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March 2012

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).

Driver facing DUI after crash

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

One of two drivers involved in a crash in Monroe County is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). Pocono Mountain Regional police said the accident occurred about 7:38 a.m. on March 19 at the intersection of SR611 and Fairview Avenue, in Mount Pocono.

Hands off

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among those traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend the "Hands Off My Healthcare" rally hosted by Americans for Prosperity, was a bus traveling from Carbon County. From left are Marlene Greenwood, Palmerton; Louise and Pat Centofanti of Jim Thorpe; Pat and Frank Letterio of Lehighton; and Beverly and Harry Schulz of Zionville.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among those traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend the "Hands Off My Healthcare" rally hosted by Americans for Prosperity, was a bus traveling from Carbon County. From left are Marlene Greenwood, Palmerton; Louise and Pat Centofanti of Jim Thorpe; Pat and Frank Letterio of Lehighton; and Beverly and Harry Schulz of Zionville.

Local group joins ObamaCare protest

Americans from throughout the country gathered yesterday in the Upper Senate Park in Washington D.C. as Americans for Prosperity hosted a "Hands Off My Health Care" rally to protest the national health care bill.

Among the 4,000 who attended was a busload of 35 people from Carbon County, many of whom are members of the Lehighton 9/12 Project.

In all, there were 16 busloads of people from Pennsylvania at the rally. The buses were sponsored by AFP.

Sandy Dellicker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, organized the local group's participation at the event.

Tamaqua area Relay For Life sets meeting

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. for all committee and team members.

The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Support group

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Diabetes

St. Luke's Miners Campus 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.

3 bids received for Lower Middle Creek bridge work

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Three bids for the Lower Middle Creek bridge work had been received by Polk Township. When the township engineer reported the numbers in those bids, those listening to them were amazed at the differences between the three. The lowest bid was for $92,140. The second bid was for $149,200. The third bid was for $297,100.

With all portions of all three bids in order, though there were some differences in how the work would be done, the supervisors awarded the lowest bid, as submitted by Mar-Allen Co. of Ephrata, by a 3-0 vote.

Underage drinking arrests made

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

State police at Frackville reported on four underage drinking arrests made on Saturday, March 24, all in the same general area.

Derreck J. Ahapow, 19, of Frackville, was cited about 6:46 p.m. in thea area of Ogden and Pine sts., in Girardville.

John M. Adams, 19, of Ashland, Nathan L. Quinn, 20, of Ringtown, and Korban J. Trautman, 18, of Girardville, were cited about 7 p.m. along SR4030, near Duck St., in Butler Township, near Girardville.

All were issued citations to appear before a district judge.

Theft, mischief incidents probed

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported investigating a theft and several acts of criminal mischief.

The theft occurred at Rick's Truck & Auto Center, located in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County.

Unknown criminals removed several metal 20 by 20 grates and metal sewer lids from outside the building. The scrap metal is valued at $300. The theft occurred sometime overnight of March 20-21. Richard Balliet, 57, of Palmerton, is the listed victim.

The following mischief incidents have been reported.

Scouts pick up 50 bags of litter

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Cub Scouts and Leaders of Mahoning-East Penn Pack 145 in front of a pickup truck with approximately 50 bags of litter they picked up Saturday as part of a cleanup along Riverview Road at Riverview Park. Afterwards they raised a American flag on the flagpole the Pack recently donated to the park.

Palmerton High School announces honor roll

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the fourth marking period of the second semester of the 2011-12 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

High Honors (3.75-4.00+ GPAin all subjects)

Elderly driver dies in Northampton crash

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

An elderly driver was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred on Tuesday in Northampton County.

Lehigh Township police said the crash occurred about 12:02 p.m. in the 3900 block of SR248 (Lehigh Drive).

According to police Robert Hodes, 74, of Northampton, was driving a GMC Sonoma eastbound when he entered the westbound lane and collided into a Chevrolet Malibu operated by Candy Behler, 47, of Slatington.

