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January 2011

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.

Spec. James Faust mobilized, activated

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Army Reserve Spec. James K. Faust has been mobilized and activated at Joint Base Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst, N.J., in preparation for deployment to serve in support of either Operation New Dawn in the Iraqi Theater of Operations or Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and the Southwest Theater of Operations. The soldier is a member of the 301st Psychological Operations Company, in San Diego, Calif.

Tamaqua volunteer retrieves shopping carts

Thursday, January 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Frank Latham, a volunteer with the Tamaqua Volunteers group, fills a truck up with shopping carts to be returned to the stores.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Frank Latham, a volunteer with the Tamaqua Volunteers group, fills a truck up with shopping carts to be returned to the stores.

Volunteers with the Tamaqua Volunteer community initiative group point out that the number of abandoned shopping carts littered throughout Tamaqua is rising and volunteers are struggling to keep up.

"If they have to take a cart, they should at least return it instead of leaving them lay throughout Tamaqua," said one volunteer.

A Tamaqua Crime Watch representative stated, "Taking shopping carts off store property is stealing. If you see someone pushing a red-handled shopping cart in Tamaqua, call 911 and report it."

Three arrested for Schuylkill break-in

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Three persons were arrested and charged in connection with a burglary at a Schuylkill County business and entry to a vehicle at another business loacated nearby.

State police at Frackville identified the three as Edward Reeves, 30, of Mahanoy City, Christopher Buck, 25, and Kristen Kranch, 24, both of Shenandoah.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Conservation club

The Nesquehoning Conservation Club will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Maple Shade Meadows.

Plans for the upcoming spring fishing derby will start at this time.

If any member has any ideas or suggestions, please attend this meeting or contact any officer. The 2011 dues are also being accepted.

Summit Hill

Scripture sharing

The weekly scripture sharing sessions sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, will be held tonight at 7 o'clock in the parish rectory.

Anthracite LL

Traffic citations issued in Lansford

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lansford police have issued the following traffic citations:

Man jailed for sexual assault

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Wednesday after being arraigned on charges related to the sexual assault of a teenage girl.

State police at Frackville said Andrew Charles Bakerofskie, 20, of Girardville, has been charged with two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, five counts of statutory sexual assault, four counts of aggravated indecent assault and one count of corruption of minors.

Honda in snowy ditch

Thursday, January 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Varying temperatures and snow fall play tricks with the roads as travelers learn to adjust with changing surfaces. The female driver of this Honda wound up in a ditch after she lost control around 7:30 a.m. this morning while traveling on Summer Valley Road, SR-895, in Snyders, New Ringgold. No seriously injuries were reported.

White river

Thursday, January 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua started to see it first snowflakes fall around 7:30 Wednesday morning. Pictured is the ice-covered Little Schuylkill River and the Cedar Street bridge, both receiving a fresh coat of snow.

Proposals for design of fire station to be accepted

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Palmerton will field offers on Request for Proposals for the design of its brand new fire station.

The borough will accept RFPs for the engineering design of the station until 4 p.m. Feb. 4. The station will be built in the borough lot at Fifth and Lehigh Avenue.

In October, Speaker of the House Keith McCall presented borough officials and members of the West End Fire Co. No. 2 with a $906,000 check for the purchase of the fire station.

Earn dog sledding badge

Thursday, January 27, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning Junior Girl Scout Troop 34101 teamed up with Brad McMillan from Ma-Luk Sled Dog Adventures to earn their Dog Sledding Badge. Girls learned about different types of sleds, how to care for the sled dogs and how to hitch them up to the sled. Each girl got a chance to ride on the sled. The girls were particularly impressed with tow dog "Peaches" who had raced in the Iditarod in Alaska. The girls who attended and earned their badge are from left to right Jocilyn Steigerwalt, Mya Jefferson, Tabitha Marsh, Haley Karnish, Courtney Kovatch, Kassidy Doolittle, and Talie Arner.

