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November 2012

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.

A 58% tax hike?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Carbon County is facing $6 million deficit

Carbon County taxpayers may see a 58 percent increase in their county real estate taxes in 2013.

This is due to a $6 million deficit the county is currently facing.

During the commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-1 to accept the proposed 2013 spending plan, which calls for a 4-mill tax hike, making the millage 10.893. This is the first time since 2002 the county has raised taxes

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, November 30, 2012

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

DKD Rentals, Inc., to Bradesky O. Santos, Hazleton, property at 4 E. Hemlock St., $10,000.

East Penn Township

Daniel R. Evans to Peter Fitzgibbon, Nazareth, property at 65 E. Lizard Creek Road, $450,000.

Franklin Township

Faust Capobianco to Salvatore Checho, Overland Park, Kan., parcel No. 70E-11-125, $1.

Kidder Township

Orville C. Wetmore to Christopher Mueller, Villanova, property at 76 Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, $340,000.

Carbon project nearing completion

Friday, November 30, 2012

Carbon County is nearing completion of the countywide narrowband radio project.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, updated the board on the narrowband project, which is a Federal Communications Commission mandate.

Hojer-Zellers

Friday, November 30, 2012
Jessica Hojer and Dillan Zellers
Jessica Hojer and Dillan Zellers

The engagement of Jessica Hojer of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., to Dillan Zellers of Lehighton, has been announced by his mother.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Ove and Deborah Hojer of Columbia Cross Roads. She is a 2008 graduate of Troy High School and is currently a senior at Mansfield University, where she is majoring in elementary and special education.

Six placed in Carbon probation program

Friday, November 30, 2012

Six first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program this week by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all the conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

13-year-old cited after incident

Friday, November 30, 2012

State police at the Lehighton barracks were summoned at 3:45 p.m. Nov. 20 to the Weissport Park to investigate a harassment incident involving two 13-year-olds.

Police said one of the individuals, a male, struck a female and fled the scene.

How Lehighton survived 'Sandy' without a major power outage

Friday, November 30, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton borough has its own electric distribution system, and with upgrades and continued maintenance, experiences few power outages during storms such as the October Superstorm. A new substation in Franklin Township, completed in 2011, converts high voltage power coming into the borough into a flow compatible with the distribution system.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton borough has its own electric distribution system, and with upgrades and continued maintenance, experiences few power outages during storms such as the October Superstorm. A new substation in Franklin Township, completed in 2011, converts high voltage power coming into the borough into a flow compatible with the distribution system.

Locally, about 10,000 Carbon County residents lost electricity during the Oct. 29 Superstorm, commonly called "Sandy."

One of the few communities not seriously affected by the storm with lost power was Lehighton.

A small area in the north end of the community had a power outage for just a couple of hours when a tree fell across wires and a transformer blew. It didn't take long before Lehighton Light and Power employees made repairs and restored electric.

Lighting the way for low income families

Friday, November 30, 2012
Filling some of the kits are volunteers Sarah and her mom Karen Martinez.
Filling some of the kits are volunteers Sarah and her mom Karen Martinez.

PORT CARBON: Alleged pot grower in custody following blaze

Friday, November 30, 2012

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.

Eldred Township news

Friday, November 30, 2012

Advent at St. Matthew's

St. Matthew's UCC will observe the beginning of the Advent season this Sunday, Dec. 2 at its 9 a.m. worship service. The Journey to Bethlehem will be the theme. The Christmas tree will be decorated at this time and those who wish to place an ornament on the tree are asked to bring one that is related to the Nativity or the journey to Bethlehem, which will be returned to you if you put your name or initials on the back.

On this date

Friday, November 30, 2012

November 30, 1982

November 30, 1982 Derrick Fatzinger registers a double-double and steals an inbounds pass with four seconds left in regulation to allow Northern Lehigh to gain a 54-51 win over Jim Thorpe. Fatzinger hits for 13 points and pulls down 11 rebounds. With his team up by one point and the Olympians in possession, he steals the ball and then converts both free throws to secure the victory. The Bulldogs, coached by Glenn Rissmiller, receive a game-high 16 points from Larry Arndt and 12 from Brian Minnich. Dave Zurn tops JT with 13 points.

Tamaqua news

Friday, November 30, 2012

Tax exemptions

The Schuylkill County and Tamaqua Borough Per Capita and Occupation Tax Exemption Forms for the year 2013 are now available for Borough of Tamaqua residents.

