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February 2012

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.

Wet winter fun

Monday, February 27, 2012
Talia Lewis, 10, dives in without a splash.
Talia Lewis, 10, dives in without a splash.

Freezing temperatures outside didn't stop over 100 local children and family members from having wet winter fun during the Tamaqua Class of 2014's first open swim fundraiser Friday night at the Tamaqua Area School District natatorium. Diane Pangonis Butkus, event organizer, stated her appreciation to all who came and the Tamaqua lifeguards that volunteered their time. Their next swim is set for Friday March 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information on how to help, contact Butkus via Facebook.

GOP holds annual dinner to kick off campaign season

Monday, February 27, 2012

More than 200 people attended the 54th annual GOP Lincoln Day Dinner at the Pottsville Club in Pottsville Saturday night, which is the kick-off for the start of the political campaign in the county.

The key note speaker was Steve Welsh, of Malvern, Chester County, the endorsed candidate of the state Republilcan Committee, who is one of four candidates seeking the party's nomination in the April 24 Primary Election for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Bob Casey Jr.

On this date

Monday, February 27, 2012

February 27, 1985

The 1985 Oscar Awards have more than a passing interest for one Lansford woman, Mrs. James McDonald, the former Claudia Sarge. She will be awaiting breathlessly to see what actor will get the best supporting movie role in the 37th Academy Awards. The actor is John Malkovich for his role as the blind man "Places in the Heart." Malkovich is the husband of Glenne Headly, formerly of Lansford, herself a stage and movie actress, who is a friend and former classmate of Claudia.

Woman cited for dog law violation

Monday, February 27, 2012

Jim Thorpe police cited a borough woman for a dog law violation.

Police said on Tuesday, Jan. 10, about 2:55 p.m. officers observed a black and tan pit bull running unattended in the 400 block of Oak Street. Police were familiar with the dog due to numerous complaints of the dog attacking other dogs in the borough.

The dog owner was identified as Robin Uhler, 51, of 53 W. Fourth St. She was cited for confinement of dogs, police said.

Relay For Life of Tamaqua to hold pre-event party fundraiser

Monday, February 27, 2012

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities is holding a "Power of Purple" pre-event party fundraiser on Friday, March 9 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hometown Fire Company to help prepare for the Relay For Life coming up in June, as well as to share the importance of Relay For Life in saving lives from cancer.

Driver facing DUI count after crash

Monday, February 27, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 2:26 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, along South Goodspring Road (SR125), in Hegins Township.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Ogbogu E. Jukpor, 35, of Valley View, was driving a 2006 Honda sedan northbound near Barnes Road, when he said he swerved to avoid a deer. The car went onto the east berm and struck the front porch of the residence at 487 Goodspring Road.

Energy

Monday, February 27, 2012

Pain at the pumps will haunt Obama into Nov.

While in southwest Florida last week, I was watching a local television report about rising gas prices when the newscast itself turned into the story.

As the reporter was standing in front of a gas station to do his story on the escalating fuel prices, the price at that particular station went up by 10 cents during the time it took to do the two-minute segment.

It only punctuated his report and showed the volatility of the energy market, which is and will continue to impact us all right through election day.

Robinson leads Thorpe into semis

Monday, February 27, 2012
ron gower/times news Jim Thorpe's Nina Batts (left) passes the ball to a teammate as Blue Mountain's Elizabeth Kerns defends.
ron gower/times news Jim Thorpe's Nina Batts (left) passes the ball to a teammate as Blue Mountain's Elizabeth Kerns defends.

POTTSVILLE – Jim Thorpe head coach Rob Kovac wasn't just looking for a win, he was also looking for a way...

A way to spend more time together with a group of girls that he has heralded as the best girls basketball team in school history.

On Saturday night at Martz Hall, he got the best of both worlds, as his fifth-seeded Lady Olympians posted a 59-51 victory over fourth-seeded Blue Mountain in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class AAA Tournament.

Ortiz, Veppert capture gold

Monday, February 27, 2012
bob ford/times news Levi Veppert (right) earned District 11 Class AA gold in the 182-pound weight class. Veppert recorded an 11-7 victory over Jose Ortiz of Bethlehem Catholic in the final.
bob ford/times news Levi Veppert (right) earned District 11 Class AA gold in the 182-pound weight class. Veppert recorded an 11-7 victory over Jose Ortiz of Bethlehem Catholic in the final.

BETHLEHEM Ever since he started wrestling, Northwestern's Michael Ortiz has been used to being the shorter guy.

At 5-5, the Tiger junior has found himself looking up to most of his opponents when taking the mat.

On Saturday night, in the 152-pound District 11 Class AA championship match against Palmerton's Cody Grohotolski at Liberty High School, the same held true.

But despite giving up seven inches to his fellow Colonial League wrestler, Ortiz did what he does most times. He won.

