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February 2011

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
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.
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.

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.

Carbon to participate in statewide weather emergency exercise

Friday, February 25, 2011

Carbon County will again participate in a statewide weather emergency exercise at the 911 Communications Center in Nesquehoning on Tuesday, March 1.

This exercise is part of Weather Emergency Preparedness Week, which was adopted by the Carbon County Commissioners during their Thursday meeting. Weather Emergency Preparedness Week is Feb. 28 through March 4.

Summit Hill driver cited in Tamaqua

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Summit Hill man has been cited by Tamaqua police after he apparently became impatient waiting for school buses.

Several school buses were parked on Orwigsburg Street at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17 waiting to pick up students when a white Dodge Ram drove up on the sidewalk, passing the buses. From information provided officers determined the truck had been driven by Edward R. Geiger Jr., 36, of 43 E. Hazard St.

He was given citations for driving on the sidewalk and reckless driving.

Tamaqua woman among 23 to enter guilty pleas

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Tamaqua woman was among 23 people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Lawfer birth

Friday, February 25, 2011
Kevin Michael Lawfer
Kevin Michael Lawfer

A son, Kevin Michael Lawfer, was born to Brian S. and Susan Ward Lawfer of Barnesville, at 5:52 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2011 at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

He weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces, and measured 19 inches long.

Kevin has a 4-year-old sister, Julia Morgan Lawfer.

Maternal grandparents are George and Nancy Ward of Barnesville.

Paternal grandparents are Norwood and Carol Lawfer of Stony Run. Nancy Lawfer of Topton is the children's great-grandmother.

Pink Floyd Experience brings "Animals" to life at Penn's Peak

Friday, February 25, 2011
The giant floating pig, symbolic of Pink Floyd's "Animals" album, rises above the crowd at Penn's Peak during the performance of The Pink Floyd Experience".
The giant floating pig, symbolic of Pink Floyd's "Animals" album, rises above the crowd at Penn's Peak during the performance of The Pink Floyd Experience".

You will believe a pig can fly.

A replica of the giant pink floating pig, a mascot for Pink Floyd's "Animals" album and tour from the 1970's, made its appearance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Thursday evening as part of the performance by tribute band the Pink Floyd Experience.

The six piece band, led by San Diego native Tom Quinn on guitar and vocals, strives to replicate not only the music of the British progressive supergroup but the eye-catching visuals of its concerts as well.

E. Schuylkill Rec Commission reorganizes

Friday, February 25, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission held its reorganization meeting for 2011 on Thursday, Feb. 24. The ESRC includes representatives from the Boroughs of Tamaqua, Coaldale and Middleport, the Townships of Rush, Schuylkill, Walker and West Penn, as well as the Tamaqua Area School District and Tamaqua YMCA. From left are Tom Amershek (West Penn), John Trudich (Tamaqua), Jim Akins (West Penn, outgoing chairman), Linda DeDindio (Schuylkill Township, incoming chairwoman), Jason Boris (executive director), Sue Solt (Coaldale, vice chairwoman) and Mike Murphy (Coaldale).

Mashack, Lakitsky move to top of Tamaqua victory list

Friday, February 25, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua senior wrestlers Kolby Mashack (left) and Garth Lakitsky have a combined record of 63-1 this season.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua senior wrestlers Kolby Mashack (left) and Garth Lakitsky have a combined record of 63-1 this season.

As freshmen, Kolby Mashack and Garth Lakitsky joined Tamaqua's varsity wrestling team and made an immediate impact.

Now seniors, the two Blue Raiders are in the process of etching their names in the record books as the school's all-time winningest grapplers by the time they are through.

Mashack is already atop the Tamaqua win list, with his 124 triumphs two more than previous record holder, 2000 graduate Andy Breiner, who has 122 victories. Lakitsky currently has 119, good for third place and counting.

