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March 2011

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.

Concert of hope

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Watoto Children's Choir to perform

The Watoto (pronounced Wah-2-2) Children's Choir from Uganda, Africa, will give a "Concert of Hope" at Faith United Church of Christ, Hazleton, on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the concert is to raise awareness of the plight of two million children in Uganda that have been left parentless as a result of war and disease.

The choir is very uplifting (check it out on YouTube). It raises money for both the children's plight and their travels through love offerings, products sold at the concerts and individual (or congregational) sponsorships of the children.

Two cited for damaging vehicles

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Two Monroe County residents were cited for damaging each other's vehicles.

State police at Fern Ridge said Ashley Renae Knibbs, 23, and Brice Buck House, 25, both of Effort, were cited for criminal mischief. Troopers said the two smashed the windshield on each other's car.

The incident occurred about noon on Monday, March 28, at 1724 Valley Road, in the Sun Valley development in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 646-2271.

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.

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).

No. Lehigh 107 05 - 13 8 1

Mobile home destroyed in Ryan Twp.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Mobile home destroyed in Ryan Twp.
Copyright 2011

Firefighters from surrounding areas responded to fully-engulfed structure fire around 8:30 a.m. this morning in Ryan Township. The fire completely destroyed a mobile home at 695 Brockton Mountain Drive. Firefighters from Hometown, Delano, Brockton, Tuscarora, Mahanoy City and Tamaqua responded. Tamaqua RIT also responded. No injuries were reported, although a number of house pets are unaccounted for. The Eastern Northumberland and Schuylkill County Red Cross is helping the family. Tamaqua fire police detoured traffic around the area for the duration.

4-H meeting slated

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

There will be a meeting of the County Line 4-H Community Club on Sunday, April 3. The meeting will be held at the home of Tony Boyle, 101 Berry Road, Andreas, starting at 5 p.m. The emphasis of the 4-H club will be mechanical projects and small engines. New members are welcome.

For more information about the club and directions, please contact Tony Boyle at (570) 751-6320.

Carbon man gets state jail time for drug dealing

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Carbon County man, arrested as part of a ring of 12 people involved in burglaries and drug dealing, was sentenced to a state prison term Tuesday in Carbon County court.

John Joseph Aleksiejczyk, 41, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve 15 to 30 months on a charge of criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. The jail term is followed by one year of probation. Aleksiejczyk previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

Young and courageous

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Hunter Wolfe, 12, of Jim Thorpe, who has been diagnosed with acute lympocytic leukemia, holds poster of Holy Cross basketball player Andrew Keister. The basketball star had the same type of leukemia when he was just 8, and was cured.
Hunter Wolfe, 12, of Jim Thorpe, who has been diagnosed with acute lympocytic leukemia, holds poster of Holy Cross basketball player Andrew Keister. The basketball star had the same type of leukemia when he was just 8, and was cured.

12-year-old says there are 'perks' to having leukemia

Every year the Carbon-Schuylkill Unit of the American Cancer Society presents "Courage Awards" to three cancer victims, giving them recognition for their optimism and determination in coping with the illness.

Among the recipients this year is Hunter Kurak Wolfe, a 12-year-old Jim Thorpe lad who has acute lymphocytic leukemia, that's coupled with an incredibly positive attitude which belies his small stature.

PVMS stduents of month

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School has announced their students of the month for February. Left to right are sixth grader Chloe Markovich, seventh grader Alexandra Kennedy, and eighth grader Claudia Smith. Each student received a gift card and certificate to note the occasion.

Horsehead contributes to veterans memorial

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Those on hand for the acceptance of a donation toward the Palmerton Veterans Memorial Project include, from left, Al Kohler, Harry Brown, Joe Uhnak, Ed Moyer, Bobby Solt, Bob Kuba, Bill Smelas, Bernie Shea, Ann Campton, George Beechay, Rodger Danielson and Jeanne Stemler.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Those on hand for the acceptance of a donation toward the Palmerton Veterans Memorial Project include, from left, Al Kohler, Harry Brown, Joe Uhnak, Ed Moyer, Bobby Solt, Bob Kuba, Bill Smelas, Bernie Shea, Ann Campton, George Beechay, Rodger Danielson and Jeanne Stemler.

The eventual construction of a veterans memorial in Palmerton has just received a boost.

That's because the Horsehead Community Development Fund agreed to donate $5,000 toward the construction of the memorial.

Members of the HCDF met recently in the borough park with the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization and borough officials to present the contribution.

Joe Uhnak, of the PUVO, said the organization accepted the gesture on behalf of all veterans living and deceased.

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.

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