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February 2011

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
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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
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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.

Weathering the storms State 'Preparedness Week' urges citizens to be alert

Monday, February 28, 2011

We weren't much past New Year's and the common statement heard regarding the weather went something like "Winter ... I'm sick of it!"

It has been a stormy year for most of the nation and forecasters point to that moisture pattern continuing. That means a state like Pennsylvania – one of the most flood-prone states in the nation – must be ready for the March lion. With the ground well-saturated by melting snow and heavy rain, the potential for flooding is always high.

Ice causes Summit Hill crash

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

A young woman was injured in a crash Saturday morning after her car came in contact with a large patch of ice along East White Bear Drive in Summit Hill. The crash occurred just after 9 a.m. as she was driving west about a mile west of SR902. After sliding on the ice her car left the right berm striking several objects along the berm before rolling onto its roof. She was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. The patch of ice measured almost a hundred yards in length. Summit Hill police are investigating the incident.

New Columbus Fire Co. auxiliary to meet

Monday, February 28, 2011

The New Columbus Fire Company Auxiliary will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. at the fire house. President Gerry McConnon will preside.

Social committee members are Ursula Digilio and Wilma Rose.

Raiders top JT

Monday, February 28, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Ali Updike gets a hand onthe ball to keep it away from Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson as teammate Maria Streisel also helps.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Ali Updike gets a hand onthe ball to keep it away from Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson as teammate Maria Streisel also helps.

POTTSVILLE It's no secret Tamaqua is known mostly for its offensive abilities.

But in the postseason, the Lady Raiders have proven their defense can also get the job done.

In the Schuylkill League finals, Joe Berezwick's club held down a quality Tri-Valley team en route to a championship.

And on Saturday, in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class AAA playoffs, they did it again against Jim Thorpe.

Jim Thorpe Community Watch plans meeting

Monday, February 28, 2011

Jim Thorpe Community Watch will be meet at 7 p.m. March 17 at Memorial Hall. Jim Thorpe residents are encouraged to come and join the growing group of volunteers who are making positive improvements in the community.

District 11 Class AAA wrestling results

Monday, February 28, 2011

TEAM LEGEND AND SCORING

1. Easton (E) 273.5, 2. Nazareth (Na) 231, 3. Parkland (Pa) 219, 4. Northampton (No) 214.5, 5. Liberty (L) 120, 6. Stroudsburg (S) 96, 7. Pocono Mountain East (PME) 90.5, 8. Blue Mountain (BM) 90, 9. East Stroudsburg South (ESS) 88.5, 10. Pleasant Valley (PV) 79.5, 11. Freedom (F) 72, 12. Southern Lehigh (SL) 66, 13. Pocono Mountain West (PMW) 56, 14. Dieruff (D) 49.5, 15. Pottsville (Po) 49, 16. Emmaus (E) 48.5, 17. Whitehall (W) 40, 18. Allen (A) 21, 19. Bangor (B) 20, 20. East Stroudsburg North (ESN) 14.

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

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.

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.

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.

Theft incident probed in Carbon

Saturday, February 26, 2011

State police at Lehighton are investigating a theft incident in Carbon County.

Troopers said a 15-year-old juvenile reported a silver necklace was removed from the residence at 316 White St., Weissport. The theft occurred sometime between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Feb. 21. The necklace is valued at $100.

Woman facing assault count

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Monroe County woman is facing a charge of simple assault following an incident at her residence.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 10:19 a.m. on Feb. 19 officers were dispatched to Laurel Drive in Stillwater Lakes, Pocono Summit, to assist ambulance personnel with a possible overdose.

Upon arrival officers identified Regina Falkowska, 57, of that address had consumed a bottle of vodka. She was checked out by paramedics and then placed under arrest for simple assault. She assaulted her husband after consuming the alcohol, police said.

Liberty eliminates Bears

Saturday, February 26, 2011

EAST STROUDSBURG - Pleasant Valley head coach Nadia Gauronsky was concerned about two things heading into her team's District 11 playoff match-up with Liberty.

One thing was the ability of her main offensive threats to stay out of foul trouble. The other was her ball-handlers being able to handle the Hurricanes' defensive pressure.

Unfortunately for Gauronsky, her fears became a reality Friday night.

Carbon driver facing DUI charge

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Carbon County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 5:57 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, along SR209 at Hideaway Hills Road, in Polk Township, Monroe County.

State police at Lehighton said Elizabeth Finkel, 48, of Palmerton, was stopped for several traffic violations. She was found to be under the influence of a contolled substance, troopers said, and was placed under arrest. The DUI charge is pending test results, troopers added.

Property owners cited in Lehighton

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Three property owners were cited by Lehighton police for failing to remove snow/ice from their sidewalks.

Cited were Matthew Kichline, 174 S. Second St., rear, for property located on S. Second St., between Gary's Barber Shop and Keystone Jewelers; Marie Schneider, 186 S. Second St., for property at that address; and Beneficial Consumer Discount Co., 961 Weigel Drive, Elmhurst, Ill., for property located at 640 Cypress St.

Property owners are reminded to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours after the snow or ice has ceased to fall or form.

Monroe man facing charges

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Monroe County man is facing charges of retail theft and receiving stolen property. Pocono Mountain Regional police identified the defendant as Vernice Harvard, 48, of Tobyhanna.

Police said on Feb. 17 they received information that Harvard was selling stolen proeprty to a business located in Coolbaugh Township. PMRP then provided that information to area police departments.

Coaldale Borough borrows $60,000

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tax anticipation loan must be repaid by July 29

Coaldale borough council at a special meeting Friday agreed to borrow $60,000 to make ends meet until tax money begins coming in.

The tax anticipation loan, from Jim Thorpe National Bank, carries a 5 percent interest rate and must be repaid by July 29.

The loans are routine for most municipalities at this time of year.

Also on Friday council chose a London Plane tree to be planted near the Seek memorial. The tree, which will arrive in early April, is being given to the borough free of charge through the Schuylkill Bicentennial Heritage Tree Program.

Theft incident in Schuylkill probed

Saturday, February 26, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating a theft incident at a Schuylkill County business.

Troopers said a garage at 83 W. Rausch's Rd., in East Brunswick Township, was entered sometime between 11 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 21, and 6:20 a.m. on Feb. 22. Removed was several chain saws and tools. The property is owned by JC Hill Tree Farms Inc., of Orwigsburg.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.