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February 2012

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February 29, 1952 Al Michalik tallies 14 points and leads a balanced attack as St. Ann's of Lansford wins its season finale, defeating Girardville by a 59-42 score. The Crusaders, coached by Larry Furey, race to a 17-7 first-quarter lead and extend the margin to 16 points by halftime. Gabe Fritz contributes 13 points to the victory while Bobby Piscelli chips in with 12. St. Ann's also receives nine points from Danny Conahan.

Despite argument, supervisors vote to move ahead with pole building plans

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A progress report on the pole building that Mahoning Township supervisors are looking to construct to satisfy the violations raised by the Department of Labor and Industry resulting from complaints by Police Chief Kenneth Barnes, ended up in an argument between two supervisors even though a 4-1 vote directed the building committee to move forward at Monday evening's meeting.

The supervisors were under a March deadline to have work begin on the building or be fined by L&I.

Pocono Greyhound Adoption plans meet and greet

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pocono Greyhound Adoption will be holding a Meet and Greet at Tractor Supply Company, 486 Blakeslee Blvd. W., Lehighton, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

To learn more about this event, or about adopting a greyhound, please visit www.poconogreyhound.com, or phone (570) 856-0377.

Liberty's quick start too much for PV

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
LINDA ROTHROCK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's KelecIa Harris (left) and Liberty's JodY Chickey battle for possession during Tuesday night's District 11 AAAA Girls semifinal at Nazareth.
LINDA ROTHROCK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's KelecIa Harris (left) and Liberty's JodY Chickey battle for possession during Tuesday night's District 11 AAAA Girls semifinal at Nazareth.

NAZARETH - The Pleasant Valley girls didn't dig themselves a hole Tuesday in their District 11 semifinal matchup with Liberty.

They gouged out a giant crater.

Suffering from shooting woes in the first quarter and turnover troubles in the second, the Bears fell behind 16-0 early and trailed the Hurricanes by a 25-5 count at the break.

Not surprisingly, that deficit was just too much for the Mountain Valley Conference champions to overcome and they eventually dropped a 44-30 decision.

Pius X proves too much for Marian

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
ron gower/times news Marian Catholic's Anthomy Pilla reaches around Eric Marbury (3) of Piux X in attempt to knock the ball loose. At left is the Colt's Eric Swankoski (24).
ron gower/times news Marian Catholic's Anthomy Pilla reaches around Eric Marbury (3) of Piux X in attempt to knock the ball loose. At left is the Colt's Eric Swankoski (24).

LANSFORD – Pius X isn't exactly the "Dream Team," but they brought a taste of the NBA with them to Panther Valley last night.

Starting for the Royals were sophomore center Lyndon Ewing (cousin of 11-time NBA All-Star Patrick Ewing, the first overall pick of the New York Knicks in the 1985 NBA draft) and freshman guard Eric Marbury (nephew of 2-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury, the fourth overall pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1996 NBA Draft).

Break-ins probed

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating two burglaries that occurred at two locations in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Troopers said the home of Joseph Steven Hovan, 1921 Donalds Rd., was entered sometime between 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, and Monday at 6 a.m. Entry was made through an unlocked rear window of the home.

Removed were several items, troopers said.

The second entry occurred at the residence of Clifton Edward Hubbard Jr., of 72 Hawks Terrace, sometime between Nov. 5 and Sunday, Feb. 26. Entry was made through a crawl space in the home.

Two area residents among 19 to enter guilty pleas

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Two area residents were among 19 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller.

William J. Bowman, 24, of 221 Owl Creek Rd., Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, careless driving and disorderly conduct. His sentence was deferred to Wednesday, March 28, as the court requested the adult probation department prepare a pre-sentence investigative report. Bowman was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Houser, last April 16 on Center Street.

Warriors hold off Bulldogs in AAA semi

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Devon Glose (20) drives to the basket and goes up for two as Wilson's Daye-Shawn Bailey guards him in District 11 3A Boys semifinal action.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Devon Glose (20) drives to the basket and goes up for two as Wilson's Daye-Shawn Bailey guards him in District 11 3A Boys semifinal action.

