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December 2011

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."

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

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

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
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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.

Rush elementary students help Tamaqua food drive

Friday, December 23, 2011

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 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

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.


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.


Wal-Mart stores key for donation effort

Friday, December 23, 2011

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

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.