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February 2011

Coaldale GOP to meet

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Coaldale Republican Party will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at the West Ward Rod & Gun Club.

Primary Election information will be reviewed. The last day to file nominating petitions is Tuesday, March 8, at the County Election Bureau in Pottsville.

County controller candidates Christy Joy and Eric Hollen are the invited guests for the meeting.

Palmerton VFW to meet on March 14

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Palmerton Memorial VFW Post 7134 will hold its monthly meeting at the Palmerton VFW, 2020 Forest Inn Rd., Palmerton on March 14 at 7 p.m. Post Commander Shawn Schmick will lead the meeting. Current VFW members, veterans, and active duty personnel from all service branches are invited to attend. Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. New members are welcome.

On this date

Monday, February 28, 2011

February 28, 1977

A resolution naming Mrs. M. Evelyn Gaydos of Coaldale a "permanent member" of the board of directors, Carbon-Schuylkill Industrial Development Corporation, was adopted by the board at its meeting in Edgemont Lodge, Lansford. President Joseph Snoha was in charge of the meeting. The resolution stated that Mrs. Gaydos was a charter member of the board, a past president, and had served faithfully with CSIDC's predecessors in helping created jobs for Panther Valley residents.

Carbon County property transfers

Monday, February 28, 2011

Deeds recorded

Franklin Township

Township of Franklin to Township of Franklin, 900 Fairyland Road, Lehighton, property at 889 Fairyland Road, $1.

Sheriff of Carbon County to Mauch Chunk Trust Company, 1111 North St., Jim Thorpe, property at 1280 Main Road, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Michael Hrinkonich to Wayne Smith, 21 W. Chipmunk Trail, Jim Thorpe, property at 45 Coal St., $40,000.

Kidder Township

Schuylkill crashes

Monday, February 28, 2011

State police at Frackville reported on two crashes investigated by troopers on Schuylkill County roadways, both occurring on Friday, Feb. 25.

A tractor trailer rig crashed about 7:30 a.m. along Interstate 81 in Ryan Township. Troopers said Jonathan Mader, 46, of Duncannon, Perry County, was driving a 2010 Volvo tractor with trailer southbound when the rig left the road for unknown reasons and onto the berm where it rolled over and came to rest.

Mader was not injured but the tractor had to be towed. Troopers said Mader was cited for the crash.

Melissa d'Arabian stretches definition of kids' cooking

Monday, February 28, 2011
AP Photo/J Pat Carter Celebrity chef Melissa d'Arabian speaks to The Associated Press in Miami Beach, Fla., Saturday, at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. She talked about the economics of eating and food.
AP Photo/J Pat Carter Celebrity chef Melissa d'Arabian speaks to The Associated Press in Miami Beach, Fla., Saturday, at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. She talked about the economics of eating and food.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – On television, Melissa d'Arabian teaches families how to stretch their food budgets. At home, she stretches the definition of cooking with kids.

Sometimes, her young daughters help her with elaborate recipes that evolve into arts and crafts projects of sorts where they aren't "counting on that food to actually eat," she said.

Other times, it's all about getting dinner on the table quickly, so she'll hand them a bowl of applesauce to stir while she does all the real food preparation.

'Survival 101'– a student guide to staying alive

Monday, February 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Weatherly Area High School juniors and seniors listen as Weatherly Police Officers George Keifer and Ed Kubert present a powerful and hard-hitting driver safety presentation called "Survival 101" on Friday afternoon in the high school gym.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Weatherly Area High School juniors and seniors listen as Weatherly Police Officers George Keifer and Ed Kubert present a powerful and hard-hitting driver safety presentation called "Survival 101" on Friday afternoon in the high school gym.

Eleventh- and 12th-grade students at Weatherly Area High School attended a powerful and hard-hitting driver safety presentation called "Survival 101" on Friday afternoon in the high school gym.

Presented by Weatherly Police Officers George Keifer and Ed Kubert, Survival 101 is a dynamic multimedia presentation geared toward middle and high school students.

Traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for Pennsylvania's young people and two-thirds of those killed each year are unbuckled.

L.B. MORRIS: Students aid Carbon County animal shelters

Monday, February 28, 2011

Students from L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe have worked together to raise supplies and cash for the Carbon County animal shelters.

While reading stories based on the theme "Doing the Right Thing," students in the fifth grade formed a plan to help those that can't help themselves cats and dogs at local animal shelters.

First, there was a bake sale held during the elementary band and chorus Christmas Concert event at the high school.

