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March 2012

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.

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.