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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.

Carbon bidding to cut electric bill

Friday, February 28, 2014

Carbon County is hoping to cut its electric bill.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board discussed the upcoming special meeting, which will be held at the same time as the scheduled commissioners' meeting on March 13.

The meeting will be to accept electronic bids for electric services in all of the county buildings.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said a special email address will be set up for the bidding. The only time companies can submit bids will be between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., March 13.

Fillies go for gold

Friday, February 28, 2014
Marian's Abby Whildin
Marian's Abby Whildin

On Saturday afternoon, the Marian girls basketball team will find itself in a very familiar situation – taking a bus ride to Martz Hall in Pottsville and playing for a District 11 Class A championship.

Wind chills to 20 below zero today; snow Sunday-Monday

Friday, February 28, 2014

Wind chill advisory in effect until 9 a.m. for temperatures 15 to 20 below zero this morning.

The rest of the day won’t be any better.

 

Schuylkill board split on union dues

Friday, February 28, 2014

In a vote split along party lines Wednesday, Schuylkill County commissioners approved a resolution that asks state legislators to change a law that requires local governments to deduct union dues from public employee's paychecks.

Schuylkill County takes the union dues from members of its seven collective bargaining units, then turns the money over to the unions.

Republican commissioners George F. Halcovage Jr. and chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier voted in favor of the resolution; Democrat Gary J. Hess was opposed.

Lehighton Area Middle School announces 2nd quarter honor roll

Friday, February 28, 2014

Dr. Mark McGalla, principal at Lehighton Area Middle School, recently announced the honor roll for the second marking period of the 2013-14 school year.

Principal's list

(95 or higher composite average with no grade lower than a 90)

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.

The sentinel

Friday, February 28, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Lazarus, a red-tail hawk and resident of the Carbon CountyEnvironmental Education Center, is watching from its perch outside the center in Summit Hill. The bird was hit by a car a few years ago and cannot fly due to the injuries it sustained. He has since become the greeter at CCEEC and enjoys watching over the visitors, even during the frigid winter months.

Palmerton to purchase new cruiser

Friday, February 28, 2014

Palmerton plans to purchase a brand new police cruiser for its police department.

In addition, borough council on Thursday approved rules and regulations for police applicant testing.

On a 4-0 measure, with one abstention, council agreed to spend $31,458 for a 2014 Ford Interceptor from KME Kovatch in Nesquehoning.

Borough manager Rodger Danielson said money from the borough's general fund would be used to purchase the vehicle.

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.

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.

Tamaqua woman faces theft charges, free on bail

Friday, February 28, 2014

A Tamaqua woman who was caught taking cash from a tax preparer's wallet is free on bail, but must abide by a strict set of rules.

Monica M. Brown, 25, was cited for attempted theft after an employee of H&R Block at 395 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, caught her on Nov. 22, crouched over the employee's purse, with her wallet open and cash in her hand.

The employee grabbed the cash and wallet from Brown who, according to a police report, said she was sorry and left the office.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pleasant Valley board adds lacrosse program

Friday, February 28, 2014
linda Koehler/times news Several Pleasant Valley Youth Association's girls' lacrosse players join coach Toni Bush (right) to celebrate the Pleasant Valley School Board's vote to approve lacrosse as a part of the district's sports programs, starting in 2014-2015 school year. From left are, Alyssa Lopez, Kimberly Masullo, Adriana Picca, Morgan Lerro, Savannah Bauman, Alex Bush and Juliana Lopez.
linda Koehler/times news Several Pleasant Valley Youth Association's girls' lacrosse players join coach Toni Bush (right) to celebrate the Pleasant Valley School Board's vote to approve lacrosse as a part of the district's sports programs, starting in 2014-2015 school year. From left are, Alyssa Lopez, Kimberly Masullo, Adriana Picca, Morgan Lerro, Savannah Bauman, Alex Bush and Juliana Lopez.

Pleasant Valley Youth Association (PVYA) scored a victory at Thursday night's Pleasant Valley School Board. Eight directors voted "yes" to establishing a Boys and Girls Lacrosse program, with director Susan Kresge voting the only "No."

The program will be instituted for the 2014-2015 school year beginning with a Junior Varsity team in both boys and girls with two coaches for each. Then in year 2015-2016 and beyond there will be a boys' and girls' Varsity and Junior Varsity team with three coaches for each team.

Kresge read a statement explaining the reasons why she voted no.

Palmerton Council grants extensions for subdivision land development

Friday, February 28, 2014

Extensions for a pair of subdivision land development plans in Palmerton have been granted.

On a 5-0 vote Thursday, council granted an extension, with no exceptions, to 555 Delaware Ave., until March 14.

The property the former Bennett Palmerton dealership now houses a Dunkin' Donuts shop, and serves as a medical office for Blue Mountain Health System's new family practice physician, Dr. Syed Zia.

The back end of the site has served as a Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit facility since 2010.

Carbon County

Friday, February 28, 2014

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

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.

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.

For Carrie Bradshaw, a line to call her own

Friday, February 28, 2014
Actress and fashion designer Sarah Jessica Parker poses at the SJP Collection at Nordstrom pop up shop opening on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actress and fashion designer Sarah Jessica Parker poses at the SJP Collection at Nordstrom pop up shop opening on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) – Quick, what's your favorite "Sex and the City" moment involving Carrie Bradshaw and her adored shoe collection?

Was it the time she got mugged, and the mugger specifically demanded her Manolo Blahniks? "Somebody stop him!" she cried out. "He took my strappy sandals!"

Or perhaps the time another pair of Manolos was stolen because, annoyingly, the hostess at a baby shower demanded that everyone take off their shoes.

Or maybe the time Carrie realized she'd spent so much on shoes, she couldn't afford a down payment on an apartment.

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.

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.

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.