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November 2009

St. Jerome students aid kids in different ways

Monday, November 30, 2009
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two students at the St Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua organized a local food drive in support of the Tamaqua Salvation Army Christmas food distribution. St Jerome Regional School student Mission Representatives Annette Ritzko and Olivia Agosti held their drive at their school this month as a community assistance project they are tasked to do each month via the Holy Childhood Association, a Catholic mission society for children in kindergarten through grade eight.

Rush Elementary releases honor roll

Monday, November 30, 2009

Steven Behr, Principal of the Tamaqua Area School District´s elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the first marking period of the 2009-2010 school year. To be eligible for High Honors, students must earn straight As. To earn honors, students in grades four through six must earn four As and two Bs, while third grade students must earn three As and one B.

Fifth grade Rush Elementary School students earning honor roll status include: HIGH HONORS - Cailyn Joseph and Mattew Smarr; HONORS - Amber Barron, Jade Pradel and Edward Titus.

Christmas Cantata

Monday, November 30, 2009

Faith Alive United Methodist Church

Faith Alive United Methodist Church invites the public to its Christmas Cantata, "There is peace in the world tonight," at 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 12, or 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Everyone is welcome to attend this free choral event.

Faith Alive United Methodist Church is located at 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown. For more information call (610) 852-2805.

Assists in party for children

Monday, November 30, 2009

Lycoming College student and Alpha Xi Delta sister, Kristina Maurer, assisted with the 5th Annual Monster Mash Baseball Bash, a Halloween party for children ages 13 and younger held at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in South Williamsport.

Maurer, a sophomore biology and environmental science major, is a resident of Jim Thorpe and a graduate of Marian Catholic High School.

Air conditioning unit stolen in Monroe

Monday, November 30, 2009

An air conditioning unit was stolen from a construction site in Monroe County.

State police at Fern Ridge said the Goodman GSH1060 unit was taken from 4 Country Meadow Lane, in Chesnuthill Township, where a new home is being built. The unit was outside the residence and is valued at $3,200. Target Homes is the listed victim. The theft occurred sometime between Nov. 20-24.

Troopers also reported on two criminal mischieft incidents.

Two New York residents cited

Monday, November 30, 2009

Two New York state residents were cited for an incident in Carbon County.

State police at Fern Ridge said Salvatore Guiseppe Locascio, 18, and Ciro Charlie Locascio, 21, both of Glendale, were charged with harassment and disorderly conduct for an incident on the road in front of 72 Pope Lane, Penn Forest Township. The incident occurred about 5:32 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.28.

Returns home from Afghanistan

Monday, November 30, 2009

Air Force Capt. Amy T. Stahler has returned to the U.S. after a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South and Southwest Asia, Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.

Neighbors react to save Summit Hill home from fire

Monday, November 30, 2009
Summit Hill firefighters remove a ladder from a fire scene at 251 E. White St., Sunday evening.
Summit Hill firefighters remove a ladder from a fire scene at 251 E. White St., Sunday evening.

A fiery disaster was averted in Summit Hill Sunday evening when surrounding neighbors responded quickly to growing flames shooting from the back porch of their neighbor's home.

The home is owned by Brenda and John Krynock.

Around 4:30 p.m. emergency responders and firefighters arrived at a house fire at 251 E. White Street.

When they arrived, they noticed neighbors with garden hoses diligently spraying the back porch, and other neighbors dousing the siding with water.

Tamaqua woman celebrates 97th birthday

Monday, November 30, 2009
Anna T. Trudich
Anna T. Trudich

Anna T. Trudich recently celebrated her 97th birthday. She was born in Lansford on Nov. 27, 1912 and lived in Summit Hill, West Virginia and White Bear, but for the majority of her life, lived in the Tamaqua area.

She has enjoyed many hobbies, including sewing, embroidering, cooking, baking, and gardening. She is a member of St. Peter and Paul's Church, Tamaqua.

A pleasant Sunday ride

Monday, November 30, 2009
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Kimara Hutton of Mahoning Township takes advantage of the ideal weather to ride her horse, Rudy, along Mahoning Drive West in the township. With December arriving tomorrow, it's uncertain how many Sunday afternoons Kimara and Rudy will be able to spend such quality time together.

Summit Hill woman celebrates 100 years

Monday, November 30, 2009
Mary Mustacchio
Mary Mustacchio

Mary Mustacchio, formerly of Summit Hill and currently a resident of Weatherwood in Weatherly, recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Mary was born on Nov. 27, 1909 in Mahoning Valley to the late Josephena and John Lutsko of New Columbus. In 1925 she married E. Abbie Mustacchio. They were married for 47 years, until his passing in 1972.

