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December 2011

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?"

ARD probabtions revoked for five by Schuylkill judge

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The ARD (Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition) Program is a probation program offered by the district attorney's office only to first offenders who committed non-violent crimes to allow them to serve a one-year probation period to clear their names.

The district attorney is the only one who can recommend defendants be placed in this program and makes his recommendation to court. A judge's order places them in the program and sets conditions they must abide for 12 months in order to clear their criminal record.

Fake money passed in Lehigh County

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A case of counterfeit currency being passed in Lehigh County is being investigated by state police at the Fogelsville barracks.

Police said the incident was reported at 1:34 p.m. Dec. 19 by the Wal-Mart Store, Lower Macungie Township.

Police said someone purchased a Visa gift card from the store and paid for it with the counterfeit bills.

Hallowed ground

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
The elegant Veterans Memorial
The elegant Veterans Memorial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Lebanon County.

Fallen soldiers are memorialized forever at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery

Standing tall against gunmetal gray skies, the Veterans Memorial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, in Annville, Lebanon County, one recent Saturday welcomed a steady stream of visitors. Some came to mourn the loss of a loved one, others to explore the clean, elegant and poignant design of the largest veterans memorial in the country.

Panthers fall in overtime

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Panther Valley girls took Shenandoah Valley to the wire before falling in overtime on Monday night.

With nine seconds left, Ali Semanchick hit a open shot from underneath to lift Shenandoah Valley to a thrilling a 47-46 overtime victory over the Lady Panthers in the opening game of the Second Annual Senator James Rhoades Tournament.

Semanchick was also fouled on the play, but missed the bonus shot. Panther Valley (3-2) rebounded the miss and pushed the ball up the court. A walking violation ended any hopes it had of earning a berth in tonight's title game, however.

PMRP take man into custody

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional Police report they took Thomas G. Dreyfus, 20, of Baltimore, Md., into custody on Dec. 21 after police learned that he was residing in the Poconos while being wanted in Maryland.

Police said the man was residing at 2130 Rosemount Drive, Pocono Country Place. Police said they learned he was wanted in Baltimore County, Md., on charges of burglary and theft. He was taken into custody and committed to the Monroe County Correctional facility, Snydersville, where he is awaiting extradition to Maryland.

Annual ball drop all set for Little Gap

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Year's event will also celebrate the reopening of the Covered Bridge

Ring out the old year, bring in the new.

What better place to do so than at the ninth annual New Year's Eve Gala and Ball Drop in Little Gap Square at the Covered Bridge Inn?

The festivities will get under way when Covered Bridge Inn's executive chef, Jillian LeClair, creates exciting entrées prepared with the fresh farm and ocean ingredients hand selected by owner Ron Gilbert from noon until 10 p.m.

Tolls go up

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Turnpike users without E-ZPass being affected

If you don't have an E-ZPass, traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike is going to be more expensive beginning Jan. 1.

Effective Sunday, cash rates on the turnpike are increasing 10 percent.

There is no rate increase for people who have an E-ZPass transponder. E-ZPass users will pay about 17 percent less than cash customers.

From the Mahoning Valley exchange to the Lehigh Valley, the new rate will be $2.05 for a passenger car, up from the present rate of $1.85. The rate increases are rounded off to the nearest nickel.

The E-ZPass rate is $1.66.

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
Price
Price

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
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
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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.