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March 2010

'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.

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.

Firefighter honored

Monday, March 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters carry floral arrangements from the funeral home in tribute to Thomas Hartz Sr.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters carry floral arrangements from the funeral home in tribute to Thomas Hartz Sr.

Thomas Hartz Sr. served 52 years in Tamaqua

Wave after wave of friends, firefighters, family, and community members came to bid farewell Saturday afternoon to the late Thomas "Tom" Hartz Sr., 52-year active Tamaqua firefighter, remembering him for his willful mind, sense of humor, knowledge, and life-long dedication to the Citizen's Fire Company.

Eckhart, Strawser shine at Pa. State Championships

Monday, March 29, 2010

Twin City Powerlifing Club members excelled at the Pennsylvania State Championships this past weekend at State College.

The team was led by strongmen Rob Eckhart and Jesse Strawser of Lehighton; veteran lifter Nick Theodoru of Palmer Township; and football player turned lifter Brandon Mauro of Bangor.

The lifters pushed and pulled these impressive weights without assistance of supersuits, American RAW style and drug-free. They competed in bench press, squat and dead lift.

2 female students cited for fighting

Monday, March 29, 2010

Two female students at Pleasant Valley High School in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, have been cited for fighting.

State police at Fern Ridge said the two fought in D corridor of the school about 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 25. Troopers said the fight was over a boyfriend.

Both were cited for harassment, troopers said.

Berks man cited for theft incident

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Berks County resident was cited for retail theft at a store in Schuylkill County. State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on the incident and also on two other thefts.

Troopers said Manuel A. Leonor-Mariano, 60, of Reading, was cited for attempting to remove $32.07 worth of groceries from Bill's Produce, located at 2012 Long Run Rd., in North Manheim Township. Troopers said he attempted to leave the store with the items in shopping cart about 3:56 p.m. on Friday, March 26.