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March 2010

Panther Vy. baseball, JT softball get wins

Monday, March 29, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua catcher Emily Zancofsky waits for the ball as Southern Lehigh's Cory Ozanne slides home safely during Saturday's softball game at Tamaqua.
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua catcher Emily Zancofsky waits for the ball as Southern Lehigh's Cory Ozanne slides home safely during Saturday's softball game at Tamaqua.

Panther Valley picked up a baseball win, while Jim Thorpe notched a victory in girls softball over the weekend as the scholastic spring sports schedule got into full swing.

BASEBALL

Mahanoy Area

-Panther Valley

Panther Valley scored runs early and picked up a 10-0 win in five innings.

Jeff Corby led the Panther attack, finishing three-for-three with a run and two RBIs. Ryan Porambo had a two-run double in the third, while Brandon Gurka added a two-run single in the same inning.

Gregory Pecha picked up the mound win striking out five.

CCTI students compete in DECA competition

Monday, March 29, 2010
RICK GRANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dog Town, a project to benefit a local nonprofit organization by Maggie Haywood, a marketing sophomore from Jim Thorpe.
RICK GRANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dog Town, a project to benefit a local nonprofit organization by Maggie Haywood, a marketing sophomore from Jim Thorpe.

A group of 40 students from the Carbon Career and Technical Institute traveled to Hershey recently to experience two days of intense competition at the annual DECA state competition. Delta Epsilon Chi (DECA) is an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service.

Two candidates for Pa. governor to speak at local Town Hall Forum

Monday, March 29, 2010
Tom Corbett
Tom Corbett

Event will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday in Penn's Peak

Two candidates who are seeking to occupy the office of Governor Ed Rendell will be in town tomorrow night.

Attorney General Tom Corbett and State Representative Sam Rohrer will be participants in a Town Hall Forum, open to the public, at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Penn's Peak. Both are Republican candidates for governor in the Pa. Primary Election on May 18.

Numerous other candidates will be in attendance. A donation will be collected at the door. Individuals attending are asked to arrive in time to be seated by 6:45 p.m.

Agricultural use changes could be coming to township

Monday, March 29, 2010

Agricultural use changes could be in store for a Lower Towamensing Township zoning ordinance.

The township's board of superiors will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. April 13, at which time they'll consider amendments to their zoning ordinance.

If approved, the words "intensive agricultural activities are prohibited" that appear in several sections of the ordinance would be deleted, and the words "intensive agricultural activities are prohibited except to the extent that this prohibition is preempted by state law" would be added.

Palmerton police log

Monday, March 29, 2010

Palmerton street sweeping

Palmerton Borough will implement its street sweeping program on Thursday, April 1.

Signs are posted on streets indicating the parking restrictions, and so remember to check your sign and remember the date when your street is to be cleaned.

Citizens are also reminded that the time change for street cleaning is the same as snow removal. Cars should be moved between 7 and 8 p. m. the evening before your scheduled sweeping day.

This will allow an early start for our street sweeping crew.

Speeding

Tamaqua news

Monday, March 29, 2010

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met March 23 at the Ryan Township Fire Company with 38 members in attendance.

President Eleanor Schmerfeld conducted the business meeting. Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation. Reports were presented by Secretary Florina Martin and Treasurer Shirley Becker, who reported sending get well cards to Jim Valentine, Dorothy Schmerfeld, Sene Horan, Jane Springer and Gail Wall. A discussion was held concerning the annual banquet, scheduled for May 11, noon, at the Ryan Township Fire Company.

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.

Two-time Locks of Love donor

Monday, March 29, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Maizy Troxell, 9, recently made her second donation to Locks of Love. She is the daughter of Brad and Christine Troxell of Walker Township.

