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December 2009

Perfume thefts land Barnesville man in prison

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Tamaqua area man pleaded guilty to theft of six bottles of perfume and now must spend time in the county prison according to a sentence recently imposed by Judge D. Michael Stine following a hearing in the Schuylkill County Court. Two others who pleaded guilty were also sentenced and five people had their probation revoked.

Troop N Camp Cadet 2010 applications being accepted

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Application period for the 2010 Troop N Camp Cadet program is now open and applications are being accepted. Anyone interested in attending camp can obtain an application at any of the following Troop N State Police Stations: Hazleton, Bloomsburg, Lehighton, Fern Ridge and Swiftwater State Police. Applications have also been distributed to most of the local schools located throughout the Troop N Area.

LCCC to offer computer classes

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lehigh Carbon Community College will offer various levels of noncredit computer courses for students who want to learn Excel-Microsoft Office 2007 software package. All classes have a ratio of one person per computer to provide hands-on experience.

The following computer courses will be held at one of LCCC's locations in Schnecksville or at its Donley Center in Allentown.

Beginning Excel (6 hours). Start dates: Jan. 27, Jan. 29, May 12, June 9, July 14 and Aug. 3

Beginning Excel (10 hours). Start date: Apr. 27

Tamaqua quilters spread warmth

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS "The Needlebugs" of Tamaqua hurry to finish their latest lap quilt in order to present it to Salvation Army worker Esther Stofocik, who is scheduled to undergo knee surgery after the holidays. The quilting circle meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m., at 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. New quilters are always welcome beginners and experienced sewers alike.
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS "The Needlebugs" of Tamaqua hurry to finish their latest lap quilt in order to present it to Salvation Army worker Esther Stofocik, who is scheduled to undergo knee surgery after the holidays. The quilting circle meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m., at 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. New quilters are always welcome beginners and experienced sewers alike.

Fun, fellowship and warmth are three key ingredients that go into the making of every lap blanket created by "The Needlebugs."

The dedicated group of women have managed to warm more than three dozen laps this year, each quilt donated to a person in need of some personal warmth.

The group of women, numbering up to 15 some days, meets once a week, Wednesday mornings, at the Tamaqua Salvation Army Community Center, 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua.

Albrightsville man facing charges

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Glenn Gehret of Albrightsville has been arrested by state police at the Fern Ridge barracks on a charge of simple assault stemming from a domestic disturbance at 5 p.m. Dec. 17.

Police said the incident happened at 115 Ginsberg Circle, Mount Pocohontas, Penn Forest Township.

Police said the man was involved in a verbal argument with Karen Gehret, Albrightsville, that turned physical when the man struck the victim in the face, choked her around the neck with his hands and forced her to strike her head on the refrigerator door several times.

LAHS plans financial aid workshop on Wednesday

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Financial Aid Workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6 in the Lehighton Area High School cafeteria. Joe Alamo, financial aid director from Wilkes University, will be on hand to guide parents/ guardians through an important first step in financial planning for college. The workshop will include, "What Financial Aid is All About," and an "hands-on" activity completing the Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA). Reservations should be made by calling the guidance office at (610) 377-7600 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. immediately. Deadline is Jan. 4.

LC&N presents Safety Awards

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lehigh Coal and Navigation safety department gave awards to employees who worked all year without an accident. These awards also showed job performance, work attendance, and work ethic. Pictured from front left are pit foreman Louis Mitchalk, dragline operator Daniel Baer, breaker welder George Boyle, maintenance mechanic Alvin Schlauch. From back left are superintendant Bob Thompson, safety director Dave Wolfe, assistant superintendent Brian Bevan, and maintenance supervisor Jim Lechleitner.

Ex-board chairman remembered; Polk budget passes with no hike

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dramatic change and status quo came together at the final Polk Township Supervisors meeting for 2009. Dramatic change was in the empty chair of the late H. Lee Everett, who for years served as chairman of the board. A moment of silence in his memory recognized his passing last week as did Supervisor Nancy C. May's reading of a piece Everett reportedly often gave to others, entitled the "Obituary for Mr. Common Sense."

Components of that piece were Everett's philosophy of serving as supervisor including "Don't spend more than you earn."

'Times Square on Broad Street'

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS The "2010" sign is placed outside of the ABC Tamaqua Hi-Rise in preparation for Tamaqua's annual "Times Square on Broad Street" New Year's Eve celebration on Thursday, Dec. 31, beginning at 10 p.m. The event is coordinated by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by THE TIMES NEWS.
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS The "2010" sign is placed outside of the ABC Tamaqua Hi-Rise in preparation for Tamaqua's annual "Times Square on Broad Street" New Year's Eve celebration on Thursday, Dec. 31, beginning at 10 p.m. The event is coordinated by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by THE TIMES NEWS.

TIMES NEWS sponsors Tamaqua's annual New Year's Eve celebration

The eagles may be flying down instead of up, but that won't stop the New Year from being celebrated in downtown Tamaqua.

The annual "Times Square on Broad Street" New Year's Eve celebration will once again be hosted by the ABC Tamaqua Hi-Rise on East Broad Street, beginning at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31.

Parambo comes full circle on court

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
BOBO FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Devin Parambo is the 2009 TIMES NEWS Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.
BOBO FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Devin Parambo is the 2009 TIMES NEWS Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.

She had more digs than an archaeologist, and more kills than a health reform bill proposal.

Marian's Devin Parambo has the rare ability to play the front row and the back row at an extremely high level. The Fillies' full rotation player also has the unique capability to stand out individually while playing fully within the team concept.

And to top it all off, Parambo's attitude exceeds her ability.

Mailbox post pulled from ground

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 9 p.m. Dec. 23 and 9 a.m. Dec. 24 in Lower Macungie Township.

The victim is Brian W. Kluck, 54, who resides in the 3800 block of Maulfair Drive in the township.

He told police someone pulled a wooden post of his mailbox out of the ground and left it lying in the end of the driveway of the residence.

Blue Year Celebration

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Covered Bridge Inn to hold annual New Year's Eve Gala and Ball Drop

So rare are some instances that they're said to occur once in a blue moon.

Yet, patrons who attend the sixth annual New Year's Eve Gala and Ball Drop in Little Gap Square at the Covered Bridge Inn will be treated to such an anomaly.

That's because the month of December will close out with a blue moon, and will mark the second full moon in the calendar month, an instance so uncommon it only takes place once every 20 years.

14-year-old cited for shoplifting

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

State police at the Fogelsville barracks arrested a 14-year-old female juvenile from Macungie for retail theft after she was caught shoplifting at 11:38 p.m. Dec. 23 at Kohl's Department Store, Hamilton Boulevard, Lower Macungie Township.

Police said it is alleged she stole $226 worth of items from the store.

Faces hit, run charges

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

An East Brunswick, New Jersey, man faces hit-and-run charges after he struck a parked vehicle at Blue Mountain Ski Area on Tuesday, then fled.

Joshua Li, 21, was pulling out of a parking space at 4:30 p.m. when he struck a parked Dodge Ram owned by Christopher Eaton, 21, of Sewell, New Jersey, said state police at Lehighton. Li then fled the scene.

Rush Police report thefts, accident

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Rush Township Police Department is investigating a theft of a Blue Toshiba laptop, from 30 Wayne Ave., Hometown. Police responded to a burglary. The only thing taken was the laptop. The burglary was reported on Dec. 22.

Helene C Grutza, 34, of Barnesville, is facing felony retail theft charges after stealing $80.72 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart. Rush Township Police reported the theft took place on Dec. 23.

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