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March 2012

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)

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.

ON THIS DATE

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.

Tamaqua Citizenship nominees sought by Chamber

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
TN ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS In this file photo taken in 2000, Joseph M. Plasko of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce displays the annual Tamaqua Citizenship Award. Plasko passed away last March. The award is now named in his honor.
TN ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS In this file photo taken in 2000, Joseph M. Plasko of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce displays the annual Tamaqua Citizenship Award. Plasko passed away last March. The award is now named in his honor.

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 49th annual tribute to volunteerism and community spirit. The person selected will be only the second to earn what is now called the Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Citizenship Award.

The award will be presented at the 62nd Annual Chamber/TIDE Dinner to be held Wednesday, April 25, at the Tamaqua Community Center.

Troopers report on arrests made

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge reported on the following arrests made by troopers.

Troopers said Emmanuel Delcastillo, 21, of Albrightsville, is facing charges of simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief.

Troopers allege that Delcastillo went to 112 Lower Notch Drive, Albrightsville, in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County, the residence of Mishaira Collazo, and kicked in the front door. He then shoved Collazo to the ground and proceeded to strike her in the head and kicked her several times in the body. The incident occurred about 2:13 p.m. on March 13, troopers said.

Carbon crash probed

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a one vehicle crash in Carbon County over the weekend. It was one of two crashes investigated by troopers.

Troopers said Timothy H. O'Brien, 23, of Lehighton, was driving a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta northbound on SR903 in Penn Forest Township, about 7:11 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, when he struck a deer with his vehicle that had entered the road in front of him.

O'Brien and his passenger, Paul D. Weirich, 25, of Coaldale, were not injured. The vehicle had to be towed.

Trinity LC offers Lenten service

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton provides its final midweek Lenten series asking "Good God Questions." The question to be examined Wednesday, March 28, at the noon and 7 p.m. services is "What happens after we die"? A soup lunch will follow the noon service; a soup and sandwich supper will precede the evening service at 6 p.m. All are invited to attend. Call the church at (610) 377-4303 for further questions.

Expert shares his Civil War interest at Slatington Library

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Don Eckhart was dressed in the uniform of a Zouave Civil War soldier when he presented a program on the war at the Slatington Library.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Don Eckhart was dressed in the uniform of a Zouave Civil War soldier when he presented a program on the war at the Slatington Library.

Donald Eckhart was introduced as an in-house speaker as he talks about his collection of Civil War artifacts. He volunteers at the library. Eckhart had been seen exhibiting at the Walnutport Canal Festival and the library took advantage of his knowledge in a program on March 20

He collected books on the Civil War and read voraciously in preparation for his talk. Many of the books were donated to the library which gives it one of the most complete local collections on the war.

Eckhart called his program "Diverse and sundry insights to the Civil War."

NW's Perry shuts down Tamaqua

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
bob ford/times news Adam Bates of Tamaqua dives back safely as Northwestern first baseman Matt Maher awaits the throw.
bob ford/times news Adam Bates of Tamaqua dives back safely as Northwestern first baseman Matt Maher awaits the throw.

With strong winds blowing across Northwestern's baseball field, any fly balls to the outfield could turn into extra bases.

Tiger pitcher Rich Perry allowed two first-inning hits, including one wind-aided single to right field. Those hits resulted in an early jam for Perry. The junior got out of it with a pair of strike outs, however, then retired 12 of the next 13 batters in a five-inning, 11-0 Northwestern win over Tamaqua.

Colts pull away from Bombers

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Marian baseball team maintained its patience in the batter's box and used it to its advantage.

Palmerton allowed its inability to focus over the duration of the game get the best of it in the end.

The result was a 13-3 non-league victory for the Colts on Monday afternoon.

After five innings of play, it looked like the non-league contest might come down to the final out between the Colts and the Bombers because only two runs seperated the teams.

On this date

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 27, 1965

A telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Margaret Moyer, West Front St., Jim Thorpe, confirmed the death of her son, Airman First Class Ellis McKay, in the crash of a four-engine C130E transport at Alencon, France. McKay was one of seven U.S. servicemen who died when the plane struck a high-tension wire during a storm. McKay, 23, graduated from the Jim Thorpe Area High School in 1960 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in May of that year.

Palmerton police log

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Harassment

Criminal charges were filed against Ryan Rehrig, 32, of 284 Delaware Avenue, 2nd Floor, Palmerton, for simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment, resisting arrest, and terroristic threats. The incident occurred on March 20 at 10:13 p.m. in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue.

An 11-year-old Bowmanstown male was cited for harassment. The violation occurred on Feb. 1 at 1:40 p.m. in the 200 block of Franklin Avenue.

Disorderly conduct