Next, all grades at the L.B. Morris were asked to bring supplies and money from home to help those needy animals.

Two men injured in icy accidents

Monday, February 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two men were injured Saturday morning when involved in two separate accidents with both hitting the same large patch of ice across SR443 in West Penn Township. The crash occurred just after 8 a.m. just east of the intersection with Cold Spring Road. The first elderly gentleman was traveling east when he struck the ice causing his pickup truck to spin out of control crossing the two lanes of the roadway and plummeting down an embankment into a field. The truck came to rest on its wheels.

Valentine's Day lunch

Monday, February 28, 2011
Carol Zickler/Special to the times news
Carol Zickler/Special to the times news

Students in the Panther Valley High School were treated to a special lunch on Valentine's Day. Students Virginia Hyland, Brandon Weaver, Kevin Gray, and David Angst are enjoying the lunch with a special chef in the background. Vicky Stahr, food service director, under the management of the Nutrition Group in conjunction with principal, Joseph Gunnels, are responsible for the new idea.

Quick response saves Franklin home

Monday, February 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A quick response by Franklin Township firefighters saved a home early Sunday morning. The fire was first reported just before 5 a.m. in a home along the 100 block of Church street. When police and the first fire units arrived on scene they found smoke coming from the large ranch style home. The fire may have had its source near a chimney and spread from there. Firemen were on the scene well over an hour. Lehighton paramedics stood by at the site. Franklin Township fire police closed down Church street.

Bears send 5 to regionals

Monday, February 28, 2011
DON HERB/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Michael Dahlstrom of Pleasant Valley tries to get away from Blue Mountain's Brandon Choate in thneir 130-pound bout.Choate won by a 3-2 decision.
DON HERB/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Michael Dahlstrom of Pleasant Valley tries to get away from Blue Mountain's Brandon Choate in thneir 130-pound bout.Choate won by a 3-2 decision.

BETHLEHEHEM - Mark Getz talked about how none of the wrestlers on this year's Pleasant Valley squad had placed in the top six at the District 11 3A wrestling tournament before. So, after a joyous first day that saw four Bears reach the semifinals, day two was a reality check for his inexperienced contingent. None of PV's semifinalists reached the finals, but five Bears did advance to this weekend's Northeast Regional 3A tournament back at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium.

District 11 Class AA Wrestling results

Monday, February 28, 2011

TEAM LEGEND AND SCORING

Monroe crashes

Monday, February 28, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported on three crashes probed by troopers on roads in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, recently.

A one-vehicle crash occurred about 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, along Old Stagecoach Road. Troopers said Stephen D. Hellman, 51, of Brodheadsville, was driving a 2006 Jeep Compass eastbound when the vehicle left the road and struck a tree along the berm. Hellman was not injured.

He was cited for driving a vehicle at an (un) safe speed.

On this date

Monday, February 28, 2011

February 28, 1964

February 28, 1964 Jim Thorpe closes the regular season on a winning note, rallying for a 69-52 victory over Pocono Mountain. Ronnie Hydro leads the way for the Olympians, coached by Tony Romano, with a game-high 26 points. The winners, who fell behind 10-2 in the contest, also receive 17 points from Jack Kmetz. Thorpe also gets seven points from both Ronnie Miller and Billy Rhodes.

Area matmen deliver in finals

Monday, February 28, 2011
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Colin Hedash tries to turn Saucon Valley's Ray O'Donnell in the 171-pound championship bout.
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Colin Hedash tries to turn Saucon Valley's Ray O'Donnell in the 171-pound championship bout.

Heller, Clymer, Hedash, Lakitsky all capture gold medals

BETHLEHEM - Zane Heller displayed a flair for the dramatic.

Bobby Clymer scrambled his way to an upset.

Colin Hedash joined his brothers atop the awards stand.

Garth Lakitsky showed another opponent the lights.

TIMES NEWS area wrestlers went 4-for-4 in the finals of the District 11 Class AA championships Saturday night at Liberty High School's Memorial Gym, with Northern Lehigh's Heller and Hedash, Northwestern's Clymer and Tamaqua's Lakitsky capturing the gold medals.

High school sports ticket sales

Monday, February 28, 2011

Marian

Marian High School will hold ticket sales for their District 11 boys and girls basketball games.

Tickets will be on sale in the high school office on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

The Colts will play Tuesday against Moravian Academy at 7 p.m. at Tamaqua.

The Fillies will play Wednesday, also against Moravian Academy, at 6 p.m. at Blue Mountain.

