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November 2010

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.

Seven area residents among 28 to enter guilty pleas

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Seven area residents were among 28 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes.

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.

S. Hill agrees to raise taxes by 1.5 mills

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A 1.5 mill tax hike is anticipated in Summit Hill for 2011.

The borough council held a workshop session last night and six of the seven council members seemed to favor the 1.5 mill hike. Councilman John O'Gurek initially was in favor, but then said he feels a 1.2 mill hike might be enough.

Formal action on passing a tentative budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the borough hall.

The 1.5 mill increase would bring the total millage to 16.1 mills in 2011.

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.

Stroudsburg business is destroyed by fire

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carl Cyphers, owner of Cyphers Truck Parts along West Main street in Stroudsburg watches as his business goes up in flames Monday morning.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carl Cyphers, owner of Cyphers Truck Parts along West Main street in Stroudsburg watches as his business goes up in flames Monday morning.

A longtime Stroudsburg area business was destroyed by fire on Monday morning.

Cyphers Truck Parts on West Main Street in Stroud Township was destroyed along with four apartments above the business.

Carl and Lanette Cyphers are the owner of the business which was started by Carl's father, Claude Cyphers, back in the mid-1940s. The business sold everything from truck brakes to engine oil to filters.

The fire started in the kitchen area of an apartment above the business, fire officials said.

Used toy, clothing drive slated for Dec. 16, 18 in Lehighton

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A used toy and clothing drive is slated for Dec. 16 and 18 at Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton. The drive will benefit Family Promise of Carbon County.

On Dec. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., area residents can bring gently used clothing and toys to Zion United Church of Christ. The items will help families in need.

Special informational meeting by Lehighton school board

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Will be held at 7 p.m. Wed. in middle school

An "informational community board meeting" by Lehighton Area School Board will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Lehighton Area Middle School.

According to a notice for the meeting, it will "serve to give awareness to the community and assist the LASD school board with determining best directions for the district.

The topic will be the building and grounds facilities of the school district.

El Architect Associates will present the recently completed "feasibility report" and explain the long-term district needs.

Special Olympics needs volunteers

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lend a hand and watch with pride as their smiles illuminate the room.

Welcome to Special Olympics PA Carbon County, where willful support is just as important as any strikes bowled or goals scored.

The organization is ready to start bowling and floor hockey training for the 2010-2011 season, but before it can do that, it needs volunteers to help its athletes train and compete.

About 40 volunteers are sought to assist with the program, and any and all help received is very much appreciated, said Sheri Anthony, a SOPA volunteer co-coordinator.

Area woman celebrates 96 years

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Blanche Esther (Brooks) Garrett
Blanche Esther (Brooks) Garrett

Blanche Esther (Brooks) Garrett, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly celebrated her 90th birthday on Nov. 26.

Born in Nesquehoning in 1920, Blanche also resided in Lansford, Jim Thorpe, Lake Harmony and New Jersey.

A graduate of Summit Hill High School, Blanche worked in the Windsor Department Store in Lehighton and Brights Department Store, and she managed the coffee and Italian shop at Split Rock Lodge.

She was married to Russell Warran Garrett for 14 years until his passing in 1996.

Santa rides the rails

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Santa rides the rails
Copyright 2010

Santa is making weekend stops aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway each weekend through Dec. 19 in Jim Thorpe. Santa gets a Christmas list from 3-year-old Kayleigh Reed of Minerva, Ohio, aboard the train Sunday, while looking on is her grandfather, Rick Taff, also of Minerva. In top photo, Santa distributes candy canes to the youngsters on the train. The remainder of the Santa trains are at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 4, 5, 12, 18, and 19.

Troopers report on DUI arrests

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks reported on four driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by troopers over the past long holiday weekend.

On Wednesday, Nov. 24, about 10:19 p.m. troopers stopped Brandyn Gatens, 19, of Lehighton, for a traffic violation along Bridge St., in Weissport, Carbon County. Gatens was found to be under the influence and transported to the Palmerton hospital for a blood test. Troopers said Gatens was found to have a small amount of marijuana. Charges will be filed, troopers added.

Vehicle break-ins being probed

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating the break-ins of several vehicles at a Schuylkill County location.

Troopers said several vehicles along Summer Hill and Blue Mountain roads, in Wayne Township, were entered and multiple items and cash were taken. The vehicles were unlocked, troopers noted.

The thefts occurred sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, and 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Here is some sunny news about the sun

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

(This is the second of two columns on the benefits of sunlight.)

Most public health messages have focused on the hazards of too much sun exposure.

But there is some sunny news about the sun.

Sunlight increases the body's vitamin D supply. In seniors, vitamin D protects against osteoporosis, a disorder in which the bones become increasingly brittle.

Vitamin D also protects against cancer, heart disease, and other maladies.

But there are other benefits from a daily dose of sunlight.

