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April 2013

Local girl wins Lions Club poster contest

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Moranda Romanishan, center, a student at the Penn-Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area, holds the

winning poster she designed for the Lions Club's annual Peace Poster Contest. Moranda was the winner of the local contest, sponsored by the Penn Kidder Lions Club. Her poster came in second at the district level earlier this month when at the Lions 14U mini

convention, which was held at the Best Western Hotel in Wilkes-Barre. With Moranda is Manny DaCosta, president of the Penn Kidder Lions Club, left, and Brian Gasper, principal at the Penn Kidder campus.

Marches, Broadway, and Sinatra kick off Lehighton Band season

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Veteran band director Paul Smith directs the Lehighton Band during concert Sunday in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium. The concert kicked off the Lehighton Band's 2013 season.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Veteran band director Paul Smith directs the Lehighton Band during concert Sunday in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium. The concert kicked off the Lehighton Band's 2013 season.

The Lehighton Band, under the direction of Paul Smith, kicked off its 2013 season with a free concert held in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium.

Selections included marches, Broadway tunes, folk songs, and even hits from Frank Sinatra.

Featured soloists were Laurel Seamiller, a Palmerton Area High School senior, and Jo deForest, a Lehighton Area High School senior.

Both students play the French horn and were impressive during their duet. Their selection was "The Mermaids."

Several medleys were included in the concert.

LAMS gains two more trees to add to Environmental Center

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Middle School students plant a copper beech tree at the environmental center. From left are, Dane Frantz, student; Joe Yescavage, 7th grade science teacher; Kyle Strohl, student; and Dan Gerber, PPL forester.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Middle School students plant a copper beech tree at the environmental center. From left are, Dane Frantz, student; Joe Yescavage, 7th grade science teacher; Kyle Strohl, student; and Dan Gerber, PPL forester.

The environmental center at the Lehighton Area Middle School is a haven for students wanting to communicate with nature. There is a water fall and pond filled with koi fish, flowers and trees budding and blooming and a cozy seating area, but on Friday the center was buzzing with the celebration of Arbor Day.

The center is located adjacent to the school. The center was started 17 years ago and since then many trees, flowers, a pond and the patio were added throughout the years to make this area truly breathtaking.

Township government, recycling explained at Towamensing

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Kyla Brown holds her pot and seeds - a gift from the township.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Kyla Brown holds her pot and seeds - a gift from the township.

Flower pots filled with dirt were enclosed in colorful paper along with a package of seeds and a pencil for each of the Towamensing Elementary School sixth graders who walked over to the municipal building to learn what local government does. They were told there was further information at www.towamensingtownship.com.

It is the 11th year Towamensing held a local government day. Included are what goes on in a township and about the township itself.

Assault with knife incident probed

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

One Monroe County resident has been jailed for stabbing his brother in a dispute. Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occurred about 1:29 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, in the parking lot of the Mount Pocono Plaza.

Police said they were dispatched to the scene of a report of a fight in a vehicle. While responding police were told one of the persons involved had left the scene in a vehicle headed toward Pocono Summit and the other went into a store.

Carbon man sentenced to state prison on various criminal counts

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday afternoon after pleading guilty in four pending cases.

Luis Flores-Rivas, 29, of Lehighton, entered the pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II in three cases that date back to 2008 and the fourth in 2011.

Rivas, who has been incarcerated in both the county prison and the state correction institution in Frackville, Schuylkill County, was given credit for a substantial amount of time spent in prison.

Vigilance

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It's something all of us should practice

Last Thursday night, a home was raided by borough police in Lansford and a suspected methamphetamine lab was found and dismantled.

When the raid occurred, a woman, Misty Nicole Hyneman, 30, was arrested on drug related charges. Inside the home with her were two small children in diapers.

A meth lab is dangerous. Not only are dangerous fumes emitted, but there is potential of an explosion. We don't know if drugs were actually being used inside this residence, but if so it certainly is another life-threatening danger for these little kids.

Brian J. Dolena is candidate for Panther Valley School Board

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Brian J. Dolena
Brian J. Dolena

Brian J. Dolena, 35 W. Vernon St., Summit Hill, has announced his candidacy for a position on the Panther Valley School District Board of Education.

He is seeking both the Democratic Paty and Republican Party nominations in the May 21 Primary Election.

