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January 2011

Schuylkill River Heritage Area awards grants to communities

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area has awarded grants to five communities for projects intended to draw users of the Schuylkill River land and water trails to area downtowns, historic sites, restaurants and shops.

The communities of Pottstown, Phoenixville, Hamburg, Pottsville and East Falls were selected to receive funding from the Schuylkill River Heritage Area's (SRHA) new Heritage Towns and Tours initiative. (Please see attached sheet for details on each grant award).

Two arrested for theft in Mahoning

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Bangor man was arrested by Mahoning Township police for assaulting a retail store manager and giving false identification to police, and both the man and a woman who was with him were charged with retail theft after trying to leave the store without paying for $1,463 worth of merchandise.

The charges stemmed from an incident that took place at 6:06 a.m. Jan. 21 at the Super Wal-Mart along SR443, according to police chief Kenneth A. Barnes.

Stanovick's hot hand leads PV

Friday, January 28, 2011
ron gower/times news Pleasant Valley's Selwin Wright (right) starts his drive to the basket as Lehighton's Nate Kresge (11) defends.
ron gower/times news Pleasant Valley's Selwin Wright (right) starts his drive to the basket as Lehighton's Nate Kresge (11) defends.

It took Lehighton coach Michael O'Brien just one possession to realize his team could have a problem.

It took Pleasant Valley's Nick Stanovick just two shots to realize it could be him.

Stanovick drilled a pair of three-pointers in the game's opening minutes and finished with a school-record tying seven triples. His hot hand was more than enough to carry Pleasant Valley to a 69-41 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton on Thursday night.

On this date

Friday, January 28, 2011

January 28, 1954

The president of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company announced that uranium has been discovered near Mauch Chunk and his firm will start mining it in spring. Robert V. White, head of the LCN, said the first mining operations will be carried out in a "very small way" to determine whether it would be economically feasible to expand operations. The mining operation will be on Route 209 between Mauch Chunk and Nesquehoning.

Carbon man admits assaulting his mother

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Carbon County man admitted to assaulting his mother.

Theodore E. Williams, 38, of Nesquehoning appeared before Carbon Judge Steve R. Serfass on Thursday and pleaded guilty to one count of simple assault.

Williams was arrested on July 7, 2010, at the residence of his mother, Barbara Williams, 121 E. White St., Summit Hill. Police responded to the home to a report of a domestic incident in which a man was weilding a knife and threatening family members.

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
Line officers are Chris Overpeck, chief engineer; Christian Lenway, lieutenant; Matt Schessler, captain; Rich Beck, safety officer; Bill Thompson, captain; Aaron Keller, second assistant chief; Terry Jacoby, fire chief; Billy Tippet, assistant chief and Rick Scherer, safety officer.
Line officers are Chris Overpeck, chief engineer; Christian Lenway, lieutenant; Matt Schessler, captain; Rich Beck, safety officer; Bill Thompson, captain; Aaron Keller, second assistant chief; Terry Jacoby, fire chief; Billy Tippet, assistant chief and Rick Scherer, safety officer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.