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February 2012

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.

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.

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.

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.