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January 2011

SCIDA seats new directors

Friday, January 28, 2011

During the 41st annual meeting of the Schuylkill County Industrial Development Authority (SCIDA) held on Jan. 20, in Pottsville, three directors took their seats for new terms on the board.

Each appointed to the SCIDA board by the Schuylkill County Commissioners for a five-year term ending on December 31, 2015 are Brian Canfield of Pottsville, Attorney Joseph R. Baranko Jr. of McAdoo, and John F. Reilly Jr. of Ashland.

Monroe driver facing DUI charge

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 2:22 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers stopped Bradford R. Borstelmann, 23, of Mt. Pocono, along SR611 at Crestwood Drive for several equipment violations.

Borstelmann was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was then placed under arrest and taken to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood test.

The DUI charge is pending the test results.

Two arrested for DUI in Lehigh

Friday, January 28, 2011

Two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in separate incidents in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said about 8:23 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, Julius Racz, 29, of Breinigsville, was stopped operating a 2000 Saturn sedan along Hamilton Blvd., near Krocks Rd., in Lower Macungie Township, for a vehicle code violation. At the stop Racz was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was then placed under arrest for DUI and taken for a blood test. The DUI charge is pending the test results, troopers added.

This is no picnic

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

It will take some time, sunshine, and warmer temperatures before these picnic tables in downtown Jim Thorpe are ready to be used.

What is New Age?

Friday, January 28, 2011
Painting by Ray Swartz
Painting by Ray Swartz

The New Age movement is a spiritual way of life. It has no holy text, nor central organization, no official list of members, no formal clergy or geographic center, dogma, creed, etc. It is a free-flowing spiritual movement among a network of believers and practitioners who share somewhat similar beliefs and practices.

Some believe humans to have potential healing powers, such as therapeutic touch, which can be developed to heal others.

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.

Lehighton couple wed 40 years

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Donna and Richard Bloom Sr. are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married on Jan. 30, 1971 in Jim Thorpe.

Mrs. Bloom is the daughter of the late Peter and Alice Reeser. Her husband is the son of the late George and Mabel Bloom.

They are the parents of five children: Ronald and his wife Betty of Lehighton; Richard Jr. and his wife Joyce of Andreas; Robert and his wife Dioneley of Whitehall; Robin and her husband Harry Diehl of Lehighton; and Roxanne and her husband Gerry Berger, also of Lehighton.

The couple has four grandchildren.

Teen cited for DUI of drugs

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Carbon County teen is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of a controlled substance.

State police at Lehighton said troopers stopped a 16-year-old male from Lehighton operating a 2000 Ford vehicle along SR248 eastbound at Parryville about 10:16 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, for a equipment violation.

Troopers said the driver and his 15-year-old male passenger were in possession of illegal drugs. Also, troopers said, the driver was under the influence of drugs. Both will be charged.

On this date

Thursday, January 27, 2011

January 27, 1954

Mrs. Virginia Caffrey, Lehighton, was advised today that her husband, Robert P. Caffrey, 20, was officially listed as being killed in action in North Korea on Nov. 26, 1950. Previously he had been reported missing in action. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Caffrey, Lehighton, and was the husband of the former Virginia Wentz. Surviving are his wife and parents, two sisters, Mrs. Louise Flick and Mrs. Clair Gombert, Lehighton, and one brother, William, Lehighton.

Proposed projects for block grant monies are announced

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was presented to the Schuylkill County Commissioners on Wednesday, which they will review and will take action at a public meeting in March. The county has received $488,206 for the program

Gary Bender, director of the county CDBG, presented the funding applications selected by the committee for the commissioners' approval. They were:

The county will continue the demolition program at locations throughout the county which will be selected for a later date. A budget of $56,378 was allocated.

Shooting, stabbing in Tamaqua

Thursday, January 27, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson, second from left, confers with officers at the scene of a stolen car in Tamaqua last night. The incident escalated into a stabbing/assault and a shooting and is still under investigation.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson, second from left, confers with officers at the scene of a stolen car in Tamaqua last night. The incident escalated into a stabbing/assault and a shooting and is still under investigation.