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP – Putting Wilson on the foul line late in a close game seemed like a solid game plan. The Warriors were shooting just 58 percent from the line for the season.

They hit just enough, making six of their 10 attempts in the final minute and 22 seconds to hold off Northern Lehigh, 43-39, in a District 11 Class AAA boys semifinal.

"We've been working on foul shots," said Warriors head coach Bob Frankenfield, whose team made 11 of 17 in the game. "I think they were focused on the foul line."

Tamaqua woman cited for theft

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Tamaqua woman was cited following a shoplifting incident at the Family Dollar Store, 137 N. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

The store's manager contacted police at 10:52 a.m. on Feb. 27 to report she had detained a shoplifter, identified as Andrea Startzel, 41, of 35 W. Union St.

Startzel allegedly placed several items in her purse and attempted to leave the store without making payment. When stopped by the manager Startzel began placing the items back on the shelf.

The total value of the items is listed as $11.89.

Startzel was cited for retail theft.

Allentown man denied bail reduction in Rush incident

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

An Allentown man will be cooling his heels in the Schuylkill County prison awaiting trial on a number of criminal charges which were filed after an alleged rampage in Rush Township last Jan. 5.

After a hearing in the county court Senior Judge D. Michael Stine denied reduction of a $25,000 bail imposed by a district judge on Andrew H. Alatore, 24, of 1151 Bulldog Drum Drive.

Meeting date changed for LALLC

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will meet at 6 p.m. March 8 at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute, Jim Thorpe. Members are asked to note the change in the meeting date.

Roxanne Downs, director at the Blue Mountain Health System Adult Day Care Center, will be the guest speaker.

Lions are encouraged to invite a guest or family member to attend the dinner.

Reservations can be made by contacting Linda Benner at (610) 377-3685.

Members are also asked to note that the April meeting date has been changed from April 5 to April 12.

Slatington boy to take part in SLS at West Point

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Hedash
Hedash

Connor Hedash, a student at Bethlehem Catholic High School, Bethlehem, has been selected to attend West Point's U.S. Military Academy's prestigious Summer Leaders Seminar (SLS) in June. He will be one of 1000 attendees.

He is the son of Audrey and Joe Hedash of Slatington and the grandson of Veronica Hedash of Coaldale and Shirley Tkach of Lehighton.

Hope, Hertzog earn indoor track medals

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Two Tamaqua area athletes earned medals at the Pennsylvania Track & Field Indoor Championships held on Feb. 25 at Penn State University

Kayla Hope took third place in the long jump with a leap of 18-1/2. Eric Hertzog grabbed an eighth place medal in the 60 meter high hurdles with a time of 8.37. He set a personal best time of8.31 in the semifinals.

'Buck'

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The 'Band of Brothers' lose another comrade

It was in the summer of 2007 during the World War 2 Weekend at the Reading airport that I was introduced to, and learned the remarkable story of Lt. Col (Ret.) Lynn "Buck" Compton.

A true American hero who was a central figure in historian Stephen E. Ambrose's best-seller "Band of Brothers," Compton, 90, died Saturday at his daughter's home in Burlington, Wash.

Tamaqua 5th grade girls have strong season

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tamaqua 5th grade girls have strong season
Copyright 2012

The Tamaqua 5th grade girls basketball recently completed a stellar season. Tamaqua went undefeated against 5th grade teams and finished with an 8-1 record overall competing in the Schuylkill Youth League. Team members were, front row, from left, Kayla Sherry, Lizzie Wagner and Sarah Maue. Back row, Miranda Chinchar, Meghan McArdle, Jessica Weinburger, Emily Fisher and Emily Amershek. Also on the team was Alexis Trevorah.

Summit Hill News

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Summit Hill

Veteran honored

The American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, recently honored an Army veteran for 60 years of continuous membership in the post.

Charles Frassinelli, 320 W. Ludlow St., Summit Hill, received the certificate of recognition from Commander W. Kevin O'Donnell.

