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November 2010

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
Firefighters from throughout the area responded quickly and prevented a fast-moving fire from claiming the entire block.
Firefighters from throughout the area responded quickly and prevented a fast-moving fire from claiming the entire block.

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.

Copping an attitude

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Last Sunday, we had a guest preacher. His name is the Rev. H. Robert Samuels. His sermon title was "The Fine Art of Thanks Giving."

He used the phrase "Thanks giving is an attitude of gratitude."

I really liked that thought and quickly wrote it down, knowing if I didn't I'd probably forget it before the last coin was tossed in the offering plate.

He gave examples of how growing up, his parents stressed the importance of saying "Thank you" when he received gifts, in the form of a "Thank you" letter or note.

Lehighton student 1 of 5 in Pa. selected for national ensemble

Saturday, November 27, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS David Perkins, right, choral director of Lehighton Area High School, chats with Kirk Arner, a senior who has been selected to the Pa. Music Association's District 10 Chorus, and Michael Perkins, a freshman, who is one of five Pennsylvania students named to the American Choral Directors Association's National Junior High Choir. Michael is the son of David Perkins.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS David Perkins, right, choral director of Lehighton Area High School, chats with Kirk Arner, a senior who has been selected to the Pa. Music Association's District 10 Chorus, and Michael Perkins, a freshman, who is one of five Pennsylvania students named to the American Choral Directors Association's National Junior High Choir. Michael is the son of David Perkins.

Michael Perkins seleted to participate in Chicago next March; Kirk Arner named to District 10 chorus which meets in Easton

Two students in the Lehighton Area School District have attained special honors – a freshman who will be part of a national chorus and a senior who is selected to participate in a district chorus.

Michael Perkins, the son of David and Beth Perkins and a student at Lehighton Area Middle School, was selected from over 1,200 applications to the American Choral Directors Association's National Junior High Honor Choir in Chicago.

Gratefulness makes life good

Saturday, November 27, 2010

It was only a short phone call and a few weeks ago but it still has me thinking.

During most Saturday mornings during the bicycle racing off-season, I will ride from my father's house near Reading to meet anywhere from two to 20 cyclists who gather about nine miles away in Oley for a training ride that's usually 60 to 65 miles. We call the leader of the ride Big Jim, and if the wind chill is in the single digits or rain or snow is in the forecast, I'll call him on the phone that morning to find out if he's riding outside that day.

Nolehi rolls in state playoffs

Saturday, November 27, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley breaks loose for one of his first half touchdowns as Wilkes-Barre GAR's Shaliek Powell looks on. The Bulldogs rolled to a 50-14 victory in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley breaks loose for one of his first half touchdowns as Wilkes-Barre GAR's Shaliek Powell looks on. The Bulldogs rolled to a 50-14 victory in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

ALLENTOWN It really was a Black Friday for Wilkes-Barre GAR.

That's because Northern Lehigh accumulated yards like they were on sale and piled up points like they were a bargain.

The result was a door-busting 50-14 blowout victory for the Bulldogs in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA state football playoffs.

"I'm surprised. I really didn't see this coming," said Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout. "I had seen GAR play and I was impressed with them. I never expected this to be a mercy rule game."