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December 2010

Bell ringer didn't promote any sect

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

The bell ringers are back, stronger than ever. You have to admire their courage to stand outside and brave the windy 27-degree weather and constantly ring that little bell, defying everything to serve a worthwhile cause.

Yes, even defying the American Civil Liberties Union who pursues any store that allows the bell ringers a warm place inside their front doors.

Carbon County Court news

Friday, December 31, 2010

Podiatry suit

The Estate of Guy S. Kenion, by and through Dr. Banjamin Lanza and Steven J. Hartz, executors, has filed a civil action against Dr. Kurt J. Gustafson, Dr. Edward C. Beckett, Dr. Matthew O. Mertz, Carbon Foot and Ankle Centers, P.C., and Kenion Podiatry Associates, P.C., claiming the defendants diverted the assets of the plantiff's professional medical practice to their own use and for their own benefit, depriving the heirs of the economic value, benefits and profits of the business.

New year means new penalties

Friday, December 31, 2010

Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Carl Roe said that beginning New Year's Day Pennsylvania officially will become the 36th member state of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, under which the worst of convicted wildlife violators will stand to lose their hunting privileges in all states enrolled in the Compact.

Carbon sets sights on saving money

Friday, December 31, 2010

A Carbon County official ended 2010 by voicing his goals for 2011.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Charles Getz again stressed the county's need to look at ways to save money in the upcoming years, adding that current expenses continue to rise, but the county's funds and income continue to drop.

He noted that the commissioners do not want to raise taxes in 2012, which they have not done in nine years, so they are committed to finding ways to cut back on spending.

On this date

Friday, December 31, 2010

December 31, 1930

The cannibal costume worn by William Davis, 32, of Coaldale, which occasioned much merriment on New Year's eve in the mummers' parade at Summit Hill caused painful injuries when the torch he was carrying ignited the flimsy straw which was a part of the outfit. Davis was rushed to Coaldale hospital where he is receiving treatment for burns of the face and shoulder. When Davis' screams attracted attention to his plight, a number of people standing along the line of march rolled the unfortunate man in the snow.

O Christmas Tree!

Friday, December 31, 2010
Jill holds her favorite Christmas ornament, a red tin snowflake, handmade by a tin knocker.
Jill holds her favorite Christmas ornament, a red tin snowflake, handmade by a tin knocker.

The Bauer family Yule tree symbolizes faith, family and tradition

Christmas is the time of celebrating the birth of Jesus. It is a time of rejoicing of the coming of the Son of God. Over the years, Christians have found many ways to observe Christmas and families develop traditions that are passed down from generation to generation.

Shawn and Annamarie Bauer of Kunkletown follow a Christmas tradition passed on from Shawn's parents. It is in the form of a towering Christmas tree. It fills their living room with all its splendor.

Grinch who stole gas

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

I would like to publicly thank the party or parties who not once but TWICE siphoned the fuel from my truck while it was parked in East Kline Ave in Lansford during the Month of December 2010.

Remember, what goes around comes around my friend.

Happy New Year.

-TJ Chinaski

Lansford

Lions look to continue Outback Bowl success

Friday, December 31, 2010

As Penn State prepares to tackle Florida in the 25th Outback Bowl in Tampa Saturday, there has been no shortage of storylines on both sides.

The game is being played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and will be televised by ABC with a 1 p.m. kickoff.

The Outback Bowl has been good to the Nittany Lions over the years, as they are unbeaten in their three previous trips there.

Stunned that county employees received raise

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

I was stunned to read in your Friday, Dec. 17, issued that the Carbon County Retirement Board voted to give county employees a 90 percent cost of living raise on pension checks based on the Consumer Price Index.

Lansford considers bankruptcy

Friday, December 31, 2010

Adopts budget that includes a 3.06 mill property tax hike

Lansford Borough is in such dire financial straits that its council on Thursday considered asking the state for help in filing for bankruptcy.

