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January 2011

Raiders deliver on expectations

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tamaqua continued its season-long win streak last night, posting a 64-50 victory against Schuylkill League Division II leader Minersville.

At 17-0, the Lady Raiders are the lone undefeated basketball team in District 11.

There were high expectations for this year's squad, which returned four starters from last season, when it captured the Schuylkill League championship and a second straight District 11 Class AA title.

Young at Heart Seniors to meet

Friday, January 28, 2011

Young at Heart Seniors will meet in the Polk Township Fire Company meeting room on Tuesday, Feb. 1st.

The meeting will begin at 10:30 am.

They will review the 2011 meeting schedule, as well as trip planning and other topics of interest to seniors. Dessert and hot drinks will be provided after the meeting.

Members are reminded to bring a can or package of non-perishable food for the food bank. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

For more information, call Camille DeSando at 570-972-4424.

'The Fighter' an Oscars contender

Friday, January 28, 2011

"The Fighter" is a raw, heartfelt and inspirational drama based on the true professional boxing careers of "The Pride of Lowell," Dicky Eckland (Christian Bale), a Massachusetts fighter who descended into becoming a crack addict, and his younger half-brother, "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), who rose to become the 2000 World Boxing Union light welterweight champion.

Policemen's Ball proceeds will benefit Special Olympics of Carbon County

Friday, January 28, 2011

Jim Thorpe Police Department is hosting the third annual Policemen's Ball from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Memorial Hall, Jim Thorpe. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics of Carbon County. Dress is formal attire. The evening will include dinner, drinks and dancing with music provided by DJ "Dave G" from 4D Karaoke/DJ Services and Entertainment. There will be raffles and door prizes including a flat screen TV.

For additional information, call the Jim Thorpe Borough Office at (570) 325-3025 or (570) 325-2181.

Crash shuts down busy roadway

Friday, January 28, 2011

A three-vehicle crash shutdown a busy Schuylkill County roadway on Wednesday afternoon and was caused by road conditions. State police at Frackville said the crash occurred along SR209 at the intersection with Wood St., in the village of Cumbola, Blythe Township, at about 4:30 p.m.

Troopers said Katie Mertz, 30, of Tamaqua, and Eugene McCormick Jr., 51, of Middleport, were both traveling northbound toward New Philadelphia with Mertz behind McCormick. Michelle Drust, 44, of Coaldale, was southbound at the time headed toward Port Carbon.

Driver injured on Mile Hill in Hometown

Friday, January 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Around 8:15 a.m. this morning, Rush and Kline Township Police responded to a one-vehicle accident at the bottom southbound side of the "Mile Hill", Claremont Avenue, on Rt. 309 in Hometown after a male driver lost control and hit a guardrail and sign. He was taken via McAdoo Ambulance to the Hazleton Hospital. Hometown Fire Police directed traffic around the area fo the duration.

Big second half lifts Lady Bears

Friday, January 28, 2011
mike feifel/times news Pleasant Valley's Kasey Meckes (1) goes over Lehighton's Kenzi Teno.
mike feifel/times news Pleasant Valley's Kasey Meckes (1) goes over Lehighton's Kenzi Teno.

Sports are full of those moments where the underdog rises up and drops the elite from their lofty status. Such events, while exciting and dramatic, are rare as the underdog has to make it happen throughout the entire game.

Last night, it was a tale of two halves as upset-minded Lehightonwas giving Pleasant Valley all it could handle. The Lady Indians played what coach Tony Thomas said was their best half of the season.

January Guiding Star selected in Palmerton

Friday, January 28, 2011
Ruzicka
Ruzicka

The Concourse Club of Palmerton's January Guiding Star is Jordan Cara Ruzicka, daughter of Debra and Robert Ruzicka of Palmerton. Her school activities include Mock Trial, FBLA, National Honor Society, Art Club and the Avenger newspaper. She is involved in Girl Scouts and is a very talented artist. Jordan is the oldest of five girls and works part time. Her interests are math, drawing, painting and architecture. Her future plans include attend Boston Architectural College.

Schuylkill crashes

Friday, January 28, 2011

State police at Frackville reported investigating two, one-vehicle crashes this week on Schuylkill County roadways.

Spirituality without borders

Friday, January 28, 2011
Andrea Brock, Bethlehem, is a shaman who advertises services such as readings, Reiki, soul retrievals and other techniques using beads, gems and crystals to facilitate healing.
Andrea Brock, Bethlehem, is a shaman who advertises services such as readings, Reiki, soul retrievals and other techniques using beads, gems and crystals to facilitate healing.

Tamaqua New Age & Holistic Expo explores alternatives

Damian Quick of Tamaqua is deeply spiritual.

The forty-two-year-old man was brought up in a typical Christian environment and attended parochial grade school.

