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January 2011

Mildred Kromer celebrates milestone birthday

Friday, January 28, 2011
Mildred Kromer celebrates milestone birthday
Copyright 2011

Mildred Kromer celebrated her 100th birthday recently, surrounded by friends and family and members of her church.

Born on Jan. 18, 1911, in Indianland, Lehigh Township to Charles and Mae Deibert, Mildred was recognized at her church, St. Paul's UCC in Indianland, during the Jan. 16 service. Flowers there that day were presented by Cindy Deppe and Geraldine Christman in her honor.

The bulletins were presented for the same reason by Gloria Newhard, Shirley Eckhart and Donna Henninger.

On this date

Friday, January 28, 2011

January 28, 2003 Chris Condrick scores a team-high 19 points and also pulls down 11 rebounds to help Weatherly gain a 63-56 Schuylkill League win over Shenandoah Valley. Condrick scores 10 points in the fourth quarter to help the Wreckers hold on for the victory. The winners, coached by Bob Lutzick, also receive 16 points and nine boards from Conrad Pfeiffer while Ryan Nenstiel chips in with 12 points.

Not needed today

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

An ice box, located outside the snow-covered boat rental shack at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, seems strangely out of place.

Carbon renews health care pact

Friday, January 28, 2011

Carbon County Commissioners on Thursday renewed a contract with First Priority/Blue Care PPO to administer the county's health care program. The one-year agreement carries a modest increase in costs.

"First Priority Blue Care has administered that program for us on a year-to-year basis," said Commissioners' Chairman William O'Gurek.

The cost for this new contract rose modestly, he said, from $57.17 to $60.60 per contract per month.

"That's per month per employee," he said.

Commissioners Getz, O'Gurek seek re-election

Friday, January 28, 2011
Charles Getz
Charles Getz

Carbon County commissioners Charles Getz and William O'Gurek have announced their candidacies for re-election to four-year terms of office. They are seeking the Democratic Party's nominations in the May 17 Primary Election.

Getz, of Albrightsville, is currently the vice chairman of the board. O'Gurek, of Summit Hill, is the current board chairman.

Getz was a Kidder Township supervisor for 18 years before being elected to county office. O'Gurek was the Summit Hill mayor for 10 years before his county service.

Lansford citations

Friday, January 28, 2011

Lansford police have issued nontraffic citations to the following people:

Stacy Thomas, 32, of 825 E. Ridge St., and Mary Swider, 78, of 823 E. Ridge St., both of Lansford: Harassment on Jan. 7 at 10:45 a.m. at their residences; Tiffany Black, 32, of 30 Cortright St., Lansford: Violation of the borough's animal nuisance ordinance on Jan. 8 at 3:20 a.m.; Victoria Argott, 31, of 156 W. Snyder Ave., Lansford: Harassment on Dec. 25 at 156 W. Snyder Ave.; Anna Heffelfinger, 18, of 216 N. Oak St., Summit Hill: Harassment on Dec. 30 at 11:49 a.m. on the 200 block of E. Ridge Street.

Northern Lehigh Middle School All Stars graduate

Friday, January 28, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Travis Hoffman, a seventh grade student at Northern Lehigh Middle School, accepts his certificate for successfully completing the All Stars Program from, left to right, NLMS principal Jill Chamberlain, Assistant Superintendent Mrs. Karen Nicholas, All Stars Program, physical education/health teacher, Mrs. Michelle Raber.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Travis Hoffman, a seventh grade student at Northern Lehigh Middle School, accepts his certificate for successfully completing the All Stars Program from, left to right, NLMS principal Jill Chamberlain, Assistant Superintendent Mrs. Karen Nicholas, All Stars Program, physical education/health teacher, Mrs. Michelle Raber.

Mrs. Michelle Raber and Mr. Jason Reinhard, physical education and health teachers at Northern Lehigh Middle School, have been teaching all seventh graders how to deal with issues that arise during adolescence since Sept. 10 of the new school year. Monday night, 90 of those students received recognition for completing the course known as the All Stars Program.

"The certificate they received congratulates them on successfully completing the All Stars Program. It is signed by the principal, (Jill Chamberlain) and myself," said Mrs. Raber.

Property owner avoids penalties, will connect to sewage system

Friday, January 28, 2011

A McAdoo property owner purged himself of a contempt of court citation issued by a Schuylkill County judge by agreeing to connect to the McAdoo Borough Sewer Authority's sanitary sewer system.

After Wayne C. Kapish, 41 S. Kennedy Drive, relented and agreed to connect to the system, Judge Charles M. Miller handed down an order on how payments must be made. Kapish initially has to pay $500 each on arrearages of two properties, 307 E. Blaine St. and 322 E. Blaine St. and then $50 monthly on each property until all arrearages are paid.

Palmerton set to borrow $10 million to rehab wastewater treatment plant

Friday, January 28, 2011

Palmerton plans to borrow $10 million to afford a project to rehab its aged wastewater treatment plant.

Borough council on a 5-0 vote Thursday agreed to advertise for the first reading of an ordinance that will enable the borough to utilize interim financing over two years. Councilmen Randolph Gursky and Richard Nothstein were absent.

Borough manager Rodger Danielson said the interim financing will address additional costs for engineering services, construction contingencies and change orders.

Rosters, schedules released for Feb. 2 opening

Friday, January 28, 2011

The 2011 Tamaqua Winter Basketball League, sponsored by the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) will tip-off its season on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Tamaqua Elementary School gymnasium.

All league games will take place on Wednesday evenings and will be held in the Tamaqua Elementary School gym (for the first three weeks of the season) and the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center (starting on Feb. 23, and continuing there for the rest of the season).

In cold storage

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

It'll be the warmth and sunshine of spring that will bring life and activity back to this Little League Baseball field in Jim Thorpe.

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.