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November 2010

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.

Monroe man facing theft charges

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Monroe County man is facing theft charges.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 3:48 p.m. on Nov. 17 officers were dispatched to SR115 and Burger Road, in Tobyhanna Township, to a report of theft of firewood. On scene officers made contact wtih Manuel Torres-Zayas, 35, of Pocono Lake. Torres-Zayas admitted taking the wood without paying for it. He was released with charges to be filed, police said.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Bryan G. Osifat to David J. Mazur, 31 E. Oak St., P.O. Box 366, Tresckow, property at 46-48 E. Market St., $1.

East Penn Township

Shelly J. Schleicher to Shelly J. Schleicher, 459 Schleicher Lane, Lehighton, two transactions, lots 5 and 6, DLK Realty Subdivision, $1 each.

Jim Thorpe

Kevin J. Heil to Paul J. Kattner, 1440 Mauch Chunk Lake, Jim Thorpe, property at 1440 Mauch Chunk Lane, $125,000.

Kidder Township

N.J. driver facing DUI in Slatington

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A New Jersey driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 1:25 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28, at Seventh and W. Church sts., in Slatington.

Borough police said Laszlo Luzsanyi, 51, of 2800 herbertsville Rd., Point Pleasant, was stopped for speeding. He was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest for DUI.

Monroe man facing firearms charge

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Monroe County man is facing a firearms charge.

State police at Lehighton said Richard J. Frantz, 42, 561 Molasses Valley Rd., Kunkletown, was found to have in his possession a Ruger M77 30-06 caliber hunting rifle while not being licensed or privileged to do so.

He will be charged with felon not to possess a firearm, troopers said.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 30, 1940 Charley Melley's one-yard touchdown plunge on the first play of the fourth quarter lifts Coaldale to a 7-0 victory over Lansford in front of 6,000 fans. The Tigers' win, which occurs during a snowstorm, ends the Panthers' undefeated season and chance for an Eastern Conference championship. Melley, who carries 27 times for 71 yards, sets up his winning score by completing a 37-yard pass to Frank Priggins.

Woman placed on probation in child endangerment case

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Parryville woman was placed on probation on Monday in Carbon County court on a charge of criminal conspiracy-endangering the welfare of a child.

Stephanie Lynn Gerhart-Schuster, 27, was placed on probation for two years by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Schuster was found guilty of the charge by Webb following a day long bench trial. She was not charged with causing injuries to a then 18-month old boy but for not getting medical attention for the child.

Snowmaking taking place at Blue Mountain Ski Area

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Snowmaking is in full effect at Blue Mountain Ski Area just days before the top-flight resort kicks off another winter season.

The ski area began to make snow on Friday, and hopes to open by Dec. 10, if not sooner, according to Heidi Lutz, marketing director.

"It is all weather dependent," Lutz said. "However, we are working around the clock to be open as soon as possible."

As the snow starts to fly, Lutz said the large renovation to the Summit Courtyard should soon be wrapped up as well.

Winter parking rules in S. Hill

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Summit Hill police reminded residents that winter parking rules will go into effect Wednesday, Dec. 1, through March 31, 2011.

All vehicles shall park facing west on E. White St., between Spruce and Pine sts.; all vehicles shall park facing west on W. White St., between Poplar and Coal sts.

From Dec. 15 to March 15, 2011, all boats, trailers and campers shall be off borough streets. Police said violators wll be fined and the vehicles towed at the owners' expense.

Woman gets jail time for DUI; faces big restitution payment

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a short county prison term Monday for driving under the influence (DUI) but faces a big restitution bill for injuries she caused to another person in an accident involved in the case. She was one of several defendants, who previously pleaded guilty, to be sentenced by Carbon Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Kidder incident

Schuylkill crashes

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

State police at Frackville reported investigating three crashes along Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County over the past weekend.

Two crashes occurred on Thursday, Nov. 25. The first at 11:04 a.m. as Conica M. Smith, 36, of Baltimore, Md., was driving a 2000 Lexus RX300 on the exit-ramp in Mahanoy Township, heading toward SR54. While rounding a right- hand curve the vehicle left the road and rolled onto its roof. Smith and two passengers, a 17-year-old male and a 1-year-old female, both of Baltimore, were all not injured. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

'Restrepo'

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A movie every American should see

On November 16, Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta of the 173rd Airborne became the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War. His actions occurred in Afghanistan's Korengal valley during the deployment chronicled in the movie "Restrepo."

"Restrepo" is a movie most every American should see although it's not suitable for small children. It's very real; very graphic.

There are no actors in the film. It is all footage from actual combat by American soldiers in the Korengal Valley.

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.

Tamaqua couple wed 50 years

Monday, November 29, 2010
Marlin and Antionette "Dolly" Schuetrumpf
Marlin and Antionette "Dolly" Schuetrumpf

Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Schuetrumpf of Tamaqua celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.

They were married on Nov. 24, 1960 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Summit Hill, by the late Rev. Msgr. J. Francis Haley.

Mrs. Schuetrumpf is the former Antionette "Dolly" Cusanelli, daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Cusanelli of Summit Hill.

