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March 2012

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.

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.

Northern Lehigh news

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cleanup day

The Slatington Parks & Recreation Commission will sponsor a cleanup day on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 9 a.m.

The cleanup, held in conjunction with Earth Day, will help beautify public recreation areas in Slatington. Areas to be cleaned will be borough owned and operated recreation facilities, and include the West End Playground, Victory Park, Slatington Trailhead, and the Slate Heritage Trail from the Slatington Trailhead continuing westward to the borough line.

Palmerton vet gets his medals

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Veteran Edward Bush, third from right, receives his overdue medals from Congressman Lou Barletta, third from left, recently in the Memorabilia Area of the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre. Bush received six medals in all. Also pictured are Palmerton American Legion Post 269 members Louis Moyer, left; Joseph Uhnak, second from left; Ed Moyer, second from right, commander; and George Duell, Jr., right.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Veteran Edward Bush, third from right, receives his overdue medals from Congressman Lou Barletta, third from left, recently in the Memorabilia Area of the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre. Bush received six medals in all. Also pictured are Palmerton American Legion Post 269 members Louis Moyer, left; Joseph Uhnak, second from left; Ed Moyer, second from right, commander; and George Duell, Jr., right.

At long last, a Palmerton veteran has received his just due for his service to our country.

Veteran Edward Bush was among four veterans whom Congressman Lou Barletta recently presented long-overdue medals. The presentation took place in the Memorabilia Area of the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.

Other veterans receiving medals were James Kellum of Huntington Mills, Luzerne County; Michael Gatcha of Bear Creek Township, Luzerne County; and Jerry Lee Smith of Berwick, Columbia County.

JT Lions honor Student of the Month

Thursday, March 29, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Jim Thorpe Lions Club honored their Student of the Month, Brooke Tworkowsky, shown receiving a plaque from Lions Club President Jim Trainer. Brooke, who is the daughter of Frank Tworkowsky and Christine Trice, was honored for her work in Ceramics. Her activities at school include SADD, Olympian Leadership Council, Prom Committee, track, and cheerleading and after graduation, Brooke plans to enlist in the United States Air Force.

Four cited at Schuylkill parade

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Allentown enforcement office of the state liquor control board cited four persons for underage drinking last Saturday, March 24, at the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in the Schuylkill County borough of Girardville.

Cited were Kasey E. Williams, 20, of Coal Township; Ahnnalisa Regi, 19, of Columbus, N.J.; Samantha L. Warden, 20, of Elored, N.J.; and Jocelyne R. Bell, 20, of Reading.

Weissport Recreation Committee egg hunt

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Weissport Recreation Committee will hold its annual egg hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the borough park. All children and grandchildren of Weissport residents are invited to participate.

Lehigh driver facing DUI count

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Lehigh County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI), following an incident in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton said Christopher Rivera, 18, of Allentown, was stopped along SR248 eastbound, east of State Road, in Franklin Township, about 2 a.m. on March 21 for a vehicle code violation.

He was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest for DUI, troopers said.

Revegetation of Blue Mountain completed

Thursday, March 29, 2012
The aerial planters had "perfect weather."
The aerial planters had "perfect weather."

The revegetation of the Blue Mountain in Palmerton by air has been completed several weeks ahead of schedule.

So much so, that aerial reseeding of about 128 acres by use of an aircraft to plant grass and other vegetation on the mountain took just three days, instead of three weeks, due to the nice weather.

"They just had absolutely perfect weather for it," said Dan Kunkle, executive director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. "They only flew three long days, and succeeded in getting everything done."

CCTI holds 22nd Annual NTHS Induction

Thursday, March 29, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS NTHS Members of the Class of 2012 attending CCTI's 22nd Annual Membership Induction and Installation Ceremony and Banquet for the National Technical Honor Society are, left to right : Fallon Hill, Aaron Fehnel, Sarah Tompkins, Joshua Getz, Trese Merkel, Brandon Polle, Jesse Schneck, Jennifer Bortz, Gregory Oboril, and Gabrielle Kline.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS NTHS Members of the Class of 2012 attending CCTI's 22nd Annual Membership Induction and Installation Ceremony and Banquet for the National Technical Honor Society are, left to right : Fallon Hill, Aaron Fehnel, Sarah Tompkins, Joshua Getz, Trese Merkel, Brandon Polle, Jesse Schneck, Jennifer Bortz, Gregory Oboril, and Gabrielle Kline.

The Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) held its 22nd Annual Membership Induction and Installation Ceremony and Banquet for the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at the school in Jim Thorpe on Tuesday evening.

NTHS is a honor society for outstanding career and technical students of workforce vocational education institutions in the United States.

The NTHS began in 1984 as the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society. In 2003, the board of directors unanimously agreed to change the name of the organization to the National Technical Honor Society.

Pleasant Valley's Getz will attend Widener

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Pleasant Valley's Getz will attend Widener
Copyright 2012

Pleasant Valley senior Rob Getz will continue his academic and football career at Widener University.

Getz was a three-year member of the Bears' varsity where he played running back, defensive back and also returned punts and kickoffs.

During his senior season, Getz led Pleasant Valley in rushing (155 carries, 990 yards); receiving (31 catches, 403 yards); and scoring (15 touchdowns, 90 points).

Schuylkill County court news

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Zoning permits

The Schuylkill County Zoning Office issued 16 permits in February which netted $2,475 in fees and the estimated cost of construction was $473,460. Permits were obtained by the following:

On this date

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March 29, 1967

All of the color and pageantry of Lehighton's 1966 Centennial is captured in a half-hour television program to be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon over WFIL-TV, Channel 6, Philadelphia.

Upcoming events listed at Palmerton Area Library

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Palmerton Area Library has free activities scheduled all month long to celebrate National Library Month during April.

The library is sponsoring a book mark contest for kids from preschool through grade 6. If your child did not receive an entry form in school, stop by the library to pick one up. Winning entries in three age categories will be printed as bookmarks and distributed at the library for the next year. Winners will also receive prizes from the library. Book mark designs are due in the library by April 11. Winners will be announced April 13.

High winds keeping volunteers busy

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

Rapid changes in temperatures throughout our area have resulted in multiple days and nights of very high winds. Cutting and removing a tree from Main Street in Hometown is Quakake Assistant Chief Wesley Konsavage.