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January 2011

Never ending snow

Monday, January 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Daily snowfall and flurries make you wonder if the white stuff will ever stop falling. Pictured re-covered with snow is Lafayette Street in Tamaqua.

New Legion home dedicated

Monday, January 31, 2011
Speaking on behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary were, from left, District President Catherine Olker, Frances Keener, Post 360 Commander Thomas Keener, Department President Beverly Reinhard and Christopher Keller.
Speaking on behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary were, from left, District President Catherine Olker, Frances Keener, Post 360 Commander Thomas Keener, Department President Beverly Reinhard and Christopher Keller.

Legion members, residents of Weatherly, and dignitaries gathered in a full house Saturday to dedicate the newly completed Legion Home for Post 360.

In addition to the presentation of keys from the property owner the Borough of Weatherly to Post 360, a number of the dignitaries spoke to those in attendance.

When the dedication ceremony had concluded, a Winter Carnival sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 360 was held.

'Sonny' Kovatch, 85, founder of KME, dies

Monday, January 31, 2011
John J. "Sonny" Kovatch Jr.
John J. "Sonny" Kovatch Jr.

Built industrial empire from a small local garage

John "Sonny" Kovatch, 85, who began his career by owning a small car repair shop and evolving it into Carbon County's largest employer, died Saturday at his home.

A lifelong resident of Nesquehoning, Kovatch was the founder of several companies bearing his name that are global leaders in specialty vehicle manufacturing.

On this date

Monday, January 31, 2011

January 31, 1983

The Carbon County Board of Commissioners approved a plan, calling for a possible non-binding referendum on the part of the county's electorate to determine how the voters feel about a proposal for a county-wide police force. Commissioner Dean D. W. DeLong said it will be merely a sentiment vote and will serve as a guide in any future moves on the suggestion advanced last week by the Bowmanstown Borough Council.

Monroe man facing charges

Monday, January 31, 2011

A Monroe County man is facing charges following an incident that occurred on Friday, Jan. 28, about 12:09 a.m.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers were called to Skyline Drive in Blakeslee for a complaint of criminal mischief to a vehicle which had been caught on video.

As the result of an investigation officers charged Kirk Bontempo, 47, of Blakeslee, with criminal mischief to a vehicle, harassment and disorderly conduct. Police allege he threw a chunk of ice at a neighbor's vehicle causing damage to the windshield.

Mom jeans don't have to be fashion default

Monday, January 31, 2011

It's possible for stylish moms to stylishly blend fashion and functionality. No, really.

Good moms are known for being kind, nurturing and patient. But fashionable? Not so much. Some days, just getting out of the house with matching socks can seem like an accomplishment.

But a little planning and attention to details can go a long way in preparing you for the stylish, adult world.

Here are some of fashion tips for looking good or, at least, presentable.

Fire quelled in Walnutport

Monday, January 31, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Quick response by Walnutport area fire companies saved the lives of several occupants of a home at 420 Lehigh Gap St., all of them wheelchair bound. The flames broke out in the bathroom area of the one story single family wood frame home at 7:15 p.m. Sunday. When the fire companies were dispatched it was reported to be a working dwelling fire with entrapment. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and brought the occupants outside to safety. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Schuylkill County judges rule on bail motions

Monday, January 31, 2011

Hearings were held by Schuylkill County judges on motions filed by defendants in criminal cases for reductions of bail money to be posted.

Judge John E. Domalakes made the following rulings:

Faces sexual assault charges

Monday, January 31, 2011

A Schuylkill County man is facing numerous sexual assault related charges.

State police at Frackville said Jonathan Michael Binns, 36, of Shenandoah, has been charged with having sexual contact with two female juveniles. The information was discovered during the execution of a search warrant and subsequent interview with Binns, troopers said. The incidents occurred in the area of 234 W. Lloyd St., Shenandoah, at various times during the period of May 1 to Oct. 14, 2010.

Kid's Party Club open to local youngsters

Monday, January 31, 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.

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School celebrates 125 years

Monday, January 31, 2011
Antonia Galasso and Katelyn Hosler stand by their displays for the Education Fair at Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton. Galasso interviewed her family members, while Hosler found a family friend, Catherine DeMatte, to interview.
Antonia Galasso and Katelyn Hosler stand by their displays for the Education Fair at Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton. Galasso interviewed her family members, while Hosler found a family friend, Catherine DeMatte, to interview.

Those attending Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School's open house this past weekend could enjoy the results of the students' research. The student shared decades of history about their school they gleaned while talking to family members and friends who had ties to the school.

