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February 2013

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.

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.

Risk factors for heart disease

Monday, February 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Joseph Paluck, MS, St. Luke's Clinical Exercise Physiologist, St. Luke's Health Network, talks to visitors during one of their regular health talks held at the Tamaqua YMCA.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Joseph Paluck, MS, St. Luke's Clinical Exercise Physiologist, St. Luke's Health Network, talks to visitors during one of their regular health talks held at the Tamaqua YMCA.

Discussion held as part of St. Luke's Health Talk series

Many of us know basic means of preventing heart disease, but most of us continue to put ourselves at risk.

"A risk factor is something that increases your chance of having heart disease," said Joseph Paluck, St. Luke's clinical exercise physiologist, during one of their regular health talk sessions held at the Tamaqua YMCA.

Kidder supervisors meet

Monday, February 25, 2013

On Thursday, Feb. 21 the Kidder Township board of supervisors held its monthly meeting. After first holding an executive session, in which legal and personnel matters were discussed, the public meeting was called to order at 7 p.m.

The minutes for the January meeting were approved as well as the payment of bills in the amount of $93,979.75.

Under police business, the supervisors agreed to the purchase of a new SUV for the police department. The new vehicle will replace two older vehicles.

Argall Report features event with Monroe women voters

Monday, February 25, 2013

This month's local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) features a legislative coffee event with the Monroe County League of Women Voters.

Argall joined Senators John Blake (D-22), John Yudichak (D-14) and Representative Mike Carroll (D-118) for the annual event held at the Hughes Eastern Monroe Public Library.

Argall stated how the event allows for a discussion on a wide range of issues important to residents of Monroe County.

ACS WORKSHOP

Monday, February 25, 2013

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., March 4, at St. Luke's Hospital-Miners' Campus, 360 W. Ruddle St., Coaldale. Sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

New Ringgold man pleads to drug counts

Monday, February 25, 2013

A New Ringgold man entered a guilty plea to drug charges and a Pottsville man to a series of retail theft charges before President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.

Michael Vincent Gustis, 31, of 111 Beach Creek Drive, New Ringgold, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Heffley seeks change in fish and boat commissioner terms

Monday, February 25, 2013

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has introduced legislation to reduce the length of the term of service for the board of commissioners of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

"I believe this legislation will allow for added legislative oversight of this agency as the commissioners will be more accountable to the public through the appointment and confirmation process," said Heffley, a member of the House Game and Fisheries Committee.

DCT BENEFIT

Monday, February 25, 2013

Prom & Wedding Dress Collection

It's time to clean out your closet and help area children.

Gently-used prom and wedding dresses are being collected for the annual Prom & Wedding Dress Sale to be held from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Most dresses will be priced at just $10 (cash only).

All proceeds from the even will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Organizers are accepting new and gently-used dresses and accessories, including jewelry, purses, shawls and shoes, from now through March 20.

Cub Scouts from Clark Summit tour KME

Monday, February 25, 2013
As members of Cub Scout Pack 160 of Clark Summit tour the KME facilities in Nesquehoning, Cub Scout John Paul Shields enjoys sitting in a soon to be delivered Colorado fire truck under the watchful eye of KME sales manager Mark Kopunek.
As members of Cub Scout Pack 160 of Clark Summit tour the KME facilities in Nesquehoning, Cub Scout John Paul Shields enjoys sitting in a soon to be delivered Colorado fire truck under the watchful eye of KME sales manager Mark Kopunek.

Mark Kopunek, sales manager at Kovatch Mobile Equipment in Nesquehoning, was in charge of a tour by Cub Scout Pack 160 from Clark Summit as they are studying Fire Safety Month.

The scouts had their local fire company do a presentation recently and the Kovatch company was kind enough to show the boys and adults the makings of a fire truck from start to finish.

They saw how a fire truck is designed through means of the engineers drafting a design on their computers. They then went to the place where it all starts and after an hour saw the finished product.