Truck snaps pole in half, driver arrested

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

Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning, emergency crews were called to one-vehicle accident and pole down near the intersection of SR-309 and 895 North in Snyders, West Penn Township. West Penn Police took the driver into custody when they arrived. The impact separated the pole at the bottom, but luckily didn't tear the lines. Black tire skid marks could clearly be seen running across the road.

Slatington man facing charges

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Slatington man is facing charges of theft and related counts.

State police at Fogelsville said Jesse Ryan Hafer, of the 7000 block of Elm Tree Drive, borrowed an air compressor and tools from Keith Hafer, Lyon Valley Rd., New Tripoli, Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County, and refused to return them. He also removed an aluminum siding brake from the victim's property which he allegedly took to a scrap yard for cash. Total value of the stolen items was set at $1,650. Troopers did not indicate if the victim and suspect are related.

Sell-out crowd sees The Machine

Monday, March 29, 2010
ron gower/times news
ron gower/times news

The Machine, billed as "America's top Pink Floyd show," returned to Penn's Peak on Saturday and played for a sell-out crowd. The band combined a spectacular lights-effect show with Pink Floyd music which captivated the audience with its lengthy performance. It was one of two concerts held this weekend. On Friday night, Melvin Seals and JGB (Jerry Garcia Band) put on what those attending described as an "incredible show."

Free fish dinner

Monday, March 29, 2010

St. John's Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton, will host a free fish dinner on Friday, April 2, from 4 to 6 p.m.

For more information, call (570) 386-9960.

The church is located next to Sensinger's Greenhouse.

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.

LVC sweeps Via

Monday, March 29, 2010

The 2009-10 high school basketball season officially ended Saturday with the crowning of the Class AAAA state champion. For most teams and players the season has been over for weeks.

Carbon driver facing DUI charge

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Carbon County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one-vehicle crash that occurred on Friday, March 26, about 6:10 p.m.

State police at Lehighton responded to a crash along Firehouse Road at Church Road, in Towamensing Township, Carbon County. At the scene the driver involved was identified as Warren Robert Remaley, 59, of Kunkletown. Troopers said he was arrested for DUI.

Burlesque Festival a hit with audience

Monday, March 29, 2010
Jacqueline Hyde of Seattle, Wash., won the coveted Crystal Corset Award and $500 at the Jim Thorpe Burlesque Festival.
Jacqueline Hyde of Seattle, Wash., won the coveted Crystal Corset Award and $500 at the Jim Thorpe Burlesque Festival.

A cancan dancer and singer from Seattle, Wash., won the coveted Crystal Corset Award and the $500 cash prize at the first Jim Thorpe Burlesque Festival.

Jacqueline Hyde sang and danced her way into the judges' hearts with an animated raucous and bawdy rendition of "So Many Men, So Little Time." Her colorful costume seemed to float away as she sang and teased the sold out crowd Saturday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Correction

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pastor's column

The Inspirational Message of the Week, a pastor's column that appears each Saturday on our Religion page, was misidentified on March 27.

The author of the column, titled "Promises Kept" was written by Rev. Kenneth Ogden, pastor of People's E.C. Church and not Rev. Doris Bray, which was noted. Both are regular contributors to that column and we regret the mistake in authorship.

Break-in, theft incident probed

Monday, March 29, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a burglary, theft and mischief incident in Schuylkill County.

The break-in occurred at the residence of Timothy Lee Koppenhaver, 56, of 457 Dietrich Ave., Tower City, Porter Township. Unknown criminals gained entry to the home sometime between 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. on Friday, March 26, and removed a Brinks safe, green in color, that contained $100 in cash and numerous other items.