Live nativity slated for Dec. 12

Monday, November 30, 2009

Christ United Church of Christ, 309 Main St., Walnutport, will present a live nativity to re-enact the birth of Jesus Christ on the first Christmas Day.

It will feature actors and live animals.

The performance will be in front of the church on Saturday, Dec. 12, with performances at 3, 3:30, 4 and 4:30 p.m.

Do you need a buyer's agent?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Rules to follow while buying a home

After watching the housing market nearly collapse, federal regulations have tightened the lending market and forever changed the process of buying a home.

What hasn't changed, local real estate agents argue, is the importance of working with a realtor who can best represent your wants and needs as you look for your next home.

Lil' Slugger

Monday, November 30, 2009
Lil' Slugger
Copyright Times News 2009

This cute little slugger is his proud daddy's future baseball player. Cale Bollinger is seven months old and the Grandest Kid of Donna and Mark Bollinger of Kunkletown. He is the son of Beth and Mark Bollinger, Jr. of Danielsville.

Monroe man cited for theft incident

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Monroe County man was cited following an incident at INsley Shoprite store in Brodheadsville, Chestnuthill Township.

State police at Fern Ridge said Anthony Pellegrino, 30, of Kresgeville, allegedly took a 32-inch LCH HD television from the store without paying for it. He was confronted by store employees who asked for a sales slip, which he could not produce. The incident occurred about 5:45-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

Troopers said Pellegrino was also found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time. He was cited for retail theft and public drunkenness.

Pet Store Universe carries a complete line of supplies

Monday, November 30, 2009
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Janice Coles, owner of Pet Store Universe, 450 Interchange Road, Suite 101, Route 209 in Franklin Township, has stocked the store with a selection of premium wholesome pet foods that will add healthy years to your pet's life. The store is in the same building as All Lit Up.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Janice Coles, owner of Pet Store Universe, 450 Interchange Road, Suite 101, Route 209 in Franklin Township, has stocked the store with a selection of premium wholesome pet foods that will add healthy years to your pet's life. The store is in the same building as All Lit Up.

Shopping for your pet has never been easier.

Discriminating pet owners who seek healthy, all natural, holistic pet foods for their pets are invited to let Pet Store Universe at 450 Interchange Road, Suite 101, be their one-stop pet shopping spot.

Pet Store Universe is located next to All Lit Up lighting store along Route 209 in Franklin Township.

Janice Coles, owner, has stocked the store with a selection of premium wholesome pet foods that will add healthy years to your pet's life.

Nolehi title bid falls just short

Monday, November 30, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh quarterback Ty Bolton (10) gets set to pitch the ball to Cody Remaley.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh quarterback Ty Bolton (10) gets set to pitch the ball to Cody Remaley.

MAHANOY CITY - Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout knew his team was so close to delivering a knockout punch to North Schuylkill inthe District 11 Class 2A championship on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs had those hopes stripped from them in the fourth quarter as the Spartans ran off 19 straight points to pull out a 33-26 triumph before an overflow crowd at Alumni Stadium.

The first District title for the Spartans in 13 years didn't come easy, but they earned the right to meet West Catholic on Saturday in the PIAA Interdistricts at 1 p.m. at Palisades High School.

Schuylkill woman found intoxicated

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Schuylkill County woman was found walking in a middle of a road under the influence of alcohol.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Michelle L. Schneck, of Old Forge Road, in Pine Grove Township, was found walking in the middle of the road above about 2:19 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, in a intoxicated condition.

Troopers said she was cited for public drunkenness.

SUPPORT GROUP

Monday, November 30, 2009

Fibromyalgia

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will hold its Christmas party (no gift exchange) on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ, located off the Airport Beltway behind Independence Toyota, Hazleton.

New members are welcome to attend and get the opportunity to learn more about the group.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Please call Carol Vilcko at (570) 788-7363 to R.S.V.P. for this event.

There will be no meetings in January or February. Meetings will resume in March and take place the first Wednesday of each month.

Panther Valley HS lists honor students

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Panther Valley High School Honor Roll for the 1st marking period of the 2009-2010 school year as announced by the Principal, Mr. George C. Gillespie.

