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March 2013

Inmate facing multiple charges

Thursday, March 28, 2013

An inmate at the state correctional institution at Mahanoy, 301 Morea Rd., in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, is facing multiple criminal charges following an investigation.

State police at Frackville said Waylon Earl Drey has been charged with 14 counts each of criminal solicitation and criminal use of a communication facility, and 28 counts of criminal conspiracy.

Annual prom and wedding dress sale a dream come true in many ways

Thursday, March 28, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Modeling a sample of the gowns that will be available at the Fifth Annual Dream Come True Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to be held Wednesday, April 3 at Penn's Peak are, from left: Joan Reinhard, wellness coordinator/Pencor Corporate/Penn's Peak; Jen Brownmiller, HR generalist/Pencor Corporate; Marissa Hartas, marketing and public relations for the TIMES NEWS; Erika Ahner, marketing coordinator BRC/Pencor Corporate; Julianne Farina, marketing and public relations coordinator for Blue Ridge Communications and organizer of the event.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Modeling a sample of the gowns that will be available at the Fifth Annual Dream Come True Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to be held Wednesday, April 3 at Penn's Peak are, from left: Joan Reinhard, wellness coordinator/Pencor Corporate/Penn's Peak; Jen Brownmiller, HR generalist/Pencor Corporate; Marissa Hartas, marketing and public relations for the TIMES NEWS; Erika Ahner, marketing coordinator BRC/Pencor Corporate; Julianne Farina, marketing and public relations coordinator for Blue Ridge Communications and organizer of the event.

It's time to say "Yes" to the dress at the Fifth Annual Dream Come True Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to be held on Wednesday, April 3 from 4-7 p.m. at Penn's Peak on Maury Road in Penn Forest Township.

Maybe he asked you to the prom. You really want to go, but things are financially tight at home and paying $200-$300 for a dress is just out of the question.

You've always dreamed of wearing a beautiful bridal gown down the aisle but the reception is costing an arm and a leg. How can you afford a wedding gown that costs $800-$1,000?

Polk Township news

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Kresgeville will observe Holy Week with services beginning Maundy Thursday, March 28 with a 7:30 p.m. Holy Communion service.

Good Friday, March 29 at 1 p.m. there will be a Community Service and a 7:30 p.m. Service of Shadows at Zion Lutheran Church, Brodheadsville on Route 209.

On Easter Sunday, March 31 there will be a 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion service with special music.

Cornerstone Community Church

Telethon to salute cancer survivors

Thursday, March 28, 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.

Police are probing identity theft case

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police at the Frackville barracks are investigating an identity theft case that was reported to them at 12:30 p.m. March 26.

The victim is Robert Bashago, 72, of 509 Strawberry St., Tuscarora.

He told police someone used a credit card that was fraudulently taken out in his name and attempted to use it to purchase merchandise from the Home Shopping Network.

The case is still under investigation.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Nesquehoning

Conservation Club

The next meeting of the Nesquehoning Conservation Club will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at Maple Shade Meadows beginning at 6:30 p.m. Plans for the upcoming fishing derby will be discussed.

Members are asked to bring along their Redner's Save-A-Tapes.

Anyone who has not paid their 2013 dues are asked to do so at this time.

Lehighton news

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Trinity happenings

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold Holy Week services. Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion will be at 7 p.m. Students who have received class instructions on Holy Communion will receive their first Holy Communion during the service. The somber Good Friday Tenebrae service is at 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday worship with Holy Communion and distinctive special music will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. The Rev. Donald Hayn, interim pastor, presides. Coffeehouse fellowship begins at 9 a.m.

Stranded in Tamaqua

Thursday, March 28, 2013
 From left, Canadians Rosanne, Felicia and Rita Donahoe were stranded in Tamaqua Tuesday and Wednesday after a harrowing vehicle breakdown on I-81.
From left, Canadians Rosanne, Felicia and Rita Donahoe were stranded in Tamaqua Tuesday and Wednesday after a harrowing vehicle breakdown on I-81.

Canadian family grateful to be alive after 'terrifying' ordeal on I-81

Three members of a Canadian family are in a mode of gratitude after surviving a nerve-racking experience Tuesday evening along Interstate 81 north of Tamaqua.

"I was terrified," said a relieved Rita Donahoe on Wednesday, one day after avoiding catastrophe when her vehicle malfunctioned at a construction zone during a time of heavy tractor-trailer traffic.

It all took place during what was supposed to be an enjoyable family excursion.

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.

PennDOT invites volunteers to join in statewide Spring cleanup

Thursday, March 28, 2013

PennDOT is seeking volunteers for this year's Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania effort that runs through May 31.

The cleanup event is an annual effort sponsored by PennDOT, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, state Department of Environmental Protection and other partners. Groups involved in PennDOT's Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup.

Meth lab suspects waive hearings

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Two men arrested and charged with operating a methamphetamine lab in Lehighton have waived their preliminary hearings.

Todd Stephen Greene, 38, of 400 Mahoning St., Lehighton, and Floyd Warren Michael, 27, of 411 Gypsy Hill Gardens, remain in Carbon County Prison; Green in lieu of $150,000 bail and Michael in lieu of $75,000 bail.

The duo was scheduled to have a hearing before District Judge Edward Lewis but opted to have the charges forwarded to Carbon County Court.

PV tops Tribe in shortened match

Thursday, March 28, 2013
PV tops Tribe in shortened match
Copyright 2013

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.

