Wednesday, July 26, 2017

December 2011

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.

Woman escapes injuries in Monroe

Monday, December 26, 2011

Adriana Kulik, 40, of Saylorsburg, escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash Dec. 21 at 1 a.m. on State Route 715 in Chestnuthill Township.

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said she was driving a 2006 Dodge Caravan southbound when it went out of control on a curve, exited the southbound lane of travel and struck a sharp turn arrow sign and two pine trees.

Police said she will be cited for driving on roadways laned for travel.

Tamaqua native Bill Arner Jr. receives special aviation award

Monday, December 26, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS
Special to the TIMES NEWS William S. Arner Jr., 75, right, a native of Tamaqua, is presented with The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award by Eugene McCoy, manager of the FAA flight standards district office.

His sons, both pilots, were present at Allentown ceremony

A Tamaqua native recently received the coveted Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, one of aviation's most prestigious honors.

William S. Arner Jr., 75, of Allentown, was presented with the award during a ceremony held at the Copperhead Grill in Allentown.

Arner, who soloed in March 1959 as a Naval Cadet, retired from the Navy in 1978 as a commander.

Since 1978, he has been employed in civilian aviation and is still employed full-time as a corporate pilot.

Suessville Christmas at West Penn Elementary School

Monday, December 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS 5th graders Morgan Lusch, 10, left, Angeline Castagna, 11, center, and Emily Amershek, 10, wear holiday caps as they race against other groups to be the first to wrap a gift box.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS 5th graders Morgan Lusch, 10, left, Angeline Castagna, 11, center, and Emily Amershek, 10, wear holiday caps as they race against other groups to be the first to wrap a gift box.

Along with their whipped cream and hot chocolate, West Penn Elementary School students enjoyed a fun-filled day of games and activities during the school's Suessville Holiday Program last Friday.

Some activities consisted of dancing in the library, art projects, Christmas card mailing races, gift wrapping/unwrapping contests, tree decorating contests and much more.

PTO members also helped teachers with the program.

Judicial, county officials to be sworn in on Thursday

Monday, December 26, 2011

Seventeen judicial and county officers elected in last November's general election, will take their oath of office on Thursday, 10 a.m. in the Ceremonial Court Room Number One at the Schuylkill County Courthouse in Pottsville.

Court Administrator Lois Wallauer said this will be the largest group to be sworn. President Judge William E. Baldwin will administer the oath.

Late season hunting opens today

Monday, December 26, 2011

For everyone who enjoys the song of the beagles and the chatter of squirrels, there is something special about the late season for hunting small game.

Perhaps it's the chance of hunting in a blanket of fresh snow, or the opportunity to hunt with family members and friends that makes the second season so appealing. Regardless of the reason, the season arrives Monday for – in addition to rabbit and squirrel snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse and – in specific wildlife management units – pheasant.

Delano man arrested on child porn charges

Monday, December 26, 2011

State police at the Frackville barracks report the arrest of Timothy Russell Steward Jr., 38, of Delano, on child pornography charges relating to incidents that happened eight years ago.

Police said he was arraigned on Dec. 23 and committed to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Steward is charged with sexual abuse of children, pornography, videotaping, depicting on computer or filming sexual acts; indecent assault; unlawful contact with a minor (three counts); obscene and other sexual material and performances; and corruption of minors.

Parks, Forests offer a variety pursuits

Monday, December 26, 2011

Pennsylvania's forest and park system offers a wide range of ways for visitors to enjoy spending time outdoors during the winter, according to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. To view scheduled activities around the state, visit on the Web at

Tamaqua playground damaged by vandals

Monday, December 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Justin Startzel shows the inflatable Santa Claus decoration slashed by vandals Friday night.

South Ward hit just before Christmas, Crime Watch offering a $250 reward

Vandals caused over $500 worth of damage to Christmas decorations and a metal fence at the South Ward Playground Friday night in Tamaqua.

A neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous called 911 after seeing three male teens use a knife to slash the park's inflatable Christmas decorations, cut Christmas lights and knock the park's Christmas tree over at about 10 p.m.

He said the vandals ran off after he yelled to them that he called the police. The neighbor also stated one of the teens allegedly pulled a knife on him when he approached.

Christmas celebration held at Tamaqua YMCA

Monday, December 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tom Cara, YMCA board member and Air Products employee, make "LIN" ice cream via liquid nitrogen. Air Products has been a long time company in Rush Township. Pictured from left are Cara, Merissa Smith, 10, Ryan Smith, 10, Debi Dodson, and Teegen Phillips, 3.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tom Cara, YMCA board member and Air Products employee, make "LIN" ice cream via liquid nitrogen. Air Products has been a long time company in Rush Township. Pictured from left are Cara, Merissa Smith, 10, Ryan Smith, 10, Debi Dodson, and Teegen Phillips, 3.

