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February 2012

Pocono Greyhound Adoption plans meet and greet

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pocono Greyhound Adoption will be holding a Meet and Greet at Tractor Supply Company, 486 Blakeslee Blvd. W., Lehighton, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

To learn more about this event, or about adopting a greyhound, please visit www.poconogreyhound.com, or phone (570) 856-0377.

Liberty's quick start too much for PV

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
LINDA ROTHROCK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's KelecIa Harris (left) and Liberty's JodY Chickey battle for possession during Tuesday night's District 11 AAAA Girls semifinal at Nazareth.
LINDA ROTHROCK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's KelecIa Harris (left) and Liberty's JodY Chickey battle for possession during Tuesday night's District 11 AAAA Girls semifinal at Nazareth.

NAZARETH - The Pleasant Valley girls didn't dig themselves a hole Tuesday in their District 11 semifinal matchup with Liberty.

They gouged out a giant crater.

Suffering from shooting woes in the first quarter and turnover troubles in the second, the Bears fell behind 16-0 early and trailed the Hurricanes by a 25-5 count at the break.

Not surprisingly, that deficit was just too much for the Mountain Valley Conference champions to overcome and they eventually dropped a 44-30 decision.

Pius X proves too much for Marian

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
ron gower/times news Marian Catholic's Anthomy Pilla reaches around Eric Marbury (3) of Piux X in attempt to knock the ball loose. At left is the Colt's Eric Swankoski (24).
ron gower/times news Marian Catholic's Anthomy Pilla reaches around Eric Marbury (3) of Piux X in attempt to knock the ball loose. At left is the Colt's Eric Swankoski (24).

LANSFORD – Pius X isn't exactly the "Dream Team," but they brought a taste of the NBA with them to Panther Valley last night.

Starting for the Royals were sophomore center Lyndon Ewing (cousin of 11-time NBA All-Star Patrick Ewing, the first overall pick of the New York Knicks in the 1985 NBA draft) and freshman guard Eric Marbury (nephew of 2-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury, the fourth overall pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1996 NBA Draft).

Break-ins probed

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating two burglaries that occurred at two locations in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Troopers said the home of Joseph Steven Hovan, 1921 Donalds Rd., was entered sometime between 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, and Monday at 6 a.m. Entry was made through an unlocked rear window of the home.

Removed were several items, troopers said.

The second entry occurred at the residence of Clifton Edward Hubbard Jr., of 72 Hawks Terrace, sometime between Nov. 5 and Sunday, Feb. 26. Entry was made through a crawl space in the home.

Two area residents among 19 to enter guilty pleas

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Two area residents were among 19 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller.

William J. Bowman, 24, of 221 Owl Creek Rd., Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, careless driving and disorderly conduct. His sentence was deferred to Wednesday, March 28, as the court requested the adult probation department prepare a pre-sentence investigative report. Bowman was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Houser, last April 16 on Center Street.

Warriors hold off Bulldogs in AAA semi

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Devon Glose (20) drives to the basket and goes up for two as Wilson's Daye-Shawn Bailey guards him in District 11 3A Boys semifinal action.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Devon Glose (20) drives to the basket and goes up for two as Wilson's Daye-Shawn Bailey guards him in District 11 3A Boys semifinal action.

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP – Putting Wilson on the foul line late in a close game seemed like a solid game plan. The Warriors were shooting just 58 percent from the line for the season.

They hit just enough, making six of their 10 attempts in the final minute and 22 seconds to hold off Northern Lehigh, 43-39, in a District 11 Class AAA boys semifinal.

"We've been working on foul shots," said Warriors head coach Bob Frankenfield, whose team made 11 of 17 in the game. "I think they were focused on the foul line."

Tamaqua woman cited for theft

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Tamaqua woman was cited following a shoplifting incident at the Family Dollar Store, 137 N. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

The store's manager contacted police at 10:52 a.m. on Feb. 27 to report she had detained a shoplifter, identified as Andrea Startzel, 41, of 35 W. Union St.

