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February 2011

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

On this date

Friday, February 25, 2011

February 25, 1943

February 25, 1943 Coaldale finishes the season with a .500 record after holding off Shenandoah for a 57-46 victory. Mike Rohall leads the way for the Tigers with 19 points while teammate Johnny Harb finishes close behind with 17. The winners, coached by Tom Raymer, outscore their opponent in every quarter. Palkovich chips in with nine points while Teno adds eight.

A call to arms 150 years ago

Friday, February 25, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Members of the 81st Pa. Volunteer Infantry, Co. K, held their 2010 annual dinner at the Restaurant at the Station, Tamaqua. The group has hopes to return again later this year.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Members of the 81st Pa. Volunteer Infantry, Co. K, held their 2010 annual dinner at the Restaurant at the Station, Tamaqua. The group has hopes to return again later this year.

Pa. Volunteer Infantry honors Civil War sacrifice

Exactly 150 years ago, big things were about to happen in Carbon County. Something similar was happening in Schuylkill County, too, and at other locations.

It was a call to arms; a fever that would redefine the country.

"It was August, 1861, when they started recruiting in Carbon County," says Ted Dombroski, West Hazleton.

Let the Madness begin

Friday, February 25, 2011

By ED HEDES

The regular season and league playoffs are in the book, pigtail round games have been played ... now it's time for the fun to begin when the district 11 basketball playoffs get into full swing tonight.

This has always been my favorite time of year. It brings back memories of three straight Class B championship in 1967, '68 and '69 back at Panther Valley High School. It was a little tougher back then because unless you were a league champion, you didn't have a shot at a district title.

Commissioner named afterschool champion

Friday, February 25, 2011
Carbon CountyCommissionerWayne Nothstein
Carbon CountyCommissionerWayne Nothstein

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein is a champion. An afterschool champion that is.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board announced that Nothstein was selected as a winner of the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network's (PSAYDN) "Afterschool Champion" award.

Nothstein said he was notified by PSAYDN earlier this month and will receive the award at the PSAYDN annual meeting Reception on March 8 in Harrisburg.

Palmerton Area High School announces third marking period honor roll

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the third marking period of the first semester of the 2010-11 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

HIGH HONORS

(3.75-4.00+ GPA

in all subjects)

SENIORS: Sarah Andrews, Kayla Bottcher, Brianne Bruer, Blake Campbell, Weizhou Chen, Jillian Farkas, Cynthia George, Lyndsey Heinrich, Amber Hettler, David Kenion, Jarrett Kleintop, Andrew McReynolds, Kaitlin Reimer, Jordan Ruzicka, Garrett Scott, Kevin Seemiller, Kortnie Shaffer, Samantha K. Smith, Derek Szena, Brianna Walck

Local couple's grandson attains rank of Eagle Scout

Friday, February 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Joseph "Tripp" Karitis, center, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. With him are, from left, his grandparents Ellen and James Kattner, and his parents, Debra and Dr. Joseph Karitis, Capt. DC, USN. Not pictured is his sister, Rachel.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Joseph "Tripp" Karitis, center, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. With him are, from left, his grandparents Ellen and James Kattner, and his parents, Debra and Dr. Joseph Karitis, Capt. DC, USN. Not pictured is his sister, Rachel.

Joseph "Tripp" Karitis III, grandson of James and Ellen Kattner of Jim Thorpe, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Feb. 19.

Tripp, 17, a senior at Sherwood High School, Olney, Md. is the son of Debra and Dr. Joseph Karitis, Capt. DC, USN, of Olney.

His Eagle Scout project was to rebuild a 20-foot by 9-foot bridge in The Friends Retirement Community in Sandy Springs, Md., with used utility poles and new decking.

Oil gluttons pay the piper

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mideast chaos not good for the oil-dependents oil-dependents like us

As the world's top oil glutton, the U.S. has long feared a scenario like the one currently unfolding in the Middle East – governments in danger of falling like dominoes and thus threatening the stability in a region that contains 56 percent of the world's oil reserves.

It seems just a matter of time before Libya, led by deranged dictator Moammar Gadhafi, falls. The world's 10th largest producer is being torn by Civil War and the fear that violence will spread to other nations has sent oil prices spiking to a 28-month high.

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.