By age 12, Quick felt he saw the light. But it was a light much different from the spiritual environment he was immersed in at the time.

Quick experienced what he felt were paranormal or supernatural encounters. Things happened which he just couldn't explain or figure out. When he tried to relay his experiences to clergy, he was met with resistance and disbelief.

Free community luncheon slated

Friday, January 28, 2011

A free community soup and sandwich luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Parryville United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets in Parryville.

All are welcome.

Monroe crash

Friday, January 28, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a one vehicle crash about 12:15 a.m. on Jan. 16 along SR3016 in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Troopers said Jose A. Gago Jr., 31, of Mt. Pocono, was driving a 1995 Nissan Altima too fast when it crashed into the guide rail and came to rest.

Gago and passengers Maria M. Flores, Frankie Velez, Kimberly Velez and Kimara Gago, all of the Tobyhanna area, were all not injured.

Gago was cited for careless driving and for not having a child properly secured in a child safety seat.

On the right track?

Friday, January 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

While it may not look it, these railroad maintenance vehicles in Jim Thorpe are indeed parked, ready and waiting on rail lines hidden beneath a cover of snow.

Two traffic stops lead to arrests

Friday, January 28, 2011

Two separate traffic stops by members of the Pocono Mountain Regional police has led to charges being filed against two individuals

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, about 1:45 a.m. officers stopped a vehicle along SR611 near Bill's Shop Rite Plaza for vehicle code violations. As officers spoke with the driver and occupants they observed indications of intoxication and illegal narcotics. Further investigation led to a search of the vehicle and the occupants.

McCann School Financial Aid Night slated Wednesday

Friday, January 28, 2011

McCann School of Business and Technology, Pottsville Campus will be hosting a Financial Aid information session for high school seniors and their parents, as well as those who are considering attending during the 2011-2012 award year on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m.

Topics covered include information on the different types of Financial Aid, how to apply for grants, loans, scholarships and will take you step by step through the process.

High school students are also welcome to attend to participate in a special Crime Scene event.

Shooting, stabbing

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tamaqua police continue to process evidence

Tamaqua police continue to investigate Wednesday night's car theft, which was followed by a stabbing/shooting incident.

While all of the involved parties have been identified, Criminal Investigator Cpl. Henry Woods has declined to release that information due to the conflicting accounts he has received. He continues to process evidence gathered from three individual sites the Tamaqua Wine and Spirits Store on North Railroad Street, the area where the stabbing/shooting occurred, and the recovered stolen vehicle.

Standing room only

Friday, January 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

While not really in demand by sports fans at this time of the year, these bleachers in Jim Thorpe are currently "all filled up".

Eldred Township news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Singing Valentines

Don't know what to get your Valentine this year? Call St. Matthew's UCC to order your Singing Valentines for Saturday, Feb. 12.

St. Matthew's choir will either sing a special Valentine's song over the phone or come to your Valentine's door and sing in person and present a gift.

If you would be interested in doing this for your Valentine, call (610) 381-2442 for more information.

Healing service

St. Matthew's UCC will hold a special healing service with anointing on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 9 a.m.

Supervisors' meeting

Seminar, training requests approved by Carbon officials

Friday, January 28, 2011

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved several requests for county employees to attend seminars and training sessions.

Adult Probation: Joseph Berke, Kim Cooper, Jillian McGinley, Joseph Bettine and Clifford Eckhart will attend a seminar on street crime in Quakertown, Bucks County. The cost is $295 per person for the conference fee, in addition to mileage and meals.

Corrections: Steven Markovich and Kim Kostak will attend a Suicide Prevention and Intervention Instructor course in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County. Cost is mileage and meals.

Mauch Chunk Historical Society

Friday, January 28, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Mauch Chunk Historical Society held it first meeting with its newly elected officers for 2011. Front row, left to right are: Janet Hermann, secretary; Steve Hlavka, president; and Brooke Au Buchon, vice president. Back row: Christie McGorry DeGiosio; Vince DeGiosio; Jack Sterling; Nichol Schreiber, treasurer; and Susan Sterling. Not in attendance: Bill Allison, Dan Hugos, Tara Kubas, Rob Rabenold and Joe Wetzel.

Coaldale news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Coaldale

First Congregational Church

Scheduled next week at First Congregational Church are the following services and events:

Sunday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m. Morning Worship; 10 a.m. Sunday School; 12:30 p.m. Confirmation Class.

Monday, Jan. 31 - 7 p.m. church board meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 2 - Nursing home visits at 11 a.m., St Luke's Miner's Memorial, and 1:30 p.m., MapleShade, Nesquehoning.

