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February 2011

Robbery incident reported in Monroe

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police are investigating a reported assault and robbery incident.

Police said about 12:50 a.m. on Feb. 21 officers were dispatched to Cobblewood Drive, in Summit Point, Mt. Pocono, for a report of a suspicious person. On scene officers spoke with Christyen Sumpter, 19, Tobyhanna, and a female juvenile. The two said that they were assaulted and property was taken from them.

The two described the assailants as three black males, in a dark-colored sedan.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 895-2400.

Four Bears in semis

Saturday, February 26, 2011
don herb/times news Ernest Klingel of Pleasant Valley (top) decisioned Amir Blair of Pocono Mountain West.
don herb/times news Ernest Klingel of Pleasant Valley (top) decisioned Amir Blair of Pocono Mountain West.

BETHLEHEM - Kenny Yanovich didn't waste much time on the mats Friday night during the opening rounds of the District 11 3A wrestling tournament at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium. For a freshman 103-pounder, Yanovich looked like a veteran, pinning Southern Lehigh's Cole Ruppel and Whitehall's Freddie Agou in his two bouts to easily move onto the semifinals.

But as Yanovich packed away Agou in the first period of his quarterfinal bout, he quickly gathered his belongings and ran to the adjacent mat.

Knights of Columbus crown free throw champs

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Grand Knight Christopher Heery and Youth Director Michael Heery of Damien Council # 598 of the Knights of Columbus have announced the champions of the local 2011 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The competition was recently held at Saint John Neumann Regional School in Palmerton. All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 were eligible to participate.

Mysterious flying machine

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A story has surfaced in the past week that is one of the most unusual items I have yet to come across on the world of the web. It ties together a flying machine, time travel, the military, Afghanistan and Zoroaster with some missing soldiers. The gist of the story is that sometime in the past few weeks a military expedition into the vast cave network of Afghanistan has uncovered a flying machine trapped in what sources call a "Time Well".

A sobering message

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the early morning Dec 4 response and rescue to the vehicular accident in Tamaqua involving my boyfriend Daniel Peletsky. Namely, our local fire and ambulance, EMS crews, Hopes Collision and Towing and Pennstarr Medivac, for the quick work they all did in the rescue. I would especially like to thank Hope's and my employer Bayada Nurses for holiday kindnesses and compassion extended to my family and I.

AARP driver safety course planned for Lansford seniors

Saturday, February 26, 2011

An AARP driver safety course will be presented at the St. Katharine Drexel Church, 124 E. Abbott St., Lansford, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 and Saturday, April 9 each day.

The class includes a lunch break and those attending are asked to bring a box lunch. This class is the eight hour class and is designed for those attending for the first time or those desiring a more in-depth presentation.

On this date

Saturday, February 26, 2011

February 26, 1942

It was reported today that the only survivor on the torpedoed tanker W. D. Anderson is Frank L. Terry of Lansford, a former lifeguard who went to sea only two months ago. The tanker was sunk on Feb. 23 by enemy submarines off the Atlantic Coast, about 12 miles from Florida. Thirty-five members of the crew died in the flaming wreckage or were drowned. Terry, 23, was on the deck when the attack occurred. He managed to dive into the ocean just as the tanker exploded into flames.

Arrest in domestic incident reported

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Monroe Copunty man has been arrested and charged with assaulting his father in a domestic incident.

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on Wednesday, Feb. 23, about 11:57 a.m. they were called to 105A Stillwater Drive, Pocono Summit, to investigate a reported assault. At the scene officers were told by Ioannis Anastasiaris, 59, that he was stabbed in the hand with a pen by his son, Andrew Anastasiaris, 28, and his life was threatened by the son. Police said the victim had a visible puncture wound to his hand.

West Penn Township business damaged by hit-and-run driver

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the Times News A busted front window panel is evidence of the hit-and-run incident at a business in the Village Venter Mall in Snyders.
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the Times News A busted front window panel is evidence of the hit-and-run incident at a business in the Village Venter Mall in Snyders.