Vandalism to cars probed in Coaldale

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Coaldale police are investigating damage to two cars.

The vandalism occurred Monday when someone damaged the driver's side mirror of a vehicle on W. Early Avenue, and to another vehicle parked on 6th Street.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call borough police at (570) 645-3060.

On this date

Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 28, 1980

March 28, 1980 Five Slatington track and field athletes post double wins in the Bulldogs' sweep of Southern Lehigh. In the boys' meet Dale Beck (100, shot put), Scott Schaffer (long and triple jumps) and Blaine Waylen (1600, 3200) all win a pair of events to aid a 99-50 victory. In the girls meet, multiple wins from Pam Peters (100 hurdles, long jump) and Glynnis Miller (100, 200) contribute to a 74-58 victory.

Increased efforts by state police

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police in the Troop L area, which consists of stations in Jonestown, Schuylkill Haven, Frackville, and Reading, will be recognizing the Easter Holiady enforcement efforts during the period of Friday, March 29, through Sunday, March 31.

Troopers working during the holiday period will engage in high visibility enforcement efforts directed toward aggressive driving violations such as following too closely, abrupt lane changes, driving under the influence (DUI), speeding, and driving too fast for conditions.

New Floodplain Management Ordinance approved at Polk Twp.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Polk Township supervisors held an Ordinance hearing Tuesday, March 25, repealing in its entirety Section 8 of the Polk Township Zoning Ordinance relating to Floodplain Management regulations and replacement of the same with new updated and revised regulations.

Russel Kresge, township engineer, requested the new ordinance become effective May 2.

During the regular meeting immediately following the hearing, the board approved 3-0 the new Floodplain Management regulations.

Having a hoppy good time

Thursday, March 28, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Harold Biechy and son, Harold Ryan Biechy, Saylorsburg, enjoy some bunny time with theEaster Bunny at Ross Township's Easter Egg Hunt held at the VanBuskirk/Haney Park. It was estimated there were around 200 children from ages under three to 10 years old for this growing event.

Tamaqua Relay to meet Monday

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting this Monday, April 1, at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 at 6:30 p.m. for all committee members and 7 p.m. for everyone else. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Suspect sought in Lansford burglary

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Daniel Hollan
Daniel Hollan

Daniel Hollan, 30, no address given, faces charges from an incident which took place on March 7 at 4 Springgarden St., Lansford.

Felony charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property were filed by Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick. A warrant has been issued for Hollan's arrest. Anyone with information concerning Hollan is asked to contact police at (570) 645-5844. All calls will be kept confidential.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

On this date

Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 28, 1957

Edward Dugan, enterprising merchant on West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, has launched plans for the erection of a dairy mart on Rts. 29-45-209 (now Route 209) at the approach to Packerton. Equipment has been at work there in recent days leveling the ground so as to provide a highway level approach to the three-acre tract. Dugan hopes to have the business opened by Memorial Day. A well-known summer park concessionaire, he operated a scenic railway in recent years at Edgemont Park in Danielsville and Deer Trail Park, and plans to discontinue this phase of the business.

Nesquehoning hires borough workers

Thursday, March 28, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Marouchoc, Nesquehoning councilman (second from left) presents a plaque of honor to Nesquehoning Hose Company #1 members for their unending training when they secured their new aerial truck. From the left are Shawn McArdle, Lt.; Marouchoc; John McArdle, fire chief; and Matt Miller, assistant chief and vice president of the fire company.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Marouchoc, Nesquehoning councilman (second from left) presents a plaque of honor to Nesquehoning Hose Company #1 members for their unending training when they secured their new aerial truck. From the left are Shawn McArdle, Lt.; Marouchoc; John McArdle, fire chief; and Matt Miller, assistant chief and vice president of the fire company.

Two employees of the Nesquehoning Borough have been hired in other capacities. Matt Miller will work on the borough's street department as a truck driver, He previously worked as the sanitation department's picker. Leonard Michlovsky, who worked as a part time sanitation picker, was moved to full time employee.

With that hiring comes the retirement of Michael Kravelk as the sanitation department's truck driver. He will officially end his duties on Thursday, April 28.

Lehighton train rides?

Thursday, March 28, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Discussing potential train rides between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe are members of the Lehighton Economic Development committee, from left, borough council members George Kogut and Scott Rehrig; Kathy Henderson, representing the Carbon County Board of Realtors; and Lehighton borough manager Nicole Beckett.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Discussing potential train rides between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe are members of the Lehighton Economic Development committee, from left, borough council members George Kogut and Scott Rehrig; Kathy Henderson, representing the Carbon County Board of Realtors; and Lehighton borough manager Nicole Beckett.

Committee is exploring this possibility for the future

Some day, if plans materialize as they're being discussed, there could be trains traveling between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe.

Or, in a revival of a service from a previous generation, there could even be passenger train service between Lehighton and Allentown.

Such potential rail service was among the topics discussed during an economic development meeting coordinated by Lehighton Borough Council member George Kogut.

The concept was also mentioned during a meeting this week of Lehighton Borough Council.

Jim Thorpe news

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Venison dinner

The annual community venison dinner, with all the trimmings, will be held Saturday, April 6, at Christ United Church of Christ, 4th and Center streets. The meal will begin at 5 p.m. There is no charge, however, donations will be accepted.

If you have any questions or wish more information contact Randy at (610) 390-9538.