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March 2010

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

PV Senior Center

The Panther Valley Senior Center has announced its list of activities for April.

The Senior Game Practices will be held each Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Lehighton Senior Center. Chair exercises are held on Mondays and Fridays at the PV Senior Center starting at 10 a.m.

On April 1 wear something silly for April Fool's Day. April 2 is Good Friday and the center is closed.

Diversity logo contest winner announced

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Penny Derr, PVE Principal, left, and Joshua Krebs, PVE Assistant Principal, center, presented a framed copy of the winning picture in the "Design the School Logo Contest" by the Curriculum Committee of the Pleasant Valley School District Diversity Task Force to Christopher Dela Cruz, 10, PVE fourth grader, at the last PV school board meeting.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Penny Derr, PVE Principal, left, and Joshua Krebs, PVE Assistant Principal, center, presented a framed copy of the winning picture in the "Design the School Logo Contest" by the Curriculum Committee of the Pleasant Valley School District Diversity Task Force to Christopher Dela Cruz, 10, PVE fourth grader, at the last PV school board meeting.

There was a district wide K-12, "Design the School Logo Contest" by the Curriculum Committee of the Pleasant Valley School District Diversity Task Force.

Students were asked to draw a picture representing diversity in their schools and classrooms and "what diversity means to you."

Out of more than 600 entries, Christopher Dela Cruz, 10, of Pleasant Valley Elementary School's Mrs. Pekurny's 4th grade won first place. He won a framed copy of his submission and a framed certificate of appreciation.

Accident closes Rt. 209

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Route 209 was closed between Lansford and Nesquehoning Tuesday evening after the driver of this car lost control on an ice covered roadway. The unit swerved to the right, entered the berm rolling down an embankment onto its side. Summit Hill police investigated the incident.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Class of 1969

The Tamaqua Class of 1969 will hold an initial planning session for its next reunion on April 29, at 7 p.m., at the Restaurant at the Station. All class members are welcome to attend.

For more information, call Dave at (570) 386-5203 or 225-5586.

Senior news

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group met last week with 75 members in attendance. The business session was conducted by President Jean Machamer, who also offered several readings later in the meeting. Eleanor Roberts offered the invocation, entitled "Always Near You."

What spring? Winter gives us one last shot of nasty weather

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Borough of McAdoo was just one of several local areas above 1,500 ft. in elevation that received a surprise, elevation dependant snowstorm Tuesday afternoon. Here at W. Grove Street and Bayview Avenue. a fresh coating of snow blankets the landscape turning spring into winter for a day.

Lehigh man cited in Carbon County

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Lehigh County man was cited for an incident in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton said John Werley, 21, of Allentown, went to the residence of Maggie Routhier, 22, of 582 Behrens Rd., Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest Township, about 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, to pickup his paycheck. Upon arrival at the victim's apartment Werley entered it while she was not present and without her permission.

Werley was cited for criiminal trespass, troopers said.

Neither rain, nor snow...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The saying might be true for the U.S. mail, but it obviously is pertinent to delivery of the TIMES NEWS. Kylie Smith, 12, of Summit Hill, walks through new-fallen snow while on her paper route Tuesday.

Theft of vehicle probed in Monroe

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police are investigating the theft of a vehicle in Monroe County.

Police said Joseph Campesi, of 103 Cambell Way, Pocono Farms East, Tobyhanna, reported his 2010 Ford Explorer was removed from the driveway of his home about 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 28. The vehicle is dark red in color with tan bumpers and fender flares and bears state registration plate DGJ-2789.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 895-2400.

Police issue two warrants on Tamaqua drug suspect

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Alden R. Whately of Tamaqua was arrested last night on drug related charges following an investigation by Tamaqua Police and the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Alden R. Whately of Tamaqua was arrested last night on drug related charges following an investigation by Tamaqua Police and the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.

While it wasn't the witching hour, the bells did toll at 8 p.m. Tuesday for an alleged Tamaqua drug dealer. That's when law enforcement personnel executed two warrants at 345 E. Union St., flooding the black night with red, white and blue swirls of light.

Snow covers crocuses

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
ron gower/times news
ron gower/times news

Just a day or two ago, the petals of these crocuses in a Summit Hill yard were outstretched, absorbing the sunlight. A couple inches of snow fell yesterday, resulting in the petals huddling inward. Within a day or two, the snow will be forgotten as temperatures are expected to be in the 70s; possibly even 80 by Friday.

Police officer pleads to corruption of minors count; resigns position

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A long-time Weatherly police officer pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday to one count of corruption of a minor and resigned his position with the police force.

