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March 2011

Three placed in probation progam

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Three first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if a person fails to complete the program, or is revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic were:

Effort UMC's Mission Outreach Auction benefit huge success

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Jessica "Vanna" Kondratik walked many steps to show off auction items at Effort UMC's Mission Outreach auction. This one had much bidding.
Jessica "Vanna" Kondratik walked many steps to show off auction items at Effort UMC's Mission Outreach auction. This one had much bidding.

Time, talent and treasure came together at Effort UMC's Mission Outreach Auction to benefit three mission causes.

Six long tables held over 90 items to be auctioned, explained Mission Chairperson, Pat Mackes.

"I'm very pleased with the quantity and the quality donated by our parishioners," she said as she and Gail Schellman kept busy with registering details while members and friends of the congregation inspected what had been brought in or were still being brought in.

"We have an excellent turn out," she added as Wesley Hall filled with attendees.

Auditions

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Community theater

Auditions for the Spring 2011 production of the Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theater will be held at The Studio, 255-257 East Ridge St. in Lansford on Tuesday, April 5, from 6:30-9 p.m.

The Spring 2011 production is a series of 10-Minute Plays slated for public performance on the evenings of May 13 and 14 in Jim Thorpe.

The audition call is for directors, actors, stage crew, and others interested in helping with various tasks in support of the production.

For more information, contact Al Zagofsky at (570) 325-9375 or via email at azagofsk@ptd.net.

Declamation competition students

Thursday, March 31, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The following students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently competed in the CYO District 5 Declamation Competition. From left to right are: Emma Macaluso, Allison Amodea, Cassandra Hoben, Cassidy Ryan and Taylor Horvat. Cassandra took 1st place and will represent the District in the Diocesan Competition.

Tamaqua Chamber accepts Citizen of Year nominations

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 48th Annual Citizenship Award.

The award will be presented at the 60th Annual Chamber/TIDE Dinner to be held on Wednesday, April 27 at the Tamaqua Community Center.

The award is open to all residents of the Tamaqua Area School District, 18 years of age or older. The recipient is selected on the basis of voluntary contributions to the civic advancement of Tamaqua and the well-being of its citizens. Any work for which the nominee was paid shall not be considered in the selection.

Schuylkill crash

Thursday, March 31, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a two-vehicle crash about 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, along SR61, at the intersection with S. Liberty Street in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Robert L. McClintock, 54, of Seltzer, was northbound and approaching the intersection while Diane Ward, 54, of Orwigsburg, was stopped in the left southbound lane waiting to turn left onto S. Liberty.

Trooeprs said Ward began to turn left and her 1999 Subaru Impreza was struck by McClintock's 1998 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck.

Country singer Randy Travis back at Penn's Peak, Friday

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Randy Travis
Randy Travis

Penn's Peak Radio's Nicole Donatone will open for him

Not a lot of country singers from the 80s get ample radio play today, but Randy Travis still does.

It's no wonder why.

Just when many thought his string of hits had run its cycle, he recorded "Three Wooden Crosses" which got all sorts of awards.

Following that up, he teamed with current superstar Carrie Underwood to do a remake of the 1989 ballad "I Told You So," which quickly climbed the charts last year.

Friday night, Travis is coming to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe - a return appearance - where its assured he'll be singing his many, many number one songs.

Northern Lehigh news

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Slatington Lions Club

The Slatington Lions Club will hold an indoor meeting at the Moose at 6:45 p.m. April 5.

The guest speaker will be Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge James Anthony.

Lions birthday wishes go out to Dave Meixsell (April 5) and Roger Bachman (April 7).

Yes performs at Penn's Peak

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Yes performs at Penn's Peak
Copyright 2011

A large crowd was on hand Wednesday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe for the performance of Yes, the English progessive rock band whose hits include "Owner of a Lonely Heart." The performance was the first of three concert events at the venue this week. Friday night, country great Randy Travis will be performing. On Saturday, Live Wire brings the ultimate AC/DC tribute while Beautiful Day does a U2 tribute. Both events begin at 8 p.m.

