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March 2012

Tamaqua Fire Police schedule meeting

Friday, March 30, 2012

Any Tamaqua firefighters interested in joining the Tamaqua Fire Police are encouraged to attend their next meeting at the Tamaqua Borough Hall on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

For more information call (570) 668-1234.

Watercolors bring sunshine to the Poconos

Friday, March 30, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Watercolor artwork like Joan Sayer's will be on display at Monroe County Eastern Library for April and May.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Watercolor artwork like Joan Sayer's will be on display at Monroe County Eastern Library for April and May.

PWA Spring Art Exhibition to be held at Hughes Library

Pansies and crocus are blooming.

Tulips have sprouted and a refreshing, early spring has already arrived.

What better way to enjoy the vernal splendor of the current season than by viewing the amazing watercolor creations of Pocono Watercolor Associates (PWA) during the months of April and May at the Monroe County Eastern Library. More than 25 artists from the PWA will display their paintings at the Monroe County Eastern Library, a.k.a. the Hughes Library on Route 611, just outside Stroudsburg, at the intersection with Chipperfield Drive.

Summit Hill driver facing DUI count

Friday, March 30, 2012

Lee Michalick, 28, 442 W. White St., Summit Hill, faces charges from an incident which took place on Dec. 31 on W. Patterson St., Lansford.

Charges of two counts of driving under the influence (DUI) and accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property were filed by Officer Jeffrey Ohl.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Ohl responded to a hit-and-run on West Patterson Street at 4:52 a.m. The dispatcher said the vehicle, a dark colored SUV, was last seen traveling east on Patterson Street.

Antique quilts

Friday, March 30, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS This quilt was dated to the 1950s-1960s because of a newsprint fabric article about the Cold War.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS This quilt was dated to the 1950s-1960s because of a newsprint fabric article about the Cold War.

Stitched with whispers from the past

"I'm passionate about antique quilts," says Michele McLaughlin of Emmaus.

A quiltmaker for over 30 years, she has become an avid collector of antique and vintage quilts. She thinks she probably has over 100.

"I began collecting when people started giving me old quilts. I feel responsible for them, so I've become their caretaker."

To Michelle, there is a mystique about quilts.

"They speak to people. I don't know if it's the energy the women use when they put them together or if it's the passion we historians and collectors have for them. It just seems fortuitous."

Tamaqua Animal Rescue sets dog walk

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue group will host its Fifth Annual Dog Walk on May 5, following along the Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail.

The walk will begin at the Newkirk Tunnel Environmental Education Area along SR209, just west of Tamaqua. Participants will head west for one mile, then return to the registration area.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with the walk starting at noon. Registration is required. All participants will receive a free pet bandana.

Tamaqua volunteer spring cleanup

Friday, March 30, 2012

Community members, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, park members, Tamaqua students and caring residents will be spending a couple hours Saturday morning cleaning different parks and locations in Tamaqua as part of a Community Cleanup for Earth Day event, called "Coming Together to Make a Cleaner World."

All are invited and encouraged to help clean. Volunteers can meet at the North and Middle Ward Playground on Washington Street or any park starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Garbage piles can be left at the parks or key areas and will be removed by volunteers.

Jaskat completes training

Friday, March 30, 2012

Army Reserve Pvt. Kevin J. Jaskat has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT).

During basic military training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons qualification, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army doctrine, history, principles and traditions.

Pieces of quilt trivia

Friday, March 30, 2012

Some interesting trivia that Michelle McLaughlin shares about quilts are:

*Years ago, it was a practice for the mistress of a Pennsylvania Dutch home to put out her best quilts on Sundays because she knew company was coming.

*If a woman could not read or write, she could at least sew and quilt. Women used quilts as a way to express themselves, historically, and giving her point of view.

*Quilts express a woman's voice of her time, her political views and national beliefs. There was a rose pattern that was known as a Democrat rose and one as the Whig rose.

Summit Hill news

Friday, March 30, 2012

Summit Hill

Legion to meet

The monthly meeting of American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, will be held on Monday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the post home. Commander W. Kevin O'Donnell will be in charge of the session. The second nomination of officers will take place at this time.

A meeting of the Home Association will immediately follow the post's meeting.

Borough council

The monthly meeting of the Summit Hill Borough Council will be held on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the borough hall. Michael Kokinda, president, will be in charge of the session.

Tamaqua woman receives two state positions

Friday, March 30, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Maria Montero
Special to the TIMES NEWS Maria Montero

Tamaqua resident Maria Montero, 35, was recently appointed executive director of two state boards – the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs.

This isn't the first time Montero has earned a role in state government. Approximately 10 years ago, Montero was appointed by then Gov. Tom Ridge as a member of the Commission on Latino Affairs while she was a law student at Widener.

Pyramid offers plenty for area athletes

Friday, March 30, 2012

In today's technologically dependent world it's no secret there are distractions that kids and young adults have to deal with. This is not to say that video games, surfing the internet, and using IPads or IPhones are all bad things. It's just that I believe these things have contributed to a noticeable decline in the interest and level of play in athletics over the past few seasons. Kids just simply do not spend all day at the basketball court or baseball field anymore and it shows, which brings me to my next point.

