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March 2011

Tambasco enters U.S. Navy

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Civilian Sammy Tambasco, a 2009 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School, Brodheadsville recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Pittsburgh.

The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.

Tambasco will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

Homework help is offered at the Palmerton Area Library

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Palmerton Area Library, located at 402 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, has created a new program to assist students with their homework.

The volunteer Homework Helpers will assist the staff in enhancing library service by providing students in grades K-12 with after-school homework assistance to help them succeed in the classroom.

The Homework Helpers are volunteers from diverse backgrounds capable of assisting with homework assignments in English, math, science and other subjects.

All of the volunteers have completed an application process and background check.

Student of The Month

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

Jim Thorpe Area School District/Penn Kidder Campus eighth grader Annamarie Fiducia, center, displays her certificate that she received from the Penn Kidder Lions Club by being named Student of The Month for the month of March. She was accompanied to a breakfast meeting of the Lions by her parents Keelie, left; and Paul.

No April foolin' around, get ready for more snow

Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's no joke: Weather forecasters expect an April Fool's Day snow storm.

How much snow depends on the geographic area and on who's doing the forecasting. AccuWeather meteorologists are expecting 5.1 inches of snow to fall in the Lehighton area from about 8 p.m. today through Friday morning. AccuWeather's totals vary from 4.2 in Tamaqua to 5.3 inches in Albrightsville.

Carbon Senior Games preparing for 23rd year

Thursday, March 31, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Victor Pituch, one of the organizers of the Carbon County Senior Games, right, announces the start of the one-mile walk during the 2010 games. Open practice sessions for this year's games will be held every Thursday in April, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Lehighton Recreational Center. The 2011 Carbon County Senior Games will be held May 3-12.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Victor Pituch, one of the organizers of the Carbon County Senior Games, right, announces the start of the one-mile walk during the 2010 games. Open practice sessions for this year's games will be held every Thursday in April, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Lehighton Recreational Center. The 2011 Carbon County Senior Games will be held May 3-12.

Calling all Carbon County seniors who would like to participate in the upcoming 2011 Senior Games.

Cheerleaders' clothing drive will help victims in Haiti and Japan

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lora Huerst, right, Storm team coordinator of Northwestern All Star Cheer Association (NACA) is assisted by Marybeth Long, head coach, with the clothing drive held Saturday at Tumble with Denise Gym, 961 Oak Drive Road, Lehighton. The clothing will be helping victims in Haiti and Japan who need clothing.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lora Huerst, right, Storm team coordinator of Northwestern All Star Cheer Association (NACA) is assisted by Marybeth Long, head coach, with the clothing drive held Saturday at Tumble with Denise Gym, 961 Oak Drive Road, Lehighton. The clothing will be helping victims in Haiti and Japan who need clothing.

A clothing drive held Saturday by the Storm team of the Northwestern All Star Cheer Association (NACA) at Tumble with Denise Gym, 961 Oak Drive Road, Lehighton, brought more in donations than they ever anticipated.

"We've asked all the cheerleaders to bring their good used clothing and everyone wanted to donate," said Lora Huerst, team coordinator. "The clothing will be sorted and sent to areas who need clothing," said Huerst. "Some of the clothing will be sent to Haiti and some will be sent to Japan to help those victims of the tsunami."

Mobile Veterans Center accessed at Lehighton Legion

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Dennis McCaig of Jim Thorpe, left, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, was one of the first 20 veterans to visit the Mobile Veterans Center van at the Lehighton American Legion Post. From left are McCaig, Fred Shaffer, commander of the Lehighton American Legion Post 314; and State Rep. Doyle Heffley.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Dennis McCaig of Jim Thorpe, left, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, was one of the first 20 veterans to visit the Mobile Veterans Center van at the Lehighton American Legion Post. From left are McCaig, Fred Shaffer, commander of the Lehighton American Legion Post 314; and State Rep. Doyle Heffley.

Veterans flocked Tuesday to the Mobile Veterans Center.

In the first hour of the five hour visit, 20 veterans learned how to access their veterans benefits.

Dennis McCaig of Jim Thorpe, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam was one of the first 20 who stopped by the van.

"I wanted to see what benefits I am eligible for," said McCaig. "I figured this was a good time since the mobile van was here."

Conservation art winners

Thursday, March 31, 2011
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SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The following students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy were recently notified that they won awards for their art entries at the Carbon County Conservation Contest. They will receive their awards on April 26 at the Carbon County Courthouse. The students from left to right are: Alexus Eschbach - Grade 5, Honorable Mention; Lauren Nietz - Grade 8, Second Place; Sadie Trubilla - Grade 1, Third Place; Allison Amodea - Grade 7, First Place; Jacob Trubilla Grade 2 Third Place; Danielle Dillee - Grade 8 - Honorable Mention.

Polk Township news

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Historical society meeting

The Polk Township Historical Society will meet on Monday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Polk Township Municipal Building in Kresgeville.

The evening's program will be a presentation and discussion of the Polk High School Class of 1938.

This will be the first in a series of presentations they have planned regarding the early years of Polk High School.

Several members of the early classes are planning to attend and share their memories and experiences.

Marriage licenses

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Schuylkill County

Heather L. Duesenberry and David A. Plansinis Jr., 8 E. Brush St., Nuremberg.

Wendy S. Gorman and Daryl W. Deppen, 1 S. Lehigh St., Tamaqua.

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
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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
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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
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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.