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February 2013

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.