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December 2010

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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.

Repeat special for Remaley

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Repeat special for Remaley
Copyright 2010

After his record setting junior season, Northern Lehigh's Cody Remaley knew it would be difficult for a repeat performance in 2010. His team graduated its entire offensive line and teammate Jake Kern was emerging as playmaker who would share the offensive load with Remaley.

Tamaqua swim team aids Toys For Tots drive

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Members of the Tamaqua Area High School Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving teams recently collected over 60 toys for the local Toys For Tots drive to assist children that are less fortunate.

The Tamaqua Swimming/Diving team is coached by Eric Lech.

Sexual assault hearing for father, daughter continued

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A preliminary hearing for a father and daughter charged with sexual assault on a female family member has been continued.

Michael Steven Taschler, 79, of Covered Bridge Road, Kunkletown, and Debbie Lynn Green, 39, of Avenue A, Palmerton were scheduled today to go before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

But, their hearings have been continued until 10:30 a.m. Jan. 19. Taschler and Green remain free in lieu of $200,000 unsecured bail.

Area residents among defendants placed in Schuylkill ARD program

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Five area people were among 38 who were admitted into the ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitated Disposition) Program, Tuesday afternoon at the Schuylkill County Courthouse. The program is reserved for first offenders who committed non-violent crimes and by accepting the terms imposed by a judge they can clear their criminal record by completing the sentence. Distirct Attorney James P. Goodman made the motion to admit them into the program which was granted by President Judge William E. Baldwin who imposed the sentences as follows:

FBLA holds 'Sockvember' at Marian

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Marian chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America held a fundraiser during the month of November. The entire school was encouraged to participate in a competition among classes to see who could donate the most socks, hats, gloves, and/or scarves. It was called "Sockvember" and the proceeds were donated to United Charities, West Hazleton. Each week was broken into a "quarter" of a football game with weekly announcements about the progress. Pictured from left to right: Maryangla Schell, Kathleen Reilly, Rachel Krajcirik, Hilary Furmanchin, Jessica Horlacher, and Emily Burger.

Hand guns stolen from Monroe store

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are investigating a burglary that was reported at 2:23 a.m. Dec. 29 in Brodheadsville.

Police said someone forcibly entered the American Sport Shooting Store, Rt. 209, and removed several hand guns.

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.

Tom J. Gerhard candidate for Carbon commissioner

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tom J. Gerhard
Tom J. Gerhard

Tom J. Gerhard, a resident of Packer Township, will seek his first term to the office of Carbon County Commissioner on the Republican ticket.

Born and raised in Packer Township, Weatherly, Gerhard is the son of Tom C., who served for 12 years as Carbon County Commissioner before retiring in 2003 and Elizabeth (Kovalick) Gerhard, Weatherly. He is a graduate of Weatherly Area High School in 1974.

Schuylkill County Court news

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Reduces bail

Modification of bail was granted to Joseph James Yuelling, Shenandoah, by Judge Stine with certain stipulations. He must secure a bed at the Salvation Army, Harrisburg, while receiving impatient treatment at another facility. He cannot relocate without court permission. Baill was modified to $2,500 unsecured bail. Yuelling was charged by Trooper Michael Breznik with crimiinal trespass, simple assaut and terroristic threats.

Files for divorce

Baby Boom generation

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The number of births per thousand people in the United States. The blue segment is defined as the Baby Boom by the United States government.
The number of births per thousand people in the United States. The blue segment is defined as the Baby Boom by the United States government.

The Age of Aquarius meets the age of retirement

In 2011, the leading edge of the Baby Boom generation reaches its 65th birthday – the age of Aquarius meets the age of retirement.

The Baby Boomers are people who were born between the end of World War II in 1946, and the popularization of the birth control pill in 1964. An estimated 76 million Americans who were born during this period that the Bureau of the Census' calls the "demographic birth boom."

After hovering at around 2.8 million annual U.S. births during the WWII years, births climbed to 3.5 million in 1946, rocketing to a peak of 3.9 million in 1947.

Lansford man charged in incident

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Lansford man was charged with disorderly conduct following an incident that took place in Summit Hill.

According to Summit Hill police, at 6:30 p.m., on Dec. 14, police received a call about a disturbance at 30 W. Holland St. They learned that Joshua Berko, 22, of 263 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, caused the disturbance at the residence.

2 escape injuries in Schuylkill crash

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A driver and his passenger escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Dec. 27 at 1:05 p.m. along State Route 901 in Cass Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Brett Morton, 23, of Sunbury, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier south on Rt. 901 when he lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a left curve in the roadway. The vehicle struck a utility pole with its rear end and came to rest on the eastern berm of the road, facing northeast.

The passenger was Cortni-Starr Pezola, 25.

Carbon County property transfers

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Tax Claim Bureau of Carbon County to All State Asset Management, Inc., 1933 State Rt. 903, Jim Thorpe, property at 54 Broad St., $37,400.

Franklin Township

Ella L. Cox to Ella L. Cox, 145 Cedar St., Lehighton, property at 110 E. Third St., $1.

Glen A. Haydt to Jeffrey E. Zakrewski, 226 Malibu Drive, Lehighton, property at 226 Malibu Drive, $260,000.

