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January 2012

Weatherly, boys girls get wins over CMVT

Monday, January 30, 2012

Weatherly boys and girls both picked up wins as did the Lehighton and Pleasant Valley girls in non-league basketball action over the weekend.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Weatherly-CMVT

couple of free throws by Luke Reiner gave the Wreckers a 52-51 non-league win over Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech.

Samson Walton finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Reiner added 11 points in the win. Ed Donnelly had a game-high 25 points, with five three-pointers for CMVT.

WEATHERLY

On this date

Monday, January 30, 2012

January 28, 1956

Members of the Board of Supervisors in Mahoning Township have been obliged because of the high cost of living to eliminate the post of part-time police chief. John Danyo, Beaver Run Road, held the post, now abolished, for the past three years. He is also employed by the Panther Valley Coal Company. State Police at the Lehighton barracks will handle all police work in the township. Township supervisors Chester Snyder, Lee O'Brien, and Robert Blew will hold a discussion with township residents on Feb. 6 on the matter.

'The Artist' should leave you speechless

Monday, January 30, 2012

"The Artist" is one of the front-runners for the 84th Academy Awards.

With 10 Oscar nominations, "The Artist" was second only to director Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," with 11 nominations.

Oscar nominations for "The Artist" are: motion picture, director (Michel Hazanavicius), actor (Jean Dujardin), supporting actress (Bérénice Bejo), original screenplay (Hazanavicius), score (Ludovic Bource), art direction, cinematography, costume design, and film editing

The sorry state of the union

Monday, January 30, 2012

Earlier this week, the President painted a rosy picture in his State Of The Union address. I believe that he does not recognize the reality of our current situation. Listening to his speech, I would think that America is well on the road to recovery with a vibrant economy. But when I look at the facts, our nation is still in recession. There is a ray of economic sunshine, but we have to ensure that the President and the congress do not stamp out the light before it grows into a full economic recovery.

Bombers top Tamaqua

Monday, January 30, 2012
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Kyle Ruch (23) looks toward the basket as Brett Kosciolek of Tamaqua moves in to defend. Referee Ed Wise is in the background.
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Kyle Ruch (23) looks toward the basket as Brett Kosciolek of Tamaqua moves in to defend. Referee Ed Wise is in the background.

All it took was a few words from coach Mick Stefanek to inspire the Palmerton boys' basketball team prior to its non-league match-up with Tamaqua.

As they walked on to the court for the tip-off, the Bombers' starting five, which consisted of seniors Tyler Svetik, Cody Geist, Brett Snyder, Kyle Ruch, and junior Matt Leaver, looked as if every single one of them were on a mission.

Svetik said it was the motivating words from their first year coach that pushed them to the limits in earning a 60-48 victory Saturday afternoon.

Charged with simple assault

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Summit Hill man was charged after he assaulted a woman.

According to Summit Hill police, on Jan. 7, officers received that an assault had occurred. It was discovered that the party involved was Jeffrey Tee, 22, of 50 W. Ludlow St.

He was charged with simple assault and harassment.

Justice served

Monday, January 30, 2012

Proponents of justified force, Capital punishment satisfied

Last week was an important one for those who believe in capital punishment or that persons under attack have the right to defend themselves with justified force under the law.

In a regional case, a 65-year-old man was riding his bicycle on a trail in West Reading last Wednesday when three teenage boys knocked him off his bicycle in an apparent robbery attempt. The trio, two aged 15, and the other 16, had skipped school that day and reportedly went on a crime spree, robbing two pedestrians before attacking the bicyclist.

This time, they targeted the wrong victim.

Sweets and more

Monday, January 30, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS 3 Kids Bake House's Pastry Chef Frank Bradley starts applying icing on what will become some lucky person's birthday cake.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS 3 Kids Bake House's Pastry Chef Frank Bradley starts applying icing on what will become some lucky person's birthday cake.

"3 Kids Bake House" in Jim Thorpe satisfies many tastes

Sweet tooth need satisfying ? Well, in Jim Thorpe, there is a great place to do just that and much more.

A place where not only will you find sweet treats like cakes, pies, donuts, sticky buns, cookies, cream puffs, turnovers, eclairs, nut rolls, etc. but also a wide variety of breads, rolls, and buns.

In addition, it is also a place where tomato pies (pizza), a variety of stromboli, and Soccacia Bread, an Italian style herbed bread topped with different herbs and vegetables are also available.

Carbon DUI arrest

Monday, January 30, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported on a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest in Carbon County.

