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September 2011

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.

The 'eyes' have it in field hockey action

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

If you haven't seen a high school field hockey game this season, you're in for a bit of a surprise.

Since the first day of pre-season practice, active players in the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference have been dealing with a rule change incorporated by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Board of Directors.

Back in April, the NFHS voted to mandate the use of protective eyewear that meets the current American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard for field hockey, according to a statement on the NFHS's website.

Animal Response Team looking for new members

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Carbon County's Animal Response Team is looking for new members.

During the volunteer organization's last meeting on Tuesday evening, the group spoke to area animal lovers who were interested in becoming CART members.

Some of the goals CART strives toward is to decrease the threat to humans and animals, prevent and decrease the spread of diseases, and minimize the economic impact of animal emergencies.

Carleen Ladden, CART president, said that members are always needed to help in various positions during an emergency.

Lehighton, Nolehi get hockey wins

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Gwen Remaley of Lehighton puts her stick in front of ball, blocking an offensive move by a Pocono Mountain East player. Looking on is Remaley's teammate, Sage Trembula (11).
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Gwen Remaley of Lehighton puts her stick in front of ball, blocking an offensive move by a Pocono Mountain East player. Looking on is Remaley's teammate, Sage Trembula (11).

Lehighton and Northern Lehigh grabbed wins in field hockey on Tuesday afternoon.

In other action, Tamaqua grabbed a tennis win over Jim Thorpe.

FIELD HOCKEY

PM East-Lehighton

Lehighton's Sage Terembula scored two goals and helped the Indians to a 3-1 win over MVC foe Pocono Mt. East.

Sarah Keer added the third goal for the locals late in the second half. She also had an assist.

Lehighton moves to 6-4-1 (4-1-1).

Wilson-No. Lehigh

Northern Lehigh put up double digit goals, as they Lady Bulldogs beat up on Wilson 11-1 in Colonial League play.

Dunkin' Donuts in northeastern Pa donates $19,700 to center

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lehighton Dunkin' Donuts was one of the local franchise Dunkin' Donuts which helped raise $19,700 to support St. Joseph's Center in Scranton.

It is Dunkin' Donuts or Northeastern Pa.'s second consecutive year working with St. Joseph's Center, donating in total more than $42,000 since last summer's initial fundraising program.

Sweetness and light

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sweetness and light
Copyright 2011

Grandest Kids Alyssa and Gabriella Harris, ages 5 and 2, are from Machenbach, Germany. They made a trip back to Pennsylvania in August to visit their Oma and Opa Gary and Sylvia Serfass of Lehighton. The girls got to visit the sights of Philadelphia and New Jersey. They also went to Dorney Park, Becky's Drive In and the Lehigh Valley Zoo and did lots of shopping while they were here. They spent a lot of time swimming in their Oma and Opa's pool and playing with their great-grandmother, Helen Keiser and great-grandfather, Kenneth Serfass. Their parents are Sarah (Serfass) and Austin Harris.

McCann business school teams with PCT

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

McCann School of Business and Technology has announced the implementation of an articulation agreement with Pennsylvania College of Technology. This agreement allows graduates of McCann, from any of 13 different degree programs, to enter Central Pennsylvania College at third year status and complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Technology Management. This newest agreement compliments the existing articulation agreement between the two educational institutions for the Paralegal program.

Rush crash probed

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Tamaqua man escaped serious injury early Friday morning, Sept. 23, when his vehicle climbed a curb and struck a retaining wall at the Beacon Diner in Hometown.

James Faust, 24, told police he fell asleep behind the wheel of his 1995 Subaru as he was traveling south on SR309. The vehicle drove over the curb and struck a retaining wall on the east end of the parking lot. The Subaru continued sliding sideways, traveling south, impacting a second retaining wall. It finally came to rest against a curb on the southeast edge of the lot.

The vehicle was towed from the scene.

More charges filed against Franklin Twp. kennel owner

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yet more charges have been filed against a Franklin Township kennel owner already incarcerated for purchasing dogs using an alias name and not paying for them.

This time, Patricia E Gadaleta, 52, of 974 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, faces six counts of identity theft, as well as one count each of theft by deception, receiving stolen property, forgery, and access device fraud.

Gadaleta was arraigned via video conference on Tuesday by District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton. She has been recommitted to Carbon County Prison in lieu of $10,000, 10-percent bail.

Results of DUI enforcement noted

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The North Central PA Regional DUI Enforcement Program has released the results of Roving DUI Patrols held last weekend in Schuylkill County.

On Sept. 23, four officers representing four law enforcement agencies conducted a roving patrol, contacting and detaining a total of 46 vehicles. Five operators were tested for possible intoxication, with two adult DUI and one underage drinking arrests. Officers also issued 19 traffic citations, made three criminal arrests and issued 24 warnings.

