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September 2010

Class reunion

Thursday, September 30, 2010

PVHS Class of 1991

The Panther Valley High School Class of 1991 will hold a reunion planning meeting on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. in Kelly's Restaurant, E. Patterson St., Lansford.

Alll classmates are welcome to attend.

Jim Thorpe Democrats to meet on Oct. 13

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Jim Thorpe Area Democratic Association will hold its pre-election meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the small conference room of the Inn at Jim Thorpe.

All District 3 (Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest and Kidder South) committee persons are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

Area chair and Jim Thorpe club president Edith Lukasevich will preside at the session.

McCall for, Knowles opposes tax on Pa. natural gas industry

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Democratic members of the Pa. House of Representatives successfully led the charge to pass an extraction tax on the production of natural gas in the vast Marcellus Shale formation.

The House Democratic Caucus said the tax will help "to fund critical environmental programs and aiding local communities impacted by the expansion of this industry."

Kennel owner's charges mount

Thursday, September 30, 2010

More charges against a Franklin Township kennel owner have been filed in a related case of theft by deception.

According to state police at Lehighton, Patricia E. Gadaleta, 51, the owner of Musket Labradors, has been charged with theft by deception and deceptive business practices.

This time, troopers state, Gadaleta purchased a Labrador Retriever from Sharene Greer Clark and Dan Clark of California.

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, September 30, 2010

September 30, 1977 Phil McGarry carries 26 times for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Palmerton to a 22-6 Centennial League victory over East Stroudsburg. McGarry opens the scoring with a 36-yard run and also finds the end zone from four yards out. The Blue Bombers, coached by Bill Dukett, also receive a 15-yard TD run from Terry Rex.

Completes Air Force basic military training

Thursday, September 30, 2010
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West

Air Force Airman 1st Class Mark A. West graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Claude and Winifred West of N. Second St., Lehighton.

Polk column

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pleasant Valley Intermediate news

PVI will have a sixth grade "Meet Your Friends" night on Friday, Oct. 1, from 3:45 until 6 p.m. Please be there to pick your child up promptly.

Blood Drive

Getz Personal Care Home will be sponsoring a blood drive on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Getz is located on Rt. 534 in Kunkletown.

Make an appointment to donate blood by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Birthday wishes

Happy Birthday to Jessica Herman on Oct. 5.

Blood drive scheduled for ex-Tamaqua football player

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A blood drive has been organized for a former Tamaqua Area High School football player who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center is holding a replacement blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 2 for Harold "H.T." Fryer, who is a 2009 graduate of Tamaqua High who played wide receiver on the Blue Raiders' gridiron squad.

The drive, which is being sponsored by the Tamaqua Rescue Squad, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the rescue squad's headquarters at 19 Pine Street.

Layers of Love

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS This batch of no sew blankets makes for a rather impressive sight.
Special to the TIMES NEWS This batch of no sew blankets makes for a rather impressive sight.

Comforting cancer patients one blanket at a time

Comforting cancer patients one blanket at a time.

That's been the mission of one Palmerton woman who started a campaign known as "Layers of Love" on behalf of her father, who last year was diagnosed with cancer.

Patty Beidleman of Palmerton said her father, Wendell Jennings, underwent chemotherapy at the Cooper Cancer Institute in New Jersey shortly after he was diagnosed.

From that point on, Beidleman has made it her intention to have blankets donated for cancer patients who also receive chemotherapy at Cooper.

Palin is given protection from McAdoo man

Thursday, September 30, 2010

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Sarah Palin has been granted a restraining order against a McAdoo man accused of stalking and threatening her.

Alaska Magistrate Judge Colleen Ray issued a 20-day protective order Monday against 18-year-old Shawn R. Christy, finding probable cause to believe he had stalked the former governor.

Dog law violation

Thursday, September 30, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge have charged a Monroe County resident with a dog law violation.

Troopers said Fitzroy Johnson, of Effort, was charged after he allegedly allowed his five boxer dogs to escape from the interior confinement of his property at 2090 Treible Drive, Chestnuthill Township, and run free through the community.

The incident occurred aobut 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Tout wants more

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another game, another offensive eruption for Northern Lehigh.

Friday night, the Bulldogs topped the 40-point mark for the fourth straight week as they buried Palisades, 52-0.

So far this season, Northern Lehigh's numbers are as intimidating as they are impressive. In four games, it has scored 194 points.

The Bulldogs' 48.5 points per game average is sixth best in the state and the best in District 11.

But if you expect Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout to be singing his team's praises and making postseason plans, then you don't know Joe Tout.

Monroe resident victim of fraud

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Monroe County resident is a victim of fraud, theft and forgery.

