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March 2010

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.

Area church offers Good Friday Cantata

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir prepare for a performance of the cantata "The Lenten Sketches."
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir prepare for a performance of the cantata "The Lenten Sketches."

Trinity Lutheran Choir, orchestra to be featured in 'The Lenten Sketches'

Members of the community are invited to observe Good Friday by attending a Good Friday Cantata and service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton.

The Trinity Sanctuary Choir will perform "The Lenten Sketches" at 7 p.m. this Friday during the church's Good Friday Evening Service.

A short service with hymns and scripture will take place, and a freewill offering will be taken.

Accompanying the choir will be a 14-piece orchestra, including members of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and several local musicians.

Jim Thorpe Democrats to meet on April 14

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

There will be a meeting of the Jim Thorpe Democratic Club on Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Inn at Jim Thorpe. Democratic candidates seeking office are invited to attend. All committee people are urged to attend.

President Edith Lukasevich will be in charge of the meeting.

On this date

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March 30, 1968

Seaman Leonard J. Swatt, Lehighton, has the distinction of representing Carbon County aboard the USS New Jersey, which will be re-commissioned as a battleship April 6 at the Philadelphia Naval Yards. Planning to attend the event is his mother, Mrs. E. Magdalen (Swatt) Waugh; his stepfather, Lester L. Waugh; brother, Raymond, Lehighton; brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. David Armbruster, Lehighton, and other relatives. His brother, Richard Swatt, is also serving with the Navy, being in Vietnam.

Matzo brittle for Passover

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My first Passover in San Francisco resembled more of a Vegas buffet than a traditional Seder meal.

About 30 people gathered in the rec room of a friend's apartment complex. We each had brought a dish to display on a table that ran the length of the room. There were several varieties of brisket, enough salads to feed an army and side dishes both Passover-friendly and not.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March 30, 1992 Kerry Smith pitches a six-hit shutout and Daryl Snyder delivers a grand slam to help Lehighton post a 10-0 win over Stroudsburg in both team's Centennial League opener. Smith strikes out six batters and doesn't allow a walk. He also helps his own cause by delivering a bases-loaded triple in the third inning. Snyder's big homer comes in the fourth frame while Chris Fredericks also contributes to the win with a single and a double.

Off to Afghanistan

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The entire student body of the Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District turned out to say "Goodbye for Now" to first-grade teacher Ralph Clay, as he prepares to leave to serve for the next year with the Naval Reserve in Afghanistan.
The entire student body of the Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District turned out to say "Goodbye for Now" to first-grade teacher Ralph Clay, as he prepares to leave to serve for the next year with the Naval Reserve in Afghanistan.

Heartfelt and emotional sendoff for Penn Kidder teacher

The gymnasium at Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District overflowed with love and excitement last week as the entire student body and staff gathered for a heartfelt and emotional sendoff for one of their own.

The object of everyone's attention and affection was first-grade teacher Ralph Clay, who will be leaving to serve for the next year with the Naval Reserve in Afghanistan.

One amazing aspect of the event was the fact that, in spite of the large number of people involved, it remained a total secret right up until Clay walked through the door of the gym.

Jim Thorpe man jailed for threats

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Jim Thorpe man was jailed on Friday, March 26, for terroristic threats during an incident at his residence.

Borough police were dispatched to 1198 Center Ave., to a report of a theft of a boat in progress. Upon arrival officers were told by Joseph Oliver, of that address, that James Yaich was taking a boat from his property. Police noted that Yaich is the father-in-law of Oliver.

Tamaqua Waves win Anthracite swim title

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Tamaqua Blue Waves took part in the Anthracite Swim League Youth Championships this past Saturday. The Waves finished first with a score of 1,686 points.

Triple winners for Tamaqua included Claire Frank in the 11-12 age group with firsts in the 50 Breaststroke, 100 IM and 200 Freestyle; Joann Butkus in the 13-14 age group winning the 50 Freestyle, 200 IM and 200 Freestyle and Jordan Frank in the 13-14 age group winning the 50 Breaststroke, 200 IM and 50 Butterfly).

Sixth annual Boyer Bowl slated

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Strikes, spares and even gutter balls will be welcome as part of a special bowling benefit in honor of a deceased Slatington youth.

The sixth annual Boyer Bowl will be held Saturday at the Slatington Bowling Center. Session one is from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and session two from 9 to 11:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Asher F. Boyer Endowment Fund for Future Education. Asher was killed in a tragic car accident in 2004 at the age of 16.

Today is the first full day of Passover

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Passover, the eight-day festival celebrating the Israelites' release and exodus from Egypt, began last night at sundown.

Also known as the Festival of Freedom, Passover is the oldest of the Jewish festivals, and probably the best known.

According to the Book of Exodus, about 3,000 years ago when the Israelites were still slaves of the Egyptians under Pharaoh Ramses II, Moses was told by God to go to the pharaoh and demand he set the Jews free.

