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March 2010

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."

Bartonsville man charged with theft

Friday, March 26, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said a Bartonsville man will be cited in connection with the theft of a Top Brand trailer valued at $2,500.

James Sargent Jr., 24, is facing a charge of theft by unlawful taking.

Police said it is alleged he removed the trailer from the yard of Robert Corbi, HC 2 Box 37B, Long Pond, Tunkhannock Township.

The incident was reported to have happened at 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Warrant Night conducted by police

Friday, March 26, 2010

Schuylkill County constables and police departments from the boroughs of Tamaqua, McAdoo and Coaldale, as well as Rush, West Penn and Kline townships spent hours during the evening of March 10 executing outstanding warrants.

Warrant Night was directed by District Judge Stephen Bayer, who has an office in Tamaqua. Law enforcement officials served 89 summary warrants, four felony and one fugitive warrant.

Guardian Elder Care: Here's who they are

Friday, March 26, 2010

Want to know about Guardian Elder Care and its owners?

Here are a few facts about the soon-to-be new owners of Weatherwood, the Carbon County Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

Guardian Elder Care's headquarters is located in Brockway, a small town located eight miles north of Dubois, in western Pennsylvania.

The company began in 1995, after the late Frank Varischetti, a community-oriented businessman, believed that he could begin a venture to help care for the elderly.

Attains dean's list

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Edinboro University, Terry L. Smith, has announced that Leah Danielson has been named to the dean's list in recognition of her outstanding academic performanceduring the first semester of the 2009-2010 school year.

Edinboro University is one of the 14 universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

Leah is a 2006 graduate of Palmerton Area High School and is the daughter of Rodger and Diane Danielson of Palmerton. She is majoring in fine arts with a K-12 teaching certificate in art.

Award banquet to be held on Sunday

Friday, March 26, 2010
Marian's Joseph Kloap
Marian's Joseph Kloap

The 49th Annual Schuylkill County Scholar-Athlete Award Banquet will be held this Sunday, March 28, at Pine View Acres, Pottsville, beginning at 5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Schuylkill Chapter No. 25 of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

The senior scholar-athletes representatives from 13 Schuylkill County high schools, plus Panther Valley, will be honored.

Representing THE TIMES NEWS area among the senior scholar-athletes will be Joseph Kloap, Marian Catholic; Andrew Tucker, Panther Valley; and Michael Gurcsik, Tamaqua Area.

Two drug dealers enter guilty pleas in Carbon

Friday, March 26, 2010

Two drug dealers, one part of a major cocaine trafficking ring, entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Thursday with one immediately sentenced to a state prison and the other facing a state prison sentenced at a later date.

Michael A. Dennis, 42, of East Patchogue, N.Y., and Martin Arias, 30, of Hazleton, both pleaded before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic to drug counts stemming from two separate incidents. Defendants in other pending drug cases also entered guilt pleas.

Drug ring

Lehighton debates booze at rec center

Friday, March 26, 2010

Treasurer will contact insurance company

A few months ago, Lehighton Borough Council discussed the possibility of allowing alcoholic beverages to be brought into the Lehighton Recreation Center for private parties.

The council discussed the matter further this week, and some council members don't like this idea.

No formal action was taken, giving the council the opportunity to weigh the both sides of the matter.

"I think it's asking for trouble," said council member John Bird. "There's going to be property damage, vomiting. In some people, it produces temporary insanity."

He asked, "Is it worth it?"

Egg Hunt in Palmerton

Friday, March 26, 2010

Bring the kids and their egg hunting baskets for the annual Palmerton Memorial Pool Park Egg Hunt at the Palmerton Pool picnic grove this Saturday, March 27 at 11 a.m. for children ages 0 to 10. Rain date is Sunday, March 28 at 3 p.m. This event is sponsored by Pool Pals and open to the public. All lucky egg prizes will be toys.

When basketball was a game

Friday, March 26, 2010

Do you remember when basketball was just a game?

Those were the days when you played pick-up games on the hot asphalt in the summertime, and shoveled the snow off the macadam in the winter in order to play.

Those were the days that the term "gym rat" was a compliment.

Those were the days when the high school hardwoods were located in sweaty bandboxes, with the bleachers almost on top of the courts.

Those were the days before the NCAA 64-team brackets.

Tamaqua man rejected for program, sentenced to state jail

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Tamaqua man was ruled not eligible for a special state prison probation program and will have to do time inside its confinements.

Damian W. Shoff, 29, of 327 Owl Creek Road, was sentenced Thursday in the Schuylkill County court by President Judge William E. Baldwin to serve one to two years in a state correctional institution and when released to be on probation for five years and pay all the costs.

Graduates from basic military training

Friday, March 26, 2010
Joshua A. Hill
Joshua A. Hill

Air Force Airman Joshua A. Hill graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Lisa Neff of Mahoning Street, Lehighton.


Friday, March 26, 2010

March 26, 2004 Jen Bensinger fires a one-hitter and strikes out 16 batters to lead Tamaqua to 7-0 softball win over Lehighton in its season opener. Bensinger allows a single to the game's first batter, Sam Markley, and then doesn't allow another one the rest of the contest. The Raiders receive run-scoring singles from Nicole Miller and Bernadette Guy while Lauren Smetana adds a triple.

Preparing for the big hunt

Friday, March 26, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Preparing for the big hunt The Andreas Sporting Club, Andreas General George S. Patton Jr. VFW Post 5069, and West Penn Lions and Lioness, will be holding their annual egg hunt on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Andreas Sporting Club for children living in West Penn. No registration is required. Pictured preparing colored hard boiled eggs are, from left, VFW Post 5069 Commander Bert Osenbach, West Penn Lioness Erma Warne, and West Penn Lion Joseph Bednarik.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Preparing for the big hunt The Andreas Sporting Club, Andreas General George S. Patton Jr. VFW Post 5069, and West Penn Lions and Lioness, will be holding their annual egg hunt on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Andreas Sporting Club for children living in West Penn. No registration is required. Pictured preparing colored hard boiled eggs are, from left, VFW Post 5069 Commander Bert Osenbach, West Penn Lioness Erma Warne, and West Penn Lion Joseph Bednarik.

Palmerton to consider ban on cell phones while driving

Friday, March 26, 2010

Will Palmerton become the latest municipality to ban cell phone use while driving?

The topic was brought forth for discussion during a meeting of Borough Council on Thursday.

Councilman Richard Nothstein asked whether the borough would want to enact such a ban.

Nothstein suggested the borough's public safety committee check into the matter of texting and cell phone use while driving in the borough.