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March 2011

Student of The Month

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

Jim Thorpe Area School District/Penn Kidder Campus eighth grader Annamarie Fiducia, center, displays her certificate that she received from the Penn Kidder Lions Club by being named Student of The Month for the month of March. She was accompanied to a breakfast meeting of the Lions by her parents Keelie, left; and Paul.

No April foolin' around, get ready for more snow

Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's no joke: Weather forecasters expect an April Fool's Day snow storm.

How much snow depends on the geographic area and on who's doing the forecasting. AccuWeather meteorologists are expecting 5.1 inches of snow to fall in the Lehighton area from about 8 p.m. today through Friday morning. AccuWeather's totals vary from 4.2 in Tamaqua to 5.3 inches in Albrightsville.

Carbon Senior Games preparing for 23rd year

Thursday, March 31, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Victor Pituch, one of the organizers of the Carbon County Senior Games, right, announces the start of the one-mile walk during the 2010 games. Open practice sessions for this year's games will be held every Thursday in April, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Lehighton Recreational Center. The 2011 Carbon County Senior Games will be held May 3-12.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Victor Pituch, one of the organizers of the Carbon County Senior Games, right, announces the start of the one-mile walk during the 2010 games. Open practice sessions for this year's games will be held every Thursday in April, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Lehighton Recreational Center. The 2011 Carbon County Senior Games will be held May 3-12.

Calling all Carbon County seniors who would like to participate in the upcoming 2011 Senior Games.

Cheerleaders' clothing drive will help victims in Haiti and Japan

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lora Huerst, right, Storm team coordinator of Northwestern All Star Cheer Association (NACA) is assisted by Marybeth Long, head coach, with the clothing drive held Saturday at Tumble with Denise Gym, 961 Oak Drive Road, Lehighton. The clothing will be helping victims in Haiti and Japan who need clothing.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lora Huerst, right, Storm team coordinator of Northwestern All Star Cheer Association (NACA) is assisted by Marybeth Long, head coach, with the clothing drive held Saturday at Tumble with Denise Gym, 961 Oak Drive Road, Lehighton. The clothing will be helping victims in Haiti and Japan who need clothing.

A clothing drive held Saturday by the Storm team of the Northwestern All Star Cheer Association (NACA) at Tumble with Denise Gym, 961 Oak Drive Road, Lehighton, brought more in donations than they ever anticipated.

"We've asked all the cheerleaders to bring their good used clothing and everyone wanted to donate," said Lora Huerst, team coordinator. "The clothing will be sorted and sent to areas who need clothing," said Huerst. "Some of the clothing will be sent to Haiti and some will be sent to Japan to help those victims of the tsunami."

Mobile Veterans Center accessed at Lehighton Legion

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Dennis McCaig of Jim Thorpe, left, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, was one of the first 20 veterans to visit the Mobile Veterans Center van at the Lehighton American Legion Post. From left are McCaig, Fred Shaffer, commander of the Lehighton American Legion Post 314; and State Rep. Doyle Heffley.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Dennis McCaig of Jim Thorpe, left, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, was one of the first 20 veterans to visit the Mobile Veterans Center van at the Lehighton American Legion Post. From left are McCaig, Fred Shaffer, commander of the Lehighton American Legion Post 314; and State Rep. Doyle Heffley.

Veterans flocked Tuesday to the Mobile Veterans Center.

In the first hour of the five hour visit, 20 veterans learned how to access their veterans benefits.

Dennis McCaig of Jim Thorpe, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam was one of the first 20 who stopped by the van.

"I wanted to see what benefits I am eligible for," said McCaig. "I figured this was a good time since the mobile van was here."

Conservation art winners

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

The following students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy were recently notified that they won awards for their art entries at the Carbon County Conservation Contest. They will receive their awards on April 26 at the Carbon County Courthouse. The students from left to right are: Alexus Eschbach - Grade 5, Honorable Mention; Lauren Nietz - Grade 8, Second Place; Sadie Trubilla - Grade 1, Third Place; Allison Amodea - Grade 7, First Place; Jacob Trubilla Grade 2 Third Place; Danielle Dillee - Grade 8 - Honorable Mention.

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.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 2:28 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, along SR940 at Crestwood Drive, in Mt. Pocono.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said a vehicle operated by Scott E. Price, 21, of Cresco, was stopped for failure to stop for a posted stop sign at Knox Street.

Price was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was then taken to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood test.

Named to dean's list at Univ. of S. Florida

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Casey Wagner, daughter of Paul and Laura Wagner of Quakake, has been named to the Dean's List for the Fall semester at the University of South Florida-Tampa. A junior students majoring in Health and Physical Education, she earned a 4.0 grade point average.

Completing the "family"

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
EDWIN A DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rabbi Melody Davis
EDWIN A DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rabbi Melody Davis

Temple Israel of Lehighton welcomes new rabbi, Melody Davis

"Bashert" - a term meaning "ordained by God, meant to be" - is how Rabbi Melody Davis explains her journeyto Temple Israel of Lehighton. After receiving several invitations to attendthe High Holy Days at the Temple,she decided to accept. In a short period of time, the congregation formed a special relationship with Rabbi Melody that can now be labeled "family." According to Treasurer Vickie Semmel, "Rabbi Melody's leadershiphas lifted the congregation to new levels of spirituality."

Northern Lehigh Food Bank to be renovated

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

With its expansion already complete, next up on the checklist is the renovation of the Northern Lehigh Food Bank.

Washington Township will receive bids for phase II of the project, which calls for renovations to the structure, located at 7884 Center Street, Emerald.

Bids are due by 3 p.m. May 3, and will be publicly opened and read aloud at a workshop meeting of the township's board of supervisors at 3:15 p.m.

Monroe resident gets jail time for escape

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Monroe County resident was sentenced to a jail term after pleading guilty on Tuesday in Carbon County court to escape. He was one of 10 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Mahoning incident

Kyle Kubin, 27, of Tannersville, and formerly of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve three to 12 months on the charge and is facing more problems with the law.

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.