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November 2011

Beaver Run R&G Club given NRA range grant

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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.

Slatington couple celebrate 50 years

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Miller

Carol and Gary Miller of Slatington recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Nov. 26, 1961 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Slatington, by the Rev. Earl Kreidler.

Mrs. Miller is the former Carol Henry, daughter of the late Mark and Erma Henry of Slatington. Her husband is the son of the late David and Erma Miller of Laurys Station, Pa.

Luzerne man admits his part in fatal shooting prior to trial

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

While 140 prospective jurors sat in a courtroom at the Schuylkill County courthouse Monday awaiting to be called to be screened to sit on a murder trial, the defendant chose not to go on trial but entered a plea of nollo contendre (no contest) to a charge of third degree murder.

Damon L. Ennett, 31, of Freeland, after accepting his plea Judge Jacqueline Russell immediaetly sentenced him to serve 13 1/2 to 27 years in a state correctional institution. The sentence is to begin when a sentence of 60 months he is currently serving in a federal prison expires.

Mahoning Twp. to advertise for new fire engine/pumper

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

After two years of preparation and planning, Mahoning Township Fire Chief Mark Ebbert presented a dozen bid packages to the board of supervisors to advertise for the purchase of a new fire engine/pumper for the Mahoning Township Fire Department.

The board unanimously approved the advertising for soliciting bids for a new vehicle.

"We planned and worked on these bid specifications for two years and am happy to report we are ready to move forward with the bidding process," Ebbert said. "We are ready to advertise and accept bids."

Volt, the electric car, comes to Rentschler

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Located inside the showroom of Rentschler Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Slatington, this white Chevy Volt is available for purchase.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Located inside the showroom of Rentschler Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Slatington, this white Chevy Volt is available for purchase.

Imagine, for a moment, a vehicle that won't use any gas at all if driven less than 40 miles contingent on terrain, temperature, and technique.

A fuel-efficient compact car, the Chevrolet Volt, is the first fully-electric vehicle on the market, of which Rentschler Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Slatington has two in stock.

Charles Walsh, general manager, Rentschler, said the first wave of Volt dealers were in NY, TX, MI, CA, and Washington, D.C.

Madelyn Jones is Tamaqua's Little Miss Spirit of Christmas

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with Tamaqua's 2011 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas Madelyn Jones, 8, are organizers Judy Hoppes, left, and Linda Yulanavage. Madelyn is the daughter of Matt and Jennifer Jones, Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with Tamaqua's 2011 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas Madelyn Jones, 8, are organizers Judy Hoppes, left, and Linda Yulanavage. Madelyn is the daughter of Matt and Jennifer Jones, Tamaqua.

The Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival committee has announced that the 2011 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas is Madelyn Jones, 8, a third-grade student at the Tamaqua Elementary School, and the daughter of Matt and Jennifer Jones of Tamaqua.

Balloting for Little Miss Spirit of Christmas took placed Nov. 14-25 at the Wells Fargo Bank.

Eleven girls, in third through fifth grades in the Tamaqua Area School District, including St. Jerome Regional School, participated in the holiday contest.

Car takes out pole

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Franklin Township Police Chief Thomas Beltz is investigating a one-car accident that took place around 7:35 a.m. today at 657 Pohopoco Drive in Franklin Township. Police said that the driver of the car was Jason Wuermuth, no age or address available at the scene. Wuermuth appeared to be uninjured following the crash. The Dodge Avenger that he was driving was demolished. Wuermuth hit a pole and took down utility wires at the Roeseler property. Firefighters believed the wires were Verizon wires. Power lines were across the street from the crash. Wuermuth's air bag deployed during the crash.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Elsie R. Greybush to Michael J. Bubel Jr., 30 Hometown Ave., Tamaqua, property on Elm Street, $21,000.

Franklin Township

Michael D. Wilmot to Clifford C. Colgan, 20 Pine Needle Drive, Lehighton, property at 20 Pine Needle Drive, $245,000.

Jim Thorpe

United States of America to Nancy Beers, P.O. Box 4006, Jim Thorpe, property at 30 River St., $135,000.

Robert J. Syracuse to Family First Mortgage Corporation, Palm Coast, Fla., property at 314 W. Broadway, $1.

