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November 2011

3 enter guilty pleas

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Three persons entered pleas in Carbon County Court on Tuesday after their cases were called for trial scheduled for next week.

Jon David Lipari, 23, of Easton, entered a nolle contendere (I will not contest) plea to a count of simple assault. In exchange for the plea the district attorney's office dropped a count of aggravated assault.

Lipari was arrested by Kidder Township police for an incident on or about July 30, 2010.

Cseh helps Stevensto conference title

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Former Palmerton Football standout Austin Cseh was a key offensive contributor on this season's Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology football team that won the Seaboard Conference Championship.

Cseh, a freshman slot back was the team's second leading rusher and receiver. He amassed over 500 yards of total offense and scored eight touchdowns to help the Bulldogs win back-to-back conference championships for the first time in school history.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Angel tree

The Tamaqua Salvation Army Angel Tree program is designed to make the Christmas season brighter for children in need. Angel Trees can be found at numerous businesses as well as the Salvation Army Community Center, located at 105 W. Broad St.

Heroic response

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Three rigs were involved in a chain-reaction accident near the scene of the SUV crash. One of the drivers was trapped in his rig for over an hour.
Three rigs were involved in a chain-reaction accident near the scene of the SUV crash. One of the drivers was trapped in his rig for over an hour.

Firefighters overcome obstacles to reach turnpike crash scene

Thanks to the heroic efforts of firefighters from Franklin Township, Lehighton and Parryville, victims involved in a multivehicle crash along the Northeast Extension of the turnpike received quick help Tuesday afternoon.

Hearing reset for McAdoo men accused in Palin case

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A federal judge in Alaska has delayed action on planned guilty pleas by a 20-year-old Luzerne County man and his father who are accused of making harassing phone calls to Sarah Palin's lawyers.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess said Monday he didn't feel comfortable with the "all or nothing" agreement prosecutors made with Shawn Christy and his father Craig Christy, 48, both of McAdoo.

How good are your cookies?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bake your favorite cookies to be judged for the Tamaqua Community Spirit of Christmas Cookie Contest. There are four cookie categories: 1. Drop Cookie. 2. Bar Cookie. 3. Decorated Cookie. 4. Filled Cookie. Bring cookie entries to the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 W. Broad Street, on Saturday, Dec. 3 between 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Minimum of two dozen cookies. Winners will be announced at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sun., Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. All entries will be shared with the community. Register by December 2. Winners will receive a $25 Downtown Tamaqua Gift Certificate.

Correction

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Marianne Dwyer's name was incorrectly spelled in a recent story about the Pet Food Pantry.

In the story, Marianne Dwyer said that Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club raised $225 for the pet food pantry by holding a community fundraiser. The pet food food pantry provides pet foods to be distributed to several local food pantries.

The TIMES NEWS apologizes for the error.

Schuylkill crashes

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating three crashes on Tuesday, Nov. 29, all occurring along SR901 in Schuylkill County.

A hit-and-run accident was reported about 11:23 p.m. just east of Upper Beechwood Road, in Foster Township. Troopers said a 1991 Chevrolet Astro van was driven eastbound with the driver negotiating a left curve when it left the roadway. The vehicle traveled about 120 feet when the drivers' side impacted a utility pole, shearing it in half.

Jim Thorpe teen's short story is published

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bridget McFadden, a junior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, holds a copy of the October issue of Teen Ink, where a non-fiction short story that she wrote was published.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bridget McFadden, a junior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, holds a copy of the October issue of Teen Ink, where a non-fiction short story that she wrote was published.

Bridget McFadden uses real life experience as her inspiration

Bridget McFadden is not your average teenager.

The Jim Thorpe Area High School junior has had an extensive career as a cheerleader, comes from a musically-talented family, and has a passion for the arts.

Now, the 16-year-old can also add published writer to her high school résumé.

McFadden wrote a short story about a personal experience that was recently published in the October issue of Teen Ink, an international magazine for teens written by teens.

Summit Hill budget talks off to slow start

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Line item analysis will be focus at next session

Budget talks began last night in Summit Hill, but little progress was seen on determining the 2012 fiscal situation.

Council President Joseph Weber said another budget session is scheduled for next Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. during which the council members will do a line-by-line analysis of budgetary figures.

The discussion at last night's session was basically on generalities. Council members indicated that without the line-by-line scrutiny, it is impossible to get a grasp of anticipated expenses and income.

