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December 2011

Schuylkill CountyCourt news

Monday, December 26, 2011

The following actions were taken recently in Schuylkill County:

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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.

Rigs crash on I-81 in Ryan Township

Monday, December 26, 2011

A tractor trailer crash at 4:45 a.m. Dec. 21 on Interstate 81 in Ryan Township resulted in minor injury to the driver.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Miguel Cotto of Lebanon was operating the rig north on the interstate when he became distracted and drove off the west side of the road. The tractor trailer went down a slight grass embankment into the median between the north and south lanes, and traveled about 150 feet into a wooded area where it struck several trees.

Police said the rig was moderately damaged and was removed after daybreak.

Derek Marouchoc recognized as Nesquehoning Fireman of the Year

Monday, December 26, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Derek Marouchoc, center, receives the Nesquehoning Fire Company's Fireman of the Year award from Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck, left; and Nesquehoning Hose Company President Matthew Evans.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Derek Marouchoc, center, receives the Nesquehoning Fire Company's Fireman of the Year award from Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck, left; and Nesquehoning Hose Company President Matthew Evans.

Derek Marouchoc, an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter with the Nesquehoning Hose Company, was recently named Fireman of the Year.

The annual award recognizes members who go above and beyond what is routinely expected.

Marouchoc has been a member of the company since the age of 14, and has recently completed his Firefighter 1 certification.

Marouchoc is known as the go-to person at the station. Whenever there is a need, members know that they can turn to him to get the job accomplished.

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.

Lehighton couple celebrate 60 years

Friday, December 23, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Long on their wedding day.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Long on their wedding day.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Long will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day. They were married Dec. 25, 1951.

Mrs. Long is the former Shirley Higgins, daughter of the late LeRoy and Emma Higgins, Lehighton. Her husband is the son of the late Henry and Marjorie (Klotz) Long, Lehighton.

Christmas happiness

Friday, December 23, 2011

Local writer's words stand the test of time

For many, the holidays can be a frenzied and highly-emotional time.

"At our house, the family's been out of sorts two weeks, buying things and mailing things, trying not to forget anyone that they ought to send to, or give presents that are cheap or too expensive. And the children are all sore at what they did get or didn't get," one man remarked.

When asked what Christmas meant to him, another man had this to say: "It's the day when you get what you don't want, and when you give people a lot of things that probably they don't want."

North Schuylkill tops Jim Thorpe

Friday, December 23, 2011
bob ford/times news
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Darius Clark drives to the basket against North Schuylkill defender Pat Walsh (34).

Jim Thorpe looked good on Thursday night in their Schuylkill League Division I clash with North Schuylkill.

Unfortunately, for the Olympians (4-2) they only looked good in spurts and couldn't piece together a consistent offensive attack the rest of the ball game. The Spartans took advantage and bounced back from a 12-2 first quarter deficit to post a 62-52 Schuylkill League Division I victory.

Rush elementary students help Tamaqua food drive

Friday, December 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Students at the Rush Elementary Schoolin Tamaqua held their annual food drive to benefit the Tamaqua Salvation Army's food pantry, which provides food year round to needy families. James Fasnacht, Elementary Schools Assistant Principal, is thankful for all the students and families who came forward to provide the many donations. All the Tamaqua elementary schools support the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Toys For Tots. Pictured from front left are students Haley Leary, 5, Khalan VanBlargan, 7, Joseph Hoser, 6, Ella Morrison, 6, Abigail Kistler, 6, and Alex Zehner, 5.

On this date

Friday, December 23, 2011

December 23, 1991

Five young lawyers comprised the largest group of attorneys ever to be inducted to the Carbon County Bar at one time when President Judge John P. Lavelle accepted them and issued oaths of office to start their professional careers. They are Edmund J. Healy of Emmaus and George C. Parrish of Easton, both current law clerks for Judge Lavelle; Cynthia S. Ray, Weatherly; Karl J. Maehrer, Jim Thorpe, and Paul J. Levy, Palmerton R. 2.

A 3D trip to 'Hugo' and back

Friday, December 23, 2011

A lot has been made about the fact that Martin Scorsese he, the director of such urban and urbane and often violent adult fare such as "Shutter Island" (2010), "The Departed" (2006), "Goodfellas" (1990), "Raging Bull" (1980), "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Mean Streets" (1973) has directed a children's movie, "Hugo," much less a 3D children's movie.

Moreover, some movie critics have said that finally, someone, namely, Scorsese, does 3D justice.

Panther Valley news

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Eve Cantata

A Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansford.

The Rev. Roy H. Koehler will be preside at this service.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Completes Marine basic training

Friday, December 23, 2011

Marine Corps Pvt. Nathan P. Mack, son of Laura Mills of Lehighton, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

McDonald's, Meed's United Church help Panther Valley children

Friday, December 23, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Standing with the toys donated from the Angel Tree project at McDonald's in Nesquehoning are, from left, Bertha Shreffler of Meed's Methodist Church; Dorothy Gulla, daytime manager; and Todd Sheckler, general store manager.

During this season of giving, employees of the Nesquehoning McDonald's, along with their customers, opened up their hearts and wallets to make Christmas a special day for some struggling families in the Panther Valley area.

For the fifth consecutive year, McDonald's has partnered with the Meed's United Methodist Church to operate an Angel Tree at the restaurant.

Bertha Shreffler of Meed's Methodist Church, was overjoyed when she saw the amount of toys and other items that were donated through the program.

Toys For Tots volunteer remembered

Friday, December 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Four new bikes were given to the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots drive in memory of a longtime Toys For Tots volunteer, George E. Stocker, Lehighton, who passed away Oct. 22 of this year. Stocker, who was a member of the SCMCL, was well known for repairing used bikes for their Toys For Tots program back when used bikes were accepted. League members noted the many years of dedication Stocker put into the Toys For Tots program. Pictured with four new bikes are SCMCL members, from left, are Joe Balogach, John Suzadail and Leon Frohnheiser.