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December 2011

Aglow for the season

Friday, December 30, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news
Victor Izzo/special to the times news

Churches throughout our area and worldwide were aglow with the sights and sounds of the season, including St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe, where the lights, greenery, and a Nativity scene made last weekend's Christmas Mass special for worshippers.

Walnutport Kmart not on the chopping block

Friday, December 30, 2011

Other area Kmart and Sears stores also safe

Sears Holdings Company has announced its first round of store closings and the Walnutport Kmart isn't on the list.

Sears stores in Whitehall and Frackville also will remain open, as will its portrait studio at the Laurel Mall in Hazleton.

Yesterday Sears announced the closing of 79 stores nationwide – Sears and Kmart combined. A second round of store closings will be announced in the near future.

Earlier this week, Sears said it could close up to 120 stores.

The only Pennsylvania stores on yesterday's list are in Upper Darby and Pottstown.

A thumbs down to red light ticket cameras

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

This is an open letter to all your readers who drive:

I am asking for your help to ban photo traffic enforcement in Pennsylvania.

As a motorist, you know how important road safety is when exercising your inalienable right to freedom of travel.

Photo enforcement exists to raise revenue. It does this by causing more crashes, injuries and fatalities. Money, not safety, is the goal.

Miller-Keystone center announces blood drives

Friday, December 30, 2011

January is National Blood Donor Month.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 3:30 to 7 p.m., Nesquehoning VFW, 300 Center Street, Nesquehoning. For information call 570-669-9201.

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2 to 5 p.m., M&T Bank, 100 E. Broad Street, Tamaqua. Call Call 570-668-0640.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Boat Yard, replacement drive for Arthur "Smokey" Highland, 251 Canal Street, Lehighton. Call 570-657-6620.

Trees accepted at Phifer Ice Dam Park after Jan. 1

Friday, December 30, 2011

Franklin Township residents can dispose of their Christmas trees after Sunday, Jan. 1 at the Phifer Ice Dam Park using the Penn Street entrance.

A new year and the law of the firsts

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dear editor:

As the year 2011 draws to a close I cannot help wonder what resolutions I will make to improve my lifestyle. It seems that every year we all do the same ole stuff. You know – clean the garage, take out the trash, lose weight and be nicer to your spousal equivalent.

Well, I have a different idea for next year. I'll call it "remember the first time." Think about all the happy moments we had in our life with the many first-time experiences we had. You know ... when I first shot my first buck, got my first car (boy, was that a bucket of bolts).

Long Pond man charged with DUI

Friday, December 30, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional Police have arrested Alex Vigo, 32, of Long Pond, for driving under the influence.

Police said the arrest was made after a stop for a Vehicle Code violation on Dec. 28 on Rt. 196 in Coolbaugh Township.

Police said officers detected the odor of burned marijuana emanating from the vehicle in which Vigo was the operator. Police said he failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood analysis.

New Tripoli man is accident victim

Friday, December 30, 2011

A New Tripoli man died during a one vehicle crash early last evening in Weisenberg Township.

Fred A. Bowman, 76, was pronounced dead after his vehicle traveled into a yard and struck a well casing, a parked SUV, a concrete porch of a home, and then into a home where it caused major structure damage.

Trooper Francis L. DeMatto of the Fogelsville barracks of the state police said the investigation remains open pending a coroner's report, but that death may have occurred prior to the crash.

Nine Bulldogs on TN First Team

Friday, December 30, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Trevor Yashur
Northern Lehigh's Trevor Yashur, second from left, receives the TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Year trophy from Managing Sports Editor Ed Hedes. Joining them for the presentation are Yashur's parents Theresa and Joe. Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS

It's becoming quite common this time of the year.

Select a football all-star team and you're bound to have a host of Northern Lehigh players on it.

After another successful season (the Bulldogs have reached postseason play in 13 of the last 14 years), it shouldn't come as a shock that Joe Tout's club once again dominated the TIMES NEWS First Team.