On this date

Friday, March 30, 2012

March 30, 1957

Several Carbon County schools are among the 379 in the state which have been rated as "antiquated and inadequate" by the State Department of Public Instruction.

Listed as "condemned" are the East End elementary school building of Nauch Chunk Township in Nesquehoning; the Tresckow elementary school in Banks Township; and the brick building secondary school of the Franklin Independent District.

The Mauch Chunk Township School Board has already been planning a new elementary building. Bids are to be opened in April.

Chestnuthill Township Historical Society learns about telegraph

Friday, March 30, 2012

Norman Burger brought a Chestnuthill Township Historical Society banner to the March 21 meeting of the Society. It had been used at the West End Fair, tractor show and Quiet Valley and will be used for the upcoming anniversary celebration.

Barbara Fritz Wogan reported she found 1,850 military people with a connection to Chestnuthill Township. She has been using Ancestry.com.

Theft of trailer being probed

Friday, March 30, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of a utility trailer in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said James Henry McCabe, of Lewis Street, Brockton, Schuylkill Township, reported his 1998 International utility trailer, black in color, was stolen about 1:30 a.m. on March 18.

On the trailer at the time was a 2009 Toro Zero Turn lawn tractor, red in color.

Troopers said it is believed the criminals fled the scene toward Valley Street, then toward the village of MaryD.

Propane tank used by Carbon County illegally installed

Friday, March 30, 2012

A propane tank utilized by Carbon County has found to be illegally installed.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek announced that the board's concerns that were aired on March 23, were found to be correct.

Silberline names new chief technology officer

Friday, March 30, 2012
Hai-Hui Lin
Hai-Hui Lin

Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc., the global supplier of effect pigments with its Corporate Headquarters in Tamaqua, announced the appointment of Dr. Hai-Hui Lin to the position of Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Lin holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry from the University of Toronto in Canada. In his 10-year career in the specialty chemical industry, Dr. Lin has served with a number of successful global companies. Most recently, Dr.

Eldred Township news

Friday, March 30, 2012

St. Matthew's Easter schedule

Holy Week at St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown begins with Palm Sunday on Sunday, April 1 at 9 a.m.

The church will host a Maundy Thursday covered-dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. on April 5. If you attend, please bring a covered dish or dessert with you. The Rev. Suzanne Brooks-Cope will be leading a dramatic telling of the Passion with the help of several parishioners beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Coaldale VFW donates to fire victims

Friday, March 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Regular and Auxiliary members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Stembrosky-Katchak Post 6982 in Coaldale made a monetary donation to the Beers family. The post held a dance benefit and other fundraisers for the family.The Beers family suffered considerable damage to their Coaldale home on Feb 9. Henry Beers, homeowner, stated, "My heart goes out to all who helped." Pictured from left are Post Quartermaster Ron Whetstone, Henry Beers and Post Commander Stephanie Richards.

Stubborn fire burns on Blue Mountain

Friday, March 30, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from three counties battled a forest fire Thursday afternoon on the south side of the Blue Mountain in Lehigh Township. The fire was first reported at 2 p.m. when heavy smoke was spotted just east of Blue Mountain Drive north of Danielsville. Firemen used all-terrain vehicles to get near the scene and walked into the site. A helicopter was used to make several drops on the stubborn fire, which was fanned by strong winds.

Lien against man who opposed Packerton Yards may be lost

Friday, March 30, 2012

Carbon County may lose its priority on an $8,000 lien against a Lehighton man who took legal action against officials in 2006 with the hopes of saving a 108-year-old railhouse in Mahoning Township, one commissioner states.

Coaldale church to host Vacation Bible School

Friday, March 30, 2012

Vacation Bible School will be held at First Congregational Church, Ruddle Street, Coaldale, Monday through Friday, July 9-13. Classes will be held daily from 6 to 8 p.m.

Students ages 3 to 18 are welcome to attend the sessions, which have as their theme, "Adventures on Promise Island Where Kids Discover God's Lifesaving Love!"

Activities will include opening exercises, bible lessons, crafts, and group singing, with refreshments served every day.

Sessions will focus on God's Promise.

Sheriff not backing off

Friday, March 30, 2012

Arpaio says he has 'tons' of information on Obama

Joe Arpaio, one of the nation's most outspoken opponents of illegal immigration, has been called "America's Toughest Sheriff."

The editorial board of The New York Times, meanwhile, calls him "America's Worst Sheriff."

Whether you're an admirer or critic of the Arizona sheriff, it is a fact is he's not about to back down against anyone, and that includes the president of the United States.

