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March 2011

Fire scare near Mantzville

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters and tanker trucks from throughout the area were dispatched to 2078 Evergreen Drive, near the intersection of Oak Lane near Mantzville in West Penn Township, following a report of a structure fire Wednesday. When they arrived, they noticed the home was filled with smoke. Following an investigation, the cause was traced to a blocked chimney. It was also noted that the homeowners use a combination oil and wood pellet system to heat their home. Firefighters remaining on scene to expel the smoke via large exhaust fans were from Mahoning Valley and West Penn Fire companies.

Pocono arrests

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on arrests made by officers recently.

On March 22 about 6:20 p.m. officers were dispatched to Lakeside Drive in Tobyhanna for a report of a domestic incident that was physical. On scene officers made contact with Joseph Rodriguez, 21, of Tobyhanna. Officers observed signs of injury to his face and hands.

An investigation led officers to the Emerald Lakes development where a female, Toni Feliciano, 20, also of Tobyhanna, was found. Officers took her into custody and charged her with assaulting and harassing Rodriguez.

Operation of STS changes hands tonight at midnight

Thursday, March 31, 2011

At midnight tonight the operation of Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) will be taken over by the Schuylkill County Transportation Authority consisting of nine members, in action taken by the county commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

A resolution was adopted which terminated the current management contract between the county and ReDCo at midnight and all operations related to the coordinated public transit bus line be handled and administered by the SCTA which was formed last fall.

Tamaqua Chamber to sponsor annual fishing derby

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Third Annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 9, at the Rabbit Run Reservoir in New England Valley. Derby hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Last year's event was a huge success, with a lot of participation, " said Tom Banditelli, chairman of the chamber's fishing derby committee, who has organized the event. "We are looking forward to another fun family event at the beautiful Rabbit Run Reservoir. It's a great event for kids and adults alike," offered Banditeli.

On this date

Thursday, March 31, 2011

March 31, 1951

Fair weather occurred for the dedication of Gnaden Huetten Hospital in Lehighton, today. Crowds of people from throughout Carbon County attended, with a parade preceding the dedicatory program. A Bowmanstown paraplegic, Willoughby Hagenbuch, a veteran of World War II, cut the ribbons leading to the hospital as chairman Wilbur Warner read an appropriate poem. Congressman Francis E. Walter, Easton, the principal speaker, expressed the hope that the new institution would help to build "a stronger and healthier America."

Wanted: Names and addresses of area troops

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home is looking for names and addresses of area troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to be recipients of our Spring 2011 essential's shipment.

Family members or friends with this information are asked to contact: touchofhome@hotmail.com or mail information to Operation: Touch of Home, PO Box 162, Brodheadsville, PA 18322.

Include the GI's name, rank, address and deploy dates are critical. Also provide contact info of provider.

5 homes damaged

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Firefighters attempt to enter the homes at 560 and 562 W. Franklin Street as dark smoke engulfs the sky.
Firefighters attempt to enter the homes at 560 and 562 W. Franklin Street as dark smoke engulfs the sky.

Three-alarm fire in Slatington displaces 14 persons

A fierce three-alarm fire gutted two homes and damaged three others in Slatington Wednesday afternoon.

No injuries were reported, but 14 people were displaced as a result of the outbreak that occurred just after noon.

Slatington Fire Chief Keith Weaver said firefighters were called to a fire in two attached homes at 560 and 562 W. Franklin St.

Weaver said the dwelling fire extended into two additional homes at 554 and 556 W. Franklin, which sustained severely damaged attics.

A fifth residence, a separate home at 566 W. Franklin, had minor damage, Weaver said.

Summit Hill/Lansford news

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lansford

Egg hunt

St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, will hold its annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 16, beginning at noon. The event will be sponsored by Catholic Charities. Registration is required.

OLOAA registration

Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, is accepting registrations for the 2011-2012 school year. Parents can register their child(ren) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school office, or can call (570) 645-7170/7101 to arrange an appointment.

Dumpster fire in Ryan Township

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Delano and Ryan Township firefighters responded to a dumpster fire Wednesday about 1:30 p.m. at the Locust Valley Bar and Grill located at 151 Locust Lake Road in Barnesville, Ryan Township. It is still under investigation. This was one of a several emergency calls firefighters responded to Wednesday.

Denny's return sparks Thorpe

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ron gower/times news Jim Thorpe's Mitch Franko returns the ball during his singles match on Wednesday.
ron gower/times news Jim Thorpe's Mitch Franko returns the ball during his singles match on Wednesday.

With three years of varsity experience missing from the lineup in the form of James Denny, the Jim Thorpe boys' tennis team fell last week to Tamaqua.

The Olympians welcomed Denny back into the lineup earlier this week against Pottsville and saw the effects of the senior's experience work wonders.

He was also the solution head coach Norb Lienhard was looking for on Wednesday in a rematch with Tamaqua.