After much discussion, council decided against the bankruptcy move, initiated by Councilman Tommy Vadyak, at least for now. It did, however, adopt a 2011 budget that carries a 3.06 mill property tax increase, froze additional purchases (except for emergencies), voted to pay the $275,333 in bills it owes "as money becomes available," and borrowed money from its sewer transmission account – already $97,993 in the red – to pay wages.

Lansford Legion donates to fire company

Friday, December 31, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured during the check presentations are, from front left, Lansford Fire Company firefighter Jason Diehl, Lansford Fire Company President Chris Aungst, Lansford American Legion Commander Jack Anderson, Lansford Ambulance Chief Tom "Starchy" Staruch, Lansford Police Officer Joshua Tom. From back left are Lansford American Legion Vice Commander Dave Padora, Lansford American Legion Home Association President Tim Midas, Lansford Sons of the American Legion Commander John Dolena, and Lansford American Legion 2nd Vice Commander Bill Coll.

West Penn Fire Company helps Toys For Tots

Friday, December 31, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The West Penn Fire Company No. 1 held a donation collection drive during their December breakfast for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's annual Toys For Tots campaign. Both Cheryl Laub, Toys For Tots coordinator, and Jim Laub, past League Commander were also on-hand during the drive. Pictured from left are West Penn Fire Police Roger Kingsley, West Penn Fire Company No. 1 firefighter Marty Baddick, President Larry Zeigler, treasurer/secretary Jenn Fritzinger, and junior firefighter Connor Evans.

Where to find help

Friday, December 31, 2010

Increasing numbers of people in Carbon, Monroe and Schuylkill counties are struggling to feed their families and keep them warm. Here's where to call for help in Carbon County:

Ÿ Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services: (610) 377-6400

Ÿ Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare in Carbon County: (610) 577-9020

Ÿ Shepherd House Food Pantries: (610) 377-6048

Bling in new year with sparkling fashions

Friday, December 31, 2010

It's not New Year's Eve without a little sparkle. Why not bling in the New Year?

Designers are offering glitz and shine at all prices, and you don't have to put the twinkly looks away for next year's party.

"Shimmer never goes out of style it's as classic as lipstick," says Jen Ford, fashion news director for Lucky magazine.

Meredith Paley of the women's fashion chain Talbots agrees.

"Every woman wants a touch of glamour, and holiday is the best time of the year to add sparkles, sequins, gold accents and shimmer," she says.

Airbags deploy, vehicle crashes

Friday, December 31, 2010

A one-car accident that happened at 8:10 p.m. Dec. 27 on Route 25 in Hubley Township, Schuylkill County, was investigated by state police at the Frackville barracks.

Police said Gregg I. Morgan, 36, of Sacramento, Pa., was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer west on the roadway when the airbags deployed causing him to not be able to see the roadway.

Police said the car traveled onto the north berm and struck a pole guy wire and grazed a utility pole with the left front end.

Morgan was not injured.

Couple came to aid

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

On Oct. 11, I was involved in a car accident on Interchange Road by the Pa. Turnpike.

I would like to thank the young couple who saw the accident, and call 9-1-1 and whom also stayed with me and my daughter. That meant a lot to both my daughter and I.

The ambulance personnel and EMS were there instantly. The timing in getting my daughter and I were very crucial. They all worked together. So at this time, my daughter and I would like to thank everyone involved at the scene and helped in whatever matter.

Political correctness against all values

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

I have never seen a definition of the term "political correctness," so I will offer one.

28-year postal career ends

Friday, December 31, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Postmaster Chrissy McAvoy presents Supervisor Bill Maehrer with a certificate from U.S. Post Office District Manager Kevin McAdams congratulating Maehrer for his 28 years of service. Maehrer, 63, who is retiring, was given a send-off party Thursday at the post office. His retirement plans apparently involve plenty of chores. "My two daughters and my aunt live halfway down the street, and already have their lists made out,:" he said. "But my wife has the biggest list."

