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December 2009

DUI charges from Tamaqua stop

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Tuscarora man is facing charges of DUI (Driving Under the Influence of alcohol) and careless driving following a traffic stop by Tamaqua Police on Dec. 14 at 3:30 a.m.

Milton J. Drum, 35, of 26 Catawissa St., was driving south on SR309 (N. Railroad St.) and made a right turn onto Route 209 (West Broad Street) when he was stopped by police in front of 105 W. Broad Street, who observed the front bumper of the Oldsmobile Alero dragging along the roadway.

Tamaqua boys basketball alumni game planned

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Former Tamaqua boys basketball players are being sought to play in an alumni game on Jan 2 after the varsity game.

Alumni are invited to attend the Jan. 2 home game with Salisbury during which the Tamaqua Boys Basketball Boosters will dedicate a newly purchased banner honoring 1,000-point scorers. Guests of honor will be those players whose names appear on the banner.

Alumni interested in playing in the game, mostly likely against a faculty team, should contact Chris Kurek at (570) 778-3223 or HYPERLINK "mailto:kurekwt@ptd.net" kurekwt@ptd.net as soon as possible.

Nesquehoning news

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Free lunch

The Meed's Methodist Church will offer free lunches to children on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 30 and 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Is Robert Downey Jr. 'Holmes' alone?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius."

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Get ready for "Sherlock Holmes" the video game, coming soon to an Xbox or Wii near you.

While the latest "Sherlock Holmes" movie is based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes' purists might be annoyed by Robert Downey Jr.'s magnificent nonchalance in his portrayal of the detective, as well as Guy Ritchie's highly-stylized direction.

Dear Watson, this is not your grandfather's Sherlock Holmes.

Traffic lights

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

No guarantees in life

Life provides no guarantees. Despite all the precautions we take, fate still intervenes.

For decades, the intersection on Route 443 at Normal Square, at Mill Road and Fritz Valley Road, has been a dangerous site. Numerous accidents and fatalities have taken place there over the years.

Residents and motorists lobbied for a traffic light, and this year, finally, after years of red tape and obstacles, a traffic light replaced the former blinking light, a safety measure that hopefully would make the intersection safer for motorists.

Jim Thorpe man takes police on vehicle chase

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Jim Thorpe man was charged with driving under the influence after he led police on a chase through the borough of Jim Thorpe on Christmas Eve.

According to Chief Joseph Schatz, an off-duty officer contacted borough police to report a Jeep driving erratically.

Officers then observed the Jeep, driven by Charles Skupien of 102 Indian Trail Drive, driving along the 400 block of North Street. When the officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, Skupien refused to pull over.

Items are stolen from local Wal-Mart

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating the theft of items from the Wal-Mart store in Lower Macungie Township.

Police said an individual entered the store and obtained a return sticker from the store greeter, and proceeded to give the sticker to the electronics department to receive a Sirius satellite radio system, a wireless router and two Ink Jet printer cartridges, leaving the store with the unpaid merchandise.

Speaking to the children

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Father Francis Baransky, Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe, speaks with the young people attending the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve service at the church last week.

Saylorsburg man charged with DUI

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Robert Szmitkowski, 62, of Saylorsburg, was arrested by state police at the Lehighton barracks for driving under the influence of alcohol after a one-vehicle accident Dec. 24 at 12:29 p.m. at the intersection of Evergreen Road and Old Route 115 in Ross Township.

Police said he was driving a vehicle that failed to negotiate a right turn on Evergreen Road, left the roadway, struck a stop sign and got stuck in the snow.

On this date

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

December 29, 1986

One automobile dealership in Lower Carbon County has a new owner and another will change hands early in the new year, bringing to three the number of dealerships sold in the area since October. Solt Motor Sales Inc., Franklin Township, will be called Lehigh Valley Nissan effective Jan. 5. Sander Olds-Buick-GMC Truck, Aquashicola, was acquired Dec. 24 by George Miller of Waterbury, Vt. Early in October, Moyer and Haupt Motors, Lehighton, was sold to Bennett Enterprises, which operates three other dealerships in the Lehigh and Northampton Counties.

Healthy Geezer

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Part II: What you should know before having surgery

(This is the second in a two-part series on surgery. Last week we discussed surgeons and health care facilities. This week we'll cover the surgery itself.)

I view surgery as the last possible solution for a health problem. I'm sure most of you agree.

It's best to look into alternatives such as medicines, treatments, lifestyle changes and watchful waiting before undergoing anesthesia and scalpel work.

Governor signs bill honoring slain PA state trooper

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Governor Edward G. Rendell signed Senate Bill 1070, designating a portion of Route 611 in Monroe County as the Trooper Joshua D. Miller Memorial Highway.

"This is a significant and richly deserved honor for a trooper who laid down his life rather than swerve from the path of duty," Governor Rendell said. "We must never forget his courage or his sacrifice."

