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November 2012

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

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.

Woman hurt in Franklin Twp.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Carbon County woman was injured Tuesday about 8:49 a.m. when she lost control of her 2007 Kia Spectra while traveling along Pohopoco Drive in Franklin Township. State police at Lehighton said Tracy L. Phillips, 36, of Lehighton, was westbound and going down hill and approaching Green Street. At this time Kenneth G. Ahner, 56, also of Lehighton, was driving a 1992 Chevrolet plow truck eastbound and traveling up the hill. Troopers said the Kia skidded out of control due to snow on the road and crashed into the front of the plow truck.

Six offenders placed in probation program

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Six first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the commonwealth can 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.

Apartment building guttedby morning fire in Port Carbon

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Firefighters were still on scene as of 10 a.m. today battling a fast-moving fire that gutted a two-unit apartment building and connected home located at 231 and 233 Coal Street in Port Carbon. Around 7:45 this morning, heavy smoke could be seen billowing from the duplex home. Lamar and Katrina Staller own the house at 231 Coal St. and live there with their daughter Becky, 14. Firefighters said two cats did not survive the fire. Officials on scene said that faulty wires in the first floor of 233 Coal St. were the cause of the blaze. No more information was available as of press time.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rotary mixer

The West End Rotary Club will hold a club mixer at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, at Luna Rossa Cafe.

School drama

The Pleasant Valley High School will present its annual drama, "Miracle on 34th Street," at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30; at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1; and again on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Monroe Seniors

The group continues to meet at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday at Zion United Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville.

AARP driver safety

Carbon woman admits part in break-ins; others enter pleas

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Carbon County woman admitted in the county court on Tuesday morning her part in breaking into homes with a juvenile, and was sentenced to a county prison term. She was one of 12 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Mahoning incidents.

Holly Marie Koch, 20, of Lehighton, entered guilty pleas in three pending cases against her. She pleaded to one count each of criminal conspiracy to commit-burglary, criminal attempt-trespass, criminal attempt-theft, and corruption of a minor.

On this date

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November 28, 1956

The Panther Valley Industrial Commission, organized in January 1946 under the name Panther Valley Postwar Planning Commission, voted to disband. The commission, which has been inactive for more than a year, said lack of interest prompted the move. Industries secured by the commission include Bundy Tubing Co. at Hometown and the Robert M. Green and Sons Inc., Nesquehoning, which was later taken over by the Lehigh Aluminum Company.

Country star Travis Tritt brings Christmas show to Penn's Peak

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Travis Tritt
Travis Tritt

Concert Friday night is one of several holiday events at the venue

The Christmas season has arrived at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Several seasonal concerts are scheduled this month at the venue, starting with a show by country music star Travis Tritt on Friday night.

Tritt brings his Christmas show to Penn's Peak, with Lyndsey Highlander opening for him at 8 p.m. Tickets, which can be purchased in advance or are available at the door, are just $37 and $42.

Travis Tritt fell in love with music as a child and taught himself how to play guitar at the age of 8 and was writing songs by the age of 14.

Great work

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Police effort netted arrests in local heist

It was a brazen chain of events early Monday morning at the Lehighton Wal-Mart store.

Two cars full of unscrupulous individuals pulled into the Wal-mart parking lot. The individuals from the vehicles went into the store and grabbed TVs and computers.

They then fled the store with the items. One of the individuals reportedly had a gun. He fired shots. Fortunately, it was a paintball gun.

Eldred resident doesn't want horses roaming on his property

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Eldred Township resident, Joe Cardello, asked the Eldred Township supervisors what could he to do about his neighbors' horses, which repeatedly get loose and roam on his property. Some suggestions were to contact the SPCA, the constable, or file a civil complaint with the district magistrate.

3 accidents at the same time

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency personnel were called to three motor vehicle accidents along SR54 near the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The accidents, each separate from each other, occurred around the same time and about 300 feet from each other. The only injury reported was Stephen Lukach in the Jeep Liberty who suffered an injury to his head. Lukach was able to walk around. Rush Township Police closed SR54 due to slippery conditions.

Lehighton news

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas party invitation

The Woman's Club of Lehighton invites the public to join them at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 for an early Christmas Party. Meet others in the community, enjoy music, refreshments, and visit neighbors. The program will include "Light of the Spirit" musical selections for fun, the soul, and spirit by the ukulele duo Syani (Sy Kipp and Judith Greig, whose website is syani2.com).

Holiday Homecoming Chorus to perform in Palmerton

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What better way to ring in the holiday season than with music?

On that note, the Holiday Homecoming Chorus of Palmerton is scheduled to perform a Christmas Concert.

The event will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the First United Church of Christ, 457 Delaware Avenue. The program is open to the public and free of charge.

Among the selections to be presented are "Canticle of Christmas", which includes canticles of "Joy", "Prophecy", "The Nativity", "Shepherds and Angels", "The Wise Men" and "Praise".

Hawkwatchers had a good year on Bake Oven Knob

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Dave Levandusky showed photographs; Rick Gaeta played music and read a poem; Dan Kunkle, director, was the gift giver who handed out door prizes; and Bob Hoopes gave the report on the year's hawk watching at Bake Oven Knob.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Dave Levandusky showed photographs; Rick Gaeta played music and read a poem; Dan Kunkle, director, was the gift giver who handed out door prizes; and Bob Hoopes gave the report on the year's hawk watching at Bake Oven Knob.

Katie Rittenhouse had been up to Bake Oven Knob where she spent the last 3-1/2 months as an intern for the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. She was saying goodbye.

An intern is needed because members have to fit their hawkwatching hours around a job. On Nov. 24 she had the opportunity to say goodbye to the people she met on the mountain and at the Osprey House since the end of the count was down to one day.

Elderly man sentenced to prison for sexual assault of young girl

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

An elderly man was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday afternoon in Carbon County court after previously pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a young female member of his family.

Michael Steven Taschler, 81, of Covered Bridge Rd., Kunkletown, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve three to one day less 24 months in the county prison. The prison term will be followed by two years of probation.

Serfass noted the prison term was part of a plea bargain between the Commonwealth and the defendant.

Palmerton Community News

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Santa arrives

Santa Claus will be arriving in Palmerton and will greet the children in the Palmerton Borough Park on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m.

Knitting Club

The Knitting Club will meet at the Palmerton Area Library on Monday, Dec. 3, from 6-8 p.m. The club is free and open to anyone interested in knitting and crocheting of all skill levels. The club meets the first and third Monday of each month.

Children's Christmas Party