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March 2010

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
Danielson
Danielson

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.

ON THIS DATE

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.

Wearing of the "Green"

Friday, March 26, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

John Botemley, a member of the Pococo Regional Pipes and Drums, a bagpipe player, presented a St. Patrick's Day program to the residents of the Lehighton Elderly Housing during their St. Patrick's Day celebration. Botemley was in the area to appear in a St. Patrick's Day parade. He shared stories and music with the seniors at the center.

Boys track capsules

Friday, March 26, 2010

JIM THORPE

Head coach - Frank Miller (fourth year)

Assistant coaches - Jason Jacobs, Eric Moore, Patty Rehrig, Christine Rosenberger, Matt Taylor, Jamie Tatusko, Mike Tatusko

Last year's record - 5-2 overall (3-2 SL)

League - Schuylkill League, Division I

District 11 classification - AA

Key losses - Tom Ferguson, Tony Mistretta, Dale Aretz, Bill Rieck, Shawn Lignore, Tre Sullivan

Barnesville crash results in charges

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Beaver Meadows man is facing numerous charges resulting from a motor vehicle accident in Barnesville on Tuesday morning at 2:45 a.m.

Rush Township police responded to an accident on SR54 near the Barnesville Post Office. A Chevrolet truck was located approximately 45 yards in the woods. The acting vehicle struck two other vehicles before coming to rest in a wooded area.

Several witnesses stated that the driver, Erick E. Gwaltney, Beaver Meadows, exited his vehicle and stated that he didn't need a driving under the influence (DUI). Gwaltney then ran from the area.

Lady Indians are deep and talented in jumps

Friday, March 26, 2010
Lady Indians are deep and talented in jumps
Copyright Times News 2009

Jumping is an artform.

When it comes to playing sports, the ability to get off one's feet and into the air is important. It doesn't matter if an athlete is trying to sky for a rebound, rob a homerun or set a new long jump record jumping is key.

For some athletes it comes naturally. Others may need to learn the proper techniques in order to maximize their hang time. Fortunately for the Lehighton track team, it has three young ladies who know how to fly through the air pretty well.

Contractor admits bilking couple out of home funds

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Union County man admitted bilking a New York couple out of a large sum of money for the construction of a new home in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County. He was one of several defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Thursday before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Modular home

William D. Wehr Jr., 56, of Lewisburg, pleaded guilty to one count of theft by required disposition of funds, as a felony three.

Palmerton Area Youth Group sponsors pysanky classes for all ages

Friday, March 26, 2010
Ashley Lalik shows her two completed eggs. The design on the wall was a suggestion provided by Teresa Livingston.
Ashley Lalik shows her two completed eggs. The design on the wall was a suggestion provided by Teresa Livingston.

Doris Evans said her mother Sophie Batovsky did it.

What Batovsky did was the art of decorating eggs in the pysanky style an Eastern European art form. On March 14 the Palmerton Area Youth Group sponsored a class led by Teresa Livingston at St. Vladimir's Church, Palmerton, to bring the style of egg decorating to a new generation.

The more fanciful eggs can take hours even when made by an expert and are valuable, but at the class one youth said the egg was going home to be boiled and eaten.

Bishop brings appeal to Carbon

Friday, March 26, 2010
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS Bishop John D. Barres, third from left, helped Carbon County kick off its Bishop's Annual Appeal program Thursday night in Summit Hill. With him are, from left, Msgr. John Chizmar, dean of the county, Rev. James Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph Church, which hosted the kickoff, Pamela and Patrick Reilly, co-chairpersons of the county drive, and James Friend, director of the appeal and director of the Office of Stewardship and Development for the diocese.
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS Bishop John D. Barres, third from left, helped Carbon County kick off its Bishop's Annual Appeal program Thursday night in Summit Hill. With him are, from left, Msgr. John Chizmar, dean of the county, Rev. James Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph Church, which hosted the kickoff, Pamela and Patrick Reilly, co-chairpersons of the county drive, and James Friend, director of the appeal and director of the Office of Stewardship and Development for the diocese.

The final of five receptions kicking off the Bishop's Annual Appeal of the Catholic Diocese of Allentown was held Thursday night in St. Joseph Catholic Church hall, Summit Hill, during which time His Excellency, the Most Rev. John D. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, stressed the "needs are intense" to help the less fortunate during difficult economic times.

The event was designed for the Catholic community of Carbon County. Previously, the diocese held kickoff receptions in Lehigh, Northampton, Schuylkill and Berks counties.

Carbon County Association of Realtors to hold nationwide open house

Friday, March 26, 2010

Members of the Carbon County Association of Realtors are participating in the REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 11.

The Carbon County Association of Realtors is opening the doors of approximately 30 local homes. It's a great time for buyers to physically come out and sample the variety of homes that are available on the market in Carbon County.

The weekend is an opportunity for consumers to shop for a new home while affordability is good, mortgage interest rates are low and there is a good supply of homes on the market.

Pinewood Derby winners names

Friday, March 26, 2010
Pinewood Derby winners names
Copyright Times News 2009

Winners of the annual Pinewood Derby of Summit Hill Scout Troop 743 included, front, from left, Austin Miller, first place and most original, Michael Milkowich II, second place and judge's favorite, Maxwell Vermillion, third place, and Matthew Milkowich, fourth place; and back, same order, Brian Doutt, best paint job, Mike Witczak, most creative, and David Gieniec, most unique.

