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March 2011

Carbon resident victim of mischief

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Carbon County resident was the victim of a act of criminal mischief at a Luzerne County site.

State police at Hazleton said the windshield on the parked 2000 Saturn SL1 of Kimberly Elizabeth Stackhouse, of Lansford, was smashed by someone who used a chunk of ice to do it.

The incident occurred in the parking lot of Amazon, Oakridge Rd., Humboldt Industrial Park, Hazle Township. The incident occurred sometime between 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, and 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday.

CCTI honors 'Sonny' Kovatch and his family

Thursday, March 31, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Participating in the tribute to John "Sonny" Kovatch and the Kovatch family at CCTI Wednesday were Anthony Demarco, left, Joint Operating Committee Chair; Kathy Reaman, Sonny Kovatch's daughter; Judy Lebo, Sonny Kovatch's daughter; John Kovatch III, Sonny Kovatch's son; David Reinbold; CCTI Administrative Director, and Helen Kovatch, Sonny Kovatch's wife.
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Participating in the tribute to John "Sonny" Kovatch and the Kovatch family at CCTI Wednesday were Anthony Demarco, left, Joint Operating Committee Chair; Kathy Reaman, Sonny Kovatch's daughter; Judy Lebo, Sonny Kovatch's daughter; John Kovatch III, Sonny Kovatch's son; David Reinbold; CCTI Administrative Director, and Helen Kovatch, Sonny Kovatch's wife.

Carbon Career and Technical Institute awarded the Kovatch family of Nesquehoning with a proclamation honoring the late John 'Sonny' Kovatch Jr. on Wednesday afternoon. The Kovatch family was also invited to have lunch with members of the administration at CCTI's Harvest Café.

John 'Sonny' Kovatch Jr. was the founder of KME Kovatch. KME is known for giving to the community, including CCTI.

"They (KME) donate to CCTI financially and they offer co-op positions to the students," stated CCTI Joint Operating Committee member, Andrew Yenser. "They really support the school."

CORRECTION

Thursday, March 31, 2011

First Friday observances will be split this month for members of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Tamaqua. Communion calls to Tamaqua residents will be made this Friday. Communion calls to residents of Hometown and Coaldale will be made Thursday, April 7.

Dreams really do come true

Thursday, March 31, 2011
 ABOVE: Danielle Green of Summit Hill tries on a prom dress for her mother, Wendy Heydt, to check out.  LEFT: Kailey Frable of New Ringgold shops around for the perfect prom dress.
ABOVE: Danielle Green of Summit Hill tries on a prom dress for her mother, Wendy Heydt, to check out. LEFT: Kailey Frable of New Ringgold shops around for the perfect prom dress.

Dress sale raises over $3,500 for Dream Come True

The fourth annual Prom and Wedding Dress Sale, held Tuesday at Penn's Peak raised $3,559. All the proceeds from the sale will go to the Blue Ridge Chapter of Dream Come True, an organization that grants wishes for seriously ill children.

Last year's sale raised over $2,000, while the year before raised over $3,000. Julianne Farina, marketing and public relations coordinator for Blue Ridge Communications and an organizer of the annual dress sale, stated that her goal for this year was to surpass both those totals and hit $3,500.

Fire aftermath

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS John Urban of Ryan Township looks over the burnt remains of the home he shared with his wife Sarah, following a fire that completely destroyed the structure and all of its contents Wednesday morning.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS John Urban of Ryan Township looks over the burnt remains of the home he shared with his wife Sarah, following a fire that completely destroyed the structure and all of its contents Wednesday morning.

Home is a total loss for Barnesville couple

John and Sarah Urban of Barnesville lost all their belongings following a fire that completely razed their rural Ryan Township home located at 687 Brockton Mountain Drive Wednesday morning.

At around 8:20 a.m. Sarah awoke to the smell of smoke, while John, who is currently laid off from work and didn't have home insurance, jumped out of bed and looked in his living room to see his couch "blow-up" in flames.

The fire was so far involved that the couple ran outside barefoot while wearing only their pajamas.

Traveling out of the country? Get your passport on April 9

Thursday, March 31, 2011

If you're planning to travel out of the country, but don't have a passport, the solution is closer than you think - at a nearby Post Office. The Postal Service is teaming up with the U.S. State Department for National Passport Day on Saturday, April 9. Many Post Offices will be holding Passport Fairs to help customers who need a passport get ready for overseas travel. Passport applications will be processed in the main window section, no appointment is necessary during the Passport Fair.

Man jailed for assault on two troopers; having numerous guns

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Wednesday after he assaulted two state troopers and was found to have in his possession numerous weapons although he is not allowed to possess any type of firearms.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the suspect as Michael Lucas, 56, of Auburn.

According to troopers about 8:11 a.m. Trooper Allyssa Becker observed Lucas driving a 2007 Fort truck along SR443, in Pine Grove Township, weaving in and out of traffic while westbound.

