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March 2012

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.

Traffic stop leads to DUI charge

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A traffic stop in Monroe County has led to a driving under the influence (DUI) charge pending against the driver.

State police at Lehighton said Libardo Roa, 33, of Albrightsville, was stopped about 2:44 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, along SR209 at SR534 in Polk Township, for a motor vehicle code violation. He was found to be under the influence, troopers said.

Brush fire halted

Thursday, March 29, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Valley firefighters stopped a brush fire in its tracks Wednesday afternoon along SR902 on the township side of Bugzie's Mountain. The fire was discovered just after 4 p.m. as flames were climbing an embankment and entering a field along the east berm halfway up the mountain. Firemen used streams of water to extinguish the flames and cool hot spots. Firefighters and township police examined articles along the berm which may be evidence into the origin of the fire. Mahoning Valley fire police maintained traffic control at the scene.

Scholarships available for 2012 nursing and higher education

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Scholarships are available for 2011 for nursing and higher education students.

The William C. and Loretta K. Shirar Memorial Scholarship for Nursing and the Robert A. and Jean D. Benner Nursing Scholarship were established for the purpose of awarding scholarships to high school seniors or older individuals who are pursuing a career as a registered nurse.

The applicant must be a voting member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton.

Palmerton Exchange Club slates egg hunt

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Palmerton Exchange Club's Annual Easter Egg Hunt, run by Bob and Nancy Thompson, will be held this Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. in the Palmerton Borough Park. Rain date is Sunday, April 1 at 1 p.m.

There will be prizes in each age group and a raffle that will be held after the hunt.

So kids, don't forget to bring your baskets and parents and grandparents, don't forget your cameras.

If you have any questions, please call (610) 377-6927.

Regional extended trout season starts Saturday

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Volunteer Gary Slutter, Friedensburg, helps fish culturalist Matt Snyder, Tylersville, unload tanks of trout to be stocked.
Volunteer Gary Slutter, Friedensburg, helps fish culturalist Matt Snyder, Tylersville, unload tanks of trout to be stocked.

The trout season begins earlier in southeastern Pennsylvania counties and designated waterways crossing into these counties. Anglers have marked spring's arrival for decades by the opening day of trout season. And, in these regions, trout season arrives early starting at 8 a.m. this Saturday. Two weeks later, Saturday, April 14, the 2012 trout season opens throughout the rest of the state at 8 a.m. – and the regular trout season is then open 24/7 statewide.

Tamaqua officer on DA's drug task force

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Tamaqua police officer was one of three veteran officers appointed by the Schuylkill County commissioners to serve as investigative-consultants for the District Attorney's Drug Task Force, in action taken at Wednesday's public meeting, held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Man jailed for sexual assault

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Lehigh County man was jailed on Tuesday, March 27, after being arrested and charged with various counts of sexual assault.

State police at Fogelsville said Joshua Winston James, 22, of Wescosville, was arraigned on one count each of rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, indecent assault and harassment. He was unable to post $100,000 bail and was remanded to the county prison.

Lehigh crash probed

Thursday, March 29, 2012

State police at Fogelsville reported investigating a two-vehicle crash about 12:19 p.m. along SR863 at the intersection with Shochary Road, in Lynn Township, Lehigh County, on March 17.

Troopers said Nichole A. Hoffner, 24, of Slatington, was stopped for a stop sign on Shochary Road and attempted to cross 863 and pulled into the path of Flavio P. Corrocher, 64, of Quakertown, who was northbound on 663.

The front end of Corrocher's 2008 BMW struck the front left wheel of Hoffner's 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.

Three vehicle crash in Schuylkill

Thursday, March 29, 2012

State police at Frackville reported investigating a three vehicle crash in Schuylkill County on Wednesday, March 27. The accident occurred about 11:31 a.m. at the intersection of state routes 895 and 443, in East Brunswick Township.

Troopers said James A. Hiller, 68, of Trout Run, Lycoming County, was eastbound on 895 and attempted to make a left turn onto 443. He failed to observe a vehicle operated by Susan A. Marcero, 65, of Hazleton, who was westbound on 895 and approaching the intersection. Marcero's 1997 Ford Windstar struck Hiller's 2010 Ford Fusion.

Carbon County property transfers

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

David L. Davidovich Jr. to David L. Davidovich Jr., P.O. Box 5, Tresckow, property at 10 E. Cherry St., $1.

East Penn Township

Ronald R. Bowman to Ronald R. Bowman, 113 Ziegler Road, Lehighton, Lot 2, Allen and Esther Ziegler Subdivision, $1.

Frank P. Rapa to Frank P. Rapa, 125 Laurelview Drive, Lehighton, Frank and Renee Rapa Lot Joinder Plan, $1.

Franklin Township

Barton R, Cannariato to Barton R. Cannariato, 493 Hemlock Trail, Lehighton, property at 493 Hemlock Trail, $1.

