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March 2013

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.

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.

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.

Apartments evacuated after circuit breaker catches fire

Thursday, March 28, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Slatington Fire Department and other first response teams gather outside the George L. Dilliard Manor in Slatington Wednesday morning after a hot water heater malfunctioned. In all, 18 apartment units were evacuated. No injuries were reported.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Slatington Fire Department and other first response teams gather outside the George L. Dilliard Manor in Slatington Wednesday morning after a hot water heater malfunctioned. In all, 18 apartment units were evacuated. No injuries were reported.

A circuit breaker caught fire, causing a public housing apartment complex in Slatington to be evacuated yesterday morning.

The incident occurred around 10 a.m. Wednesday when a hot water heater malfunctioned and short circuited, which caused a circuit breaker to catch fire in one apartment in the west wing of the fifth floor inside the George L. Dilliard Manor at 425 Kuntz St.

Slatington Fire Chief Keith Weaver said 18 units were evacuated for about an hour. No injuries were reported, Weaver said.

Guns are stolen in Monroe burglary

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Four handguns were stolen in a burglary that happened around 4:41 p.m. March 22 in Ross Township, Monroe County.

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the incident. The victim is John Lai, 52, of 5320 Rolling Hills Road, Saylorsburg.

Police said someone broke into his residence and removed the following: a Glock 19 (serial No. STD646 CAL) 9 mm; a Citadel 1911 (Serian No. CIT013553) 45-caliber; a Ruger LCP (Serial No. 37579331) .380-caliber; and a Smith and Wesson MP (Serial No. MPL2999), 9-mm.

Scattering rubbish incident probed

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a scattering of rubbish incident.

Troopers said garbage was dumped along Green Mount Drive, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, on the property of Donald Powell, 66, of Effort, about 6:10 p.m. on March 21.

A black Toyota two-door coupe was spotted in the area at the time. Anyone who has information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 646-2271.