Tamaqua Lady Raiders Soccer awards

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
SANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Signed soccer balls presented at Tamaqua Two encased and signed soccer balls were also presented at the recent Tamaqua Lady Raider banquet. The balls were given to seniors Chey Bates (career goalie shutout leader in 29 games and career goalie game leader in 48 games) and Kayla Hope (39 career assists). Pictured from left are head coach Clem McCarroll, assistant coach Ken Mateyak, manager Justin McCarroll (holding Hope's award), Chey Bates, JV coach Courtney McCarroll and assistant coach Amanda Breiner-Peters.
SANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Signed soccer balls presented at Tamaqua Two encased and signed soccer balls were also presented at the recent Tamaqua Lady Raider banquet. The balls were given to seniors Chey Bates (career goalie shutout leader in 29 games and career goalie game leader in 48 games) and Kayla Hope (39 career assists). Pictured from left are head coach Clem McCarroll, assistant coach Ken Mateyak, manager Justin McCarroll (holding Hope's award), Chey Bates, JV coach Courtney McCarroll and assistant coach Amanda Breiner-Peters.

Parade winners recognized

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Lions Club officially recognized winners and sponsors of this year's Tamaqua Halloween parade. Pictured from left are Mike Proch, manager, Mauch Chunk Trust; Tamaqua Lions Club members Rich Shupp, parade organizer; Darlene Martin, treasurer; Bill Yost; and Tomothy Stahl, master of ceremonies.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Lions Club officially recognized winners and sponsors of this year's Tamaqua Halloween parade. Pictured from left are Mike Proch, manager, Mauch Chunk Trust; Tamaqua Lions Club members Rich Shupp, parade organizer; Darlene Martin, treasurer; Bill Yost; and Tomothy Stahl, master of ceremonies.

Thorpe man charged in domestic incident

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gregory Earl Demage, 30, of 1025 Center St., Jim Thorpe, is facing multiple charges as a result of an incident at 1:08 p.m. Nov. 7 in Jim Thorpe Borough.

Police said they were dispatched to that residence for an active domestic disturbance and upon arrival were told by Renee K. Demage, the defendant's wife, that she had been threatened with a knife and that money was demanded.

Police said the man was arrested at the scene and transported to the police station for a video arraignment.

Pocono arrests

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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

About 6:05 a.m. on Nov. 24 officers were dispatched to Thunder Drive, in Pocono Summit, Tobyhanna Township, for a domestic incident.

Upon arrival officers spoke to the victim, not identified by police.

After an investigation police said Sergio Almeida, 38, of Pocono Summit, was arrested for simple assault and harassment.

Weissport lights the park

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Beltzville Lions Club assisted Weissport Borough by lighting up the gazebo and bell tower with Christmas lights. Standing at top of bell tower is Tom Zellner and holding the ladder is Bob Maholick. Also assisting were club members Tammy Solt and Linda Schoenberger and Arland Moyer, council member.

Pawn shop owners who bought stolen items get probation

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Two pawn shop owners, who purchased items stolen from a drug ring that used the money to purchase illegal drugs for sale, were placed in a probation program Monday by Carbon County judges.

Golden dope

Waheeb Girgis, 56, and Donald H. Dorward Sr., 65, both of Lehighton, appeared in separate courtrooms to be sentenced. Girgis appeared before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb and Dorward before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II. Both had previously entered plea bargains with the district attorney's office.

Children's Remembrance Day to be observed in Lehighton

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The first Carbon County candle lighting ceremony in 15 years in honor of Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton.

Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day, the second Sunday in December, honors the memories of children who have died at any age and from any cause.

Since 1997, a Worldwide Candle Lighting, believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, has created a 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone at 7 p.m. local time.

On this date

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November 29, 1965

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has provided Lehigh University with a special marker noting the university's founding by the Hon. Asa Packer 100 years ago at Bethlehem. Lehigh is observing its centennial anniversary through June of 1966. The marker will be erected at a main entrance to the campus on Dec. 29 at a special ceremony. The date is that of the birth of Packer, whose historic Victorian era mansion is located on Packer Hill in Jim Thorpe. He was born in 1805 in Mystic, Conn. and died in former Mauch Chunk in 1879.

Polio survivors may be at risk for post-polio syndrome

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Q. A friend of mine had polio when he was a kid and now the disease seems to be coming back in his old age. Have you heard of this?

The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that more than 440,000 polio survivors in the United States may be at risk for post-polio syndrome PPS, a condition that strikes polio survivors decades after they've recovered from an attack of the poliomyelitis virus. Various researchers estimate that PPS affects from 40 to 80 percent of polio survivors.

Three sentenced to prison terms for DUI

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Three Carbon County residents, who previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) charges, were sentenced Monday to county prison terms by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Andrew Jason Tyahla Sr., 41, was sentenced to serve six to 12 months in prison on charges of unauthorized use of a automobile and DUI.

Tyahla was arrested by Palmerton police on March 5 along Delaware Avenue.

Franklin Township supervisors tentatively adopt 2012 budget

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Franklin Township supervisors recently tentatively adopted the 2012 budget. There will be no tax increases and no increase in garbage fees next year.

