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February 2011

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
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Susan Bulanda, a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, sits with her retired search and rescue dog, Gus. She writes and teaches about how animals behave in their natural conditions.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Susan Bulanda, a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, sits with her retired search and rescue dog, Gus. She writes and teaches about how animals behave in their natural conditions.

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.

17 locals in semis

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Palmerton's Sam Oberlander vs Tamaqua's Kyle Boyer at 125.
Palmerton's Sam Oberlander vs Tamaqua's Kyle Boyer at 125.

BETHLEHEM - After missing out on the District Duals for the first time in many years, Northern Lehigh had time to focus on the District 11 individual championships.

The Bulldogs came ready to wrestle during Friday's opening day session at Bethlehem Freedom High School.

A total of 17 TIMES NEWS area wrestlers advanced to this morning's semifinal round at Freedom, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Northern Lehigh leads the TN area pack with six semifinalists.

PGC seeks comment on plan to enhance hunter access

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently released for public comment its draft Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program Programmatic Environmental Assessment document. This is the first step in implementing an enhanced Hunter Access Program with the goals of improving wildlife habitat on private land and increasing the number of acres of private land open to hunting and trapping over the next three years.

Taxidermy: A lifetime trade you take anywhere

Saturday, February 26, 2011
A Pennsylvania black bear hovering over a killed fawn is featured in the display room of Bill Allen's Pocono Institute of Taxidermy.
A Pennsylvania black bear hovering over a killed fawn is featured in the display room of Bill Allen's Pocono Institute of Taxidermy.

Interested in learning the taxidermy business? If you're an outdoorsy person that is looking to start your own business, look no farther than White Haven to Bill Allen's Pocono Institute of Taxidermy.

In 12 weeks, Allen not only teaches how to mount four types of birds, six species of fish, two game heads, one small and one medium mammal, and complete one rug, but he will show students how to develop and market their taxidermy business in 15 weeks.

Allen opened his school in 1987.

In support of Second Blessings

Saturday, February 26, 2011

When we went dancing the other night at a local Elks club, the cars in the parking lot told us the place was packed.

Sure enough, we couldn't get a table. Every chair in the place seemed to be taken. An acquaintance saw us roaming around looking for a place to sit and pointed out a table with empty seats.

The couple sitting at the table was friendly and told us to join them. Soon, the woman told me why they were sitting alone while their friends and relatives were jammed together at other tables: they were being ostracized.

Panther Valley MS students perform like all-stars at school's Hoops for Heart event

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Special to the Times News
Special to the Times News

Alex Lebo, of Lake Hauto and a sixth grader at Panther Valley Middle School, was the top money maker for the school's Hoops for Heart event, an annual community service program to raise funds for the American Heart Association during National Heart Month.

Alex raised $125 for the cause in memory of his late grandfather John "Sonny" Kovatch of Nesquehoning.

Be prepared for the difficult times ahead

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Last April, I wrote an article on protecting your family in hard times (http://www.tnonline.com/node/85298). Since that article was published, the world has continued on a downward spiral.

The economy remains sluggish and unemployment remains high. Many of those who are unemployed have stopped looking for work and have resorted to welfare or moving in with other family members. It is not uncommon to have three generations living in the same home, putting additional stress on the family unit. Some people have even turned to theft on occasion to feed their families.

Driver cited after Monroe crash

Saturday, February 26, 2011

One of two drivers involved in a crash along Fiddletown Road, in Eldred Township, Monroe County, was cited.

State police at Lehighton said the accident occurred about 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 21, as David M. Campbell, 25, of Parryville, was driving a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 northbound and negotiating a right turn. He lost control of his vehicle on the snow-covered road and crossed into the southbound lane where his truck collided with the front plow blade of a PennDOT truck driven by Cliff R. Haydt, 47, of Kunkletown.

The language of friendship

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The phone rang and my good friend was on the other end. She said, "Are you ready for a visit from me? I'm flying from PA to FL." My response was quick and heartfelt – "Yeah! Great!" She said, "It will be good to just sit and talk." I knew what she meant. True friends don't need to tour the countryside or fill every minute with activity during a visit. The best times with a friend involve sitting together and talking – perhaps over coffee or a glass of wine.

Two jailed for Kidder incident

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Two out-of-state residents were jailed this week following an incident in Kidder Township.

