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February 2012

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.

Lehighton arrests

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lehighton police reported on the following arrests made by officers.

Susan Hentzel, 46, of 195 Hudsondale St., Weatherly, was cited for retail theft as the result of an incident at Fegley's Fast Fill Exxon, located along Blakeslee Blvd.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, about 10 p.m. store employees observed Hentzel placing candy bars in her pockets and under her coat and attempting to leave without paying for them. Value of the items was $13.41.

Four area residents among 23 to enter guilty pleas

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Four area residents were among 23 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court recently.

Anthracite volleyball teams have successful weekend

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Three different Anthracite Volleyball Club teams had success over the weekend.

The Anthracite Strikers competed in the U17 Tiger Classic Tournament in Bromall, Pa. and finished in third place with an impressive 8-1 record.

The Anthracite Diggers took part in the U16 Lanchester Blast Tournament in Atglen, Pa. and finished in third place with a 7-5 record.

The Anthracite Diamonds took part in the U14 Kutztown Tournament and finished in fifth place with a 4-5 record.

Three unbeaten teams remaining

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league passed the halfway point of the season, with three teams still sporting an unblemished record.

One of those teams will fall from the ranks next Wednesday when Cuz-N-Joe's Place collides with defending league champion Ryan's Oil & Heating at 7:45 p.m. in the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center.

RESULTS

Schick's Cafe Calcutta-Ryan's Oil & Heating

Ryan's Oil & Heating remained undefeated on the season with a 68-57 victory over Schick's Cafe Calcutta.

On this date

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February 29, 1952

Some 6,000 Panther Valley miners idle over a seniority dispute may not return to work before Monday. President Mark F. Brennan of District 7, United Mine Workers of America, said no meeting is scheduled today with officials of the Lehigh Navigation Coal Company. The dispute involved the transfer of a man from the Lansford No. 9 to No. 6 colliery. Two-thousand miners walked out on Monday and the remaining workers Tuesday.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, March 3. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas, beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need grocery size brown paper bags.

Troopers: Demage was only suspect in killings

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge said that Greg Earl Demage, 30, of 1025 Center St., Jim Thorpe, was the only suspect in the deaths of a Kidder Township couple.

In a press release issued Tuesday troopers said that Demage was the lone suspect in the deaths of John Carnochan, 77, and his wife, Mildred Carnochan, 75, who resided at 33 Wolf Hollow Drive, in Split Rock Resort, Lake Harmony. Their bodies were found about noon on Saturday, Feb. 25, by township police who went to the home to check on the welfare of the couple.

Troopers also officially called the deaths a homicide.

Domestic incident leads to charges

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

State police at Frackville reported a domestic incident in Barnesville, Ryan Township, Schuylkill County, resulted in charges being filed.

Troopers said on Monday, Feb. 27, about 4:30 p.m. they responded to a residence along Rosemont Avenue for a domestic dispute.

As a result troopers said Terri L. Hillibush, 38, was issued a non-traffic citation for harassment. She allegedly made physical contact with Paul D. Hillibush, 38, during a dispute.

Home service station proposal remains under review

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lower Towamensing Township Zoning Hearing Board members (clockwise) Keith George, James DeRosa and Chairman James Ord conduct an on-site meeting with the Christmans at their property at 3224 Fireline Road on Tuesday. The couple wants to operate an automobile service station as a home occupation.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lower Towamensing Township Zoning Hearing Board members (clockwise) Keith George, James DeRosa and Chairman James Ord conduct an on-site meeting with the Christmans at their property at 3224 Fireline Road on Tuesday. The couple wants to operate an automobile service station as a home occupation.

A proposal for an automobile service station to operate as a home occupation in Lower Towamensing Township remains under review.

Rather than meet inside its municipal building, the township's Zoning Hearing Board conducted an on-site meeting Tuesday at the property of David Christman at 3224 Fireline Road.

Christman is in search of a variance and special exception to operate the business as a home occupation. The property is located in a R-4, Medium Density Residential District.

