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November 2012

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
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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.

Lehighton board learns inaccuracies about cyber charter schools

Friday, November 30, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver presented a video that debunks inaccuracies about cyber charter schools at a recent Lehighton Area School Board meeting. The video – entitled "Shattering the Myths" – is an initiative of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and can be viewed at www.StandUpForPublicEducation.org http://www.standupforpubliceducation.org/ .
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver presented a video that debunks inaccuracies about cyber charter schools at a recent Lehighton Area School Board meeting. The video – entitled "Shattering the Myths" – is an initiative of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and can be viewed at www.StandUpForPublicEducation.org http://www.standupforpubliceducation.org/ .

At the recent Lehighton Area School Board meeting, Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver presented a video about cyber charter schools.

"There are a lot of inaccurate 'facts' out there concerning cyber charter schools," said Cleaver.

The video – entitled "Shattering the Myths" – is an initiative of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. Cleaver encourages viewing it at www.StandUpForPublicEducation.org http://www.standupforpubliceducation.org/ .

Fenstermacher-Wargo

Friday, November 30, 2012
Sean Wargo and Heather Fenstermacher
Sean Wargo and Heather Fenstermacher

Rick and Kathleen Fenstermacher of Tamaqua, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Heather Lynn Fenstermacher, to Sean Mathew Wargo, both of Kelayres.

The bride-to-be is a 2006 graduate of Misericordia University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary and special education.

She earned a master of science degree in classroom technology from Wilkes University in 2009.

She is employed as a special education facilitator at Berks Career and Technology Center in Oley.

Schuylkill driver facing charges

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing multiple charges following an incident that occurred about 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, along Interstate 81 in Ryan Township.

State police at Frackville said Erica Reilly, 31, of Pine Grove, was driving a 1995 Nissan Altima northbound when it traveled onto the left shoulder. The car impacted with the guard rail, re-entered the road, and came to rest in the northbound lane.

Reilly exited the vehicle and fled on foot into nearby woods, troopers said.

Albrightsville man is facing charges

Friday, November 30, 2012

Edwin Sanchez Cappabianca, 28, of Albrightsville, was arrested by Pocono Mountain Regional police on Nov. 22 on two counts of endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person and one count of puclic drunkenness.

Police said they were contacted at 4:30 a.m. by security officers at the Indian Mountain Lakes development after they observed a man staggering along Mountain Road in the development, pushing a baby stroller and having a small child in it.

Palmerton Historical Society holds meeting

Friday, November 30, 2012

Carol Stefanik said there was no Palmerton Band in the Veterans' parade. She told the members of the Palmerton Area Historical Society at the Nov. 13 meeting that there are 80 elementary school students who are playing instruments and there is new interest in re-forming the Palmerton Band.

In the meantime the highlights of previous bands can be seen at the Heritage Center on Delaware Avenue.

Holiday lights

Friday, November 30, 2012
Holiday lights
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Highly decorated Christmas trees are currently on display at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine Street. They were done as part of the Chamber of Commerce's Tree Trimming Contest coordinated by volunteer Kathy Schock. Among those taking part are Hometown Nursing Center, Tamaqua BPW, Tamaqua Xi Delta Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Tamaqua Education Association, Tamaqua Leo Club, Tamaqua Area Middle School, Tamaqua Cheerleaders, Tamaqua Youth Ministry, Nancy Kunkel and the MAGIC After-School program.

Bachman birth

Friday, November 30, 2012
Alivia Ann Bachman
Alivia Ann Bachman

BACHMAN A daughter, Alivia Ann Bachman, was born at 2:07 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2012 at St. Luke's Allentown to Leanne and Kyle Bachman of Lehighton. She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

The new baby was welcomed home by older siblings, Hailey, 8, and Tyler, 4.

Maternal grandmother is Lori Horack of Lehighton. Paternal grandparents are Carl and Wendy Bachman of Palmerton.

Maternal great-grandparents are Edward Roos, Lehighton and LaVaun Horack of Old Town, Fla.

Church Women United to host Christmas luncheon

Friday, November 30, 2012

Church Women United of Monroe County invites the public to its Christmas luncheon at noon on Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. John's Lutheran Church, on Scotrun Avenue, Scotrun. Sandwiches will be provided, but attendees are asked to bring cookies to share. RSVP to Betty Campbell at (570) 629-0649 or ecampbell@ptd.net.

The host church will provide not only the facility, but also beverages, cups, plates, napkins and utensils.