Kid's Party Club open to local youngsters

Thursday, January 27, 2011

St. Peter's E.C. Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton, (Franklin Township) is hosting a Kid's Party Club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 12. Kid's Club Party offers Bible stories in a party atmosphere for children ages 5 to 12. The theme will be "God's Love." There will be crafts, singing songs and games. Snacks will be provided. For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Postal Service

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Changes might not be best for consumer

Sometimes change is hard to swallow. There are times when it isn't good at all, and right now we feel that way about the Postal Service.

The United States Postal Service has made numerous changes in the past couple of years which haven't been beneficial to the consumer. For example, although not having local delivery in some rural towns like Bowmanstown and Parryville, they began charging for post office boxes which had been offered free to these residents for many, many years. In essence it means the affected individuals are paying for both sending mail and receiving it.

$1 million High Bridge project receives boost

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A $1 million project to repair the Carbon County-owned High Bridge in Hometown is going full-steam ahead now that Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad has promised to contribute the required local matching funds to obtain a government grant.

The $700,000 Capital Project grant is through the state Department of Transportation's Rail Freight Assistance Program. The railroad will provide the $300,000 local match, county commissioners said Tuesday.

"There will be a million dollars worth of work done on the High Bridge," said Commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek.

Lehigh teen cited for harassment

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Lehigh County teen was cited for harassment following an incident that occurred on Sunday, Jan. 23.

State police at Foglesville said troopers responded to 6719 Madison St., New Tripoli, Lynn Township, about 10:17 p.m. for a reported argument. Upon arrival troopers learned that Jeffrey Michael Busch, 46, and Brandon Lee Walbert, 19, both of New Tripoli, were involved in a dispute.

Busch said Walbert struck him in the face during the argument. Upon further investigatioin it was found that Walbert was also consuming vodka throughout the night.

Road conditions blamed for crashes

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Snow-covered roads on Wednesday, Jan. 26, were blamed for two crashes, one a three-vehicle pileup, on Schuylkill County roadways, state police at Schuylkill Haven reported.

District receives Keystone Achievement Awards

Thursday, January 27, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area School District administrators pictured with the Keystone Achievement Awards the district received for meeting Adequate Yearly Progress in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years include (l-r) Christine Steigerwalt, principal, Towamensing Elementary, Kathy Egan, principal, high school, Mary Brumbach, principal, S.S. Palmer Elementary/Parkside Education Center, Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, and Carol Boyce, superintendent.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area School District administrators pictured with the Keystone Achievement Awards the district received for meeting Adequate Yearly Progress in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years include (l-r) Christine Steigerwalt, principal, Towamensing Elementary, Kathy Egan, principal, high school, Mary Brumbach, principal, S.S. Palmer Elementary/Parkside Education Center, Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, and Carol Boyce, superintendent.

At this rate, soon Palmerton Area School District won't have enough wall space to showcase its educational accolades.

Yet again, the district has received the Keystone Achievement Awards for its ability to meet Adequate Yearly Progress, said Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction.

Fenner said four of the five buildings in the district received the Keystones: Towamensing Elementary, S.S. Palmer Elementary, Parkside Education Center, and the high school.

Summit Hill/Lansford news

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Summit Hill

Scripture sharing

The weekly scripture sharing sessions sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, will be held tonight at 7 o'clock in the parish rectory.

Anthracite LL

The Anthracite Little League (Summit Hill/Nesquehoning) will hold registration sessions at both the Summit Hill and Nesquehoning borough buildings on the following dates: Saturdays, Feb. 12 and 19 and March 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The league will hold a reorganizational meeting tonight at 7 o'clock in the Nesquehoning Borough Building.

Methodist Charge

Student from Lehighton wins full tuition scholarship to Cedar Crest College

Thursday, January 27, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kaitlyn Shapiro, center, with her mother, Amber, and father, Todd.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kaitlyn Shapiro, center, with her mother, Amber, and father, Todd.

Kaitlyn Shapiro, 17, of Lehighton has won the 2011 Cedar Crest College Scholarship Competition and with it a four-year, full tuition Trustee Scholarship. Shapiro competed in the College's Scholarship Competition Day in December, where she received the highest score out of 56 participants.

Students attain dean's list at Albright College

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Albright College, Reading, named the following students to the dean's list for academic achievement during the 2010-11 fall semester.

Named were:

Alura R. Benek of Summit Hill, sophomore, English/history/ secondary education major and graduate of Panther Valley High School.

