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February 2011

Palmerton Lions plan meeting

Monday, February 28, 2011

Palmerton Lions Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7 at the Community Service Center, Franklin Avenue, Palmerton. Liz McElwee, region chairperson will visit the club and review the club excellence process. Any individual or business interested in learning more about Lionism, or attending a club meeting may contact membership chairperson Nick Hawkey at (610) 826-6465 or you may email him at hawkeys@gmail.com.

Palmerton goes OT to turn back Becahi

Monday, February 28, 2011
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Kelsey Hay leans back as she looks for a teammate and tries to avoid a double-team from Bethlehem Catholic's Caitlin Kessler (35) and Shannon Smith (right).
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Kelsey Hay leans back as she looks for a teammate and tries to avoid a double-team from Bethlehem Catholic's Caitlin Kessler (35) and Shannon Smith (right).

ALLENTOWN - At times it looked more like a prize fight, as Bethlehem Catholic and Palmerton both didn't want Saturday's District 11 Class 3A quarterfinal to be their final game of the season. It was also evident neither wanted to take the easy road to the next round.

Four Golden Hawks finished the afternoon on the bench after fouling out. Bomber co-captain Kelsey Hay also went to the sidelines with five fouls and 1:31 left in regulation and her team with a three-point lead.

Mailbox exploded in West Penn

Monday, February 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West Penn Township Police Officer Jason Lorah gathers evidence as he inspects a piece of duct tape that was used in the making of an explosive device that destroyed a mailbox on Sunday night on Dairy Road in South Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West Penn Township Police Officer Jason Lorah gathers evidence as he inspects a piece of duct tape that was used in the making of an explosive device that destroyed a mailbox on Sunday night on Dairy Road in South Tamaqua.

West Penn Police are investigating an incident involving an exploding mailbox that occurred Sunday night around 10 p.m. on 916 Dairy Rd. in South Tamaqua.

Vandals placed an explosive device in the box to destroy it.

A Tamaqua Crime Watch official stated that the incident is considered a felony offense.

The United States Postal Inspection Service can investigate cases in which residential mailboxes are destroyed because they are considered federal property.

Lehighton man to face trial on assault charge

Monday, February 28, 2011

A Lehighton man will face a court trial in Schuylkill County for an alleged assault in Tamaqua.

Gregory Michael Muffley, 27, of 227 Ochre St., was bound over for trial following his preliminary hearing last week before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua.

Muffley was accused of breaking into a home at 114 Patterson St., Tamaqua, on Feb. 12. Muffley then allegedly struck resident Alicia Whah, his former girlfriend, in the face with her purse. Charges of simple assault and harassment were filed by Patrolman Thomas Rodgers.

Rock throwing incident probed

Monday, February 28, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a rock-throwing incident that occurred along a Schuylkill County road.

Troopers said Denise Patricia Houser, of Barnesville, was driving a 2010 Dodge Caliber northbound along W. Market Street, in the area of Greenview Drive, in North Manheim Township, when someone threw a rock at her vehicle. It struck the front windshield of the vehicle, troopers said.

The person who threw the rock fled the area through the Schuylkill County Country Club golf course. The incident occurred about 3:10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26.

48 units collected during blood and platelet replacement drive

Monday, February 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Forty eight units were collected during a Miller Keystone blood and platelet replacement drive held Sunday at the West Penn Fire Company in support of Harold "HT" Fryer, of New Ringgold, who is undergoing recovery treatment for Aplastic Anemia, a rare but serious medical condition where bone marrow does not replenish the body with new red and white cells. At times, it can be a potentially fatal condition. HT says he is currently doing well with the new treatment. Family member Kelly Boerner stated her appreciation to all who took time to come out and donate.

Northern Lehigh well represented in Lehigh band festival concert

Monday, February 28, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Students who will represent Northern Lehigh High School in the 53rd annual Lehigh County Honors Band concert this Saturday include (front row, l-r), Jamie Miller, Abby Messinger, Logan Thomson, Heather Heiney (back row, l-r), Michael Miller, Zac Schlegel, Marc Beleno, and John Hudicka.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Students who will represent Northern Lehigh High School in the 53rd annual Lehigh County Honors Band concert this Saturday include (front row, l-r), Jamie Miller, Abby Messinger, Logan Thomson, Heather Heiney (back row, l-r), Michael Miller, Zac Schlegel, Marc Beleno, and John Hudicka.

