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January 2011

Named to Dean's list

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ryan Wentz of Palmerton, a sophmore at Millersville University, was selected for the fall 2010 Dean's list for the School of Science and Mathematics.

Ryan is the son of Tom and Fae Wentz.

Banding together

Saturday, January 29, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Timothy Gardner rolls a chain of rubber bands into a ball as girlfriend Jen Wright watches. When the ball weighs about 25 pounds, it will be added to Gardner's large rubber band ball in Snag Harbor Museum in Staten Island.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Timothy Gardner rolls a chain of rubber bands into a ball as girlfriend Jen Wright watches. When the ball weighs about 25 pounds, it will be added to Gardner's large rubber band ball in Snag Harbor Museum in Staten Island.

Local rubber band ball creator rolls for a new record, and you can help

Can you help Timothy Gardner of Lehighton?

He has a dream to build the largest rubber band ball in the world and needs donations of rubber bands to do it.

Gardner has been placing layer upon layer of rubber bands on the ball that he started 11 years ago. It now weighs 420 pounds, has a diameter of two feet, and is made of more than a quarter of a million rubber bands of varying sizes and colors.

Willard Snyder retires after 50-plus years with the New Tripoli Bank

Saturday, January 29, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Willard Snyder sits at a desk that was original furniture with New Tripoli Bank. It still has the nameplate for William Betz. The desk is now in the museum.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Willard Snyder sits at a desk that was original furniture with New Tripoli Bank. It still has the nameplate for William Betz. The desk is now in the museum.

After 50-1/2 years of working at New Tripoli Bank Willard Snyder decided it is time to retire.

He intends to do some traveling – a few countries in Europe but mostly in this country, and put more time into working with the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society. There are six great-granddaughters who claim their share of his time.

He grew up on a farm near Normal Square and graduated from Lehighton High School. He was active in 4-H projects including baby beef, dairy and poultry. At a Penn State summer school the Carbon County poultry judging team placed first.

On this date

Saturday, January 29, 2011

January 29, 1948

When the Luzerne County Commissioners inspected the Carbon County Institution District Home at Laurytown today in a joint meeting with the Carbon County Commissioners, they were interested in placing 11 moe patinets from their county at the home. An inspection of the hospital revealed a continuing over-crowding condition, which, at this time, will not permit their admittance. There are now 360 patients housed there, 63 percent of whom have been place by Luzerne county.

A quick response

Saturday, January 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

American Hose firefighter Thorn Devlin takes a break while responding to a house fire on Pleasant Row in Tamaqua earlier this week. Devlin was one of the first responders to arrive on scene to quell the fire.

Penn's Peak adds six more concerts for 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS Robin Trower
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS Robin Trower

Robin Trower, Don Williams on venue schedule

Six more concerts have been added to the 2011 schedule at Penn's Peak.

Among them is Thin Luzzy, a Dublin, Ireland rock band which has Penn's Peak as its first stop on an American tour.

The shows, and the dates tickets go on sale, are as follows:

Ÿ Thin Lizzy, with opening act Supersuckers, Thursday, March 24, 8 p.m. Tickets, $32 and $27, on sale Feb. 4.

Ÿ Get the Led Out, Friday, April 15, 8 p.m. Tickets, $23 to $33, on sale Saturday.

Ÿ Easton Corbin, Thursday, June 2, 8 p.m. Tickets $20 advance and $25 day of show. Tickets on sale Feb. 4.

More oldies trivia

Saturday, January 29, 2011

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Last week's Do-Wop Oldies quiz was so popular and got so much response, we decided to extend the quiz another week.

See if you do as well this week as you did in last Saturday's quiz. Keep rockin'!

1. Edd Brynes had a hit with ''Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb''.. What TV show was he on?

(a) 77 Sunset Strip

(b) Hawaiian Eye

(c) Surfside Six

2. In 1960 Bobby Darin married:

(a) Carol Lynley

(b) Sandra Dee

(c) Natalie Wood

3. They were a one hit wonder with ''Book Of Love'':

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
Kokinda
Kokinda

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
Serfass
Serfass

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.

