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April 2010

$75,000 from EITC program aids Carbon Catholic schools

Friday, April 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Participating in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation of $75,000 in scholarship funding for Carbon County Catholic schools at St. Katherine Drexel Church, Lansford, were Our Lady of the Angels Academy students (front from left) Shawna McArdle, Keith McCall, Uriella Cuevas, Anthony Hess and Julia Hoben. Second row, Joseph Stawiarski, Courtney McCall, Jordan Reis, Cassandra Hoben, Anthony Stianche and Kaili Horn. Back row, Kyle Stanek, Greg Martino of Aetna, House Speaker and State Rep. Keith R. McCall (D-122), Angela Lagowy of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Sister Regina Elinich, IHM, principal of OLOAA.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Participating in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation of $75,000 in scholarship funding for Carbon County Catholic schools at St. Katherine Drexel Church, Lansford, were Our Lady of the Angels Academy students (front from left) Shawna McArdle, Keith McCall, Uriella Cuevas, Anthony Hess and Julia Hoben. Second row, Joseph Stawiarski, Courtney McCall, Jordan Reis, Cassandra Hoben, Anthony Stianche and Kaili Horn. Back row, Kyle Stanek, Greg Martino of Aetna, House Speaker and State Rep. Keith R. McCall (D-122), Angela Lagowy of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Sister Regina Elinich, IHM, principal of OLOAA.

Aetna, Enterprise Rent-a-Car contribute

Catholic education in Carbon County has received a $75,000 boost.

Two corporations, Aetna and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, have made the funds possible through their contributions via the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

The funding, through the Bravo Foundation, has been earmarked for Carbon's four parochial schools: Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford; St. Joseph's Academy, Jim Thorpe; SS. Peter and Paul, Lehighton; and St. John Neumann, Palmerton.

Tamaqua HS Academic team is second in Schuylkill competition

Friday, April 30, 2010
ERIC LECH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Area High School Academic Competition team include, front from left, Joe Rudy, Schuyler Schmidt and Victoria Stahl. Rear from Left, Kyle Cunningham, Zoe Gray, Joe Franko, Tyler Butkus and Sam DePue.
ERIC LECH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Area High School Academic Competition team include, front from left, Joe Rudy, Schuyler Schmidt and Victoria Stahl. Rear from Left, Kyle Cunningham, Zoe Gray, Joe Franko, Tyler Butkus and Sam DePue.

The Tamaqua Area High School Academic Competition Team recently competed in the Schuylkill County Academic Competition held at Pine Grove Area High School on Thursday, March 25,.

Compiling a 2-0 record in the opening rounds of competition by defeating teams from Tri-Valley and Pine Grove, Tamaqua entered the bracket round seeded third and matched with three time defending champions, Pottsville.

After an exciting match, Tamaqua emerged with a 65-60 victory to earn a spot in the finals to face Blue Mountain.

Students making books for children in Africa

Friday, April 30, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Putting together books that were written and illustrated by students of Lehighton Area High School for a school in the impoverished African nation of Uganda are, l-r, Dean Kistler, from the office of Attorney William Schawb of Lehighton, who donated facilities and resources toward the project; students Sage Terembula and Morgan Ott, both freshmen, and Chey Davis, a junior; and faculty advisor Cristi Marchetti. About 125 books were made for the project. Marchetti said the local students are also putting together packages for the African students containing such items as tooth brushes and calculators.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Putting together books that were written and illustrated by students of Lehighton Area High School for a school in the impoverished African nation of Uganda are, l-r, Dean Kistler, from the office of Attorney William Schawb of Lehighton, who donated facilities and resources toward the project; students Sage Terembula and Morgan Ott, both freshmen, and Chey Davis, a junior; and faculty advisor Cristi Marchetti. About 125 books were made for the project. Marchetti said the local students are also putting together packages for the African students containing such items as tooth brushes and calculators.

Care packages also being put together for children in Uganda

Some students in Lehighton Area High School have turned into book publishers. They constructed books that they wrote themselves, containing photos and illustrations they compiled.

About 125 books of various titles and topics were produced.

The books will be sent to children in Idobo Primary School in Uganda as part of the international "Books of Hope" project.

LCCC's Donley Center offers evening Microsoft Office course

Friday, April 30, 2010

Lehigh Carbon Community College's (LCCC) Donley Center, 718 Hamilton Street, Allentown, offers an evening training program for students who wish to update their skills with Microsoft Office. Course number is COM 965A.

This 80-hour program provides general and individualized instruction in MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Internet, and email with Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office software program.

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.

Mahoning Lions hosts rabies clinic Sunday at McCall's Farm

Friday, April 30, 2010

Mahoning Lions will hold a Rabies Clinic from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday May at the McCalls Farm Route, 443 Lehighton. Cost is $10. per shot and shots will be administered by Dr. Mary Lombrado VMD. Refreshments, Carbon Dog Licenses, and Pet Microchipping are also available.

On this date

Friday, April 30, 2010

April 30, 1949 Four local relay teams compete in the annual Penn Relays. Coaldale, Summit Hill, Lansford and Lehighton are all represented at the event, held in Philadelphia. Coaldale's foursome of Joe Kerak, Lauriano Paulo, Bill "Honeyboy" Evans and George McCartney finish their heat in fifth place but turn in the top local time with a mark of 3:44.3. Lehighton had the next best time among the locals, finishing in 3:44.7.

Nesquehoning police report

Friday, April 30, 2010

Nesquehoning police reported on various citations and arrests made by officers recently.

