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February 2013

Marriage licenses

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Carbon County

Michael Joseph Muick and Maryann Louise Hower, 12 W. Water St., Lansford.

Jason Clark Stroup and Lisa Kay Gable, 614 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

Joseph Donald Koch II and Valerie Ann Gombert, 116 S. Third St., Lehighton.

Bryan Thomas Berger and Desirae Allison Kline, 101 W. Ridge St., Nesquehoning.

Gavin Delbert Hawk and Yue Li, 2570 Stoney Ridge Rd., Palmerton.

David Alan Bobst and Kelly Ann Swartz, 213 N. Third St., Lehighton.

Rapid Response System presented to Nesquehoning council

Thursday, February 28, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jonathan Greiner, project manager, for GeoDecisions, presents the Rapid Response System to Nesquehoning Borough Council members and local residents Wednesday night. Seated from left are Councilmen Don Demarco and David Hawk.
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jonathan Greiner, project manager, for GeoDecisions, presents the Rapid Response System to Nesquehoning Borough Council members and local residents Wednesday night. Seated from left are Councilmen Don Demarco and David Hawk.

Jonathan Greiner, a representative from GeoDecisions out of Camp Hill, was on hand Wednesday night during the regular monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council to make a presentation on the firm's Rapid Response System.

This high-speed alert notification system is designed to deliver messages via phone, email or text to communities and municipalities in the event of emergencies such as flood, fire, power outages, water boil advisories, road closures or any other type of situation where information needs to be disseminated to the public as quickly as possible.

Applications now available for property tax/rent rebate program

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) has announced that forms for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for tax year 2012 are now available.Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2012. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.

Lehighton news

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Trinity happenings

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold First Saturday worship with Holy Communion at 5 p.m., March 2. The Rev. Michael Frost will preside.

The third Sunday in Lent worship with Holy Communion will be observed at 9 a.m. The Rev. Donald Hayn, interim pastor, presides. Coffee fellowship follows. Sunday School Power Hour begins at 10:15 a.m. for ages 3 through adult.

First Tuesday quiet Communion is observed 10 a.m. March 5.

Two Tamaqua residents among 22 to enter guilty pleas; sentenced

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Two Tamaqua residents were among 22 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Roccia Schuima III, 34, of 248 Brown St., possession of drug paraphernalia, placed on probation 12 months, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, and perform 10 hours community service. He was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Karl Harig, after responding to the residence for a drug overdose.

Polk Township news

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Salem St. Paul's

Salem-St. Paul's Lutheran Church's Pastor's Class for new members meets Sundays in April, from 9-10 a.m. Call the church office to register. New members will join Sunday, April 28.

First Communion Class for children age 5 and older and a parent is 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 23. Please call the church office to register.

The Lenten Wednesday service will be on March 13. Volunteers are needed to help make soup and desserts for the Lenten soup supper. Sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board by the office.

Safe Haven Pet Rescue

Construction to require both lanes of I-81 to be merged for months

Thursday, February 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Major construction work on Interstate 81 in Delano Township will require single lane conditions for work related to the ongoing Interstate 81 Bridge Rehabilitation Project. Starting as soon as tomorrow, the southbound lane of Interstate 81 just past the McAdoo exit (Exit 138) will be shifted to the northbound side. Southbound traffic will shifted back to the southbound lanes at the Delano exit (Exit 134). PennDOT encourages drivers to use caution and obey posted speed limits throughout the work zone. Later on in the project, the traffic pattern will be reverse (both directions of traffic on the northbound side) as construction workers do repairs to the southbound side of I-81. The estimated completion date is October 31, 2013. Pictured is a detour road just past exit 138 that will be used to merge southbound traffic with northbound traffic.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Major construction work on Interstate 81 in Delano Township will require single lane conditions for work related to the ongoing Interstate 81 Bridge Rehabilitation Project. Starting as soon as tomorrow, the southbound lane of Interstate 81 just past the McAdoo exit (Exit 138) will be shifted to the northbound side. Southbound traffic will shifted back to the southbound lanes at the Delano exit (Exit 134). PennDOT encourages drivers to use caution and obey posted speed limits throughout the work zone. Later on in the project, the traffic pattern will be reverse (both directions of traffic on the northbound side) as construction workers do repairs to the southbound side of I-81. The estimated completion date is October 31, 2013. Pictured is a detour road just past exit 138 that will be used to merge southbound traffic with northbound traffic.

Major construction work on Interstate 81 in Delano Township will require single lane conditions for work related to the ongoing Interstate 81 Bridge Rehabilitation Project. Starting as soon as tomorrow, the southbound lane of Interstate 81 just past the McAdoo exit (Exit 138) will be shifted to the northbound side. Southbound traffic will be shifted back to the southbound lanes at the Delano exit (Exit 134). PennDOT encourages drivers to use caution and obey posted speed limits throughout the work zone.