Dolena, 26, is a son of Lousie Maxwell and James Dolena, both of Summit Hill, and a stepson of Michael Maxwell of Summit Hill.

A 2005 graduate of Marian High School, Hometown, he graduated in 2010 from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of science degree in leisure and sports studies.

Bonner a fixture for Nolehi track team

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh assistant coach Mike Bonner has been inolved with the Bulldog track and field program for 32 years and actually began his coaching as a football assistant at Slatington High 45 years ago.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh assistant coach Mike Bonner has been inolved with the Bulldog track and field program for 32 years and actually began his coaching as a football assistant at Slatington High 45 years ago.

Anyone associated with Northern Lehigh sports over the years knows who Mike Bonner is.

He might have retired as a teacher, but he's been a mainstay as a coach in the Bulldogs' athletic program.

This is Bonner's 32nd year as part of the Northern Lehigh track and field program.

"I actually got my start working the events at the track meets," Bonner said. "For the first 19 years, I worked the long jump, triple jump and high jump. Around 1980, they had an opening for me and I came on with Marv Miller.

Five placed in Carbon probation program

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

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

All were placed for a year.

Tamaqua woman among 18 to enter guilty pleas

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Tamaqua woman was one of 18 defendants who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman.

Dianne Louise Ontiverods, of 31 Swatara St., pleaded to retail theft from Boscov's Store, Fairlane Village Mall, Pottsville. She had her sentencing deferred to Wednesday, June 19, and the court ordered a pre-sentence report prepared by the adult probation department. She was cited by Trooper Robert Oakley.

Man who assaulted police chief given prison term

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Carbon County man, who assaulted Lehighton's police chief, was given a prison term Monday after pleading guilty in the county court.

He was one of 19 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

AWOL

Vavra leaves mark on ESU swimming

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
photo courtesy of East Stroudsburg University Sami Vavra competes in the breast stroke for East Stroudsburg University.
photo courtesy of East Stroudsburg University Sami Vavra competes in the breast stroke for East Stroudsburg University.

Another chapter is in the books for Panther Valley graduate Sami Vavra, as she recently completed her swimming career at East Stroudsburg University and in the process, made an indellible mark on the record books.

"Sami Vavra," "Swimming," and "Success" are three words that fit together on a page when talking about the student-athlete's accomplishments over the course of her career in the pool.

Catholic schools not part of conference proposal

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Where there's smoke, there's fire and the news of a Lehigh Valley super-conference finally came to fruition last week.

After months of rumors and speculation about the future of the Lehigh Valley Conference, the Mountain Valley Conference stepped in and sent out an invitation to 12 neighboring schools to ultimately form a "big school, super-conference," according to Stroudsburg Principal and MVC President Jeff Sodl.

Tamaqua MS students start Lafayette Street community mural

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Working to create the mural's background are Tamaqua Middle School students Ryan Alicandri, Zoe Snyder, Alexis Higgins, and art teacher Kim Woodward.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Working to create the mural's background are Tamaqua Middle School students Ryan Alicandri, Zoe Snyder, Alexis Higgins, and art teacher Kim Woodward.

Sixteen Tamaqua Middle School students with Kim Woodward's art class have started work to their Lafayette Street Community Mural. They aren't letting rainy weather prevent them from getting the job done. "Actually, rain is better as students are using wax to draw the outlines," said Woodward. She added that her students have been practicing over a year for this event.

"The mural will depict historically significant people, places and events that helped to establish our community," expressed Woodward.

Lehighton Tree City for 20 years

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Lehighton was named Tree City USA for the 20th year. Accepting the recognition from Frank Snyder, district forester with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) were members of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission. From left are, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig, Nicole Beckett, Lehighton borough manager; Mark Hoffman and Diane Hoffman, members of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission.

Hit-and-run driver being sought

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A hit-and-run driver is being sought following an incident in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Renee Spancake, 16, of Pine Grove, was driving a 2006 Subaru Legacy westbound on SR443 about 5:26 p.m. on April 25, when an eastbound vehicle crossed into her lane of travel and sideswiped her vehicle. After impact the other driver continued eastbound.

Spancake was not injured. The hit-and-run car is white in color, a late-model sedan, and is missing the driver's side mirror and will have blue paint on the driver's side from Spancake's Subaru.

