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January 2012

Catholic Schools Week at OLOAA

Monday, January 30, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

It's Catholic Schools week and it is being observed throughout the area. On Sunday, an open house was held at Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford. Connie McLaughlin, left, a teacher's aide in the pre-school class, shows her son, Jacob, age 11 and a fifth grade student at the school, some of the projects in her classroom.

Eagle Rock Resorts records lot sales

Monday, January 30, 2012

Eagle Rock Resorts Company, Luzerne County, recorded in the Schuylkill County courthouse 25 transaction of lots in its development in East Union and North Union Townships, to the following:

Anna Rhea Velosa and Rex Velosa, Union, N.J., lot in WSS Subdivision, East Rock Resorts, East Union Township, $10 (full consideration $24,700).

Carlos G. and Juanita N. Ticonoy, Catonsville, Md., 1/50th interest in Lot 413, ER Subdivision, Eagle Rock Resorts, East Union Township, $10 (full consideration $27,900).

Disorderly conduct

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Summit Hill woman who caused a scene with officers was charged with disorderly conduct.

According to Summit Hill police, officers were at 43 E. Hazard St., serving a warrant to Nicole Hinkson, 31, of that address, became very combative and gave the officers a hard time.

Birth: DeMatto

Monday, January 30, 2012
Mark Luke DeMatto Jr.
Mark Luke DeMatto Jr.

A son, Mark Luke DeMatto Jr., was born at 3:42 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2012 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, to Trish and Mark DeMatto of Summit Hill.

He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Ann and George Nalesnik of Nesquehoning. Paternal grandparents are Aurelia and Donald DeMatto of Summit Hill.

Maternal great-grandmother is Eileen Bonner of Nesquehoning.

Theft at Palmerton school is probed

Monday, January 30, 2012

A theft incident at the Palmerton Area High School, located at 3525 Fireline Rd., Lower Towamensing Township, is being probed by state police at Lehighton.

Troopers said Whitney Babyak, librarian at the school, reported her pocket book was taken from the library office.

It was later found in a trash can in the boys' bathroom with $15 missing from it.

The theft occurred sometime between 12:40 and 1:05 p.m. on Jan. 26, troopers said. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (610) 377-4270.

SH juvenile charged for disturbance

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Summit Hill juvenile was charged after she caused a disturbance.

According to Summit Hill police, on Jan. 16, at 8 a.m., officers received a call for a disturbance in the units block of East Fell Street. The caller stated that they heard a lot of noice and cursing coming from a neighboring home. It was discovered a 17-year-old female was responsible.

She was charged with disorderly conduct.

Juvenile charged with simple assault

Monday, January 30, 2012

A 12-year-old Carbon County juvenile was charged after he assaulted another juvenile.

According to Summit Hill police, on Nov. 17, officers received a report that the male juvenile had assaulted one of his peers.

Charges were filed with juvenile probation for simple assault and harassment.

Carbon court news

Monday, January 30, 2012

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees were signed by the county court.

Sherri Ann Mertz, 1037 Park Drive, Tamaqua R.D., from Edwin David Mertz, same address.

Terri L. Fairchild, 2440 Hayes St., Easton, from Willard M. Fairchild Jr., 552 Franklin Ave., Palmerton.

Kenneth Ric Kohlstrom Yarmosh, 115 Alan Drive, Effort, from Alicia D. Barlip, Lot 12A, Connell Ave., Palmerton.

Peter Paul Halada III, 888 Princeton Avenue West, Palmerton, from Geraldine B. Halada, 841 Beaver Run Drive, Lehighton.

Girls beat boys in Tamaqua Pinewood Derby

Monday, January 30, 2012
Angelina Casella, 7, didn't let a broken arm stop her from competing in the Pinewood Derby. Casella placed 2nd in the girl's competition, as well as 2nd overall.
Angelina Casella, 7, didn't let a broken arm stop her from competing in the Pinewood Derby. Casella placed 2nd in the girl's competition, as well as 2nd overall.

There was a competitive atmosphere during the Tamaqua Boys Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts Pinewood Derby held Saturday at the St John's United Church of Christ in Tamaqua.

The pinewood derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts, with the help of parents, build their own cars from a 7" by 2 " block of wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles.

The derby, which started at 8 in the morning, lasted the entire day and consisted of more than 80 combined scouts.

Schuylkill driver facing charges

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing charges after he fled the scene of a one-vehicle crash. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 11 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, along T820, or 56 Ferndale Road, in North Union Township.

Troopers said Jared Gebhart, 33, of Zion Grove, was driving a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe eastbound when he drove off the south side of the road causing him to lose control. The vehicle spun counter-clockwise and struck a wooden utility pole with the right side. The vehicle then spun clockwise and came to rest on the road facing north.

Eleven area residents placed in probation program

Monday, January 30, 2012

Eleven area residents were among 35 who were admitted to Schuylkill County's Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition(ARD) probation program, recently.

The ARD program reserved for first offenders who committed a non-violent crime to allow them to work off the charge to clear their name.

District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon made the motion to admit them into the program at a hearing and Senior Judge D. Michael Stine granted the motion and imposed the following conditions. All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Referee assaulted at basketball game

Monday, January 30, 2012

A referee was assaulted at a basketball game in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton said the incident occurred at the Palmerton Junior High School, 3525 Fireline Rd., Lower Towamensing Township, on Saturday, Jan. 28, about 1:21 p.m.

Troopers charged Michael Robert Vannote, 26, of Allentown, with assault on a sports official. He allegedly assaulted Mark Ryan Ruch, 21, of Lehighton, who was officiating the game. Ruch was taken to the Palmerton hospital for treatment of injuries, troopers added.

DUI cases dominate district court hearings

Monday, January 30, 2012

A number of driving under the influence (DUI) related cases were scheduled to be heard before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, this past Tuesday with each of the defendants waiving their right to a preliminary hearing. The cases will now be heard the Schuylkill County court.

George R. Rogosky, 44, of 500 S. Main St., W. Mansfield, Ohio, was in court on charges of DUI of alcohol and careless driving. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Peter Wysochansky following a Dec. 28 incident.

Rogosky was released on his own recognizance.

Jim Thorpe news

Monday, January 30, 2012

Financial Aid night

The Jim Thorpe Area High School guidance office will hold a Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m., in the high school auditorium. This presentation will be open to any interested students and parents.

A representative from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will conduct the presentation. Guidance personnel will be available after the program to answer specific questions pertaining to aid for college.

Snow date will be Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Thanks for support

Monday, January 30, 2012

I can't begin to express my gratitude for your prayers and support.

The kindness extended to me and my family from the community, law enforcement, schools and co-workers, has allowed me to focus on recovering. Your generosity has really made a difference.

Thank you again for being there for me during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Officer Joseph A. David

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.