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September 2011

Young drivers

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tougher rules for teen motorists in Pa. bill

According to car accident statistics involving Pennsylvania teens, the number of fatalities for 16 and 17-year-olds increased to 57 last year.

The numbers nationally are even more gripping as car accidents remain the number one cause of death of people 16-20 years old.

In 2009, 3,214 teens between the ages of 15 and 19 were killed in car accidents. Of that number, 2,336 were drivers and another 196,000 were injured.

Tech-Net Comedy Night will feature comedy, music, prizes

Thursday, September 29, 2011

One-night-event set for Penn's Peak on Nov. 12

A night of fun and laughter is planned for Saturday, Nov. 12, when the ninth annual Tech-Net Comedy Night is held at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter and local fire companies, including Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Department, Franklin Township Fire Company, Lehigh Township Volunteer Fire Company, Albrightsville Fire Company and West End Fire Company, Brodheadsville.

Journey to Carbon County's Carboniferous past

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Join geoscientist Matt Bielecki on a Journey to Carbon County's Carboniferous Past at the Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Join geoscientist Matt Bielecki on a Journey to Carbon County's Carboniferous Past at the Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Travel back in time 300 million years to the Carboniferous Period to see the origins of the coal in Carbon County at the "Journey to the Past - the Carboniferous" at the Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The program at the Museum, 41 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, includes a comprehensive display of fossils from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and a slide presentation lecture by geoscientist Matt Bielecki from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. There is no charge for the program.

Board closes recycling drop-off site in McAdoo

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The drop-off recycling site in McAdoo was discontinued in action taken by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

By a unanimous vote the three commissioners decided to terminate the lease with the John Debalko, owner of the property. The county had installed six recycling bins in an area of a miniature shopping mall in the 300 block on Hancock Street.

Snowmobile safety course planned

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Area snowmobilers interested in taking the Pennsylvania Snowmobile Safety Course may enroll for the course, according to Dennis Blocker and Richard German, who have volunteered to organize the program in this area.

The program is designed for youngsters 10 to 15 years of age.

The course consists of one eight hour session. The safety training will be held at Blockers Enterprises, 770 State Road, off Route 248, Parryville, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. There is no charge to attend the safety course.

Car loses brakes, driver crashes into pole

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Late Wednesday night, Coaldale firefighters were called during heavy rain to Fifth Street, near the Water Street (SR209) intersection, after a report of a car into a pole. After losing his brakes while driving down Fifth Street, the driver, Harry Puff, 22, of Coaldale, was forced to stop his out of control car by crashing it into a utility pole. Going about 35 MPH, Puff managed to miss a traffic sign and other obstacles, before hitting the pole, located in a neighboring yard.

Palmerton rape suspect waives preliminary hearing

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Palmerton man accused of the alleged rape of a female has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Wayne Smith Jr., 24, of 832 Mauch Chunk Road, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Instead, Smith opted for a waiver, which means he will next go before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas for a pretrial status conference at 9 a.m. Nov. 8.

Smith faces charges of rape by forcible compulsion, aggravated indecent assault, and indecent assault.

Slatington driver facing charges

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Slatington driver is facing multiple charges following an incident in Nesquehoning.

Borough police identified the suspect as Sula Blaze Sabwa, 36, of 122 Hill St. He has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or a controlled substance, resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault (two counts), aggravated assault and summary offense of maximum speed limits – 50.6 miles-per-hour in a 25 zone.

Arresting officer Robert Blisard reported the following.

Lansford woman cited for theft

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Lansford woman was cited by Rush Township police after a shoplifting incident at the Hometown Commons Walmart on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Nicole Raposo, 27, allegedly removed merchandise valued at $36.88 from the store.

She was charged with retail theft.

Lansford woman gets jail time for drunk driving

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fifteen area residents entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County Court.

Betty J. Dolly, 39, of 418 E. Patterson St., Lansford, on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in the county prison, fined $1,500, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), and shall receive outpatient treatment. Dolly was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Bynon.

Man jailed after domestic incident

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Tamaqua man was incarcerated in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, on Saturday, Sept. 24, following a domestic dispute.

Borough police were dispatched to 27 N. Railroad St. at 7 p.m. Saturday for a reported domestic violence call in progress.

On scene the officers spoke with Mary Becker, who said she was tired of being hurt by her husband, Henry Edward Becker. She claimed he had been drinking all day, verbally assaulting her, then pushing and grabbing her repeatedly. At one point, he was striking her and hurt her right hand, she said.

The Gathering is Saturday in Slatington

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Quiet view of the Trout Run Covered Bridge and the new Pavilion along the Slate Belt Heritage Trail.
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Quiet view of the Trout Run Covered Bridge and the new Pavilion along the Slate Belt Heritage Trail.

