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April 2010

State police to honor 93 fallen troopers

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Pennsylvania State Police will remember 93 of their members who were killed in the line of duty during a memorial ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the state police academy located at 175 E. Hersheypark Drive, in Hershey, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced.

The event is open to the public.

"This annaul ceremony reminds us that any of our members may be called upon at any time to lay down his or her life rather than swerve from the path of duty," Pawlowski said.

On this date

Friday, April 30, 2010

April 30, 1973

Navy Lieutenant Michael J. Panchura Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Panchura Sr., Coaldale, participated in the massive flood relief operations in the Medjierda River Valley in Tunis. He is a 1963 graduate of Coaldale High School and a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. As a member of Antisubmarine Helicopter Training Squadron Three, Panchura helped in rescuing Tunisians found clinging to trees, roofs, or high ground in the stricken area. His squad also transported food, medical, and other relief supplies.

Lansford couple wed 50 years

Friday, April 30, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Taras
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Taras

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Taras of Lansford are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today.

They were married on April 30, 1960 at St. John's Greek Catholic Church, Lansford, by the Rev. Michael Morris.

Mrs. Taras is the former Joann Terry, daughter of the late Jacob and Mary Terry of Coaldale.

Mr. Taras is the son of the late John and Anna Taras of Coaldale.

The couple are the parents of three children, Michael Taras and his wife Linda of Gitmo, Cuba, Mark Taras and his wife Michelle of Lansford, and Matthew Taras and his wife Lori of Nesquehoning.

Lehighton concert to benefit Haiti children

Friday, April 30, 2010

A free Candlelight Benefit Concert will be held beginning at 6 p.m. this evening in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater to raise awareness and funds for children of Haiti.

The concert was organized by Melodia Pyne of Franklin Township, whose son, Spencer, a second grader, wanted to do something to help with the situation in the impoverished nation.

"We call our organization, Students 4 Students," Melodia said. "Because it is truly children helping children."

As part of the project, they are collecting new or nearly new blankets to send to the children of Haiti.

NL's Seremula fans 17; Forte's OT goal lifts PV

Friday, April 30, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Amber Fiducia applies the tag to Panther Valley's Kristyn Gates at second base. Gates was called safe on the play.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Amber Fiducia applies the tag to Panther Valley's Kristyn Gates at second base. Gates was called safe on the play.

Northern Lehigh's Joe Seremula turned in an overpowering pitching performance and Pleasant Valley's soccer team pulled out a dramatic overtime victory to highlight Thursday's scholastic sports action.

TENNIS

D-11 Class AAA Singles

Both players from the TIMES NEWS coverage area who qualified for the District 11 Class AAA Singles Tournament dropped their opening round matches.

Summit Hill news

Friday, April 30, 2010

Nesquehoning

Lions club

The Nesquehoning Lions Club has planned its meeting for Monday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the club building. There will be no dinner at this meeting.

Fishing derby

Children of the surrounding area are invited to the Nesquehoning Conservation Club's annual Fishing Derby on May 8. The registration is at 8 a.m. in the parking lot near CVS on Locust Street.

Each child will receive a prize and first place will be a $250 gift card to Cabela's.

Residents are eligible to apply for rebates

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Department of Environmental Protection has announced that residents of Pennsylvania are now eligible to apply for the PA Home Equipment Rebate Program. This rebate is a result of funding provided to DEP through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Pennsylvania residents may reserve a rebate by visiting www.paheatingrebates.com, or by calling (877) 592-2061.

Once a reservation is made, consumers will have 30 days to submit the necessary paperwork documenting purchase and installation before a rebate check is mailed to the consumer.

Rails to trails project should be ready by June

Friday, April 30, 2010

Area residents and outdoor enthusiasts will soon have a new multi-use recreational trail to walk and bike along in Jim Thorpe.

During the Carbon County Commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Randy Smith, county administrator, announced that work on the rails-to-trails project, which will connect Lehigh Gorge State Park with downtown Jim Thorpe, has resumed and a completion date of early June is expected.

"Crews began working on site earlier this week," Smith said. "We plan to have the project completed for a tentative dedication date of June 5."

Jewelry taken in Monroe break-in

Friday, April 30, 2010

Several pieces of jewelry were taken in a burglary that occurred in Monroe County.

State police at Fern Ridge said the home of Ann Maricle, 62, of 1302 Pine Rd., Sun Valley, Effort, Chestnuthill Township, was entered sometime between Monday, April 26, and Wednesday. No value was set for the the missing jewelry.