Hundreds of children and their family members took part in the annual Tamaqua YMCA Community Christmas Celebration held Friday night at the Y.

The free event, organized by board members and staff of the Tamaqua YMCA, consisted of holiday activities, music, food and games.

Volunteers, Jeffrey Walker, Kyra Dale, Christine Boyle, Heather Souders, were recognized for their efforts.

15-year-old boy facing charges

Monday, December 26, 2011

A 15-year-old Jim Thorpe boy is facing harassment charges after he assaulted two persons on Dec. 23 at 3:15 p.m. along State Rt. 903 in Penn Forest Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said the victims are Scott Reese, 29, of Lansford, and Patrick Rodgers, 39, of Jim Thorpe.

Police said the 15-year-old struck Reese in the head area several times with a closed fist and then attempted to choke Rodgers.

Both victims were treated for minor injuries.

Clean bill of health for eateries

Monday, December 26, 2011

Lansford's eateries have been give a clean bill of health.

A Nov. 27 letter to borough officials from Health Inspector Duane Dellecker said he had done 21 inspections and one re-inspection and found no problems.

The letter was made public at council's Dec. 14 public meeting.

The re-inspection was of a school and required by state law.

No one is injured in Lehigh mishap

Monday, December 26, 2011

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said no one was injured in a mishap at 5:48 a.m. Dec. 19 on Route 22 in Upper Macungie Township.

Police said Julio Perez-Mota, 45, of Allentown, was driving a 1992 Toyota Camry that sustained a flat tire/blowout while traveling westbound. After he brought the vehicle to a stop, it was struck in the rear by another westbound vehicle, a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire operated by Michael A. Gold, 24, of Albrightsville.

police said both vehicles sustained disabling damages.


Monday, December 26, 2011

December 26, 1984 Brett Jones sinks two free throws with five seconds left to play to help seal Northern Lehigh's 64-63 win over Parkland in the opening round of the Slatington Rotary Tournament. The Bulldogs, coached by Glenn Rissmiller, lead by one when Jones is sent to the line. After Jones converts both free throws, the Trojans score a meaningless bucket at the buzzer. Jones finishes with a team-high 22 points while Jeff Jones tallies 18. Randy Howell also chips in with 10.

Man is arrested at hearing location

Monday, December 26, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks said they arrested Richard Hartranft, 46, no address given, after the man reported for a hearing at the magisterial district office in Jim Thorpe while he was under the influence of alcohol.

The incident happened at 4 p.m. Dec. 21 at the office of District Justice Edward Lewis, Center Avenue, Jim Thorpe.

Police said Hartranft was arrested for a summary charge of public drunkenness.

Car batteries are stolen from store

Monday, December 26, 2011

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating the theft of between 30 and 40 car batteries from the Wal-Mart Store in Lower Macungie Township.

Police said the incident was reported at 5:43 a.m. Dec. 20 after someone broke into an enclosed area behind the store and took the batteries.

Schuylkill CountyCourt news

Monday, December 26, 2011

The following actions were taken recently in Schuylkill County:

Claim defaults

Danielsville woman facing DUI charge

Monday, December 26, 2011

Megan Focht, 23, of Danielsville, is facing drunk driving charges after a one-vehicle crash at 3 a.m. Dec. 24 along the Little Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said she was driving a motor vehicle that veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole headon.

She was transported to the Palmerton Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Police said the woman showed signs of impairment and was arrested for DUI. She submitted to a blood test at the hospital to determine her blood-alcohol level.

Tamaqua woman among 8 people entering guilty pleas

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Tamaqua woman was one of eight people who entered guilt pleas in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Car flips on roof, Tamaqua driver hurt

Monday, December 26, 2011

One person sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash at 10:32 a.m. Dec. 24 on Route 895 in East Penn Township.

State police at the Lehighton barracks said Gary L. Kryzmalski, 30, of Tamaqua, was hurt after a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier he was driving crashed and landed on its roof.

Toys For Tots and Salvation Army volunteers treated by restaurant

Friday, December 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Major Sharon Whispell, Tamaqua Salvation Army, left, and Leon Frohnheiser, SCMCL Toys For Tots volunteer, take a quick break during their distribution to enjoy a free catered meal from Basile's co-owner Paola Basile, second from right, and waitress Megan Cannon.

