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March 2011

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.

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.

Schuylkill driver in Carbon crash

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Schuylkill County driver was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred in Carbon County. State police at Lehighton said the crash occurred about 4:21 p.m. on Friday, March 25, along SR248 at the Bowmanstown exit in Bowmanstown.

Troopers said Ruth Raymond, of Andreas, was drivng a Toyota Camry westbound when she lost control. The vehicle struck the concrete divider.

Schuylkill court news

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Resentenced

Mark Yacovelli, 41, Mahanoy City, was resentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes to serve 60 to 120 days in the county prison on a charge of driving while his operating privileges were suspended-DUI related.

Schuylkill fugitive is apprehended

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Schuylkill County man, wanted on two separate warrants, one for striking a police officer, was apprehended on Monday.

State police at Frackville said Marques Reginald Reaves, 26, formerly of Pottsville, was taken into custody in Reading about 9:30 a.m. by troopers, Reading city police, U.S. Marshall's and state parole officers.

He was returned to Schuylkill County and arraigned on various charges and committed to the county prison in Pottsville. There is also a detainer on him filed by the state parole board.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Hazleton Industrial Development Corporation to Four Girls Meme, LLC, 1 E. Maple St., P.O. Box 186, Tresckow, Lot 11, McAdoo Industrial Park, $75,000.

Franklin Township

Sheriff of Carbon County to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, Fort Mill, S.C., property at 55 Snyder Drive, $1.

Sheriff of Carbon County to HSBC Bank U.S.A., N.A., Fort Mill, S.C., property at 1126 Main Road, $1.

Kidder Township