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March 2012

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.

Lehighton news

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kid's Club

Kid's Club activities will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, March 31, at People's E.C. Church, 206 Wagner St., in Franklin Township. There will be Bible stories, games, crafts, snacks and an Easter egg hunt. Children ages 5-12 are invited and need not be a Kid's Club member to take part in activities.

Beltzville Lions

Beltzville Lions Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School Hall.

Anyone interested in learning more about Lionism is welcome to attend.

Domestic incident

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was cited following a domestic incident. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred at the Tremont Train Station apartments, at 51 N. Crescent St., in Tremont, about 11:52 a.m. on March 15.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

March 28, 1955 Palmerton's all-state basketball player Jim Oravec participates in the annual LeRoy Katz Memorial game in the Bethlehem High gym. The contest pits the Bethlehem City League all-stars against the Lehigh Valley Scholastic all-stars. The Blue Bombers' standout hits on five field goals and scores 10 points but his squad drops a 98-85 decision.

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.