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February 2012

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.

Make-A-Wish

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Denna Krammes serves blueberry cotton candy to guests following the plunge.
Denna Krammes serves blueberry cotton candy to guests following the plunge.

Participants brave icy water to raise funds

More than 1,000 spectators came to watch as 90 people ignored chilly temperatures and jumped into Deer Lake Pond in Deer Lake as part of the Schuylkill County Second Annual Polar Plunge to benefit Make-A-Wish.

"It was cold," said event organizer Denna Krammes, 33, a Tamaqua and Orwigsburg resident, who also serves as team captain for Russo's Pizza Make-A-Wish softball league.

"We wanted to do something to benefit sick kids," she added. "If a Make-A-Wish is the last memory they have, then we are grateful to be part of that."

Friends of Animals seeking to find roaming pitbull

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Carbon County Friends of Animals are asking for the community's help to locate a dog that has been on the loose since October.

Donna Crum, a volunteer at CCFOA, said the organization has been receiving reports of a white pitbull roaming around an area between Mahoning and East Penn townships over the last few months. The dog is in dire need of veterinary attention, Crum said, noting that residents who have spotted the animal said it is extremely emaciated from lack of proper nourishment, its ribs are showing through its skin and it hardly has any hair left on its body.

Sexual assault incident probed

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating a reported sexual assault incident.

Troopers said two females, ages 9, were alleged to have been sexually assaulted in an area along Chestnut Street, in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, during the period of January 2008 and January 2010.

No other information was made available by troopers.

Birth: Benyo

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Asher Timothy Benyo
Asher Timothy Benyo

A son, Asher Timothy Benyo, was born to Tara and Tim Benyo of Breinigsville, at 8:25 p.m., Dec. 30, 2011, at St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

He was welcomed home by his older brother Phineas, who is 18 months old.

Maternal grandparents are Liz and Ken Haug, Karen Kohn and Mike Takacs, all of Bethlehem.

Paternal grandparents are Darlene and Andrew Benyo of Jim Thorpe. Paternal great-grandparents are Dorothy and the late Shorty Benyo and the late Pauline and Corky Witt, all of Jim Thorpe.

Nolehi girls lose heartbreaker

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner (33) is doubled up by Pine Grove's Shannon Zimmerman (22) and Steffi Sampson (right) as she tries to go up for a shot in Tuesday's District 11 Class 2A girls semifinal.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner (33) is doubled up by Pine Grove's Shannon Zimmerman (22) and Steffi Sampson (right) as she tries to go up for a shot in Tuesday's District 11 Class 2A girls semifinal.

ALLENTOWN – Aimee Oertner was the last player to leave the Northern Lehigh locker room Tuesday night.

She exited with her eyes red from crying and a stray tear, which had somehow escaped a quick wipe of her face, still on her cheek.

Minutes earlier, Oertner's Bulldog basketball career had come to a heartbreaking end. Despite an incredible performance by Northern Lehigh's all-time career scoring leader, her team lost to Pine Grove, 37-33, in the semifinals of the District 11 Class AA tournament.

Steering into spring

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
ron gower/times news
ron gower/times news

We've gotten through February, which means spring is not far off. The recent warm weather has allowed youngsters to already spend time at playgrounds. Two-year-old Jace Locke of Lehighton looks like he's driving as he plays at the Phifer Ice Dam playground in Franklin Township.

Carbon Safe Kids supporters recognized

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Safe Kids Carbon County with this year's appreciation award recipients. From left, are Mindy Graver, Safe Kids chairwoman and recipient of the "It's Not A Problem" award; Jean Solarczyk, president of the Palmerton Community Ambulance Association, recipient of the group appreciation award; Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein and Thomas J. Gerhard; and Amy Miller, TIMES NEWS reporter, recipient of the individual appreciation award.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Safe Kids Carbon County with this year's appreciation award recipients. From left, are Mindy Graver, Safe Kids chairwoman and recipient of the "It's Not A Problem" award; Jean Solarczyk, president of the Palmerton Community Ambulance Association, recipient of the group appreciation award; Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein and Thomas J. Gerhard; and Amy Miller, TIMES NEWS reporter, recipient of the individual appreciation award.

Surprises served up at annual award and appreciation luncheon

Safe Kids Carbon County Chapter members recently recognized a group of individuals for their dedication to the organization, which helps teach parents and children how to be safe.

During the Safe Kids annual award and appreciation luncheon on Tuesday, one organization and two individuals were recognized for their contributions to the organization.

The annual award and appreciation luncheon is usually held in December, but scheduling conflicts forced a delay of the event.

Gas was bargain 12 years ago

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
TN ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS
TN ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS

There was no pain at the pumps 12 years ago. The increase in the cost of living becomes apparent when examining this photo taken in Tamaqua in July, 1999. Gas was selling for $1.01 a gallon and a sign visible in the background shows that a pack of Marlboro cigarettes was $2.14, or $21.25 for a carton.

