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March 2012

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.

Diabetes support group

Friday, March 30, 2012

St. Luke's Miners Campus, Coaldale, will host a Diabetes Support Group throughout the year.

All meetings will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the café on the second floor.

Tentative meeting dates are as follows: April 17, May 22, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 25, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13.

Registration is not required.

For more information, call (570) 645-8107.

Not certified

Friday, March 30, 2012

Bid to hire hazardous materials contractor questioned

A Carbon County commissioner is again questioning a proposal to hire a hazardous materials contractor that isn't state certified.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek asked why the county was trying to rush through hiring Rapid Response Inc. of Northampton, when the contractor has not met with them to discuss any concerns that were brought up two weeks ago about the team's lack of state certification.

On this date

Friday, March 30, 2012

March 30, 1978

March 30, 1978 Slatington pulls off a sweep of rival Northwestern in Centennial League track and field action. The Bulldog boys roll to a 113-37 decision behind two first-place finishes from Barry Eckhart (mile, two mile). In the girls meet, Suzy Jones earns three wins (shot put, discus, javelin) to lead Nolehi to a narrow 69-63 win. The Tigers receive double wins from Jim Hoffman (440, 880) in the boys meet and from Jenny Greenawalt (100, 220) and Kathy Stravino (880, mile) in the girls.

Lansford man charged following lewd incidents

Friday, March 30, 2012

Ryan B. Sharpe, 28, 319 W. Abbott St., Lansford, faces charges as a result of an incident which took place between Jan. 1 and March 19. Charges of corruption of minors (a felony), indecent exposure, and open lewdness were filed by Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick and Officer Joshua Tom.

Fire police sworn in by Nesquehoning mayor

Friday, March 30, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Nesquehoning Fire Police were recently sworn in by Mayor Tony Walck at the Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1. From left are Walter Tristani, Fire Police Captain Denny Creitz, fire police Lieutenant Joseph Kovatch Jr. and Jack Rittenour.

Beil-Jannoura

Friday, March 30, 2012
Amanda E. Beil and Elias G. Jannoura
Amanda E. Beil and Elias G. Jannoura

Amanda Elizabeth Beil and Elias George Jannoura have announced their engagement, which occurred on Valentine's Day in Beirut, Lebanon.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mary Alice Beil of Danielsville and the late Barry C. Beil. She is the granddaughter of the late Robert H. and Ruth (Witzel) Gouldner of Lehighton. She is employed as a dental assistant for Dr. John Koury of Allentown, and is an instructor at the Lehigh Valley School of Dental Assisting in Whitehall.

Volunteers, paint donations needed in Tamaqua Sunday

Friday, March 30, 2012

Volunteers with the new Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St, are holding a cleanup and paint session for the downstairs area of the center this Sunday starting at 12 p.m. Organizers stress that all are invited. Contributors are encouraged to bring paintbrushes, paint rollers and/or 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.

Bombers' late runs top Tribe

Friday, March 30, 2012
bob ford/times news Palmerton's Jenna Ritter (right) freezes between second and third base as she watches the play in front of her. The Lehighton fielder is Emily Kollar.
bob ford/times news Palmerton's Jenna Ritter (right) freezes between second and third base as she watches the play in front of her. The Lehighton fielder is Emily Kollar.

It's something no one wants to see happen.

In the top of the sixth inning, Palmerton senior Sierra Miller was struck in the back of the head by a thrown ball on a play at first base.

Miller sustained a mild concussion on the play. But even though her head got a little banged up, she still gave her team a little "heart."

After the four-year starter was assisted off the field, her Blue Bomber teammates finished off the rally Miller had initially started.

It eventually turned out to be an emotional 10-6 non-league victory for the Bombers.

Two Tamaqua men have bail reduced

Friday, March 30, 2012

Two Tamaqua men have their bail reduced by Judge Charles M. Miller after a hearing in Schuylkill County court.

Frederick A. Postie, 40, of 626 Fairview St., had his bail of $50,000 straight cash bail set by a district justice reduced to $25,000 straight fixed by the court as he awaits trial on charges brought by Rush Township Sgt. Duane E. Frederick, that he stole between 600 and 800 gallons of fuel oil out of trucks owned by Northeast Hydro Seed, 411 Claremont Avenue, Hometown, on March 1.

GNLCC selects the TIMES NEWS as its business of the month

Friday, March 30, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The TIMES NEWS was chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce. Reporter Terry Ahner, who covers the lower region of the TIMES NEWS circulation area, reports each month on the Business of the Month as selected by the GNLCC.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The TIMES NEWS was chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce. Reporter Terry Ahner, who covers the lower region of the TIMES NEWS circulation area, reports each month on the Business of the Month as selected by the GNLCC.

To many, it's the personification of what a local newspaper should strive to be.

In the process, it's carved out quite the niche for itself as the standard-bearer for local news coverage in our area.

Much to its delight, the TIMES NEWS has been handpicked as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Located at 594 Blakeslee Drive West, Lehighton, the business also has bureau offices at 463 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton, and Broad and Pine Streets in Tamaqua.

Serving again

Friday, March 30, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Western Poconos Lions Club and Lioness Club served as judges for the Mid Atlantic Community Papers Association's annual Advertising and Editorial Awards contest. Members of both clubs met with MACPA's executive director Alyse Mitten, her assistant Kasey Mitten, and contest chairman Ruth Isenberg to select winners from over 300 entries submitted by free community newspapers from an eight-state region. Categories included display advertising, special sections, photography, and general excellence. This is the second year the Lions and Lionesses have served as judges.