Lehighton arrests

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lehighton police reported on two arrests made over the past weekend.

Police said Jon R. Doughtery Jr., 27, of 201 White St., Apt. 8, Weissport, was cited for public drunkenness. The incident occurred on Friday, Sept. 23, about 3:46 a.m. in the vicinity of 200 block of N. First St.

Edwin Mertz, 52, of 131 Mauch Chunk St., Lehighton, was cited for criminal trespass at 131 N. First St. The incident occurred on Sunday, Sept. 25, about noon.

'Moneyball' hits the right pitch

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"There's no crying in baseball," Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) told us in "A League of Their Own" (1992).

There is crying in "Moneyball" and not only when Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) hears his daughter, Casey (Kerris Dorsey) sing "The Show" (the original was released in 2008 by Lenka). This scene alone should net an Oscar actor nomination for Pitt, who may be a dual nominee (his other Oscar actor nod could be for "The Tree of Life").

Two men who robbed area resident sent to state prison

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Two New York area men who held up a Tamaqua man in the state game lands in Walker Township were among 17 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.

Philip E. Hemminger Jr., 19, of Black River, N.Y., pleaded guilty to robbery, conspiracy and reckless burning and Andrew M. O'Connor, 20, of Carthage, N.Y., pleaded guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy, robbery and theft. Both were sentenced to serve four to eight years in a state correctional institution.

Military history displayed at Redball Rally

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Between 70 to 80 military vehicles ranging from WWII to present day filled a large section of the parking area outside of the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert during the Redball Military Transport Fall Military Vehicle Rally and Show which was held there last Friday and Saturday.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Between 70 to 80 military vehicles ranging from WWII to present day filled a large section of the parking area outside of the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert during the Redball Military Transport Fall Military Vehicle Rally and Show which was held there last Friday and Saturday.

Once again, last weekend, the Redball Military Transport Fall Military Vehicle Rally and Show brought history back to life at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert.

Whether for a youngster curious to see some of the vehicles that Grandpa may have told them about from his service days, or a veteran searching for memories, the rally did not disappoint.

A wide variety of military vehicles filled a large section of the parking area outside of the fairgrounds while inside there was just about every spare part for them that one could ever need.

Nineteen zoning permits issued for construction

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nineteen permits were issued in July by the Schuylkill County Zoning Board in the courthouse in Pottsville with fees earnings of $4,275 and the estimated cost of construction is $340,576. Permits were issued to the following:

Jerry and Barbara Freiwald, East Brunswick Township, to construct a pole barn for $8,000; Stephen James Salko, North Union Township, a two story residential garage, $25,000; MBC Development, LP, Minersville, a Dollar General Store on site of former Waymart Supermarket, $100,000; Mitchell R. and Rhoda Zimmerman, Washington Township, pole style shed, $40,000.

Drug arrests

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on the following drug related arrests made by officers.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, about 12:40 a.m. a traffic stop was made along Interstate 380 north in Coolbaugh Township for an equipment violation. The driver was identified as Robert Montanez, 20, of Somerset, N.J. While speaking with Montanez police said they observed indicators of narcotic use. A further investigation of the vehicle yielded a small amount of marijuana and related drug paraphernalia. Charges of possession and possession of drug paraphernalia will be filed, police said.

Auditions

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

CSCT to stage 'A Christmas Carol'

The Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater will host open call auditions for its December production of "A Christmas Carol."

Performers age 7 through senior citizens are encouraged to audition for this holiday season favorite. Auditions will take place at H.T.O. Services, 255 E. Ridge St., Lansford (formerly The Studio), Oct. 6 from 4-6:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 2-4:30 p.m.

Performers do not need to be experienced, but dedication is required.

In addition to actors and actresses, there is also a need for stage hands, technical crew and general assistance.

Enjoying the parade

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Enjoying all the firetrucks go by are Trevor Murphy, 5, left, and his brother, Connor, 7. Saturday's two-hour Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania parade held in Lake Harmony brought out thousands of spectators.

4 area residents among 13 to enter guilty pleas

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Four area residents were among 13 defendants who pleaded guilty to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin as follows:

Timothy J. Postupack, 33, of 31 Vulcan Road, Barnesville, on charges of unlawful restraint of Shannon Ashfield, Saint Clair, and simple assault, was placed on probation 18 months and ordered to pay $100 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). He was cited by Saint Clair Chief Michael P. Carey.

Presented Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Throne
Throne

Jacob Throne, a Petty Officer 2nd Class with the U. S. Navy Sea Cadets, recently received the "Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal."

This award is presented annually by the Navy League of the United States for "Outstanding Performance of Duty."

General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Assistant Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, presented the medal to Jacob at the U.S. Navy League's annual dinner in Philadelphia on Sept. 1.