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December 2010

Stunned that county employees received raise

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

I was stunned to read in your Friday, Dec. 17, issued that the Carbon County Retirement Board voted to give county employees a 90 percent cost of living raise on pension checks based on the Consumer Price Index.

Lansford considers bankruptcy

Friday, December 31, 2010

Adopts budget that includes a 3.06 mill property tax hike

Lansford Borough is in such dire financial straits that its council on Thursday considered asking the state for help in filing for bankruptcy.

After much discussion, council decided against the bankruptcy move, initiated by Councilman Tommy Vadyak, at least for now. It did, however, adopt a 2011 budget that carries a 3.06 mill property tax increase, froze additional purchases (except for emergencies), voted to pay the $275,333 in bills it owes "as money becomes available," and borrowed money from its sewer transmission account – already $97,993 in the red – to pay wages.

Lansford Legion donates to fire company

Friday, December 31, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured during the check presentations are, from front left, Lansford Fire Company firefighter Jason Diehl, Lansford Fire Company President Chris Aungst, Lansford American Legion Commander Jack Anderson, Lansford Ambulance Chief Tom "Starchy" Staruch, Lansford Police Officer Joshua Tom. From back left are Lansford American Legion Vice Commander Dave Padora, Lansford American Legion Home Association President Tim Midas, Lansford Sons of the American Legion Commander John Dolena, and Lansford American Legion 2nd Vice Commander Bill Coll.

West Penn Fire Company helps Toys For Tots

Friday, December 31, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The West Penn Fire Company No. 1 held a donation collection drive during their December breakfast for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's annual Toys For Tots campaign. Both Cheryl Laub, Toys For Tots coordinator, and Jim Laub, past League Commander were also on-hand during the drive. Pictured from left are West Penn Fire Police Roger Kingsley, West Penn Fire Company No. 1 firefighter Marty Baddick, President Larry Zeigler, treasurer/secretary Jenn Fritzinger, and junior firefighter Connor Evans.

Where to find help

Friday, December 31, 2010

Increasing numbers of people in Carbon, Monroe and Schuylkill counties are struggling to feed their families and keep them warm. Here's where to call for help in Carbon County:

Ÿ Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services: (610) 377-6400

Ÿ Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare in Carbon County: (610) 577-9020

Ÿ Shepherd House Food Pantries: (610) 377-6048

Bling in new year with sparkling fashions

Friday, December 31, 2010

It's not New Year's Eve without a little sparkle. Why not bling in the New Year?

Designers are offering glitz and shine at all prices, and you don't have to put the twinkly looks away for next year's party.

"Shimmer never goes out of style it's as classic as lipstick," says Jen Ford, fashion news director for Lucky magazine.

Meredith Paley of the women's fashion chain Talbots agrees.

"Every woman wants a touch of glamour, and holiday is the best time of the year to add sparkles, sequins, gold accents and shimmer," she says.

Airbags deploy, vehicle crashes

Friday, December 31, 2010

A one-car accident that happened at 8:10 p.m. Dec. 27 on Route 25 in Hubley Township, Schuylkill County, was investigated by state police at the Frackville barracks.

Police said Gregg I. Morgan, 36, of Sacramento, Pa., was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer west on the roadway when the airbags deployed causing him to not be able to see the roadway.

Police said the car traveled onto the north berm and struck a pole guy wire and grazed a utility pole with the left front end.

Morgan was not injured.

Couple came to aid

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

On Oct. 11, I was involved in a car accident on Interchange Road by the Pa. Turnpike.

I would like to thank the young couple who saw the accident, and call 9-1-1 and whom also stayed with me and my daughter. That meant a lot to both my daughter and I.

The ambulance personnel and EMS were there instantly. The timing in getting my daughter and I were very crucial. They all worked together. So at this time, my daughter and I would like to thank everyone involved at the scene and helped in whatever matter.

Political correctness against all values

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

I have never seen a definition of the term "political correctness," so I will offer one.

28-year postal career ends

Friday, December 31, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Postmaster Chrissy McAvoy presents Supervisor Bill Maehrer with a certificate from U.S. Post Office District Manager Kevin McAdams congratulating Maehrer for his 28 years of service. Maehrer, 63, who is retiring, was given a send-off party Thursday at the post office. His retirement plans apparently involve plenty of chores. "My two daughters and my aunt live halfway down the street, and already have their lists made out,:" he said. "But my wife has the biggest list."