Hearing held to make amendments for 911 readdressing system

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Chestnuthill Township board of supervisors passed Ordinance No. 2012-01, with a 2-0 vote. Chairman Chuck Gould was absent.

Lehighton arrests

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lehighton police reported on the following arrests made by officers.

Susan Hentzel, 46, of 195 Hudsondale St., Weatherly, was cited for retail theft as the result of an incident at Fegley's Fast Fill Exxon, located along Blakeslee Blvd.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, about 10 p.m. store employees observed Hentzel placing candy bars in her pockets and under her coat and attempting to leave without paying for them. Value of the items was $13.41.

Four area residents among 23 to enter guilty pleas

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Four area residents were among 23 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court recently.

Anthracite volleyball teams have successful weekend

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Three different Anthracite Volleyball Club teams had success over the weekend.

The Anthracite Strikers competed in the U17 Tiger Classic Tournament in Bromall, Pa. and finished in third place with an impressive 8-1 record.

The Anthracite Diggers took part in the U16 Lanchester Blast Tournament in Atglen, Pa. and finished in third place with a 7-5 record.

The Anthracite Diamonds took part in the U14 Kutztown Tournament and finished in fifth place with a 4-5 record.

Three unbeaten teams remaining

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league passed the halfway point of the season, with three teams still sporting an unblemished record.

One of those teams will fall from the ranks next Wednesday when Cuz-N-Joe's Place collides with defending league champion Ryan's Oil & Heating at 7:45 p.m. in the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center.

RESULTS

Schick's Cafe Calcutta-Ryan's Oil & Heating

Ryan's Oil & Heating remained undefeated on the season with a 68-57 victory over Schick's Cafe Calcutta.

On this date

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February 29, 1952

Some 6,000 Panther Valley miners idle over a seniority dispute may not return to work before Monday. President Mark F. Brennan of District 7, United Mine Workers of America, said no meeting is scheduled today with officials of the Lehigh Navigation Coal Company. The dispute involved the transfer of a man from the Lansford No. 9 to No. 6 colliery. Two-thousand miners walked out on Monday and the remaining workers Tuesday.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, March 3. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas, beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need grocery size brown paper bags.

Troopers: Demage was only suspect in killings

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge said that Greg Earl Demage, 30, of 1025 Center St., Jim Thorpe, was the only suspect in the deaths of a Kidder Township couple.

In a press release issued Tuesday troopers said that Demage was the lone suspect in the deaths of John Carnochan, 77, and his wife, Mildred Carnochan, 75, who resided at 33 Wolf Hollow Drive, in Split Rock Resort, Lake Harmony. Their bodies were found about noon on Saturday, Feb. 25, by township police who went to the home to check on the welfare of the couple.

Troopers also officially called the deaths a homicide.

Domestic incident leads to charges

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

State police at Frackville reported a domestic incident in Barnesville, Ryan Township, Schuylkill County, resulted in charges being filed.

Troopers said on Monday, Feb. 27, about 4:30 p.m. they responded to a residence along Rosemont Avenue for a domestic dispute.

As a result troopers said Terri L. Hillibush, 38, was issued a non-traffic citation for harassment. She allegedly made physical contact with Paul D. Hillibush, 38, during a dispute.

Home service station proposal remains under review

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lower Towamensing Township Zoning Hearing Board members (clockwise) Keith George, James DeRosa and Chairman James Ord conduct an on-site meeting with the Christmans at their property at 3224 Fireline Road on Tuesday. The couple wants to operate an automobile service station as a home occupation.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lower Towamensing Township Zoning Hearing Board members (clockwise) Keith George, James DeRosa and Chairman James Ord conduct an on-site meeting with the Christmans at their property at 3224 Fireline Road on Tuesday. The couple wants to operate an automobile service station as a home occupation.

A proposal for an automobile service station to operate as a home occupation in Lower Towamensing Township remains under review.

Rather than meet inside its municipal building, the township's Zoning Hearing Board conducted an on-site meeting Tuesday at the property of David Christman at 3224 Fireline Road.

Christman is in search of a variance and special exception to operate the business as a home occupation. The property is located in a R-4, Medium Density Residential District.

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."

World Day of Prayer set for March 2 at Grace Lutheran

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Women, men and children in over 170 countries will gather on Friday, March 2 to celebrate World Day of Prayer. In the Lehighton - Weissport area, a service will be celebrated at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Fourth and Mahoning streets, Lehighton. The service is sponsored by Life (Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship).

Struck, stabbed to death in Kidder

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hammer, knife used on couple

An autopsy performed on an elderly Kidder Township couple, who were found dead in their home on Saturday, showed they died of traumatic injuries that included being struck and stabbed.

Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik reported that an autopsy performed Monday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, reveal John Carnochan, 77, died of multiple blunt force trauma to the head and stab wounds to the chest. His wife, Mildred Carnochan, 75, died of multiple blunt force and sharp force trauma to the head and chest.

Tamaqua Salvation Army seeks open gym volunteers

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Major Sharon Whispell is looking for 3 to 5 community members (ages 18 and up) who are able to volunteer two or more hours a week at the Tamaqua Salvation Army providing supervision to youth playing in the gymnasium.

Two from Lehigh injured on I81

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Two Lehigh County residents were seriously injured in a crash along Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County on Saturday, Feb. 25. It was one of three crashes probed on the interstate in Schuylkill County by state police at Frackville, all occuring on Saturday.

Troopers said Daniel Azar, 21, of Allentown, was operating a 2002 Honda Civic southbound about 5:26 a.m. in Ryan Township when he traveled off the road and into the median. The car's front end made impact with the guardrail and came to rest facing south.

Legion oratorical contest held at JTAHS

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Contestants and Legion officials gather on stage after the completion of the Eastern Sectional Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Pa. American Legion which was held in the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium. Pictured from left to right are : Jesse Ritz, 14th District Oratorical Chairman; Mark Queen, Eastern Vice Commander; Cleo Massas, 3rd place; Christopher Anderson, 1st place; Lidya Johnson; 2nd place; Aaron Campbell, Inter-district Coordinator; and Harry J. Wynn III, Vice Chairman Eastern Section.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Contestants and Legion officials gather on stage after the completion of the Eastern Sectional Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Pa. American Legion which was held in the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium. Pictured from left to right are : Jesse Ritz, 14th District Oratorical Chairman; Mark Queen, Eastern Vice Commander; Cleo Massas, 3rd place; Christopher Anderson, 1st place; Lidya Johnson; 2nd place; Aaron Campbell, Inter-district Coordinator; and Harry J. Wynn III, Vice Chairman Eastern Section.

The Eastern Sectional Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Pa. American Legion was held in the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium with the theme being the same as it is every year, "The Constitution".

The regions represented in the Eastern Sectional Oratorical Contest are the counties of Carbon, Monroe, Schuylkill, Lehigh, and Northampton and the city of Philadelphia and its suburbs.

This year's competition marked the 75th anniversary of the contest with three contestants hoping to advance to the State Oratorical Contest which will be held in Harrisburg on March 10th.

Waiver for Packerton Yards project sidewalks denied

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Although a waiver for the sidewalks for the Packerton Yards project was denied by Mahoning Township supervisors on a 4-1 vote, the board approved the other two pending waivers as well as two-thirds of the failed waiver.

Supervisor Travis Steigerwalt was the lone member to want to approve the sidewalk waiver out of concern for the possible delays and complications it could create with the railroad crossing over which this sidewalk will have to be constructed.

Tamaqua woman cited for theft

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Tamaqua woman has been cited following an incident at the Family Dollar Store, 137 N. Railroad St., on Feb. 17.

Amanda Welfel, 21, of 33 Hunter St., allegedly entered the store and attempted to leave without paying for several items she had taken from the shelves. The total value of the items was $44.34.

Welfel was cited for retail theft.

Tamaqua police investigate burglary

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tamaqua Police are investigating a burglary that was reported to the department on Feb. 25.

Amanda Hofstetter, 25, of 224 Green St., Tamaqua, reported that someone entered her home between the hours of 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 and 1 a.m. on Feb. 25 and removed several items. The missing items included an Xbox 360, a Toshiba television and $2500 in cash.

Monroe man facing harassment count

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported the arrest of a Monroe County man for harassment.

Troopers said about 9 p.m. on Feb. 23 a 51-year-old female from Effort came to the barracks and reported that Anthony Paul Mitchell, 51, of 923 Hawthorne Drive, Kunkletown, Polk Township, Monroe County, had been harassing her and threatening her earlier in the evening at his residence.

She further alleged that Mitchell shoved her out a door and grabbed her by the wrist when she attempted to enter the residence. Police determined the two had been having a verbal argument earlier in the day.

Two juveniles cited for harassment

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Two juveniles were cited following a Feb. 2 incident in Tamaqua.

A 12-year-old Tamaqua male went to the police station that day to report being grabbed by a 14-year-old girl. He reported that he almost passed out when the girl pulled on his hood.

The teen's version of events was slightly different leading officers to cite both for harassment.

Two cited after Schuylkill incident

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Two men were cited following an incident in Girardville, Schuylkill County, that occurred last year.

State police at Frackville said they charged John Anthony Stapinski, 42, of Eldred, McKean County, and Theodore R. Stang Sr., 47, of Girardville.