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February 2013

Lehighton teen reaches out to children in Uganda

Thursday, February 28, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Above and below, a sampling of just some of the books created by students at Lehighton area middle and high schools. The books will be sent to Soroti, Uganda, where school supplies are limited and children are desperate to learn.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Above and below, a sampling of just some of the books created by students at Lehighton area middle and high schools. The books will be sent to Soroti, Uganda, where school supplies are limited and children are desperate to learn.

My name is Catrina Strubinger. I am only in 11th grade at Lehighton Area High School, but I am changing the education system of a third world country.

I created a nonprofit organization: Education Creations Across Nations (EducationCAN) that is achieving such a large task, one book at a time.

Slatington driver in Lehigh crash

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Slatington driver was involved in a crash in Lehigh County in which his vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer rig whose driver failed to stop for a stop sign. Upper Macungie Township police said the accident occurred about 1:14 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the intersection of Schantz Road and Industrial Boulevard.

Police said Mirel Mahmutovic, 27, of Chicago, Ill., was driving a rig on Schantz Road and failed to stop for a stop sign and struck a Hyundai sedan driven by Alexander Peters, 20, of Slatington.

A $20 million water park

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS An artist's rendering of what Blue Mountain Ski Area's Summit Splash water park in Lower Towamensing Township will look like once its completed. Groundbreaking for the $20 million park will take place April 1. The park is scheduled to be open in May of 2015.
Special to the TIMES NEWS An artist's rendering of what Blue Mountain Ski Area's Summit Splash water park in Lower Towamensing Township will look like once its completed. Groundbreaking for the $20 million park will take place April 1. The park is scheduled to be open in May of 2015.

Construction on Blue Mountain attraction a month away

Construction of Blue Mountain Ski Area's outdoor recreational water park is one month away.

Groundbreaking for the Summit Splash water park in Lower Towamensing Township will take place April 1.

Serfass Construction, of Allentown, was awarded the construction contract earlier this month.

The $20 million water park will be located in a Resort and Recreation Zoning District, adjacent to the ski area on about 20 acres of the 58-acre parcel at 1660 Blue Mountain Drive.

Two cited for drunkenness

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Two Monroe County men were cited for public drunkenness following an incident that occurred about 1:32 a.m. on Feb. 17 along SR940 in Poono Pines.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said at the time and date stated officers observed two men walking along the road and staggering. Both appeared to be intoxicated.

The two were identified as Gerald Gardner, 48, and Jeff Jones, 49, both of Pocono Lake. Police noted that prior to seeing them it was reported to them a male was observed lying on the road.

Palmerton news

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Historical society

The Palmerton Area Historical Society will hold a meeting on Monday, March 11. At the meeting, the group will observe the deadline for collecting the reservations for the May trip to the Asa Packer Mansion in Jim Thorpe.

Allegedly drives 75 mph in 35 mph zone

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Jim Thorpe man is facing numerous charges after he allegedly failed to stop when police tried to pull him over for traveling 75 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone.

The driver, after stopping his car, then reportedly fled on foot.

The incident happened at 10:51 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Packerton section of Mahoning Township, police said.

Steve Craigie, 28, has been charged with:

Ÿ fleeing or attempting to elude police officer (Felony 3)

Ÿ driving under the influence of alcohol (Misdemeanor)

Ÿ persistent disorderly conduct (Misdemeanor 3)

Driver facing DUI after crash

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 11:18 p.m. on Feb. 16, along Mountain Road at Pocono Road, in Mount Pocono.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said they responded to a crash in which the driver fled the scene on foot after a resident had advised her that police were en route.

Police found the vehicle involved in the front yard of 51 Mountain Road and followed footprints in freshly fallen snow.

Artwork on permanent display at Tamaqua Middle School

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Above, from left, Zoe Snyder, Grace Seibel and Mackenzie McVicker, members of the Class of 2017, stand next to a portion of their artwork. The section at right is made from ceramic tiles, which reflect the students' interpretation of Amish quilt styles.
Above, from left, Zoe Snyder, Grace Seibel and Mackenzie McVicker, members of the Class of 2017, stand next to a portion of their artwork. The section at right is made from ceramic tiles, which reflect the students' interpretation of Amish quilt styles.

Tamaqua Middle School students are leaving their mark on their alma mater.

