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March 2012

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.

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
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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
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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.

Luzerne driver facing DUI count

Monday, March 26, 2012

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

State police at Fern Ridge said Khalif Shaheed Epps, 33, of Plymouth, was stopped about 1:15 a.m. on Friday, March 23, after being observed driving erratically along SR940 near Keiplers Lane, in Tobyhanna Township.

He was transported to the barracks for a datamaster DMT test and later released.

The DUI charge will be filed, troopers added.