West Penn Township Police are investigating a hit-and-run incident that occurred early Thursday morning at a business located in the Village Center Mall in Snyders.

An unknown driver smashed a vehicle into the door and window of the Kitchen of Dreams Custom Cabinetry business. West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson estimated the hit-and-run occurred Thursday morning between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Business owner Walter Fleck said a nearbybusiness alerted him to the damage. He also said nothing was stolen and he is still open for business.

Cold day, warm music

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

Thanks to Faculty Brass, a Lehighton-based quartet, the warmth of music filled the cold biting air last weekend in Jim Thorpe during the annual Winterfest weekend.

Home buying workshop offered

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lehighton realtor Mark VanBuskirk, an agent with Castle Gate Realty, announced that he and Dawn Eisenhower will be teaching a mini two hour home buying workshop noon to 2 p.m. March 12 at Castle Rock Realty, conference room, 238 N. First St., Lehighton.

VanDam's star still rising after fourth title

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Perhaps no city in American can equal Kalamazoo, Michigan, for bragging rights of producing two of the country's most successful and classy professional athletes.

To baseball fans, Kalamazoo is know for producing Derek Jeter, the future Hall of Fame shortstop of the New York Yankees. As "the captain" of the Yankees draws nearer to the end of his championship career, another Kalamazoo product – professional bass angler Kevin VanDam – continues his journey into nearly uncharted waters.

Another article on benefits of exercise

Saturday, February 26, 2011

You probably don't think twice (or even once) about the selection of "Fitness Master" topics and the structure to the articles. And why should you?

You read because you're interested in health and fitness, not because you're writing a review. But this week, understanding how and why I do what I do just might make you do something you probably need to.

Exercise more often.

3 bids submitted for garbage contract in Lower Towamensing

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Walnutport hauler stands a strong chance to be retained as garbage collector in Lower Towamensing Township.

Three companies submitted bids to the township on Friday, with McAuliffe Hauling & Recycling, Walnutport, turning in the apparent low bids for one, three and five-year contracts.

McAuliffe, the township's current garbage collector, bid $197,800 for one year; $605,000 for three years; and $1,030,000 for five years.

Frozen dead guy days

Saturday, February 26, 2011

As editor of the National Federation of Press Women's newsletter, The Agenda, I have the privilege of "meeting" people from all over the country, via emails and twice-a-year meetings.

This week I heard from Gail Rubin of New Mexico. She recently wrote a book, "A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don't Plan to Die."

While I'm sure it is a fascinating book chock full of very useful information, it was the conversation we had in regards to her upcoming speaking engagement in Nederland, Colorado, to promote her book, that touched my funny bone.

Leasers Corner Store offers good sandwiches at a good price

Friday, February 25, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Marshall and Melissa Leaser recently opened Leaser's Corner Store at 828 Main Road, (Franklin Township) Lehighton, at the corner of Main Road and Penn Street, across the street from the Phifer Ice Dam Park. Leaser's Corner Store offers sandwiches, pizza, wrap sandwiches, hot dogs and soups.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Marshall and Melissa Leaser recently opened Leaser's Corner Store at 828 Main Road, (Franklin Township) Lehighton, at the corner of Main Road and Penn Street, across the street from the Phifer Ice Dam Park. Leaser's Corner Store offers sandwiches, pizza, wrap sandwiches, hot dogs and soups.

Fast food can be good food - at least it is at Leaser's Corner Store.

Marshall and Melissa Leaser found their slice of business ownership heaven when they recently opened Leaser's Country Store at 828 Main Road, (Franklin Township) Lehighton.

The store is more of a deli stop than a grocery store since it is the place to go for a hoagie, wraps, salad or pizza, made fresh before your eyes.

Tamaqua area man jailed for assault

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Tamaqua area man was charged following a reported burglary at 328 Hazle St. on Tuesday.

