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February 2014

Two face drug charges following raid of Jim Thorpe residence

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Gregory Acevedo
Gregory Acevedo

Two Jim Thorpe residents are facing drug charges following a raid Friday at a borough residence.

Gregory William Acevedo, 49, and Joseph Francis Demuro, 29, both of 10 W. Sixth Street, were arraigned before District Judge Joseph Homanko of Weatherly.

Homanko set bail at $40,000 straight for Acevedo and $40,000 straight for Demuro. Both were lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

The raid happened at about 10:30 a.m. by members of the Carbon County Drug Task Force along with the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics and the Jim Thorpe police department.

Rolling Stones tribute at the M.C. Opera House

Friday, February 28, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A Rolling Stones tribute show by The Glitter Twins will be held at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A Rolling Stones tribute show by The Glitter Twins will be held at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

It's 1973 all over again. The Rolling Stones had just released Sticky Fingers, and anyone who loved rock 'n' roll was blown away by it. It was a time when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards seemed to rule the music world.

You're not in a time warp; you are watching and listening to the Glimmer Twins, an eight-piece Rolling Stones tribute band, at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Saturday, March 1, in Jim Thorpe.

Experience a youthful, energetic Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in their Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street prime, raw and unfettered.

How potholes form

Friday, February 28, 2014

In Pennsylvania, driving in the winter is an obstacle course.

You steer right to swerve around a pothole.

You jerk left, just missing another, larger hole that is waiting to swallow a tire.

This back and forth technique is becoming the norm as potholes are popping up quicker than the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation can patch them.

But how do potholes form?

According to a diagram supplied by Ron Young, district press officer for PennDOT Engineering District 5, potholes begin after snow or rain seeps into the soil below the road surface.

Night of song

Friday, February 28, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Elementary School's Fifth Grade Chorus held its annual concert Wednesday night at the Tamaqua District Auditorium. Songs the chorus performed included the "Star Spangled Banner," which they sang earlier this month at a Wilkes-Barre Penguins hockey game.

The chorus is under the direction of Samantha Yachera.

Guitar accompaniment was provided by fifth grade teacher Dylan Peters.

That puppy dog look

Friday, February 28, 2014
AP PHOTO This photo provided by Jeremy Lakaszcyck, shows Maymo a lemon beagle posing for a shame illustration in Merrimack Valley, Mass. Lakaszcyck of Boston started putting shaming videos of Maymo, on YouTube but behaviorists insist dogs lack shame. The guilty look, head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier.
AP PHOTO This photo provided by Jeremy Lakaszcyck, shows Maymo a lemon beagle posing for a shame illustration in Merrimack Valley, Mass. Lakaszcyck of Boston started putting shaming videos of Maymo, on YouTube but behaviorists insist dogs lack shame. The guilty look, head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier.

Behaviorist says dogs feel no shame no matter how they respond

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting "Shame on you!" because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers, just remember that no matter how guilty your dog looks, it doesn't know what your rant is about.

Behaviorists insist dogs lack shame. The guilty look – head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy – is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier.

Parent concerned about author's visit to Panther Valley

Friday, February 28, 2014

A parent voiced concern to the Panther Valley School Board Thursday about having middle school students attend a talk by a noted author who will be visiting the school district on March 12.

Karen Berk said the novel "Crank" has material she feels is inappropriate for middle school students.

Berk told the board the book mentions such things as "fun from protected sex," details on how to smoke meth, the protagonist getting high with her father, and some quotes on group sex.

MASTER GARDENERS

Friday, February 28, 2014

Tomatoes

Penn State Extension Carbon County Master Gardeners will present "Tomatoes: From Seed to Table" from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, March 15, at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, 151 E. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill.

Learn about starting your own tomato plants from Penn State Master Gardeners. Plant four varieties of tomato seeds to take home to your garden and learn about their care.

Men of Marian Chinese Auction set

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Men of Marian's 24th Annual Chinese Auction will be held March 15 and 16 at Marian Catholic High School in Hometown. More than $200,000 in prizes will be awarded through the generosity of numerous businesses, as well as the parents, friends and families of Marian students from throughout Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties.

There are a variety of large prizes including a flat screen television and Kindle Fire to a restaurant dine-a-round. There will be a special drawing for a "faculty fortune tree," filled with gift cards and valued at $1,000.

Sportsmen's expo set for March 15

Friday, February 28, 2014

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) issued a reminder on his upcoming Sportsmen's Expo, scheduled for Saturday, March 15, at the Mahoning Valley Volunteer Fire Social Hall, 2358 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

The expo is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. and will feature more than 30 vendors ranging from state agencies to local clubs and retailers.

A variety of outdoor sport activities will be featured at this expo.

This year's expo will feature a duck call contest along with calling instructions and door prizes from various vendors.

How to get potholes fixed

Friday, February 28, 2014

If you see a pothole along a state road, be sure to report it.

Ron Young, district press officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 5, said it is important that drivers report potholes so PennDOT knows where they need to fix.

