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December 2010

Penn State Cooperative Ext. to host Nature Start program for children

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Carbon County is offering a Nature Start program for children, ages 5 through 10.

Youth involved in Nature Start will participate in monthly "gatherings," which encourage children to connect with nature through exploration, discovery and fun hands-on educational activities and events. Nature Start programs promote environmental awareness and knowledge of the natural world and are developed to inspire and encourage youth to spend more time outdoors.

Ask Food: Planning makes dinners easier

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Q: When I get home from work I need to get dinner on the table pretty quickly. How can I made this process easier?

A: Sit down once a week and make a menu. Not only will you avoid stress, but you'll have the satisfaction of knowing your meals will be tasty and healthy. Here are our top meal-planning tips:

Ÿ Bookmark recipes you plan to use and put them in a visible place.

Ÿ Vary your menu by making a few favorite dishes that you're comfortable with and a few that are new.

Bears, Lady Raiders in tourney finals

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Allie Updike drives the lane against Anna Baer (55) of Emmaus in a semifinal matchup in the Southern Lehigh Christmas Tournament.
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Allie Updike drives the lane against Anna Baer (55) of Emmaus in a semifinal matchup in the Southern Lehigh Christmas Tournament.

The Pleasant Valley boys and Tamaqua girls advanced to the championship games with wins in their tournament semifinals in local action on Tuesday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Hazleton Cougar Classic

Pleasant Valley-Hazleton

After trailing for three periods, Pleasant Valley saved its best for last and ended up escaping with a 51-47 win over host Hazleton in the Cougar Classic semifinals.

Winner of Weatherly's National Geography Bee announced

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Oliva Sipler, center, is the winner of the National Geography Bee held at Weatherly Middle School earlier this month. From left, Summer Peck, Morgan Mengel, Sipler, Seth Harkins and middle school Principal Sandra Slavick.
Oliva Sipler, center, is the winner of the National Geography Bee held at Weatherly Middle School earlier this month. From left, Summer Peck, Morgan Mengel, Sipler, Seth Harkins and middle school Principal Sandra Slavick.

Olivia Sipler is the winner of the National Geography Bee competition held at Weatherly Middle School on Dec. 15.

This year's competition was the closest race in recent years. As the end of the competition, four students remained in the race to become Weatherly's champion.

New Year's resolutions that won't break the bank

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The new year is a great time to brush off your money-saving skills and start the year with a fresh attitude.

While I pride myself in being frugal, the holidays are a tough time for us. We eat too much, spend too much, and buy odd things at the grocery store because I'm in such a hurry.

TJ&K, A Unique Boutique is welcomed to Northern Lehigh

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left to right, Dan Stephens, President of the Downtown Revitalization Task Force of Northern Lehigh Future Focus and Walter Niedermeyer, Mayor of Slatington, Les Glanz, Chairman of Future Focus and Gerry Fedorcha, Past President of Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, present Kathy Jones, owner and proprietor of TJ& K, A Unique Boutique, with a Welcome Basket, welcoming her and her business to the community. TJ&K offers natural soaps, handcrafted jewelry, wind chimes, singing bowls and so many more items to enhance a sense of peace and well being.

Window smashed on parked vehicle

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident whereby a rear window of a vehicle parked in Upper Milford Township was smashed by vandals.

The victim is Michael J. McGrath, 58, of Zionsville.

He told police someone smashed the window at 6419 Ridge Road between 11 p.m. Dec. 24 and 1:30 a.m. Dec. 25 and fled in an unknown direction.

Car drives under rear of car on I-78

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said Nelson A. Capote, 19, of Wind Gap, will be cited for Motor Vehicle Code violations as a result of an accident at 3:25 p.m. Dec. 24 on Interstate 78 in Weisenberg Township.

Shotgun is taken from motor vehicle

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The theft of a 12-gauge camoflague pump-action shotgun from an unlocked vehicle in Wayne Township, Schuylkill County, is being investigated by state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.