Owners and staff of the Basile Italian Delight Restaurant in Hometown surprised dozens of Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League (SCMCL) Toys For Tots and Tamaqua Salvation Army volunteers with a full course catered meal during their food and toy distribution held yesterday at the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Basile's owners Vito and Paola Basile said they did this as a way to say thank you to all the volunteers that put so much time into helping the less fortunate during the holiday season.

Me and teddy bear

Friday, December 23, 2011

I peer out the window,

And gaze at movement far away.

Grown-ups rushing past me

All throughout the day.

The land is full of wonder

And discoveries rare and true.

So much of it is puzzling,

To a child only two.

Teasing voices make me smile,

Despite potential danger.

Which helping hand shall I learn trust

When all the world's a stranger?

They say it's almost Christmas,

Whatever that might mean.

For a toddler it's much harder

To imagine sights unseen.

I'll try to learn, I'll try to grow

Nesquehoning man faces theft charges

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Nesquehoning man faces charges in Rush Township related to two thefts.

Richard J. Padora, 27, allegedly removed tools and cash from a motor vehicle that was parked on Beechwood Street in Hometown on two separate occasions, Dec. 8 and Dec. 9.

He will be charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

Hazleton man arrested at airport on heroin smuggling allegations

Friday, December 23, 2011

STERLING, Va. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Hazleton man and seized nearly 10 pounds of heroin, worth an estimated $315,000, allegedly concealed inside the lining of sporting pants last Saturday night at Washington-Dulles International Airport.

CBP officers arrested Elias Casiano, 29, and turned him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia is prosecuting Casiano.

High-scoring Shiffert wins award

Friday, December 23, 2011
High-scoring Shiffert wins award
Copyright 2011

Two years ago, Northern Lehigh's Channing Shiffert set a school record for goals in a season, which led to him being named the TIMES NEWS Boys' Soccer Player of the Year.

An injury (dislocated patella), kept him from repeating those accolades last year.

Through long, hard rehabilitation, Shiffert returned to top form and broke his own record with 28 goals, added nine assists and helped lead the Bulldogs to their first ever District 11 playoff berth. He finished an outstanding career with 61 goals and 35 assists.

Tamaqua man cited for public drunkenness

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Tamaqua man has been cited after he was found sleeping on the sidewalk on Center Street, in the area of Mundy's Pub, on Dec. 16.

An officer was on patrol at 4 a.m. that day and observed the man face down on the sidewalk. When the officer checked the male, identified as Damon Hayes, 48, of 555 Arlington St., Tamaqua, he detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Hayes' person.

Hayes had difficulty standing and walking and was taken back to the station, where he was lodged in the cell block for several hours.

He was cited for public drunkenness.

VFW Post 7215 holds children's Christmas party

Friday, December 23, 2011
elsa kerschner/times news
elsa kerschner/times news Santa had a lapful of kids when the Amorims, Sydney, Sophia and Evan, talked to him.

The Ladies' Auxiliary to the R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215, Walnutport, held a Christmas party for 26 children ages 0-10 of Post members.

Auxiliary President Karen Bandzi and Mick Minnich did the shopping and then Santa Claus came to Bandzi's house and helped with the wrapping.

Funds were provided by the Auxiliary, the board of the VFW and two members of the Post.

The King and Queen until July are Skylar Green and Faith Ohl.

They will help with the poppy sale and participate in parades.

Bringing Christmas to nursing home

Friday, December 23, 2011

The TNT Studio of Dance, Lehighton recently performed its annual Christmas show for the residents of the Lehighton Nursing Home.

The show was a hit with the residents.

280 families receive food and toys in Tamaqua

Friday, December 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Salvation Army Volunteer Mel Latham, Lansford, looks for a family's Angel Tree donation during yesterday's distribution.

Christmas has been made much brighter for a number of deserving families, thanks to the benovelence of others.

"If it wasn't for this, we wouldn't have a Christmas," said Jackie Richardson, mother of two from Tamaqua, as she picked up toys and food during the Tamaqua Salvation Army's Christmas Angel Tree/food and Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League (SCMCL) Toys For Tots distribution held yesterday at the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Vandalism reported in Rush Township

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Mahanoy City man is facing charges related to a vandalism incident at Transwestern Polymers in Hometown.

Rush Township Police were called to the business on Dec. 14 after it was discovered that someone had spray painted some of the equipment. The vandal was identified as Dennis Bachman, 23, who was a Transwestern employee. Damage was estimated to be $2581.