Northern Lehigh

Northern Lehigh High School will hold ticket sales for its District 11 boys and girls basketball games.

Cabin Fever Book Club

Monday, February 28, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Jane Borbe, Sally Kraus, Bill Leickel, moderator Nancy Taras, Lisa McKeown, Barbara Egerton and Nelson Markley were among the people participating in a Cabin Fever Book Club meeting.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Jane Borbe, Sally Kraus, Bill Leickel, moderator Nancy Taras, Lisa McKeown, Barbara Egerton and Nelson Markley were among the people participating in a Cabin Fever Book Club meeting.

Members discuss hiking Appalachian Trail through authors

People were asked to give their personal connections to the Appalachian Trail when the Cabin Fever Book Club met Thursday at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

The first book discussed by the club was Maurice Broun's "Hawks Aloft" about Hawk Mountain. For February it was "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson. He hiked much of the Appalachian Trail as he became reacquainted with this country after an extended European stay.

Three-vehicle crash probed

Monday, February 28, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a three-vehicle crash that occurred about 7:10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, along SR715 in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Troopers said Sashagaye C. Channer, 24, of Albrightsville, was southbound in a 2001 Nissan Santra followed by Cynthia L. Vidal, 43, of East Stroudsburg, who was operating a 2002 Dodge Ram 3500 truck. As both approached the intersection with Hypsie Gap Road, Nathaniel K. Kodjovi, 50, of Effort, approached from the opposite direction driving a 2005 Pontiac Montana.

Car gutted by fire in Summit Hill

Monday, February 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from the Mahoning Valley Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 and West Penn Fire Company responded to a car fire on West Mountain Top Road, at the top of Roads End Road on Bugsy's Hill, located between West Penn Township and Summit Hill, near the Schuylkill and Carbon county line, Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m. Reportedly the owners of a white AWD Subaru Legacy came back to their vehicle in an attempt to get it started. After spending a short while working on their vehicle, a small fire ignited in the front of the vehicle and quickly engulfed the car.

DCT Benefit

Monday, February 28, 2011

Donations of gently-used prom/wedding dresses requested

Donate your prom and wedding dresses today and help support Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter. New and gently-used dresses and accessories including jewelry, purses, shawls, and shoes will be accepted until March 15.

Drop off locations include the following Blue Ridge Communications offices: Walnutport, Gilbert, Palmerton, Stroudsburg, Lansford, and Lehighton.

Palmerton Lions plan meeting

Monday, February 28, 2011

Palmerton Lions Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7 at the Community Service Center, Franklin Avenue, Palmerton. Liz McElwee, region chairperson will visit the club and review the club excellence process. Any individual or business interested in learning more about Lionism, or attending a club meeting may contact membership chairperson Nick Hawkey at (610) 826-6465 or you may email him at hawkeys@gmail.com.

Palmerton goes OT to turn back Becahi

Monday, February 28, 2011
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Kelsey Hay leans back as she looks for a teammate and tries to avoid a double-team from Bethlehem Catholic's Caitlin Kessler (35) and Shannon Smith (right).
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Kelsey Hay leans back as she looks for a teammate and tries to avoid a double-team from Bethlehem Catholic's Caitlin Kessler (35) and Shannon Smith (right).

ALLENTOWN - At times it looked more like a prize fight, as Bethlehem Catholic and Palmerton both didn't want Saturday's District 11 Class 3A quarterfinal to be their final game of the season. It was also evident neither wanted to take the easy road to the next round.

Four Golden Hawks finished the afternoon on the bench after fouling out. Bomber co-captain Kelsey Hay also went to the sidelines with five fouls and 1:31 left in regulation and her team with a three-point lead.

Mailbox exploded in West Penn

Monday, February 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West Penn Township Police Officer Jason Lorah gathers evidence as he inspects a piece of duct tape that was used in the making of an explosive device that destroyed a mailbox on Sunday night on Dairy Road in South Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West Penn Township Police Officer Jason Lorah gathers evidence as he inspects a piece of duct tape that was used in the making of an explosive device that destroyed a mailbox on Sunday night on Dairy Road in South Tamaqua.

West Penn Police are investigating an incident involving an exploding mailbox that occurred Sunday night around 10 p.m. on 916 Dairy Rd. in South Tamaqua.

Vandals placed an explosive device in the box to destroy it.

A Tamaqua Crime Watch official stated that the incident is considered a felony offense.

The United States Postal Inspection Service can investigate cases in which residential mailboxes are destroyed because they are considered federal property.

