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February 2012

PennDOT seeking volunteers for Great American Cleanup of Pa.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

PennDOT is seeking volunteers for this year's Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, which begins March 1 and runs through May 31.

"Cleanup events like this have been a great success in improving the quality of life for Pennsylvanians by creating cleaner roadsides and communities," said Secretary Barry Schoch. "Many dedicated residents return year after year to show their support, and I encourage more Pennsylvanians to show pride in our state through these great opportunities."

Palmerton's Nelson medals at States

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

On Saturday, Feb. 18th, Tre' Nelson a 15-year old from Palmerton, competed at the 2012 Pennsylvania High School Powerlifting Championships at Emmaus High school.

Nelson lifted in the 181 pound weight class and finished third overall. His lifts were a 405 pounds on the Squat, 235 pounds in the bench, and a 455 pound deadlift for a total of 1,095 pounds.

The Mill in Germansville is business of the month

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS "The Mill" at 7130 Bake Oven Road in Germansville has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are employees (l-r) Fred Schlauch (general manager), Rodney Schlauch Jr., (co-owner), Lori Wassell (co-owner), and Matt Schlauch (retail consultant).
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS "The Mill" at 7130 Bake Oven Road in Germansville has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are employees (l-r) Fred Schlauch (general manager), Rodney Schlauch Jr., (co-owner), Lori Wassell (co-owner), and Matt Schlauch (retail consultant).

It isn't just any ordinary run of The Mill.

Indeed, The Mill at 7130 Bake Oven Road in Germansville is an animal lover's delight thanks to a wide assortment of items.

The establishment can also add another notch to its belt now that it's been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Owned by companions Rodney Schlauch Jr., and Lori Wassell, with Fred Schlauch as General Manager, the business has recently undergone a transition of sorts.

Lehigh man pleads to drug counts; sentenced to prison

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Lehigh County man pleaded guilty to drug and other criminal counts on Tuesday in Carbon County court and was immediately sentenced to a prison term.

He was one of nine defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Controlled buy

Luis Angel Vargas, 40, of Allentown, entered guilty pleas to one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver-cocaine, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one of driving under the influence (DUI).

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Older and bolder

The Salvation Army's Older and Bolder group will spring back into action on March 14. The regular Wednesday meetings are held at the Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St., and include a light luncheon. The first meeting of the year will have an Irish/Green theme.

A guest speaker from Diakon will attend the March 21 meeting with an exerette demonstration. Diakon offers a variety of services to those age 50 and older.

The March 28 meeting will include hand bell rehearsal and use of the computer lab.

JTFD honors secretary

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At its regular meeting members of the Phoenix Hose Company of the Jim Thorpe Fire Department honored retiring secretary Arlene Dombrosky, who served 30 years as its secretary. Presenting the plaque to her is Joseph Steber, trustee. To the left of Arlene is Emily Rehrig, who will be taking her place as secretary.

Military Swap Meet this Saturday in JT

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
These table displays are typical of the vintage military items and materials that can be found at the Redball Military Transport Club's Winter Swap Meet being held this Saturday, March 3rd, at Memorial Hall on East 10th street in Jim Thorpe from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
These table displays are typical of the vintage military items and materials that can be found at the Redball Military Transport Club's Winter Swap Meet being held this Saturday, March 3rd, at Memorial Hall on East 10th street in Jim Thorpe from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Like history? Like museums? Like flea markets? Are you a military buff? Or simply want a day out doing something a little different.

Then you might want to check out the Redball Military Transport Club's Winter Swap Meet being held Saturday, March 3rd, at Memorial Hall on East 10th street in Jim Thorpe.

Vintage military items such as clothing, vehicle parts, books, manuals, tools, etc. will be available at the club's Winter Swap Meet which will be held there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CCTI to host open house, trade and art show Thurs.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

On Thursday, March 1, Carbon Career and Technical Institute will be hosting its Open house, trade show, and art show. The event will run from 5-8 p.m.

This event is open to the public.

"This event gives everyone the chance to see what CCTI has to offer and what we are all about," stated Principal, Brent Borzak.

Graphic Design students will be hosting an art show where their artwork will be on display and available for purchase.

Also, marketing students will be showcasing different non profit and community organizations.

Attains dean's list

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Maloney
Maloney

Kaitlin Maloney, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named to the fall 2011 dean's list at Temple University.

Maloney, a dual political science (pre-law) and English major, is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key National Honour Society, and has earned distinction as a Diamond Leader from Temple's Office of Leadership Development.

Speaks to Coaldale Lions Club

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Richard "Rusty" Taylor, CEO of Lehigh Anthracite Coal LLC of Tamaqua, right, addressed a meeting of the Coaldale Lions Club. Taylor described the operations of Lehigh Anthracite in the 8,000 acre property located in the Panther Valley. He outlined the projected growth of Lehigh Anthracite and described current operations. Taylor spoke about the personnel policies of Lehigh Anthracite and emphasized that Lehigh Anthracite is striving to be a resposible corporate citizen of the Panther Valley and surrounding areas. Pictured with Taylor is Bob Ames, left, president of the Coaldale Lions Club.

Coaldale tax collector closes office

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Coaldale tax collector Catherine M. Papesh, has announced that her office will be closed on March 1 and March 2. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, March 5. Office hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February 29, 1952 Al Michalik tallies 14 points and leads a balanced attack as St. Ann's of Lansford wins its season finale, defeating Girardville by a 59-42 score. The Crusaders, coached by Larry Furey, race to a 17-7 first-quarter lead and extend the margin to 16 points by halftime. Gabe Fritz contributes 13 points to the victory while Bobby Piscelli chips in with 12. St. Ann's also receives nine points from Danny Conahan.

