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March 2012

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.

Schuylkill vehicle break-ins probed

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Three vehicles were entered in the Schuylkill County community of Palo Alto. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the entries occurred sometime between 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, and 6 a.m. on Wednesday. All the entries occurred along Savory St.

Weatherly routs Jim Thorpe

Thursday, March 29, 2012
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe second baseman Gianna Bucci prepares to put the tag on Weatherly's Tiana Genetti.
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe second baseman Gianna Bucci prepares to put the tag on Weatherly's Tiana Genetti.

Age really is just a number with this year's Weatherly softball team.

Lady Wreckers' freshmen pitchers Jess Polchin and Kelly Parker combined to throw quite a ball game against Jim Thorpe, allowing just four hits and three runs in five innings of work. Their performance on the mound along with an explosive offensive effort from their teammates earned Weatherly a 19-4 non-league victory against The Lady Olympians on Wednesday afternoon.

Tamaqua man facing charges

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Tamaqua man has been charged following an incident in the borough on March 23.

Police were dispatched to the area of Orwigsburg and Bowe streets at 1:40 a.m. for a report of damage caused to vehicles.

Patrolman Karl Harig is the investigating officer. He determined that Jason Hill, 21, of Railroad St., had removed a cinderblock and brick from a property at 114 Orwigsburg St., then used the objects to damage the windshields and bodies of two parked vehicles. The vehicles are owned by John Sienkiewicz, of Bowe St.

Carbon County court news

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts.

Discover Bank, Jenkintown, filed against Jillian N. Shellhamer, 110 W. Fell St., Summit Hill. Sought is $2,279.49.

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.

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.

Regional extended trout season starts Saturday

Thursday, March 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Clyde Warner Jr., Assistant Supervisor, Northeast Region, PA Fish and Boat Commission, checks the temperature of a creek in the village of Normal Square prior to stocking it with trout.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Clyde Warner Jr., Assistant Supervisor, Northeast Region, PA Fish and Boat Commission, checks the temperature of a creek in the village of Normal Square prior to stocking it with trout.

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.

Palmerton Junior HS gymnasium renovations bid opening postponed

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A bid opening in the Palmerton Area School District that had been scheduled for today has been postponed.

The bid opening was to have been held this morning for renovations to the district's junior high school gymnasium.

Instead, Superintendent Carol Boyce informed the TIMES NEWS that the bid opening will now be held at 11 a.m. Friday due to "many questions from the prospective bidders."

Olympians sweep Colts Johnson sets record; Poallilo shines in victory

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Mary Kate Sherkness clears the high jump bar at five feet, four inches for a first place finish. She also won the triple jump during Tuesday's meet at Jim Thorpe.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Mary Kate Sherkness clears the high jump bar at five feet, four inches for a first place finish. She also won the triple jump during Tuesday's meet at Jim Thorpe.

It's certainly early on in the 2012 high school track season, but on Tuesday afternoon the Jim Thorpe girls and boys track teams got off to a running head start.

The Olympians swept Marian by a score of 72-69 on the boys side and 89-52 on the girls.

The Jim Thorpe girls ran strong all day, behind a stellar performance by junior Anjelica Poallilo. Poallilo placed first in all three individual events she competed in and was also the anchor on the 400 meter relay team that placed first as well.

LCCC signs agreement with Bloomsburg Univ.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Officials from Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (BU) will formalize an agreement on Thursday,

March 29, at 10 a.m., which will enable students with an LCCC Associate's Degree to transition to a Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership program.

The program, which is a new major for BU, was approved earlier this year by the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The program is the first of its kind in the 14 PASSHE institutions and only the second in the Commonwealth.

Dorothy Strohl to retire from the library

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Democratic Club makes a donation to the Palmerton Area Library in honor of Dorothy Strohl upon her retirement. Roy Christman (left), representing the PADC, presents a check to Diane Danielson, (right) Director of the PAL, while Dorothy (center) looks on in the Mezzanine space that will be named "The Strohl In" in her honor.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Democratic Club makes a donation to the Palmerton Area Library in honor of Dorothy Strohl upon her retirement. Roy Christman (left), representing the PADC, presents a check to Diane Danielson, (right) Director of the PAL, while Dorothy (center) looks on in the Mezzanine space that will be named "The Strohl In" in her honor.

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club made a donation to the Palmerton Area Library to pay tribute to Dorothy Strohl, who is retiring from the library after 30 years of service.

Dorothy is also a longtime Democratic Committeewoman representing Lower Towamensing Township.

The funds will help furnish the new reading and Internet lounge being created on the library's mezzanine which will be called "The Strohl In" in her honor.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lansford

Easter egg hunt

St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, will hold its third annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 1, beginning at noon in the parking lots behind the church. A brunch will follow in the church hall.

Children from the parish up to age 10 are welcome to participate and must be accompanied by an adult.

To register their child, parents are asked to call the church office, (570) 645-2282, during normal business hours Monday through Friday.