Their research was displayed at the Education Fair to celebrate the school's 125 anniversary.

Marian holds off JT

Monday, January 31, 2011
bob ford/times news Marian's Ryan Gimbi (23) goes up with a shot as Dane Ciavarella defends for Jim Thorpe.
bob ford/times news Marian's Ryan Gimbi (23) goes up with a shot as Dane Ciavarella defends for Jim Thorpe.

Marian never trailed in Saturday's non-league contest against rival Jim Thorpe.

But by no means does that imply the Colts' 48-43 win came easy.

After racing to a huge first quarter lead against the host Olympians, John Patton's club battled through a number of factors to pull out yet another victory.

"We ran our offense real well and got some good looks early," said Patton, whose team improved to 14-4. "The momentum carried us and early on, we played well.

Oddly covered in white

Monday, January 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Daily snowfall accumulation has left many areas impassable. Pictured are the steps leading up to the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Tamaqua.

Crash injures one person

Monday, January 31, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At least one person was injured Sunday afternoon when involved in a crash along Towamensing Trails Road in the Towmensing Trails Development. The crash occurred at the intersection with Pope Lane involving one vehicle. At least one person was transported by ambulance to the Lehighton hospital. The Penn Forest Fire Company and Lehighton paramedics responded to the scene.

Operation: Touch of Home meets Tuesday

Monday, January 31, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home will meet Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.

at the American Legion Post 927, Rt. 209, Gilbert. If you need to confirm because of weather, call 570-977-1724.

Students to raise funds in Jump Rope for Heart

Monday, January 31, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS S.S. Palmer Elementary student Kyle Strohl does his best on the pogo stick in an effort to raise money as part of the Jump Rope for Heart program.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS S.S. Palmer Elementary student Kyle Strohl does his best on the pogo stick in an effort to raise money as part of the Jump Rope for Heart program.

They've been granted permission to jump until their little hearts are content all in the name of a healthy cause.

Because the more they do, the more money elementary students in the Palmerton Area School District will raise for Jump Rope for Heart.

The program, which began last week but was stalled several times due to inclement weather, is set to wrap up Wednesday, said physical education instructor Ryan Heller.

Jailed after assaulting officer

Monday, January 31, 2011

Kelly Kimik Boyle, 48, of Apt. B, 672 W. Franklin St., Slatington, has been committed to the Lehigh County Prison, Allentown, after an assault on a police officer in that borough.

Police said the defendant was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, simple assault, resisting arrest, recklessly endangering another person and harassment and jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The incident happened at 1:25 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the defendant's residence. The investigating officers are Daniel Buglio and Rebecca Saborsky.

Resident cited for snow in the street

Monday, January 31, 2011

A Lehighton resident was cited for violating a borough ordinance which prohibits throwing snow or ice into the street.

Police said Raquel Brown, 40, of 324 N. Fifth St., was cited on Saturday, Jan. 22, about 7 p.m.

Judge's daughter home safe from Egypt

Monday, January 31, 2011

The daughter of a Schuylkill County judge is one of many Americans who were trapped in Cairo, Egypt, where protests have been raging against the current controlling regime.

Laura Dolbin, daughter of Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin and Susan Ney Dolbin, of Pottsville, who is a senior psychology and history major at the University of Delaware and nine fellow students were in Egypt for further studies. In a call to her parents Dolbin spoke of watching rioters from the rooftop of the dormitory she and her fellow students are housed.

Rabbits, time to shine for Chinese New Year

Monday, January 31, 2011
FILE- This July 26, 2010 file photo shows a rescued rabbit as it feeds at The Bunny Bunch, a rabbit shelter in Montclair, Calif. There's more to the Chinese Zodiac than a quick hippety hop into 2011 for people born in the Year of the Rabbit. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, FILE)
FILE- This July 26, 2010 file photo shows a rescued rabbit as it feeds at The Bunny Bunch, a rabbit shelter in Montclair, Calif. There's more to the Chinese Zodiac than a quick hippety hop into 2011 for people born in the Year of the Rabbit. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, FILE)

There's more to the Chinese Zodiac than a hippety hop into year 4708 for people born under the sign of rabbit.

Rabbit babies are private, introverted and withdrawn. Or quietly charismatic, thoughtful and calm? It's hard to generalize a destiny using a centuries-old system based on natural elements, marked by fixed colors and assigned a dozen animals as they correspond to the hour, date, month and year of birth.

CORRECTION

Monday, January 31, 2011

Weight-loss resolutions story

In a story that ran in the Friday, Jan. 21 issue of the TIMES NEWS, titled "Resolve to keep those weight-loss resolutions," the name of the speaker at the Coaldale TOPS meeting was incorrect.