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

December 29, 1964 Jack Gicking tallies a game-high 29 points and Weatherly dominates the third quarter in gaining an 85-47 victory over Marian. Gicking hits for 13 field goals as the Wreckers, who pull away with a 24-2 advantage in the third period, shoot 37-of-66 from the floor. The winners also receive 23 points from Bobby VanHorn while Pat Searfoss collects 12. For the Colts, John Halenar scores a team-high 19 points.

SOCIAL NEWS

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

How to publish your announcement

To help you compile your wedding, engagement, anniversary or baby's birth information for publication in the TIMES NEWS, forms are available in our main office at 594 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West, Lehighton as well as in our satellite offices in Tamaqua, Lansford and Palmerton.

Wedding pictures and stories will be published free up to six months after the wedding. After the six-month deadline, there is a $50 charge to have your wedding appear in the TIMES NEWS.

Lights, camera, action

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS U.S. Rep. Tim Holdenpresented the Borough of Tamaqua with a $200,000 check as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Accepting the check were, front, from left, Councilman Tom Cara, Mayor Christian Morrison, Police Chief Dave Mattson, Holden, Downtown Manager Linda Yulanavage and Councilman John Trudich. Back row from left, Councilmen Steve Tertel, Brian Connely, and Ken Smulligan, and Council President Micah Gursky.
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS U.S. Rep. Tim Holdenpresented the Borough of Tamaqua with a $200,000 check as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Accepting the check were, front, from left, Councilman Tom Cara, Mayor Christian Morrison, Police Chief Dave Mattson, Holden, Downtown Manager Linda Yulanavage and Councilman John Trudich. Back row from left, Councilmen Steve Tertel, Brian Connely, and Ken Smulligan, and Council President Micah Gursky.

Tamaqua to implement $367,000 state-of-the-art system

The Borough of Tamaqua is taking a giant leap forward in crime watch, with the help of U.S. Rep. Tim Holden and the John E. Morgan Foundation.

A $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, which was obtained with Holden's help, plus an additional $167,000 contribution from the Morgan Foundation will go toward the purchase and installation of a state-of-the-art camera system and command center.

"This is a new project," said Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson. "No one else in the state is doing this to the degree that we're planning to do this."

Miller-Keystone announces January blood drive dates

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Church Alive, 84 E. 27th Street, Hazle Township; call (570) 956-8152.

Saturday, Jan. 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Beaver Run Rod & Gun Club, 676 Stewart Rd, Lehighton; contact Stacy Rascavage, (570) 645-8404

Thursday, Jan. 14 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at M&T Bank, 100 E. Broad Street, Tamaqua; call (570) 668-0640.

Monday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hazleton General Hospital, 700 E. Broad Street, Hazleton; contact Janet Witkowski, (570) 501-6204

'Spring Pops' concert rehearsals scheduled

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pleasant Valley Choral Society, a community chorus, will begin rehearsals for its annual "Spring Pops" concert on Friday, Jan. 8. Rehearsals are held at 7 p.m. every Friday at Zion Lutheran Church, Route 209, Brodheadsville.

The Choral Society welcomes new members and has scheduled informal auditions at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 and Jan. 15. For more information, call (570) 629-4837.

Summit Hill news

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Summit Hill

St. Paul Lutheran

Members of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, are reminded that the Rev. John Hazel, pastor, will be on vacation through Jan. 2. Anyone in need of pastoral assistance during that time is asked to contact Pastor Marjorie Keiter, (570) 645-0356.

SHCIO to meet

The Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, in the borough hall. Debra Ranck, president, will be in charge of the session.

Borough council

Christmas Eve crash

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

No one was hurt in a Christmas Eve car crash in Towamensing Township.

The crash happened at 11:35 a.m.when a GMC Sierra driven by Terry L. Goodhile, 52, of Lehighton, struck the rear of a Pontiac Grand Am driven by Raymond P. Desrosiers, 46, of Weatherly. The Desrosiers car was slowing to make a right turn into a Shell gas station. The Goodhile vehicle pulled off the road about 200 feet past the crash scene. It had damage to the front bumper, according to state police at Lehighton.

Marian boys and Weatherly girls get wins

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Marian boys and Weatherly girls came out on the winning end of non-league basketball games on Monday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pius X-Marian

Chris Barletta hit four of six free throw attempts in the second overtime to help lift Marian to a nail-biter of a 54-53 non-conference victory over visiting Pius X.

Barletta ended up surpassing double figures with 12 points, while teammate Drew Sherkness led the Colts with a 16-point performance.

The Royals' Sean O'Neill finished with a game-high 22 points, while David Hills followed up with 11.

Chestnuthill news

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Year's greetings

And the New Year is but days away. May it bring you health and happiness and many good reasons to be busy and to celebrate.

Operation: Touch of Home

Operation: Touch of Home will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the American Legion Post 927, Route 209, Gilbert, PA.

One can contact the organization at: www.operationtouchofhome.org.

