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November 2009

Palmerton man facing DUI charges

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Matthew Douglas Tracey, 36, of Palmerton, is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as a result of a traffic stop Wednesday at 3:47 p.m. along Rt. 209 at Trachsville Road in Towamensing Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said he was stopped for a motor vehicle violation after which time police determined he was under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Operation Christmas Child Simple shoeboxes carrying surprises to children around the world

Saturday, November 28, 2009
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Salem Bible Fellowship Church, Lehighton, served as one of the relay sites for Operation Christmas Child. Among the volunteers at the church, were from left, Sara Serfass, Elizabeth Fritz, Rachel Serfass, Thomas Fritz, organizer; Rebekah Fritz, Erik Skrincosky and Justin House.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Salem Bible Fellowship Church, Lehighton, served as one of the relay sites for Operation Christmas Child. Among the volunteers at the church, were from left, Sara Serfass, Elizabeth Fritz, Rachel Serfass, Thomas Fritz, organizer; Rebekah Fritz, Erik Skrincosky and Justin House.

A shoebox can make a difference in the life of a child, especially when it is an Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoebox.

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are lovingly stuffed full of all sorts of surprises, from small toys and toiletries to school supplies, and anything in between.

LABC Wrestlers Earn Tourney Medals

Saturday, November 28, 2009

LABC wrestlers earn tourney medals.

The Lehighton Athletic Booster Club recently sponsored its first-ever youth wrestling tournament at the Lehighton High School.

Among the Lehighton wrestlers who earned medals were:

First place - Tyler Cann and Conner Frey.

Second place - Luke Williams, Austin Fritzinger, Luca Sanguiliano, Chris Whiteman, Zach Crum, Cody Sherer, Devon Haydt, Logan Pagotto, Richard Fronheiser, Sawyer Christman and Trey Begely.

Boscov's is flexing some retail muscle

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Store emerged from depths of bankruptcy

While the Christmas shopping season began in a frenzy at many stores Friday morning, it began a day earlier at Boscov's.

A year ago, Boscov's had many doubters that it would still exist this year – it's 98th year in business.

The store, earlier in the year, had gone into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Liabilities were listed in excess of $479-million,compared to assets of $538.

Al Boscov, who was the former chairman of the company, came out of retirement and put together an investment team, which included his son-in-law Edwin Lakin. They lined up $250 million in financing.

Firearm safety courses were missing in 1909

Saturday, November 28, 2009

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

For many rural families a century ago, hunting was seen as a necessity since it put food on the table.

Pills are taken from facility in Carbon

Saturday, November 28, 2009

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a theft incident whereby pills were stolen from an assisted living facility.

The victim is Eastern Comfort Assisted Living, Lower Towamensing Township.

Police said sometime between Monday and Tuesday someone removed 30 Ultram pills from a large medication container at the home.

Coaching is not just for sports

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I get restless every six months or so. I start thinking if I'm on the right path, if there's more out there for me, or if I'm doing what I should really be doing with my life. This has been going on almost constantly since I graduated from college. Every so often I get the itch for a new challenge and to expand my horizons.

Franklin Elementary staff, students prepare community meal

Saturday, November 28, 2009
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Approximately 100 people with low incomes enjoyed a ham and mashed potatoes meal at Zion United Church of Christ, Second Street, Lehighton, sponsored by the staff and students at Franklin Elementary School. The staff members prepared and served the meal. Among the families attending the meal were the Bollinger family from Palmerton, from left, Steven, Autumn, Noah, Amy and baby Jaxton. The school raised the funds to pay for the meal by holding a craft fair, used book sales and bake sale.

School bus fight probed by police

Saturday, November 28, 2009

State police at the Lehighton barracks said they were summoned to investigate a fight that broke out on a school bus on Wednesday at 1 p.m. on White Street in Bowmanstown.

Police said two 11-year-old boys were involved in the fracas, which resulted in one of the boys being struck in the face which subsequently broke the victim's glasses.

Police did not say whether or not any charges will be filed as a result of the incident.

Bagging a Buck and Making Some Bucks

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Because of the ongoing study being conducted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and U. S. Geological Survey's Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Pennsylvania State University in Wildlife Management Unit 3C, deer hunters will have their sights set on bagging a buck and making some bucks if the deer has research tag in its ear.

Jim Thorpe hunters lead way

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Of the 2,709 black bears taken Monday and Tuesday during the first two days of Pennsylvania's three-day regular bear season, two taken by hunters from Jim Thorpe Monday afternoon in Carbon County's Penn Forest Township rank No. 1 and No. 1-A.