Auburn man facing charges of DUI

Friday, December 31, 2010

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said David Beesley, 54, of Auburn, is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as a result of a one-car crash Dec. 30 at 11:30 p.m. on State Route 895 in South Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

Police said he was driving a 2009 Ford Fusion eastbound when he lost control of the vehicle.

It began to turn counter-clockwise acorss both lanes, traveled onto the north berm and rolled onto its roof, traveling abother 90 feet along the north berm embanknent before coming to rest.

Helen Bott is recipient of the Helen Brown Award

Friday, December 31, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Joe Horn, of the Young At Heart Senior Club, nominated Helen Bott for the Helen G. Brown Quality of Life Award. She received her award at the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging's RSVP luncheon.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Joe Horn, of the Young At Heart Senior Club, nominated Helen Bott for the Helen G. Brown Quality of Life Award. She received her award at the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging's RSVP luncheon.

Helen G. Brown of Stroudsburg died two years ago at the age of 92. She was a vivacious teacher, author and environmentalist who shared her love of the Poconos and its history in seven books.

She was a community leader for decades and so beloved that the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging named an award after her.

The Helen G. Brown Quality of Life Award honors a person or group that enhances the lives of senior citizens.

E. Penn passes budget with one-half mill hike

Friday, December 31, 2010

East Penn supervisors, at a rescheduled Thursday end-of-year meeting, passed a budget with one-half mill increase in taxes to a total of 6.635 mills. The meeting had been scheduled for Dec. 27 but there was no quorum.

The vote to adopt the budget was 4-1 with Randy Pfeiffer voting no.

During public comment Joe Ehritz asked the supervisors to explain why the increase was needed and suggested that selling the social hall at this time would be a good money- saving move since the fire company is outgrowing the portion it uses.

Insurance renewal was approved.

Some bowl history; some bowl predictions

Friday, December 31, 2010

By MIKE FEIFEL

It is time once again football fans, for the New Year's Day bowl game extravaganza as you gear up to ring in the New Year.

Tamaqua column

Friday, December 31, 2010

Calvary Evangelical

Calvary Evangelical United Methodist Church, Catawissa and Valley roads, Lewistown Valley, will hold its morning worship service on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 10:25 a.m. The Rev. Brian Reading, pastor, will present a message entitled "Which Must Come First."

At 9:15 a.m., Sunday School classes will be held for all ages. Nursery service is available.

There will be no 6:30 p.m. praise, worship and Bible study. The public is welcome to join in an "informal" small group gathering this week on Jan. 2.

Common sense

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

I really wonder about the mindset of the weak links in the capital. And do they really understand the value of a dollar and what we are doing without to make ends meet in this time of financial crisis gripping our nation.

Pays by credit card

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

The regular meeting of the Jim Thorpe Borough Council was held at Memorial Park in Memorial Hall on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. I attended the meeting. One specific agenda item was of special interest for me. "Agreement to enter into an ordinance authorization participating in PLGIT" as mentioned by John McQuire, president of Borough Council.

It's a wonderful town

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

Over the Christmas holidays I had the strangest dream. Just before drifting off to sleep, I was watching the holiday classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life." I try to view this every year to help me remember what is truly important in life, and to refresh my sense of gratitude.

Lehighton news

Friday, December 31, 2010

Men's basketball league

The Lehighton Recreation Center is starting a men's basketball league in January.

For more information, call Tom Evans at (570) 294-4532.

Panther Valley news

Friday, December 31, 2010

VFW auxiliary

The regular meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary to Nesquehoning Memorial VFW Post 8008 will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Post Home on East Center Street. President Amanda Breiner will preside at the session, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

Senior center

Chair exercises will be held starting on Jan. 3 at the Panther Valley Senior Center.

On Jan. 4 there will be line dancing and a Sunshine Meeting. Jan. 5 everyone will play candy bingo at 11 a.m. Jan. 6 is penny game at 11 a.m. and Jan. 7 you can shoot pool.

Celebrity chefs to be featured at Pa. Farm Show

Friday, December 31, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa. Pennsylvania Farm Show visitors can learn how to create culinary masterpieces using local ingredients during live cooking demonstrations and contests featuring popular chefs, said Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding today.

"The Farm Show offers visitors the unique opportunity to go straight from the farm to the table," said Redding. "The PA Preferred Culinary Connection is a popular attraction that brings together talented chefs to share their knowledge and imaginative recipes that can be prepared at home using local products."

