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February 2011

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.

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.