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February 2013

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.

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
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.

Palmerton graduate to perform in Women of the World concert

Monday, February 25, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS 2012 Palmerton Area High School graduate Lydia Anthony will be part of a live performance this evening with the Women of the World group. Anthony is a freshman at the Berklee College of Music as a voice principal, where she is majoring in Music Therapy.
Special to the TIMES NEWS 2012 Palmerton Area High School graduate Lydia Anthony will be part of a live performance this evening with the Women of the World group. Anthony is a freshman at the Berklee College of Music as a voice principal, where she is majoring in Music Therapy.

From the small town of Palmerton to the bright lights of the big city.

On grand stage is where 2012 PAHS graduate Lydia Anthony will find herself this evening when she takes part in the Women of the World concert.

The spring concert will be held at 8:15 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA. The Link for the Live Show Feed is http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/women-of-the-world-present-koloro.

The concert will also showcase a World Peace Choir consisting of more than 50 women musicians from different countries.

Charles Gilmore marks 89 years

Monday, February 25, 2013
Charles Gilmore
Charles Gilmore

Charles Gilmore, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated his 89th birthday on Feb. 15.

Originally from Bryn Mawr, he served as an infantry rifleman in Europe during World War II.

While in the service he received the Silver Star, the third highest award given.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Art groups join to present gallery

The Carbon County Art League and Pocono Mountain Art Group have joined efforts to bring the joy and beauty of art to the residents of Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center through a free and open art gallery.

The gallery will be displayed at 397 Hemlock Drive in Lehighton, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17.

Schnecksville man identified as fatal victim of propane truck crash

Monday, February 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Brian G. Barto, 47, of Schnecksville, died Friday afternoon after losing lost control of a propane truck, owned by Sharp Energy of Allentown, and rolled the unit along Gun Club Road in the New Tripoli section of Lynn Township, Lehigh County. The story appeared in Saturday's TIMES NEWS. After flipping on its side, the truck continued into a set of trees; completely crushing the cab. It took about five hours to extricate Barto from the truck. Firefighters and hazmat teams, worried about a possible explosion, provided water suppression during the rescue and vehicle removal.

Becahi run downs Palmerton

Monday, February 25, 2013
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Jade Farquhar dribbles baseline shielding off Becahi's Nicole Lacherza.
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Jade Farquhar dribbles baseline shielding off Becahi's Nicole Lacherza.

If a novelist was to write a book about Palmerton's performance against Bethlehem Central Catholic on Saturday afternoon they might have borrowed a title from Charles Dickens' most famous novel, A Tale of Two Cities. However, they might have tweaked it a bit, changing the title to a A Tale of Two Halves.

On this date

Monday, February 25, 2013

February 25, 1963

February 25, 1963 Northwestern's Snyder hits a bucket in overtime and Fritz adds an important free throw during the extra frame to help the Tigers gain a 48-47 win over Lansford. Snyder finishes with a team-high 16 points for the winners while Fullweiler contributes nine and Nestor adds eight. For the Panthers, Steve Zenko tallies a game-high 22 points.

Theft of ATV being probed

Monday, February 25, 2013

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of an all terrain vehicle (ATV) from a Schuylkill County site.

Vaughn G. Vesay Jr., 29, of 117 Coal St., Cumbola, Blythe Township, reported someone removed his 2001 Honda 400EX, four-wheeler, ATV from the back yard of his residence. The theft occurred sometime between 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The ATV is described as having no front or rear fenders, with the valve cover removed. It has a red frame, red handle bars, and an after-market exhaust.

N'western falls to NS

Monday, February 25, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Trista Cunningham dribbles around a North Schuylkill defender as she drives the lane before taking a shot.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Trista Cunningham dribbles around a North Schuylkill defender as she drives the lane before taking a shot.

POTTSVILLE - North Schuylkill saw two big keys to Saturday night's District 11 Class AAA girls quarterfinal against Northwestern.

The Lady Spartans wanted to play solid defense and control the glass. They did both en route to a 31-29 win at Martz Hall, advancing to Wednesday's semifinal game against top-seeded Southern Lehigh.

"We said before the game that if we win the rebounding battle we'll win the game," said Spartan head coach John Rizzo. "We knew how good they are offensively. We needed to defend as well as we ever had. I think we did that tonight."