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March 2012

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.

Final plans on Nosal property approved

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Although the final disposition of the expected auction last weekend of the Nosal property was not known to Mahoning Township supervisors at Monday night's supervisors meeting, the township's officials voted 4-0 with Supervisor Frank Ruch absent to provide final approval signatures on the plans provided the township receive a final receipt indicating payment for the EDU's as required for the final condition on the plans.

'Bully'

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Teen uses petition drive to influence film ratings

When Katy Butler, a high school student from Michigan, heard that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) gave the award-winning documentary about school bullying an "R" rating because of questionable language, she was outraged and decided to do something about it.

Does a white coat raise your blood pressure?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Q. What is white coat syndrome?

If you suffer from white coat syndrome, your blood pressure jumps as soon as a doctor or nurse approaches you. If your doctor knows this, he or she may recommend a home blood-pressure monitor or ambulatory monitor that is worn around the clock and takes your pressure every half-hour.

Blood pressure tends to spike when you are excited by an emotion such as anger or fear. But high blood pressure known as hypertension is very sneaky. It's called the silent killer, because it usually has no symptoms.

Child injured in Schuylkill crash

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

An 18-month of child was injured when the car he was a passenger in was involved in a crash and the safety seat he was in was not properly fastened. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash occurred about 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the intersection of SR209 and S. Hand St., in Tower City.

Troopers said Earl E. Grimm, 37, of Williamstown, was northbound on 209 driving a 2011 Nissan Rogue, while Jaclyn E. Astrove, 21, of Tower City, was on S. Hand St., in a 1999 Chrysler Town & Country, stopped for a stop sign at the intersection.

Palmerton seeks National Historic distinction

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Could Palmerton be designated as an National Historic District in time for the celebration of its Centennial later this year?

Members of the Palmerton Area Historical Society certainly hope so, and met last week to discuss the borough's possible inclusion.

A crowd of about 20 attended the meeting in the Knight's Gallery on the second floor of the Palmerton Area Library.

Driver falls asleep, crashes her car

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Lackawanna County driver fell asleep at the wheel of her car and crashed along Interstate 81 in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 10:20 a.m. on Monday, March 26.

Trooeprs said Diane A. Poindexter, 62, of Peckville, was operating a 2008 Kia Rondo southbound when she fell asleep.

The car went onto the shoulder and impacted with a stone embankment. The car then flipped over onto its roof.

Poindexter and passenger, Corey A. Poindexter, 39, also of Peckville, were not injured.

Argall supports measure to exempt Pennsylvania from ObamaCare Provision

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) voted to remove the requirement to purchase health insurance under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during today's Senate Appropriations Committee meeting.

Change in garbage collection in FT

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Franklin Township residents whose garbage collection day is Friday, will see a change in collection date due to the Good Friday holiday. Pick up has been changed to Thursday, April 5.

Fact sheet of National Historic Places

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of properties recognized for their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture. The National Register Program was established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archaeological resources. National Register properties include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects.

Old jail gets a new roof

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Robert Benjamin, an employee of Joe Mitzen Building and Remodeling, wields a hammer to install new sofitting in preparation for installing a new roof on Lansford's original council house/jailhouse at Patterson and Walnut streets. The two-story structure was built in 1877. Members of Lansford Alive successfully applied for a $20,000 state Department of Community and Economic Development Legislative Initiative grant, secured by former state Rep./House Speaker Keith McCall, to buy and restore the old stone building.

Brockton driver facing charges

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Brockton driver is facing charges, including driving under the influence (DUI) following a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26, in the 100 block of S. Reeser Street, in New Ringgold.

State police at Frackville said troopers responded to a one-vehicle crash at the time and location stated. The driver of the crashed vehicle was identified as Leann Irene Baddick, 31, and her passenger, Krystal Ann Murphy, 31, of Port Carbon. Neither were injured in the crash and both were not wearing seat belts, troopers noted.

Red Cross holds blood drive in memory of Carl Bittner

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Carl Bittner
Carl Bittner

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in memory of local area teen Carl Bittner from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 at Weatherly Area High School, 601 6th Street, Weatherly.

Carl Bittner, 17, had a way about him that could make even the grumpiest person smile. His big heart and aptitude for learning could only be eclipsed by his desire to help people.

During his high school career, Carl assisted with the students in the special education classes, which fostered many diversified friendships extending throughout the town of Weatherly.

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.