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February 2011

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2011 Boy Scout Sunday services held at Trinity Lutheran Church

Friday, February 25, 2011

Boy Scout Sunday Service was held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Feb. 13. Attending this service was Boy Scout Troop 82 and Cub Pack 82.

The service started off by thanking Trinity for sponsoring the Scouts and thanking Scoutmaster Scot Wingert and Cubmaster Wil Hoffman for dedicating their time to scouting.

Retail theft arrests in Mahoning

Friday, February 25, 2011

On Feb. 23 at 3:22 p.m., Mahoning Township police were dispatched to the Wal-Mart Super Center for a report of a female in custody by loss prevention agents for retail theft and that she was combative.

Upon arrival, police arrested one Tiffany Elizabeth Martin, 30, of the 100 block of West Broadway, Jim Thorpe. She had attempted to leave the store without paying for $47.14 worth of merchandise.

Zion Workshop to present 'The Music Man' next week

Friday, February 25, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Having lead roles in "The Music Man," being presented March 3-5 by Zion Opera Workshop in Lehighton, are Bryan Buffington, left, as Harold Hill, and Jessica Schafer, who plays Marian Paroo.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Having lead roles in "The Music Man," being presented March 3-5 by Zion Opera Workshop in Lehighton, are Bryan Buffington, left, as Harold Hill, and Jessica Schafer, who plays Marian Paroo.

Lehighton stage production will be held March 3-5

"The Music Man," the musical by Meredith Wilson that has in it the catchy tune "Seventy-Six Trombones" is coming to Lehighton.

It will be the 42nd annual production of the Zion Opera Workship, a non-denomination community theater based at Zion U.C.C. Church, Lehighton.

The show will be staged in Derr Hall of the church on March 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m.