Officers were dispatched to the home at 10:39 p.m. and found Patrick Smith, 22, of 211 S. Morris St., St. Clair, on the front porch. Smith told officers that Joseph Franz, 23, of 190 Lincoln Dr., Tamaqua R.D., had broken into the house and was assaulting resident Alicia Rae Bennett, 21.

St. Ann School apartments

Friday, February 25, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Shannon Marlow, building manager of St. Ann Senior Apartments in Lansford, shows off a kitchen in one of the 17-unit, one bedroom apartments in the building during an open house.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Shannon Marlow, building manager of St. Ann Senior Apartments in Lansford, shows off a kitchen in one of the 17-unit, one bedroom apartments in the building during an open house.

Longtime St. Ann School now a 17-unit apartment complex

For some students who decades ago were provided with an education at St. Ann's School in Lansford, they might potentially find that the building once again fulfills their needs this time providing them with housing.

The 86-year-old building along East Bertsch Street was closed in 1982 by the Diocese of Allentown and became a part of Our Lady of the Valley School in Lansford, which is now Our Lady of the Angels Academy.

Carbon court news

Friday, February 25, 2011

Credit defaults

The following actions have been filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts.

Citibank (South Dakota), 701 E. 60th St., N, Sioux Falls, S.D., filed against Carl Mann, 2100 Forest St., Lehighton, seeking $6,669.42.

FIA Card Services, 999 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples, Fla., filed against Joseph Rao, 111 E. Columbus Ave., Nesquehoning, seeking $15,595.92.

Website critical of Slatington officials

Friday, February 25, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Signs depicting a controversial website in Slatington are cropping up in the community.
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Signs depicting a controversial website in Slatington are cropping up in the community.

All but one Slatington Borough Council member is being subjected to tough criticism on a new website that is recently gaining popularity in the Borough of Slatington.

The website asks borough residents to take action by posting signs around town, distributing flyers and to advertise the web address on other websites.

Argall promotes anti-blight guide

Friday, February 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Senator David Argall discusses the importance of educating the public and local elected officials on new anti-blight law alongside Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania's Executive Director Elizabeth Hersh, Borough of Minersville's Infrastructure Manager Joe Bass, Gary Bender of Schuylkill County Demolition Program and Jeff Feeser of Schuylkill Community Action.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Senator David Argall discusses the importance of educating the public and local elected officials on new anti-blight law alongside Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania's Executive Director Elizabeth Hersh, Borough of Minersville's Infrastructure Manager Joe Bass, Gary Bender of Schuylkill County Demolition Program and Jeff Feeser of Schuylkill Community Action.

Standing before a dilapidated house in Minersville owned by an absentee landlord, Senator David Argall (R-29) joined members of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania and local officials to hand out the first available copies of A Quick Guide: New tools for Addressing Blighted Properties.

Hunter-Trapper classes scheduled for April

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Pennsylvania Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education Spring 2011 classes sponsored by Indian Mt. Rod & Gun Club, Route 534, Kresgeville will be held on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

To register contact instructor Bill Marks between 6-9 p.m. (570)992-1072.

Pre-registration is required for class. No walk -ins. There is limited seating. Minimum registration age is 11.

Certification earned is required by Pennsylvania law for all first time hunters.

Palmerton recreation areas are now off limits to smokers

Friday, February 25, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Attorney Joseph Matika, of the Summit Hill law firm of Velitsky and Matika, informs Palmerton Borough Council on Thursday of his intention to run for Judge of the Common Pleas of Carbon County in this May's Primary election.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Attorney Joseph Matika, of the Summit Hill law firm of Velitsky and Matika, informs Palmerton Borough Council on Thursday of his intention to run for Judge of the Common Pleas of Carbon County in this May's Primary election.

From this day forward, recreation areas throughout Palmerton will be smoke-free.

Borough Council on Thursday adopted an ordinance that created smoking regulations for all recreation areas in the borough.

That includes the borough park, Third Street field, and West End recreation area.

Also on Thursday, council held its second Community Development Block Grant hearing.

