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December 2011

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
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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.

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:

Water Authority's audit completed

Monday, December 26, 2011

John M. Nonnemacher, a certified public accountant for Snyder and Clemente in Hazleton, presented the Nesquehoning Water Authority's audit findings for 2010 and 2011, at a special meeting last Thursday.

The authority received an unqualified opinion, which means that the "financial statements are presented fairly and in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America."

Man threatens state trooper

Monday, December 26, 2011

Gregory S. Zahradnick, 44, of Doylestown, Ohio, will be charged by state police at the Lehighton barracks with harassment as a result of an incident at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 24 in Towamensing Township.

Police said the man threatened Trooper Christopher Bonin as he was conducting an investigation into the accused.

The incident happened at the state police barracks located at 5730 Interchange Road.

Teen drivers

Monday, December 26, 2011

New law has some teeth

By tomorrow, Pennsylvania's new laws will be in place to better protect teens younger than 18 who have a driver's permit or junior license.

The law affects current permit-holders younger than 18 who have not yet passed the driving skills test before Dec. 27 will have to meet the requirements of the new law.

In summary, the new law increases behind-the-wheel training requirements, places a limit on the number of passengers a young driver can transport and makes not wearing a seat belt a primary offense for young drivers.

Glen Campbell, Nitty Gritty Band to perform in 2012 at Penn's Peak

Monday, December 26, 2011
Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell

Visit by Campbell on April 19 is a stop on his 'Goodbye Tour'

Tickets went on sale this past weekend for two big concert events in 2012 at Penn's Peak:

Ÿ Glen Campbell will be at the venue on Thursday, April 19, with his "Goodbye Tour." Tickets are $45 and $40.

Ÿ The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band plays for the first time at Penn's Peak on Saturday, June 2. Tickets are $24 in advance and $29 the day of the concert.

In August, Campbell released his "final" studio album, "Ghost on the Canvas." The album was named one of the top 10 best new LPs of 2011 by the New York Daily News in its Sunday edition.

Live Wire to stage New Year's Eve concert at Penn's Peak

Monday, December 26, 2011
The Fabulous Greaseband
The Fabulous Greaseband will be performing Friday night at Penn's Peak, playing selections from the 50s through the 90s.

The Fabulous Greaseband brings oldies music on Friday night

The year 2011 is just about over, but there are still two nights of concerts left at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

On Friday night, The Fabulous Greaseband is back with a concert starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $22 on the day of the concert.

On New Year's Eve, it's going to be a rockin' time with Live Wire performing. Live Wire is considered "the world's greatest AC/DC tribute." The party begins at 9 p.m. and tickets are $22 in advance, $27 at the door. This is an "all ages" event.

Yost motivated by disappointment

Monday, December 26, 2011
Yost motivated by disappointment
Copyright 2011

Haley Yost didn't mind how she finished at the Colonial League meet last year, but it was the way she finished at the District 11 Class AAA meet that struck a nerve.

Yost followed a fifth-place finish in her first-ever league meet with a 17th place finish at districts, just one spot away from qualifying for the PIAA State championship meet.

Yost used that disappointment as a motivational tool for this season.

Two face assault charges in Slatington

Monday, December 26, 2011

Two individuals were charged with assault by Slatington borough police.

Shane Ehrich, 18, of 135 First Avenue, Walnutport, faces two counts of simple assault by mutual combat and two counts of harassment by physical contact.

David John Getz, 47, of 4036 Best Station Rd., Slatington, was charged with simple assault, conspiracy, and harassment by physical contact.

Both were arrested at 10:15 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Sal's Pizzeria, 116 Main Street, Slatington, police said.

Christmas program held at Rush Elementary School

Monday, December 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Parents, family members and teachers enjoyed a holiday music performance by elementary students of the Rush Elementary School in Hometown on Friday. Showing off the Santa masks they made for their performance are Gabe Coleman, 6, Parker Oswald, 6, Eliana Milan, 6, and Tegan Devlin, 7.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Parents, family members and teachers enjoyed a holiday music performance by elementary students of the Rush Elementary School in Hometown on Friday. Showing off the Santa masks they made for their performance are Gabe Coleman, 6, Parker Oswald, 6, Eliana Milan, 6, and Tegan Devlin, 7.

Man given jail sentence for operating chop shop out of McAdoo property

Monday, December 26, 2011

A West Hazleton man received a jail sentence after pleading guilty in Schuylkill County Court to operating a chop shop in a garage of a vacant home in McAdoo.

The plea was entered by Jelly Roque, 23, of 130B Webster Avenue, West Hazleton, who was sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin to serve six months to 24 months in a state correctional facility with the sentence to run concurrent imposed by Lehigh County Court.

Thefts from motor vehicles reported

Monday, December 26, 2011

State police at the Fogelsville barracks have reported five cases of motor vehicles being entered and items from them being stolen.

Gladys M. Pickering, 73, of Allentown, reported someone broke into her vehicle and stole a handbag from the rear seat. That incident happened at 11:36 a.m. Dec. 19 in the parking lot of the WalMart Store in Lower Macungie Township.

On this date

Monday, December 26, 2011

December 26, 1972

Two local women have received notification that they have successfully passed the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing Examinations and are now registered nurses (RNs). They are Janice Black, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Black, Summit Hill, and Jeanne E. Deininger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Deininger, Tamaqua. Miss Black is a graduate of Panther Valley High School and the Pottsville Hospital School fo Nursing. Mis Deininger graduated from Tamaqua Area High School and the Reading Hospital School of Nursing.

