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March 2013

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.

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.

Drunk man cited, jailed in Schuylkill

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police at the Schuylkill Haven bararcks reported Floyd Freeman, 29, of Myerstown, was arrested and jailed after police responded to a public drunkenness case at 1:19 a.m. March 26 at the corner of Main and Pine streets in Tremont.

Pollice said Freeman was consuming alcoholic beverages and discarding the empty cans of beer on the roadway and sidewalk, and was called the Schuylkill County Communications Center multiple times without needing emergency services. police said he refused to leave the area after having been instructed to do so several times.

Heffley urges greater PA Fish & Boat Commission accountability

Thursday, March 28, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS With the Firefly Trout Hatchery runways as background, Rep. Doyle Heffley announced that he will introduce House Bill 798 to hold Pennsylvania Fish & Boat commissioners more accountable to the public through the appointment and confirmation process. From left, Kirk Cressley, who with his wife Denise owns the Firefly Trout Hatchery, Rep. Heffley and Marcia Hahn (138th Legislative District, R-Northampton).
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS With the Firefly Trout Hatchery runways as background, Rep. Doyle Heffley announced that he will introduce House Bill 798 to hold Pennsylvania Fish & Boat commissioners more accountable to the public through the appointment and confirmation process. From left, Kirk Cressley, who with his wife Denise owns the Firefly Trout Hatchery, Rep. Heffley and Marcia Hahn (138th Legislative District, R-Northampton).

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon County) sees the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commissioners as lacking in accountability principally because their appointment to a single eight-year term isolates them from legislative oversight.

Heffley, a member of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, announced that he is introducing legislation, House Bill 798, which would reduce the length of the term of service from eight years to four years for the board of commissioners of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Pellet shots strike windows in home

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 6 p.m. March 9 and 2:15 p.m. March 24 at a residence in Eldred Township.

The victim is Ellen Kowalczyk Mooney, 55, of Allentown. Her residence is located at 680 Getz Dawl Road, Palmerton.

Police said during the above dates someone shot an air soft pellet at four windows of the residence, causing cracks and holes in them.

CLASS REUNION

Thursday, March 28, 2013

ChestnuthillHigh School

The Chestnuthill High School Alumni Reunion will be held Saturday, May 4, at the Polk Township Fire Hall in Kresgeville, beginning at 1 p.m.

Reservations are due by April 12.

Officers for this year are Lee Hoffman, president; Marion Sobers, vice president; Gertrude Hennion, secretary; and Geraldine Gasdick, treasurer.

The ultimate back saver

Thursday, March 28, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Sooner or later, spring clean-ups and yardwork will be keeping many a homeowner very busy. Oh to have a really heavy-duty pick-up tool like this one seen picking up old rails along the tracks in Weatherly.