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February 2013


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.




Rear end crash in Penn Forest

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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

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

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.

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.

Nesquehoning citations

Monday, February 25, 2013

Nesquehoning police reported on the following citations issued by officers.

Theft incidents being probed

Monday, February 25, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating two theft incidents at Schuylkill County locations.

James Turner Jr., of Orwigsburg, reported someone took a 800-foot roll of galvanized steel, three-eighth wire, from his property at 291 Pheasant Run Road, in West Brunswick Township. The theft occurred sometime between 10 p.m. on Feb. 21 and 9 a.m. on Feb. 22.

Special Mass for Pope Benedict

Monday, February 25, 2013

A special Mass in Thanksgiving for Pope Benedict XVI will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena in Allentown on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. Diocese of Allentown Bishop John Barres will be the celebrant of the Mass.

Wednesday will be the last full day of Pope Benedict's nearly eight year papacy. The resignation the Pope announced earlier this month will take effect the next day.

Coaldale tax office closed

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Coaldale tax office will be closed Feb. 26 through March 1. It will be open Monday, March 4, and Tuesday, March 5, during regular hours.

The office will be closed Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8.

Normal hours, 10 a.m. to noon, and 1-4 p.m., will resume Tuesday, March 12.

To qualify for exoneration or exemption, please return a signed and dated application, along with proof of eligibility.

Argo - a tense thriller

Monday, February 25, 2013

Ben Affleck's Argo really took me back. Jimmy Carter was president. The Shah of Iran was deposed. The U.S. allowed him to come to the New York-Weill Cornell Medical Hospital for treatment of his cancer. The Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran after years of exile and an Islamic republic was declared. Outraged at America's refusal to repatriate the Shah for trial and likely execution, the regime instigated mob violence at the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The climax was the storming and occupation of the compound on November 4, 1979.

Mashack, Ortiz, Herzog golden

Monday, February 25, 2013
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Colin Mashack (left) and Tri-Valley's Caleb Bordner battle in the District 11 Class AA 113-pound championship bout. Mashack posted a 4-0 decision.
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Colin Mashack (left) and Tri-Valley's Caleb Bordner battle in the District 11 Class AA 113-pound championship bout. Mashack posted a 4-0 decision.

BETHLEHEM - Tamaqua's Colin Mashack came into the PIAA District 11 wrestling tournament on a mission to avenge last season's loss in the finals at 106-pounds.

He entered this year's tournament as the second seed at 113-pounds, behind Tri-Valley's Caleb Bordner. The two breezed through the opening rounds to setup a much-anticipated showdown in the finals.

Mashack got off to a quick start, gaining a 2-0 advantage on Bordner in the first period. He increased his lead to 4-0 after scoring a reversal 45 seconds into the second period.

Second burglary suspect caught after foot chase

Monday, February 25, 2013
Marco Baker
Marco Baker

Kelly Richardson, 20, of 252 W. High St., Nesquehoning, faces charges from an incident which took place on Feb. 19 at 17 N. Walnut St., Lansford. Charges of burglary and criminal conspiracy were filed by Officer Jason Helmer. Richardson was arrested and is currently in Carbon County prison.

Action taken on 2 subdivision plans for Eagle Rock resorts

Monday, February 25, 2013

Action was taken on two subdivision plans of Eagle Rock Resorts Company, Hazle Township, Luzerne County, located in North Union and East Union townships in Schuylkill County by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Final approval was given to the subdivision plan known as AW South Section of Eagle Rock Resorts in North Union Township to establish 51 single and multi-family residential lots with improvements costs estimated at $464,163.13.