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March 2013

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.

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
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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.

Vehicle stop nets drug charges

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Zachariah James Melchior, 20, of Walnutport, was arrested by state police at the Lehighton barracks on criminal charges after he was stopped for a vehicle code violation at 12:26 p.m. March 26 along Route 903 in Penn Forest Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said it was determined Melchior was operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance. He was also found to be in possession of suspected marijuana and related paraphernalia.

Carbon Bar Association donates to new Penn Kidder Library

Thursday, March 28, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Bar Association recently donated $500 to the Penn Kidder Library Center, Route 903, in the Pine Point Plaza, Albrightsville. The new library, which is slated to open April 10, features a nice selection of donated books and will offer two public-access computers for adult usage and one for children. The library also has many paperbacks for sale. From left are Claire

Farnschlader, library board member; Barbara Franzosa, president; Greg Mousseau, esquire, CCBA board member; and Donna Martino, library treasurer.

Driver cited after Schuylkill crash

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Berks County driver was cited following a one- vehicle crash in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Gregory J. McLaughlin, 62, of Hamburg, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu southbound on SR61 in North Manheim Township, about 10:36 a.m. on Monday, March 25, when he entered a jug handle to go east on SR443. McLaughlin failed to negotiate a left curve with his car striking an embankment.

Stray bullet hits Kunkletown home

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a reckless endangerment incident that happened at 4:20 p.m. March 24 in Eldred Township.

The victim is Dorothy J. Cavanaugh, 52, of 828 Molasses Valley Road, Kunkletown.

Police said a stray bullet richocheted into a living room window of the occupied residence. The bullet was believed to have come from the woods across a field in front of the residence.

One person hurt in Monroe crash

Thursday, March 28, 2013

One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that happened at 6:37 p.m. March 26 on Route 115 in Chestnuthill Township.

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said Richard S. Ianuale, 73, of Sciota, was transported to the hospital after the crash. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time, police said.