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November 2012

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

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.