PennDOT seeking volunteers for Great American Cleanup of Pa.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

PennDOT is seeking volunteers for this year's Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, which begins March 1 and runs through May 31.

"Cleanup events like this have been a great success in improving the quality of life for Pennsylvanians by creating cleaner roadsides and communities," said Secretary Barry Schoch. "Many dedicated residents return year after year to show their support, and I encourage more Pennsylvanians to show pride in our state through these great opportunities."

Palmerton's Nelson medals at States

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

On Saturday, Feb. 18th, Tre' Nelson a 15-year old from Palmerton, competed at the 2012 Pennsylvania High School Powerlifting Championships at Emmaus High school.

Nelson lifted in the 181 pound weight class and finished third overall. His lifts were a 405 pounds on the Squat, 235 pounds in the bench, and a 455 pound deadlift for a total of 1,095 pounds.

The Mill in Germansville is business of the month

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS "The Mill" at 7130 Bake Oven Road in Germansville has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are employees (l-r) Fred Schlauch (general manager), Rodney Schlauch Jr., (co-owner), Lori Wassell (co-owner), and Matt Schlauch (retail consultant).
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS "The Mill" at 7130 Bake Oven Road in Germansville has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are employees (l-r) Fred Schlauch (general manager), Rodney Schlauch Jr., (co-owner), Lori Wassell (co-owner), and Matt Schlauch (retail consultant).

It isn't just any ordinary run of The Mill.

Indeed, The Mill at 7130 Bake Oven Road in Germansville is an animal lover's delight thanks to a wide assortment of items.

The establishment can also add another notch to its belt now that it's been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Owned by companions Rodney Schlauch Jr., and Lori Wassell, with Fred Schlauch as General Manager, the business has recently undergone a transition of sorts.

Lehigh man pleads to drug counts; sentenced to prison

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Lehigh County man pleaded guilty to drug and other criminal counts on Tuesday in Carbon County court and was immediately sentenced to a prison term.

He was one of nine defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Controlled buy

Luis Angel Vargas, 40, of Allentown, entered guilty pleas to one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver-cocaine, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one of driving under the influence (DUI).

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Older and bolder

The Salvation Army's Older and Bolder group will spring back into action on March 14. The regular Wednesday meetings are held at the Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St., and include a light luncheon. The first meeting of the year will have an Irish/Green theme.

A guest speaker from Diakon will attend the March 21 meeting with an exerette demonstration. Diakon offers a variety of services to those age 50 and older.

The March 28 meeting will include hand bell rehearsal and use of the computer lab.

JTFD honors secretary

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At its regular meeting members of the Phoenix Hose Company of the Jim Thorpe Fire Department honored retiring secretary Arlene Dombrosky, who served 30 years as its secretary. Presenting the plaque to her is Joseph Steber, trustee. To the left of Arlene is Emily Rehrig, who will be taking her place as secretary.

Military Swap Meet this Saturday in JT

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Like history? Like museums? Like flea markets? Are you a military buff? Or simply want a day out doing something a little different.

Then you might want to check out the Redball Military Transport Club's Winter Swap Meet being held Saturday, March 3rd, at Memorial Hall on East 10th street in Jim Thorpe.

Vintage military items such as clothing, vehicle parts, books, manuals, tools, etc. will be available at the club's Winter Swap Meet which will be held there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CCTI to host open house, trade and art show Thurs.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

On Thursday, March 1, Carbon Career and Technical Institute will be hosting its Open house, trade show, and art show. The event will run from 5-8 p.m.

This event is open to the public.

"This event gives everyone the chance to see what CCTI has to offer and what we are all about," stated Principal, Brent Borzak.

Graphic Design students will be hosting an art show where their artwork will be on display and available for purchase.

Also, marketing students will be showcasing different non profit and community organizations.

Attains dean's list

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Maloney
Maloney

Kaitlin Maloney, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named to the fall 2011 dean's list at Temple University.

Maloney, a dual political science (pre-law) and English major, is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key National Honour Society, and has earned distinction as a Diamond Leader from Temple's Office of Leadership Development.