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November 2012

JT area school district makes Adequate Yearly Prorgress

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Jim Thorpe Area School District has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2011-2012 school year. JTASD has made AYP for the sixth year in a row. AYP is measured by the amount of targets that are met through the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams.

New picnic tables for Palmerton Memorial Park

Friday, November 30, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Larry Arner, manager of the Palmerton Memorial Park, shows off the new picnic tables under the Park's pavilion.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Larry Arner, manager of the Palmerton Memorial Park, shows off the new picnic tables under the Park's pavilion.

The Palmerton Memorial Park is doing its part for going green. And it has 16 new reasons for people to picnic in the park. They are 16 new composite picnic tables, made from recycled milk jugs.

Larry Arner, manager of Palmerton Memorial Park says the Palmerton Pool Association purchased them at a cost of $694 a piece. But they are maintenance free and should last a very long time.

"The old wooden ones just couldn't be repaired any more. The older medal ones are now placed throughout the park area and will receive new paint," says Arner.

Man charged with kidnapping incident in Lansford

Friday, November 30, 2012

David Zagata II, 38, of 15 S. 2nd St., St. Clair, faces charges from an incident which took place on Nov. 11 on W. Patterson St., Lansford. Charges of kidnapping, unlawful restraint, burglary, simple assault, and criminal trespass were filed by Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Unusual instruments topic at Tamaqua Community Arts Center

Friday, November 30, 2012

Have you ever heard a strange sound in a piece of music and wondered what instrument made it?

Well, warm up you Crumhorns, Sackbuts and Theremins for an evening of great music for unusual instruments. This is the second in the music appreciation series offered by the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, Pine St. in Tamaqua on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Tamaqua group donates to storm victims

Friday, November 30, 2012
special to the times news
special to the times news

After hearing about the plight of a Kline Township family, the Tamaqua Volunteers community initiative group talked with Wells Fargo Bank in McAdoo to create a fund for the family. A fallen tree from Superstorm Sandy had caused major damage to the Bahrey's home, located at 15 Haddock Street in Kline Township. The drive resulted in $1,635 donated by the public. The group stressed their appreciation to the TIMES NEWS for doing a story about the family's plight and all the generous contributors who took the time to give.

Kunkletown man charged with DUI

Friday, November 30, 2012

Stephen Gitch, 49, of Kunkletown, has been arrested by state police at the Lehighton for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

Police said the charge stems from a one-vehicle accident at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 on the Kunkletown Road, near Silver Springs Boulevard in Eldred Township, Monroe County.

Pollice said he was operating a 2000 Jeep that went out of control and overturned. No other details of the incident were provided by police.

Troch caps standout career

Friday, November 30, 2012
Troch caps standout career
Copyright 2012

Bretz, Homyak, McConville also have strong seasons for Albany

There are four of them. In fact there have been six over the past five years.

They played their high school field hockey for Lehighton, a town with a population of barely 6,000 residents and then they took their show on the road. Their destination was upstate New York and Division 1 University at Albany, which sits in a city of nearly 98,000 people.

Woman driving under influence

Friday, November 30, 2012

State police at the Lehighton have filed driving under the influence (DUI) charges against Ashley Watkins, 25, of Nesquehoning.

Police said they observed her driving a 2007 Saturn in an erratic manner on SR248 westbound in Palmerton and upon making a stop learned the woman was driving while under the influence of marijuana.

The incident happened at 11:40 p.m. Nov. 25.

Egg throwing leads to charges

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Carbon County man is facing a charge of harassment following an alleged egg throwing incident.

State police at Lehighton said Timothy Snyder, 42, of Palmerton, Lower Towamensing Township, was charged for throwing an egg at his neighbor's home at 3775 Fireline Rd. The incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, troopers said.

Mt. Pocono driver charged with DUI

Friday, November 30, 2012

Lenard Sawyer, 46, of Mt. Pocono, is facing charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and endangering the welfare of a child as a result of a two-vehicle accident at 4:59 p.m. Nov. 20 at the intersection of SR611 and Sussex Road in Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said they responded to a two-vehicle accident involving a mini van driven by Elaine Lemley, 46, of Tobyhanna, and a pickup truck operated by Sawyer.