At 4:35 p.m., Terence Burkhardt shot a boar with an actual live weight of 654 pounds, officially making it No. 1. He shot that bear just 65 minutes after Mike Wimmer, Jr., shot a boar that was field dressed when it arrived at the Pennsylvania Game Commission check station, but had an estimated live weight of 654 pounds.

Fiddler's Green

Saturday, November 28, 2009
Stu Richards' historical telling of Custer's troops going to Fiddler's Green-a place described as, "Halfway down the trail to Hell."
Stu Richards' historical telling of Custer's troops going to Fiddler's Green-a place described as, "Halfway down the trail to Hell."

Schuylkill soldiers fought at Little Big Horn

On June 25, 1876, three Schuylkill County soldiers rode among the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army under the command of George Armstrong Custer toward the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

On Sunday, November 15 at Eckley Miners Village, a dramatic reading by Stu Richards and Tommy Symons-actors and balladeers who present mining heritage folk songs as the Breaker Boys, and narrator, Bobby Maso, told the story of those troopers: Private George Adams from Minersville, Private Herman Knauch from Brandonville, and farrier William Heath from Tamaqua.

Fun facts about the Nutcracker Ballet

Saturday, November 28, 2009

- 57 people work backstage to coordinate the scenery, lighting, and costumes during each performance.

- 150 costumes appear onstage in each performance.

- Between 600 and 700 lighting instruments are used in the stage lighting for the production. The Sugarplum Fairy's tutu is made of 7 layers of tulle.

- The giant Christmas tree grows to a full height of 41 feet and weighs 1 ton. The Dewdrop costume is adorned with 65 crystal "dewdrops."

- 62 musicians play in the orchestra for each performance.

Car reported stolen in Nesquehoning

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Nesquehoning borough police are investigating the reported theft of a car.

Police said the theft was of a 1993 Honda Civic, taken from the front of 5 E. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, between 8 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 4:37 a.m. on Nov. 25.

The owner of the vehicle told police that the doors were locked on the car.

The vehicle is a purple, 1993 Honda Civic, 2-door, with hail damage on the hood.

The vehicle had the registration HJN 2447.

Despite weather, Franklin Festival of Lights opens to rave reviews

Saturday, November 28, 2009
 Nolan Strauss, 14 months old, son of Steve and Jen Strauss of Franklin Township, enjoys two traditional Christmas favorites – the candy cane and Santa Claus. It was his first experience with santa.
Nolan Strauss, 14 months old, son of Steve and Jen Strauss of Franklin Township, enjoys two traditional Christmas favorites – the candy cane and Santa Claus. It was his first experience with santa.

Franklin Township's Festival of Lights opened amid light rain and wind Friday evening, but that didn't keep families from enjoying the holiday spectacular at the Phifer Ice Dam Park.

The walkways throughout the park are outlined in blue LED lights and despite the rain, visitors soaked in the glowing displays, warmed up with some hot cocoa at the Christmas Cafe, and visited Santa Claus.

The crowd was lighter than normal for opening night due to the weather, but that was of little concern to the small children who sat on Santa's lap for the first time.

Does the Weis era end tonight?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tonight should be the last game as head coach for Charlie Weis at Notre Dame. He certainly does not deserve another season as his 35-26 record at the helm makes him among the worst coaching records at the school. The 26 losses ties him with the "Akron Flash" (Gerry Faust), as the second most in ND history. At 6-5, and after tonight probably 6-6, the Irish will be sitting home for the bowl season.

A COG in area's future? Inter-municipal concept will be discussed locally

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, in Lehighton, regarding the potential of forming a "Blue Mountain Council of Government."

John C. Wagner, borough manager in Lehighton, said neighboring municipalities have been invited to attend.

The main speaker will be Linda Costa, executive director of the Pa. Councils of Government.

Wagner had proposed the concept of creating a Council of Government (COG) several months ago, indicating it could save municipalities money by sharing specialized equipment and possibly services.

There's no such thing as an ugly day

Saturday, November 28, 2009

It's mid-day and I've been sitting at my computer for most of it, writing my column and finishing my newspaper assignments.

As soon as I finish writing and send the articles to via E-mail to the newspaper, I call my girlfriends to go to the beach. Jeanne and Linda usually wait for my call, knowing that as soon as I finish writing I want to be outdoors.

But this time, they are not home and my other friends declare that it's "not a beach day." The effects from an offshore storm are kicking up wind gusts are obscuring the sun. Weather predictions call for a stormy day.

Teen cited in Summit Hill

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Coaldale teenager was cited for disorderly conduct in Summit Hill.

