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March 2010

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

Anglers have many options for Southeast trout opener

Saturday, March 27, 2010

MIDDLETOWN – For those who fish the waters in the Southeast Region of Pennsylvania, the wait is almost over.

Again this year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will have an early opener for the trout season in the region, with the action getting underway Saturday, April 3, at 8 a.m. Two weeks later, the statewide season opens Saturday, April 17, at 8 a.m.

Recently appointed PFBC executive director John Arway, a lifelong angler, considers – as do many native Pennsylvanians the opening day of trout as a holiday. That is especially so when making the day a family event.

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.

Donation to CCTI honors memory of Dean Beers

Saturday, March 27, 2010
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS Patrick Reilly, president and CEO of Mauch Chunk Trust Company in Jim Thorpe, second from right; presents Kevin Kuehner, Carbon Career & Technical Institue machine shop instructor, second from left; with a check in the amount of $2,000. With them are Anthony Pondish, director of adult education at CCTI, and Nancy Beers, the wife of the late Dean Beers, with whom the donation was honoring.
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS Patrick Reilly, president and CEO of Mauch Chunk Trust Company in Jim Thorpe, second from right; presents Kevin Kuehner, Carbon Career & Technical Institue machine shop instructor, second from left; with a check in the amount of $2,000. With them are Anthony Pondish, director of adult education at CCTI, and Nancy Beers, the wife of the late Dean Beers, with whom the donation was honoring.

Two Carbon Career & Technical Institute seniors will receive $1,000 in machining tools and equipment, thanks to a $2,000 donation from Mauch Chunk Trust Company.

The donation, which will be spread over the next 10 years, honors the late Dean Beers, who made a lasting impression on the technical workforce in Carbon County through his business and through his dedication to the school.

A $1,000 gift to Lehighton Library

Saturday, March 27, 2010
ron gower/times news
ron gower/times news

Jim Blakeslee, second from left, accepts check totaling $1,000 from Mahoning Township Lions Club president Tom Zimmerman IV, while looking on are Bob Hayman, on the Lions board of directors, and Bob Condly, Lions secretary. Zimmerman said $500 was a general gift from the Lions, the other $500 was in memory of five Lions members who died recently. They are Francis Arner, Walter Rex, Clarence Nicholson, Charles Searfass, and James Serfass.

VIA Basketball Classic Sunday at NCACC

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Annual VIA Basketball Classic will be held this Sunday at Northampton Community College's Spartan Center Gymnasium with four games on tap.

In the first game, Lehigh Valley West takes on the Colonial League in a girls game at 10:30 a.m., while the Lehigh Valley West vs. Colonial League boys square off at 12 p.m.

A special Via All-Star and Special Olympics Shoot Out will be held at 1:30 p.m. prior to the second set of doubleheaders.

Showing the signs of age

Saturday, March 27, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Showing the tales of time are an old McCormick & Deering Farmall tractor and 1948 Jeep Willy located in the yard of a home located on Owl Creek Road in Tamaqua.

Students in Lehighton school hold fund raiser

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Sara Martz, right, president of the Girl Talk club at Lehighton Area Middle School, and club member Marissa Freeby examine pink ribbons on a tree in the school hallway. The two girls organized a "Pajama Day" at the school, which raised over $500 for breast cancer awareness.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Sara Martz, right, president of the Girl Talk club at Lehighton Area Middle School, and club member Marissa Freeby examine pink ribbons on a tree in the school hallway. The two girls organized a "Pajama Day" at the school, which raised over $500 for breast cancer awareness.

Club stages "Pajama Day' which raised over $500

Over $500 was raised by students in the Lehighton Area Middle School and will be used to raise awareness of breast cancer.

A "Pajama Day" was organized by the school's Girl Talk club, during which students were permitted to wear pajamas to school for a fee.

Club advisor Peggy Lampman said, "Lehighton Area Middle School students and most recently student clubs have always been proactive when it comes to helping others. The Girl Talk club is no exception."

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, March 27, 2010

March 27, 1973 Slatington scores all five of its runs in the first inning and then holds off Salisbury for a 5-4 victory in its season opener. Billy Snyder delivers the big hit for the Bullodgs, knocking home three runs with a bases-loaded double. Yogi Edwards and Keith Handwerk also come through with RBI singles for the winners, coached by Marv Kester. Dave Buhay goes the distance on the mound to pick up the pitching win.