The Gathering will hold its 8th annual event on October 1 at the Trout Run Covered Bridge, Seventh Street, Slatington. The Gathering will be held rain or shine. Sponsored by the Northern Lehigh Historical Society (NLHS), The Gathering has grown in size and popularity over the years as more and more families come to enjoy the festivities, beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing until closing.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Seniors met Sept. 8 at the Tamaqua Community Center with 87 members in attendance. One new member, Betty Connely, was welcomed to the group.

President Jean Machamer conducted the business session and provided an inspirational reading.

Rose Valle provided the invocation, entitled "Little Acts of Kindness."

Vice president Doris Brobst and secretary Joan Ann Garber provided their reports.

Doris Skeath was added to the sick list.

Members were treated to pizza and drinks.

On this date

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September 28, 1940

Thousands attended the annual Republican Party of Carbon County picnic at the Lehighton Fair Grounds. Chairman W. D. McCay of Coleraine, Lancaster County spoke at the social event. The Lehighton Boys Band, directed by Charles Kueblere, provided spirited music throughout the day's festivities. Irwin W. Bennett, of Franklin Township, the party's choice for a return to the office of representative in the General Assembly from Carbon County, gave remarks.

Rosh Hashanah begins today at sundown

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

For those of the Jewish faith, Rosh Hashanah begins this evening at sundown and continues until Friday evening.

Rosh Hashanah begins the 10-day period for the Jewish New Year on the first of Tishrei, and concludes with Yom Kippur on the 10th of Tishrei.

Yom Kippur is a day for Jews to become reunited with God and their fellow men, and to make atonement for their sins.

According to the Chabad.org of Jewish High Holidays, "Rosh Hashanah means, 'Head of the Year,' and as its name indicates, it is the beginning of the Jewish year."

Smallest parade participant

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Amidst all the colossal fire trucks and marching bands during the Annual Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania parade held in Lake Harmony Saturday, smaller things, like this monarch butterfly, always seem to stand out. Junior firefighter Tyler Michael, 14, Albrightsville Fire Company, holds still as the butterfly lands on his patch, while fire police volunteer Stephen Kanyuck, Albrightsville Fire Company, gives a slight smurk as the butterfly perches on his hand prior to the start of the parade.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Amidst all the colossal fire trucks and marching bands during the Annual Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania parade held in Lake Harmony Saturday, smaller things, like this monarch butterfly, always seem to stand out. Junior firefighter Tyler Michael, 14, Albrightsville Fire Company, holds still as the butterfly lands on his patch, while fire police volunteer Stephen Kanyuck, Albrightsville Fire Company, gives a slight smurk as the butterfly perches on his hand prior to the start of the parade.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September 28, 1940 Jackie Costello throws a pair of touchdown passes to help Tamaqua gain a 19-6 victory over Ashland. Costello hooks up with Bob McMichael from seven yards out for the Blue Raiders' first score and then connects with "Young Hogan" Fulmer on a nine-yard scoring strike later in the contest. McMichael also scores on defense, intercepting a pass and returning it 70 yards for a touchdown.

State Set-Aside funds for Carbon County agencies

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Local Board for Carbon County would like to make known that funds for Carbon County agencies are now available. These funds can be used for food pantries, mass shelter, rental and utility assistance. Interested agencies can visit www.efsp.unitedway.org to learn more about this grant.

This year, the board did not qualify for EFSP (Emergency Food and Shelter Program) funds from the National Board. The national formula was changed and the unemployment rate set by the National Board was 11.5 percent. the rate of unemployment was only 9.3 percent for Carbon County.

Strengthening Families Program returning to N. Lehigh District

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The very prospect of a program that aims to strengthen families and help children succeed may seem too good to be true.

Yet, that's exactly what families can expect when they sign up for a free program for parents and caregivers and their middle school-age children.

Back by popular demand, the Strengthening Families Program will be available in the Northern Lehigh School District over a seven-week period.

Carbon unemployment takes big leap in August

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

County has third highest rate

Carbon County's unemployment rate took a big jump in August.

The adjusted seasonal rate was a staggering 11.2 percent for the month, according to the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry.

In July, Carbon's adjusted rate was 10.4 percent.

The August rates for other area counties are:

Ÿ Schuylkill - 10.0 percent.

Ÿ Lehigh - 9.1 percent.

Ÿ Monroe - 10.2 percent.

Ÿ Northampton - 8.9 percent.

Ÿ Luzerne - 10.0 percent.

Hypnotherapist to lecture in SH

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Do you believe that we have been here before or do some sights seem familiar to you or are you just curious about hypnosis?

Nationally certified hypnotherapist and Reiki Master Diane Pryor may have some of the answers for you if you have wondered about this as she shares her experiences in studying past life regression through hypnosis at the Summit Hill Heritage Center's fall lecture series on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m.

Engineer to inspect township building for possible renovations

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Could the township building be renovated to continue meeting the needs of Mahoning Township supervisors was the question that led to a 4-0 vote to have their engineer inspect the structure and determine if it is a feasible idea during Monday evening's board meeting.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

PVEN statistics

During the quarterly hunger ministry meeting held at the Monroe County Administrative Center last week, the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network Community Service Center statistics led in new families served in this August and overall clients served for the previous program year. The PVEN provided help to over 720 clients from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.

