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March 2013

Raiders surge in 6th

Friday, March 29, 2013
Bob Ford/Times News Lehighton's James Farano makes the out, tagging Tamaqua's Matt Yeakel as he slides into second base.
Bob Ford/Times News Lehighton's James Farano makes the out, tagging Tamaqua's Matt Yeakel as he slides into second base.

It seems like it's been forever, but Lehighton and Tamaqua finally hit the diamond yesterday afternoon for a local opening season match-up.

The Raiders came into their game with the Indians looking to improve from a 5-15 record a year ago. Tamaqua coach Jeff Reading had a talented, but inexperienced squad in 2012, therefore losing a lot of close ball games.

What a difference a year makes.

Mandatory 10 digit dialing takes effect Sept. 21 in 570 area code

Friday, March 29, 2013

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today announced that the permissive dialing period has commenced for residential and business customers within the existing 570 area code.

During the permissive dialing period, callers can begin using 10 digits each time they place a call from the 570 area code. However, if a caller dials just seven digits, the call will still be completed.

Vigil held for mother, children lost in fire

Friday, March 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Over 100 people came out Wednesday evening to remember a mother and four children lost to a house fire last March in Shenandoah.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Over 100 people came out Wednesday evening to remember a mother and four children lost to a house fire last March in Shenandoah.

Just over 100 people gathered Wednesday night in Shenandoah to remember the victims of a fire that claimed the life of a mother, her son and her two nephews one year ago.

The victims were Tiffany Matejick-Sanchez, 29, her son, Cristian Sanchez, 10; and nephews, Damien Lopez, 10, and 7-month-old Aziah Hernandez.

During the vigil, people held candles and sang songs of remembrance. Rebecca Barnes, 17, of Ashland, sang "In the Arms of an Angel," by Sarah McLachlan while Sister Catherine and Sister Mary Ann sang gospel songs during the program.

Schuylkill County court news

Friday, March 29, 2013

Warrant hearing

Barry Berger, 33, Ringtown, had the bench warrant dissolved by Judge John E. Domalakes after a hearing and his current bail restored with stipulations that he must reside at Bethesda Mission or Paxton Mission, Harrisburg, must not possess nor consume alcohol or illegal substances and must attend all future court proceedings.

He was brought in on a bench warrant after he failed to appear at a district judge's office for a preliminary hearing. The judge ordered his case placed on the next trial list.

Eldred Township news

Friday, March 29, 2013

St. Matthew's egg hunt

St. Matthew's UCC will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 at the picnic grove at 2 p.m. Those who would like to donate plastic or hard-boiled colored eggs should have them at the church before noon Saturday.

Easter service

St. Matthew's UCC will hold an Early Easter Communion Service on Sunday, March 31 at 6:30 a.m. That will be followed by breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The traditional Easter service will begin at 9 a.m.

Exercising seniors

Panther Valley opens girls basketball job

Friday, March 29, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lady Panthers player Madison Blasko implores the Panther Valley School Board on Thursday to keep head girls basketball coach Josh Wank.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lady Panthers player Madison Blasko implores the Panther Valley School Board on Thursday to keep head girls basketball coach Josh Wank.

Lady Panthers players, many with tears streaming down their faces, walked out of a Panther Valley school board meeting Thursday after the board voted 6-1, with one not voting, to open up the girls basketball position.

Several parents, who had accompanied the girls, were clearly angry over the move. One woman spat an invective at a board member "Hope you're happy, b," she said while others loudly lambasted the board as they left the meeting room.

Bombers tame PV

Friday, March 29, 2013
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Lee Kuntz tags out Panther Valley's Jake Szczecina at home to end the first inning. Szczecina tried to score from third on a passed ball.
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Lee Kuntz tags out Panther Valley's Jake Szczecina at home to end the first inning. Szczecina tried to score from third on a passed ball.

A day after Palmerton needed nine innings to defeat Colonial League rival Catasauqua, the Bombers worked quickly to dispatch Panther Valley 12-2 in five innings for a convincing non-league victory.

Panther Valley got on the board first with an RBI single from starter Colton Black, but the Bombers (3-0 overall, 1-0 Colonial League) answered quickly in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice fly from Carl Cressman to score starting pitcher Lee Kuntz, who stole second and third to get into scoring position.

Additions made to Chestnuthill 250th celebration

Friday, March 29, 2013

At the March 21 meeting of the Chestnuthill Township anniversary committee meeting it was proposed that something be done with Chestnut trees whether it is as simple as planting one in the park or using them as fundraisers.