Lehigh residents hear Walmart plans

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Residents of Lehigh Township gathered at the township building to learn about the plan for a Walmart on 34 acres at Riverview (Route 145) and Birch Drive. Many of them came from the Hills of Greenock which is abutting the Walmart property.

A special 'Thank You'

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS George Weaver, dietary manager at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, offers a piece of cake to Emma Weaver a volunteer.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS George Weaver, dietary manager at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, offers a piece of cake to Emma Weaver a volunteer.

MVNRC recognizes its many volunteers at social tea

About 45 volunteers of the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center recently were commended at the annual Volunteer Tea for the commitment, dedication and love they show residents when they visit the center.

As the volunteers arrived at the Emerald Room, they were treated to music by David Westrip, who performed on piano.

Welcoming everyone was Cindy Swatt, activity director; Nancy Snyder, activities department; and Christopher Rodrigues, human resources executive.

On this date

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30, 1983

A 23-year-old Jim Thorpe man was among 14 fatalities in a tragic U.S. Navy transport plane crash this afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla. Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy N. Keck of West Broadway died in the crash of the aircraft into the St. John's River. A son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Keck, he was a 1977 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School where he excelled academically and in athletics. The tragic irony is that he won the 1976-77 Bruce Pollock Memorial Wrestling Award in his senior year.

'Mahanoy Area Revisited'

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
"Mahanoy Area Revisited" encompasses 1913 to 1963.
"Mahanoy Area Revisited" encompasses 1913 to 1963.

128-page pictorial to debut May 13

A 128-page-visit to the history of Mahanoy City, 12 miles northwest of Tamaqua, will be available in two weeks.

The work, "Mahanoy Area Revisited," is authored by the Mahanoy Area Historical Society and made available by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Images of America series.

The book showcases more than 200 vintage images from 1913 to 1963, including many of Lakeside and Lakewood parks in Barnesville.

The pictures depict culture, faith, music, schools, beauty and strength of the unique coal region town and its people.

Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck seeks re-relection

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
K. Tony Walck
K. Tony Walck

Nesquehoning Mayor K. Tony Walck has announced his candidacy for re-election to that office. A Democrat, he is seeking his party's nomination in the May 21 Primary Election.

Walck was elected to a two-year term as mayor in November 2003 and re-elected to a four-year term in 2005. Since that time, he has overseen a police department that has maintained a high level of enforcement.

During his terms, major drug busts were conducted in the community through the Attorney General's Drug Task Force.

Elvis tribute show benefits Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick performs recently at Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association. He will return to the Lehighton area on Saturday, June 1 for a fundraiser to benefit the community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick performs recently at Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association. He will return to the Lehighton area on Saturday, June 1 for a fundraiser to benefit the community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club.

Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick recently brought his award-winning show to Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association. All proceeds from this event benefit MVAA.

"This is probably the only fundraiser that we do during the year," said MVAA Treasurer Robert Miller. "We are going to use the proceeds to purchase a new automatic litter."

Nesquehoning VFW Post and Auxiliary to celebrate Loyalty Day

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Nesquehoning Memorial VFW Post 8008 and the Ladies Auxiliary will celebrate Loyalty Day on Wednesday, May 1, beginning at 6 p.m.

The program will be held in the social hall of the local organization.

On July 18, 1958 the Veterans of Foreign Wars won a long, hard battle to have May 1 approved by Congress as Loyalty Day. It is designated as a day filled with activities designed to involve the community in a display of loyalty to flag and country.

Residents are requested to fly their flags on May 1.

Organizations come together during community cleanup

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Picking up trash along the tracks are Tamaqua Boy Scout Aidan Bonner, 12, Joseph Yarzebinski with Rural LISC, and Tamaqua Girl Scout Ashley DeAngelo, 12.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Picking up trash along the tracks are Tamaqua Boy Scout Aidan Bonner, 12, Joseph Yarzebinski with Rural LISC, and Tamaqua Girl Scout Ashley DeAngelo, 12.

About 3 dozen volunteers with a number of local community-minded organizations came together in Tamaqua to pick up trash during S.K.I.P. (Schuylkill Keep It Pretty) day held over the weekend. Some o rganizations involved were volunteers from S.K.I.P., Tamaqua Safety Initiative (T.S.I.), Tamaqua Community Arts Center (T.C.A.C.), Tamaqua Area Community Partnership (T.A.C.P.), Tamaqua Boy Scouts, Tamaqua Girl Scouts and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (L.I.S.C.). About 3 dozen garbage bags were filled with garbage during the cleanup.