New Year's eve

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Celebrate safely and intelligently

Technically it's called celebratory gunfire.

Realistically it's called insanity.

Hardly a year goes by that The TIMES NEWS police log doesn't contain at least one item about an individual or individuals who are arrested on New Year's Eve for firing gunshots into the air to welcome in the New Year. Illegal fireworks are also used to usher out the old and welcome in the new.

And, while it may seem like harmless fun for some, it could have deadly consequences.

Two drivers hurt in Schuylkill crash

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Two persons were injured in a crash Dec. 29 at 4:28 p.m. at the intersection of route 901 and 209 in Norweigan Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said Kevin Tribble, 40, of Minersville, and Albert Ondeck, 43, of Pottsville, were hurt in the crash.

Police said Tribble was driving a 1992 Ford Explorer north on Route 209 and attempted to turn left onto Route 901 when the vehicle was struck by a 2001 Hyundai Accent operated by Ondeck. The latter was eastbound on Route 901 at the time.

Summit Hill Lions make donations

Thursday, December 30, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Donations of $200 each were made by the Summit Hill Lions Club during the club's annual Christmas party at Macaluso's in Nesquehoning to the Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission and Summit Hill Historical Society. Participating in the check presentation are, l-r, Jim Yusella, Lions membership chairman; Ann Yusella, Lions secretary; Mary Ann Szczecina, representing the Shade Tree Commission; Maxine Vermillion of the Historical Society, and Jim McHugh, Lions charter member.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Indian place names quiz

Thursday, December 30, 2010
When the first European settlers arrived in what would become the colony of Pennsylvania, they learned that many of the streams and mountains had already been given names by the resident Native Americans, the Lenni Lenape.
When the first European settlers arrived in what would become the colony of Pennsylvania, they learned that many of the streams and mountains had already been given names by the resident Native Americans, the Lenni Lenape.

When the first European settlers arrived in what would become the colony of Pennsylvania, they learned that many of the streams and mountains had already been given names by the resident Native Americans, the Lenni Lenape.

Test your knowledge of Pennsylvania/Lenape etymology by matching the place descriptions on the left with the place names on the right.

1 Where we fish with the bush net a Nockamixon

2 Thirsty Earth b Lehigh

3 Smooth running stream c Tamaqua

4 Searching for land d Nanticoke

5 Where the way forks e Aquashicola

Earns master's degree

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lucas Herman of Jim Thorpe graduated from Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C., on Dec. 11 with a master of business administration.

Ceremonies were held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Hedash and Farole fall in title bouts

Thursday, December 30, 2010
bob ford/times news Colin Hedash (right) of Northern Lehigh and Tyler Horn of Pen Argyl battle in a semifinal bout at 171 pounds. Hedash pulled out a 5-3 decision.
bob ford/times news Colin Hedash (right) of Northern Lehigh and Tyler Horn of Pen Argyl battle in a semifinal bout at 171 pounds. Hedash pulled out a 5-3 decision.

Colin Hedash isn't used to wrestling first when it comes to tournament finals, but

Northern Lehigh's 171-pounder was thrust into action Wednesday night at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium during the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.

Hedash opened the finals with Josh Snook of St. Mark's from Delaware and couldn't recover from a second period reversal, which led to a fall in 3:06. After winning the tournament a year ago, Hedash admitted that wrestling first did have an effect on him.

Americans turn to technology to control their impulses

Thursday, December 30, 2010
This product image courtesy of NOTXT n' Drive shows the NOTXT n' Drive app. George Distler in Orlando, Fla., developed the BlackBerry app NOTXT n' Drive after a teacher at his daughter's high school was killed when a texting motorist crossed a median and struck her car. (AP Photo/NOTXT n' Drive ) NO SALES
This product image courtesy of NOTXT n' Drive shows the NOTXT n' Drive app. George Distler in Orlando, Fla., developed the BlackBerry app NOTXT n' Drive after a teacher at his daughter's high school was killed when a texting motorist crossed a median and struck her car. (AP Photo/NOTXT n' Drive ) NO SALES

NEW YORK (AP) – Dan Nainan can't trust himself to work at his computer without clicking on distractions, so he uses an Internet-blocking program to shut down his Web access twice a day.

