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February 2013

Five plead guilty to drunk driving

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Five motorists entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs and were placed in a special probation program by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Daniel D. Strenkoski, 51, Coal Township, was sentenced to serve 30 days in the county prison beginning Tuesday, Feb. 25, followed by four years and 11 days on probation in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP), including 90 days under house arrest with electronic monitoring and pay a $12 daily fee.

Bad check charge

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Jim Thorpe resident is facing a bad check charge.

State police at Lehighton said Alan Katz Realty, of Penn Forest Township, reported that it allegedly received a rent check form Angelo Frank Becker, 26, which was returned for insufficient funds.

Drug charges

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

State police at Lehighton reported on two drug- related arrests.

On Feb. 21 about 4 p.m. troopers responded to the Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Lower Towamensing Township for a report of a theft of a snowboard. Robert C. Myers, 30, of Northfield, N.J., was arrested for taking the snowboard of Ryan Ebbs, of Brigantine, N.J.

During a consent search incident to the theft arrest, Myers was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, troopers said. Charges will be filed.

Needed fire police in Lehighton

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Lehighton Fire Police unit is desperately in need of members.

Lehighton Chief of Police Neal Ebbert said that of the current fire police roster, only five members are under age 70.

Ebbert said he was advised by Raymond Moyer, president of the Lehighton Fire Police, that the unit will no longer assist at Lehighton Area High School football games.

"I am making a plea to sign up and be in the fire police," Ebbert said.

He said fire police members direct traffic at accidents, fires, and other emergency scenes, as well as assist at some special events.

Palmerton man facing DUI charge

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Slatington police arrested a Palmerton man for driving under the influence and other offenses after an incident at 12:45 a.m. Feb. 23 after a traffic stopp at the intersection of North Walnut and Chestnut streets in the borough.

Police said Herman Harris II, 46, of 652 Oak St., was also charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.

December PVMS Students of the Month

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Middle School recently announced the December students of the month. From left are Sacory Stewart, grade six, Christina Dacey, grade seven and Chris Santore, grade eight. Students were selected based on their outstanding performance in academics and conduct. Each student received a gift card and certificate for their achievements.

PVMS selects January students of the month

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

January students of the month were recently selected at the Panther Valley Middle School. Receiving awards for their excellence in academics and conduct are from left Cailyn Gould, grade six, Tristan Blasko, grade seven, and Samantha Earley, grade eight.

New police car in Palmerton

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Barry Messerschmidt, fleet municipal sales, Kovatch Motors of Nesquehoning, hands over the keys for the Palmerton Borough Police Department's new 2013 Ford Taurus cruiser to Mayor Chris Olivia, who is joined by borough council President Terry Costenbader.

Here's an easy budget friendly weeknight meal

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Cole Slaw with Caraway and Whimpies combine for an easy and budget-friendly weeknight dinner.

We grew up eating Whimpies on a regular basis, and until recently, I thought the name and the dish were my mother's creation.

I assumed, because it contains hamburger meat, she named them after, Whimpy, the character from the old Popeye cartoons.

Remember?

"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today."

Schuylkill crashes

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

State police at Frackville reported on the following crashes investigated by troopers on Schuylkill County roadways.

A one-vehicle crash was reported at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, along Interstate 81 in West Mahanoy Township. Troopers said Paul D. Snyder Jr., 35, of Hamburg, was driving a 2004 Dodge Dakota southbound when he passed over ice on a bridge. He lost control of the pickup truck which veered to the right and struck the bridge wall.

Snyder was not injured.

Correction

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

There is correction to an article that appeared in Friday, Feb. 15 issue. The Eldred Township board of supervisors did not approve the Ernest III and Diana A. Laudenslager minor subdivision. It was tabled.

Eight area residents among 22 to enter guilty pleas

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Eight area residents were among 22 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

Keith Daniel Neff, 29, of 119 Pine St., Tamaqua, entered a general guilty plea to charges of resisting arrest, burglary, criminal trespass, theft, and criminal mischief.

Carbon man sent to state prison for thefts

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday for a series of theft incidents.