With Denny in the lineup, Jim Thorpe reversed a 5-0 loss and defeated the Blue Raiders, 3-2.

Fire hose falls off truck, causes crash

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A firefighter's pickup truck comes to rest after it crashed into a PPL utility pole while returning from a fire Wednesday.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A firefighter's pickup truck comes to rest after it crashed into a PPL utility pole while returning from a fire Wednesday.

A section of fire hose fell off the back of a fire truck Wednesday morning and caused a driver to lose control of his vehicle and crash. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 11 a.m. along SR1005 (Burma Road), a quarter-mile south of SR1008 (Morea Road), in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Paul David Hillibush Jr., 37, of Barnesville, was driving his 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck behind a Delano Fire Company truck when a section of hose fell onto the road from the back of the truck.

Theft from vehicle incidents probed

Thursday, March 31, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported investigaitng two theft from vehicle incidents.

John Tegethoff, 42, of 2915 57 Road, Kunkletown, Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon Coutny, reported someone removed two truck grills and engine heads from a 1971 Ford 351 and a Cleveland Boss Special 1971. The vehicles were in a storage area on his property. The theft occurred sometime between Feb. 6 and Sunday, March 27.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Adult day care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for April, including the monthly birthday party on April 21.

Other activities planned for the month include: April 4, communion; April 6, social games; April 11, shopping trip; April 13, craft day; April 18, visit from St. Jerome's kindergarten students; April 19, Easter candy/bake sale; April 20, Salvation Army visit; April 22, closed; April 25, cooking class; April 27 sing-a-long with Audrey Christ.

Wildfires

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Season for extra care

Spring is a time when the weather begins to change, the air begins to warm and spring breezes begin to dry the dead vegetation and other debris left from the previous fall and winter. The heavy winter snow cover has disappeared and the temperatures are beginning to rise. Homeowners and others are anxious to tidy-up their lawns and properties that were impacted by this past winter's snow pack and recent rains. Many people dispose of the debris that has accumulated during the winter by burning. They are unaware of the risks to life and property that their actions may have.

Lansford man cited for theft

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Lansford man has been cited by Tamaqua police after he failed to pay for items he picked up at the Turkey Hill Minit Mart on Broad Street.

Dustin Brian Shields, 21, of Springgarden Street., allegedly entered the store last Saturday shortly after 1 a.m. and proceeded to take a bag of potato chips and seven candy bars. The total value of the items was $11.13.

Shields left the store when confronted by the sales clerk, but was apprehended a short time later on Patterson Street. He was cited for retail theft.

Monroe man facing 2 criminal counts

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Monroe County man is facing two criminal counts following an incident that occurred about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28, at 19 Peggy Lane, in Polk Township.

State police at Fern Ridge said troopers were at the above stated residence to search for a wanted person. While ther William James Anderson, 34, of Brodheadsville, interfered with the search and when told he was being arrested, resisted troopers.

Anderson was charged with resisting arrest and hindering apprehension or prosecution and was lodged in the county prison in Snydersville, pending arraignment.

On this date

Thursday, March 31, 2011

March 31, 1999

March 31, 1999 Chris Lloyd of Pleasant Valley scores 17 points to help the North team defeat the South, 126-107, in the title game of the VIA All-Star Classic. Kevin Hall of Pocono Mountain leads all scorers in the contest, which was played at Rockne Hall, with 20 points. Lehighton's Mike Quinn contributes to the victory with 15 points while the Bears' Mike Gratale connects for 11 points. The winners also receive eight points from Palmerton's Ben Bulishak.

Allentown Diocese to award Bishop's Annual Scholarships

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Allentown Diocese Bishop John O. Barres will present $1,000 scholarships to 114 eighth grade students from Catholic elementary schools who will attend one of the diocesan high schools in the Fall, during the Annual Bishop's Scholar Society Awards Ceremony to take place on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. at Alvernia College, Reading.

Included among the scholarship recipients are 16 students who will attend Marian High School, Hometown, and two students who will attend Allentown Central Catholic High School.

Lehighton couple wed 50 years

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Condly
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Condly

Jean and Robert Condly of Lehighton recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

They were married on Feb. 25, 1961 at St. Catherine of Sienna, R.C. Church, Franklin Square, Long Island, N.Y. by the Rev. John McCabe.

Mrs. Condly is the daughter of the late John and Virginia Ricciardi of Long Island.

The couple has four children: Dr. Steven Condly, and his wife Elizabeth of Oviedo, Fla.; the Rev. Dr. Robert Condly, and his wife Grace of Hartland, Wis.; Diane Follweiler, wife of Darrin of Cherryville, Pa.; and Thomas Condly, and his wife Danielle of Jim Thorpe.

Class reunion

Thursday, March 31, 2011

LAHS 1976

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1976 will hold a reunion meeting at Sapore's Restaurant at 6 p.m. on April 12.

Any class members interested in participating in planning the reunion, please call Pat at (610) 377-4526 or RaeAnn at (610) 377-5607.

