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December 2010

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."

Auburn man facing charges of DUI

Friday, December 31, 2010

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said David Beesley, 54, of Auburn, is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as a result of a one-car crash Dec. 30 at 11:30 p.m. on State Route 895 in South Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

Police said he was driving a 2009 Ford Fusion eastbound when he lost control of the vehicle.

It began to turn counter-clockwise acorss both lanes, traveled onto the north berm and rolled onto its roof, traveling abother 90 feet along the north berm embanknent before coming to rest.

Helen Bott is recipient of the Helen Brown Award

Friday, December 31, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Joe Horn, of the Young At Heart Senior Club, nominated Helen Bott for the Helen G. Brown Quality of Life Award. She received her award at the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging's RSVP luncheon.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Joe Horn, of the Young At Heart Senior Club, nominated Helen Bott for the Helen G. Brown Quality of Life Award. She received her award at the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging's RSVP luncheon.

Helen G. Brown of Stroudsburg died two years ago at the age of 92. She was a vivacious teacher, author and environmentalist who shared her love of the Poconos and its history in seven books.

She was a community leader for decades and so beloved that the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging named an award after her.

The Helen G. Brown Quality of Life Award honors a person or group that enhances the lives of senior citizens.

E. Penn passes budget with one-half mill hike

Friday, December 31, 2010

East Penn supervisors, at a rescheduled Thursday end-of-year meeting, passed a budget with one-half mill increase in taxes to a total of 6.635 mills. The meeting had been scheduled for Dec. 27 but there was no quorum.

The vote to adopt the budget was 4-1 with Randy Pfeiffer voting no.

During public comment Joe Ehritz asked the supervisors to explain why the increase was needed and suggested that selling the social hall at this time would be a good money- saving move since the fire company is outgrowing the portion it uses.

Insurance renewal was approved.

Some bowl history; some bowl predictions

Friday, December 31, 2010

By MIKE FEIFEL

It is time once again football fans, for the New Year's Day bowl game extravaganza as you gear up to ring in the New Year.

Tamaqua column

Friday, December 31, 2010

Calvary Evangelical

Calvary Evangelical United Methodist Church, Catawissa and Valley roads, Lewistown Valley, will hold its morning worship service on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 10:25 a.m. The Rev. Brian Reading, pastor, will present a message entitled "Which Must Come First."

At 9:15 a.m., Sunday School classes will be held for all ages. Nursery service is available.

There will be no 6:30 p.m. praise, worship and Bible study. The public is welcome to join in an "informal" small group gathering this week on Jan. 2.

Common sense

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

I really wonder about the mindset of the weak links in the capital. And do they really understand the value of a dollar and what we are doing without to make ends meet in this time of financial crisis gripping our nation.

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.

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

Giving to those in need

Thursday, December 30, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

During the Christmas season, McDonald's of Nesquehoning held an Angel Tree Drive to give presents to those children in need. Management, staff, and customers of McDonald's donated toys for the 25 children. They were given along with new coats that were donated by Meed's Methodist Church in Nesquehoning. Seen are, left to right, Dorothy Gulla, daytime manager; Bertha Shreffler, coordinator of the drive; Todd Sheckler, general manager of McDonald's; and Rev. Michael Netznik, pastor of the Meed's UMC Chuch.

Donation to St. Luke's Miners

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

The Summit Hill Lions Club, during its annual Christmas Party at Macaluso's in Nesquehoning, presented a $1,000 check to a representative of St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale. The check represents a five year commitment of $5,000 ($1,000 per year) by the club to the hospital. This is the second installment. Bill Moyer, right, president of the hospital, accepts check from Lions Treasurer Louis Vermillion, while looking on are Lions members, from left, Tom Midas and Gene Binder.

Sobriety checks, DUI patrols slated

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The North Central Regional Sobriety Checkpoint DUI Taskforce has announced Sobriety Checkpoints and Roving DUI Patrols will be conducted through Jan. 3, 2011 on Routes 61, 183, 901, 209, SR1006, SR 1002, 309, 443, 895, 125, 25, 924, 54 and any other roadway in Schuylkill County.

The North Central Highway Safety Network reminds travelers if they suspect a drunk driver to dial 911. To report underage drinking call 1-888-UNDER21.

Carbon County Court news

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Divorces started

Brian A. Voorhees, 132 S. Fifth St., Apt. D-12, Lehighton, filed against Stacy A. Voorhees, 437 Cypress St., Lehighton. They were married Aug. 26, 2006.

Tara Sistrunk, 333 Iron St., Lehighton, filed against Tyrone D. Sistrunk, same address. They were married Sept. 8, 2001.

Credit defaults

The following actions have been filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts:

NL dominates all-star team

Thursday, December 30, 2010

It should come as no surprise that Northern Lehigh dominates this year's TIMES NEWS All-Star Football Team.

The Bulldogs posted an undefeated regular season, winning the Colonial League in the process, and then went on to claim District 11 Class AA honors.

With such success, Joe Tout had seven of his players named to our First Team. Six more were selected to the Second Team.

Pleasant Valley, which reached the district playoffs for the first time since 1994, had six players make the First Team and three more honored on the second squad.

Lady Raiders defend title

Thursday, December 30, 2010

CENTER VALLEY - Amy Zehner is accustomed to attracting defensive attention.

With Southern Lehigh's tall front line making points in the paint a tough commodity, the 5-10 Tamaqua senior took her game outside, where she found room to operate.

The Bucknell-bound Zehner got off to a torrid start, pouring in 13 of her game-high 29 points in the first quarter and propelling the Lady Raiders to a 51-43 victory Wednesday night in defense of their title of the Southern Lehigh Christmas Tournament.

Saying "thank-you"

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

Members of the West End Rotary Club distributed dictionaries to every third grade student in the Pleasant Valley School District, visiting each school. Dr. Karin-Susan Breitlauch, president of the WERC, explained to all the third graders at each school what Rotary is and asked them all to take the four-way test, a code of ethics adopted by Rotary which asks the following questions: Of the things we think, say or do, is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Spray-paint cases probed in Tremont

Thursday, December 30, 2010

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating criminal mischief incidents involving spray-painting damage caused in Tremont.

Police said a car was spray-painted between 5 p.m. Dec. 28 and 5:45 a.m. Dec. 29. The victim, Rachel Lynn Rumph, 29, told police someone sprayed red paint on her yellow 2005 Ford Focus while it was parked at the rear of her residence at 16 S. Ferg St.

Cooperative Extension program scheduled to be held in Monroe

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The 2011 NE Horticulture January 2 & 2 Program: Core & Cat. Ornamentals," sponsored by the Penn State Cooperative Extension, will be held in Monroe County on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Ornamental Care will feature "Controlling Diseases on Rhododendrons and Azaleas," while core pesticide applicator programs will include "PDA Update for 2011" and "Chemsweep 2011: Pa's Unique Pesticide Disposal Program." The program will be held at the cooperative's office in Stroudsburg from 1:45-4 p.m.