Lehighton man to face trial on assault charge

Monday, February 28, 2011

A Lehighton man will face a court trial in Schuylkill County for an alleged assault in Tamaqua.

Gregory Michael Muffley, 27, of 227 Ochre St., was bound over for trial following his preliminary hearing last week before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua.

Muffley was accused of breaking into a home at 114 Patterson St., Tamaqua, on Feb. 12. Muffley then allegedly struck resident Alicia Whah, his former girlfriend, in the face with her purse. Charges of simple assault and harassment were filed by Patrolman Thomas Rodgers.

Rock throwing incident probed

Monday, February 28, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a rock-throwing incident that occurred along a Schuylkill County road.

Troopers said Denise Patricia Houser, of Barnesville, was driving a 2010 Dodge Caliber northbound along W. Market Street, in the area of Greenview Drive, in North Manheim Township, when someone threw a rock at her vehicle. It struck the front windshield of the vehicle, troopers said.

The person who threw the rock fled the area through the Schuylkill County Country Club golf course. The incident occurred about 3:10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26.

48 units collected during blood and platelet replacement drive

Monday, February 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Forty eight units were collected during a Miller Keystone blood and platelet replacement drive held Sunday at the West Penn Fire Company in support of Harold "HT" Fryer, of New Ringgold, who is undergoing recovery treatment for Aplastic Anemia, a rare but serious medical condition where bone marrow does not replenish the body with new red and white cells. At times, it can be a potentially fatal condition. HT says he is currently doing well with the new treatment. Family member Kelly Boerner stated her appreciation to all who took time to come out and donate.

Northern Lehigh well represented in Lehigh band festival concert

Monday, February 28, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Students who will represent Northern Lehigh High School in the 53rd annual Lehigh County Honors Band concert this Saturday include (front row, l-r), Jamie Miller, Abby Messinger, Logan Thomson, Heather Heiney (back row, l-r), Michael Miller, Zac Schlegel, Marc Beleno, and John Hudicka.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Students who will represent Northern Lehigh High School in the 53rd annual Lehigh County Honors Band concert this Saturday include (front row, l-r), Jamie Miller, Abby Messinger, Logan Thomson, Heather Heiney (back row, l-r), Michael Miller, Zac Schlegel, Marc Beleno, and John Hudicka.

It provides a platform for students to showcase their musical talents on the grand stage.

That could shed some light as to why members of the Northern Lehigh High School Band are on cloud nine as they prepare to perform at their biggest production of the year.

That would be in the form of the 53rd annual Lehigh County Honors Band festival concert, scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northwestern Lehigh High School. The Host director this year is Scott Brown, band director at Northwestern Lehigh High School.

DeWire wins gold

Monday, February 28, 2011
Nancy Scholz/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Dane DeWire of Tamaqua does a back dive earning 29.60 points for his first attempt at the District 11 Class aA Championships. DeWire went on to win the gold medal.
Nancy Scholz/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Dane DeWire of Tamaqua does a back dive earning 29.60 points for his first attempt at the District 11 Class aA Championships. DeWire went on to win the gold medal.

EMMAUS - For the last three years, Dane DeWire waited his turn at the District 11 Class AA Diving Championship.

After taking one step onto the medal stand last season with a bronze medal, the Tamaqua senior finally earned the right to take two steps to the top of the medal stand by winning his first-ever district gold medal on Saturday.

DeWire also earned the golden opportunity to extend his highly decorated final high school campaign a the PIAA State Diving Championship on March 17th.

Doctor speaks to Rotarians

Monday, February 28, 2011
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Dr. Stephanie Wernett of Blue Mountain Health System was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. She discussed the local hospital's pharmaceutical system and procedures. Pictured left to right are Lehighton Rotary Club Vice President Rev. Leon Morgan, Rotarian Bob McCombs, and Dr. Wernett. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Monday mornings from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Beacon 443 Diner/Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Schuylkill court news

Monday, February 28, 2011

Back taxes

Tamaqua Area School District filed a petition to enter a lien on the property of Norman and Alice Gryczyusky, 54 Angel Drive, West Penn Township, alleging $1,134.36 is owed in back real estate taxes to the school district.

Divorces granted

Deborah H. Pascavage was granted a divorce from Bruce D. Pascavage, both of Mahanoy City. They were married July 3, 1999.

Angela Snyder, Valley View, Hegins Township, was granted a divorce from Mitchell Snyder, Pitman, Eldred Township. They were married June 21, 1999.