Another idea that was floated was to have prizes for the oldest attendee at the Sept. 7 celebration and the one who came the greatest distance.

Garden flags with the anniversary logo may be made.

Other ideas are welcome. Bring them to a committee meeting the third Thursday at the Chestnuthill Township building.

Staff layoffs at PV

Friday, March 29, 2013

6 educational jobs are cut

The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday followed through on its move to cut six educational jobs, leaving some teachers in tears and drawing expressions of disgust from others.

The votes were consistently 6-1, with school Director David Hiles absent and Irene Genther opposed. School directors Michelle Markovich, Anthony DeMarco, Richard Zabroski, Bill Hunsicker, Roy Angst, Koreen Nalesnik and board President Jeff Markovich all voted in favor of the cuts to the high school, middle school and elementary school libraries, and to the elementary school technology class.

Named to dean's list at Moravian College

Friday, March 29, 2013
Mummey
Mummey

Megan Mummey, daughter of Mike and Michelle Mummey of Lehighton, earned dean's honor list standing for the fall semester of the 2012-2013 school year at Moravian College, Bethlehem.

Students who carry three or more courses during a fall or spring term and attain a QPA of 3.5 or higher are placed on the dean's honor list.

Cat in the Hat can't attend, but the Sneetch was able to perform

Friday, March 29, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Thing 2, Riley Fritz, and Thing 1, Aidan Gruber, are released from their box to help the Sneetch at Mahoning Valley Elementary School's "Millionaire" game Friday morning. Student answered questions to win prizes to celebrate Read Across America.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Thing 2, Riley Fritz, and Thing 1, Aidan Gruber, are released from their box to help the Sneetch at Mahoning Valley Elementary School's "Millionaire" game Friday morning. Student answered questions to win prizes to celebrate Read Across America.

Students at Mahoning Elementary School recently proved they were proficient in the books of Dr. Seuss, when the school participated in the eighth annual "Who Wants to be a Millionaire Game," which is modeled after the popular television game show. All of the questions pertained to five Dr. Seuss books. The children played for bookmarks, stuffed animals, books and games.

The books were, "Cat in the Hat," "Horton Hears a Who," "Sneetches," "Horton Hatches the Egg," and "I Wish That I had Duck Feet."

Tree risk management

Friday, March 29, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, an Introduction to Tree Risk Assessment for Communities webinar will be held on April 2, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Too often, municipal tree commissions and staff are unaware of the risks associated with defective trees, which can cause personal injury and property damage. Interest in tree risk assessment and mitigation has increased in recent years due to safety and liability concerns resulting from preventable accidents.

Eagle Rock resorts list sale of lots

Friday, March 29, 2013

Eagle Rock Resorts Company, Hazle Township, Luzerne County, recorded in the Schuylkill County courthouse sale of lots in its subdivisions in East Union Township, Schuylkill County, to the following buyers:

Michelina Z. Fink and Michael S. Fink, Allentown, Lot 23, WSS3 Subdivision, Eagle Rock Resorts, East Union Township, $10 (full consideration $32,900).

Aesha Javines and Richard B. Javines, Barnegat, N.Y., Lot 49, WSS4 Subdivision, Eagle Rock Resorts, East Union Township, $10 (full consideration $37,900)

CLASS REUNION

Friday, March 29, 2013

LAHS Class of 1993

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1993 is planning for its 20th year class reunion.

Organizers are searching for the following classmates: Bryan Banhart, Courtney Dennis, Keith Erikson, Chris Ferguson, Heather Frey, Sonny Frey, Kevin Graver, Tanya Hannis, Robert Hill, Terry Hoherchak, Daniel Horn, Joy Malaty, Brian Mangold, Grant Mosher, Brian Moyer, Pam Schaeffer, Marcy Schoenberger, Edwin Steigerwalt, Jeremy Steigerwalt and Steve Stine.

Contact LehightonHSClassof1993@aol.com with your current address.

Outrage

Friday, March 29, 2013

Anti-Christian attacks again on the increase

Given the number of attacks on Christianity in just the last week makes one wonder if America is still a Christian nation. Attacks on Christians seem to pick up around the time of the two major holidays - Christmas and Easter - but the intensity seems to be increasing each year.

At Florida Atlantic University, a student was reportedly suspended for refusing to participate in a class assignment from a textbook in his Intercultural Communications class. It called for students to write the name "Jesus" on a piece of paper, put the paper on the ground, and stomp on it.