The exemption forms can be obtained at the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 E. Broad St., Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Forms will also be available at tax collector Alan Kerr's office, the Tamaqua Area School District Administration building, the Tamaqua ABC High Rise, Majestic House Apartment Complex, the Tamaqua Public Library and the Tamaqua Post Office.

Zeigler-Lieback

Friday, November 30, 2012
Ron Lieback and Pamela Zeigler
Ron Lieback and Pamela Zeigler

Pamela Zeigler, of Bear Creek Township, and Ron Lieback, also of Bear Creek Township, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel F. Zeigler of Coaldale and the late Paulette Zeigler. She is a 2003 graduate of Kutztown University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology. She is currently employed at the Anthracite Region Center for Independent Living in Hazleton.

Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch to meet Tuesday

Friday, November 30, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch and Baltimore Life partnered to present an Emergency Training Program. Joann Nace (left) and Gloria Ferri (right) look on as guest speaker Don Snyder (center) demonstrates the proper procedures for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch and Baltimore Life partnered to present an Emergency Training Program. Joann Nace (left) and Gloria Ferri (right) look on as guest speaker Don Snyder (center) demonstrates the proper procedures for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch continues its mission to help make the community a safer place to live, learn, work, and play.

The organization will meet on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. at PFC Clyde R. Houser Lehighton Borough Annex Building – the former Lehighton Area Junior High School. It is located at 110 North Third Street in Lehighton.

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.

Marriage license

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Carbon County

Daniel Christopher Horn and Tammy Lynn Locher, 11 W. Garibaldi Ave., Nesquehoning.

Tamaqua names Little Miss Spirit to reign over Christmas festival

Thursday, November 29, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Callista Fannock, third grade student at Tamaqua Elementary School, will reign as the 2012 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas. Presenting the tiara Wednesday is Judy Hoppes, contest chairperson.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Callista Fannock, third grade student at Tamaqua Elementary School, will reign as the 2012 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas. Presenting the tiara Wednesday is Judy Hoppes, contest chairperson.

A third-grade student at Tamaqua Elementary School will reign over the Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival.

Callista Fannock, daughter of Tony and Shannon Fannock, Tamaqua, was selected to wear the crown for the 2012 holiday extravaganza that kicks off Friday.

Fannock received her tiara and banner at a ceremony Wednesday evening at the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

According to Judy Hoppes, chairwoman, Little Miss Spirit of Christmas competition, balloting took place during the period of November 13 -23 at Wells Fargo Bank, Tamaqua.

Polk Township news

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas tree lighting

Polk Township's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Veterans Memorial in Kresgeville.

There will be singing and refreshments. Santa will also be arriving.

The Veteran's Memorial is located on Route 209, across from the Kresgeville Post Office.

Parking is available at the post office or at Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Rain date is Sunday, Dec. 2.

Red Cross Blood Donations

Man escapes injuries in crash

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Marc Galen, 19, of Minersville, escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash at 8:05 a.m. Nov. 27 on Scheffer Hill Road in Cass Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said he was driving a 2004 Dodge Stratus northbound when he lost control of the vehicle on the snow-covered roadway. The vehicle exited the right side of the road where it hit a mailbox and a small ditch area before coming to rest in the middle of the road.

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

Man is facing DUI charges

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Allen E. McGowan, 26, of Pen Argyl, is facing charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol as a result of a traffic stop made by state police at the Lehighton.

Police said they stopped a vehicle McGowan was driving for vehicle code violations, after which time they learned he was under the influence of alcohol.

The stop was made at the intersection of Meixell Valley and Weir Lake roads in Ross Township, Monroe County.

Palmerton native killed in Florida

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Palmerton native was killed when he was struck by a car in Florida, where he was residing.

Patrick J. Wisocky, 42, of Summerfield, was struck and fatally injured on Nov. 22, his birthday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Wisocky was walking along U.S. Highway 301 on the evening of Nov. 22, and after dark, when he was struck. Troopers said Wisocky was wearing dark clothing and walking in the right northbound lane. The accident occurred about 7:45 p.m.

Palmerton stop nets drunk driver

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A traffic stop made at 2:16 a.m. Nov. 24 on Alley F, near Sixth Street, in Palmerton, resulted in the arrest of a Palmerton woman.

State police at the Lehighton said Jenna Marie Crisman, 38, of Palmerton, was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).

Police said she was driving a 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickkup truck when police stopped her for a vehicle code violation and learned she was under the influence.