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February 2012

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.

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.