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March 2012

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

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."