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December 2011

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

PV students raise money for charity

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Elementary's SHINE After-school program recently created a business plan to give back to the community. Their business plan included selling ornaments to raise money for a local charity. The first through fifth grade students made the ornaments and the fourth and fifth grade students set prices and created posters promoting the fundraiser. The students then sold the ornaments at Panther Valley's Family Book fair night recently. Pictured holding ornaments are, front, from left, Larissa Becker, Karlene Kleppinger, Jakelyn Coady, Logan Wallace, and Kevin Paulus.

Senior Spotlight: Mashack

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sport: Wrestling

Wrestler: Evan Mashack, Tamaqua

Highlight package - Mashack has enjoyed a successful senior season so far placing 5th at the Bloomsburg Tournament and attaining a solid record of 10-2.

Favorite sports team – Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite athlete – Ben Roethlisberger

Favorite subject in school – Language Arts

Favorite sports movie – "The Fighter"

Favorite song – "Banner"- by the Lights

Favorite food – French Toast

Future plans – Mashack plans to attend Penn Tech University in Williamsport and study Computer Networking.

Charges against kennel owner bound for court

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Several other charges dismissed against Patricia Gadaleta

Additional charges against a Franklin Township kennel owner already incarcerated have been bound over for court.

Patricia E. Gadaleta, 53, of 974 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, appeared for a preliminary hearing Tuesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Gadaleta, who had been arraigned via video conference by Appleton in September, faced six counts of identity theft, as well as one count each of theft by deception, receiving stolen property, forgery, and access device fraud.

Decision turns out right for Keer

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Decision turns out right for Keer
Photo illustration by BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Sarah Keer didn't agree with her parents and she made that perfectly clear.

But as a seventh grader, Keer didn't have the final say.

So she reluctantly signed up to play junior high field hockey at Lehighton.

It turned out to be one of the best decisions she 'never' made.

Four years later, Keer has joined a long list of outstanding Indian field hockey players. She now plays the sport year round and has an ever-growing list of Division I schools pursuing her.

on this date

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December 28, 1982

The Carbon County Commissioners agreed to participate in another free giveaway of federal surplus cheese and butter, and issued a plea for volunteers to help in the distribution. The upcoming distribution will include unemployed workers with unemployment compensation cards. Other eligibles include senior citizens 65 and older, disabled veterans, and those persons qualifying for public assistance, food stamps, or medical assistance.

2011 an active year for disasters

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

As one of the most active years for disasters in recent history comes to a close and Americans get ready to ring in the new year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging all Americans to Resolve to be Ready in the new year, by taking simple steps to prepare for emergencies.

Stawnyczyj's service on the Mahoning board recognized

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
David Wargo/special to the times news
David Wargo/special to the times news Mahoning Township Chairman John Wieczorek, right, presents outgoing Supervisor George Stawnyczyj, left, a plaque commemorating his service and dedication to the township in his role as a supervisor for the last six years. Stawnyczyj lost his bid for re-election in November.

As last evening's Mahoning Township meeting drew to a close, Chairperson John Wieczorek recognized outgoing supervisor George Stawnyczyj for his service over the last six years, one of which was served as board chairman.

"This is my last meeting. I've completed my six years and while I found it frustrating at times, 95 percent of the time was a rewarding experience," said Stawnyczyj, who was presented with a plaque.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Summit Hill

St. Paul Lutheran

Brian Buzik will lead the worship service at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, on Sunday, Jan. 1. It will begin at 10:30 a.m.

There will be no Sunday school class this weekend. The class will resume on Sunday, Jan. 8.

St. Joseph Church

In conjunction with the New Year's holiday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, has announced its schedule of services as follows:

Feast of the Holy Family: Friday, Dec. 30 - 9 a.m.

New Year's Eve: Feast of Mary, the Mother of God - Mass at 4 p.m.

Senior Profile: Oertner

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

AIMEE OERTNER (Northern Lehigh, SR. F/C)

HIGHLIGHT PACKAGE - 1,000-point scorer, this do-it-all kind of player for the Bulldogs opened this season being named the Fleetwood Tip-Off Tournament MVP and has averaged 20.25 ppg through 12-19...recently named to All-Tournament Team at Lehighton Holiday Tournament

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM - Philadelphia Phillies

FAVORITE ATHLETE - Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies

FAVORITE SPORT MOVIE - Hoosiers

FAVORITE FOOD - Mashed Potatoes

FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL - Science

FAVORITE SONG ON IPOD - "Levels" by Avicii

Police are probing criminal mischief

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A criminal mischief incident that was reported at 7:13 p.m. Dec. 25 in Ross Township, Monroe County, is being investigated by state police at the Lehighton barracks.

