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November 2010

Schuylkill County court news

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

County treasurer

County Treasurer Jacqueline McGovern released her monthly report on the county's financial status for October.

The beginning balance was $46,464,526.20, deposits $15,063,271.69, disbursements $12, 150,118.61 leaving an ending balance of $49,377,679.28.

Santa decorates too

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Santa decorates too
Copyright 2010

Santa took a break out of his busy holiday schedule to help electrician Allen Briener, 35-year Tamaqua Borough employee, put up Christmas wreaths on Broad Street in Tamaqua. Santa chose to do this to promote Tamaqua's Spirit of Christmas event this coming weekend.

Snow-covered road causes crash

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A snow-covered Lehigh County road was the cause of a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 10:36 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Hundreds of nativities on display

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Some nativities are paintings such as this one.
Some nativities are paintings such as this one.

The morning of Nov. 26 was busy with setting up tables and spreading blue and white lights before people started bringing in their nativity sets large and small, expensive and home made.

A silver nativity at Holy Lutheran Church, Cherryville, was dedicated in memory of Susie Olewine by the Szoke family. That was only one of the 500 expected. Last year there were over 300 and when the project began 11 years ago there were 45 on display.

Marshall Tucker Band next concert at Penn's Peak

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Lead singer Doug Gray, an only original member of The Marshall Tucker Band, sings during a previous concert at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The Marshall Tucker Band is returning for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Lead singer Doug Gray, an only original member of The Marshall Tucker Band, sings during a previous concert at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The Marshall Tucker Band is returning for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Opening for the Saturday show will be The Bounty Hunter Gang

Two popular Southern rock bands will be appearing Saturday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

They are The Marshall Tucker Band, with the opening act being The Bounty Hunter Gang.

The Marshall Tucker Band is a Southern rock band originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. The band's blend of rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country, and gospel[1] helped establish the Southern rock genre in the early 1970s.

The band has recorded and performed continuously under various lineups for nearly 40 years.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

John Leskosky to Jeffrey W. Payne, 53 E. Oak St., Box 91, Tresckow, property at 53 E. Oak St., $58,800.

East Penn Township

Troy L. McFarland to Troy L. McFarland, 278 E. Sunset Road, Lehighton, property at 278 E. Sunset Road, $1.

Shirley M. Schnell to Merlin D. Kuehner, 2393 Hahn's Dairy Road, Palmerton, parcel No. 85-7-C12.02, $165,000.

Jim Thorpe

Citimortgage, Inc., to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Oklahoma City, Okla., property at 309 Oak St., $1.

Kidder Township

Coaldale police probe death of 19-year-old

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old boy in Coaldale. The teenager's body was found in his bed by a family member at about 1:30 p.m. Monday in a home on Bull Run Street, said Police Chief Tim Delaney.

"It's under investigation," he said. Delaney said an autopsy is expected to be performed today by Schuylkill County Pathologist Richard Bindie.

Northern Lehigh places six on Colonial Football first team

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

League champion Northern Lehigh Bulldogs placed six on the Colonial League football first team with three unanimous choices, while a Northwestern Tiger was one of two players to earn first team honors on both offense and defense.

Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley, the league's all-time leading rusher, tackle Carl Sahlberg, and defensive back Jake Kern were unanimous first team selections.

Bulldog Linebacker Matt Gill joins Remaley and Kern as repeat first team selections. Joining Gill on the league's first team defense are teammates Kyle Schomp (DT) and Mike Buresh (DE).

Tamaqua street sweep

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Weekly street sweeping operations in the Borough of Tamaqua have been discontinued for the Winter months. Street sweeping will resume in the Spring of 2011, with schedules to be advertised in the TIMES NEWS.

For further information, stop in at the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 E. Broad St., or call (570) 668-3444 or 668-0300.

On this date

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 30, 1965

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has provided Lehigh University with a special marker noting the University's founding by the Hon. Asa Packer 100 years ago at Bethlehem. Lehigh is observing its centennial anniversary through June of 1966. The marker will be erected at a main entrance to the campus on Dec. 29 during a special ceremony. The date is that of the birth of Packer, whose historic era mansion is located on Packer Hill in Jim Thorpe.