Firemen respond

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Coaldale volunteers tell their side of what happened in fight

Coaldale volunteer firefighters on Tuesday spoke in their own defense against accusations that several of them beat a borough man early Sunday after a fund-raising event at the local VFW.

Some residents of Ridge Street say they saw firemen chasing and assaulting Joseph Terry, 47, of 151 Third St. Terry's mother told the TIMES NEWS on Tuesday morning that her son was in critical condition in St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, Bethlehem, with a torn artery in his brain, a fractured cheekbone, and blurred vision in one eye.

Giving back

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Although some of the activities of United Way's Day of Caring in Monroe County had to be changed, good work for various community institutions was still being done during the heavy rain of Sept. 24. David Rodriguez, vice president of Citizen's Bank and manager of the Tannersville branch, as well as Lucille Lama, also a vice president and and assistant manager at the Brodheadsville branch, worked for several hours helping the Brodheadsville Head Start organize its collection of books instead of doing the pre-weather scheduled painting.

CCTI house is auctioned

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A house auction was held at 220 North St. in Jim Thorpe. The house was built by plumbing/HVAC, electrical, and carpentry students of the Carbon Career and Technical Institute. The auction was hosted by Houser Auctioneers. According to Houser Auctioneers, after the auction a sale on the home looked promising. The living area features hardwood floors and a fireplace. The house also features three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a full unfinished basement, back deck, and detached garage. The house is a 2,000-square-foot, two story framed home.

Carbon Fair acquires more than 700 acres at tax sale

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Linda Koehler/TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Fair Board purchased over 700 acres of property along Little Gap Highway in Lower Towamensing Township through a Carbon County Tax Sale to develop into new fairgrounds. Of the 700 acres, 46 acres will be developed into the fairgrounds.
Linda Koehler/TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Fair Board purchased over 700 acres of property along Little Gap Highway in Lower Towamensing Township through a Carbon County Tax Sale to develop into new fairgrounds. Of the 700 acres, 46 acres will be developed into the fairgrounds.

Carbon County Fair board (Carbon County Lioness Lions Club Fair) purchased 717.49 acres of property in Lower Towamensing Township, of which Bob Silliman, president, said 46 acres are planned to be developed into a new fairground.

The property was purchased for $45,899.60 through the Carbon County Unpaid Tax Sale last Friday. The property was abandoned by Horsehead Corporation and was up for sale because of non payment of taxes from 2006 to the present.

Silliman said that he figures it will take at least two years before the fair will move onto the new property.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Summit Hill

St. Paul Lutheran

The Rev. Phyllis Pelletier will be the supply pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, on Sunday, Oct. 2. A retired pastor from Nanticoke, she will preside at the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

The Sunday Church School will have an additional activity this weekend in addition to the traditional 9 a.m. class. Members will meet at the church at 5 p.m. for a scavenger hunt. Those attending are reminded to dress appropriately for outdoors and are invited to bring a friend.

Lehighton news

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Trick or Treat night

Weissport, Lehighton and Franklin Township will hold Trick or Treat night from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 in their respective communities.

Garbage collection date change

Franklin Township residents should note that garbage collection for Columbus Day holiday will be changed from Monday, Oct. 10 to Tuesday, Oct. 11.

LCRC plans meeting

Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Weissport trailhead. All members are encouraged to attend.

Congressman Lou Barletta speaks at Carbon GOP rally

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta, center, was the main speaker at the fall rally of the Carbon County Republican Committee rally last night in Tresckow. He was introduced by MaryEllen Salerno, chairman of the Republican Committee. Looking on is Michael Sofranko, mayor of Jim Thorpe, who served as master of ceremonies.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta, center, was the main speaker at the fall rally of the Carbon County Republican Committee rally last night in Tresckow. He was introduced by MaryEllen Salerno, chairman of the Republican Committee. Looking on is Michael Sofranko, mayor of Jim Thorpe, who served as master of ceremonies.

One of the largest gatherings at a Carbon County Republican Committee dinner in recent years attended the fall rally Tuesday night at Capriotti's Restaurant in Tresckow.

Nearly 100 people were present, with the main address delivered by U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton.

Barletta spoke in detail about the national deficit, stating, "It's not that Washington taxes too little. It's that Washington is spending too much."

Truck runoff

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Repairs on Broad Mt. site need to be made

Maintenance.

It's something that's often done to prevent future problems. It's something that's usually done when fixable problems develop.

It seems that PennDOT sometimes waits too long to do some of its maintenance work.

For example, it took over a year to fix a problem along Route 443 in Mahoning Township near Carbon Plaza in which barriers made the road narrow. The barriers were needed because some sinking was feared along the two-lane highway's shoulder.

For a long 12 months, a dangerous sitution existed due to those barriers.