A split verdict

Friday, January 28, 2011

Trial ends for 3 Shenandoah cops

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – One of three former municipal police officers accused of obstructing an FBI investigation into the beating death of an illegal Mexican immigrant was convicted Thursday of the most serious charge against him.

Former Shenandoah Police Chief Matthew Nestor and subordinates William Moyer and Jason Hayes were accused of helping a group of white high school football players cover up their roles in the July 2008 attack on 25-year-old Luis Ramirez in the small, ethnically charged town.

Carbon County court news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees were signed by the county court.

Elizabeth Labaty, 1425 Church Rd., Pen Argyl, from Eric Labaty, 1859 Dinkey Rd., Lehighton.

Christine A. Forrest, 300 W. White St., Summit Hill, from Kenneth E. Forrest II, same address.

Chad M. Kershner, 754 Princeton Ave., Palmerton, from Jennifer I. Kershner, 100 Ramapo Trail, Allentown.

Sharon Steigerwalt, 127 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, from Allen Steigerwalt Jr., 228 Mill St., Nesquehoning.

Divorces started

Monroe man jailed for sexual assualt, shooting incident

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Monroe County man was jailed on Thursday following a shooting incident in which he allegedly fired a shotgun into a home, and also for the sexual assault of a young girl.

Pocono Mountain Regional police identified the suspect as Jonathan Leach, 20, of Pocono Summit.

Police gave the following account of Leach's arrest.

On Wednesday about 5:25 a.m. officers were dispatched to 210 Fox Lane in the Harvest Acres development in Tobyhanna Township, for a broken window. Upon arrival police determined that the window had been sharttered by a shotgun blast.

2 PV directors not guilty of harassment

Friday, January 28, 2011

Two members of the Panther Valley School Board, who were accused of harassing an elderly man attending a meeting, were exonerated of the charge yesterday by District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Board President Jeffrey J. Markovich was the defendant in a privately filed complaint by Nesquehoning resident John J. Barna. Kosciolek dismissed the charge because the criminal complaint didn't list a town in which the alleged offense occurred.

Schuylkill County court news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pay or go to jail

Because of the recession banks and credit card companies are having a difficult time collecting monies owed but not the Schuylkill County Collection Agency, which operates from the office of Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach at courthouse.

Carbon court news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees were signed by the county court.

Chad C. Beesley, 22 E. Main St., Fleetwood, Berks County, from Ginny Sayuri Arakaki, same address.

Lydia E. Mertz, Box 476, Lehighton, from Todd N. Mertz, 455 Maury Rd., Lehighton.

Jacqueline Ann Ahner, 2007 Wayne St., Bethlehem, from Jeffrey Wayne Ahner, 2200 Indian Hill Rd., Lehighton.

Kelly J. Sommers, 494 Franklin AVe., Palmerton, from Michael J. Sommers, 722 Mill St., Palmerton.

Named to dean's list at Mount Saint Mary's

Friday, January 28, 2011

Michel Lindenmuth of Nesquehoning has been named to the dean's list at Mount Saint Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Md. for the fall 2010 semester.

Lindenmuth is a junior majoring in political science and minoring in history and sports management.

He is in the honors program at Mount Saint Mary's and a member of the Student Government Association Advisory Board.

Lindenmuth was one of several students who were recently selected to represent Mount Saint Mary's at the European Union Conference for college students in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Two returning Marines honored

Friday, January 28, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Third grade teacher Heather Wagner made red,white and blue Jello treats for her students and honored guests at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning. Marine Corporal George Tessitore (left) and Lance Corporal Lee Thear are holding their cups of Jello during a program held in their honor at the school.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Third grade teacher Heather Wagner made red,white and blue Jello treats for her students and honored guests at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning. Marine Corporal George Tessitore (left) and Lance Corporal Lee Thear are holding their cups of Jello during a program held in their honor at the school.

A teacher at Panther Valley Elementary School recently acknowledged two P.V. graduates, Corporal George Tessitore and Lance Corporal Lee Thear, who both entered the U.S. Marines together and attended basic training together.

Third grade teacher Heather Wagner invited the soldiers to the school to honor them.

Winter blues

Friday, January 28, 2011

Weather taking a toll on budgets, and health

It's been a brutal month of winter weather for many in the Northeast and it's taking a toll on budgets – both personal and governmental – as well as on the physical and mental health of individuals

Every week seems to bring one or two major storms and with it the snow piles grow higher, as do the bills for municipalities to deal with the frozen precipitation. A number of towns and cities up and down the East Coast have already equaled or exceeded the amount they had budgeted for snow removal this winter.

Heffley receives House committee appointments

Friday, January 28, 2011

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has been named to serve on the House Game and Fisheries Committee, the House Human Services Committee, the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, and the House Transportation Committee to begin the 2011-12 legislative session.