Bizarre incident leaves two injured, car also carjacked

Two people were injured in Tamaqua last night in a twisted chain of events that included the theft of a motor vehicle, a stabbing/assault and a shooting.

The incident began shortly before 9 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the Wine and Spirits Shoppe on North Railroad Street. The manager of the store had just cleared the freshly fallen snow off of his co-worker's 1997 silver Nissan Altima and left the vehicle running to warm up.

Board takes another step toward pre-release center

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Action was taken by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to enter into an agreement with Entech Engineering Inc., Pottsville, for professional services to evaluate the waste water pumping station facility at the state correctional facility (SCI) at Frackville in action taken at its meeting Wednesday in Pottsville.

The firm will study viability of the Frackville Area Municipal Authority taking over the SCI pump station and tying the proposed pre-release center into the system. The cost of this professional engineering study is $9,500.

Seven locals to be lauded at banquet Sunday

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Seven locals to be lauded at banquet Sunday
Copyright 2011

The soccer scholar athlete banquet will take place Sunday, Jan. 30, at Fullerton Fire Co # 1, in Whitehall.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and events will start promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Mitchell Franko,

Jim Thorpe

Franko had one career goal and five career assists. He ranks 10th in a class of 128 with a 94.65 GPA.

He was a 2010 captain and has been playing soccer since five-years of age, and also played tennis for four years. Franko served on the Olympian Leadership Council and Canteen.

Monroe man victim of identity theft

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Monroe County driver is the victim of identity theft.

State police at Lehighton said an unknown criminal obtained the Visa check card of Alfred Moreton, 59, of 1723 Upper Smith Gap Road, in Ross Township, and used it to make purchases over the Internet. The purchases totaled $2,722.49 and occurred during the period of Dec. 17-20, 2010.

Carbon monoxide scare in Coaldale duplex

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

Coaldale firefighters and police responded during yesterday' snow to an unknown alarm call at a duplex home located at 127-129 East Ridge St. in Coaldale. The fire company evacuated everyone after they tested and found dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, CO, in both homes. Firefighters gained entry into 129 East Ridge Street via a window and determined the cause to be pieces of the chimney collapsing inside the ductwork, eventually blocking the furnace's exhaust.

Faulty pellet stove

Thursday, January 27, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from Towmensing and Franklin townships responded to a dwelling fire Wednesday shortly after 11 a.m. at 75 Butter Cup Lane in Towmensing Township. Firemen found a faulty pellet stove as the source of the fire and smoke condition in the dwelling. Apparently the auger which delivers the pellets to the fire box did not shut off pouring additional pellets onto the fire. Firemen brought out the burning pellets and eliminated the smoke from the house.

Polk Township news

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Family Fun Night

Polk Elementary will have a family fun night on Friday, Jan. 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the school gym. All students of Polk and their families are welcome to attend.

Polk PTO News

Polk Elementary School will have a PTO Meeting on Thursday, Jan 27 at 4 p.m. Parents of Polk students are invited to come and share their ideas. Baby-sitting is available.

Carbon crash

Thursday, January 27, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported investigating a one vehicle crash about 10:37 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, along North Fireline Road, in Parryville, Carbon County.

Troopers said Kelly A. Alexander, 42, of Palmerton, was driving a 2010 Hyundai Elantra eastbound when she lost control after failing to negotiate a slight left curve in the road. The vehicle slid off the south edge and into a culvert, then rolled onto its side, coming to rest on its side in the culvert.

Alexander was not injured. Troopers cited her for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Argall aide Troutman steps down, accepts Senate committee post

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A legislative aide to State Senator David Argall (R-24) is leaving his post to assume the executive directorship of a State Senate Committee.

Nick Troutman announced Wednesday that he has accepted a position as Executive Director of the State Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, under the leadership of Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming).

"The acceptance of this position necessitates my resignation from Senator Dave Argall's office, effective February 10," said Troutman in a statement contained in a news release about the move.

