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December 2010

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.

Asking for help

Friday, December 31, 2010
Asking for help
Copyright 2010

Local residents swell the list of food and cash assistance applications

A still-struggling economy, rising food prices and a high unemployment rate boosted the numbers of Carbon County folks asking the state for help this year.

Statewide, applications for food help and cash assistance rose, according to state Department of Public Welfare figures comparing November 2009 with November 2010.

High on the list are people in Carbon, Schuylkill and Monroe counties, where unemployment rates outpace the state average.

The Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services is among those agencies trying to keep the desperate afloat.

Lady Raider swimmers win

Friday, December 31, 2010
nancy scholz/times news Tamaqua's Dane DeWire won the diving competition with a score of 235.60.
nancy scholz/times news Tamaqua's Dane DeWire won the diving competition with a score of 235.60.

Tamaqua posted victories in girls swimming and boys basketball to highlight Thursday's scholastic sports action.

SWIMMING

Tamaqua-Salisbury

With almost identical scores on both sides, it was different results however as the Tamaqua girls and Salisbury boys were able to take home victories in a non-conference showdown in the pool.

The Lady Raiders scored a 99-79 win thanks to recording plenty of second and third-place finishes, while the Falcons edged the Blue Raiders for a 99-76 win by capturing eight of 12 contested events.

Outdoor Channel program anchored by FOXPRO staff

Friday, December 31, 2010
Outdoor Channel program anchored by FOXPRO staff
Copyright 2010

LEWISTOWN During the past decade, those who view outdoors-related programs on television have seen a perceivable increase in episodes dealing with predator hunting.

Now, just like one of those all-Zeppelin-all-the-time satellite radio stations, The Outdoor Channel has launched a program with an-all-predator-hunting-all-the-time theme for a 15-week run.

'Chet' Walker named top S.H. firefighter of 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Shawn Hoben, left, Summit Hill Fire Chief, presents "Firefighter of the Year" award to William "Chet" Walker, a 39-year member of the Summit Hill Fire Department. Looking on are Walker's mother, Bernice, of Summit Hill, and Larry Black, president of the fire company.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Shawn Hoben, left, Summit Hill Fire Chief, presents "Firefighter of the Year" award to William "Chet" Walker, a 39-year member of the Summit Hill Fire Department. Looking on are Walker's mother, Bernice, of Summit Hill, and Larry Black, president of the fire company.

William "Chet" Walker, who started volunteering in the Summit Hill Fire Department's first junior class 39 years ago, was named the Diligence Fire Company's 2010 Firefighter of the Year.

Walker had moved away from the borough 25 years ago, then returned to his hometown five years ago and became very active in the fire department

He was presented with the "Firefighter of the Year" award during the department's annual Christmas dinner held in the Community Center.

While away, he was employed by PPL Electric on the firm's fire brigade.

Marcin-Hopkins

Friday, December 31, 2010
Lee Hopkins and Kerri Marcin
Lee Hopkins and Kerri Marcin

George and Susan Marcin of Lehighton have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kerri, to Lee Hopkins, son of Lee and Jeanette Hopkins of New Egypt, N.J.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Palmerton Area High School and The Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education.

She is employed by Wells Fargo at its corporate center in Raleigh, N.C.

The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of New Egypt High School in New Jersey and West Chester University, where he played football and completed a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

Man charged with public drunkenness at Wal-Mart

Friday, December 31, 2010

Mahoning Township police have charged a Palmerton man with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after an incident at the Wal-Mart Supercenter.

PennDOT sets road projects

Friday, December 31, 2010

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has set the following dates to perform maintenance and repairs on roadways.

Carbon County

Bowmanstown - Workers will be performing maintenance on Route 248 between Gun Club Road and the Bowmanstown exit from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Monday, Jan. 3 through Friday, Jan. 7.

Kidder Township - Workers will be cutting brush on River Road between Route 940 and Route 534 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 3 through Friday, Jan. 7.

Lansford Legion gives donations to community organizations

Friday, December 31, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured holding the Lansford American Legion Auxiliary's donation to the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots Campaign with Santa and Mrs. Claus is Lansford American Legion youth member Zachary Swolensky, 6. Pictured from back left are SCMCL member Paul Corinchock, Lansford American Legion Post Commander Jack Anderson, and Lansford Sons of the American Legion Commander John Dolena.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured holding the Lansford American Legion Auxiliary's donation to the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots Campaign with Santa and Mrs. Claus is Lansford American Legion youth member Zachary Swolensky, 6. Pictured from back left are SCMCL member Paul Corinchock, Lansford American Legion Post Commander Jack Anderson, and Lansford Sons of the American Legion Commander John Dolena.

