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March 2010

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.

Two cited for fight over children

Monday, March 29, 2010

Two Schuylkill County men were cited after they got involved in a fistfight over their children.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Jon G. Golden, 43, of Cressona, went to the home of Michael J. Shefcyk, 33, of 24 Judy Drive, Cressona, on Friday, March 26, about 4:15 p.m. to discuss an ongoing problem between their children.

200th birthday plans unveiled

Monday, March 29, 2010

Elaborate plans for celebrating Schuylkill County's 200th birthday in 2011 were unveiled at a meeting Friday at the Schuylkill County Courthouse in Pottsville by county commissioners and the bicentennial committee.

Thorpe Fire Company Easter Egg hunt

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Fairview Hose Co No. 2 Social club Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 3 at 2:30 p.m. on the Fire Company grounds at 9th and North Streets Jim Thorpe.

Kids make a clean sweep at JT egg hunt

Monday, March 29, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

So how do you clean up a large public park in only 30 seconds or so? At Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, more than 3,000 plastic eggs were swept up from the park grounds in just about that amount of time as hundreds of children participated in the 15th Annual Easter Egg hunt there which was sponsored by the St. Joseph CYO. In addition to candy, more than 125 prizes were given out and five golden eggs, each worth $5, were also put out for the egg hunt. All of the eggs were filled by the 7th and 8th grade students of St. Joseph Regional Academy as a service project.

Sweet but not sugary, makeup embraces pastels

Monday, March 29, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) Ignore the jellybeans and chocolate eggs. You can have something sweet this Easter season that's not sugary: trend-right, candy-colored makeup.

The cheerful hues give off a youthful, happy vibe while definitively moving your look from winter to spring.

"Spring is a season of change. Everyone wants a new look or a pick me up," says Erin McCarthy of the beauty brand Make Up For Ever. "These pastel colors work really well for that. It's a pop of something fun but it's not too much, not too scary. It's a safe experiment."

Coaldale plans Easter egg hunt

Monday, March 29, 2010

A free Easter egg hunt will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Coaldale Rod and Gun Club for children 10 years and younger. Registration will be held at the Gun Club from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, call (570) 645-9263.

Tri-Valley's Matt McGinley wins

Monday, March 29, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS TIMES NEWS area seniors honored at the Schuylkill County Scholar-Athlete Banquet at Pine View Acres Sunday were, from left, Andrew Tucker, Panther Valley; Mike Gurcsik, Tamaqua Area; and Joe Kloap, Marian Catholic.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS TIMES NEWS area seniors honored at the Schuylkill County Scholar-Athlete Banquet at Pine View Acres Sunday were, from left, Andrew Tucker, Panther Valley; Mike Gurcsik, Tamaqua Area; and Joe Kloap, Marian Catholic.

POTTSVILLE - As the football field general for Tri-Valley, Matt McGinley led the Bulldogs from an 0-2 start to the District 11 Class A title and the PIAA Eastern final.

McGinley's performances on the field and in the classroom were rewarded Sunday evening as the Bulldogs' quarterback was selected as Schuylkill County's Outstanding Scholar-Athlete.

The award was presented at the 49th Annual Scholar-Athlete dinner, which was held at Pine View Acres and sponsored by Schuylkill Chapter No. 25 of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Suspicious fire at Verizon Phone Company

Monday, March 29, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A suspicious fire caused serious damage to the Verizon Phone Company building along Madison Street in the New Tripoli, Lynn Township. The fire was discovered shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday. When firefighters arrived on scene they found a fire which started in the rear of the structure. A manager of Verizon said he believes the fire to be arson being started with a large coil of cable which was lying against the rear of the building. He stated he did not know if the fire was intentionally set of if someone was attempting to burn off the insulation of the cable for the metal wire.

Lenten breakfast held in Summit Hill

Monday, March 29, 2010
WILLIAM O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS
WILLIAM O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, continued a 35-year tradition on Sunday, March 28, when it held its annual Lenten breakfast. The women of the church invite women from the churches throughout the Panther Valley community to gather for breakfast before Easter. The men of the church prepared and served the breakfast under the supervision of Brenda Breiner. Over 80 women enjoyed the breakfast and then attended the women-led worship in the church. Among the participants from St.

Armed robbery at Monroe store

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police are investigating an armed robbery at a Monroe County store.

Police said two white males entered the AT&T store along SR940 in Mt. Pocono about 7:54 p.m. on Friday, March 26. One was wearing a black jacket, black pants, black ski mask, black sneakers and was armed with a black semiautomatic handgun. The second male was wearing a black sweat shirt, black pants, white sneakers and carrying a white bag.