On this date

Friday, February 25, 2011

February 25, 1985

Today's 50th anniversary of the Bowmanstown Fire Company is being celebrated with the arrival of a new truck - a tanker and pumper combination. An open house which included the serving of refreshments also marks the occasion. Lester Everett, assistant fire chief, said a parade and other festivities in conjunction with the anniverary will be held Aug. 3. In conjunction with the anniversary festivities, the fire company has available various souvenir items.

Rep. Knowles warns families to be wary of suspicious student financial aid offers

Friday, February 25, 2011

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) and the Pennsylvania High Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) would like to caution students and families about potentially fraudulent financial aid offers.

During financial aid application season, students and families may be contacted by individuals or companies offering assistance for securing money for a college education. For a cost, persons or companies may offer help in securing scholarship money or in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Panther Valley news

Friday, February 25, 2011

Summit Hill

St. Paul Lutheran

The "Doughnut Nite" festivities that had been planned for St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, on Tuesday, March 8, have been canceled.

The congregation will hold a church council meeting that night at 7 o'clock.

Food distribution

The Summit Hill Food Pantry distributes food boxes to the needy in town on a monthly basis. Drop-offs are usually made on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

New mayor of Chicago,current Carbon commissioner

Friday, February 25, 2011
New mayor of Chicago,current Carbon commissioner
Copyright 2011

Rahm Emanuel, left, who easily defeated five opponents Tuesday in an election for mayor of Chicago, is shown with Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek during a gathering last year at the White House when Emanuel was serving as White House Chief of Staff for President Barrack Obama.

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, February 25, 2011

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

Sheriff of Carbon County to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, McLean, Va., two transactions, properties at 344 Smithlane Road and 1106 E. Lizard Creek Road, $1 each.

Jim Thorpe

Michael W. Gustin to William C. Gustin, 77 W. Sixth St., Jim Thorpe, property at 77 W. Sixth St., $1.

Kidder Township

John Lalor Joyce to Robert Fasulo, Yardley, Pa., Lot B12, Split Rock, $25,000.

Lansford

Kory B. Bates to DonnaBillett, 239 E. Ridge St., Lansford, property at 239 E. Ridge St., $18,000.

Monroe man cited by Tamaqua police

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Stroudsburg man has been cited by Tamaqua police for passing a bad check.

Sher Afsar Khan, 63, of 7793 Ramble Bush Rd., wrote a check on July 26, 2010, in the amount of $765, payable to Robert Kenesky of Tamaqua. The check was returned due to insufficient funds in the account. Khan failed to respond to attempts to resolve the issue.

Charges were filed Feb. 22 in the office of District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua.

Fibromyalgia support group

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will resume meetings on March 2 at 6 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ, located off the Airport Beltway behind the Toyota dealership in Hazleton.

Guest speaker will be Amanda Neidlinger of River Run Healing Arts in White Haven who will discuss self-care and empowerment.

At the April 6 meeting Dr. Robert Echenberg will discuss pain management.

On May 4 from 2-4 p.m. the group will hold an open house to celebrate Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. That night from 6-8 p.m. Dr. Jan McGovern will talk about "Rhythm Healing."

Students unhurt in school bus accident

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

There were no injuries Thursday afternoon when a driver drove her car into the rear of a loaded school bus on Bankway Street in Lehighton. The crash occurred just before 3 p.m. as the bus was sitting in traffic waiting to make a left turn onto the McCall bridge. The driver of the car failed to see the stopped bus. None of the students on the bus nor the driver of the car were injured in the mishap. The car suffered heavy front end damage and had to be towed from the scene. Lehighton police are investigating the incident.

McCann "Battle For Battle" funds go to ACS

Friday, February 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Staff from the Pottsville Campus of McCann School of Business and Technology has donated funds to the American Cancer Society that were raised from the "Battle for the Battle" Event that took place at Lakeside Ballroom on Dec. 3, 2010. During this event, 11 bands from eight different local high schools came to together in support of a good cause with a battle of the bands and dance off competition. A total of $2,200 was raised and the proceeds were split between the Schuylkill, Carbon/Tamaqua, and Hazleton Units of the American Cancer Society.