JTSD announces dates of kindergarten registration

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jim Thorpe School District will hold 2011-2012 kindergarten registration in April for the L.B. Morris and Penn Kidder buildings. The district offers a full day kindergarten experience for its students.

Ranger Rick Club to meet at CCEEC

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The monthly meeting of the Ranger Rick Club will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. The club meets the first Saturday of each month and is open to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Each month's meeting focuses on some aspect of the natural world. This month's topic, "All About Plants," will allow children to discover the importance of plants in nature's food chains and ecosystems.

Monroe incidents

Thursday, March 31, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a criminal mischief incident that occurred in Monroe County and involves a Carbon County resident as the victim.

Troopers said someone threw eggs and a jar of beet juice at the rear of a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, yellow in color, while parked in a driveway along SR715 near the L&L Pest Control, in Chestnuthill Township. The car is owned by Derek Horn, 20, of Palmerton, troopers said. The vehicle sustained damage to the rear spoiler, troopers added.

The incident occurred sometime between 8 and 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29.

Fire scare near Mantzville

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters and tanker trucks from throughout the area were dispatched to 2078 Evergreen Drive, near the intersection of Oak Lane near Mantzville in West Penn Township, following a report of a structure fire Wednesday. When they arrived, they noticed the home was filled with smoke. Following an investigation, the cause was traced to a blocked chimney. It was also noted that the homeowners use a combination oil and wood pellet system to heat their home. Firefighters remaining on scene to expel the smoke via large exhaust fans were from Mahoning Valley and West Penn Fire companies.

Pocono arrests

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on arrests made by officers recently.

On March 22 about 6:20 p.m. officers were dispatched to Lakeside Drive in Tobyhanna for a report of a domestic incident that was physical. On scene officers made contact with Joseph Rodriguez, 21, of Tobyhanna. Officers observed signs of injury to his face and hands.

An investigation led officers to the Emerald Lakes development where a female, Toni Feliciano, 20, also of Tobyhanna, was found. Officers took her into custody and charged her with assaulting and harassing Rodriguez.

Operation of STS changes hands tonight at midnight

Thursday, March 31, 2011

At midnight tonight the operation of Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) will be taken over by the Schuylkill County Transportation Authority consisting of nine members, in action taken by the county commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

A resolution was adopted which terminated the current management contract between the county and ReDCo at midnight and all operations related to the coordinated public transit bus line be handled and administered by the SCTA which was formed last fall.

Tamaqua Chamber to sponsor annual fishing derby

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Third Annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 9, at the Rabbit Run Reservoir in New England Valley. Derby hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Last year's event was a huge success, with a lot of participation, " said Tom Banditelli, chairman of the chamber's fishing derby committee, who has organized the event. "We are looking forward to another fun family event at the beautiful Rabbit Run Reservoir. It's a great event for kids and adults alike," offered Banditeli.

On this date

Thursday, March 31, 2011

March 31, 1951

Fair weather occurred for the dedication of Gnaden Huetten Hospital in Lehighton, today. Crowds of people from throughout Carbon County attended, with a parade preceding the dedicatory program. A Bowmanstown paraplegic, Willoughby Hagenbuch, a veteran of World War II, cut the ribbons leading to the hospital as chairman Wilbur Warner read an appropriate poem. Congressman Francis E. Walter, Easton, the principal speaker, expressed the hope that the new institution would help to build "a stronger and healthier America."

Wanted: Names and addresses of area troops

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home is looking for names and addresses of area troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to be recipients of our Spring 2011 essential's shipment.

Family members or friends with this information are asked to contact: touchofhome@hotmail.com or mail information to Operation: Touch of Home, PO Box 162, Brodheadsville, PA 18322.

Include the GI's name, rank, address and deploy dates are critical. Also provide contact info of provider.

