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January 2012

Our Lady of the Angels students perform musical at MapleShade

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

MapleShade Meadows residents recently enjoyed a musical performance by the Our Lady of the Angels Academy band, which is comprised of 21 students from all grades. Under the direction of Tom Dowd, sixth grade teacher and band director at OLOAA, the students performed "My Country 'Tis of Thee," "Star Upon the Ocean," and "Old Lang Syne." Gathered with some of the students following the program were, back row, left and right, Susan Hydro, activities director at MapleShade; and Marie Badowsky, a resident.

Schuylkill man jailed on charges

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Monday, Jan. 30, following a domestic incident.

State police at Frackville said about 10:50 a.m. troopers were dispatched to 390 State Road in Ryan Township, for a reported domestic dusturbance involving a firearm.

As a result of an investigation troopers placed Joseph Edward Mayesky, 30, into custody. The victims were identified as Christine M. Banavage, 37, and Edward V. Gimeno, 84.

Mayesky was charged with two counts each of terroristic threats and recklessly endangering, and one count each of simple assault and harassment.

Carbon County phone book recycling program starting Feb. 1

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Carbon County Outdated Telephone Directory program is about to get under way. Elementary students throughout Carbon County will be competing to collect the most phone books from Feb. 1 to Feb. 17.

Participating schools will be keeping track of how many phone books are brought in. After the program ends, the recycling office will pick up the phone books for recycling.

The five highest collectors will receive an award from Carbon County and a $100 savings bond donated by Jim Thorpe National Bank and First National Bank of Palmerton.

2012 Dollar Bill Presidents Day essay contest open to students

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The 2012 "Dollar Bill" Presidents Day Essay Contest" is open to all Middle and Senior High School students residing within the geographic bounds of Lehighton Area School District, including private, charter and homeschool students. The first prize of a $150 U.S. savings bond will be awarded by the Lehighton Area Republican Club, the sponsoring organization, for the best essay, according to a panel of qualified impartial judges. Also two runners-up will receive $50 savings bonds. Judging criteria include originality, accuracy and composition, but not the opinion expressed.

Lehighton police averaged 23 criminal arrests per month

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

They also gave out 58.8 traffic citations per month during 2011

The year 2011 was a busy one for the Lehighton Police Department.

A report submitted by Sergeant Joseph Lawrence showed that during 2011, there were a total of 276 criminal arrests made - an average of 23 per month.

Despite the high number, it was still a little lower than in 2010 when 320 arrests occurred.

The most arrests came for disorderly conduct (55) and harassment (40).

The police investigated 570 offenses in 2011, down from 640 offenses the previous year.

Mahoning tables request by officer to attend training

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

During their regularly scheduled meeting, Mahoning Township supervisors also acted upon the following items:

Ÿ Tabled a request for training by township officer Amie Barclay until the supervisors receive some answers to questions regarding the content of the course. Barclay would attend during her time off, but if approved would be paid straight time for attending as is the custom in the township.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 1:25 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, along SR61, just south of Garfield Ave., in Schuylkill Haven borough.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Nikki A. Dohner, 34, of Schuylkill Hvaen, was stopped for depositing waste on the roadway.

She was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was placed under arrest for DUI.

LV Soccer Scholar Athletes

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Tim Gilman/special to the times news
Tim Gilman/special to the times news

The Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete annual awards banquet was held Sunday in Fullerton. Seven nominees from the TIMES NEWS area were recognized for their soccer and academic achievements. From left, are Josh Breckenridge, Northwestern, Richard Buell, Jim Thorpe, Samson Walton, Weatherly, Kristopher Holland, Brett Snyder, Palmerton, and James M. Bilger, Northern Lehigh. Troy Schauder of Pleasant Valley was unable to attend the event.

Raiders, Wreckers both suffer losses

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tamaqua and Weatherly both dropped boys basketball contests on Monday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pottsville-Tamaqua

Pottsville flexed its muscles and rolled to a 60-33 Schuylkill League victory over Tamaqua.

The Tide, now 17-1 on the season, were led by Brandon Bridy's 17 points.

Brett Kosciolek led the Blue Raiders (5-14) with 16 points.

Tamaqua won the JV game, 47-45.

