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February 2013

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.

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.

Driving While Texting

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Learning how dangerous it is to drive distracted, junior David Dressler tries to text and drive while sitting at one of the driving simulators.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Learning how dangerous it is to drive distracted, junior David Dressler tries to text and drive while sitting at one of the driving simulators.

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.

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rocking to popular eighties favorites, band members with Jessie's Girl, wearing zebra stripes, big hair and a whole lot of rad neon, entertained a lively crowd over the weekend at Penn's Peak. Their performance consisted of "super-fun" choreography, audience participation, props, costumes bubbles, balloons and confetti. The band has toured the country and performed onstage with 80's artists Bret Michaels, MC Hammer, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Colin Hay (Men At Work), Naughty By Nature, Tone Loc, and many more. The posse's performance also involved special guest HUGO. Above, "Jenna" sings 'I wanna dance with somebody.'
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rocking to popular eighties favorites, band members with Jessie's Girl, wearing zebra stripes, big hair and a whole lot of rad neon, entertained a lively crowd over the weekend at Penn's Peak. Their performance consisted of "super-fun" choreography, audience participation, props, costumes bubbles, balloons and confetti. The band has toured the country and performed onstage with 80's artists Bret Michaels, MC Hammer, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Colin Hay (Men At Work), Naughty By Nature, Tone Loc, and many more. The posse's performance also involved special guest HUGO. Above, "Jenna" sings 'I wanna dance with somebody.'

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.

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.

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.

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.

Schuylkill man jailed for assault

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Schuylkill County man was jailed for assault stemming from a domestic incident.

State police at Frackville identified the suspect as Paul Chicora, 30, of 6 Long Row, Gilberton. He has been charged with simple assault and harassment.

According to troopers the incident began around 4:15 a.m. when Chicora began to verbally abuse a 21-year-old female at his residence. It then turned physical when he pushed her to the ground, grabbed her face and pulled her hair while on top of her. He also burned her cheek with a lit cigarette.

Cub Pack 209 holds Blue and Gold awards dinner

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Hugo Marin receives the mark of the Wolf from Assistant Scoutmaster Scott Long. With him is his brother Henry Marin.
Hugo Marin receives the mark of the Wolf from Assistant Scoutmaster Scott Long. With him is his brother Henry Marin.

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.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Club Assembly

West End Rotary Club will hold a club assembly at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 with a breakfast meeting at the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville.

School board

The Pleasant Valley School Board will meet at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at the district office in Brodheadsville.

Monroe Seniors

The Monroe Seniors will meet at Zion Lutheran Fellowship Hall, Brodheadsville, at 9 a.m., Friday, March 1, and Friday, March 6. Attendees should register with center manager, Doris Phillips.

Evening worship

Northern Lehigh School District to hold kindergarten registration

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Northern Lehigh School District will hold kindergarten registration by appointment in April. Parents may register their child at Peters Elementary School on Monday, April 15, through Wednesday, April 17. In order to enter kindergarten in September, a child must be 5 years old as of Sept. 1, 2013.

At the time of registration, parents must provide the child's originally issued birth certificate, a record of the child's immunizations, and parent photo identification.

Defense

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

America may soon be a second-rate power

Since World War 2, America has been the world's leading superpower, but in just a few years, while President Obama is still in office, the nation could lose its top ranking.

The Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development is one of a number of international think tanks that sees China overtaking the U.S. in global economic influence by the end of 2016.

Four arrested at youth camp

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Four females were arrested for an incident at a youth camp in Monroe County.

State police at Lehighton said the incident occurred about 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Youth Services Agency camp in Eldred Township.

Arrested was Daneeka La-Fay Snipe, 18, who was charged with simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct.

She is a resident of the youth camp. She was arraigned on the charges and committed to the county prison in Snydersville.

Three other females, one 17 and two 14, also residents of the camp, were each charged with disorderly conduct.

Palmerton School District sets kindergarten registration

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Kindergarten registration for the 2013-2014 school year in the Palmerton Area School District will take place Monday, March 11 through Wednesday, March 13.

All kindergarten registrations will take place in the district offices, located on the third floor of Parkside Education Center, 680 Fourth St., Palmerton. You must schedule an appointment to register your child for kindergarten by calling Kimberly Ottinger at (610) 826-7101 ext. 5023.

CC Women in Business to meet March 7

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Carbon County Women in Business will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Trattoria 903, 874 Route 903, Jim Thorpe. The speaker is Eileen Bailey, founder and CEO of Shalom Bayit Foundation. Shalom Bayit Foundation is a Christian centered nonprofit organization created for the purpose of sheltering and guiding young expectant mothers, who have nowhere to turn, through their pregnancies and beyond.

For reservations, call Heather McClure at (610) 379-5000 or email mail@carboncountychamber.org.

Redball Military Transport Club's winter swap meet is Saturday

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS These table displays are typical of the vintage military items and materials that can be found at the Redball Military Transport Club's Winter Swap Meet being held this Saturday, March 2nd, at Memorial Hall on East 10th street in Jim Thorpe from 8 am to 4 pm.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS These table displays are typical of the vintage military items and materials that can be found at the Redball Military Transport Club's Winter Swap Meet being held this Saturday, March 2nd, at Memorial Hall on East 10th street in Jim Thorpe from 8 am to 4 pm.