Spring cleaning at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Butterfly bush has been removed several times and is still being worked on. It is an invasive plant that was taking over much of the mountain where growing conditions were suitable for it. Maureen Bet chose working on that project as her contribution to a clean-up day at the nature center.
Butterfly bush has been removed several times and is still being worked on. It is an invasive plant that was taking over much of the mountain where growing conditions were suitable for it. Maureen Bet chose working on that project as her contribution to a clean-up day at the nature center.

Panther Valley news

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

PV Golden Agers

Forty-seven members attended the March 22 meeting of the Panther Valley Golden Agers. The inspirational reading "Spring Time" was read of Irene Hudasky. Irish melodies were sung by the chorus conducted by Marian Shuler.

Seventeen ladies paraded around the hall to the tune of "Peter Cottontail" and "In Your Easter Bonnet." The guest of the day was Helen Rizzo, mother of Marian Shuler. Helen celebrated her 96 birthday recently.

What is radiation sickness?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Q. I've been reading about "dirty bombs" that spread radiation. They can kill by giving you radiation sickness. What exactly is this?

Radiation sickness is an illness caused by too much exposure to radiation. How sick you get depends on the dose and the rate of exposure. Exposure to low-dose radiation, such as X-ray examinations, does not cause radiation sickness.

DUI arrests in Carbon

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

State police at Lehighton reported on two driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by troopers on Sunday, March 28, in Carbon County.

About 1:56 a.m. troopers stopped Thomas McMahon, 39, of Lehighton, along SR209 in Franklin Township for a traffic violation. He was found to be intoxicated, troopers said, and the DUI charge is pending.

Boy Scout troop holds Court of Honor

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
RICK GRANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS To open the ceremony, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Steven Hutta lights one of 12 candles, each one representing one of the12 points of the Scout Law, as Senior Patrol Leader Tim Miller reads to parents and scouts alike the explanation of each point of the law. Scout Master Ray Attewell looks on.
RICK GRANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS To open the ceremony, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Steven Hutta lights one of 12 candles, each one representing one of the12 points of the Scout Law, as Senior Patrol Leader Tim Miller reads to parents and scouts alike the explanation of each point of the law. Scout Master Ray Attewell looks on.

Boy Scouts in Troop 555 held their bi-annual Court of Honor recently to recognize certain of the boys in the troop for their efforts to advance in the organization and earn Merit Badges. In all, 74 Scouters showed up at the event, which includes Scouts, adult leaders, parents and siblings.

During the evening, 15 Merit Badges were awarded for skills gained in Hiking, Personal Management, Swimming and other areas.

Bears top ESN

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pleasant Valley opened up league play with a girls soccer win on Monday.

GIRLS SOCCER

Pleasant Vy.-ES North

Pleasant Valley used two second-half goals to pull away from East Stroudsburg North for a 3-0 Mountain Valley Conference win.

Dianna Connor gave the Bears a 1-0 lead with a first-half goal. PV (2-0) then used second-half tallies from Maggie Patterson and Kayla Dorney to clinch the victory.

Kaiti Forte, Kira Sever and Kristin Hart all had assists for the Bears.

PV had an 18-6 advantage in shots with Bear keeper Jackie Guiliano making five saves.

Todd D. Koller seeking state legistlature seat

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Todd Koller
Todd Koller

Todd D. Koller, a Carbon County and Mahoning Twp. resident, is announcing his candidacy for Representative in the General Assembly of the 122nd district.

Koller said, "I would like to thank all of you that signed my petitions giving me this opportunity to run for your State Representative in the 122nd district. I would also like to thank Keith McCall for his many years of dedicated service. I want to extend my best wishes to Keith and his family for whatever the future holds for them."

He is employed by Petro fuel company in Reading for the past 23 years.

Teen cited for assault at school

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Monroe County teen is facing charges following an incident at the Shawnee Academy/Beacon School located in Smithfield Township.

State police at Lehighton said a 17-year-old male from Pocono Farms punched another 17-year-old male, from Saylorsburg, in the face twice. The incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. on March 24. The teen was cited for harassment.

Cementon to Laurys Station trail dedicated

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Clockwise from top left: Allen Sachse - Executive Director of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, and Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham listen to John Quigley - Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources explain how the trail "connects people to places and to the outdoors."
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Clockwise from top left: Allen Sachse - Executive Director of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, and Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham listen to John Quigley - Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources explain how the trail "connects people to places and to the outdoors."

A 2.7 mile long section of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail between Cementon and Laurys Station in northern Lehigh County was dedicated on Monday in Cementon and is now open to the public.

Jim Thorpe seniors will graduate on time

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More than 50 high school seniors, their parents and teachers from the Jim Thorpe Area School District descended on the board's normal monthly meeting on Monday evening to express their dissatisfaction with a plan to change the Commencement date due to more than the anticipated number of snow days. While the board had yet to make a final decision on the matter, moving the date had been discussed at a previous meeting.

