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December 2011

Guy Seifert becomes new Towamensing supervisor

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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

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 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.

Christmas fire damages Penn Forest home

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news A Christmas day fire extensively damaged this home in Towamensing Trails.
Larry Neff/special to the times news A Christmas day fire extensively damaged this home in Towamensing Trails.

A fast-moving fire extensively damaged a Carbon County home Christmas day.

The fire was first reported at 2 p.m. when reports of flames shooting from a home at 618 Old Stage Road in Towamensing Trails, Penn Forest Township.

When firefighters arrived on scene flames were through the roof. Quick response and good tactical firefighting saved a major portion of the two-story wood frame single-family dwelling. Workers at the scene Monday reported the home is owned and occupied by John Hom.

Graduates from Penn State University

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ryan Price, son of Jody and Lisa Price of Coaldale, graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in Accounting with a minor in Economics. Commencement exercises were held on Dec. 17. While attending Penn State, for the Spring 2011 semester, Price completed an internship with Urish Popeck in Pittsburgh.

The 2007 graduate of Martan Catholic High School has accepted a position, Master of the Accounting program, with the University of Gainseville in Florida, beginning in January.

Police are probing attempted break-in

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating an attempted burglary that happened between 8 p.m. Dec. 24 and 8 a.m. Dec. 26 at a home in Cressona.

Police said the owners of the home at 58 Schuylkill St. in the borough, Irvin Ebling, 86, and Ora Ebling, 84, told them someone broke the glass portion of the wooden basement entrance door and proceeded to unlock the door.

Police said, however, that there were no signs of entry after the door was broken.

Nothing was reported missing from the residence.

New Philly woman caught shoplifting

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said Renee Gibas, 39, of New Philadelphia, is facing retail theft charges after she was caught shoplifting on Dec. 24 at 3:41 p.m. at Super Shoes in the Fairlane Village Mall, Pottsville.

Police said she left the store without paying for a pair of duck boots valued at $69.99.

Police said store employees witnessed Gibas placing the boots into a bag and leaving the store before they apprehended her.

Olympians get OT win over Bombers

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Palmerton point guard Jade Farquhar dribbles the ball out front as Jim Thorpe's Chasity Mosteller plays defense.

The Jim Thorpe girls' basketball team simply had enough.

The Olympians were tired of watching Palmerton walk away with a victory every time they faced each another in the Lady Indian Holiday Classic.

Monday night, Jim Thorpe finally changed that.

The Olympians gave themselves a late Christmas present by posting a 59-52 overtime victory over the Bombers.

It was a present that wasn't easy to unwrap, but it felt good once they did.

Pottsville juvenile throws milk at vendor

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A 17-year-old boy from Pottsville was arrested by state police at the Frackville barracks after he threw chocolate milk at the owner of a Cellular One stand on Dec. 23 at 8:30 p.m. at the Schuylkill Mall in New Castle Township.

Police said they responded to the incident and cited the boy for disorderly conduct after he threw the milk at the vendor after an argument over merchandise.

Police also arrested the youth for criminal mischief because the incident resulted in damage to the cash register at the stand located outside the Arby's restaurant in the mall.

Carbon County Court news

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mortgage foreclosures

The following actions were filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans:

Panther Valley Elementary wrestlers bring home awards

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Panther Valley Elementary wrestlers bring home awards
Copyright 2011

The Panther Valley Elementary wrestling team came home from the Upper Dauphin Tournament with a number of individual awards. In addition to the individual accomplishments, the Panthers finished third in the team standings. Award winners were, kneeling, from left, Bryan Krapf (1st place and Outstanding Wrestler), Gage Breiner, Spencer Kern (4th place), Gabe Heaney (1st place), Alex Moyer (1st place), Cael Heaney, Bryce Krapf (2nd place), Eric Moyer (2nd place).

Managing your stress levels

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Q. I don't handle stress very well. I was wondering if you had any recommendations to deal with my problem.

The American Psychological Association reports that one-third of Americans are living with extreme stress. Money and work are the leading causes of stress for three quarters of Americans. Nearly half of all Americans report that stress has a negative impact on both their personal and professional lives.

Whitewater riders on a 38-year adventure

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA In 1975, Ken Powley set up Whitewater Challengers, the first permanent rafting company on the Lehigh River, now in its 38th year.

(Note: This is the third of 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 rediscovery of the rubber raft, the invention of the plastic kayak, and a generation of affluent adventure seekers all elements for Lehigh River whitewater adventure tourism were in place and waiting to be discovered.

Cash is stolen from Schuylkill site

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating the theft of $2,000 in cash from a site in Pine Grove Township.

The victim is Thomas I. Wolfe of Pine Grove.

He told police someone arrived at his home between Dec. 1-21 and entered the garage, removing the cash that was hidden in a drawer in the garage.

Schuylkill County Court news

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Zoning permits

The Schuylkill County Zoning Office issued only 25 zoning permits and the estimated cost of proposed construction is $314,647, the lowest in the office's history. LIfting permits were:

Actions taken in Carbon County

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The following transactions were taken our recently at the Carbon County courthouse:

Mortgage foreclosures

The following actions were filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans:

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Fort Mill, S.C., filed against Ralph Alban and Angela Munjone, 25 David Circle, Lehighton, over a property at that address. Sought is $213,612.48, plus continuing interest, costs and fees.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 27, 1991 Panther Valley, coached by Tony Antinozzi, rallies in the second half to down Blue Mountain, 58-51, in the Tamaqua Raider Holiday Classic. John Terray collects two baskets during a 13-0 run to turn a six-point PV deficit into a lead. J.C. Dietz tallies 18 points to lead Panther players in double figures. Jimmer Kane adds 12 points and six steals while Terray and Cazzie Kosciolek both end with 10 points.

Sherkness is still 'Queen of Court'

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sherkness is still 'Queen of Court'
Copyright 2011

For Marykate Sherkness, her supporting cast couldn't have been any different.

Yet, the end result proved to be exactly the same.

For the second straight season, Sherkness continued her reign as "Queen of the Court," as the Marian junior has once again been recognized as the 2011 TIMES NEWS Volleyball Player of the Year.

As a sophomore, Sherkness captured Player of the Year honors as a role player among an experienced roster consisting of six senior starters.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

David J. Hauser to David B. Mack, 530 W. Sunset Road, Lehighton, property at 530 W. Sunset Road, $2,000.

David B. Mack to David B. Mack, 530 W. Sunset Road, Lehighton, property at 530 W. Sunset Road, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Thomas L.G. Mase to Neil Bogin, 225-227 High St., Jim Thorpe, property at 227 High St., $172,000.

Kidder Township

Split Rock Country Club, Inc., to Gary F. Fucaloro, Bethpage, N.Y., Lot H-10, Split Rock, Section H, $65,000.

Identity thieves

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hackers not taking a Christmas vacation

Headline: Iowa Caucus Polling System Threatened By Hackers - Republican Party officials in Iowa are taking new steps to secure their vote counting systems after an anonymous threat suggested computer hackers could attempt to disrupt next month's presidential nominating caucuses.