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November 2012

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.

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.

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.

St. Peter's Union

Panther Valley news

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Nesquehoning

Lions Club to meet

The Nesquehoning Lions Club will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Lengyel's. The district governor will be visiting and all Lions are encouraged to attend.

Woman's club dinner

The Nesquehoning Woman's Club will hold its Christmas dinner at DiMaggio's Restaurant in Tamaqua on Monday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

A brief meeting will be conducted by President Carol Zickler.

Coaldale

First Congregational Church

Palmerton winter sports season ticket sale

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Palmerton Area High School will sell wqinter sports season tickets on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the high school.

Ticket prices are as follows: Boys Basketball - Adult $30.00, Student and Senior Citizens $15.00; Girls Basketball - Adult $30.00, Student and Senior Citizens $15.00; Wrestling - Adult $20.00, Student and Senior Citizens $10.00.

There will also be a family pass for boys basketball $75.00, girls basketball $75.00 and wrestling $50.00.

Supervisors, developer come to agreement over credit

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mahoning Township supervisors and developer Bill Grant came to an understanding during Monday evening's meeting as to the amount needed to be stipulated on the new letter of credit he needs to renew by the end of the year for his Summit Ridge Development. The unanimous vote will extend the $1.26 million letter of credit for another year giving Grant more time to revise his development plan for phasing and work toward completing the infrastructure.

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: