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February 2011

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.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Monday, February 28, 2011

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one- vehicle crash. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 3:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, along Valley Road, at the intersection with Lower Road, in Walker Township.

Troopers said Justin Lindenmuth, 25, of Quakake, was driving a 2009 Volkswagen GTI southbound when he lost control at the intersection. The car went off the left side of the road and hit a utility pole. Lindenmuth and his passenger, Matthew Barnisky, 23, of Brockton, were not injured.

Meyers-Brown

Monday, February 28, 2011
Eric Brown and Lindsay Meyers
Eric Brown and Lindsay Meyers

Joseph and Cindy Meyers of Slatington have announced the engagement of their daughter Lindsay to Eric Brown, son of Darryl Brown of Hamburg and Deborah McDill of Reading.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of the Allentown School of Cosmetology.

She is employed as a hair stylist at Sydney's Haircolor Concept Salon, Coopersburg.

The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of Lincoln Technical Institute.

He is employed as a mechanical designer at Javen Engineering in Fort Washington.

A September 2011 wedding is planned.

It's that time of the year

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

Girl Scout troops around our area are working hard to sell their Girl Scout cookies as they hold fundraisers and stand in front of local businesses selling their cookies. The $700 million Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates large benefits for girls, their councils and communities nationwide. Girls set cookie goals to support their chosen activities for the year, to pay for community service and leadership projects, to attend summer camp, to plan trips near and far and to provide events for girls in their community.

Marriage licenses

Monday, February 28, 2011

Schuylkill County

Melissa M. Johnson, 26 Maple Lane, New Ringgold, and Robert A. Boyer Sr., 246 Ridge Road, Schuylkill Haven.

Nicole D. Moore, 800 Hazle St., Tamaqua, and Paul J. Yeager, 222 Green St., Tamaqua.

Renee L. Baker and Michael J. Sosar, 301 E. Grant St., McAdoo.

Genevieve Scullion and John T. Henne, 22 N. Greenwood St., Tamaqua.

Abandoned, destroyed vehicle leads to arrest in Barnesville

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

Police from Tamaqua and Rush Township responded just before 2 a.m. Sunday to a report of an abandoned vehicle parked in the southbound lane of Tuscarora Park Road, SR1015, near the Tuscarora State Park entrance in Barnesville. When they arrived they noticed no one was with the vehicle and it had been heavily damaged after traveling a short distance off the road over an embankment around a nearby turn and then wound up traveling back on the road for about couple hundred feet with missing and deflated tires.

Boroughs, townships have 2011 election races

Monday, February 28, 2011

There are elected positions to be filled in all of Carbon County's school boards, boroughs and townships in the 2011 Municipal Election. Persons seeking the offices have until March 8 to file nominating petitions in the Carbon County Elections Bureau in order to get their names on the ballot.

School boards

In all six school districts in the county, voters will select persons to serve on the school boards.

Woman injured in W. Penn crash

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

West Penn Township police are investigating a crash early Saturday morning which left the female driver of the car injured. The crash occurred just before 3 a.m. at the intersection of SR309 and SR443 East. The woman was driving north on SR309 when she apparently lost control of her vehicle with the unit swerving onto the right berm impacting with a large rock and a tree. The victim was trapped in the wreckage for about a half hour before being freed by members of the West Penn Fire Co. #1.

Vehicle crashes into mall

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

An elderly woman escaped injury Sunday afternoon after her sport utility vehicle (SUV) crashed through the front plate glass store front of the E Z Market along SR309 in West Penn Township. The crash took place just after noon when she was pulling into the strip mall parking lot. The store is occupied as offices of the market and no one was injured in the incident. The vehicle jumped the curb and crashed into the metal and plate glass structure. The victim was evaluated at the scene by members of the Penn Mahoning ambulance. Township police are investigating the incident.

Weathering the storms State 'Preparedness Week' urges citizens to be alert

Monday, February 28, 2011

We weren't much past New Year's and the common statement heard regarding the weather went something like "Winter ... I'm sick of it!"

