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December 2011

Question raised over the Scholar Athlete award at Panther Valley

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dear Editor,

To the Panther Valley Football Association:

Yesterday, I picked up the paper and after reading the sports section I could not believe it.

The Scholar Athlete Award was given to the WATER BOY/equipment helper! He never even played!

ARE YOU KIDDING? What a Joke!

What a way to slap the face of the players who played their hearts out, with sprains, sore muscles, broken bones and dedication to the sport.

Is it any wonder why the enrollment in PV sports is declining?

Where were the police?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dear Editor,

I am writing in regards to our local law enforcement officers and whom ever answered my 911 call on the evening of 12/28/2011. I want to explain my dilemma and what came of it. I answered a knock at my front door around 6:20 p.m. and a young black male claimed he was from direct power and was checking to see if I had recieved my rebate check he told me he needed my PPL bill.

Hit-and-run driver sought in Palmerton

Friday, December 30, 2011

Imagine my surprise Sunday morning discovering that my car was a victim of a hit and run driver. I can only surmise that the driver was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The damage to my car and the incovenience and monetery loss is typical of an impaired driver. The insurance copany declared this accident a total loss.

Penn State headed to Dallas to face Keenum's Cougars

Friday, December 30, 2011

The 2012 bowl season is here and the Nittany Lions will be going to Dallas to face The Houston Cougars (12-1) in the TicketCity Bowl. Yes, Penn State fans, the Nittany Lions have literally punched their ticket to the TicketCity Bowl. I don't know if it's neccessarily the show that the 9-3 Lions wanted to attend, but it seems the bowl reps had already given out all the good seats to the "cool" shows.

Carbon mortgage foreclosures filed

Friday, December 30, 2011

The following actions were filed in Carbon County as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans:

Oak Capital Trust, Anaheim Hills, Callif., filed against Amy L. Allen and Christopher M. Allen, 634 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, over a property at that address. Sought is $57,329.96, plus continuing interest, costs and fees.

Parking it

Friday, December 30, 2011

If someone asks you to take a hike Sunday, do it

With a new year just a day away, it might not be the best time to lay a guilt trip on people.

But then again, this is the time for New Year's resolutions, and by the second week of January, many of our greatest intentions may already be history.

For all you couch potatoes who crave that Sunday football game fix, there's an alternative.

And for all you procrastinators who are used to pushing back that diet just one more week even after putting on those extra pounds from the many Christmas calories fests there is hope.

Driver is facing drug charges

Friday, December 30, 2011

Nesquehoning police report the arrest of Jordan Michael Tessitore, 19, of 209 E. Patterson St., Lansford, on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest stems from an incident on Dec. 19 at 2:59 p.m. at McDonald's, 180 Market St.

Police said they were called to the restaurant after an employee noticed drug paraphernalia in a car Tessitore was driving when he went through the drive-through serving line.

Upon responding and talking to Tessitore police found him to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Free New Year's Day dinner in Lehighton

Friday, December 30, 2011

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will serve a free community New Year's Day pork and sauerkraut dinner on Sunday in it's Luther Hall. Dinner will include potatoes, vegetables and dessert.

Dinner will be served for up to 250 people from noon until 2 p.m.

Northern Lehigh Senior High School announces honor roll

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Northern Lehigh Senior High School honor roll for the first marking period of the 2011-2012 school year has been announced by Mr. Robert Vlasaty, Principal.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST

Wildcat club's cabin burglarized

Friday, December 30, 2011

State police at the Frackville barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 9 a.m. Dec. 24 and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 28 at a cabin owned by the Wildcat Gun Club, 137 Wildcat Road, Walker Township.

Police said someone entered the cabin by forcing open a door on the south side of the building. Once inside, the actor(s) removed two beige-colored kerosene heaters, a blue 1,000-watt generator, two steel pool pumps, about 8-10 garbage bags of crushed aluminum cans, a 2-1/2-gallong clear fuel can, various lengths of electrical wire and an aluminum roof antenna.