Anthony James McFadden, 49, of 21 E. Main St., Weatherly, appeared before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to enter the plea to the charge.

Schuylkill crashes blamed on weather

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Two crashes Tuesday along Schuylkill County roadways were blamed for weather conditions which caused wet and snow-covered roads.

State police at Frackville investigated a crash about 1:30 p.m. along SR1012 (Delano Road), in Delano Township. Troopers said Christine Joseph, 51, of Mahanoy City, was westbound in a 1996 Toyota Camry when she lost control due to the snow-covered road. The car began to slide counter-clockwise and rolled over onto its roof.

Palmerton's Christman is fourth in state tournament

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Palmerton's Lucas Christman had an outstanding tournament run that ended with a fourth place finish at the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship held the weekend of March 27-28 in Wilkes-Barre.

The Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championships are comprised of 53 different weight and age classes. Over 6,000 youth wrestlers from across the state entered the tournament at the district level this year.

Christman, who wrestles for the Palmerton Youth Wrestling Association, competed in the 8-and-under, 55-pound division.

Schuylkill woman cited for theft

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Schuylkill County woman was cited for retail theft.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Tahisha Hook, 23, of Pottsville, was arrested about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29, at the Redners Warehouse Market, located at 191 Manheim Rd., in North Manheim Township, for allegedly attempting to remove a Secret deodorant product, valued at $4.59, from the store without paying for it.

Don't put the plows away

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A PennDot snowplow pushes snow and spreads salt on S. Kennedy Drive in the Borough of McAdoo on Tuesday. Local areas located above 1,500 feet in elevation received a surprise snowstorm during the afternoon and early evening as heavy precipitation from a coastal storm blasted the region once again.

Jeep crashes, catches fire

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The driver of this Jeep is lucky to be alive after he was pulled from the burning wreckage by Nesquehoning Chief of Police Sean Smith. The crash occurred about 4 p.m. Tuesday on a snow covered route 93. The unit came to rest on its side then burst into flames. Smith was patrolling the roadway when he came across the accident. The roadway was closed for several hours.

District 5 CYO Spelling Bee winners

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The District 5 Catholic Youth Organization Spelling Bee was held at St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua. Winners of the 5th grade competition included, from left, second place, Anthony Salazer, McAdoo Catholic first place, Camaryn Wheeler, St. John Neumann; and third place, Eric Fischer, St. Joseph Regional Academy.

Candidates speak out at town hall meeting

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Participants in a Town Hall Forum last night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe are, l-r, Sam Rohrer, a gubernatorial candidate; Sandy Dellicker and MaryEllen Salerno of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, coordinators; Pa. Attorney General Tom Corbett, a gubernatorial candidate; Stephen Urban, a candidate for lieutenant governor; Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, congressional candidate, and Kim Bell, moderator.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Participants in a Town Hall Forum last night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe are, l-r, Sam Rohrer, a gubernatorial candidate; Sandy Dellicker and MaryEllen Salerno of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, coordinators; Pa. Attorney General Tom Corbett, a gubernatorial candidate; Stephen Urban, a candidate for lieutenant governor; Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, congressional candidate, and Kim Bell, moderator.

Health care reform, immigration, term limits, and property taxes were among numerous topics covered by candidates for governor and congress at a Town Hall Forum last night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

There were 228 people at the event, according to MaryEllen Salerno, head of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, sponsors of the event. She said more than 100 people who had said they were coming canceled because of slippery roads caused by several inches of snow that covered many major roadways from a surprise snowstorm.

Three firefighters charged with setting nine fires

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Three members of a Schuylkill County fire company have been charged with setting nine arson fires over a four month period in the county.

State police at Schuylkill Haven have charged Shawn Hoy, 21, of Pine Grove, John Eichert, 21, of Orwigsburg, and Matthew Dixon, 18, of Friedensburg, with setting nine fires that occurred in Washington, Wayne, West and East Brunswick townships over a period of time from Sept. 30, 2009, to Jan. 23. Additionally, Hoy was charged in connection with a fire in January 2007.

It was 'Meet the Candidates' night for the CCDC

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The March meeting of the Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC), was "Meet the Candidates" night, packing the newly-renovated lower-level at Pepperjack's Restaurant in Jim Thorpe. Several Democratic candidates running for positions in the upcoming primaries attended to make their pitch.

Gubernatorial candidate Joe Hoeffel, a Montgomery County commissioner, and arguably the most progressive of the Democrats running for the party's nomination, made the first presentation.

Theft of vehicle reported in Monroe

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating the theft of a motor vehicle.

