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March 2010

Slatington to conduct annual flushing of water system

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Slatington Borough will be conducting the annual flushing of its water system.

Residents are advised that there may be a drop in pressure and/or a cloudy to brownish appearance for a very short period of time during the flushing operation and will return to normal with use.

The flushing schedule is as follows: well number seven, and lower pressure system, from 9 a.m. to noon April 5-8; low pressure system, and Kuehner Hill, high pressure, from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. April 12-15; and high pressure system, from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. April 19-22 and April 26-29.

Argall co-Sponsors legislation prohibiting Pa. participation in new health care law

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

HARRISBURG – State Senator David G. Argall (R-29) today joined a growing number of legislators who are opposed to the newly signed federal health care law by co-sponsoring legislation in the state Senate to prohibit the federal government from mandating participation in any given health care system and eliminate fines or penalties on those who decline to enroll in a health care plan.

On this date

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March 3, 1969

The merger of The Bank of Lehighton into the Peoples First National Bank and Trust effective at the close of business today, it was announced jointly by O. E. Phillips, president of Peoples First National Bank and Trust Company and Gordon T. Bennett, president of the Bank of Lehighton. Under the merger, Gordon T. Bennett and Edgar A. Poe will become vice presidents of Peoples First National Bank and Trust Company. The Bank of Lehighton office will retain all of its present officers and employees.

Pottsville receives $504,000 in mine reclamation funding

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Schuylkill County project will receive funding under Pennsylvania's Growing Greener program, according to the county's legislative delegation.

More than $500,000 has been awarded to the City of Pottsville for the Sharp Mountain Phase VI Reclamation Project.

The project will help reclaim 28.25 acres of dangerous crop fall subsidence, along vertical coal seams. This grant was among $12.6 million in grants that will fund 64 projects across the state to clean up rivers, streams and watersheds.

Woman who made threats with knife enters guilty plea

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Palmerton woman, who wielded a knife at several persons in a Lansford apartment while threatening them, entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday. She was one of several defendants in pending criminal cases to enter pleas before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Spared jail

Ashly Nicole Tansley, 21, pleaded to one count each of simple assault and resisting arrest for an incident that occurred on Sept. 20, 2009, at 149 W. Ridge St. in Lansford. In a plea agreement more serious charges of aggravated assault were dropped.

Checkpoint set for Schuylkill

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Schuylkill County during the time frame of Friday, April 2, and Sunday, April 4.

Seven placed in probation program for first timers

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Seven first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

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

All were placed for a year.

MHS cast meets Jesus Christ, Superstar star

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

The cast members and crew of Marian Catholic High School's spring musical "Jesus Christ, Superstar" attended a "meet and greet" with Ted Neeley, the original "Jesus" in the blockbuster 1973 movie, at the Scranton Cultural Center on Sunday, March 14. This is Neeley's farewell tour. He has been playing the role of "Jesus" for almost 40 years. Marian Catholic's show will be presented on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m.

Two teens cited in Carbon County

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Two teens were cited following an incident in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton said troopers responded to 212 White St., Weissport, date not listed, to a report of harassment. Troopers said a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old females slapped and pushed each other. Both were cited for harassment.

CCTI expansion opens for students

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Teacher Steven Anderson instructs a Algebra 2 class at the Carbon Career & Technical Institute's new expansion wing.
Teacher Steven Anderson instructs a Algebra 2 class at the Carbon Career & Technical Institute's new expansion wing.

On Monday portions of the 33,000 square foot expansion of the Carbon County Career & Technical Institute opened as students made their first visits to three math classrooms, a science classroom, an English classroom, and a Special Education classroom.

The opening of the expansion will continue throughout the following weeks as additional classes in cosmetology and carpentry, and the new library and media center are relocated. To avoid disruptions, the cafeteria and dining area will be relocated during the summer.

Argall holds Community Revitalization Summit

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some local community leaders taking part in Senator Argall's Community Revitalization Summit held Tuesday evening, from left, are Tamaqua South Ward Neighborhood Committee and Elm Street Program member Kathy Kunkel, Tamaqua Borough Councilman David Mace, and Tamaqua Magisterial District Judge Hon. Stephen Bayer.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some local community leaders taking part in Senator Argall's Community Revitalization Summit held Tuesday evening, from left, are Tamaqua South Ward Neighborhood Committee and Elm Street Program member Kathy Kunkel, Tamaqua Borough Councilman David Mace, and Tamaqua Magisterial District Judge Hon. Stephen Bayer.

