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March 2012

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

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.

ON THIS DATE

Monday, March 26, 2012

March 26, 1985 Frank Shook tosses a two-hitter and Lehighton rallies from an early deficit to post a 5-2 victory over Jim Thorpe. Shook allows just two singles and a pair of unearned runs but trailed 2-0 after four innings. The Indians, coached by Tom Schaeffer, come back with four two-out runs in the fifth to take the lead for good. Brian Scherer delivers a two-run single while Scott Freeman also chips in with an RBI hit. The winners also receive a run-scoring hit off the bat of Todd Broadt.