Jewelry, cash taken in break-in

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jewelry and cash was reported taken in a Carbon County burglary. State police at Lehighton reported on the incident along with a theft and mischief cases.

The residence of Bruce Todd Koch, 1244 Cherryhill Rd., Parryville, was entered through a window. The break-in occurred sometime between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28

CSIDC donates $500 to Panther Valley Library

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Carbon Schuylkill Industrial Development Corporation recently presented Marie Ondrus, president of the Panther Valley Public Library, center; with a check for $500 to help cover the library's general expenses. Members of CSIDC who are presenting the check are, Bob Silver, director for the CSIDC and a member of the board of directors for the library, left; and Larry Marek, president of CSIDC.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Carbon Schuylkill Industrial Development Corporation recently presented Marie Ondrus, president of the Panther Valley Public Library, center; with a check for $500 to help cover the library's general expenses. Members of CSIDC who are presenting the check are, Bob Silver, director for the CSIDC and a member of the board of directors for the library, left; and Larry Marek, president of CSIDC.

The Panther Valley Public Library in Lansford is a diamond hidden in the heart of the Panther Valley.

It is filled with hundreds of books for all ages, computers with Internet connection, and a friendly staff comprised of volunteers.

Many know the library is there, but lack of funding almost forced this gem to close earlier this year.

But things have been changing for the better for the library.

Over the last few months, many area businesses and individuals have given their time and money to help keep this community asset open for business.

Tamaqua Advent services scheduled

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Advent Noontime Services will again be held in Tamaqua leading up to the celebration of Christmas. The annual community events are held at different locations each week. This years's schedule will include: Dec. 1, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pine and Mauch Chunk Streets; Dec. 8, St John United Church of Christ, Pine and Biddle Streets; Dec. 15, New Life Assembly of God, Schuylkill Avenue.

The public is welcome to attend. a light luncheon will be served following each noontime service.

Dog law violation

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Monroe County woman was cited for a dog law violation.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 3:05 p.m. on Nov. 21 officers were dispatched to Dorset Road in Coolbaugh Township, for a report of a dog running loose and causing a disburbance. On scene officers located the dog and identified the owner as DeAndrea Reed, 20, of Tobyhanna. She was told the dog needed to be confined to her premises or kept on a leash.

She was cited for confinement of dogs, police said.

Jim Thorpe news

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Jim Thorpe fire department has free smoke detectors for Jim Thorpe borough residents. If you need a smoke detector, please contact Fire Chief Bill Diehm at (570) 325-3890. No commercial properties please.

Christmas party

Dec. 1, is the final day for members of the Phoenix Hose Company to make reservations for this year's Christmas party. If you wish to attend, contact Arlene, (570) 325-4251 or (570) 952-1164. The party will be held on Dec. 10, following the business meeting of the company, which will begin at 6 p.m.

Borough openings

Weatherly Winterfest

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Weatherly Area PTA is sponsoring Winterfest 2010, a community-wide event featuring vendors, crafts, a bookfair, Breakfast with Santa, Kids Go Shopping and more! Winterfest will be held on Saturday, December 4, from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Weatherly Area Middle School Gymnasium. Call Shay Wagner at 570 233 2900 for additional information.

Break-in probed in Summit Hill

Monday, November 29, 2010

Summit Hill police are investigating a possible break-in at a borough residence.

According to police, on Nov. 28, officers received a report from a resident at 272 W. Ludlow St., stating that when he returned from work, he found the kitchen window open and the screen popped out. The resident also stated that articles inside the window were moved to the side.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Summit Hill police at (570) 645-7429.

On this date

Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29, 1945

S. Sgt. Robert Jones of Mauch Chunk, missing since the fall of Bataan, died on May 31, 1942, according to word received today by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Jones, from the War Department. Confirmation of the soldier's death establishes the fact that he was the first man from this community to give his life in World War II. His death brings to 23 the total of war dead from the Mauch Chunks. S. Sgt. Jones is survived by his parents, who had five sons in the service.

Santa to arrive in Palmerton

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hopefully boys and girls in the Palmerton area have been nice, because a certain someone is making his list and checking it twice.

