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December 2010

Drivers are needed to assist veterans

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Volunteer drivers are needed to help provide transportation for veterans as part of the Veterans Administration Medical Center Transportation Network.

Henry Desrosiers, Carbon County's director of veterans affairs, said he is hopeful to get the public involved in this volunteer program that can be of tremendous assistance to veterans from Carbon County.

Rescue

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Bilardo of Jim Thorpe is removed from the Lehighton paramedic unit in preparation to be flown by the Penn Star helicopter to a Lehigh Valley trauma center.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Bilardo of Jim Thorpe is removed from the Lehighton paramedic unit in preparation to be flown by the Penn Star helicopter to a Lehigh Valley trauma center.

Man falls 50 feet at Glen Onoko, survives

Jim Thorpe resident Robert Bilardo was airlifted to St. Luke Hospital's Bethlehem Campus Tuesday evening after sustaining injuries during an ill-fated hike on the Glen Onoko Falls.

Bilardo fell from a height of roughly 50 feet into the waters of the creek at the bottom of the falls, according to published reports. He struck his head upon impact, lacerating the right side.

Fellow hiker Kris Cozad called out for assistance, and was helped by John Spanogle, a trained EMT, and other hikers. The men on the scene called police around 2:30 p.m.

Church burglary under probe

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 3 p.m. Dec. 27 and 1 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Schuyulkill C hristian Church, Rt. 183, Wayne Township.

Police said someone used a piece of PVC piping to shatter a window along the rear portion of the church, opening the window to gain entry to the building.

Police said nothing was stolen by the intruder(s).

'Little Fockers' small on humor

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"Little Fockers" is a well-intentioned comedy that, true to its title, lands the little laughs, if not the big ones.

The title refers to the girl and boy twins of Gaylord "Greg" Focker (Ben Stiller) and his wife, Pam (Teri Polo). In the storyline for the movie, the children are not much more than titular.

The third installment is more about the "Big Fockers," mainly Greg and his father-in-law, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), and their control, as well as their out-of-control, issues.

Police investigate interstate accident

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks investigated a one-vehicle accident Dec. 26 at 5:45 p.m. on Interstate 80 in Kidder Township.

Police did not reveal the name of the driver, but said a 2005 Mitsubishi Montero was traveling east when the operator lost control of the vehicle because he was driving too fast for the snowy conditions.

The vehicle traveled onto the south side of the roadway and struck a tree with its left rear end.

Police said the driver will be cited.

There were no injuries in the crash.

Six area wrestlers reach semifinals

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic is usually a gauge for AA schools when they get thrown into the mix of one of the nation's top holiday tournaments. For Northwestern, Northern Lehigh and Lehighton, the gauge was met after the first day of competition at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium.

Teen driver charged with harassment

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A 16-year-old female from Lansford was charged with harassment after she was seen driving too close to another motorist.

According to Summit Hill police, on Dec. 11, at 11:04 p.m., police received a call from a motorist that said they were being followed closely by another motorist. Police responded to an area where they told the motorist to go, and observed the vehicle, driven by the juvenile, following closely to the motorist who called in the complaint.

Property transfers recorded in Schuylkill County

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Deeds recorded

Property transfers recorded at the Schuylkill County Courthouse were as follows:

Shawn E. Gilbert to James T. and Helene M. Richmond, tract containing 1.148 acres at 47 Tamanend Road, Rush Township, $155,000.

Gary P. Seladonis, as executor of the estate of Anna Seladonis, late of Tamaqua, to Gary P. Seladonis, Allentown; William E. Seladonos, Tamaqua and Beverly A. Seladonis Magelnicki, Saint Petersburg, Florida, property at 6 South Lehigh Street, Tamaqua, $1 (full consideration $11,000).

Driver is facing DUI charges

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

State police at the Frackville barracks said driving under the influence of alcohol charges are pending against Michael A. Wilson, 35, of Girardville, as a result of a one-vehicle crash at 4:05 a.m. Dec. 29 at Second and A streets in Girardville.

Tamaqua column

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

St. Jerome's Church

St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church, West Broad Street, will hold Mass on New Year's Eve, Friday, Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. and on New Year's Day, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at 9 a.m.

The Sunday Mass schedule for this weekend will remain the same, with the Vigil Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon and Masses at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The parish office will be closed on Friday for the New Year's holiday. It will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 at 9 a.m.

SS. Peter and Paul

On this date

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 29, 1988

Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton and Good Samaritan Hospital in Pottsville have announced plans to establish an Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance service for Carbon and Schuylkill Counties. Ambulance units, manned and equipped to provide pre-hospital emergency care, will be based at both hospitals. The ALS ambulance service will be established with a $336,500 grant provided by the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust.

Frosty is stolen in Schuylkill Co.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A four-foot plastic Frosty the Snowman decoration was stolen from a property in Porter Township, Schuylkill County, state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks reported.

The incident happened between 10:30 and 10:45 p.m. Dec. 26.

The victim is Julianne Reiner, 42, of Tower City. She told police someone took the decorations from in front of her residence at 460 Dietrich Ave.

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.