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December 2010

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.

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 Band
The Lehighton Boys and Girls 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.

Polk Township column

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church

The Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church office will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.

The 2011 church envelopes are available and on the table in the narthex. Please take yours, your family and your neighbors.

Altar Guild members are asked to sign up to serve on the guild for 2011. If at all possible please sign up for two months during the year. The schedule is posted on the wall in the sacristy. New members are needed and are welcomed. A job description and training is provided.

Glen Onoko rescues are all too frequent

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tuesday afternoon was fairly routine for Jim Thorpe Fire Chief Bill Diehm. Routine in the sense that he did something he's done numerous times in the past.

Unfortunately, in this case, Diehm wishes he didn't have much experience with this particular protocol; after all, hiking injuries are anything but enjoyable.

"In the past year, I'd estimate that half a dozen people have fallen along Glen Onoko," Diehm said. "Some were lucky to walk away on their own, but at least three had to be carried down."

Your Christmas tree can be recycled at CCEEC

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, tosses a discarded Christmas tree onto a pile of old trees on the EEC site. Trees brought to the EEC are converted into mulch, which is used on nature trails at Mauch Chunk Lake Park or given to area residents free of charge.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, tosses a discarded Christmas tree onto a pile of old trees on the EEC site. Trees brought to the EEC are converted into mulch, which is used on nature trails at Mauch Chunk Lake Park or given to area residents free of charge.

Christmas is over, but there still could be a use for your Christmas tree.

Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, said trees can be dropped off there and recycled; specifically they can be converted into mulch.

Gallagher said trees dropped at the center are chipped up and made into mulch. The mulch is used on the nature trails at Mauch Chunk Lake Park or given to people who request it free of charge.

1,000 gifts

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS These pews inside Friedens United Church of Christ were filled with over 1,000 gifts prior to their delivery as part of the local Children's Christmas Gift Program administered by the church.
Special to the TIMES NEWS These pews inside Friedens United Church of Christ were filled with over 1,000 gifts prior to their delivery as part of the local Children's Christmas Gift Program administered by the church.

Program restores hope, reason to believe again

They make Christmas brighter in homes where the holiday season may otherwise be bleak.

Indeed, the local Children's Christmas Gift Program provides a ray of hope for many families who struggle to make ends meet.

Sponsored by Friedens United Church of Christ, the program seeks to restore hope and reason to believe again, said committee member Janice Altrichter, a member of the four-person committee for the past three years. She said many people were involved to ensure the program was a success.

Named Sr. Vice President at Keystone Financial Management

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dale McCandless of Lehighton was recently appointed as Sr. Vice President, Sales & Brokerage for Keystone Financial Management. Based in Allentown, Keystone Financial Management is a regional financial services firm and member of John Hancock Financial Network (JHFN), a national network of independent firms.

Tull's Ian Anderson heads Plasko's Penn's Peak 'Top 10'

Thursday, December 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull had his solo tour stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe in October.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull had his solo tour stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe in October.

It was another busy year for concerts at Penn's Peak.

From classic rock to blues to country to jazz to tribute bands, The Peak had something for everyone in 2010.

Here is a list of the top 10 favorite shows that this reporter caught at The Peak in the past year, not counting the tribute shows. These are primarily on the rock side (sorry, country fans).

1. Ian Anderson (Oct. 24) - Catching the Jethro Tull frontman in an intimate venue is a rare treat, and he responded with a performance spanning his four decades in Tull, as well as his solo works.

Six graduate CCTI Nurse Aid Course

Thursday, December 30, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon Career & Technical Institute Adult Nurse Aide Class graduated six individuals from the program. Members of the class pictured at the school are, left to right : Instructor Colleen Gooch, RN; Marie Lengyel; Samantha Gillen; Amber Stiegerwalt; Patricia Kenny; Patricia Pale; and Tiara Redden. Anyone desiring information about this program can call (570) 325-4140.

Carbon County property transfers

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

Joshua Howard Egan to Kevin Jay Green Jr., 1939 E. Lizard Creek Road, Lehighton, property at 1939 E. Lizard Creek Road, $159,000.

Franklin Township

Michael R. Everett to Michael R. Everett, 3120 Fireline Road, P.O. Box 176, Palmerton, Lot 1, boundary line adjustment, Plan for Carl L. Everett, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Barry T. Phillips Jr. to Mason Realty Company, 101 W. 10th St., Jim Thorpe, property at 425 Oak St., $6,500.

Kidder Township

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Summit Hill

SHCIO to meet

The Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. in the borough hall.

Debra Ranck, president, will be in charge of the session.

New Year's masses

The Rev. James Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, has announced the schedule of masses for the New Year's holiday as follows:

Masses will be celebrated on New Year's Eve, Friday, at 6:30 p.m., and on New Year's Day, Saturday, at 9 a.m.