Late ACC rally ends Palmerton's season

Monday, February 27, 2012

For the first 26 minutes of Saturday night's District 11 Class AAA quarterfinal, Palmerton had powerful Allentown Central Catholic on the ropes.

A three-point Bomber lead with six minutes remaining in the game proved to test the Vikettes and push them to come up with something more.

ACC, the tourney's No. 1 seed and the Lehigh Valley Conference champs, showed its mettle by doing exactly that. The Vikettes regained the lead and went on to win, 45-37, and advance to the semifinals against Southern Lehigh.

No Header!

Monday, February 27, 2012
Brayden Kabana
Brayden Kabana

KABANA A son, Brayden Maverick Kabana, was born Dec. 9, 2011 at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich. to Chelsea Livingston and Brett M. Kabana of Grand Blanc, Mich.

He weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Roy and Kathy Livingston of Davison, Mich. Paternal grandparents are Kevin Kabana of Davison, and Kathy Kabana of Fenton, Mich.

Paternal great-grandparents are Larry and Nancy Kabana of Tamaqua and Carol Pittman of New Philadelphia.

Palmerton woman expresses concern over home being torn down in borough

Monday, February 27, 2012

Pencor official says tear down is part of plan to bring more business to town

A Palmerton woman has expressed concerns with the number of homes being bought and torn down along the borough's downtown business district.

Resident Deborah Smith told borough council on Thursday that she was unhappy to see that happen at 508-510 Delaware Ave., the home where she used to live with her husband and children for 20 years.

Tamaqua Ministerium meeting scheduled

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Tamaqua Area Ministerial Association will Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 109 N. Greenwood St, in Tamaqua. Anyone is invited to attend. FMI: (570) 668-2180.

Kidder couple dead

Monday, February 27, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A state trooper sits in the driveway of John and Mildred Carnochan Sunday morning. The couple was found dead Saturday in their Lake Harmony, Kidder Township home.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A state trooper sits in the driveway of John and Mildred Carnochan Sunday morning. The couple was found dead Saturday in their Lake Harmony, Kidder Township home.

Grandson suspect commits suicide 70 miles away

An elderly Kidder Township couple was found dead in their home on Saturday afternoon and several hours later a suspect in the deaths committed suicide when confronted by police nearly 70 miles from the scene and in the victims' vehicle.

State police at the Stonington barracks said Gregory Earl Demage, 30, of 1025 Center St., Jim Thorpe, shot himself while in a 2006 Cadillac DTS sedan along SR61 near Feeney Street in Coal Township, just outside Shamokin, in Northumberland County.

ON THIS DATE

Monday, February 27, 2012

February 27, 1991 Jim Thorpe hits four free throws in the final minute of play to hold on for a 53-50 District 11 Class AA playoff win over Panther Valley. Dave Guzman accounts for three of those foul shots and ends the game with 10 points. Dave Figura finishes with a team-high 16 points for the Olympians, coached by Randy Engle. The winners also receive nine points from Mike Kmetz and eight from Brian Rehrig. The Panthers, who had rallied from a nine-point defict to one during the fourth quarter, are led by Mark Paluck's 18 points.

Theft of trailer being probed

Monday, February 27, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating the theft of a trailer.

Troopers said a 2010 carry utility trailer, black in color, with a wood deck, about 12-feet long, was stolen while parked at the Days Inn Motel, located at 1476 SR61, in North Manheim Township. The trailer is owned by Ruth Singh, 32, of Pottsville, and was parked outside her apartment at the motel.

The theft occurred sometime between 1 and 7 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. The trailer has state registration plate XFT-9334, on it, troopers said.

4-H Reunion Committee looking for quilters to help celebrate centennial

Monday, February 27, 2012

Carbon County 4-H Reunion Committee is holding a quilting contest in conjunction with the centennial celebration. The contest is open to anyone in Carbon County, whether they were a 4-H member or not.

One square will be chosen to go on to Penn State University and a centennial quilt will be put together and auctioned at the 4-H Tailgate on Sept. 15.

The rest of the quilt squares will be put together and hopefully a quilt or wall hanging will be made and auctioned off at the 4-H reunion in the fall.

The quilt squares should meet the following guidelines:

Carbon County Democrats to meet

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) will hold their February meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway. Officers for the year will be elected and a overview of the Primary Election will be discussed.

CCDC is an action group in Carbon County that supports progressive legislation and candidates at the national, state, and local level. Newcomers are always welcome. For further information, please call President Linda Christman at (610) 377-0235 or email lachris@ptd.net .

Woman injured in Lehighton crash

Monday, February 27, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

First street (SR209) in Lehighton was closed due to an early morning accident which brought down a utility pole and wires across the busy roadway. The crash occurred at 4:30 a.m. Saturday when a 46 year old woman was driving south and for some unknown reason lost control of her car swerving to the right impacting with and snapping of a utility pole owned by Verizon. The woman was self extricated from the wreckage. She was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to the Lehighton hospital. Lehighton fire police maintained traffic control at the scene.

