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March 2010

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.

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
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

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

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 - 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
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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.

Garzio-Thompson

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.