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December 2011

Lehighton library receives donation

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Members of the Carbon County Bar Association recently donated $3,000 to the Lehighton Area Memorial Library. From left are attorney Cynthia Dyrda-Hatton, CCBA board member; Becky Wanamaker, director for the library; and attorney William G. Schwab, executive director of the bar association.

Slatington High School Class of 1966 hosts 45-year reunion

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Slatington High School Class of 1966 held its 45-year reunion on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Emerald Fire Company. After a social hour, the class photo was taken by Fella Studios of Northampton, followed by dinner, then dancing with music provided by DJ Crazy K's Karaoke. Classmates attending were, front row from left, Bonnie (Roth) Smith, Kathy (Solt) Kemp, Jane (Jones) Distler, Gail (Kern) Skeath, Charlotte Hallman, Linda Boyer-Williams, Bonnie (Correll) Brozey, Beverly (Kistler) Scheffler, Mary (Gellis) Hoppes, Susan (Roth) Sensinger and Elizabeth (Roth) Krause.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Snow rules

With the possibility of winter weather lurking every week, Tamaqua residents are reminded of borough rules concerning sidewalks.

Property owners are required to maintain a clear path, at least three feet wide, on sidewalks.

Snow and/or ice must be removed from these pathways within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm.

Snow, ice and other materials may not be thrown into the streets. Fines may be imposed on anyone caught throwing snow or ice into the street or who fails to maintain a snow-free pathway.

Carbon Monoxide

Thursday, December 29, 2011

We must be recognize the dangers of this killer

Once again carbon monoxide has claimed the life of an area resident. Richard Golab of Deer Lake, Schuylkill County was overcome by the poisonous gas at his residence.

Another person in the house was also overcome, but escaped with her life. She was taken to Schuylkill Medical Center and treated for carbon monoxide inhalation.

Over the years, we've had numerous deaths in our local communities caused by carbon monoxide gas. Many of these deaths could have been prevented.

Ruberto finishes second

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Jim Thorpe's Brian Ohl tries to turn Whitehall's Steve Faris in Round 1 of the Jim Thorpe Christmas Tournament.
Jim Thorpe's Brian Ohl tries to turn Whitehall's Steve Faris in Round 1 of the Jim Thorpe Christmas Tournament.

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


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

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.

Local cheerleader to perform in London New Year's parade

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Emily Ward
Emily Ward

Emily Ward, a student at Tamaqua Area High School, is one of more than 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who will be performing in the London New Year's Day Parade.

Emily is the daughter of Thomas and Ruth Ward, and the granddaughter of James Ward and Margaret Steele, all of Tamaqua.

New Philadelphia accident

Thursday, December 29, 2011

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


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.


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

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 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
TN FILE PHOTO/DONALD R. SERFASS Thousands are expected to turn out Saturday night for the 14th Annual Tamaqua New Year's Eve Ballrise sponsored by the TIMES NEWS.

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.

Four are facing Lehighton charges

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lehighton Borough police report four persons were cited recently for separate violations.

John D. Mertz, 19, of 168 Swiss View Road, Lehighton, was cited for disorderly conduct after stealing a speed limit sign at the intersection of Bridge and East Bridge streets on Nov. 24 at 1:37 a.m.

Lisa Fritz, 28, of 81 Spring St., Lehighton, was cited for disorderly conduct after making unreasonable noise and using obscene language on Dec. 7 at 8;10 a.m. at the Mahoning Inn.

On this date

Thursday, December 29, 2011

December 29, 1982

A railroad mishap in Lehighton resulted in the borough acquiring about 250 tons of road salt at a "bargain price." Borough Manager Mortimer L. Smedley arranged the purchase after two cars carrying the salt derailed and toppled just to the rear of the business district. The salt was hauled by borough employees to the borough garage and Smedley said the salt shed was overflowing due to the purchase.

Palmerton native serves Army training center

Thursday, December 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey was officially welcomed as the U.S Army Training and Doctrine Command's top-noncommissioned officer at the TRADOC headquarters building earlier this month.

Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey welcomed to new assignment at Va. facility

A Palmerton native has been promoted to serve in the top advisery position at the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Va.

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command officially welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey as its top-noncommissioned officer during a welcome and retreat ceremony at the TRADOC headquarters building earlier this month.

After welcoming and introducing Dailey, Gen. Robert Cone, TRADOC commanding general, spoke of his qualities and contributions to soldiers, the Army and the nation.

Schuylkill Haven woman hurt in accident

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Katelyn P. Schimpf, 22, of Schuylkill Haven, sustained moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Dec. 29 at 12:51 a.m. on Route 61 in East Norweigan Township, Schuylkill County, according to state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.

Police said she was driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty southbound when the vehicle traveled into the median and struck an impact attenuator with its left front. The vehicle then spun counter-clockwise and rolled onto its right side, coming to rest facing west.

Police said the woman will be cited as a result of the crash.

Lehighton news

Thursday, December 29, 2011

LALLC to meet

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe. Members are asked to make a note of the change in the meeting date.

Dolly Woody from the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be on hand to accept a check from proceeds raised during the recent quilt raffle.

Borough representatives will also be visiting. Lions are encouraged to invite a guest or family member to attend the dinner. Reservations can be made by contacting Linda Benner at (610) 377-3685.