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November 2012

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 29, 1996 Kyle Minnick scores five of his team's seven points in overtime and an emotional Weatherly squad opens the season with a 63-61 win over Crestwood. Jarrod Ross tallies a team-high 15 points and records three steals for the Wreckers, whose head coach Tony Antinozzi passed away suddenly five days earlier. Minnick finishes with 14 points and eight rebounds while Tom Kessell adds 13 points, eight boards and six steals. The winners, under the direction of Bob Lutzick, also receive 10 points from Josh Tom.

Advent cantata shares 'The Voices of Christmas'

Thursday, November 29, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS ABOVE: Bruce Costenbader, a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir, portrays a "voice" during the cantata "The Voices of Christmas." In this cantata the story of Christmas was told through the first-person witnesses present at the first Christmas. BELOW: Orchestra members Bob Fatzinger, left, on tympani, Duane Reichard, percussion, and Sarah Snyder, bassoon, perform during "The Voices of Christmas" cantata at Trinity Lutheran Church.
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS ABOVE: Bruce Costenbader, a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir, portrays a "voice" during the cantata "The Voices of Christmas." In this cantata the story of Christmas was told through the first-person witnesses present at the first Christmas. BELOW: Orchestra members Bob Fatzinger, left, on tympani, Duane Reichard, percussion, and Sarah Snyder, bassoon, perform during "The Voices of Christmas" cantata at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Members of the Trinity Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir prepared for the start of the Advent and Christmas seasons with a moving performance of "The Voices of Christmas."

The cantata featured nearly two dozen choir members and guest performers. They were accompanied by a full 20-piece orchestra.

Coaldale woman facing DUI count

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Coaldale woman was cited by Rush Township police following a vehicle stop on SR309 on Nov. 9.

Diane M. Robert, 40, was driving erratically on Claremont Avenue at 2:40 p.m. when she was stopped. Officers noted she was visibly intoxicated and transported her to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, for blood tests. The results indicated a blood-alcohol content of .125 percent, well over the .08 percent limit.

Robert was cited for driving under the influence (DUII) of alcohol, driving with a suspended license, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Lehighton news

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas in the Park

Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will present "Christmas in the Park," an Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration on Friday, Dec. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m.

The event will be held at the bandshell in the upper park in Lehighton. Rain or shine.

Santa Claus will arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Paul Smith and the Lehighton Band will provide musical entertainment with favorite Christmas Carols while Senior Girl Scout Troop 583 provides the hot cocoa.

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.

On this date

Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 29, 1956

Blasting of the 1,150-foot tunnel through solid rock for the outlet channel of the gigantic Bear Creek Reservoir is about half finished and should be through the mountain by the end of December. The tunnel is being constructed by Gasparini Excavating Company, Peckville, at a cost of $742,000. When completed, the concrete-lined tunnel with an inside diameter of 16 feet will be used for diversion of the Lehigh River while the mammoth 234-foot dirt and rock embankment is being built across the river valley and for reservoir operations after completion of the dam.

No tax increase for Jim Thorpe residents

Thursday, November 29, 2012

At November's Jim Thorpe Borough Council meeting, council tentatively adopted the budget for 2013. There will be no tax increase.

The following were tentatively adopted.

Ÿ Tax Levy Ordinance

Ÿ Decrease in the penalty on utilities from 20 percent to 15 percent .

Ÿ General Fund Budget- Total receipts $1,757,126, Total expenses $1,757,126.

Ÿ Sewer Budget- Total receipts $1,096,117, Total expenses $1,018,300, Fund balance $77,817.

Northern Lehigh Community News

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Slatington Tree Lighting

The Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce will host the Slatington Tree Lighting starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Slatington Memorial Park, 509 Main St., at the site of the old Slatington High School, across from Slatington Baptist Church.

Join the GNLCC for an evening of socializing, and celebrating the holiday season as a community with friends, family and fellow chamber members. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, while listening to caroling led by the Northern Lehigh Freedom Chorus. There is no charge.

Three Tamaqua schools honored for collection of old phone books

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Three elementary schools of Tamaqua Area School District were among the 12 schools in Schuylkill County which were honored by the county commissioners at their public meeting Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville for collecting the most used telephone books among the 12 county public school districts plus parochial schools under the county's recycling program.

$1,065,000 raised by campaign

Thursday, November 29, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The announcement was made that the Schuylkill United Way had exceeded its goal, during an appreciation breakfast held recently at the Penn State Schuylkill Campus in Schuylkill Haven.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The announcement was made that the Schuylkill United Way had exceeded its goal, during an appreciation breakfast held recently at the Penn State Schuylkill Campus in Schuylkill Haven.

Schuylkill County United Way surpasses goal

"I am very proud to announce that we (Schuylkill United Way) have exceeded our original goal of $1,002,013 by over $62,000," said Jeff Bowe, 2013 Tamaqua Campaign chairperson, Schuylkill United Way. "As a community, we raised $1,065,000 or 106 percent of our goal, which tops last year's campaign and makes the 2013 "United To Make A Difference" Campaign the highest grossing Schuylkill United Way campaign to date."

The Tamaqua area campaign also exceeded its goal, rising to $158,000 or 155 percent of the goal.

Correction

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Regarding a TIMES NEWS story done on Oct. 25 about a fatal vehicle accident on SR54 in Hometown, Deputy Coroner Andrew J. Szczyglak was incorrectly listed as the person who pronounced the man dead. Larry Neff should have been listed. Szczyglak also responded.

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
Emily Barrett entertains the crowd with her baton routine, performed to "Titanium."
Emily Barrett entertains the crowd with her baton routine, performed to "Titanium."

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."

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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