It provides a platform for students to showcase their musical talents on the grand stage.

That could shed some light as to why members of the Northern Lehigh High School Band are on cloud nine as they prepare to perform at their biggest production of the year.

That would be in the form of the 53rd annual Lehigh County Honors Band festival concert, scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northwestern Lehigh High School. The Host director this year is Scott Brown, band director at Northwestern Lehigh High School.

DeWire wins gold

Monday, February 28, 2011
Nancy Scholz/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Dane DeWire of Tamaqua does a back dive earning 29.60 points for his first attempt at the District 11 Class aA Championships. DeWire went on to win the gold medal.
Nancy Scholz/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Dane DeWire of Tamaqua does a back dive earning 29.60 points for his first attempt at the District 11 Class aA Championships. DeWire went on to win the gold medal.

EMMAUS - For the last three years, Dane DeWire waited his turn at the District 11 Class AA Diving Championship.

After taking one step onto the medal stand last season with a bronze medal, the Tamaqua senior finally earned the right to take two steps to the top of the medal stand by winning his first-ever district gold medal on Saturday.

DeWire also earned the golden opportunity to extend his highly decorated final high school campaign a the PIAA State Diving Championship on March 17th.

Doctor speaks to Rotarians

Monday, February 28, 2011
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Dr. Stephanie Wernett of Blue Mountain Health System was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. She discussed the local hospital's pharmaceutical system and procedures. Pictured left to right are Lehighton Rotary Club Vice President Rev. Leon Morgan, Rotarian Bob McCombs, and Dr. Wernett. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Monday mornings from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Beacon 443 Diner/Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Schuylkill court news

Monday, February 28, 2011

Back taxes

Tamaqua Area School District filed a petition to enter a lien on the property of Norman and Alice Gryczyusky, 54 Angel Drive, West Penn Township, alleging $1,134.36 is owed in back real estate taxes to the school district.

Divorces granted

Deborah H. Pascavage was granted a divorce from Bruce D. Pascavage, both of Mahanoy City. They were married July 3, 1999.

Angela Snyder, Valley View, Hegins Township, was granted a divorce from Mitchell Snyder, Pitman, Eldred Township. They were married June 21, 1999.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Monday, February 28, 2011

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one- vehicle crash. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 3:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, along Valley Road, at the intersection with Lower Road, in Walker Township.

Troopers said Justin Lindenmuth, 25, of Quakake, was driving a 2009 Volkswagen GTI southbound when he lost control at the intersection. The car went off the left side of the road and hit a utility pole. Lindenmuth and his passenger, Matthew Barnisky, 23, of Brockton, were not injured.

Meyers-Brown

Monday, February 28, 2011
Eric Brown and Lindsay Meyers
Eric Brown and Lindsay Meyers

Joseph and Cindy Meyers of Slatington have announced the engagement of their daughter Lindsay to Eric Brown, son of Darryl Brown of Hamburg and Deborah McDill of Reading.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of the Allentown School of Cosmetology.

She is employed as a hair stylist at Sydney's Haircolor Concept Salon, Coopersburg.

The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of Lincoln Technical Institute.

He is employed as a mechanical designer at Javen Engineering in Fort Washington.

A September 2011 wedding is planned.

It's that time of the year

Monday, February 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Girl Scout troops around our area are working hard to sell their Girl Scout cookies as they hold fundraisers and stand in front of local businesses selling their cookies. The $700 million Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates large benefits for girls, their councils and communities nationwide. Girls set cookie goals to support their chosen activities for the year, to pay for community service and leadership projects, to attend summer camp, to plan trips near and far and to provide events for girls in their community.

