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February 2013

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.

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.

Summit Hill crash injures woman

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

A 20-year old Brodheadsville woman was injured Monday afternoon when involved in a crash along East White Bear Drive in Summit Hill. The crash occurred at 5:22 p.m. as the victim and a relative were traveling east. Summit Hill police report the female was attempting to pass three cars when she lost control entering the left berm then re-entering and crossing the roadway where the unit entered the right berm impacting with and snapping off a utility pole. The car then rolled onto its roof. The woman was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital.

Girl, 10, headed for Land Down Under

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Samantha Miller, 10, of Lehighton, is planning to be a student ambassador with the Student Ambassador People to People Ambassador Program in June.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Samantha Miller, 10, of Lehighton, is planning to be a student ambassador with the Student Ambassador People to People Ambassador Program in June.

A Lehighton youngster is planning a trip of a lifetime.

Samantha Miller is planning to travel to Australia in June as a Student Ambassador with the People to People Ambassador Program.

For one so young, she is ready for the experience," say her parents, Dana Miller and Dana Shubert.

Samantha is 10 years old and will turn 11 on March 5.

"She is responsible and mature enough to get the most out of the visit," said her mother.

PVHS NHS hosts talent show

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Award winners of the Panther Valley talent show are, front, from left, Shane McGeehan, second place; Amber Guzman and Tim Falu, third place; and Gabriella Frey, first place. Back row are Christian Westby and Dewey Keer, honorable mention.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Award winners of the Panther Valley talent show are, front, from left, Shane McGeehan, second place; Amber Guzman and Tim Falu, third place; and Gabriella Frey, first place. Back row are Christian Westby and Dewey Keer, honorable mention.

The National Honor Society at Panther Valley High School recently hosted a talent show to showcase students' abilities.

The show was directed and produced by senior Jake Tokosh, stated in the program that reviving the school's annual talent show was a dream of his since getting to high school. It was also produced by Amanda Stocker.

Coaldale woman faces retail theft charges

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sahara Welfel
Sahara Welfel

Sahara Welfel, 21, of 327 Ridge Terrace, Coaldale, faces charges from an incident which took place on Dec. 24 at 4:32 p.m. at Family Dollar in Lansford. Charges of retail theft were filed by Officer Christopher Ondrus.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened;

Participates in Chorus Festival

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

Molly Betz, a senior at Tamaqua Area High School, participated in the 2013 District 10 Chorus Festival, a three-day event hosted by Berks Catholic High School in Reading. Students from schools in Berks, Carbon, Monroe, Schuylkill, Lehigh and Northampton Counties were selected for the chorus through competitive auditions held in October. This year's guest conductor was Dr. Russell Shelley, Director of Choral Studies at Juniata College. Molly is the daughter of Doug and Kristine Betz of Tamaqua.

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.