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December 2010

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

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Assumpsit complaint

Oliphant Financial, LLC, Sarasota, Fla., has filed a complaint in assumpsit against Terry Petitto, 119 Eliot lane, P.O. Box 248, Albrightsville, seeking the sum of $1,141.98 plus applicable costs, interest and attorney's fees.

The plaintiff contends it is a debt buyer that holds a promissory note signed by the defendant in which the latter agreed to pay costs associated with valuable considerations it received. Oliphant says the defendant has not made a payment on the account since Dec. 18, 2009.

Credit defaults

Rush, Tamaqua Elementary hold holiday program

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Elementary school students from Tamaqua and Rush Township held their annual Holiday Christmas show Thursday in the gym of the Tamaqua Elementary School. Each grade performed musical skits or sang songs in front of all the other students, teachers and attending parents. Elvis Santa also made a surprise visit. Teachers Tim Murphy and Jeff Reading play the characters of "My Two Front Teeth" during one of the skits done during the holiday program.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Elementary school students from Tamaqua and Rush Township held their annual Holiday Christmas show Thursday in the gym of the Tamaqua Elementary School. Each grade performed musical skits or sang songs in front of all the other students, teachers and attending parents. Elvis Santa also made a surprise visit. Teachers Tim Murphy and Jeff Reading play the characters of "My Two Front Teeth" during one of the skits done during the holiday program.

Stolen vehicle recovered locally

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks said a 2002 Artic Cat that was reported stolen has been recovered.

The vehicle, owned by Martin Beers, 82, of Pen Argyl, was found along Old Route 115 in Ross Township at 4 p.m. Dec. 19.

Police said the theft of the vehicle is being investigated by the Plainfield Township Police Department.

Polk Township home is burglarized

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 5:05 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at a residence in Polk Township.

The victim is Phyllis V. Wandell, 83, of Kunkletown, who resides along Shafer Drive in the township.

Police said someone forced their way into the home through a rear door and once inside proceeded to ransack the entire residence. The actor(s) removed jewelry before fleeing the scene.

Wreckers, Lady Panthers suffer setbacks

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Weatherly boys and Panther Valley girls both dropped basketball tournament games on Monday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tom Fenney TourneyWeatherly-Lack. Trail

The Wreckers had their hands full on the holidays, as they dropped a 63-26 decision to Lackawanna Trail in the opening night of the Tom Feeney Tournament.

The locals were outscored 43-9 by halftime, as LT cruised the remainder of the way for the non-league win.

Leading the winners in scoring were David Boslough and Steve Miller with 14 points apiece.

A new year extravaganza

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Activities will abound in Little Gap this weekend

Patrons who celebrate the new year at the Covered Bridge Inn in Little Gap can have three times the fun.

That's because the authentic American Tavern located at the base of the Blue Mountain Ski Area will sponsor a three-day New Year's Eve celebration Thursday through Saturday.

Ron Gilbert, owner, said the tavern's dark wood trim, pressed tin ceiling, and friendly atmosphere next to the twinkling lights of the ski slopes should provide the perfect setting to ring in the New Year.

Frozen feelings

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Next time there's a blizzard, call Ed Rendell

Although most of our immediate area was spared the heavy snowfall of the post-Christmas storm that charged into the Northeast last weekend, New York City and other points along the coast certainly took a pounding. One weather expert likened it to a category 2 or 3 hurricane, since the system brought together the necessary ingredients of heavy snow and high winds.

Washing machine stolen in Lehigh Co.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating the theft of a washing machine from a property at 2501 Golden Key Road, Weisenberg Township.

The incident happened between 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Dec. 21.

The victim is Leroy Hahn, 25, of Weisenberg Township.

Police are probing Monroe burglary

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a burglary that was reported at noon Dec. 23 in Ross Township, Monroe County.

The victim is David G. Spadoni, 56, of 5579C Woodhaven Drive, Saylorsburg.

Polilce did not provide any other information about the case, which they also are calling a theft.

Beta Sigma Phi donates to Tamaqua Library, Mission in Haiti, and Trinity Food Bank

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Alpha Theta Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority donated $250 to both the Tamaqua Library and a mission in Haiti. They also donated $200 to the Trinity Food Bank. Pictured from left are Tamaqua Library Director Gayle Heath, sorority members Edie Hoffman, Marilyn Felsoci, Sister Lisa Valentini representing the Missionary of the Sacred Heart, and sorority member Priscilla Hosak.

Part 2: Shoulder problems common for seniors

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Editor's note: This is the second of two columns on shoulder problems.

The shoulder is made up of three bones: the collarbone, the shoulder blade and the upper arm bone. The shoulder is the body's most movable joint. It is also unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. The unstable shoulder is held in place by soft tissue: muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Schuylkill man escapes injury in accident

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Schuylkill County man was uninjured in an accident that occurred around 10:57 a.m. Dec.17.

Schuylkill Haven Police said Haley G. Sippel, 18, of Friedensburg, was traveling east on Panther Valley Road in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, when the collision occurred as Sippel was exiting a left curve and lost control of his 2001 Oldsmobile Alero.

The vehicle struck an embankment with its right front corner bumper and began to spin clockwise. The vehicle came to rest facing southeast after it sustained damage to the front two front tires and left rear tire.

Hrin-Solt

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Reneé Hrin and Joe Solt
Reneé Hrin and Joe Solt

The engagement of Reneé Hrin of Philadelphia, to Joe Solt of Lehighton, has been announced by their families.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of George Hrin and the late Mary Jane Hrin, both of Philadelphia. She is a 1987 graduate of Archbishop Ryan High School; a 1992 graduate from Holy Family University; and a 2003 graduate of Lehigh University, where she earned a master's degree in molecular biology. She is currently employed at Merck & Company, in West Point, Pa. as an HIV researcher.

