back to the 80's... the Totally Awesome Musical!" which will take place this Friday and Saturday at Lehighton High School. From left, Alexis Gerber, Kaitlyn Piekarski, Michael Warkala, Marcus Kunkle, and Briar Stern.
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Lehighton Area High School Drama Club rehearse for their spring musical, "Back to the 80's... the Totally Awesome Musical!" which will take place this Friday and Saturday at Lehighton High School. From left, Alexis Gerber, Kaitlyn Piekarski, Michael Warkala, Marcus Kunkle, and Briar Stern.

Lehighton High School to present spring musical

Get ready to cut footloose this weekend during the Lehighton Area High School Drama Club's annual Spring Musical. This year's musical will be "Back to the 80's… the Totally Awesome Musical!" written by Neil Gooding.

"Back to the 80's…" follows 17-year-old Corey Palmer's journey through his senior year at William Ocean High School as remembered by Corey, now a 30-something man.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic resumes in 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The 15th Skippy Dietz Memorial Rabies Vaccination Clinic for dogs, cats and large animals will be held on Saturday, April 10, at the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad and Ambulance Corps, located on Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, Carbon County.

Clinic hours will be noon to 4 p.m.

Dr. Sharon LaChette VMB of White Haven will be donating her time.

Three facing drug counts after vehicle stop in Monroe

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Three persons are facing drug counts and firearms violations following a vehicle stop in Monroe County over the weekend.

Pocono Mountain Regional police stopped a vehicle about 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, along SR196 in Coolbaugh Township, for numerous traffic violations.

The vehicle, a Honda coupe, had a Flordia registration plate stating, "Support Law Enforcement." The driver was identified as Estebon Fernandez, aka, Steven, 19, and his two passengers were Joseph Morales, aka "JJ", 18, and a 16-year-old male, all from Pocono Summit.

OLOAA announced Students of the Month

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Positive student virtues are recognized at Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, through the Student of the Month Program. The students who have achieved this honor for the month of February include: Kindergarten – Brayden Feisel (Ambition), Grade 1 - Jacob Shelton ( Helpfulness), Grade 2 – Thaddeus Karnish (Hard Work), Grade 3 – Matthew Amodea (Good Manners), Grade 4 – Ian Hook (Compassion), Grade 5 – Britney Ziegler ( Kindness and Christ-like Actions), Grade 6 – Jordan Reis ( Friendliness), Grade 7 – Taylor Horvat (Academic Excellence), Grade 8 – John Swierczek (Meticulousness).

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March 24, 1995 Mike Snyder and Jereme Wehr both slug three-run homers to help Lehighton open the season with an 11-4 victory over Tamaqua. Snyder and Wehr both finish with four RBIs for the winners, who are coached by Tom Schaeffer. Shawn Lewis collects a pair of doubles for the Indians, while Wehr and Ken Parliman each end with two hits. Starting pitcher Dan Keiser gains the mound win. For Tamaqua, Jason Benner slugs a homer and a double.

Mischief incident

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

State police at Frackville are investigating a criminal mischief incident that occurred in the Schuylkill County borough of Girardville.

Troopers said the windshield on a 2004 Honda Element was shattered by unknown persons who used an unknown type object. The car is owned by Christina M. Couach, 38, of Girardville. The car was parked along William St. at W. Ogden St. when the incident occurred sometime between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 19.

Carbon County property transfers

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Anna Hametz to David L. Davidovich Jr., 10 E. Cherry St., Tresckow, property at 12 E. Cherry St., $17,500.

Franklin Township

Kevin S. Ahner to Michael Zancofsky, 1131 Fairyland Road, Lehighton, property at 1131 Fairyland Road, $135,000.

Jim Thorpe

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Zachary Wolverton, 178 Pine Drive, Jim Thorpe, property at 178 Pine Drive, $90,000.