Sponsored Senate Bill 900 provides improved methods of fighting blight

Senator Dave Argall (R-29) held a Community Revitalization Summit Meeting Tuesday evening at the Tamaqua Community Center. The meeting addressed specific areas, such as fighting blight, municipal and regional planning, tax incentive programs, Main Street and Elm Street programs, Trail Town Program and sustainable community initiatives.

Icy roads cause crashes

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

Nesquehoning and state police were kept busy Tuesday afternoon investigating numerous accidents along a snow and ice covered Route 93. The rain changed into snow and ice shortly after noon. Motorists apparently failed to slow down in the weather and paid the price.

Surprise snow causes danger

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

Route 93 in Nesquehoning and Banks Township became a nightmare for motorists Tuesday afternoon when heavy rains changed unexpectedly to heavy snow. Police throughout the area had to deal with multiple accidents when motorists were caught unaware and of those who just chose not to slow down.

DUI arrests reported in Monroe

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on several driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by officers over the past weekend.

On Friday, March 26, about 2:07 a.m. officers on routine patrol observed a Mercedes Benz being driven erratically along SR611 at SR940. A vehicle stop was made and the driver identified as Annette M. Gibson, 41, of Nazareth. She was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. She was then transported to the Pocono Medical Center, in East Stroudsburg, for a blood test. The DUI charge is pending the test results.

I'm ready to hunt

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
MARY TOBIA/SPEICAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MARY TOBIA/SPEICAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Even if it may have been a little chilly, Sierra Scheirer of Lehighton didn't mind as she was dressed in her kitten hat, purple scarf and warm winter jacket. Sierra was waiting patiently to hunt Easter eggs in the one-year division at the Palmerton Memorial Pool Grove in Palmerton. There were five different age groups participating in the hunt with ten lucky eggs in each group. Special egg prizes were toys geared to that specific age group. All of the children under the age of one were given a small stuffed animal. A large number of children ages up to ten years old attended the egg hunt.

Mower found; owner sought

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A riding mower was found and the owner is being sought.

State police at Lehighton said a Craftsman 8HP mower was found at 25 High Point Drive, Ross Township, Monroe Coutny, about 8 a.m. on Monday, March 29. The mower is gray in color and is a older model.

Anyone who has information on the ownership of the mower is asked to call troopers at (610) 377-4270.

Schuylkill court news

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Divorces granted

Kevin A. Hoffman, 36 Wagner St., Lehighton, was granted a divorce from Ruthann Hoffman, 2003 West Penn Pike, New Ringgold. They were married July 12, 2003.

Jill Marie Rehrig, Kresgeville, was granted a divorce from Anthony Rehrig, 94 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton. They were married Dec. 21, 1991.

Lisa B. Mikovich, 68 Crescent Drive, Nesquehoning, was granted a divorce from John C. Mikovich, 71 Crescent Drive, Nesquehoning. They were married May 19, 2000.

Jim Thorpe signs off on LCCC budget

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Larry Ross, vice president for finance and facilities as well as controller for Lehigh Carbon Community College paid a visit to the Board of Education of the Jim Thorpe Area School district Monday evening to answer any questions they might have on the institution's 2010-2011 budget. Jim Thorpe, like all of the other school districts in the county, supports the school by providing funds for both its operating and capital budgets.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March 31, 1965 Two area high school basketball players are named to the United Press International (UPI) Class B and C All-State Honorable Mention list. Bill Gicking of Weatherly averaged 24.0 points per game during the regular season of the Anthracite League and was selected to the squad. Jim Thorpe's Jack Kmetz, who netted 21.4 ppg in Anthracite League play, also was recognized and named to the team.

Man alleges police brutality in federal suit

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Defendants are Summit Hill, Lansford, three police officers

A Summit Hill man this week filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, Scranton, alleging police brutality.

Garry Goodhile, 45, is seeking various compensation from the boroughs of Lansford and Summit Hill, and police officers Craig Strohl, Jeffrey Ohl, and Todd Woodward.

Goodhile is alleging in the suit that on on March 29, 2008, he was assaulted by officer Strohl and sustained "a broken hip, broken and/or bruised ribs, a serious and permanent injury to his ulnar nerve, and various other contusions, abrasions, and lacerations."