Tamaqua man gets jail term for drunk driving

Friday, March 30, 2012

A Tamaqua man must spend a short time in the Schuylkill County prison after pleading guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

Marriage licenses

Friday, March 30, 2012

Carbon County

David James Bowser and Jenell Marie Evanetz, 207 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton.

Russell Anthony Brown and Tammy Ann Kemmerer, 1059 Main St., Apt. 2D, Northampton.

Brian George Gott and Tiara Star Redden, 400 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning.

Thomas Wayne Ladner, Box 107, Weatherly R. 2, and Shelli Jeanne Valko, 986 Woodland Drive, Walnutport.

Matthew David Frable and Stacy Jean Frantz, Trachsville Hill Rd., Kresgeville.

Ronald Vincent Rotondaro Jr., 110 Cherry St., Collingdale, and Nancy Ann Tandy, 451 S. Seventh St., Lehighton.

Pleasant Valley's soccer, tennis teams pick up wins

Friday, March 30, 2012
Bob Ford/times news Lehighton's Parker David slides safely into second base during Thursday's game against Palmerton. Taking the late throw is the Bombers' Aaron Cook.
Bob Ford/times news Lehighton's Parker David slides safely into second base during Thursday's game against Palmerton. Taking the late throw is the Bombers' Aaron Cook.

Pleasant Valley continued its early season success in both boys tennis and girls soccer on Thursday.

BASEBALL

Lehighton-Palmerton

Lehighton edged Palmerton in a non-league game, 4-3.

The Indians scored a run in four straight innings from the third to the sixth to gain the victory.

Jacen Nalesnik had a triple and an RBI and Josh Kern had a double and an RBI for Lehighton (3-0).

Tanner Gutenkust had three hits for Palmerton (0-3). Mike Horvath, Aaron Cook and CJ Cressman all chipped in two hits.

Palmerton 002 100 0 - 3 4 3

Spirit of Tuscarora Trail Dog Hike planned

Friday, March 30, 2012

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the "Spirit of Tuscarora Trail" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. The trail is four miles in length and moderate in difficulty. This trail goes through many diverse habitats and meanders along the pristine Locust Creek. Enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and the newly emerging spring wildflowers. Dogs are welcome, but must be leased and get along with other pets and people. Meet at the upper beach parking lot. Contact Robin at 570-467-2506 for more information. Shine only.

Early Easter event

Friday, March 30, 2012
Anna Mondshein of Brodheadsville is busy coloring her picture while at the Western Pocono Lioness Easter event at the Chestnuthill Park. The Brodheadsville lass is in Kindergarten at the Chestnuthill Elementary School in Brodheadsville.
Anna Mondshein of Brodheadsville is busy coloring her picture while at the Western Pocono Lioness Easter event at the Chestnuthill Park. The Brodheadsville lass is in Kindergarten at the Chestnuthill Elementary School in Brodheadsville.

Easter baskets, jelly beans, coloring stations and the Easter Bunny made for a fun afternoon at the Chestnuthtill Park in Brodheadsville for a long line of children and their families.

They were ready for fun and games and to meet the Easter Bunny a few weeks early.

"The crowds were unbelievable," said Western Pocono Lioness Vice President Ruth Smith, as she told of families being ready to enter the park building a half-hour before the Lioness were totally ready.

The Lioness Club, along with West End Park & Open Space Commission, hosted the free event.

Lehighton Rotary invests in future community leader

Friday, March 30, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area High School senior Shyanne Kleintop was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. She discussed her active participation in Hugh O Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY). The club made a $50 investment toward Kleintop s registration fee to attend the upcoming HOBY seminar at Temple University an investment in a future community leader. Pictured left to right are Lehighton Rotary Club President Erica Heery, Kleintop, and LAHS Assistant Principal Daniel Repsher.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area High School senior Shyanne Kleintop was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. She discussed her active participation in Hugh O Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY). The club made a $50 investment toward Kleintop s registration fee to attend the upcoming HOBY seminar at Temple University an investment in a future community leader. Pictured left to right are Lehighton Rotary Club President Erica Heery, Kleintop, and LAHS Assistant Principal Daniel Repsher.

Lehighton Area High School senior Shyanne Kleintop is looking forward to attending Hugh O Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Pennsylvania East seminar at Temple University in May. However, she needs assistance in order to see her wish fulfilled.

"Unguarded" star to speak in Lehighton

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Lehighton Area High School is taking the opportunity to host Chris Herren, star of ESPN's award-winning documentary Unguarded, to speak to the community and students in an attempt to further the efforts of the Drug and Alcohol Taskforce on Thursday, May 17th at 7 p.m. and Friday, May 18th at 9 a.m.

Prom and wedding dress sale a success

Friday, March 30, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rachel Holly of Lehighton tries on a purple dress at the Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale at Penn's Peak. Holly was looking for a unique dress for prom.
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rachel Holly of Lehighton tries on a purple dress at the Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale at Penn's Peak. Holly was looking for a unique dress for prom.

$2,500 raised to benefit Dream Come True

Nearly 100 women stood in line at Penn's Peak on Wednesday night, waiting to enter the annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale.

These women, ranging from high school students to young brides-to-be, would be rewarded for their patience.

Inside, hundreds of prom, wedding, and special occasion dresses waited on the Penn's Peak balcony to be tried on. Dozens of shoes, purses and shawls were also available.