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January 2011

PUC tables request for water rate increase

Saturday, January 29, 2011

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today voted to investigate rate increase requests for Tri-Valley Water Supply, Inc. for its Stone Ridge, Cypress Park and ElDo Lake divisions, serving portions of Carbon and Monroe counties.

The Commission voted 5-0 to investigate the requests. The requests are suspended for up to seven months and will be assigned to the Office of Administrative Law Judge for public hearings and a recommended decision or settlement.

A final decision must be made by Sept. 1, 2011.

Students attain Dean's list at Immaculata

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Immaculata University students Ariel Makowski of Kunkletown and Meagan Fritzgerald of Saylorsburg attained the dean's list for the 2010 fall semester. Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution, located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

Completes basic military training

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Air Force Airman Jacob M. Kokinda graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Elizabeth Kohr of Golf Road, Lebanon and Paul Kokinda of Abbott St., Lansford.

Graduates from DeSales University

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chad Serfass, son of Todd and Kathy Serfass of Lehighton received his Masters in Education degree from DeSales University on January 22. He graduated from DeSales University in 2007 with his BA in Elementary Education. Upon graduation he was immediately employed in the department of Student Affairs and was recently promoted to the Assistant Director for the DeSales Experience in Character and Leadership. The DeSales Experience is a program designed to integrate character and leadership development of the students over their four years at the university.

'King of Quacks' made Schuylkill one of his stops

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Through the early part of the 20th century, legitimate doctors were trying to shake off the negative image which had been built up by the many frauds who had infiltrated the medical profession. One writer called the charlatans "inveterate prescribers feeding medicines of which they knew little into bodies of which they knew less."

In early 1911, the Tamaqua Courier reported on the arrest of a "cure-all doctor" named Henry Junius Schireson, who had operated a "medical institute" in Shenandoah along with Max Fierstein of Scranton.

False and misleading ads

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

Well now that a new year has started a lot of us hope it will be getting better. Let's take a moment and go back to our local November general election.

Lonely? You don't have to be

Saturday, January 29, 2011

There was a story in our paper today about an 83-year-old woman who volunteers each day at an arts center.

"What's so special about that?" was my first thought when I glanced at the story. There are plenty of octogenarians who help hospitals, organizations or churches by doing volunteer work.

I've written many stories about noteworthy older volunteers. I think they are commendable as well as sorely needed. But most don't make newspaper headlines.

Dear Dr. Smith

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dear Dr. Smith,

I have been reading your column for a long time and never thought I would have a need to write to you. My family is pretty normal and my children are grown up, so I have a fairly evenly balanced life.

However, something has happened that is making me very nervous and I thought I would ask your opinion.

Not practicing what they preach

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

This letter addresses Governor Corbett's recent petition to the Federal Government to assist the State of Pennsylvania in addressing the shortage of funds to continue the Adult Basic Health Care program.

I thought the Governor ran on the principle of smaller government, states rights and making the tough choices of controlling the state and federal deficit. Why is he asking the current administration to intercede on behalf of this now financially exhausted program?

Snyder held outside positions while he worked at the bank

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Outside of his duties at New Tripoli Bank, Willard Snyder has busied himself with these activities:

Taught adult education classes for the American Banking Institute

President of the Lehigh County Bankers Association

President of the Lehigh County Chapter American Institute of Banking

He and Lucille made arrangements for a banking convention in Nashville and received several letters of congratulations for a job well done

Chairman of Group III of the Pa. Banking Association

President of the Association of Community Banks

Information Age Lingo

Saturday, January 29, 2011


It's funny how terminology that used to mean one thing now stands for something entirely different.

Perhaps no where is that more evident than in the lingo that is commonly associated with the Information Age.

Also commonly known as the Computer Age, or Information Era, the Information Age has certainly changed the way we communicate.

Look no further than how our society interacts on a daily basis, where technology terminology has become the unofficial language of this generation.

Schuylkill County court news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pay or go to jail

Because of the recession banks and credit card companies are having a difficult time collecting monies owed but not the Schuylkill County Collection Agency, which operates from the office of Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach at courthouse.