The victim is Charles Ferguson Jr. of Schuylkill Haven.

He told police someone took the gun from his vehicle while it was parked at 11 Earl Ave. in the township between 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and 6 p.m. Dec. 26.

Parryville Council adopts 2011 budget, plans laptop purchases

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Parryville Council formally adopted the 2011 budget on Tuesday night with no tax increase.

Millage will remain at 10.5 mills. For general purposes, residents will be assessed 6.75 mills, street repairs will be two mills, for fire safety purposes, one mill and for street lighting purposes, quarter mill will be assessed.

The borough has a surplus of $4,965, which helped maintain the tax base for 2011 at the same rate. The borough plans to bring in and expend $202,900 in 2011.

Carbon County property transfers

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Robert Bobby to Florence Anna Panzarella, 6 N. Chestnut St., Tresckow, property at 6 N. Chestnut St., $1.

East Penn Township

Mary Haupt to Steven R. Warnkin, 909 W. Sunset Road, Lehighton, property at 905 W. Sunset Road, $1.

Kidder Township

HSBC, U.S.A., to Edward J. Kordalski, Media, Pa., property at 35 Fawn Grove Drive, Albrightsville, $48,500.

Herbert J. Lottier to John C. Dambrosio, Mount Laurel, N.J., property at 9 New Birch St., Lake Harmony, $196,000.

Schuylkill County Court news

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Guilty plea

Lester Fernandez, 31, Mahanoy City, entered a guilty plea to delivery of illegal drugs in Schuylkill County and was sentenced by Judge D. Michael Stine in one of his final action prior to his retirement from the bench Jan. 3 to serve 30 months to 60 months in a state correctional institution, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account and make restitution of $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab and $80 to the Reading State Police Drug Task Force.

Revoke probation

Lady Bulldogs win Indian Holiday Classic

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
bob ford/times news Palmerton's Kelsey Hay (left) and Northern Lehigh's Tina Bastardi battle for possession of the ball.
bob ford/times news Palmerton's Kelsey Hay (left) and Northern Lehigh's Tina Bastardi battle for possession of the ball.

It was a no-brainer for Northern Lehigh coach Dave Oertner.

With his top two players in serious foul trouble early in the game, Oertner never thought about pulling them out of the game.

Instead of changing players, Oertner simply changed defenses.

Both decisions worked to perfection.

Led by foul-plagued Aimee Oertner and Sonya Josephson, Northern Lehigh defeated Palmerton, 44-31, in the championship game of the Lady Indian Holiday Classic on Tuesday.

Two Lehigh County men face charges

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said two men who became involved in a physical altercation at 7:48 p.m. Dec. 25 in Lower Macungie Township have been cited for harassment.

Police said the incident happened at Hamilton Boulevard and Krocks Road when Kyle Weaver, 37, of Wescosville, and Stephen Hillegass, 44, of Macungie, exited their vehicles and fought in the roadway.

Bulldogs capture Rotary Tournament

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
bob ford/times news Jordan Waylen (right) of Northern Lehigh takes the ball to the basket against Jim Thorpe's P.J. Johnson.
bob ford/times news Jordan Waylen (right) of Northern Lehigh takes the ball to the basket against Jim Thorpe's P.J. Johnson.

Just when Northern Lehigh needed him the most, Jordan Waylen was there to save the game.

Then again, perhaps 'steal the game' would be a better choice of words.

With Jim Thorpe closing the cap on the Bulldogs' lead midway through the fourth quarter, Waylen stepped up and showed why he is an early-season favorite for Player of the Year. The senior made two steals and converted on three lay-ups in the last few minutes of the 29th annual Slatington Rotary Basketball Tournament championship game and helped his Bulldogs to a 56-40 victory.

Schuylkill Haven man facing charge

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A domestic argument that turned physical landed a Schuylkill Haven man in prison, according to state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.

Police said they arraigned Allen Enders, 47, on a charge of simple assault. District Justice David Plachko set bail at $10,000.