"Callers are asked to be as specific as possible when reporting pothole locations," he said.

"For state routes, callers must report the county, municipality, street name, or preferably the state route (SR) number found on small, black-and-white signs posted along state roadways.

Pleasant Valley board tables discussion on substitute pay

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School District's board of directors all agree something must be done about the shortage of substitute teachers.

Bringing up an ongoing discussion at Thursday night's board meeting, director Len Peeters said he understands that in the last two days, the district had to pull specialist teachers in to substitute again.

Your car doesn't like cold weather, either

Friday, February 28, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Ross Smith, a mechanic at Leaser's Garage in Mahoning Township, points out a brake line on a mid-2000 model vehicle that is beginning to corrode as a result of salt.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Ross Smith, a mechanic at Leaser's Garage in Mahoning Township, points out a brake line on a mid-2000 model vehicle that is beginning to corrode as a result of salt.

Potholes, salt,temperature fluctuations can all cause damage

You know that grayish, brown film that coats your vehicle every winter?

That coating, a mixture of dried road salt, dirt and other materials, is doing more than just making your car look filthy.

It's eating away at your undercarriage, rotting the frame, rusting bolts shut and causing other issues with vehicle performance.

But salt is just one of many issues vehicles face every winter.

Vehicle strikes large tire in road

Friday, February 28, 2014

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating an incident in which a vehicle struck a large tire and rim that was lying on the road. The incident occurred about 7:49 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, along SR61 in Norwegian Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Jordin A. Jarzinko, 19, of Girardville, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu northbound near Mill Creek Avenue, when her vehicle struck the tire and rim that was lying in the left lane of travel. After impact Jarzinko continued to drive north for about 50 feet before coming to a stop.

Carbon County

Friday, February 28, 2014

Christopher John Fallabel and Brianna Marie Browdy, 305 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.

Panther Valley Board rejects union bid for clerical staff

Friday, February 28, 2014

Panther Valley School Board rejected a bid by the clerical staff of the Panther Valley School District to become unionized.

A roll-call vote was taken to reject an agreement between the clerical workers at Teamsters union Local No. 773 by an 8-0 vote.

Board member Roy Angst abstained from voting, stating he didn't understand the motion.

Had the measure been approved, it would have allowed the Teamsters to be the bargaining agent for the central office secretary, district transportation coordinator, staff accountant, and accounts payable clerk.

In other business:

Veterans assistance available March 6

Friday, February 28, 2014

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is hosting a monthly veterans outreach at her Northampton district office from 10 a.m. until noon Thursday, March 6.

The office is located at 2030 Center St. in Northampton.

A veterans outreach specialist from the American Legion in Wilkes-Barre will be available to meet with local veterans and assist them with issues they may have accessing benefits and services from the U.S. Veterans Affairs.

Dance royalty at Weatherly Middle School

Friday, February 28, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWs
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWs

The 2014 Hearts Dance, sponsored by the Weatherly Area PTA, was held Feb. 21 for middle school students. Students selected as royalty for the event, include, seated from left, Nick Arnet, King AJ Knepper, Queen Julia Hinkle and Cheyanne Weston. Standing, Traig Dempsey, Ryan Gillott, Sarah Howard and Gabriella Hernandez.

What is lacrosse?

Friday, February 28, 2014

Lacrosse is a team sport, similar to hockey but played with a small rubber ball and a long-shafted stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. The ball is thrown, caught, and carried with a long-handled stick having a curved L-shaped or triangular frame at one end with a piece of shallow netting in the angle.

In boy's lacrosse, there are 10 players on the field and in girl's lacrosse there are 12.

The boy's game is a contact sport and the girl's game limits stick contact and prohibits body contact.

PV parent protests controversial author's visit

Friday, February 28, 2014

Book about meth use, sex was on banned list in 2010

A parent voiced concern to the Panther Valley School Board Thursday about having middle school students attend a talk by an author of a book banned by some schools.

Karen Burke said the novel "Crank" has material she feels is inappropriate for middle school students.

New York Times best-selling author Ellen Hopkins will visit the high school on March 12.

Her talk is also open to middle school students, with signed permission slips.

The student leadership group at Panther Valley High School raised $3,000 to bring Hopkins to the school.

LCCC surveying parents of college-bound students

Friday, February 28, 2014

Lehigh Carbon Community College wants to hear from parents of Carbon County high school students looking at colleges.

Sean Dallas, executive director of college relations for the college, explained that the college is currently doing an online survey in Carbon County for parents, asking how the college can best support their students.

Tamaqua was Land of Running Beer

Friday, February 28, 2014

By DONALD R. SERFASS
dserfass@tnonline.com
Tamaqua is known as the Land of Running Water.
But in early days, a good portion of the water was mixed with malted barley, hops and yeast.
The town hosted a budding beer industry second to none.
In fact, the manufacture, bottling and distribution of beer was so popular, the town is believed to have spawned one of Lancaster’s largest breweries.
Empire Brewery, a former industry giant, might have been an outgrowth of a smaller brewery in 1877 Tamaqua.

