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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club has been awarded a grant by the NRA for the improvement of their range facilities.
A check for $1,850 was received recently at their Mahoning Township sporting club.
The grant is the result of an NRA sanctioned pistol league which the club has been conducting for the past seven years at their pistol range. The outdoor league enables shooters to compete and to obtain NRA classification for shooters from marksman to high master.
Shoppers in downtown Lehighton won't have to put money in the parking meters this month.
Lehighton Borough Council said parking will be free in the downtown for the month of December.
A criminal mischief incident in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, is being investigated by state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.
The victim is Arthur H. Heffner, 36, of 215 E. Second Mountain Road in the township.
He told police that between 4-6 p.m. Nov. 24, someone used a blunt object to smash his mailbox before fleeing the scene undetected.
A fire truck's siren was substituted for reindeer bells as Santa Claus arrived in Coaldale yesterday evening during the 25th annual C.H.O.S.E. Community Tree Lighting event held outside the Coaldale borough hall.
In addition to Santa lighting the tree, the event consisted of carols, music, gifts and snacks for the kids. C.H.O.S.E. (Church, Home, Organization, School, Environment) holds the event every year free of charge to local children.
A person was arrested at the scene of a Schuylkill County fire.
State police at Schuylkill Haven said several onlookers at a fire at the Cressona Textile Waste Inc., 98 Front St., Cressona, were asked to leave the property and that of the Blue Mountain, Reading and Northern Railroad, about 6:40 p.m. due to safety concerns. The fire occurred on Saturday, Nov. 26.
Ocean Spray announced it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling certain production lots of its Original Flavor Craisins® Dried Cranberries product in 5-ounce, 10-ounce and 48-ounce packages, as well as bulk sweetened dried cranberries in 10-pound packages due to the possible presence of very small hair-like metal fragments that are unlikely to cause consumer injury.
Because of the rising costs of engineering fees to comply with Act 537, a community-wide sewage facilities plan, Parryville Council has no other choice than to raise taxes by two mills this year.
Dana Brubaker, secretary, said that council is sure that a two-mill tax hike will happen again for 2013.
Brubaker added that one mill generates approximately $5,000. A home assessed at $40,000 will pay an additional $80 a year in real estate taxes in 2012 due to the tax increase.