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March 2012

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
Pamela Varkony/Special to the TIMES NEWS Maria Montero, left, talks with state Rep. Rosemary Brown, 189th District, Monroe and Pike counties, during a speaking engagement.
Pamela Varkony/Special to the TIMES NEWS Maria Montero, left, talks with state Rep. Rosemary Brown, 189th District, Monroe and Pike counties, during a speaking engagement.

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.

Mobile Community Cafe visits Lansford

Thursday, March 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Feed The People volunteer Savana Penn, 12,serves italian bread to residents Donna Nalesnik and Nancy Napoli.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Feed The People volunteer Savana Penn, 12,serves italian bread to residents Donna Nalesnik and Nancy Napoli.

About two dozen volunteers with the new "Mobile Community Cafe", organized by the newly created Feed The People non-profit group, made a stop recently at the Mid Rise in Lansford. The cafe, which provides free hot meals every month at different locations and on different days, served hundreds of residents during the visit. Rita Trucios, director, Feed The People, talked about the program and its ideas for the future. Some ideas mentioned involved incorporating events and activities during the visits, such as chess, checkers, Dominos, guest speakers and even playing a mobile organ.

Schuylkill crash

Thursday, March 29, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a two vehicle crash about 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, along SR61 at Beacon St., in Palo Alto, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Victoria Zanoline, 19, of Fern Glen, was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am eastbound on Bacon St. and stopped for a stop sign at SR61.

Troopers said Zanoline then attempted to turn left to go south on 61 and pulled directly into the path of a northbound 2000 Saturn SL operated by Lauranne Wingard, 48, of Pottsville.

Abandoned property is entered

Thursday, March 29, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating a burglary at an abandoned property in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said a home in the 100 block of Lower Road, in Mahanoy Township, was entered and removed was aluminum base electric heating units. The incident occurred sometime between March 3 and 27, troopers said.

The property is owned by Diane Felegie, 34, of Mahanoy City.

Jim Thorpe offense in high gear

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Jim Thorpe offense in high gear
Copyright 2012

Jim Thorpe scored in every atbat to beat Weatherly in a mercy-rule shortened baseball game on Wednesday.

BASEBALL

Weatherly-Jim Thorpe

An eight-run fourth inning helped Jim Thorpe pull away from a close contest and post a 17-5 non-league win in five innings over Weatherly.

Ian Sterling paced the Olympians with a perfect 3-for-3 performance at the plate, which included two doubles, two runs scored and four RBIs. Teammates Christian Gavornik (two singles) and Bryce Micchiche (single, double, run scored, RBI) also played well..

ACS WORKSHOP

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 6-8 p.m., April 9, at the Simon Kramer Institute of Therapeutic Oncology. The center is located at 15 Alliance St. in New Philadelphia.

The session is free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Man pleads guilty to 5 DUIs

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Ringtown motorist pleaded guilty to five counts of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and was sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County court to serve six to 18 months in a state correctional institution.

Spring break

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Palmerton schools

The Palmerton Area School District announced that schools will be closed on Thursday, April 5, through Monday, April 9, for spring break. Classes will resume Tuesday, April 10.

Improvement project planned at pool

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

Directors of Lansford's Parks and Recreation Board were joined by Friends of the Lansford Pool on Wednesday to plan a month long improvement project at the borough's public swimming pool on the west end of town.

Schuylkill County property transfers

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Esther Sterzen and Stephen R. Sterzen, her husband, of 221 W. Howard Ave., Coaldale, to Joseph L. and Lisa M. Slakoper, 623 1/2 E. Patterson St., Lansford, property at 230 W. Phillips St., Coaldale, $1 (full consideration $10,000).

Jean M. Machamer, Tamaqua, to JCM Realty Holdings Inc., New Tripoli, 423 Glenwood Avenue, Tamaqua, $1 (full consideration $6,000).

Jean M. Machamer, Tamaqua, to Thomas Rockwell, both of Tamaqua, property at 22 E. Union St., Tamaqua, $1 (full consideration $19,000).

Lehighton MS book swap set for March 30

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The 8th Annual Lehighton Community Book Swap will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Lehighton Area Middle School.

Admission is free.

The Lehighton Area Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association and the National Education Association are teaming up for the event. There will also be an opportunity to get a Lehighton Area Memorial Library card.

Any books remaining at 5:30 p.m. will be given away free without exchange. This event is not for collectors.

Guns stolen in Monroe break-in

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Guns were reported stolen in a Monroe County burglary. The break-in and a theft incidents were investigated by state police at Lehighton.

Troopers said the residence of Joseph Patrick Mchsane, of 4589 Sherwood Drive, Robinhood Lakes, Kunkletown, Polk Township, was discovered entered. Entry occurred sometime between Monday, March 26, at 11 a.m. and Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Lansford police scam warning

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lansford police are urging anyone who receives a call alleging a relative has been arrested in a foreign country and needs large sum of money for an attorney to contact them.

Last Thursday, a resident told police she received a phone call from someone claiming to be an attorney and saying that a relative was arrested in Mexico. The caller told the resident a taxi would be sent to her home to take her to the bank to withdraw a large sum of money to pay legal fees.

