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December 2011

CCTI students aid cancer society with 'Bench Project'

Friday, December 30, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/special to the Times news
VICTOR IZZO/special to the Times news With bench-side molds and wire brushes in hand, CCTI Life Skills students who are part of a school-wide 'Bench Project", include James O'Connor and Dennis Deal; and Melissa Rivera, a junior in the Marketing class.

Students from many different shops at Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) in Jim Thorpe have joined together in a project that will aid the American Cancer Society.

According to CLIU 21 Life Skills teacher Lisa Lux, its called the CCTI 'Bench Project" which was started about five years ago. The project was begun by Corey Smith, a Life Skills student who built a bench in honor of his grandfather who had died from cancer.

Time for new ideas and a fresh start for 2012

Friday, December 30, 2011

We all have our list of wishes for the New Year. A Healthy and Prosperous New Year is a short concise greeting that many of us use. In 2012, we need more than greetings if we are to make this New Year truly happy and prosperous.

My first wish is that we stop fighting wars and bring our troops home from the battlefields of the Middle East and Asia. We can no longer place our patriotic women and men in harms way, defending countries that do not like Americans or the American way of life

Tamaqua news

Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas trees

The Borough of Tamaqua's Street Department will be collecting discarded Christmas trees throughout January.

Residents are to place their trees curbside on their regular trash collection days.

Trees will be collected as time and weather permit.

Trees must be free of all tinsel and decorations. Residents are also asked to remove any plastic bags from the trees.

Trees may also be dropped off behind the Tamaqua Borough Garage, at 421 rear E. Broad St.

No trees will be collected after Jan. 31.

SS. Peter and Paul

Lawsuit filed over woman's death at Rt. 443 intersection

Friday, December 30, 2011

Five defendants have been named in a Carbon County Court of Common Pleas civil lawsuit that relates to a motor vehicle accident that happened on Dec. 28, 2009, and claimed the life of a Coaldale woman.

George Van Huynh, 33 E. High St., Coaldale, individually and in his capacity as administrator of the Estate of Linda Faye Huynh, filed the action against Regional EMS & Critical Care, Inc., 700 N. First St., Lehighton; Eugene M. Crostley, 392 Long Run Road, Lehighton; The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, Harrisburg, Pa.; Mahoning Township; and Telco, inc.

Don't put the blame on Joe Paterno

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dear editor:

The following is my opinion on all the stories about Joe Paterno. My God, he was a fantastic coach. What his assistant coach did, those writers should blame everything on him, not Coach Paterno.

All this on telelvision, radio, and in the newspapers should stop. Put the blame on the right person.

I worked in the newspaper trade for 46 years and now days I am sick and tired of all this going on about a great coach.

Police are probing criminal mischief

Friday, December 30, 2011

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between Dec. 25-29 at a home in Weisenberg Township.

The victim is a 57-year-old male who resides at 3259 Shale Head Road, New Tripoli.

Police said someone shot the front door witha pellet gun, causing the glass on it to crack.

On this date

Friday, December 30, 2011

December 30, 1983

Diane L. Miller, 18, of Lehighton R. 4, was the recipient of a top award during the 62nd annual National 4-H Congress held in Chicago. Miss Miller is the first Pennsylvanian ever to receive the Gertrude Warren Award for outstanding 4-H participation. Gertrude Warren is referred to as "the mother of 4-H." Miss Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Miller, was selected by Penn State University to attend the session. She is only the second person from Carbon County to attend.

Balliet, Veppert battle back for third

Friday, December 30, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Michael Balliet goes for a doubleleg takedown on Milton's Donald English at the Holiday Wrestling Tournament at Liberty.

It was a shot at redemption that Michael Balliet wanted ever since he got pinned by Big Spring's Cody Seibert Wednesday night at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School.

Balliet returned on Thursday and got his revenge on the lanky Seibert, using a five-point move in the second period en route to claiming a 10-6 victory to take third place at 170-pounds.

Balliet was joined by Northwestern's Levi Veppert as the two bronze medalists from the prestigious tournament, as Veppert knocked off Martin Strenk of Delaware Valley 3-1 at 182.

Franklin Twp. changesgarbage collection

Friday, December 30, 2011

Franklin Township has changed the date of garbage collection due to the New Year holiday. Collection for Monday, Jan. 2, has been changed to Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Even a coating is dangerous

Friday, December 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A thin layer of snow and ice cover an inflatable bear and car on the lot of Tamaqua 309 Auto Sales. Even though the weather brought only a dusting last night, pedestrians had to watch their footing.