Monroe burglary

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Monroe County business.

Police said on Saturday, March 27, about 11 a.m they were dispatched to the Koi Kan Karate Dojo, in Pocono Summit, for a break-in that occurred sometime between when it was reported and March 24. Removed from the building was a bag of martial arts weapons along with several pieces of training gear and a black pellet gun.

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

Snow emergency routes adopted with input from fire company

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bowmanstown council member Pam Leiby said she had talked to Mike Spairana, fire chief, to determine emergency routes that have to be cleared of snow to various parts of the borough. She shared the information at the Tuesday meeting.

The route to the sewer treatment plant raised concerns that a staging area would be needed but by using Lincoln and Cedar the trucks could loop around.

A route was set to Route 248. There was a question about Meadowcrest, but that would be reached via Fireline Road and is not considered a problem.

Monroe County Council of the Blind announces scholarship and essay contest

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Monroe County Council of the Blind has announced the MCCB Roland Featherman Scholarship & Essay Contest, to be held in honor of Roland Featherman, a member of MCCB, an active member of the community and a passionate supporter for education who dedicated his life to public service.

In his memory, MCCB will award four $250 scholarships to Monroe County high school seniors, attending any high school in Monroe County.

Contestants must submit a 500-word essay on the topic which has been chosen to help stimulate awareness of issues related to blindness.

Access Services Eggstravaganza at Lakeside Ballroom April 9

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Back by popular demand, Access Services in Orwigsburg has announced that the after-dark Egg Hunt will be an added back to the upcoming 7th Annual Eggstravaganza event, taking place on Friday, April 9 at the Lakeside Ballroom, in Barnesville, PA from 7 p.m. to midnight.

"The after-dark egg hunt has always been a hugely celebrated part of our annual Eggstravaganza event. Last year we followed a slightly different format and did not have the outside hunt," says Sheila Davison, Regional Director.

Pleas entered in pending drug cases

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Several defendants, including two who were part of a drug trafficking operation, entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday. Seven persons facing drug charges appeared before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to enter the pleas.

Drug operation

Jason Michael Seekins, 34, and Melissa Ann Oriel, 36, both of 232 W. Ridge St., Coaldale, pleaded guilty to drug counts. Both were part of a drug trafficking operation dealing drugs in the county.

Northern Lehigh news

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Slatington Library News

The library will be celebrating National Library Week by holding a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble in the Lifestyle Center, Whitehall, on Friday, April 16, from 6-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact the library.

In recognition of National Library Week, the month of April will be a month of amnesty for all patrons with overdue books. No overdue fees will be charged. If you have a library book that is overdue, please return it, no questions asked. The book drop is always open.

Low-Income Home Energy Program extended again

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now open until April 16, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/ Schuylkill) announced today.

The LIHEAP program is administered by the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and helps income-eligible households pay for heat during the winter months.

The LIHEAP program was scheduled to close April 2, but the program has been extended another two weeks to end April 16.

DPW has helped nearly 500,000 families through cash and crisis grants since the program opened last November for the current season.

Jim Thorpe news

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Holy Week Services

The following local churches have announced their services for Holy Week.

St. John's Lutheran Church, South Ave., Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. with the Rite of First Holy Communion and the stripping of the altar. Good Friday service at 2 p.m. There will be no service on Saturday and only one service, on Easter Sunday, that being at 10:30 a.m.

Health bill

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ignoring the Constitution

Constitutional questions have dogged the health care bill since its introduction. But rather than address these issues head on, supporters of the legislation have shrugged them off. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, when asked where the Constitution grants the power to impose an individual mandate to buy insurance, famously replied, "Are you serious?"

Planners OK special exception to construct Kovatch solar park

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Robert Irwin appeared with Atty Steve Cormier before the Nesquehoning Planning Committee Tuesday asking for a special exception use to begin plans to construct a solar park to produce power for Kovatch's Corporation Building.

St. Jerome's hosts Internet Safety program

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Jeanine Holter, who works for the office of State Attorney General Tom Corbett, addresses students at St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, as part of Operation Safe Surf, an Internet safety program, on Thursday, March 25. Holter is a graduate of St. Jerome's and her presentation is designed to help education students, parents and schools about the importance of being safe on-line. Operation Safe Surf provides schools and parents with resources and tools to help kids learn how to protect themselves while on the Internet.