"I'm sorry, but try as I might, I could never, ever do this on my own," said the New York City comedian who's struggling to finish a book. "I wish I could, but I just don't have the discipline."

Nainan's system of two, two-hour blocks is one example of how Americans are trying to control their impulses using technology that steps in to enforce good behavior.

15-year-old leaves home in Monroe

Thursday, December 30, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks were summoned to Monroe County on Dec. 29 at 8:45 p.m. after a 15-year-old boy was reported to be missing or having ran away from home.

Police said the boy, who was not identified, left the residence at 41 Overlook Terrace, Effort, Chestnuthill Township, without the knowledge of his guardian.

Police described him as being a white male, about six feet tall and weighing around 155 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with a design across the front, blue jeans and black and white Converse sneakers.

Wilkes-Barre man arrested in Monroe

Thursday, December 30, 2010

George Blauer, 42, of Wilkes-Barre, is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as a result of a traffic stop Dec. 28 at 11:20 p.m. on Route 940 in Tobyhanna Township.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police report he was stopped for multiple Motor Vehicle Code violations, after which time police detected a strong odor of alcohol on him, as well as witnessing other signs of intoxication. Police said he failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, where he submitted to a blood test to determine his blood-alcohol level.

Bangor pulls away from Pleasant Vy.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

HAZLETON – Pleasant Valley held Bangor 16 points below its season scoring average (75.2).

The Bears also scored 10 more points than the Slaters have allowed per game this year (37.2).

However, moral victories don't win games, and they certainly don't win championships, as Bangor remained undefeated on the season (7-0) with a 59-47 victory to claim their first Couger Holiday Classic championship.

The Slaters average margin of victory in their previous six contests was 38 points, so the Bears also provided Bangor with its toughest test of the season.

Tamaqua Area High School honors Students of the Month

Thursday, December 30, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area High School December Students of the Month include, from left, Dustin Silkowski, Kolby Mashack, Hannah Miller, and Suzie Arner.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area High School December Students of the Month include, from left, Dustin Silkowski, Kolby Mashack, Hannah Miller, and Suzie Arner.

Tamaqua Area High School Principal RuthAnn Gardiner has announced the school's Students of the Month for December.

The recipients are senior Kolby Mashackl, junior Suzie Arner, sophomore Hannah Miller and freshman Dustin Silkowski.

Kolby Mashack is the son of Jon and Sheila Mashack.

He is a member of the Chemistry Club, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and the wrestling team.

He plans to attend Bucknell University to major in biology/pre-medicine and continue his wrestling career.

Suzie Arner is the daughter of David and Colleen Arner.

Named to Dean's List at Misericordia U.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tucker
Tucker

Andrew Tucker, son of John and Lisa Tucker of Lansford, has been named to the Dean's List for the Fall semester at Misericordia University.

A 2010 graduate of Panther Valley High School, Tucker is majoring in Physical Therapy with a minor in Health Management.

A member of the Misericordia Track and Field Team, he participates in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.

Andrew is the grandson of Mary Tucker of Lansford and the late Edward Tucker and Bill and Sara Doris of Tamaqua.

Marian girls stay perfect

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Marian girls basketball team routed Dumore on Monday to remain undefeated.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Dunmore-Marian

Marian erupted in the middle quarters and went on to post a 42-24 non-league victory over Dunmore.

Kaysi McLaughlin and Gillian Ferko each scored 10 points to lead the Fillies (7-0). Teammate Sam Faust added seven thanks to two three-pointers.

Dunmore won the JV contest, 43-29.

DUNMORE