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March 2012

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
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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.

Jim Thorpe news

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Sunday School of St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, invites the congregation to join them for the annual Palm Sunday breakfast on April 1. The breakfast will consist of scrambled eggs, bacon, muffins, juice, coffee and tea and will be served approximately 9:45 a.m.

The Palm Sunday worship service will follow the breakfast at 10:30, with the celebration of Holy Communion. Installation of new members will take place during the service.

Smoke detectors

New Ringgold man facing drug count

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A New Ringgold man is facing a drug charge.

State police at Frackville said troopers were called to the area of East Railroad Street in New Ringgold, on Wednesday evening, March 28, for a report of a man removing items from a dumpster owned by the Reading Railroad in the area of the railroad tracks.

At about 7:30 p.m. troopers located a man fitting the description of the suspect at 34 Hughes St.

Monroe man facing multiple charges

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Monroe County man is facing multiple charges, including attempted rape, following an incident reported on Sunday, March 25, about 6:52 a.m.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers responded to a residence in the Emerald Lake Estates, in Tobyhanna Township, for a report of an assault.

Lehigh teen facing theft charge

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Lehigh County teen is facing a charge of theft following an incident that occurred at a Carbon County ski resort.

State police at Lehighton said Christopher Tyler Dieter, 19, of Whitehall, has been charged with theft for an incident that occurred on Feb. 13 at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Lower Towamensing Township.

Troopers allege that Dieter took a snowboard bag from atop a locker at the ski lodge. The listed victim is John Ruckel, of Spring City, Chester County.

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.

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.

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
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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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

Western Pocono Women's Club hosts Pocono Medical Center's CEO

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pampanin on their wedding day.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pampanin of Summit Hill will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

They were married on Sept. 26, 1964 in St. Joseph's Church in Summit Hill by Monsignor Hailey.

Mrs. Pampanin is the former Elizabeth Philipovich, daughter of the late Peter and Christine Philipovich.

Mr. Pampanin is the son of the late Peter and Helen Pampanin.

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.

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.