Schuylkill County community comes together to remember four fire victims

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Pee Wee football coach Joe Gervalis raises two helmets in the air during last night's vigil. Gervalis said that both Christian and Damian were going to play on his football team this year. He added that Christian won the award for most valuable player last year. "He was a hard-working kid and all about effort. Both kids were good little guys who were very respectful," Gervalis said. "Damian was going to play on our Little League team this year."
Pee Wee football coach Joe Gervalis raises two helmets in the air during last night's vigil. Gervalis said that both Christian and Damian were going to play on his football team this year. He added that Christian won the award for most valuable player last year. "He was a hard-working kid and all about effort. Both kids were good little guys who were very respectful," Gervalis said. "Damian was going to play on our Little League team this year."

Mother called a hero

"We'll remember her as a hero."

That is what Eric Becker of Shenandoah said during last night's community candlelight vigil to describe the selfless actions of friend Tiffany Matejick-Sanchez, 29, during the last few seconds of a row home fire that claimed her life and that of her son, Cristian Sanchez, 10; and nephews, Damien Lopez, 10, and 7-month-old Aziah Hernandez early Tuesday morning.

Obamacare challenge

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Government defense team had rough week

Nesquehoning citations issued

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Nesquehoning police Officer Timothy Wuttke issued the following citations:

On March 23, a driver was cited in the 300 block of East Catawissa Street for illegal tint on windows, and a driver going 71 miles-per-hour in a 55 zone on SR93. On March 25, speeding tickets to a driver going 64 mph in a 40 zone on SR54 and one to a driver going 85 mph in a 55 zone on SR93.

Argall applauds Senate's action on banning ObamaCare mandate for Pennsylvanians

Thursday, March 29, 2012

HARRISBURG – State Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) applauded the Senate's action Wednesday to remove the requirement to purchase health insurance under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Reading plus math equals fun

Thursday, March 29, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Author MW Penn recently brought her unique blend of reading and math to Lehighton Area School District. Pictured left to right are Mahoning and Shull-David Elementary Schools Principal Aaron Sebelin; Mahoning Elementary School teacher Kaye Miller dressed as The Cat in the Hat as a tribute to Dr. Seuss; MW Penn; and LASD Superintendent James Kraky.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Author MW Penn recently brought her unique blend of reading and math to Lehighton Area School District. Pictured left to right are Mahoning and Shull-David Elementary Schools Principal Aaron Sebelin; Mahoning Elementary School teacher Kaye Miller dressed as The Cat in the Hat as a tribute to Dr. Seuss; MW Penn; and LASD Superintendent James Kraky.

Author makes presentation at four Lehighton elementary schools

Blending reading and mathematics has proven to be a successful formula for author MW Penn. The result of her chemistry experiment is one of education's most basic fundamentals – "When you catch the students' interest, then you are able to teach them."

Penn recently brought her love of reading and math to Lehighton Area School District for presentations at all four elementary schools – East Penn, Franklin, Mahoning, and Shull-David.

Twelve enter guilty pleas

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Twelve defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Theft of checks

Justin Lee Costello, 27, of Slatington, and formerly of Jim Thorpe, pleaded guilty to one count each of theft and forgery.

He admitted taking 12 blank checks of Herbert Helmer and forging his name on three of them. He was able to cash two of the checks but failed on the third attempt after the bank had frozen the account.

FOP endorses Rich for state senate

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On Thursday, March 15, the Melley Memorial Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents over 500 current and former state police officers, voted to endorse Brian Rich for State Senate in the 29th District.

Thomas Maley, president of the organization, stated that the members appreciate the consideration Brian Rich has shown their group in general and are looking forward to his anticipated support of our members in particular.

Driver facing DUI after crash

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a crash in Carbon County. State police at Lehighton said the accident occurred about 2:07 a.m. on March 18 along 57 Road at Christman Rd., in Towamensing Township.

Troopers responded to the location and observed a vehicle attempting to leave the scene. A stop was made and the driver identified as Timothy W. Shultz, 37, of Kunkletown.

Police cruiser involved in crash

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A state police cruiser was involved in a crash in Monroe County on Wednesday, March 28. State police at Lehighton said the accident occurred about 2:55 p.m. along Interchange Road (SR209), in Polk Township.

Troopers said Tammy Vanbuskirk, of Kresgeville, was northbound and started to slow down in an attempt to make a right turn into her driveway. She activated her turn signal. Trooper John Cheponis, of the Lehighton barracks, was behind her and swerved to the right to avoid striking Vanbuskirk's 2003 Dodge Durango.

Monroe woman facing charges

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Monroe County woman is facing a charge of false reports to law enforcement authorities.

State police at Fern Ridge said Kelly Marie House, 23, of Effort, reported on March 12, that between 7:14 and 10:30 p.m. her vehicle was struck in the parking lot of the Citgo station along SR115, in Chestnuthill Township, and also claimed that terroristic threats were made against her father and brother.

Troopers said an investigation determined these claims were unsubstantiated and the charge is pending.