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September 2010

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.

Lehighton news

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

LIFE meets

Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Third and Iron streets.

LALLC board meeting

The Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Gothard Realty Office located on Interchange Road in Lehighton.

The Breakfast with Santa committee will meet at 6 p.m. before the regular meeting.

Crop Walk planned

LIFE is sponsoring a local Crop Walk for hunger on Sunday, Oct. 10. Registration is at 1 p.m. and the walk starts at 2 p.m.

Time to invest in 'Wall Street'

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is the third significant fall studio movie, along with "The Town" and "The American." Look for several Oscar nominations for "Wall Street."

"Wall Street," its full title references a Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) line in the original "Wall Street" (1987) and perhaps Neil Young's song, "Rust Never Sleeps" (1979), picks up the story in a post 9/11 Wall Street when Gekko is released after serving eight years in prison.

"One gold money clip, with no money in it," the guard says, then hands him a cell phone the size of a shoe.

Zoning officer responds to complaint about Washington Twp. junkyard issues

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Zoning officer Justin Yaich of Washington Township replied to the complaint of David and Patrina Meixsell on junkyard issues in the township:

The issue of Hanna's Junkyard has gone before the Common Pleas Court of Lehigh County and was appealed through the Commonwealth Court. Through the process the court determined, since thejunkyard was in operation since the 1960s, it was a pre-existing non-conforming use and should be treated as such.

Fillies and Bears stay unbeaten in girls volleyball league competition

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lyndsay Kusko makes a diving save during Panther Valley's match against Blue Mountain on Tuesday night. The Eagles won in four games.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lyndsay Kusko makes a diving save during Panther Valley's match against Blue Mountain on Tuesday night. The Eagles won in four games.

Marian and Pleasant Valley stayed unbeaten in league competition ingirls volleyball action on Tuesday.

VOLLEYBALL

Marian-Tri-Valley

In a battle of Schuylkill League Division leaders, Marian dominated Tri-Valey and rolled to a 25-14, 25-13, 25-7 victory.

The Fillies, who lead Division 4 with a 7-0 record, got another outstanding performance by sophomore middle hitter Marykate Sherkness. Sherkness, who already has 200 kills this season, had 16 more against Division 3 leading Tri-Valley. She also added nine digs.

Lehighton arrests

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lehighton police reported on three arrests made by officers recently.

Police said on Sept. 21 about 3 p.m. Edwin Mertz, 51, of 131 Mauch Chunk St., Lehighton, was cited for public drunkenness in the 100 block of S. First St.

Ernest Dash, 42, of 17 Mahoning Drive East, Lehighton, was cited for violation of the borough's curfew ordinance involving his 15-year-old child. The incident occurred on Saturday, Sept. 28, about 2:30 a.m. at the rear of 101 N. First St.

A New England-style chowder with a taste of India

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
AP PHOTOS Part seafood chowder, part corn chowder and a hint of India is a winning combination in this curried corn and shrimp chowder recipe.
AP PHOTOS Part seafood chowder, part corn chowder and a hint of India is a winning combination in this curried corn and shrimp chowder recipe.

Being from New England, I hold to the idea that chowders – whether seafood or corn – must be thick. Very thick.

But that's where my marriage to tradition ends. I love both seafood and corn chowders, and I see no reason why they can't be combined. I also think that coconut milk and other flavors often associated with Indian cuisines work well with both.

And so I decided to bring them all together in one pot. Rather than the more traditional cream, I used a can of lite coconut milk to add the creamy richness chowders need, as well as starchy russet potatoes for body.

Palmerton Historical Society to meet

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Palmerton Area Historical Society's 20th birthday monthly event will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 in the Little White Church, Third and Columbia streets. The Blue Mountain Paranormals will give a presentation and conduct an investigation in the church and historic burying ground at the rear of the church. Light refreshments will be served on the church lawn.

Motorcyclist facing Tamaqua charges

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Walker Township man is being cited by Tamaqua police following an incident that took place at 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

Officer Thomas Rodgers was on patrol when he observed a black Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling on Mauch Chunk Street. The operator attempted to do a burn out and almost lost control. Tamaqua Sgt. Rick Weaver identified the motorcyclist as Nicholas Demyanovich, 38, of 1481 Valley Rd.

Another zoning hearing slated for Riverwalck Saloon

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The fate of Riverwalck Saloon, 8 Centre St., Parryville, (Route 248) will once again will be in the hands of the Parryville Zoning Hearing Board.

Atty. Michael Greek said on Tuesday night during a regular meeting of Parryville Council that Riverwalck Saloon owner Mark Stemler has appealed the decision of Parryville Zoning Officer Dick Fedor regarding his decision on the application of zoning permits and that because of that appeal Parryville Zoning Hearing Board will be asked to make a decision.

Educator of the year

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mark Tramontina, a Pleasant Valley High School social studies teacher, is honored to be named the 2010 Pennsylvania state American Legion Educator of the Year. He was nominated by American Legion Post 927 for his dedication to honoring American veterans.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mark Tramontina, a Pleasant Valley High School social studies teacher, is honored to be named the 2010 Pennsylvania state American Legion Educator of the Year. He was nominated by American Legion Post 927 for his dedication to honoring American veterans.

Legion honors Pleasant Vy. teacher for his loyalty to veterans

Mark Tramontina, a social studies teacher at Pleasant Valley High School, was named as the Pennsylvania state's American Legion's Educator of the Year for his dedication to honoring American veterans.

Tramontina grew up with a deep sense of patriotism and respect for the veterans of the United States of America.

His father, Albert Tramontina, served in the United States Marine Corps from 1950-1954 and was a Korean War veteran. His son, Brian Tramontina, served 10 years in the Marines from 1994-2004 with the V22 Osprey Program, and now works for Bell Helicopter in Texas.

Running in the rain

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

Weather never stops true athletes, as could be seen here in Tamaqua as three runners from the Tamaqua Senior High School Cross Country team sprint up Stadium Hill in Tamaqua after returning from a windy and wet 6-mile run. Drenched runners pictured, from left, are senior Kayla Kerstetter, 17, freshman Cory Truskey, 14, and freshman Emily Schock, 14.

Military Appreciation Dinner for those who serving/served in Iraq and Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Operation: Touch of Home (OTOH) and WSBG, Lite 93.5 FM are sponsoring the annual Military Appreciation Dinner and Comedy Show, Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Polk Township Vol. Fire Co. located on Rt. 209 in Kresgeville.

This event is FREE for military people who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan and one guest. Please call Bonnie at 570-350-7574 or Grace, 570-977-4437 or email: touchofhome@hotmail.com for complimentary tickets. Tickets will be sold to the public.

Break-ins

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Some tips from a burglar

Burglaries have been very much in the news this week.

A rash of break-ins occurred in Tamaqua, where at least seven businesses were targeted. And, in Towamensing Trials, a number of homes were burglarized.

Property owners must always be on the alert when it comes to protecting their property. In some instances, just a few simple tasks will help prevent burglaries. Below is an interesting list from the perspective of a burglar of what you should and shouldn't do to make your property a target for burglars.

These are things a burglar won't tell you.