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March 2011

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.

Class reunion

Thursday, March 31, 2011

LAHS 1976

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1976 will hold a reunion meeting at Sapore's Restaurant at 6 p.m. on April 12.

Any class members interested in participating in planning the reunion, please call Pat at (610) 377-4526 or RaeAnn at (610) 377-5607.

Concert of hope

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Watoto Children's Choir to perform

The Watoto (pronounced Wah-2-2) Children's Choir from Uganda, Africa, will give a "Concert of Hope" at Faith United Church of Christ, Hazleton, on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the concert is to raise awareness of the plight of two million children in Uganda that have been left parentless as a result of war and disease.

The choir is very uplifting (check it out on YouTube). It raises money for both the children's plight and their travels through love offerings, products sold at the concerts and individual (or congregational) sponsorships of the children.

Two cited for damaging vehicles

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Two Monroe County residents were cited for damaging each other's vehicles.

State police at Fern Ridge said Ashley Renae Knibbs, 23, and Brice Buck House, 25, both of Effort, were cited for criminal mischief. Troopers said the two smashed the windshield on each other's car.

The incident occurred about noon on Monday, March 28, at 1724 Valley Road, in the Sun Valley development in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 646-2271.

Carbon resident victim of mischief

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Carbon County resident was the victim of a act of criminal mischief at a Luzerne County site.

State police at Hazleton said the windshield on the parked 2000 Saturn SL1 of Kimberly Elizabeth Stackhouse, of Lansford, was smashed by someone who used a chunk of ice to do it.

The incident occurred in the parking lot of Amazon, Oakridge Rd., Humboldt Industrial Park, Hazle Township. The incident occurred sometime between 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, and 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday.

CCTI honors 'Sonny' Kovatch and his family

Thursday, March 31, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Participating in the tribute to John "Sonny" Kovatch and the Kovatch family at CCTI Wednesday were Anthony Demarco, left, Joint Operating Committee Chair; Kathy Reaman, Sonny Kovatch's daughter; Judy Lebo, Sonny Kovatch's daughter; John Kovatch III, Sonny Kovatch's son; David Reinbold; CCTI Administrative Director, and Helen Kovatch, Sonny Kovatch's wife.
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Participating in the tribute to John "Sonny" Kovatch and the Kovatch family at CCTI Wednesday were Anthony Demarco, left, Joint Operating Committee Chair; Kathy Reaman, Sonny Kovatch's daughter; Judy Lebo, Sonny Kovatch's daughter; John Kovatch III, Sonny Kovatch's son; David Reinbold; CCTI Administrative Director, and Helen Kovatch, Sonny Kovatch's wife.

Carbon Career and Technical Institute awarded the Kovatch family of Nesquehoning with a proclamation honoring the late John 'Sonny' Kovatch Jr. on Wednesday afternoon. The Kovatch family was also invited to have lunch with members of the administration at CCTI's Harvest Café.

John 'Sonny' Kovatch Jr. was the founder of KME Kovatch. KME is known for giving to the community, including CCTI.

"They (KME) donate to CCTI financially and they offer co-op positions to the students," stated CCTI Joint Operating Committee member, Andrew Yenser. "They really support the school."

CORRECTION

Thursday, March 31, 2011

First Friday observances will be split this month for members of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Tamaqua. Communion calls to Tamaqua residents will be made this Friday. Communion calls to residents of Hometown and Coaldale will be made Thursday, April 7.

Dreams really do come true

Thursday, March 31, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dress sale raises over $3,500 for Dream Come True

The fourth annual Prom and Wedding Dress Sale, held Tuesday at Penn's Peak raised $3,559. All the proceeds from the sale will go to the Blue Ridge Chapter of Dream Come True, an organization that grants wishes for seriously ill children.

Last year's sale raised over $2,000, while the year before raised over $3,000. Julianne Farina, marketing and public relations coordinator for Blue Ridge Communications and an organizer of the annual dress sale, stated that her goal for this year was to surpass both those totals and hit $3,500.

Fire aftermath

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS John Urban of Ryan Township looks over the burnt remains of the home he shared with his wife Sarah, following a fire that completely destroyed the structure and all of its contents Wednesday morning.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS John Urban of Ryan Township looks over the burnt remains of the home he shared with his wife Sarah, following a fire that completely destroyed the structure and all of its contents Wednesday morning.

Home is a total loss for Barnesville couple

John and Sarah Urban of Barnesville lost all their belongings following a fire that completely razed their rural Ryan Township home located at 687 Brockton Mountain Drive Wednesday morning.

At around 8:20 a.m. Sarah awoke to the smell of smoke, while John, who is currently laid off from work and didn't have home insurance, jumped out of bed and looked in his living room to see his couch "blow-up" in flames.

The fire was so far involved that the couple ran outside barefoot while wearing only their pajamas.

Traveling out of the country? Get your passport on April 9

Thursday, March 31, 2011

If you're planning to travel out of the country, but don't have a passport, the solution is closer than you think - at a nearby Post Office. The Postal Service is teaming up with the U.S. State Department for National Passport Day on Saturday, April 9. Many Post Offices will be holding Passport Fairs to help customers who need a passport get ready for overseas travel. Passport applications will be processed in the main window section, no appointment is necessary during the Passport Fair.

Man jailed for assault on two troopers; having numerous guns

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Wednesday after he assaulted two state troopers and was found to have in his possession numerous weapons although he is not allowed to possess any type of firearms.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the suspect as Michael Lucas, 56, of Auburn.

According to troopers about 8:11 a.m. Trooper Allyssa Becker observed Lucas driving a 2007 Fort truck along SR443, in Pine Grove Township, weaving in and out of traffic while westbound.

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.