2011 Lehigh Gap Area Feeder Watch needs volunteers

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center will conduct its 15th annual Lehigh Gap Area Feeder Watch on the weekend of Feb. 11-13. Sixty volunteers participated in the 14th annual survey last February and sighted over 3,000 birds of 41 different species. Over 33,000 birds have been tallied in 14 years of counting.

Lansford woman celebrating 91 years

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Margaret Poshefko
Margaret Poshefko

Margaret Poshefko, wife of Edward Poshefko of Lansford, will celebrate her 91st birthday on Jan. 29.

Joining her in the celebration are her four daughters: Pat Midas, Joanne Anderson and Donna Poshefko, all of Lansford, and Lisa Solt of Mahoning.

Margaret and her husband have four grandchildren: Jason Anderson, Kristin Summers, David Midas and Shaine Poshefko; and four great-grandchildren: Jocelyn Marx, Edward Marx, Ryan Summers and Gunner Midas.

Margaret and Edward celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary last October.

St. John Neumann Regional School to celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Catholic schools across the nation will soon embark on their signature week of the school year.

Much like their contemporaries, St. John Neumann Regional School will celebrate its annual Catholic Schools Week Jan. 30 through Feb. 4.

For students, that means activities galore that tie in with the theme of this year's celebration, A+ For America Catholic Schools.

On Sunday, there will be a program: In Our Parish: Our Parish Liturgies. Students should wear uniforms to their church.

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, January 27, 2011

January 27, 1948 Bill Brown scores a game-high 21 points and Tamaqua rebounds from a slow start to post a 52-49 Black Diamond League win over Nesquehoning. Brown also comes up with a key shot with under a minute to play to help secure the victory. The Raiders, who trail 11-4 after the first quarter, also receive 16 points from Charley Baer while Franklin Knotts chips in with seven points.

Josephson, Oertner reach milestones

Thursday, January 27, 2011
mike feifel/times news Northern Lehigh basketball players Aimee Oertner (left) Sonya Josephson topped the 1,000-point mark within eight days of each other.
mike feifel/times news Northern Lehigh basketball players Aimee Oertner (left) Sonya Josephson topped the 1,000-point mark within eight days of each other.

Over the years, Sonya Josephson and Aimee Oertner have shared a lot of memories on the basketball court.

The first one happened when Josephson was in third grade and Oertner was in second grade. The two Northern Lehigh girls' varsity basketball players were able to play on their first team together.

Nine years later, Josephson and Oertner shared some of their fondest memories yet on the hardwood when they became the 20th and 21st players in Northern Lehigh High School history to score 1,000 points in their varsity careers.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tax exemptions

The Tamaqua Area School District is accepting Assessed Occupation Tax exemption applications for the 2011-20112 school year. This will cover the 2011 calendar year. This year's forms are blue.

Retired persons and housewives with no earned income, who have previously been exempted, do not need to file again unless their status has changed and they are now earning income. Also, those who are disabled or at least 75 years of age, who have been specifically notified of their exemption by the district, need not file an application.

Just like Jack 'n' Jill

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS

Damian Strausburger, top, and Cassie Deifer, both 10 and both from Summit Hill, play on mountain of snow at Hazard and Market Street in Summit Hill. "We have a lot of snow piles," laughed Cassie, as they slid down the huge, white mound, referring to similar piles in Ludlow Park, near the Ginder Field, and throughout the community, all from previous snowstorms with the snow remaining because of continued cold temperatures.

Cabin entered in Schuylkill incident

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A cabin was broken into in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the entry occurred at a cabin located along Dreshersville Road, in West Brunswick Township, sometime between Jan. 22-25.

A window was smashed to gain entry.

Once inside the criminals removed two wood stoves and the piping that goes with it along with about a cord of firewood.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 593-2000.

Monroe break-in

Thursday, January 27, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Monroe County residence.

Troopers said the home of Christa Forgione, 30, of 23 Highland Circle, Jackson Township, Stroudsburg, was entered sometime between Jan. 17-21. Removed from the home was a Raymond Weil, model Parsifal, women's watch with diamond face and bezel; and a Michele, model Deco, women's watch with diamond face and bezel.

Total estimated valued of the two watches were set at $2,800.

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.