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December 2010

Pays by credit card

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

The regular meeting of the Jim Thorpe Borough Council was held at Memorial Park in Memorial Hall on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. I attended the meeting. One specific agenda item was of special interest for me. "Agreement to enter into an ordinance authorization participating in PLGIT" as mentioned by John McQuire, president of Borough Council.

It's a wonderful town

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

Over the Christmas holidays I had the strangest dream. Just before drifting off to sleep, I was watching the holiday classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life." I try to view this every year to help me remember what is truly important in life, and to refresh my sense of gratitude.

Lehighton news

Friday, December 31, 2010

Men's basketball league

The Lehighton Recreation Center is starting a men's basketball league in January.

For more information, call Tom Evans at (570) 294-4532.

Panther Valley news

Friday, December 31, 2010

VFW auxiliary

The regular meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary to Nesquehoning Memorial VFW Post 8008 will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Post Home on East Center Street. President Amanda Breiner will preside at the session, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

Senior center

Chair exercises will be held starting on Jan. 3 at the Panther Valley Senior Center.

On Jan. 4 there will be line dancing and a Sunshine Meeting. Jan. 5 everyone will play candy bingo at 11 a.m. Jan. 6 is penny game at 11 a.m. and Jan. 7 you can shoot pool.

Celebrity chefs to be featured at Pa. Farm Show

Friday, December 31, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa. Pennsylvania Farm Show visitors can learn how to create culinary masterpieces using local ingredients during live cooking demonstrations and contests featuring popular chefs, said Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding today.

"The Farm Show offers visitors the unique opportunity to go straight from the farm to the table," said Redding. "The PA Preferred Culinary Connection is a popular attraction that brings together talented chefs to share their knowledge and imaginative recipes that can be prepared at home using local products."

Eyeing 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010

We'll go out on a limb and make predictions

With 2011 arriving on Sunday, we thought we would make some bold and fearless predictions. We consulted a crystal ball, old leaves from our morning cup of tea, and some cards (sorry, we didn't have tarot) we found in the bottom of one of our desk drawers to see into the future.

Here's what we come up with:

Ÿ Work won't begin on the construction of the Jim Thorpe inter-borough bridge or the straightening of the S-curve in Route 54. I know. We're going out on a limb here. Both projects were talked about for years. But all our soothsaying devices are unanimous on this.

Mahoning Twp. man charged with trespass at Wal-Mart

Friday, December 31, 2010

A Mahoning Township man has been cited with trespass after entering Wal-Mart Supercenter property after being barred from being there.

Joshua Frey, 22, of the 1300 block of Orioles Drive, was also charged with resisting arrest and recklessly endangering another person after the Dec. 23 incident.

Police Chief Kenneth Barnes reported that at 6:02 p.m., police were dispatched to the store for a report of a male who was trespassing in the store and was fleeing the store.

Lansford firefighters honored

Friday, December 31, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Mark Kosica, second from right, was named "Firefighter of the Year" by the Lansford Fire Department during the annual Christmas party held in the fire house. David Aungst, second from right, was named "Junior Firefighter." At left is Chris Angst, president of the fire company, and at right is Joe Greco, assistant fire chief.

Portnoff's fees

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

A foggy new year is forecast

Friday, December 31, 2010

AccuWeather.com reports a surge of warm, moist air will lead to fog problems from the Midwest to the Atlantic Seaboard during the New Year's weekend.

Any time you have warm, moist air moving over a cold surface, with or without snow cover, there is the risk of fog formation.

The key is to have the air moist enough in the first place to make it easier for the fog to form.

Ideal fog conditions appear to be setting up as a zone of rain and warm air build over the Midwest and push to the Atlantic coast.

Shots fired, 3 men arrested after Emmaus bank robbery

Friday, December 31, 2010

EMMAUS, Pa. (AP) – Police arrested three men suspected of trying to rob a bank in northeast Pennsylvania Thursday, after they exchanged shots while trying to get away.

Emmaus Sgt. Karl Geschwindt told The Express-Times of Easton Thursday that Issah J. Sampson and Edward Anthony Maye, both of Allentown, were captured and arrested shortly after the robbery just after 9 a.m. at KNBT Bank. A third suspect, Hishamu T. Curry, of Philadelphia, was arrested around 6:30 p.m. in Allentown.

Carbon County Court news

Friday, December 31, 2010

Capital One Bank, Glen Allen, Va., has filed a credit default complaint against Thomas G. Surotchak, 3 Wild Lane, Jim Thorpe. The plaintiff is seeking judgment in the amount of $10,667.04.

G.E. Money Bank, Alpharetta, Ga., has filed a credit default complaint against Tammie Skymba, 28 Andrewsville St., Lansford. The plaintiff is seeking judgment in the amount of $5,191.61.

