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December 2011

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.

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

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.