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February 2013

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

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.

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
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Residents of Lake Hauto, Barnesville and Nesquehoning pay a visit Monday to the replica Shroud of Turin exhibit, Shenandoah.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Residents of Lake Hauto, Barnesville and Nesquehoning pay a visit Monday to the replica Shroud of Turin exhibit, Shenandoah.

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.

Agnes Shafer celebrates 93rd birthday

Monday, February 25, 2013
Agnes Shafer
Agnes Shafer

Agnes Shafer, a resident of The Village at Palmerton observed her 93rd birthday on Feb. 17.

Originally from Albrightsville, she worked in several factories, where she became a very talented seamstress.

"I did a lot of things, sewing, crocheting and knitting, but sewing was my favorite," said Agnes. "Me and my granddaughter, Robin made a shower curtain and drapes for her home and that was very special."

Agnes was one of those women other ladies would aspire to be: the perfect cook, baker and seamstress.

Bears' Yanovich falls in title bout

Monday, February 25, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich (bottom) tries to escape from Parkland's Ethan Lizak in the District 11 Class AAA title bout at 113 pounds. Lizak recorded a 9-1 decision.
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Kenny Yanovich (bottom) tries to escape from Parkland's Ethan Lizak in the District 11 Class AAA title bout at 113 pounds. Lizak recorded a 9-1 decision.

Kenny Yanovich doesn't believe he has a mental block when it comes to taking on Parkland's Ethan Lizak. That may be true, but Yanovich still hasn't found the key to figuring out beating Lizak on the mat. The Parkland junior scored a 9-1 major decision over Yanovich in Saturday night's 113-pound finals at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium during the District 11 3A championships.

Yanovich was the only Bear in the finals, as three PV wresters move on to this week's Northeast Regional 3A tournament back at Liberty.

Weatherly hosts the 53rd Annual Carbon County Band Festival

Monday, February 25, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 53rd Annual Carbon County Band Festival was held last Thursday evening in the Weatherly Area Middle School Gymnasium with a near-capacity audience in attendance.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 53rd Annual Carbon County Band Festival was held last Thursday evening in the Weatherly Area Middle School Gymnasium with a near-capacity audience in attendance.

The 53rd Annual Carbon County Band Festival was held last Thursday evening in the Weatherly Area Middle School Gymnasium with a near-capacity audience in attendance.

The concert, which was presented by the Carbon County Music Educators' Association, consisted of student musicians and Directors from a total of six area school districts.

The festival will showcased the 123 student musicians representing Jim Thorpe, Palmerton, Panther Valley, Pleasant Valley, Lehighton, and Weatherly High Schools.

Six area residents among 23 placed in probation program

Monday, February 25, 2013

Six area residents were among 23 who were qualified by Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon to be admitted into the special probation program know as Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD), which is reserved for first offenders charged with a non-violent crime.

Senior Judge D. Michael Stine approved the placement of the 23 with conditions.All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

8 homes are destroyed

Monday, February 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A fast-moving fire Saturday morning destroyed 8 homes along West Coal Street and North Jardin Street.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A fast-moving fire Saturday morning destroyed 8 homes along West Coal Street and North Jardin Street.

Twelve people, ages 3 to 69, were left homeless after a fast-moving blaze claimed eight homes and heavily damaged three others early Saturday morning in Shenandoah.

Firefighters from Schuylkill and surrounding counties were called to the 100 block of West Coal Street and 200 block of North Jardin Street just around 3:15 a.m. after callers reported heavy flames and smoke coming from multiple homes.

"Flames were shooting out of the second floor of 34 West Coal St. It was fully engulfed," said newspaper delivery person Cindy Arias, who was one of the first to call 911.

Carbon driver facing DUI count

Monday, February 25, 2013

A Carbon County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident in Lehigh County.

Upper Macungie Township police said about 1:49 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, they observed a vehicle pull off the right side of Tilghman St., near Mill Road, and observed a female exit the drivers' side and a male exit the passenger side. The two then engaged in an argument.

Police said a further investigation led to the female, identified as Adreane Nicolle Lynn, 29, of Lansford, being placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI.

Preparing for garden party

Monday, February 25, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe High School National Honor Society students brainstorm to create events for the June 1 Black Diamond Garden Party at the Harry and Asa Packer Mansions and the Kemmerer Park in downtown Jim Thorpe. Left to right, Shane Bleicher-Otto, Alex Haggerty, Bronson Ford, Alyssa Dachowicz, and Diane Luicana, the Community Chair of the event.

Domestic incident leads to drugs

Monday, February 25, 2013

Slatington police responded to a domestic incident about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, which resulted in drug counts against the participants.

Police went to 20 Main St. for a domestic incident involving a male and female. Police said they found 34 packets of heroin on scene.

As a result Joseph B. McDowell, 33, of 39 Dowell St., Slatington, and Samantha Teti, 26, of 209 Highland Drive, Landenberg, Chester County, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance-heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and disorderly conduct.