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November 2012

Area residents in Lehigh crash

Friday, November 30, 2012

Area residents were involved in a three-vehicle crash that occurred about 1:58 a.m. on Nov. 23 along Interstate 78 in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Brian S. Clancy, 21, of Shenandoah, driving a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, and Holly R. Kovacs, 24, of Nesquehoning, driving a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee, were both eastbound in the right lane. Lavelle L. Saunders, 39, of Harrisburg, driving a 2013 Mack truck with trailer, was also eastbound in the center lane.

Area special olympians win bocce medals at Pa festival

Friday, November 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Carbon County Special Olympics bocce team who medaled at the state bocce tournament at Villanova University include (l-r) Dale Lloyd (bronze), Shane Ahner (gold), and Josh Brown (gold). Missing from photo is Jose Karnish (bronze).
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Carbon County Special Olympics bocce team who medaled at the state bocce tournament at Villanova University include (l-r) Dale Lloyd (bronze), Shane Ahner (gold), and Josh Brown (gold). Missing from photo is Jose Karnish (bronze).

They got game.

For the first time ever, Carbon County sent athletes to the advanced bocce competition at the 2012 Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Fall Festival held earlier this month at Villanova University.

The event is SOPA's second largest annual competition, and welcomed about 1,400 coaches, athletes and Unified Partners representing more than 35 Pennsylvania counties to participate in bocce, long distance running/walking, powerlifting, roller skating, soccer and volleyball.

Carbon to join Pennsylvania health insurance cooperative

Friday, November 30, 2012

Carbon County is joining an intergovernmental cooperative to help with its employee insurance costs.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted unanimously to approve an agreement that makes Carbon County a member of the Pennsylvania Counties Health Insurance Purchasing Cooperative (PCHIPC).

Prior to the vote, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, asked Joseph Pilla of ETA Benefits Group, to explain what the move means for the county.

Pilla explained that the reason for the new arrangement is because costs continue to rise.

Lansford woman charged in Coaldale

Friday, November 30, 2012

Coaldale police have charged a Lansford woman who allegedly assaulted a police officer with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and harassment.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Joseph Krebs, Jamie L. Bauder, 28, of 23 E. Ridge St., Apt. D, committed the crimes on Nov. 23. Krebs was on duty at 9:13 p.m. that night when he was called to 145 West Phillips St. for a domestic dispute, called in by a neighbor.

Relay For Life to meet

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting this Monday, Dec. 3, at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 at 6:30 p.m. for all committee members and 7 p.m. for everyone else. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Matsago-Trubilla

Friday, November 30, 2012
Nicole Matsago and Jason Trubilla
Nicole Matsago and Jason Trubilla

The engagement of Nicole Matsago to Jason Trubilla, both of Shoemakersville, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dave and Ruth Morgan of Zions Grove. She is a 2001 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, and a 2005 graduate of Shippensburg University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in English with secondary certification.

In 2006 she graduated from Ashford University with a master of arts degree in teaching and learning with technology.

Alleged pot grower in custody following blaze

Friday, November 30, 2012
Port Carbon firefighters shovel up red ceramic pellets scattered throughout the area. Police officers pointed out that pot growers use the pellets to keep the plants warm.
Port Carbon firefighters shovel up red ceramic pellets scattered throughout the area. Police officers pointed out that pot growers use the pellets to keep the plants warm.

Dean Vermeersch, 53, of 233 North Coal St., is in custody after officers charged him with running the hydroponic marijuana operation on the second floor of his home, according to documents filed with the magisterial district judge in Frackville.

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.

Free concert at Ben Salem UCC

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Ben Salem Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2:30 p.m., at Ben Salem UCC, located at 1965 Church Hill Road, Lehighton, which is in East Penn Township near Andreas.

Featured will be the Ben Salem Handbell Choir and "Daybreak," Ben Salem's Contemporary Musical Group.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served following the concert.

Cantata in Lehighton will feature 70 singers

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Event, with 20 musicians, to be held at Zion UCC

On Sunday, December 2, Zion UCC, Second and Iron Street, Lehighton, will host it's annual ecumenical Cantata, One King at 7:30 p.m. in the sactuary.

The cantata tells the story of the birth of Christ through readings and contemporary and classical songs.

Seventy plus singers will be on hand representing churches and groups from around Carbon County.

The group of singers will be accompanied by Zion's Festival Orchestra, a group of 20 musicians from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Preceptor Alpha Upsilon donates to Toys For Tots

Thursday, November 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Preceptor Alpha Upsilon donated items to the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's Toys For Tots Campaign. Pictuerd with some of the infant donations are from left Donna Gerber, Mary Machay and Patti Confer.

Break-in, theft incident probed

Thursday, November 29, 2012

State police at Lehighton are invsetigating a burglary and theft incident.

The break-in occurred at a residence at 413 Bear Creek Drive, in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County. Entry was gained by breaking a basement window. Once inside the home was rummaged through. It was not noted if anything was taken.

The incident occurred sometime between Sept. 15 and Nov. 14. The home is owned by Richard Joseph Kohler, 75, of Danboro, Bucks County.

Talent show held at Tamaqua Middle School

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Talent show held at Tamaqua Middle School
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PennDOT says it responded as soon as possible to school buses stuck on hill in Summit Hill

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A spokesman for PennDOT said the state agency responded as soon as possible when it received word during Tuesday's snow fall that several school buses, loaded with children, were stuck on the Lansford-Summit Hill hill (SR902).

At least four buses were stuck atop the hill for at least 1 1/2 hours, according to reports. On them were elementary and kindergarten students.

Shawn Brown, a spokesman for PennDOT, said that PennDOT was informed about 9 a.m. by private citizens about the stuck buses.

Brown said a PennDOT foreman was notified, who then notified his drivers.

Proposed .5 mil increase slated for Nesquehoning

Thursday, November 29, 2012

At last night's meeting, Nesquehoning Borough Councilman David Hawk announced the preliminary figures for the 2013 budget, which includes a .5 mill increase.

Citing recent improvements in the borough, such as various road projects along with increased expenses, Hawk said "It is in the best interest of the borough right now, with the improvements we have been doing to incur that increase."