Santa Claus is indeed coming to town, courtesy of a fire truck, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 in the Palmerton Borough Park bandstand.

Goodie bags will be given out to all children, who will also have a chance to win a Toys R Us gift card, or a Child's Membership to the Palmerton Pool in 2011.

The annual event is sponsored by the Palmerton Fire Department and the Aquashicola Fire Department, and the Palmerton Memorial Park Association.

Theft of drugs probed at home

Monday, November 29, 2010

The theft of drugs at the Schuylkill County retirement home is being probed.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said a very small amount of several narcotic-based medicine items were removed during a shift change at the Rest Haven home in North Manheim Township. The thefts were discovered during a routine inventory done during the shift change.

The items were taken from two locked narcotics drawers in two locked medical carts. The carts were located in a locked medication room with key access limited. The incident occurred sometime between 3-10 p.m. on Nov. 20.

Damages at school probed in Tamaqua

Monday, November 29, 2010

Tamaqua police are investigating an act of criminal mischief that resulted in damages to the Tamaqua Elementary School on Boyle Avenue.

Officers were dispatched to the school at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, after custodians discovered a broken window in the front lobby. The building had been secured following a dance on Friday night. Damages were estimated at $1,000.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 668-6100.

Birth: George

Monday, November 29, 2010
Hailey Lynn George
Hailey Lynn George

A daughter, Hailey Lynn George, was born at 1:50 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2010 at St. Luke's, Allentown, to Kristie and Matthew George of Lehighton. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 21.5 inches long.

She was welcomed home by her big brother, Mason, 3.

Maternal grandparents are Debbie and Dennis Green of Palmerton. Maternal great-grandparents are William and Betty Green of Palmerton and the late Mildred Kochen.

Kadlecik-Portanova

Monday, November 29, 2010
Dominic J. Portanova and April L. Kadlecik
Dominic J. Portanova and April L. Kadlecik

The engagement of April Lynn Kadlecik of Brooklyn, N.Y. to Dominic Joseph Portanova, also of Brooklyn, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Paul Kadlecik of Lansford, and Cynthia Melnick Kadlecik of Coaldale. She is a 2001 graduate of Panther Valley High School and holds a bachelor of art degree in psychology from Temple University.

She is currently enrolled in a graduate school program at Long Island University in New York City.

Concourse Club of Palmerton names November Guiding Star

Monday, November 29, 2010
Elizabeth Mary Hahn
Elizabeth Mary Hahn

The Concourse Club of Palmerton will be honoring five Guiding Stars from the Palmerton Area School District. The Guiding Stars were chosen by a committee of high school teachers of the school district.

A Guiding Star must be a female, in the top 25 percent of the senior class, and involved in both school and community activities.

Each Guiding Star will receive a certificate, an engraved Guiding Star charm and a $100 cash award.

The November Guiding Star is Elizabeth Mary Hahn, daughter of Keith and Jean Hahn.

Items removed from vehicles in S. Hill

Monday, November 29, 2010

Summit Hill police are investigating two incidents where items were removed from vehicles.

According to police, on Nov. 25, officers received information from two individuals stating that their vehicles had been entered and items removed.

The first individual, who resides in the 200 block of West Ludlow Street, had a cell phone removed from their vehicle. The second, from the 100 block of East Holland Street, had an iPod, watch and change removed.

Borough police remind residents to always lock their vehicles and keep valuable items out of view.

Support group

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fibromyalgia

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will hold a Holiday Party on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ (located off the Airport Beltway behind Independence Toyota), Hazleton. New people are welcome to attend.

The group meets the first Wednesday of each month. There will be no meetings in January or February.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or similar chronic illness. Friends and relatives are also welcome.

Burdick-Edmonds

Monday, November 29, 2010
Jeanine Burdick and Lance Edmonds
Jeanine Burdick and Lance Edmonds

The engagement of Jeanine Burdick of Hometown, to Lance Edmonds, also of Hometown, has been announced by the couple's parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Patricia Burdick of Lansford. She is a 2000 graduate of Panther Valley High School. She is a certified nursing assistant and is employed at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale.

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.