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November 2012

This isn't a game

Thursday, November 29, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bill McQuilken, trauma prevention coordinator for Lehigh Valley Health Network, standing, talks about the new driving simulation program that LVHN purchased to teach students about the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. Pennsylvania State Trooper David Peters, seated, tried the program as a simulated drunk driver.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bill McQuilken, trauma prevention coordinator for Lehigh Valley Health Network, standing, talks about the new driving simulation program that LVHN purchased to teach students about the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. Pennsylvania State Trooper David Peters, seated, tried the program as a simulated drunk driver.

Simulation program teaches students about dangers of distracted or impaired driving

Lehigh Valley Health Network wants high school students to know the dangers of distracted or impaired driving.

Through a new computer driving simulation program, students can witness first-hand what it's like being behind the wheel when you are under the influence or are not paying attention to the road while driving. Three of these programs were purchased by LVHN through the Drs. Joseph and Rose Mattioli Endowment Fund for Continuing Excellence in Trauma Care, and the Fleming Trust.

Vehicle stop leads to wanted person

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Mahanoy City man unexpectedly found himself in the Schuylkill County Prison following a vehicle stop in Rush Township on Nov. 25.

Officers made the stop at 2:50 a.m. on Mahanoy Avenue (SR54). A routine records check showed that a passenger in the car, Ryan L. Seigel, 26, was wanted on a bench warrant issued in Dauphin County.

Seigel was taken to the county prison in Pottsville to await a transfer to Dauphin County.

October Students of the Month

Thursday, November 29, 2012
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SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Middle School recently selected its October Students of the Month. Students were chosen based on their excellence in academics and conduct and received a certificate and gift card for their efforts. From left are, Erica Tout, grade six; Brendan Morgans, grade eight; and Kayla Boswell, grade seven.

Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day Dec. 9 in Lehighton

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A candle lighting ceremony in honor of Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton.

Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day, held the second Sunday in December, honors the memories of children who have died at any age and from any cause.

Since 1997, a Worldwide Candle Lighting, has created a 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone at 7 p.m. local time.

75 pot plants found inside burning home

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Firefighters and police remained on scene yesterday to prevent anyone from entering the building. Pictured on bottom left is the fake window and curtains that pot growers used to disguise the second story window of 233 North Coal St.
Firefighters and police remained on scene yesterday to prevent anyone from entering the building. Pictured on bottom left is the fake window and curtains that pot growers used to disguise the second story window of 233 North Coal St.

Police and firefighters discovered a large marijuana growing operation while investigating the gutted remains of a fire that claimed a two-home duplex yesterday morning on North Coal Street in Port Carbon that left four people homeless.

Flames could be seen shooting up from the roof when firefighters arrived on scene, according to neighbors.

Some of the confiscated items found on the second floor of 233 North Coal St. included more than 75 marijuana plants, six air conditioners, four 55-gallon drums filled with fertilizer and ceramic pellets, heat lamps, and 12-hour timers.

Mauch Chunk Trust Financial declares dividend

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Board of Directors of Mauch Chunk Trust Financial Corp. declared a dividend of $.28 per share, a regular dividend of $ .18 per share and a special dividend of $.10 per share, payable December 31, 2012 to shareholders of record December 7, 2011. This action brings the annual dividend rate to $.46 per share and represents an increase of 15% over the 2011 dividend rate.

DUI arrest

Thursday, November 29, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported on a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest made by troopers on Thursday, Nov. 22.

At 2:45 a.m. David Sodl, 26, of Gilbert, was stopped for speeding along SR209 at Sold Lane, in Chestnuthill Township. He was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was then taken to the barracks for a breath test.

Charges are pending, troopers noted.

"Miracle on 34th Street" presented

Thursday, November 29, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS This scene from Pleasant Valley High School's production of "Miracle on 34th Street" features, front row, left to right, Elves Hailey Blanding, Rachel Weinrich, Katina Foley and Angleica Ramirez and back row, Elf Lisa Bretzger, Mackenzie Sweeney (Doris Walker), Josh Weidenbaum (Kris Kringle), Rebecca Anglemyer (Susan Walker), Devin Cetnar (Fred Gayley) and Elf Lydia Shank.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS This scene from Pleasant Valley High School's production of "Miracle on 34th Street" features, front row, left to right, Elves Hailey Blanding, Rachel Weinrich, Katina Foley and Angleica Ramirez and back row, Elf Lisa Bretzger, Mackenzie Sweeney (Doris Walker), Josh Weidenbaum (Kris Kringle), Rebecca Anglemyer (Susan Walker), Devin Cetnar (Fred Gayley) and Elf Lydia Shank.

