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November 2010

'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.

Driver facing DUI after crash

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one- vehicle crash that occurred about 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, along Schuylkill Avenue in Shenandoah Heights, West Mahanoy Township.

State police at Frackville said Krystal Marie Lombardo, 27, of Shenandoah, was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero westbound when she lost control while negotiating a left-hand curve. The car went onto the north shoulder and struck an embankment.

The car came to rest blocking the eastbound lane facing west.

FrankStock raises $6,000 for American Cancer Society

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are roadie Greg Taylor, performers Brian Legutko, Ranee "Peach" Gubala, event organizer Steve "Steve-O" Ulicny, Tom Flamini, Joel Digris, and Frank "Blazer" Blozusky.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are roadie Greg Taylor, performers Brian Legutko, Ranee "Peach" Gubala, event organizer Steve "Steve-O" Ulicny, Tom Flamini, Joel Digris, and Frank "Blazer" Blozusky.

Hundreds of spectators took part in the annual FrankStock held recently at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville. FrankStock is a yearly music event held to raise donations for the American Cancer Society and held in memory of Frank Ulicny, a 1977 graduate of Shenandoah Valley, and employed by Mrs. T's Pierogies until approximately 2002.

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

Jury favors doctors in malpractice suit

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Carbon County jury panel found in favor of two doctors in a malpratice suit.

The panel ruled that Dr. Kailash Makhija, of Lehighton, and Dr. Kanwal S. Khan, of Palmerton, were not negligent in their treatment of Ann Castro, of 832 Main Rd., Lehighton.

Castro and her husband, David, sued the two doctors and their practices claiming she received negligent treatment. Dr. Makhija and Dr. Kahn, treated Mrs. Castro for severe abdomen pain. The pain was attributed to two abscesses she developed.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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.

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.

Hundreds of nativities on display

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Debbie Gable crocheted this nativity. It involves a month's work.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Debbie Gable crocheted this nativity. It involves a month's work.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Christmas Festival held in New Philadelphia

Monday, November 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Santa encourages carriage riders to sing along with him as he sings a number of holy Christmas songs.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Santa encourages carriage riders to sing along with him as he sings a number of holy Christmas songs.

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.

Woman cited for drunk in public

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Carbon County woman was cited for public drunkenness at a Monroe County location.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Lisa Kroculick, 53, of Jim Thorpe, was cited about 4:49 p.m. on Nov. 15. Officers were called to the Wawa store in Blakeslee, Tobyhanna Township, for a report of an intoxicated female. On scene officers found Kroculick under the influence of alcohol and causing a disturbance. She was issued a citation and later released to the custody of her brother, police said.

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.

3 break-ins reported in Tamaqua

Monday, November 29, 2010

Three Tamaqua businesses were broken into right before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Borough police responded to an alarm from the kitchen area at the Restaurant at the Station at 1:25 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24. Officers discovered a broken window on the northwest side of the building. Once inside they found a large rock on the floor in the bar area. Several wine glasses were broken and the cooler was dented. Owners did an inventory and learned that two cash registers were missing. The building was secured.

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.

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.

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.

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.