Tambasco enters U.S. Navy

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Civilian Sammy Tambasco, a 2009 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School, Brodheadsville recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Pittsburgh.

The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.

Tambasco will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

Homework help is offered at the Palmerton Area Library

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Palmerton Area Library, located at 402 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, has created a new program to assist students with their homework.

The volunteer Homework Helpers will assist the staff in enhancing library service by providing students in grades K-12 with after-school homework assistance to help them succeed in the classroom.

The Homework Helpers are volunteers from diverse backgrounds capable of assisting with homework assignments in English, math, science and other subjects.

All of the volunteers have completed an application process and background check.

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.

Judging stand

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Abandoning costly project is right decision

It's possibly one of the oldest horse racing stands in America, but preserving it appears not to be an option.

This week, Lehighton Borough Council said it will either raze the bulky, wooden structure that now stands as an eyesore in the town's Community Grove or give it away if some valid group or organization wants to pay for removal.

The old stand was used at the former Carbon County Fair in Lehighton for more than 100 years. It stood in front of the fair's grandstand for the exposition's final run in 1993.

4th Annual Bear Run coming up

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jim Mannello, chairman of the West End Rotary Club's 4th Annual Bear Run Run and Fun Walk says there will be a free t-shirt for the first 150 people who preregister by April 1.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jim Mannello, chairman of the West End Rotary Club's 4th Annual Bear Run Run and Fun Walk says there will be a free t-shirt for the first 150 people who preregister by April 1.

The West End Rotary Club is looking for runners and walkers to participate in its 4th Annual Bear Run and Fun Walk on Saturday, April 16 at the Pleasant Valley High School on Rt. 209, Brodheadsville.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the Run and Walk will begin at 9 a.m. The proceeds will benefit the West End Relay For Life/American Cancer Society and other Rotary projects.

Summit Hill/Lansford News

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Summit Hill

SHCIO to meet

The Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Summit Hill Borough Hall. Debra Ranck, president, will be in charge of the session.

Registration open

The Winnie-the-Pooh Preschool, which is sponsored by the Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, Summit Hill, is accepting registrations.

Parents who would like to enroll their child in the program can call the school, (570) 645-4238, between the hours of 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.

Cat licensing

JTAHS students work out with the National Guard

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

National Guard members led students through a physical workout that included several different stations around the perimeter of the high school gymnasium where students stopped to do a variety of low-impact physical exercises. This was all a part of the "Guard Fit Program" in which Guard members visit schools to train kids in such workouts. One of the goals of the program is to have kids build up gradually in their own spare time with simple exercises to keep them in good physical condition. The students for this day were members of the 9th & 10th grade classes at JTAHS.

Two area women among 14 to enter guilty pleas

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Two area women were among 14 people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court recently and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin as follows:

Easy as pie with Martha Stewart's latest cookbook

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
This book cover courtesy of Clarkson Potter shows the cover of "Martha Stewart's Pies & Tarts." Stewart's latest cookbook offers more than 150 recipes whose clear instructions, gorgeous photos and brevity (all recipes fit on one page) take the intimidation out of pastry. (AP Photo/Clarkson Potter) NO SALES
This book cover courtesy of Clarkson Potter shows the cover of "Martha Stewart's Pies & Tarts." Stewart's latest cookbook offers more than 150 recipes whose clear instructions, gorgeous photos and brevity (all recipes fit on one page) take the intimidation out of pastry. (AP Photo/Clarkson Potter) NO SALES

Whoever coined the phrase "easy as pie" clearly didn't bake much. Enter Martha Stewart ... Again.

Stewart's latest cookbook "New Pies and Tarts" – offers more than 150 recipes whose clear instructions, gorgeous photos and brevity (all recipes fit on one page) take the intimidation out of pastry. Organized by category from "classic" (think apple) to "free-form" (no pie plate handy?) to "artful" (double lattice crusts, shingled leaves), the book lets users pick pies according to their skill and occasion.

Thorpe thinclads sweep Marian

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Jim Thorpe's Angelica Poalillo (left), Marian's Alex Hutta and Jim Thorpe's Amber Carroll finish 1-2-3 in the girls 100-meter dash. Poalillo won it with a time of 13.4 Bob Ford/times news
Jim Thorpe's Angelica Poalillo (left), Marian's Alex Hutta and Jim Thorpe's Amber Carroll finish 1-2-3 in the girls 100-meter dash. Poalillo won it with a time of 13.4 Bob Ford/times news

Olympians' P.J. Johnson takes first in all four events in first meet of season

There may not have been that many spectators at Marian and Jim Thorpe's track meet on Tuesday, but that didn't stop the Olympians' P.J. Johnson from putting on a show.

Johnson placed first in all four events that he competed in en route to leading his fellow track team to a 75-66 victory over the Colts. The junior took home both sprinting events (100M and 200M), the long jump and was the last leg of the winning 400M Relay team. As it turns out, he wasn't even 100 percent.

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.