Kidder Township

Donald S. Frieman to Joseph E. Henry III, Medford, N.J., property at 111 Warbler Court, Lake Harmony, $198,000.

Packer Township wins Round One of AG's sewer sludge suit

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMESNEWS File Photo Ben Price of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, shown here in a 2008 photo, has argued that the state's ACRE Law violates a municipality's inalienable right to self-government, such as in the case of Packer Township's sludge ordinance.
JOE PLASKO/TIMESNEWS File Photo Ben Price of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, shown here in a 2008 photo, has argued that the state's ACRE Law violates a municipality's inalienable right to self-government, such as in the case of Packer Township's sludge ordinance.

Round one of Packer Township's fight to regulate the use of sewage sludge within its boundaries has been won by the township, though the battle is just beginning.

Last week, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled against the State Attorney General Tom Corbett and in favor of the township, which has an ordinance banning corporate sludge spreading within their municipality.

Owl Creek Reservoir egg hunt

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Owl Creek Reservoir Commission held its third annual Owl Creek Egg Hunt Saturday. Over 300 children were registered to participate. The event included pictures with the Easter bunny, food, prizes, games and a campfire. Top photo, Nathan Sissick, 3, and his twin sister Katie Sissick, 3, grab for an egg during the hunt. Middle left, Robert "Little Bob" Wieand, Jr., 4, of Tamaqua waits patiently for the next hunt to start. Middle right, Kalleen May, 3, adds pinecones to her egg basket. Left, one of the most coveted eggs was one painted as Spiderman.

$664,000 for mine drainage project

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Schuylkill County project will receive funding through Pennsylvania's Nonpoint Source Implementation Program, according to state Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) and state Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-124).

More than $664,000 has been awarded to the Schuylkill Headwaters Association for the MaryD Borehole Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) Remediation Project in Schuylkill Township.

This project will reduce the amount of pollutants AMD contributes to the Schuylkill River's headwaters and reclaim abandoned mine lands.

Proposed cell tower to benefit Eldred Township residents and Kunkletown Vol. Fire Company

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Gary Hoffman, director of Monroe County Control Center and a resident of Kunkletown, addressed the Eldred Township board of supervisors in regards to a proposed construction of a cell tower located along Tanzosh Trail.

Leon Frable, Jr., president of the Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Co. (KVF) and Kyle Frable, fire chief and Lou Salerno of KVF also attended.

Currently the Kunkletown Vol. Fire Co. has a 60-foot tower with antenna on this site where they also placed a military type shelter it acquired for storage of equipment and the township has a 20-foot antenna on it.

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.

Carbon County Democrats for Change meets Tuesday

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The race is on. Join us on Tuesday to meet the candidates and hear what they stand for at the March meeting of the Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC). It will be held at Pepperjacks Restaurant, located at 41 Broadway in Jim Thorpe on March 23 at 7 p.m.

The speakers will be Joe Warner, the campaign manager for fourteen-term Congressman Paul Kanjorski; and Jake Digel, the NEPA Political Director for Senator Arlen Specter, who will be representing the Senator's re-election campaign. Both speakers are veterans of the campaign trail and will give an "insiders" perspective.

Over-the-counter wrinkle creams may not work

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Q. Do wrinkle creams work?

The American Academy of Dermatology says that over-the-counter wrinkle creams do little or nothing to reverse wrinkles.

However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved prescription tretinoin cream to treat aging skin. In addition, the FDA has also approved lasers for skin treatment.

Tretinoin cream, which is a vitamin A derivative, is sold under the brand names Altinac, Atralin, Avita, Renova, Retin A Micro Gel, Retin-A and Tretin-X.

On this date

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

March 23, 1945

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Boyle of Beaver Meadows received word from the War Department today that their son, Cpl. John F. Boyle, was killed in action of Feb. 19 while serving with the Fourth Marine Corps Division on Iwo Jima. His brother, Seaman Joseph Boyle, was lost at sea on Aug. 8, 1942. His two first cousins, Joseph Carlin, of Beaver Meadows, and Thomas Gallagher of Bethlehem, lost their lives while fighting in the Philippines. The young hero was one of five brothers who service in World War II. He has many first cousins still in the service.

