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February 2012

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.

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
Zachary Schoenberger prepares to cross the bridge.
Zachary Schoenberger prepares to cross the bridge.

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.

A treat of warm weather

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

Monday's warmer weather was definitely a treat for most, as people and pets spent a little more time outside enjoying the nicer weather. Robert Coccio of Summer Valley Road in New Ringgold gives warm weather treats to his four dogs, from left, Howie, Lilly, Henry and Junebug.

Progress made on zoning designations on two Towamensing townships

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS R. Steven Dellinger, senior planner, Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc., discusses zoning matters as part of a joint meeting of the Lower Towamensing/Towamensing Township ordinance committee on Monday.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS R. Steven Dellinger, senior planner, Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc., discusses zoning matters as part of a joint meeting of the Lower Towamensing/Towamensing Township ordinance committee on Monday.

Progress continues to be made on zoning designations and permitted uses in two lower Carbon County municipalities.

Members of the Lower Towamensing and Towamensing Township ordinance update committee again met on Monday with R. Steven Dellinger, senior planner, Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc., at the Towamensing Township Municipal Building.

Dellinger began the session with discussion on the status of the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) Grant Application.

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.