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March 2013

PV employee placed on unpaid leave

Friday, March 29, 2013

Panther Valley school board on Thursday stepped up a disciplinary action against an employee one board member has previously identified as JROTC director Kenneth Markovich.

The employee, identified only as employee #598, was placed on paid administrative leave on Feb. 28. As the board readied to act on the motion, school director Roy Angst shouted out Markovich's name.

Angst had also suggested Kenneth Markovich was the employee in question in his online blog, published at 12:33 a.m. Feb. 27.

Temple of Israel lists Lehighton service

Friday, March 29, 2013

Temple of Israel, 194 Bankway Street, Lehighton, will hold a Nosh and Natter from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 31 in the Shul Social Hall. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite Passover dessert and memories to share.

Temple of Israel is also continuing the Mitzvah Project of the donation of canned goods to the Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley's kosher Food Pantry/Lehighton Community Food Pantry. Everyone is asked to bring a can of food to help others.

Future dates for Shabbat services are Friday, April 12; and Friday, May 17.

Audit firm rehired

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Schuylkill County Commissioners rehired an audit firm which had audited the county's financial transactions in past years and approved by the county controller Christy Joy, in action taken at Wednesday's public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The firm of Zelenkofske Axelrod (ZA), LLC, of Harrisburg, was hired for three years, 2012, 2013 and 2014, to perform the county's annual single audit under the county code and to perform the tri-annual audit of the 9-1-1 fund. The total cost of the agreement for the three year period is $234,684.

Telethon to salute cancer survivors

Friday, March 29, 2013

This year's Carbon-Tamaqua Telethon benefiting the American Cancer Society will again offer a Salute to Survivors.

During this segment, survivors are introduced and encouraged to talk briefly about battle their with cancer.

Salute to Survivors is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 at 8:30 p.m. The telethon airs live from Penn's Peak just outside Jim Thorpe.

Survivors are asked to confirm their appearance at gtay200@verizon.net or by calling 570-668-4451. Callers are asked to provide their names and where they live.

Tamaqua shuts down Tribe

Friday, March 29, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Brooke Lucykanish slides safely into second base as Tamaqua's Lynn Kistler takes the throw. Tamaqua wound up winning the game by a 6-3 score.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Brooke Lucykanish slides safely into second base as Tamaqua's Lynn Kistler takes the throw. Tamaqua wound up winning the game by a 6-3 score.

It didn't take Bailey Pedersen long to learn the ups and downs of being a varsity softball pitcher.

The Tamaqua freshman experienced both sides of the game in her first varsity start against Lehighton in a non-league game on Thursday.

Pedersen got the best of the Indians with her rising pitch over the first six innings, as she accounted for 13 of the game's first 18 outs on strikeouts en route to a 6-3 win.

Emmanuel Church holding Easter dinner

Friday, March 29, 2013

Emmanuel United Congregational Church, 509 Hamilton St., Bowmanstown, will serve a Free Community Easter Dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 31. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call (610) 852-2707.

Graduates basic combat training

Friday, March 29, 2013

Army Reserve Pvt. Mitchell P. Stepp has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Colts' Swankoski will play football at FDU

Friday, March 29, 2013
Colts' Swankoski will play football at FDU
Copyright 2013

Marian senior Eric Swankoski will be continuing his academic and football careers at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Swankoski was a three-year member of the Colt varsity, playing both defensive back and wide receiver during his career

Swankoski had 13 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns this season and was selected as a Schuylkill County Coaches Association second team all-star.

In addition to football, Swankoski also plays basketball and baseball for the Colts.

Tamaqua couple wed 62 years

Friday, March 29, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Kester
Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Kester

Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Kester recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. They were married March 24, 1951 at St. John Evangelical & Reformed Church (now U.C.C.), by the Rev. Arthur D. Knoebel.

Mrs. Kester is the former Miriam Weston, daughter of the late William J. and Doris (Brewer) Weston of Tamaqua. Her husband is the son of the late Edward A. and Elva (Lindenmuth) Kester, also of Tamaqua.

Carbon seeks to form council of governments

Friday, March 29, 2013

Carbon County officials want to start a council of governments to help work on big projects.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, announced that the county, in cooperation with state Sen. John Yudichak's office, will host a meeting to form a council of governments for elected officials in the area. The meeting, which is open to elected officials in all municipalities in the county, will be held at 6:30 p.m., April 23, in courtroom 1, located in the Carbon County Courthouse, Jim Thorpe.

Honor Society inducts new CCTI members

Friday, March 29, 2013
Members of the National Technical Honor Society, family, friends, and school officials gathered together for the 23rd Annual Membership Induction and Installation Ceremony and Banquet for the NTHS which was held at CCTI in Jim Thorpe in the school's Cafeteria.
Members of the National Technical Honor Society, family, friends, and school officials gathered together for the 23rd Annual Membership Induction and Installation Ceremony and Banquet for the NTHS which was held at CCTI in Jim Thorpe in the school's Cafeteria.

The Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) held its 23rd Annual Membership Induction and Installation Ceremony and Banquet for the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at the school in Jim Thorpe on Tuesday evening.

