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March 2012

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

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.

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.

Carbon woman given six months in jail for DUI

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a minimum of six months in the county prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) and a related count.

Donna Marie Demarco, 48, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded guilty to DUI and driving while under suspension-DUI related. She was arrested on April 13, 2011, along Behrens Road in Penn Forest Township after being involved in a one vehicle crash.

Slatington woman facing charges

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Slatington woman is facing charges following a domestic incident that occurred in the borough.

Police said about 4:33 p.m. on Monday, March 26, they responded to 426 W. Franklin St., for a domestic incident.

As a result of an investigation police charged Jackie Sugat, 38, of that address, with simple assault and harassment.

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