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January 2011

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.

Kid's Party Club open to local youngsters

Thursday, January 27, 2011

St. Peter's E.C. Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton, (Franklin Township) is hosting a Kid's Party Club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 12. Kid's Club Party offers Bible stories in a party atmosphere for children ages 5 to 12. The theme will be "God's Love." There will be crafts, singing songs and games. Snacks will be provided. For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Postal Service

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Changes might not be best for consumer

Sometimes change is hard to swallow. There are times when it isn't good at all, and right now we feel that way about the Postal Service.

The United States Postal Service has made numerous changes in the past couple of years which haven't been beneficial to the consumer. For example, although not having local delivery in some rural towns like Bowmanstown and Parryville, they began charging for post office boxes which had been offered free to these residents for many, many years. In essence it means the affected individuals are paying for both sending mail and receiving it.

$1 million High Bridge project receives boost

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A $1 million project to repair the Carbon County-owned High Bridge in Hometown is going full-steam ahead now that Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad has promised to contribute the required local matching funds to obtain a government grant.

The $700,000 Capital Project grant is through the state Department of Transportation's Rail Freight Assistance Program. The railroad will provide the $300,000 local match, county commissioners said Tuesday.

"There will be a million dollars worth of work done on the High Bridge," said Commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek.

Lehigh teen cited for harassment

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Lehigh County teen was cited for harassment following an incident that occurred on Sunday, Jan. 23.

State police at Foglesville said troopers responded to 6719 Madison St., New Tripoli, Lynn Township, about 10:17 p.m. for a reported argument. Upon arrival troopers learned that Jeffrey Michael Busch, 46, and Brandon Lee Walbert, 19, both of New Tripoli, were involved in a dispute.

Busch said Walbert struck him in the face during the argument. Upon further investigatioin it was found that Walbert was also consuming vodka throughout the night.

Road conditions blamed for crashes

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Snow-covered roads on Wednesday, Jan. 26, were blamed for two crashes, one a three-vehicle pileup, on Schuylkill County roadways, state police at Schuylkill Haven reported.

District receives Keystone Achievement Awards

Thursday, January 27, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area School District administrators pictured with the Keystone Achievement Awards the district received for meeting Adequate Yearly Progress in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years include (l-r) Christine Steigerwalt, principal, Towamensing Elementary, Kathy Egan, principal, high school, Mary Brumbach, principal, S.S. Palmer Elementary/Parkside Education Center, Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, and Carol Boyce, superintendent.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area School District administrators pictured with the Keystone Achievement Awards the district received for meeting Adequate Yearly Progress in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years include (l-r) Christine Steigerwalt, principal, Towamensing Elementary, Kathy Egan, principal, high school, Mary Brumbach, principal, S.S. Palmer Elementary/Parkside Education Center, Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, and Carol Boyce, superintendent.

At this rate, soon Palmerton Area School District won't have enough wall space to showcase its educational accolades.

Yet again, the district has received the Keystone Achievement Awards for its ability to meet Adequate Yearly Progress, said Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction.

Fenner said four of the five buildings in the district received the Keystones: Towamensing Elementary, S.S. Palmer Elementary, Parkside Education Center, and the high school.

Summit Hill/Lansford news

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Summit Hill

Scripture sharing

The weekly scripture sharing sessions sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, will be held tonight at 7 o'clock in the parish rectory.

Anthracite LL

The Anthracite Little League (Summit Hill/Nesquehoning) will hold registration sessions at both the Summit Hill and Nesquehoning borough buildings on the following dates: Saturdays, Feb. 12 and 19 and March 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The league will hold a reorganizational meeting tonight at 7 o'clock in the Nesquehoning Borough Building.

Methodist Charge

Student from Lehighton wins full tuition scholarship to Cedar Crest College

Thursday, January 27, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kaitlyn Shapiro, center, with her mother, Amber, and father, Todd.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kaitlyn Shapiro, center, with her mother, Amber, and father, Todd.

Kaitlyn Shapiro, 17, of Lehighton has won the 2011 Cedar Crest College Scholarship Competition and with it a four-year, full tuition Trustee Scholarship. Shapiro competed in the College's Scholarship Competition Day in December, where she received the highest score out of 56 participants.

Students attain dean's list at Albright College

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Albright College, Reading, named the following students to the dean's list for academic achievement during the 2010-11 fall semester.

Named were:

Alura R. Benek of Summit Hill, sophomore, English/history/ secondary education major and graduate of Panther Valley High School.

