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January 2011

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.

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.

Firefighters save Tamaqua homes

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters pull hoses while on the scene of a house fire on Pleasant Row in Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters pull hoses while on the scene of a house fire on Pleasant Row in Tamaqua.

Accidental fire starts from someone melting ice

All four fire companies in Tamaqua and area communities quickly surrounded a two-home duplex located at 308-310 Railroad St., (Pleasant Row), yesterday about 10:30 a.m., as smoke emanated from the back side of the three-story structure.

Responding with Tamaqua units were fire units from Lansford and Summit Hill.

Sean Maloney becomes Eagle Scout

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Sean Maloney, center, was awarded the Eagle Scout Award during an Eagle Scout Court of Awards program on Sunday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton. He is flanked by his parents, Thomas and Susan Maloney.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Sean Maloney, center, was awarded the Eagle Scout Award during an Eagle Scout Court of Awards program on Sunday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton. He is flanked by his parents, Thomas and Susan Maloney.

Sean P. Maloney, 17, a member of Boy Scout Troop 82, Lehighton, recently achieved the highest rank in scouting, the Eagle Scout Award.

Maloney completed the requirements for his Eagle Scout award and was examined by Minsi Trails Council's Board of Review in October. He was presented his award at the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on Saturday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton.

Duane Reichard, Troop 82 Committee Chairman, presided over the event. Jim Henderson officially convened the Court of Honor.

Six local girls teams grab basketball wins

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Kristen Romano (12) goes in for an easy layup in Tuesday night's Colonial League win over Salisbury.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Kristen Romano (12) goes in for an easy layup in Tuesday night's Colonial League win over Salisbury.

Marian, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton, Pleasant Valley, Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe all came away as winners in girls basketball on Tuesday night, while the local boys teams didn't fair out as well.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Marian-Schuylkill Haven

The Fillies rallied to the easy 40-16 Schuylkill League win over Schuylkill Haven.

Leding the way in scoring for the locals were Gillian Ferko and Danielle Tristani with eight points apiece.

For Haven, Lauren Rhody led the way with six points in the losing effort.

Marian also won the JV game by a 31-8 score.

MARIAN

'30 Years Under The Beam'

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "30 Years Under The Beam" book author Frank Behum Sr. presented two framed photos, by artist Ed Leskin, originating and representing official photos from the steel workers' archives to two local persons who were interviewed in the book. Pictured from left are Bethlehem Steel workers George Pinkey (1964-1998) of Hometown who wrote the foreword to the book, author Behum and interviewee Wilmer Redline (1973-1997) of Jim Thorpe.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "30 Years Under The Beam" book author Frank Behum Sr. presented two framed photos, by artist Ed Leskin, originating and representing official photos from the steel workers' archives to two local persons who were interviewed in the book. Pictured from left are Bethlehem Steel workers George Pinkey (1964-1998) of Hometown who wrote the foreword to the book, author Behum and interviewee Wilmer Redline (1973-1997) of Jim Thorpe.

New book about Bethlehem Steel has local ties

A book signing was held recently at the "I Said, Read Me" bookstore in Tamaqua for the book titled "30 Years Under The Beam: Bethlehem Steel Exposed. As Told By Those Who Worked There" by past Bethlehem Steel worker and author Frank A. Behum Sr. of Bethlehem.

The 496-page book contains a conversational perspective and insight of the daily operations at the Bethlehem Steel Plant as given by 47 male and female workers and superintendents, some of whom reside in Schuylkill and Carbon counties.

Snow covered Tamaqua

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A fresh coat of white snow coats the Middle and South Ward of Tamaqua as view this morning from the 16th floor of the Tamaqua ABC Hi-Rise building.

Storm watch now an advisory

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Area still could get up to 6 inches

The winter storm watch that the National Weather Service issued yesterday morning for the local area has been downgraded to a "winter weather advisory."

A storm watch is a prelude to a storm warning, during which six or more inches of snow are anticipated.

The weather advisory indicates that forecasters feel fewer than six inches of snow will fall this evening.

The heaviest snow is expected between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m.

A winter storm warning – six inches or more of snow – is still in effect in southern Lehigh County with the boundary being just south of New Tripoli.

looking ahead

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Out of Darkness Walk meeting on Feb. 10

There will be a meeting to start preparation for the Out of the Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (ASFP) on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at La Dolce Casa DiMaggio's, 16 W. Broad St. in Tamaqua.

The walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Hometown Farmers Market.

RSVPs are requested for attendance of the meeting.

For more information or to RSVP, call Ann Marie Calabrese at Coolbreeze Imaging at (570) 668-6450.

Bill Kissner announces candidacy for Magisterial District Judge

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Bill Kissner
Bill Kissner

Detective/Sergeant Bill Kissner, a resident of Franklin Township, has announced his candidacy for Magisterial District Judge in Palmerton in the May 17 Primary Election. Kissner will cross file on both the Democratic and Republican tickets. He holds the required State Certification from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts to perform the duties of Magisterial District Judge.

Firefighters stress the need for snow-free clearance around all fire hydrants

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters stress the need for residents to keep a 3 foot clearance of snow away from all fire hydrants. Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz Jr. stated, "every second counts when responding to a fire." Pictured overlooking Tamaqua are snow covered hydrants located at the intersection of Mahanoy and South Nescopec Streets and Mahanoy and High Streets.