Mahoning egg hunt

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Mahoning Township Lions Club will be holding its annual Lions Egg Hunt on Saturday at 1p.m. at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance building on Mill Rd. in Lehighton. The event is open to children 0-10 years old.

Lehigh crash

Friday, March 29, 2013

No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle crash that occurred about 9:54 p.m. on Monday, March 25, along Kressler Road, at the intersection with Hamilton Blvd., in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said William G. Watt, 23, of Wind Gap, was stopped for a red traffic light driving a 2006 Hummer H3 when he attempted to back up so he could move to the right turn only lane. In doing so the back of his vehicle struck the front of a 2000 Audi A4, operated by Adam J. Wolfe, 33, of Slatington, who was also stopped for the light.

Stuck in the mud

Friday, March 29, 2013

Closingof recycling program hits a snag

The closing of the Carbon County recycling program has hit a snag.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said that the county's plan to remove all 109 blue bins from the 14 sites around the area has stalled because of weather, ground conditions and storage space. To date, 47 bins have been removed.

Navy Club of Carbon Co. installs new officers

Friday, March 29, 2013

During their March monthly meeting, the Navy Club of Carbon County, Ship 260 held election of officers for 2013. From left, Stanley Jaroszewski, senior executive officer; David Spence, chaplain and master at arms; Scott Reinhart, commander; Robert Siesputowski, junior executive officer; and John Mauro, paymaster. The officers were sworn in by Past National Commandant William Flail, who also officiated the change of command ceremony. The Carbon County Navy Club, Ship 260 is open to all veterans of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.

55 Easter Bags delivered to Personal Care Home

Friday, March 29, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Living Hope Lighthouse Church of Palmerton gathered with Michael Coulson, financial adviser, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, of Palmerton, Wednesday to fill Easter bags that will be delivered to Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown this Friday. Pictured are (l-r) Rev. Chris Bronico, Missional Pastor, Sandy Long, Lorraine Stackhouse, Ellen Domermuth, Bob Domermuth, Laura Coulson, Levi Coulson, 1, and Michael Coulson.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Living Hope Lighthouse Church of Palmerton gathered with Michael Coulson, financial adviser, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, of Palmerton, Wednesday to fill Easter bags that will be delivered to Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown this Friday. Pictured are (l-r) Rev. Chris Bronico, Missional Pastor, Sandy Long, Lorraine Stackhouse, Ellen Domermuth, Bob Domermuth, Laura Coulson, Levi Coulson, 1, and Michael Coulson.

Chances are this Easter holiday ought to be a bit brighter for a local personal care home.

On Good Friday, 55 Easter bags filled with various items will be delivered to Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown.

The bags are part of a joint effort between Michael Coulson, a financial adviser with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Palmerton, and members of the Living Lighthouse Church, Palmerton.

Driver flees crash scene, later caught

Friday, March 29, 2013

A Northumberland County driver crashed his car early this morning in Schuylkill County, then fled the scene on foot, only to be located later and arrested.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred about 1:30 a.m. along SR209 (S. Tremont St.), in Reilly Township. Troopers said Matthew C. Graver, 28, of Zerbe, was driving a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta northbound when, for unknown reasons, the car left the road and entered the east berm.

BMHS annual nutrition fair promotes healthy eating

Friday, March 29, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kelly Kugler, a dietetic intern from Cedar Crest College working at Blue Mountain Health System, distributes nutrition shakes and other food samples during the hospital's Nutrition Health Fair.
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kelly Kugler, a dietetic intern from Cedar Crest College working at Blue Mountain Health System, distributes nutrition shakes and other food samples during the hospital's Nutrition Health Fair.

Members of the Blue Mountain Health System dietetic department recently hosted a nutrition health fair at the Lehighton campus.

This is the third year that Blue Mountain has held such a fair during March, which is National Nutrition Month. The fair aims to teach the community about healthy eating habits and expose the public to new food types and ideas, and features both outside vendors and hospital dietetic staff and interns.

More than 100 community members and hospital staff visited the fair during its two-hour run, sampling food items and learning about healthy eating.

Final Four set

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league is down to its "Final Four," as Shawn's Construction and Batter's Box both posted quarterfinal victories on Wednesday evening in the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center.

Shawn's Construction advances to next week's semifinal contest against second-seeded Vesuvio's, while Batter's Box has a date with top-seed and defending league champion Ryan's Oil & Heating.

