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November 2011

My shining freshman moment

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Editor's note: This is the piece, written by Bridget McFadden, that was published in Teen Ink's October magazine.

Bright lights flicker on and off. Music is blaring from the speakers. A man's voice comes on.

"Up next is Jim Thorpe High School. Now let's hear it for Lebanon Cedars!"

The crowd went crazy. My heart pounds as loud as a gong. My stomach feels like I'm about to revisit everything I ate that day. My hands are suddenly drenched in sweat and shaking. My teammates notice.

Luzerne man jailed on Kidder warrant

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Luzerne County man was placed in the Carbon County prison in Nesquehoning after being picked up on a warrant issued to Kidder Township police.

Township police said Timothy J. Moran, 40, of White Haven, was stopped on Nov. 24 about 12:01 a.m. by state police at Hazleton for a traffic violation. At the stop it was learned he had an active warrant for his arrest on two felony counts of theft by deception.

SCFCA holdingCollege Night

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Schuylkill County Football coaches Association will host its first Annual College Night on Thursday, December 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Blue Mountain High School in the cafeteria.

Any high school senior that is interested in pursuing a football career in college is strongly urged to attend. Collegiate football coaches from Division II and Division III schools located throughout Pennsylvania and neighboring states have been invited to attend.

Vehicle stolen, then crashed

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

State police at Frackville are looking for the person who stole a vehicle and then a short time later crashed it into two parked vehicles. Troopers said the incident occurred shortly after midnight today at 16 E. Main St., Girardville, and ended at 34 W. Main St.

Troopers said the 2011 Ford Fiesta of Rayna J. Noble, 20, was stolen from in front of her home about 12:04 a.m. The car was driven a short distance when it crashed into two parked vehicles. The suspect who stole the Ford then fled the scene.

New salt shed is built just in time for winter

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS A new salt shed, to hold anti-skid materials for Lehighton borough, is nearing completion.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS A new salt shed, to hold anti-skid materials for Lehighton borough, is nearing completion.

A new salt shed that will store anti-skid materials is being constructed behind the Lehighton Borough Garage off East Penn Street.

The building is nearly complete and serves as a reminder that although we've experienced some unusually warm weather, winter conditions probably aren't too far away.

The structure has pre-cast concrete supports with wooden walls above them.

The shed is being built by Nimaris Construction of Bath and is nearly completed. Nimaris was one of four firms which bid on the project, offering the lowest quote of $57,633.75.

Palmerton winter sports ticket sale

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Palmerton Area School District will be selling winter sports season tickets beginning on Thursday, Dec. 1 in the high school office.

Tickets will also be sold in the high school lobby from 5 to 7 p.m. on December 1.

Ticket prices will be as follows:

Wrestling: Adults, $20.00; Students/Senior Citizens, $10.00

Basketball: Adults Girls and Boys Basketball, $30.00; Students/Senior Citizens $15.00

Family Pass: Wrestling $50.00, Girls and Boys Basketball $75.00.

Family Pass for all winter sports $125.00.

Orwigsburg man facing child porn, assault charges

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Schuylkill County man, already facing charges of assaulting a woman in his home, is facing new allegations of sexual abuse of children.

State police at Schuylkill Haven have charged William John Shilbe, 54, of 2008 Village Rd., in Orwigsburg, West Brunswick Township, with having in his possession images of female children nude and also engaged in sexual acts with adult men. The photos are of children from infant age to pre-teen, troopers allege.

On this date

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 30, 1968

Damage at the Palace Theater, Lansford, caused by a fire of unknown origin yesterday morning, is estimated at $200,000. The entire interior of the building, owned by William J. McDonald, was gutted and a large stock of new household furniture was completely destroyed. The building served as a storage area for the Ridge Center. Sgt. Joseph Delpero and patrolman Francis Karnish of the Lansford Police Department were patrolling in the area and heard an explosion when the doors of the building were blown open.

Palmerton rock concert to benefit 2011 Toys for Tots campaign

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A concert featuring Black Fate, Hell Freeze, Infernal Opera, Skalped and Panic will be presented from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Palmerton Sokol Hall 214, 452 Lehigh St., Lehighton.

All proceeds benefit Toys for Tots. There will be games, baked goods, food and drinks available, plus photos with Santa Claus.

For additional information, call Paula at (610) 703-1933.

Marriage licenses

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Schuylkill County

Kelsey A. Anderson and John W. Wefel Jr., 48 Schuylkill Road, New Ringgold.

Brenda L. Sabol and James P. Moss, 33 Hamilton St., Barnesville.

Melissa R. Clouser and Rodney E. Clouser, 203 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Glass shattered at Wine & Spirits in Tamaqua

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua police were dispatched at 3:14 this morning following a glass-break and two internal motion alarms at the Wine & Spirits Store on North Railroad St. Responding within seconds of the alarm, police arrived to see one of the two front glass doors shattered after a rock was thrown through it. Rush Township police also responded. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570)-668-5000.

Names omitted

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Palmerton's Kane Kralik and Aaron Cook were both named in the Colonial League football all-stars list, but were omitted from the lead part of the brief that ran in Tuesday's TIMES NEWS.

Kralik was named to both second team offense (guard) and defense (tackle), while Cook was honorable mention at inside linebacker.

Book signing

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Autumn Jordan at Palmerton Library

Award-winning author Autumn Jordan will conduct a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Palmerton Area Library.

She will sign copies of her newest release, "In the Presence of Evil."

A blurb from the book is as follows: Gina's upcoming Christmas looks bleak when she is framed for the murder of her boss. The only way she can stay out of jail is to accept help from the man who broke her heart years ago.

Slatington family of 5 forced to live in a car

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Members of Occupy Allentown, West Allentown and Bethlehem stage a rally at the Corio residence in Slatington on Tuesday. From left: Alyssa Santo, Adam Santo, Joris Rosse, Susie Buller, Daniel Hunter, Brad Ziegler, Phil Stein, Karen Samuels and Anne Keller-Smith.
Members of Occupy Allentown, West Allentown and Bethlehem stage a rally at the Corio residence in Slatington on Tuesday. From left: Alyssa Santo, Adam Santo, Joris Rosse, Susie Buller, Daniel Hunter, Brad Ziegler, Phil Stein, Karen Samuels and Anne Keller-Smith.

They tried working within the system but the financial hole just grew deeper

A family of five and their eight dogs have lost their home and are being forced to move into their Chevy Suburban, victims of what the family says is not just a bad economy, but predatory lending and even the failure of President Barack Obama's Home Affordable Modification Program.

The predicament reached a head early Tuesday morning when the family was put out on the street in the rain and house door locks were changed.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 30, 1954 Palmerton's Les Sweitzer and Jim Oravec combine to score more points than Weatherly, as the Blue Bombers roll to an 84-38 victory. Sweitzer hits on 11 shots from the floor and finishes with a game-high 23 points, while Oravec finishes close behind with 21. Palmerton, coached by Win Evans, also receives 18 points from Fred Reinhard. The Wreckers are led by Joe Knepper, who nets 20.

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 Aimee Hull and Emma Osenbach perform to the music "Party on the Floor."
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Aimee Hull and Emma Osenbach perform to the music "Party on the Floor."

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
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News A pregnant Illinois woman who apparently lost control and rolled her SUV was found lying outside her vehicle by firefighters after the turnpike crash Tuesday.
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News A pregnant Illinois woman who apparently lost control and rolled her SUV was found lying outside her vehicle by firefighters after the turnpike crash Tuesday.

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.