JT working to reorganize zoning hearing board

Friday, February 25, 2011

Jim Thorpe Borough Council has been working to reorganize the structure of the council and committees. Along with the Borough Council the Zoning Hearing Board will also be reorganized. Thursday night's Zoning Hearing Board meeting was the first step to the board's reorganization.

At last night's meeting, zoning board members discussed what needs to be reorganized. The board wants to look at the zoning guidelines and how the board functions under them. Borough Manager Wesley Johnson said, "We need to take a look at the by-laws and the way zoning hearings are supposed to proceed."

Seven arrested in drug dealing case

Friday, February 25, 2011

A routine traffic stop in Monroe County has led to the arrest of seven persons on drug dealing and related charges.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said the traffic stop occurred about 6:34 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the intersection of SR940 and Panther Lane, in Pocono Summit, for failure to stop for a red traffic signal. As a result of that stop, and a continuing investigation, the arrests were made.

Panther Valley news

Friday, February 25, 2011

Nesquehoning

Choir practice

Choir practice will be held on Wednesday, March 2 at 1 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Nesquehoning. Interested parishioners are welcome to take part in practicing for Lent, Easter, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.

Lansford

Transmission bills

As a convenience to the residents of the Borough of Lansford, the annual sewer transmission bills can be paid at the First Niagara Bank, 13 W. Ridge St., Lansford, until March 15.

Charter Day to be noted at Eckley Miners' Village

Friday, February 25, 2011

Celebrate the founding of Pennsylvania at "Charter Day" at Eckley Miners' Village on Sunday, March 13, from noon to 5 p.m. and be treated to a showing of the classic film, "The Molly Maguires," which was filmed at Eckley.

The film will be screened in the Museum auditorium at 2 p.m., and there will be a Molly Maguire display in the lobby. The Gift Shop will be open. Admission to the museum and film are free.

Thompson birth

Friday, February 25, 2011
Shane Charles Thompson
Shane Charles Thompson

THOMPSON A son, Shane Charles Thompson, was born on Jan. 30, 2011 at St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem, to Jo and Charles W. Thompson of Albrightsville.

He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

Shane has two older brothers, Kyle, 18, and Jacob, 9.

Maternal grandmother is Juliana Nonnemacher of Albrightsville.

Paternal grandparents are Nancy and Dennis Kibler of Albrightsville, and William and Bunny Thompson of Franklin, Ga.

Paternal great-grandmother is Norine Bookman of West Babylon, N.Y.

Life, she can be very 'Biutiful'

Friday, February 25, 2011

The ironically-titled "Biutiful," a foreign film Oscar nominee, has an actor Oscar-nominated, note-perfect performance by Javier Bardem.

Bardem (supporting actor Oscar winner, 2007's "No Country for Old Men") submerges his devastating handsomeness to portray a man facing a fatal disease, life-threatening and spirit-crushing poverty in the back streets of contemporary Barcelona, Spain.

This is not the sunny Barcelona of Woody Allen's 2008 glib comedy, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," in which Bardem also starred.

Woman escapes serious injury in Summit Hill crash

Friday, February 25, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A female driver escaped serious injury Thursday afternoon when involved in a crash along SR902 in Summit Hill. The crash occurred just before 2 p.m. The driver was traveling south just past the White Bear intersection when she apparently failed to see a tractor trailer in front of her attempt to make a right turn onto a dirt lane. She swerved to the right to avoid the truck striking a snow bank, then re-entered the roadway where her vehicle rolled onto its side. The roadway was closed for an hour. Borough police are investigating. Mahoning Township police assisted at the scene.

Palmerton to borrow $10M to recondition wastewater plant

Friday, February 25, 2011

Palmerton has agreed to borrow $10 million to recondition its antiquated wastewater treatment plant.

Borough council on a 6-0 vote Thursday agreed to adopt an ordinance that will enable it to borrow the money. Councilman Richard Nothstein was absent.

Council agreed to take out a three-year general obligation note through First Niagara Bank at a fixed interest rate of 2.85 percent.

That decision came after council heard from attorney Jens Damgaard, who serves as the borough's bond counsel.