Human Service program to air on local stations

Thursday, February 28, 2013

With mental health issues at the forefront of concern across the nation, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) encourages residents of the 122nd Legislative District to tune in to watch the March edition of his Legislative Report with guest, Majority Chairman Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) of the House Human Services Committee.

Tribute to a dedicated volunteer

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Tribute to a dedicated volunteer
Copyright 2013

Scores of emergency service personnel, friends, relatives, and peers attended the funeral yesterday for Claudia J. Sokol, 55, of Summit Hill. Sokol, a member of the Summit Hill Fire Police, died Friday after collapsing while on duty Thursday as a fire police member at an accident scene.

N.Y. driver facing DUI in Monroe

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A New York driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 2:19 a.m. on Feb. 19 along old route 940, in Pocono Pines.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said they observed a vehicle traveling over the center line along SR940. The driver then turned onto old route 940 and began to accelerate at a high rate of speed going into the opposite lane.

Mischief incident being probed

Thursday, February 28, 2013

State police at Frackville are investigating a criminal mischief incident that was reported on Tuesday, Feb. 26, about noon.

Troopers said unknown criminals smashed the driver's door window of the vehicle of Jacqueline Sites, 34, of New Philadelphia, while it was parked at 76 Tucker Hill Road, in Blythe Township.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

Storybook characters at school

Thursday, February 28, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Some of Lori Smith's second grade class at Towamensing Elementary School dressed up as their favorite storybook characters as part of the celebration of Read Across America week. They are, from left, front, Samantha Peroleri, Sandra Costenbader; back, Ian Everett, Montanna Costenbader, Kevin Bassista, Paige Burnett and Mrs. Stacey Olewine, reading specialist teacher.

Teen struck by SUV in Monroe

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pocono Mountain Regional police are investigating an accident in which a teen was struck by a sports utility vehicle (SUV). The accident occurred about 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the area of 155 Prospect St., in Tobyhanna, Coolbaugh Township.

Police said a SUV was operated by Janet Foster, 57, of East Stroudsburg, eastbound when a 15-year-old female ran out onto the road and struck the side of the vehicle.

The juvenile was transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police sid.

Fillies fall short against NDES

Thursday, February 28, 2013
bob ford/times news Marian's Emily Sofranko (13) uses a screen from teammate Savanna Krusinsky (25) to escape Notre Dame defender Rebecca Bailey.
bob ford/times news Marian's Emily Sofranko (13) uses a screen from teammate Savanna Krusinsky (25) to escape Notre Dame defender Rebecca Bailey.

POTTSVILLE - With the Marian Fillies returning just one starter from last year, not too many people expected them to be around at this time of the post-season playoffs.

Head coach Paul Brutto has had his team in the playoffs like it was a yearly ritual. So to see his team one game away for a shot at a District 11 Class A title didn't surprise him.

The Fillies (16-9) ran in to a more experienced Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg team on Wednesday night and they came up a bit short, falling to the Spartans, 40-32 at Martz Hall in Pottsville.

Board apprised of help available for small and large businesses

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Representatives from Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) outlined to the Schuylkill County commissioners at the board's byweekly public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville Wednesday their plan in providing assistance to small and large businesses in Schuylkill County and adjoining counties of Carbon, Luzerne and Monroe.

Jeffrey K. Box, president and CEO of the firm said, "We want to get money out on the street in Schuylkill County."

Bears' Everett will play in East/West game

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pleasant Valley's Dakota Everett was recently selected to play for the East team in the annual Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association East/West All-Star game. The game will be played at Dowingtown West High School on May 5.

Everett was selected as an inside linebacker.

The Pleasant Valley senior was selected to the Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State team this past season after leading the Bears to an 8-4 record and helping them advance to the District 11 championship game

Schuylkill Mall incidents probed

Thursday, February 28, 2013

State police at Frackville are investigating two incidents that occurred at stores in the Schuylkill Mall in New Castle Township.

Troopers said two black males entered the Sears store between 3 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 21 and opened a jewelry case as the cashier was distracted.

The two removed seven diamond rings and five pairs of diamond earrings. The two were described as being between the ages of 35-50.

CORRECTION

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Graver finishes third at D-11 wrestling tourney

Palmerton's Zach Graver finished in the third place at last weekend's District 11 Class AA Wrestling Tournament.

In Monday's TIMES NEWS, it was incorrectly listed that Graver lost the third place bout by injury default. Graver actually won the bout by injury default.

Forestry program set

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Land owners are invited to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Forest Landowners Conference on Saturday, March 16 at Keystone College, 1 College Green, La Plume. The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required by March 8 and there is a fee to attend. The fee covers the cost of the morning break, lunch and educational materials.

CORRECTION

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Comfort & Joy recipe

In Wednesday's TIMES NEWS, the recipe in the Comfort & Joy column for Whimpies called for a pound of celery. It should be just a cup, not a pound.

While a pound of celery may be healthier and may not change the flavor of the recipe that much, a cup of chopped celery is all you need.

We apologize for any inconvenience the error may have caused.

