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March 2012

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

Lansford Easter egg hunt slated Saturday

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Improvement Committee of Lansford Alive will hold a Community Easter Egg at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Lansford Swimming Pool grounds. A rain date is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, April 1. All children up to age 10 from the community of Lansford are invited to attend.

Warrant, Firehouse, L.A. Guns perform Friday at Penn's Peak

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Warrant is one of three rock bands which will be in concert Friday night at Penn's Peak. The music mayhem gets underway at 8 o'clock.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Warrant is one of three rock bands which will be in concert Friday night at Penn's Peak. The music mayhem gets underway at 8 o'clock.

Friday night at Penn's Peak, the metal bands Warrant, Firehouse, and L.A. Guns will be joining for a triple-header concert.

The music mayhem gets underway at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $24 in advance and $29 at the door.

Warrant, which has had numerous songs on the Billboard charts in the 80s and 90s, will headline the show.

Steven Sweet, the original drummer of the band, assured all those hits will be done at the Penn's Peak show.

Hazle Twp. man cited in Tamaqua

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tamaqua police have cited a Hazle Township man after a criminal mischief incident in the borough on March 12.

Wayne Bachert was observed vandalizing two vehicles owned by Ryan Oldt, of 231 Market St., at 8:58 p.m. that day. The vehicles were parked near Oldt's home.

The victim caught Bachert in the act and a confrontation took place. Both parties were wrestling on the ground when officers arrived.

Bachert has been charged with criminal mischief and assault.

Arrests reported

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on the following arrests.

Troopers said James Robert Reardon, of 161 Pottsville St., Cressona, is facing a charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly throwing a cold cup of coffee on his mother, Dorothy Jenkins, at their residence during an argument. The incident occurred about 4:30-4:40 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.

Prepping for Christmas

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS It is never too early to start preparing for the Christmas season. That is what Frank Fabrizio of Brockton is doing at the Depot Square Park in Tamaqua. Fabrizio, who puts up all the Christmas lights at the park every year, wanted to make his light display larger for the upcoming season. With the help of friend Tony Fannock of Tamaqua, Fabrizio used a ditch witch to bury and lay hundreds of feet of PVC pipe and over 1,000 feet of wire. Each tree in the park is being connected separately to a specially made control box. Fabrizio, who has decorated the park since 2007, estimates that when he is finished, each tree in the park will light up in unison or separately; and to any color scheme he chooses. Fannock, left, and Fabrizio lay hundreds of feet of PVC pipe to hide the wires that lead to each individual tree at the Depot Square Park.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS It is never too early to start preparing for the Christmas season. That is what Frank Fabrizio of Brockton is doing at the Depot Square Park in Tamaqua. Fabrizio, who puts up all the Christmas lights at the park every year, wanted to make his light display larger for the upcoming season. With the help of friend Tony Fannock of Tamaqua, Fabrizio used a ditch witch to bury and lay hundreds of feet of PVC pipe and over 1,000 feet of wire. Each tree in the park is being connected separately to a specially made control box. Fabrizio, who has decorated the park since 2007, estimates that when he is finished, each tree in the park will light up in unison or separately; and to any color scheme he chooses. Fannock, left, and Fabrizio lay hundreds of feet of PVC pipe to hide the wires that lead to each individual tree at the Depot Square Park.

It is never too early to start preparing for the Christmas season. That is what Frank Fabrizio of Brockton is doing at the Depot Square Park in Tamaqua. Fabrizio, who puts up all the Christmas lights at the park every year, wanted to make his light display larger for the upcoming season. With the help of friend Tony Fannock of Tamaqua, Fabrizio used a ditch witch to bury and lay hundreds of feet of PVC pipe and over 1,000 feet of wire. Each tree in the park is being connected separately to a specially made control box.

Environmental program is set

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center (CCEEC) will host a program on the environmental impact of cosmetics, cleaners, laundry aids and similar products on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m.

"Read the Label! The environmental and the products we buy" will be presented by Becky Wollett-Schmick, who will also display alternative products and ideas that have little or no environmental impact.

The benefits of listing on National Register

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture.

Benefits of listing on the National Register

Cultural

Ÿ Designation enhances community self esteem

Ÿ Fosters respect and appreciation of the community's heritage

Ÿ Documents historic resources, such as buildings, structures, statues and significant objects in the historic and cultural life of the community

Schuylkill court news

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Divorces granted

Kate Katherine Lueders, 122 E. Biddle St., Coaldale, was granted a divorce from Darrell Lee Lueders, 209 Cherry St., Slatington. They were married Aug. 31, 2002.

Darwin W. Hoppes Jr, Windy Lane, Pine Grove, was granted a divorce from Tracee Hoppes, 32 Teepee Lane, New Ringgold. They were married June 15, 1985.

Danielle M. Porvaznik, 120 Orchard Road, Barnesville, was granted a divorce from Joseph M. Porvaznik, Shreevesport, La. They were married Dec. 18, 2004.

Seminar addresses domestic violence

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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Schuylkill Women in Crisis director Darla Troutman addresses a seminar hosted by the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship held at New Life Assembly of God Church on March 25. The seminar addressed county statistics and religious organizations' ability to recognize and effectively react to incidents of domestic violence. A third presentation addressed child abuse and dating violence. Troutman said that 150 acts of domestic violence were reported in Tamaqua last year.

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.

Driver facing DUI count in Schuylkill

Monday, March 26, 2012

A Mount Carmel driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Shaun Buehl, 31, was stopped about 6:25 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, along SR4030, in the area of Powder Mill Road, in Butler Township, for several motor vehicle code violations.

At the stop he was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests.

The DUI charge is pending test results, troopers said.