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March 2010

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.


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.

New DVDs at the Palmerton Area Library

Friday, March 26, 2010

The following DVDs are now available at the Palmerton Area Library: Astro Boy, The Princess and the Frog, Where the Wild Things Are, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Precious, Old Dogs. Whip It, Planet 51, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Men Who Stare at Goats, The Blind Side, New Moon, Halo Legends, Love Happens, 2012, Amelia, Capitalism: A Love Story, Up in the Air, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, and Barbie in a Mermaid Tale.

Tamaqua Elementary holds Science Fair

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Tamaqua Area School District's three elementary schools (Rush, Tamaqua and West Penn) held science fairs on Wednesday evening, March 23. Students displayed their science projects for their families and the public to view. Here, Desiree Morley and Anastasia Schank, kindergarten students of teachers Carolyn Fisher and Diane Michalik at Tamaqua Elementary School, show off their project, which featured weaving, sanding and recycled paper.

Northern Lehigh senior to attend the Naval Academy

Friday, March 26, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School senior Christian Freudenberger has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School senior Christian Freudenberger has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Many applied, but only the most highly qualified made the grade.

Count Christian Freudenberger among those who are in select company.

A senior at Northern Lehigh High School, Freudenberger has accepted his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

The Hurt Locker and The Green Zone

Friday, March 26, 2010

We had to wait quite a while, after the last chopper lifted off the roof of the American embassy in Saigon, before the first great Vietnam War film appeared. That was "The Deer Hunter" in 1978, fully five years after the war's end. That epic was followed by Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" a year later and Stone's "Platoon" in 1986.

All three films predate the Internet age, and perhaps it's a sign of our fast-paced times that we already have two outstanding films about the war in Iraq, while American troops remain in large numbers on the ground there.

Three placed in probation program

Friday, March 26, 2010

Three first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked, then the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Those placed were:

Girls track capsules

Friday, March 26, 2010


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 - Lashanda Jackson, Gretchen Moore, Hannah Foster, Alisa Cadugan

On this date

Friday, March 26, 2010

March 26, 1991

If you're running for a political office, there are limitations in Lehighton regarding where you can hang your campaign signs. During a meeting of Lehighton Borough Council, it was agreed that signs will be prohibited on any borough property. Borough Manager Miles Haberman said he had received numerous requests to place signs at various locations. The council agreed that the signs can be placed only on private property.

Panther Valley news

Friday, March 26, 2010

Summit Hill

Offering scholarship

The Summit Hill Lions Club is offering a $250 award to a graduating senior from Marian Catholic and Panther Valley High School for community service.

For more information on this award, contact the guidance counselor at your respective high school.

The deadline for applicants is March 31.

Annual campaign

Spring Expo

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church on Greenwood Street held its Spring Expo over the weekend. Over 20 vendors participated in the event. Pictured is Shirley Szabo, Andreas, and her decorative silicone trivets stand.

PVSD plans to close playground at 4 p.m. because of vandalism

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Panther Valley School District will close its Panther Valley Elementary School campus and playground at 4 p.m. daily due to the recent incidents of vandalism.

Only the Board approved Youth Groups are permitted on the Panther Valley Elementary School campus after hours.

Any violators of trespassing between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. daily or from Friday 4 p.m. to Monday at 8 a.m. will be subject to prosecution.


Friday, March 26, 2010
Christopher Thompson and Nina Garzio
Christopher Thompson and Nina Garzio

The engagement of Nina Garzio, Tamaqua, to Christopher Thompson, also of Tamaqua, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mark and Mary Garzio of Tresckow. She is a 2003 graduate of Marian Catholic High School and a 2009 graduate of Kutztown University. She is employed as a remarketing coordinator by the Empire Education Group.

False alarms net five citations

Friday, March 26, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks have issued five citations for false alarms having been made repeatedly in the past 12 months.

In each of the cases, police said the actor(s) caused or permitted four or more false alarm activations during the year.

The citations were issued against: Jose Quinones, Effort; Advanced Auto Sales, Pleasant Valley Motors and Gwen Reece, all of Brodheadsville; and Yolande Sassane, Tannersville.

Tamaqua news

Friday, March 26, 2010

Gardening helpline

The Penn State Master gardener program has established a horticulture helpline to answer gardening-related questions from Schuylkill County residents.

Beginning April 5, and continuing through Sept. 29, master gardener volunteers will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Monday and Wednesday.

Information concerning lawns, landscaping and gardening will be available. Anyone with a question related to trees, flowers, shrubs, grass, garden soil, vegetables, pH, insects and/or diseases will now have their answers just a phone call away.

Rep. Knowles honors Girl Scouts

Friday, March 26, 2010

Tamaqua area Girl Scout Silver and Bronze Award recipients, from left, Allison Pederson, Bailey Pederson, Emma Osenbach, Rachael Paisley, Victoria Carrell, and Tiffany Cramer pose with State Representative Jerry Knowles (center) who was on hand to present the girls with a congratulatory letter on behalf of the himself and the constituents of the 124th Legislative District during the scouts' awards dinner on Saturday, March 20 at St. John United Church of Christ, Tamaqua.

Therapeutic horseback riding program seeks volunteers

Friday, March 26, 2010

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its special program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs. The center is located 10 miles south of Tamaqua, near Route 309, and offers special riding lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from May through October.

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.