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November 2010

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.

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
Santa and Mrs Claus arrive at the festival in a Leiby's carriage, which was pulled by two large Belgian Horses, standing in for Santa's reindeer.
Santa and Mrs Claus arrive at the festival in a Leiby's carriage, which was pulled by two large Belgian Horses, standing in for Santa's reindeer.

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.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, November 27, 2010

November 27, 1965 Dean Schott tallies a game-high 27 points to help Palmerton record an 80-69 win over Salisbury in the Bombers' first game at their new basketball gym. Schott and Mike Samok each score 10 points in the third quarter to turn a close game into a double-digit lead. Samok finishes with 19 points. Palmerton, coached by Don Holland, also receives 12 points from both Chris Olivia and Pete Steigerwalt.

A great respect for the nation's colors

Saturday, November 27, 2010
 Panther Valley JROTC cadets fold the American flag. CHRIS PARKER/ TIMES NEWS
Panther Valley JROTC cadets fold the American flag. CHRIS PARKER/ TIMES NEWS

Old Glory takes a winter hiatus at the Coaldale Complex

Panther Valley JROTC Platoon Leader Joseph Bevins slowly lowered the 10-foot-by-16-foot American flag from its pole at the Coaldale Complex this week.

As the flag approached the end of its tether, Bevins and several other cadets deftly caught it, making sure it did not touch the ground.

With crisp, sure movements, the cadets folded the flag, which will be kept by Coaldale World War II Committee member William Gaddes until it is once again raised in May.

"We take it down after Veterans Day," he said.

Faithful fire dog

Saturday, November 27, 2010
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the Times news
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the Times news

No, Shilo doesn't drive, but he never misses a fire call with his owner, Coaldale Fire Company Chief Richie Marek. Here, Shilo obediantly waits on scene at an automatic-alarm call at the Colonial Square Apartments in Coaldale.

What happened to driving rules?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Stores and shopping centers spend thousands of dollars to paint lines on their lots in order to attempt to guide people into parking spaces in an orderly fashion especially when the spaces are slanted and not at right angles to the driving lanes. Yet, even with the visual aids it amazes me when people think they know better and do what they want to do in their cars.