Aglow for the season

Friday, December 30, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news
Victor Izzo/special to the times news

Churches throughout our area and worldwide were aglow with the sights and sounds of the season, including St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe, where the lights, greenery, and a Nativity scene made last weekend's Christmas Mass special for worshippers.

Walnutport Kmart not on the chopping block

Friday, December 30, 2011

Other area Kmart and Sears stores also safe

Sears Holdings Company has announced its first round of store closings and the Walnutport Kmart isn't on the list.

Sears stores in Whitehall and Frackville also will remain open, as will its portrait studio at the Laurel Mall in Hazleton.

Yesterday Sears announced the closing of 79 stores nationwide – Sears and Kmart combined. A second round of store closings will be announced in the near future.

Earlier this week, Sears said it could close up to 120 stores.

The only Pennsylvania stores on yesterday's list are in Upper Darby and Pottstown.

A thumbs down to red light ticket cameras

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

This is an open letter to all your readers who drive:

I am asking for your help to ban photo traffic enforcement in Pennsylvania.

As a motorist, you know how important road safety is when exercising your inalienable right to freedom of travel.

Photo enforcement exists to raise revenue. It does this by causing more crashes, injuries and fatalities. Money, not safety, is the goal.

Miller-Keystone center announces blood drives

Friday, December 30, 2011

January is National Blood Donor Month.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 3:30 to 7 p.m., Nesquehoning VFW, 300 Center Street, Nesquehoning. For information call 570-669-9201.

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2 to 5 p.m., M&T Bank, 100 E. Broad Street, Tamaqua. Call Call 570-668-0640.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Boat Yard, replacement drive for Arthur "Smokey" Highland, 251 Canal Street, Lehighton. Call 570-657-6620.

Trees accepted at Phifer Ice Dam Park after Jan. 1

Friday, December 30, 2011

Franklin Township residents can dispose of their Christmas trees after Sunday, Jan. 1 at the Phifer Ice Dam Park using the Penn Street entrance.

A new year and the law of the firsts

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dear editor:

As the year 2011 draws to a close I cannot help wonder what resolutions I will make to improve my lifestyle. It seems that every year we all do the same ole stuff. You know – clean the garage, take out the trash, lose weight and be nicer to your spousal equivalent.

Well, I have a different idea for next year. I'll call it "remember the first time." Think about all the happy moments we had in our life with the many first-time experiences we had. You know ... when I first shot my first buck, got my first car (boy, was that a bucket of bolts).

Long Pond man charged with DUI

Friday, December 30, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional Police have arrested Alex Vigo, 32, of Long Pond, for driving under the influence.

Police said the arrest was made after a stop for a Vehicle Code violation on Dec. 28 on Rt. 196 in Coolbaugh Township.

Police said officers detected the odor of burned marijuana emanating from the vehicle in which Vigo was the operator. Police said he failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood analysis.

New Tripoli man is accident victim

Friday, December 30, 2011

A New Tripoli man died during a one vehicle crash early last evening in Weisenberg Township.

Fred A. Bowman, 76, was pronounced dead after his vehicle traveled into a yard and struck a well casing, a parked SUV, a concrete porch of a home, and then into a home where it caused major structure damage.

Trooper Francis L. DeMatto of the Fogelsville barracks of the state police said the investigation remains open pending a coroner's report, but that death may have occurred prior to the crash.

Nine Bulldogs on TN First Team

Friday, December 30, 2011
Northern Lehigh's Trevor Yashur
Northern Lehigh's Trevor Yashur, second from left, receives the TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Year trophy from Managing Sports Editor Ed Hedes. Joining them for the presentation are Yashur's parents Theresa and Joe. Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS

It's becoming quite common this time of the year.

Select a football all-star team and you're bound to have a host of Northern Lehigh players on it.

After another successful season (the Bulldogs have reached postseason play in 13 of the last 14 years), it shouldn't come as a shock that Joe Tout's club once again dominated the TIMES NEWS First Team.

In all, nine players received mention on our top team. Leading the way is TN Football Player of the Year Trevor Yashur. Two other Bulldogs were recognized on the Second Team.

Inmate is facing drug charges

Friday, December 30, 2011

Katrina Marie Vandling, 22, of 81 Jamestown Drive, Lehighton, is facing drug-related charges filed against her by Nesquehoning police, who said they were called to the Carbon County Correctional Facility in the borough after prison officials and sheriff's deputies found her to be in possession of the unlawful items.

Police said she was arraigned before District Justice Casimir Kosciolek on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a communications device by an inmate. She was retained in prison in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Question raised over the Scholar Athlete award at Panther Valley

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dear Editor,

To the Panther Valley Football Association:

Yesterday, I picked up the paper and after reading the sports section I could not believe it.