Luzerne driver facing charges

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Luzerne County driver is facing charges following a vehicle stop in Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers on patrol stopped a vehicle for an inspection violation along SR940 at SR423, in Pocono Pines.

The driver was identified as John Hamilton, 50, of Wilkes-Barre. A check revealed that Hamilton possesses a license that requires him to operate a vehicle that is equipped with a ignition interlock device. His vehicle did not have the device.

He was charged with that violation and the inspection sticker violation, police said.

Tigers' Shackelton earns top seed

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The District 11 Class AA Swimming Championships will take place Friday and Saturday at Parkland High School with several local swimmers trying to earn a trip to states.

Only the winner of each event is guaranteed a spot into the PIAA Championships, which will take place March 13-14 at Bucknell Univeristy's Kinney Natatorium. An additional 16 individual spots and eight relay spots are earned based on the next fastest times from the rest of the district meets across the state.

On this date

Thursday, February 28, 2013

February 28, 2001

February 28, 2001 Colette Makowiec scores 13 of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter to help Marian rally for a 48-39 victory over Shenandoah Valley in the District 11 Class A semifinals. Makowiec hits three straight three-pointers to open the final frame as the Fillies, coached by Paul Brutto, outscore their opponent 22-9 in the period. The winners, who hit 9-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory, also receive eight points from both Heather Thomas and Kim Horvath.

A bitter 'sweet' end to Lehighton's Persian doughnut

Thursday, February 28, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Cake artist Erica Heery, left, of La Mia Torta Bakery presents a special cake to Pam Gothard, center, and Bill "Andy" Gothard, right, on the occasion of the recent "Persian Doughnut Retirement Party." The large custom cake looked and tasted like a Persian doughnut.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Cake artist Erica Heery, left, of La Mia Torta Bakery presents a special cake to Pam Gothard, center, and Bill "Andy" Gothard, right, on the occasion of the recent "Persian Doughnut Retirement Party." The large custom cake looked and tasted like a Persian doughnut.

Anyone who is from or who is familiar with the Lehighton area probably knows what a "Persian" is a doughnut made famous years ago by Young's Bakery.

With the closing of Lehighton Bakery, the storied doughnut is now a thing of the past but not before one last "hurrah."

Employee charged

Thursday, February 28, 2013

An employee of a Monroe County business has been charged with theft and access device fraud.

State police at Fern Ridge identified the suspect as Wendy Shaw, of Effort.

According to troopers Shaw was employed at Kinsley's Shoprite in Brodheadsville, Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. While employed there she would enter manufacturer coupons and store coupons into a computer and then create gift cards for her personal use.

Troopers said the incidents occurred during the period of Dec. 1- 4, 2012.

Former Pleasant Vy., ESU standout named to NCAA tribute team

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Former East Stroudsburg University women's basketball standout Lori Pio Jacques '96 M'00 has been named to the 40th Anniversary Tribute Team as part of the NCAA's celebration of Division II athletics throughout 2013.

Nesquehoning news

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nesquehoning

Woman's club dinner

The Nesquehoning Woman's Club will host its meeting in the form of a dinner at MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning on Monday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Those attending the evening dinner will give their $10 to Nan Kevilly to cover an Easter flower and Easter baskets donated to the residents.

President Carol Zickler will hold a brief meeting.

Cat-in-the-Hat and friends

Thursday, February 28, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Towamensing Elementary School is celebrating Read Across America all week. On Monday the students could dress up as their favorite storybook characters as a fundraiser to benefit the Palmerton Area Library. Ashley Hummer's Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 Life Skills class, K-4th grades, dressed up as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters.

St. John Neumann School receives $50,000 donation

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Support continues to pour in for St. John Neumann Regional School.

Recently, the school was the recipient of a $50,000 donation, as announced by Principal Sister Virginia Stephanie.

With regard to the grant, Sister Stephanie said "this generous donation will underwrite the technology program, tuition aid, while supporting the foreign language and arts programs."

Edgar Webber, President of the School Advisory Board, added "the word is out that St. John Neumann Regional School is a valuable asset to our community."

Tamaqua news

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Belle of the ball

Organizers and volunteers for "The Second Annual Community Belle of the Ball" event have been collecting gently used gowns, shoes and jewelry, which will be distributed to girls feeling the financial pinch of today's economy.

Distribution will be held from 5-8 p.m. on March 1, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 2.

Last year's event provided 200 gowns to deserving young women, a "tremendous success" according to Gwen Evans, one of the organizers.

The collection is just a small part of Zion's outreach ministry.

EMA training courses set for Carbon County

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced the following emergency services training sessions available to emergency personnel.

Registration is required. To register, call, email or fax the host agency.

ŸMunicipal EMCs Quarterly Training, March 6, 6:30 p.m., at the Carbon County EMA. Call the Carbon County EMA at (570) 325-3097.

Ÿ FEMA G-191 ICS/EOC Interface, March 9, 8 a.m., at Monroe County EMA. Call (570) 992-4113.

Ÿ CART training, March 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Carbon County EMA. Call the Carbon County EMA.