Western Pocono Lions Club

On this date

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sports

December 29, 1964 Jack Gicking tallies a game-high 29 points and Weatherly dominates the third quarter in gaining an 85-47 victory over Marian. Gicking hits for 13 field goals as the Wreckers, who pull away with a 24-2 advantage in the third period, shoot 37-of-66 from the floor. The winners also receive 23 points from Bobby VanHorn while Pat Searfoss collects 12. For the Colts, John Halenar scores a team-high 19 points.

New Jim Thorpe mayor sworn in

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The new Mayor of Jim Thorpe Michael J. Sofranko, with his wife Therese at his side, takes the Oath of Office from Magisterial District Judge Ed Lewis on Monday morning with his term as Mayor beginning on January 1.

11 officers complete police training requirements

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Six waterways conservation officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and five Department of Conservation and Natural Resources rangers have completed Municipal Police Officers Basic Training, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced.

"The 758-hour training course, held at the Pennsylvania State Police Northwest Training Center in Meadville, Crawford County, covered all phases of police work, from the vehicle and crimes codes to use of firearms and conducting criminal investigations," Pawlowski said.

Video games, system are stolen

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Two persons were arrested by state police at the Fogelsville barracks for entering a home in Lower Macungie Township, stealing a video system and video games, and then exchanging them for cash.

The incident was reported at 5 p.m. Dec. 23 by Yvonne C. DeJesus, 36, of Princeton Road in the township.

Police said a 17-year-old male and Elhadji Sylia, 19, of Macungie, were arrested after the incident.

Theft probed in Monroe County

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

State Police at Lehighton are investigating a theft that occurred over the weekend in Monroe County.

According to reports, an unknown actor(s) cut a screen out of an open window on a garage at 11 Emily Way, Polk Township, sometime between 9 p.m., Dec. 27, and 5 a.m., Dec. 28. The actor then crawled through the window and removed a 2002 Kawasaki Prairie ATV. They then pushed the ATV to the roadway and fled in an unknown direction.

The victim in the crime is Matthew D. Hageman, 33, of Kunkletown.

'Dawgs, Tribe reach championship

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
STEVE SHINKO/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Sonya Josephson and Jim Thorpe's Chelsea Smelas battle for a rebound during Monday's opening round of the Lady Indian Holiday Classic at Lehighton.
STEVE SHINKO/Special to the TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Sonya Josephson and Jim Thorpe's Chelsea Smelas battle for a rebound during Monday's opening round of the Lady Indian Holiday Classic at Lehighton.

Northern Lehigh was dominant. Lehighton was resilient. They were both triumphant

The Bulldogs and Indians took totally different paths, but both arrived at the same destination. The two teams will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the championship game of the 10th Annual Lady Indian Holiday Classic.

Northern Lehigh jumped on Jim Thorpe early and breezed to a 53-20 victory. Lehighton rallied from a seven-point third quarter deficit to edge Palmerton, 43-39.

Jim Thorpe

-No. Lehigh

Pizza Hut burglarized in Lehigh County

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating the theft of $1,036 from the Pizza Hut on Hamilton Boulevard in Lower Macungie Township.

Police said the theft took place between Dec. 19-22 when the actor(s) removed the money from the safe at the restaurant and fled in an unknown direction.

New light, old dangers

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Electronic signs warn drivers on Route 443 of the new traffic signals at the Normal Square intersection, left, and at Fritz Valley and Mill roads in Mahoning Township, right.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Electronic signs warn drivers on Route 443 of the new traffic signals at the Normal Square intersection, left, and at Fritz Valley and Mill roads in Mahoning Township, right.

Normal Square fatality claims Coaldale woman; blinking signs are placed

Mahoning Township police have identified the woman killed in a two-vehicle crash on Route 443 at Normal Square Monday morning as Linda Faye Huynh, 62, of Coaldale.

Huynh, according to police, was traveling north on Mill Road at about 8 a.m. toward the Normal Square traffic light at the intersection of Rt. 443, Mill Road and Fritz Valley Road. An ambulance belonging to Regional EMS and Critical Care of Lehighton was heading west on Route 443.

Towamensing Elementary student council visits Renee's Personal Care Home

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Norma Joyce (right), teacher Mrs. Diane Morgan's mother, wasgreeted by members of the student council.
Norma Joyce (right), teacher Mrs. Diane Morgan's mother, wasgreeted by members of the student council.

Jodi Kocher, counselor, and Debbie Heydt, nurse at Towamensing Elementary School took the student council (grades three to six) to Renee's Personal Care Home, Trachsville, on Dec. 18. They are the advisers for the group.

A musical program and Christmas treats were on the agenda.

Natalie Dize, the music teacher had already taught the students most of the music in class so there was little preparation needed for the visit, said Heydt. Many of the songs they were able to sing without looking at the words.

Lehighton community dinner

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

On January 1, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Third and Iron Streets in Lehighton, invites area residents to join the Trinity family for our 2nd Annual Community Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner, served from Noon to 2 p.m. in Luther Hall. Please call the church office at (610) 377-4303 to make your dinner reservations. Meals delivered to home-bound are also available by calling the church office. Snow date: January 2.