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March 2011

Polk Township news

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Historical society meeting

The Polk Township Historical Society will meet on Monday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Polk Township Municipal Building in Kresgeville.

The evening's program will be a presentation and discussion of the Polk High School Class of 1938.

This will be the first in a series of presentations they have planned regarding the early years of Polk High School.

Several members of the early classes are planning to attend and share their memories and experiences.

Marriage licenses

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Schuylkill County

Heather L. Duesenberry and David A. Plansinis Jr., 8 E. Brush St., Nuremberg.

Wendy S. Gorman and Daryl W. Deppen, 1 S. Lehigh St., Tamaqua.

Three placed in probation progam

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Three first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if a person fails to complete the program, or is revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic were:

Effort UMC's Mission Outreach Auction benefit huge success

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Auctioneers extraordinaire were Pastor Robin Fisher and Dan Smale. They kept the bidding moving.
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Auctioneers extraordinaire were Pastor Robin Fisher and Dan Smale. They kept the bidding moving.

Time, talent and treasure came together at Effort UMC's Mission Outreach Auction to benefit three mission causes.

Six long tables held over 90 items to be auctioned, explained Mission Chairperson, Pat Mackes.

"I'm very pleased with the quantity and the quality donated by our parishioners," she said as she and Gail Schellman kept busy with registering details while members and friends of the congregation inspected what had been brought in or were still being brought in.

"We have an excellent turn out," she added as Wesley Hall filled with attendees.

Auditions

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Community theater

Auditions for the Spring 2011 production of the Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theater will be held at The Studio, 255-257 East Ridge St. in Lansford on Tuesday, April 5, from 6:30-9 p.m.

The Spring 2011 production is a series of 10-Minute Plays slated for public performance on the evenings of May 13 and 14 in Jim Thorpe.

The audition call is for directors, actors, stage crew, and others interested in helping with various tasks in support of the production.

For more information, contact Al Zagofsky at (570) 325-9375 or via email at azagofsk@ptd.net.

Declamation competition students

Thursday, March 31, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The following students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently competed in the CYO District 5 Declamation Competition. From left to right are: Emma Macaluso, Allison Amodea, Cassandra Hoben, Cassidy Ryan and Taylor Horvat. Cassandra took 1st place and will represent the District in the Diocesan Competition.

Tamaqua Chamber accepts Citizen of Year nominations

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 48th Annual Citizenship Award.

The award will be presented at the 60th Annual Chamber/TIDE Dinner to be held on Wednesday, April 27 at the Tamaqua Community Center.

The award is open to all residents of the Tamaqua Area School District, 18 years of age or older. The recipient is selected on the basis of voluntary contributions to the civic advancement of Tamaqua and the well-being of its citizens. Any work for which the nominee was paid shall not be considered in the selection.

Schuylkill crash

Thursday, March 31, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a two-vehicle crash about 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, along SR61, at the intersection with S. Liberty Street in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Robert L. McClintock, 54, of Seltzer, was northbound and approaching the intersection while Diane Ward, 54, of Orwigsburg, was stopped in the left southbound lane waiting to turn left onto S. Liberty.

Trooeprs said Ward began to turn left and her 1999 Subaru Impreza was struck by McClintock's 1998 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck.

Country singer Randy Travis back at Penn's Peak, Friday

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Nicole Donatone
Nicole Donatone

Penn's Peak Radio's Nicole Donatone will open for him

Not a lot of country singers from the 80s get ample radio play today, but Randy Travis still does.

It's no wonder why.

Just when many thought his string of hits had run its cycle, he recorded "Three Wooden Crosses" which got all sorts of awards.

Following that up, he teamed with current superstar Carrie Underwood to do a remake of the 1989 ballad "I Told You So," which quickly climbed the charts last year.

Friday night, Travis is coming to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe - a return appearance - where its assured he'll be singing his many, many number one songs.

Northern Lehigh news

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Slatington Lions Club

The Slatington Lions Club will hold an indoor meeting at the Moose at 6:45 p.m. April 5.

The guest speaker will be Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge James Anthony.

Lions birthday wishes go out to Dave Meixsell (April 5) and Roger Bachman (April 7).

Yes performs at Penn's Peak

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Yes performs at Penn's Peak
Copyright 2011

A large crowd was on hand Wednesday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe for the performance of Yes, the English progessive rock band whose hits include "Owner of a Lonely Heart." The performance was the first of three concert events at the venue this week. Friday night, country great Randy Travis will be performing. On Saturday, Live Wire brings the ultimate AC/DC tribute while Beautiful Day does a U2 tribute. Both events begin at 8 p.m.

JTSD announces dates of kindergarten registration

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jim Thorpe School District will hold 2011-2012 kindergarten registration in April for the L.B. Morris and Penn Kidder buildings. The district offers a full day kindergarten experience for its students.

Ranger Rick Club to meet at CCEEC

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The monthly meeting of the Ranger Rick Club will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. The club meets the first Saturday of each month and is open to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Each month's meeting focuses on some aspect of the natural world. This month's topic, "All About Plants," will allow children to discover the importance of plants in nature's food chains and ecosystems.