Troopers are also investigating a criminal mischief report. Vera Solodkin, of 146 Lenape Trail, Mountain Lakes, Albrightsville, Penn Forest Township, reported someone smashed the front window of her home. The incident occurred sometime between April 18 to 24.

$546,543 fraud case

Friday, April 30, 2010

Area pharmacist, doctor charged with related counts

An area pharmacist, who operated a pharmacy in Jim Thorpe, and a doctor, who was with a Carbon County medical practice, were both charged with fraud counts in federal court in Scranton this week.

John Roman, 36, of Hazleton, who owned Community Pharmacy on River Street, Jim Thorpe, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of mail fraud. According to papers filed with the court, Roman downloaded vouchers for free medications then submitted them to pharmaceutical companies under the names of fictitious patients.

Coaldale news

Friday, April 30, 2010

Coaldale

First Congregational Church

Morning Worship will be conducted at First Congregational Church at 9 a.m. Sunday May 2, followed by Sunday School at 10 a.m.

Nursing home services will be held at St. Luke's Miners at 11 a.m. and at Maple Shade, Nesquehoning, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5. Choir rehearsal will take place at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

A Mother's Day Service will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 9, with Sunday School at 10 a.m.

Event raises funds for DARE

Friday, April 30, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Entertainers and musicians during the "Evening With The Morrisons and Sweeneys" event were Christian Morrison, Jarett Morrison, Jake Morrison, Gene Morrison, Holly Morrison, Rita Morrison, Ali Morrison, Abbie Morrison, Sadie Morrison, Ella Morrison, 4, Olivia Morrison, Devan Sweeney, and Debbie Sweeney. Tamaqua Police Officers Michael Hobbes and Dwayne Hacker were both on-hand to receive the donation.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Entertainers and musicians during the "Evening With The Morrisons and Sweeneys" event were Christian Morrison, Jarett Morrison, Jake Morrison, Gene Morrison, Holly Morrison, Rita Morrison, Ali Morrison, Abbie Morrison, Sadie Morrison, Ella Morrison, 4, Olivia Morrison, Devan Sweeney, and Debbie Sweeney. Tamaqua Police Officers Michael Hobbes and Dwayne Hacker were both on-hand to receive the donation.

The Morrison and Sweeney families recently held their bi-annual music and choral performance called "An Evening With The Morrisons and Sweeneys" at the Tamaqua United Trinity Church of Christ.

The free music event has been held at the church since 2008.

This music event included instrumentals, solos, duets, and dance performances.

This year younger family members performed dances.

More than $750 was raised at this event for the Tamaqua D.A.R.E. program and the Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua.

Mischief incidents probed in Thorpe

Friday, April 30, 2010

Jim Thorpe police are investigating two acts of criminal mischief that are similar in nature.

Police said a front window on a home at 419 Lehigh St. was damaged. The incident was reported on Monday, April 26. On Wednesday someone damaged the side window at the Fairview Fire Company at Ninth and School sts. The damages in the two incidents are similar in nature, police said.

Anyone with information concerning these incidents is asked to call police at (570) 325-4995.

Knights of Columbus

Friday, April 30, 2010

Ladies' Appreciation 'Knight'

Damien Council # 598 and Monsignor Agnello J. Angelini Assembly # 971 of the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring the Annual Ladies' Appreciation "Knight" Dinner on Saturday, May 8 at Miller's Bar-Vel in Summit Hill.

Reservations are required no later than Wednesday, May 5.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Francis Heery at (570) 386-2297.

Alzheimer's Family Fun Festival, Memory Walk kick-off Saturday

Friday, April 30, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Debi Dodson, director of the Panther Valley Library, accepts Alzheimer DVDs and book from Clay Jacobs, outreach and education coordinator for the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, as Patti Anglovich, daughter of Frank E. Ruff, looks on.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Debi Dodson, director of the Panther Valley Library, accepts Alzheimer DVDs and book from Clay Jacobs, outreach and education coordinator for the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, as Patti Anglovich, daughter of Frank E. Ruff, looks on.

The family of Frank E. Ruff, Jim Thorpe, will host a kickoff event to jumpstart the 2010 Alzheimer's Family Fun Festival and Memory Walk.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m., Sat., May 1, at The Flow Restaurant, 268 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

Anyone interested in getting involved with this year's festivities and walk is welcome to attend.

This year's walk and festival will be held on Sat., Oct. 9, 2010, at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park, Jim Thorpe.