POTTSVILLE

Charges pending for McAdoo man

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A McAdoo man faces numerous counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, stemming from an early Monday morning incident in Rush Township.

Robert E. Keister, 25, was traveling on Claremont Avenue at 2:59 a.m. when officers conducted a vehicle stop.

A small amount of marijuana was discovered and Keister was transported to St. Luke's Hospital for blood tests.

Charges are pending the results of those tests.

Panther Vy. falls to NS

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's (left) Nate Mathewson lays up a shot as North Schuylkill's Brandon McCloskey defends.
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's (left) Nate Mathewson lays up a shot as North Schuylkill's Brandon McCloskey defends.

The effort was there for the Panther Valley boys' basketball team.

For 31 minutes, the Panthers gave North Schuylkill all it could handle.

In the final minute of play, however, the Spartans pulled away to deny Panther Valley's upset bid.

The 66-57 Schuylkill League loss means the Panthers now need to win three of their final four games to earn a District 11 playoff spot.

Support group

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Alzheimer's

For dementia caregivers in and around Carbon County, there is help.

A free Alzheimer's Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe. The next meeting will be Feb. 1.

The group will share ideas and tips to help caregivers cope with the day-to-day stresses of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

For more information on the support group, call Pat at (610) 392-2380 or by email at dipper38@ptd.net.

ACS workshop

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 1-3 p.m., Feb. 13, at St. Catherine Medical Center, 101 Broad St., Ashland. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

Carbon County property transfers

Monday, January 30, 2012

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Oklahoma City, Okla., property at 15 N. Chestnut St., $1.

East Penn Township

Lanny A. Louie to Christopher C. Cowen, 344 Smith Lane Road, Lehighton, property at 344 Smith Lane Road, $1.

Myrtle E.K. Weaver to Crystal A. Lorrah, 254 Honeysuckle Lane, Lehighton, property at 254 Honeysuckle Lane, $1.

Franklin Township

Furry snow

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

While enjoying a day off work, Bill McCormick gives his Pomeranian, Little Feet, a snowy ride down a hill in Lansford.

President or dictator

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

Refreshed from his vacation, the first thing we are told is that President Obama wants to start a new bureaucracy and it must be done right now. If the Senate and the House do not go along with him, he will do it on his own we are told.

This President is making our representatives irrelevant and turning our country into a dictatorship. Is this what you want?

Your vote this year will be the most important one in our life so be sure you are an informed voter this year and preserve our freedom.

From a very concerned citizen,

T. Walck,

Marriage licenses

Monday, January 30, 2012

Schuylkill County

Maryann M. Evans and Justin A. Snyder, 123 E. Monroe St., McAdoo.

Brittany I. Carney and Joseph M. Deleon II, both of 620 N. Manhattan Court, Hazleton.

Charged for drug paraphernalia

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Summit Hill woman was charged after drug paraphernalia was found in her possession.

According to Summit Hill Police, on Oct. 6, 2011, at 12:55 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Amanda Reed, 30, of 272 W. Ludlow St. Upon investigation, it was discovered that Reed had drug paraphernalia in her vehicle.

She was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Auto trivia: Car No. 1 went to Port Carbon man

Monday, January 30, 2012

On March 24, 1898, Robert Allison a 70-year-old Schuylkill County industrialist, became the answer to a huge part of early automobile trivia. That day, he purchased the first commercially manufactured automobile at the Winton Motor Carriage Company in Cleveland.

Allison was born in Middleton, Teesdale, Durham County, England, on Dec. 25, 1827. When the Scottish immigrant first came to Port Carbon, the place had very few inhabitants.

Boilo contest held to benefit Elks programs

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

Members of theTamaqua Elks Lodge held their annualBoilo Contest insupport of a number of their communityprograms. Pictured from left are Marlin Zeigler, tied for first place; GeorgeMelnick, first placein the apple pie boilo; Gary Wetterau, tie for first place; and RaeAnne Moyer, boilo contest volunteer.

Our younger generation needs good role models

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

Finally, we have a popular celebrity who is setting a good example for the youth in America. Good role models are so few and far between in this day and age, and I am sure everyone already knows who I am referring to. I want to congratulate Tim Tebow of the Denver Bronco's for all of his accomplishments during his career playing football, and especially for his example in giving thanks to the one who deserves the recognition for blessing him with his talents.

