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March 2013

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.

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.

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.

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.