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March 2010

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 Middle School Squad cheerleaders are: Brianna Werley, Beth Kistler, Jacquelyn Rubright, Madelyn Dolinsky, Lacie McManus, Krissy Gilbert and Destiny Gurner.
The Middle School Squad cheerleaders are: Brianna Werley, Beth Kistler, Jacquelyn Rubright, Madelyn Dolinsky, Lacie McManus, Krissy Gilbert and Destiny Gurner.

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.

'How to be a Smart Electric Consumer' seminar scheduled

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Senators Argall, Mensch and Browne will present "How To Be A Smart Electric Consumer," Wednesday, March 31, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Schnecksville Fire Company, 4550 Old Packhouse Road, Schnecksville.

Carbon officials approve seminar requests

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Carbon County commissioners approved the following seminar requests during the month of March:

Adult Probation/Juvenile Court

Ÿ Ronald S. Kokinda and James Dodson, Spring 2010 Regional CJAB Forums, Nanticoke.

Area Agency on Aging

Ÿ Mary Ann Marzen and Susan Zeigler, PA State LTC Ombudsman Annual Enrichment Conference "Planting the Seed," State College.

Ÿ Anne Horrigan, 2010 Nutrition Conference, State College; Primetime Health 2010 Conference, Harrisburg.

Ÿ Cheri Mae Santore and Connie Lynn, 2010 Protective Services Conference, Camp Hill.

Budget talks to resume in Palmerton schools

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Budget talks are set to resume in the Palmerton Area School District.

The school board's Budget and Finance Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in an attempt to formulate the 2010-11 budget.

The committee will once again review the maintenance department's budget, just as it did earlier this month in what was expected to be the final in a series of four meetings.

However, at that time, committee members decided that the numbers from the maintenance department's budget needed to be reworked, hence the need for another meeting.

Youngsters helping youngsters with Bowl-a-thon

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among the youth taking part in the Bowl for Kids Sake Bowl a Thon for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bridge of Carbon County was a team representing St. John Lutheran Church, Heights, Jim Thorpe. From left are Robert J. German, student at Carbon Career and Technical Institute; Kayla Melber, student at Panther Valley High School; and Jim Thorpe Area High School students Kendall Juracka and Samantha Rimbey. As a team, the students raised $101.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among the youth taking part in the Bowl for Kids Sake Bowl a Thon for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bridge of Carbon County was a team representing St. John Lutheran Church, Heights, Jim Thorpe. From left are Robert J. German, student at Carbon Career and Technical Institute; Kayla Melber, student at Panther Valley High School; and Jim Thorpe Area High School students Kendall Juracka and Samantha Rimbey. As a team, the students raised $101.

Bowl for Kids Sake Bowl-a-thon for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bridge of Carbon County was held Saturday at Fritz's Lanes, Second Street, Lehighton.

The event brought in 100 bowlers to raise funds for the child/adult mentoring program that provides adult companionship and mentoring capabilities for children who need an adult to care.

Mary Schell, caseworker, said there are presently six active matches and 13 children waiting for an adult mentor.

Lucky raffle winners at Borough Park Easter egg hung

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Borough Park was a maze of colorful eggs as The Palmerton Exchange Club celebrated their twenty-fifth year of sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Park. Members Bob and Nancy Thompson and family have given their time and talents to organize the hunt each year. This year 2,200 plastic eggs were placed throughout the Palmerton Park. Many children ages 1-10, along with parents and grandparents watchING, came out to take part in the hunt. Age groups were divided up and special candy prizes were given for those finding lucky eggs.

Break-in, theft incident probed

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A burglary and a theft from vehicle incident that occurred in the same area of Schuylkill County is being investigated by state police at Schuylkill Haven.

Troopers said the attempted break-in occurred at Korner Pizzeria, located along E. Grande Ave. (SR209), in Tower City. Unknown criminals attempted to break into the business through a rear door using a crowbar and damaging the frame and door jam. They were unable to get in and went to the front door and also damaged the frame and door jam but did gain entry.

St. Luke's Miners Hospital offers community talks during April

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital will present the following health talks in April as part of the 100th Anniversary Lecture Series.

The talks will be offered to the public at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, 360 West Ruddle Street, Coaldale

Tues., April 6

(6:30 pm)

Advances in Cancer Care: What You Should Know

Retirement dinner set

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Tamaqua Education Association will hold this year's retirement dinner on May 8, at Capriotti's in Tresckow.

