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December 2010

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.

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.

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.

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.