Distinguished honors - (Major subject average of 95; no grade lower than 83)

Seniors: Miranda Altemose, Joshua Faenza, Matthew Galgoci, Wajiha Gillani, Denielle Kennedy, Abigail Markovich, Joel Maruschak, Maria Motika, Kayla Nunemacher, Jennifer O'Brien, Demi Ogozalek, Kyle Picht, Emily Rehrig, Katarina Rohlfing, Nicolette Scheitrum, Logan Stano, Stephanie Stoffa, Andrew Tucker, Katelyn Zulic.

Schuylkill crashes

Monday, November 30, 2009

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating two crashes on Saturday, Nov. 28, on Schuylkill County roadways.

Holiday mixer planned

Monday, November 30, 2009

Members of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce are invited to join the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce for an evening of socializing and hors d'oeuvres from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli with friends and fellow Chamber members.For more information and RSVPs call (610) 841-5804 or email elliep@lehighvalleychamber.org.

Several hurt in SR895 crash

Monday, November 30, 2009
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

State police at Frackville investigated two crashes along SR895, five-tenths of a mile south of SR443, in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, that occurred moments apart and included a pedestrian being hit who stopped to aid persons injured in the initial crash. Troopers said about 1:35 a.m. Scott Reed, 24, of Orwigsburg, was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer southbound when he lost control while negotiating a left curve. The Ford first entered the north lane, then Reed counter-steered to the right causing the vehicle to go off the road and strike an embankment.

Bank helps with cameras

Monday, November 30, 2009
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe National Bank donated $1,000 to Nesquehoning Borough to purchase two cameras for the police cars. Costing $4,995 per unit. The borough is hoping that more businesses step forward to help purchase the cameras. The cameras are made by the company who supplies cameras to the PA State Police Department. They are court tested in the PA Court System as to their accuracy and validity for evidence purposes. They have been pre-bid by Co-Stars Bidding Program. Councilman Frank DiMiceli approached Nesquehoning Borough Council with the idea and was supported by both council and the mayor.

Harhart announces availability of new militiary license plates

Monday, November 30, 2009

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) today announced that a new series of military license plates are being made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

"These license plates are a great way to honor those motorists who have bravely served our country through military service," said Harhart. "Pennsylvania is home to a large population of veterans and this new series of license plates is a small, but fitting, way to recognize these outstanding members of the community."

Woman facing theft charge

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Schuylkill County woman is facing a charge of theft by deception.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Donna Brady, 49, of Pottsville, wrote a check for 150 gallons of home heating oil to H.B. Steele & Son Inc., West Brunswick Township, on Nov. 9 at 3:02 p.m. The check was written on a closed account, troopers said.

Schuylkill woman facing theft count

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Schuylkill County woman is facing a charge of retail theft following an incident at the Schuylkill Mall in New Castle Township.

State police at Frackville said Michelle McIver, 23, of St. Clair, was arrested for allegedly attempting to remove mechandise from the Kmart Store without paying for them. The incident occurred about 4:50 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, troopers said.

West Penn Elementary releases honor roll

Monday, November 30, 2009

Steven Behr, Principal of the Tamaqua Area School District´s elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the first marking period of the 2009-2010 school year. To be eligible for High Honors, students must earn straight As. To earn honors, students in grades four and five must earn four As and two Bs, while third grade students must earn three As and one B.

Palmerton woman, 91, raped; suspect arrested

Monday, November 30, 2009

An East Stroudsburg man accused of raping a 91-year-old Palmerton woman is behind bars.

Palmerton Police Chief Randy Smith said the incident was reported to the Palmerton Police Department around 1:54 p.m. Saturday.

Smith said the victim called police and said a man knocked on her door and requested to use her telephone.

That's when the woman told police she was brutally attacked and sexually assaulted, Smith said.

Police have identified the suspect as Leslie Settzer, 34, of 388 Race Street, East Stroudsburg.

Another example why calories aren't equal

Saturday, November 28, 2009

You've seen the typical man-on-the-street survey on comedy shows, talk shows, and even documentaries. It's when a single question is asked of passersby while a camera is rolling.

Sometimes, the responses are humorous. Other times, they are downright ignorant.

Take the responses given in the well-known documentary, "Super Size Me." When Morgan Spurlock asks for the definition of a calorie, no one gets even remotely close to the correct answer. But there was no humor in the answers, just ignorance.

Assault on Black Friday

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I hope by the time you read this if you braved the crowds to go shopping yesterday, your Black Friday went well. Black Friday according to the Wikipedia originated as a term for the Friday after Thanksgiving in Philadelphia when the police coined the phrase to refer to the traffic jams and wall-to-wall traffic as shoppers crowded stores at the start of the holiday season.