All present and past members are invited to attend.

Please contact JoAnn Dobrosky at (570) 668-6732 or Sheree Bashinsky at (570) 467-2507 or Judy Midas at (570) 645-4394, if you are interested in attending.

Lehigh Valley kennel owner convicted of animal cruelty

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A commercial breeder charged with neglecting scores of dogs and cats was convicted Monday of animal cruelty, capping a high-profile case that state officials have used to tout their crackdown on substandard kennels.

A Lehigh County jury convicted Derbe "Skip" Eckhart of two misdemeanor counts of cruelty – both for failing to maintain a sanitary kennel – after prosecutors alleged he permitted animals at Almost Heaven Kennel to live in their own feces and urine.

MCFA will hold memorial service

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Monroe County Firemen's Association will be hold its 15th Annual Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Saturday May 8 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Fish Hill Road in Tannersville.

This year firefighters and support team members from Monroe County Fire Companies who passed away in the 2009 calendar year will be memorialized. The service will be conducted by chaplains from the fire companies and includes a candle ceremony and tolling of the bell for the fallen, a selection by the choir of St. Paul's Church, organ solo and bag piper.

Pa. out of Race to the Top for school funding

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The first round of funding in the federal government's $4.35 billion Race to the Top program for school system overhauls has been awarded. Out of the 40 states that submitted applications, 16 states made it into the final round, but only two states will collect money, Delaware and Tennessee.

Delaware will get about $100 million and Tennessee about $500 million in this first round of funding.

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.

Music rings out at MapleShade

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

Both Irish and Scottish tunes and songs rang out for the guests at MapleShade Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning. Entertainers Don McNeil and his daughter Lauren McNeil played tunes on their guitar and concertina and fiddle respectively. They are related to guest Andy Lapos and delighted everyone with their music.

Girl rescued from overturned kayak

Monday, March 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Just before noon on Sunday, a call came out of an overturned kayak floating in the middle of the Tuscarora lake in the Tuscarora State Park. Many emergency services quickly converged on the scene. Although there was a kayak visible in the center of the Tuscarora Lake, no one was seen around the kayak. Emergency crews quickly determined that a 15-year-old girl accidentally flipped her kayak while trying to see how deep the lake was. After she flipped and landed in the water, other youngsters, also part of the same camping group, started screaming.

Tamaqua elementary science fair

Monday, March 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS During the Tamaqua Elementary School Science Fair held Wednesday, students show off "blubber gloves" they made from Crisco to teach people more about whale and seal blubber, while also learning more about sea life via a live feed from the Alaskan Sea Life Center sea lion tank located in Alaska. Pictured from left are Alaskan Sea Life Center Education Readiness Coordinator Laurie Stuart (on live TV with swimming sea lion behind her); exhibit presenter Riley McHugh, 10, grade 5; Carley Skinner, 10, 4th grade, wearing blubber gloves; and Shanna Brinkworth, 10, 4th grade, wearing blubber gloves.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS During the Tamaqua Elementary School Science Fair held Wednesday, students show off "blubber gloves" they made from Crisco to teach people more about whale and seal blubber, while also learning more about sea life via a live feed from the Alaskan Sea Life Center sea lion tank located in Alaska. Pictured from left are Alaskan Sea Life Center Education Readiness Coordinator Laurie Stuart (on live TV with swimming sea lion behind her); exhibit presenter Riley McHugh, 10, grade 5; Carley Skinner, 10, 4th grade, wearing blubber gloves; and Shanna Brinkworth, 10, 4th grade, wearing blubber gloves.

Carbon County property transfers

Monday, March 29, 2010

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Arthur Smith Davidson to Arthur Smith Davidson, 35 E. Maple St., P.O. Box 306, Tresckow, property at 35 E. Maple St., $1.

East Penn Township

G.A. and F.C. Wagman, Inc., to Walsh Investors No. 34, L.P., property at 73 Dieters Hill Road, $1,061,000.

Jim Thorpe

Kyle W. George to Alfonso A. Lalumia, 429 Lehigh St., Jim Thorpe, property at 429 Lehigh St., $135,000.

Justin V. Yaich to Laurence B. Hurlburt, Bensalem, Pa., Lot 1, Justin V. Yaich Subdivision, $41,750.

Kidder Township