Volunteers clean new Tamaqua Community Arts Center

Friday, March 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A number of volunteers came together recently to clean the downstairs of the Tamaqua Community Center. They want to have the downstairs readily available for future events, such as crafting classes which will be held in the basement area starting on Thursday April 5 at 6 p.m. Another cleanup session, to include painting, will be held this Sunday at the center, 125 Pine St., starting at noon. All are invited. Contributors are encouraged to bring paint brushes, paint rollers and a gallon of exterior semi-gloss white paint. For more information contact center director Micah Gursky at (570) 668-6899 or via the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership website, www.tacp.info. Giving the downstairs floor a clean glow are volunteers Kathleen Quinn-Farber, with mop, and Rose Jean Zucuskie.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A number of volunteers came together recently to clean the downstairs of the Tamaqua Community Center. They want to have the downstairs readily available for future events, such as crafting classes which will be held in the basement area starting on Thursday April 5 at 6 p.m. Another cleanup session, to include painting, will be held this Sunday at the center, 125 Pine St., starting at noon. All are invited. Contributors are encouraged to bring paint brushes, paint rollers and a gallon of exterior semi-gloss white paint. For more information contact center director Micah Gursky at (570) 668-6899 or via the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership website, www.tacp.info. Giving the downstairs floor a clean glow are volunteers Kathleen Quinn-Farber, with mop, and Rose Jean Zucuskie.

Panther Valley Public Library holds Easter Egg Hunt

Friday, March 30, 2012
Panther Valley Public Library holds Easter Egg Hunt
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Carbon crash

Friday, March 30, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred about 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, along SR903, near Fawn Road, in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County.

Troopers said Phillip J. Emberger, 45, of Jim Thorpe, was attempting to turn left out of a private lot to go north on 903 when he pulled into path of a 2000 Chrysler Voyager driven by Joie L. Costello, 24, also of Jim Thorpe.

The right front of Emberger's 1999 GMC Sierra struck the right front of the Voyager.

Feed the People to hold community cafe

Friday, March 30, 2012

Feed the People will hold its next community cafe, which provides a free, hot meal for anyone regardless of residence, on Tuesday, April 3 at The Heritage Center, 1 West Hazard Street, Summit Hill.

The meal will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon. No registration is required.

Feed the People invites people to join them in a welcoming atmosphere to meet neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a meal, share information about what is happening in the community, and play some checkers, chess or dominoes. Volunteers are welcome.

Great Lehighton Clean Up planned

Friday, March 30, 2012

Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee is planning the Great Lehighton Clean Up to coincide with Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. Those participating should meet at the downtown fountain at noon and bring a garden rake if possible. Gloves and trash bags will be donated. For additional information, contact toddpzimmerman@yahoo.com or visit experiencelehighton.com.

St. Luke's residents visited by Tamaqua LEO's

Friday, March 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Daffodils and smiles were past out to residents at the St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus recently by members and advisors of the Tamaqua LEO Club. Tamaqua LEOs pictured with St. Luke's resident Rose Fritz, 92, are, from left, Jared Sharper, 15, Patrick McMullen, 14, Andrea Whitley, 18, Melanie Kostecky, 14, and Courtney Miller, 14.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Daffodils and smiles were past out to residents at the St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus recently by members and advisors of the Tamaqua LEO Club. Tamaqua LEOs pictured with St. Luke's resident Rose Fritz, 92, are, from left, Jared Sharper, 15, Patrick McMullen, 14, Andrea Whitley, 18, Melanie Kostecky, 14, and Courtney Miller, 14.

Daffodils and smiles were passsed out to residents at the St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus recently by members and advisors of the Tamaqua LEO Club. Tamaqua LEOs pictured with St. Luke's resident Rose Fritz, 92, are, from left, Jared Sharper, 15, Patrick McMullen, 14, Andrea Whitley, 18, Melanie Kostecky, 14, and Courtney Miller, 14.

Carbon County opens bids for five home rehab projects

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Carbon County Board of Commissioners, on Thursday, opened bids for five home rehabilitation program projects in the county. This program helps low-income residents fix problems at their home.

The recipients, who remain anonymous as part of the program's process, can receive up to $12,000 in funding through Act 137, which is generated through fees charged for the recording of documents in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office. Those funds are then used to repair necessary items in their homes such as heating systems, roofing, siding, or electrical and plumbing systems.

Tamaqua YES, NHS students participate in community service

Friday, March 30, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area High School's YES (Your Employability Skills) classes and National Honor Society (NHS) students partnered together on a community service project. The students worked together to clean and beautify the grounds of the Howard Buehler pool and bungalow park in Tamaqua. Raking leaves and garbage from left are Brianna Boyle, Natalie Ohl, Zachary Hunsicker, Tawnie Gerber and Emily Thompson.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area High School's YES (Your Employability Skills) classes and National Honor Society (NHS) students partnered together on a community service project. The students worked together to clean and beautify the grounds of the Howard Buehler pool and bungalow park in Tamaqua. Raking leaves and garbage from left are Brianna Boyle, Natalie Ohl, Zachary Hunsicker, Tawnie Gerber and Emily Thompson.

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Tamaqua news

Friday, March 30, 2012

Sweeper schedule

Spring has officially arrived, heralding the return of the Tamaqua Borough street sweeper. Regular street cleaning operations will begin on Monday, April 2, with streets posted the day before sweeping is scheduled.

Permanently posted streets are swept every Thursday and Friday, beginning at 5 a.m. Those streets include portions of Broad, Berwick, Center, Pine, Railroad, Swatara and Nescopec streets.