The incident happened at 9:36 p.m. Dec. 27 at 1074 Rock Road in Washington Township.

The victim is Stephanie Enders, 29.

Wescosville man is facing charges

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Herbert Seth Lenhart, 51, of Wescosville, is facing numerous charges as a result of an accident and disturbance at 1:48 a.m. Dec. 24 in the 100 block of Grenge Road in Lower Macungie Township.

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, public drunkenness and related traffic offenses.

Coaldale trims tax hike to 2 mills

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Coaldale Borough Council on Tuesday adopted a 2011 budget fueled by a trimmed-down property tax increase of 2 mills.

The proposed budget had called for a 2.5 mill increase.

The additional 2 mill levy brings the tax rate from 20.54 to 22.54 mills.

That means the owner of a home assessed for taxes at $25,000 will pay $563.50 in property tax next year. That's $50 more than this year's bill.

The spending plan anticipates about $1.5 million in expenses. Each mill generates about $20,000.

17-year-old facing alcohol charges

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said a 17-year-old boy from Zionsville who required hospital treatment because of consumption of alcohol will be arrested for underage drinking.

Police said they were called at 12:40 a.m. Dec. 26 to Lower Milford Township where the boy was out of control and intoxicated. Police said they eventually had to take the boy to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, for treatment.

Emmaus woman charged in Lehigh

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Geraldine M. Kohan of Emmaus has been charged by state polilce at the Fogelsville barracks with simple assault.

Police said the arrest stems from an incident that happened at 9:22 p.m. Dec. 24 at 4839 Canterbury Drive, Lower Macungie Township.

It is alleged she struck Danette Andrea Kohan of Longwood, Fla., in the neck.

A look at Pleasant Valley through her superintendents' eyes

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, two former Pleasant Valley School District superintendents, Dr. John Nye and Dr. Frank Pullo and present superintendent, Dr. Douglas Arnold, met with PVHS students for a question-and-answer session as part of the school's 50th anniversary celebration activities.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, two former Pleasant Valley School District superintendents, Dr. John Nye and Dr. Frank Pullo and present superintendent, Dr. Douglas Arnold, met with PVHS students for a question-and-answer session as part of the school's 50th anniversary celebration activities.

Pleasant Valley School District is celebrating 50 years since its consolidation, 1960-61 to 2010-2011, which is credited to John C. Mills.

As part of the district's yearlong celebration, a panel of the district's past superintendents and present superintendent, Dr. Douglas Arnold, was held in the high school's new auditorium. Of the five men who have sat in that chair, only Dr. John Nye (1974-1988), Dr. Frank Pullo (1995-2007) and Dr. Arnold (2007-) attended. Mills, PV's first superintendent from 1970-1974, died in 1991, and Ken Reid (1988 to1995) could not attend due to illness.

Towamensing Twp. officials want dry hydrant installed

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A request to install a dry hydrant near the Pine Run area of Beltzville State Park was discussed as the Towamensing Township supervisors held their end-of-year meeting on Dec. 27.

Richard Bachert of the Towamensing Fire Company talked to supervisor Tom Newman about the matter and Fire chief Wayne Knirnschild reportedly agreed to the request.

The park manager said he would have to clear it with the Army Corps of Engineers, so Newman went and talked to the Army Corps directly.

Earmarks

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tighter restrictions needed on spending

Imagine going to work and put in a memo that you need a half-million dollars for the study of cool season legumes (foods such as beans, lentils, and peanuts), or $2.5 million to redevelop your historic downtown area with the money also purchasing trash cans and bike racks.

That seems to be the way it's done by some lawmakers. These are called "earmark requests" and for Fiscal Year 2011, earmark requests in the U.S. House and Senate total a whopping $130.6 billion.

McCann School Hazleton campus holds graduation

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS McCann School of Business and Technology, Hazleton Campus, held commencement exercises for its December, 2010 graduating class on Dec. 22 at Genetti's Motor Lodge.
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS McCann School of Business and Technology, Hazleton Campus, held commencement exercises for its December, 2010 graduating class on Dec. 22 at Genetti's Motor Lodge.