Pleasant Valley High School will present the classic drama, "Miracle on 34th Street," November 30 and December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and December 2 at 2 p.m.

Two are arrested in Monroe County

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Two persons were arrested by Pocomo Mountain Regional police following an incident at 2:10 a.m. Nov. 25 on SR611 in Mount Pocono.

Police said they encountered two males walking in the middle of the northbound lanes, later identifying them as Patrick Cooper, 22, of Marshalls Creek, and Wilmar Perez, 26, of Tobyhanna.

Police said an investigation revealed there was an active bench warrant issued for Cooper's arrest, causing police to take him into custody.

Police said Perez was also taken into custody for being highly-intoxicated and was charged with public drunkenness.

Lehighton man charged with drug possession

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Coaldale police have charged a Lehighton man with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges were lodged against Timothy H. O'Brien, 23, of 250 Laurel Drive, in connection with an incident that happened between 3:30-4 p.m. Oct. 19, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Scott D. Cramer.

Carbon Safe Kids supporters recognized

Thursday, November 29, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Safe Kids members recently honored two organizations and one individual for their support over the years. From left, are Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, Safe Kids member; Mindy Graver, Safe Kids chairwoman; award recipients Debbie Balch, administrative assistant for Care Net of Carbon County; Bill McQuilken, trauma prevention coordinator for Lehigh Valley Health Network; and Mary Lou McGeehan, community education coordinator for Blue Mountain Health System; and Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, Safe Kids member.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Safe Kids members recently honored two organizations and one individual for their support over the years. From left, are Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, Safe Kids member; Mindy Graver, Safe Kids chairwoman; award recipients Debbie Balch, administrative assistant for Care Net of Carbon County; Bill McQuilken, trauma prevention coordinator for Lehigh Valley Health Network; and Mary Lou McGeehan, community education coordinator for Blue Mountain Health System; and Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, Safe Kids member.

Surprises served up at annual award and appreciation luncheon

Safe Kids Carbon County Chapter members recently recognized a group of individuals for their dedication to the organization, which helps teach parents and children how to be safe.

During the Safe Kids annual award and appreciation luncheon on Tuesday, two organizations and one individual were recognized for their contributions to the organization.

'Twilight's' last gleaming

Thursday, November 29, 2012

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," fifth and final in the series, should please fans of the Stephenie Meyer novel and movie series.

For non-fans, "Breaking Dawn" signals it's time to put the brakes on "The Twilight Saga."

"Part 2" is an extended coda, with not much new happening that didn't happen in "Part 1," i.e., the marriage of Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and the birth of their daughter, Renesmee.

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.

St. John's Lutheran Church making plans to help New York

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The congregation of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mahoning Township, is responding to the needs of the people of Long Island, New York, who are still suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Speaking for the support effort is the Rev. Christopher DeForest, who is pleased that his congregation wants to reach out to help the Long Island community.

Driver facing DUI count in Rush Twp.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Pottsville woman faces possible driving under the influence (DUI) charges following a traffic stop in Rush Township on Monday, Nov. 26.

Officers stopped a vehicle being operated by Valerie Underkoffler, 46, at 1:17 a.m. as she was traveling on Claremont Avenue (SR309). She was transported to the Schuylkill Medical Center-S. Jackson St., Pottsville, for blood tests.

DUI charges are pending the results of the blood work, but Underkoffler will be cited for driving with a suspended license-DUI related, as well as for several traffic violations.

Santa arrives in Palmerton

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Little Calianna Smale looks like she is very upset over the news that Santa Claus didn't bring Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer with him to the Palmerton Borough Park's annual Santa Arrives in Palmerton event last year. And because her parents brought their camera, they were able to capture her first visit with Santa Claus, free.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Little Calianna Smale looks like she is very upset over the news that Santa Claus didn't bring Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer with him to the Palmerton Borough Park's annual Santa Arrives in Palmerton event last year. And because her parents brought their camera, they were able to capture her first visit with Santa Claus, free.

"You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town."

Indeed. Santa Claus is coming to Palmerton. He's leaving his sleigh and reindeer at the North Pole so he will be arriving in a fire truck which will deliver him to the Palmerton Borough Park on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.

This successful holiday event has been a tradition for over 22 years. It is sponsored by the Aquashicola Fire Department, the Palmerton Fire Department and Palmerton Memorial Park Association.

Senior Citizen Holiday Program scheduled in Slatington

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

They'll watch as students sing their hearts out, before being treated to a turkey dinner.