The incident happened at 326 Weir Lake Road. The victim is Julie Ann Parry, 42, of Ross Township.

She told police someone damaged the windshield of her 1997 Dodge Caravan.

Hope in Family Promise

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
 AL ZAGOFSKY/special to the times news
AL ZAGOFSKY/special to the times news John Drury, lay leader of All Faiths Tabernacle fellowship, at the Mauch Chunk Museum Ballroom, which by the addition of cabana tents, has been converted into a location where some families, who are homeless for the holidays, are provided shelter by Family Promise of Carbon County.

Local congregations provide shelter to needy families

Being homeless for the holidays is sad, but because of Family Promise of Carbon County, some of these families are having their Exodus transformed into an adventure.

Family Promise, a nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence, began organizing a Carbon County affiliate in 2009, and three weeks ago began offering its services, initially to three families consisting of three adults and seven children.

Mertz provides pictures concerning Troxell property

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

At the Dec. 5 meeting of the East Penn Township supervisors, Jai Mertz asked if he could make a presentation about what he sees from the rear of the Clair Troxell property, which is under clean-up litigation with the township.

During the Dec. 27 end-of-year meeting, he brought pictures in place of the presentation because equipment was not working. The pictures included the graffiti that was previously discussed. Supervisors accepted them without comment.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December 28, 1973 Bob Altemose scores a game-high 25 points, including a 13-of-14 effort at the free throw line, to help Pleasant Valley defeat Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg, 56-40, to claim the Bears' Invitational Tournament. Randy Kuehner contributes 15 points and earns the tourney MVP award. PV, coached by John Konawalik, also receives nine points from Joe Anderson.

Recycling is rewarded in Monroe County

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Monroe County Waste Authority Executive Director, Jim Lambert, congratulates Rose Jeffrey on being recognized for her recycling efforts. She was one honored for her initiative in recycling electronic items.

The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority recognized community leaders in honor of America Recycles Day, presenting them with certificates of excellence in recycling at the latest monthly board of directors meeting.

Tattoo parlor is burglarized

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional Police are investigating a burglary that happened at the Ronin Tattoo Parlor, 1926 Route 940, Pocono Pines.

Police said the incident was reported at 12:06 a.m. Dec. 23.

Police said someone forced open the front door of the business and stole a television set.

Lady Indian Holiday Classic

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
ron gower/times news Jim Thorpe's Celeste Robinson drives to the basket against Northern Lehigh.

There were no championship game nerves for Jim Thorpe.

The Olympians exploded out of the gates and then showed their poise every time Northern Lehigh tried to make a run.

It's what talented, veteran teams do in big games – and the Olympians have proved time and time again this season that that's exactly what they are.

Tuesday night, the Olympians rolled to a 52-37 victory over Northern Lehigh to capture the Lady Indian Holiday Classic and remain unbeaten on the season.

No tax increase in Mahoning Township

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mahoning Township residents will not see an increase in 2012 in their tax bill, as the township's valuations and income will absorb a half-mill increase at no additional cost to the taxpayers.

The board of supervisors voted 4-1 to approve the $2,301,851 budget for next year, which is funded by a 4.25 mill tax rate.

"We added a quarter mill to both the road machinery equipment fund and the fire equipment fund in anticipation of future needs to purchase equipment," said John Wieczorek, township chairman, prior to the vote.

Deer Lake man dies in residence

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating the death of a Deer Lake man.

Police said Richard Golab, 47, of 116 Maple Blvd., was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:28 p.m. Dec. 26 by Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Scott Clew.

Police said the death appears to be accidental in nature. It is believed the man succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Police said another occupant of the residence, Diane Squyres, 51, was treated for carbon monoxide inhalation at the Schuylkill Medical Center, Pottsville.

Mahoning Township couple wed 50 years

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Larry K. Heffley
Mr. and Mrs. Larry K. Heffley

Mr. and Mrs. Larry K. Heffley of Mahoning Township recently celebrated their golden anniversary.

They were married by the Rev. Worman on Dec. 23, 1961, at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Trachsville.