According to Summit Hill police, at 8 p.m., on Nov. 1, along West Ludlow Street, a 16-year-old female caused a disturbance. It led to police issuing a citation.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, November 28, 2009

November 28, 1980 Weatherly uses the middle frames to pull away from St. Clair and gain a 71-55 victory in the Wreckers' Turkey Day Basketball Classic. Jeff Harris pours in a game-high 23 points to lead the winners, who rebound from a first-quarter deficit to post a 39-14 margin over the next two periods. Ron Novack adds to the Weatherly cause with 17 points while Mike Sanute chips in with 12.

Hit-and-run mishap being investigated

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A two-vehicle hit-and-run accident that happened at 8:44 p.m. Nov. 21 on the on-ramp of Route 248 at Delaware Avenue in Palmerton is being investigated by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

Police said a vehicle driven by Trisha Weaver, 22, of Walnutport, was entering Rt. 248 heading east from the Palmerton on-ramp when a vehicle in front of her 2008 Ford Focus applied its brakes, causing the Focus to strike the rear of the other vehicle. It fled the scene and is described as being a white Dodge Stratus or VCO.

Driver is uninjured in Carbon mishap

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Rachel L. Kenion, 21, of Lehighton, escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township, according to state police at the Lehighton barracks.

Police said she was driving a 2002 Nissan Sentry south on Dairy Road, north of Maple Drive, and was attempting to negotiate a bend in the road when the rear tires of the vehicle began to slide on the wet roadway. Police said the Sentry left its lane of travel, crossed over the northbound land and went into a wooded area where it struck small trees and shrubbery.

Effort man facing Monroe charges

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Jason Frey, 21, of Effort, has been charged by state police at the Fern Ridge barracks with criminal mischief and harassment stemming from an incident Monday at 12:52 p.m. at 129 Blue Ridge Drive, Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Polilce said it is alleged he damaged a cell phone owned by Vanessa T. Wong of Effort and also pushed her to the ground.

Driver is injured in Lynn Township crash

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Gerald T. Wolf Jr., 50, of Allentown, sustained moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash at 1 a.m. Nov. 20 at the intersection of routes 309 and 143 in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said he sustained head injuries and was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital by the Northwestern Ambulance.

Driver leaves scene of accident

Saturday, November 28, 2009

State police at the Lehighton barracks said the driver of a vehicle that crashed on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. on Township Route 444 in Polk Township, Monroe County, left the scene of the crash.

Police said the vehicle, a 1998 Ford Ranger, was southbound when it left the lane of travel, crossed over the northbound land and went off the roadway onto an embankment, causing it to roll over onto its roof. The truck came to rest across both lanes of travel.

To Dance is to Live

Saturday, November 28, 2009
Photo courtesy of Madeline Ligenza The Candy Cane is Madeline Ligenza of Penn Forest Township. For three seasons during the mid 1950s, Ligenza danced in The Nutcracker, choreographed by George Balanchine.
Photo courtesy of Madeline Ligenza The Candy Cane is Madeline Ligenza of Penn Forest Township. For three seasons during the mid 1950s, Ligenza danced in The Nutcracker, choreographed by George Balanchine.

Penn Forest choreographer danced in the original Nutcracker

In 1954, Madeline Ligenza was an excited, yet frightened eight-year-old, dressed as a Toy Soldier and readying to lead a squad of Toy Soldiers before thousands of onlookers at the New York City Center.

Ligenza was dancing her first professional role in The Nutcracker, choreographed by George Balanchine.

Now, more than 50 years later, Ligenza choreographs and teaches ballet in Carbon County.

Thoughts on various issues

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Dear Editor:

Mr. Urban, read all your columns and can relate to them. I'm 82 years of age and here are some of my thoughts!

About 60 years ago, I and many others stopped at a spring to fill two or three gallons of spring water. How stupid of me, I could have started a business years ago selling water. Would you believe it, buying water?

Tamaqua police revamp school's emergency notification system

Saturday, November 28, 2009

911 Communications Center to alert schools on future lockdowns

The Tamaqua Police Department has revamped its system for notifying schools in the borough in the event of an emergency situation.

From now on, the Schuylkill 911 Communications Center will notify schools and day care centers in Tamaqua when told to do so by police during a potential crisis.

The move was prompted by a precautionary lockdown requested by Police Chief Dave Mattson for Tamaqua Area High School last Friday morning, Nov. 20, as police investigated an incident in the vicinity of the school.

Looking ahead

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Carbon chamber plans 'Brown Bag Monday'

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce continues with "Brown Bag Monday," where members are invited to meet at noon for an informal lunch with CCCC management at CCCC office.

Reservations for Monday, Dec. 7, are required by Friday, Dec. 4.

LAC CCCC plans

board meeting

Lehighton Area Council board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Lehighton Area Council of the CCCC office.

LAHS class of 1970

plans reunion meeting

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.