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December 2011

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.

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.

Credit card used illegally in Lehigh

Friday, December 23, 2011

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating an access device fraud incident that was reported at 5:51 p.m. Dec. 10 in Lower Macungie Township.

Police said Lisa Ann Draper, 6849 Tuscany Drive, Macungie, told them someone illegally used her credit card to make purchases at the Wal-Mart store located in the township.

Nolehi, Marian enjoy success on the court

Friday, December 23, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Devin Glose dribbles down court as Catasauqua's James Snyder tries to catch up from behind. BOB FORD /TIMES NEWS
Northern Lehigh's Devin Glose dribbles down court as Catasauqua's James Snyder tries to catch up from behind. BOB FORD /TIMES NEWS

Northern Lehigh and Marian recorded victories in both boys and girls basketball action on Thursday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Catasauqua-No. Lehigh

Clinging to a three-point lead at intermission, the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half for the 67-51 Colonial League win over Catasauqua.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs were Lucas Pierce (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Caleb Johnson (19 points and 12 rebounds). Josh Pristash chipped in 12 points.

CATASAUQUA

Wal-Mart stores key for donation effort

Friday, December 23, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Both the Hometown and Lehighton Wal-Mart Supercenters were recognized by members the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League (SCMCL) for being key annual supporters and collection areas for the Tamaqua Salvation Army Angel Tree program and Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Toys For Tots campaign.

Close call at Five Points

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dear Editor:

This letter was suggested by Tamaqua Police Department Personnel, who said that I should write this letter to make people aware of a problem at the Five Points in Tamaqua after I told them how I was almost hit 5 or 6 times by a vehicle. This happened at the Five Points intersection in the past two months in Tamaqua.

Gifts galore

Friday, December 23, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The piles of gifts grew as more and more folks walked into the Effort UMC's annual St. Nick dinner. Extra tables were set up to accommodate the unexpected large group of guests. All had come to enjoy a fantastic meal at no cost other than a donation of a gift for anyone of the families the Effort church helps for the Christmas holiday through the St. Nick project currently spear headed by Linda and Don Ernst of McMichaels. During the dinner the Children's Choir sang and Elf Steve Johnson played the keyboard.

One Tamaquan paroled as a second loses her freedom

Friday, December 23, 2011

Two Tamaqua persons are changing places on where they will be spending Christmas after rulings made by two judges in the Schuylkill County Court.

Michael Todd Brode, 21,of 234 Mauch Chunk Street will be getting out on parole Christmas Eve from the Schuylkill County Prison while Lori Oakes, 43, of 419 East Union Street, lost her freedom by having probation revoked and is back in prison.

Rush Twp. burglaries reported

Friday, December 23, 2011

Rush Township Police are investigating a rash of burglaries reported to the department over the past few days. Four separate properties, on Fairfax Street and Claremont Avenue, were burglarized.

All of the homes were vacant and forcibly entered. The thieves took copper piping and building materials.

Anyone with information may contact the department at (570) 668-4242. Rush Police Sgt. Duane Frederick suggests neighbors who see a vehicle parked at an empty home or business contact police immediately.

Truck is stolen in Girardville

Friday, December 23, 2011

State police at the Frackville barracks are investigating the theft of a 2000 Ford F-150 extended cab pickup truck from Girardville.

The incident happened between 10 p.m. Dec. 21 and 6:45 a.m. Dec. 22 at 146 N. Second St. in the borough.

The victim, Joseph P. Women, 52, told police someone took the truck while it was parked in the alley between Second and Ogden streets. The vehicle bears the registration plate YXZ7515. It has several bumper stickers on the rear bumper and tailgate.

Nesquehoning's Hauto Fire Department receives grant

Friday, December 23, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta announced that two regional fire departments, including one from Carbon County, will receive a total of almost $73,000 in grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

Hauto Volunteer Fire Department in Nesquehoning will receive $28,690. The money will be used to purchase radios that comply with new bandwidth requirements

Police are probing Lynn Twp. crash

Friday, December 23, 2011

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a one-vehicle accident that happened at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20 along Rt. 143, King's Highway, in Lynn Township.

Police said a vehicle traveling west crossed the eastbound lane and left the roadway via the south berm where it struck a property owner's mailbox head-on. The vehicle then continued across the driveway, striking a planter box before the operator regained control of the vehicle, re-entered the roadway via the eastbound lane and fled westbound on Route 143.