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January 2011

New Philadelphia man gets jail time for DUI

Monday, January 31, 2011

A New Philadelphia man who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol was sentenced Friday afternoon by Judge Charles M. Miller to serve 48 hours to six months in the county prison.

KOVATCH: A pillar of the community

Monday, January 31, 2011

Nesquehoning Fire Chief John McArdle said he was saddened to hear of the death of John "Sonny" Kovatch Jr., founder of the Kovatch Corporation and its subsidiaries in Nesquehoning.

"Certainly he's going to be missed," McArdle said. "He's been a pillar of the community for a long, long time."

McArdle said he remembers him best as a "friend and asset for our fire companies."

He had donated the land for the Hauto Fire Department.

When the Nesquehoning Fire Station was built, Kovatch assisted with the use of his firm's equipment and provided slab (site fill).

Vehicle stop leads to warrant arrest

Monday, January 31, 2011

A vehicle stop in Monroe County has led to an warrant arrest.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers stopped a vehicle along SR196 in Coolbaugh Township, about 1:50 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, for a headlight out. The driver was identified as Yury Henao, 27, of Coolbaugh.

A further check revealed an arrest warrant for Henao was issued out of Elizabeth, N.J. Henao was taken into custody and placed in the county prison in Snydersville pending arraignment.

Kantner will run as independent

Monday, January 31, 2011

Anticipating the Democratic Party bosses would be working against her winning the nomination, Schuylkill County Controller Melinda Kantner surprised everyone by announcing she would not seek the party's nomination in the Primary Election on May 17 but will be running as an Independent candidate in the General Election to be held in November.

PennDOT plow hits parked vehicle

Monday, January 31, 2011

A PennDOT plow truck struck a parked vehicle in an accident in Schuylkill County. It was one of several accidents reported by state police at Schuylkill Haven.

Troopers said Robert J. Mickonis, 54, of New Philadelphia, was operating a Mack dump truck of the state southbound on SR61 in Schuylkill Haven about 10:14 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, when the side plow struck the back end of a 2000 Hyundai Sonota. The Sonota was pushed in a southeast direction.

No one was injured.

Harassment incidents probed

Monday, January 31, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported on two harassment incidents in which charges will be filed.

On Jan. 22 about 9:59 p.m. troopers said Charles Kiernan, 51, and Laureen Kiernan, 50, of 102 North Shore Drive, Indian Mountain Lakes, Albrightsville, Penn Forest Township,were involved in a verbal argument. Charles Kiernan allegedly pushed Laureen Kierman into a vacuum cleaner. He fled the scene prior to the arrival of troopers.

Bulldog rally beats Bombers

Monday, January 31, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Lucas Dise (standing) prepares to take down Dillon Masington of Palmerton. Dise went on to post a 7-4 decision at 119 pounds.
Northern Lehigh's Lucas Dise (standing) prepares to take down Dillon Masington of Palmerton. Dise went on to post a 7-4 decision at 119 pounds.

It's been a long time since Northern Lehigh and Palmerton have wrestled a match that was as competitive as the one they did on Saturday.

The Bulldogs, smarting from a loss to Northwestern Lehigh last Thursday, were chomping at the bit to put that one in the past.

The Bombers, on the other hand, had eyes set on possibly their first trip ever to District XI Duals this coming weekend.

Neither team disappointed their followers and when the dust cleared, the Bulldogs came away with a 35-30 win that wasn't decided until the final bout.

On this date

Monday, January 31, 2011

Jan. 31, 1952

January 31, 1952 George Hewitt hits for a game-high 26 to help Mauch Chunk pull out a 58-55 Mountain League first half playoff win over East Mauch Chunk. The Bruins, who trail by seven at halftime, also receive 12 points from both Lowell Swartz and Roy Gover. The game, played at Hazleton High, sees four lead changes in the final two minutes. Gene Acker also chips in with six points for the winners, coached by Ossie Maehrer.

Death of a donut

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Somewhere at the Philadelphia Naval Yards and in the highest state government office, millions of dollars are being haggled in private negotiations.

But it's not the Department of Defense working on contracts for some sort of Stealth fighter jet.

Instead, it's the Pennsylvania governor's office trying for a potential bail out of donuts and lemon pies.

Named to Dean's list

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ryan Wentz of Palmerton, a sophmore at Millersville University, was selected for the fall 2010 Dean's list for the School of Science and Mathematics.

Ryan is the son of Tom and Fae Wentz.

