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March 2011

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
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Wyatt Davidson, second place; Elizabeth Stonewall, third; auxiliary President Karen Bandzi; Joelle Perelli, first; Katrina Kern, fifth; and Megan Walter, fourth participated in the Patriot's Pen awards ceremony at R. W. Fritzinger Post 7215 VFW of Walnutport.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Wyatt Davidson, second place; Elizabeth Stonewall, third; auxiliary President Karen Bandzi; Joelle Perelli, first; Katrina Kern, fifth; and Megan Walter, fourth participated in the Patriot's Pen awards ceremony at R. W. Fritzinger Post 7215 VFW of Walnutport.

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.

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.

Traffic stops lead to drug charges

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Two traffic stops made by officers of the Pocono Mountain Regional police have led to drug charges.

The first stop occurred about 5 p.m. on March 20 along SR940. Police stopped a vehicle operated by Steven Spence, 21, of East Stroudsburg, for an expired inspection sticker.

While speaking with Spence officers detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. K9 Niko was brought to the scene and alerted officers to a controlled substance in the vheilce.

Successful debut for TIMES NEWS area teams

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Jeremy McGowan clears the bar at 9-6 to win the pole vault in Tuesday's Colonial League meet.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Jeremy McGowan clears the bar at 9-6 to win the pole vault in Tuesday's Colonial League meet.

It was a successful season opener for a few TIMES NEWS area track teams Tuesday.

The Northern Lehigh boys and Palmerton girls both won a pair of decisions while Pleasant Valley swept its MVC meet with East Stroudsburg North.

NL-Catasauqua-

No. Dame GP

The Northern Lehigh boys swept past Notre Dame and Catasauqua in Colonial League track action, while the Bulldog girls managed a split.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Future PASR president

Former Pleasant Valley High School principal Frederick Hackett, Brodheadsville, is the president-elect of the Monroe Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) for the 2011-2012 program year. Currently he is serving as program chair.

Two funerals

Effort UMC was the site for two funerals this past Friday. The first was for the Rev. Jack Rule, who served many area churches, including McMichaels and Effort UMC as well as Parryville UMC in Carbon County and Richmond UMC in Northampton County.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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 and his mother Kim Sargent with Hunter's sister, Olivia, 8, and brother, Carter, 10.
Hunter Wolfe and his mother Kim Sargent with Hunter's sister, Olivia, 8, and brother, Carter, 10.

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
Joe Uhnak of the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization accepts a $5,000 donation from Ann Campton, chairperson of the Horsehead Community Development Fund.
Joe Uhnak of the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization accepts a $5,000 donation from Ann Campton, chairperson of the Horsehead Community Development Fund.

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.

Schuylkill property transfers

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sheriff Joseph G. Groody, at sheriff sale, to Household Finance Consumer Discount Company, Brandon, Fla., property at 163 Penn St., Tamaqua, sold as property of Harold P. Trevorah, for $900.92.

Sheriff Groody, at sheriff sale, to Arch Bay Holdings, LLC, Tampa, Fla., property at 20 South Rd., Tamanand, Rush Township, sold as property of Nicholas G. Kriton, for $864.47.

U.S. role?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

There are many parts to the Libyan equation

As much as we like to hear our President say we've taken on a military role in Libya for humanitarian reasons – to protect the Libyan people from the genocidal regime of Muammar Gaddafi – many still feel that the bottom line reason is to protect America's vital interests, which is of course, oil.

Carbon County student inducted

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School NHS

A Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School student from Lehighton has been inducted into the National Honor Society.

Samson Blose was one of 44 juniors and seniors inducted in the NHS chapter in an online assembly through the Virtual Charter School, based in Norristown. The inductees make up about 10 percent of the school's 416 eleventh and twelfth grade students, said Joe Lyons, Executive Director of School Communications.

Vehicle stop leads to drug charges

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A vehicle stop in Carbon County has led to drug charges.

State police at Lehighton said Michael Lee Beil, 24, of Palmerton, was stopped about 6:51 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, along Little Gap Road, near Lower Smith Gap Road, in Lower Towamensing Township, for several motor vehicle code violations.

At the stop Beil was found to have in his possession a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.