Startzel allegedly placed several items in her purse and attempted to leave the store without making payment. When stopped by the manager Startzel began placing the items back on the shelf.

The total value of the items is listed as $11.89.

Startzel was cited for retail theft.

Allentown man denied bail reduction in Rush incident

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

An Allentown man will be cooling his heels in the Schuylkill County prison awaiting trial on a number of criminal charges which were filed after an alleged rampage in Rush Township last Jan. 5.

After a hearing in the county court Senior Judge D. Michael Stine denied reduction of a $25,000 bail imposed by a district judge on Andrew H. Alatore, 24, of 1151 Bulldog Drum Drive.

Meeting date changed for LALLC

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will meet at 6 p.m. March 8 at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute, Jim Thorpe. Members are asked to note the change in the meeting date.

Roxanne Downs, director at the Blue Mountain Health System Adult Day Care Center, will be the guest speaker.

Lions are encouraged to invite a guest or family member to attend the dinner.

Reservations can be made by contacting Linda Benner at (610) 377-3685.

Members are also asked to note that the April meeting date has been changed from April 5 to April 12.

Slatington boy to take part in SLS at West Point

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Hedash
Hedash

Connor Hedash, a student at Bethlehem Catholic High School, Bethlehem, has been selected to attend West Point's U.S. Military Academy's prestigious Summer Leaders Seminar (SLS) in June. He will be one of 1000 attendees.

He is the son of Audrey and Joe Hedash of Slatington and the grandson of Veronica Hedash of Coaldale and Shirley Tkach of Lehighton.

Hope, Hertzog earn indoor track medals

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Two Tamaqua area athletes earned medals at the Pennsylvania Track & Field Indoor Championships held on Feb. 25 at Penn State University

Kayla Hope took third place in the long jump with a leap of 18-1/2. Eric Hertzog grabbed an eighth place medal in the 60 meter high hurdles with a time of 8.37. He set a personal best time of8.31 in the semifinals.

'Buck'

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The 'Band of Brothers' lose another comrade

It was in the summer of 2007 during the World War 2 Weekend at the Reading airport that I was introduced to, and learned the remarkable story of Lt. Col (Ret.) Lynn "Buck" Compton.

A true American hero who was a central figure in historian Stephen E. Ambrose's best-seller "Band of Brothers," Compton, 90, died Saturday at his daughter's home in Burlington, Wash.

Tamaqua 5th grade girls have strong season

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tamaqua 5th grade girls have strong season
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The Tamaqua 5th grade girls basketball recently completed a stellar season. Tamaqua went undefeated against 5th grade teams and finished with an 8-1 record overall competing in the Schuylkill Youth League. Team members were, front row, from left, Kayla Sherry, Lizzie Wagner and Sarah Maue. Back row, Miranda Chinchar, Meghan McArdle, Jessica Weinburger, Emily Fisher and Emily Amershek. Also on the team was Alexis Trevorah.

Summit Hill News

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Summit Hill

Veteran honored

The American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, recently honored an Army veteran for 60 years of continuous membership in the post.

Charles Frassinelli, 320 W. Ludlow St., Summit Hill, received the certificate of recognition from Commander W. Kevin O'Donnell.

Frassinelli is a 1946 graduate of the former Summit Hill High School who later enlisted in the Army.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Evening service

Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville will hold a Saturday evening worship service this week at 5 p.m., March 3. The church offers that every first Saturday of the month.

A midweek Lenten service will be held at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Chestnuthill Elementary

The Brodheadsville School will be part of Read Across America Day on Friday, March 2.

Touch of Home

Lehighton to consider new 'tent' regulations

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lehighton's Chief of Police Neal Ebbert suggested to borough council this week that the borough ordinance be updated to address tents and other temporary structures.