Monroe incidents

Thursday, March 31, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a criminal mischief incident that occurred in Monroe County and involves a Carbon County resident as the victim.

Troopers said someone threw eggs and a jar of beet juice at the rear of a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, yellow in color, while parked in a driveway along SR715 near the L&L Pest Control, in Chestnuthill Township. The car is owned by Derek Horn, 20, of Palmerton, troopers said. The vehicle sustained damage to the rear spoiler, troopers added.

The incident occurred sometime between 8 and 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29.

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.

R. W. Fritzinger Post 7215 presents Patriot's Pen awards

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tim Grammes recently returned from Afghanistan where he was a hospital corpsman. Auxiliary President Karen Bandzi said the auxiliary would pay his membership in the VFW for three years.
Tim Grammes recently returned from Afghanistan where he was a hospital corpsman. Auxiliary President Karen Bandzi said the auxiliary would pay his membership in the VFW for three years.

The Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215, Walnutport, sponsors the Patriot's Pen essays each year. On March 12 the 2011 awards were presented with winners and their families treated to dinner.

Commander Bruce Jones welcomed everyone to the event, saying "These young people are our future."

Sue Bortz, auxiliary chaplain, asked God to "continue His blessings on our families and to bless the dependents of our departed comrades."

Hit-and-run victim still critical, probe continues

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A young Tamaqua man injured in a hit-and-run accident in the borough Sunday night remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit at St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. He is listed as being in critical, but stable, condition, according to police and hospital sources.

Robert Rehrig, 20, of Washington St., was struck by a vehicle while he was walking along Lafayette Street, hauling a metal dolly containing a beermeister. Rehrig was found in the road by a passerby bleeding from a head wound. He was airlifted to St. Luke's via a PennStar helicopter.

Sci-fi, according to 'Paul'

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The movie, "Paul," has a great title, is very funny and has a sweet storyline.

Of course, you might say that this reviewer is biased about the title.

I happened to see the movie, "Paul," on the birth date of my late father, whose name is also Paul, and who would've been 105 on March 19.

Still, "Paul" is one of those movies that exceeds expectations.

Palmerton Community News

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, April 2. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. They also need brown grocery size paper bags. The shiny inserts are acceptable.

New Lehighton police station may be ready by May 1

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Moving day could soon occur for the Lehighton Borough Police Department.

It was announced during a meeting of Lehighton Borough Council that the police might be able to relocate into their new headquarters by May 1.

The new location is the renovated auditorium and kitchen area of the Engine Company 2 building in the 100 block of South Third Street.

A fresh, sweetly savory chicken soup for spring

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
AP PHOTO/MATTHEW MEAD Curried mango chicken soup can be made dairy-free by substituting coconut milk for the creme fraiche.
AP PHOTO/MATTHEW MEAD Curried mango chicken soup can be made dairy-free by substituting coconut milk for the creme fraiche.

Getting your kids interested in food and cooking really can be as simple as asking, "Hey, do you want some mangos?"

To which my 6-year-old son, an otherwise bored participant in the grocery shopping that day, responded with an all-too-teenager-like, "Sure."

As I carried the mangos back to the cart, the sum of my plans for them amounted to peeling, cubing and dumping them on my son's plate. Apparently he'd come up with other ideas.

Named captain of mission team

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mary Jane Sterling of Summit Hill was appointed captain of the mission team "Team Braveheart" to Scotland from the Ebenezer E.C. Church, Jim Thorpe. She is preparing the team based on her years of a board member of Scotland Christian Outreach Team, LTD (SCOT). She is an experienced missionary to Scotland as this will be her fourth trip to proclaim the gospel in that bonnie nation. This mission is the summer of 2011.

Bowl For Kids Sake bowl-a-thon raises funds for adult mentors

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Maddyx and Madyson, 5, twins, children of Richele Bergdahl of East Penn Township, were among the 90 bowlers who took part in the 17th annual "Bowl for Kid's Sake" bowl-a-thon on Saturday at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop, Second and South streets, Lehighton.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Maddyx and Madyson, 5, twins, children of Richele Bergdahl of East Penn Township, were among the 90 bowlers who took part in the 17th annual "Bowl for Kid's Sake" bowl-a-thon on Saturday at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop, Second and South streets, Lehighton.

Nearly 90 bowlers took part in the 17th annual "Bowl for Kid's Sake" bowl-a-thon held Saturday at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop, Second and South streets, Lehighton.

The event was coordinated by the Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge serving Carbon County.

Sixteen teams of bowlers took part in the event. After turning in their pledges, team members bowled a game and were served refreshments by Big Brother/Big Sister board members. They were also presented prizes based on their donations.

Lehighton man pleads to indecent assault

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Lehighton man pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault and unlawful retraint in Carbon County court on Tuesday. He was one of 13 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

East Penn incident

George Thomas Anger, 48, pleaded to two counts each of indecent assault and unlawful restraint/involuntary servitide, and one of false imprisonment.

He was arrested by state police at Lehighton for an incident that occurred on Sept. 19, 2010, in East Penn Township.

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.