Marriage licenses

Monday, February 28, 2011

Schuylkill County

Melissa M. Johnson, 26 Maple Lane, New Ringgold, and Robert A. Boyer Sr., 246 Ridge Road, Schuylkill Haven.

Nicole D. Moore, 800 Hazle St., Tamaqua, and Paul J. Yeager, 222 Green St., Tamaqua.

Renee L. Baker and Michael J. Sosar, 301 E. Grant St., McAdoo.

Genevieve Scullion and John T. Henne, 22 N. Greenwood St., Tamaqua.

Abandoned, destroyed vehicle leads to arrest in Barnesville

Monday, February 28, 2011
Abandoned, destroyed vehicle leads to arrest in Barnesville
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Police from Tamaqua and Rush Township responded just before 2 a.m. Sunday to a report of an abandoned vehicle parked in the southbound lane of Tuscarora Park Road, SR1015, near the Tuscarora State Park entrance in Barnesville. When they arrived they noticed no one was with the vehicle and it had been heavily damaged after traveling a short distance off the road over an embankment around a nearby turn and then wound up traveling back on the road for about couple hundred feet with missing and deflated tires.

Boroughs, townships have 2011 election races

Monday, February 28, 2011

There are elected positions to be filled in all of Carbon County's school boards, boroughs and townships in the 2011 Municipal Election. Persons seeking the offices have until March 8 to file nominating petitions in the Carbon County Elections Bureau in order to get their names on the ballot.

School boards

In all six school districts in the county, voters will select persons to serve on the school boards.

Woman injured in W. Penn crash

Monday, February 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

West Penn Township police are investigating a crash early Saturday morning which left the female driver of the car injured. The crash occurred just before 3 a.m. at the intersection of SR309 and SR443 East. The woman was driving north on SR309 when she apparently lost control of her vehicle with the unit swerving onto the right berm impacting with a large rock and a tree. The victim was trapped in the wreckage for about a half hour before being freed by members of the West Penn Fire Co. #1.

Vehicle crashes into mall

Monday, February 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An elderly woman escaped injury Sunday afternoon after her sport utility vehicle (SUV) crashed through the front plate glass store front of the E Z Market along SR309 in West Penn Township. The crash took place just after noon when she was pulling into the strip mall parking lot. The store is occupied as offices of the market and no one was injured in the incident. The vehicle jumped the curb and crashed into the metal and plate glass structure. The victim was evaluated at the scene by members of the Penn Mahoning ambulance. Township police are investigating the incident.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, February 26, 2011

February 26, 1969 Jim Thorpe's pressing defense leads to a 78-61 victory over Northwestern and a berth in the District 11 Class C finals. After falling behind 8-2 in its man-to-man defense, the Olympians switch to their press and outscore the Tigers 26-9 the rest of the first half. Rich Kelowitz scores a game-high 20 points for the winners, while Hal Hydro nets 19 and Walt Schlenner tallies 18. Thorpe, coached by Phil Rader, also receive 12 points from Bill Klotz.

Jim Thorpe

Saturday, February 26, 2011
In defending the borough of Jim Thorpe, attorney William Schwab will pose the question regarding the federal court lawsuit: how would Jim Thorpe feel about being disinterred?
In defending the borough of Jim Thorpe, attorney William Schwab will pose the question regarding the federal court lawsuit: how would Jim Thorpe feel about being disinterred?

Local attorney explains court's options in case

How will the passing of John "Jack" Thorpe, the youngest son of Jim Thorpe, affect the lawsuit that he filed against the Borough of Jim Thorpe for the repatriation of his father's remains?

Attorney William Schwab is representing the Borough of Jim Thorpe. He is a local historian, and because of his interest, he accepted the case pro bono.

Family Promise Variety Show hopes to feature your talent

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Can you sing or dance or have some other entertaining talent, Family Promise of Carbon County is inviting you to share it at the Family Promise Variety Show. Family Promise is a nonprofit organization serving homeless families in Carbon County. The Family Promise Variety Show will showcase Carbon County's local talent in a variety of performance disciplines, and everyone is invited to be a part of the festivities. If you can play the mandolin, sing, act, make people laugh or juggle, the non profit organization needs you.