He was one of seven defendants who previously entered guilty pleas and were sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Stole from family

Mahanoy Area ousts Marian

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Nick Kweder leans back to try and get a shot off over Mahanoy Area's Tyler Cavenas (right) as Kylew McGee of the Bears holds on from behind.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Nick Kweder leans back to try and get a shot off over Mahanoy Area's Tyler Cavenas (right) as Kylew McGee of the Bears holds on from behind.

POTTSVILLE - Last night's District 11 A semifinal was everything area fans expected and more.

Rivals Marian and Mahanoy Area battled from the tip all the way to the end. This one had a bit of everything. There was drama, there was blood, there was chipped teeth, and there was big time shots made.

When the dust settled at Martz Hall it was the Bears that came out on top. Mahanoy went on an 8-2 run to start the fourth, defeating the Colts 44-37 to advance to District 11 A final.

Workshop planned on deer-proof landscaping

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Carbon County Environmental Education Center is planning a workshop for area gardeners on how to deer-proof their landscape.

Master Gardener Linda Wiles will offer tips for successful spring planting projects designed to outsmart hungry deer at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2. She will talk about deer-resistance trees, shrubs and flowers. The lecture will also include information on barriers and repellants that may help to prevent animals from destroying your garden.

The program is free for EEC members. A nominal donation is requested of non-members.

LCCC to hold FAFSA completion nights for students, parents

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lehigh Carbon Community College is offering free FAFSA completion nights at four of its campuses. The events are open to any LCCC students or parents of LCCC students that are enrolling for the fall 2013 semester.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be completed to be considered for any student financial aid programs.

LCCC staff will be on-hand to help guide students and parents through the FAFSA form completion and submission processes.

All FAFSA completion nights will begin at 6 p.m.

BMHS sets health fair

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will offer two food and nutrition health fairs in recognition of National Nutrition Month®.

A Nutrition Fair at the Palmerton Hospital campus, 135 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 6, on the ground floor of the hospital. The Gnaden Huetten campus Nutrition Fair, 211 N. 12th Street in Lehighton, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 27, in the hospital lobby.

Drunk in Lehighton

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lehighton police reported the arrest of a borough resident for public drunkenness.

Police said Richard E. Hartranft, 47, was cited for an incident on Sunday, Feb. 24, about 7 p.m. in the area of the 100 block of South St.

Sixteen placed in ARD probation program

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sixteen first time offenders were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Monday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they failed to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Palmerton Community News

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, March 2. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need grocery-size brown paper bags.

Texting and driving statistics

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Texting while driving is a growing trend, and a national epidemic, quickly becoming one of the country's top killers. Drivers assume they can handle texting while driving and remain safe, but the numbers don't lie.

Texting while driving causes:

Ÿ 1,600,000 accidents per year - National Safety Council

Ÿ 330,000 injuries per year - Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study

Ÿ 11 teen deaths every day - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts

Ÿ Nearly 25 percent of all vehicle accidents

Texting while driving is:

On this date

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February 27, 1949

The body of Cpl. John Madock, son of Mrs. Ann Madock, New Columbus, arrived at the Lehigh Valley Station, East Mauch Chunk, this morning at 11 o'clock. It was met by an honor guard and escorted to the Madock house. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 1:45 p.m. at the home and at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church at 2 o'clock. Burial will be made in the parish cemetery. Cpl. Madock lost his life while serving with the U.S. Army in North Africa on Feb. 12, 1943.

Driving While Texting

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Marian Catholic students learn about the dangers of driving impaired or distracted during a mobile driver simulator program offered courtesy of the Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Marian Catholic students learn about the dangers of driving impaired or distracted during a mobile driver simulator program offered courtesy of the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

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
Performing together, "Chris" and "Bianca" sing 'Hit me with your best shot.'
Performing together, "Chris" and "Bianca" sing 'Hit me with your best shot.'

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS 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.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS 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.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

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
Joshua Long holds his Arrow of Light plaque.
Joshua Long holds his Arrow of Light plaque.

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.