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November 2010

Faith Alive presents Christmas story

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, will present "The Christmas Song," at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12.

All are welcome to this free, "heart-stirring dramatic musical presentation," about the birth of Christ.

S. Hill agrees to raise taxes by 1.5 mills

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A 1.5 mill tax hike is anticipated in Summit Hill for 2011.

The borough council held a workshop session last night and six of the seven council members seemed to favor the 1.5 mill hike. Councilman John O'Gurek initially was in favor, but then said he feels a 1.2 mill hike might be enough.

Formal action on passing a tentative budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the borough hall.

The 1.5 mill increase would bring the total millage to 16.1 mills in 2011.

Summit Hill couple married 50 years

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Sommers
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Sommers

Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Sommers of Summit Hill recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married by the late Monsignor Francis Haley at St. Joseph's Church in Summit Hill on Sept. 24, 1960.

Mrs. Sommers is the former Elizabeth "Liz" Matta, daughter of the late Joseph and Jean Matta of Lansford. Her husband is the son of the late Patsy and Katie Sommers of Summit Hill.

The couple has three children: Alex Sommers and his girlfriend, Susan, of Summit Hill; Jeremy Sommers, also of Summit Hill; and Patricia Sommers of Schwenksville.

Stroudsburg business is destroyed by fire

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Firefighters stretch a hose as flames leap from the Cyphers Truck Parts building.
Firefighters stretch a hose as flames leap from the Cyphers Truck Parts building.

A longtime Stroudsburg area business was destroyed by fire on Monday morning.

Cyphers Truck Parts on West Main Street in Stroud Township was destroyed along with four apartments above the business.

Carl and Lanette Cyphers are the owner of the business which was started by Carl's father, Claude Cyphers, back in the mid-1940s. The business sold everything from truck brakes to engine oil to filters.

The fire started in the kitchen area of an apartment above the business, fire officials said.

Used toy, clothing drive slated for Dec. 16, 18 in Lehighton

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A used toy and clothing drive is slated for Dec. 16 and 18 at Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton. The drive will benefit Family Promise of Carbon County.

On Dec. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., area residents can bring gently used clothing and toys to Zion United Church of Christ. The items will help families in need.

Special informational meeting by Lehighton school board

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Will be held at 7 p.m. Wed. in middle school

An "informational community board meeting" by Lehighton Area School Board will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Lehighton Area Middle School.

According to a notice for the meeting, it will "serve to give awareness to the community and assist the LASD school board with determining best directions for the district.

The topic will be the building and grounds facilities of the school district.

El Architect Associates will present the recently completed "feasibility report" and explain the long-term district needs.

Special Olympics needs volunteers

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lend a hand and watch with pride as their smiles illuminate the room.

Welcome to Special Olympics PA Carbon County, where willful support is just as important as any strikes bowled or goals scored.

The organization is ready to start bowling and floor hockey training for the 2010-2011 season, but before it can do that, it needs volunteers to help its athletes train and compete.

About 40 volunteers are sought to assist with the program, and any and all help received is very much appreciated, said Sheri Anthony, a SOPA volunteer co-coordinator.

Area woman celebrates 96 years

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Blanche Esther (Brooks) Garrett
Blanche Esther (Brooks) Garrett

Blanche Esther (Brooks) Garrett, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly celebrated her 90th birthday on Nov. 26.

Born in Nesquehoning in 1920, Blanche also resided in Lansford, Jim Thorpe, Lake Harmony and New Jersey.

A graduate of Summit Hill High School, Blanche worked in the Windsor Department Store in Lehighton and Brights Department Store, and she managed the coffee and Italian shop at Split Rock Lodge.

She was married to Russell Warran Garrett for 14 years until his passing in 1996.

Santa rides the rails

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS

Santa is making weekend stops aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway each weekend through Dec. 19 in Jim Thorpe. Santa gets a Christmas list from 3-year-old Kayleigh Reed of Minerva, Ohio, aboard the train Sunday, while looking on is her grandfather, Rick Taff, also of Minerva. In top photo, Santa distributes candy canes to the youngsters on the train. The remainder of the Santa trains are at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 4, 5, 12, 18, and 19.

Troopers report on DUI arrests

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks reported on four driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by troopers over the past long holiday weekend.

On Wednesday, Nov. 24, about 10:19 p.m. troopers stopped Brandyn Gatens, 19, of Lehighton, for a traffic violation along Bridge St., in Weissport, Carbon County. Gatens was found to be under the influence and transported to the Palmerton hospital for a blood test. Troopers said Gatens was found to have a small amount of marijuana. Charges will be filed, troopers added.

Vehicle break-ins being probed

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating the break-ins of several vehicles at a Schuylkill County location.

Troopers said several vehicles along Summer Hill and Blue Mountain roads, in Wayne Township, were entered and multiple items and cash were taken. The vehicles were unlocked, troopers noted.

