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March 2012

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.

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.

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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.

Pocono arrests

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on the following arrests.

Bryan Smogowicz, 23, of Saylorsburg, was cited for public drunkenness following an incident at Long Pond Road and Winston Way, in Long Pond, Tobyhanna Township, on Saturday, March 24, about 3:30 a.m. Police said they stopped to investigate a suspicious vehicle whose driver fled the scene. A passenger was observed walking away from the vehicle. He was identified as Smogowicz. He was placed under arrest for public drunkenness and placed in the county prison. The driver has not been located, police added.

Tamaqua man cited

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Tamaqua man has been cited after he was observed drinking alcohol at the North/Middle Ward Playground.

John Buckingham, 21, of 35 Lafayette St., admitted to drinking in the park at 6:39 p.m. on March 12.

He was cited for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

Student of the month

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eighth-grader Ava Lowin, center, was honored as the February Student of the Month from the Penn-Kidder campus of the Jim Thorpe School District by the Penn-Kidder Lions Club. Club member Kenneth Cathcart, right, presented her with a certificate at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Also present at the meeting were Ava's sister, Mia, front, and parents Janet and Michael, rear.

March student of the month

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eighth-grader Sean McDermott was honored as the March Student of the Month from the Penn-Kidder campus of the Jim Thorpe School District by the Penn-Kidder Lions Club. Club member Kenneth Cathcart, right, presented her with a certificate at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Also present at the meeting were Sean's sister Cailin, front, and parents Joseph and Annamarie, rear.

JT school board appoints members to citizens' advisory committee

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

At Monday evening's regular Jim Thorpe Area School Board meeting, the Board of Directors appointed members to the Citizens' Advisory Committee.

The members appointed were: John Ciavarella, Barbara Franzosa, Richard Karper, Theresa Kattner, TJ McKeon, Kris Newbern, Robert Schaninger, Bronson Ford, and Brian Schwartz. Nancy Fields was also appointed as an alternate member. There will also be one school board member on the committee.

4-H Livestock Club schedule meeting

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, March 28 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the East Penn Social Hall, 403 Blue Mountain Road in Ashfield.

The newly elected officers are as follows: Aubin Sevrin, president; Alyssa Wentz, vice president; Carissa Sevrin, secretary; David Magyar, treasurer; and Courtney Getz, news reporter. The 4-H program is open to youth between the ages of 8 and 19 as of Jan. 1, 2012.

4-H is a youth program of the Penn State University.

Lions present check to JT Little League

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Penn-Kidder Lions recently presented a check for $411 to the Jim Thorpe Little League for the upkeep of their fields and program. Presenting the check, from left, are Kenneth Cathcart, Cynthia Kern, JTLL President Brian Schwartz, Nancy DaCosta and Manny DaCosta.

Despite pleas, school year will begin before Labor Day

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Robert Coleman, West End Fair Association's assistant treasurer, makes another plea for a Pleasant Valley School District post Labor Day opening, bringing with him 12 members of the WEF board for support, at the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors' meeting.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Robert Coleman, West End Fair Association's assistant treasurer, makes another plea for a Pleasant Valley School District post Labor Day opening, bringing with him 12 members of the WEF board for support, at the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors' meeting.

After several public pleas to Pleasant Valley Area School District's board of directors for a post Labor Day opening of school, the West End Fair Association and the Coalition for a Post Labor Day Opening gave it the old college try one more time at the March 22 board of directors meeting. They were shot down with the answer of "No" to a 2012-2013 school opening after Labor Day with a vote of 6-3. Tom Murphy, Harvey Frable, MiChelle Palmer, H. Charles Hoffman, Russ Gould, Sue Kresge voted "no." Dominic Sacci, James Spinola and Steve Borger voted "yes."

Men of Marian Auction slated for April 14-15

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Over $20,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to lucky supporters of the Men of Marian's 22nd Annual Chinese Auction, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15 at Marian High School.

Sought: "The World's Greatest Teacher"

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Every now and again a special educator comes along who is able to make a lasting impact on a student.

With that very thought in mind, Reading Escapades is conducting a writing contest open to everyone for "The World's Greatest Teacher".

The contest is a chance to thank that special teacher, and have them noticed to let them know how special they are, according to Christine Allen, proprietor.

Argall Endorsed by Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

TAMAQUA - The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation today announced their endorsement of Dave Argall for State Senate citing his commitment to helping to restore protection for human life.

Argall stated his appreciation of the group's endorsement.

Nesquehoning man placed in special state program

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Nesquehoning man, who pleaded guilty to drug charges, was placed on probation by a Schuylkill County judge in a special state correctional facility program.

Michael Robert Bruno, 35, of 105 E. Catawissa St., pleaded guilty last Jan. 1 to two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of communication facililty and possession of a controlled substance. The offenses occurred in Tamaqua.

Marriage licenses

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Schuylkill County

Tatevik Muradyan and Michael A. Sakash, 451 E. Broad St., Tamaqua.

Loures V. Galindo and Alexis S. Pena, 513 Washington St., Tamaqua.

Five cited in Tamaqua

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Five people were cited after a disturbance in Tamaqua on March 21.

