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February 2012

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.

Lehighton driver facing charges

Monday, February 27, 2012

A Lehighton driver is facing several charges following an incident that occurred in Jim Thorpe in January.

Borough police said on Jan. 12 about 5:33 p.m. they received a message from the communications center of reports of an erratic driver traveling southbound on SR903 in the area of Kattner's Mountain. Police were told the suspect vehicle was a Jeep Grand Cherokee and that it almost caused several accidents.

Police observed the vehicle and made a traffic stop in the 200 block of North Street. The driver was identified as John A. Collotty, 32, of 82 E. Third St.

Dumpster fire in Walker Township

Monday, February 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from the Walker/New England Fire Company responded to a dumpster fire behind Koch's Turkey Farm on Valley Road in Lewistown Valley just after 9 p.m. Friday. High winds made extinguishing the fire more difficult. The dumpster was destroyed by the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Boy hit in Tamaqua

Monday, February 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Isiah Jimenez, 11, was struck by a sports utility vehicle (SUV) while crossing the Five Points, state routes 209 and 309, intersection in Tamaqua with friends around 2 p.m. on Saturday. A number of good samaritans and local firefighters could be seen helping the crying boy as he laid on the road. They also helped Tamaqua police control traffic prior to the response from emergency personnel. Responding were paramedics from Tamaqua, Lansford and Lehighton. Jimenez is the son of Naomi Ellison of Tamaqua.

Redline-Jones

Monday, February 27, 2012
Brad H. Jones and Erica M. Redline
Brad H. Jones and Erica M. Redline

The engagement of Erica Marie Redline of Jim Thorpe to Brad Howard Jones of State College has been announced by her parents, Wilmer and Donna Redline of Jim Thorpe.

The bride-to-be is a 2002 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in materials science and engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2006, and received her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2011.

Several students hurt by gunfire at school

Monday, February 27, 2012

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) – Gunfire at a high school outside Cleveland injured a number of students Monday morning, and at least one suspect has been taken into custody, officials said.

The shooting was reported around 7:30 a.m. at the 1,100-student Chardon High School about 30 miles east of Cleveland, said Civil Deputy Erin Knife of the Geauga County Sheriff's Office. She didn't know the number of victims, but multiple news reports cited four students shot.

Schuylkill crashes

Monday, February 27, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating three crashes on Schuylkill County roadways, all occurring on Sunday, Feb. 26.

A two-vehicle crash was reported about 8:39 a.m. along Manheim Road in North Manheim Township. Troopers said Jacob T. Albright, 25, of Pine Grove, was driving a 1994 Ford Escort westbound while Andrew J. Cremia, 81, of Schuylkill Haven, was eastbound in a 2010 Dodge Journey.

Troopers said Cremia attempted to turn left into the parking lot of Redner's Warehouse Market and struck the Escort in the westbound lane.

Tamaqua LEO Club meeting slated

Monday, February 27, 2012

Members of the Tamaqua LEO Club will hold their monthly meeting 6 p.m. today in room 104 of the Morgan Campus, Lehigh Carbon Community College in Tamaqua. New members (ages 18 and under) are encouraged to attend. FMI call (570) 668-1234.

Three injured in West Penn crash

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

Three persons were injured, two seriously, in a violent crash Sunday afternoon at the intersection of state routes 309 and 895 in the village of Snyders, West Penn Township. The crash occurred at 5 p.m. involving a car driven by Ida Kupres of Tamaqua and a pickup truck driven by Christian Deem of New Ringgold. Both vehicles came to rest in the north bound lanes. An unknown female was also in the passenger seat of the car during the collision. Kupres was trapped in the wreckage for 45 minutes before being freed by members of the West Penn Fire Company No. 1.

Lehighton man cited in Thorpe

Monday, February 27, 2012

A Lehighton man was cited for an incident in Jim Thorpe.

Borough police said on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at about 10:31 a.m. they were dispatched to 8 Cedar Ave. for a report of criminal mischief. At the scene Allen Miller Jr., of that address, said that Derick Hymans, 19, of 217 S. Third St., Lehighton, had smashed out the front driver and passenger side windows along the rear window of his Plymouth Neon sedan. He also said Hymans slashed all four tires on the vehicle. Miller said the incident was observed by a neighbor.

Cookbook contest

Monday, February 27, 2012

Enter your recipes now

Have you entered the TIMES NEWS 25th Annual Cookbook and Recipe Contest yet?

Categories this year are Main Dishes; Desserts; Salads and Side Dishes; Slow Cooker; Money Saving Meals; Salad Dressings, Sauces and Marinades; and Celebrations.

Recipes must be created or modified by the person submitting the recipe or a member of that person's family.

The winner in each category will receive a $50 grocery store gift card and a $50 restaurant gift card. The grand prize winner will receive a $250 grocery store gift card.

Vandals target Tamaqua YMCA, mall

Monday, February 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua police are looking for the vandals who sprayed large amounts of graffiti on the roof and sides of the Tamaqua YMCA and other establishments located at the Jamesway Plaza in Tamaqua. Police reported that the incident must have happened late Friday night. The vandals scaled the top of the mall to spray portions of the graffiti. Tamaqua Crime Watch is offering a $250 reward for the first person to provide a court-used statement which results in the conviction of any of the vandals.

Lehighton Drug and Alcohol Task Force to hold watch program

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Lehighton Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Crime Watch Division, is hosting a neighborhood watch program from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Lehighton Area High School auditorium. The presentation will feature informative speakers and will enlist volunteers.

For more information, call (610) 377-1926.

Retail theft arrest in Schuylkill

Monday, February 27, 2012

State police at Frackville reported a retail theft arrest made in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said about 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, they were called to the Kmart store in the Schuylkill Mall, New Castle Township, for a person stopped by store employees for theft.

Troopers said Lori Grohol, 30, of Frackville, was observed on surveillance video taking four shirts and placing them into a bag without paying for them. The items were valued at $38.96.

She was issued a citation and released.

Thorpe resident facing charges

Monday, February 27, 2012

A Jim Thorpe resident is facing charges following two separate incidents.

Borough police said on Thursday, Jan. 19, about 8:15 p.m. they were told to contact Joshua Greising in regard to a harassment. Greising told police he and his wife were at 104 North Ave. when he was confronted by Justin T. Robinson, 20, of that address. Greising said the confrontation was verbal in nature but he was concerned that Robinson, who was not at the scene, may return. Greising was told to call 9-1-1 if Robinson returned.

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.