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December 2011

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.

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.

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.

Carbon property transfers recorded

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The following transactions were recently recorded in Carbon County:

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Miroslaw Mazur to Yvonne Kapes, 31 E. Oak St., Tresckow, property at 55 Maple St., $1.

East Penn Township

Mary C. Pry to Robert L. Nansteel Sr., Collegeville, Pa., Mary C. Pry Subdivision, Lot 4, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Vantium REO Capital Markets, L.P., to Jessica L. Strubinger, 500 N. Third St., Lehighton, property at 504 Pine St., $82,800.

On this date

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 27, 1956

A legal battle has developed over money and property left by the late Tommy Dorsey. The entire estate has been estimated at three-quarters of a million dollars. He left no will. His wife, Jane, who was seeking to divorce Tommy at the time of his death, has asked to be appointed administratix of the estate. Tommy was married twice previously. He had two children from a previous marriage. The two children have entered objections at Probate Court in Greenwich, Conn. to the petition filed by Dorsey's third wife.

Nine defendants ordered to serve prison terms

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Nine defendants lost their freedom when Senior Judge D. Michael Stine and Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin revoked their probations and paroles after hearings in the Schuylkill County Court and remanded them to serve prison sentences.

Judge Stine ruled on the following:

Window screens cut at Weissport business

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 4:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 10 a.m. Dec.22 in Weissport.

Police said someone went to the Educare business, 413 Bridge St., and cut window screens on windows on two of the firm's buildings, leaving the scene undetected.