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December 2009

Vehicle is driven through 3 yards

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Three properties were damaged when someone drive a vehicle through their yards on Friday between 3 and 8:15 a.m. in Lower Macungie Township, state police at the Fogelsville barracks said.

The victims are Robert Drexinger, Donald Rohrbach and Terrel Essig, all who reside along Gun Club Road in the township.

Coaldale news

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lord's Supper

The Service of the Lord's Supper will be conducted at First Congregational Church, Coaldale, at the 9 a.m. Worship Service Sunday, Jan. 3.

Sunday School will follow at 10 a.m.

Services will be held at St. Luke's-Miners Memorial at 11 a.m. and at MapleShade, Nesquehoning, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Burglary probed in Monroe

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A burglary at a Monroe County home is being probed by Lehighton State Police.

The incident occurred at 7037 Evergreen Court, Ross Township sometime between 3 p.m., Dec. 17 and noon, Dec. 23.

According to police, sometime during the above days, unknown actor(s) entered Edward E. Helm's residence by smashing the rear sliding glass door. Once inside, the actor removed several bottles of liquor from the bar area of the basement. The actor then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

The total cost of property taken is estimated at $300.

Vehicles are towed after Monroe crash

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Two vehicles were towed from the scene of a crash at 12:38 p.m. Monday along Route 115 at the Pocono Raceway in Monroe County.

Police said Jeffrey Zola, 27, of New Jersey, was traveling south on Rt. 115 and attempted to make a U-turn near the racetrack. he failed to observe a vehicle operated by Michael Riley, 21, of Blakeslee, who was northbound on Rt. 115 at the time, causing the two vehicles to collide.

Police said Zola and a passenger in Riley's vehicle both sustained minor injuries.

On this date

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 30, 1993

Carbon County officials closed the sesquicentennial year with the unveiling of "Bucky the Beaver," a blue-bibbed creature who served the role of official mascot for the countys 150-year-old celebration. Inside the larger-than-life costume was Eugene Felker of Weatherly, who drew the praise of sesquicentennial officials and the commissioners for his volunteerism through the past year.

Slatington Public Library

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wonderful World of Wildlife reading program

The December Wonderful World of Wildlife reading program has been postponed until Saturday, Jan. 16. The program runs from 10 to 11 a.m. and is open to children age 3 to Grade 5. All are welcome. There will also be a program on Saturday, Feb. 20, so mark your calendars.

Winter raffle winners

The library would like to congratulate Jane Meckes, Linda Konek, and Carol Miller, the winners of our winter raffle, and thank everyone who supported the library by buying tickets.

Preschool Reading program slated

Army Reserve kids party at Salvation Army

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Schuylkill Haven Army Reserve 365 Engineer Battalion held their children's' Christmas party at the Tamaqua Salvation Army. The Tamaqua Salvation Army, Tamaqua American Legion Post 173, and Andreas VFW Post 5069 helped sponsor and host the event. The Army Reserve unit provided awards and gifts to all three of these organizations for their support. Here, Santa reads to the kidsduring the unit's Christmas party.

Police are probing Lehigh burglary

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a burglary that was reported to them at 7:58 p.m. Dec. 23.

The incident happened at Miers Braueri, Hamilton Boulevard, Lower Macungie Township. The victim is Owen Metzger Miers Jr. of Allentown.

He told police someone attempted to gain entry to the rear door by unknown means and damaged the doorframe before fleeing the scene. The damages are estimated at $50.

Schuylkill court officials sworn in during ceremony

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Peggy Zimmerman, of Walker Township, took her final oath as Schuylkill County Jury Commisisoner at a ceremonial proceedings held Tuesday morning at the Schuylkill County Courthouse in Pottsville. She was re-elected in the November general election to her sixth term and she plans to retire when her term expires.

She was first elected in 1988 and in the last election was the top vote getter of any of the county candidates.

Vigilance

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Scams had a big year

After the president announced he would be sending 30,000 troops to fight in Afghanistan, a political cartoon that appeared on the TIMES NEWS Opinion page gave us a dose of reality on how technology is changing our world.

Tamaqua girls reach tourney finals

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Tamaqua girls advanced to the finals of the Southern Lehigh Holiday Tournament with a convincing win over Harriton Tuesday.

In other basketball action, Weatherly and Palmerton both gained victories from their boys and girls teams.

Other winners included the Northwestern and Pleasant Valley boys, while the Tamaqua swim team gained a sweep.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Mahanoy Area-

Northwestern

Northwestern rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter to force overtime and outscored Mahanoy Area 9-4 in the extra frame to garner a 46-41 overtime victory.

Cat shelter receives donation from Girl Scouts

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Palmerton Girls Scout Troop 33416 went to the Carbon County Friends of Animals cat shelter bearing gifts. Donations of food and litter were appreciated, but the cats enjoyed the handmade gifts provided by the girls. Assisting with dropping off the items were, from left, Jocelyn Russo, Storme Ruzicka, CCFOA volunteer; and Shania and Jordan Ruzicka. Girl Scouts in the Palmerton area helped make catnip toys for the cats in the shelter at a recent event. To adopt a cat at the shelter, call (570) 325-9400.