State police at Fern Ridge said Joanne Boyle, 57, of Theresa Lane, Saylorsburg, Chestnuthill Township, reported someone charged $2,500 worth of merchandise on her credit card without her permission. The purchases were made during the period of Sept. 2 and Wednesday, Sept. 29, troopers said.

The investigation into the incident is continuing.

Slatington HS Class of 1952 reunites

Thursday, September 30, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Slatington High School Class of 1952 met recently to celebrate the class's 58-year reunion at the Slatington American Legion Post 16. Those attending included, front row, from left, Judy Lentz Shiner, Theo Jones Elias, Joan Skutches Heffelfinger, Melisse Phillips O'Brian, Pat Kuhnsman House and Shirley Frederick Kern. Second row, Abner Merkel, Pearl Hamm Follweiler, Marlene Levan Smith, Phyllis Schuck Hunsicker, Ruth Snyder Davies, Carolyn Krause Steele and Lucille Metzger Blose.

Tamaqua driver facing DUI charge

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Tamaqua man has been cited after police observed him fail to stop for a red light last Friday in the borough.

Patrolman Thomas Duarte was on patrol at 8:30 p.m. when he observed a white pick up truck fail to stop for a red light at the intersection of Railroad and Mauch Chunk streets. The officer initiated his lights and siren but the pickup proceeded to 310 Market St., then pulled into the driveway.

Carbon resident named new chief U.S. probation officer

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Carbon County resident has been appointed chief U.S. probation officer for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, based in Scranton.

Anthony C. Harvilla, of Tresckow, was promoted from senior probation officer to chief probation officer covering 33 counties in the district.

Harvilla is a former chief probation officer for Carbon County. He held that position until he was appointed a probation officer for the U.S. Middle District many years ago.

Lehighton Rotary Club has guest speaker

Thursday, September 30, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tony Sulkevich, President of Hazleton Area Habitat for Humanity, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Lehighton Rotary Club. Sulkevich spoke on the success that his organization has had in building and refurbishing houses in Schuylkill County and the positive impact it has had on the region. Pictured (L-R) are Rotarian Becky Wanamaker, Mr. Sulkevich, and Club President, Barbara Belon. The Rotary Club of Lehighton meets each Thursday morning from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. at Lehighton Hampton Inn.

Heavy rains may ease area drought conditions

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pennsylvania may experience some relief from extra dry weather conditions as a strong storm system heads up the coast today.

The storm system is a result of a slow moving upper trough and a stalled frontal boundary combining with the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole.

A flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for much of Northeastern Pennsylvania until Friday afternoon as the storm passes through the region today and tonight.

Memory walk scheduled for Heritage Hill

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly will chair the Carbon County Alzheimer's Memory Walk for the 10th consecutive year.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Heritage Hill.

Registration for the walk is at 9 a.m. The three-mile walk through the picturesque borough of Weatherly begins at 10 a.m. For those who cannot participate in the walk, there will be other fundraising events at Heritage Hill from 9 a.m. until noon. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer's Association.

Schuylkill bus authority holds first meeting since creation

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Establishing communication lines with ReDC0 for transferring operation of the Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) bus line were among the topics discussed by the newly formed Schuylkill County Transportation Authority at its first meeting since its reorganization meeting held in August, which took place late Wednesday afternoon at the courthouse in Pottsville. The next three monthly meetings will be held at the STS Complex in Saint Clair.

Minister held for trial in wife's death

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Arthur (A.B.) Schirmer, a former pastor of Reeders United Methodist Church in Monroe County, is led to his preliminary hearing Tuesday by police officers. About 75 people attended the hearing, held in the Pocono Township Ambulance Garage. Charges of criminal homicide and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence were bound over to Monroe County Court.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Arthur (A.B.) Schirmer, a former pastor of Reeders United Methodist Church in Monroe County, is led to his preliminary hearing Tuesday by police officers. About 75 people attended the hearing, held in the Pocono Township Ambulance Garage. Charges of criminal homicide and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence were bound over to Monroe County Court.

A former Methodist minister will have to stand trial on charges that he killed his wife. It is alleged he beat her, placed her in a car, then staged an accident. She died the following day.

Rev. Arthur Burton (A.B.) Schirmer, 62, of Reeders, is charged with criminal homicide and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He also is suspected of killing his first wife in Lebanon County back in April 1999. Originally it was reported she fell down a flight of stairs.

Coal Crackers remain unbeaten

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Coal Crackers are 8-0 after fighting off a tough Lehigh Valley Steelers team, holding on for 22-16 road victory.