Banding together

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Timothy Gardner adds a chain of rubber bands to his 400 pound rubber band ball in Snag Harbor Museum on Staten Island.
Timothy Gardner adds a chain of rubber bands to his 400 pound rubber band ball in Snag Harbor Museum on Staten Island.

Local rubber band ball creator rolls for a new record, and you can help

Can you help Timothy Gardner of Lehighton?

He has a dream to build the largest rubber band ball in the world and needs donations of rubber bands to do it.

Gardner has been placing layer upon layer of rubber bands on the ball that he started 11 years ago. It now weighs 420 pounds, has a diameter of two feet, and is made of more than a quarter of a million rubber bands of varying sizes and colors.

Willard Snyder retires after 50-plus years with the New Tripoli Bank

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Willard and Lucille Snyder agree that the old vault is a good background for pictures.
Willard and Lucille Snyder agree that the old vault is a good background for pictures.

After 50-1/2 years of working at New Tripoli Bank Willard Snyder decided it is time to retire.

He intends to do some traveling – a few countries in Europe but mostly in this country, and put more time into working with the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society. There are six great-granddaughters who claim their share of his time.

He grew up on a farm near Normal Square and graduated from Lehighton High School. He was active in 4-H projects including baby beef, dairy and poultry. At a Penn State summer school the Carbon County poultry judging team placed first.

On this date

Saturday, January 29, 2011

January 29, 1948

When the Luzerne County Commissioners inspected the Carbon County Institution District Home at Laurytown today in a joint meeting with the Carbon County Commissioners, they were interested in placing 11 moe patinets from their county at the home. An inspection of the hospital revealed a continuing over-crowding condition, which, at this time, will not permit their admittance. There are now 360 patients housed there, 63 percent of whom have been place by Luzerne county.

A quick response

Saturday, January 29, 2011

American Hose firefighter Thorn Devlin takes a break while responding to a house fire on Pleasant Row in Tamaqua earlier this week. Devlin was one of the first responders to arrive on scene to quell the fire.

Penn's Peak adds six more concerts for 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS Robin Trower
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS Robin Trower

Robin Trower, Don Williams on venue schedule

Six more concerts have been added to the 2011 schedule at Penn's Peak.

Among them is Thin Luzzy, a Dublin, Ireland rock band which has Penn's Peak as its first stop on an American tour.

The shows, and the dates tickets go on sale, are as follows:

Ÿ Thin Lizzy, with opening act Supersuckers, Thursday, March 24, 8 p.m. Tickets, $32 and $27, on sale Feb. 4.

Ÿ Get the Led Out, Friday, April 15, 8 p.m. Tickets, $23 to $33, on sale Saturday.

Ÿ Easton Corbin, Thursday, June 2, 8 p.m. Tickets $20 advance and $25 day of show. Tickets on sale Feb. 4.

More oldies trivia

Saturday, January 29, 2011


Last week's Do-Wop Oldies quiz was so popular and got so much response, we decided to extend the quiz another week.

See if you do as well this week as you did in last Saturday's quiz. Keep rockin'!

1. Edd Brynes had a hit with ''Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb''.. What TV show was he on?

(a) 77 Sunset Strip

(b) Hawaiian Eye

(c) Surfside Six

2. In 1960 Bobby Darin married:

(a) Carol Lynley

(b) Sandra Dee

(c) Natalie Wood

3. They were a one hit wonder with ''Book Of Love'':

PUC tables request for water rate increase

Saturday, January 29, 2011

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today voted to investigate rate increase requests for Tri-Valley Water Supply, Inc. for its Stone Ridge, Cypress Park and ElDo Lake divisions, serving portions of Carbon and Monroe counties.

The Commission voted 5-0 to investigate the requests. The requests are suspended for up to seven months and will be assigned to the Office of Administrative Law Judge for public hearings and a recommended decision or settlement.

A final decision must be made by Sept. 1, 2011.

Students attain Dean's list at Immaculata

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Immaculata University students Ariel Makowski of Kunkletown and Meagan Fritzgerald of Saylorsburg attained the dean's list for the 2010 fall semester. Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution, located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

Completes basic military training

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Air Force Airman Jacob M. Kokinda graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Elizabeth Kohr of Golf Road, Lebanon and Paul Kokinda of Abbott St., Lansford.

Graduates from DeSales University

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chad Serfass, son of Todd and Kathy Serfass of Lehighton received his Masters in Education degree from DeSales University on January 22. He graduated from DeSales University in 2007 with his BA in Elementary Education. Upon graduation he was immediately employed in the department of Student Affairs and was recently promoted to the Assistant Director for the DeSales Experience in Character and Leadership. The DeSales Experience is a program designed to integrate character and leadership development of the students over their four years at the university.