Melissa A. Ervin, McAdoo, sophomore, business administration/management track major and a graduate of Marian Catholic High School.

Victoria L. Piscitelli, Coaldale, sophomore, accounting major and graduate of Panther Valley High School.

Area spared brunt of snowstorm

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A feared upper cut from Old Man Winter turned out to be nothing more than a glancing blow as our area dodged a snowstorm that dumped up to a foot of snow in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Forecasters had warned the Carbon/Schuylkill area could receive six or more inches of snow.

That forecast was changed early Wednesday to three to six inches.

The snow began sifting down Wednesday morning and continued throughout the day, tapering off in the late afternoon before beginning again.

Polk Fire Company recognizes those who help

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Candy and Clarence Hawk unveiled a plaque so members who passed away will not be forgotten.
Candy and Clarence Hawk unveiled a plaque so members who passed away will not be forgotten.

Members, friends and spouses of the Polk Township Fire Company met at the firehall on Jan. 22 for dinner, awards and entertainment.

President Matt Schessler opened by thanking people from the community who support the fire company. From the township were Nancy May, Brian Ahner and Mike Herley.

Tommy Whitmore is good at fixing anything around the firehouse such as the steam table that needed repair in the past year. Jackie Whitmore calls bingo.

Postal service changes

Thursday, January 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The Summit Hill Post Office
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The Summit Hill Post Office

Some operations may be moved from Summit Hill, Nesquehoning

Although customers in the respective towns shouldn't notice it, some cutbacks might be in store for operations at the Summit Hill and Nesquehoning Post Offices.

A proposal has been made to move mail carrier operations from the Summit Hill Post Office to Lansford Post Office effective Feb. 14.

And, mail carriers currently dispatched from Nesquehoning Post Office could be transferred to the Lehighton Post Office by April 16.

Haydt birth

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Quinn Anna Jean Haydt
Quinn Anna Jean Haydt

HAYDT A daughter, Quinn Anna Jean Haydt, was born at 12:35 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2010 at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Sarah and Adam Haydt of Lehighton.

She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

Maternal grandparents are Cindi and Robert Heness of Inkerman, Pa.

Paternal grandparents are Jan and Drue Haydt of Lehighton.

Former restaurant goers learn to love their ovens

Thursday, January 27, 2011
** HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 12:01 A.M MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011. THIS PHOTO CANNOT BE PRINTED, BROADCAST, OR PUBLISHED ONLINE BEFORE MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011 AT 12:01 ** In this Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 photo, Beverly and Eugene Murray prepare dinner at their home in Cary, N.C. As the economy improves and families have more spending money, they're still saving restaurants for special occasions. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
** HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 12:01 A.M MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011. THIS PHOTO CANNOT BE PRINTED, BROADCAST, OR PUBLISHED ONLINE BEFORE MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011 AT 12:01 ** In this Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 photo, Beverly and Eugene Murray prepare dinner at their home in Cary, N.C. As the economy improves and families have more spending money, they're still saving restaurants for special occasions. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Eating at home may be one of the few behavioral changes from the recession that stick.

Forced to eat more meals at home when money was tight, people learned new habits. Some discovered they enjoy cooking and dining in. As the economy improves and families have more spending money, they're still saving restaurants for special occasions.

Carbon driver facing DUI count

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Carbon County driver is facing charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and illegal drug possession following an incident about 7:41 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, along SR248 in Parryville.

State police at Lehighton said Gary Lee Bruch, 56, of Palmerton, was stopped for several motor vehicle code violations. Troopers said Bruch was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He was placed under arrest for DUI and also possession of a small amount of a controlled susbstance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Making way for a Lowe's

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Making way for a Lowe's
Copyright 2011

Demolition has begun on theformer Wal-Mart store along Route 443 in Mahoning township. Ademolition crew has already brought down the portion of the structure which housed the auto maintenancecenter. A large crane is in the process ofremoving the air handling systems from the roofof the building. Another group has begunremoving the fence from around the job site. The site is owned by Lowe's, which anticipates starting construction on a new home improvement center shortly after the demo work is done. The Lowe's is expected to open by the end of the year.

Lehighton couple wed 40 years

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Donna and Richard Bloom Sr. are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married on Jan. 30, 1971 in Jim Thorpe.

Mrs. Bloom is the daughter of the late Peter and Alice Reeser. Her husband is the son of the late George and Mabel Bloom.

They are the parents of five children: Ronald and his wife Betty of Lehighton; Richard Jr. and his wife Joyce of Andreas; Robert and his wife Dioneley of Whitehall; Robin and her husband Harry Diehl of Lehighton; and Roxanne and her husband Gerry Berger, also of Lehighton.