Schuylkill property transfers

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Carol Ann Dunlap, as executrix of the estate of Marguerite P. Hentosh, of Delano, to Renee L. Hruniuk, Mahanoy City, property on north side of Hazle Street, Delano, $38,000

Jason S. and Angela M. Greenzweig to Jarrod and Brenda Pensyl, property at 308 E, Railroad Avenue, New Ringgold, $58,000.

Leo J. Skotek and Lisa Skotek to Lisa Skotek property at 20 James St,, Kline Township, $1 (transaction between husband and wife).

Breakfast with Santa to benefit Dream Come True

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The third annual Breakfast with Santa will take place at Roadies Restaurant at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, from 9 a.m. until noon on Sunday, Dec. 11.

The event is sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications, Penn's Peak, Roadies Restaurant and Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Breakfast with Santa will benefit children through the local Dream Come True Chapter, with a donation of $1 from every breakfast.

Jim Thorpe Old Time Christmas Parade to be held Friday night

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Celebration of Light Old Time Christmas Parade will be held at 5:50 p.m. Friday. The parade will march down Broadway to Josiah White Park. For more information, go to www.jimthorpeoldtimechristmas.com.

The parade will begin at Immaculate Conception Church on West Broadway, and end at Josiah White Park at the train station.

Boris captures Grid Picks title

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

After 13 weeks of prognosticating winners and office trash talking, the TIMES NEWS Sports Department has crowned Jason Boris its 2011 Grid Picks Champion.

It is Boris' sixth Grid Picks Title in his 11 years on staff (since 2001), as he finished the annual high school football contest with an overall record of 147-48 (a .754 winning percentage).

Tamaqua man cited for theft

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Tamaqua man has been cited after he reportedly failed to return equipment to a fire department in the borough.

Jonathon Jones, 30, of 101 Pine St., agreed to be a volunteer firefighter with Tamaqua's American Hose Company in 2006.

He was provided with a pager on Aug. 15, 2006, and signed an agreement to follow the rules of use and obligations required for continued use of the pager.

On July 10, 2009, officers of the company determined Jones was in violation of the agreement he signed and began attempts to have their property returned.

Harassment arrest reported

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

State police at Frackville reported the arrest of a Schuylkill County resident for harassment following an incident in the parking lot of a county mall.

Troopers said Thomas Pusavage, 20, of Frackville, was cited for an incident that occurred about 6:20 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, in the parking lot of the Schuylkill Mall in New Castle Township.

Pusavage allegedly approached a 16-year-old male from Wilburton, and pushed him several times in an attempt to start a fight. A witness to the incident called troopers. Pusavage was then cited.

Lehighton hospital staff attacked, suspect hijacks mail truck before he's captured

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Firefighters converge on the Subway restaurant in Jim Thorpe after police were called when a suspect left a suspicious bottle of liquid on a table.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Firefighters converge on the Subway restaurant in Jim Thorpe after police were called when a suspect left a suspicious bottle of liquid on a table.

Police believe he's same individual who left suspicious liquid at Jim Thorpe restaurant

A Nesquehoning man is lodged in Carbon County Prison after allegedly tossing a nauseous liquid on a table at a Jim Thorpe restaurant yesterday afternoon and then going on a violent rampage at the Gnaden Huetten Campus of Blue Mountain Health System in Lehighton last night, after which he reportedly attempted to steal a postal truck.

Travis T. Loch, 24, of 236 W. Mussmano St., was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Humanko of Weatherly this morning. He is facing a long list of charges, including felony counts.

Judge Humanko listed bail at $50,000 cash.

Hit and run crash

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a hit-and-run accident that occurred about 1:50 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, along SR61 in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Alyson J. Folweiler, 22, of Saint Clair, was stopped at a red light northbound in the right lane.

A vehicle approached from behind in the right lane.

The driver of the second vehicle attempted to make a lane change and struck the left rear bumper of Folweiler's 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara.

Four area players on MVC football first team

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Mountain Valley Conference has chosen their football All Stars for the 2011 season. Four TIMES NEWS area players were selected to the MVC First team with most of the players earning multiple selections. The following players were named to the MVC First Team; Jacen Nalesnik (Jr. LEH, WR), Michael Balliet (Sr., LEH, DT), Dakota Everett (Jr., PV, LB), and Rob Getz (Two-way selection, Sr., PV, RB/DB).

@$:The following TIMES NEWS area players were named to the Second Team; Anthony Farole (Sr. LEH, DB), Dakota Everett (Jr., PV, TE), and Dean Bumbulsky (Sr., LEH, DB).