The thefts occurred sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, and 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Here is some sunny news about the sun

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

(This is the second of two columns on the benefits of sunlight.)

Most public health messages have focused on the hazards of too much sun exposure.

But there is some sunny news about the sun.

Sunlight increases the body's vitamin D supply. In seniors, vitamin D protects against osteoporosis, a disorder in which the bones become increasingly brittle.

Vitamin D also protects against cancer, heart disease, and other maladies.

But there are other benefits from a daily dose of sunlight.

Budgets

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Local business owner, Tom Loughery, warns the Jim Thorpe Borough Council that an amusement tax will hurt the very tourist-friendly businesses on which the town's economy relies.
Local business owner, Tom Loughery, warns the Jim Thorpe Borough Council that an amusement tax will hurt the very tourist-friendly businesses on which the town's economy relies.

Jim Thorpe adopts, amends new taxes

The Jim Thorpe Borough Council convened for a special hearing last night at Memorial Hall to enact new taxes in order to help bridge the gap in the 2011 budget.

On the agenda were the adoption of two new taxes, an amusement tax and a local services tax, and the amendment of the occupational tax.

15-year-old seriously injured after crashing car in East Penn Twp.

Monday, November 29, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Twisted wreckage is all that remains of this car in which a 15-year-old East Penn Township youth was involved in a crash Saturday.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Twisted wreckage is all that remains of this car in which a 15-year-old East Penn Township youth was involved in a crash Saturday.

A 15-year-old East Penn Township youth reportedly took a relative's car and then crashed it into a tree on Saturday.

The name of the youth a male wasn't released because of his age, but he was reportedly seriously injured.

He was flown to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township by MedEvac helicopter, which landed in a field about a quarter of a mile from the accident scene. The helicopter crew assisted paramedics and EMTs at the scene of the accident.

Speaks to Lions

Monday, November 29, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Kim Roberti is thanked by Linda Barndt and Manuel DaCosta for being the guest speaker at the monthly breakfast meeting of the Penn Kidder Lions club at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Roberti talked about the pro and cons of appealing your real estate tax assessments.

Row homes fire displaces 15 people

Monday, November 29, 2010
Pat Daley, a volunteer with Schuylkill and Northumberland Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Mahanoy City Police Officer Charles Kovalewski, care for two wet cats pulled from the fire.
Pat Daley, a volunteer with Schuylkill and Northumberland Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Mahanoy City Police Officer Charles Kovalewski, care for two wet cats pulled from the fire.

Mahanoy City blaze destroys 4 homes, 13 cats rescued

Billowing smoke and flames filled the Mahanoy City skyline around 12:30 this morning as firefighters from many surrounding communities fought a fast-moving fire and kept it from spreading to other row homes located in the 1100 block of East Pine Street.

"All the firefighters did a great job of stopping the fire before it claimed the entire block," one witness to the fire said.

The fire displaced four families, 15 people, living from 1113 to 1119 E. Pine St.

Carbon County court news

Monday, November 29, 2010

Divorces started

Randy Klingle, 3030 Hemlock St., Palmerton, filed against Jodi Klingle, same address. They were married Sept. 14, 2007.

Thomas Harker Jr., 255 E. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, filed against Rebecca Diem, 433 N. Fourth St., North Wales. They were married Sept. 9, 2004.

Timothy Andrew, 243 Franklin St., Weissport, filed against Kimberly Ann Andrew, 231 S. Second St., Lehighton. They were married April 23, 2001.

Kathy Westrip, 74 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, filed against David Westrip, 10 E. Broad St., Jim Thorpe. They were married April 10, 1999.

Lions student of the month

Monday, November 29, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Penn Kidder Lions club honored Cullen Konya, front, their student of the month for the month of November at their breakfast meeting at Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Konya is an eighth grade student at the Jim Thorpe Area School District/Penn Kidder campus. Also at the presentation were, from left, club president Manuel DaCosta, Bion Konya, father; Grandmother Vicki Mowery and lions treasurer Brad Grissinger.

ON THIS DATE

Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29, 1954 Dick Ackerman pours in a game-high 23 points while Johnny Zuber follows close behind with 21 to help Summit Hill open its basketball season with a 64-60 victory over Lehighton. The Hillers, coached by Vernon Hontz, gain the win at the foul line outpointing their opponent at the stripe 22-8. Doug Paton and Abbie Lasky also contribute to the victory with eight points apiece. For Lehighton, Bill Rehrig tallies a team-high 20 points.

Vehicle vandalized in Summit Hill

Monday, November 29, 2010

Summit Hill police are investigating an incident that occurred on the 300 block of North Pine Street on Nov. 28.

According to borough police, officers received a report from a resident from the aforementioned area, stating that they saw a male wearing a black hoodie near his vehicle. When he approached the man to ask what he was doing near his vehicle, the individual ran off.

