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November 2012

Two persons hurt in SR611 crash

Friday, November 30, 2012

Two persons were injured in a two-vehicle crash at 3:44 p.m. Nov. 21 on SR611 in Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Jose Rosally, the driver of one of the vehicles, and his passenger, Andrea Pressley, both of New York, were transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, after the crash.

Police said a Kia, driven by Rosally, entered SR611 in front of a Nissan operated by Ronald Kidd, of Tannersville. Police said Kidd swerved in an attempt to avoid striking the Kia but was unable to do so and the vehicles collided.

Carbon business cited by PLCB

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Carbon County business has been cited by the Wilkes-Barre enforcement office of the state liquor control board.

Palm Beverages Inc., 619 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, was cited for issued checks or drafts in payment for purchases of malt or brewed beverages when the licensee had insufficient funds in, or credit with, the institution upon which drawn for the payment of such checks.

This charge will be brought before an administrative law judge who had the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses.

Former fire company ordered to produce inventory of assets

Friday, November 30, 2012

A court order was issued by Schuylkill County President Judge William E. Baldwin Thursday on the officers of the former Andreas Volunteer Fire Company, 2110 West Penn Pike, West Penn Township, to file within 30 days an inventory of the assets of fire company along with an accounting of the assets sold and where the proceeds are currently being held, including information regarding the sale of real estate.

Schuylkill taverns cited by PLCB

Friday, November 30, 2012

Four Schuylkill County taverns have been cited by the Allentown enforcement office of the state liquor control board.

The Hangloose, of 300 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, was cited for sold/or served more than one drink while charging for only one and offered or gave things of value to induce someone to buy alcohol.

The alleged incidents occurred on May 29-30.

Main Street Bar & Grill, 316-318 S. Main St., Shenandoah, was cited for furnishing alcohol to a 19-year-old.

The date of the violation was not listed.

Donations still being collected for upkeep of veterans memorial

Friday, November 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Donations are still being accepted for the upkeep and maintenance of the recently dedicated Palmerton Veterans Memorial located in the borough park. Pictured are Palmerton United Veterans Organization members (front row, l-r) Ed Moyer, Bobby Solt, (back row, l-r) George Duell, Ed Baranski, and Joe Uhnak.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Donations are still being accepted for the upkeep and maintenance of the recently dedicated Palmerton Veterans Memorial located in the borough park. Pictured are Palmerton United Veterans Organization members (front row, l-r) Ed Moyer, Bobby Solt, (back row, l-r) George Duell, Ed Baranski, and Joe Uhnak.

Donations are still being accepted for the upkeep of the recently dedicated Palmerton Veterans Memorial.

Bricks and pavers are still available for sale, said Ed Moyer, commander, American Legion Post 269, who added two benches are also available for purchase. Those who purchase the benches may have something of their choice engraved on them.

Sweatshirts, programs and pins are available for purchase at the Country Harvest Family Market, said Joe Uhnak, first vice commander, American Legion Post 269.

Domestic case leads to arrest

Friday, November 30, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police report Hendrick Toney, 49, of Tobyhanna, was arrested on charges of simple assault, harassment, and violation of a protection from abuse (PFA) order as a result of a domestic incident police responded to at 9:45 p.m. Nov. 15 in a Pocono Country Place, Coolbaugh Township.

Police said they were called to the residence of Tonya Davies, 45, also of Tobyhanna, who told them she and her husband, Toney, became involved in an altercation at his residence.

She said the argument turned physical, during which time she put Toney into a headlock.

PV Elementary to hold Christmas shows

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Panther Valley kindergarten classes in Nesquehoning will present three Christmas shows involving both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Mrs. Diekman's class will present their show on Monday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m.; with Mrs. Niehoff's show being held at 7:30 p.m. that same evening. Mrs. Cerimele's show will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

All programs will be held in the Panther Valley High School auditorium. Shows will feature traditional and novel holiday songs and poems.

Lehighton school district continues contract talks

Friday, November 30, 2012

Negotiations over a new teachers' contract continue between Lehighton Area Education Association and Lehighton Area School Board. The teachers have been working with a contract that expired Aug. 31.

While neither side would specify the sticking point(s) of the negotiations, both seem optimistic to resolve the matter amicably.

"We are working hard to come to an agreement," said Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver.

Foul language

Friday, November 30, 2012

It's too common at athletic events

It was surely a slip of the tongue last weekend when a winning college football coach let the "f" word fly in a post-game interview. It was still unacceptable.

Especially at the college and pro levels, where TV cameras and interviewers are everywhere, common sense surely should supercede emotion during interviews.

Unfortunately, foul language has become too accepted, especially at the high school level of sports.

