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December 2011

Castillo's status hangs over Eagles' finale

Friday, December 30, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Juan Castillo's eyes got red and watery and his voice quivered slightly when he was asked if he ever lost confidence in himself during his struggles as a first-time defensive coordinator.

"The only thing for me is: I don't want to fail my head coach," Castillo said. "I don't want to fail him, man. I don't want to fail my boss."

The Philadelphia Eagles aren't going to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and just the fourth time in coach Andy Reid's 13 seasons.

District appeals tax status

Friday, December 30, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS St. Ann's School Apartments, Lansford.

PV doesn't feel St. Ann's housing should be exempt

A low-income senior housing project in Lansford meets the criteria for tax-exempt status, a Carbon County judge has ruled.

Catholic Housing Corporation's St. Ann's School Apartments, 30 E. Bertsch St., is a charity and therefore relieved of property tax obligations to the Panther Valley School District, Lansford borough and the county, Judge Richard W. Webb ruled on Dec. 23.

However, the school district has appealed the ruling, attorney Michael Greek told Lansford Borough Council on Wednesday.

Panther Valley news

Friday, December 30, 2011

Feed the People

The public is invited to a "Feed the People" program on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St., Summit Hill.

This is a new program being started by community members to provide a hot meal for anyone in need. This will be the first meal served through the program which will reach through Summit Hill, Lansford and Coaldale.

A Quiet Valley Christmas

Friday, December 30, 2011
In one of the original log houses at Quiet Valley, Katie Krabutler points out the Christmas tree decked with real candles that were lit on Christmas Eve, tin icicles and tin stars made by a tinsmith and cut-out cookies. Underneath the tree is a putz, a Nativity scene along with a village and animal figures with fresh moss and greens.
In one of the original log houses at Quiet Valley, Katie Krabutler points out the Christmas tree decked with real candles that were lit on Christmas Eve, tin icicles and tin stars made by a tinsmith and cut-out cookies. Underneath the tree is a putz, a Nativity scene along with a village and animal figures with fresh moss and greens.

100 acres of nostalgia in Snydersville

Many have Christmas traditions handed down to them from generation to generation. Baking cookies, trimming a Christmas tree and caroling are just a few.

When families gather, they often tell and retell their stories of past Christmases.

What if you could relive Christmas days of yore? What would it have been like to have a Christmas tree with no electric lights or to bake cookies in the oven of a wood stove or to work on making homemade Christmas presents by candlelight?

Carbon County court news

Friday, December 30, 2011

Divorce started

Colleen Booth, 135 Clearview Drive, Palmerton, filed against Kevin Booth, 355 Hahn's Dairy Road, Palmerton. They were married May 9, 1998.

Owes for vehicle

M & T Bank, N.A., successor in interest to M & T Credit Corporation, Buffalo, N.Y., filed a civil action against Daniel P. Marsolick, 227 E. McMurtrie St., Summit Hill, claiming the defendant defaulted on a retail installment contract involving the purchase of a 2008 Adventurer 38T recreational vehicle.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, December 30, 2011

December 30, 2002 Dave Conway and Eddie McLaughlin each score six first-quarter points as Marian jumps out to an early lead and then cruises to a 57-40 win over Northwestern. Conway finishes with a team-high 17 points for the Colts, who hold an 18-6 advantage after the opening frame. Zane Hadzick adds 13 for the winners, coached by Mick Stefanek, while McLaughlin ends with 11. Marian also receives 10 points from Jim Mansell, while Northwestern's TJ Stellar scores a game-high 20.

Greaseband tonight; Live Wire tomorrow

Friday, December 30, 2011

Tonight, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, some of the greatest songs of the past decades will be sung when the Fabulous Greaseband makes an appearance.

The concert is at 8 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door for $22 each.

Tomorrow night, a special New Year's Eve event is slated with Live Wire, considered "the world's greatest AC/DC tribute," will be on the large stage.

It's a concert for all ages and the concert starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 the night of the show.

Tamaqua couple reunites in marriage at car show

Friday, December 30, 2011
PHOTO COURTESY OF C. RICHARD CHARTRAND/EAST PENN PRESS Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Jones with their sons, front from left, Zachary and D'Artagnan.
PHOTO COURTESY OF C. RICHARD CHARTRAND/EAST PENN PRESS Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Jones with their sons, front from left, Zachary and D'Artagnan.

Carlene (Kohut) Jones and Bruce Jones, both of Tamaqua, were remarried in a special ceremony on Aug. 6, 2011 in Macungie, Pa.

The Hon. Arnold C. Rapoport officiated the double ring ceremony, which took place at Das Awkscht Fescht. The ceremony was held in the Camaro tent at the car show, as Mrs. Jones, who is a deputy clerk for Judge Rapoport, is a fan of Camaros.

Judge Rapoport is a founding member of the car show, and since the couple are car buffs, they felt it was the perfect setting for a second wedding.

Penn Forest Township lowers cost of garbage permits

Friday, December 30, 2011

The cost of garbage permits in Penn Forest Township have gone down this year. The township has also added a limited usage permit. The prices for a one-year permit are as follows:

Regular residential permit: $75 for four bags per week, backpunching is allowed. This price is available until Jan. 6. There is a $1 charger per extra bag.

Limited usage permit: $50 for two bags per week, no backpunching allowed. This permit is not available after Jan. 6. There is a $1 charger per extra bag.

A fee schedule is available for bigger items.

Tombstones dumped near St. Clair

Friday, December 30, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the times news
Larry Neff/Special to the times news

State police at Schuylkill Haven are continuing their investigation into the dumping of 13 tombstones in a remote area of Schuylkill county. The tombstones were discovered Wednesday morning by a hiker on property of the Reading Anthracite Company. The scene is just east of the Burma Road, about a mile northeast of St. Clair in East Norwegian Township. Security personnel of Reading Anthracite said the tombstones were dumped at the site in the past two weeks. State police are asking anyone who may have any information into the investigation to call them at (570) 593-2000.

Mailbox damaged in Monroe County

Friday, December 30, 2011

A criminal mischief incident that happened between 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 and 8 a.m. Dec. 28 in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, is under investigation by state police at the Fern Ridge barracks.

The victim is an unnamed resident of 34 Lemond Drive in the township who told pollice someone removed two decorative plastic candy canes from the side of the mauilbox at the residence and proceeded to strike the mailbox with a blunt object, causing damage to the side of it.

Nesquehoning cops make arrest

Friday, December 30, 2011

Nesquehoning police have arrested Russell L. Bahrey III, 35, of Hatfield, Pa., for drug-related charges stemming from an incident whereby he was transported to the Carbon County Correctional Facility in the borough and found to be in possession of marijuana.

Police said Bahrey was arrested on Dec. 3 at 5:40 p.m. by Beaver Meadows police, who picked the man up upon learning he was wanted on an outstanding bench warrant. Upon being searched at the prison, Bahrey was found to be in possession of a baggie that contained marijuana.

Hit-run accident causes damages

Friday, December 30, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating a hit-and-run accident that happened between 2:15-2:30 a.m. Dec. 30 on Schuylkill Mountain Road in South Manheim Township.

Police said the victim is William Betz, 62, of Schuylkill Haven, whose property was damaged by a runaway vehicle, possibly a Jeep Wrangler.

17 Schuylkill judicial, county officials sworn in

Friday, December 30, 2011

A crowd of more than 500 people packed the Ceremonial Courtroom at the Schuylkill County Courthouse Thursday for the swearing in ceremony for 17 judicial and county officials, who were elected in last November's general election.

Their terms do not begin until Jan. 1, 2012 and since Monday is a holiday, their work schedule does not start until Tuesday, Jan. 2.

A New Year's family tradition

Friday, December 30, 2011
Rick Willins of Philadelphia
Rick Willins of Philadelphia uses a special chain saw to carve a large block of Styrofoam into a themed sports car to be used by the band during Sunday's parade performance.

Durning String Band rarely misses a step at the Mummer's Parade

Jesse "Butch" Durning, 55, of Lansford, and his son, Charles Durning of New Philadelphia, have spent a majority of their lifetime continuing a family tradition, one that has warmed the hearts – and ears – of thousands of parade-watchers over the last 75 years.

The family has logged over a hundred combined years performing with the Durning String Band in the annual New Year's Mummers Parade in Philadelphia.

Running strong

Friday, December 30, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Inventory at Tamaqua 309 Auto Sales has been changing rapidly due to brisk business at the new Tamaqua dealership.

Tamaqua 309 Auto Sales finds a niche

After 30 years in the auto business, salesman Tim Maurer can just about read people's minds.

"I know what people expect in a vehicle," he says. They want cost-efficient, reliable transportation that is functional and attractive – and they want a dealer who'll stand behind them every step of the way.

That philosophy has energized Tamaqua 309 Auto Sales to the point where customers are not only buying cars off the lot, but utilizing Maurer's expertise in locating and purchasing vehicles from Maurer's expansive network of suppliers.

Monroe Council of Republican Women installs new officers

Friday, December 30, 2011

On Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Pocono Inne Town the Monroe Council of Republican Women met for a Holiday Luncheon and to install new officers.

They are: Gwen Stettler, 2nd Vice President; Helen Diecidue, Corresponding Secretary; Josephine Ferro, President; Jennifer Stillmayer, Recording Secretary; Paula Muehlhan, Treasurer; Maureen Christy, Assistant Recording Secretary; Sandy Scagliotti, 1st Vice President; Sonya Cole, 3rd Vice President. Judy Murphy, Regional Director of the Pa. Federation of Republican Women, Monroe, Wayne and Pike Counties congratulated the ladies.

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, December 30, 2011

The following transactions were made at the Carbon County courthouse:

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Gary W. Yewdall to Patrick Paul Bloss, P.O. Box 223, Beaver Meadows, property at 121A Berwick St., $69,000.

Franklin Township

Donald Kresge Jr. to Donald Kresge Jr., 399 Fairview St., Lehighton, property at 399 Fairview St., $1.

Earl Ponicsan to Victor A. Lenar, 845 Elm St., Lehighton, property at 845 Elm St., $138,200.

