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March 2011

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.

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).

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

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Randy Travis
Randy Travis

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

5 homes damaged

Thursday, March 31, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Firefighters from 12 companies battle a raging fire at 560 and 562 W. Franklin Street in Slatington Wednesday afternoon. Both homes were gutted as a result of the fire.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Firefighters from 12 companies battle a raging fire at 560 and 562 W. Franklin Street in Slatington Wednesday afternoon. Both homes were gutted as a result of the fire.

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.

Denny's return sparks Thorpe

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ron gower/times news Gonzolo Hernandez-Cascante of Tamaqua remained unbeaten in singles play with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Jim Thorpe.
ron gower/times news Gonzolo Hernandez-Cascante of Tamaqua remained unbeaten in singles play with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Jim Thorpe.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.