Rep. Harhart hosts meeting with Lehigh Township officials

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Front row: Jay Howes, House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee; Rep. Julie Harhart; Supervisor Dell Grove; Township Manager Alice Rehrig; Joel Rotz, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau; Lamonte Garber, Chesapeake Bay Foundation; and Betsy Huber Pennsylvania State Grange. Back row: Township Solicitor David Backenstoe; Supervisor Chairman Darryl Snover; Chris Herr, Penn Ag Industries Association; and Doug Goodlander, State Conservation Commission.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Front row: Jay Howes, House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee; Rep. Julie Harhart; Supervisor Dell Grove; Township Manager Alice Rehrig; Joel Rotz, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau; Lamonte Garber, Chesapeake Bay Foundation; and Betsy Huber Pennsylvania State Grange. Back row: Township Solicitor David Backenstoe; Supervisor Chairman Darryl Snover; Chris Herr, Penn Ag Industries Association; and Doug Goodlander, State Conservation Commission.

HARRISBURG - Lehigh Township officials were in Harrisburg Thursday at the invitation of Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Northampton/Lehigh) to discuss ongoing concerns with Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in the township.

JT group to host event

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Jim Thorpe Freedom Rallies will host a joint county event on Wed., March 31, at 7:30 p.m. at The Roxy Theatre, 2004 Main St., Northampton.

The event, between Lehigh, Carbon and Northampton counties, will focus on restoring the constitution through the sheriff's department. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For information, contact Gene Duffy at (310) 709-9935 or Jim Thorpe Freedom Rallies at http://www.meetup.com/Jim-Thorpe-Freedom-Rallies.

Will move to fall in 2012 hurt?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton girls soccer coach Barry Hahn (left) gives instruction to members of his team during practice.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton girls soccer coach Barry Hahn (left) gives instruction to members of his team during practice.

When asked how the PIAA proposed move of girls' soccer from the spring to the fall in 2012 would affect his program, Lehighton head coach Dan Dagorn didn't mince his reply. Already faced this season with the absence of a junior varsity program, Dagorn believes the situation can become fatal.

"It will destroy the program," said the second-year girls' head coach who has also coached the boys' program. "Right now, we are struggling with our numbers. We don't have the girls coming out.

Chestnuthill column

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New pastor

Effort UMC learned this past weekend that when the Rev. Dave Felker, pastor, retires at the end of June, the pastorate will be filled by the Rev. Robin G. Fisher, as of July 1. Her move to Monroe County will include her husband, also a pastor, who has been appointed to serve Reeders UMC.

Rev. Deb Hoffman awaits notification of where her next pastorate will be.

Rev. Robin Fisher is currently serving Bethany UMC, Lebanon, Pa.

Healing service

Zion Lutheran Church will offer a Service of Healing at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 24.

Marek-Murphy

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Scott Murphy and Wendy Marek
Scott Murphy and Wendy Marek

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Marek, Nesquehoning, announce the engagement of their daughter, Wendy, to Scott Murphy, son of James Murphy, Tamaqua, and the late Linda Evans Murphy.

The bride-to-be is a 2002 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and a 2008 graduate of Wilkes University, where she earned a doctor of pharmacy degree. She is employed as a pharmacist at Hazle Drugs, Hazleton.

Cyclist, passenger injured in crash

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A motorcyclist and his passenger were injured in a crash that occurred about 4:50 p.m. on Friday, March 19, along the Burma Road in Blythe Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Joseph E. Kriner, 56, of Mahanoy City, was driving a 1994 Honda Pacific Coast cycle southbound and negotiating a left curve when the bike slid on gravel. The bike went onto the berm and went down on its side.