NTHS is an honor society for outstanding career and technical students of workforce vocational education institutions in the United States.

The NTHS began in 1984 as the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society.

In 2003, the Board of Directors unanimously agreed to change the name of the organization to the National Technical Honor Society.

$2.1M Oxycodone rings smashed in Monroe County

Friday, March 29, 2013

HARRISBURG - Two prescription drug rings, allegedly responsible for the distribution of $2.1 million worth of Oxycodone in Northeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, have been broken up by agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI), federal officials and local police.

In addition to the two rings operating in Pennsylvania, authorities in New York have dismantled the New York City arm of the operation.

Palmerton residents complain of speeding

Friday, March 29, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton resident Ronald Leibenguth implores borough council on Thursday to either enforce the speed limit along the 100 block of Franklin Avenue, or put up a three-way stop sign at Second and Franklin, to address instances where he said vehicles drive at unsafe speeds.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton resident Ronald Leibenguth implores borough council on Thursday to either enforce the speed limit along the 100 block of Franklin Avenue, or put up a three-way stop sign at Second and Franklin, to address instances where he said vehicles drive at unsafe speeds.

Are motorists traveling at too high a rate of speed along a street children routinely cross in Palmerton?

Several residents who reside in the 100 block of Franklin Avenue told borough council on Thursday that's the case.

Resident Ronald Leibenguth illustrated several examples of cars that crashed from driving at a high rate of speed.

In one particular incident where a car crashed, Leibenguth noted "had there have been some school children walking down the street at that time, someone would have been killed."

The spiritof the season

Friday, March 29, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In the spiritof giving and helping others in need,especially

during theholiday season, Councilman David Yelitoof Coaldale donatesgroceriesfor Easter to a localeconomically strugglingfamily.

Named to dean's list

Friday, March 29, 2013
Maloney
Maloney

Kaitlin Maloney, a senior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named to the fall 2012 dean's list at Temple University.

Maloney, a dual political science (prelaw) and English major, is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key National Honour Society, and has earned distinction as a Diamond Leader from Temple's Office of Leadership Development.

Carbon county court news

Friday, March 29, 2013

Mortgageforeclosures

The following actions were filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans.

Bank of America, c/o 7105 Corporate Drive, Plano, Tex., filed against Joleen Lee Kumangai, 404 S. Shamokin St., Shamokin, over property at 282-284 W. Snyder Ave., Lansford. Sought is $71,415.29 and continuing interest.

Bank of America filed against Danielle M. and Cory A. Hartsell, 122 Center Rd., Lehighton, over property at that address. Sought is $176,901.04 and continuing interest.

Food For Fines at Palmerton Area Library

Friday, March 29, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton Area Library Teen Advisory Group are holding a Food For Fines program during National Library Month. Each one is holding a library book end that they painted as part of their campaign to make the library "prettier and brighter." They are, from left, Mara Tracey, Brittany Irwin, Kristen Rausch, Senia Smith, Allyssa George and Mikayla Dolsay.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton Area Library Teen Advisory Group are holding a Food For Fines program during National Library Month. Each one is holding a library book end that they painted as part of their campaign to make the library "prettier and brighter." They are, from left, Mara Tracey, Brittany Irwin, Kristen Rausch, Senia Smith, Allyssa George and Mikayla Dolsay.

April is National Library Month. One way the Palmerton Area Library is planning on celebrating is to invite the community to support the Teen Advisory Group's (TAG) second annual Food for Fines program.

The idea is to get patrons to return overdue library materials.

If you have library materials (books, DVDs, etc.) that are overdue and you owe fines, for every non-perishable food item or toiletries you bring in between April 1-30, a dollar from your fine will be deducted for each item you donate.

Nesquehoning mural

Friday, March 29, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The meeting chamber of the Nesquehoning Borough Building is a little brighter after a fresh coat of paint and a mural painted by Maritza-Mendez Reinbold of Lehighton. She appeared at the recent meeting with her husband David to be thanked for her wonderful talent. Here she appears with council president Frank Jacobs. The mural depicts the narrow valley synonymous of Nesquehoning along with an Indian head.

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, March 29, 2013

Deeds recorded

Bowmanstown

Patrick W. Trotter to Terri Sue Trotter, 664 Fireline Road, Palmerton, property at 664 Fireline Road, $1.

East Penn Township

Frank Grosseibl to Del Barket, Schnecksville, Tract 2, Vacation Homesites, Section 1, $7,000.

Franklin Township

Richard Koszarek to Richard Koszarek, Garfield, N.J., lots 13 and 14, Section 1, Kriss Pines Executive Estates, $1.

Warren C. Kromer to Lucas W. Kromer, 154 Birch Drive, Lehighton, property at 154 Birch Drive, $1.

Jim Thorpe

On this date

Friday, March 29, 2013

March 29, 2004

March 29, 2004 Jimmy Yenca delivers a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Jim Thorpe to a 5-4 comeback win over Lehighton. The Olympians, coached by George Gillespie, score four times in the home seventh to pull out the victory. Jordan LaRizzio starts the rally with a single and later scores on a passed ball. Craig Zurn and Adam McFarland also reach base and score to tie the game, setting the stage for Yenca's heroics. Jason Figura, who scores the game-winning run, gains the pitching win in relief of Derick Reis.

