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February 2011

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.

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.

Tamaqua man cited twice

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Tamaqua man was cited twice Wednesday evening after police received complaints about his behavior.

John Smith, 21, of Hazle Street, was reportedly trespassing at 110 Market St., at 8:50 p.m. A short time later, at 10:35 p.m., he reportedly was causing a commotion in the 300 block of Hazle Street.

He was cited for trespassing and for public drunkenness.

Woman hurt in Mahoning accident

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

A woman was injured early this morning when she was involved in a crash at the intersection of Strauss Valley Road and SR902 in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred at 5:30 a.m. as the victim was traveling south rounding a curve when she encountered an accumulation of slush and water on the surface of the road. Her car swerved into the right berm where it struck a snow bank which acted as a launching pad sending he car airborne into several trees. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels on the roadway.

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.

Four-vehicle crash in Mahoning

Friday, February 25, 2011

On Feb. 23 at 4:02 p.m., Mahoning Township police were dispatched to the intersection of SR209 and Packerton Dam Drive for a report of a four-vehicle accident involving injury and the roadway being blocked.

According to a report released by Police Chief Kenneth Barnes, a female driving a Chrysler PT Cruiser was stopped at the stop sign on Packerton Dam Dr. at 209. A female driving a GMC minivan was traveling on 209 heading toward Lehighton and approaching the intersection. The driver of the minivan saw the PT Cruiser stopped at the stop sign.

Two-vehicle crash probed in Monroe

Friday, February 25, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of SR715 and Miller Road, in Jackson Township, Monroe County, that occurred about 9 p.m. on Feb. 18.

Troopers said Elaine Lovito, 78, of Cresco, was operating a 2004 Volvo XC90 eastbound on 715 while Elisha J. Elliott-Leavy, 31, of Saylorsburg, was stopped in the westbound lane of Miller Road in a 2009 Nissan Rogue.

Carbon hires legal counsel for battle on constitution

Friday, February 25, 2011

Carbon County officials are preparing for litigation that was filed against the county by a Jim Thorpe business owner earlier this month.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve a proposal submitted by Robert L. Knupp of Knupp Law Offices LLC in Harrisburg to serve as special counsel for Carbon County and all parties named in the notice of appeal/petition for judicial review that was filed by Robert Dages, owner of Vision Stone Stoves and a member of the Carbon County Constitutionalists on Feb. 14.

Carbon EMA to host emergency services training sessions

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced a number of emergency services training sessions for the next few months. The sessions are coordinated by the EMA.

Registration is required for each class. To register, call, e-mail or fax the organization that is hosting the class.

The classes are as follows:

Ÿ ICS-400: March 5 and 6, at the Carbon County EMA, Contact the EMA for details.

Ÿ Hazmat Awareness: 6:30 p.m., March 7, at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA for details.

Ken, turning 50, still second fiddle to Barbie

Friday, February 25, 2011

Ken and he doesn't need a last name is about to turn 50.

And he still spends his time chasing a salty blond vixen.

That Barbie. She gets all the glory. Ninety percent of American girls own a Barbie. She has video games, clothing lines, DVDs, books. Her perky name is venerated.

"She is our heroine," said Lisa McKnight, vice president of marketing at Mattel. "She can do and be anything, and so we never want anything to narrow her scope."

Ken has stood on the periphery.

Four area girls teams in quarterfinals action

Friday, February 25, 2011

Four area girls basketball teams will be action this weekend in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 basketball tournament.

Pleasant Valley will play tonight while Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe and Palmerton all take the court Saturday afternoon.

GIRLS

Class 4A

No. 8 Liberty (12-11) vs.

No. 1 Pleasant Valley (18-6)

TIPOFF: Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at East Stroudsburg South

COACHES: Liberty – Amy Yencho; Pleasant Valley – Nadia Gauronsky