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February 2011

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.

Theft incident in Carbon probed

Saturday, February 26, 2011

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

Troopers said Robert Murphy, 67, of Hopewell, N.J., reported a digital camera was missing from his residence located along White Oak Drive, on Penn Forest Township, Jim Thorpe. The theft occurred sometime between 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, and 7 a.m. on Thursday. The camera is valued at $200.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (610) 377-4270.

Take advantage of tax credit on home purchase

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

The real estate market was hard hit during the recent financial crisis, but home ownership is still considered a good investment by many. As you file your 2010 tax return, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants notes that this may be your last chance to take advantage of a valuable tax credit if you purchased a home early last year. This letter answers five common questions about the credit.

How Does the Homebuyer Credit Work?

A love affair with books

Saturday, February 26, 2011

By MARY TOBIA

tneditor@tnonline.com

Winter time is my favorite time to get home from work, make supper, and then curl up on the couch with a warm afghan and a good book.

Ok. For all that know me personally, I have a book with me at all times whether it be winter, spring, summer or fall!

I love to open up a novel and get lost in the story. I especially like the rare finds of the ones that appeal to you so much that you find yourself pulling it out and reading it during every free minute you can find.

Late winter thoughts

Saturday, February 26, 2011

This winter hasn't been a laughing matter. Snow, ice, high winds, we have experienced just about every obstacle Mother Nature can send our way.

But what's adversity without humor.

A loyal reader sent this story on, one you're sure to get a chuckle from as you await spring now only 22 days away.

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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".

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.

Candidates start filing petitions to run for offices in Carbon Co.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The anticipated steady flow of filing of nominating petitions by persons seeking elective offices in Carbon County in 2011 has begun in the Carbon County Elections Office.

By law, persons aspiring to offices on the county, borough, township and school district levels are required to circulate nominating petitions from eligible registered voters in their respective jurisdictions. The process began on Feb. 15 and will continue until the deadline of March 8.

Lions February honoree

Friday, February 25, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Penn-Kidder Lions Club honored Denessa Edwards of Albrightsville as its Student of the Month for February. An eighth grader at the Penn Kidder campus of the Jim Thorpe School District, she is the daughter of Dillan and Carla Edwards. Her recognition was presented by Penn-Kidder Lions Club charter member Kevin Nallie, back. Joining Denessa, center, at the award presentation at the club's breakfast meeting were her mother, right, and her sister Tajhira, left.

Nesquehoning special service

Friday, February 25, 2011

St. John's the Baptist Orthodox Church, 9 W. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, will hold a special service in advance of the approaching Lenten season, on Saturday, Feb. 26, starting at 9 a.m. The service will include divine liturgy for the faithful and those deceased. Rev. Robert J. Teklinski, pastor, will officiate.

Youth association seeks to use borough hall gym

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Palmerton youth organization has pleaded its case to once again utilize the borough hall gymnasium as a practice facility.

Several handfuls of members of the Palmerton Youth Basketball Association met with borough council on Thursday to seek permission for use of the gym for basketball practice.

Kyle Kratzer, a member of the organization, asked council if it would reconsider its stance, and said there are over 200 kids involved in the organization spread out over 23 different teams and volunteer coaches.

Holy Family coach resigns

Friday, February 25, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Holy Family men's basketball coach John O'Connor has resigned following his videotaped conflict with former player Matt Kravchuk.

Holy Family forward Sam Mushman told the Associated Press that O'Connor informed the team on Thursday he would step down.

The decision came after O'Connor learned he will not face criminal charges from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

"Peace, brother"

Friday, February 25, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

This snowman along East Cottage Avenue in Tamaqua seems to be saying, "Peace, brother. Hang in there, springtime is only three weeks away."

Tamaqua news

Friday, February 25, 2011

Rush taxes

Rush Township tax collector Dolores Walck has set new office hours for 2011. During the months of March and April, the office will be open Tuesdays, from 6-8 p.m., and Wednesdays, from 9-11 a.m. Hours will be extended for the last week of the discount period. In addition to the Tuesday and Wednesday hours, the office will be open, Thursday, April 28 from 10-11 a.m. and from 6-7 p.m.

Hours during May and June will be Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m.

Northern Lehigh High School announces third marking period honor roll

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mrs. Aileen Yadush, Principal of Northern Senior High School, has announced the honor roll for the third marking period of the 2010-2011 school year.

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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.