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January 2012

Monroe teen facing various drug counts

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Monroe County teen is facing various drug related charges following an investigation that began as a domestic incident.

Pocono Mountain Regional police Emmanuel DelCastillo, 19, of 112 Lower Notch Rd., in the Indian Mountain Lakes Community, in Tobyhanna, is facing multiple charges.

According to police on Jan. 23 about 8:19 a.m. officers were dispatched to DelCastillo's home for a report of a domestic assault. On scene DelCastillo was placed under arrest after officers determined he assaulted his girlfriend, the mother of his newborn child.

Shickora having big senior season at Georgia

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kristen Shickora is having an outstanding senior season as a member of the University of Georgia women's swim team.

Shickora has played a key role in the Lady Bulldogs continuing two long winning streaks and earning the No. 5 ranking in the nation.

Shickora not only has turned in impressive performances in the backstroke her specialty but she is also contributing in freestyle, butterfly and relay events for Georgia.

Tamaqua Fire Depart. releases annual report

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tom Hartz, Tamaqua Fire Chief, stressing the firefighters' state-mandated and required in-field hours, pointed out that firefighters lose valuable training time fundraising.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tom Hartz, Tamaqua Fire Chief, stressing the firefighters' state-mandated and required in-field hours, pointed out that firefighters lose valuable training time fundraising.

Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz released the 2011 response report for the Tamaqua Fire Department, which consists of American Hose Company, Citizen's Fire Company, East End Fire Company and South Ward Fire Company.

Lehighton arrest

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lehighton police reported the arrest of an Albrightsville resident.

Police said Libardo A. Roa, 33, was cited for disorderly conduct after being observed urinating in public. The incident occurred in the 200 block of Bridge St., about 2:05 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, police said.

On this date

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 31, 1942

Seeking to relieve the congested traffic conditions as tey now exist on Ridge Street, Lansford's principal business thoroughfare, borough fathers of that community voted five to four in favor of the adoption of an ordinance for the installation of parking meters. The meters will be paid from the receipts deposited in them. It was noted that 300 meters would be leased. Twelve-minute parking will cost one cent, while it will be five cents an hour.

Guest bartenders in cancer fight

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

State Sen. Dave Argall and Rep. Jerry Knowles will be helping to raise awareness in the fight against cancer as they serve as guest bartenders during the Celebrity Bartenders Month at the Restaurant at the Station in Tamaqua. Argall and Knowles will be serving up drinks from 6 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 1.

Every Wednesday during February, guest bartenders will do their best to help the cause, with 15 percent of the bar bill being donated to the American Cancer Society Telethon.

Guest bartender for Feb. 8 will be Andy Leibenguth, with entertainment by Cody Sassaman.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 31, 1967 Weatherly uses a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull away for an 88-66 victory over Marian. John Hartz tallies a game-high 27 points to lead the Wreckers while teammate Charlie Potter contributes 23. The winners, coached by Bill Knepper, also receive 18 from Henry Panckeri. The Colts' Fran "Flip" Flaim and Andy Seroka each finish with a team-high 18 points.

Knowles calls for open primary

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

In view of what's happening in the competitive Presidential race across America and in the U.S. Senate race here at home, State Rep. Jerry Knowles today called for an open primary in the race for the 124th House district.

"I welcome healthy competition in every election and today am calling for an open primary to give voters the voice they deserve and the one our Constitution guarantees," Knowles said. "I want Pennsylvania and our Republican Party to be as strong as possible and an open primary right now, this year, makes both of those stronger and healthier.

Colonial League title to be settled on mat

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Rich George/Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton fans react during Skyler Rosenberry's recent matchup with Bangor's Andrew Lumsden. The Blue Bombers are hoping to reach the initial Colonial League wrestling playoffs, which will take place on Feb. 18.
Rich George/Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton fans react during Skyler Rosenberry's recent matchup with Bangor's Andrew Lumsden. The Blue Bombers are hoping to reach the initial Colonial League wrestling playoffs, which will take place on Feb. 18.

Many times in years past the Colonial League wrestling title was already determined by the last week of the season. The league championship trophy was given to the team with the best win-loss record at the end of the season or shared among teams that tied for the best record.

But that's all changed. This year, for the first time in league history, a four-team tournament will be held to determine the league's team champ.

Two division winners and two wild cards will square off next Saturday, February 18, with the winner taking home the league trophy.

Carbon Fair officials seek to gain 47 additional acres

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Could the Carbon County Fair have an additional 47 acres of land to operate its popular annual fair on?

Representatives of the Carbon County Lion/Lioness Fair Association certainly hope so, and plan to broach the subject to the Lower Towamensing Township Zoning Hearing Board.

A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at which time the organization plans to discuss its intention to use about 47 acres of a 700-acre tract of land located at 2645 Little Gap Road for a fairgrounds and recreational complex.