George wins Pennsylvania Gymnastics Championshp

Friday, March 29, 2013
George wins Pennsylvania  Gymnastics Championshp
Copyright 2013

Rhys George didn't have much room for improvement after taking second place in last year's Pennsylvania State Gymnastics Championships.

But the 10-year old from Fogelsville managed to pull it off, moving to the top spot on the podium in this year's championships.

The Zoo Health Club holds grand opening

Friday, March 29, 2013
The Zoo Health Club holds grand opening
Copyright 2013

The Zoo Health Club, 1241 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East at the Carbon Plaza Mall, recently celebrated its grand opening. Owners are Brian and Beth Alboucq. Taking part in the grand opening ribbon cutting were, from left, Lindsey Sommers, State Rep. Doyle Heffley, Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein and Tom Gerhard, the owners, Beth and Brian Alboucq, and staff, Heather Mriss and Wendy Strawser. The Alboucqs have invited everyone to stop by with anytime with questions and meet the knowledgeable staff and tour the facility.

Let the sun shine in

Friday, March 29, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The windows at the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe haven't been cleaned since it suffered fire damage 30 years ago. To the rescue are volunteers from Jim Thorpe Window Cleaning, clockwise from bottom left, Stoney Acevedo, Hawk Acevedo, Stonebear Acevedo and David Goodhile.

Passed exam

Friday, March 29, 2013
Stoeber
Stoeber

Natasha Stoeber of New Ringgold has successfully passed the National Health-career Association's student certification examination and is now a Certified Phlebotomy Technician. Stoeber is a December 2012 graduate of the McCann School of Business.

Eggs-traordinary Easter egg hunt

Friday, March 29, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Along the Bunny Trail, Easter egg hunters spy little woodland creatures like these squirrels.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Along the Bunny Trail, Easter egg hunters spy little woodland creatures like these squirrels.

Wanda George creates a Bunny Trail for the grandkids

Wanda George adores her family. And holidays. And decorating. Collecting. Nature ...

Being a very loving and creative person, she finds ways to combine all her passions into special events as her gift to family and friends.

Wanda enjoys visiting flea markets. She can always find treasures to fit every holiday. In unique and clever ways, she showcases her antique and flea-market-found treasures in her charming home in Kunkletown.

Senior of the Month

Friday, March 29, 2013
Palmer
Palmer

Laura Palmer, daughter of Julius and Joan Palmer, Weatherly, has been named Senior of the Month for February at Weatherly Area High School.

Laura is a member of Weatherly Area High School's chapter of the National Honor Society, the high school band, the high school chorus, County Band, District Band, and the drama club. She also serves as manager for the boys' soccer team and is involved in the high school variety show.

Right place at the right time

Friday, March 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Kyle Oliphant, Tim Phillips and Shawn Phillips.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Kyle Oliphant, Tim Phillips and Shawn Phillips.

Three Tamaqua emergency service volunteers were in the right place at the right time as they were walking by the rear parking lot of the Majestic House Thursday.

As they passed the lot someone yelled to them that a car was on fire. The three (consisting of Shawn Phillips of the Tamaqua Ambulance, Tim Phillips of Citizens Fire Company, and Kyle Oliphant of the South Ward Fire Company) grabbed fire extinguishers and put out the fire.

Tamaqua news

Friday, March 29, 2013

Adult day care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a number of activities planned for the month of April, including a breakfast fundraiser at the Hometown Fire Company on April 20.

Other special days next month include: April 3, bingo; April 4, variety entertainment; April 11, craft day; April 15, sing-along with Audrey Christ; April 17, Salvation Army service; April 19, cooking class; April 24, special breakfast; April 26, visit from the St. Jerome's kindergarten class; and April 30, monthly birthday party;

Graduates from diver training program

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Ocean Corporation of Houston, Texas has announced that Jeffrey A. Teets, of Lehighton, graduated Feb. 1 with an Ultimate Diver certification. Jeffrey is the son of Jeffrey A. Teets, Sr.

The Ocean Corporation is a commercial diving training organization and has been training commercial divers since 1969. With job placement assistance provided, graduates will go to work for professional dive companies performing underwater welding and cutting, underwater construction, search and salvage, inspections and repairs and various other tasks below the water's surface.

Carbon opens bids for seven home rehabilitation projects

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Carbon County Board of Commissioners, on Thursday, opened bids for seven home rehabilitation program projects in the county. This program helps low-income residents fix problems at their home.

On this date

Friday, March 29, 2013

March 29, 1976

Mike Kobrick of La Crescenta, Calif., a native of White Bear, Summit Hill and a graduate of Lansford High School, left for Newcastle on Tyne, England, where he will attend a two-week NATO conference. Mike, an astro-physicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, will spend a month touring England, Scotland, and France following the seminar. He completed his doctoral studies at UCLA recently and has been working for the past several years at JPL on lunar research.