Mrs. Heffley is the former Roberta H. Hittner, daughter of William Hittner and Amelia Hittner of Kresgeville. Her husband is the son of Howard "Tim" Everett and Dolly Everett of Weissport.

Tobyhanna woman facing drug charges

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional Police report the arrest of Adriana Smith, 18, of Tobyhanna, on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia after an incident on Dec. 23 along Knoll Terrace in Tobyhanna.

Police said the arrest was made after they were called at 12:37 a.m. to the Pocono Country Place development to assist development security with a suspicious vehicle.

Second quarter run lifts Bulldogs to win

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Caleb Johnson makes a move around Lehighton's Jacen Nalesnik as he goes to the hoop.

Lehighton head coach Rich Oertner knew he had to stop Northern Lehigh's inside game if his team was going to have a shot to beat the Bulldogs in the first round of the Slatington Rotary Tournament on Tuesday night.

The Indians were able to pose some problems for the Bulldogs in the first quarter, but a 12-point run to start the second quarter and only a two-point answer from the Indians gave Northern Lehigh the push it needed for a 54-38 triumph and a spot in Wednesday night's championship game against Jim Thorpe.

Senior Spotlight: Hay

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

KELSEY HAY

(Palmerton SR, F/C)

HIGHLIGHT PACKAGE - The reigning Colonial League MVP started out the season by scoring her career 1,000th point and has been adding to her total ever since, averaging 14.50 ppg through 12-19...team's leading rebounder, she was recently selected to the Lehighton Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team.

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM - New York Yankees

FAVORITE ATHLETE - Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury, WNBA

FAVORITE SPORT MOVIE - Coach Carter

FAVORITE FOOD - Buffalo Wings

FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL - Math

Palmerton Area High School announces honor roll

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the second marking period of the first semester of the 2011-12 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

High Honors

(3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects)

SENIORS: John Achterman, Rebekah Ahner, Benjamin Andrews, Aaron Cook, Kayla Creed, Brittany Defrain, Danielle Eastgate,

Fence is damaged in Schuylkill County

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 10 p.m. Dec. 24 and 9 a.m. Dec. 27 in Deer Lake.

The victim is Stan Lechleitner of Orwigsburg.

He told police someone used a blunt object to damage a wooden fence at his property at 232 Maple Blvd. in the borough.

Panthers, Bombers win consis

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Jessica Pell tries to keep the ball away from Palmerton's Michelle Rickert during Tuesday night's consolation game at the Lady Indians Tourney.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Jessica Pell tries to keep the ball away from Palmerton's Michelle Rickert during Tuesday night's consolation game at the Lady Indians Tourney.

Panther Valley and Palmerton both picked up wins in girls basketball tournament consolation games on Tuesday night.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Palmerton-Lehighton

The Lady Bombers downed Lehighton for the second time in as many meetings, as they rolled to a 40-19 win in the consolation game of the Lady Indians Tournament.

Kelsey Hay led the way for the Bombers with 13, while teammate Jade Farquhar added eight.

Tiffany Thompson led the Tribe with seven.

PALMERTON

Senior Spotlight: Clark

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SPORT - Boys Basketball

PLAYER - Darius Clark

SCHOOL - Jim Thorpe

Highlight package - Made the Panther Valley Tip-Tournament All-Tournament Team on the opening weekend of this season. Scored a career-high 32 points against Lehighton on Dec. 17.

Favorite sports team - New York Knicks

Favorite athlete - Carmelo Anthony

Favorite subject in school - Physics

Favorite sports movie - Space Jam

Favorite song - "The Breeze" by Wale

Favorite food - Macaroni and Cheese

Olympians hold on to beat Palmerton

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Matt Leaver has the ball knocked away by Jim Thorpe's Darius Clark as Ben Moore gets caught underneath.

For the first quarter and a half, it seemed as if neither Jim Thorpe nor Palmerton wanted to win their Slatington Rotary Tournament first-round match-up.

The Olympians picked up their play heading into halftime and opened a 15-point lead in the third quarter. Down, but not out, the Bombers fought back and drew to within one with two minutes to go. Jim Thorpe responded with a six-point spurt to pull away from Palmerton for a 54-48 victory.

Chestnuthill news

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mass schedule

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church has announced the following concerning the Mass schedule for The Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God. Mass will be held Saturday, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 1, at 8 and 10:30 a.m. and at noon.

The church office will be closed on Friday, Jan. 6.

Chestnuthill PTO

The Chestnuthill School PTO is slated to meet on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

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