Melissa A. Ervin, McAdoo, sophomore, business administration/management track major and a graduate of Marian Catholic High School.

Victoria L. Piscitelli, Coaldale, sophomore, accounting major and graduate of Panther Valley High School.

Area spared brunt of snowstorm

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A feared upper cut from Old Man Winter turned out to be nothing more than a glancing blow as our area dodged a snowstorm that dumped up to a foot of snow in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Forecasters had warned the Carbon/Schuylkill area could receive six or more inches of snow.

That forecast was changed early Wednesday to three to six inches.

The snow began sifting down Wednesday morning and continued throughout the day, tapering off in the late afternoon before beginning again.

Polk Fire Company recognizes those who help

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Candy and Clarence Hawk unveiled a plaque so members who passed away will not be forgotten.
Candy and Clarence Hawk unveiled a plaque so members who passed away will not be forgotten.

Members, friends and spouses of the Polk Township Fire Company met at the firehall on Jan. 22 for dinner, awards and entertainment.

President Matt Schessler opened by thanking people from the community who support the fire company. From the township were Nancy May, Brian Ahner and Mike Herley.

Tommy Whitmore is good at fixing anything around the firehouse such as the steam table that needed repair in the past year. Jackie Whitmore calls bingo.

Postal service changes

Thursday, January 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The Summit Hill Post Office
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The Summit Hill Post Office

Some operations may be moved from Summit Hill, Nesquehoning

Although customers in the respective towns shouldn't notice it, some cutbacks might be in store for operations at the Summit Hill and Nesquehoning Post Offices.

A proposal has been made to move mail carrier operations from the Summit Hill Post Office to Lansford Post Office effective Feb. 14.

And, mail carriers currently dispatched from Nesquehoning Post Office could be transferred to the Lehighton Post Office by April 16.

Haydt birth

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Quinn Anna Jean Haydt
Quinn Anna Jean Haydt

HAYDT A daughter, Quinn Anna Jean Haydt, was born at 12:35 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2010 at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Sarah and Adam Haydt of Lehighton.

She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

Maternal grandparents are Cindi and Robert Heness of Inkerman, Pa.

Paternal grandparents are Jan and Drue Haydt of Lehighton.

Former restaurant goers learn to love their ovens

Thursday, January 27, 2011
** HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 12:01 A.M MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011. THIS PHOTO CANNOT BE PRINTED, BROADCAST, OR PUBLISHED ONLINE BEFORE MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011 AT 12:01 ** In this Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 photo, Beverly and Eugene Murray prepare dinner at their home in Cary, N.C. As the economy improves and families have more spending money, they're still saving restaurants for special occasions. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
** HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 12:01 A.M MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011. THIS PHOTO CANNOT BE PRINTED, BROADCAST, OR PUBLISHED ONLINE BEFORE MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011 AT 12:01 ** In this Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 photo, Beverly and Eugene Murray prepare dinner at their home in Cary, N.C. As the economy improves and families have more spending money, they're still saving restaurants for special occasions. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Eating at home may be one of the few behavioral changes from the recession that stick.

Forced to eat more meals at home when money was tight, people learned new habits. Some discovered they enjoy cooking and dining in. As the economy improves and families have more spending money, they're still saving restaurants for special occasions.

Carbon driver facing DUI count

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Carbon County driver is facing charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and illegal drug possession following an incident about 7:41 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, along SR248 in Parryville.

State police at Lehighton said Gary Lee Bruch, 56, of Palmerton, was stopped for several motor vehicle code violations. Troopers said Bruch was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He was placed under arrest for DUI and also possession of a small amount of a controlled susbstance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Making way for a Lowe's

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Making way for a Lowe's
Copyright 2011

Demolition has begun on theformer Wal-Mart store along Route 443 in Mahoning township. Ademolition crew has already brought down the portion of the structure which housed the auto maintenancecenter. A large crane is in the process ofremoving the air handling systems from the roofof the building. Another group has begunremoving the fence from around the job site. The site is owned by Lowe's, which anticipates starting construction on a new home improvement center shortly after the demo work is done. The Lowe's is expected to open by the end of the year.