Mahoning Township crash

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

A Lehighton woman escaped serious injury Monday morning when her car impacted with and snapped off a utility pole along state route 902 in Mahoning Township. The woman was traveling east when she apparently lost control of her car and struck the pole. Utility wires came down within inches off the roadway, while the pole was left swinging in the heavy winds. Responding was the Mahoning Township Fire Company. Mahoning Township police are investigating the mishap. The roadway was closed for several hours.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center announces upcoming blood drives

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced upcoming blood drives for the first month of 2011.

They include:

Ÿ Sunday, Jan. 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Zion United Church of Christ, 225 Iron St, Lehighton, call Judy Greig at (610) 577-5040.

Ÿ Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Luke's Miner's Memorial, 360 W. Ruddle St, Coaldale, contact Bill Paslawsky at (570) 645-8222.

Ÿ Monday, Jan. 17, from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Slatington American Legion, 510 Main St, Slatington, PA; call Gary Levan at (610) 395-5696.

Vehicle forces car off Monroe roadway

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are investigating a two-vehicle crash whereby one vehicle, traveling in the wrong lane of traffic, forced the other vehicle off the road.

The incident happened at 9:10 p.m. Dec. 21 on Deibert Drive, near Balson Drive, in Chestnuthill Township.

15 admitted to ARD program

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Carbon County Court Judge Steven R. Serfass on Monday admitted 15 people into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program. The program is for first-time offenders charged with non-violent crimes who waive their right to a trial. In turn, they are placed on probation and may have their records cleared once they complete the program.

Arrested for drugs

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Summit Hill man was arrested following a discovery of marijuana at his residence.

Son and father fight on Christmas eve

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said a son and father, both from Port Clinton, were imprisoned after a fight they had on Christmas Eve at the father's home in Port Clinton.

As a result of the melee, Codey Himmelberger, 22, and Bradley Himmelberger, 41, were committed to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville.

Lehigh County mailboxes entered

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A criminal mischief incident that happened between 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and 8:15 a.m. Dec. 25 at an apartment community in the area of Cold Spring Road, Lower Macungie Township, is being investigated by state police at the Fogelsville barracks.

Police said Bruce Stuckel, 69, a community board member, reported multiple mailboxes were broken into during the above times.

Indiana man jailed after incident

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

James R. Adkins, 40, of Indianapolis, Ind., was committed to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville following his arraignment on Dec. 26 after an incident in Cressona.

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said he was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment after the incident at 10:13 p.m. at 161 Railroad Street.

Police said the victim is Laura M. Adkins, 38, of Cressona.

Registration plate stolen from trailer

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the theft of a registration plate in the Eldo Lakes development, Polk Township, Monroe County.

The incident was reported to have happened on Dec. 4.

The victim is a 53-year-old male. Police said he notices the plate was removed from a trailer at his property. The plate bears the registration XFR-7822.

Little towns of Christmas

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Miniature lighted displays of holiday towns are a common site during the holidays, such as is this one done by Patricia Eisenberg and on display at the Tamaqua Library.

On this date

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

December 28, 1962

Rev. Francis Marzen, Pearl City, Hawaii, a native of Jim Thorpe and a son of Mrs. Frank Marzen who now resides with a son, Joseph, in Annandale, Va., and the late Mr. Marzen, has been named a monsignor, it was announced today. Father Marzen serves as a rector of Mother of Good Counsel Church in Hawaii and is editor of the deacon newspaper, The Catholic Herald. The investiture ceremony will take place Jan. 1 in Hawaii.

Driver is cited after Carbon crash

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said John J. Silny, 19, of Jim Thorpe, was arrested after a two-vehicle crash Dec. 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Old Stage and Stony Mountain roads in Penn Forest Township.

Police said he was driving a 1998 Mercury Mystique west on Old Stage Road and was traveling too fast to negotiate a right curve. The vehicle went out of control and began to slide off the road.

Jewelry, quarters taken in break-in

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 8:10 and 11:45 a.m. Dec. 22 at a residence in Ross Township.

The victims are Jodi and William Dannels, 5598 Mt. Eaton Road, Saylorsburg.

Police said someone forced their way into the home via a rear door and proceeded to remove several pieces of jewelry and a jar of quarters from the bedroom of the home.

ADDITION: PV DARE essay winner

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

In a photo that ran in the TIMES NEWS on Dec. 22, Michelle Refsnider, a student at Panther Valley Elementary School, was not listed as one of the essay winners for PV's DARE graduation. Refsnider was also named a first place winner in the DARE essay contest and received a PlayStation 3, donated by Kovatch Corporation.

TD Bank is cited for false alarms

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State police at the Fogelsville reported a Lehigh County business has been cited for disorderly conduct as a result of repeated false alarms.

Police said the last incident happened at 8:41 p.m. Nov. 4 at TD Bank, 5980 Hamilton Blvd., Lower Macungie Township.

The citation was issued, police said, because the bank had multiple false alarms take place within a 12-month period.

Lansford man, 40 charged in assault

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Lansford man will likely be eating Christmas dinner in jail.

Andrew Tyahla Sr., 40, of 347 W. Bertsch St., was charged by Officer Brian Zulic after an incident at Tyahla's house at 11:38 p.m. Dec 22. Tyahla is charged with one count each of simple assault and persistent disorderly conduct, and three summary offenses of disorderly conduct, harassment and public drunkenness. He was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis, Jim Thorpe, and jailed under $20,000 percentage bail.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened: