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January 2014

Police investigating alleged meth lab in Tamaqua

Friday, January 31, 2014

Tamaqua police and state troopers are on-scene at a residence on Elm Street in Tamaqua.

According to unconfirmed reports, the residence was the location of an alleged meth lab.

More information will be released as details become available.

Praying for peace

Friday, January 31, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Jakub Kantyka, a seventh-grade student at Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford, recites the rosary. Students gathered in St. Katharine Drexel Church Tuesday to recite the rosary and pray for peace as part of the school's activities for Catholic Schools Week.

CCTI health medical nurse aide students helping save lives

Friday, January 31, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In November Kaylee Murphy and Jeanna Struble hosted a Miller-Keystone Blood Drive at Carbon Career and Technical Institute. Prior to the drive, health medical nurse aide students were trained by a representative from Miller-Keystone Blood Center to become official volunteers. They are now able to volunteer at any blood drive held by Miller-Keystone. Volunteers work with donors during registration, donation, and canteen. Student volunteers provide donors with snacks and drinks prior to donation to ensure sodium and fluid levels are adequate for donation.

Stay safe on the road this winter

Friday, January 31, 2014

Bitter weather and frequent snowstorms continue to plague the region this winter. Below normal temperatures coupled with the snow have especially made winter travel more treacherous than usual. With that in mind, state Rep. Julie Harhart would like to share some safety tips for motorists.

It is a smart idea to pack an emergency kit for your vehicle in case you become stranded. A basic emergency kit should include nonperishable food, water, blanket, a small snow shovel and warm clothes. You should also include a flashlight with batteries and a candle with matches.

Former area couple celebrate 50 years

Friday, January 31, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Handwerk
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Handwerk

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Handwerk of Robesonia recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 9, 1963 at St. John's United Church of Christ in Palmerton by the Rev. Howard R. Whitebred.

Mrs. Handwerk is the former Carolyn M. Hittner, daughter of Emma Hittner of Palmerton and the late Samuel C. Hittner.

Her husband is the son of the late Frank and Ida Handwerk of Palmerton.

The Handwerks have a son, retired MSgt. Randy S. Handwerk, husband of Donna, of Richland; and a daughter, Melissa Platt, wife of Daniel Platt of Columbia.

Advances

Friday, January 31, 2014

Medical science aids our wounded soldiers

Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg provided the most dramatic moment at Tuesday's State of the Union address, receiving nearly two minutes of applause after being recognized by the president for his service and sacrifice.

On his 10th deployment in Afghanistan in 2009, Remsburg was leading a Ranger squad into combat when a massive roadside bomb detonated. He was found face down in a canal, suffering shrapnel in his brain. The blast also cost him the use of his left arm and the sight in his right eye.

Facilities director leaving Tamaqua district

Friday, January 31, 2014

Arthur Oakes Jr., the Tamaqua Area School District's Director of Facilities, is resigning to take another position. The school board accepted his resignation during their meeting Tuesday.

Oakes is a graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and the Schuylkill Technology Center. He was hired with the district August 20, 2007. As Director of Facilities he was in charge of five school buildings, the district's administrative office building, the football stadium and athletic fields.

No. Lehigh reaches semis

Friday, January 31, 2014
linda Rothrock/special to the TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Jacob Kistler (left) squares off with Ryan Greene of Catasauqua in the 113-pound bout.
linda Rothrock/special to the TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Jacob Kistler (left) squares off with Ryan Greene of Catasauqua in the 113-pound bout.

CATASAUQUA - The last time Catasauqua wrestled Northern Lehigh, the Rough Riders escaped with a one-point win.

After alternating the first six bouts of their rematch in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class AA Team Championships, round two looked like as if it was going to be just as exciting.

But the fourth-seeded Bulldogs caught fire, winning five of the last eight bouts, earning bonus points in three of them, to outlast the fifth-seeded Rough Riders 39-31.

Juvenile struck by vehicle in Tamaqua

Friday, January 31, 2014

A juvenile male in Tamaqua suffered a wrist injury when he was struck by a pickup truck on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 29.

According to borough police, the juvenile was crossing Center Street (Route 309), headed east toward the Rite Aid Drug Store, when he was struck by a turning vehicle. Witnesses state the victim did have a walk signal at the time of the 2:45 p.m. accident.

Jan. 31, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Touchdown Club meets

The Jim Thorpe Olympian Touchdown Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, in the high school.

Parents, friends and other relatives interested in the football program at the school are invited to attend the monthly meetings.

Yudichak: Don't play games with lottery

Friday, January 31, 2014

State Sen. John Yudichak, D-14, gave a budget message a few days before Gov. Tom Corbett.

"I wouldn't play games with the Pennsylvania Lottery," Yudichak said Thursday when talking to senior citizens in Hazleton.

The lottery raises money for senior citizens, and Yudichak said the governor spent $4.6 million in the past three years trying to privatize the lottery.

Former zinc site getting 248 access

Friday, January 31, 2014
Former zinc site getting 248 access
Copyright 2014

Heavy traffic volume along a roadway in Palmerton that leads to the site of the former New Jersey Zinc Company's west plant could soon be reduced.

Borough council President Terry Costenbader announced Thursday that it was his understanding that the temporary access to the former NJZC west plant was approved and the paperwork sent from Allentown to Harrisburg.

"That ought to take quite a bit of traffic off Hazard (also known as Mauch Chunk) Road," Costenbader said. "That's what we're really striving to do is take that traffic off there."

PV tops Cards

Friday, January 31, 2014

Panther Valley defeated Pine Grove on Thursday night to move within one victory of clinching a District 11 playoff berth.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Panther Vy.-Pine Grove

Panther Valley used a strong start to grab the early lead and hold out for a 48-43 win over Pine Grove.

Jake Sczcecina led all scorers on the night with 28 points, including five treys for the Panthers (10-9, 4-6 SL).

Meanwhile, Pine Grove was led by Kobe D'Agostino with 17 points, while Jed Blankenhorn followed with 14.

PANTHER VALLEY

Mischief incident being probed

Friday, January 31, 2014

State police at Lehighton are investigating a criminal mischief incident.

Donna Lynn Streib, 52, of 696 Burger Hollow Road, Kunkletown, Polk Township, Monroe County, reported that someone put dents in both driver and passenger's sides of her vehicle and in the hood area.

Also, a small hole and crack was found in the front windshield. The incident occurred sometime between 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, and 5:30 a.m. Monday, while the vehicle was parked at her residence.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at 610-377-4270.

Bill would aid crime victims

Friday, January 31, 2014

The state Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved two bills sponsored by Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18, that would help crime victims collect restitution.

"According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, only 12 percent of victims ever end up receiving their court ordered restitution," Boscola said. "That is unacceptable.

Monroe woman jailed for child endangerment

Friday, January 31, 2014

A Monroe County woman was jailed on child endangerment charges this week after police found she and her four children were living in deplorable conditions.

Pocono Mountain Regional police identified the suspect as Kennda Justice, 33, of 1284 Winding Way, Tobyhanna.

Police said the investigation began on Wednesday when they responded at 9:11 a.m. to the listed address for a report of a missing 5-year-old girl who walked away from a bus stop. Officers checked the residence for the juvenile and found deplorable conditions.

Ruch-Pilla

Friday, January 31, 2014
Jay Pilla and Caitlyn Ruch
Jay Pilla and Caitlyn Ruch

The engagement of Caitlyn Ruch, daughter of Brian and Brenda Ruch of Andreas, to Jay Pilla, son of Tom and Nancy Pilla of Nesquehoning, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is a 2009 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and a 2012 graduate of Lehigh Carbon Community College, where she earned an associate degree in applied sciences.

She is employed as a certified occupational therapy assistant with rehab care at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale.

New cruiser

Friday, January 31, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Chief of Police Richard Weaver (left) accepts the keys to the department's new police cruiser from Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison. The 2014 Ford Interceptor is the second Interceptor in the department and has been designated as Unit 178. The new cruiser was purchased from Kovatch in Nesquehoning through a state program for approximately $22,000. The purchase was approved last year by Tamaqua Borough Council as part of a long range plan to provide officers with up to date equipment.

Search is on for Pennsylvania's outstanding senior volunteer

Friday, January 31, 2014

Every day, Pennsylvania senior volunteers generously give their time and service to help others. Now here's your chance to give back by nominating a deserving older adult in your community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior ServiceĀ® program.

Sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchiser of the Home Instead Senior CareĀ® network, Salute to Senior Service recognizes the invaluable contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

St. John Neumann Regional receives anonymous gift of $50,000

Friday, January 31, 2014

Much to its delight, St. John Neumann Regional School is the benefactor of a $50,000 donation.

The gift is a welcome addition that will support needed areas of child development, according to Sister Virginia Stephanie, principal.

"This anonymous donor shares the school's goal of guiding growth in every child, while partnering with parents, grandparents, and friends of the school community," Sister Stephanie said.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, January 31, 2014

January 31, 1987 Northern Lehigh jumps out to a big lead and then hangs on to post a 50-42 Centennial League win over East Stroudsburg. Darin DeLong scores 10 first-half points as the Bulldogs, coached by Dave Oertner, race to a 30-14 halftime advantage. After the Cavaliers trim the deficit to just two points late in the fourth quarter, DeLong hits six straight free throws to help seal the victory. DeLong finishes with 19 points while Keith Musselman adds 10 points and seven rebounds. Doug Hunsicker also chips in with eight points.

