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March 2013

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.

DUI arrests reported

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

State police at Lehighton reported on the following driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by troopers.

About 7:02 p.m. on March 10 troopers stopped Daryl James Wolfe, 35, of Effort, along Merwinsburg Road, just north of Pheasant Run Road, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. Wolfe was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest for DUI. He is also being charged with several other motor vehicle code violations, troopers added.

 

Temple of Israel lists Lehighton service

Wednesday, March 27, 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 1.

What's happening at Western Pocono Community Library

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

In addition to thousands of books, reference materials, newspapers and magazines, the Western Pocono Community Library has literacy programs; children and young adult programs; adult outreach; preschool story hour; summer reading program; and day care and school outreach program/nursing homes outreach programs.

Read to Therapy Dogs happens Thursday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Marian egg hunt set

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Members of the student council and development office at Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, will host the ninth annual Easter egg hunt this Saturday, at the high school complex. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the hunt scheduled to begin promptly at 10 a.m. The event is open to children up to and including those in second grade (eight years old).

Gift bags will be distributed to all children while some lucky participants will be eligible for larger prizes.

The free event will be held rain r shine.

Palmerton Community News

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A free community meal will be served from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 365 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton. The public is invited to enjoy a free meal and fellowship.

Historical society

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Art salad bowl

An "art salad bowl," featuring the work of budding artists from the Panther Valley School District, will be held March 28 at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St. Students artists of all ages will attend the free 6-9 p.m. meet and greet session.

Sen. Toomey's office holds Casework Day in Lehighton

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Marta Gabriel, regional manager for U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's office, right, meets with Charlotte Grosso, a resident of Carbon County, during Tuesday's Casework Day. State Rep. Doyle Heffley opened up his office to Gabriel for the event.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Marta Gabriel, regional manager for U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's office, right, meets with Charlotte Grosso, a resident of Carbon County, during Tuesday's Casework Day. State Rep. Doyle Heffley opened up his office to Gabriel for the event.

Carbon County residents want to be heard when it comes to issues they face.

That's why U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's office held a Casework Day in Lehighton on Tuesday. Regional manager Marta Gabriel was on-hand during the event, held at state Rep. Doyle Heffley's office, to hear what needs to be done to help residents on the federal level.

During the day, Gabriel spoke with over a dozen constituents from Carbon County on various issues, from veterans affairs, to disability, Social Security, Medicare, and immigration.

Jim Thorpe Birthday celebration set for May 18, 19

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Jim Thorpe Area Council will be sponsoring the 18th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. This event honors James Francis Thorpe, a Native American and "Athlete of the 20th Century".

Festivities start off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May with a Native American Tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum along with Don Wild Eagle, John Thorpe (Grandson), Carlisle guests and Native Americans.

This year is the 50th Anniversary of his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the ceremonies will commemorate that honor.

Walnutport VFW holds egg hunt

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Ladies'Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 held its annual East Egg Hunt on March 16. There were 34 kids ages 0-10.

Karen Bandzi, president of the auxiliary, said since the weather was bad, the event had to be held indoors with insufficient room to hide the eggs. Each child received a basket of candy and a bag with four eggs.

The kids were disappointed that the Easter Bunny did not visit, but Bandzi explained that he had come early to see if the neighboring yards were dry enough to hide the eggs. Since the yards were too wet, he left early.

District projects future deficit

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The good news projected revenues for the Tamaqua Area School District will steadily increase beginning with the current school year (2012-2013) and through 2015/16.

The bad news projected expenses for the same time period also steadily increase, and at a higher rate. By the 2015-16 school year, the projected deficit is $2.8 million.

Boyer Bowl slated

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Ninth Annual Boyer Bowl will be held at the Slatington Bowling Center, Slatington, on Saturday, March 30. Session one is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Session two is from 9 p.m. to midnight.

The event will also have a deejay and more.

Those who wish to participate may sign up at the Northern Lehigh High School and middle school main offices, at Boyer's Hardware Store, or email Chris Craig.

Anyone with questions may contact Craig at (610) 730-0688, or Macgoofy13@gmailcom, or Justin Maurer at (610) 554-8597, or goldboy15@aol.com.

Having an 'eggs-ellent' time

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Julia Gower, 7, Damen Andrews, 4, and Hailey Andrews, 6, all of Kunkletown, had an "eggs-ellent" time at the Gilbert American Legion Unit 927 Auxiliary's annual "eggs-eptional" Children's Easter Party. All children, ages 1-10, received a small gift, visited with the Easter Bunny and enjoyed a lunch of pizza, chicken nuggets and dessert, all for free. The auxiliary extended a certificate of appreciation to Vincent Brangan, a young DJ who is a junior firefighter from Wind Gap, who donates his DJ time to the Legion throughout the year.

Good Friday Fish Dinner in Lehighton

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Good Friday Fish Dinner will take place at St. John's Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton, from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, March 29. A snow date is set for Saturday, March 30.

The meal includes: Batter dipped fish or baked buttered fish, fries, macaroni and cheese with stewed tomatoes, salad, pickled cabbage, dessert, and beverage.

A free will offering will be accepted. For more information call (570) 386-9960.

Ancient Order of Hibernians donate $1,000 to Down Syndrome Group, Special Olympics

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Present for the check presentation made at the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal Dinner at the Mahoning Valley Country Club were, left to right : Tony Taylor, Samantha Siemi, and Ryan Lee who were honored at the event as was the Memory of Bettianne O'Donnell.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Present for the check presentation made at the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal Dinner at the Mahoning Valley Country Club were, left to right : Tony Taylor, Samantha Siemi, and Ryan Lee who were honored at the event as was the Memory of Bettianne O'Donnell.

While this year's Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade and the associated Grand Marshal Dinner are now just fond memories, the work and efforts of those involved to aid and assist their fellow man continue unabated.

When the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Alec Campbell, Mauch Chunk Division I, Carbon County held it's Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal Dinner at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, the evening's program was dedicated to the Down Syndrome Foundation and Special Olympics of Carbon County.

Oneness with nature: living your stewardship ethic

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Trees and woods are important to people. Trees and woods purify air and water, provide wildlife habitat, and generally ensure our quality of life. Trees and woods are tangible symbols of nature. Pennsylvania's woodland owners often express a connection or "oneness" with nature. They love their trees and woods and the environment they provide. Oneness is a way of defining closeness, identity, maybe even love.