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February 2013

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marriage licenses

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Schuylkill County

Jean-Marie L. Blute and Brendon Connolly, 6 Cherry St., Tamaqua.

Joy M. Howley and Richard J. Sullivan, 635 E. Mahanoy St., Mahanoy City.

Tamaqua students to participate in Schuylkill Chorus Festival

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
MICHAEL HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The 2013 Schuylkill County Chorus Festival will include 17 participating students from Tamaqua Area High School, including: (first row) Amber Schadder, Molly Betz, Erika Cassell, Aimee Hull; (second row) Olivia Morrison, Beth Kistler, Courtney Miller, Alexandra Miller, Lauren Christ, Amy Barron; (third row) Madelyn Dolinsky, Makia Stocker, Karina Derr, David Kunkel, Andrew Delpais, Jake Beers, Shane Mulligan and John Buglio, Tamaqua High Choral Director. The festival will be held Feb.

On this date

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February 26, 1961

Thomas A. Zimmerman, chairman of the Carbon County Commissioners, has returned from Harrisburg where he conferred with state officials incident to the possible relocation of the Eastern Penetentiary at Philadelphia to some site in Carbon County. The Carbon County Institutution District Home site at Laurytown has been mentioned as a possible ideal location because of its many features. A site atop the Broad Mountain, between Hudsondale and Weatherly, has also been mentioned.

Depressed? You're not the only one

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Q. Episodes of depression seem to be common over several generations in my family. Is depression genetic?

There is substantial evidence that depression is a hereditary disease. A depression gene known as 5-HTTLPR has been found.

The World Health Organization reports that about 121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. WHO estimates that depression will become the first cause of disease burden worldwide by the year 2020. Disease burden is defined as years patients must live with a disability.

Carbon Veterans Affairs office closed

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Carbon County Veterans Affairs Office, located in the courthouse annex in Jim Thorpe, will be closed Tuesday, March 5.

The office will reopen for business at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 6.

13 TN area grapplers qualify for regionals

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Thirteen TIMES NEWS Area wrestlers will take to the mat this weekend in PIAA regional action hoping to punch their ticket to the state championships to be held in Hershey from March 7 through 9.

Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich, James Felipa and Garrett Gouger all qualified for the Northeast Class AAA Regional at Bethlehem Liberty on Friday and Saturday.

Among the 10 Class AA wrestlers to reach the Southeast Regionals at Wilson West Lawn this weekend are district champs Colin Mashack of Tamaqua, Ty Herzog of Northern Lehigh and Michael Ortiz of Northwestern Lehigh.

Chance of snow/sleet/rain today

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

With a 60 percent chance of precipitation today, we should be experiencing some wet winter weather throughout the rest of today and throughout the evening.

The Weather Channel believes that the cloudy skies from Tuesday morning will give way to a few showers, wind and then heavy rain in the evening, with a possibility of a mix of snow/sleet and then turning to rain. We should expect about one to two inches of rain throughout the evening.

Online workshop slated for dairy producers

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, a "Technology Tuesdays: Milking Center Layout and Components free online workshop designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers will be held on March 12, from 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Investing in America

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

This means investing in small, microbusinesses

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama focused on investing to create the, infrastructure, work environment and skills for good jobs and a thriving middle class.

But, do you know how most jobs get created in America? The answer is small and microbusinesses.

Weissport man jailed after stabbing incident

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS State police at Lehighton barracks are investigating a stabbing incident which occurred at 401 Bridge St., Weissport, shortly before 8 p.m. yesterday. Charged was Eric Scott Montanari Sr., 35, of Weissport, who police said had been involved in an altercation with Joseph Preston Muse, 23, also of Weissport.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS State police at Lehighton barracks are investigating a stabbing incident which occurred at 401 Bridge St., Weissport, shortly before 8 p.m. yesterday. Charged was Eric Scott Montanari Sr., 35, of Weissport, who police said had been involved in an altercation with Joseph Preston Muse, 23, also of Weissport.

A Weissport man has been arrested and placed in the Carbon County Correctional Facility following a stabbing incident which occurred in Weissport last evening.

Eric Scott Montanari Sr. is being held in the prison in lieu of $400,000 straight bail.

He was arraigned this morning before District Judge Edward M. Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

Lansford man faces resisting arrest, several other charges

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

John Vanak, 57, of 43 Centre St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on Feb. 9 at 5:35 p.m. at 37 Centre St. Charges of resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, careless driving, reckless driving, driving upon a sidewalk, and parking where signs prohibit parking were filed by Officer Christopher Ondrus.

On Feb. 9, at about 5:35 p.m., Ondrus received a dispatch that a vehicle was driven into a residence at 37 Centre St. and the driver exited the vehicle and went into another residence.

BRC Community Cupboard annual food drive under way

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hunger has many faces. To help feed our neighbors, Blue Ridge Communications Community Cupboard 2013 Food Drive is under way. Unopened, nonperishable donations will be accepted at all BRC offices, Palmerton Telephone, Penn's Peak, Penn's Peak Radio, Roadies and Pencor Superstore locations until March 1.

The food drive benefits the Salvation Army and local food banks.

St. Peter and Paul Church to present Russ Rentler concert

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third and Coal streets, Lehighton, will present a special concert featuring Russ Rentler at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2. There is no admission charge. A free will offering will be taken up during the concert to benefit Rentler's missionary work in Haiti. Refreshments and sales of his music will be available in the school hall after the concert.

Four area residents among 22 to enter guilty pleas

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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

Benjamin Andrew Kuzo, 21, of 4 Dogwood Lane, Lake Hauto Development, Rush Township, on charges of theft of a credit card from the motor vehicle of Elbert Stegmier, Tamaqua, was given credit for serving 119 days in the county prison and released on parole for 23 months. He was ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, and make restitution of $1,521 to the victim.

Woman admits stealing $80,000 from patients' accounts

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Carbon County woman admitted in the county court on Monday to stealing a large sum of money from patients' accounts at a county nursing facility.

She was one of 13 defendants in pending criminal cases to entered guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Steals from patients

Theresa A. Bernardi, 43, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of theft, as a felony three.

She admitted stealing $80,285.15 from the patients' account at the Summit Nursing Home, part of the Blue Mountain Health Systems.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center announces March blood drives

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives.

* Friday, March 1 - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tamaqua Area High School, 500 Penn Street: call (570) 668-1901, ext. 2060.

* Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. to 1:40 p.m., Dinkey Memorial Church, 1742 Dinkey Road, Ashfield; (570) 386-2834.

* Wednesday, March 6, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, 211 N. 12th Street, Lehighton; call (610) 377-7350.

* Wednesday, March 6, noon to 6 p.m., Western Pocono Community Library, 2000 Pilgrim Way, Brodheadsville; call (800) 223-6667.

Board votes to buy new police car from Kovatch

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

After a discussion at last evening's meeting, Mahoning Township supervisors voted on a pair of motions to purchase a new police car from Kovatch Motor Enterprises and scrap the old car it will replace. Both motions passed unanimously after a short discussion.

Bruce in the USA draws large attendance at Penn's Peak

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Dave McLaurin, aka "The Big Man", plays the sax.
Dave McLaurin, aka "The Big Man", plays the sax.

Hundreds of die hard Bruce Springsteen fans filled Penn's Peak over the weekend during the return performance of Born in the USA.

Spectators pointed out that the turnout during the show was double that of their last performance.

Band members were Dave McLaurin aka "The Big Man," Matt Ryan aka "The Boss," Matthew Sully aka "Miami Steve," Joey Lunsford on piano, Atticus Finch on organ and keys, Danny Miranda on bass and Jay Nichols on Drums.