Polk residents to receive re-addressing mailings

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Polk Township addresses for the Monroe County re-addressing project will be mailed to Polk residents April 8, reported Secretary/Treasurer Nancy C. May. However, residents are urged by all three supervisors not to change their address right away as the township must buy signs after an ordinance for uniform signage is adopted. Residents have two years to make the change.

The re-addressing project is a culmination of six years of work, explained May, adding, "It's a necessary thing," even though the township administration knows some people are not happy with their possible change.

Man charged with theft in Tamaqua

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Lansford man has been charged by Tamaqua police following a March 22 incident at the Hess Express Station, 307 S. Center St.

Anthony Napolitano, 26, of 13 N. Walnut St., reportedly entered the station at about 2:45 p.m. He then removed two quarts of 10W30 motor oil from the premises without making payment. The action was witnessed by the store manager and was recorded on surveillance equipment.

Napolitano was taken into custody and back to the store where he was positively identified. He was then given the opportunity to pay for the oil but declined.

Five who participated in assault incident enter pleas

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Five persons who were involved in a confrontation at a Carbon County development that resulted in assaults and damages to property, entered guilty pleas Tuesday in Carbon County court. The five appeared before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Pleading guilty to various criminal counts were the following:

Cole Kerschner, 20, of Lehighton, who pleaded to one each each of criminal conspiracy to committ simple assault, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct and four counts of harassment.

Burglary and theft incidents probed

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a burglary and theft and incidents recently.

The burlgary occurred at 183 Watercrest Ave., in the Birch Hollow Estates, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. Entry was gained to the residence sometime between Jan. 27 and Saturday, March 26, by smashing a window. Nothing was apparently taken in the break-in, troopers said. The home is owned by Yotav Eliach, of New York City, N.Y.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Walk for life

Care Net of Tamaqua, an organization providing services to pregnant women, plans to open an office in town at 223 E. Broad St.

The center will provide life-affirming guidance, counseling, prenatal classes, parenting classes and much more to area women and families.

Public meetings precede Lehighton street projects

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sessions are scheduled for Thursday evening

Two street reconstruction projects are scheduled for this spring or summer in Lehighton borough.

Public meetings with residents along the affected streets will be held Thursday in the Lehighton Municipal Building, said Bruce Steigerwalt, borough engineer.

The projects will occur on Stedman Avenue and North Eighth Street.

There also is sewerage system work slated for these two streets as well as East Side Avenue in the Meadowcrest section.

Steigerwalt said a meeting on the sewerage system work on the three streets will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Traffic stops lead to drug charges

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Two traffic stops made by officers of the Pocono Mountain Regional police have led to drug charges.

The first stop occurred about 5 p.m. on March 20 along SR940. Police stopped a vehicle operated by Steven Spence, 21, of East Stroudsburg, for an expired inspection sticker.

While speaking with Spence officers detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. K9 Niko was brought to the scene and alerted officers to a controlled substance in the vheilce.

Successful debut for TIMES NEWS area teams

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Aimee Oertner of Northern Lehigh hurls the shot put 29 feet 9 inches for a first place finish.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Aimee Oertner of Northern Lehigh hurls the shot put 29 feet 9 inches for a first place finish.

It was a successful season opener for a few TIMES NEWS area track teams Tuesday.

The Northern Lehigh boys and Palmerton girls both won a pair of decisions while Pleasant Valley swept its MVC meet with East Stroudsburg North.

NL-Catasauqua-

No. Dame GP

The Northern Lehigh boys swept past Notre Dame and Catasauqua in Colonial League track action, while the Bulldog girls managed a split.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Future PASR president

Former Pleasant Valley High School principal Frederick Hackett, Brodheadsville, is the president-elect of the Monroe Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) for the 2011-2012 program year. Currently he is serving as program chair.

Two funerals

Effort UMC was the site for two funerals this past Friday. The first was for the Rev. Jack Rule, who served many area churches, including McMichaels and Effort UMC as well as Parryville UMC in Carbon County and Richmond UMC in Northampton County.

On this date

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March 30, 1951

Approval of a three-way jointure between the school districts of Mauch Chunk, East Mauch Chunk, and Penn Forest Township was unanimously passed at a meeting of the Mauch Chunk Parent-Teachers' Association, which met in the junior-senior high school. The jointure issue will be decided finally on April 3 when representatives of the three school districts meet in the Second Ward.

Tamaqua, No. Lehigh get baseball wins

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tamaqua and Northern Lehigh picked up wins on the baseball diamond on Tuesday afternoon in local sports action.

BASEBALL

JT-No. Lehigh

The Olympians dropped another non-league decision at the hands of Northern Lehigh, 13-0 in five innings.

Marcus Kremposky finished 2-for-3 on the day with a single, double and two RBI for the Bulldogs (1-0). Teammate Jake Kern had a double with two RBI, while Ryan Trexler was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.

Sean Green and Justin Kaminski had sole hits for JT (0-2).

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