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.

Schuylkill Court news

Monday, November 28, 2011

Divorces granted

Sharon Haughton Grady, Pottsville, was granted a divorce from John Grady, Pottsville. They were married Feb. 14, 1996.

Kimberly A. Colnnors, Cressona, was granted a divorce from Kevin A. Connors, Orwigsburg. They were married May 29, 2004.

Lynn A. Romberger was granted a divorce from Scott Romberger, both of Schuylkill Haven. They were married Dec. 5, 2001.

Grace L. Stock, Gordon, was granted a divorce from Gerald Stock, Richfield. They were married May 6, 1985.

Sentenced

Ss. Peter and Paul School wins another computer

Monday, November 28, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Ss. Peter and Paul School collected the most shoes per student for the Walk in Our Shoes program through Blue Ridge Communication TV-13. The students and Maria Stianche of 1 Love Foundation were recognized by Retired Colonel George Duell Jr., liaison with the military, and Bill Campbell of the Pennsylvania Committee for Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). From left are, front row, Angelina Degler and Linda Vella, teachers at Ss. Peter and Paul School; and Sherry Sernak, principal; and back row, Maria Stianche, Kim Bell, station manager; George Duell, Bill Campbell; Jill Kuntzman, administrative assistant; and Marie Johns of Eyewatch News TV-13.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Ss. Peter and Paul School collected the most shoes per student for the Walk in Our Shoes program through Blue Ridge Communication TV-13. The students and Maria Stianche of 1 Love Foundation were recognized by Retired Colonel George Duell Jr., liaison with the military, and Bill Campbell of the Pennsylvania Committee for Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). From left are, front row, Angelina Degler and Linda Vella, teachers at Ss. Peter and Paul School; and Sherry Sernak, principal; and back row, Maria Stianche, Kim Bell, station manager; George Duell, Bill Campbell; Jill Kuntzman, administrative assistant; and Marie Johns of Eyewatch News TV-13.

Accepting another Dell computer is a habit that the children of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School have acquired ever since a shoe collection contest began.

Marie Johns of TV 13 started the Walk in Our Shoes program five years ago. Four years ago, PenTeleData began offering a computer to the school that collects the most shoes per student. Ss. Peter and Paul School has received the computer every time.

Local business provide prizes to students

Monday, November 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Local businesses provided prizes to two local students. The male winner was Logan Rutch, from Marian Catholic High School, who won prizes from Charles X. Block, Just Hair, Guy's Flowers & More, Flexers Photography and Turkey Hill. The female winner was Erin Paton from Panther Valley High School, who won prizes from Juliette Bridal's, Petals & Greens, Steph's Styling Studio, Flexer Photography and Wal-Mart's Nails & Spa Center. Pictured are Erin Paton, Jordon Flexer of Flexer Photography and Logan Rutch.

Student of The Month

Monday, November 28, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eighth-grader Steven Jaramillo, second from left, receives a certificate from Penn-Kidder Lions Club president Manuel DaCosta, center after being honored as the November Student of the Month of the Penn/Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe School District. Jaramillo was joined by his family, from left, father Gustave, mother Sabrina, and sister Mariana at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony.

Two events at Penn's Peak this weekend

Monday, November 28, 2011
Vanilla Fudge will be performing at 8 p.m. Friday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Opening will be the Craig Thatcher Band.
Vanilla Fudge will be performing at 8 p.m. Friday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Opening will be the Craig Thatcher Band.

Vanilla Fudge performs Friday; it's disco fun on Saturday night

Two special events are scheduled this coming weekend at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

On Friday night, Vanilla Fudge, one of the first American groups to infuse psychedelia into a heavy rock sound to create "psychedelic symphonic rock," will be in concert as part of it's "Farewell Tour."

The concert starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $22 in advance and $27 at the door.

Opening for Vanilla Fudge will be the Craig Thatcher Band.

On Saturday night, it's Elektrik Company's Boogie to the Disco Show - The Ultimate Disco Tribute.

Two Tamaqua men given prison terms

Monday, November 28, 2011

Two Tamaqua men entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court received jail sentences from Judge Charles M. Mller.

James William Kunkel, 29, of Ryan Avenue, on three counts of selling a controlled substance from his home, was sentenced to serve three to six years in a state correctional institution with credit for serving 224 days in the county prison.