Budgets

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
CHRIS ADDY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jake Arner, president of the Carbon Builders Association, addresses the Jim Thorpe Borough Council about the new taxes.
CHRIS ADDY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jake Arner, president of the Carbon Builders Association, addresses the Jim Thorpe Borough Council about the new taxes.

Jim Thorpe adopts, amends new taxes

The Jim Thorpe Borough Council convened for a special hearing last night at Memorial Hall to enact new taxes in order to help bridge the gap in the 2011 budget.

On the agenda were the adoption of two new taxes, an amusement tax and a local services tax, and the amendment of the occupational tax.

Monroe man facing theft charges

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Monroe County man is facing theft charges.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 3:48 p.m. on Nov. 17 officers were dispatched to SR115 and Burger Road, in Tobyhanna Township, to a report of theft of firewood. On scene officers made contact wtih Manuel Torres-Zayas, 35, of Pocono Lake. Torres-Zayas admitted taking the wood without paying for it. He was released with charges to be filed, police said.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Bryan G. Osifat to David J. Mazur, 31 E. Oak St., P.O. Box 366, Tresckow, property at 46-48 E. Market St., $1.

East Penn Township

Shelly J. Schleicher to Shelly J. Schleicher, 459 Schleicher Lane, Lehighton, two transactions, lots 5 and 6, DLK Realty Subdivision, $1 each.

Jim Thorpe

Kevin J. Heil to Paul J. Kattner, 1440 Mauch Chunk Lake, Jim Thorpe, property at 1440 Mauch Chunk Lane, $125,000.

Kidder Township

N.J. driver facing DUI in Slatington

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A New Jersey driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 1:25 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28, at Seventh and W. Church sts., in Slatington.

Borough police said Laszlo Luzsanyi, 51, of 2800 herbertsville Rd., Point Pleasant, was stopped for speeding. He was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest for DUI.

Monroe man facing firearms charge

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Monroe County man is facing a firearms charge.

State police at Lehighton said Richard J. Frantz, 42, 561 Molasses Valley Rd., Kunkletown, was found to have in his possession a Ruger M77 30-06 caliber hunting rifle while not being licensed or privileged to do so.

He will be charged with felon not to possess a firearm, troopers said.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 30, 1940 Charley Melley's one-yard touchdown plunge on the first play of the fourth quarter lifts Coaldale to a 7-0 victory over Lansford in front of 6,000 fans. The Tigers' win, which occurs during a snowstorm, ends the Panthers' undefeated season and chance for an Eastern Conference championship. Melley, who carries 27 times for 71 yards, sets up his winning score by completing a 37-yard pass to Frank Priggins.

Woman placed on probation in child endangerment case

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Parryville woman was placed on probation on Monday in Carbon County court on a charge of criminal conspiracy-endangering the welfare of a child.

Stephanie Lynn Gerhart-Schuster, 27, was placed on probation for two years by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Schuster was found guilty of the charge by Webb following a day long bench trial. She was not charged with causing injuries to a then 18-month old boy but for not getting medical attention for the child.

Snowmaking taking place at Blue Mountain Ski Area

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Snowmaking is in full effect at Blue Mountain Ski Area just days before the top-flight resort kicks off another winter season.

The ski area began to make snow on Friday, and hopes to open by Dec. 10, if not sooner, according to Heidi Lutz, marketing director.

"It is all weather dependent," Lutz said. "However, we are working around the clock to be open as soon as possible."

As the snow starts to fly, Lutz said the large renovation to the Summit Courtyard should soon be wrapped up as well.

Winter parking rules in S. Hill

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Summit Hill police reminded residents that winter parking rules will go into effect Wednesday, Dec. 1, through March 31, 2011.

All vehicles shall park facing west on E. White St., between Spruce and Pine sts.; all vehicles shall park facing west on W. White St., between Poplar and Coal sts.

From Dec. 15 to March 15, 2011, all boats, trailers and campers shall be off borough streets. Police said violators wll be fined and the vehicles towed at the owners' expense.

Woman gets jail time for DUI; faces big restitution payment

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a short county prison term Monday for driving under the influence (DUI) but faces a big restitution bill for injuries she caused to another person in an accident involved in the case. She was one of several defendants, who previously pleaded guilty, to be sentenced by Carbon Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Kidder incident

Schuylkill crashes

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

State police at Frackville reported investigating three crashes along Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County over the past weekend.

Two crashes occurred on Thursday, Nov. 25. The first at 11:04 a.m. as Conica M. Smith, 36, of Baltimore, Md., was driving a 2000 Lexus RX300 on the exit-ramp in Mahanoy Township, heading toward SR54. While rounding a right- hand curve the vehicle left the road and rolled onto its roof. Smith and two passengers, a 17-year-old male and a 1-year-old female, both of Baltimore, were all not injured. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.