The speaker was Kimberly Werner Otto, a pediatric nurse practitioner with St. Luke's Rural Health Centers.

The TIMES NEWS apologizes for any confusion this error may have caused.

What's the difference?

Monday, January 31, 2011

A massive storm heading out of the Rockies toward Massachusetts is expected to dump snow, sleet and freezing rain over Pennsylvania Tuesday and Wednesday.

Almost everyone knows what snow is, but the difference between sleet and freezing rain can be confusing.

The National Weather Service explains it: "The difference is where the precipitation freezes as it falls to the ground. If the temperature if above freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit) all the way to the ground, it will rain.

On the contrary, if the temperature is freezing all the way to the ground, it will snow.

How best to handle treacherous roads

Monday, January 31, 2011

In a perfect world, people would be able to stay home during winter storms like the one bearing down on a large swath of the United States tomorrow and Wednesday. But in the real world, people still need to go to work. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website offers a winter driving quiz to help drivers learn how to best handle adverse road conditions.

Don't have time to take the quiz? Here are the answers:

1. What should you do if your vehicle starts to skid on an icy road?

A. Steer in the direction you want the wheels to go.

Break-in, theft incident probed

Monday, January 31, 2011

A burglary and theft incident were probed by state police at Schuylkill Haven at two Schuylkill County locations.

The break-in occurred at the 1262 Squaw Drive, South Manheim Township. Entry was gained by smashing in a door to a workshop area attacked to the residence. Nothing was apparently taken from the workshop, troopers said. The entry occurred sometime between Jan. 23 and 28. The property is owned by Henry T. Fuller, 52, of Lebanon.

Nesquehoning rollover

Monday, January 31, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two persons escaped serious injury Saturday morning when involved in a crash along SR209 in Nesquehoning. The crash occurred at 6 a.m. between Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe as a couple was traveling north. For some unknown reason the driver lost control entering the right berm. The car continued for a distance before re-entering the roadway and rolling onto its roof. Units of the Nesquehoning Fire Department responded to the scene. Nesquehoning police are investigating.

Monroe driver facing DUI charge

Monday, January 31, 2011

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 2:45 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, along Long Pond Road, in Long Pond.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said white in color Dodge Shadow almost struck a patrol car headed in the opposite direction. Police turned around to stop the vehicle and found it struck in a snow bank after failing to negotiate a curve.

New Philadelphia man gets jail time for DUI

Monday, January 31, 2011

A New Philadelphia man who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol was sentenced Friday afternoon by Judge Charles M. Miller to serve 48 hours to six months in the county prison.

KOVATCH: A pillar of the community

Monday, January 31, 2011

Nesquehoning Fire Chief John McArdle said he was saddened to hear of the death of John "Sonny" Kovatch Jr., founder of the Kovatch Corporation and its subsidiaries in Nesquehoning.

"Certainly he's going to be missed," McArdle said. "He's been a pillar of the community for a long, long time."

McArdle said he remembers him best as a "friend and asset for our fire companies."

He had donated the land for the Hauto Fire Department.

When the Nesquehoning Fire Station was built, Kovatch assisted with the use of his firm's equipment and provided slab (site fill).

Vehicle stop leads to warrant arrest

Monday, January 31, 2011

A vehicle stop in Monroe County has led to an warrant arrest.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers stopped a vehicle along SR196 in Coolbaugh Township, about 1:50 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, for a headlight out. The driver was identified as Yury Henao, 27, of Coolbaugh.

A further check revealed an arrest warrant for Henao was issued out of Elizabeth, N.J. Henao was taken into custody and placed in the county prison in Snydersville pending arraignment.

Kantner will run as independent

Monday, January 31, 2011

Anticipating the Democratic Party bosses would be working against her winning the nomination, Schuylkill County Controller Melinda Kantner surprised everyone by announcing she would not seek the party's nomination in the Primary Election on May 17 but will be running as an Independent candidate in the General Election to be held in November.

PennDOT plow hits parked vehicle

Monday, January 31, 2011

A PennDOT plow truck struck a parked vehicle in an accident in Schuylkill County. It was one of several accidents reported by state police at Schuylkill Haven.

Troopers said Robert J. Mickonis, 54, of New Philadelphia, was operating a Mack dump truck of the state southbound on SR61 in Schuylkill Haven about 10:14 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, when the side plow struck the back end of a 2000 Hyundai Sonota. The Sonota was pushed in a southeast direction.

No one was injured.