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November 2012

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.

Lehighton man is facing charges

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

State police at the Lehighton barracks arrested Stephen J. Steigerwalt, 34, of Lehighton, for harassment and public drunkenness following an incident at 12:35 a.m. Nov. 24.

The incident happened in the area outside Beer Goggles Bar in Lehighton.

Police said it is alleged Steigerwalt struck Frank T. Miller Jr., 31, of Albrightsville, and was also in an intoxicated state, yelling and causing a disturbance.

Palmerton woman facing charges

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol are pending against Lisa Depriest, 47, of Palmerton, after state police at Lehighton stopped her at 3 a.m. Nov. 25 on Apple Street in Bowmanstown.

Police said they observed the woman driving in an erratic manner, after which time she was taken into custody for displaying signs of impairment and failing field sobriety tests.

She was transported to the Palmerton Hospital where she submitted to a blood test, the results of which are pending.

Fireline Road stop nets DUI charge

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

State police at the Lehighton barracks arrested a Palmerton man for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol after a traffic stop on Nov. 24 at 11 p.m.

Police said Vincent Balent, 39, was driving a Dodge Shadow in an erratic manner on Fireline Road, near Gun Club Road, in Towamensing Township.

Upon making the stop, police learned he was under the influence of alcohol.

Man from Lehighton charged

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Paul Myers, 22, of Lehighton, has been arrested by state police at the Lehighton barracks for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

Police said they stopped him for traffic violations at 2:10 a.m. Nov. 22 at Third and Bridge streets in Lehighton, after which time police observed signs of intoxication.

Myers was transported to Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton, for a blood test.

Middleport man among three sentenced

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Middleport man was one of three defendants who were sentenced on criminal charges in Schuylkill County court recently by county judges.

James Thomas Maguire, 38, of 62 Washington St., Middleport, pleaded guilty to forging a check, theft by unlawful taking or disposing of moveable property, and theft by deception.

New Ringgold man has probation revoked; sent to county prison

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A New Ringgold man was one of four defendants who lost their freedom when their paroles were revoked by Schuylkill County judges after hearings held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Chad Belsak, 37, of 43 Ridge Lane, had his probation revoked by Judge John E. Domalakes and he was remanded to the county prison to serve the balance of his sentence and his 298 days of liberty is disallowed and added to time to be served and his maximum date for release was extended to Sept. 20, 2013. However, he is eligible to re-apply for parole if accepted in an inpatient treatment facility.

Accounting firm hired by Lansford

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Following an executive session, during which members of the public stood outside for about half an hour, Lansford council voted to hire an accounting firm to gather and organize information so the borough will be able to draft a 2013 budget.

With Councilman Lenny Kovach absent from the special meeting, council members Samantha Yasson, Andrew Snyder, Danielle Smith and President Rose Mary Cannon voted to hire the firm. Mary Soberick and Tommy Vadyak were opposed.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

St. John Lutheran

Wednesday Holden Evening Prayer Service with Holy Communion at St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 E. Abbott St., Lansford, will begin at 7 p.m. For those who wish to come early, a free simple supper will be served at 6 p.m. followed by a brief Bible study at 6:30.

For more information, or if the weather is questionable, call the Rev. Marjorie Keiter, (570) 273-4038. Service will not be held if school is canceled or dismissed early due to bad weather on Wednesdays.

Tamaqua woman cited for theft

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tamaqua police have cited Megan Hill, 22, of 219 N. Lehigh St., Tamaqua, following an incident at the Family Dollar Store on Nov. 13.

Hill allegedly entered the store, at 137 N. Railroad St., at 6:37 p.m. and began placing items in her purse. She was observed by store personnel, who alerted police. When the clerk approached Hill, she fled into the parking lot where she was apprehended by police Sgt. Richard Weaver.

The stolen items, valued at $72.57, were recovered and returned to the store.

Hill was cited for retail theft.

Red dress for a white lady

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dottie Mayernik and Linda Conrad spent time yesterday making a snowwoman in front of the ABC Hi-Rise in Tamaqua.

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.