Jim Thorpe board deals with growing district

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Joe Brown, Jim Thorpe Area School District's director of Information Services, gave a presentation to the district's board of education during its normal monthly meeting on Monday evening, aimed at shedding light on the district's enrollment trends.

Since August 2003, the number of students in the district has increased from 1,887 to 2,557, an increase of 36.16 percent.

Brown showed the board a number of slides indicating that enrollment in all of the district's buildings has increased over the period.

Judge appoints election officials to new districts

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Appointments to district election board offices in the altered election districts in Schuylkill County were named Monday by President Judge William E. Baldwin in a ruling handed down in the county court.

The number of districts in Schuylkill County were reduced beginning Jan. 1 from 167 to 125. A hearing was held recently by Baldwin in which individuals appeared in the courtroom to express interest in serving on the election boards.

Last days of school for Pleasant Valley are June 11 and June 14

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Pleasant Valley School District's school board gave the dates for the last day of school. For grades 8-12 it will be Friday, June 11 and for K-7 it will be Monday, June 14.

The board approved the following with the absence of member H. Charles Hoffman:

*Hiring of substitutes-Sammy Kachmar, maintenance; Kimberly DeTorres, monitor/cafeteria; Carissa Izzo, monitor; Deborah Mayberry, professional, all areas; Joel Smith, social studies; Amanda Eber, music; John Hoban, custodian.

Tamaqua HS cheerleaders feted

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The Junior Varsity Squad members attending were: (Front Row) Talli Matukonis and Jenna Schlosser, (Back Row) Emily Thompson, Nicole Klatka, Morgan Maradeo, Gabby Freed, Emily Ward and Emily Demyanovich.
The Junior Varsity Squad members attending were: (Front Row) Talli Matukonis and Jenna Schlosser, (Back Row) Emily Thompson, Nicole Klatka, Morgan Maradeo, Gabby Freed, Emily Ward and Emily Demyanovich.

The Tamaqua Cheerleading Boosters held their annual banquet on Sunday, March 14 at Macaluso's Restaurant in Nesq. Dr. Lisa Banning of Tamaqua served as guest speaker for the affair. Senior cheerleaders honored at the event were, from left, Rachel Rega, Mallory Loughman, Sarah Zehner, Megan Delauretis, Kim Walker and Nicole Thomas.

Free college financial aid seminar sponsored by State Rep. Harhart

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pennsylvania State Representative Julie Harhart of the 183rd District, covering parts of Northampton and Lehigh counties, is sponsoring a free college financial aid seminar Wednesday, March 31, from 7- 9 p.m. at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School, 2930 Zephyr Blvd., Whitehall. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

This is an invitation to all 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students and parents from: Catasauqua, Northampton, Northern Lehigh, Parkland and Whitehall-Coplay High Schools.

A worthy news goal

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Investing in our youth

In case you haven't noticed, we have been running a lot of photographs and stories about youngsters recently. From toddlers right up through high school, they have dominated the news. And that's a good thing.

Take today, for instance. The entire student body at the Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District turned out recently, and with all the love and excitement they could muster, bid a fond farewell to one of their favorite teachers, first grade mentor Ralph Clay, who will be leaving soon to serve for the next year with the Naval Reserve in war-torn Afghanistan.

The 'Dragon' whisperer slays some myths

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The humorous, adventurous and eye-popping 3-D animated feature, "How to Train Your Dragon," slays the myth of the dragon-slayer.

An unusually-named young Viking, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), is an apprentice to Gobber (Craig Ferguson), the village smithy teaching Dragon Fighting 101.

The village is constantly attacked by dragons. Hiccup's dad, Viking leader Stoick (Gerard Butler), worries that the skinny lad won't be up to the task.

St. Jerome MATHCOUNTS team places fifth

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

A team from St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, captured fifth place in the Anthracite Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition held Saturday, Feb. 13 at Penn State, Schuylkill Campus. Twelve schools competed in the contest. MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school competitive mathematics program that promotes math achievement and enhance enthusiasm for the subject. Team mambers include, front from left, Matthew Karnish, James McKinley and Connor Roberts. Back row, Nico Agosti, Mark Postupack, Anthony Agosti and Michael McHale. Nicholas Mayernik was also a member of the team. Mrs.

CORRECTION

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It was incorrectly stated in Monday's edition of the TIMES NEWS that Thomas Hartz Sr wife's name was Kathy. Her actual name is Jean (Walters) Hartz. Hartz is the veteran Tamaqua firefighter whose funeral was held on Saturday.

Carbon County approves personnel actions

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Carbon County commissioners approved the following personnel actions in the county during the month of March:

Resignations

Ÿ Ruth A. Vincent, West Hazleton, nurse aide, Weatherwood, effective March 2.

Ÿ Amanda R. Adams, Jim Thorpe, part-time dispatcher, Communications Center, effective March 1.

Ÿ Cheryl L. Leone, New Ringgold, assistant chief assessor, Tax Assessment, effective March 19.

Ÿ Jacqueline S. Berger, New Ringgold, director, Elections, effective March 19.