Millage scenarios submitted to Palmerton School District

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Palmerton Area School District's 2013-14 budget picture is coming into focus as the number-crunching ensues.

Business Manager Diane Serfass presented several millage scenarios to the school board's Budget and Finance Committee on Monday relative to next year's spending plan.

Serfass said those scenarios call for either a zero-mill, half-mill, three-quarter-mill, one-mill, 1.18-mill (to the index), or 1.74-mill (index plus exceptions) increase.

Lehighton notes its 20th year as a 'Shade Tree USA' borough

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Joshua Eckman, right, fixes brick at base of Cleveland pear tree in front of Diggity Dogg on South First Street, Lehighton, volunteering with the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission to planted several trees and made other improvements involving trees, Saturday. Looking on are Jacob Hoffner, left, and Sara Wingert.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Joshua Eckman, right, fixes brick at base of Cleveland pear tree in front of Diggity Dogg on South First Street, Lehighton, volunteering with the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission to planted several trees and made other improvements involving trees, Saturday. Looking on are Jacob Hoffner, left, and Sara Wingert.

Plants trees in memory of youngster and to honor news media

The 20th anniversary of Lehighton being named a "Shade Tree USA" was observed with the planting of a tree in memory of a young child who died of illness and a tree saluting the the news media; specifically the TIMES NEWS and Blue Ridge Communications TV-13.

Mark Hoffman, chairman of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission, said volunteers worked at five locations on Saturday morning. Besides planting these new trees, they also replaced some trees as well as improved brickwork at the base of some prior tree planting locations.

The trees were all Cleveland pears.

West Penn scouts cross over into Boy Scouts

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Oliver Kressley, 11, and Christopher Osenbach, 11, crossed over from Cub Scout Pack 756 to Boy Scout Pack 755. The ceremony was held Sunday evening at the St. Peter's Church in Mantzville. Cub Scouts meet every Sunday at 6 p.m. at the church. Boy Scouts meet 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the one room schoolhouse in Clamtown. For more information about either group, find them on Facebook or call Cub/Scout Master Rob Knowlan at (570) 573-9085. Family members and fellow scouts took part in the event.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Oliver Kressley, 11, and Christopher Osenbach, 11, crossed over from Cub Scout Pack 756 to Boy Scout Pack 755. The ceremony was held Sunday evening at the St. Peter's Church in Mantzville. Cub Scouts meet every Sunday at 6 p.m. at the church. Boy Scouts meet 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the one room schoolhouse in Clamtown. For more information about either group, find them on Facebook or call Cub/Scout Master Rob Knowlan at (570) 573-9085. Family members and fellow scouts took part in the event.

On this date

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30, 1991

April 30, 1991 Greg Flyte and Dave Figura both slug home runs to help Jim Thorpe roll to an 11-1 Schuylkill League win over Marian. Flyte blasts a three-run shot in the fourth inning while Figura connects for a two-run homer in the fifth. Joe Kehrli allows just two hits in five innings of work to earn the pitching win, while Kyle Armbruster contributes a pair of hits, one of them a two-run double.

Christopher D. Olivia seeks Democratic nomination for mayor of Palmerton

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Christopher D. Olivia
Christopher D. Olivia

Christopher D. Olivia, 1036 Circle Drive, Palmerton, has announced his candidacy for election to a four-year term of office as the Mayor of Palmerton Borough. He is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the May 21 Primary Election.

Olivia, 65, has been serving as mayor since Oct. 11, 2012, having been unanimously appointed to the position upon the resignation of Brad Doll. Previously, he served 11 years as a borough councilman, having been appointed to an unexpired term in 2002 and then being elected to four-year terms in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

Thomas R. Ring to Cody Snyder, 6877 Memorial Road, New Tripoli, property at 33 Chalfin Lane, $242,000.

Franklin Township

Dino L. Eckhart to Jane E. Nicolai, 245 Fairview St., Lehighton, property at 245 Fairview St., $110,000.

Jim Thorpe

Anita Nonnemacher to Jay T. McElmoyle Jr., 927 North St., Jim Thorpe, property at 927 North St., $65,000.

Matthew S. Dunbar to Matthew S. Dunbar, 514 South Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 516 South Ave., $1.

Kidder Township