WEDNESDAY'S

QUARTERFINALS

Batter's Box-

Mike Stower Coal & Oil

Business owners concerned about downtown Palmerton parking

Friday, March 29, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those who voiced parking concerns along Delaware Avenue to Palmerton Borough Council on Thursday were, from left, Jan Kresge, owner, Jan's Barber Shop; Audra Doll, Jan's Barber Shop; Don Schaefer, and his wife, Tricia Schaefer, owner/spa director, True Spa.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those who voiced parking concerns along Delaware Avenue to Palmerton Borough Council on Thursday were, from left, Jan Kresge, owner, Jan's Barber Shop; Audra Doll, Jan's Barber Shop; Don Schaefer, and his wife, Tricia Schaefer, owner/spa director, True Spa.

As businesses in downtown Palmerton flourish, the number of available parking spaces continues to diminish.

That is the dilemma faced by several Delaware Avenue business owners, who expressed their concerns to borough council on Thursday.

Jan Kresge, owner of Jan's Barber Shop, 434 Delaware Ave., said her issue is a lack of available parking for her customers.

Kresge said the parking spaces in front of her business are being taken, specifically by a local business that has grown.

Palmerton news

Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring cleanup

Towamensing Township will be holding a spring cleanup and recycling event April 13-14, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the township municipal building, 120 Stable Road, Lehighton.

The event is open to township residents only. Residents are asked to bring large items, furniture, mattresses, box springs, appliances, tires, computers, televisions, etc. There is a charge for items with freon and for tires. Advanced Green Solutions will handle all the covered devices and might charge a small fee.

Attains dean's list

Friday, March 29, 2013
Maloney
Maloney

Sean Maloney, a sophomore in the Fox School of Business, has been named to the fall 2012 dean's list at Temple University.

Maloney, a management information systems major, is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key National Honour Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success Sigma Alpha Pi, the Association for Information Systems, and Phi Kappa Theta fraternity.

Nesquehoning hires borough workers

Thursday, March 28, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Marouchoc, Nesquehoning councilman (second from left) presents a plaque of honor to Nesquehoning Hose Company #1 members for their unending training when they secured their new aerial truck. From the left are Shawn McArdle, Lt.; Marouchoc; John McArdle, fire chief; and Matt Miller, assistant chief and vice president of the fire company.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Marouchoc, Nesquehoning councilman (second from left) presents a plaque of honor to Nesquehoning Hose Company #1 members for their unending training when they secured their new aerial truck. From the left are Shawn McArdle, Lt.; Marouchoc; John McArdle, fire chief; and Matt Miller, assistant chief and vice president of the fire company.

Two employees of the Nesquehoning Borough have been hired in other capacities. Matt Miller will work on the borough's street department as a truck driver, He previously worked as the sanitation department's picker. Leonard Michlovsky, who worked as a part time sanitation picker, was moved to full time employee.

With that hiring comes the retirement of Michael Kravelk as the sanitation department's truck driver. He will officially end his duties on Thursday, April 28.

Lehighton train rides?

Thursday, March 28, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Discussing potential train rides between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe are members of the Lehighton Economic Development committee, from left, borough council members George Kogut and Scott Rehrig; Kathy Henderson, representing the Carbon County Board of Realtors; and Lehighton borough manager Nicole Beckett.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Discussing potential train rides between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe are members of the Lehighton Economic Development committee, from left, borough council members George Kogut and Scott Rehrig; Kathy Henderson, representing the Carbon County Board of Realtors; and Lehighton borough manager Nicole Beckett.

Committee is exploring this possibility for the future

Some day, if plans materialize as they're being discussed, there could be trains traveling between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe.

Or, in a revival of a service from a previous generation, there could even be passenger train service between Lehighton and Allentown.

Such potential rail service was among the topics discussed during an economic development meeting coordinated by Lehighton Borough Council member George Kogut.

The concept was also mentioned during a meeting this week of Lehighton Borough Council.

Jim Thorpe news

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Venison dinner

The annual community venison dinner, with all the trimmings, will be held Saturday, April 6, at Christ United Church of Christ, 4th and Center streets. The meal will begin at 5 p.m. There is no charge, however, donations will be accepted.

If you have any questions or wish more information contact Randy at (610) 390-9538.

Monroe burglary is investigated

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 2 and 7:30 a.m. March 22 at a residence in Monroe County.

The victim is Larry Elmer Purcell, 30, of 4144 Forest Drive, Kunkletown, Polk Township.

Long Pond man facing charges

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Anthony T. Brown, 37, of Long Pond, was taken into custody on Sunday, March 24, and arrested on numerous charges following an incident at 7:08 a.m. in Tunkhannock Township.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said Brown is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, person not to possess firearms, simple assault, possession of a controlled substance, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, possession of instruments of a crime and harassment.