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December 2011

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.

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.

Eldred column

Friday, December 23, 2011

St. Matthew's Christmas services

St. Matthew's UCC invites everyone to its Christmas Eve Family Service on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

This is when the Children's Sunday School Program is held. This year it will be a little different. Instead of a "live" presentation, the program is in the form of a movie titled "A Day in a Manger." The class made it with the help of Bruce Harrison Smith and it will be shown during the 7:30 p.m. service.

There will also be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 10:30 p.m.

Christmas morning, there will be a service at 9 a.m.

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.

Nesquehoning firefighters advance in certification as fire professionals

Friday, December 23, 2011
Seen during the presentation
Seen during the presentation at the Nesquehoning Borough Council meeting are councilmen David Hawk and Frank Jacobs; John McArdle, Nesquehoning Fire Chief, and Rose Walck, council woman, members of Fire and Public Safety committee for the borough.

Nesquehoning Hose Company volunteers are the first in Carbon County to advance in certification as fire professionals, reaching their goal of 75 percent participation.

Nesquehoning Ambulance Corp Volunteers also obtained advance certification, with 50 percent participation as Fire Professionals.

Hose Company No. 1 was recently recognized as an organization that supports, promotes and encourages its emergency response personnel to voluntarily certify within the Commonwealth's Certification Program administered by The Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus hosts Santa Claus

Friday, December 23, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS
Special to the TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton American Legion Post 269 and Palmerton United Veterans Organization who visited with patients at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus were (front row, l-r) Ed Bush, Santa, Al Kohler, Ed Moyer (back row, l-r) Robyn Green, Carla Moyer. Victor Jahelka, Joe Uhnak, Bruce Reiner, Steve Vlossak, and George Duell.

All was quite, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Then in walked Santa Claus to spread his holiday cheer, much to their delight.

Dressed in his usual red and white garb, Santa recently visited 17 patients at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus.

Each patient got a Christmas bag with candy and crackers, fruit, a Christmas ornament, a folded flag ornament, and a Christmas card.

The annual visit was once again organized by members of the Palmerton American Legion Post 269 and the United Veterans Organization of Palmerton.

Schuylkill property transfers

Friday, December 23, 2011

Property transfers recorded in the Schuylkill County Courthouse recently were as follows:

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.

Santa visits Little Angels Preschool

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

Students at Little Angels Preschool in Lansford, look on during a recent surprise visit from Santa. Each child got to sit on Santa's lap and told him what they wanted for Christmas. Before Santa left, he gave each child a candy cane and wished them a Merry Christmas.

History will judge this nation

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dear Editor:

On December 17, two commentaries - "History will judge role," by Ann McFeatters, and "War's finally over - sort of," by Dale McFeatters - shed light on the absurdity of Obama's claim that our military really is pulling out of Iraq, the fact that the US will have a huge presence in Iraq forever, and the fact that there was no justification for a US invasion of Iraq in the first place.

Tamaqua Boyer's Market aids Toys For Tots

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

The Boyer's Food Market in Tamaqua used their parking lot fund to donate almost $1,500 worth of toys to the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots drive, which helps thousands of local kids receive presents during the holidays. Both the Tamaqua and Lansford Boyer's Food Markets annually support the Toys For Tots and Salvation Army. Pictured with some of the donated toys are Justin Hunsicker, assistant store manager, left; and Louis Marmas, store clerk.

Helen G. Brown Quality of Life Awards are presented

Friday, December 23, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left, Dan Ferguson, president of Monroe County Area on Aging Agency Advisory Council presented Joyce and Bill Raczko of Cresco with the Helen G. Brown Award. Other recipients were Beverly Hartje and Support Service for Seniors.

The Monroe County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council held its annual presentation of Helen G. Brown Quality of Life Awards luncheon at the Tannersville Inn.

Each year it receives nominations for this important service award. This year's recipients were Joyce and Bill Raczko, Beverly Hartje and Support Services for Seniors.

Slatington lawyer honored with legal excellence award

Friday, December 23, 2011
Contributed photo
Contributed photo

Charles W. Stopp with 30 years legal experience

Charles W. Stopp, esquire, senior partner of the law firm of Steckel and Stopp in Slatington, was recently honored with the AV Preeminent Rating, a professional excellence award earned through a strenuous peer review rating process managed by the world's most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell.

Stopp is a practicing real estate, estate planning and estate attorney with more than 30 years of legal experience. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown University and a Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law and is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.

Equipment taken at ski resort

Friday, December 23, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating the theft of ski equipment at the Blue Mountain Ski resort, lower Towamensing Township.

The incident was reported at 6 p.m. Dec. 17.

The victims are a 17-year-old female from Hampton, N.J., who has boots stolen, and a 15-year-old Quakertown boy who had a snowboard stolen.

Marian Catholic student wins artwork contest

Friday, December 23, 2011
Annette Ritzko
Annette Ritzko

Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM, principal, at Marian Catholic High School, announced that Annette Ritzko, a freshman, was chosen as a winner in the Holy Childhood Association, Annual Christmas Artwork Contest 2011-2012.

She is the daughter of Nicholas and Marian Ritzko, Lansford.

At Marian, Annette is secretary/treasurer of the freshman class, member of the Future Business Leaders of America and Mock Trial team.

Ritzko's artwork, along with 22 others, will appear as Christmas e-greetings on Holy Childhood Association's website for kids www.hcakids.org.

Our politicians are dumber than dirt

Friday, December 23, 2011

As the Christmas break approaches, I thought that our elected representatives in Washington had pulled all the stupid stunts they could for the year. Over the holidays, we would finally get a break from their constant infringements on our rights and liberties.

Little did I know that our elected representatives still had some gunpowder left. In what has to be one of the most nonsensical acts of legislation, the Senate passed a bill to extend the Bush tax cuts for two months.

Three Tamaqua men receive prison sentences

Friday, December 23, 2011

Three Tamaqua men who pleaded guilty Thursday in the Schuylkill County Court to criminal charges received jail sentences imposed by President William E. Baldwin.

Cory Michael Whitley, 18, of 4 Rose Street, Tamaqua, on a charge of aggravated assault on James Medvetz, was sentenced to serve 16-32 months in a state correctional facility and will receive credit for spending 227 days in the Schuylkill County Prison. He was was fined $200 plus $50 costs on a charge of driving while his operating privileges were suspended.

Coaldale VFW holds dance for Toys For Tots

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

Members of the Coaldale VFW held a Toys For Tots dance recently to raise funds for Toys For Tots. The band "God Only Knows" donated their services. Pictured from left are VFW members Mike Vigoda, trustee; John Pireda, lead singer; Santa, Wilbur Schoch; Faith Richards, president, Auxiliary; and Darrell Hoppes, bass player. Not pictured Auxiliary members Stacey Fortin, senior vice president; and Bethany Bachert, treasurer.