Certified judgments

Northern Lehigh High School announces second marking period honor roll

Friday, December 31, 2010

The Northern Lehigh Senior High School honor roll for the second marking period of the 2010-2011 school year has been announced by Mrs. Aileen Yadush, Principal.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST

Tamaqua man takes charge of his health

Friday, December 31, 2010

I love receiving e-mails like Mike's.

He wrote to tell me that he takes many of the exercise and eating tips suggested in this column, tweaks them to best suit his situation, and gets good use out of them. In fact, he wears the same size pants he did 20 years ago yet he's packed on nearly 30 pounds of muscle.

It's a 'Fiesta' for Ryan, Frey

Friday, December 31, 2010
photo courtesy of the University of Connecticut Marian graduate Mike Ryan made 19 straight starts for UConn at left tackle over the past two seasons and was named to the Big East Conference first team offensive line.
photo courtesy of the University of Connecticut Marian graduate Mike Ryan made 19 straight starts for UConn at left tackle over the past two seasons and was named to the Big East Conference first team offensive line.

Area players help Connecticut reach first BCS game in school history

There was no reason for Mike Ryan and Robbie Frey to believe they were going to be part of something special when they signed to attend the University of Connecticut in February of 2007.

The Huskies had only been playing Division 1-A football since 2000, had just recently joined the Big East Conference after playing several years as an independent, and had suffered two straight losing seasons including a 2006 campaign that saw them go 4-8 overall and 1-6 in the Big East.

Asking for help

Friday, December 31, 2010
Asking for help
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Local residents swell the list of food and cash assistance applications

A still-struggling economy, rising food prices and a high unemployment rate boosted the numbers of Carbon County folks asking the state for help this year.

Statewide, applications for food help and cash assistance rose, according to state Department of Public Welfare figures comparing November 2009 with November 2010.

High on the list are people in Carbon, Schuylkill and Monroe counties, where unemployment rates outpace the state average.

The Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services is among those agencies trying to keep the desperate afloat.

Lady Raider swimmers win

Friday, December 31, 2010
nancy scholz/times news Tamaqua's Megan Wagner captured first place in the 100 backstroke during Thursday's non-league meet against Salisbury. Wagner had a time of 1:09.45.
nancy scholz/times news Tamaqua's Megan Wagner captured first place in the 100 backstroke during Thursday's non-league meet against Salisbury. Wagner had a time of 1:09.45.

Tamaqua posted victories in girls swimming and boys basketball to highlight Thursday's scholastic sports action.

SWIMMING

Tamaqua-Salisbury

With almost identical scores on both sides, it was different results however as the Tamaqua girls and Salisbury boys were able to take home victories in a non-conference showdown in the pool.

The Lady Raiders scored a 99-79 win thanks to recording plenty of second and third-place finishes, while the Falcons edged the Blue Raiders for a 99-76 win by capturing eight of 12 contested events.

Outdoor Channel program anchored by FOXPRO staff

Friday, December 31, 2010
Outdoor Channel program anchored by FOXPRO staff
Copyright 2010

LEWISTOWN During the past decade, those who view outdoors-related programs on television have seen a perceivable increase in episodes dealing with predator hunting.

Now, just like one of those all-Zeppelin-all-the-time satellite radio stations, The Outdoor Channel has launched a program with an-all-predator-hunting-all-the-time theme for a 15-week run.

Palmerton Area High School announces second marking period honor roll

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Palmerton Area High School announces its Honor Roll for the second marking period of the first semester of the 2010-11 school year by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

High Honors (3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects)

Seniors: Sarah Andrews, Blake Campbell, Jillian Farkas, Cynthia George, Jarrett Kleintop, Andrew McReynolds, Alexa Petersen, Jordan Ruzicka, Samantha K. Smith, Donald Stevens, Derek Szena, Brianna Walck

Rusted Root at Penn's Peak tonight

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rusted Root, a native Pennsylvania band (Pittsburgh to be exact), will be occupying the stage at Penn's Peak tonight.

Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.

The group has been together since the early '90's. The music community quickly embraced them and their genre of roots music and world rock.

Their debut album was 1992's "Cruel Sun," which they self released. This album helped them get signed with Mercury Records and their 1994 debut album with Mercury got Rusted Root noticed.

Judgment sought over infant's death

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Nine Gnaden Huetten entities named in Carbon County suit

Nine entities have been named defendants in a medical and professional liability lawsuit filed in Carbon County Court of Common Pleas this week by a Colorado couple who claim negligence in medical care resulted in their baby dying about 36 hours after its birth in 2008 at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton.

Country, rock, & pop at the Peak

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS The 80s rock band Slaughter, consisting of Mark Slaughter (pictured), Dana Strum, Blas Elias, and Jeff "Blando" Bland, will be returning to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on March 25. Also performing will be Jani Lane, formerly of Warrant.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS The 80s rock band Slaughter, consisting of Mark Slaughter (pictured), Dana Strum, Blas Elias, and Jeff "Blando" Bland, will be returning to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on March 25. Also performing will be Jani Lane, formerly of Warrant.

