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February 2012

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.

Two are cited for weapons at school

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Two Lehighton male juveniles had charges of possession of a weapon on school property filed against them with the Carbon County Office of Juvenile Probation. Lehighton police said the filings were the result of two separate incidents.

On Feb. 13 a witness informed school authorities of a student sending pictures of a gun to a cell phone that he had planned to bring to school. On Feb. 14 upon the student's arrival at school a gunlighter and a knife were found in his book bag, police said.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center announces March blood drives

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Miller-Keystone Blood Center, serving Easton Hospital, Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Hazleton General Hospital, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Palmerton Hospital and the St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, has announced the upcoming blood drives: * Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m. to 1:40 p.m., Dinkey Memorial Church, 1742 Dinkey Road, Ashfield. Call 570-386-2834.

* Sunday, March 4, 8 a.m. to noon, Parryville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2, 359 Main Street, Parryville. Call 610-462-5331.

Faith Alive holds Kid's Honor Club

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Faith Alive Church, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, is offering a seven week children's group from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays during Lent. The curriculum includes Bible lessons, crafts, activities and snacks. There is no cost. Parents who want their child to attend should contact Faith Alive Church (610) 852-2805 or email fasgm@ptd.net.

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.