Catholic Schools week at OLOAA

Friday, January 31, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Lansford Mayor James Romankow, presents aproclamation announcing Jan. 26 through Feb. 1 as National Catholic Schools Week, toSister Regina Elinich, principal of Our Lady of the AngelsAcademy, whilestudents look on. Front, from left, are Sadie Trubilla, Cameron Kehrli and Rebecca Graham. Second row, Ethan Gardiner, Sierra Bauer, Laughlin Sieger and Anthony Soberick.

County returns grant from Packerton project

Friday, January 31, 2014

Carbon County will be giving back an additional $500,000 that was earmarked for the Packerton Business Park project.

According to correspondence to the Carbon County Commissioners from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the $500,000 Surface Transportation Grant that Carbon received in 2009 for work on the railroad crossing at the former Packerton Yards property, located between Mahoning Township and Lehighton, must go back to the state.

This now brings the total of returned state and federal funds to $2,850,301.

Drug-free contest winner

Friday, January 31, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, left; Wayne Nothstein, chairman, second from left; and William O'Gurek, right; recognize 10-year-old Amanda Colecioof Weatherly for her drawing recently being chosen for a state calendar on staying drug free. The board provided Colecio with aresolution highlighting her achievement.She was one of 14 selected out of nearly 800 entries for the calendar.

Injuries averted in Monroe crash

Friday, January 31, 2014

No one was hurt in a two-vehicle crash at 1:55 p.m. Jan. 25 on Route 534 in Polk Township.

State police at Lehighton said the mishap occurred about one-half mile north of Middle Creek Road when a 2000 Mercury Sable operated by Amanda A. Hoag, 17, of Effort, traveling south, approached the crossroad, skidded out of control into the northbound lane and crashed into a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Andrew K. Harvey, 48, of Albrightsville. The latter was northbound at the time.

Marriage license

Friday, January 31, 2014

Carbon County

Jason Allen Merkel and Sherry Ann Stepp, 657 Franklin Ave., Palmerton.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, January 31, 2014

January 31, 1992

Robert J. Leibensperger, Lansford, who rents property to Carbon County to house the office of District Justice Irene Hudasky, yesterday asked the county's board of commissioners to settle a 2-1/2 year difference of opinions between him and the official, as well as a Lansford man who holds a janitorial contract at the office.

Leibensperger charged the justice with harassment and making "asinine and unfounded accusations" regarding the quality of the building.

"A Hill to Climb"

Friday, January 31, 2014
Ruth A. Steinert
Ruth A. Steinert

Tamaqua's Ruth Steinert left indelible mark

Forty years ago, the late Ruth A. Steinert published a much-celebrated book that describes Tamaqua's early days in intimate detail.

But the legacy of "A Hill to Climb" is only one facet of a remarkable individual, a bon vivant who impacted her community more than, perhaps, any other woman in Schuylkill County.

Steinert was a civic leader, businesswoman, and author.

She also was a poet, actress, and playwright.

Although childless, she led her town in recognizing the importance of children and, at the same time, pioneered the cause of animal rights.

Indians advance; PHS falls

Friday, January 31, 2014
Indians advance; PHS falls
Copyright 2014

ORWIGSBURG - Dan Williams had a good feeling entering the opening round of the District 11 Class AA duals on Thursday night at Blue Mountain High School.

The Lehighton mentor liked the No. 10 seed his team drew and thought the Indians had a good chance to get by No. 7 seed Pen Argyl in the opening round.

The Indians took advantage of four forfeit wins for a 24-point cushion and then got a big 7-5 decision by Tyler Cann in the final bout of the match to capture a 43-36 win over the Green Knights.

Law helps breast cancer detection

Friday, January 31, 2014

A new Pennsylvania law that was designed to improve breast cancer detection and prevention will go into effect Saturday.

Senate Bill 358, known as the Breast Density Notification Act, was sponsored by state Sen. Bob Mensch, (R-24), and signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett this past November.

CCEDC offers business assistance from SBDC

Friday, January 31, 2014

Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a longtime supporter of the Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC), offers free services to businesses and those contemplating opening a new business.

On the first Friday of every month business consultant Dorothy Lane, who works out of the CCEDC office in Lehighton, is offering to meet with individuals who are interested in starting a new small business or who currently own a small business and need assistance with some facet of their business.