Bears' Bianco captures title

Monday, February 27, 2012
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Sean Bianco has control of Stroudsburg's Guesseppe Rea in the 113-pound final. Bianco posted a 9-5 decision.
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Sean Bianco has control of Stroudsburg's Guesseppe Rea in the 113-pound final. Bianco posted a 9-5 decision.

Sean Bianco knows the road to Hershey won't be any easier this weekend at the Northeast Regional 3A wrestling tournament, but he's packing a heavy dose of confidence after winning his first District 11 title Saturday night at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium.

Bianco spearheaded a strong showing by Pleasant Valley, as the Bears finished fourth overall with 136 points, as well as advancing seven wrestlers to regionals.

Robb Taylor to read at Palmerton Library

Monday, February 27, 2012

He can act, sing, and pen a book with the best of them.

For decades, Robb Taylor has worn many hats, and the success has continued to pour in.

The multitalented star will conduct a reading and book signing at the Palmerton Area Library at 2 p.m. March 31.

Those who attend will be treated to a reading by Taylor from his book, The Tale of the Easter Bunny.

They will learn the story of how a little rabbit became a beloved holiday hero, and how important it is to be kind to animals.

Lansford police issue warrants for 3 men

Monday, February 27, 2012
Hector Enchautegui Jr.
Hector Enchautegui Jr.

Lansford police have issued arrest warrants for three men.

Anthony Pascoe, 25, last known address 201 E. Kline Ave. Apt. 4, Lansford, is wanted as a result of an incident which took place on Jan. 23, 2010. Charges of driving under the influence, and numerous traffic offenses, were filed by Officer Robert Shubeck.

Panthers can't overcome Notre Dame's strong start

Monday, February 27, 2012
ap photo Panther Valley's Brock Mitchell (right) protects the ball as Notre Dame's Alex Gregg defends.
ap photo Panther Valley's Brock Mitchell (right) protects the ball as Notre Dame's Alex Gregg defends.

ALLENTOWN Notre Dame coach Pat Boyle was a bit concerned with Panther Valley, especially the presence it offered in the paint, prior to its District 11 Class AA quarterfinal round game.

"We were really worried about this game coming in," Boyle said. "We knew if they were able to get the ball in the post we might be in big trouble."

The Crusaders prevented that from happening by pressuring the Panthers' guards and then complemented their defensive efforts with a superb perimeter shooting display.

Blue Raider Foundation awards grants to teachers

Monday, February 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Grant recipients include, front from left, Kimberly Woodward, Charise Fibrilla, Susan Featro, Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation member Beth Dalsanto and TBRF President Bob Miller. From back left are grant recipients Danelle Kane receiving for Diane Michalik, Adriane Drum, Krystol Schmauch, Jolene Barron and TBRF Vice President Walter Kruczek.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Grant recipients include, front from left, Kimberly Woodward, Charise Fibrilla, Susan Featro, Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation member Beth Dalsanto and TBRF President Bob Miller. From back left are grant recipients Danelle Kane receiving for Diane Michalik, Adriane Drum, Krystol Schmauch, Jolene Barron and TBRF Vice President Walter Kruczek.

The Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation, an independent support group, continued its momentum recently with an array of initiatives in support of Tamaqua Area School District and its students. During its annual meeting, held at the Restaurant at the Station in Tamaqua, six teacher grants, totaling $3,000, were awarded to Tamaqua Area teachers.

The $500 grants were presented by Superintendent Carol Makuta.

Knowles endorsed by Berks GOP

Monday, February 27, 2012

Despite his request to hold an open Primary in the 124th, State Representative Jerry Knowles received the unanimous endorsement of the Berks County Republican Party this weekend.

In a speech to the packed gathering of Berks GOP members at their annual convention on Saturday, Knowles made it known that he was not seeking an endorsement, however his request was rejected and he received a unanimous show of support.

Carbon County EMA training courses set

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced the following emergency services training sessions available to emergency personnel.

Registration is required. To register, call, email or fax the host agency.

ICS-200: March 3 and 4, at the Carbon County EMA. Prerequisite for ICS-300. Call the EMA at (570) 325-3097 to register.

Hazmat Awareness: March 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Carbon County EMA. Call the EMA to register.

PEMA Municipal Elected Officials Seminar: March 19, at the Carbon County EMA. Call the EMA to register.

3 Tamaqua residents plead guilty in court

Monday, February 27, 2012

Three Tamaqua residents were among 19 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Corrine Duke, 43, of 264 Brown St., Tamaqua, on a charge of resisting arrest was placed on probation 12 months and shall submit to a medical health evaluation, and pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). Duke was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Maria Aracena, last Aug. 16 in the 200 block of E. Broad St.