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March 2010

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.

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."

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.

Code officer doing her job

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

I'm a resident of Lansford. A few weeks ago our Code Enforcement Officer was critized for doing her job regarding snow removal. Perhaps if the District Magistrate did his job by handing out fines appropriate to the offense, more people would clear their sidewalks.

Neighbors dispute leads to charges

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A neighbors dispute has led to both parties being charged.

State police at Lehighton said David Roy Detweiler, 55, and John Joseph Troianiello, 49, both of Jackson Drive, Saylorsburg, Ross Township, Monroe County, where involved in a dispute over property lines. A female victim said Detweiler got "into her face" and continually shouted at her backing her down her driveway and a male victim said Troianiello approached him and repeatedly shouted in his face. The incident occurred about noon on March 20, troopers said.

Recalls: Repair kits offered for high chairs in 2003-10

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The following recalls were issued March 14 - 18 by federal and state agencies:

Reader's Turn: March 27

Saturday, March 27, 2010
John Cody, Lehighton - "I remember worse winters growing up when there was three feet of snow and more."

Do you think the recently departed winter was the worst you ever experienced, or do you remember worse winters when you were growing up?

Ex-mayor receives warm send-off

Saturday, March 27, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Council Vice President Chris Olivia presents former mayor Peter J. Delich with a certificate of appreciation.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Council Vice President Chris Olivia presents former mayor Peter J. Delich with a certificate of appreciation.

The former mayor of Palmerton has received a warm send-off.

Council on Thursday unanimously agreed to adopt a resolution in recognition of former mayor Peter J. Delich.

Delich, who served as mayor from 1990 until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2009, received a certificate of appreciation, as well as a plaque from council.

"It is an honor for me to accept this recognition for the 30 years I spent with the borough," Delich said. "It's been a pleasure working with the borough for 30 years, but as all things go, all good things must come to an end."

Young criminals came out strong after the hard winter

Saturday, March 27, 2010

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

There was no shortage of police news during the first quarter of 1910 in the coal regions. After the weather began to turn warm, the swindlers, youth criminals and drunks shed their cabin fever and moved outdoors.

As for the swindlers, farmers were warned to watch out for a clever wire peddler operating in the area. Posing as an "expert fence builder," he would agree to build a fence for eight cents per running foot. That cost was cheaper than what farmers paid for the wire itself.

Monroe man cited

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Monroe County man has been cited for scattering rubbish.

State police at Lehighton said Renaud Justin Harris, 25, of Kunkletown, Polk Township, was cited after three bags of his garbage were found dumped at a location in the township. The incident occurred on March 19 about noon.

Jim Thorpe news

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Community Supper

St. Mark's/St. John's Episcopal Church, monthly free community supper will be held on Sunday, March 28, from 4-6 p.m. The committee has planned an Easter ham dinner for this month.

Holy Week services

Solar power plans

Saturday, March 27, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Discussing the potential of installing solar panels for the Summit Hill Water Authority, during a special meeting of the authority yesterday, are, l-r, Chet Michalick of the water authority; Chrissy Mayernik, of Manufacturers Resource Center, Bethlehem; Mike Tirpak, borough engineer; Betsy Maholick, renewable energy consultant of Writing Works Inc., Allentown, and Matt Cordes, writer and marketing strategist for Writing Works.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Discussing the potential of installing solar panels for the Summit Hill Water Authority, during a special meeting of the authority yesterday, are, l-r, Chet Michalick of the water authority; Chrissy Mayernik, of Manufacturers Resource Center, Bethlehem; Mike Tirpak, borough engineer; Betsy Maholick, renewable energy consultant of Writing Works Inc., Allentown, and Matt Cordes, writer and marketing strategist for Writing Works.

Funding is the big hurdle for S. Hill authority

Chet Michalik of the Summit Hill Water Authority is very impatient regarding solar energy, which is clean and could potentially save the borough money on electricity.

He wants to see solar panels installed ASAP. There's just one major problem.

Financing.

"This is such a good thing for Summit Hill," he said regarding the solar energy proposal.

Michalik feels so strongly that he called an "emergency meeting" of the authority yesterday afternoon to discuss it.

Colon Cancer: Shrinking the risks brought on by advancing age

Saturday, March 27, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Colorectal surgeon Dr. W. Terence Reilly will now see patients at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Colorectal surgeon Dr. W. Terence Reilly will now see patients at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale.

Suffering from the pain of inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids or other lower digestive tract ailments is hard enough, but a long car ride can be excruciating.

So, when colorectal surgeon Dr. W. Terence Reilly realized how daunting the hour-long trek from Schuylkill County to his Bethlehem office was for many of his patients, he made the decision to come to them instead.

Now, Reilly, along with colleagues Camille Eyvazzadeh and Daniel J. Bowers, will be treating patients at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale.

On this date

Saturday, March 27, 2010

March 27, 1964

The Lansford Businessmen's Association completed plans today to investigate every possibility of creating a road over the mountain from Lansford to Hauto, linking Panther Valley and Hauto Valley. Joseph Porvaznik, president of the association, said the businessmen have discussed the vital importance of linking the two valleys together with a good, short road. The distance, as the crow flies between Lansford and Hauto, is less than a mile, but the shortest driving distance is presently about 12 miles.