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March 2011

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.

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.

Palmerton VFW to hold meeting

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Palmerton Memorial VFW Post 7134 will hold its monthly meeting at the Palmerton VFW, 2020 Forest Inn Rd., Palmerton on Monday, April 11th at 7 p.m.. Post Commander Shawn Schmick will lead the meeting. Current active VFW members, veterans, and active duty personnel from all service branches are invited to attend. Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. New members are especially welcome.

ACS Chinese Auction surpasses last year's total

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Frederich Doerrpugh, 10, hands winner Tina Urban a Scotch-Brite bouquet during the ACS Chinese Auction held recently.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Frederich Doerrpugh, 10, hands winner Tina Urban a Scotch-Brite bouquet during the ACS Chinese Auction held recently.

An estimated 400 people showed up to show support and try their luck during the 18th Annual ACS Chinese Auction held recently at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville. Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society Telethon Committee and volunteers succeeded in reaching their goal of beating last year's total of about $18,900. The final tally will be announced during the upcoming ACS telethon.

Co-chairs MaryAnn Dulaney and her daughter Jess Kutza stated how pleased they were with how everything came together and the amount of regular and new volunteers that came out to help.

Coordinated Health

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

35-acre health care campus proposed for Mahoning

New jobs, healthy revenue streams and good corporate neighbor are a few of the benefits Coordinated Health CEO David Weikel said his company will bring to Mahoning Township with the construction of a new 35-acre health care campus just west of Frederick's Grove Road, along the north side of Route 443.

Named to Lebanon Valley Dean's list

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Ward
Ward

Lauren E. Ward of Tamaqua, a freshman student at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, was one of 161 first semester freshmen and transfer students recognized by the college for making an impact on the campus as a new student.

The Celebration of Student Success reception, held Feb. 17 in the Neidig-Garber Science Center atrium, honored the students' achievement.