Maintaining its rich history

Friday, April 30, 2010
The steeple of Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church in this picture taken from the 250th anniversary booklet is covered with wood shingles. The ball on top received a new coating of gilt as part of the most recent restoration.
The steeple of Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church in this picture taken from the 250th anniversary booklet is covered with wood shingles. The ball on top received a new coating of gilt as part of the most recent restoration.

Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church near Sciota earns preservation award

Each year the Monroe County Historical Society holds a preservation contest for buildings with categories of residential, commercial and non-profit.

For 2010 the non-profit chosen was Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church and Cemetery, Hamilton Square near Sciota. It is the "Preserve, Enhance, Promote Historic Resources Award."

Carbon court news

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mortgage foreclosures

The following actions have been filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans.

Sovereign Bank, 601 Penn St., Reading, filed an action against Joseph H. White, Lafayette Heights, Lot 12, aka, 40 Lafayette Trail, Palmerton, over property at that address. Sought is $120,777.69 and continuing interest.

Sovereign Bank filed against Karl A. Otto, 2750 College Heights Blvd., Allentown, over property at 39 Jones St., Lansford. Sought is $16,277.40 and continuing interest.

Entertainment Briefs

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The story continues of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha as they struggle to manage their love lives, friendships and careers in New York City.

Fans of the hit HBO series "Sex and the City" know what that means.

It means "Sex and the City 2" will be hitting theaters in less than a month.

It's scheduled to open in theaters on May 27 and stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Chris Noth.

Two artists performing

locally receive awards

Commission recognized by Arbor Day Foundation

Thursday, April 29, 2010
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS DCNR Forester Frank Snyder presents Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission Chairman Dr. Louis Vermillion with a trophy recognizing the community for being a Tree City USA participant for the fifth year. The program has several requirements including holding an annual program, ordinances for governing trees and an organized oversight commission.
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS DCNR Forester Frank Snyder presents Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission Chairman Dr. Louis Vermillion with a trophy recognizing the community for being a Tree City USA participant for the fifth year. The program has several requirements including holding an annual program, ordinances for governing trees and an organized oversight commission.

For the fifth year in a row, the Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission has been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA program for their continued work in protecting and managing the trees in the hilltop community. Bureau of Forestry Program Leader Frank Snyder was on hand to present a flag and crystal plaque to Commission Chairperson Dr. Louis Vermillion during the 11th annual Arbor Day Service in Memorial Park Saturday morning as a recognition of their dedication and efforts.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nesquehoning

NCFC auxiliary

The ladies auxiliary to the New Columbus Fire Company will meet on Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the fire station. Gerry McConnon, president, reminds everyone to bring their hoagie papers.

The hospitality committee will be Nancy Canzoneri and Martha Ciarvella.

Loyalty Day

Everyone is invited to the annual Loyalty Day on Saturday, May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008.

A social hour will follow the program. All auxiliary members planning to attend are reminded to bring a dessert item.

St. Jerome's Green Challenge winners

Thursday, April 29, 2010
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Four students from St. Jerome's Regional School in Tamaqua were winners in the this year's Schuylkill County Green Challenge which used the theme, "Ways I can help the environment". Elementary school level students participated in an Earth Day Poster Contest and middle school students an Environmental Essay Contest. SJRS winners include, from left, Josh Inama ($15), Gianna Agosti ($40), Jacob Triano ($50), and Nicholas Mayernik ($25). The school was also the overall winner at the event and brought home a $750 prize.

Vehicles collide in Tamaqua

Thursday, April 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Fire Department, police and ambulance personnel responded to a two-vehicle accident that occurred just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. Reportedly, a white Lincoln Continental driven by Erma Haas, of New Ringgold, pulled in front of a blue Ford Ranger driven by Gregory Greenall, of Lansford, near the entrance to Sisters Cantina on East Broad Street while they both were driving on SR209. The extent of any injuries were unknown. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Blue Mountain Health System to sponsor 5K Road Race-Walk

Thursday, April 29, 2010

On your marks, get set, go!

That's the signal participants in the 9th annual Blue Mountain Health System 5K Road Race-Walk in Palmerton will eagerly anticipate.

Presented by the medical staffs of the Blue Mountain Health System, the event will be held at 9 a.m. May 9. Registration is at 8 a.m. A Kid's Fun Run will follow at 10 a.m.

The course will start at the Palmerton Borough Park, make its way past Third and Franklin Ave., and end back at the park.