Tamaqua boys, PV girls notch victories

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Tamaqua boys' and Panther Valley girls' basketball teams notched wins, while Palmerton, Panther Valley and Tamaqua took to the wrestling mats.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Schuylkill Haven-Tamaqua

The Blue Raiders held a 20-point halftime lead and cruised to the win over Schuylkill Haven, 58-35.

Zach Wargula's 14 points, Brett Kosciolek's 13 and Jake Fegley's 10 led the scoring for Tamaqua.

Brandon Weiser led the 'Canes in the losing effort.

Tamaqua won the JV game, 57-18, as Mike Weinert's 12 points and Drew Chartier's 11 led the way.

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN

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.

New Philadelphia accident

Thursday, December 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS These two vehicles were involved in yesterday's afternoon crash in New Philadelphia.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS These two vehicles were involved in yesterday's afternoon crash in New Philadelphia.

Drivers and passengers of two vehicles escaped serious injury during a two-vehicle accident yesterday in New Philadelphia. Reportedly, Karen Kercheski of New Philadelphia, driving an orange Pontiac Sunfire, pulled out from Water Street into the path of Amanda Ziniewicz of Kaska, who was driving an orange Dodge Neon on Valley Street, SR209. Both drivers and their passengers were treated on scene while their vehicles were towed. Responding in addition to Schuylkill Haven Ambulance, were New Philadelphia police, fire and fire police.

Lansford budget adopted but financial mess triggers anger

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lansford council on a split vote Wednesday adopted a 2012 budget, wholly for the sake of complying with state law, which requires municipalities to adopt final budgets by Dec. 31.

The spending plan council adopted is the same one in place for this year. The plan is for council to reopen and reconfigure it in January. Council failed to draft a new spending plan because its financial situation remains in disarray.

First-time offenders to be placed in Schuylkill probation program

Thursday, December 29, 2011

First time offenders who committed non-violent crimes, including 22 charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, were chosen by District Attorney James P. Goodman to be placed in the ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitated Disposition) Program, which is a probation program to allow them to work off the charge to clear their names.

At a hearing in the Schuylkill County Courthouse, Judge John E. Domalakes admitted the following into the program and sentenced them as follows:

Commissioners busy in final session of 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Although it lasted only 13 minutes, Schuylkill County commissioners made a number of transactions at their final public meeting Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

In one landmark personnel move, attorney Karen Byrnes Noon, Ashland, was promoted by outgoing District Attorney James P. Goodman to serve the balance of his term which expires in 2014 as district attorney at a salary of $168,541 per year. Attorney Noon was the first deputy assistant district attorney. Commissioner Gallagher noted the salary is mandated by the state which contributes.

Polk Township news

Thursday, December 29, 2011

PVI PTO

The Pleasant Valley Intermediate School's PTO will be hosting a family bingo on Friday, Jan. 6, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the school's cafeteria.

All PVI students and their families are invited to attend.

Lanford council adjusts meetings to once a month

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lansford borough council on Wednesday agreed to drop back to one meeting a month.

That meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month.

The move to have two meetings a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays, was approved in April, with the idea that the new schedule would shorten council's often lengthy meetings. But the meetings have continued to run late into the night.

S.S. Palmer Elementary School announces honor roll

Thursday, December 29, 2011

S.S. Palmer Elementary School has announced the Principal's List and Honor Roll for the first marking period.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST

3RD GRADE: Megan Bankes, Justin Behler, Dylan Bollinger, Damien Carrelli, Taylor Douglass, Delaney Frank, Madison Held

Elijah House, Timothy Iles, Cassandra Kress, Andrew McCartney, Brody Muniz, Reilly Nelson, Lauren Rehrig, Abigail Reis, Cailey Sagastume, Madeleine Serio, Caitlin Smith, Caleb Sommers, Alexander Stepien, Courtney Summers, Jacob Sutton, Nathan Thompson