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January 2012

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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'."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Library art show a smashing success

Monday, January 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Diane Danielson, director, Palmerton Area Library, and artist Douglass Wilkins, of Neola, showcase a painting of an old mill in Sciota (center) that Wilkins submitted for the library's sixth annual Art Show on Sunday. The piece won "Best of Show".
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Diane Danielson, director, Palmerton Area Library, and artist Douglass Wilkins, of Neola, showcase a painting of an old mill in Sciota (center) that Wilkins submitted for the library's sixth annual Art Show on Sunday. The piece won "Best of Show".

Now, that's a real piece of work to be proud of!

Beautiful compositions of artwork adorned the second floor of the Palmerton Area Library at the sixth annual Art Show on Sunday.

Art aficionados were certainly up to the task, as evidenced by their masterful artwork, which wowed visitors who flocked to the event like never before.

Hosted by the Friends of the Library, the event proved to be a rousing success, according to library director Diane Danielson.

Terroristic threats

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Summit Hill man was charged with terroristic threats after he challenged two men with a pistol.

According to Summit Hill police, on Dec. 23, 2011, at 12:45 p.m., officers received a call from the operators of a tow truck concerning an incident that was happening at Knepper's Trailer Court, Lot 7. The operators reported that David Corbett, 67, of the above address, allegedly threatened the operators and had a pistol with him.

He was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangering and harassment.

Charged with 2 DUIs

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Coaldale man was charged after police found him trespassing in the borough.

According to Summit Hill police, on Nov. 24, 2011, at 3:38 a.m., police received information about a vehicle trespassing on the east end of the borough.

Officers responded to the area and observed the vehicle, driven by Matthew Price, 24, of 4 Foster Ave. A traffic stop was initiated and an investigation revealed that Price was driving under the influence.

He was charged with two counts driving under the influence and restrictions on alcoholic beverages.

Kidder Township store is target of armed robbery

Monday, January 30, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police probe an armed robbery at the Wawa convenience story in Kidder Township Sunday evening.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police probe an armed robbery at the Wawa convenience story in Kidder Township Sunday evening.

Another area mini mart fell victim to an armed robber.

Kidder Township police said the Wawa store, located along SR940, near Exit 95 of the turnpike, was robbed about 10:07 p.m. Sunday by an armed suspect.

Police said a white male, wearing a red ski mask, entered the store and brandished a semi-automatic weapon. He made off with several hundred dollars in cash.

He was last seen leaving the store on foot.

Disorderly conduct

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Summit Hill man was charged after he caused a disturbance.

According to Summit Hill police, on Jan. 14, at 1:30 a.m., police were called to the 300 block of West Fell Street for a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers observed Ricky Christman, 24, of 114 W. Fell St., outside the residence, causing a disturbance.

He was charged with disorderly conduct.

Injured driver lies for hours before accident is discovered

Monday, January 30, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters work to free a victim of a pickup truck accident which wasn't discovered until several hours after the crash.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters work to free a victim of a pickup truck accident which wasn't discovered until several hours after the crash.

The driver of a pickup truck involved in a violent crash overnight Saturday in Mahoning Township is fighting for his life after laying exposed to sub freezing temperatures for an undetermined amount of time.

Emergency personnel and police do not know when the crash occurred but some people who passed the scene overnight say the truck was at the scene for hours.

Due to the distance the unit was off the roadway witnesses could not determine if the truck had been in an accident or was simply parked on the lawn.

LASD sets dates for kindergarten registration

Monday, January 30, 2012

Kindergarten registration in the Lehighton Area School District will be held on March 6, 7, 8, and 9. All kindergarten registrations will take place at the District Administrative building, 1000 Union St., Lehighton, (near the high school).

Before the above dates parents or guardians should contact Brenda Strausberger at 610-377-7880, ext. 2, to schedule an appointment.

Appointments are scheduled to avoid delays during the registration process.

St. Joseph Regional Academy lists Catholic Schools Week activities

Monday, January 30, 2012

St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe is planning a number of activities for the annual Catholic Schools Week Celebration.

On Jan. 30 and Feb. 1, students will participate in "Lunch with a Loved One," where each student invited someone they love to have lunch with them.

CSIDC recognizes past presidents

Monday, January 30, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Seven past presidents of the Carbon-Schuylkill Industrial Development Corp. recently gathered during the group's annual reorganization meeting at Parkview Inn in Summit Hill. Since the group's inception in 1957, there has been 18 men to serve as president of the CSIDC. Past presidents in attendance are, seated, from left, Richard E. Forgay, Gary Porembo, and Lawrence J. Marek. Standing, Richard E. Forgay II, William Gardiner, Brian Bonner and Russ King.

Arrests reported

Monday, January 30, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported on the following arrests made by troopers.

Troopers said about 7:35 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, they responded to 141 Elsie Lane, in Gilbert, Polk Township, Monroe County, for a reported dispute.

'Manage' kids through a school year

Saturday, January 28, 2012

When a parent said to me, "I don't know what to do anymore," she meant that she didn't know what to do to get her son to apply himself in school. But her declaration caused me to consider a broader context: all aspects of parenting.

Like teaching, parenting has changed dramatically in the last 60 years. While many of the rules and strategies employed by teachers and parents before this time can still work, their presentation has had to change.

Faces of change

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Courtesy Lansford Historical Society Mine workers from Lansford stand in front of the LC&N shops.

Leo Cabrera smiles and banters with customers as he slides plates of hash browns, sunny-side up eggs and crisp rashers of bacon onto tables at his restaurant in Lansford one recent morning.

The low-key familiarity – he knows most of the customers by name – is one of the aspects of life in a small town that Cabrera cherishes.

It was the kind of atmosphere he sought when he, his wife Margarita and their children chose Lansford as their home.

Trying to make sense of news

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sometimes the daily news can be difficult to figure out.

Eastman Kodak has filed for bankruptcy. Analysts say the company's decline began long ago when foreign rival Fujifilm started cutting into the market long held by Kodachrome and other Kodak products.

Later, the trend toward digital photography supposedly became the nail in the coffin for Kodak. If that's true, I don't know why it happened. Why did the world's greatest film maker have trouble adapting to digital?

The first digital camera I used was a Kodak. It was a one megapixel-model and did a decent job.

PGC board approves crossbow use in archery seasons

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Preliminary approval to make permanent the lawful use of crossbows in archery deer and bear seasons was passed by an 8-0 vote by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners at last week's first quarterly meeting of the year. Final approval is expected at the April 24 meeting, when seasons and bag limits and antlerless permits will be approved for the 2012-13 hunting and trapping seasons.