There is a $20 entrance fee before May 1, $25 after May 1, and $5 for the Kid's Run.

On this date

Thursday, April 29, 2010

April 29, 1957 Jim Thorpe scores in each of the first five innings and rolls to an 18-4 Mountain League victory over White Haven. Alvin Sellers leads the Olympians offensively, finishing with two hits, two runs scored and four RBIs. Conrad Bincarosky contributes two hits and four runs scored, while Kenny Ackerman adds a hit, two runs and four RBIs. The winners, coached by Tom Carr, also receive two hits and two runs from both Phil "Pip" Rader and Dale Allen.

Proposed budget may increase by 8.13 mills

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Last week, the Pleasant Valley School District Board of Education approved advertising the 2010-11 Proposed Budget, which includes total appropriations in the amount of $92,894,365 with a proposed millage rate of 143.630 mills.

This represents a millage increase of 8.13 mills, or 6 percent, from the current millage rate of 135.50 mills. A property with an average assessed value of $20,500 would experience a $167 property tax increase.

Woman cited for dog law violation

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Tamaqua woman has been cited under the borough and state dog laws.

Christine Ritter, 23, of 12 W. Broad St., has been cited by borough police for allowing her dog to run free, a violation of a borough ordinance, as well as failure to properly license her dog.

Tamaqua Library hosting 'One Book, Every Young Child'

Thursday, April 29, 2010

An educational, informational, recreational, and possibly life-altering combination of programs is coming to the Tamaqua Public Library on Saturday, May 1.

The fifth year of the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child program at the library will be combined with a program by the New Ringgold author of "Chippy Chipmunk Parties in the Garden," Kathy M. Miller.

Community colleges team up to "AdvancePA"

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lehigh Carbon and Northampton community colleges are joining community colleges across the Commonwealth to launch a new statewide campaign that calls on policymakers and candidates to make expanding opportunities at community colleges an economic priority in Pennsylvania. Called "AdvancePA," the campaign will highlight the importance of community colleges to Pennsylvania's economic recovery.

Building a blueprint

Thursday, April 29, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carson Helfrich, Community Planning and Management, LLC, and Nanci Sarcinello of Sarcinello Planning & GIS Services, explain to Jim Thorpe residents how the Western Carbon County Comprehensive Plan will be developed for Jim Thorpe, Summit Hill and Lansford.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carson Helfrich, Community Planning and Management, LLC, and Nanci Sarcinello of Sarcinello Planning & GIS Services, explain to Jim Thorpe residents how the Western Carbon County Comprehensive Plan will be developed for Jim Thorpe, Summit Hill and Lansford.

Towns updating land use plans

The last time the boroughs of Jim Thorpe, Summit Hill and Lansford mapped out their collective futures was in 1966, when gas was 32 cents a gallon and the first episode of "Star Trek" debuted on television.

A lot has changed since then – the population has been declining but has become more diverse; resources are diminishing, infrastructure is crumbling and the economy has slackened.

Pleasant Valley's 10th Academic Fair

Thursday, April 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Evan Thomas, 9, a PVE third grader and his sister, Lexi Thomas, 8, a PVE second grader, enjoyed learning how wind power can power lights from Alex Fuller's project in PVI's Mrs. Pekurny's 4th grade display of Magnets and Electricity projects at PVSD's Academic Fair.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Evan Thomas, 9, a PVE third grader and his sister, Lexi Thomas, 8, a PVE second grader, enjoyed learning how wind power can power lights from Alex Fuller's project in PVI's Mrs. Pekurny's 4th grade display of Magnets and Electricity projects at PVSD's Academic Fair.

From Earth Day 2010 projects by Eldred's Mrs. Principe's first grade class to Eldred's Mrs. Hine's second grade classes display of animals in their habitats dioramas, to a stroll down Innovation Road and through Safety Town, to reading biographies by Ms. Muldaur's PVI 5th grade reading students, the Pleasant Valley School District's Academic Fair, held at PVHS, featured exciting student projects from each school.

Incident on I81 in Schuylkill probed

Thursday, April 29, 2010

State police at Frackville are investigating an incident that occurred along Interstate 81 in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, on Tuesday, April 27.

About 2:30 p.m. Carl Easter, of East Middlebury, Vt., was driving a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser northbound behind a tractor pulling a flatbed trailer, when a metal securing bracket fell off the trailer and struck the hood and windshield of the Cruiser smashing the windshield. The Cruiser had to be towed from the scene.

Easter was not injured. The operator of the truck did not stop and has not been identified.