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March 2013

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.

Panther Valley news

Friday, March 29, 2013

Summit Hill

History of St. Luke's presentation

The Summit Hill Historical Society will host a presentation on "The History of St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale" on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 West Hazard St.

The presenter is Joseph Tocci of the Radiology Department and will include many photos.

For more information please see www.summithillheritagecenter.com.

Shade Tree Commission

Nearing completion

Friday, March 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Contractors are almost done the demolition of the 80-year-old nurses' residence in Coaldale. The decision was made to raze the structure after an intense investigation into options to save the building. Surviving almost 80 years, the large structure stood to the eastern rear of the present hospital building.

Weatherly HS to host Junior Jump Start Night

Friday, March 29, 2013

Weatherly High School will offer a free Junior Jump Start Night on Wednesday April 3 at 6 p.m. in the high school's cafeteria. The workshop provides help for current junior students and their parents/guardians to get a "jump start" on their post-secondary planning, including information on financial aid.

Mischief incident being probed

Friday, March 29, 2013

A criminal mischief incident is being investigated by state police at Frackville occurring in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said unknown criminals threw a rock through the rear window of the 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup truck of Thomas Shawn Schreppel, 26, of Zion Grove, while it was parked at 145 Quality Hill Road, in Gilberton. The incident occurred sometime between 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, and noon on Wednesday.

Schuylkill woman is caught stealing

Friday, March 29, 2013

Jennifer McGovern, 41, of Schuylkill Haven, has been arrested for retail theft by state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks after an incident at 11:56 a.m. March 23 at the Curious Cat, a business in Wayne Township, Schuylkill County.

Police said she put on a pair of Converse sneakers that were offered for sale at the business and left her sneakers behind before departing the store without paying for them.

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
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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
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The newest NTHS Inductees attending CCTI's 23rd Annual Membership Induction and Installation Ceremony and Banquet for the National Technical Honor Society were left to right, 1st row : Cheyenne McKinley, Rachel Mills, Megan Roseman, and Janai Kerr; 2nd row, from left : Hailey Deibert, Lauren Tompkins, Helen O'Connor, Shane Sutch, and Cory Sterling; 3rd row, from left : Charles Trovato, Cheyenne Tilley, Haley Gower, and Tyler Wentz; rear, from left : Matthew Cramer, Jalissa Kuehner, Joeseph Della Vecchio, Tanner Seltzer, and David Burger.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The newest NTHS Inductees attending CCTI's 23rd Annual Membership Induction and Installation Ceremony and Banquet for the National Technical Honor Society were left to right, 1st row : Cheyenne McKinley, Rachel Mills, Megan Roseman, and Janai Kerr; 2nd row, from left : Hailey Deibert, Lauren Tompkins, Helen O'Connor, Shane Sutch, and Cory Sterling; 3rd row, from left : Charles Trovato, Cheyenne Tilley, Haley Gower, and Tyler Wentz; rear, from left : Matthew Cramer, Jalissa Kuehner, Joeseph Della Vecchio, Tanner Seltzer, and David Burger.

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.

Tamaqua MS Students of the Month

Thursday, March 28, 2013
MIKE HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MIKE HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School Principal Christopher Czpala has announced the students who have been named the most recent Students of the Month. Earning the honor in February were: Tanner MvcHugh, eighth grade; Ahmere Tilghman, sixth grade; Thaddaeus Zuber, seventh grade; Madison Matsago, seventh grade; and Zoe Snyder, eighth grade. Missing from the photo is Meghan McArdle, sixth grade.

Theft of propane tanks probed

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The theft of propane tanks is being investigated by state police at Fern Ridge.

Troopers said 12 tanks were taken from a storage unit at the Food Mart, located at 2604 Route 115, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. A master lock was cut to gain entry to the storage unit. The 20-pound tanks are valued at $60 each for a total value of $720.

The theft occurred sometime between March 12 at 10 a.m. and March 18 at 6:45 p.m.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 646-2271.

LEOs give daffodils to hospital residents

Thursday, March 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Taking part in a yearly tradition, members of the Tamaqua LEO Club spent time handing out daffodils to residents of the St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale. Pictured with resident Thomas Rock, are, from left, Tamaqua LEO advisors Liz McElwee, Fran Stahl, LEO Vice President Makia Stocker, 18; President Jared Sharpe, 16; advisor Sue Dolan and Catherine Watkins of St. Luke's Hospital.

Free Give and Take Day at Chestnuthill Twp. Park

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Chestnuthill Township, in cooperation with Close the Loop, invites the public to Free Give and Take Day, Saturday, April 6 at Chestnuthill Township Park, Route 715, Brodheadsville. The Give part is from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Take part is from 1-4 p.m.

Give and Take Days are a way to reuse items that are too good to throw away but you don't have a use for anymore. The public may bring reusable items between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., then take away anything from 1-4 p.m. You don't have to bring something to take something.

Computer, camera stolen from home

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A burglary that took palce bwteen 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. March 22 in Lower Towamensing Township is being investigated by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

The victim is David Rosario, 60, of 3145 Hemlock St., Palmerton.

Police said someone broke into his residence and stole a Compaq Presario laptop computer nand a camera.