The Scholar Athlete Award was given to the WATER BOY/equipment helper! He never even played!

ARE YOU KIDDING? What a Joke!

What a way to slap the face of the players who played their hearts out, with sprains, sore muscles, broken bones and dedication to the sport.

Is it any wonder why the enrollment in PV sports is declining?

Where were the police?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dear Editor,

I am writing in regards to our local law enforcement officers and whom ever answered my 911 call on the evening of 12/28/2011. I want to explain my dilemma and what came of it. I answered a knock at my front door around 6:20 p.m. and a young black male claimed he was from direct power and was checking to see if I had recieved my rebate check he told me he needed my PPL bill.

Hit-and-run driver sought in Palmerton

Friday, December 30, 2011

Imagine my surprise Sunday morning discovering that my car was a victim of a hit and run driver. I can only surmise that the driver was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The damage to my car and the incovenience and monetery loss is typical of an impaired driver. The insurance copany declared this accident a total loss.

Penn State headed to Dallas to face Keenum's Cougars

Friday, December 30, 2011

The 2012 bowl season is here and the Nittany Lions will be going to Dallas to face The Houston Cougars (12-1) in the TicketCity Bowl. Yes, Penn State fans, the Nittany Lions have literally punched their ticket to the TicketCity Bowl. I don't know if it's neccessarily the show that the 9-3 Lions wanted to attend, but it seems the bowl reps had already given out all the good seats to the "cool" shows.

Carbon mortgage foreclosures filed

Friday, December 30, 2011

The following actions were filed in Carbon County as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans:

Oak Capital Trust, Anaheim Hills, Callif., filed against Amy L. Allen and Christopher M. Allen, 634 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, over a property at that address. Sought is $57,329.96, plus continuing interest, costs and fees.

Parking it

Friday, December 30, 2011

If someone asks you to take a hike Sunday, do it

With a new year just a day away, it might not be the best time to lay a guilt trip on people.

But then again, this is the time for New Year's resolutions, and by the second week of January, many of our greatest intentions may already be history.

For all you couch potatoes who crave that Sunday football game fix, there's an alternative.

And for all you procrastinators who are used to pushing back that diet just one more week even after putting on those extra pounds from the many Christmas calories fests there is hope.

Driver is facing drug charges

Friday, December 30, 2011

Nesquehoning police report the arrest of Jordan Michael Tessitore, 19, of 209 E. Patterson St., Lansford, on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest stems from an incident on Dec. 19 at 2:59 p.m. at McDonald's, 180 Market St.

Police said they were called to the restaurant after an employee noticed drug paraphernalia in a car Tessitore was driving when he went through the drive-through serving line.

Upon responding and talking to Tessitore police found him to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Free New Year's Day dinner in Lehighton

Friday, December 30, 2011

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will serve a free community New Year's Day pork and sauerkraut dinner on Sunday in it's Luther Hall. Dinner will include potatoes, vegetables and dessert.

Dinner will be served for up to 250 people from noon until 2 p.m.

Northern Lehigh Senior High School announces honor roll

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Northern Lehigh Senior High School honor roll for the first marking period of the 2011-2012 school year has been announced by Mr. Robert Vlasaty, Principal.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST

Wildcat club's cabin burglarized

Friday, December 30, 2011

State police at the Frackville barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 9 a.m. Dec. 24 and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 28 at a cabin owned by the Wildcat Gun Club, 137 Wildcat Road, Walker Township.

Police said someone entered the cabin by forcing open a door on the south side of the building. Once inside, the actor(s) removed two beige-colored kerosene heaters, a blue 1,000-watt generator, two steel pool pumps, about 8-10 garbage bags of crushed aluminum cans, a 2-1/2-gallong clear fuel can, various lengths of electrical wire and an aluminum roof antenna.

Tamaqua boys, PV girls notch victories

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Tamaqua boys' and Panther Valley girls' basketball teams notched wins, while Palmerton, Panther Valley and Tamaqua took to the wrestling mats.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Schuylkill Haven-Tamaqua

The Blue Raiders held a 20-point halftime lead and cruised to the win over Schuylkill Haven, 58-35.

Zach Wargula's 14 points, Brett Kosciolek's 13 and Jake Fegley's 10 led the scoring for Tamaqua.

Brandon Weiser led the 'Canes in the losing effort.

Tamaqua won the JV game, 57-18, as Mike Weinert's 12 points and Drew Chartier's 11 led the way.

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN