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March 2010

Tamaqua news

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hospice training

PinnacleHealth Hospice will provide volunteer training to area residents willing to provide assistance and support to terminally ill individuals and their families. Training sessions will begin the week of April 13, with daytime and evening sessions to accommodate potential volunteer's schedules.

Evening sessions will begin April 13, from 6-9 p.m., then continue every Tuesday through May 4. Daytime sessions will begin April 15, from 1-4 p.m., and continue through May 6. All sessions will be held at 301 Norwegian Plaza, Pottsville.

Franklin Fire Co. hosts hunt

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company hosted an egg hunt from children and grandchildren of members. Taking part in the hunt was Trinity Borrelli of Lehighton. Approximately 200 children participated in the hunt and then were awarded prizes by the Easter bunny.

Tamaqua Area Spring Band and Chorus Concert tonight

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Tamaqua Sr. High School Music Department will present its' annual "Spring Band & Chorus Program" tonight, Tuesday, March 30th at 7:30 p.m. in the Tamaqua Area Auditorium.

The concert will feature the best in instrumental and vocal selections presented by students in the Concert Choir, Jazz Chorale, Sr. High Wind Ensemble, and the 'Raider' Concert Band.

The Wind Ensemble will open the program with "The Star-Spangled Banner", and "Brazil: Ceremony, Song and Samba" arranged by Robert W. Smith.

Chestnuthill column

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Meeting changed

Members of the Eastern Star, Monroe Chapter 99, will not meet this Thursday due to the Maundy Thursday holiday. The regular meeting will be held next week at the same place and time.

Good Friday Service

The Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network is hosting a Good Friday service Friday, April 2, at Neola Methodist Church, 738 Neola Rd., Stroudsburg, beginning at 1 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

Queen of Peace

Krazy Katfish fishing kontest slated in June

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Children ages 4 to 14 are invited to take part in the Franklin Township Lions Club Krazy Katfish Fishing Kontest on Saturday, June 5, at the Lehigh Canal at Weissport. There will be prizes for largest fish, first boy and girl catching five fish; and other prizes. Registration is at 8 a.m. Youngsters must be present to receive a prize. For additional information, call (610) 377-5559.

Second robbery reported in Monroe

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A second robbery by two male suspects was reported in Monroe County. Pocono Mountain Regional police said the second robbery occurred at the Radio Shack along SR940 in the Mt. Pocono Plaza on Sunday, March 28, about 5:19 p.m. The first robbery was reported on Friday evening at the AT&T store in Mt. Pocono. Details of the frist robbery appeared on the police log on Monday on page 2.

Special prize eggs bring smiles to winners

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
MARY TOBIA/TIMES NEWS
MARY TOBIA/TIMES NEWS

Eight-year-old best friends Casi Papay and Emily Recker, both of Palmerton, were lucky enough to find special eggs during the Palmerton Memorial Park Easter Egg. Casi won a Slip and Slide and Emily won a Whamo Track Ball set. The egg hunt was divided into five divisions from 0- 10 year old. There were ten lucky prizewinners in each group. The egg hunt was centered around the grove at the Memorial Park in Palmerton. "It just keeps getting bigger and bigger each year," said Jane Stroup, member of the Pool Pals. A raffle for adults was held in conjunction with the egg hunt.

Practice sessions announced for Senior Games

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Calling all Carbon County seniors who would like to practice for the upcoming 2010 Senior Games.

Victor Pituch, one of the organizers of the games, announced that there will be open practice sessions taking place for participants on Friday, April 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Lehighton Recreational Center, Eighth and Iron streets.

The games, which are slated to take place May 4 to May 13, include basketball, pool, darts, ping pong, shuffle board, bean bag toss, horseshoes, swimming, miniature golf, softball throw, one-mile walk, dancing, bingo, and more.

Small businesses, use caution when applying for SBA loans

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is warning small businesses to use caution if they are contacted by firms offering to help them apply for funds available through SBA programs.

SBA and SBA's Office of the Inspector General (SBA OIG) have received several complaints from small businesses about abusive marketing practices, scams, and exorbitant fees charged by firms offering to help them obtain a loan, grant, or other federal funds, from SBA.

Some of these complaints include:

Weissport holds annual hunt

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Children and grandchilden of Weissport residents had the opportunity to hunt for eggs on Saturday during the annual egg hunt, sponsored by Weissport Recreation Association, formerly Concerned Citizens of Weissport. Children are Jacelyn Troutman, left, and her sister, Elizabeth Troutman. The children shared in 132 prizes during the event.

Man lets air out of tire, is cited

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Monroe County man was cited recently for letting the air out of the tire of a vehicle.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said on March 23 about 1:30 p.m. officers were dispatched to Bill's Shop Rite parking lot in Mt. Pocono. A witness told officers he observed a man get out of his vehicle and walk over to another vehicle in the lot and then let the air out of a tire on the vehicle. The witness identified the man as Robert Vecchione, 64, of Tobyhanna.