Easter egg hunt

Treasure Hunters

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Old jewelry and coins are examined by one of the Treasure Hunters.
Old jewelry and coins are examined by one of the Treasure Hunters.

Special event comes to Lehighton

The Treasure Hunters have stopped in Lehighton this week, and are inviting residents and the surrounding communities to their special event!

Flag raising scheduled in Coaldale

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The public is invited to a flag-raising ceremony to be performed by the Panther Valley Junior ROTC at the Coaldale Complex, Sixth and Phillips streets, Coaldale. The ceremony will begin precisely at noon on April 10. The large 12-feet by 16-feet American flag will be folded in the prescribed manner by the JROTC at the Panther Valley High School.

Yudichak applauds passage of Juvenile Justice Reform Bill

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) today applauded his Senate colleagues for sending a much needed juvenile justice reform bill to Governor Corbett's desk.

"The juvenile justice scandal in Luzerne County brought to light government corruption at its worst; and Senate Bill 818 is the first step toward righting those wrongs," Yudichak said. "I commend the bill's prime sponsor, Sen. Lisa Baker, for her diligence and hard-work to restore faith in, and order to, our damaged juvenile justice system."

Eight first time offenders placed in Carbon probation program

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Eight first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record will be wiped clean. If a person fails to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

AMG's Hometown office expands

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Medical services added to meet growing health care needs of the community

The Alliance Medical Group's (AMG) Family Practice office, located at 231 Claremont Avenue (Rt. 309) in Hometown, announces the expansion of services to meet the growing health care needs of the community. The newly expanded services include adult and pediatric care and an outpatient laboratory, in addition to diabetic care and education.

Dr. Cynthia Lubinsky, a Family Practice physician who also specializes in chronic wound care, has expanded her practice to the Alliance Medical Group's Hometown location in addition to her Hazleton office.

On this date

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

March 28, 1973

Lehighton Area High School's cheerleading team won their second straight Lehigh Valley title during the third annual LV cheerleading competition held in the Lehighton High School gym before more than 700 persons.

Lehighton's team, coached by Miss Sharon Rudy, who is also girls' physical education and girls' basketball coach, have won the honors twice – 1972 and this year.

Members of the team are Chris Osmola, Noni Diehl, Susan Bennett, Clair Levine, Susan Lehigh, Kim Kuntz and Deanna Koons.

Chili Challenge at Jerusalem UCC

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Winners in the Chili Challenge held Saturday at Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Trachsville, were, from right, Matthew Binder who also placed first last year, Kim Williams and Steph Anderson. A small chili bowl was the first place award. Second and third places received medals.
Winners in the Chili Challenge held Saturday at Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Trachsville, were, from right, Matthew Binder who also placed first last year, Kim Williams and Steph Anderson. A small chili bowl was the first place award. Second and third places received medals.

ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Heroic

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Crew members, savvy passengers save flight

If you're on a flight and there's a midair emergency whereby things quickly spin out of control, it's good to know there's a professional crew trained to make split-second decisions, as well as some strong, alert passengers on board willing to help.

That happened early this morning when Clayton Osborn, the captain of a JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas, became distraught and had to be restrained in what the airline simply termed a "medical situation." For those aboard the plane, however, the actual circumstances that transpired were much more dire.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Seniors met March 22 at the Tamaqua Community Center with 69 members in attendance. Vice President Nancy Gerber conducted the business meeting and offered her weekly report.

Rose Vallee provided the invocation, entitled "You're Always Here." Secretary Joan Anne Garber presented the minutes from the previous meeting. Betty Connely and Jane Springer are recuperating at their respective homes following recent hospitalization. Sympathy was extended to the families of Margaret Matsago and Irene Hoppes.

Lehighton MS book swap slated March 30

Wednesday, March 28, 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.

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.

Bach and Handel Choraleand festival orchestra willpresent Passion/Easter Concert

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Bach and Handel Chorale will present its 2012 Passion/Easter Concert on Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m. at historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St. in Jim Thorpe.

Joining the 42-member chorale is a 21-member festival orchestra and four world renowned guest soloists.

The concert features compositions, orchestrations and piano pieces composed and performed by founder, artistic director and conductor Randall Douglas Perry.

New pastor

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Pastor Bill Ellsworth and his wife, Shirley, of Schnecksville came to Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Trachsville, in mid-October. He was a chaplain at Phoebe Home in Allentown. Ellsworth said it is different from pastoring a church because he had to be available 24 hours a day. Phoebe has 450 residents and 450 on staff. After retirement there he spent time pastoring at Faith United in Allentown, Christ Church in Jim Thorpe and St. Paul's Church in Summit Hill.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Healing service

Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville will hold a healing service at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28

Guest speaker

West End Rotary will host Arthur Piccione as the club's speaker on Thursday, March 29. His topic will be: Building Bridges.

Monroe CWU

Church Women United of Monroe County will hold a business meeting at 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 30, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stroudsburg.

For more information contact Betty at (570) 629-0649.

Egg hunt