If you're suffering from a case of cabin fever or would just like something a little different to do this weekend, then you might want to check out the Redball Military Transport Club's Winter Swap Meet being held this Saturday, March 2nd, at Memorial Hall on East 10th street in Jim Thorpe.

Vintage military items such as clothing, vehicle parts, books, manuals, tools, etc. will be available at the club's Winter Swap Meet which will be held there from 8 am to 4 pm.

Lehighton Rotary to form local Interact Club

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Rotary Club is currently working with students, teachers, and administrators at Lehighton Area High School to form an Interact Club at the school. Interact Club is designed to help enhance students' leadership skills, personal integrity, and respect for all. Pictured, left to right, are Rotary District Assistant Governor Barbara Belon, LAHS Juniors Jackie Jordan and Nicole Schnell, and LAHS Assistant Principal Daniel Repsher. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Beacon 443 Diner / Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lansford

Baseball sign-ups

Lansford Baseball Association will be holding sign-ups for T-ball, Little League and Babe Ruth for players age 5-15 and girls softball for players ages 8-14. Babe Ruth players ages 13-15 from Tamaqua Area are eligible to sign up.

Dates are Feb. 26, 27, and 28 at the Lansford Legion from 6-8 p.m. Registration fees and fundraisers are payable at this time.

For more information call Mike Turrana at (570) 645-9754 or Josie Uher at 645-2407.

Summit Hill

St. Paul's Schedule

Notre Dame holds off Lady Raiders

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Paige Demetriades (5) dribbles the card up court with Notre Dame's Lexi McGivern moving in to defend.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Paige Demetriades (5) dribbles the card up court with Notre Dame's Lexi McGivern moving in to defend.

ORWIGSBURG - Tamaqua had momentum and a five-point lead with just under four minutes left in the game. The Lady Raiders just needed to make a basket or two down the stretch to hold off Notre Dame (Green Pond) in Tuesday's District 11 Class AA semifinal.

But the Crusaders came up with a couple quick buckets to tie the game and Tamaqua went cold, missing its last eight shots and losing 38-34. Notre Dame advances to face Pine Grove in Friday night's title game at a site and time to be announced.

Herpel's of Germansville named business of the month

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Herpel's Auto and Truck Lifts of Germansville, has been selected as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Herpel's Auto and Truck Lifts of Germansville, has been selected as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

In need of a vehicle lift repair or replacement?

If so, then Herpel's Auto and Truck Lifts of Germansville is ready, willing, and able to service those and other demands.

Located at 5687 Handwerk Road, the company has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Adult day care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a number of activities planned for the month of March, including a visit from the St. Jerome's kindergarten class on March 27.

Other special days next month include: March 1, foot doctor visit; March 4, cooking class; March 6, bulletin board; March 7, bingo; March 13, craft day; March 15, sing a long with Audrey Christ; March 19, baking day; March 20, Salvation Army service; March 21, monthly birthday party; March 22, movie day; March 25, Easter craft day; March 28, dye Easter eggs.

Ready to go in 60 seconds...

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

Firefighters are routinely called to respond in a timely manner to fires, car accidents or whatever emergency is thrown their way. Firefighters at the American Hose Company in Tamaqua spent time practicing speed and safety during their search and rescue drills in a make-shift training area set up inside their station. The course involved firefighters putting their gear on and donning their oxygen mask in less than 60 seconds.

Penn-Kidder Lions helps LehightonBoys and Girls Band Hall

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Enuncio Rivera, tail twister for the Penn-Kidder Lions Club, presents a check for $200 to Nicole Depue, music instructor at the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band Hall, to help cover the costs of putting on a new roof on the band hall. Members of the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band Hall have been raising funds for the roof for several years and hope to begin the repairs this May. Donations are still being accepted to help cover the cost of the new roof. Contact the band hall for more information.

Health care provider charged

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Schuylkill County health care provider has been charged with taking over $21,000 in funds from a person she was supposed to be assisting.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Jennifer Ferrier, 39, of Cressona, has been charged with theft, receiving stolen property, and access device fraud.

According to troopers, Ferrier, a home health care aid, was hired to transport Lois Fells, 81, a resident of the Luther Ridge Nursing Home, located in Pottsville, to appointments and assist with shopping and other activities.

Fourth defendant in drive-by shooting enters guilty plea

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The fourth and final defendant in a drive-by shooting incident that occurred in February 2011, entered a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to a county prison term.

Joshua Zackery Zink, 23, of Columbia, Lancaster County, pleaded to three counts of criminal conspiracy in connect with the incident. Unlike his three co-defendants, Zink was sentenced to a county prison term.

What our teeth could look like

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Karin Kraeutler, a dental assistant for the last 40 years, talked about the importance of good dental care at a recent dental health program at the Western Pocono Community Library. She talked about how important it is to brush, floss and see a dentist. Here she shows Vrzuly Pineda, 4; Gabriela Cuddy, 3; Asiah Roberson, 4; and Laila Bradley, 2; what different drinks can do to teeth. She had soaked hard-boiled eggs in coffee, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and vinegar. The eggs became discolored. But the one in the vinegar turned the hard shell into a soft gushy one.

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.

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.

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.