Casey asks Pa. legislature to sidestep union bill

Friday, February 28, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) Stepping into a heated political battle, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is urging Republican leaders of Pennsylvania's legislature not to move forward on a bill that would make it harder for labor unions to collect dues and political action contributions through payroll deductions.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the Democratic senator expressed concern that the legislation could be quickly pushed through in an election year with the support of conservative groups and major business associations.

Schuylkill County deeds recorded

Friday, February 28, 2014

Tamaqua: Sean J.B. Hegarty and Marian J. Hegarty to Cheng Guo Wu and He Xiu Wu: 119 W. Broad St. for $160,000.

Mary Ann Spirko, executor for Margaret D. Kubilus estate, to Lynn Marie Schickram: 551 E. Broad St. for $52,000.

James Eick to George I. Eick: 501 E. Broad St. for $1.

Stephen M. Smolar to Kayla A, Fredericks: 350 E. Union St. for $70,000.

Coaldale: Joseph Sword to Johnathan T. and Lauren L. Green: 4 E. High St. for $55,500.

Tamaqua SD announces kindergarten registration

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Tamaqua Area School District will hold kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year Monday, April 7 through Wednesday, April 9 at the Rush Elementary School, and Thursday, April 10 at the West Penn Elementary School.

Appointments may be made by calling 570-668-3306, beginning March 3, between the hours of 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Registration packets will be available before March 3, at all three of the district's elementary facilities. Forms are also available at the district's website, www.tamaqua.K12.pa.us.

Pennsylvania Constitution Workshop slated in Bowmanstown

Friday, February 28, 2014

Pennsylvania Community Rights Network is hosting a Pennsylvania Constitutional Workshop at the Bowmanstown Fire Company.

Dates are March 14, from 6 to 10 p.m.; and March 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This seminar will explain who decides what happens in your community and how it got that way.

Participants will learn about why corporations have more power than individuals.

There is a fee to attend.

Space is limited. Reservations are required.

Call Kara Scott at 610-703-0029 or Shannon Eidem at 570-386-4914.

Schuylkill man faces theft counts

Friday, February 28, 2014

A Schuylkill County man, already in the county prison on theft by deception and related charges in two pending cases, is facing still more counts in similar incidents.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Robert D. Schappell Jr., 42, of Lake Front Drive, Deer Lake, has been charged in three more cases. The new charges include theft of motor vehicles, and two counts of theft by deception.

Troopers have charged Schappell in connection with taking over $35,000 from two individuals and vehicles from a third.

SPRING SHOW

Friday, February 28, 2014

Carbon Art League plans show for March

Carbon County Art League will hold its Spring Art Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 397 Hemlock Drive, Lehighton.

Admission is free. Everyone is invited to cast a vote for their favorite artwork.

Membership to the art league is open to all artists and those who appreciate the arts, 18 years or older.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, February 28, 2014

February 28, 1983

It's transition time once again for the Carbon County CETA Program.

But that's nothing new for the federally-funded agency that was among the county's leading employers.

However, that was before the large-scale layoffs of industrial workers, cutbacks in production, a few plant closings, and the demise of the public service employment phase of CETA.

Weatherly school students compete in MATHCOUNTS

Friday, February 28, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Weatherly Area MATHCOUNTS participants are, front from left, Lilly Newton, Katie Graham, Nikki Polivka, Mason Podgers and Jeremy Moser. Second row, Marie Gunderman, Samantha Knepper, Joel Hinkle, Jesse Gehman and Vicki Luckwaldt.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Weatherly Area MATHCOUNTS participants are, front from left, Lilly Newton, Katie Graham, Nikki Polivka, Mason Podgers and Jeremy Moser. Second row, Marie Gunderman, Samantha Knepper, Joel Hinkle, Jesse Gehman and Vicki Luckwaldt.

Students from Weatherly Area Middle School recently competed at the 2014 Anthracite Chapter of MATHCOUNTS Competition held at the Penn State Schuylkill Campus. Approximately 75 students and nine teams participated.

The school placed fourth in the team competition.

Correction

Friday, February 28, 2014

In a story that appeared in the Tuesday, Feb. 25, edition concerning guilty pleas entered in Carbon County court it was stated that defendant Keith Enlund, 28, of Albrightsville, after pleading to one count of theft, told the court he used the money he received from using a credit card without permission to feed a heroin addiction. Enlund did not state that he used the money for a heroin addiction. The TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

Magnet sales help animal shelter

Friday, February 28, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Animal Shelter is selling magnets to help support its operations.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Animal Shelter is selling magnets to help support its operations.

The Adopt a Dog For Life month campaign in Carbon County was a success.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard announced that a total of 13 dogs were adopted from the county's animal shelter in February. That doubled the monthly adoption average in January.

He said that Tom Connors, manager of the shelter, said that he contributes the reduction in adoption fee as a major reason for the increase in dog adoptions. Currently, 17 dogs are available for adoption.