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December 2011

Remembering the man behind the bell

Friday, December 23, 2011
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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Wife, Jean Holmberg, second from left, waves her hands in song and prayer with other Salvation Army volunteers during Elmer's memorial service held in the chapel of the Salvation Army.

Elmer Holmberg suffered a heart attack while working at a Salvation Army kettle

The life of Elmer Holmberg, a lifelong soldier with the Tamaqua Salvation Army Corps, was remembered during a recent memorial service in the chapel of the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Holmberg was 78 when he suffered a fatal heart attack earlier this month while volunteering at a Salvation Army kettle inside the Redner's Market in Nesquehoning. During the memorial service, family and friends remembered Holmberg's volunteerism and kindness.

Chestnuthill Elementary may close its doors

Friday, December 23, 2011

Pleasant Valley School District administrators presented to the PVSD school board why they felt the board needed to consider closing Chestnuthill Elementary School. A hearing was held at Pleasant Valley Middle School on Thursday, Dec. 8 where it was presented to the public with an opportunity for them to respond.

Dr. Douglas Arnold, PVSD superintendent said that there has been a significant decline in the district's enrollment over the last few years, including Chestnuthill's.

It's time to unload Ol' Santa's Sack

Friday, December 23, 2011

Well, it's almost that time to say goodbye to 2011 and usher in 2012, but before I do that, Good Ol' Santa has decided to make his usual stop here at THE TIMES NEWS Sports Department to find out who's been naughty or nice since he stopped here last time around.

Two clubs bring Christmas cheer to Weatherwood

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

Madeline Ligenza, a member of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club and Jim Thorpe Lioness Club, left; and Nancy Probert, activities director at Weatherwood, right; hand out gifts to Weatherwood residents John Cody and Bert Huggett for Christmas. The Nesquehoning Woman's Club and Jim Thorpe Lioness Club donated and distributed nearly 150 gifts to the residents. The groups have been doing this project for many years as a way to bring Christmas cheer to the nursing home.

Philippine-American Christmas shows diversity between cultures

Friday, December 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pastor Gaitan Gideon, laughs as he tries to "dance the sticks."
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pastor Gaitan Gideon, laughs as he tries to "dance the sticks."

A Philippine-American Ethic Christmas Celebration was held recently at the Tamaqua Community Center to celebrate and display the diversity between Christmas cultures.

The celebration, which was offered to the public with any donation, involved a wide array of both Philippine and American music, contests, dancing, singing and ethnic foods. One of the highlights was a bambo stick dance via Filipino Christmas Performers.

Guest were also encouraged to bring in, share and explain their special foods. The children were also cheered by a visit from Santa Claus.

Lions seat 2012 officers

Friday, December 23, 2011
Lions seat 2012 officers
Copyright 2011

The 2012 officers of the Summit Hill Lions Club were elected and installed recently. Dr. Kenneth Vermillion will remain in the capacity of president. Other officers are, from left, Thomas Ponting, second vice president, Kathy Crampsie, secretary, Judy Midas, first vice president, and Joe O'Gurek, treasurer. Also joining them in club leadership are Janel Tirpak, Tail Twister, Bill Chapman, Lion Tamer, and the Rev. James Burdess, chaplain.

Carbon County Court news

Friday, December 23, 2011

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by a credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on a credit card/loan account:

Midland Funding, LLC, San Diego, Calif., filed against Martes Mayra, HV 3 Box 3492, Albrightsville, seeking $19,683.09.

Capital One, U.S.A., N.A., Glen Allen, Va., filed against Michele T. Searfoss, 410 Pocono Road, Albrightsville, seeking $5,571.58.

Dept. of Justice lien

Driver flees scene of Schuylkill crash

Friday, December 23, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said a driver fled the scene of a two-vehicle crash that happened at midnight Dec. 23 at the intersection of routes 183 and 901 in Cressona Borough.

Police said the runaway driver was operating a 2002 Jeep Liberty that collided with a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer in the intersection. The Blazer was driven by Cynthia R. Yoder, 51, of Pine Grove, who was injured in the crash.

After striking the Blazer, the Liberty proceeded east on Pottsville Street. Police said it sustained damages to its left front and rear.

Man is facing DUI charge in Lehigh

Friday, December 23, 2011

Steven D. Beshore, 48, of Dover, Pa., has been arrested by state police at the Fogelsville barracks for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police said the incident happened at about 11:15 a.m. Dec. 20 along Interstate 78 in Upper Macungie Township.

Police said Beshore was found sleeping inside his running vehicle.

Copper thieves target vacant home in West Penn Township

Friday, December 23, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the times news
Larry Neff/Special to the times news Burglars reportedly entered this vacant home located at the intersection of Mush Dahl Road and SR309 in West Penn Township this week, stealing all of the copper pipes including the baseboard heaters. The home owned by Jay Bluebaker.

West Penn Township police are investigating a home break-in and a copper theft at the intersection of SR309 and Mush Dahl road.

Sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday night, burglars stole all of the copper piping, including the baseboard heaters, off the walls from the home owned by Jay Bluebaker The burglars reportedly failed to gain access to a home just to the south.