Troopers said Patricia A. Desousa, 37, of Palmerton, was stopped about 12:08 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, along Little Gap Road, in Lower Towamensing Township, for traffic violations.

She was found to be under the influence and placed under arrest for DUI. Charges will be filed, troopers said.

Heffley endorses pro-life legislation

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

In collaboration with this week's annual Right for Life Week in Washington D.C., I joined several of my colleagues from both political parties at a press conference at the state Capitol to support bipartisan legislation on the Women's Right-to-Know Act.

Schuylkill property transfers

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sheriff Joseph G. Groody, at sheriff sale, to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Carrollton, Tex., property at 130 South St., Coaldale, assessed to Jacqueline K. Chaney, Brian T. Swineburne and Lori A. (Swineburne) Weaver, for $1,215.04.

Sheriff Groody, at sheriff sale, to Eagle Rock Resorts Company, LLC, Hazle Township, Luzerne County, lot in AW Subdivision, Eagle Rock Resorts, North Union Township, assessed to Robert F. and Olivia Garringer, for $1,050.03.

Lansford police report

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Lansford woman was charged after an altercation in Lansford this past weekend.

According to Lansford police, on Jan. 28, Officers Robert Shubeck was dispatched to 508 Lansford Court for a complaint that someone broken into the residence and a domestic was now occurring. While en-route, Shubeck was advised that another call came in, reporting that the domestic was escalating and spilling out onto the street.

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
From back left are Boy Scouts unit commissioner David Clemson, den leader Sean O'Neill, scouts Shane O'Neill, 9, Nicholas Wall, 9, Rachel Hinkle, 9, Angelina Casella, 7, Girl Scouts service unit manager Nancy Paisley and assistance event planner Julie DeAngelo. In front are Derek DeAngelo, 7, and Kaitlyn Soley, 7.
From back left are Boy Scouts unit commissioner David Clemson, den leader Sean O'Neill, scouts Shane O'Neill, 9, Nicholas Wall, 9, Rachel Hinkle, 9, Angelina Casella, 7, Girl Scouts service unit manager Nancy Paisley and assistance event planner Julie DeAngelo. In front are Derek DeAngelo, 7, and Kaitlyn Soley, 7.

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

JT girls avenge loss to BM

Saturday, January 28, 2012

ORWIGSBURG – The Schuylkill League basketball playoffs begin on February 14, more than two weeks away.

Yet last night in Orwigsburg, Jim Thorpe and Blue Mountain put on a show that felt just like "Martz Madness."

Playing in a hostile playoff atmosphere on the road, the Olympians not only avenged their lone loss of the season (a 41-35 setback to Blue Mountain on January 3), but they also made the race for the Schuylkill League Division 1 Championship a lot more interesting with a 45-41 victory over the Eagles.

Business of the Month

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS New Tripoli Bank, located at 6748 Madison Street, New Tripoli, has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.
Special to the TIMES NEWS New Tripoli Bank, located at 6748 Madison Street, New Tripoli, has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

New Tripoli Bank tabbed for distinction by GNLCC

When a customer enters its front doors, they are greeted by their name.

Talk about top-of-the-line service, which is what patrons have come to expect at the New Tripoli Bank.

Located at 6748 Madison Street in New Tripoli, the bank has been designated as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

The bank, which also has a second location at 7747 Claussville Road in Orefield, is a "full-service bank", according to David Hunsicker, president, CEO, and chairman.

Snowshoeing in a winter wonderland

Saturday, January 28, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Franklin Klock, a naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, wears snowshoes in a venture into the winter wonderland at the CCEEC to inspect rabbit tracks in the snow.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Franklin Klock, a naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, wears snowshoes in a venture into the winter wonderland at the CCEEC to inspect rabbit tracks in the snow.

Snowshoeing can easily turn into the winter sport of choice for anyone deciding to give it a try.

It's low cost, low risk, opens the door to nature's winter wonderland, and doesn't require hours of lessons.

"If you can walk, you can snowshoe," explained Franklin Klock, a naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. "It's a 12-step process. You take 12 steps and you're an expert."

Trip combines rockfish with waterfowling

Saturday, January 28, 2012

DAMERON, Md. When most sportsmen from this region think of visiting the Chesapeake Bay, the first thing that usually comes to mind is striped bass.

Because the Chesapeake is a popular destination for "rockfish," as they're called in Maryland, anglers traveling from near and far to battle the sleek, hard-fighting fish. Come late fall and winter, however, fishermen are not alone on the water, as thousands of hunters head out and about in search of a variety of waterfowl.