He said currently there is very little in the ordinance pertaining to the tents from which flowers and fireworks are sold.

The tents are generally put up along highways for several weeks around holiday seasons.

He said the only rules regarding these tents are the same ones that pertain to street vendors who walk along parade routes peddling balloons and cotton candy.

Northern Lehigh to hold kindergarten registration

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Northern Lehigh School District will hold kindergarten registration by appointment in April.

Parents may register their child at Peters Elementary School on Monday, April 16, Tuesday, April 17, or Wednesday, April 18. In order to enter kindergarten in September, a child must be five years old as of Sept. 1, 2012.

At the time of registration, parents must provide the child's originally issued birth certificate, a record of the child's immunizations, and parent photo identification. Two different proofs of residency are also required. Acceptable proofs are the following:

Drunk in Tamaqua

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Tamaqua man has been cited after he was found to be in an intoxicated state in the 100 block of West Broad Street in the borough.

Officers were dispatched to 108 W. Broad St., at 2:23 a.m. on Feb. 25 on a report of a male banging on doors. At the scene, they found Brian James Dennis, 34, of 14 W. Broad St. Dennis was unable to provide officers with his name and address due to his inebriated state.

Officer Thomas Duarte transported Dennis, who became uncooperative, to the police station where he was later released into the custody of his mother.

Local student in cast of "The Laramie Project", a play which addresses issue of hate crimes

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Misericordia Players student theatrical group will present three performances of "The Laramie Project," a play that addresses issues of hate, intolerance and the human spirit, from March 29-31 in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. All the shows begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are available at the door.

Scout Sunday celebrated

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pocono District Scout Commissioner Doug Klemm, right, presents the Scout charter to Effort UMC representative, the Rev. G. Argot, (ret.). Scouts have been using the church as a meeting site for 20 years.
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pocono District Scout Commissioner Doug Klemm, right, presents the Scout charter to Effort UMC representative, the Rev. G. Argot, (ret.). Scouts have been using the church as a meeting site for 20 years.

Effort UMC celebrated Scout Sunday this past Sunday.

In attendance was Doug Klemm, Boy Scout District Commissioner, and many leaders and members of Cub Scout Pack 99 and Boy Scout Troop 98 as well as one Scout from Troop 102.

They served as greeters, ushers and also Scripture readers. The two Boy Scouts that did that were Chris Kaye at the 8:30 a.m. and Christian Shea at the 11 a.m. service.

The Scouts recycle soda can tabs for the church's hunger ministry program. Forty-two dollars was given to the food pantry from that project.

Advancement comes for Cub Scouts at Blue and Gold dinner

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The new Boy Scouts joined the veteran ones around a camp after crossing the bridge from Cubs to Boy Scouts.
The new Boy Scouts joined the veteran ones around a camp after crossing the bridge from Cubs to Boy Scouts.

With good weather outside, the Cub Scouts of Pack 209 moved winter indoors at the Palmerton Rod and Gun Club for its Blue and Gold dinner. The annual event was held Feb. 25 with snowmen wearing blue and gold hats and scarves on the tables and two large snowmen guarding their fort in the front of the room. White balloon snowballs floated over the tables instead of the usual blue and gold ones.

Robert Mauro, in his Friends of Scouting program, said there are 12,000 scouts and 5,500 leaders in Minsi Trail Council.

Tamaqua teen cited for drinking

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A 17-year-old Tamaqua male has been cited for underage drinking.

Borough officer Matt Houser was on patrol at 12:20 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, when he saw two males in the area of the Wells Fargo Bank on West Broad Street. Houser stopped to check on the males and immediately noted signs of intoxication from both. One of the males was 22 years old, while the other was 17.

The younger male was taken into custody and cited for underage drinking. He was later released to his father's custody.

PSP issues bulletin to warn public of homemade bottle bombs

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pennsylvania State Police have issued the following warning about bottle bombs.