In all, nine players received mention on our top team. Leading the way is TN Football Player of the Year Trevor Yashur. Two other Bulldogs were recognized on the Second Team.

Inmate is facing drug charges

Friday, December 30, 2011

Katrina Marie Vandling, 22, of 81 Jamestown Drive, Lehighton, is facing drug-related charges filed against her by Nesquehoning police, who said they were called to the Carbon County Correctional Facility in the borough after prison officials and sheriff's deputies found her to be in possession of the unlawful items.

Police said she was arraigned before District Justice Casimir Kosciolek on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a communications device by an inmate. She was retained in prison in lieu of $1,000 bail.

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.

Ruberto finishes second

Thursday, December 29, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Ryan Ruberto, top, reverses Williams Valley's Trevor Martin in the 285 pound match.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Ryan Ruberto, top, reverses Williams Valley's Trevor Martin in the 285 pound match.

Jim Thorpe's Ryan Ruberto turned in his team's best showing during the Christmas Wrestling Tournament hosted by the Olympians on Wednesday.

WRESTLING

Jim Thorpe Christmas Tournament

Whitehall took home the Jim Thorpe Christmas Wrestling Tournament championship Wednesday afternoon. The host Olympians ended the day tied for seventh.

Jim Thorpe's best showing came from Ryan Ruberto in the heavyweight division. He finished second to Whitehall's Brian Fang.

WPWC installs new members

Thursday, December 29, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Western Pocono Women's Club installed their newest members at their annual Christmas gathering, held at Stroudsmoor Inn. Left, Pat Mackes, chairlady of the Membership Committee, and right, Linda Bryfogle, chairlady of Home Life Committee, conducted the ceremony and welcomed new members, left to right, Sue Shupp, Nancy Smith, Maureen Skilton, Gail Schellman, Elida Gares. The WPWC meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Effort UMC. There will be no meeting in January or February.

Free New Year's Day dinner in Lehighton

Thursday, December 29, 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.

Heritage Hill woman celebrates 91st birthday

Thursday, December 29, 2011
@$:Anna Temchatin
@$:Anna Temchatin

Anna Temchatin, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, celebrated her 91st birthday on Dec. 27.

She was born in 1920 in Hazleton, where she has lived her entire life. She had two sisters, Mary and Helen, and a brother, John, who passed away in recent years.

Her husband of almost 40 years, Wassil, passed away in 1989.

Anna has two sons, Basil and Jack; two grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

She is a devout Catholic and a member of St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hazleton.

On this date

Thursday, December 29, 2011

December 29, 1966

December 29, 1966 Dave Honzo hits a 20-footer at the buzzer to lift Palmerton to a thrilling 63-61 victory over Jim Thorpe at the Slatington Lions Club benefit at Smith Hall. Andy Krawchuk hits a pair of baskets to tie the contest with 45 seconds to play and set up Honzo's heroics. Honzo finishes with 22 points for the Bombers, coached by Don Holland, while Mike Samok nets 11. For the Olympians, Dennis Balliet tallies a game-high 35 points.

Yashur makes most of opportunity

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Yashur makes most of opportunity
Copyright 2011

Not a lot of people know it, but Northern Lehigh's coaching staff seriously considered running a spread offense last season.

That's right. The program known for its smash-mouth running game was going to open it up. The coaches weren't sure they had a running back that could take the pounding that a Northern Lehigh running back gets exposed to.

Tombstones found at Schuylkill site

Thursday, December 29, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating the discovery of 13 "potential tombstones" at a site in East Norweigan Township, Schuylkill County.

Police said they were found within the patrol area of the barracks at 9:07 a.m. Dec. 28.

Out of the 13 stones, six of them have been transcribed as follows:

Robert D. Phelcer, 1875-1951; Frank 1866-1910; Loretta A. Buries, 1900-1945; Harry J. Johnson, 1887-1924; Mary A. Rote, 1888-1933; and William E. Gramley, 1886-1948.

Police said as the other stones are transcribed, the names will be produced.