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February 2013

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
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.

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
The band releases balloons into the crowd.
The band releases balloons into the crowd.

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
Cubmaster Bill Marks gets pies in the face at the end of the ceremony.
Cubmaster Bill Marks gets pies in the face at the end of the ceremony.

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.

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.

Sacred fibers

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
TN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/DONALD R. SERFASS When the photo is inverted and contrast-enhanced, a more lifelike image emerges.
TN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/DONALD R. SERFASS When the photo is inverted and contrast-enhanced, a more lifelike image emerges.

Local turnout strong at replica Shroud of Turin exhibit

The faithful are flocking in great numbers to a Shenandoah church to gaze upon and even touch and kiss what many believe to be a divine, full-body image of Jesus Christ.

An exact copy of the Shroud of Turin, commissioned and blessed by Pope John Paul II, is on display in Schuylkill County until March 8, drawing many visitors from the Panther Valley, Tamaqua and Lehighton areas, as well as regions north and south.

BDWN to meet

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Editor to speak at March meeting

Stephanie J. Beavers, professional editor, will present, "The Editor is Your Friend, a.k.a. Don't Forget the Editor!" at the March meeting of the Black Diamond Writers Network.

Beavers will take a detailed look at the importance of editing, cover the different types of editing, and present examples of some of the most common mistakes writers make. She will also discuss the value of a good editor to the writer.

JT girls soccer team wins indoor tournament

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
JT girls soccer team wins indoor tournament
Copyright 2013

The Jim Thorpe Lady Olympians recently claimed the title in the Pleasant Valley Girls Indoor Soccer Tournament. Thorpe posted a record of 5-0-1, allowing just two goals in the entire tournament. In the championship game, they defeated Pleasant Valley in triple overtime. Members of the team include, from left, Anna Beard, Taylor Kidder, Amber Castillo, Rebecca Cressman, Autumn Cope, Ilse Hassler and Cat Condly. The Olympians are coached by Tom Condly.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February 26, 1942 Coaldale races to an early lead and cruises to a 56-27 victory over town rival St. Mary's Catholic. Evan Zlock tallies a game-high 14 points for the winners, who open the contest with a 12-1 run and take a 33-8 advantage by halftime. The Tigers, coached by Andy Kalen, also receive 12 points from Andy Bitsko and 11 from Harb while Kash chips in with six. For St. Mary's, Johnny Welsh scores a team-high nine points.

Colts, Fillies, Lady Raiders in semis

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Three TIMES NEWS area basketball teams will be in District 11 semifinal action today and tomorrow. The Marian boys and girls and the Tamaqua girls will all be looking to advance into Friday's championship round.

A victory in the semifinal round secures a berth in the state tournament for any or all of the three teams. A loss in this round will end the season for the area teams since both the Class A boys and girls fields and the girls AA field advance just two teams into the state tournament.

TUESDAY

DISTRICT 11 CLASS A BOYS

SEMIFINAL

Rear end crash in Penn Forest

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At least one person was injured Monday afternoon when involved in a rear end type collision along SR903 in Penn Forest Township. The crash occurred just after noon Monday at the intersection with Reservoir Road as a car traveling south had attempted to stop to make a turn when it was rear ended by another south bound car. The striking car continued swerving to the left sliding across the roadway coming to rest along the east berm. The car which was struck swerved to the right coming to rest on a snow covered lawn. State Police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.

Careers of the future discussed in Carbon

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Carbon County agencies want to educate students on careers.

During the recent Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board meeting, the group listened to Joseph Sebelin, executive director of the Pocono Workforce Investment Board, talk about the careers of the future and what training is needed.

Sebelin spoke about help that is available to people who are looking for work and training in the workforce.

Couple's glass art featured at Stonehedge Gardens

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Presenting their love and passion for glass art, husband and wife Jim and Laurie Christman, have combined their works at a gallery being held at Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 6:05 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, along SR209 in Chestnuthill Township.

State police at Lehighton said Roger Alan McConell, 43, of Kunkletown, was stopped operating a 2003 Nissan pickup truck. He was found to be under the influence. The DUI charge is pending blood test results, troopers said.

Committee works to pare down spending plan

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The numbers crunch is in full effect as Palmerton Area School District attempts to pare down next year's spending plan.

District Business Manager Diane Serfass met with the school board's Budget and Finance Committee and several department heads on Monday to review the 2013-14 budget.

Human Resources, Business, Facilities, and the junior high school were among the departments that were covered as part of the three-hour session.

At present, the Human Resources budget comes in at $13,380.

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.