Jim Thorpe

Michael Herishko to Terrill J. McLean, 74 White Birch Drive, Jim Thorpe, property at 336 South Ave., $41,800.

Kidder Township

Rep. Heffley to open district office in Lehighton on Jan. 5

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rep.-elect Doyle M. Heffley (R-Carbon) will be opening his first district office on Wednesday, Jan. 5, in the Lehighton Borough Annex (former Lehighton High School), second floor, 110 N. Third St., Lehighton, Pa. 18235.

"I want to ensure residents of the 122nd District that I will have my district office open as soon as possible to help with any questions that may have concerning state government or the legislature," said Heffley. "I plan to hold office hours or set up satellite offices across Carbon County so I can be available to the residents I serve."

Nothstein seeks fourth term as Carbon commissioner

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Wayne Nothstein
Wayne Nothstein

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, entering his 12th year as a county commissioner, has announced his candidacy for re-election on the Republican ticket.

Nothstein is a 1967 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and a 1981 graduate of Northampton Area Community College with an associate degree in applied science.

He was previously employed by BOC Industrial Gases in Bethlehem for 23 years and was a shop steward for Teamsters union 773 before the plant closed in 1996.

Kids day at McDonald's

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kids Day was held at McDonald's in Nesquehoning for all children up to the age of 18. Free happy Meals were given as well as book bags, cups, and bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste and candy and so forth. Pastor Mike Netznik of Meed's United Methodist Church, was the originator of the project (seated right). Looking on is Father Anthony Drouncheck, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church along with Ronald McDonald and the Shreffler sisters, Hunter, Hilary, Hannah, and Hailey seated around the table.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kids Day was held at McDonald's in Nesquehoning for all children up to the age of 18. Free happy Meals were given as well as book bags, cups, and bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste and candy and so forth. Pastor Mike Netznik of Meed's United Methodist Church, was the originator of the project (seated right). Looking on is Father Anthony Drouncheck, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church along with Ronald McDonald and the Shreffler sisters, Hunter, Hilary, Hannah, and Hailey seated around the table.

Need a New Year's resolution?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
@$:AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tim Kocher, certified fitness professional and manager at Healthworks Health and Wellness Center, measures the waist of one of the gym's members. Healthworks is again hosting the Biggest Winner contest as a way to motivate area residents to make healthier choices and exercise regularly.
@$:AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tim Kocher, certified fitness professional and manager at Healthworks Health and Wellness Center, measures the waist of one of the gym's members. Healthworks is again hosting the Biggest Winner contest as a way to motivate area residents to make healthier choices and exercise regularly.

'Biggest winner' contest aims to help change people's lives

Want to lose weight, gain confidence and be healthier overall?

If so, then the fourth annual Biggest Winner contest could help change your life.

Blue Mountain Health System's fitness center, Healthworks Health and Wellness Center, located in the Carbon Plaza Mall, Lehighton, is hosting the annual event as a way to promote choosing healthy food and becoming more physically active. The contest runs from Jan. 2, 2011 through April 2, 2011.

Driver to be cited in Schuylkill crash

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ronald L. Stump Jr., 28, of Gordon, will be cited by state police at the Frackville barracks for driving on roadways laned for traffic as a result of a one-car crash Dec. 28 at 8:25 a.m. on Route 4007 (Gordon Mountain Road) in Cass Township.

Police said he was driving a 2000 Ford Contour south when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to travel to the right and go off the roadway where its passenger's side front end impacted an embankment.

The driver was not injured.

Carbon County Court news

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Municipal liens

Penn Forest Township has filed a number of municipal liens against owners of properties in the township that have failed to pay their 2010 garbage bills. In each of the liens, the judgment is in the amount of $168.90, including a bill of $125 and fees of $43.90.

An easy souffle that won't deflate your ego

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
AP PHOTO Chocolate bourbon butterscotch souffles are designed to be easy to make, sturdy enough to serve without stress and will make you look like a kitchen wizard.
AP PHOTO Chocolate bourbon butterscotch souffles are designed to be easy to make, sturdy enough to serve without stress and will make you look like a kitchen wizard.

Nothing is more indulgent, more impressive or more intimidating than a souffle.

If they aren't mixed perfectly and folded gently, they don't rise. If you look at them the wrong way, they collapse. And then when you finally nail it and it comes out perfectly, how do you get it to the table without complete deflation? Of your souffle and your ego.

Our version has you covered. This is a sturdy souffle that will buy you the sort of wiggle room you need to ensure great results.

PIAA Football Officiating 101

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

LCCC offers referee class

Prepare to pass the PIAA high school football exam in a 15-hour course being offered at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) over 10 weeks.

This is the ideal class for both men and women with no previous experience necessary. You will learn and develop the knowledge needed to work as a paid and certified PIAA football official.

Course content includes

Role of officials – Preparation and conduct

Officiating uniform – Officiating Philosophies

Dealing with coaches and parents

The game, field and players

Terms and definitions

Carbon United Goblets gain LVYSL U12 title

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Carbon United Goblets gain LVYSL U12 title
Copyright 2010

The Goblets captured the Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League U12 Girls' 2010 championships. A party was hosted in the Goblets honor and the girls were presented with jackets and trophies for their accomplishment.

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.