Schuylkill woman facing DUI charge

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said charges of driving under the influence of alcohol are pending against Nikki A. Dohner, 34, of Schuylkill Haven, after an incident on Jan. 31 at 1:25 a.m.

Police said she was stopped on Rt. 61 in Schuylkill Haven Borough for depositing waste on the highway, after which time police found her to be in an intoxicated state.

Polk Fire Company holds appreciation banquet

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Polk Township Fire Department has new executive officers: Aaron Keller, Chris Overpeck, Bill Smith, Bernie Shea, Candy Burger, Billy Tippitt, Kenny Hawk, Rich Beck, Terry Jacoby, Linda Kile and Rick Scherer.
Polk Township Fire Department has new executive officers: Aaron Keller, Chris Overpeck, Bill Smith, Bernie Shea, Candy Burger, Billy Tippitt, Kenny Hawk, Rich Beck, Terry Jacoby, Linda Kile and Rick Scherer.

The Polk Township Fire Company, founded in 1969, held an appreciation banquet on Jan. 28. It was catered by Cherry's Restaurant, Kresgeville.

Matt Schessler, outgoing president, thanked his wife Melody for standing by him when he was so often at the firehouse, Bill Thompson as his vice president and Billy Tippett who was his secretary.

"They did a great job. We have some new personnel in important places," he said.

New weapons to fight blight

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, left, and Sen. Dave Argall talk about ways of dealing with blight during a two-hour seminar held last night at the LCCC Morgan Campus in Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, left, and Sen. Dave Argall talk about ways of dealing with blight during a two-hour seminar held last night at the LCCC Morgan Campus in Tamaqua.

Argall, Heffley seminar outlines options available to communities

A number of municipal, county and state officials from Schuylkill, Carbon, Berks, Lehigh and Monroe counties took part in a blight seminar hosted by Sen. Dave Argall and state Rep. Doyle Heffley last night at the Morgan Campus of the Lehigh Carbon Community College in Tamaqua.

Voter suppression

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

Some Pennsylvania legislators are attempting to enact a voter suppression bill, House Bill 934, which will disenfranchise as many as 11 percent of eligible voters from voting. You may be one of them if you don't have a current government issued photo I.D.

Two persons injured following crash down creek slope between Tamaqua and Coaldale

Monday, January 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Rescue Squad members lift a victim of a Sunday night crash up a steep hill after her car crashed.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Rescue Squad members lift a victim of a Sunday night crash up a steep hill after her car crashed.

Two thin trees were the only things preventing a red 2000 Pontiac Sunfire and it's three occupants from falling into the Panther Creek after the driver hit a stretch of ice while traveling east on SR209, lost control and crashed into the sloped woods between Tamaqua and Coaldale just before midnight Sunday.

Schuylkill court news

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dismiss charges

James Malcolm Thomas, 27, Saint Clair, at his hearing on a motion to dismiss charges filed against him had it granted by Judge John E. Domalakes because the Commonwealth was unable to proceed as the prosecutor, Trooper Timothy J. Rymarkiewicz, failed to appear in court as witness.

Thomas was charged with adriving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol last Sept. 3 on Schuylkill Mountain Road in Wayne Township.

File for divorce

2012 Lehigh Gap Area Feeder Watch needs volunteers

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center will conduct its 16th annual Lehigh Gap Area Feeder Watch on the weekend of Feb. 17-19.

Seventy-four volunteers participated in the 15th annual survey last February and sighted over 4,000 birds of 41 different species. Over 37,000 birds have been tallied in the fifteen years of counting.

Fire destroys Mahoning home

Monday, January 30, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Flames engulf the mobile home of Keith and Petra Rex, 3176 Mahoning Drive West, shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday. The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Flames engulf the mobile home of Keith and Petra Rex, 3176 Mahoning Drive West, shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday. The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene.

A fast-moving fire Saturday night completely destroyed a Mahoning Township home.

The fire was first reported just after 11 p.m. at the residence of Keith and Petra Rex, 3176 Mahoning Drive West.

The blaze could be seen for miles.

Township police, who were first to arrive on scene, warned firefighters of ammunition being set off by the inferno. Hundreds of rounds of ammo were heard going off to the west and rear portion of the home.

The house was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Paterno is no hero

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

Maybe it is too soon for this…or maybe it is too late! As the Penn State community mourns the loss of Joe Paterno and holds high the signs of their support I keep hearing words like 'Idol' and 'Hero' thrown around, and I cringe. Joe Paterno is not a hero.

Agreement reached on tax value of golf course and former school

Monday, January 30, 2012

Owners of a public golf course and a building formerly used as a Catholic high school reached an agreement with the Schuylkill County Assessment Bureau on the market values of their properties. County judges approved the stipulations and fixed taxes beginning Jan. 1.