The couple has four grandchildren.

Teen cited for DUI of drugs

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Carbon County teen is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of a controlled substance.

State police at Lehighton said troopers stopped a 16-year-old male from Lehighton operating a 2000 Ford vehicle along SR248 eastbound at Parryville about 10:16 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, for a equipment violation.

Troopers said the driver and his 15-year-old male passenger were in possession of illegal drugs. Also, troopers said, the driver was under the influence of drugs. Both will be charged.

On this date

Thursday, January 27, 2011

January 27, 1954

Mrs. Virginia Caffrey, Lehighton, was advised today that her husband, Robert P. Caffrey, 20, was officially listed as being killed in action in North Korea on Nov. 26, 1950. Previously he had been reported missing in action. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Caffrey, Lehighton, and was the husband of the former Virginia Wentz. Surviving are his wife and parents, two sisters, Mrs. Louise Flick and Mrs. Clair Gombert, Lehighton, and one brother, William, Lehighton.

Proposed projects for block grant monies are announced

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was presented to the Schuylkill County Commissioners on Wednesday, which they will review and will take action at a public meeting in March. The county has received $488,206 for the program

Gary Bender, director of the county CDBG, presented the funding applications selected by the committee for the commissioners' approval. They were:

The county will continue the demolition program at locations throughout the county which will be selected for a later date. A budget of $56,378 was allocated.

Shooting, stabbing in Tamaqua

Thursday, January 27, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson, second from left, confers with officers at the scene of a stolen car in Tamaqua last night. The incident escalated into a stabbing/assault and a shooting and is still under investigation.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson, second from left, confers with officers at the scene of a stolen car in Tamaqua last night. The incident escalated into a stabbing/assault and a shooting and is still under investigation.

Bizarre incident leaves two injured, car also carjacked

Two people were injured in Tamaqua last night in a twisted chain of events that included the theft of a motor vehicle, a stabbing/assault and a shooting.

The incident began shortly before 9 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the Wine and Spirits Shoppe on North Railroad Street. The manager of the store had just cleared the freshly fallen snow off of his co-worker's 1997 silver Nissan Altima and left the vehicle running to warm up.

Board takes another step toward pre-release center

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Action was taken by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to enter into an agreement with Entech Engineering Inc., Pottsville, for professional services to evaluate the waste water pumping station facility at the state correctional facility (SCI) at Frackville in action taken at its meeting Wednesday in Pottsville.

The firm will study viability of the Frackville Area Municipal Authority taking over the SCI pump station and tying the proposed pre-release center into the system. The cost of this professional engineering study is $9,500.

Seven locals to be lauded at banquet Sunday

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Seven locals to be lauded at banquet Sunday
Copyright 2011

The soccer scholar athlete banquet will take place Sunday, Jan. 30, at Fullerton Fire Co # 1, in Whitehall.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and events will start promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Mitchell Franko,

Jim Thorpe

Franko had one career goal and five career assists. He ranks 10th in a class of 128 with a 94.65 GPA.

He was a 2010 captain and has been playing soccer since five-years of age, and also played tennis for four years. Franko served on the Olympian Leadership Council and Canteen.

Monroe man victim of identity theft

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Monroe County driver is the victim of identity theft.

State police at Lehighton said an unknown criminal obtained the Visa check card of Alfred Moreton, 59, of 1723 Upper Smith Gap Road, in Ross Township, and used it to make purchases over the Internet. The purchases totaled $2,722.49 and occurred during the period of Dec. 17-20, 2010.

Carbon monoxide scare in Coaldale duplex

Thursday, January 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Coaldale firefighters and police responded during yesterday' snow to an unknown alarm call at a duplex home located at 127-129 East Ridge St. in Coaldale. The fire company evacuated everyone after they tested and found dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, CO, in both homes. Firefighters gained entry into 129 East Ridge Street via a window and determined the cause to be pieces of the chimney collapsing inside the ductwork, eventually blocking the furnace's exhaust.

Faulty pellet stove

Thursday, January 27, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from Towmensing and Franklin townships responded to a dwelling fire Wednesday shortly after 11 a.m. at 75 Butter Cup Lane in Towmensing Township. Firemen found a faulty pellet stove as the source of the fire and smoke condition in the dwelling. Apparently the auger which delivers the pellets to the fire box did not shut off pouring additional pellets onto the fire. Firemen brought out the burning pellets and eliminated the smoke from the house.