"This class will be the only class to have a permanent art display at the school," said Kim Woodward, Tamaqua middle school art teacher. "These two projects were a culmination of over two years of dedication, talent and work."

The artwork, separated into three sections, consists of hundreds of 4-inch by 4-inch ceramic and canvas drawings done by every student of the class of 2017.

Museum cleaning

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Making room for renovations Volunteers, from left, Donnie Serfass, Dave Weston and Tamaqua Historical Society President Dale Freudenberger carefully move a glass display case out of the old bank vault.
Making room for renovations Volunteers, from left, Donnie Serfass, Dave Weston and Tamaqua Historical Society President Dale Freudenberger carefully move a glass display case out of the old bank vault.

New Tamaqua eatery to open in spring

Thursday, February 28, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Vonz Restaurant will open in Tamaqua this spring, offering American-type fare prepared by Yvonne Linton Sidella, a native of Georgia.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Vonz Restaurant will open in Tamaqua this spring, offering American-type fare prepared by Yvonne Linton Sidella, a native of Georgia.

When Tamaqua's newest restaurant opens in the spring, the menu will feature homespun, all-American favorites with regional specialties as a bonus.

"We'll have something for everyone" says owner Yvonne Linton Sidella, a native of Georgia.

Sidella will bring Southern hospitality and a flare for good cooking when she and husband Richard, a native of Auburn, open the doors at what will be called Vonz Restaurant, located in the 1874 Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Station.

AmericanCancer Society plans auction and bake sale

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The annual Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society Telethon Committee will hold a Chinese auction on Sunday, March 24 beginning at noon at Lakeside Ballroom, Route 54, Barnesville. There will be chances to win selective raffle prizes, 50/50 drawings, great food, fresh baked goods and candy, Polka Joe will perform from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and entertainment by Cody Scott.

Tamaqua scouts have a striking good time

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Ahn Thomas Griffin, 8, son of Michele and Thomas Griffin, shows his special bowling technique as fellow scouts look on.
Ahn Thomas Griffin, 8, son of Michele and Thomas Griffin, shows his special bowling technique as fellow scouts look on.

Enjoying time with family and friends, cub and boy scouts with Tamaqua Pack 777 spent time Tuesday evening showing off their skills on the lanes in Hometown. To join the scouts or for more information, call Boy/Cub Scout Master Scott Winterburn at (570) 527-2006 or visit the pack on Facebook. Steven Richardson, 4, pushes the bowling ball down a training ramp as mother Jackie and Terry cheer him on.

JT looking to fill chairman of the vacancy position

Thursday, February 28, 2013
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pat Handwerk (Center), of the Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas Committee, presented JT Mayor, Michael Sofranko (Left), and JT Police Chief, Joesph Schatz (Right), with a donation of $300 to help defray the cost of police services at the Olde Time Christmas Parade.
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pat Handwerk (Center), of the Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas Committee, presented JT Mayor, Michael Sofranko (Left), and JT Police Chief, Joesph Schatz (Right), with a donation of $300 to help defray the cost of police services at the Olde Time Christmas Parade.

Jim Thorpe Borough Council is looking to fill the Chairman of the Vacancy Board position. Council asked if any resident is interested in volunteering for this position to contact the Borough office.

The duty of the Chairman of the Vacancy Board is to break a tie vote if a council member has left; leaving an even number of council members, and council has a tie vote.

The position was previously filled by Curtis Jackson but Jackson resigned from the position when he was appointed to be an Emergency Management Coordinator.

Crashes probed

Thursday, February 28, 2013

State police at Lehighton reported on the following crashes investigated by troopers recently.

Weissport concerns

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Borough must be kept in loop on bridge project

Weissport borough officials have indicated they are a little nervous about the impending rehabilitation of the Thomas J. McCall bridge.

They have reason to be nervous.

When the bridge work occurs - possibly in 2014 - Route 209 and Route 443 traffic will be funneled through the tiny borough.

Weissport Borough Council has reportedly asked PennDOT about the possibility of placing a traffic light at intersection of Franklin and Bridge Street so residents can safely cross the road.

So far PennDOT hasn't responded.

Panther Valley Library plans March events

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, has a lot happening in March.

Ÿ Peter Rabbit is hiding in the library:

Children ages 2-6 are invited to visit the library weekly from March 1-28.

They must find Peter Rabbit's hiding place and complete an entry form.

