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January 2011

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
Bill Thompson presented a diesel can to Aaron Keller as the Jacoby award for running out of fuel.
Bill Thompson presented a diesel can to Aaron Keller as the Jacoby award for running out of fuel.

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.

fyi - Bereavement support group meets in Thorpe

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Bereavement Support Group sponsored by St. Joseph's parish will begin it's weekly sessions on Saturday, Jan. 29 and will run until March 5. The group meets in the rectory of the church and the meeting will begin at 11 a.m.

The group is open to anyone. If you have any questions call the parish office at (570) 325-3731.

Parryville Council looks into putting salt supplies under cover

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Council president Mike Grant relayed information to other council members to reinforce his request to put winter road materials under cover.

Grant said that normally the borough tries to cover cinders under a tarp, but that it rained on them and froze, making workers spend at least an hour chipping them apart before they could be used. Grant said he wanted a solution for long term storage. He said the borough doesn't have access to material which are frozen.

Forgotten until needed

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
ron gower/times news
ron gower/times news

This fire hydrant at Amidon and Oak Street in Summit Hill would present a challenge to firefighters if it had to be utilized because of the snow surrounding it. With more snow predicted today and tonight, that challenge could become even more difficult. Fire officials in all communities appeal to residents living near fire hydrants to clear them of snow - just in case they have to be utilized.

Big second half lifts No. Dame over NW

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Jessica Albright (front) of Northwestern battles to hang on to the ball as Notre Dame's Tara Gorman battles her for it.
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Jessica Albright (front) of Northwestern battles to hang on to the ball as Notre Dame's Tara Gorman battles her for it.

After struggling offensively for the first half, Notre Dame (Green Pond) heated up in the third quarter to turn the game around and pull out a 44-34 win over Northwestern.

The Lady Crusaders made just five of 26 shots in the first half and went 0-for-9 from three-point range to fall behind by nine points. They made five of eight three-point shots in the third quarter and six of 12 shots from the field.

At the same time, they dug into their man-to-man defense after halftime and didn't allow a Northwestern field goal until the final two minutes of the third period.

Ss. Peter and Paul School to celebrate 125th anniversary

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ss. Peter and Paul School, 307 Coal St., Lehighton, will hold an open house and registrations on Sunday, Jan. 30. All are welcome to join as the school community celebrates mass at 11 a.m., tours, registrations, and Academic Fair viewing will follow until 2:30 p.m.

This year's Academic Fair will focus on the History of SS. Peter & Paul School as the school celebrates 125 years of education. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Palmerton student group earns customer service certifications

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career and Technical Institute student Randy Pastor (left) and Palmerton Area High School junior Cody Everitt (right) proudly display the various customer service certifications they recently earned. Pastor and Everitt were among the 10 students from the district to earn the certifications.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career and Technical Institute student Randy Pastor (left) and Palmerton Area High School junior Cody Everitt (right) proudly display the various customer service certifications they recently earned. Pastor and Everitt were among the 10 students from the district to earn the certifications.

A group of Palmerton Area School District students have achieved various customer service certifications.

The school board heard on Monday from instructor Joseph Farkas, who said this year's block 4 class achieved 100-percent customer service certification.

Farkas then introduced Carbon Career and Technical Institute student Randy Pastor and high school junior Cody Everitt.

Bears back on track Pull away from ES South for 67-46 victory

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Richie Irving (21) finds tough defense from East Stroudsburg South's Brandon Lane (4) and Andre Franklin. The Bears defeated ESS, 67-46.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Richie Irving (21) finds tough defense from East Stroudsburg South's Brandon Lane (4) and Andre Franklin. The Bears defeated ESS, 67-46.

Entering this week, the Pleasant Valley boys' basketball team was in the midst of a four-game losing streak and was in danger of watching its season slip away.

Two days and two conference games later, the Bears' post-season hopes are back on the rise.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January 26, 1996 Tom Vermillion scores seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter to help rally Panther Valley to a 51-47 Schuylkill League Division III victory over Freeland MMI. The Panthers, coached by Cas Kosciolek, trail by four points entering the final frame before outscoring their opponent by a 19-13 margin. Mike Shefcyk leads PV with 17 points while Matt Engler contributes 10 points and nine rebounds.

Former Marine's death caused by hypothermia

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A 49-year-old Lansford Marine veteran who died Saturday after spending the night in a car in near-zero temperatures died of hypothermia, with alcohol consumption as a contributing factor, Schuylkill County coroner Joseph Lipsett said Tuesday.

The manner in which Alan J. Kurtz, of 322 W. Front St., died is being considered accidental, he said, pending the results of an investigation by Lansford Detective Jack Soberick and the Carbon County District Attorney's Office.