It has been a stormy year for most of the nation and forecasters point to that moisture pattern continuing. That means a state like Pennsylvania – one of the most flood-prone states in the nation – must be ready for the March lion. With the ground well-saturated by melting snow and heavy rain, the potential for flooding is always high.

Ice causes Summit Hill crash

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

A young woman was injured in a crash Saturday morning after her car came in contact with a large patch of ice along East White Bear Drive in Summit Hill. The crash occurred just after 9 a.m. as she was driving west about a mile west of SR902. After sliding on the ice her car left the right berm striking several objects along the berm before rolling onto its roof. She was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. The patch of ice measured almost a hundred yards in length. Summit Hill police are investigating the incident.

New Columbus Fire Co. auxiliary to meet

Monday, February 28, 2011

The New Columbus Fire Company Auxiliary will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. at the fire house. President Gerry McConnon will preside.

Social committee members are Ursula Digilio and Wilma Rose.

Raiders top JT

Monday, February 28, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Ali Updike gets a hand onthe ball to keep it away from Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson as teammate Maria Streisel also helps.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Ali Updike gets a hand onthe ball to keep it away from Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson as teammate Maria Streisel also helps.

POTTSVILLE It's no secret Tamaqua is known mostly for its offensive abilities.

But in the postseason, the Lady Raiders have proven their defense can also get the job done.

In the Schuylkill League finals, Joe Berezwick's club held down a quality Tri-Valley team en route to a championship.

And on Saturday, in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class AAA playoffs, they did it again against Jim Thorpe.

Jim Thorpe Community Watch plans meeting

Monday, February 28, 2011

Jim Thorpe Community Watch will be meet at 7 p.m. March 17 at Memorial Hall. Jim Thorpe residents are encouraged to come and join the growing group of volunteers who are making positive improvements in the community.

District 11 Class AAA wrestling results

Monday, February 28, 2011

TEAM LEGEND AND SCORING

1. Easton (E) 273.5, 2. Nazareth (Na) 231, 3. Parkland (Pa) 219, 4. Northampton (No) 214.5, 5. Liberty (L) 120, 6. Stroudsburg (S) 96, 7. Pocono Mountain East (PME) 90.5, 8. Blue Mountain (BM) 90, 9. East Stroudsburg South (ESS) 88.5, 10. Pleasant Valley (PV) 79.5, 11. Freedom (F) 72, 12. Southern Lehigh (SL) 66, 13. Pocono Mountain West (PMW) 56, 14. Dieruff (D) 49.5, 15. Pottsville (Po) 49, 16. Emmaus (E) 48.5, 17. Whitehall (W) 40, 18. Allen (A) 21, 19. Bangor (B) 20, 20. East Stroudsburg North (ESN) 14.

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

LALLC plans meeting

Monday, February 28, 2011

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 3 at the Harvest Café at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe. District Governor Robert Kelsey will be the guest speaker.

Walnutport driver facing hit/run

Monday, February 28, 2011

A Walnutport driver is facing a charge of hit and run following a crash that occurred about 7 a.m. on Feb. 21 along Kernsville Road at Orchard Road, in Lowhill Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Denis J. Chandler, 62, was driving a 2010 Hyundai Elantra eastbound and negotiating a left curve in the road when he lost control. The car traveled off the right side and struck a stop sign located at the intersection and proceeded into a field where the car also struck a business sign.

A toga party by TAHS students

Monday, February 28, 2011
ron gower/times news
ron gower/times news

The student cheering section of Tamaqua Area High School staged a toga party for the Lady Raiders District XI basketball game against Jim Thorpe on Saturday in Martz Hall, Pottsville. The students had plenty of cheering to do as their team won, advancing in the district competition to play again in Martz Hall on Wednesday.

Troop N Camp Cadet 2011 applications being accepted

Monday, February 28, 2011

The application period for the 2011 Troop N Camp Cadet program is now open and applications are being accepted.

Anyone interested in attending camp can obtain an application at any of the following Troop N state police stations: Hazleton, Bloomsburg, Lehighton, Fern Ridge and Swiftwater. Applications have also been distributed to most of the local schools located throughout the Troop N area.

The application can also be accessed and printed out via the PSP public website, www.psp.state.pa.us.

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.