The Coal Crackers lost the time of possession battle, at least in part due to a quick strike offense. Timmy McFarland connected with JJ Moran and Kevin Warren on long TD passes. McFarland also added a 1-yard TD run.

Defensively, Anario Thomspon and Travis Williams lead the charge, each with an interception. Williams' interception ended a late charge by the Steelers, allowing the Coal Crackers to run out the clock. Joshua Shilko added a fumble recovery.

A hearty chowder without the heart-stopping fat

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This Aug. 30, 2010 photo shows butternut squash and scallop chowder. By using creative ways of making a chowder thick and creamy without using milk or cream you can have the soup you want without compromising your healthy eating habits. Crumbled tortilla chips are used as a low-fat thickener in this recipe. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
This Aug. 30, 2010 photo shows butternut squash and scallop chowder. By using creative ways of making a chowder thick and creamy without using milk or cream you can have the soup you want without compromising your healthy eating habits. Crumbled tortilla chips are used as a low-fat thickener in this recipe. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

The term chowder usually brings to mind a steaming bowl of thick and chunky soup, often enriched with a generous amount of whole milk, or even cream.

It's that last part that can dishearten the diet-conscious diner. Soups and some stews can be a great way to fill up on low-calorie vegetables, proteins and liquid, leaving you satisfied without feeling stuffed. But too much cream, milk or sour cream can take the virtue right out of the meal.

Jim Thorpe man charged with theft

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Coaldale police charged a Jim Thorpe man with theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving without a license, general offenses and being a habitual offender.

Travis Weiser, 32, of 8 Stoney Creek Rd., No. 3, allegedly took a friend's car after several hours of drinking on the Fourth of July.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by police Chief Timothy E. Delaney, here's what happened:

Palmerton community news

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Miller Bloodmobile

Miller-Keystone Blood Center will conduct a bloodmobile at the First United Church of Christ's Fellowship Hall (next to Palmerton Borough Hall) on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This visit is sponsored by the Palmerton Concourse Club. Off-street parking will be available at Penn Northeast (both sides of the building), and at the former Golden Key parking lot, by permission of the owners.

Taking inventory on what was stolen

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Family YMCA staff member Laurie Campomizzi looks into an empty container that once housed their Sony Playstation game console. Children were known to play there for hours. In addition to the game console, cash, a laptop and other items were also stolen. Their safe was also smashed open. In total, more than $3,000 worth of cash and items were stolen from the YMCA. The Tamaqua Police Department currently have possession of the smashed safe while they continue their investigation.

Carbon Navy Club looking for flag stands, carrying belts

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The U.S.S. Carbon County Ship 260 Navy Club of the USA is asking any veterans organizations that if they have any flag pole stands or carrying belts (plastic or leather) that they are not using anymore and would like to donate them, to call Bob at (610) 704-4785.

Tamaqua man gets more prison time for scrap metal theft

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Tamaqua man, currently serving time in a state prison, pleaded guilty through a video conference transmission and receiving additional time to serve. He enterd the plea on charges Tuesday in Schuylkill County court. Several others were also sentenced on criminal charges.

Russell Jacob Nelson, 30, of 103 N. Lehigh St., Tamaqua, was seated in a video room at the Forest State Correctional Institution, Center County, near Penn State University, while Judge John E. Domalakes sat in a video room at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center schedules area blood drives

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has scheduled the following blood drives. For additional information call 1 (800) 223-6667 or (570) 455-2018.

6:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, Gnaden Huetten Hospital, 211 North 12th Street, Lehighton. Contact Denise Chickilly at (610) 377-7350.

11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, First United Church of Christ, 457 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton. Contact George Ashman at (610) 826-2097.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, St. John's Lutheran Church, 2915 Fireline Road, Palmerton. Contact: Janet Raub at (610) 824-2784

Large snake killed in Nesquehoning

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning Patrolman Carl Breiner was on nightshift on Monday when he saw this 7 1/2 foot Burmese python crossing the roadway along the S-turns in Hauto. He got out of his police car and shot it a few times until it was dead. This type of snake is an invasive species native to India and Southeast Asia. It is dangerous to humans and pets. With bow and arrow season approaching, the Nesquehoning police wanted to notify hunters to be on the look out for snakes of this nature.

Tamaqua driver facing DUI count

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

When a man jumped out of a moving car in Tamaqua on Saturday, Sept. 25, he caught the attention of Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Duarte, who was on a routine patrol.

It was 2:25 a.m. when Duarte noticed a red Jeep traveling south on North Railroad Street. As the Jeep made a left turn onto Mauch Chunk Street, a man appeared to fall from the front passenger seat, then roll on to the street. The officer stopped to render assistance, but the one time passenger said he jumped from the Jeep and was fine.