Hodes was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner's office. Behler was flown by PennStar helicopter to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill.

3 children, woman die in Schuylkill inferno

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Andy Leibenguth/Times News A fire destroyed five row homes in Shenandoah early Tuesday, killing a woman and three children. Firefighters attempted a rescue, but they made it only a short distance inside the front door of the victims' home before having to retreat.
Andy Leibenguth/Times News A fire destroyed five row homes in Shenandoah early Tuesday, killing a woman and three children. Firefighters attempted a rescue, but they made it only a short distance inside the front door of the victims' home before having to retreat.

SHENANDOAH, Pa. (AP) – A fire destroyed five row homes and damaged three others in Shenandoah early Tuesday, killing a woman and three children in one house while a fourth child was pushed out a second-floor window by his mother as the flames closed in, fire officials said.

The blaze spread quickly, and the buildings were fully engulfed when crews arrived within minutes of the 6:30 a.m. call. Firefighters attempted a rescue, but they made it only a short distance inside the front door of the victims' home before having to retreat.

Locust Lake offers hike on April 12

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Oak/ Hemlock Trail at Locust Lake on Thursday, April 12. The trail is four miles long and difficult. The trail loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a really great view of the forest below. Park of the hike includes the "Tree Identification Trail" make by an Eagle Scout. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Meet at the parking lot at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call Robin at (570) 467-2506. Shine only.

Tamaqua egg hunt set

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Marketing Committee of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce will host its Seventh Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Depot Square Park on April 7. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and is open to toddlers and children up to the age of 9.

No registration is required.

For more information, contact the chamber at (570) 668-1880.

Free luncheon slated at Parryville church

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A free luncheon is set for Saturday, March 31 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., weather permitting, at the Parryville UMC, corner of Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville.

All are welcome.

Elderly man injured in Schuylkill Township

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

An elderly man was taken via Tamaqua Ambulance around 10 a.m. Monday morning after he lost control of his SUV and crashed it into a tree on Moss Glen Road in Schuylkill Township. Responding were Tuscarora firefighters and Tamaqua Rescue Squad. State Police are investigation. No name or condition has been released as of press time today.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Egg hunts

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Palmerton Memorial Park at 11 a.m. Saturday. The rain date will be April 1 at 3 p.m.

An egg hunt will also be held in the Palmerton Borough Park at 1 p.m., Saturday. The rain date will be April 1 at 1 p.m.

Both are free and open to the public.

Holy Trinity Lutheran

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, will hold Maundy Thursday services April 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday services will be held April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Holy Trinity's nave.

Bombers end Wilson's 58-meet win streak

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Vnce Voulo returns a serve during Tuesday's win at Lehighton. The Bears went on to score a 6-1 Mountain Valley Conference win.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Vnce Voulo returns a serve during Tuesday's win at Lehighton. The Bears went on to score a 6-1 Mountain Valley Conference win.

Palmerton proved to be quite successful in its 2012 track and field opener when it swept Wilson and Saucon Valley to end the Warrior boys' 58-meet win streak that dated ack to 2005.

In other action, Pleasant Valley picked up victories in tennis and track to highlight Tuesday's scholastic sports action.

TRACK

Pleasant Vy.-ES North

Pleasant Valley swept East Stroudsburg North in a Mountain Valley Conference meet.

The Bears won the boys meet, 81-69.

District Five C.Y.O. hosts DeclamationCompetition at Our Lady of the Angels

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford recently hosted the District Five Catholic Youth Organization Declamation Competition. Students from McAdoo Catholic, Ss. Peter and Paul, St. Jerome Regional, St. John Neumann and Our Lady of the Angels Academy competed in the event. Winners are from left, second place-girls, Sarah Grega from McAdoo Catholic; first place-girls, Clarissa Colondo from Ss. Peter and Paul; first place-boys, Henry Hichey from St. John Neumann; and second place-boys, Louis Mastroddi from St. Jerome Regional.