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March 2013

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.

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.

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.

Thorpe, Marian split on track

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Anjelica Poalillo runs past Marian's Sadie Kosar for the 100 meter victory.
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Anjelica Poalillo runs past Marian's Sadie Kosar for the 100 meter victory.

After a long winter Jim Thorpe and Marian faced off yesterday afternoon at Olympian stadium for each squad's first dual meet of the season.

It was cold, it was windy, and at times it was wet, but both squads looked eager to get the track season underway. At the end of the day Marian and Jim Thorpe split victories with Marian taking the boys meet 97-53, while the JT girls edged the Fillies 79-67.

Marian senior John Julian was a big reason why the Colts had a solid day.

Free Easter Pancake Brunch scheduled

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Freedom Community Church invites the public to a free Easter Pancake Brunch on Saturday, March 30 from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 S. 8th St. Lehighton.

There will be free candy for the children and giveaways for the adults. You can also register to win a new bike.

For more information contact Pastor Mark at (610) 714-9834 or pastormark@freedomchurchpa.org, or visit www.freedomchurchpa.org.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lansford

St. John Lutheran

St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 E. Abbott St., Lansford, will observe the following schedule for Holy Week:

Ÿ On March 28, Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion will be held at 7 p.m.

Ÿ On Good Friday, March 29, a service of shadows Tenebrae will begin at 7 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran

Holy Week services at Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 E. Abbott St., will observed the following Holy Week schedule:

Ÿ Holy Thursday service with Communion will be on March 28 at 7 p.m.

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.