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September 2010

PHEAA'S 2011-12 Student Aid Guide available

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Students and families preparing for college can now access the Student Aid Guide online.

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has announced the availability of its 2011-12 Student Aid Guide. The guide is Pennsylvania's most comprehensive financial aid publication and is available at no cost. It offers in-depth information on the federal student aid process and includes details on all of Pennsylvania's aid programs, including the need-based state grant.

The guide is available online at http://www.pheaa.org/plan_for_college/studentaidguide.shtml

Engineers outline sewer line replacement project in Rush

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Pictured is the intersection of Meadow Avenue and Oak Lane in Hometown.
Pictured is the intersection of Meadow Avenue and Oak Lane in Hometown.

Project engineers from Benesch Engineering Firm, local township supervisors, and area residents living on or around Meadow Avenue in Hometown attended an informal Rush Township Meadow Avenue Sewer Line Replacement Project community briefing Tuesday evening at the township municipal building.

The township held the briefing to give residents the opportunity to see and discuss how this project affects them.

White House reps visit Lehighton tree farm

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This Douglas Fir, grown in Lehighton, will soon be headed to Washington. The tree will serve as the "nation's Christmas tree" and be displayed in the White House Blue Room.
This Douglas Fir, grown in Lehighton, will soon be headed to Washington. The tree will serve as the "nation's Christmas tree" and be displayed in the White House Blue Room.

Representatives from the White House arrived in Carbon County this week to choose the next White House Christmas Tree. This year's tree will come from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton.

While the holidays are still months away, the official tree to grace the White House Blue Room is chosen in early autumn. The group spent time walking around Crystal Spring and examining the farm's best trees before marking a towering Douglas Fir as the next White House Christmas Tree.

Tamaqua Chamber golf tourney winners

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce held its third annual golf tournament recently at Villas Crossing golf course, South Tamaqua. The winning team, ETA Benefits group, won a tie-breaker with a birdie on the 17th hole to take the four-man scramble title. Award winners from the tournament were, from left, ETA Benefits group team member Gar Thomas; Steve Schultz, longest drive, male, hole 18; ETA members Michelle Minick, Luke Kowalonek and Mark Kowalonek; and Service Electric team members Sam Stanakis and Jack Millard, who received a last place award.

Local PP&K winners to compete in Regionals Sunday

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Winners of the local Punt, Pass and Kick competition that was held recently in Lehighton have been announced.

The winners were: Devon Haydt (boys 6-7); Zachary Crum (boys 8-9); Lillian Brown (girls 8-9); Cody Scherer (boys 10-11); Jordan Knappenberger (boys 12-13); Tyler Crum (boys 14-15); and Sarah Keer (girls 14-15).

All the winners will advance to the Regional competition on Sunday October 3. The top four scores from the regional competitions held around the state will advance to the State finals held at Lincoln Financial field.

Palmerton Police Log

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Speeding

Trishann Green, 30, of 3710 Forest Inn Road, Palmerton, was cited for speeding. The violation occurred on Sept. 23 at 11:17 p.m. in the 100 block of Delaware Avenue.

A citation was issued to Danny Carden, Jr., 19, of 403 Fourth Street, Palmerton, for speeding. The violation occurred on Sept. 24 at 12:15 a.m. in the 100 block of Delaware Avenue.

Dorothy Farkas, 45, of 379 S Third Street, Lehighton, was cited for speeding. The violation occurred on Sept. 15 at 9:21 a.m. on SR248 east.

Old quilts needed for Palmerton Historical Society display

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Betsy Burnhauser and Carol Stefanick, Palmerton Historical Society members, display a 142-year old quilt donated to PHS by Mildred and Harry Klotz of Lake Harmony. It is the cornerstone to PHS's upcoming display of Antique Quilts and Coverlets.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Betsy Burnhauser and Carol Stefanick, Palmerton Historical Society members, display a 142-year old quilt donated to PHS by Mildred and Harry Klotz of Lake Harmony. It is the cornerstone to PHS's upcoming display of Antique Quilts and Coverlets.

Do you have one of your grandmother's old quilts, a comforter or coverlet stored away in a trunk or tucked way back on a closet shelf somewhere?

Maybe you collect old quilts and proudly display them throughout your home.

The Palmerton Historical Society (PHS) is planning it's next display for the Palmerton Area Heritage Center, located at 410 Delaware Ave. which will feature antique quilts and coverlets. They are hoping people will come forward to offer their keepsake quilts and coverlets for the display to be featured from January 2011 to the fall of 2011.

Rash of burglaries probed in Carbon

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are continuing to investigate a rash of burglaries that occurred at a Carbon County development over the past weekend.

Troopers said about 18-20 residences in the Towamensing Trails community in Penn Forest Township was entered overnight of Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday.