Eyeing 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010

We'll go out on a limb and make predictions

With 2011 arriving on Sunday, we thought we would make some bold and fearless predictions. We consulted a crystal ball, old leaves from our morning cup of tea, and some cards (sorry, we didn't have tarot) we found in the bottom of one of our desk drawers to see into the future.

Here's what we come up with:

Ÿ Work won't begin on the construction of the Jim Thorpe inter-borough bridge or the straightening of the S-curve in Route 54. I know. We're going out on a limb here. Both projects were talked about for years. But all our soothsaying devices are unanimous on this.

Mahoning Twp. man charged with trespass at Wal-Mart

Friday, December 31, 2010

A Mahoning Township man has been cited with trespass after entering Wal-Mart Supercenter property after being barred from being there.

Joshua Frey, 22, of the 1300 block of Orioles Drive, was also charged with resisting arrest and recklessly endangering another person after the Dec. 23 incident.

Police Chief Kenneth Barnes reported that at 6:02 p.m., police were dispatched to the store for a report of a male who was trespassing in the store and was fleeing the store.

Lansford firefighters honored

Friday, December 31, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Mark Kosica, second from right, was named "Firefighter of the Year" by the Lansford Fire Department during the annual Christmas party held in the fire house. David Aungst, second from right, was named "Junior Firefighter." At left is Chris Angst, president of the fire company, and at right is Joe Greco, assistant fire chief.

Portnoff's fees

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

A foggy new year is forecast

Friday, December 31, 2010

AccuWeather.com reports a surge of warm, moist air will lead to fog problems from the Midwest to the Atlantic Seaboard during the New Year's weekend.

Any time you have warm, moist air moving over a cold surface, with or without snow cover, there is the risk of fog formation.

The key is to have the air moist enough in the first place to make it easier for the fog to form.

Ideal fog conditions appear to be setting up as a zone of rain and warm air build over the Midwest and push to the Atlantic coast.

Shots fired, 3 men arrested after Emmaus bank robbery

Friday, December 31, 2010

EMMAUS, Pa. (AP) – Police arrested three men suspected of trying to rob a bank in northeast Pennsylvania Thursday, after they exchanged shots while trying to get away.

Emmaus Sgt. Karl Geschwindt told The Express-Times of Easton Thursday that Issah J. Sampson and Edward Anthony Maye, both of Allentown, were captured and arrested shortly after the robbery just after 9 a.m. at KNBT Bank. A third suspect, Hishamu T. Curry, of Philadelphia, was arrested around 6:30 p.m. in Allentown.

Carbon County Court news

Friday, December 31, 2010

Capital One Bank, Glen Allen, Va., has filed a credit default complaint against Thomas G. Surotchak, 3 Wild Lane, Jim Thorpe. The plaintiff is seeking judgment in the amount of $10,667.04.

G.E. Money Bank, Alpharetta, Ga., has filed a credit default complaint against Tammie Skymba, 28 Andrewsville St., Lansford. The plaintiff is seeking judgment in the amount of $5,191.61.

Certified judgments

Northern Lehigh High School announces second marking period honor roll

Friday, December 31, 2010

The Northern Lehigh Senior High School honor roll for the second marking period of the 2010-2011 school year has been announced by Mrs. Aileen Yadush, Principal.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST

Tamaqua man takes charge of his health

Friday, December 31, 2010

I love receiving e-mails like Mike's.

He wrote to tell me that he takes many of the exercise and eating tips suggested in this column, tweaks them to best suit his situation, and gets good use out of them. In fact, he wears the same size pants he did 20 years ago yet he's packed on nearly 30 pounds of muscle.

It's a 'Fiesta' for Ryan, Frey

Friday, December 31, 2010
photo courtesy of the University of Connecticut Lehighton graduate Robbie Frey has rushed for nearly 400 yards and four touchdowns for the Huskies this season. Frey also starts on all of Connecticut's special teams.
photo courtesy of the University of Connecticut Lehighton graduate Robbie Frey has rushed for nearly 400 yards and four touchdowns for the Huskies this season. Frey also starts on all of Connecticut's special teams.

Area players help Connecticut reach first BCS game in school history

There was no reason for Mike Ryan and Robbie Frey to believe they were going to be part of something special when they signed to attend the University of Connecticut in February of 2007.

The Huskies had only been playing Division 1-A football since 2000, had just recently joined the Big East Conference after playing several years as an independent, and had suffered two straight losing seasons including a 2006 campaign that saw them go 4-8 overall and 1-6 in the Big East.