Jim Thorpe

Arthur Civatte to Arthur Civatte, Philadelphia, Lot A-7, Leisureland West, $1.

Kidder Township

FT supervisors to reorganize

Friday, December 30, 2011

Franklin Township supervisors will reorganize at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. The regular township meeting will follow at 4 p.m. This meeting takes the place of the Jan. 17 meeting. There will be no meeting on Jan. 17.

Carbon leadership in transition

Friday, December 30, 2011

Getz and O'Gurek say their farewells; Nanovic to decide on vacant seat

The leadership team in Carbon County will see some big changes in 2012.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, who lost his bid for reelection, said his farewells; Commissioner Charles Getz officially announced his retirement; Randall Smith, county administrator, served his last meeting; and Michael Ozalas, county solicitor, announced that his last day will be Jan. 2.

Inmate assaults correctional officer

Friday, December 30, 2011

Nesquehoning police have arrested an inmate at the Carbon County Correctional Facillity in that borough with the assault of a correctional officer.

Police said Steven White, 19, has been charged with aggravated assault by a prisoner.

Tuscarora home is burglarized

Friday, December 30, 2011

State police at the Frackville barracks are investigating a burglary at a home in Tuscarora.

The breakin hapened between 5 p.m. Dec. 28 and 6 a.m. Dec. 29 at a residence on Chestnut Street.

Police said someone forcibly entered the home and removed various jewelry, coins and men's clothing.

Jim Thorpe officials pleased with results of police study

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Police Department recently took part in a Police Management Study which reviewed the department's structure and operational procedures by utilizing statistical data, surveys, and interviews.

The study was conducted by Richard Garipoli, a Peer-to-Peer Management Consultant for the Governors Center for Local Government Services (GCLGS).

The study was funded by a state grant given by the GCLGS. Schatz worked with the offices of Senator John Yudichak and Governor Tom Corbett to attain the grant for the study.

Saying goodbye to all those who enriched our lives in 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

This Christmas morning is my first without my mom, Mae Tout. Last year she was home for two days from the hospital to spend her last Christmas with us. My mom had been suffering from renal failure for three years and her body could not take the dialysis anymore, so the doctors made the decision to stop everything, and call Hospice.

Free lunch slated at Parryville church

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A free lunch will be held at Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, weather permitting.

All are welcome.

Zeigler thanked for 6-year stint on West Penn board

Thursday, December 29, 2011
JACOB SEIBEL/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
JACOB SEIBEL/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS David Zeigler (far right) was honored for his years of service as a West Penn Township Supervisor during the board's final meeting of 2011. Zeigler, who served as vice chairman of the board, received a paque from Supervisors James Akins and Alfonso Martinez, chairman of the board.

David Zeigler was awarded a plaque for his years of service to West Penn Township during the board of supervisors' final meeting of the year Tuesday at the municipal building.

"The board of supervisors extends our sincerest congratulations for the six years you served as West Penn Township supervisor," Chairman Alfonso Martinez said.

Martinez went on to thank him for his dedication to the work that being vice chairman entails, a position Zeigler held over the last four years.

A new vice chair will be appointed at the next board meeting on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.

Barrel taken

Thursday, December 29, 2011

If you know anyone who came home on Wednesday with a blue plastic trash barrel, it may have been stolen.

Such a barrel blew onto the Gordon Nagle Trail between 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, and its owner believes a passing motorist made away with it.

The barrel belongs at 76 North Sillyman Street, Cressona.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks at (570) 593-2000.

Shenandoah man facing charges

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Jason Rodriguez, 22, of Shenandoah, has been arrested by state police at the Frackville barracks on a charge of harassment following an incident at 6:25 p.m. Dec. 28 in Girardville.

Police said it is alleged he physically assaulted William Hiester, 21, of Ogden Street, inside the victim's residence.

Carbon's swear-in ceremony Jan. 3

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Carbon County Court of Common Pleas will host the annual swearing-in ceremony for all Carbon County officials on Jan. 3, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. prevailing time, in courtroom 1, Carbon County Courthouse, Jim Thorpe.

This year's ceremony will include the swearing in of Joseph J. Matika as the 19th judge of the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas and will also include the swearing in of President Judge Roger N. Nanovic following his retention election. Others sworn in include the Carbon County commissioners, row officers and court officials who were elected this past November.

Tamaqua ballrise will lift us into 2012

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Linda Yulanavage, Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce
Linda Yulanavage, Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, distributes balloons at a Tamaqua New Year's Eve Ballrise event a few years ago.

New Year's Eve celebration a regional favorite

The biggest New Year's Eve celebration in Schuylkill and Carbon counties is set to kick off Saturday night in the center of Tamaqua.

Sparkling eagles designed by Brockton lighting technician Frank Fabrizio will soar high atop the ABC Tamaqua High Rise Building for the 14th Annual Tamaqua New Year's Eve Ballrise, coordinated by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the TIMES NEWS, a publication of Pencor Services Inc.

Six from the area among 19 who entered pleas

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Six area people were among 19 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and most of them were sentenced to jail terms by Judge John E. Domalakes.