September will be 'Celebrate the Great Outdoors' month in Carbon Co.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Bike trips and sightseeing will be only two of the activities during "Celebrate the Great Outdoors" in September in Carbon County.
Bike trips and sightseeing will be only two of the activities during "Celebrate the Great Outdoors" in September in Carbon County.

A unique, month long celebration of the great outdoors in Carbon County is being planned for September 2010 according to an announcement made this week by the Carbon County Tourism and Accomodations Committee of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

Two spots up for grabs

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

With one week left in the regular season, three teams are competing for two playoff spots in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission's Winter Basketball League.

Service Electric and R.R. Frey Services have secured the top two spots in the playoffs, while Two King's Pizzeria, Joe's Place/Joey B's and Cuz-N-Joe's Place battle it out for the final two openings.

Cuz-N-Joe's Place

-Two King's Pizzeria

YMCA egg hunt slated

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Tamaqua YMCA will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, beginning at noon. In addition to the hunt for eggs, activities will include face painting, coloring and more The Y is located in the former Jamesway building in the plaza at the east end of Tamaqua Borough.

Health fraud

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

9 suspects arrested in $1 Million conspiracy

HARRISBURG Attorney general agents Monday arrested nine suspects for allegedly devising a complex disability fraud scheme in Monroe County. The suspects allegedly bilked four insurance companies out of more than $1 million by billing for home health care services that were not provided.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said that the investigation centered on Judi Grate and Bianca Bucano, both of Effort.

Meet and greet the Easter Bunny

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Recreation board member Loretta Smith escorted the Easter Bunny to the site of the age 4-to-6 egg hunt.
Recreation board member Loretta Smith escorted the Easter Bunny to the site of the age 4-to-6 egg hunt.

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
A stirring patriotic banner was made for Ralph Clay by his first-grade class.
A stirring patriotic banner was made for Ralph Clay by his first-grade class.

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
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Jack Scott of Palmerton works to loosen a post so it can be removed from the pond at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. He said, "My guess is that they were part of a fishing dock." With the posts removed, an invasive plant, parrot feather was removed from the water, first from shore and then by use of a canoe.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Jack Scott of Palmerton works to loosen a post so it can be removed from the pond at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. He said, "My guess is that they were part of a fishing dock." With the posts removed, an invasive plant, parrot feather was removed from the water, first from shore and then by use of a canoe.

West Penn Daisy Troop 1108 helps animals in distress

Monday, March 29, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West Penn Daisy Troop 1108 became friendly with the many dogs at the Hillside SPCA. From left are, Morgan McGinness, Mya Heffner, Page Gittens, Ali Shiner, Meagan Sweeney, Johanna Wolbach, Erica Goho, Bryn Clifford and Angel Shiner. The girls also visited the cats at the shelter.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West Penn Daisy Troop 1108 became friendly with the many dogs at the Hillside SPCA. From left are, Morgan McGinness, Mya Heffner, Page Gittens, Ali Shiner, Meagan Sweeney, Johanna Wolbach, Erica Goho, Bryn Clifford and Angel Shiner. The girls also visited the cats at the shelter.

West Penn Daisy Troop 1108, along with their troop leaders Cassie Fritzinger, Tammy Fritzinger and Tara Goho, visited the Hillside SPCA on March 7.

The girls were there to present the homemade and hand designed dog bones and cat toys they had made. Also they presented donations of dog food, cat food, cat litter, blankets and much more from family members.

The girls enjoyed the visit and thanked the SPCA for their time and help. The girls had the opportunity to interact with the dozens of dogs and 250 cats that need loving homes.

Carbon County 4-H gets boost from national Paper Clover Campaign, Tractor Supply Co.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Tractor Supply Company (TSC) store in Lehighton has joined 4-H in support of local youth with the TSC Paper Clover Campaign, a national in-store fundraising effort to benefit state and local 4-H programming in each of the communities where a Tractor Supply Company store is located.

Four area residents among 13 to enter pleas and are sentenced

Monday, March 29, 2010

Four area residents were among 13 who recently entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and were now sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin as follows:

Paul J. Kropp, 54, of 124 Penn St., Tamaqua, on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol was sentence to serve 72 hours to six months in the county prison. He reports to prison on Tuesday, March 30, at 9 a.m. and when he completes his 72 hours he is eligible to be granted immedate parole.

MapleShade holds egg hunt

Monday, March 29, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Wyatt Zimmerman of Lansfordis a student at Panther Valley Elementary School. For the first time this year, MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center treated the school children to an Easter Egg Hunt at the facility. The younger children hunted for eggs inside while the older children went outside in the courtyard. Prizes were awarded andeveryone was treated to cookies and a drink.