Standing room only

Friday, January 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

While not really in demand by sports fans at this time of the year, these bleachers in Jim Thorpe are currently "all filled up".

Eldred Township news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Singing Valentines

Don't know what to get your Valentine this year? Call St. Matthew's UCC to order your Singing Valentines for Saturday, Feb. 12.

St. Matthew's choir will either sing a special Valentine's song over the phone or come to your Valentine's door and sing in person and present a gift.

If you would be interested in doing this for your Valentine, call (610) 381-2442 for more information.

Healing service

St. Matthew's UCC will hold a special healing service with anointing on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 9 a.m.

Supervisors' meeting

Seminar, training requests approved by Carbon officials

Friday, January 28, 2011

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved several requests for county employees to attend seminars and training sessions.

Adult Probation: Joseph Berke, Kim Cooper, Jillian McGinley, Joseph Bettine and Clifford Eckhart will attend a seminar on street crime in Quakertown, Bucks County. The cost is $295 per person for the conference fee, in addition to mileage and meals.

Corrections: Steven Markovich and Kim Kostak will attend a Suicide Prevention and Intervention Instructor course in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County. Cost is mileage and meals.

Mauch Chunk Historical Society

Friday, January 28, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Mauch Chunk Historical Society held it first meeting with its newly elected officers for 2011. Front row, left to right are: Janet Hermann, secretary; Steve Hlavka, president; and Brooke Au Buchon, vice president. Back row: Christie McGorry DeGiosio; Vince DeGiosio; Jack Sterling; Nichol Schreiber, treasurer; and Susan Sterling. Not in attendance: Bill Allison, Dan Hugos, Tara Kubas, Rob Rabenold and Joe Wetzel.

Coaldale news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Coaldale

First Congregational Church

Scheduled next week at First Congregational Church are the following services and events:

Sunday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m. Morning Worship; 10 a.m. Sunday School; 12:30 p.m. Confirmation Class.

Monday, Jan. 31 - 7 p.m. church board meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 2 - Nursing home visits at 11 a.m., St Luke's Miner's Memorial, and 1:30 p.m., MapleShade, Nesquehoning.

A split verdict

Friday, January 28, 2011

Trial ends for 3 Shenandoah cops

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – One of three former municipal police officers accused of obstructing an FBI investigation into the beating death of an illegal Mexican immigrant was convicted Thursday of the most serious charge against him.

Former Shenandoah Police Chief Matthew Nestor and subordinates William Moyer and Jason Hayes were accused of helping a group of white high school football players cover up their roles in the July 2008 attack on 25-year-old Luis Ramirez in the small, ethnically charged town.

Carbon County court news

Friday, January 28, 2011

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees were signed by the county court.

Elizabeth Labaty, 1425 Church Rd., Pen Argyl, from Eric Labaty, 1859 Dinkey Rd., Lehighton.

Christine A. Forrest, 300 W. White St., Summit Hill, from Kenneth E. Forrest II, same address.

Chad M. Kershner, 754 Princeton Ave., Palmerton, from Jennifer I. Kershner, 100 Ramapo Trail, Allentown.

Sharon Steigerwalt, 127 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, from Allen Steigerwalt Jr., 228 Mill St., Nesquehoning.

Divorces started

Monroe man jailed for sexual assualt, shooting incident

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Monroe County man was jailed on Thursday following a shooting incident in which he allegedly fired a shotgun into a home, and also for the sexual assault of a young girl.

Pocono Mountain Regional police identified the suspect as Jonathan Leach, 20, of Pocono Summit.

Police gave the following account of Leach's arrest.

On Wednesday about 5:25 a.m. officers were dispatched to 210 Fox Lane in the Harvest Acres development in Tobyhanna Township, for a broken window. Upon arrival police determined that the window had been sharttered by a shotgun blast.

2 PV directors not guilty of harassment

Friday, January 28, 2011

Two members of the Panther Valley School Board, who were accused of harassing an elderly man attending a meeting, were exonerated of the charge yesterday by District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Board President Jeffrey J. Markovich was the defendant in a privately filed complaint by Nesquehoning resident John J. Barna. Kosciolek dismissed the charge because the criminal complaint didn't list a town in which the alleged offense occurred.

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.