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March 2010

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.

Lansford man plans 20-foot ring for wife

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Mark "Bad Billy Walker" Davalos holds wife Renee "Texas Rose" in a combination wrestling/burlesque move. They are on a stage in their studio where they participated in two episodes of the Jerry Springer Show.
Mark "Bad Billy Walker" Davalos holds wife Renee "Texas Rose" in a combination wrestling/burlesque move. They are on a stage in their studio where they participated in two episodes of the Jerry Springer Show.

Pro-wrestling couple goes to the mat together

Professional wrestlers Mark and Renee Davalos plan to open a wrestling club next to their Lansford home. Mark is looking to put up a heated tent to house a 20-foot by 20-foot professional ring.

"Once it goes up," Mark said, "I can give my wife the biggest ring that I can ever possibly give her."

Mark and Renee have been wrestling since the 1990s and are headliners in the Johnny Rodz WUW – World of Unpredictable Wrestling.

In 2000, looking for a "tight knit community," the couple discovered Lansford and "fell in love with the town."

Volunteer search and rescue in need of financial assistance

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

Boating course is slated for Beltzville State Park

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Basic Boating Course for operators of boats with outboards of 25 hp or greater and personal watercraft born on or after January 1, 1982, will be presented free of charge at Beltzville State Park, Tuesday, March 30, and Thursday, April 1, from 6-10 p.m. each night.

All participants must pre-register by calling the state park at 610-377-0045 and must attend both sessions. This course is designed to supply boaters with practical information so they can make better informed decisions on the water.

Miller-Keystone slates blood drives

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Miller-Keystone Blood Center has scheduled the following blood drives. Please call the Blood Center for donation information at (610) 926-6060 or (570) 455-2018.

* Tuesday, March 30, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Jimmy's Gym, 1055 Interchange Rd, Lehighton; contact Jane Schweibinz, (610) 377-2491

* Wednesday, March 31, 9 a.m. to noon, LCCC Carbon, 24 E. Locust St, Nesquehoning; contact Cheryl Fisher, (570) 669-7010

* Wednesday, March 31, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., LCCC Morgan Center, 234 High St, Tamaqua; contact Cheryl Fisher, (570) 668-6880.

To what degree is fast food addicting?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I had cleaned up a kid's vomit before, so that wasn't the shock of my Saturday night a few weeks ago.

The shock occurred when we deviated from our tried-and-true plan. Normally when my father and I baby-sit my niece and nephew so that my brother and his wife can go out to eat and catch an early movie, we play at Pop-Pop's until the kids get hungry, and then he takes them out to eat at Arby's or McDonald's.

Three are cited after SH incident

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Three persons were cited for disorderly conduct by Summit Hill police after an incident at 4:26 a.m. March 19.

Police Chief Joseph Fittos Jr. said officers were called to investigate a disturbance in the area of 264 W. Ludlow St. when neighbors were awakened by persons acting disorderly.

Cited were Isaac Purcell, 31, of 306-1/2 N. First St., and Gabrielle Parisi, 20, of 184 S. First St., Apt. 4, both of Lehighton, and Amanda Messinger, 19, of 264 W. Ludlow St.

The risk factors

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The risk factors for colorectal cancer are:

· I am 50 years old or older.

· I am a smoker.

· I have a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps (tissue that grows out of the lining of the colon or rectum).

· I am obese.

· I eat lots of red meat or high fat dairy products.

· I do not exercise at least 3 times a week.

· I am a woman with a history of breast, ovarian, or uterine cancer.

· I have colitis (chronic breaks in the lining of the colon).

· I have chronic inflammatory bowel disease.

Winter wouldn't have felt right without lots of snow

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Brandon Taylor
Brandon Taylor

The Spring Festival, so I've been told, usually ushers in a new season with warmer weather and sunnier skies in Beijing. For much of the one-week holiday, this seemed to be true I was able to put away my scarf and gloves and even bring out a lighter jacket. I threw the windows wide open to allow for some cool but no longer frigid air to circulate throughout my apartment. "Spring is on its way," one of my Chinese co-workers told me one day when I was outside standing and sweating from the heat while waiting for my bus home.

Lansford police report

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Lansford police have been busy lately with those who would flout the law in check.

A number of people were cited for traffic violations:

Coal Crackers win third straight tourney

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Coal Crackers 17-18 year-old volleyball team recently won its third consecutive tournament championship.

The team, which is comprised of Marian High School varsity team members, captured the AAU Volleyball East Tournament at Lancaster Bible College on Sunday, March 21.

The Coal Crackers rolled to a 12-0 record, improving their mark to 35-0 so far this tournament season.

Carbon court news

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card accounts/loans.

Capital One Bank, 4851 Cox Rd., Glen Allen, Va., filed against Paul F. Miller, 338 Held St., Lehighton, seeking $1,906.46.

TODAY'S PET

Saturday, March 27, 2010
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

"Kingston" is a young adult, neutered male cat availablefor adoption at the Carbon County Friends of Animals in JimThorpe. He is white with black markings and is very playful.For more information call the CCFOA at (570) 325-9400.