Carbon court news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees were signed by the county court.

Chad C. Beesley, 22 E. Main St., Fleetwood, Berks County, from Ginny Sayuri Arakaki, same address.

Lydia E. Mertz, Box 476, Lehighton, from Todd N. Mertz, 455 Maury Rd., Lehighton.

Jacqueline Ann Ahner, 2007 Wayne St., Bethlehem, from Jeffrey Wayne Ahner, 2200 Indian Hill Rd., Lehighton.

Kelly J. Sommers, 494 Franklin AVe., Palmerton, from Michael J. Sommers, 722 Mill St., Palmerton.

Named to dean's list at Mount Saint Mary's

Friday, January 28, 2011

Michel Lindenmuth of Nesquehoning has been named to the dean's list at Mount Saint Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Md. for the fall 2010 semester.

Lindenmuth is a junior majoring in political science and minoring in history and sports management.

He is in the honors program at Mount Saint Mary's and a member of the Student Government Association Advisory Board.

Lindenmuth was one of several students who were recently selected to represent Mount Saint Mary's at the European Union Conference for college students in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Two returning Marines honored

Friday, January 28, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Third grade teacher Heather Wagner made red,white and blue Jello treats for her students and honored guests at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning. Marine Corporal George Tessitore (left) and Lance Corporal Lee Thear are holding their cups of Jello during a program held in their honor at the school.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Third grade teacher Heather Wagner made red,white and blue Jello treats for her students and honored guests at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning. Marine Corporal George Tessitore (left) and Lance Corporal Lee Thear are holding their cups of Jello during a program held in their honor at the school.

A teacher at Panther Valley Elementary School recently acknowledged two P.V. graduates, Corporal George Tessitore and Lance Corporal Lee Thear, who both entered the U.S. Marines together and attended basic training together.

Third grade teacher Heather Wagner invited the soldiers to the school to honor them.

Winter blues

Friday, January 28, 2011

Weather taking a toll on budgets, and health

It's been a brutal month of winter weather for many in the Northeast and it's taking a toll on budgets – both personal and governmental – as well as on the physical and mental health of individuals

Every week seems to bring one or two major storms and with it the snow piles grow higher, as do the bills for municipalities to deal with the frozen precipitation. A number of towns and cities up and down the East Coast have already equaled or exceeded the amount they had budgeted for snow removal this winter.

Heffley receives House committee appointments

Friday, January 28, 2011

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has been named to serve on the House Game and Fisheries Committee, the House Human Services Committee, the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, and the House Transportation Committee to begin the 2011-12 legislative session.

Schuylkill River Heritage Area awards grants to communities

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area has awarded grants to five communities for projects intended to draw users of the Schuylkill River land and water trails to area downtowns, historic sites, restaurants and shops.

The communities of Pottstown, Phoenixville, Hamburg, Pottsville and East Falls were selected to receive funding from the Schuylkill River Heritage Area's (SRHA) new Heritage Towns and Tours initiative. (Please see attached sheet for details on each grant award).

Two arrested for theft in Mahoning

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Bangor man was arrested by Mahoning Township police for assaulting a retail store manager and giving false identification to police, and both the man and a woman who was with him were charged with retail theft after trying to leave the store without paying for $1,463 worth of merchandise.

The charges stemmed from an incident that took place at 6:06 a.m. Jan. 21 at the Super Wal-Mart along SR443, according to police chief Kenneth A. Barnes.

Stanovick's hot hand leads PV

Friday, January 28, 2011
ron gower/times news Pleasant Valley's Selwin Wright (right) starts his drive to the basket as Lehighton's Nate Kresge (11) defends.
ron gower/times news Pleasant Valley's Selwin Wright (right) starts his drive to the basket as Lehighton's Nate Kresge (11) defends.

It took Lehighton coach Michael O'Brien just one possession to realize his team could have a problem.

It took Pleasant Valley's Nick Stanovick just two shots to realize it could be him.

Stanovick drilled a pair of three-pointers in the game's opening minutes and finished with a school-record tying seven triples. His hot hand was more than enough to carry Pleasant Valley to a 69-41 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton on Thursday night.

