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March 2012

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.

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.

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.

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

Carbon to participate in statewide weather emergency exercise

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Carbon County will again participate in a statewide weather emergency exercise at the 911 Communications Center in Nesquehoning on Thursday, March 29.

This exercise is part of Weather Emergency Preparedness Week, which was adopted by the Carbon County Commissioners during last week's meeting. Weather Emergency Preparedness Week is March 26 through March 30 and held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and U.S. National Weather Service's programs that help prepare citizens and elected officials for severe weather related dangers.

Video cameras to be installed at new multipurpose turf field

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Northern Lehigh School District plans to install video cameras at its new multipurpose turf field.

The district will accept bids for a close-circuit video surveillance to be positioned in the Bulldog Athletic Stadium until 2 p.m. Friday, April 20.

A mandatory prebid conference is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, at 1 p.m. in the District Office, 1201 Shadow Oaks Lane, Slatington. A project overview and stadium tour will be conducted for all prebid attendees at that time.

Godly love

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

Pastor Jim Cavallero, of the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua, hugs a teddy bear as he jokes with friends during a recent ACS fundraising event held at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville.

One gives to three

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lisa McLaughlin of Brodheadsville was one of the donors at the Western Pocono Lions Club sponsored blood drive held at Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville for Miller-Keystone Blood Center. Her gift of one unit of blood can impact three different people, explained Patti Serfass, Team Leader, at this drive. The blood can be separated in to red cells, plasma and platelets. The separation is done as to the needs of hospitals which utilize Miller Keystone, said Serfass, who serves as team leader at both blood drives and fixed sites.

Will you 'Friends' this movie?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"Friends with Kids" is "When Harry Met Sally" (1989) meets the "Friends" TV show (1994-2004) meets a comedy by Judd Apatow.

It's also "Bridesmaids" Post-Graduate since four actors in leading roles appeared in that movie.

In "Friends with Kids," Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt, who wrote and directed the film) and Jason (Adam Scott) have been best friends for most of their lives. They see their married New York City friends' lives go from marital bliss to martial law when the babies arrive.

Deadline nears for BDWN Writer's Conference

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ann Boyle, author and freelance writer, will share her experience and knowledge as keynote speaker at the Black Diamond Writers' Network third annual Write it Right writers' conference. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce Building, 91 S. Progress Ave., Pottsville.

The day's events will also include the following sessions:

Ÿ "The Agent-Writer Relationship: Where Do We Go From Here?" presented by Boyle

Eighth annual Boyer Bowl set in Slatington

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The eight annual Boyer Bowl, Bowling for a Cause, will be held at the Slatington Bowling Center on Saturday, April 7. Session one is from 6-8:30 p.m. Session two is from 9-11:30 p.m.

Anyone interested may sign up at the Northern Lehigh High School or Northern Lehigh Middle School main offices, at Boyer's Hardware Store, or contact Chris Craig at (610) 730-0688, or Macgoofy13@gmail.com, or Justin Maurer at (610) 554-8597, or goldboy15@aol.com.

All proceeds go to the Asher F. Boyer Endowment Fund for future education.

Storm ripoffs

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Jonathan Paul Williams, a contractor from North Wales, hides his face as he runs a gauntlet of incensed homeowners who claim he defrauded them over repairs to their Tamaqua and Rush Township homes.
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Jonathan Paul Williams, a contractor from North Wales, hides his face as he runs a gauntlet of incensed homeowners who claim he defrauded them over repairs to their Tamaqua and Rush Township homes.

Contractor to face trial on charges he defrauded local homeowners

A Montgomery County man will face trial in Schuylkill County court after allegedly defrauding several local homeowners following last May's destructive hail storm.

Lansford to sweep streets

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lansford borough has released its street sweeping schedule so folks will know when to move their cars. Streets are swept from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please check the signs on poles every day.

Friday, March 30: Patterson, Ridge and Bertsch streets, north side; Oak Street.

Monday, April 2: Patterson, Ridge and Bertsch streets, south side; Andrewsville and Front Street.

Tuesday, April 3: Abbott Street, north side; Water Street, both sides; Springgarden Street and Snyder Avenue, both sides.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 9:24 p.m. on March 21 at the intersection of Jonas and Merwinsburg roads, in Chestnuthill Township.

State police at Fern Ridge said Gerard Vanspanje, 50, of Kunkletown, was operating a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on Jonas Road and failed to properly stop for a posted stop sign at the intersection.

He traveled off the shoulder and struck a boulder along the berm.

Stauffer-Mead

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Joseph Mead and Kelly Stauffer
Joseph Mead and Kelly Stauffer

The parents of Joseph Mead and Kelly Stauffer have announced their engagement.

The bride is the daughter of Elmer and Annmarie Stauffer of Nesquehoning. She is also the granddaughter of Clifford and Floretta Stauffer of Weatherly and Samuel and Jennie Citrano of Mahoning Valley.

She is a 2006 graduate of Marian Catholic High School and a 2010 graduate of McCann's School of Business and Technology, where she received an associate of specialized business in massage therapy. She is employed by Millbrook Homecare.

Carbon GOP to hold egg hunt in Lehighton

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A free Easter egg hunt will be held at the Lehighton Community Park on Saturday, March 31, at noon.

Children ages 0-11 are invited. 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.

The event is sponsored by the Carbon County GOP, Alfies Pizza, Diggity Dog and Castle Grill Restaurant.

2 life flighted after crash on No. 9 hill

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lansford Police Officer Robert Shubeck looks over the totaled sedan, which rolled over multiple times down the 30-foot embankment.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lansford Police Officer Robert Shubeck looks over the totaled sedan, which rolled over multiple times down the 30-foot embankment.

Two males were life flighted this morning to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, after their sedan overshot a turn, struck a sign and rolled down an embankment located on the No. 9 hill between Coaldale and Lansford.

The incident, which occurred around 7:30 a.m., closed SR209 for about two hours while emergency personnel and police responded.

Firefighters on scene said the first male crawled out, while the other one had to be extricated.

Tea Party wants complete repeal of ObamaCare

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

As the Supreme Court of the United States wraps up oral arguments today on the constitutionality of ObamaCare, various area conservative and Tea Party leaders made clear that they are not relying solely on the court's verdict to undo the extremely controversial and increasingly unpopular law.

"The U.S. Supreme Court is not the only remedy for deconstructing this disastrous piece of legislation," said Independence Hall Tea Party Association president, Teri Adams. "Even though we are confidant that the court will overturn the law in part or in full, we will not rest.

Lucky piggy bank

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

Lyle Mantz of Summit Hill, helps his granddaughter, Liana Jones, 2, put a ticket in a bag in hopes of winning a piggy bank during a recent event held at the Summit Hill Heritage Center.

Phone book recycling ace

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Thomas Greco, fourth grade student at Panther Valley Elementary School, was awarded a plaque for bringing in the most phone books to the school. Thomas brought 250 books for recycling through the county's program. On his left is Duane Dellecker, Carbon County's coodinator and to his right is school faculty member, Bob Thomas who was in charge of the program at the school.

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.