Officer Robert Blisard cited Matthew Creveling, of 1421 W. Arch St., Coal Township, Northumberland County, with driving without a license, speeding (42 miles-per-hour in a 25 zone), turn signals and failure to wear a seat belt. The incident occurred on Saturday, April 24, at Oak and Catawissa sts.

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.

Citizen Bee

Friday, April 30, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS George Taylor, left, Citizen Bee coordinator, and Maureen Donovan, right, moderator from Lehigh Carbon Community College, stand with the winners of last night's competition. The winners were, from left, Jim Thorpe High School's Oliver Schultz, second place; Jim Thorpe High School's Christian Ferko, fourth place; Panther Valley High School's Jason Gates, third place, and Lehighton High School's Zach Werner, first place.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS George Taylor, left, Citizen Bee coordinator, and Maureen Donovan, right, moderator from Lehigh Carbon Community College, stand with the winners of last night's competition. The winners were, from left, Jim Thorpe High School's Oliver Schultz, second place; Jim Thorpe High School's Christian Ferko, fourth place; Panther Valley High School's Jason Gates, third place, and Lehighton High School's Zach Werner, first place.

Lehighton, Jim Thorpe students earn top prizes; competition tests knowledge, nerves of students

Experience and knowledge triumphed during the 16th annual Pennsylvania Citizen Bee at the Jim Thorpe Courthouse Thursday evening. All but one of the top four winners to the event were high school seniors returning to the contest from a previous year.

First place winner Zach Warner, a senior at Lehighton Area High School, was returning for his second year in the program. Jim Thorpe senior Oliver Schulz placed second in the contest. Schulz placed third in last year's Citizen Bee.

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."

Panthers hold off Thorpe

Friday, April 30, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Pat Janecki puts the tag on Ryan Porambo of Panther Valley just before he gets to second base. Porambo was out on the play.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Pat Janecki puts the tag on Ryan Porambo of Panther Valley just before he gets to second base. Porambo was out on the play.

It doesn't matter what the records are when two rival baseball teams get together.

It may sound a little cliché, but when the two schools are separated by a mere eight-and-a-half miles - the saying reigns true.

Although it did make some mistakes, Jim Thorpe did not play like a one-win team in its Schuylkill League match-up with Panther Valley on Thursday. Still, the miscues the Olympians did make cost them dearly, as they fell to the Panthers 8-5.

Elementary school renovation bids will soon be accepted

Friday, April 30, 2010

A project to renovate Slatington Elementary School will soon go out to bid.

Northern Lehigh School District will accept bids for additions and renovations to the school until 3:30 p.m. June 9, at which time they will be publically open.

Contracts will be for general construction, plumbing construction, including fire protection, HVAC construction, electrical construction and asbestos abatement by owner.

Alternate bids will be for single prime general construction, as well as asbestos abatement by owner.

Louis Barletta speaks to Rotary Club about wanting to serve in Congress

Friday, April 30, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Louis Barletta, mayor of Hazleton, addresses the West End Rotary Club and explains why he is running for Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional district.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Louis Barletta, mayor of Hazleton, addresses the West End Rotary Club and explains why he is running for Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional district.

The West End Rotary Club welcomed Louis J. Barletta, mayor of Hazleton, to its Thursday morning meeting to talk about his upcoming run for Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district of the northeastern part of the state which is now filled by Democrat Paul Kanjorski, who is running for his 14th term. Barletta ran unsuccessfully against him in 2008 and is going to try to unseat him in the next election.

Carbon court news

Friday, April 30, 2010

Mortgageforeclosures

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

JP Morgan Bank, 7255 Baymeadows Way, Jacksonville, Fla., filed against Joseph D. Lutz, 4 Patricia Drive, Apt. 32, Gilbertsville, over property at 512 Old Stage Rd., Towamensing Trails, Penn Forest Township. Sought is $99,600.89 and continuing interest.

Class reunion

Friday, April 30, 2010

Summit Hill H.S. Class of 1957

The Summit Hill High School Class of 1957 will hold a reunion luncheon at noon on Thursday, May 27 at Macaluso's at the Lantern on Route 209 in Nesquehoning.

Invitations have been sent to all class members. Those who have not responded are asked to contact Ann Marie Pisklak Lill at (570) 645-2410 by Friday, May 7.

Lee Mantz, president of the Summit Hill Historical Society, will be the featured speaker following the luncheon. He will speak about the borough's history, with emphasis on the class' alma mater Summit Hill High School, which was built nearly a century ago in 1911.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Steigerwalt-Kernag

Friday, April 30, 2010
Brandi Steigerwalt and Timothy Kernag
Brandi Steigerwalt and Timothy Kernag

The engagement of Brandi Steigerwalt, Tamaqua, to Timothy Kernag, also of Tamaqua, has been announced by their families.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Alan and Lori Steigerwalt of Andreas. She is a 2003 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Robert and Debra Kernag of Hunlock Creek. He is a 2001 graduate of Lake Lehman High School.

A wedding date has been set for September of 2012.

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.

Carbon man facing harassment count

Friday, April 30, 2010

A Carbon County resident is facing a charge of harassment.

State police at Lehighton said Randy Klingle, 41, of Palmerton, and a 33-year-old female from Palmerton engaged in a verbal argument that turned physical. The incident occurred on Wednesday, April 28, about 7:25 a.m. at 3030 Hemlock St., in Lower Towamensing Township, troopers said.

Troopers also reported a 14-year-old male will be charged with simple assault on another 14-year-old male. The incident occurred on Tuesday, April 27, about noon at the Educare Center in Weissport.

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.

Nesquehoning news

Friday, April 30, 2010

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.

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.