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