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November 2009

Children's nature program scheduled

Monday, November 30, 2009

The monthly meeting of the Ranger Rick Club has been scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, Summit Hill. Meetings are open to children in grades K-6.

The club meets once a month throughout the school year, with each meeting focusing on some aspect of the natural world. The topic for December's meeting will be "Indoor Fun."

The program is free to CCEEC members. A $5 per child donation is requested of non-members.

The center is located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, along the Lentz Trail highway.

Eldred column

Monday, November 30, 2009

PVEN wish list

Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network is always in need of food. But currently, St. Matthew's UCC is holding a drive for new packaged underwear and socks for men, women and children. You can bring your donations to the church Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sundays from 8-11:30 a.m. The deadline is Sunday, Dec. 13.

Birthday wishes

New Slatington borough manager hired

Monday, November 30, 2009

Slatington's search for a new borough manager has ceased.

Borough council at its Nov. 24 workshop session appointed Stephen Salvesen, of Hanover Township to the post at a salary of $60,000

Salvesen was chosen from a list of 22 candidates who applied for the position in July.

Contacted this morning – his first day on the job – Salvesen told the TIMES NEWS he looks forward to the challenge.

"I love it; I'm looking forward to getting involved," Salvesen said. "What I bring is experience; I've been a manager before both at the borough and township level."

A good breakfast before the hunt

Monday, November 30, 2009
A good breakfast before the hunt
Copyright Times News 2009

Area hunters started the first day of deer season today by enjoying the Tamaqua Salvation Army's first annual all-you-can-eat breakfast starting Monday morning at 4 a.m. The breakfast was held at the Salvation Army headquarters on Broad Street.

Turkey dinner for families in need

Monday, November 30, 2009
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Ladies Auxiliary of the R.W. Fritzinger VJW Post 7215 of Slatington's 6th annual food drive was a success greatly in part to: left to right, Kathleen Grammes,Trustee; Crystal Kreidler, Auxiliary member; Pat Ohl, treasurer; Miriam Mack, senior vice president; Karen Bonsi, president and District 20 president; Sue Borits, auxiliary member; Carol Resh, Gold Star Mother and auxiliary member; Crystal Butz, chaplin. Eight deserving families in the Slatington Area were presented a turkey and all the trimming for their Thanksgiving meal compliments of the members of Ladies Auxiliary.

Hitting the heights

Monday, November 30, 2009
KEITH HUANG/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Writer, lyricist, composer and performer Greg Portz, a Tuscarora native, will launch a theatrical run off-Broadway starting in February.
KEITH HUANG/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Writer, lyricist, composer and performer Greg Portz, a Tuscarora native, will launch a theatrical run off-Broadway starting in February.

Tuscarora native gets big break off-Broadway

A man with local roots will get a big break in the Big Apple now that the renowned People's Improv Theatre has announced their plans to produce a show written and performed by a Tuscarora native.

Greg Portz, son of Greg J. and Deborah Portz, has learned that his work, "In Polynesian Mood," has been selected for production by the famous off-Broadway comedy venue. Portz teamed with Ashley Rebecca King to create the show, which is part concert, part monologue, and follows the pursuits of two cover band artists trying to make their way to a South Pacific resort without much success.

Hunter falls from tree, suffers serious injury

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

A Schuylkill County hunter was injured early today when he fell out of a tree stand during the first day of deer season. The incident occurred about a half-mile west of Lofty Road in Delano Township, at about 6:30 a.m. Reports from the scene indicate that James Shaup Jr., of Delano, had spotted a deer and was ready to shoot when he fell to the ground. He sustained a severe leg injury. It took rescue personnel about 45 minutes to get him out of the wooded area. He was flown by medevac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Named Weatherly student of the month

Monday, November 30, 2009
Reigle
Reigle

Sally Reigle, daughter of Michael and Kim Reigle, Weatherly, has been named Senior of the Month for October at Weatherly Area High School.

Sally is the vice president of the Interact Club. She is a member of SPARC, the National Honor Society, and the Drama Club, and is listed with the National Honor Roll. Sally also attended the Second Mile Leadership Conference.

Twelve enter guilty pleas

Monday, November 30, 2009

Twelve people entered guilty pleas recently in the Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes as follows:

Birth: Johnstone

Monday, November 30, 2009

A son, Zephaniah William Johnstone, was born at 1:02 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2009 at Pottsville Hospital to Jennifer Johnstone-Keich of Tamaqua.

He weighed 6 pounds, 11 1/2 ounces and measured 20 1/2 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Williams Johnstone Sr., Girardville, and the late Mariane Johnstone. Maternal great-grandparents are Peter and Marion Teresavage, Jr., also of Girardville.

4 area residents among 12 entering guilty pleas

Monday, November 30, 2009

Four area residents were among 12 who entered guilty pleas last week in the Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin

They include:

Bruce Lee Smith, 24. of 332 Hazle St., Tamaqua, on a charge of theft from a motor vehicle was placed on strict probation for 23 months, pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund and make restitution of $95 to the victim. Smith was cited by Patrolman Matthew Bynon, Tamaqua police.

An autumn farming ritual

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

Eighty-five year old Ambrose Rex of Mahoning Township husks the corn on his nearly 300 acre farm. Despite his age, Rex works on all phases of farming. Husking occurs every fall after the cooler weather has ended the growing season. Rex said he has no intention of retiring.

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.

A day to remember

Saturday, November 28, 2009
The Hausers at the Eagles game.
The Hausers at the Eagles game.

Dear Editor:

Marianne Hauser of Lehighton recent won tickets to the NFL game that Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 8, from the Pennsylvania lottery, second chance drawing.

Richard Hauser, her husband, and Marianne both saved losing tickets from the lottery instant games "Eagles" and she was selected a winner, winning two game tickets, two pre-game sideline tickets, and parking.

The trip was fantastic, the game was great and even better for Marianne, she is a Cowboy fan, and the look on her face said it all when Dallas Cowboys defeated the Eagles 20-16.

Jewelry is stolen in Lehigh burglary

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The theft of costume jewelry from a property in Lowhill Township, Lehigh County, is being investigated by state police at the Fogelsville barracks.

The victim is Pamila James, 52, of 3871 Hausman Circle, New Tripoli.

Police said sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Nov. 21 someone forced open a first floor window of the residence to gain entry to it. Once inside, the actor(s) went upstairs where two locked bedroom doors were forced open. The intruder(s) proceeded to take the jewelry from a jewelry box in the bedroom.