Police were dispatched to the area of 27 Center St. at 9:30 p.m. for a reported large fight in progress. Officers did find a large crowd at the scene.

Following an investigation, Ashley Bynon, 18, of Tamaqua, was cited for harassment. Charged with disorderly conduct were: Nicholas Garolle, 21, of Mahanoy City; Christine King, 33, Melanie Kropp, 19, and Alexandria Sienkiewicz, 19, all of Tamaqua.

The victims were identified as Dorothy Molion, of 27 Center St., and her daughter.

From prize to gift

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tim and Fran Stahl, who won the large $1,000 cash donation during Sunday's ACS Chinese Auction, surprised organizers when they donated $500 of it back to the Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Pictured from left are Fran Stahl, Tim Stahl and event co-chair MaryAnn Delaney.

Indians, 'Dawgs get baseball, softball wins

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Chey Bates slides in to second base safely as Northwestern Lehigh's Lauren Horner takes a late throw. The Tigers kept the Lady Raiders from crossing home plate, however, and rolled to a 10-0 non-league win.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Chey Bates slides in to second base safely as Northwestern Lehigh's Lauren Horner takes a late throw. The Tigers kept the Lady Raiders from crossing home plate, however, and rolled to a 10-0 non-league win.

Lehighton and Northern Lehigh picked up baseball and softball wins in non-league action on Monday.

Elsewhere, Northwestern also triumphed in softball and girls soccer.

BASEBALL

Northern Lehigh

-Jim Thorpe

Northern Lehigh held Jim Thorpe scoreless for the last five innings of the ball game en route to a 5-1 victory.

Pitcher Lucas Pierce gave up just one run in four innings of work along with collecting two hits for the Bulldogs. Trevor Yashur also had two hits and a stolen base.

Nicholas Montenero had two of the four hits for the Olympians.

Heritage Hill man celebrates 90 years

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Daniel T. Novitsky
Daniel T. Novitsky

Daniel T. Novitsky, a resident of Heritage Hill in Weatherly, recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

He was born on March 23, 1922 in Hazleton. He graduated from Hazleton High School in 1938.

During World War II Dan was in the U.S. Army 30th Infantry Division, where he calculated artillery targets for 105 mm howitzers.

He was part of the Omaha Beach invasion, and fought through France and Belgium. As honor for his service, he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Dan was married for 61 years to Anna (Brazzo) Novitsky, until her death in 2007.

Horizontal photography

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Rachael Paisley, 15, of Tamaqua, lies on the hard concrete to get the photo she wants during a recent Tamaqua Girl Scouts event held at the Hometown Farmers Market.

American Red Cross bloodmobile in Tamaqua

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be held Wednesday at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. Hours will be from 1 to 6 p.m.

Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health is eligible to donate blood.

Presenting donors will be eligible to enter a vacation giveaway to either Myrtle Beach, S.C., or Hilton Head, S.C.

This visit is being sponsored by Professional Massage Therapy of Tamaqua.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit the website at www.redcrossblood.org.

Local Vietnam veterans celebrate 38th anniversary of the end of the war

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Judge Steve Serfass was the guest speaker of the 38th Anniversary Celebration of the end of the Vietnam War by members of the Vietnam Veterans of Carbon County. To Serfass' right is Harry J. Wynn III, master of ceremonies.
Judge Steve Serfass was the guest speaker of the 38th Anniversary Celebration of the end of the Vietnam War by members of the Vietnam Veterans of Carbon County. To Serfass' right is Harry J. Wynn III, master of ceremonies.

Vietnam Veterans of Carbon County celebrated the 38th anniversary of the ending of the war in Vietnam with an impressive ceremony on Sunday afternoon in the courtyard of the Lehighton American Legion Post 314.

Taking part in the program were representatives of all veterans organizations within the county.

Returning veterans of the Vietnam War, didn't have welcoming parades and Americans seemed to shun, if not denigrate Americans who went to Vietnam. Very little was done to aid returning veterans and their loved ones who needed assistance in adjusting.

Tamaqua pool passes

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thanks to the generosity of the John E. Morgan Foundation, residents of the Tamaqua Area School District will have the opportunity to enjoy the H.D. Buehler Memorial Pool at a discount rate. As last year, there will not be family passes, just $10 individual passes for the season. The cost for a pass for non school district residents will be $50 each.

Applications will be available as of April 2 at Tamaqua Borough Hall, 320 E. Broad St. Anyone who returns their application to Tamaqua Borough Hall before April 30 is guaranteed to have their pass before opening day.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 27, 1999 Northern Lehigh's Brandon Leslie opens the season in grand style as he throws a no-hitter to lead the Bulldogs to an 8-0 win over Panther Valley. In Leslie's seven innings of work, he strikes out 13 batters while walking just one. Tim Churetta supplies the offense with three hits, one of them a double, and two RBIs. The winners, coached by Frank Carazo, also receive a pair of hits from Dale Marques.

PSSA exams become graduation requirement in JT district

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board adopted the 11th grade PSSA math and reading tests as a graduation requirement, starting with the current 11th grade class.

The school district created and updated an improvement plan to help boost PSSA scores. The district had also been discussing and working on a plan for the possibility of 11th grade PSSA reading and math tests as a graduation requirement.