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November 2010

Oil burner blamed for Mahanoy fire

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A faulty oil burner has been blamed for a fire that caused extensive damages to several homes and left 12 people homeless in Mahanoy City.

State police fire marshall Trooper John F. Burns, of the Frackville barracks, said the fire was started by a oil burner malfunction in the basement of the property at 1117 E. Pine St., which was occupied by Cornelius Vanderpluym, 65, and his wife, Mildred, 51, and their son, Joseph, 28. Also residing in the home of Jennifer Tutko, 25.

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.

Snow-covered road causes crash

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A snow-covered Lehigh County road was the cause of a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 10:36 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26.

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.

Marshall Tucker Band next concert at Penn's Peak

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Lead singer Doug Gray, an only original member of The Marshall Tucker Band, sings during a previous concert at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The Marshall Tucker Band is returning for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Lead singer Doug Gray, an only original member of The Marshall Tucker Band, sings during a previous concert at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The Marshall Tucker Band is returning for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Opening for the Saturday show will be The Bounty Hunter Gang

Two popular Southern rock bands will be appearing Saturday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

They are The Marshall Tucker Band, with the opening act being The Bounty Hunter Gang.

The Marshall Tucker Band is a Southern rock band originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. The band's blend of rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country, and gospel[1] helped establish the Southern rock genre in the early 1970s.

The band has recorded and performed continuously under various lineups for nearly 40 years.

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.