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November 2012

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Meet the Raiders

The Tamaqua Area School District will hold its annual winter "Meet the Raiders Night" at 7 p.m., on Dec. 3 in the Athletic Center. Members of the boys and girls basketball, wrestling, and swimming programs along with the cheerleaders will be introduced. The Blue Raider pep band will perform.

The event is free of charge and the public is welcome to attend.

In case of inclement weather, the make up date will be 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Bethany EC

A jolly, happy soul

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Enjoying the special magic of our area's first snowfall of the season, Laura, left, and Gregory, right, Williams of Lehighton made their own version of Frosty the Snowman Tuesday. Because of the snow, schools in Lehighton Area School District dismissed early.

Bake Oven Knob fall hawk count

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Record Record

year number 2012

Black vulture 2006 330 234

Turkey vulture 2011 1052 800

Osprey 2007 839 436

Mississippi kite 2009 2 0

Bald eagle 2012 298 298

Northern Harrier 1970 369 102

Sharp-shinned hawk 1977 8,873 3,832

Cooper's hawk 2005 492 337

Northern goshawk 1972 357 71

Red-shouldered hawk 1975 350 220

Broadwing hawk 1978 15,599 7,123

Swainson's hawk 1994 2 1

Red tail hawk 1999 3,843 2,973

Rough-legged hawk 1971 37 1

Golden eagle 2012 166 166

American kestrel 2001 318 182

Tis the season

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

As if on cue, Mother Nature blanketed our area with the first snowfall of the season on Tuesday. Many homes, like this one in Lehighton, have already "decked the halls" and the snow certainly adds to the festive Christmas decorations.

B&H Chorale Christmas concerts begin Saturday

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Sophia Samoleski
Sophia Samoleski

The Bach and Handel Chorale begins its 29th concert season with a series of Christmas Concerts.

The first takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe.

Concerts will also be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 106 Main St., Ringtown; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 1249 Trexlertown Road in Trexlertown.

Tree Risk Assessment for community trees webinar scheduled

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tree Risk Assessment for Community Trees webinar, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 12-1 p.m. ET. Participation in the web seminar does not require any special software. To view live and previously recorded seminars all you need is a high-speed Internet connection and sound. To take part in the live seminar, visit https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry. Login in by registering as a guest (type your name). To view previously recorded webinars, please visit: http://www.pacommunityforests.com/webinar/index.htm.

Peaceful and tranquil

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

While some people may or may not find the atmosphere around a cemetery to be peaceful, something about a gentle snowfall in the fog just seems to accentuate the muffled, hushed, stillness of the moment.

Rushing to lay salt

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

Pictured during Tuesday's storm are Rush Township workers loading their truck with salt as they work to de-ice slippery roads.

School buses halted by storm

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

Stymied by slick road conditions, several buses transporting Panther Valley students Tuesday wait on the side of the road rather than attempting to traverse the steep and often treacherous hill on Route 902, which leads from Summit Hill to Lansford. Reportedly the buses were stranded there for about two hours.

Kunkletown man faces drug charges

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Jerome M. Yanchick Jr., 27, of Kunkletown, was arrested by state police at Lehighton for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs on Nov. 23 at 12:15 a.m.

Police said he was stopped for a vehicle code violation along Burger Hollow Road in Polk Township, Monroe County, after which time police said the stop yielded he was under the influence.

Burning sensation? Sour stomach? Chest pain? You may have GERD

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
DAVID W. ROWE/PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
DAVID W. ROWE/PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

Gastroesophageal reflux disease affects millions around the world

Do you have a burning sensation in your chest after you eat?

Does it feel like something sour is building up in your throat?

Do you have chest pain or find it difficult to swallow sometimes?

Have these symptoms caused restless days and sleepless nights and have lasted for weeks, months or even years?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be one of millions who suffer from a problem known as gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Parryville Council adopts tentative budget, sets 11.5 millage

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

With two of the five Parryville Council members absent, Mike Grant, president, counted on both attending members Jennifer Borger and Jennifer Emrey to continue the evening's business.

Cathy Hawk, a fourth member, was attending a grant writing workshop, and called to report during the meeting, that council should consider attaining non profit status to apply for grants. Also absent was Sharon Keiser, vice president.

Marriage licenses

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Schuylkill County

Jessica Wozniak and Cody N. Ratliff, 915 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville.

Katelin M. Creveling, 2728 Whitetail Deer Drive, Bath, and Tyson R. Keefer, 375 East Schmaltzdahl Road, New Ringgold.

Anthracite Model Railroad Club continues holiday tradition

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Many area residents have fond memories of awakening Christmas morning to the sights and sounds of a model train circling under a warmly lit tree, or watching a display of trains in a frosty department store window. Keeping those holiday memories alive is an important objective of the membership of the Anthracite Model Railroad Club.

Towamensing Twp. incident nets DUI

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Michael L. Anthony, 43, of Palmerton, is facing driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol charges after he was stopped by state police at Lehighton at 12:10 a.m. Nov. 25.

The incident happened along Fireline Road, near Snyder Road, in Towamensing Township, Carbon County.

Police said they observed Anthony driving a Subaru Outback in an erratic manner and learned he was under the influence of alcohol after making the stop.

Ski area is making snow

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Skiers itching to ride the slopes may want to cross their fingers for chilly temperatures to stick around.

That's because the colder the weather, the greater the chance Blue Mountain Ski Area near Palmerton could open this weekend.

The ski area hopes to open at 8 a.m. Saturday, though such a move is predicated on cold temperatures, as well as whether it can make snow each night through Saturday morning.

If all that holds true, Blue Mountain will open Saturday with three trails: Easy Out, Vista, and Come Around Park.

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.