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January 2014

Palmerton Council accepts members for new fire department

Friday, January 31, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Palmerton's new $1.2 million, three-bay, two-story fire station.
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Palmerton's new $1.2 million, three-bay, two-story fire station.

Membership to a newly formed fire company in Palmerton continues to grow.

Borough council, after a 45-minute executive session on Thursday, accepted four more members to join the Palmerton Municipal Fire Company.

Firefighters Joseph Kercsmar, Anthony Harry, and Marlena Beers were appointed by council on a 5-0 measure as members to the fire company. Councilmen Richard Nothstein and Michael Ballard were absent.

On a 3-2 motion that passed only after Mayor Chris Olivia cast the deciding vote, council also approved firefighter Gerard Alfano as a member of the fire company.

Tamaqua driver cited after crash

Friday, January 31, 2014

A Tamaqua driver was cited following a one-vehicle crash that occurred at 7:06 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, along Route 309 in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Bradley P. Siesko, 37, was driving a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero southbound near Gun Club Road, when the vehicle drifted onto the right berm, which was snow covered.

The car slid into the guide rail on the southbound side, spun counter-clockwise, traveling northbound. The driver's side then struck an embankment along the northbound lane, where it came to rest.

We're looking for the most romantic proposal

Friday, January 31, 2014
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/METRO GRAPHICS
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/METRO GRAPHICS

Valentine's Day is around the corner and if you have a romantic story to share about how you or your spouse proposed, we would love to hear about it.

Send us your special story and we will pick what we believe to be the most romantic.

That couple will receive a $50 gift card for dinner at Roadie's Restaurant at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

We will announce the winner and publish as many stories as we can in our Friday, Feb. 14 edition.

CCEDC calls for grant submissions for 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

To facilitate the effective and equitable distribution of the public funds from the Hotel Room Tax imposed throughout Carbon County, the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation created a Room Tax Allocation Committee (RTAC).

Twice annually, the RTAC provides releases to the media and places advertisements informing eligible nonprofit organizations in Carbon County of the availability of grants for tourism-related projects and soliciting their inquiries.

Pleasant Valley tentative budget has 5% hike

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School board voted 9-0 to approve adopting the 2014-2015 preliminary budget at $99,687,702 with a millage rate of 153.6810. This represents a 7.665 mill increase or 5.25 percent from the 2013-2014 budget, which is $7,176,265 more than the 2013-2014 final budget. There was no tax increase for property owners in the 2013-2014 budget, which remained at 146.016 mills.

Jan. 31, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Relay for Life

The Relay for Life for Tamaqua and surrounding communities will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St. The main topic for discussion will be the upcoming Power of Purple event.

Organizers encourage all committee members, team captains and anyone interested in the fight against cancer to attend.

School taxes

The Tamaqua Area School District is accepting Assessed Occupation Tax exemption applications for the 2014-2015 school year. This will cover the 2014 calendar year. This year's forms are orange.

WIB luncheon planned at BMV

Friday, January 31, 2014

Women in Business will hold its February meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at P.J. Whelihan's at Platz's.

Pam Reilly, representing Mary Kay, will discuss the importance of taking care of your skin.

Women are invited to attend and meet and network with other Women in Business in Carbon County.

For additional information or to make a reservation, call Kasara McLaughlin at 610-379-5000 or email kmclaughlin@carboncountychamber.org.

Carbon County WIB convenes every second Thursday of the month for lunch at rotating locations throughout Carbon County.

Eldred column

Friday, January 31, 2014

Looking for artwork

St. Matthew's UCC will hold its "How Great Thou Art" event in July and needs items to be donated. They are asking any local artist, artisans and crafts persons of all kinds, to consider donating an original piece. Items are not needed until a week before the event. Those who plan to donate an item, should contact Renee Keiper (RDorshimer@po-box.edu.esu), 610-381-2253 or Diane Huber (bluerose6789@yahoo.com), 610-681-7217.

Exercising seniors

Seriously ... Don't feed the deer

Friday, January 31, 2014
An adult deer, such as this Pennsylvania doe, eats about ten pounds of browse a day during the winter months.
An adult deer, such as this Pennsylvania doe, eats about ten pounds of browse a day during the winter months.

For Pennsylvania's white-tailed deer herd, the path to winter starvation may be sprinkled with corn kernels.

Deer love corn; in fact, area farmers often bemoan the damage deer wreak on their corn crops. But farmers harvested the corn by mid-November, which means that deer haven't nibbled that staple in recent months.

When well-meaning humans dump out a pile of corn, hoping to help the deer eke out an existence during the winter months, it can kill them. That's what killed a trophy bull elk earlier in December. And in Pennsylvania, it's against the law to feed elk.

County lowers dog adoption fee for February

Friday, January 31, 2014

February is Adopt a Dog for Life month in Carbon County.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board made the move to name February in honor of dog adoptions in the hopes of finding more dogs in the shelter forever homes. The county animal shelter is located at 63 Broad St., Nesquehoning, on top of the Broad Mountain off Route 93.

The commissioners also approved lowering the adoption fee from $100 to $50 for the month of February.

Abused dog abandoned in McAdoo

Friday, January 31, 2014

McAdoo police rescued a dog left tied to a street sign in the bitter cold Wednesday night after two people called them to say the canine had been there for about 1 1/2 hours.

The white male pit bull appeared abused, police said. Officers are searching for the dog's owner, who will face charges.

Birds, reptiles entertain students during Catholic Schools Week

Friday, January 31, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Dan Kunkle, executive director, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, discusses regional birds with students at St. John Neumann Regional School's Palmerton campus as part of Catholic Schools Week.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Dan Kunkle, executive director, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, discusses regional birds with students at St. John Neumann Regional School's Palmerton campus as part of Catholic Schools Week.

From birds to snakes, students at St. John Neumann Regional School must have felt as though they were on an episode of "National Geographic."

In conjunction with Catholic Schools Week 2014, students at the school's Palmerton campus on Wednesday were treated to a visit by Dan Kunkle, executive director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

For the past week, the school with campuses in Slatington and Palmerton observed Catholic Schools Week, where the theme was "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service."

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.

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.

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.

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
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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.

Carbon man pleads to cocaine trafficking

Friday, January 31, 2014

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court in Scranton to the charge of distributing cocaine.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Joseph Revell, 21, of Lansford, admitted to distributing cocaine in the Carbon County area between January 2011 and September 2012.

Revell is the fifth defendant to enter a guilty plea in connection with the joint federal-local investigation.

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 Service® program.

Sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchiser of the Home Instead Senior Care® 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.