Community organizations receive donations from Lansford Legion

Friday, December 23, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Several area organizations were the recipients of donations from the Lansford American Legion Post 123, Lansford American Legion Auxiliary and the Lansford Sons of the American Legion on Saturday following the annual children's Christmas party held at the post. Checks were presented to the Lansford Police Department, fire company and ambulance; Panther Valley Public Library; Lansford Alive; Lansford Improvement Committee; and the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's Toys For Tots Campaign.Post Commander Jack Anderson presents a check to Lansford Fire Department members from left Nate Krajcirik and David Aungst while Morgan Rosohac looks on.
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Several area organizations were the recipients of donations from the Lansford American Legion Post 123, Lansford American Legion Auxiliary and the Lansford Sons of the American Legion on Saturday following the annual children's Christmas party held at the post. Checks were presented to the Lansford Police Department, fire company and ambulance; Panther Valley Public Library; Lansford Alive; Lansford Improvement Committee; and the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's Toys For Tots Campaign.Post Commander Jack Anderson presents a check to Lansford Fire Department members from left Nate Krajcirik and David Aungst while Morgan Rosohac looks on.

Attains dean's list at Duquesne Univ.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Mele
Mele

Taylor Elizabeth Mele attained the dean's list in her first semester at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, with a GPA of 3.67.

Taylor is a 2011 graduate of Marian Catholic High School. She is currently enrolled in Duquesne's School of Education with a dual major of math and secondary education.

Taylor is the daughter of Angelo and Lori Mele of Lehighton and granddaughter of Angelo and Liz Mele of Nesquehoning.

Schuylkill County Court news

Friday, December 23, 2011

Divorces granted

Beth A. Williams, 1302 Germans Road, Lehighton, was granted a divorce from Thomas L. Williams, III, no address. They were married February 10, 2001.

Sabrina M. Ziolko, Gordon, was granted a divorce from Brandon Ziolko, Ashland. They were married September 6, 2008.

Karl V. Petritsch, Pine Grove, was granted a divorce from Susan L. Petritsch, Mahanoy City. They were married November 9, 1974,

Kelly Ann Edwards, Pottsville, was granted a divorce form Christopher Colby Edwards, Conyers, Georgia. They were married August 7, 2010.

Girardville woman facing charges

Friday, December 23, 2011

Bernadette Leo Fidler, 46, of Girardville, has been arrested by state police at the Frackville barracks on charges of retail theft.

Police said the incdient hapepned between 10:07 and 10:10 a.m. Dec. 21 at the Sears department store in the Schuylkill Mall, new Castle Township.

Police said the store's loss prevention depeartment observed the woman attempting to shoplift from the store.

Time to move forward

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dear Editor:

Fellow citizens of Carbon County,

This election cycle, the people of Carbon County voted, overwhelmingly, across party lines to elect Republicans to "right the ship" after years of Democrat control and corruption. County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein and Commissioner- elect Tom J. Gerhard soundly defeated the team of Commissioners Getz and O'Gurek.

Northwestern stays unbeaten

Friday, December 23, 2011
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mike feifel/times news Pleasant Valley's Julia Craig (left) tries to get around Northwestern defender Caileigh Landrigan.

Northwestern hadn't been tested in a tight game all season.

That changed on Thursday night when Pleasant Valley gave the undefeated Lady Tigers all they could handle in a nonleague contest.

Northwestern passed the test as it held on for a 49-47 win.

"You're going to be in tight games," said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "We got a couple defensive stops at the end of the game, got some rebounds and made some foul shots. And that was the game."

Jim Thorpe news

Friday, December 23, 2011

Penn Forest Twp. transfer station

The Penn Forest Township Transfer Station will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

The new transfer station hours will start Jan. 2, 2012.

They are: Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

All transfer station/garbage fees should be paid by Jan. 6, 2012 to avoid the penalty fee.

The municipal building will be closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, the normal business hours for 2012 will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Board of supervisors

Carbon reduces tax rate

Friday, December 23, 2011

Action sparks debate between commissioners

Carbon County residents can expect to pay less on their county taxes in 2012.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-1 to approve the 2012 budget with a one-mill tax decrease. As it stands, the tax rate for the county will be 5.893 mills. One mill generates $1,533,000.

That means that a homeowner with a $50,000 home assessed at $25,000 could expect to pay $147.33, $25 less than in 2011.

Christmas Day dinner in Bowmanstown

Friday, December 23, 2011

A free Christmas dinner will be served from 3-6 p.m. on Dec. 25 at Emmanuel UCC, 509 Hamilton St., Bowmanstown.

All are welcome. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, call (610) 852-2707, or email eucc4all@ptd.net.

North Schuylkill tops Jim Thorpe

Friday, December 23, 2011
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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.

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."

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.

Some aspects of Christmas should last all year

Friday, December 23, 2011

Many years ago when I was covering a small community for a weekly newspaper it was my responsibility to fill an entire section with community news.

With a town that had a population around 5,000, it wasn't always easy to find enough stories. Maybe that was one reason I noticed every small thing.

Heritage Hill man turns 96

Friday, December 23, 2011
Gabe P. Ferrence
Gabe P. Ferrence

Gabe Peter Ferrence, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, celebrated his 96th birthday on Dec. 20.

Born on a farm in White Bear, Summit Hill in 1915, Gabe graduated from Nesquehoning High School in 1934. He married his wife, Rose, in 1938 and was married for 22 years until her passing in January of 1960.

He has three children, Ronald, Lansford; Jean Staloski, Lake Hauto; and Thomas, Nesquehoning. He also has four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He is the last surviving member of 10 children.