Concerning Rolling Meadows Golf Course, an 18-hole course built on 90.70 aces in Butler Township, an agreement was reached the market value would be $389,129. Judge John E. Domalakes approved the agreement and fixed the assessment at $184,058 for taxes.

Nigeria's Art Ambassador visits with Penn Kidder students

Monday, January 30, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking on approvingly while students of Mrs. Reese's 6th grade class work on their watercolor paintings, the United Nation Ambassador of Art, Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, from Nigeria, recently visited the Penn Kidder Elementary School to share with them the diversity of art and culture around the world.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking on approvingly while students of Mrs. Reese's 6th grade class work on their watercolor paintings, the United Nation Ambassador of Art, Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, from Nigeria, recently visited the Penn Kidder Elementary School to share with them the diversity of art and culture around the world.

Yudichak announces grant for bridge work

Monday, January 30, 2012

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) yesterday announced a $194,800 state grant to repair a heavily damaged Pocono Township bridge.

"With the frightening amount of deteriorating bridges located all across the state, improving the safety of our transportation network is vital," Yudichak said. "This grant will not only fund overdue repairs to the bridge, but also improve the ease and safety of the bridge for travelers who rely on the Frantz Hill Road Bridge."

Snowy stunts

Monday, January 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Arion Mace, 13, shows off his snowboarding skills in Tamaqua with his friends Tyler Gaffney, 14, Alberto Rosas, 13, Aaron Raeder, 13, and Micah Young, 13.

Mommy dearest

Monday, January 30, 2012

JIM:

"Alma Mater" is Latin for "nourishing mother." The term is usually applied to some school or college from which we graduated. In my case, it's Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. When I attended in the late 1960s, F&M was a men's college. We students joked that the letters stood for "Frustration & Masturbation." The fall semester after I graduated was the first time F&M admitted female students. We frat boys joked that, once we were gone, it was safe enough to let them on the campus.

Strange sounds in the sky

Monday, January 30, 2012

I was sitting at home late last week watching some television when a friend called me excitedly to ask if I heard about the strange sounds in the sky. I had to admit the only strange sounds I heard up to that point was the cat racing through a darkened house late at night. He said, "No. On YouTube. Look up 'strange sounds in sky 2012'."

BDWN to host writers' conference

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ann Boyle, author and former literary agent, will share her wisdom about today's changing publishing landscape as keynote speaker at the third annual Write it Right writers' conference in Pottsville.

Boyle will present her keynote speech as part of the Black Diamond Writers' Network (BDWN) third annual Write it Right writers' conference on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, 1440 Mahantongo St., Pottsville.

Boyle will provide a breakout session on the writer-agent relationship.

Recognized for their dedication

Monday, January 30, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck lauded two members of the Nesquehoning Junior Recreation Committee at the borough meeting last Wednesday. Recognized for their service and dedication were Samantha Zlock and Tom Kuba. Walck noted that the youth have participated in every fundraising event while being part of the committee. From left are, Mayor Tony Walck, Samantha Zlock and Tom Kuba.

4-H Horse and Pony Club open registration

Monday, January 30, 2012

Whoa-Riders 4-H Horse and Pony Club is now accepting new members in Carbon County. Any child interested in horses or equines, who are between the ages of 8 and 19, is welcome to join. Positions for members are limited. Members will learn leadership skills, volunteer for their community, learn about equines and have fun.

If interested, contact Diane Conner at (610) 871-1930 for more information.

Palmerton man gets time-served for theft

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Palmerton man was sentenced to time-served on a criminal count of theft.

Barry Tindula, 23, was sentenced Thursday in Carbon County court to 109 days to one day less two years in the county prison. Since he already served the 109 days he was immediately paroled by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Tindula previously pleaded guity to the charge.

He was arrested by state police at Lehighton for a incident on April 29 in Parryville with Jennifer Solt the listed victim.

On this date

Monday, January 30, 2012

January 30, 1978

Carbon County Fire Police Association members named Mayor John Nalesnik, Nesquehoning, as the winner of the organization's Merit Achievement plaque. The award was presented to Nalesnik for his outstanding performance of duties. Nalesnik is a member of the boroughs fire police association and three fire companies.

Grotto is eligible for inclusion to national historical register

Monday, January 30, 2012
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Rose Arieta and Lucille Richmond in front of the grotto at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in New Columbus.
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Rose Arieta and Lucille Richmond in front of the grotto at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in New Columbus.

The Grotto at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in the New Columbus section of Nesquehoning has been deemed eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historical Places, thanks to the efforts of two women whose childhoods revolved around the stone structure next to the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

Rose Arieta and Lucille Richmond spent years researching and documenting the origins of the shrine, and its significance to the mostly Italian community whose lives were centered on the church alongside of which the grotto was built.