The resident stated that both tires on the driver's side of his car had been flattened and there was writing on the windows.

Police are asking anyone with information to call (570) 645-7429.

Carbon County property transfers

Monday, November 29, 2010

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

Henry K. Wohlgemuth to Frank P. Rapa, 125 Laurel View Drive, Lehighton, Lot 811, Wertman Hollow Road, Andreas, $32,500.

Gaston Realty, Inc., to Dale K. Hack, 1243 Meyer Drive, Walnutport, Sunrise Terrace Estates Lot 8, Unit 1, Section 2, $40,000.

Jim Thorpe

Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to William J. Rose, Long Island City, N.Y., property at 206 South Ave., $19,500.

Larry A. Ahner to Joseph Dorazio, Wayne, Pa., property at 418 South Ave., $117,525.

Kidder Township

Carbon driver cited for DUI in Lehigh

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Carbon County driver was cited for driving under the influence (DUI) in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Luis Ernesto Colon, 21, of Lansford, was stopped for speeding about 12:18 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, along SR22 at SR309 in Whitehall Township. He was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest for DUI. Troopers also said Colon had an active warrant for his arrest.

Rescued kitten needs a home

Monday, November 29, 2010
Rescued kitten needs a home
Copyright 2010

This cute 4-6 month old kitten was rescued from that fire in Mahanoy City this morning. The family owned 13 cats. This cat was the last one to be rescued. His name was DJ. He was soaking wet and shaking when he was rescued. Now he's looking for a new home. If you're interested in adopting DJ, you can respond to: andyleibenguth@tamaquaarea.com.

Christmas trees

Monday, November 29, 2010

None beat the ones that are grown locally

For the second time, a local grower is providing the National Christmas Tree in the White House in Washington D.C.

Chris Botek, an owner of Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Mahoning Township, officially presented the tree to First Lady Michelle Obama and her children on Friday.

In 2006, a similar presentation occurred by members of the Botek family to then First Lady Laura Bush.

Nesquehoning couple celebrates 25 years

Monday, November 29, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Paul
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Paul

Mary Lou and Louis Paul of Nesquehoning recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married Oct. 5, 1985 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Nesquehoning, by the late Rev. Paul Welkie.

Mrs. Paul is the daughter of the late Gene and Georgine (Coniglio) Kennedy, formerly of Nesquehoning.

Mr. Paul is the son of Louise (Vitek) Paul-Solomon, Lansford, and the late Michael Paul. He is also the stepson of the late Andrew Solomon.

Nolehi to face West Catholic at J. Birney

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Northern Lehigh Bulldogs will travel to J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown to take on District 12 champion West Catholic in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals on Friday night at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs (13-0) advanced with a 50-14 victory over Wilkes-Barre GAR in the first round. West Catholic (10-2) beat Bok Tech the week before, 34-6.

Tickets can be purchased in the Northern Lehigh Main Office. Tickets can be purchased Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ticket prices are $6/adult and $3/students. All tickets at the gate are $6.

Teens cited for harassment

Monday, November 29, 2010

Two teenagers were cited for harassment after they were involved in an altercation.

According to Summit Hill police, officers were called by Panther Valley Middle School at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 16, for two 14-year-old males from Coaldale. The school reported that the two students had an altercation on one of the school buses. Both were cited.

Marriage licenses

Monday, November 29, 2010

Carbon County

John Charles Miles, 10 Chestnut Ridge Circle, Kunkletown, and Brittany May MacFarlane, 723 First St., Palmerton.

Mark Anthony Stemko Jr. and Renee Nicole Haggerty, 65 Church St., Milnesville.

Todd Bernard Mendez and Michelle Scherre Thomas, 673 Princeton Ave., Palmerton.

New Northern Lehigh Trail System Map to be unveiled

Monday, November 29, 2010

Northern Lehigh at a glance.

That's the snapshot those who attend a news conference and map unveiling at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington are certain to catch wind of.

The event will introduce the new Northern Lehigh Trail System Map, a cooperative project between Northern Lehigh Future Focus and The Lehigh Gap Nature Center, said Robert Stettner, president of NLFF.

Livestock Club meets

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will be holding its Christmas party at the Big Creek Grange on Saturday, Dec. 4.Set up begins at 6 p.m.; dinner starts at 6:30. Each family is asked to bring a covered dish and a bottle of cold soda.

4-H is the youth component of Penn State University.

Deer blamed for Tamaqua crash

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Tamaqua woman escaped serious injury when her car struck a tree after she swerved to avoid hitting a deer.

Antoinette Miller, of 216 Patterson St., told borough police she was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo along Owl Creek Road when a deer entered the roadway. Miller swerved to avoid striking the animal but lost control and struck a tree.

The car was towed from the scene.