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December 2011

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.

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 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 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

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.