Liquor store Privatization Bill could generate needed revenue

Saturday, February 26, 2011

By DOYLE HEFFLEY

dheffley@pahousegop.com

One of the top priorities of the new governor will be the privatization of the state liquor store system, which has been state run since the prohibition era.

Missing out on state revenue

Saturday, February 26, 2011

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Chamber plans networking mixer

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce is holding its first networking mixer of the year from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Riverwalck Saloon, Parryville.

Riverwalck is hosting the event and is offering free hor'devoers. Also the Chamber is welcoming members of the Carbon Builders Association and the Carbon Realtors Association to the event. Everyone should bring plenty of business cards and prepare to make some great contacts. RSVP by March 3 to Heather McClure at mail@carboncountychamber.org or call (610) 379-5000.

Pet of the Week

Saturday, February 26, 2011
vinney villa/times news
vinney villa/times news

Lelo is a male American Shorthair, who has been neutered and is up to date with his immunizations. He is looking for a good home with a loving family. For more information on Lelo, and all the othe cats available for adoption, contact the Carbon County Friends of Animals at (570) 325-9400.

N.J. resident arrest on drug charges

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A New Jersey resident was arrested this week in Monroe County on various drug selling charges.

Pocono Mountain Regional police identified the man as Adrian Young, 32, of Patterson.

Police said Young's arrest was part of an ongoing investigation of drug trafficking in the area which indicated that he was involved. The investigation indicated that Young would purchase bulk quantities of controlled substances in Patterson and come to the Poconos with them.

Hit-run involved youth of a bike

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A hit and run accident involved a teen riding a bicycle. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, at the intersection of E. Wiconisco Ave. and S. 10th St., in Tower City, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said the operator of a Dodge Charger was making a right hand turn onto E. Wiconisco from S. 10th and made it wide and struck a 17-year-old male from Tower City, who was riding a Tony Hawk Frisco bicycle.

Cuz-N-Joe's, R.R. Frey improve to 3-0

Saturday, February 26, 2011

In the third week of the Eastern Schuylkull Recreation Commission's Winter Basketball League, R.R. Frey Services and Cuz-N-Joe's Place both picked up wins to remain atop the standings, while University Legendz and Matika's Lawn Care/Blazosky Funeral Home notched their first wins of the season.

RESULTS

Midas Touch Hair Salon-Cuz-N-Joe's Place

Cuz-N-Joe's Place held Midas Touch Hair Salon to just two field goals in the second half, as they rolled to a 49-28 victory.

Soko Mujovic netted a game-high 20 points, while Jon Veet tacked on 11.

Understanding animal behavior If you want to know about search & rescue dogs, Penn Forest woman wrote the book!

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Susan Bulanda sits at left on a Zodiac with her search and rescue dog, Scout, on a Schuylkill River recovery operation.
Susan Bulanda sits at left on a Zodiac with her search and rescue dog, Scout, on a Schuylkill River recovery operation.

Susan Bulanda literally wrote the book on training the search and rescue dog.

Her book, "READY! Training the Search and Rescue Dog," now in its second edition, is considered the Bible of search and rescue operations, and has been adopted by units throughout the world-even being reprinted in Japanese.

Schuylkill crash

Saturday, February 26, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a two vehicle crash about 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, at the intersection of S. Liberty St. and SR61, in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Betty A. Grickis, 83, of Pottsville, was westbound on S. Liberty and stopped at the intersection while Kevin R. Evitts, 41, of Orwigsburg, was northbound on 61. Troopers said Grickis pulled into the intersection directly into the path of Evitts. The right front of Evitts' 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt struck the front of Grickis' 1999 Toyota Corolla.

Woman facing several charges

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Palmerton woman is facing several charges related to accessing another woman's computer network account.

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith has charged Amanda L. Hunsicker, 23, of 414 Delaware Ave., Apt. B, with one count each of computer trespass, disruption of service, computer theft, unlawful duplication and harassment. All counts are felony threes, except the harassment charge, which is a misdemeanor three.