Young scientists at Rush Elementary

Friday, March 26, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rush Elementary students learn how to hatch chicks during the Rush Elementary School Science Showcase held in Hometown Wednesday evening. Pictured holding chicks from lower left are Kendra Kunkel, 6, and Layla Kunkel, 3. Project creators pictured at top right, from left, are 4th grade students Megan Ruch, 9, and Katie Goetz, 9.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rush Elementary students learn how to hatch chicks during the Rush Elementary School Science Showcase held in Hometown Wednesday evening. Pictured holding chicks from lower left are Kendra Kunkel, 6, and Layla Kunkel, 3. Project creators pictured at top right, from left, are 4th grade students Megan Ruch, 9, and Katie Goetz, 9.

ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Rush Elementary students learn how to hatch chicks during the Rush Elementary School Science Showcase held in Hometown Wednesday evening. Pictured holding chicks from lower left are Kendra Kunkel, 6, and Layla Kunkel, 3. Project creators pictured at top right, from left, are 4th grade students Megan Ruch, 9, and Katie Goetz, 9.

Parks

Friday, March 26, 2010

Promoting preservation

It is an oft-disseminated myth that government has to be the sole guardian of our historic sites, museums, and parks. For instance, during the 2009 state budget impasse, Gov. Rendell stoked fears that, without taxpayer dollars, up to 400 state parks might be closed, and museums wouldn't be able to survive. But the success of philanthropy and entrepreneurship in preserving our historic sites and natural resources has been overlooked.

Police officers are our friends

Friday, March 26, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Police Officer Matthew Houser recently paid a visit to Wendy Lesniak's day care on Orwigsburg Street in Tamaqua. Houser is Lesniak's nephew. She asked him to visit in uniform on his day off for a "play date" with the children in her care. The purpose of the visit was to reinforce the idea that police officers are children's friends, and not someone to be feared. With Officer Houser are Matthew Matukonis, Kassidy Kuhn and Ethan Bennett.

Tamaqua man sentenced to jail term for assault on boy

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Tamaqua man was sentenced to a county jail term on Thursday afternoon in Carbon County court for sexually assaulting a young boy.

Ricky Lee Propst, 42, of 125 W. Spruce St., was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve five months to one day less two years on a single count of indecent assault. Propst previously pleaded guilty to the charge. A more serious count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse was dropped in a plea bargain.

Spring is planting season

Friday, March 26, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Tammy Graeber, center, of Saylorsburg's Garden of Giving, accepts a check donation in the amount of $1,166.60 from Stroudsburg's Fraternal Order of Eagles' Ladies Auxiliary's head of the finance committee, Jackie Nevil, left and Kathy Shaffer, president, right, to be used for nesting boxes for chickens.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Tammy Graeber, center, of Saylorsburg's Garden of Giving, accepts a check donation in the amount of $1,166.60 from Stroudsburg's Fraternal Order of Eagles' Ladies Auxiliary's head of the finance committee, Jackie Nevil, left and Kathy Shaffer, president, right, to be used for nesting boxes for chickens.

Tammy Graeber of Saylorsburg says, "Hunger is a hidden epidemic."

As the Garden of Giving president and founder, Tammy knows many people that make too much money to qualify for federal food assistance.

"Sometimes folks find it difficult to buy enough food for themselves and their families. Buying food often takes second place to paying for rent, utility bills and medical expenses," she says.

Many people turn to local food banks for government surplus items (canned goods, applesauce, peanut butter, dried milk and beans) and a small selection of donated food.

A buyer for Weatherwood

Friday, March 26, 2010
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS Representatives from Guardian Elder Care of Brockway described the upcoming sale of Weatherwood. Carbon County has signed a letter of intent with Guardian.
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS Representatives from Guardian Elder Care of Brockway described the upcoming sale of Weatherwood. Carbon County has signed a letter of intent with Guardian.

Commissioners sign letter of intent with western Pa. company

It's like giving a daughter away on her wedding day.

That's how one Carbon County Commissioner felt when the county made the formal announcement Thursday, that they had signed a letter of intent with a company in western Pennsylvania to sell Weatherwood, the Carbon County Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Weatherly.

Woman flees store without paying

Friday, March 26, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said a woman fled a Monroe County store on Monday at 9:51 p.m. without paying for items she stole.

The victim is Maxi Cigars, Midtown Plaza, Brodheadsville.

Police said the woman took a Rave Menthol Lite (bag tobacco) and Menthol Tubes valued at $12.89 before leaving the store and fleeing in a yellow Mitsubishi car that had a white piece of paper covering the license plate to avoid identity.

Jeddo man jailed after SH incident

Friday, March 26, 2010

William Marsh, 38, of Jeddo, was committed to the Carbon County Prison, Nesquehoning, on March 25 after an incident in Summit Hill.

Police Chief Joseph Fittos Jr. said Marsh was arraigned before District Justice Edward Lewis and comitted to jail in lieu of bail. He is charged with one count each of escape, trespass by motor vehicle and driving while operating privileges are suspended and two counts of persistent disorderly conduct.

Schmoyer-Ohlsen

Friday, March 26, 2010
Matthew Ohlsen and Becca Schmoyer
Matthew Ohlsen and Becca Schmoyer

The engagement of Becca Schmoyer of Hoboken, N.J. to Matthew Ohlsen, also of Hoboken, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Karen Schmoyer of Wyomissing, Pa. She is a graduate of Penn State University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in hotel and restaurant management. She is currently employed by Starwood Hotels as the director of revenue management at the W Hoboken hotel in Hoboken.

Enlists in delayed entry program

Friday, March 26, 2010

Civilian Justin O'Gorman, son of Kathryn M. and Charles S. O'Gorman of Nesquehoning recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District,Pittsburgh.

The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.

O'Gorman will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.