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March 2013

Monroe burglary is investigated

Thursday, March 28, 2013

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 2 and 7:30 a.m. March 22 at a residence in Monroe County.

The victim is Larry Elmer Purcell, 30, of 4144 Forest Drive, Kunkletown, Polk Township.

Long Pond man facing charges

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Anthony T. Brown, 37, of Long Pond, was taken into custody on Sunday, March 24, and arrested on numerous charges following an incident at 7:08 a.m. in Tunkhannock Township.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said Brown is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, person not to possess firearms, simple assault, possession of a controlled substance, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, possession of instruments of a crime and harassment.

Marriage licenses

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Carbon County

Richard Ellsworth Hartman Jr., 114 Third St., Walnutport, and Jennifer Marie Everett, 628 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton.

Peter John Holthausen and Kathleen Danielle Kramlich, 2294 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

James Earl Cox Jr. and Jennifer Ann Hurley, 72C Butz St., Weatherly.

Brian Allen Voorhees and Katheryn Leigh Greer, 132 S. Fifth St., Apt. 12, Lehighton.

Jordan Tyler Scott and Jamie Lyn Fedor, 730 Green St., Lehighton.

Bruce Erwin Treadwell, 2480 Pawnee Trail, Albrightsville, and Aurea Luz Conca, 161 Spencer Lane, Box 334, Albrightsville.

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.

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.

Visitors tour the world at Penn Kidder's Multicultural Night

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Duane Berhon (left) and Kieran Hunter represented the island nation of Madagascar and its culture at Penn Kidder's Multicultural Night.
Duane Berhon (left) and Kieran Hunter represented the island nation of Madagascar and its culture at Penn Kidder's Multicultural Night.

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."

Summit Hill egg hunt moved, but that didn't stop the kids

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Summit Hill youngsters scramble across the parking lot next to the Hilltop Community Center in the borough to gather eggs during the town's annual easter egg hunt which included over 1000 eggs, lots of prizes and a visit from the Easter bunny last Saturday afternoon.
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Summit Hill youngsters scramble across the parking lot next to the Hilltop Community Center in the borough to gather eggs during the town's annual easter egg hunt which included over 1000 eggs, lots of prizes and a visit from the Easter bunny last Saturday afternoon.

Cold weather and inclement park conditions moved Summit Hill's annual Easter on the Hill egg hunt across the street to the Hilltop Community Center but the 60 youngsters who gathered for the event were still able to hunt eggs outside on the parking lot.

On this date

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March 27, 1957

Eighty-five young bicyclists of Lansford procured licenses as the inspection of bikes and issuance of tags was launched today. John Bernhard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milford "Mickey" Bernhard, was the first one to appear at Bennick's Service Station when the inspection opened at 2:30 p.m. Bennick was kept busy until 6 p.m., checking brakes, tires, lights, reflectors, etc., assisted by his brother, Francis Bennick, assistant chief of police. The bicycle ordinance, signed by Chief Burgess James Walker, goes into effect April 1.

Art of Caring presented by Tamaqua LEO's at St. Luke's Hospital

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua LEO Club presented another work of art as part of a series of artworks on display at the St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale via their Art Of Caring Campaign. The artwork, titled Doorway And Garden, was done by American artist Abbott Fuller Graves, who lived from 1859 to 1936. It was donated in memory of Mae E. Frederickson by the Lang family. Pictured with the artwork are Tamaqua LEO Club advisor Sue Dolan and Leo Club President Jared Sharpe.

Banking returning to South Tamaqua

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Mauch Chunk Trust Company, Jim Thorpe, has acquired this former Wachovia Bank site in South Tamaqua and will open its second Schuylkill County branch in the fall.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Mauch Chunk Trust Company, Jim Thorpe, has acquired this former Wachovia Bank site in South Tamaqua and will open its second Schuylkill County branch in the fall.

Mauch Chunk Trust will expand in Schuylkill

Banking services once again will be available to residents of the village of South Tamaqua after an absence of three years.

Mauch Chunk Trust Company, Jim Thorpe, confirmed that plans are under way to transform a commercial property at 1331 Clamtown Road into the bank's seventh branch office and its second in Schuylkill County. The site is near the communities of Clamtown, Reynolds, New Ringgold and Mantzville.

"We don't have a concrete date yet," said Heidi Blade of the bank's marketing division.

Two placed in probation program

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Two persons facing criminal charges were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If they successfully complete all conditions of the program their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

A great save

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Coaldale Fire Chief Rich Marek looks over burnt debris firefighters placed outside a home that caught fire Tuesday evening. Marek and firefighter Jonathan Oakes used fire extinguishers to slow the growing fire as other firefighters arrived on scene to finish the job.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Coaldale Fire Chief Rich Marek looks over burnt debris firefighters placed outside a home that caught fire Tuesday evening. Marek and firefighter Jonathan Oakes used fire extinguishers to slow the growing fire as other firefighters arrived on scene to finish the job.