5 homes damaged

Thursday, March 31, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Firefighters from 12 companies battle a raging fire at 560 and 562 W. Franklin Street in Slatington Wednesday afternoon. Both homes were gutted as a result of the fire.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Firefighters from 12 companies battle a raging fire at 560 and 562 W. Franklin Street in Slatington Wednesday afternoon. Both homes were gutted as a result of the fire.

Three-alarm fire in Slatington displaces 14 persons

A fierce three-alarm fire gutted two homes and damaged three others in Slatington Wednesday afternoon.

No injuries were reported, but 14 people were displaced as a result of the outbreak that occurred just after noon.

Slatington Fire Chief Keith Weaver said firefighters were called to a fire in two attached homes at 560 and 562 W. Franklin St.

Weaver said the dwelling fire extended into two additional homes at 554 and 556 W. Franklin, which sustained severely damaged attics.

A fifth residence, a separate home at 566 W. Franklin, had minor damage, Weaver said.

Summit Hill/Lansford news

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lansford

Egg hunt

St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, will hold its annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 16, beginning at noon. The event will be sponsored by Catholic Charities. Registration is required.

OLOAA registration

Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, is accepting registrations for the 2011-2012 school year. Parents can register their child(ren) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school office, or can call (570) 645-7170/7101 to arrange an appointment.

Dumpster fire in Ryan Township

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Delano and Ryan Township firefighters responded to a dumpster fire Wednesday about 1:30 p.m. at the Locust Valley Bar and Grill located at 151 Locust Lake Road in Barnesville, Ryan Township. It is still under investigation. This was one of a several emergency calls firefighters responded to Wednesday.

Denny's return sparks Thorpe

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ron gower/times news Gonzolo Hernandez-Cascante of Tamaqua remained unbeaten in singles play with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Jim Thorpe.
ron gower/times news Gonzolo Hernandez-Cascante of Tamaqua remained unbeaten in singles play with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Jim Thorpe.

With three years of varsity experience missing from the lineup in the form of James Denny, the Jim Thorpe boys' tennis team fell last week to Tamaqua.

The Olympians welcomed Denny back into the lineup earlier this week against Pottsville and saw the effects of the senior's experience work wonders.

He was also the solution head coach Norb Lienhard was looking for on Wednesday in a rematch with Tamaqua.

With Denny in the lineup, Jim Thorpe reversed a 5-0 loss and defeated the Blue Raiders, 3-2.

Fire hose falls off truck, causes crash

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A firefighter's pickup truck comes to rest after it crashed into a PPL utility pole while returning from a fire Wednesday.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A firefighter's pickup truck comes to rest after it crashed into a PPL utility pole while returning from a fire Wednesday.

A section of fire hose fell off the back of a fire truck Wednesday morning and caused a driver to lose control of his vehicle and crash. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 11 a.m. along SR1005 (Burma Road), a quarter-mile south of SR1008 (Morea Road), in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Paul David Hillibush Jr., 37, of Barnesville, was driving his 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck behind a Delano Fire Company truck when a section of hose fell onto the road from the back of the truck.

Theft from vehicle incidents probed

Thursday, March 31, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported investigaitng two theft from vehicle incidents.

John Tegethoff, 42, of 2915 57 Road, Kunkletown, Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon Coutny, reported someone removed two truck grills and engine heads from a 1971 Ford 351 and a Cleveland Boss Special 1971. The vehicles were in a storage area on his property. The theft occurred sometime between Feb. 6 and Sunday, March 27.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Adult day care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for April, including the monthly birthday party on April 21.

Other activities planned for the month include: April 4, communion; April 6, social games; April 11, shopping trip; April 13, craft day; April 18, visit from St. Jerome's kindergarten students; April 19, Easter candy/bake sale; April 20, Salvation Army visit; April 22, closed; April 25, cooking class; April 27 sing-a-long with Audrey Christ.

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.