All correct entries will be placed in a drawing to win Peter Rabbit and a story book.

Ÿ Shoot for a pie in the sky contest:

This program is for "tweens" ages 7-12 and teens ages 13-17.

Visit the library weekly between March 1-28.

Check out a book and read it.

Marriage licenses

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Carbon County

Michael Joseph Muick and Maryann Louise Hower, 12 W. Water St., Lansford.

Jason Clark Stroup and Lisa Kay Gable, 614 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

Joseph Donald Koch II and Valerie Ann Gombert, 116 S. Third St., Lehighton.

Bryan Thomas Berger and Desirae Allison Kline, 101 W. Ridge St., Nesquehoning.

Gavin Delbert Hawk and Yue Li, 2570 Stoney Ridge Rd., Palmerton.

David Alan Bobst and Kelly Ann Swartz, 213 N. Third St., Lehighton.

Rapid Response System presented to Nesquehoning council

Thursday, February 28, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jonathan Greiner, project manager, for GeoDecisions, presents the Rapid Response System to Nesquehoning Borough Council members and local residents Wednesday night. Seated from left are Councilmen Don Demarco and David Hawk.
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jonathan Greiner, project manager, for GeoDecisions, presents the Rapid Response System to Nesquehoning Borough Council members and local residents Wednesday night. Seated from left are Councilmen Don Demarco and David Hawk.

Jonathan Greiner, a representative from GeoDecisions out of Camp Hill, was on hand Wednesday night during the regular monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council to make a presentation on the firm's Rapid Response System.

This high-speed alert notification system is designed to deliver messages via phone, email or text to communities and municipalities in the event of emergencies such as flood, fire, power outages, water boil advisories, road closures or any other type of situation where information needs to be disseminated to the public as quickly as possible.

Applications now available for property tax/rent rebate program

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) has announced that forms for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for tax year 2012 are now available.Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2012. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.

Lehighton news

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Trinity happenings

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold First Saturday worship with Holy Communion at 5 p.m., March 2. The Rev. Michael Frost will preside.

The third Sunday in Lent worship with Holy Communion will be observed at 9 a.m. The Rev. Donald Hayn, interim pastor, presides. Coffee fellowship follows. Sunday School Power Hour begins at 10:15 a.m. for ages 3 through adult.

First Tuesday quiet Communion is observed 10 a.m. March 5.

Two Tamaqua residents among 22 to enter guilty pleas; sentenced

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Two Tamaqua residents were among 22 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Roccia Schuima III, 34, of 248 Brown St., possession of drug paraphernalia, placed on probation 12 months, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, and perform 10 hours community service. He was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Karl Harig, after responding to the residence for a drug overdose.

Polk Township news

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Salem St. Paul's

Salem-St. Paul's Lutheran Church's Pastor's Class for new members meets Sundays in April, from 9-10 a.m. Call the church office to register. New members will join Sunday, April 28.

First Communion Class for children age 5 and older and a parent is 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 23. Please call the church office to register.

The Lenten Wednesday service will be on March 13. Volunteers are needed to help make soup and desserts for the Lenten soup supper. Sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board by the office.

Safe Haven Pet Rescue

Construction to require both lanes of I-81 to be merged for months

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Southbound traffic will then merge back onto the northbound lanes at exit 134, just before the Delano exit.
Southbound traffic will then merge back onto the northbound lanes at exit 134, just before the Delano exit.

Major construction work on Interstate 81 in Delano Township will require single lane conditions for work related to the ongoing Interstate 81 Bridge Rehabilitation Project. Starting as soon as tomorrow, the southbound lane of Interstate 81 just past the McAdoo exit (Exit 138) will be shifted to the northbound side. Southbound traffic will be shifted back to the southbound lanes at the Delano exit (Exit 134). PennDOT encourages drivers to use caution and obey posted speed limits throughout the work zone.

Human Service program to air on local stations

Thursday, February 28, 2013

With mental health issues at the forefront of concern across the nation, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) encourages residents of the 122nd Legislative District to tune in to watch the March edition of his Legislative Report with guest, Majority Chairman Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) of the House Human Services Committee.

Tribute to a dedicated volunteer

Thursday, February 28, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Scores of emergency service personnel, friends, relatives, and peers attended the funeral yesterday for Claudia J. Sokol, 55, of Summit Hill. Sokol, a member of the Summit Hill Fire Police, died Friday after collapsing while on duty Thursday as a fire police member at an accident scene.