Incidents involving homemade "bottle bombs," also known as "acid bombs," "works bombs," and "pressure bombs," have been reported for at least two decades. Due to the increased prevalence of instructional videos and manuals on the Internet, these bombs are now surfacing more frequently. These explosive devices are easily concocted by utilizing common household ingredients, thus making them quite popular.

A treat of warm weather

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Monday's warmer weather was definitely a treat for most, as people and pets spent a little more time outside enjoying the nicer weather. Robert Coccio of Summer Valley Road in New Ringgold gives warm weather treats to his four dogs, from left, Howie, Lilly, Henry and Junebug.

Progress made on zoning designations on two Towamensing townships

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Members of the Lower Towamensing/Towamensing townships ordinance update committee include (clockwise) Duane Dellecker, Lower Towamensing Township zoning officer; Barbara Green, Lower Towamensing; Angela Farrell, Lower Towamensing; Connie Bieling, Towamensing; R. Steven Dellinger, senior planner, Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc., Gerry Madden, Lower Towamensing; and Peter Terp, Lower Towamensing.
Members of the Lower Towamensing/Towamensing townships ordinance update committee include (clockwise) Duane Dellecker, Lower Towamensing Township zoning officer; Barbara Green, Lower Towamensing; Angela Farrell, Lower Towamensing; Connie Bieling, Towamensing; R. Steven Dellinger, senior planner, Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc., Gerry Madden, Lower Towamensing; and Peter Terp, Lower Towamensing.

Progress continues to be made on zoning designations and permitted uses in two lower Carbon County municipalities.

Members of the Lower Towamensing and Towamensing Township ordinance update committee again met on Monday with R. Steven Dellinger, senior planner, Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc., at the Towamensing Township Municipal Building.

Dellinger began the session with discussion on the status of the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) Grant Application.

Two arrested in Beaver Meadows

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Two persons were arrested following an incident in Beaver Meadows that occurred on Thursday, Feb. 23

Police Chief Michael Morresi reported about 4 p.m. he was parked on Berwick St. looking for a Jeep Cherokee vehicle that was involved in an incident in Freeland in which a police officer was injured and the suspect fled the scene.

Morresi observed a Jeep Cherokee traveling on SR903 with front end damage head southbound and fit the description of the vehicle wanted in the Freeland incident.

Palmerton Police Log

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Disorderly conduct

Christopher Smith, 25, of 519 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, was cited for disorderly conduct. The violation occurred on Oct. 18 at 1:03 a.m. in the 300 block of Delaware Avenue.

Traffic violation

Kristine Islas, 38, of 620 Lafayette Avenue, Palmerton, was cited for traffic control signals. The violation occurred on Feb. 23 at 12:13 p.m. at Fifth Street and Delaware Avenue.

Midweek Lenten service at Trinity

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton will begin its midweek Lenten series asking "Good God Questions" Wednesday, Feb. 29. "Why does God allow suffering?" will be probed. Services are at noon and 7 p.m. A soup and sandwich lunch will follow the noon service; a soup and sandwich/ supper will be served at 6 p.m. All are invited to attend. Church phone is (610) 377-4303.

ACS workshop correction

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Look Good, Feel Better

The date for the American Cancer Society's Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop was incorrectly listed in an earlier edition. The workshop will be held from 4-6 p.m., March 5, at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, 360 W. Ruddle St., Coaldale. The session will be held in the board room.

The session is free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

What are you waiting for??

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It's time to submit your original recipes for the annual TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe Contest.

Deadline for submissions is Saturday, March 10 at midnight.

For more information, call our Lifestyle Department at 1-800-443-0377, ext. 3140.

Schuylkill court news

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Child molester

A Pottsville man pleaded guilty to having indecent deviate sexual intercourse with an eight year old child and was given a long state prison sentence.

Kim L. May, 32, Pottsville, was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin to serve 10 to 20 years with credit for serving 99 days in the county prison.