Mary and Ronald Popolillo, of Kennel Rd., Saylorsburg, Chestnuthill Township, reported their 1997 GMC pick-up was stolen from their property sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29, and 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

The truck is green in color, has a Miami Dolphins plate on the front and a Harley Davidson sticker on the rear window. There is carpet in the bed covered by a blue tarp. It has state registration plate YYL4200.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Newspaper Drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, April 3. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. They also need brown grocery size paper bags.

Annual convention held by IU board; officers re-elected

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The annual convention of school directors from the 11 public school districts in Schuylkill County and one in Dauphin County, who comprise Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School District, was held Tuesday evening at the Maple Avenue Campus of Schuylkill IU in Marlin, Norwegian Township

Election of officers was held and seating of new representatives from the various county school districts. Each school district has one member serve on the IU Board.

Spring snowstorm surprises everyone

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Tuesday's surprise spring snowfall coats trees along Route 309 north of Hometown.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Tuesday's surprise spring snowfall coats trees along Route 309 north of Hometown.

An out-of-the-blue spring snowstorm walloped Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties late Tuesday. In some areas, several inches of snow covered a glaze of ice, causing dozens of accidents and closing the northbound lanes of Route 309 about a mile south of McAdoo for well over an hour after two tractor trailers got stuck in the heavy, wet snow at about 5:30 p.m.

The wind-driven storm that ushered out March came as a surprise as drivers headed home from work or school on what they expected to be just a rainy afternoon.

E. Penn man removed from meeting faces disorderly conduct charge

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

An East Penn Township man who became unruly and was escorted from a public meeting is set to appear in court.

Walter Zlomsowitch, 75, of 2001 Ben Salem Road, Andreas is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Zlomsowitch faces one charge of disorderly conduct for an incident that occurred during a meeting of the township's board of supervisors last month at the East Penn Social Hall.

Hit and run driver sought in Carbon

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A hit and run driver is being sought in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton said a vehicle was dreiven southbound on Lower Main St., Parryville, about 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 28, when it veered off the road and struck a garage behind 210 Main St. After the collision the driver fled the scene.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (610) 377-4270.

Avon fundraiser helps make a child's wish come true

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some of the Avon Products independent sales representatives who helped raise $1,735.00 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through sales of Bentley the Bear are, front, left to right : Bonnie Frock; Rose Reese, District Sales Manager; Make A Wish volunteer Danielle Argot; Richelle Moyer; and Mary Strohl. Rear, from left : Jill Saylor; Toni Drake; Tonya Frable; Leslie Guerra; Lorraine Battles; and Wayne Glass.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some of the Avon Products independent sales representatives who helped raise $1,735.00 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through sales of Bentley the Bear are, front, left to right : Bonnie Frock; Rose Reese, District Sales Manager; Make A Wish volunteer Danielle Argot; Richelle Moyer; and Mary Strohl. Rear, from left : Jill Saylor; Toni Drake; Tonya Frable; Leslie Guerra; Lorraine Battles; and Wayne Glass.

District 2879 Avon Products, managed by Rose Reese, along with representatives from District 2888 worked together selling "Bentley the Bear" to raise monies for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The funds were raised for the Greater Northeast Chapter of the Foundation which serves Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia.

The Avon Products independent sales representatives raised a total of $1,735 to help make a child's wish come true.

Set a stunning Easter table

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Copyright Times News 2009

Easter is one of those times of the year when you want your table to look a little special.

It's easy to give it that extra touch.

Start by giving some thought to the color or colors that you want to use.

Perhaps because this long winter finally seems to be ending, and feeling the need for something soft, gentle and soothing, I had in my mind a very soft pale pink. Try to limit yourself to using only two or three colors throughout the tablescape to keep the table from becoming too busy.

Near blizzard conditions

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Heavy snow and winds Tuesday afternoon made driving difficult and visibility difficult for many area motorists.

Ostergaard is a semifinalist eligible for Pa. Geographic Bee

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS James Ostergaard of St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, is eligible to participate in the Pa. Georgraphic Bee at Penn State on April 9.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS James Ostergaard of St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, is eligible to participate in the Pa. Georgraphic Bee at Penn State on April 9.

James Ostergaard, an eighth grade student at St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, has been notified by the National Georgraphic Society that he is a semifinalist eligible to compete in the 2010 Pennsylvania Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.

Bees were held in schools with 4-8 grade students throughout the state to determine each school's Geographic winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society.

Villas Crossing Beginner League Open House

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Villas Crossing Golf Course will offering a FREE Open house on April 18th 2010 at 2pm for those interested in participating in the beginner league. If you have some golf experience or have never played before, This is your chance to experience the game with a free lesson and chance to play afterward.