Frassinelli is a 1946 graduate of the former Summit Hill High School who later enlisted in the Army.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Evening service

Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville will hold a Saturday evening worship service this week at 5 p.m., March 3. The church offers that every first Saturday of the month.

A midweek Lenten service will be held at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Chestnuthill Elementary

The Brodheadsville School will be part of Read Across America Day on Friday, March 2.

Touch of Home

Lehighton to consider new 'tent' regulations

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lehighton's Chief of Police Neal Ebbert suggested to borough council this week that the borough ordinance be updated to address tents and other temporary structures.

He said currently there is very little in the ordinance pertaining to the tents from which flowers and fireworks are sold.

The tents are generally put up along highways for several weeks around holiday seasons.

He said the only rules regarding these tents are the same ones that pertain to street vendors who walk along parade routes peddling balloons and cotton candy.

Northern Lehigh to hold kindergarten registration

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Northern Lehigh School District will hold kindergarten registration by appointment in April.

Parents may register their child at Peters Elementary School on Monday, April 16, Tuesday, April 17, or Wednesday, April 18. In order to enter kindergarten in September, a child must be five years old as of Sept. 1, 2012.

At the time of registration, parents must provide the child's originally issued birth certificate, a record of the child's immunizations, and parent photo identification. Two different proofs of residency are also required. Acceptable proofs are the following:

Drunk in Tamaqua

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Tamaqua man has been cited after he was found to be in an intoxicated state in the 100 block of West Broad Street in the borough.

Officers were dispatched to 108 W. Broad St., at 2:23 a.m. on Feb. 25 on a report of a male banging on doors. At the scene, they found Brian James Dennis, 34, of 14 W. Broad St. Dennis was unable to provide officers with his name and address due to his inebriated state.

Officer Thomas Duarte transported Dennis, who became uncooperative, to the police station where he was later released into the custody of his mother.

Local student in cast of "The Laramie Project", a play which addresses issue of hate crimes

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Misericordia Players student theatrical group will present three performances of "The Laramie Project," a play that addresses issues of hate, intolerance and the human spirit, from March 29-31 in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. All the shows begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are available at the door.

Scout Sunday celebrated

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pocono District Scout Commissioner Doug Klemm, right, presents the Scout charter to Effort UMC representative, the Rev. G. Argot, (ret.). Scouts have been using the church as a meeting site for 20 years.
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pocono District Scout Commissioner Doug Klemm, right, presents the Scout charter to Effort UMC representative, the Rev. G. Argot, (ret.). Scouts have been using the church as a meeting site for 20 years.

Effort UMC celebrated Scout Sunday this past Sunday.

In attendance was Doug Klemm, Boy Scout District Commissioner, and many leaders and members of Cub Scout Pack 99 and Boy Scout Troop 98 as well as one Scout from Troop 102.

They served as greeters, ushers and also Scripture readers. The two Boy Scouts that did that were Chris Kaye at the 8:30 a.m. and Christian Shea at the 11 a.m. service.

The Scouts recycle soda can tabs for the church's hunger ministry program. Forty-two dollars was given to the food pantry from that project.

Make-A-Wish

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The first of two groups takes to the icy water during Saturday's Schuylkill County polar plunge in Deer Lake to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The first of two groups takes to the icy water during Saturday's Schuylkill County polar plunge in Deer Lake to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Participants brave icy water to raise funds

More than 1,000 spectators came to watch as 90 people ignored chilly temperatures and jumped into Deer Lake Pond in Deer Lake as part of the Schuylkill County Second Annual Polar Plunge to benefit Make-A-Wish.

"It was cold," said event organizer Denna Krammes, 33, a Tamaqua and Orwigsburg resident, who also serves as team captain for Russo's Pizza Make-A-Wish softball league.

"We wanted to do something to benefit sick kids," she added. "If a Make-A-Wish is the last memory they have, then we are grateful to be part of that."

Friends of Animals seeking to find roaming pitbull

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Carbon County Friends of Animals are asking for the community's help to locate a dog that has been on the loose since October.

