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November 2011

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.

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).

Textile Waste Company burns

Monday, November 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from throughout Schuylkill and Berks counties battled a stubborn commercial structure fire at the Cressona Textile Waste Company in Cressona on Saturday. The fire was first discovered at 6:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene flames were shooting through the one-story masonry structure, which is located at the intersection of Front and Chestnut streets. State police Fire Marshal Michael Yeity said the cause of the blaze is still under investigation. He estimated damages at $100,000 to $150,000.

DUI arrests reported in Monroe

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on driving under the influence (DUI) arrests.

Police said about 2:50 a.m. on Nov. 24 they received a report of an accident along Kuhenbeaker Road, in Tunkhannock Township. Upon arrival officers found a vehicle in the ditch with the driver, identified as Patrick Denig, 32, of Tobyhanna, still inside.

Denig was found asleep behind the wheel and intoxicated. He was taken into custody, failed field sobriety tests, and transported to the Pocono Medical Center (PMC), East Stroudsburg, for a blood test.

Coaldale couple wed 60 years

Monday, November 28, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Boyle
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Boyle

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Boyle of Coaldale recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on Nov. 17, 1951 in SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church by the late Monsignor Nicholas Terna.

Mrs. Boyle is the former Julia Hutta, daughter of the late Paul and Mary Hutta. Mr. Boyle is the son of the late Donald and Grace Boyle. They are the parents of four children: Joseph of Bethlehem, Thomas of Tamaqua, Susan Lopata of Nesquehoning, and MaryKay Horvath of Summit Hill. They also have 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Schuylkill driver facing charges

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Schuylkill County driver is facing charges, including driving under the influence (DUI) and fleeing the scene of an accident.

State police at Frackville identified the suspect as Kristopher See, 20, of New Philadelphia.

According to troopers about 4 a.m. See was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck along Pine St., in Blythe Township, northbound when he struck the rear of a Ford F150 pickup truck that was parked along the east side of the road.

Slatington woman cited by police

Monday, November 28, 2011

Slatington police have cited Nicole Arnold, 23, of 1305 Pin Oak Lane, Slatington, on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Pollice said she was arrested after a disturbance that happened at 5 p.m. Nov. 26 at 578 Main St.

Thanksgiving baskets for Nesquehoning

Monday, November 28, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

McDonald's Restaurant in Nesquehoning donated two food baskets to the needy in Nesquehoning for Thanksgiving. Seen are Bertha Shreffler from Meed's United Methodist Church receiving the baskets and Dorothy Gula, shift manager and Todd Sheckler, manager ot the McDonald's. Managers collected the food for the donated baskets.