The Saw Doctors, who have +achieved much success in their home country of Ireland, are going to be touring in the United States and Penn's Peak is one of their stops.

Formed in 1986 in Tuam, County Galway, they have achieved 18 singles in the Top 30 in Ireland, including three number ones.

Their first number one, "I Useta Lover," topped the Irish charts for nine consecutive weeks in 1990, and still holds the record for the country's all-time biggest-selling single.

A parade of toys

Thursday, December 30, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

It was the March of Toys as all 1,226 Pleasant Valley Elementary students marched outside to a waiting truck to load up all 1,170 toys collected for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Left to right, Ray Fitzpatrick, Monroe County Toys for Tots Assistant Coordinator, U.S. Marine Pvt. Michael Cimino, John Camaerei and John Dickson, Monroe County Toys for Tots Coordinator assist the students. Fitzpatrick says they have been busy collecting the toys at 160 locations throughout the county.

'Twas One Crazy Night Before Christmas

Thursday, December 30, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

It "Twas One Crazy Night Before Christmas" at Towamensing Elementary School as the school's chorus presented it's annual Christmas musical under the direction of Natalie Dize. The highlights of the program was the telling of the beloved poem by Mathew Binder, Angel Levering and Sydney Geist with a crazy twist.

Irish-Miami resume rivalry, a bit early

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Notre Dame and Miami were not scheduled to resume their rivalry until Oct. 6, of 2012, but thanks to a match up in the Hyundai Sun Bow on Friday the two teams are getting an early look at each other. The Irish and Miami 2012 game is a "home" game for ND but will be played at Soldiers Field in Chicago.

The Sun Bowl is in El Paso at the 50,426 seat Sun Bowl stadium. The matchup must have been a eagerly awaited one for fans of both teams because the game soldout in about 21 hours, the fastest sellout in the history of the game.

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, December 30, 2010

December 30, 1961 Billy Heydt pours in a game-high 33 points to help Palmerton pull off a 61-57 upset win over Allen in the ABC Eyeglass Fund game at the Little Palestra in Allentown. Heydt does most of his damage at the foul line, finishing 19-of-24 at the stripe, and earns the MVP award. Terry Balliet contributes 10 points with five of them coming in the first quarter when the Blue Bombers, coached by Mike Marcellino, jump out to a 19-9 advantage.

On this date

Thursday, December 30, 2010

December 30, 1975

The budget of 1976 was adopted by Summit Hill Borough Council. Listed are anticipated receipts of $215,581 and expenditures of $215,056. Property tax will remain at 17 mills. Council President Kathleen Lanzos said council will abide by the guidelines of the budget, even if it becomes necessary to reduce the police and borough work forces. "Ticket fixing" will be stopped, according to Mayor Leonard Alabovitz. Police are being issued new ticket books and will be held accountable for the return of tickets written each month.

Named Wilkes PICPA Scholar

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Stephens
Stephens

Matthew Stephens of Tamaqua is one of four Wilkes University students to participate in the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) 57th Annual Tax Clinic on Nov. 19.

Stephens is a senior studying accounting. He is the son of George and Mary Ellen Stephens of Owl Creek.

The clinic, which was hosted by the Wilkes University's Sidhu School of Business and Leadership and PICPA, keeps professionals informed of recent developments in tax structure.

Lehighton Boys and Girls Band celebrates centennial

Thursday, December 30, 2010
The Lehighton Boys and Girls Alumni Band
The Lehighton Boys and Girls Alumni Band

The Lehighton Boys and Girls Band celebrated its 100th Anniversary with a concert on November 27, 2010, in the Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium.

The Boys and Girls Band traces its roots to 1910 when the Engine Company No. 2 Band was founded. Several name changes followed: in 1911 the name changed to the Boys Band of Engine Company No. 2, in 1913 to the Lehighton Boys Band, and in 1981 to the present Lehighton Boys and Girls Band.

Lansford woman one of 18 sentenced in Schuylkill Co.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Lansford woman was one of 18 people who entered guilty pleas in the Schuylkill County Court to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin as follows:

Tiffany Binder, 29, of 600 E. Patterson St., Lansford, retail theft from Wal-Mart Store, Hometown, was given credit for serving seven days in the Carbon County Prison and was placed on parole for 18 months. She was cited by Patrolman Brian Thompson, Rush Township Police.

Business seeks permission to continue ads on LED sign

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Palmerton business will seek permission to continue to advertise on an existing LED sign.

Palmerton Partners Inc., with property at 302-304 Delaware Avenue, will go before the borough's Zoning Hearing Board at 7 p.m. Jan. 17.

At that time, the company will be in search of an interpretation and variance with regard to a section of a borough zoning ordinance that would allow off-premises advertising on an existing LED sign.