Palmerton Area Heritage Center hit the right notes

Friday, November 30, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS "Music in the Air" is the title of the new display at the Palmerton Area Heritage Center, honoring the century-old history of the Palmerton Men's Band/Palmerton Community Band.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS "Music in the Air" is the title of the new display at the Palmerton Area Heritage Center, honoring the century-old history of the Palmerton Men's Band/Palmerton Community Band.

The Palmerton Band is the center's latest guest star

There's "Music in the Air" at the Palmerton Area Heritage Center.

The center is featuring the new display, "Music in the Air," which highlights the history of the Palmerton Band.

The Palmerton Band celebrated its 100th anniversary last year with over a century long tradition of providing concerts for the people of Palmerton and surrounding area, since 1911. The band was under the direction of band leader, Stuart Prutzman at that time.

As part of the display, there are photos of the band from 1913, 1916, 1927 and 1936 and the 1911 constitution and by-laws.

Christmas in the County event to be Dec. 1, 2

Friday, November 30, 2012

The ninth annual Christmas in the Country event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2, at Country Inn and Suites, Route 209, in Franklin Township.

Everyone is invited to drop off a new unwrapped toy for the toy drive or canned goods for the food drive.

There will be a Chinese auction, hot dog sale, as well as complimentary cookies, punch and coffee. Santa will visit during the event.

All proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Food and Toy Drive, coordinated by the Carbon Mountain Marine Corps League Detachment 996.

On this date

Friday, November 30, 2012

November 30, 1977

Janie Lawson, 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Lawson of Coaldale, captured the Harvest Queen title at the annual Turkey Bowl Twirling Festival at Hegins. In addition, the young miss also won first place in "best appearing majorette," first place in "novice solo twirling," and several other awards during the events. After competing against 26 twirlers in her age division, she will now be competing in the intermediate twirling class.

Short life of a snowman

Friday, November 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Only hours after he was made, this top hat snowman in Tamaqua starts to lean. The snowman, made by clients and staff of Access Services along Schuylkill Avenue, eventually succumbed to gravity and warmer weather.

JT area school district makes Adequate Yearly Prorgress

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Jim Thorpe Area School District has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2011-2012 school year. JTASD has made AYP for the sixth year in a row. AYP is measured by the amount of targets that are met through the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams.

New picnic tables for Palmerton Memorial Park

Friday, November 30, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Larry Arner, manager of the Palmerton Memorial Park, shows off the new picnic tables under the Park's pavilion.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Larry Arner, manager of the Palmerton Memorial Park, shows off the new picnic tables under the Park's pavilion.

The Palmerton Memorial Park is doing its part for going green. And it has 16 new reasons for people to picnic in the park. They are 16 new composite picnic tables, made from recycled milk jugs.

Larry Arner, manager of Palmerton Memorial Park says the Palmerton Pool Association purchased them at a cost of $694 a piece. But they are maintenance free and should last a very long time.

"The old wooden ones just couldn't be repaired any more. The older medal ones are now placed throughout the park area and will receive new paint," says Arner.

Man charged with kidnapping incident in Lansford

Friday, November 30, 2012

David Zagata II, 38, of 15 S. 2nd St., St. Clair, faces charges from an incident which took place on Nov. 11 on W. Patterson St., Lansford. Charges of kidnapping, unlawful restraint, burglary, simple assault, and criminal trespass were filed by Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Unusual instruments topic at Tamaqua Community Arts Center

Friday, November 30, 2012

Have you ever heard a strange sound in a piece of music and wondered what instrument made it?

Well, warm up you Crumhorns, Sackbuts and Theremins for an evening of great music for unusual instruments. This is the second in the music appreciation series offered by the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, Pine St. in Tamaqua on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Tamaqua group donates to storm victims

Friday, November 30, 2012
special to the times news
special to the times news

After hearing about the plight of a Kline Township family, the Tamaqua Volunteers community initiative group talked with Wells Fargo Bank in McAdoo to create a fund for the family. A fallen tree from Superstorm Sandy had caused major damage to the Bahrey's home, located at 15 Haddock Street in Kline Township. The drive resulted in $1,635 donated by the public. The group stressed their appreciation to the TIMES NEWS for doing a story about the family's plight and all the generous contributors who took the time to give.

Kunkletown man charged with DUI

Friday, November 30, 2012

Stephen Gitch, 49, of Kunkletown, has been arrested by state police at the Lehighton for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

Police said the charge stems from a one-vehicle accident at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 on the Kunkletown Road, near Silver Springs Boulevard in Eldred Township, Monroe County.

Pollice said he was operating a 2000 Jeep that went out of control and overturned. No other details of the incident were provided by police.

Troch caps standout career

Friday, November 30, 2012
Troch caps standout career
Copyright 2012

Bretz, Homyak, McConville also have strong seasons for Albany

There are four of them. In fact there have been six over the past five years.