Mr. Schuetrumpf is the son of the late Elmer and Agnes Schuetrumpf. He is retired from Sonaco of Reading.

The couple has one son, David of Tamaqua, and two grandchildren, Amber and Cory Schuetrumpf.

Icy roads blamed for two crashes

Monday, November 29, 2010

Icy road conditions last Thursday, Nov. 25, were blamed for two of three crashes investigated on Schuylkill County roadways by state police at Schuylkill Haven.

A crash occurred about 11:05 a.m. along Mill Creek Avenue in East Norwegian Township. Troopers said Fallon M. Tice, 27, of Coaldale, was driving a 2005 Jeep Liberty and descending a hill and she lost control when the vehicle hit icy patches. The vehicle slid onto the south berm where it struck a utility pole.

Tice and her passenger, Steven B. Reed Jr., 29, also of Coaldale, were not injured.

Board approves right-to-know policy

Monday, November 29, 2010

A right-to-know policy on messages received at the 9-1-1 Emergency Center and the Emergency Management Agency office was approved by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

This policy is specifically directed toward right-to-know law request for disclosure of names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses generated through the 9-1-1 Center and Emergerncy Management offices. If they receive requests it will be handled in the following manner:

Voluntary recall issued for Rolaids; children's Benadryl, Motrin

Monday, November 29, 2010

In consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of all product lots of Children's BENADRYL® Allergy FASTMELT® Tablets, in cherry and grape flavors, that were distributed in the United States, Belize, Barbados, Canada, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, and St. Thomas and all product lots of Junior Strength MOTRIN® Caplets, 24 count, that were distributed in the United States.

Elderly man jailed for sexual offenses

Monday, November 29, 2010

An elderly Schuylkill County man was jailed on sexual assault charges that stem from alleged offenses that occurred over 10 years ago.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Robert Eugene Barry, 76, of 31 W. Railroad St., Donaldson, Frailey Township, was arraigned before District Judge Carol Pankake, of Tremont, on charges of attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and indecent exposure. Barry was placed in the county prison after failing to post $75,000 straight cash bail.

Summit Hill man cited

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Summit Hill man was cited after police found him lying on the ground drunk.

According to Summit Hill police, at 11:17 p.m., Nov. 20, police received a report of a person lying on the ground in the area of Market and Ludlow streets.

Upon arrival officers found Mark Kulick, 49, 118 W. fell St., lying on the ground at the aforementioned intersection. He was found to be highly intoxicated.

A citation was filed against him for public drunkenness.

Christmas Festival held in New Philadelphia

Monday, November 29, 2010
Children participating in the New Philadelphia Christmas Festival manger scene from back left are Gillian Bartashus, Bobby Motto, and Lucas Durm, all playing "the three kings". Pictured from front left are Billy Minnig playing "Joseph" and Molly Bartashus playing "Mary". All are age 8.
Children participating in the New Philadelphia Christmas Festival manger scene from back left are Gillian Bartashus, Bobby Motto, and Lucas Durm, all playing "the three kings". Pictured from front left are Billy Minnig playing "Joseph" and Molly Bartashus playing "Mary". All are age 8.

On Sunday, New Philadelphia enjoyed its 16th annual Christmas Festival organized by the New Philadelphia Community Organization.

The day-long free community event consisted of ice carving, craft show, caroling, manger scene, cookies, and even sleigh "carriage" rides with Santa Claus and his wife Mrs. Jessica Mary Claus.

Hundreds of riders waited in line to ride with Santa and Mrs Claus in a Leiby's carriage which was pulled by two large Belgian Horses, standing in for Santa's reindeer.

Area residents among 22 to enter guilty pleas

Monday, November 29, 2010

Five area men, including three from Tamaqua, and three area women were among 22 people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Commissioner talks to Rotary

Monday, November 29, 2010

William J. O'Gurek, left, chairman of the Carbon County Commissioners, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. Commissioner O'Gurek discussed the current state of Carbon County, as well as future plans for the county. With O'Gurek is club president, Dr. Barbara Belón. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Thursdays from 7:45-8:30 a.m. at Hampton Inn in Lehighton. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Tamaqua man cited in Lehigh

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Tamaqua man was cited for an incident in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said troopers stopped Christopher Costin, 31, about 12:47 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, along Interstate 78 in Weisenberg Township, for following a vehicle too closely.

At the stop Costin gave troopers a false name. It was also learned that Costin had an outstanding arrest warrant for him out of Bradford County court. Costin was charged with false identification to law enforcement by troopers and was taken into custody on the warrant.

Spartans hold off Lions

Monday, November 29, 2010

STATE COLLEGE – Penn State struck for 19 fourth quarter points Saturday against Michigan State, which hadn't won in Beaver Stadium since 1965.

In past seasons, that would have been enough to seal the deal for another Nittany Lions' win over the Spartans.

With a share of the Big Ten championship on the line, however, Michigan State didn't let it slip away this time.

The Spartans used the running of Edwin Baker and the clutch passing of Kirk Cousins to build a 21-3 after three quarters, then held off a furious PSU rally bid to hold on for a 28-22 victory.