Ss. Peter and Paul kicks off Catholic Schools Week with variety of celebrations

Monday, January 30, 2012
Katie Aaron and Guadalupe and Antigone Gonzalez helped with tours at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School during the open house celebration that kicked off Catholic Schools Week.
Katie Aaron and Guadalupe and Antigone Gonzalez helped with tours at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School during the open house celebration that kicked off Catholic Schools Week.

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton, kicked off Catholic Schools Week on Sunday with a family mass in Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Principal Sherry Sernak welcomed everyone. She said that this was the time of the year when Catholic education is emphasized and celebrated.

"It is also a time for us to celebrate catholic education here at Ss. Peter and Paul School," she noted.

She said that the students did a terrific job preparing for the celebration. "I am proud and privileged to be serving as your principal."

No oil shortage here

Monday, January 30, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In a scene that was a common everyday sight in America in years past, a "coal" truck makes a delivery to a home on the East side of Jim Thorpe recently. And no supertankers required.

Paterno not a cop

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Editor,

God knows who was wrong in the scandal. Joe, it wasn't you.

Joe Paterno wasn't a cop. Cops follow through on supposed crimes that took place at the school. Paterno related to his boss what was told to him. The bottom line is members of the board or other factions had the responsibility to check further.

Tree causes crash in Summit Hill

Monday, January 30, 2012

No injuries were reported in a one-vehicle accident in Summit Hill early Friday morning.

According to borough police, police were dispatched to East White Bear Drive at 4:44 a.m., after they received a report of a vehicle hitting a fallen tree.

Upon arrival, they found that the vehicle, driven by Dante Law, 21, of Albrightsville, was traveling west along East White Bear Drive when it struck a tree that had fallen across the road because of the rain. Neither Law, nor his three passengers were hurt in the crash.

The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Can we afford more bad government spending?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

On Thursday evening, January 5, 2012, I attended the informational presentation by the PA Dept. of Transportation regarding the Tom McCall Bridge project. After attending the meeting I have come to the conclusion that our local and state government leaders and the hired bureaucrats are totally clueless as to the needs of our county infrastructure.

Pottsville man charged

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Pottsville man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and identity theft after he committed a traffic violation in Summit Hill.

According to Summit Hill police, on Dec. 3, at 10:31 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle, driven by Matthew Luke Leonard, 43, of 403 W. Arch St.

An investigation re vealed that Leonard did not have a driver's license. He was also found to be under the influence of alcohol.

Leonard provided the officer with false information about his identity.

Summit Hill juvenile charged

Monday, January 30, 2012

A 13-year-old Summit Hill male was charged after school officials found him with a knife.

According to Summit Hill police, officers received a report from Panther Valley Middle School on Dec. 1, after the juvenile was found with a knife.

Charges were filed with juvenile authorities for possession of a weapon on school property.

SH woman charged with disorderly conduct

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Summit Hill woman was charged after she caused a disturbance in Summit Hill.

According to borough police, on Jan. 7, at 12:39 p.m., police received a call for a disturbance on East Fell Street.

Upon arrival, they found Marie Caruso, 48, of 129 E. Fell St., at her residence. When officers repeatedly told her to stop causing a disturbance, she did not comply.

She was charged with persistent disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct.

ON THIS DATE

Monday, January 30, 2012

January 30, 2003 Northwestern clinches a berth in both the league playoffs and district playoffs by gaining a 45-32 Colonial League win over rival Northern Lehigh. The Tigers, coached by Steve Gabryluk, receive a team-high 13 points from Ryan Oxley, including a pair of three-pointers early in the fourth quarter to help his team pull away from the Bulldogs. T.J. Stellar chips in with nine points while Ryan Justice adds six. For Nolehi, Tim Ganser tallies a team-high 13 points.

Two juveniles charged

Monday, January 30, 2012

Two juveniles were charged after they stole money from the Summit Hill Borough Hall.

According to Summit Hill police, on Jan. 7, there were several youths cleaning the borough hall. During that time, a 17-year-old male from Lehighton took some money that was sitting on a desk. He was charged with theft by unlawful taking through juvenile authorities in Carbon County.

There was also a 15-year-old male from Jim Thorpe who had allegedly received some of that money. He was charged with receiving stolen property.