Carbon 4-H officers

Thursday, March 29, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's Special advisor to the Governor "Boots" Hetherington on Wednesday welcomed recently elected officers of the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club for 2012. From left are treasurer David Magyar, 18, of Lehighton; vice-president Alyssa Wentz, 16, of Franklin Township; Hetherington; secretary Carissa Sevrin, 16, of Lehighton; president A.J. Sevrin, 18, also of Lehighton. Missing from the photo is news reporter Courtney Getz.

On this date

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March 29, 2006

March 29, 2006 Alysia Hough scores two goals to help the Lehighton girls soccer team pick up the first victory in the history of the program. The Indians, who were winless in their initial season the previous year, register a 3-2 Mountain Valley Conference triumph of Stroudsburg. The winners, coached by Mike Guidice, also receive a goal from Tiffani Horn.

Carbon County court news

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Divorces started

Yanira Garay, 141 Meckesville Rd., Albrightsville, filed against Cristobal Garay, 218 Church Rd., Jim Thorpe. They were married May 29, 1998.

Ivonne Sierra, 31 Leonard St, Apt. 7A, Brooklyn, N.Y., filed against Kelly J. Snowe Sr., 233 Ridge St., Lansford. They were married Sept. 19, 2002.

Douglas J. Rimbey, c/o 1396 Red Hill Rd., Lehighton, filed against Valerie J. Rimbey, 311 S. Seventh St., Lehighton. They were married July 5, 2008.

Carbon GOP to hold egg hunt in Lehighton

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Here comes Peter Cottontail hoppin' down to the Lehighton Community Park on Saturday, March 31, at noon.

Bring your children ages 0-11 to enjoy a beautiful spring morning and an exciting Easter Egg hunt! There will be candy surprises in each egg and a few "lucky" eggs in each age group will contain a ticket to claim a larger prize.

This free event is sponsored by the Carbon County GOP, Alfies Pizza, Diggity Dog and Castle Grill Restaurant.

Hippity hoppity Easter's on its way!

Former area man helps pen book on business

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Cover of Bushido Business/Special to the TIMES NEWS Former area resident Rick Forgay helped pen this book of business secrets.
Cover of Bushido Business/Special to the TIMES NEWS Former area resident Rick Forgay helped pen this book of business secrets.

Former Lansford native Rick Forgay joined forces with business icons such as Tom Hopkins, Brian Tracy and Stephen M. R. Covey to contribute their business secrets in the book "Bushido Business."

Bushido is the traditional ethical code or "way of the warrior" of the Japanese Samurai. It is founded on the seven values in which they conducted their life and business, including: honesty and justice, heroic courage, compassion, polite courtesy, complete sincerity, loyalty and duty and honor.

Pink and pretty

Thursday, March 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

This pink Kwanzan Cherry tree, located in front of the Tamaqua Post Office, stands out to passersby as a sign of spring.

McAdoo GOP group endorses Argall

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The McAdoo Republican Committee today announced their endorsement of state Sen. David G. Argall in his re-election efforts.

"We are united behind Dave Argall's candidacy for state Senate," said Mary Labert, Chairwoman of the McAdoo Republicans. "Dave has been a leader for our region and represents our best interests."

Argall said he was "humbled by the endorsement of the McAdoo GOP. I'm privileged to represent them as Senator and look forward to continuing strong constituent services for the residents of McAdoo."

Polk Township news

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Egg hunt

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for its Sunday School children.

The egg hunt will be on Sunday, April 1 at noon. Bring your own basket to gather eggs.

High acidity a concern near cogeneration plant

Thursday, March 29, 2012

During the regular monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council held last night, Councilman Robert Marouchoc reported on the high acidity concerns in soil near the Cogeneration plant that were raised during the February meeting.

According to Marouchoc, the testing that showed a 1.8 pH level was found in a well north of the Cogen plant on property believed to be owned by the Lansford Coaldale Water Authority, and not in the soil. He also noted that previous test results were within normal range as were subsequent pH tests.

Palmerton Memorial Park Pool Pals schedule egg hunt

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Palmerton Memorial Park Pool Pals will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt, open to the public, on Saturday, March 31 at 11 a.m. in the Palmerton Memorial Park picnic area.

If there is inclement weather, it will be held on Sunday, April 1 at 4 p.m. in the same area.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Summit Hill

SHHS graduates

The Class of 1962 of the former Summit Hill High School would like to extend an invitation to anyone who attended the school to join the class members for their 50-year reunion. The event is planned for Saturday, May 26, at the Parkview Inn, Summit Hill.

For more information and/or to attend, call Eileen (Evans) Lechleitner, (570) 645-2209.

Cleanup dates

Summit Hill Borough will hold its annual spring clean up program on April 19 and 24.

Gun taken in Schuylkill break-in

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A gun was taken in a Schuylkill County burglary.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said a home along Second Street in the village of Joliett, Porter Township, was entered sometime between Dec. 7, 2011, and March 18. Removed was a Jennings .25-caliber nickel-plated pistol and two additional clips.

The listed victims are Rhonda Ibrahem, 54, and Ronald Kramer, 43, both of Joliett.