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March 2013

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
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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 A baby bunny peeks out of his little toadstool house.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS A baby bunny peeks out of his little toadstool house.

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.

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.

PV tops Tribe in shortened match

Thursday, March 28, 2013
PV tops Tribe in shortened match
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A random rainstorm nearly washed away Lehighton and Pleasant Valley's tennis match Wednesday afternoon.

However, despite the steady rain and slick courts, the two teams completed just enough matches to make the day official.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Street sweeping

The Borough of Tamaqua will resume weekly street sweeping operations during the week of April 8. Several streets in the downtown area are permanently posted for Thursday and Friday street cleaning operations. These streets include Broad, Berwick, Center, Pine, Railroad, Nescopec and Swatara streets, which will be cleaned on April 11 and April 12, beginning at 7 a.m.

Additional streets will be posted, advertised and cleaned periodically.

Knowles announces broadcast schedule

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) recently recorded his latest legislative report with State Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) regarding the recent reintroduction of the Property Tax Independence Act.

To watch Knowles' legislative report online, visit RepKnowles.com, or see the following schedule to watch it on television:

- Blue Ridge Cable, Lehighton, Mondays at 8:30 a.m., on Channel 13.

- Service Electric Cable TV, Birdsboro, Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., on Channel 2.

- Service Electric Cable TV, Mahanoy City, second and fourth Wednesdays at 9 p.m., Channel 19.

Couple that secured painkillers illegally among 27 to plead guilty

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A couple who obtained painkillers illegally at an area hospital and pharmacy, was among 27 defendants in pending cases to enter guilty pleas on Tuesday before Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Various counts

James Richard Jones, 33, and his girlfriend, Naomi Turner Ellison, 30, both of Lehighton, entered guilty pleas to several counts.

Ellison pleaded to two counts of theft by deception and one of criminal conspiracy-acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. The pleas cover three pending cases.

Tigers drop baseball opener

Thursday, March 28, 2013
nancy scholz/times news Pen Argyl's Scott Ackerman (10) tries to avoid the diving tag of Northwestern's Josh Williamson at third base.
nancy scholz/times news Pen Argyl's Scott Ackerman (10) tries to avoid the diving tag of Northwestern's Josh Williamson at third base.

Northwestern just needed a little bit more offense. One more key hit or a break and the Tigers could have come all the way back from an early three-run deficit.

But Pen Argyl made a couple key plays to hold on for a 3-2 in Tuesday in New Tripoli.

The Knights (2-0 overall, 1-0 Colonial League) scored a run in the first and two in the second. The Tigers scored a pair of runs in the third and threatened in three of the last four innings but couldn't get the break or key hit they needed.