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February 2012

Schuylkill motel site of burglary

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Schuylkill County motel was the site of a burglary this week.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said six rooms of the Days Inn, located at 1476 SR61, in North Manheim Township, were entered sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, and 10:30 a.m. on Monday.

Removed from the rooms were five small refrigerators, four microwaves, two televisions and a Wii game system. Total estimated value of the missing items was $3,000.

'Messiah in the Passover' demonstration set for Tamaqua

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tamaqua's First United Methodist Church is hosting "Messiah in the Passover," a vivid demonstration showing how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover, Saturday, March 31, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Marriage license

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Schuylkill County

Christine M. Cookson and Michael J. Weiss, 250 Valley St., New Philadelphia.

Pellet plant not in violation of noise ordinance, official says

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A long-standing noise dispute in Lower Towamensing Township continues to generate a buzz.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert contacted the TIMES NEWS recently to respond to a recent report on TV13 concerning the noise complaints expressed by several residents about the noise level generated by Great American Pellets, located at 2115 Little Gap Road.

Walbert said he believes the township has been "diligent and proactive concerning this issue."

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.

Familiar face to return to LASD

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
MICHAEL HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Congratulating newly-hired Suzanne Howland, center, as elementary principal of East Penn and Franklin Elementary Schools are Lehighton Area School District Superintendent James Kraky, left, and Lehighton Area School Board President Rocky Ahner, right.
MICHAEL HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Congratulating newly-hired Suzanne Howland, center, as elementary principal of East Penn and Franklin Elementary Schools are Lehighton Area School District Superintendent James Kraky, left, and Lehighton Area School Board President Rocky Ahner, right.

Dr. Terence Maher hired to manage the school district

A familiar face will return to Lehighton Area School District after Superintendent James Kraky retires March 30.

At the Lehighton Area School Board meeting on Monday evening, longtime LASD teacher and administrator Dr. Terence Maher was hired as a consultant to manage the school district in the transition following Kraky's retirement – beginning April 1.

He will become acting superintendent on July 1. Kraky's last date as an employee of LASD will be June 30.

Results

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Obama can learn from the NASCAR playbook

Last night's Daytona 500 race made us better realize how efficiently The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) adheres to that U.S. Marine motto to adapt, overcome and improvise in its sport.

Their success formula is something that this administration with its bloated federal programs could do well to study in achieving results and streamlining government spending.

It's official

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lehighton School Board okays Schuylkill League

On Monday evening, the Lehighton Area School Board voted unanimously to approve the school district's move to the Schuylkill League in all sports that are offered by both the league and Lehighton – beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.

According to Athletic Director Kyle Spotts the move does not include football and field hockey.

"There has been a lot of work involved in this process by the school's administration and the athletic committee," said Spotts "Now that it's official, we're excited.

Strength exercises can help seniors rebuild muscle

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Q. Have you ever heard of sarcopenia?

This one made me go to the dictionary. Sarcopenia, a Greek word that means loss of flesh, is the decrease in muscle tissue that comes with age.

Sarcopenia (pronounced sar-ko-PEEN-ya) begins early in life. Studies show that after age 40, most people lose about 1 percent of their muscle mass each year.

The curious Camptown Races – doo da

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Al Jolson, in minstrel blackface, sang De Camptown Races in the Stephen Foster biopic Swanee River.
Al Jolson, in minstrel blackface, sang De Camptown Races in the Stephen Foster biopic Swanee River.

As a bookend to February's Black History month, Stephen Foster's Camptown Races song offers an insight into the composer's times, which spanned a brief 39 years and reflected the uneasiness of the northern whites with southern black issues in the years leading to the Civil War.

Lehighton Neighborhood Watch meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

This evening's inaugural meeting of the community-wide Neighborhood Watch at Lehighton Area High School will begin at 6:30 p.m. – not 6 p.m. – as had been previously announced. All interested community members are invited and encouraged to attend and become involved.

Established in 1972, Neighborhood Watch has proven to be one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country. It brings citizens together to help be additional "eyes and ears" of law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer 24/7.

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
Special to the TIMES NEWS Sgt. Michael J. Favata Jr. of Albrightsville, sits by a dog after building a blast mitigation pit.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Sgt. Michael J. Favata Jr. of Albrightsville, sits by a dog after building a blast mitigation pit.

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
Albrightsville Troop 30137 Daisy Olivia Rosenberger and her mother Lisa stand by her entry "Candy Circus" which won Most Creative at the Service Unit 309, 2012 Girl Scout Bake Off which was held at Saint John's Lutheran Church on North Street in Jim Thorpe.
Albrightsville Troop 30137 Daisy Olivia Rosenberger and her mother Lisa stand by her entry "Candy Circus" which won Most Creative at the Service Unit 309, 2012 Girl Scout Bake Off which was held at Saint John's Lutheran Church on North Street in Jim Thorpe.

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.