Lansford financial woes mount

Monday, December 26, 2011

Council disputing population numbers which determine CDBG money

The small, struggling borough of Lansford depended on Community Development Block Grants to fix streets, improve water and sewer facilities and tear down deteriorated buildings.

Now, it seems, that money is being taken away as of next year because the borough's population has fallen short of the minimum needed to qualify for the funds, a contention borough officials dispute.

Palmeron girls get Colonial victory

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Palmerton girls were the only area winner in Friday's scholastic basketball action.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Northwestern-Bangor

Bangor defeated Northwestern in a battle of unbeatens, 40-34.

A slow start was responsible for the Tigers' Colonial League setback as the Slaters raced out to a 15-6 first quarter edge and then held on down the stretch.

Morgan McCollian and Sam Hopkins both had 11 points for Bangor.

For Northwestern (5-1 overall, 3-1 CL), Trista Cunningham had 11 points.

Bangor remains undefeated at 5-0.

NORTHWESTERN

Once an environmental disaster, the river's fortunes changed in the1960s

Monday, December 26, 2011
In 1976, the Carbon County Bicentennial Canoe Expedition, a sojourn of 32 canoes led by Roger Appleton of Palmerton and Phil Rodgers of Jim Thorpe, put in at the Jim Thorpe train station on the Lehigh River and arrived to Washington's Crossing on the Delaware River four days later.
In 1976, the Carbon County Bicentennial Canoe Expedition, a sojourn of 32 canoes led by Roger Appleton of Palmerton and Phil Rodgers of Jim Thorpe, put in at the Jim Thorpe train station on the Lehigh River and arrived to Washington's Crossing on the Delaware River four days later.

(Note: This is the second in a series of four articles offers a brief history of Lehigh Whitewater).

By AL ZAGOFSKY

TN Correspondent

azagofsk@ptd.net

The Lehigh River, a once wild and scenic river, became stagnant when it was dammed in the early 1800s to allow shipment of anthracite coal on the Lehigh Canal System.

The canal opened in 1827 and by 1855, it was on its way to technologic obsolescence through the introduction of a competitor, the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

Christmas program at Tamaqua Elementary School

Monday, December 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Santa and his elf, Forrest Rolko, reads a Christmas story to all the kids during the assembly.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Santa and his elf, Forrest Rolko, reads a Christmas story to all the kids during the assembly.

Hundreds of parents and family members were on hand as students in grades 2 to 5 took part in the Tamaqua Elementary School's annual holiday program Friday in the school's gymnasium.

The program involved music, songs, dances and a holiday chorus video students could sing to.

Brayden Knoblauch, 10, made the audience and students laugh with his surprise worm dance during one of the songs.

Santa also arrived and read a story to the children.

Parker Green's 'best Christmas'

Monday, December 26, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Carissa Sevin, left, was brought to tears by Parker Green's reaction after receiving his new bike. Alyssa Wentz is at right.

Fellow students showed up in a big way to make his holiday memorable

Christmas day was certainly made more memorable for 14-year-old Parker Green of Lehighton, thanks to a large group of his fellow friends and classmates.

Parker, a freshman at Lehighton Area High School, had the surprise of his life when 65 of his friends gathered around him last Thursday to present him with some valued gifts.

The effort to make Christmas brighter for Parker, who attends some special classes, was the brainchild of Carissa Sevin and Alyssa Wentz.

"He is so nice and so friendly all the time that we wanted to do this for him," said Sevin.

SS. Peter & Paul students complete D.A.R.E. program

Monday, December 26, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS D.A.R.E. report winners Mary Grace Wilhelm, front left; and Caleb Kovach, front right; stand with special guests and school officials during SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School's D.A.R.E. graduation, held Wednesday in the school. Twenty-five fifth and sixth graders received certificates for completing the nine-week program.

25 students say 'no' to drugs and peer pressure

Twenty five students from SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Lehighton pledged to remain drug and violence free recently.

During the D.A.R.E. graduation on Dec. 21, 11 fifth and 14 sixth grade students listened as their D.A.R.E. instructor, Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's department, as well as Assistant District Attorney and Carbon County Judge-elect Joseph Matika, Lehighton Officer in Charge Joseph Lawrence, and SS. Peter and Paul principal Sherry Sernak and teacher Jennifer Lorenz, congratulated them on a job well done.

A necessary part of the health-and-fitness equation

Monday, December 26, 2011

A half-truth can do just as much damage as a blatant lie. Especially when it comes to your health and fitness.

That's why last week's article stressed the importance of critically reading health-and-fitness related information while being on guard for what I call "misinformation," information that's not really false, but is to some degree deceptive.

Carbon property transfers

Monday, December 26, 2011

Recent Carbon County deed recordings included the following:

Banks Township

Anna J. Bodnar to Anna M. Carr, 9 E. Oak St., Tresckow, two transactions, properties at 9 E. Oak St., $1 each.

East Penn Township

Chris C. Wehr to Judy L. Mantz, 240 Windy Lane, Andreas, 4.316 acres along High Point Road, Andreas, $39,000.

HSBC Bank, U.S.A., N.A., to Dean A. Berger Jr., 12 Kittatinny St., Lehighton, property at 12 Kittatinny Road, $99,900.

Franklin Township

Sophia Soltys to Sophie Soltys, Garfield, N.J., Kriss Pines Estates Lot A0524, $1.