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December 2010

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

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
Lehighton's Anthony Farole (top) tries to take down Bound Brook's Merrick Ash in their 145-pound semifinal bout. Farole won 5-3 in overtime to reach the championship bout.
Lehighton's Anthony Farole (top) tries to take down Bound Brook's Merrick Ash in their 145-pound semifinal bout. Farole won 5-3 in overtime to reach the championship bout.

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 InternetSafety.com shows the Safe Eyes product. Dan Nainan can't trust himself to work at his computer without clicking on distractions, so he uses Safe Eyes, an Internet-blocking program, to shut down his Web access for two-hour blocks twice a day so he can get his work done. (AP Photo/InternetSafety.com) NO SALES
This product image courtesy of InternetSafety.com shows the Safe Eyes product. Dan Nainan can't trust himself to work at his computer without clicking on distractions, so he uses Safe Eyes, an Internet-blocking program, to shut down his Web access for two-hour blocks twice a day so he can get his work done. (AP Photo/InternetSafety.com) 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.

Store employee to be arrested

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said a female employee of the Dries Do It Center, Lower Macungie Township, will be cited for theft by deception as a result of incidents that happened between Dec. 1-22 at the store.

Police said the woman took numerous invoices and marked them as returned to make them look like the customer brought back the merchandise. The woman then pocketed the cash that amounted to $428.51, police said.