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November 2011

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.

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.