On this date

Friday, January 28, 2011

January 28, 1954

The president of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company announced that uranium has been discovered near Mauch Chunk and his firm will start mining it in spring. Robert V. White, head of the LCN, said the first mining operations will be carried out in a "very small way" to determine whether it would be economically feasible to expand operations. The mining operation will be on Route 209 between Mauch Chunk and Nesquehoning.

Carbon man admits assaulting his mother

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Carbon County man admitted to assaulting his mother.

Theodore E. Williams, 38, of Nesquehoning appeared before Carbon Judge Steve R. Serfass on Thursday and pleaded guilty to one count of simple assault.

Williams was arrested on July 7, 2010, at the residence of his mother, Barbara Williams, 121 E. White St., Summit Hill. Police responded to the home to a report of a domestic incident in which a man was weilding a knife and threatening family members.

Tamaqua news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sorority news

Members of the Preceptor Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority met Jan. 19 at the home of Mary Machay. The program for the evening was a presentation by Molly Pavia and Sandra deLay about massage and reflexology.

Carbon Navy Club to meet on Monday

Friday, January 28, 2011

The USS Carbon County Ship 260 Navy Club of the USA will meet at 7:30 p.m., on Jan. 31, at the Nesquehoning VFW. Commander Stanley Jaruszewski will be in charge of the meeting.

The Pennsylvania squadron commander will also be in attendance.

During the meetings, nominations and an election committee will be made.

SCIDA seats new directors

Friday, January 28, 2011

During the 41st annual meeting of the Schuylkill County Industrial Development Authority (SCIDA) held on Jan. 20, in Pottsville, three directors took their seats for new terms on the board.

Each appointed to the SCIDA board by the Schuylkill County Commissioners for a five-year term ending on December 31, 2015 are Brian Canfield of Pottsville, Attorney Joseph R. Baranko Jr. of McAdoo, and John F. Reilly Jr. of Ashland.

Monroe driver facing DUI charge

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 2:22 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers stopped Bradford R. Borstelmann, 23, of Mt. Pocono, along SR611 at Crestwood Drive for several equipment violations.

Borstelmann was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was then placed under arrest and taken to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood test.

The DUI charge is pending the test results.

Two arrested for DUI in Lehigh

Friday, January 28, 2011

Two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in separate incidents in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said about 8:23 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, Julius Racz, 29, of Breinigsville, was stopped operating a 2000 Saturn sedan along Hamilton Blvd., near Krocks Rd., in Lower Macungie Township, for a vehicle code violation. At the stop Racz was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was then placed under arrest for DUI and taken for a blood test. The DUI charge is pending the test results, troopers added.

This is no picnic

Friday, January 28, 2011

It will take some time, sunshine, and warmer temperatures before these picnic tables in downtown Jim Thorpe are ready to be used.

What is New Age?

Friday, January 28, 2011
Painting by Ray Swartz
Painting by Ray Swartz

The New Age movement is a spiritual way of life. It has no holy text, nor central organization, no official list of members, no formal clergy or geographic center, dogma, creed, etc. It is a free-flowing spiritual movement among a network of believers and practitioners who share somewhat similar beliefs and practices.

Some believe humans to have potential healing powers, such as therapeutic touch, which can be developed to heal others.

Colts' Richards gives verbal to James Madison

Friday, January 28, 2011

Marian's Dominick Richards, a 6-6, 200-pound senior tight end on Thursday gave a verbal commitment to James Madison University Head Football Coach Mickey Matthews to accept a Division 1scholarship to attend school and play for the Dukes.

Richards will make the scholarship official on Wednesday, Feb. 2, the NCAA's National Letter of Intent Day.

James Madison is a Football Championship Subdivision team (formerly Division I-AA) that plays in the Colonial Athletic Association Football Conference.

Vehicle theft

Friday, January 28, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of a vehicle that occurred this week.

Troopers said a 1999 Chevrolet 1500 series conversion van was stolen from along Reservoir Road, in Union Township, sometime between 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The van, blue in color belongs to Lamar Lex, 71, of Ringtown, and was parked on his property.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.