Most of the residences were unoccupied at the time they were entered and most are considered summer homes with many owners who are not permanent residents of the area.

Headless Horseman rides again

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The first days of Fall have stirred up the Headless Horseman to get ready to ride on Herbie, the Victorian metal statue that stands watch on the grounds of the Asa Packer Mansion on Packer Hill in Jim Thorpe. Can Halloween be far off?

Northern Lehigh community news

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Slatington Public Library

Local historian and writer Mr. William Leickel has produced a book entitled "Business's along the Boulevard." Leickel has researched different topics involving the history of the Northern Lehigh area, some of which were the local movie theaters and the railway systems.

Coal companies targets of break-in

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Two Schuylkill county coal companies were targets of a burglary this week. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred at 240 Airport Rd., in Foster Township.

On this date

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September 29, 1976

A variance from Lehighton's zoning ordinance, granted by unanimous decision of the borough's zoning hearing board, will allow the construction of a Pizza Hut. The variance was approved during a 35-minute hearing held in the Lehighton Municipal Building. Thre was no opposition to the request. The Pizza Hut will be built along Route 443 between the Mahoning Creek bridge and the Graverville intersection. Parking facilities will be made for 30 cars.

Coaldale man charged in Tamaqua burglary

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Kunkel
Kunkel

A Coaldale man is in custody after police said he admitted to a burglary at Pieracini's Market in Tamaqua.

Franklin John Kunkel, 19, of 101 E. High St., Coaldale, turned himself in to Tamaqua Police last evening after Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods had secured a warrant for his arrest. The warrant was based on video surveillance from the market that clearly identified Kunkel as the culprit

The burglary was one of several reported to Tamaqua Police over the weekend.

Irish step dancers entertain at church picnic

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Kerry Dancers, an Irish step-dancing troupe from Ashley were just part of the entertainment at the Immaculate Conception Church picnic which was held at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe. They are, left to right : Megan Harding, Sarah Witkowski, Connor Harding, Abbey Weidler, Morgan Nealon, Jill Kost, and Ariel Weidler.

A fall favorite: Ham and string bean soup

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It's getting chilly outside at night, and the days are getting shorter. Fall is here. It's time to make soup!

I may be rushing the seasons, but I love homemade soup. It fills our house with wonderful smells. It's warm and filling, and I can work on other things while the soup simmers away. I can also prepare most soups with leftover ingredients that I already have in the house making it a true frugal food, too.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

PV alumni

The Panther Valley Alumni Association will be holding it annual "Meet and Greet" Reunion of all PV graduating classes immediately following the PV-Schuylkill Haven game on Friday, Oct. 1. Members eat and drink for free. Guests are welcome.

Donations are also being accepted at PVAA, P.O. Box 32, Nesquehoning, PA 18240. All proceeds go into a scholarship fund.

Summit Hill

Heritage Center

The Summit Hill Heritage Center, the former St. Paul United Church of Christ, Chestnut and Hazard streets, will hold an open house program on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Bears clawing their way back to the top

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Since its six-year Mountain Valley Conference reign came to an end in 2007, the Pleasant Valley boys' soccer team has been unable to reclaim the throne.

For the last three years the Bears have fallen to the Mounties from Stroudsburg in the conference playoffs - once in the finals and twice in the semi-finals. Fortunately for head coach Chris Pachuta and his senior-laden team, that was then and this is now.

The fact that this year's senior class is the only group to not win a conference title since 2001 serves as motivation every day.

Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A traffic stop by Pocono Mountain Regional police led to the arrest of two persons on drug charges.

Police said about 1:38 a.m. on Sept. 23 officers stopped a vehicle along SR193 and Renaissance Drive, for a vehicle code violation.

A further investigation revealed that the passenger, Kareem Johnson, 31, of Tobyhanna, was in possession of marijuana consistent with street level sales. Johnson was taken into custody for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and later lodged in the county prison.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bloodmobile

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile, held in Tamaqua on Sept. 23, collected 42 units of blood. The visit was sponsored by the Alpha Theta Masters Sorority.

Volunteers who assisted with the event included: Bob and Dolly Shirey, Jean Stephens, Claudette Zarra, Joan Camerini, Sara Jane Bensinger, Jean Tonkin, Robert and Darlene Zeckam.

The social hall at St. John United Church of Christ was converted into a blood collection center through the efforts of Randy Gormley, Jack Quinn, Jack Rarick, Joe Rimm and Michael Trubilla.

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.

Annual Gathering to take place along Slate Trail

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

They band together for a community celebration along the Slate Trail.

That same allure is what will once again bind those who assemble for the Gathering in Slatington.

The annual event will be held along the Slate Heritage Trail from noon to midnight Saturday, rain or shine.

The Trail runs from Slatington, through Washington Township and Emerald, to the baseball fields in Slatedale.