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February 2013

Boulder causes two crashes

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A boulder dislodged from a mountain side along a Schuylkill County road and caused crashes involving two vehicles. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred about 10:20 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, along SR61 in Port Clinton.

Troopers said Laundan Seigfried, of Schuylkill Haven, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet HHR northbound when the three by three-foot boulder dislodged and rolled onto the road. Seigfried attempted to avoid the boulder but could not and it struck the driver side front end.

LAMS announces students who attained honors in second period

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lehighton Area Middle School has announced the students who attained honors in the second marking period of the 2012-2013 school year.

Principal's list

Eighth grade: Tia Brownmiller, MaryGrace Collins, Tyler Dietz, Andrew Ebbert, Matthew Eckhart, Kaitlin Higgins, Chelsea Hutnick, Elise Johnston, McKenna Knappenberger, Rajah Quinones, Shawn Rutcosky, Sydney Snyder, Haley Steigerwalt, Morgan Steigerwalt, Matthew Strubinger, Savannah Thomas and Morgan Yurasits.

Pope makes history

Thursday, February 28, 2013
 AP PHOTO Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this file photo. Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, who chose the name of Pope Benedict XVI, was the 265th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
AP PHOTO Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this file photo. Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, who chose the name of Pope Benedict XVI, was the 265th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

Benedict promises obedience to successor

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in his final words to cardinals Thursday, a poignant and powerful farewell delivered hours before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign.

In an unexpected speech inside the Vatican's frescoed Clementine Hall, the pontiff appeared to be trying to defuse concerns about possible conflicts arising from the peculiar situation of having both a reigning pope and a retired one.

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.

Driving While Texting

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Samantha Faust, a senior, sits in front of the judge during the driver simulation for hitting a virtual pedestrian. The judge in the video was Maria Dantos, Carbon County Court of Common Pleas.
Samantha Faust, a senior, sits in front of the judge during the driver simulation for hitting a virtual pedestrian. The judge in the video was Maria Dantos, Carbon County Court of Common Pleas.

Practice surpasses DUI as scariest driving habit

"Driving while texting (DWT) has surpassed DUI as the scariest driving habit," said Pat Morgans, driver education teacher at Marian Catholic High School, quoting information from the Car And Driver Magazine website.

Chances are if you use a cell phone, you are aware of text messages. Texting, also known as SMS (for short message service), is on the rise, with about 6 billion sent everyday. Undoubtedly, more than a few of those messages are being sent by people driving vehicles.

Yesterday's storm brings delays today in two area school districts

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Two schools districts in the Carbon County area had a two hour delay today thanks to last night's wintery weather. Panther Valley School District had a two hour delay because of the condition of the streets in Summit Hill. Jim Thorpe also saw a delay in classes starting today because of the condition of the streets in the Penn Forest/Kidder Township area.

Weather on Tuesday night was expected to be wet with a possibility of snow and sleet with a chance that it would turn to rain and then to all rain into the night, which is exactly what happened.

Toys For Tots thanks Hometown Fire Company, area volunteers

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League (SCMCL) Det. 626 presented two local residents and the Hometown Fire Company with plaques of appreciation for their support of the League's Toys For Tots campaign. In December, volunteers Betty Herring of Weatherly and Janine Coleman of Tamaqua teamed up with the Hometown Fire Company to hold a holiday event to benefit Toys For Tots. In addition to many vendors, visitors were treated to a 60-prize Chinese Auction, face painting, air brushing, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, as well as snacks, hot food and refreshments by the fire company.

Jessie's Girl, Hugo bring back the 80's at the Peak

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
"Chris" performs 'Wake me up before you go go.'
"Chris" performs 'Wake me up before you go go.'

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.