The budget lists a total of $3,993,318 in budgeted funds.

New Philadelphia holds 17th Christmas Festival

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Families enjoyed a Leiby's carriage ride around New Philadelphia.
Families enjoyed a Leiby's carriage ride around New Philadelphia.

On Sunday, New Philadelphia held its 17th annual Christmas Festival, which is organized every year by the New Philadelphia Community Organization.

The day-long free community event consisted of ice carving, craft show, caroling, manger scene, cookies, and even sleigh "carriage" rides with Santa Claus and his wife Mrs. Jessica Mary Claus.

Hundreds of riders waited in line to ride with Santa and Mrs Claus in a Leiby's carriage being pulled by two large Belgian Horses, standing in for Santa's reindeer.

Red flags

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Who knew what ... and when, at PSU, Syracuse?

For the better part of half a century, there have been no greater bastions in college sports than Penn State football and Syracuse basketball.

Now, in the space of a month, the foundations of both campuses and college communities have been rocked by alleged sex scandals involving assistant coaches who helped build both programs into national powerhouses, each under the tutelage of their legendary Hall of Fame coaches Joe Paterno and Jim Boeheim.

Groceries for Walnutport's families in need

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Ladies Auxiliary of the R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215, Walnutport would like to thank all those who made generous donations to their Thanksgiving food drive. Theycollected enough groceries andmonetary donations, while sittingoutside Rednor's and Pathmark,to supply eight local families in need with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner and more. Each family received a turkey and a ham. They distributed the groceries Tuesday, Nov.

Penn Mahoning Ambulance to launch 2012 Membership Fund Drive

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Penn Mahoning Ambulance Association announces its 2012 Membership Fund Drive

Residents are asked to take note, the fund drive has changed this year. The letters no longer have personal mailing addresses listed on them; they are addressed to postal customers. Penn-Mahoning Ambulance will be mailing their 2012 membership applications within a day or two.

Labor and Industry official studies township building

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Complaints about the Mahoning Township Municipal Building by the township's Police Chief Kenneth Barnes to the Department of Labor and Industry were discussed during the meeting last evening.

Township Chairman John Wieczorek said several items were reported to L&I, including air quality, handicapped access, flammable materials stored under the stairs and lack of a fire escape.

Send a Christmas greeting to a Soldier

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

As just one part of Olde Time Christmas in Jim Thorpe, visitors and residents are encouraged to send a Christmas card to an anonymous military person, addressed simply "Dear Soldier", by dropping a card in the Military Mail Box located inside the Jim Thorpe Railroad Station. Doing just that are, left to right, Richard Rodriguez, Noelia Moreno, Justin Rodriguez, and Alexa Rodriguez visiting from Miami, Fla. The cards, which are available free-of-charge at the Military Mail Box, will be sent to various military posts by "Soldiers' Angels" with postage paid by the Old Jail Museum.

Colonial league football all stars named

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Colonial League has named their football All Stars for the 2011 season. Eight TIMES NEWS area players were named to the CL First Team and many other area players were honored as well.

The following TIMES NEWS area players were named to the first team; Kyle Wasiklowski (Sr., NL, T), Payton Bachman (Sr., NW, WR),Ty Cunningham (Sr., NW, ATH), Kyle Greenwald (Sr., NL, DE), Kirk Bender (Sr., NL, LB), Payton Bachman (Sr., NW, DB), David Getz (Sr, NL, DB), Andrew Deutsch (Sr., NW, P).

Water authority agrees to pay engineering fee

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

At a recent meeting of the Summit Hill Water Authority, the board conducted the following business items:

Ÿ Accepted and agreed to pay a bill to Carbon Engineering for $9,103.50 for professsional services and work completed on the recent solar project overseeing the construction of the solar field.

Ÿ Tabled discussion on a tap-in fee for the new ambulance building being constructed at the east end of Ludlow Street. Authority engineer Mike Tirpak agreed to review the authority's regulations and make a recommendation based on his findings.

Schuylkill break-in

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Schuylkill County residence.

Troopers said a home at 258 North SR183, in Wayne Township, was entered sometime between Nov. 21-25. Entry was gain by breaking a rear window.

After gaining entry the criminals removed copper wiring and piping throughout the residence and also fuses from the basement of the home.

It is not known how much wiring or piping was taken. The home is owned by Brenda K. Koperna, of Pottsville.

Budget report clarified

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

In an article in the TIMES NEWS, it was reported that Lehighton Borough Manager Nicole Beckett indicated there will be no tax hike in the 2012.

Beckett clarified that at a recent meeting of the borough council, she stated that the General Fund was balanced and no tax increase would be necessary for operating expenses.

She told the TIMES NEWS, "However, please remember, council had voted in July to add millage for the Fire Station Construction Project." The TIMES NEWS reported this in an article on July 26th.