Firefighters quickly respond in Coaldale

A fast response from firefighters helped to save a Coaldale home from being destroyed by fire just after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

After seeing flames rise up from the stove and cabinets of her kitchen, tenant Holly O'Shea, 24, of 150 Second St., grabbed her 2-year-old daughter and escaped outside, where she called 911.

Franklin Elementary School Principal goes "Up on the Roof" to challenge students to read

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES Suzanne Howland, principal of Franklin Elementary School, explains how important it is to have her students read well as she prepares to climb a ladder to go onto the roof of the school.
Gail Maholick/TIMES Suzanne Howland, principal of Franklin Elementary School, explains how important it is to have her students read well as she prepares to climb a ladder to go onto the roof of the school.

The children attending Franklin Elementary School put their principal, Suzanne Howland, up on the roof - literally.

This is no ordinary principal and she proved up by challenging her students to get hooked on reading and if they could meet her challenge, she would go up on the roof of the school.

The students not only met her challenge - they exceeded it.

The project to get their principal on the roof was begun by reading specialist Suzanne Cordes and Howland said she was all for it.

"I'm fine with anything that encourages my students to read," said Howland.

Inspiring

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A father-son story transcends the game

Father's Day may a few months away but an inspiring father-son story has emerged from the NCAA basketball tournament that rivals any game played on a court.

Florida Gulf Coast University, which knocked heavily favored Georgetown and San Diego State out of the tournament last weekend, has become everybody's favorite underdog in this year's playoffs. Last Friday afternoon, few people outside of Southwest Florida - Charles Barkley included - even knew that the school was located in Fort Myers.

Local veterans attend Medal of Honor Ceremony

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bill Donovan, Captain USMC (ret.), left, and Bill Gaddes, SSGT USAF (ret.) at the Korean War Memorial.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bill Donovan, Captain USMC (ret.), left, and Bill Gaddes, SSGT USAF (ret.) at the Korean War Memorial.

Bill Donovan, Captain USMC (ret.) and Bill Gaddes, SSGT USAF (ret.) attended the Congressional Medal of Honor Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

The event was held at Monday afternoon.

A retro and fun do-it-yourself Easter mint

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
In this image taken on March 11, 2013, retro cream cheese Easter mints are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on March 11, 2013, retro cream cheese Easter mints are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

A little retro and a whole lot of fun, you can also form the mints in a variety of shapes and flavors.

Retro Cream Cheese Mints

Start to finish: 30 minutes, plus drying

Makes 7 dozen

8-ounce block cream cheese

2 pounds powdered sugar

Flavorings or extracts of your choice

Gel food coloring (optional)

Superfine sugar

Break-ins probed

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

State police at Lehighton reported investigating three burglaries and a theft from vehicle incident.

A break-in occurred at 287 N. Fireline Road, in Palmerton, Towamensing Township, Carbon County. Forced entry was made to the residence sometime between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on March 19. Several items were removed from the home, troopers said. The property is owned by Scott Graver, 34, of Palmerton.

Defendant in DUI case comes to court under the influence

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Blakesee resident, scheduled to enter a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Tuesday afternoon to driving under the influence (DUI), came to court under the influence.

Raymond Matthew Dotter, 50, appeared to enter his plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass. Prior to court beginning, and while Dotter was checking in with court personnel, sheriff deputies detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Dotter.

Assistant District Attorney William McDonald then requested the adult probation office to give Dotter a breath test. The result was .16BAC.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring recess

Pleasant Valley School will dismiss early Wednesday, March 27, at 12:25 p.m. for the spring recess, and is scheduled to resume Tuesday, April 2.

Rotary speaker

Barry Dawson of West End Supporter will be the speaker at the Thursday, March 28, meeting of the West End Rotary Club. The club meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville.

Band Parents meet

Pleasant Valley Band Parents are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 4, at the high school in Brodheadsville.

Holy Week Services

Remainder of operating expenses reviewed by board

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The final line items of Palmerton Area School District's proposed 2013-14 budget have been outlined.

Business Manager Diane Serfass reviewed the remainder of operating expenses with the school board at a Budget and Finance Committee meeting on Monday.

Disabled tractor trailer closes road in Tamaqua

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A tractor trailer became disabled at the Cedar Street and Center Street (SR309) intersection last night in Tamaqua. The driver said he was told by Fegley's management to move his rig from the Fegley's parking lot. Upon doing so, the truck's engine "blew up." Traffic was detoured around the area while a wrecker was called to move the truck.