They played their high school field hockey for Lehighton, a town with a population of barely 6,000 residents and then they took their show on the road. Their destination was upstate New York and Division 1 University at Albany, which sits in a city of nearly 98,000 people.

Woman driving under influence

Friday, November 30, 2012

State police at the Lehighton have filed driving under the influence (DUI) charges against Ashley Watkins, 25, of Nesquehoning.

Police said they observed her driving a 2007 Saturn in an erratic manner on SR248 westbound in Palmerton and upon making a stop learned the woman was driving while under the influence of marijuana.

The incident happened at 11:40 p.m. Nov. 25.

Egg throwing leads to charges

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Carbon County man is facing a charge of harassment following an alleged egg throwing incident.

State police at Lehighton said Timothy Snyder, 42, of Palmerton, Lower Towamensing Township, was charged for throwing an egg at his neighbor's home at 3775 Fireline Rd. The incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, troopers said.

Mt. Pocono driver charged with DUI

Friday, November 30, 2012

Lenard Sawyer, 46, of Mt. Pocono, is facing charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and endangering the welfare of a child as a result of a two-vehicle accident at 4:59 p.m. Nov. 20 at the intersection of SR611 and Sussex Road in Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said they responded to a two-vehicle accident involving a mini van driven by Elaine Lemley, 46, of Tobyhanna, and a pickup truck operated by Sawyer.

Police said they learned Lemley was attempting to turn onto SR611 and her vehicle was struck by the pickup truck.

Soup social slated

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua is having their monthly Community Soup Social on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in their social hall.

The meal is free to the public and everybody is welcome to enjoy the soup, desserts, refreshments and time with friends.

For more information or to volunteer, stop by the church, 22 Lafayette Street, or call (570) 668-4139.

Palmerton teen competes in state pageant

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Gabrielle Alban
Gabrielle Alban

Gabrielle Alban, of Palmerton, will compete this weekend for the title of Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA.

The competition will take place at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2.

The winner of this weekend's pageant will go on to represent Pennsylvania in the Miss Teen USA pageant.

Gabrielle, 17, is a senior at Palmerton Area High School. Her activities include being a soccer manager, playing basketball, softball and indoor soccer. She is also an altar server at Sacred Heart Parish in Palmerton.

Two enter pleas for their part in robberies

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Two defendants, who are charged for participating in robberies at Carbon County locations, entered guilty pleas in the county court this week.

The two were among 16 defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Palmerton incidents

Freddie M. Knight, 39, of Palmerton, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery.

He was one of three arrested by borough police in connection with a pair robberies that occurred at the Convenient Food Mart, 643 Delaware Ave., within a span of four days from April 26-29.

Tobyhanna man arrested in Monroe

Thursday, November 29, 2012

John Malone, 48, of Tobyhanna, was arrested by Pocono Mountain Regional police on charges of possession of marijuana following an incident at 7:28 p.m. Nov. 21 at the intersection of state routes 940 and 314 in Pocono Summit, Tobyhanna Township.

Police said they observed a vehicle on the shoulder of 940 with its four-way flashers activated and stopped to investigate.

Upon approaching the vehicle, police said, they detected an odor of marijuana emanating from inside the car and observed marijuana debris on Malone's clothing.

N.J. man is cited after accident

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Andres M. Chico, 22, of Weehawken, N.J., was cited for failure to drive at a safe speed after a one-vehicle accident at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 23 on Polk Township Route 413, according to state police at Lehighton.

Police said he was driving a 2004 Suzuki Forenza southbound when he failed to negotiate a left curve. The vehicle went off the western edge of the road and struck a tree.

Police said the driver was uninjured.

Police were assisted at the scene by members of the Polk Township Fire Company.

Ladies Auxiliary provides Thanksgiving food

Thursday, November 29, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Eleven families in Walnutport were able to cook a delicious Thanksgiving holiday dinner, thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW R.W. Fritzinger Post 7215 Walnutport. This is the ninth year the auxiliary collected and purchased food items, which included a turkey or ham and chicken. Helping to organize the pick-up were auxiliary members, from left, Miriam Mack, senior vice president; Karen Bandzi, president and District 20 president; and Kathleen Grammes, conductress and trustee.

Bowmanstown man cited for DUI

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Richard Penberg, 42, of Bowmanstown, has been arrested by state police at the Lehighton for drivng under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

Police said they stopped him while witnessing several traffic violations and learned he was intoxicated.

Penberg was transported to the Palmerton Hospital for a blood test.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Library news

The Tamaqua Public Library will offer its Christmas story time session from 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. The session is open to preschool children between the ages of 2-5, but older and younger siblings are also welcome. The evening will include crafts, books, snacks and a special visit from a resident of the North Pole.

Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, call (570) 668-4660.

The library is also conducting its semiannual used book sale from now through Dec. 17.

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