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December 2011

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
TN FILE PHOTO/DONALD R. SERFASS
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
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.

Schuylkill commissioners approve demolition of Coaldale building

Thursday, December 29, 2011
TIMES NEWS file photo
TIMES NEWS file photo The vacant double home in Coaldale borough that is earmarked for demolition.

A contract to demolish a vacant double home in Coaldale borough was awarded by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at Wednesday's board meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Northeast Industrial Services, of Mount Carmel, the low bidder at $11,440, was awarded the contract to demolition the double frame home at 119-121 Greenwood Street, of which the borough acquired ownership.

Bulldogs power past Thorpe

Thursday, December 29, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Josh Landsberger of Northern Lehigh powers up a shot between Jim Thorpe defenders Connor Ennis (44) and Robert Freeman.

Jim Thorpe head coach Brian Carroll knew in order to defeat Northern Lehigh, his team would need to neutralize the Bulldogs' inside dominance.

That is easier said then done.

The host Bulldogs compiled a huge rebounding advantage and rolled to a 48-30 victory in the finals of the Slatington Rotary Tournament on Wednesday.

Colts get big win at Panther Valley

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Colts get big win at Panther Valley
Copyright 2011

The Marian Colts were coming into Wednesday's match-up against rival Panther Valley with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder.

The reason being, the Colts suffered a one-point loss to the Panthers in the PV Tip-Off Tournament in the first weekend of the season. Add the fact that North Schuylkill handed the Colts a bad 17-point loss the night before and all of a sudden their game against Panther Valley became all that more important.

Move over Pasadena!

Thursday, December 29, 2011
BAILY PHOTO/COURTESY TAMAQUA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
BAILY PHOTO/COURTESY TAMAQUA HISTORICAL SOCIETY Tamaqua residents were encouraged to decorate their homes and businesses "and put forth every effort to make this the biggest day in the history of the town" for the big New Year's parade in 1912.

Tamaqua New Year's parade in 1912 attracted 20,000

Philadelphia may have its Mummer's and Pasadena its Tournament of Roses but on New Year's Day in 1912, the town of Tamaqua took a back seat to no one when it came to hosting a holiday parade.

That day, the Tamaqua Courier estimated 20,000 people flocked to town for the big event, thanks to some excellent promotional work by the parade committee. The parade was so well promoted that one club, The William Penn Treaty Association, bypassed the more established parade in its home city of Philadelphia to participate in Tamaqua's event.

Franklin break-in reported

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news The resident of this home along Fairyland Road in Franklin Township reported an intruder at her home on Tuesday night.
Larry Neff/special to the times news The resident of this home along Fairyland Road in Franklin Township reported an intruder at her home on Tuesday night.

Franklin Township police are investigating a home invasion which occurred Tuesday night along Fairyland Road.

Police were called to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willis V. Diehl of 2718 Fairyland Road near 9 p.m. when Mrs. Diehl reported a man entered her home and stole her purse.

She first reported only one male entered and that he was brandishing a piece of wood in his hand.

When police examined the scene they found a rear window broken and additional items taken from the home, which proved there was more than one intruder in the residence.

Resignation will put commissioner seat up for grabs

Thursday, December 29, 2011

With the expected resignation of Democratic Carbon County Commissioner Charles Getz today, the vacancy on the board of commissioners is up for grabs.

Some speculate that Getz's running mate and current commissioner, fellow Democrat William O'Gurek, may be the prime candidate for the position. But, the decision of who will fill the vacancy lies with Carbon County President Judge Roger Nanovic, who will take into consideration the recommendation of the executive board of the Carbon County Democratic Committee. The person appointed to the position will serve the four-year term.

Barron welcoming new challenge

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Barron welcoming new challenge
Copyright 2011

It is not uncommon for a man to coach a women's' basketball team.

In fact, out of the ten TIMES NEWS area girls' teams, nine are coached by men.

It is when one tries to think of a woman on a men's coaching staff that it becomes difficult to come up with a single example. However, thanks to Panther Valley boys' head coach Pat Crampsie asking former Tamaqua superstar Erika Barron to be a part of his staff, that task has become a lot easier.

Four are arrested for Monroe assault

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Four persons were arrested for criminal conspiracy and simple assault as a result of an incident that happened on Dec. 5 at Nino C's Pizza in the Carriage Square Shopping Center, Tobyhanna.

Charged were Tracey Hardwick, 44, Diamond Simmons, 20, Dominique Simmons, 20, and Donald Simmons Jr., 18, all of Tobyhanna.

Police said they were arrested on Dec. 22 for their roles in the incident in which the victim, Chevette Showers, was assaulted during a verbal argument that turned physical. Police said the woman was struck in the head several times during the altercation.

Loophole in fee resolution brings zoning board refund

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A loophole in a fee resolution and some mistaken advice equaled a $255 refund to township resident Gary Rosenberg after the township's zoning board ruled that the zoning officer erred in his decision to deny a permit for a permitted use of his property earlier this year.

The board approved the refund unanimously, then asked Solicitor Tom Nanovic to close the loophole in the 2012 resolution before it is adopted at the beginning of the year.

Four area grapplers alive for medals

Thursday, December 29, 2011

It wasn't the type of opening day that Times News area wrestlers had hoped for from the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School.

Only four TN area wrestlers are alive as they head into today's final day of action.

Lehighton leads the local charge with Anthony Farole (152) and Michael Balliet (170) guaranteeing themselves medals with wins in the fourth round of consolations Wednesday night.

Farole knocked off Dylan Hoffman of Abington Heights 3-2, while Balliet beat Charlie Prince of North Penn 7-2.

Lehighton library receives donation

Thursday, December 29, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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.

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.