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December 2009

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
This Nativity was Marion Carty's parents. It is about 75 years old.
This Nativity was Marion Carty's parents. It is about 75 years old.

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.

Reward offered for information on bank robbery

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Monroe County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in a bank robbery investigation. M&T Bank, North Ninth Street, Stroud Township, Monroe County, was robbed at approximately at 3:11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21. The suspect is a black male, approximately six feet tall with a slim build. He was wearing a dark colored leather jacket and black knit cap and black pants.

Tickling the ivories together

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tickling the ivories together
Copyright Times News 2009

Vincent Michael Kelly enjoys playing the piano with his grandfather, Michael Vincent Kelly. They make beautiful music together, as you can see by the adoring way they look at each other. Vincent is the Grandest Kid of Jeannie and Mick Kelly of Gilbert and Barbara Blythe of New Tripoli and Bob Blythe of Philadelphia. He is the son of Daniel Kelly and Rose Blythe of Slatington.

Theft at ski resort

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State Police at Lehighton are investigating a theft that occurred at Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County.

According to police unknown actors entered a vehicle in the parking lot of the ski resort and removed two iPods and accessories, as well as a blackberry cell phone. Victims are Daniel Aitkens, 21, of New Jersey; and Richard Schroeder, 21, of New Jersey.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call State Police Lehighton at (610) 377-4270.

Suitcase is stolen from aboard bus

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a theft by unlawful taking incident that happened between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

The victim is Alina Sharkey of Emmaus.

She told police said was traveling aboard a Bieber bus from New York City to Wescosville and upon arrival at Wescosville learned that her suitcase and its contents had been stolen. The bus made a stop in Hellertown, where the suitcase may have been taken. The stolen property has a value of about $190.

Pennsylvania State Police gearing up for Camp Cadet program

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pennsylvania State Police Troop "N" is once again sponsoring Camp Cadet. Camp Cadet is a fun, week-long summer camp designed to give young people a better understanding of law enforcement activities in an actual state police training school.

Participants can witness helicopter and canine demonstrations and learn about martial arts, drug awareness and more.

Boys and girls are eligible to attend. Attendees must be between 12 and 14 years old and be in good physical condition.

Children must live in Lower Luzerne, Carbon, Columbia and Monroe counties.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, Jan. 2. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need brown grocery size paper bags.

Chestnuthill Twp. mischief reported

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 10 p.m. Dec. 20 and 6:30 a.m. Dec. 21 in Chestnuthill Township.

The victim is Linda Perry, 8 Eldorado Drive, Lower Serra View, Effort.

She told police someone broke all of the windows on the right side and rear of her vehicle and also punctured the right side tires.