A number of community organizations in Lansford received multiple donations totaling $3,150 from the Lansford American Legion Post 123, Lansford Sons of the American Legion, and Lansford American Legion Auxiliary during a check presentation held following the Lansford American Legion's annual children's Christmas Party held recently at their post.

de Lodzia-Dale

Friday, December 31, 2010
William Dale III and Kyra de Lodzia
William Dale III and Kyra de Lodzia

Kyra de Lodzia and William E. Dale III, both of Tamaqua, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dr. Georges de Lodzia of Kingston, R.I.; and Mimi de Lodzia of Narragansett, R.I. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and a graduate of the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

She is currently employed by the United Parcel Service.

The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of William E. Dale Sr. and Dorothy Dale of the Hometown section of Tamaqua.

Police probe hit-run, DUI accident

Friday, December 31, 2010

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks responded to a hit-and-run accident on Dec, 31 at 1:15 a.m., later arresting a man for driving under the influence of drugs.

Bell ringer didn't promote any sect

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

The bell ringers are back, stronger than ever. You have to admire their courage to stand outside and brave the windy 27-degree weather and constantly ring that little bell, defying everything to serve a worthwhile cause.

Yes, even defying the American Civil Liberties Union who pursues any store that allows the bell ringers a warm place inside their front doors.

Carbon County Court news

Friday, December 31, 2010

Podiatry suit

The Estate of Guy S. Kenion, by and through Dr. Banjamin Lanza and Steven J. Hartz, executors, has filed a civil action against Dr. Kurt J. Gustafson, Dr. Edward C. Beckett, Dr. Matthew O. Mertz, Carbon Foot and Ankle Centers, P.C., and Kenion Podiatry Associates, P.C., claiming the defendants diverted the assets of the plantiff's professional medical practice to their own use and for their own benefit, depriving the heirs of the economic value, benefits and profits of the business.

New year means new penalties

Friday, December 31, 2010

Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Carl Roe said that beginning New Year's Day Pennsylvania officially will become the 36th member state of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, under which the worst of convicted wildlife violators will stand to lose their hunting privileges in all states enrolled in the Compact.

Carbon sets sights on saving money

Friday, December 31, 2010

A Carbon County official ended 2010 by voicing his goals for 2011.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Charles Getz again stressed the county's need to look at ways to save money in the upcoming years, adding that current expenses continue to rise, but the county's funds and income continue to drop.

He noted that the commissioners do not want to raise taxes in 2012, which they have not done in nine years, so they are committed to finding ways to cut back on spending.

On this date

Friday, December 31, 2010

December 31, 1930

The cannibal costume worn by William Davis, 32, of Coaldale, which occasioned much merriment on New Year's eve in the mummers' parade at Summit Hill caused painful injuries when the torch he was carrying ignited the flimsy straw which was a part of the outfit. Davis was rushed to Coaldale hospital where he is receiving treatment for burns of the face and shoulder. When Davis' screams attracted attention to his plight, a number of people standing along the line of march rolled the unfortunate man in the snow.

O Christmas Tree!

Friday, December 31, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Annamarie and Shawn Bauer of Kunkletown pose around their majestic 15' Christmas tree with their triplets, Sarah, Jill and Amy.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Annamarie and Shawn Bauer of Kunkletown pose around their majestic 15' Christmas tree with their triplets, Sarah, Jill and Amy.

The Bauer family Yule tree symbolizes faith, family and tradition

Christmas is the time of celebrating the birth of Jesus. It is a time of rejoicing of the coming of the Son of God. Over the years, Christians have found many ways to observe Christmas and families develop traditions that are passed down from generation to generation.

Shawn and Annamarie Bauer of Kunkletown follow a Christmas tradition passed on from Shawn's parents. It is in the form of a towering Christmas tree. It fills their living room with all its splendor.

Grinch who stole gas

Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Editor:

I would like to publicly thank the party or parties who not once but TWICE siphoned the fuel from my truck while it was parked in East Kline Ave in Lansford during the Month of December 2010.

Remember, what goes around comes around my friend.

Happy New Year.

-TJ Chinaski

Lansford

Lions look to continue Outback Bowl success

Friday, December 31, 2010

As Penn State prepares to tackle Florida in the 25th Outback Bowl in Tampa Saturday, there has been no shortage of storylines on both sides.

The game is being played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and will be televised by ABC with a 1 p.m. kickoff.

The Outback Bowl has been good to the Nittany Lions over the years, as they are unbeaten in their three previous trips there.