'King of Quacks' made Schuylkill one of his stops

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Through the early part of the 20th century, legitimate doctors were trying to shake off the negative image which had been built up by the many frauds who had infiltrated the medical profession. One writer called the charlatans "inveterate prescribers feeding medicines of which they knew little into bodies of which they knew less."

In early 1911, the Tamaqua Courier reported on the arrest of a "cure-all doctor" named Henry Junius Schireson, who had operated a "medical institute" in Shenandoah along with Max Fierstein of Scranton.

False and misleading ads

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

Well now that a new year has started a lot of us hope it will be getting better. Let's take a moment and go back to our local November general election.

Lonely? You don't have to be

Saturday, January 29, 2011

There was a story in our paper today about an 83-year-old woman who volunteers each day at an arts center.

"What's so special about that?" was my first thought when I glanced at the story. There are plenty of octogenarians who help hospitals, organizations or churches by doing volunteer work.

I've written many stories about noteworthy older volunteers. I think they are commendable as well as sorely needed. But most don't make newspaper headlines.

Dear Dr. Smith

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dear Dr. Smith,

I have been reading your column for a long time and never thought I would have a need to write to you. My family is pretty normal and my children are grown up, so I have a fairly evenly balanced life.

However, something has happened that is making me very nervous and I thought I would ask your opinion.

Not practicing what they preach

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

This letter addresses Governor Corbett's recent petition to the Federal Government to assist the State of Pennsylvania in addressing the shortage of funds to continue the Adult Basic Health Care program.

I thought the Governor ran on the principle of smaller government, states rights and making the tough choices of controlling the state and federal deficit. Why is he asking the current administration to intercede on behalf of this now financially exhausted program?

Snyder held outside positions while he worked at the bank

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Outside of his duties at New Tripoli Bank, Willard Snyder has busied himself with these activities:

Taught adult education classes for the American Banking Institute

President of the Lehigh County Bankers Association

President of the Lehigh County Chapter American Institute of Banking

He and Lucille made arrangements for a banking convention in Nashville and received several letters of congratulations for a job well done

Chairman of Group III of the Pa. Banking Association

President of the Association of Community Banks

Information Age Lingo

Saturday, January 29, 2011


It's funny how terminology that used to mean one thing now stands for something entirely different.

Perhaps no where is that more evident than in the lingo that is commonly associated with the Information Age.

Also commonly known as the Computer Age, or Information Era, the Information Age has certainly changed the way we communicate.

Look no further than how our society interacts on a daily basis, where technology terminology has become the unofficial language of this generation.

We deserve truth on those economic numbers

Saturday, January 29, 2011

In my early career, I stumbled upon a book called How To Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff. Written in 1954, this book described how statistics could be used to support an erroneous or entirely false claim.

I believe that the Administration has been lying with statistics from the very beginning. As an example, let's look at last July when the Obama Administration reported saving or creating over 3 million jobs, with another 500,000 to be saved or created before the end of the year.

Snow rules effected

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lansford council reminds citizens to do their part

Lansford council on Friday evening reminded residents that their sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after a snowfall. And, Councilman Andrew Snyder warned, do not throw the snow onto cleared streets or your neighbor's property.

A path at least 36 inches wide must be cleared. Failing to follow the rules could cost you a $50 fine or 10 days in jail if that fine isn't paid.

The area has been hit with snowfall after snowfall, with more forecast for the middle of next week. Borough crews are keeping streets clear, but residents must also do their part.

Lehigh County crash investigated

Saturday, January 29, 2011

State police at Fogelsville reported investigating a two vehicle crash about 8:28 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, along Kings Highway North, in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

Troopers said Elena M. Gregoire, 19, of New Tripoli, was driving a 2000 Nissan Altima behind a 2008 Nissan Frontier, driven by Brian M. Deeb, 31, of Palmyra, Lebanon County. Deeb began to slow down for traffic in faront of him and Gregoire failed to see him slowing.

St. Jerome's schedules events for Catholic Schools Week

Saturday, January 29, 2011

St. Jerome Regional School will accept registrations for Kindergarten through 8th grade for the 2011-2012 school year beginning Monday of Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 31-Feb. 4)

St. Jerome Regional School is a Christ- centered Catholic School open to all, serving the parishes of St. Jerome, SS Peter and Paul and St. Richard.

SJRS, in partnership with each school family, strives to form a community of faith living and teaching the gospel message. The academic program meets the national, state and diocesan standards.