Township police said on Wednesday, Feb. 23, about 6:53 p.m. officers were called to the Split Rock Gallaeria, in Lake Harmony, for an incident. As a result of an investigation Michael Greslik, 41, of Greenwood, N.Y., and Tanya Miano, 37, of Bergenfield, N.J., were charged with simple assault and persistent disorderly conduct for causing a disturbance in the business.

King of the per diems

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

Did the voters speak loud enough in the general election in November 2010 to send a message to Harrisburg?

Remember the big midnight pay raise that happened in our House of Representatives a few years ago and the involvement of our local politicians? The voters were upset and expressed their feelings by going to the polls and voting.

Reader's Turn

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Joan Sayer, Saylorsburg - "Winter is over but I think we're in for more snow, or an ice storm maybe, but I think we're seeing signs of spring and I'm ready because I was really getting depressed."
Joan Sayer, Saylorsburg - "Winter is over but I think we're in for more snow, or an ice storm maybe, but I think we're seeing signs of spring and I'm ready because I was really getting depressed."

March arrives in three days. Do you think winter is over or are we in store for another big snow or ice storm?

1911 business scene and Edison's concrete home

Saturday, February 26, 2011

There's no better way to pump up a local economy than with a new business and the early months of 1911 saw quite a bit of activity in the region. In February, Tamaqua residents welcomed the news that F.W. Woolworth would be opening a storeroom on West Broad Street.

At the time, the chain had about 300 stores scattered around the country, the most recent one for Schuylkill County located in Shenandoah. Other regional stores were in Reading, Allentown, Bethlehem and Wilkes-Barre.

Thaddeus Stevens Father of Equality

Saturday, February 26, 2011
February is both Black History Month and Career & Technical Educational Month. No one is more worthy of being remembered in both categories as Thaddeus Stevens, who pressured President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, fathered the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and was the chief architect of Reconstruction after the Civil War ended.
February is both Black History Month and Career & Technical Educational Month. No one is more worthy of being remembered in both categories as Thaddeus Stevens, who pressured President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, fathered the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and was the chief architect of Reconstruction after the Civil War ended.

With February being both Black History Month and Career & Technical Educational Month, no one is more worthy of being remembered in both categories than Thaddeus Stevens.

Registration for PathStone programs

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Registration has started for the 2011-12 program year for the following PathStone programs: Early Head Start (year round services), Head Start (10 month program) and Pre-K Count (10 month program).

Eligibility requirements are: Early Head Start: pregnant women or child between birth and 3 years old; Head Start: child between the ages of 3 and 5; and Pre K Counts: child between the ages of 3 and 5.

All participants must meet federal income guidelines.

Brother-sister cited in Schuylkill

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A brother and sister were cited for harassing each other in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said troopers were called to Furnace Road, in Blythe Township, on Thursday, Feb. 24, about 11 p.m. to a report of a argument. On scene troopers determined at Rosemary Gibas, 32, and her brother, Joseph Gibas, 31, both of New Philadelphia, had engaged in a verbal argument that escalated to physical contact. Both were issued citations for harassment, troopers said.

Never say diet or barbells

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I never had luck with fad diets. Maybe I have no willpower. But diets don't seem to work over the long haul, anyway.

Still, I was impressed when Jason Alexander went on television and said he lost 30 pounds on a commercial diet plan.

You probably remember him as the TV actor playing George Costanza on the Seinfeld sitcom.

Alexander was a pudgy guy who reportedly weighed 195 pounds before going on the Jenny Craig diet. It's one of those diet plans where they send food to your door.

Monroe arrests

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on two arrests made officers in separate incident.

On Monday, Feb. 21, about 8:18 p.m. officers investigated an violation for a protection from abuse (PFA) order. Police said their probe revealed that Brian Cornell, 41, of Swiftwater, had called his wife by phone and made derogatory remarks. Cornell was prohibited from having any contact with his wife due to the PFA order.

Schuylkill court news

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Zoning permits

The Schuylkill County Zoning Office issued 11 permits in January and collected $4,115 in fees. The estimated cost of the construction to be undertaken from the permits was placed at $828,704. Obtaining permits were:

Symbol of strength

Saturday, February 26, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The detailed wood carving talents of sculptor Brian Ruth of "Masters of the Chainsaw" bring out and enhance the ruggedness and boldness of the American Eagle turning a log of wood into a symbol of strength. Ruth demonstrated his talents at last weekend's Winterfest in Jim Thorpe.