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November 2011

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.

Jim Thorpe teen's short story is published

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bridget McFadden, a junior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, holds a copy of the October issue of Teen Ink, where a non-fiction short story that she wrote was published.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bridget McFadden, a junior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, holds a copy of the October issue of Teen Ink, where a non-fiction short story that she wrote was published.

Bridget McFadden uses real life experience as her inspiration

Bridget McFadden is not your average teenager.

The Jim Thorpe Area High School junior has had an extensive career as a cheerleader, comes from a musically-talented family, and has a passion for the arts.

Now, the 16-year-old can also add published writer to her high school résumé.

McFadden wrote a short story about a personal experience that was recently published in the October issue of Teen Ink, an international magazine for teens written by teens.

Summit Hill budget talks off to slow start

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Line item analysis will be focus at next session

Budget talks began last night in Summit Hill, but little progress was seen on determining the 2012 fiscal situation.

Council President Joseph Weber said another budget session is scheduled for next Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. during which the council members will do a line-by-line analysis of budgetary figures.

The discussion at last night's session was basically on generalities. Council members indicated that without the line-by-line scrutiny, it is impossible to get a grasp of anticipated expenses and income.

Tamaqua Lady Raiders Soccer awards

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Tamaqua girls soccer team lauded The Tamaqua girls soccer team was honored by its booster club during a recent banquet at the Hometown Fire Company in Hometown. Pictured from left were assistant coach Ken Mateyak, seniors Cady O'Malley, Carly O'Malley, Caitie Trainer, Hilda Thalin, Chey Bates, JV coach Courtney McCarroll, assistant coach Amanda Breiner-Peters and head coach Clem McCarroll. Not pictured was senior Kayla Hope.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Tamaqua girls soccer team lauded The Tamaqua girls soccer team was honored by its booster club during a recent banquet at the Hometown Fire Company in Hometown. Pictured from left were assistant coach Ken Mateyak, seniors Cady O'Malley, Carly O'Malley, Caitie Trainer, Hilda Thalin, Chey Bates, JV coach Courtney McCarroll, assistant coach Amanda Breiner-Peters and head coach Clem McCarroll. Not pictured was senior Kayla Hope.

Parade winners recognized

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Dean Faust, East Penn Service Center who won Best of Show; David Kuchta, president, No. 9 Mine and Museum, Lansford who won first place in motorized; Mike Proch, manager, Mauch Chunk Trust, Hometown; Rich Shupp, parade organizer, Tamaqua Lions Club; Sharon Whispell, Tamaqua Salvation Army who won first place marchers; Mark Beltz, director, Tamaqua Raider Band who won second place marchers; and Charlee Biacco, scout leader, Tamaqua junior Girl Scout Troop, SU31106 who won third place marchers.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Dean Faust, East Penn Service Center who won Best of Show; David Kuchta, president, No. 9 Mine and Museum, Lansford who won first place in motorized; Mike Proch, manager, Mauch Chunk Trust, Hometown; Rich Shupp, parade organizer, Tamaqua Lions Club; Sharon Whispell, Tamaqua Salvation Army who won first place marchers; Mark Beltz, director, Tamaqua Raider Band who won second place marchers; and Charlee Biacco, scout leader, Tamaqua junior Girl Scout Troop, SU31106 who won third place marchers.

Thorpe man charged in domestic incident

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gregory Earl Demage, 30, of 1025 Center St., Jim Thorpe, is facing multiple charges as a result of an incident at 1:08 p.m. Nov. 7 in Jim Thorpe Borough.

Police said they were dispatched to that residence for an active domestic disturbance and upon arrival were told by Renee K. Demage, the defendant's wife, that she had been threatened with a knife and that money was demanded.

Police said the man was arrested at the scene and transported to the police station for a video arraignment.

