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March 2010

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.

Carbon crash

Monday, March 29, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a one-vehicle crash on Friday, March 27.

The mishap occurred about 6:43 a.m. along SR903 in Penn Forest Township. Troopers said Kayla B. Green, 21, of Jim Thorpe, was driving a 2009 Toyota Yaris northbound when she lost control after driving over an icy patch. The car continued northbound with the front end striking the guide rail on the shoulder. After impact the car went onto the southbound shoulder for about 50 yards from the initial point of impact. Green was not injured, troopers said.

Thorpe seeks borough manager

Monday, March 29, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Borough Council President Justin Yaich leads the search for a borough manager. The borough manager will administer a $4 million operating budget plus capital projects such as the $1.2 million project to replace 1,700 water meters on its municipal water supply.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Borough Council President Justin Yaich leads the search for a borough manager. The borough manager will administer a $4 million operating budget plus capital projects such as the $1.2 million project to replace 1,700 water meters on its municipal water supply.

If you have what it takes to manage a borough, the Jim Thorpe Borough Council may be your friend in Pennsylvania.

"The best trait the ideal candidate would have would be their public relations skills and how well they can manage individuals," explained Jim Thorpe Borough Council President Justin Yaich. "The manager will be a liaison between the borough council, the administration team, the police department, the water department, and the public sewer department. He or she will have to bring all these together and will have to be the go-to guy."

Gathering

Monday, March 29, 2010

Two groups meet at Arlington

Arlington, Virginia was the site of an inspirational gathering of American heroes last week.

It was a fitting place to meet since 400 or so recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor, are buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Palmerton Area High School announces honor roll

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the first marking period of the second semester of the 2009-10 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

High Honors (3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects)

SENIORS: Danielle Bissell, Brianna Caterino, Michael Coscio, Sarah Dreyer, Jessica Fegley, Frank Hall, Daniel Haney, Tyler Holland, Elizabeth Keck, Ryan Kleintop, Madeline Koller, Sarah McGuigon, Keith Meyers, Gabrielle Raditz, Jesse Reis, Katelynn Ring, Natalie Savage, Kimberly Varano, Kaitlyn Westermann

Eldred column

Monday, March 29, 2010

Maundy Thursday

There will be a covered dish supper on Maundy, Thursday, April 1 at 6 p.m. at St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown, sponsored by the Laymen's Fellowship. The worship service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday

There will be two services at St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown on Easter Sunday, April 4.

The Sunrise service will be held at 6:30 a.m. followed by Easter breakfast, sponsored by the Laymen's Fellowship.

During the 9 a.m. Easter morning service, the Sunday School children's program will be presented.

All are welcome.

Driver attempts to flee; facing DUI

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Monroe County driver attempted to flee police but then crashed his vehicle and is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI).

State police at Fern Ridge said Donald R. Bryant II, 35, of Effort, was fleeing police on SR115 northbound about 9:13 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, on when he attempted to make a left turn onto Russell Court (TR845), and lost control of his 2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 and struck the guide rail on the north side with the passenger side front.

Bryant was not injured but found to be under the influence and is facing a DUI charge, troopers said.

Sunny skies, great prizes make Lansford egg hunt a success

Monday, March 29, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Two-year-old Veronica Wildrick of Lansford gives the Easter bunny a meaningful hug when the rabbit arrived for an Easter egg hunt in Lansford on Saturday. The egg hunt was sponsored by the Lansford Alive Improvement Committee.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Two-year-old Veronica Wildrick of Lansford gives the Easter bunny a meaningful hug when the rabbit arrived for an Easter egg hunt in Lansford on Saturday. The egg hunt was sponsored by the Lansford Alive Improvement Committee.

Chilly, but sunny.

The combination made for ideal conditions for the annual community Easter egg hunt in Lansford on Saturday.

Literally hundreds of youngster ages 10 and under took part in the event, staged at the Lansford Pool park.

The egg hunt is sponsored by the Lansford Alive Improvement Committee.

The Easter bunny arrived at the event on a firetruck, thanks to the Lansford Fire Department. Immediately upon his exiting the cab the bunny was mobbed by youngsters hugging him, while parents stood to the side snapping photos.

On this date

Monday, March 29, 2010

March 29, 1945

State House Republicans and Democrats joined in passing unanimously a bill requiring complete medical and dental health examinations of all Pennsylvania school children. The measure carred a $4,700,000 appropriation. "I have always felt," Governor Martin said regarding the legislation, "that if Pennsylvania...can spend millions to eradicate bang's disease and bovine tuberculosis from our cattle, then Pennsylvania can well afford to spend money to build sound minds and healthy bodies for the youth.

Raiders edge Tribe in opener

Monday, March 29, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Derek Linkhorst juggles the ball as Lehighton's Tyler Hill steals second base during Saturday's game at Tamaqua. The Raiders' Adam Smarr (12) backs up the play.
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Derek Linkhorst juggles the ball as Lehighton's Tyler Hill steals second base during Saturday's game at Tamaqua. The Raiders' Adam Smarr (12) backs up the play.

Tamaqua graduated a good portion of its line-up from last year's 18-5 Schuylkill League championship team.

The Blue Raiders still know how to win games, however.

Good pitching, smart baserunning and a timely RBI single by Mike Toth lifted the Raiders to a 3-2 non-league victory over visiting Lehighton Saturday afternoon in the season opener for both squads.

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

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.