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Monday, January 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Emergency responders from many surrounding communities were called to Burma Road near the borders of Ryan and Blythe Township around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday after the driver of a blue Neon lost control and collided with trees while traveling west on Burma Road. A male and female were airlifted to the hospital after rescuers had to used the jaws-of-life to extricate the passenger from the vehicle. Hometown Fire Police directed traffic around the accident.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is teaming with the Tamaqua Police Department for its first breakfast mixer of 2011.

The program, which will feature a discussion of safety and security issues in the community, will be held at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at the Lisa Jane Scheller Student Center of Lehigh Carbon Community College, 234 High Street, Tamaqua.

The mixer is free but reservations are required. For more information and to register, contact the chamber office at (570) 668-1880 or by email at taccamanda@verizon.net.

Monday, January 10, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The speakers at a recent American Cancer Society's Carbon Tamaqua Unit Daffodil Days Kick-off held at the Albright Mansion in Jim Thorpe were, left to right, Wendy Stickler, a cancer survivor and community in-come development specialist for the Lehigh Valley office in Bethlehem; Caylan Chanwik, the community in-come specialist for the Carbon-Tamaqua ACS unit; Judy Hoppes, senior community cancer control specialist; and Bob Stevenson, volunteer coordinator of the Daffodil Days for the area.

As March approaches, along with it comes the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days. The committee held its Kick-off brunch to get started with the project.

Bob Stevenson, coordinator, served as main speaker along with Caylan Chanwik of the Carbon Tamaqua Unit.

Cancer survivor Wendy Stickler, who mans the ACS office in the Lehigh Valley, offered some inspirational remarks. Now cured, she gave an account of her cancer history and discovering a cancerous lump in her neck. She was treated in Philadelphia and is happy with the outcome.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Boy Scout Troop 109, Saylorsburg is accepting new members. Boys between the ages of 10-18 are invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Church, old Route 115, between Kunkletown road and the Saylorsburg Post office.

There are numerous adult merit badge counselors. The troop is a community active, involving itself with mystery trips, campouts, projects, working with organizations like Operation Touch of Home, which supports troops deployed overseas. The Charter organization is St. Peter's U.M.C., Saylorsburg.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow haters got lucky last weekend when the brunt of a winter storm narrowly missed, giving us about two inches of snow while delivering two feet of the precipitation to New York City.

Another storm is forming for late tomorrow into Wednesday, and forecasters predict that the local area won't fare as well.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning, with possible accumulations of six inches or more.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Lehighton man admitted to sexually assaulting a young girl.

Jason Ahner, 40, pleaded guilty on Friday on the county court to one count each of rape of a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child.

He admitted having performed a sexual act on a then six-year-old girl.

State police at Lehighton charged that the incident occurred at a trailer campground. Troopers said more than one incident occurred and happened over a period of September 2009 to Oct. 11, 2009.

Monday, January 10, 2011
Attorney Joseph Matika

Attorney Joseph J. Matika of the Summit Hill law firm of Velitsky and Matika, has announced his candidacy for Judge of the Common Pleas of Carbon County.

Attorney Matika, 48, made the announcement during a gathering of supporters and friends held at his residence at 1008 Mahoning St., Lehighton.

He is married to the former Jeanine Lee Erdman, a native of Weatherly. He is the father of four children, Adam, 20; Alex, 18; Ally, 11, and Mia, 2.

He is the son of Joseph and Patricia (Leonzi) Matika of Summit Hill.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Two first-time offenders in the criminal justice system was placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday.

If the two successfully complete all conditions of the program their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked from it the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

The two were placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

They were:

Saturday, January 8, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Recently radio station WMGH spread a little post-holiday cheer while helping out Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast PA and the Danville Ronald McDonald House. Seen are Kerry Dowd of WMGH; Scott Kavlick,owner of McDonald's Nesquehoning and treasurer of the Ronald McDonald House; Maria Mihalski, WMGH; Blaine Pace, Ronald McDonald House board member; Todd Sheckler, restaurant manager; Ted Dacey and daughter Emma of Nesquehoning, who contributed tabs.

Representatives from radio station WMGH donated 13 55 gallon drums filled with Pop Tabs plus donations from Ted Dacey and his children to Scott Kavlick, owner of the McDonald's Restaurant in Nesquehoning and treasurer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of NEPA.

The donation amounts to 715 pounds of tabs. At the current recylcing rate of approximately 15 cents per pound, the donation will be over $100.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Pennsylvania Senior Corps. RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) has Benefit Checkup Ambassadors waiting to help adults 55 and older (or people who are 18 years and older on disability) determine eligibility for benefits they might not know about. Benefit Ambassadors are trained volunteers. They know what help exists, how to apply for it and they are people that can be trusted.