World champ

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Photo courtesy of Long Drivers of America Carl Wolter of Lehighton celebrates after unleashing a huge drive at theRE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Powered by Dick's Sporting Goods. Wolter won the competition.
Photo courtesy of Long Drivers of America Carl Wolter of Lehighton celebrates after unleashing a huge drive at theRE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Powered by Dick's Sporting Goods. Wolter won the competition.

Wolter regains the RE/MAX long drive title

Carl Wolter knew what had to be done.

Wolter approached the teed up golf ball and addressed it, intensifying his focus for one perfect swing. The result was a 409-yard drive that outdistanced his opponent Ben Tuaone in the finals of the 2011 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Powered By Dick's Sporting Goods.

With that swing, the 35-year old Wolter matched his 2002 performance to regain his place atop the power golf world.

Summit Hill/Lansford News

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Summit Hill

St. Paul Lutheran

The Rev. Richard Hinkle, a retired pastor from Weatherly, will lead the worship service at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, on Sunday, Dec. 11.

He will deliver the sermon during the 10:30 a.m. service.

The church's Sunday school will meet at 9 a.m. Members are still collecting boxes of tissues that they will be delivering to the nursing home residents during their visit in December.

Recreation commission

Santa to arrive in a helicopter

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Once again Christmas on the Hill in Summit Hill, which will be held Saturday, will feature Santa arriving by helicopter.

Santa will arrive on the Ginder Field between 10:30 and 11 a.m.

Christmas on the Hill is sponsored by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission.

After Santa arrives, he will join the Summit Hill children for breakfast immediately at the Summit Hill Community Center.

The children will have breakfast with Santa, write him a letter and have a short visit with him.

Bad trend

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holidays hold hidden dangers for teenagers

With the start of the holidays, young people face added danger in this special season otherwise known for celebration and good cheer. The hooligan? Often it's alcohol.

School break offers up unstructured, and perhaps unsupervised, time and thus some significant risk especially when you add in the propensity of some adults to promote alcohol-included events as a way to mark Christmas, Hanukkah, or the New Year.

Let the reindeer games begin.

Teens and Alcohol

According to research from SADD and Liberty Mutual Insurance:

Schuylkill court news

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

File for divorce

Douglas G. Cramer, 1256 West Penn Pike, Apt. B, West Penn Township, started a divorce action against Marcia Cramer, 3887 Barryan Drive, Danielsville, Northampton County. They were married May 29, 2010.

Jacqueline (Fogarty) Maschal, 275 Valley Road, New Philadelphia, filed for divorce from Gene Maschal, 20 S. Lemon St., Mount Carmel, Northumberland County. They were married April 12, 2003.

Kimberly A. Economy, 40 E. Spruce St., Mahanoy City, filed for divorce from Michael D. Economy,176 Long Row Road, Gilberton. They were married Oct. 6, 2004.

Board meeting on variance request reset for Jan. 10

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Lower Towamensing Township business must wait until after the new year to have their request for a variance heard.

Representatives from AMPAL, Inc., of 2125 Little Gap Road, were scheduled to go before the township's zoning hearing board on Tuesday in search of permission to erect several additions onto their property.

Delayed by 35 minutes due to the lack of a stenographer, the hearing finally got under way after the township secretary arrived at the township municipal building to provide the board with a tape recorder.

Ambler man cited in motorcycle theft

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jim Thorpe police have arrested Charles H. Hemmen, 25, of Ambler, with a felony count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition as a result of an incident on July 24 in the borough where a motorcycle was stolen.

Police said the victim, Chris Hynes, said that someone took his 2001 Suzuki GSXR 1000 from its parked position at a meter on Lehigh Avenue.

'Twilight': 'Breaking' boredom

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"The Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" is an entertaining movie that should please fans of the movie and not disappoint fans of the fictional book series by Stephenie Meyer.

One presumes they are one and the same.

As for the vampires and werewolves, we're not so sure.

The vampires don't come off as half-bad for being half-dead.

The werewolves, well, they are often in the dark. And, as they zoom through the woods faster than a Predator drone, you can barely pick them out.

The big three are what's important here, anyway.

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.