Donna Crum, a volunteer at CCFOA, said the organization has been receiving reports of a white pitbull roaming around an area between Mahoning and East Penn townships over the last few months. The dog is in dire need of veterinary attention, Crum said, noting that residents who have spotted the animal said it is extremely emaciated from lack of proper nourishment, its ribs are showing through its skin and it hardly has any hair left on its body.

Sexual assault incident probed

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating a reported sexual assault incident.

Troopers said two females, ages 9, were alleged to have been sexually assaulted in an area along Chestnut Street, in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, during the period of January 2008 and January 2010.

No other information was made available by troopers.

Birth: Benyo

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Asher Timothy Benyo
Asher Timothy Benyo

A son, Asher Timothy Benyo, was born to Tara and Tim Benyo of Breinigsville, at 8:25 p.m., Dec. 30, 2011, at St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

He was welcomed home by his older brother Phineas, who is 18 months old.

Maternal grandparents are Liz and Ken Haug, Karen Kohn and Mike Takacs, all of Bethlehem.

Paternal grandparents are Darlene and Andrew Benyo of Jim Thorpe. Paternal great-grandparents are Dorothy and the late Shorty Benyo and the late Pauline and Corky Witt, all of Jim Thorpe.

Nolehi girls lose heartbreaker

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner (33) is doubled up by Pine Grove's Shannon Zimmerman (22) and Steffi Sampson (right) as she tries to go up for a shot in Tuesday's District 11 Class 2A girls semifinal.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner (33) is doubled up by Pine Grove's Shannon Zimmerman (22) and Steffi Sampson (right) as she tries to go up for a shot in Tuesday's District 11 Class 2A girls semifinal.

ALLENTOWN – Aimee Oertner was the last player to leave the Northern Lehigh locker room Tuesday night.

She exited with her eyes red from crying and a stray tear, which had somehow escaped a quick wipe of her face, still on her cheek.

Minutes earlier, Oertner's Bulldog basketball career had come to a heartbreaking end. Despite an incredible performance by Northern Lehigh's all-time career scoring leader, her team lost to Pine Grove, 37-33, in the semifinals of the District 11 Class AA tournament.

Steering into spring

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
ron gower/times news
ron gower/times news

We've gotten through February, which means spring is not far off. The recent warm weather has allowed youngsters to already spend time at playgrounds. Two-year-old Jace Locke of Lehighton looks like he's driving as he plays at the Phifer Ice Dam playground in Franklin Township.

Carbon Safe Kids supporters recognized

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Safe Kids Carbon County with this year's appreciation award recipients. From left, are Mindy Graver, Safe Kids chairwoman and recipient of the "It's Not A Problem" award; Jean Solarczyk, president of the Palmerton Community Ambulance Association, recipient of the group appreciation award; Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein and Thomas J. Gerhard; and Amy Miller, TIMES NEWS reporter, recipient of the individual appreciation award.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Safe Kids Carbon County with this year's appreciation award recipients. From left, are Mindy Graver, Safe Kids chairwoman and recipient of the "It's Not A Problem" award; Jean Solarczyk, president of the Palmerton Community Ambulance Association, recipient of the group appreciation award; Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein and Thomas J. Gerhard; and Amy Miller, TIMES NEWS reporter, recipient of the individual appreciation award.

Surprises served up at annual award and appreciation luncheon

Safe Kids Carbon County Chapter members recently recognized a group of individuals for their dedication to the organization, which helps teach parents and children how to be safe.

During the Safe Kids annual award and appreciation luncheon on Tuesday, one organization and two individuals were recognized for their contributions to the organization.

The annual award and appreciation luncheon is usually held in December, but scheduling conflicts forced a delay of the event.

Gas was bargain 12 years ago

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
TN ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS
TN ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS

There was no pain at the pumps 12 years ago. The increase in the cost of living becomes apparent when examining this photo taken in Tamaqua in July, 1999. Gas was selling for $1.01 a gallon and a sign visible in the background shows that a pack of Marlboro cigarettes was $2.14, or $21.25 for a carton.

Hearing held to make amendments for 911 readdressing system

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Chestnuthill Township board of supervisors passed Ordinance No. 2012-01, with a 2-0 vote. Chairman Chuck Gould was absent.