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March 2013

Visitors tour the world at Penn Kidder's Multicultural Night

Thursday, March 28, 2013
The European nation of Germany was represented during their school's Multicultural Night by Kenan Parent (left) and Julian Kelly.
The European nation of Germany was represented during their school's Multicultural Night by Kenan Parent (left) and Julian Kelly.

The gymnasium of Penn Kidder Elementary School was standing-room-only last week thanks to a large turnout of visitors to the school's Multicultural Night.

Hundreds of visitors came to the school to learn about the 44 countries represented by the exhibits that were on display in the school's gymnasium.

Those who visited and participated in the evening's event could see first-hand the differences or similarities in the diversity of cultures from all parts of our world.

Consumer protection

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Summit Hill Council shows it hardly exists

In Summit Hill, a lot of money was spent on upgrading borough-owned buildings. A new borough hall with a police station, a fire station, and a community center were all constructed at the same time.

Overall the project cost in excess of $3.5 million. It was a needed project and the buildings are both attractive and spacious.

The previous structures had major deficiencies - both structural and safety.

Shepherd House distributes emergency food to Carbon needy

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Shepherd House, Inc., is a food pantry system serving Carbon County in nine food pantries located throughout the county. The goal of Shepherd House Inc. is to continue to distribute emergency food supplies to the needy in Carbon County.

This worthwhile and important resource has been in existence for the past 29 years due to the efforts of hardworking volunteers and by way of funding them state government grants and the Carbon County United Way. In February, 2013, the pantries served a total of 1,004 households which included a total of 1,397 adults, 736 children and 429 elderly.

Gary Allan keeps it pure country during Penn's Peak performance

Thursday, March 28, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Country singer Gary Allan performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. A near capacity crowd attended the show which featured the country star performing numerous songs from his newest album, "Set You Free."
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Country singer Gary Allan performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. A near capacity crowd attended the show which featured the country star performing numerous songs from his newest album, "Set You Free."

Sings songs about rain, pain, raising cain, and romantic gain

Most new country artists often mix other genres into their concerts.

Some add some pop. Others a little rock.

Heck, Jason Aldean even added some rap.

Gary Allan doesn't stray. He keeps it pure country.

Last night Allan performed at Penn's Peak before a near capacity crowd. Throughout his 22-set, from the opening number of "Tough Enough" to his finale "Songs About Rain," he sang ballads, love songs, story songs. He stuck to the brand and it was obvious the audience appreciated it.

Pocono Mountains unveils newNational Geographic map of the region

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) recently announced a new National Geographic Destination Map of the Pocono Mountains four-county region.

The new map, unveiled Monday, is ideal for touring this culturally and geographically unique region filled with unparalleled natural beauty and authentic travel experiences, from climbing the boulders at the designated historic natural landmark Boulder Field to hiking a unique series of eight waterfalls accessible through a network of trails and bridges around Bushkill Falls, the "Niagara of Pennsylvania."

Tamaqua MS Students of the Month

Thursday, March 28, 2013
MIKE HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MIKE HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School Principal Christopher Czpala has announced the students who have been named the most recent Students of the Month. Earning the honor in February were: Tanner MvcHugh, eighth grade; Ahmere Tilghman, sixth grade; Thaddaeus Zuber, seventh grade; Madison Matsago, seventh grade; and Zoe Snyder, eighth grade. Missing from the photo is Meghan McArdle, sixth grade.

Theft of propane tanks probed

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The theft of propane tanks is being investigated by state police at Fern Ridge.

Troopers said 12 tanks were taken from a storage unit at the Food Mart, located at 2604 Route 115, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. A master lock was cut to gain entry to the storage unit. The 20-pound tanks are valued at $60 each for a total value of $720.

The theft occurred sometime between March 12 at 10 a.m. and March 18 at 6:45 p.m.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 646-2271.

LEOs give daffodils to hospital residents

Thursday, March 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Taking part in a yearly tradition, members of the Tamaqua LEO Club spent time handing out daffodils to residents of the St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale. Pictured with resident Thomas Rock, are, from left, Tamaqua LEO advisors Liz McElwee, Fran Stahl, LEO Vice President Makia Stocker, 18; President Jared Sharpe, 16; advisor Sue Dolan and Catherine Watkins of St. Luke's Hospital.

Free Give and Take Day at Chestnuthill Twp. Park

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Chestnuthill Township, in cooperation with Close the Loop, invites the public to Free Give and Take Day, Saturday, April 6 at Chestnuthill Township Park, Route 715, Brodheadsville. The Give part is from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Take part is from 1-4 p.m.

Give and Take Days are a way to reuse items that are too good to throw away but you don't have a use for anymore. The public may bring reusable items between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., then take away anything from 1-4 p.m. You don't have to bring something to take something.

Computer, camera stolen from home

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A burglary that took palce bwteen 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. March 22 in Lower Towamensing Township is being investigated by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

The victim is David Rosario, 60, of 3145 Hemlock St., Palmerton.

Police said someone broke into his residence and stole a Compaq Presario laptop computer nand a camera.

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.