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December 2011

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.

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.

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
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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.

Letters to Afghanistan

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Natalie Garritano, a fourth grade student at L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe, places letters in boxes to be sent to Air Force troops in Afghanistan. The boxes were sent to T.J. Garritano, Natalie's father, and his unit. The entire fourth grade class, advised by their teachers Wesley Holmes, Rhonda Kolnik, Kimberly Muenzel, and Leo O'Donnell, collected and made the items for the boxes. The boxes contained snacks, crafts, coloring pages, joke books, and letters.

Whitewater tourism helps drive economy of county and region

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right: Paul Fogal, Doug Fogal senior, and Doug Fogal junior started Pocono Whitewater in 1976. Doug Fogal senior passed away earlier this year at age 91.

(Note: This is the last in a four-part series on the history of Lehigh Whitewater.)

With the Lehigh River recovering from 150 years of environmental damage, the construction of the F.E. Walter Dam, the availability of the rubber raft, the invention of the plastic kayak and a generation of affluent adventure seekers-all the elements for Lehigh River whitewater adventure tourism were in place and waiting to be discovered.

Nesquehoning Republican Club meets

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Nesquehoning Republican Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Mapleshade Meadows 50 E. Locust Street, Nesquehoning.

President Michael R Frey, will be in charge of the meeting. All officers and committeemen and committeewomen are asked to attend this important meeting.

Anyone seeking to join the Nesquehoning Republican Club can get information from Michael R. Frey, 221 East Railroad Street, Nesquehoning, 18240, or any other member of the club.

Dues and Donations can be sent to: Mickey Angst, 243 West High Street, Nesquehoning, 18240.

Model train display at the Palmerton Area Heritage Center

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Who doesn't enjoy the sight and sounds of model trains at the holidays?

Boys and girls, men and women – from five to 95 – can delight in the model trains showcased a collection at the Palmerton Area Heritage Center. They range in size from HO gauge to "Thomas the Tank Engine."

With the help of a number of Historical Society volunteers, and with loans from local collectors and railroad buffs, a unique display of locomotives, cars, photographs, and memorabilia will be on display at the Heritage Center through the end of February.

Guy Seifert becomes new Towamensing supervisor

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Solicitor Tom Nanovic gives the oath of office to incoming supervisor Guy Seifert.

Guy Seifert is Towamensing Township's newest supervisor.

Tom Nanovic, solicitor, gave the oath of office to Seifert, at the board's end-of-year meeting Tuesday.

Under the public business portion of the meeting, Gerald George said he felt he was getting a runaround. He was selling Christmas trees from his camper at Country View restaurant when he received a letter dated Nov. 21, stating he would have to talk to the zoning officer and get a permit.

Man is arrested after altercation

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Robert Becker of Saylorsburg has been arrested by state police at the Lehighton barracks on charges of simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment.

The charges stem from an incident that happened at 2 a.m. Dec. 25 at 173 Cindy Lane, Ross Township, Monroe County.

The victim is Christina Becker, 51, of Saylorsburg.

Police said the charges are a result of a physical and verbal altercation between the couple.

Can meat be judged by color?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Al Zagofsky/special to the times news
Al Zagofsky/special to the times news Phil Zuber, a meat cutter at the Jim Thorpe Market, shows a package of fresh ground beef from the meat case which is red on the outside and had portions of brown on the inside.

PSU professor explains how exposure to oxygen has an effect

Can you judge meat by its color?

Surprisingly, the answer is no.

This inquiry began when I purchased a pound of ground beef at the Jim Thorpe Market. According to the sell-by date on the package, it was fresh. Through the overwrap film, I could see the product had a bright red color.

But when I opened the package and broke the ground beef apart, I was surprised to see that portions of the interior were brown. My first thought was, "Did the butcher put older meat in the middle and cover it with fresh meat?"

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