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November 2010

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thorpe readies for Olde Time Christmas

Saturday, November 27, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bill Eckert, chairman of the Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas, and Parade coordinator Karen Freese hold sign announcing the event which will run on the three weekends of December 3-5, 11-12, and 18-19.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bill Eckert, chairman of the Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas, and Parade coordinator Karen Freese hold sign announcing the event which will run on the three weekends of December 3-5, 11-12, and 18-19.

Jim Thorpe's three-week-long Olde Time Christmas will begin with a parade passing the brightly lit seasonly-decorated shops along Broadway next Friday.

The parade kicks off the festival at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 from Immaculate Conception Church on West Broadway and, at 6 p.m., arrives at the festivities at Josiah White Park. Olde Time Christmas continues through December 20, with many events on the three weekends of December 3-5, 11-12, and 18-19.

Control

Saturday, November 27, 2010

If you look carefully at the word "control," you will see the same root as is in the word "contrary." In other words, when we attempt to control a situation or a person, we usually have to place ourselves in opposition to something.

Parents know how hard it is to control their children at times. We call it "discipline" because we would like to think we are assisting the kid in becoming a disciple of our way of thought. If discipline doesn't work, we are faced with a control issue of the highest order, and sometimes it can get physical.

Carbon's gift to Washington

Saturday, November 27, 2010
First lady Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia officially welcome the arrival of the Christmas tree at the North Portico. Walking behind the first lady is Chris and Brandi Botek of the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton.
First lady Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia officially welcome the arrival of the Christmas tree at the North Portico. Walking behind the first lady is Chris and Brandi Botek of the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton.

Douglas fir from Lehighton tree farm delivered to the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) – 'Tis now the season at the White House.

A day after celebrating Thanksgiving, the White House shifted into Christmas mode on Friday as Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha accepted the gift of an 18 1/2-foot Douglas fir from Carbon County as the official White House Christmas Tree.

The tree was hauled through the White House gates by horse-drawn carriage and presented to the Obamas by Christopher Botek. It was grown on his family's Christmas tree farm in Lehighton – the second time the farm has supplied the White House with its official tree.

It's the Readers' Turn

Saturday, November 27, 2010
John Mateyak, Tamaqua - "My wife and I have already started. We have about 10 gifts so far, but we have children and seven grandchildren to shop for."
John Mateyak, Tamaqua - "My wife and I have already started. We have about 10 gifts so far, but we have children and seven grandchildren to shop for."

"Do you expect to get your Christmas shopping completed early this year? "

Can PSU derail Spartan title run?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Penn State coach Joe Paterno took care of any speculation as to his future plans early in this week's press conference, when he announced he plans to return next year for his 46th season at the helm of the Nittany Lions.

Paterno is in the final year of his current contract extension.

"I am looking forward to it," said Paterno, who turns 84 next month. "I think we've struggled a little bit this year, with the youth and with the injuries and the whole bit.