Television stolen in Lynn burglary

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A 37-inch Vizio flat-screen LCD television was stolen in a burglary that hgappened between 3 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at a home in Lynn Township.

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said the victim is Rosemarie Fenstermacher, 7822 Dresher Road, Kempton.

Police said actor(s) made a forced entry to the residence by prying open a rear window and proceeded to steal the television before fleeing the scene in an unknown direction.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 30, 1947 Bill Brown comes off the bench to score a game-high 17 points as Tamaqua pulls away for a 43-26 victory over West Hazleton. Brown nets 15 of 17 points in the second half as the Raiders break away from an 11-11 halftime tie. Charley Baer chips in with eight points for the winners while Johnny Metrick adds seven.

Christmas House on Harvard Court

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS  Marion Carty loves decorating themed Christmas trees. This is the Santa and Me tree in the Cartys' home. It is whimsical and filled with all things children love. There are framed photos of all the Carty children and grandchildren taken of them talking to Santa Claus.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Marion Carty loves decorating themed Christmas trees. This is the Santa and Me tree in the Cartys' home. It is whimsical and filled with all things children love. There are framed photos of all the Carty children and grandchildren taken of them talking to Santa Claus.

The home of Mike and Marion Carty could be called "Christmas House" and it was one of the homes featured in the Palmerton Concourse Club's Christmas House Tour.

It is all about tradition at the Carty home. Themed trees and a collection of Santas give the home a warm and welcome appearance

Many antique, modern and children's Nativities are seen throughout the home. One child-friendly Nativity is located on a low shelf next to the living room fireplace and it is at a level for children to play with.

Higher Turnpike toll rates go into effect this weekend

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pennsylvania Turnpike travelers are reminded that tolls are set to go up by 3 percent at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010. New toll revenue from the increase only the seventh in nearly 70 years will mostly fund off-Turnpike infrastructure improvements.

The increase, first announced a year ago, will provide supplemental funding for the commonwealth's non-tolled roads and bridges as well as mass-transit agencies. Revenue from the toll increase will finance debt service associated with the Turnpike Commission's Act 44 obligations.

Son is arrested for taking vehicle

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

David Joseph Frantz Jr., 27, of Kunkletown, was charged by state police at the Lehighton barracks with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after he reportedly took his father's truck on Friday at 11:39 p.m.

Police said David Frantz Sr., 46, of Kunkletown, reported his son took his Ford Ranger without permission and drove to Horseshoe Drive in Polk Township where he proceeded to load scrap metal into the vehicle.

The son was arrested and housed in the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Snydersville.

Police respond to Schuylkill incident

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Curt Jacob Marquardt, 20, of Girardville, was cited by state police at the Frackville barracks on Wednesday at 5:21 a.m. following an incident at 200 E. Main St., Girardville.

Police said it is alleged he kicked out a front window at the residence of Sarah L. Hennessey, 21, of Girardville.

LCCC to offer guitar class for children

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lehigh Carbon Community College will hold a noncredit class this semester for children interested in basic guitar techniques. Students will learn enough chords to play simple folk songs. Acoustic guitars may be rented from West End Music. The following course will be held on LCCC's Schnecksville campus. Required text must be purchased before the first class.

Ages 11-13-Beginning Guitar 9-10:30 a.m. Course #YOU 430-50 Sat., Feb. 6 – Apr. 3 (no class 3/13)

California man reports unwanted texts

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a harassment by communications incident in Lower Macungie Township.

Police said Michael E. Marx, 25, of Stanford, Calif., reported to them that between 4:23 p.m. Friday and 12:12 a.m. Saturday he received numerous unwanted text messages on his cell phone from a known individual. Police said Marx, however, declined to prosecute the messenger.

Rig is sideswiped along Interstate 78

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigtaing a hit-and-run incident whereby a tractor trailer was sideswiped on Interstate 78 in Weisenberg Township. The incident happened at 4:32 p.m. Thursday.

Police said Timothy S, Quimby, 42, of Manchester, Pa., was driving the 2009 Kenworth rig westbound when a white construction van attempted to pass the tractor trailer and sideswiped it on the left side. The van continued westbound without stopping.

Criminal mischief incident reported

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday along Weir Lake Road in Polk Township.

The victim is Grace E. Mondrosch, 55, of Gilbert.

Police said someone damaged the steering wheel column (ignition area) of the victim's vehicle with a blunt object. The estimated damage is $300.

