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December 2011

Mailbox damaged in Monroe County

Friday, December 30, 2011

A criminal mischief incident that happened between 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 and 8 a.m. Dec. 28 in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, is under investigation by state police at the Fern Ridge barracks.

The victim is an unnamed resident of 34 Lemond Drive in the township who told pollice someone removed two decorative plastic candy canes from the side of the mauilbox at the residence and proceeded to strike the mailbox with a blunt object, causing damage to the side of it.

Nesquehoning cops make arrest

Friday, December 30, 2011

Nesquehoning police have arrested Russell L. Bahrey III, 35, of Hatfield, Pa., for drug-related charges stemming from an incident whereby he was transported to the Carbon County Correctional Facility in the borough and found to be in possession of marijuana.

Police said Bahrey was arrested on Dec. 3 at 5:40 p.m. by Beaver Meadows police, who picked the man up upon learning he was wanted on an outstanding bench warrant. Upon being searched at the prison, Bahrey was found to be in possession of a baggie that contained marijuana.

Hit-run accident causes damages

Friday, December 30, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating a hit-and-run accident that happened between 2:15-2:30 a.m. Dec. 30 on Schuylkill Mountain Road in South Manheim Township.

Police said the victim is William Betz, 62, of Schuylkill Haven, whose property was damaged by a runaway vehicle, possibly a Jeep Wrangler.

17 Schuylkill judicial, county officials sworn in

Friday, December 30, 2011

A crowd of more than 500 people packed the Ceremonial Courtroom at the Schuylkill County Courthouse Thursday for the swearing in ceremony for 17 judicial and county officials, who were elected in last November's general election.

Their terms do not begin until Jan. 1, 2012 and since Monday is a holiday, their work schedule does not start until Tuesday, Jan. 2.

A New Year's family tradition

Friday, December 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Band marshals Charles Durning, left, his father Jesse Durning and Jesse's son-in-law Matt Greenly, pose in front of an 80-foot wide and 12-foot high painted mural of a race stadium that will be rolled behind the band during the length of Sunday's Mummers Parade route in Philadelphia.

Durning String Band rarely misses a step at the Mummer's Parade

Jesse "Butch" Durning, 55, of Lansford, and his son, Charles Durning of New Philadelphia, have spent a majority of their lifetime continuing a family tradition, one that has warmed the hearts – and ears – of thousands of parade-watchers over the last 75 years.

The family has logged over a hundred combined years performing with the Durning String Band in the annual New Year's Mummers Parade in Philadelphia.

Running strong

Friday, December 30, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Team Maurer is at the wheel of Tamaqua 309 Auto Sales, continuing three generations in the field. Shown, left to right: Tim Maurer, owner; Kathy, wife; Michael, son; and Martin, brother.

Tamaqua 309 Auto Sales finds a niche

After 30 years in the auto business, salesman Tim Maurer can just about read people's minds.

"I know what people expect in a vehicle," he says. They want cost-efficient, reliable transportation that is functional and attractive – and they want a dealer who'll stand behind them every step of the way.

That philosophy has energized Tamaqua 309 Auto Sales to the point where customers are not only buying cars off the lot, but utilizing Maurer's expertise in locating and purchasing vehicles from Maurer's expansive network of suppliers.

Monroe Council of Republican Women installs new officers

Friday, December 30, 2011

On Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Pocono Inne Town the Monroe Council of Republican Women met for a Holiday Luncheon and to install new officers.

They are: Gwen Stettler, 2nd Vice President; Helen Diecidue, Corresponding Secretary; Josephine Ferro, President; Jennifer Stillmayer, Recording Secretary; Paula Muehlhan, Treasurer; Maureen Christy, Assistant Recording Secretary; Sandy Scagliotti, 1st Vice President; Sonya Cole, 3rd Vice President. Judy Murphy, Regional Director of the Pa. Federation of Republican Women, Monroe, Wayne and Pike Counties congratulated the ladies.

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, December 30, 2011

The following transactions were made at the Carbon County courthouse:

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Gary W. Yewdall to Patrick Paul Bloss, P.O. Box 223, Beaver Meadows, property at 121A Berwick St., $69,000.

Franklin Township

Donald Kresge Jr. to Donald Kresge Jr., 399 Fairview St., Lehighton, property at 399 Fairview St., $1.

Earl Ponicsan to Victor A. Lenar, 845 Elm St., Lehighton, property at 845 Elm St., $138,200.

Jim Thorpe

Arthur Civatte to Arthur Civatte, Philadelphia, Lot A-7, Leisureland West, $1.

Kidder Township

FT supervisors to reorganize

Friday, December 30, 2011

Franklin Township supervisors will reorganize at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. The regular township meeting will follow at 4 p.m. This meeting takes the place of the Jan. 17 meeting. There will be no meeting on Jan. 17.

Carbon leadership in transition

Friday, December 30, 2011

Getz and O'Gurek say their farewells; Nanovic to decide on vacant seat

The leadership team in Carbon County will see some big changes in 2012.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, who lost his bid for reelection, said his farewells; Commissioner Charles Getz officially announced his retirement; Randall Smith, county administrator, served his last meeting; and Michael Ozalas, county solicitor, announced that his last day will be Jan. 2.

Inmate assaults correctional officer

Friday, December 30, 2011

Nesquehoning police have arrested an inmate at the Carbon County Correctional Facillity in that borough with the assault of a correctional officer.

Police said Steven White, 19, has been charged with aggravated assault by a prisoner.

Tuscarora home is burglarized

Friday, December 30, 2011

State police at the Frackville barracks are investigating a burglary at a home in Tuscarora.

The breakin hapened between 5 p.m. Dec. 28 and 6 a.m. Dec. 29 at a residence on Chestnut Street.

Police said someone forcibly entered the home and removed various jewelry, coins and men's clothing.

Jim Thorpe officials pleased with results of police study

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Police Department recently took part in a Police Management Study which reviewed the department's structure and operational procedures by utilizing statistical data, surveys, and interviews.

The study was conducted by Richard Garipoli, a Peer-to-Peer Management Consultant for the Governors Center for Local Government Services (GCLGS).

The study was funded by a state grant given by the GCLGS. Schatz worked with the offices of Senator John Yudichak and Governor Tom Corbett to attain the grant for the study.

Saying goodbye to all those who enriched our lives in 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

This Christmas morning is my first without my mom, Mae Tout. Last year she was home for two days from the hospital to spend her last Christmas with us. My mom had been suffering from renal failure for three years and her body could not take the dialysis anymore, so the doctors made the decision to stop everything, and call Hospice.

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.