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March 2010

Spring is in the air

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Spring is in the air!


We had some glorious days lately. Beautiful sunny days that beckon me outside to wander around the flower beds.

I have pink and purple crocuses blooming. The daffodils and tulips are pushing up out of their sleepy hibernation.

Cough cough.

Nursing center workers honored

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center honored 22 dedicated employees at a "pinning" ceremony. From left are employees with 30 years of service, Denise Klotz, Nancy Muthard, Pearl Klotz, Michael Mickey, administrator and CEO; and Carol Weston.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center honored 22 dedicated employees at a "pinning" ceremony. From left are employees with 30 years of service, Denise Klotz, Nancy Muthard, Pearl Klotz, Michael Mickey, administrator and CEO; and Carol Weston.

Twenty-two dedicated employees of Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were recognized by Michael Mickey, administrator and CEO, during a "pinning" ceremony on Friday.

During the ceremony, Mickey stressed just how important their dedication was to the residents of the center.

"I'm here to thank you for all of your years of service," said Mickey.

Some employees came in on their day off to take part in the program.

"I meet a lot of people from all over," said Mickey. "Most of them say how hard it is to keep good employees."

Take your power back

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

How bad are things going to have to get until people in this area stop yelling at their tv's, or their children for that matter, and start standing up for themselves?

The state of Pennsylvania just came up with 74 new ways to tax us which include everything from sporting events to textbooks to fish feed to bubble gum. In Jim Thorpe, where I live, the school board recently announced they want to raise taxes 10 percent on property and that is before any new buildings go up.

New police cruiser in Palmerton

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Chris Olivia (middle), Palmerton Borough Council vice president, hands over the keys for a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser to Randy Smith (left), police chief, as council president Terry Costenbader watches. The new vehicle, purchased from Kovatch Motors in Nesquehoning, now gives the department four cruisers.

Bears open with softball victory

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Pleasant Valley softball team worked overtime in its season opener and came away with a victory over Freedom.


Pius X-No. Lehigh

Northern Lehigh dropped a 7-3 non-league decision to Pius X in its season opener.

George Delesandro, Justin Mazza and Scott Douglas had two hits for the Royals.

For Northern Lehigh, Brody Minnich had a triple and an RBI, Matt Gill singled home a run, and Kirk Bender added a double.

Pius X 102 200 2 7 6 2

No. Lehigh 100 0202 0 3 4 2

Interview with the Speaker of the House

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

Reporter: Will there be a public option in the health care legislation?

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From the pen of

K Treger

Lehighton, Pa.

Luzerne man pleads in five pending cases

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Luzerne County man pleaded guilty on Thursday in Carbon County court in five pending criminal cases involving break-ins of vehicles in Jim Thorpe. He was one of several defendants in pending criminal cases to enter guilty pleas before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Receiving counts

Shayne D. Balliet, 21, of Freeland, pleaded guilty to three counts of receiving stolen property and one count each of theft from a motor vehicle and firearms not to be carried without a license.

'Ahhh' moments enrich life

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I was cold and wet on a recent kayak trip because I didn't dress right. That's because I didn't guess right.

I expected warmth and sunshine. Instead, the day was chilly with a dampness that went through my thin kayaking outfit.

Rain compounded the cold and my feet felt like they were encased in a tub of ice.

Carbon driver cited following crash

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A driver was cited following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 10:45 p.m. on Monday, March 22, along Pohopoco Drive in Towamensing Township, Carbon County.

Troopers said Sean C. Compton, 18, of Lehighton, was driving a 1994 Toyota Pathfinder eastbound and steered to the northeast traveling across the westbound lane. The driver's side of the vehicle struck a dirt embankment, continued east on the north side, with the front end then striking a tree about 35-feet north of the road.

Schuylkill man jailed for assault at mall

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Wednesday, March 24, for an assault incident in a mall parking lot.

Drug defendants waive pending charges to court

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A number of defendants appeared before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, this week for preliminary hearings on drug related charges. All waived their rights to the hearings and will now face trial in Schuylkill County court.

Carla R. Theisen, 45, of 238 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, will face trial on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional possession related charges were dropped by the arresting officer, Tamaqua Patrolman Pete Sandor. The charges stem from an Oct. 15, 2009, incident.

Thiesen was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

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.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

"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.

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.

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.

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?

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:

Young criminals came out strong after the hard winter

Saturday, March 27, 2010


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.

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."

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