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November 2011

Palmerton news

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

No paper drive

There will be no newspaper drive by St. John's Lutheran Church in December. The drive will resume in January.

Persons wishing to dispose of papers may take them to the garage across from the church on Fireline Road, which is always open.

Ecumenical service at Little White Church

The Palmerton Area Historical Society's annual ecumenical service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. (following the carol sing in the borough park) in the Little White Church at Third Street and Columbia Avenue, Palmerton.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident in Tobyhanna.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers observed a vehicle parked along SR940 at Short Lane, with its hazard lights on. Officers stopped to check on the welfare of the occupants and made contact with the driver, identified as Mark Kanaley Sr., 51, of Stroudsburg.

Officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Kanaley. He admitted drinking and submitted to field sobriety tests, which he failed.

Tamaqua Middle School students hold talent show

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Skylar Clouser and Kayla Frye dance to "BFB" during their perfomance.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Skylar Clouser and Kayla Frye dance to "BFB" during their perfomance.

Dozens of Tamaqua Area Middle School students entertained classmates and family members during the annual talent show held recently in the school district auditorium.

Some of the talent consisted of vocal solos, dancing, flag and baton twirlers, comedy skits and others.

Christopher F. Czapla, principal, stated his appreciation to all the students, parents and staff who put the event together.

Czapla also expressed appreciations to the organizers.

Looking for bugs in all the wrong places

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Looking for bugs in all the wrong places
Copyright 2011

One of Bella Brogna's favorite things to do is look for bugs, which she is doing here. This lively 3-year-old is the Grandest Kid of Marlon and Patti Kohan of Palmerton and Karen and Jerry Brogna of Stroudsburg and the Great-Grandest Kid of June Camerini of Tamaqua and Mary Kohan of Mahanoy City. She is the daughter of Steven and Tara Brogna of East Stroudsburg. Her grandmother, Patti Kohan, says she has the prettiest blue eyes and a zest for life.

Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas begins Thursday

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The four-day Spirit of Christmas celebration, sponsored by the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, kicks off Thursday evening with a Walking Tour.

Here is a schedule of the celebration activities.

Thursday, December 1

6:30 P.m.: Thursday evening will feature a Candlelit Walking Tour beginning outside the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum, 116 W. Broad St. at 6:30 p.m. No registration is required. The tour will be led by Dale Freudenberger, president, Tamaqua Historical Society.

Friday, December 2

Meet the Raiders Night on Dec. 5

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Tamaqua Area School District will hold its annual winter "Meet the Raiders Night" on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Athletic Center.

Members of the boys and girls basketball, wrestling, and swimming programs along with the cheerleaders will be introduced.

The event is free of charge. The make up date is Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

Palmerton teen a step closer to Eagle Scout

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Michael Sander, a Boy Scout of Troop 20, completed a beautification project at the Memorial Garden of First United Church of Christ in Palmerton as his Eagle Scout Service Project.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Michael Sander, a Boy Scout of Troop 20, completed a beautification project at the Memorial Garden of First United Church of Christ in Palmerton as his Eagle Scout Service Project.

Michael Sander's service project involves beautifying the Memorial Garden for his church

Michael Sander, a member of Boy Scout Troop 20, is one step closer to achieving his goal of achieving Eagle Scout award.

For his service project, he recently completed the beautification of the Memorial Garden at First United Church of Christ of Palmerton, located at 457 Delaware Ave. The project was a special one for him because he is a member of the church and wanted to help improve the looks of the area.

After ripping out all the overgrown bushes and large pine trees, he graded the area, added stones and mulch.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

PVEN board

The monthly meeting of the board of directors for the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network will take place at 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, at Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville.

Band parents

Pleasant Valley Band Parents are slated to meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, at the high school in Brodheadsville.

Monroe Seniors

The Dec. 2 meeting of the Monroe Seniors at Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville will begin at 9 a.m. Those participating in the noon luncheon should contact site manager Doris Philips at (570) 992-6988 a day or two ahead of time.

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.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November 29, 1974 Five Lehighton players score in double figures and the Indians open their season with a 68-56 victory over Northwestern. Jimmy Snyder tallies a team-high 17 points and pulls down 10 rebounds, while Jay Seigendall nearly matches that effort with 16 points and 10 boards. The winners, coached by Jim Smith, use a 28-14 second quarter to take control of the game. Kris Kunkle nets 15 points for the Tribe, while Dave Koch and Eric Snyder each finish with 10.

Two injured in vehicle rollover in West Penn

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A female driver and male passenger were injured just before 5 p.m. yesterday after their red Toyota Camry, traveling north in the 1900 block of West Penn Pike (SR309), lost control, struck a tree and mailboxes and then flipped back onto the road. The incident occurred across from Knepper's Inn in Snyders. Responding in addition to township police were West Penn Fire Company, fire police, Tamaqua Rescue Squad, Penn Mahoning and Lehighton ambulances. The names and condition of the individuals weren't available as of press time this morning.

Getting ready for Christmas

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A larger-than-life Santa Claus appears to be watching Deb Danchak, kneeling, co-owner of the Angela Theater in Coaldale, as she puts together a Christmas display in the foyer of the movie house. "I enjoy doing this at Christmas," said Danchak, as she worked on the display.

Resident complains about fire whistle

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Polk Township's Volunteer Fire Company's recent public event got good reviews. "It was well attended," said Supervisor Nancy May who received a thank you letter from the fire company for all her help on that day.

"It was a big success," agreed Chief Terry Jacoby as Polk Township Supervisors held their monthly meeting.

Jim Thorpe to roll out red carpet for holidays

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Take a breath from the hustle and bustle and step back in time for Jim Thorpe's Olde Time Christmas Festival, where the town nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains rolls out the red carpet for visitors with an extra dose of holiday spirit.

The annual Olde Time Christmas festival will be celebrated three weekends this year: Dec. 2-4, 10-11 and 17-18.

Driver falls asleep, crashes on I81

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A New Hampshire driver fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle and crashed along Interstate 81 in Kline Township, Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the crash occurred about 6:25 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27.

Troopers said Gerald Mafera, 21, of Derry, was driving a 2004 Cadillac Seville northbound in the left lane when he fell asleep. The car went onto the berm at which point Mafera awoke and attempted to return to the road.

The car overturned and came to rest on the berm.

Santa coming to town Saturday

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

He's made his list, checked it twice, and knows by now who's been naughty or nice.

Back by popular demand, Santa Claus will arrive in a fire truck to greet children in the Palmerton Borough Park bandstand at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The annual event will once again be sponsored by the Palmerton and Aquashicola fire departments and the Pool Pals of the Palmerton Memorial Park.

Susie Arner, president of Pool Pals of Palmerton Memorial Park, said the organizations are proud to be able to back the event.

Christmas in the Country event to benefit Blue Ridge Toy Drive

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas in the Country will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3; and Sunday, Dec. 4 at Country Inn and Suites, 1619 Interchange Road, Route 209, Lehighton. Visit with Sanda, and drop off a new unwrapped toy or some non perishable food items for the Carbon-Mountaineers Marine Corps League 996 Blue Ridge Toy and Food Dive. All proceeds directly help families and children in Carbon County. There will be refreshments available. Free cookies and punch.

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.