Judy LaGuardia will receive the sixth annual CWU Margaret Wyckoff Wells award for her dedication and work in the community.

Panther Valley news

Friday, November 30, 2012

Summit Hill

SHCIO to meet

The monthly meeting for Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization will be held at the borough hall in Summit Hill on Monday Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Election of officers will be held. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Nesquehoning

Conservation Club

The monthly meeting for the Nesquehoning Conservation Club will be held at Maple Shade Meadows on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Dues for 2013 can be paid at the meeting.

It's also time to form the committee for the Spring Fishing Derby.

Hibernian Hook & Ladder

Friday, November 30, 2012
Jason Hartz, captain, Citizens Fire Company, displays a 1935 printed program that carries references to a defunct first response unit called Hibernian Hook & Ladder Co. of Tamaqua.
Jason Hartz, captain, Citizens Fire Company, displays a 1935 printed program that carries references to a defunct first response unit called Hibernian Hook & Ladder Co. of Tamaqua.

Answers sought regarding legendary Tamaqua firefighting unit

It was a group civic-minded men.

They lived in the 1870s and most or all were likely Irish Catholic. They were either immigrants or sons of immigrants.

They likely worked in the mines or performed manual labor.

They joined together and called themselves Hibernian Hook & Ladder Co. of Tamaqua. And they blazed a trail.

But they also left a trail of questions.

Three early units

To understand Hibernian H&L, one must first look at the earliest days of firefighting in Tamaqua.

Tamaqua winter sports season tickets on sale

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Tamaqua Area School District Athletic Department is offering season ticket packages for the 2012-13 winter athletic seasons.

The following packages are being offered for Winter sports:

PennDOT letdown

Thursday, November 29, 2012

PV students stuck a long time in buses

Was PennDOT ready for Tuesday's snow?

It wasn't a major storm. Only about three inches of snow fell on most of the area.

Yet, there were a lot of accidents because of snow-covered roads. Accidents happened on Routes 443, 54, 248, Pohopoco Drive.

We realize that any time there's snow falling, people sometimes don't drive in it properly or don't have the right equipment on their car and accidents occur.

But one incident which was especially outstanding happened in Summit Hill. It makes us question how prepared PennDOT was for the snow.

Two wanted suspects nabbed in Lansford

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lansford police nabbed two wanted subjects as a result of a traffic stop on Nov.16 at 10:10 p.m. on W. Bertsch Street. The driver, Beth Schmoyer, 27, of 601 E. Abbott St., Lansford, was stopped for driving under suspension, DUI-related. A records check on the passengers revealed that Scott White, 31, of 601 E. Abbott St., Lansford, was wanted out of the Lehigh County Probation Office and Jacob Maute, 30, of 325 Main St., Royersford, was wanted out of Chester County for burglary and other related charges.

New Castle mishap was snow-related

Thursday, November 29, 2012

No one was hurt in a snow-related crash at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 27 at the intersection of Darkwater Road and State Route 61 in New Castle Township.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Scott Hats, 38, of Pottsville, was driving a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser eastbound on Darkwater Road when he lost control of it on the snow-covered roadway.

The vehicle exited the right side of the roadway and struck a fire hydrant.

Police said the vehicle sustained moderate damages and was towed from the scene.

CC Domestic Violence Service Center offers support group

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Carbon County Domestic Violence Service Center is offering a support group for victims and survivors of domestic violence in Carbon County. Support group is held the second Tuesday of each month. Anyone interested in attending should call the hot line at 1 (800) 424-5600 for more information. Child care is provided and all services are free and confidential.

N.Y. man facing drug charges

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dejuan Reginald Allen, 22, of New York, N.Y., is facing drug charges in Monroe County after Pocono Mountain Regional Police responded to an incident on Nov. 25 at 6:42 p.m.

Police said they stopped to assist Allen at the intersection of SR940 and Interstate 380 in Pocono Summit, Tobyhanna, after which time they observed marijuana inside the vehicle.

A search of the car revealed a resealable plastic bag containing the marijuana.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance-marijuana.

Polk Township buys new plow truck

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Polk Township is purchasing a new plow truck. The 2012 Kenworth 350 Cummings with automatic transmission will cost $128,500, and will be paid from the $163,000 liquid fuels fund, which can only be used to purchase new vehicles.

"We're starting to replace our old plow trucks. The last truck we bought was a GMC single axle at $63,000," said Polk Township Chairman Brian Ahner at the recent township supervisors' meeting.