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February 2013

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.

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.

Jim Thorpe news

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wednesday sessions

St. Mark's/St. John's Episcopal Church will hold its second "Soup and Session" meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Great Hall. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and all are welcome. The topic follows the events of Holy Week through and including the crucifixion and descent.

Women's Bible Study

The Women's Bible study classes at St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, have been changed to Thursday evenings, due to the Lenten gatherings. The classes will now be held on March 7 and 21. They are studying the book of Acts. Joan DeAcetis is the leader.

Schuylkill woman victim of theft

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Schuylkill County woman is the victim of a theft incident.

State police at Frackville said unknown criminals removed an oil voucher for 100 gallons of heating oil from the residence of a 60-year-old woman who resides at 126 W. Ogden St., Girardville.

Troopers said the theft occurred sometime between 5 and 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.

The voucher was removed from the front door of the residence.

Vehicle fire closes SR54 in Barnesville

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A vehicle fire last night at the top of the Vulcan in Barnesville closed SR54 for about 40 minutes as firefighters extinguished the flames and the Ford Explorer was removed. Responding were state police and firefighters from Delano, Ryan Township, and Mahanoy City. No serious injuries were reported. Julius Dudash, Truck Captain, Citizen's Fire Company, Mahanoy City, sprays water into the engine compartment.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A vehicle fire last night at the top of the Vulcan in Barnesville closed SR54 for about 40 minutes as firefighters extinguished the flames and the Ford Explorer was removed. Responding were state police and firefighters from Delano, Ryan Township, and Mahanoy City. No serious injuries were reported. Julius Dudash, Truck Captain, Citizen's Fire Company, Mahanoy City, sprays water into the engine compartment.

A vehicle fire last night at the top of the Vulcan in Barnesville closed SR54 for about 40 minutes as firefighters extinguished the flames and the Ford Explorer was removed. Responding were state police and firefighters from Delano, Ryan Township, and Mahanoy City. No serious injuries were reported. Julius Dudash, Truck Captain, Citizen's Fire Company, Mahanoy City, sprays water into the engine compartment.

First Presbyterian Church hosting World Day of Prayer 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Women, men and children in over 170 countries will gather at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, to celebrate World Day of Prayer. In the Lehighton / Weissport area, a service will be celebrated at the First Presbyterian Church, Third and Mahoning Streets, Lehighton, PA. The service begins at p.m. and is sponsored by Life (Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship). The church is handicapped accessible.

After hours CCCC mixer planned

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will hold an After Hours mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday March 21, at Home Solutions Partners, 3295 Forest Inn Road, Suite 5, Palmerton. For additional information, contact Heather McClure, Carbon County Chamber at (610) 379-5000 or email her at mail@carboncountychamber.org.

Juggle Fest features three days of open juggling open to everyone

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The second annual "As Yet Unnamed Pocono Juggle Fest" will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 1; from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 2; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at Lehighton Area High School, Lehighton.

Crop management webinar slated

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, which covers Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the third of three Crop Management 1+1 Webinars will be held on March 4, from noon to 1 p.m.

Each webinar in the series will offer one core and one category pesticide recertification credit. Please have your pesticide license number available on the day of the webinar.

No more meters

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lehighton considering downtown decision

Lehighton Borough Council is considering removing the parking meters from its downtown.

Some discussion regarding this occurred during a meeting of the council last night. At next month's meeting, Councilman George Kogut will present a written proposal on the matter.

The proposal would be to remove the meters, have validated parking for shoppers at a lot behind Alfie's Pizza, and pave a parking lot along Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard to add additional parking spaces.