Waterpark planned for Carbon

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Barbara Green, one of the owners of Tuthill Corporation, the operator of Blue Mountain Ski Resort, holds a plan of its waterpark with its first phase set to open in 2012. The Carbon County-themed waterpark will have a Lehigh Canal-themed lazy river, a Switchback-themed train, a coal mining-themed toddlers area, a Mollie Maguires-themed bar, and Victorian buildings.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Barbara Green, one of the owners of Tuthill Corporation, the operator of Blue Mountain Ski Resort, holds a plan of its waterpark with its first phase set to open in 2012. The Carbon County-themed waterpark will have a Lehigh Canal-themed lazy river, a Switchback-themed train, a coal mining-themed toddlers area, a Mollie Maguires-themed bar, and Victorian buildings.

Blue Mountain venture will feature local themes

Blue Mountain Ski Resort has applied for permits to begin construction of the first phase of a Carbon County-themed outdoor waterpark set to open in 2012.

The waterpark is part of a 10-year plan engineered by Barbara Green, one of the owners of Tuthill Corporation, the operator of Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

"Since I came here two years ago, my focus has been on summer activities," Green said. "We started with a successful mountain biking program this past summer and we are going to expand it this summer."

With these brownies, doing without is no sacrifice

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
It is no sacrifice to indulge in these whole-grain and dairy-free coffee fudge brownies from Alicia Silverstone's "The Kind Diet". Serve with soy milk and vegan and non-vegans alike will love the moist, chocolaty treat. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
It is no sacrifice to indulge in these whole-grain and dairy-free coffee fudge brownies from Alicia Silverstone's "The Kind Diet". Serve with soy milk and vegan and non-vegans alike will love the moist, chocolaty treat. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

This recipe from Alicia Silverstone's "The Kind Diet," is whole grain and vegan, but tastes decadent.

If you buy raw walnuts, toast them by spreading on a baking sheet. Place in a 350 F oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant. Stir once or twice as they toast.

Coffee Fudge Brownies

Servings: 12

For the brownies:

cup whole-wheat pastry flour

cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups maple sugar

Theft of a boat motor

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lehighton state police are investigating a theft that took place at a residence in Polk Township on Dec. 27.

According to police unknown actor(s) entered Russell C. Baker's residence at 563 Molasses Valley Road, sometime between 4 and 4:15 a.m., and removed a black Mercury 40-horsepower outboard motor from a boat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (610) 377-4270.

House fire ends in severe damages

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A summer home at 7876 Country Place Drive South, Coolbaugh Township, resulted in severe damages on Dec. 23.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said personnel from the township's fire department extinguished the blaze that was reported at 2:36 a.m., but not before the damage occurred. Police said flames were observed coming from the first and second floor windows when firemen arrived.

No one was residing in the home at the time. The cause is unknown and still being investigated, police said.

Woman is charged with retail theft

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Loriann Graham, 38, of Newfoundland, was arrested on charges of retail theft and disorderly conduct after she was caught shoplifting on Dec. 21 at 10:26 p.m. at the WalMart store on Rt. 940 in Mount Pocono.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said the woman attempted to take $180.27 worth of assorted items from the store. She had her four-year-old son with her at the time, police said.

Police said the woman was uncooperative with authorities while in custody, resulting in the disorderly conduct charge.

TAHS pool benefits from large donation

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A fundraising effort by the Tamaqua Area High School Swim Team Boosters and the Tamaqua Blue Waves Swim Team Boosters netted $8,000 that helped to fund the addition of five lanes on the current scoreboard as well as new scoring plates on the pool deck at the Tamaqua High pool. A total of $6,000 was raised during a recent Vera Bradley Purse Bingo that was co-sponsored by the Blue Waves and Swimming Boosters. An additional $2,000 was contributed by the Blue Waves themselves to meet the total expense of the equipment purchased.

Ski lodge is scene of theft incident

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the theft of a snowboard at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort, Lower Towamensing Township.

Police said the victim is a minor who was not identified.

The incident happened between 7:50-8 p.m. Tuesday when someone went to an open ski rack located at the Summit Lodge and stole the unsecured Burton UNINC board while the victim was inside the lodge. The board is valued at $600.

Northern Lehigh column

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Slatington Women's Club news

The board of the Slatington Women's Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 at the home of President Jessica Rehrig to complete the GFWC annual reports.

The next meeting of the Slatington Women's Club will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 40 S. Second St., Slatington. The evening's program will feature the club's annual arts contest for members and area students. Go to the club's Web site at slatingtongfwc.tripod.com for contest information.

Walnutport Fire Dept. 2010 officers

Boyer's Food Market aids Toys For Tots

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Boyer's Food Market in Tamaqua used its Cedar Street Parking Fund to purchase and donate hundreds of new toys to the 2009 Tamaqua Salvation Army and Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Toys For Tots drive. Most of the toys purchased were specifically limited to the younger ages. Pictured with some of the toys purchased are, from left, employee Jared Schuetrumpf, front end manager Rachelle Young, assistant manager Jay Hendricks, customer service rep Holly Gergar, and manager Donald Kawalski. Boyer's Food Market is an annual contributor to theToys For Tots drive.