Despite argument, supervisors vote to move ahead with pole building plans

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A progress report on the pole building that Mahoning Township supervisors are looking to construct to satisfy the violations raised by the Department of Labor and Industry resulting from complaints by Police Chief Kenneth Barnes, ended up in an argument between two supervisors even though a 4-1 vote directed the building committee to move forward at Monday evening's meeting.

The supervisors were under a March deadline to have work begin on the building or be fined by L&I.

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.

Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser planning for March 31 at Fritz's

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge serving Carbon County will hold their annual "Bowl for Kid's Sake" bowl-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop, Second and South streets, Lehighton.

This fun filled day provides an opportunity for anyone to join in the Bowl for Kids Sake. Teams are invited to participate. Businesses are invited to become a sponsor.

Volunteers are needed as board members and as mentors.

For additional information, call 1 (800) 955-4376.

Street cleaning in Lehighton

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The weekly scheduled routine street sweeping will resume in the borough of Lehighton on Wednesday, March 7. This will include all of N. First St., the 100 block of S. First St., and Bankway, between the hours of 4 and 6 a.m.

Lehigh driver facing DUI count

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Lehigh County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 9:31 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, along SR100 at Beachwood St., in Lowhill Township.

State police at Fogelsville said Todd Patrick Hinson, 37, of New Tripoli, was stopped for a traffic violation at the time and location stated. He was found to be under the influence and placed under arrest.

Troopers said the DUI charge is pending blood test results.

Knockdown 2012 to 'Bowl Over Cancer' in Hometown Saturday

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Knockdown 2012 to Bowl Over Cancer to benefit the Carbon/Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society will be held Saturday, March 3 at Spare Time Bowling Lanes in Hometown. Bowling will be from 1-3 p.m. and the after party will be the same day from 3-6 p.m. at the Batter's Box in Summit Hill.

There is a cost per person, and there will be 4- or 5-person teams (up to 8 persons). The cost includes two games of bowling, shoe rental and the after party.

For those who just want to attend the after party, a set donation is required.

East Brunswick $1,000 reward for agricultural vandals

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

Both the Schuylkill County Crime Stoppers and state police at Frackville are asking for the public's assistance in finding the person(s) who were responsible for vandalism and damage to more than 600 trees at the DPS Tree Farm located at 513 W. Pheasant Run Road in East Brunswick Township, just outside New Ringgold, sometime between Feb. 1 and Feb. 22. Police reported that someone damaged 639 trees growing in a field by running them over with a large ATV or smaller truck. The trees, which had a total value of $43,592, would have had an estimated harvest value of $107,544.

Albrightsville Marine heads Afghanistan construction team

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sgt. Michael J. Favata Jr., platoon guide, 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, center, kneels with Afghan children in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Favata has helped with the construction of structures that offer increased protection and mobility for deployed Marines such as indirect fire bunkers, blast mitigation pits, land bridges, and entry control points.
Sgt. Michael J. Favata Jr., platoon guide, 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, center, kneels with Afghan children in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Favata has helped with the construction of structures that offer increased protection and mobility for deployed Marines such as indirect fire bunkers, blast mitigation pits, land bridges, and entry control points.

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan In the past decade, the war on terror has changed dramatically. American troops are now out of Iraq, and their presence in Afghanistan is downsizing.

In late 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom had reached dangerous heights for service members, but that didn't stop Sgt. Michael J. Favata Jr., from enlisting in the Marine Corps.

"Like any other family, mine was concerned about (ongoing conflicts at) the time I was joining," said Favata, 28, a native of Albrightsville. "The war had just started but they supported me fully."

JTHS guidance department holds scheduling meetings

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Jim Thorpe Area High School guidance department will hold scheduling information meetings for parents on Thursday, March 8 in the high school auditorium at the following times:

* 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for students entering 9th grade.

* 7:30 to 8 p.m. for students entering 10th through 12th grades.

The meetings are being held to inform parents of the courses available to students in the 2012-2013 school year. The programs will include question and answer sessions.

Girl Scouts bake up some sweet treats

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One event that individuals with a sweet tooth and who may be trying to lose weight would have wanted to avoid was the Service Unit 309, 2012 Girl Scout Bake Off.

The event was held recently at Saint John's Lutheran Church on North Street in Jim Thorpe.

Service Unit 309 Girl Scouts are from the Jim Thorpe, Albrightsville, Nesquehoning, Summit Hill, Lansford and Coaldale areas.

Twenty-one Girl Scouts participated in the categories of Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador.

Six area teams in semifinal action

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Six area teams will be involved in District 11 basketball semifinal playoffs games.

The Northern Lehigh boys and girls, the Marian boys, and the Pleasant Valley girls will play tonight.

The Jim Thorpe girls and Marian girls will be in action Wednesday.

District 11 Class AA Boys

Semifinal round

No. 1 Northern Lehigh (19-4 overall, 13-3 CL)

vs. No. 5 Wilson (14-9, 8-8 CL)

TIPOFF: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 7:30pm at Parkland High School

COACHES: Northern Lehigh Jeff Miller; Wilson Bob Frankenfield

CCF board to meet

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Carbon County Fair monthly board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital Community Room (ground floor) located at 211 North 12th Street, Lehighton.

Lehighton council enthused with success of rec programs

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rookie Lehighton Borough Council member George Kogut, chairman of the council's public works and recreation committee, said last night he was impressed with all the town has to offer in recreation.

He said that as chairman, he had a discussion with recreation Director Thomas Evans and learned about the many recreation programs available.

He said the Baer Memorial Swimming Pool already has 100 new members for the 2012 swimming season and two improvements at the pool this year will be a new pavilion and the serving of soft ice cream.