N.Y. driver facing DUI in Monroe

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A New York driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 2:19 a.m. on Feb. 19 along old route 940, in Pocono Pines.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said they observed a vehicle traveling over the center line along SR940. The driver then turned onto old route 940 and began to accelerate at a high rate of speed going into the opposite lane.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February 27, 1950 A balanced attack and a fast start help Lansford cruise to a 55-35 Black Diamond League win over Coaldale. The Panthers, who jump out to a 13-3 lead, receive a game-high 15 points from "Puncy" Vanak and 12 more from Pete Shears. Joe Radocha also reaches double figures for the winners, finishing with 10, while Joe Lutz and Hilmer Olson each chip in with eight. For the Tigers, George Welsh tallies a team-high 14 points.

B-1, O-75, Bingo!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Catherine Watkins, Activities Coordinator, and Krissie Klipola, C.N.A., St Luke's Rehabilitation and Nursing Center call Bingo numbers.
Catherine Watkins, Activities Coordinator, and Krissie Klipola, C.N.A., St Luke's Rehabilitation and Nursing Center call Bingo numbers.

Geriatric residents at the St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus enjoy a fun game of Bingo with hospital staff. Bob Rita enjoys time with his wife Peggy as they both play a game of Bingo. Both are from Coaldale.

Northern Lehigh to host 55th Annual Lehigh County Band Festival

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Northern Lehigh High School who will perform Saturday in the 55th annual Lehigh County Honors Band Concert to be held at Northern Lehigh Middle School include (front row, l-r) Diane McKinney, Dana Fricker, Courtney Blocker, Sam Miller, Jamie Miller, Brie Williams, Cheyenne Troxell, (back row, l-r) Marc Beleno, Aidan Burke, Zac Schlegel, Kyle Smith, Olivia Dyer, Cory Wagner, and Clay Hardy. Missing from the photo is Abby Messinger.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Northern Lehigh High School who will perform Saturday in the 55th annual Lehigh County Honors Band Concert to be held at Northern Lehigh Middle School include (front row, l-r) Diane McKinney, Dana Fricker, Courtney Blocker, Sam Miller, Jamie Miller, Brie Williams, Cheyenne Troxell, (back row, l-r) Marc Beleno, Aidan Burke, Zac Schlegel, Kyle Smith, Olivia Dyer, Cory Wagner, and Clay Hardy. Missing from the photo is Abby Messinger.

Excuse them if they have a little extra spring in their step.

Come Saturday, adrenaline figures to be at an all-time high for Northern Lehigh High School Band members when the district hosts the 55th annual Lehigh County Honors Band Festival.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. in the Northern Lehigh Middle School auditorium. The Host director this year is David Carroll, Band Director of Northern Lehigh High School.

Carroll said the district is "proud to host this prestigious event." The district last hosted the festival in 2003.

Hundreds of Canada Geese converge in Lewistown Valley

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Hundreds of Canada Geese converge in Lewistown Valley
Copyright 2013

Taking Lewistown Valley residents by surprise, an almost never ending rotation of Canada Geese have gathered at a frozen lake located along Catawissa Road, across from Leiby's Farm Market. The black head and neck with a white "chinstrap" distinguish the Canada goose from all other species of geese, with the exception of the Barnacle Goose, but the latter has a black breast, and also gray, rather than brownish, body plumage. There are seven subspecies of this bird, of varying sizes and plumage details, but all are recognizable as Canada Geese.

Cub Pack 209 holds Blue and Gold awards dinner

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The seven rays of the Arrow of Light were lit by Assistant Cubmaster Scott Long as their meaning was explained.
The seven rays of the Arrow of Light were lit by Assistant Cubmaster Scott Long as their meaning was explained.

Cub Scouts from Webelos II were asked by Cubmaster Bill Marks to present the colors for one last time before they move on to Boy Scouts.

The theme for this year's Pack 209 Blue and Gold Banquet held Feb. 23 was California or Bust. Tables were decorated with log cabins made by the Bears and evergreen branches. Cardboard wagon wheels hung from the ceiling. Blue and Gold balloons were donated by The Greeting Room.

Rob Mauro presented the Friends of Scouting request for donations. He said it costs $270 per scout and if possible he would like parents to cover half that cost.