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December 2011

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.

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 FOOD - Mashed Potatoes


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.


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 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 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


(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's leading rebounder, she was recently selected to the Lehighton Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team.


FAVORITE ATHLETE - Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury, WNBA


FAVORITE FOOD - Buffalo Wings


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.



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.


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.

UW Agency

Lehighton budget passes

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2-mill increase for fire station

Lehighton Borough Council has adopted its 2012 budget, adding a two-mill tax increase to the general fund.

The two mills will be deposited into a separate fund to be utilized for expansion of the Lehighton fire station.

The new tax rate will be 6.5 mills, up from 4.5 mills.

Nicole Beckett, borough manager, said the purpose of the two mills is to match $1.75 million the borough is receiving from a state grant to be used for the fire company project.

"The borough of Lehighton will not be funding the full construction project," Beckett told the council.

Getz expected to resign

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
File Photo Charles Getz
File Photo Charles Getz

Election 'smear campaign' upset commissioner

Carbon County Democratic Commissioner Charles Getz is expected to resign on Friday, seven weeks after being elected to a fifth term in office and just a day before the end of his fourth term.

Frank Jacobs of Nesquehoning, a member of the Executive Board of the Carbon County Democratic Committee, said on Wednesday that he learned of Getz's expected resignation by way of a telephone call late Tuesday.

Pills are stolen in Monroe burglary

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 1-8 p.m. Dec. 25 at a home in Eldred Township.

The victim is Vinceza Perez, 41, of 756 Molasses Road in the township.

She told police someone entered the home and stole pills.

Many 1-percenters in congress

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Nancy Pelosi among the richest

Next time you hear former House speaker Nancy Pelosi railing against the rich now more commonly known as "the 1%" – she should spare us the "I'm one of you" political baloney.

A report yesterday revealed that the net worth of members of Congress tripled over last 25 years.

Between 1984 and 2009, the median net worth of Congressmen rose from $280,000 to $725,000 while over that same span, the wealth of the average U.S. family slipped to $20,500 from $20,600.

Panther Valley Students of the Month

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Panther Valley Middle School has announced their Students of the Month for the month of November. Students were awarded a certificate and gift card in recognition for their excellence in academics and conduct. From left are, Cordell Brettle, grade six; Kelsie Kocela, grade seven; and Alissa Cruz, grade eight.

Hicks gets golf scholarship to ECU

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jacob Hicks, the grandson of Bill and Mildred Gaddes of Lake Hauto, recently received a golf scholarship to East Carolina University.

Hicks is a senior at Alamance Christian School in North Carolina. He captured the North Carolina Christian Schools Association State Golf Championship as a sophomore.

Hicks' father is PGA Tour caddy Mike Hicks, who in the past has caddied for several high-profile golfers including Payne Steward during his dramatic U.S. Open victory in 1999. He currently caddies for Spencer Levin.

Two are arraigned on theft charges

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jesse Ray Collmorgen Jr., 20, of Homestead, Texas, and James R.M. McCabe Jr., 19, of Ringtown, were arraigned on Dec. 21 before District Justice Elizabeth Romig in Schuylkill County on charges relating to a burglary and thefts that happened in November at a county campground.

State police at the Frackville barracks said they have been charged with a combined 49 counts each of burglary, criminal conspiracy and criminal trespass, 20 counts of theft, 41 counts of criminal mischief and two counts of receiving stolen property.