Student performances and a hearty meal will once again highlight the Senior Citizen Holiday Program, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Slatington Elementary.

Lori Middaugh, co-event organizer, said "the goal of this year's event is to have as many as last year, if not more, senior citizens join us to enjoy a morning filled with children singing, reading poetry, telling jokes, and listening to music to start their Christmas season with happiness."

Tamaqua man facing charges

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Tamaqua man was arrested by Rush Township police after allegedly burglarizing the Beacon Diner.

Ronald W. Musselman, 29, allegedly entered the restaurant, located at the intersection of state routes 309 and 54, at 9:24 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. A total of $221 was reportedly removed from the diner.

Musselman will be charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass, as well as misdemeanor counts of theft and receiving stolen property.

Correction

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In the article 'Stumpin' for Scholarships raises funds in memory of Brett Flexer, which ran in Tuesday's TIMES NEWS, the recipient of last year's scholarship was misidentified. The recipient was Shyanne Kleintop, who received $1,000 from the Brett Flexer Memorial Scholarship.

Second defendant in drive-by shooting gets state jail term

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The second of four defendants charged in connection with a drive-by shooting in Weatherly last year, was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday afternoon.

James M. Delbo, 34, of Ashland, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of four to eight years in a state prison.

Delbo pleaded guilty on Sept. 20 to one count each of criminal conspiracy-aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal conspiracy-recklessly endangering another person with a deadly weapon, and criminal conspiracy-discharging a firearm into a occuptied structure.

Special Olympics needs volunteers

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Special Olympics PA Carbon County is ready to start bowling training for the 2012-2013 season.

They are in need of several volunteers to help our athletes during training, as well as the day of the competition. They are in need of about 22 volunteers for Fritz Lanes and 10 for Haja Lanes.

Training at the Fritz Lanes training site in Lehighton will begin Friday from 6-8 p.m. Training at the Haja Lanes training site in Palmerton will begin on Sunday from 3-5 p.m.

Carbon mayors meet for third time

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In attendance in the Conference Room at The Inn in Jim Thorpe for the third meeting of the Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Carbon County were front, left to right : Bowmanstown Mayor Keith Billig, new Recording Secretary Jamie Solomon, and Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle. Standing, from left : Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, Lansford Mayor Ron Hood, and Beaver Meadows Mayor William Hines.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In attendance in the Conference Room at The Inn in Jim Thorpe for the third meeting of the Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Carbon County were front, left to right : Bowmanstown Mayor Keith Billig, new Recording Secretary Jamie Solomon, and Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle. Standing, from left : Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, Lansford Mayor Ron Hood, and Beaver Meadows Mayor William Hines.

Carbon County's third Mayor's Meeting was held last week in the Conference Room at The Inn in Jim Thorpe to talk about issues that are facing each of their communities.

The Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Carbon County's agenda for new business to be discussed at the meeting included :

1. Discuss a February 2013 meeting date, time, and place and update any information.

2. Mailed letters to the Carbon County Commissioners and the Schuylkill County Commissioners and also invited all Mayors of Carbon County to attend their monthly meeting.

Wife of 'ringleader' sentenced to Carbon County prison term

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The wife of the alleged ringleader of a burglary and drug ring that operated in a multiple-county area, was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court for her part in the operation.

Janet Munoz, 43, of Breinigsville, and formerly of Nesquehoning, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of 12 to one day less 24 months in the county prison on five counts of receiving stolen property. The prison term will be followed by 36 months of probation.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November 28, 1963 Lansford uses a defensive touchdown in its Thanksgiving Day matchup with Coaldale to claim a 6-0 upset win. Eddie Sabol recovers a Tiger fumble in the first half and runs 63 yards for the game's only score. The contest is the final in the 42-year old series with Coaldale finishing with a 25-14-3 advantage. The Panthers, coached by John Harkins, gain the shutout thanks to the strong line play of Don Jones, Ron Mihalko, Tim Mongi, Tom Major, Len Fredericks, Jim Malkin and Sabol.

Traffic at a crawl

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Traffic speeds ranged from stop to crawl on the Mansion House Hill on route 209 in Jim Thorpe. Traffic was backed up from Jim Thorpe to Lehighton Tuesday morning.

Saylorsburg man charged with DUI

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dallas Tyler Myers, 18, of Saylorsburg, is facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges as a result of a traffic stop made by state police at Lehighton.

He was stopped at 2:56 a.m. Nov. 24 at the intersection of Weir Lake and Kunkletown roads in Ross Township, Monroe County, after which time police said they learned he was driving while under the influence.

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.