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March 2011

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.

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 March 14, 2011 photo shows a coconut and berry Passover tart in Concord, N.H. This tart sports a coconut crust that is both chewy and crispy, a pudding-like vanilla-almond filling and mounds of fresh fruit. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This March 14, 2011 photo shows a coconut and berry Passover tart in Concord, N.H. This tart sports a coconut crust that is both chewy and crispy, a pudding-like vanilla-almond filling and mounds of fresh fruit. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

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
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Bobby Kelly stays a step ahead of Jim Thorpe's Phil Schrone to win the 110 high hurdles in 17.2 seconds.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Bobby Kelly stays a step ahead of Jim Thorpe's Phil Schrone to win the 110 high hurdles in 17.2 seconds.

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
Postcard from the personal collection of Irving Bishop ofTennessee, formerly of Lehighton.It depicts Temple Israel and Talmud Torah as it looked on Bankway Street when it was constructed in 1924.
Postcard from the personal collection of Irving Bishop ofTennessee, formerly of Lehighton.It depicts Temple Israel and Talmud Torah as it looked on Bankway Street when it was constructed in 1924.

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
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.

Lehighton baseball, NL softball win

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Erika Bowman slides safely into second base as East Stroudsburg North's Alexis Kutlu stands by the bag.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Erika Bowman slides safely into second base as East Stroudsburg North's Alexis Kutlu stands by the bag.

Lehighton opened up its baseball season with a win, while Northern Lehigh rolled in its softball opener in local sports action on Monday.

BASEBALL

Lehighton

-Catasauqua

The Indians used an eight-run third inning to pull away from the Roughies for a 12-6 non-league victory to open the season.

Anthony Farole had three hits, including a triple and three RBI for Lehighton. Jacen Nalesnik hit a solo home run in the seventh, A.J. Wenrich went two-for-four with a double and RBI and Tyler Hill had two RBI.

Tigers drop early showdown

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
ron gower/times news Northwestern's Emily Iobst (21) tries to split Saucon Valley defenders Quanie Lightner (left) and Andie Evans (4). Also moving into the play is the Tigers' Aubrey Kehs (9).
ron gower/times news Northwestern's Emily Iobst (21) tries to split Saucon Valley defenders Quanie Lightner (left) and Andie Evans (4). Also moving into the play is the Tigers' Aubrey Kehs (9).

In a battle between two favorites for this year's Colonial League girls soccer title, Saucon Valley took an early lead and protected it for nearly 35 minutes to beat Northwestern 2-0 Monday in New Tripoli.

The Panthers scored their first goal less than two minutes into the game and added the second 5:05 into the contest.

"I was very happy with our first 20 minutes," said Saucon Valley head coach Stevie Ochse. "I think we played well. We put a lot of pressure on them. We possessed the ball well. We got both our goals in the first 20 minutes."

Domestic assault arrest reported

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Nesquehoning man has been charged with simple assault and harassment incident to a domestic dispute.

Borough police said on Salurday, March 26, about 11:46 p.m. Officers Brian White and Dane O'Brien were dispatched to 223 W. Catawissa St., for a reported domestic dispute.

Upon arrival officers were met by Blaine Z. Smith, 30, of that address, who said he and his wife, Jennifer Smith, were having an argument.

Tasty Maid Bakery comes to Jim Thorpe

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tasty Maid Bakery co-owner Roxann Strohl holds up two of the bakery's most popular items, sticky buns and a shoo-fly pie at their newest location at 38 Broadway in downtown Jim Thorpe.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tasty Maid Bakery co-owner Roxann Strohl holds up two of the bakery's most popular items, sticky buns and a shoo-fly pie at their newest location at 38 Broadway in downtown Jim Thorpe.

Lehighton area residents Roxann and Matthew Strohl have opened their fifth bakery at 38 Broadway in downtown Jim Thorpe.

They have a 4,000 square foot bakery in Reading, where everything is baked, and bakeries in Palmerton, Leesport, and Boyertown in addition to the new Jim Thorpe location.

According to Roxann, their first day of business in Jim Thorpe was "pretty good" with an assortment of donuts, bagels, muffins, bear claws, sticky buns, apple dumplings, pies, cobblers, danish, cookies, and whoopies for sale.