L.B. Morris students raise funds for Haiti relief

Monday, March 29, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured with Sharon Kendig, American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley representative; and L.B. Morris 4th grade teacher Wesley Holmes are the top student fundraisers from each grade. They are, left to right : Edward Numrich, 1st grade; Zoe Satterwaite, 3rd grade; Emelyn Shirley, 4th grade; Emily Leifholt, 6th grade; Miranda Antiga, 5th grade; and Autumn Kratzer, 2nd grade.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured with Sharon Kendig, American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley representative; and L.B. Morris 4th grade teacher Wesley Holmes are the top student fundraisers from each grade. They are, left to right : Edward Numrich, 1st grade; Zoe Satterwaite, 3rd grade; Emelyn Shirley, 4th grade; Emily Leifholt, 6th grade; Miranda Antiga, 5th grade; and Autumn Kratzer, 2nd grade.

Students from Kindergarten through sixth-grade at the L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe became interested in helping those in earthquake-damaged Haiti. They raised money in their individual homerooms over the course of about a month and a half.

Donated school supplies such as markers and pens were made available in each room and purchased by the students on a daily basis.

The profits from these sales totaled $830 and it was decided that all of these funds should go to the American Red Cross for Haiti relief.

McCall seeks candidates for Valley Forge Military College program

Monday, March 29, 2010

Do you know a well-rounded, good student who would like a scholarship to Pennsylvania's oldest military college?

House Speaker Keith McCall is seeking recommendations under the new Valley Forge Military College Legislative Appointment Initiative.

"A newly created legislative appointment program means you can recommend a student to attend the state's official military college in 2010-11," McCall said in a press release.

Marijuana found in man's pocket

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Pocono Summit man was arrested Wednesday, March 24, after Pocono Mountain Regional police found a bag of marijuana in his pocket.

Joseph Woodman, 18, was a passenger in a car stopped by police on SR940 near Stoney Hollow Road for various vehicle code violations. As police were speaking to the driver, a teenage boy, they smelled the odor of marijuana.

A lesson in giving

Monday, March 29, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Trey Sterling and Winter Horner, youngsters at Curious Kids Play and Learn Place, pull a wagon loaded with non perishable food items to the Trinity Food Pantry.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Trey Sterling and Winter Horner, youngsters at Curious Kids Play and Learn Place, pull a wagon loaded with non perishable food items to the Trinity Food Pantry.

Children collect over 200 food items for Trinity Food Pantry

Children at Curious Kids Play and Learn Place at First Presbyterian Church, Lehighton, recently learned the important life lesson of giving to those less fortunate then themselves.

The youngsters collected over 200 food items, packed them and transported the items to the Lehighton Food Pantry, where they helped unload the items.

"I was surprised that children this young would grasp the concept," said Valerie Rimbey, a staff member. "They were really into it."

Depot Square Park egg hunt

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

The Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce held its annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday afternoon at the Depot Square Park in Tamaqua. Todd Miller and his family organize and sponsor the egg hunt annually. Hundreds of children attended the event. Pictured with eggs next to the Depot Square Park fountain are Dustin Miller, 11 months (left); and Taylor Lehman, 9 months.

Panther Valley news

Monday, March 29, 2010

Nesquehoning

VFW auxiliary

The ladies auxiliary to the VFW Post 8008 will hold a meeting on Tuesday, April 13, at the post home beginning at 6:30 p.m. Nomination and election of officers for 2010-2011 will be held at the April meeting.

The 61st Anniversary dinner of the auxiliary's charter will be held on Thursday, April 22 at 6 p.m., at Macaluso's. Reservations are required. Contact Maureen at (570) 669-9578 to make your reservation. Deadline is April 18.

Egg hunt

Care Net of Carbon Co. plans 9th banquet

Monday, March 29, 2010

Care Net of Carbon County, Lehighton, will hold it Ninth Annual Banquet on Friday, April 16. The banquet will be held at Blue Mountain Community Church, 25 Oak Street, in Palmerton.

The evening includes a dinner and inspiring musical entertainment, All proceeds benefit Care Net's clients by allowing the ministry to continue to offer services.

During the banquet's program, personal stories will be offered by those whose lives have been changed through the services of Care Net of Carbon County. Those attending will witness firsthand the benefits right here in our community.