McCann School of Business and Technology, Hazleton Campus, held commencement exercises for its December, 2010 graduating class on Dec. 22 at Genetti's Motor Lodge.

A total of 46 students received degrees during the ceremony.

Graduates included the following:

Accounting - Cynthia J. Bankes (co-valedictorian), Carolona Croshaw Smith (co-valedictorian), Madeline DelaRosa, Margaret M. Cadau, Moises Espinal.

Adminstrative Office Technology - Leila M. Pendal, Brad A. Petritsch.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 29, 2004 Danny Miller scores a game-high 26 points, including 17 in the first half, to help Lehighton earn a 79-65 win over Palmerton in the consolation game of the Slatington Rotary Christmas Tournament. The Indians, coached by Cas Kasciolek, open up the contest with a 21-10 third quarter. Trevor Miller contributes 12 points to the winning cause while Jarrod Troutman and Nate Freeman each finish with 11.

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.

Chestnuthill Column

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Celebrating

the holidays

The Western Pocono Lioness Club held its December meeting/holiday party at the American Legion Post home in Gilbert, Dec. 21.

Among the activities was a gift exchange game some call: "Now you have it, now you don't," and charades dealing with holiday songs and movies. Refreshments included a variety of treats.

The group will not meet again until Feb. 22, weather permitting.

An upcoming event in which the club will participate is Pleasant Valley School District's A Night of Unity, set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2.

More than 40 people donate blood in honor of Brian Snyder

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Quint Snyder, left; and his wife, Virginia Snyder of Palmerton, right, are assisted with their first blood donation by Miller-Keystone phlebotomist Francesca Malone. The blood drive was held at Country Inn and Suites, Lehighton, in honor of Brian Snyder, who has a rare form of cancer.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Quint Snyder, left; and his wife, Virginia Snyder of Palmerton, right, are assisted with their first blood donation by Miller-Keystone phlebotomist Francesca Malone. The blood drive was held at Country Inn and Suites, Lehighton, in honor of Brian Snyder, who has a rare form of cancer.

Family and friends of Brian Snyder of Palmerton came together Tuesday to take part in a Miller-Keystone Blood Drive in honor of him. The blood drive was organized by his sister, Roseann Lesher, and was held at Country Inn and Suites, 1619 Interchange Road, Lehighton. Lesher and her husband, Fred, are owners of the hotel. More than 40 people took part in the drive.

His sister said that the Brian's illness has taken a toll on him and the entire family. Back in September, he was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer, Philamorphic Lipo Sarcoma, which is a cancer of the soft tissue.

Tamaqua sets Christmas tree collection, snow removal rules

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Borough of Tamaqua has announced its Christmas tree collection guidelines as well as regulations for snow removal.

The Tamaqua Street Department will be collecting Christmas trees throughout the month of January.

Residents should place their trees at the curb for pickup on their garbage collection day. The street department will check each street on garbage days and collect trees as time and weather permits.

Christmas trees must be free of tinsel and other decorations.

No trees will be collected after January 31, 2011.

Retail theft cases are investigated

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said they were summoned to the Wal-mart store in Lower Macungie Township three different times before Christmas to investigate shoplifting incidents.

Police said at 4 p.m. Dec. 23, Isiah Manns-Atkinson, 22, of Allentown, was caught trying to leave the store without paying for $119 worth of merchandise.

At 1:40 p.m. Dec. 24, Barry Wayne Brown, 34, of Allentown, was apprehended as he tried to leave the store without paying for $12.97 worth of items.

Bath man facing drunk driving charge

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks report that charges of driving under the influence of alcohol are pending against John William Havassy, 59, of Bath, as a result of an incident at 9;30 p.m. dec. 25.

Police said he was driving in the area of Kunkletown Road and Birch Lane in Eldred Township, Monroe County, when he failed to yield to emergency lights and a siren for about two miles.

He was stopped and found to be under the influence of alcohol.