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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The members of the Jim Thorpe Policeman's Ball Committee are, left to right : Louise McClafferty, Detective Lee Marzen, Cindy Kmetz, Mia Sebelin, Borough Manager Wesley Johnson, Jamie Solomon, and Chief Joseph Schatz

The 3rd annual Policeman's Ball was held Saturday evening at Memorial Hall on East 10th street in Jim Thorpe with about 200 people in attendance.

The emcee for this year's ball was Jim Thorpe's Borough Manager Wesley Johnson.

Dress was formal attire and the evening included dinner, drinks and dancing with music provided by DJ "Dave G".

Speaking about the ball, Borough Manager Johnson noted that "its a wonderful event and its the perfect time of year, just coming off of Christmas and after the letdown of New Years."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Joe Krushinsky, shown here hosting the American Cancer Society telethon, has been named the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award by the Penn State University College of Communications.

Regular viewers of the American Cancer Society's annual telethon recognize Joe Krushinsky for his work as an on-air master of ceremonies.

After spending his career in public broadcasting, the Tamaqua native is not someone who normally seeks personal recognition for his contributions to his field.

The Penn State University College of Communications has now done it for him, bestowing upon Krushinsky its Outstanding Alumni Award during a luncheon on the University Park campus.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Slatington man is in custody after he punched a police officer who responded to a disturbance between a mother and her intoxicated son Saturday afternoon.

Kelly Boyle, 48, of 672 W. Franklin Street, is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Lehigh County Courthouse.

Boyle was arraigned by District Judge Rod Beck of Slatington. He is currently incarcerated in Lehigh County Prison under $100,000 straight bail.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Volunteer firefighters throughout our region routinely train in preparation for the worst types of disasters, some of which include apartment fires, power outage and multi-dwelling rescues. Coaldale firefighters spent Monday night training and preparing for the worst types of fire rescue by holding two back to back cold weather fire response drills in Coaldale, using their darkened firehouse as a apartment building on fire and without power.

Monday, January 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Daily snowfall and flurries make you wonder if the white stuff will ever stop falling. Pictured re-covered with snow is Lafayette Street in Tamaqua.

Monday, January 31, 2011

In a perfect world, people would be able to stay home during winter storms like the one bearing down on a large swath of the United States tomorrow and Wednesday. But in the real world, people still need to go to work. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website offers a winter driving quiz to help drivers learn how to best handle adverse road conditions.

Don't have time to take the quiz? Here are the answers:

1. What should you do if your vehicle starts to skid on an icy road?

A. Steer in the direction you want the wheels to go.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Nesquehoning Fire Chief John McArdle said he was saddened to hear of the death of John "Sonny" Kovatch Jr., founder of the Kovatch Corporation and its subsidiaries in Nesquehoning.

"Certainly he's going to be missed," McArdle said. "He's been a pillar of the community for a long, long time."

McArdle said he remembers him best as a "friend and asset for our fire companies."

He had donated the land for the Hauto Fire Department.

When the Nesquehoning Fire Station was built, Kovatch assisted with the use of his firm's equipment and provided slab (site fill).

Monday, January 31, 2011
Antonia Galasso and Katelyn Hosler stand by their displays for the Education Fair at Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton. Galasso interviewed her family members, while Hosler found a family friend, Catherine DeMatte, to interview.

Those attending Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School's open house this past weekend could enjoy the results of the students' research. The student shared decades of history about their school they gleaned while talking to family members and friends who had ties to the school.

Their research was displayed at the Education Fair to celebrate the school's 125 anniversary.

Monday, January 31, 2011

A massive storm heading out of the Rockies toward Massachusetts is expected to dump snow, sleet and freezing rain over Pennsylvania Tuesday and Wednesday.

Almost everyone knows what snow is, but the difference between sleet and freezing rain can be confusing.

The National Weather Service explains it: "The difference is where the precipitation freezes as it falls to the ground. If the temperature if above freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit) all the way to the ground, it will rain.

On the contrary, if the temperature is freezing all the way to the ground, it will snow.

Monday, January 31, 2011
John J. "Sonny" Kovatch Jr.

John "Sonny" Kovatch, 85, who began his career by owning a small car repair shop and evolving it into Carbon County's largest employer, died Saturday at his home.

A lifelong resident of Nesquehoning, Kovatch was the founder of several companies bearing his name that are global leaders in specialty vehicle manufacturing.