Police said they learned Lemley was attempting to turn onto SR611 and her vehicle was struck by the pickup truck.

Soup social slated

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua is having their monthly Community Soup Social on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in their social hall.

The meal is free to the public and everybody is welcome to enjoy the soup, desserts, refreshments and time with friends.

For more information or to volunteer, stop by the church, 22 Lafayette Street, or call (570) 668-4139.

Lehighton board learns inaccuracies about cyber charter schools

Friday, November 30, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver presented a video that debunks inaccuracies about cyber charter schools at a recent Lehighton Area School Board meeting. The video – entitled "Shattering the Myths" – is an initiative of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and can be viewed at www.StandUpForPublicEducation.org http://www.standupforpubliceducation.org/ .
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver presented a video that debunks inaccuracies about cyber charter schools at a recent Lehighton Area School Board meeting. The video – entitled "Shattering the Myths" – is an initiative of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and can be viewed at www.StandUpForPublicEducation.org http://www.standupforpubliceducation.org/ .

At the recent Lehighton Area School Board meeting, Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver presented a video about cyber charter schools.

"There are a lot of inaccurate 'facts' out there concerning cyber charter schools," said Cleaver.

The video – entitled "Shattering the Myths" – is an initiative of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. Cleaver encourages viewing it at www.StandUpForPublicEducation.org http://www.standupforpubliceducation.org/ .

Fenstermacher-Wargo

Friday, November 30, 2012
Sean Wargo and Heather Fenstermacher
Sean Wargo and Heather Fenstermacher

Rick and Kathleen Fenstermacher of Tamaqua, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Heather Lynn Fenstermacher, to Sean Mathew Wargo, both of Kelayres.

The bride-to-be is a 2006 graduate of Misericordia University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary and special education.

She earned a master of science degree in classroom technology from Wilkes University in 2009.

She is employed as a special education facilitator at Berks Career and Technology Center in Oley.

Schuylkill driver facing charges

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing multiple charges following an incident that occurred about 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, along Interstate 81 in Ryan Township.

State police at Frackville said Erica Reilly, 31, of Pine Grove, was driving a 1995 Nissan Altima northbound when it traveled onto the left shoulder. The car impacted with the guard rail, re-entered the road, and came to rest in the northbound lane.

Reilly exited the vehicle and fled on foot into nearby woods, troopers said.

Albrightsville man is facing charges

Friday, November 30, 2012

Edwin Sanchez Cappabianca, 28, of Albrightsville, was arrested by Pocono Mountain Regional police on Nov. 22 on two counts of endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person and one count of puclic drunkenness.

Police said they were contacted at 4:30 a.m. by security officers at the Indian Mountain Lakes development after they observed a man staggering along Mountain Road in the development, pushing a baby stroller and having a small child in it.

Palmerton Historical Society holds meeting

Friday, November 30, 2012

Carol Stefanik said there was no Palmerton Band in the Veterans' parade. She told the members of the Palmerton Area Historical Society at the Nov. 13 meeting that there are 80 elementary school students who are playing instruments and there is new interest in re-forming the Palmerton Band.

In the meantime the highlights of previous bands can be seen at the Heritage Center on Delaware Avenue.

Holiday lights

Friday, November 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Highly decorated Christmas trees are currently on display at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine Street. They were done as part of the Chamber of Commerce's Tree Trimming Contest coordinated by volunteer Kathy Schock. Among those taking part are Hometown Nursing Center, Tamaqua BPW, Tamaqua Xi Delta Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Tamaqua Education Association, Tamaqua Leo Club, Tamaqua Area Middle School, Tamaqua Cheerleaders, Tamaqua Youth Ministry, Nancy Kunkel and the MAGIC After-School program.

Bachman birth

Friday, November 30, 2012
Alivia Ann Bachman
Alivia Ann Bachman

BACHMAN A daughter, Alivia Ann Bachman, was born at 2:07 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2012 at St. Luke's Allentown to Leanne and Kyle Bachman of Lehighton. She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

The new baby was welcomed home by older siblings, Hailey, 8, and Tyler, 4.

Maternal grandmother is Lori Horack of Lehighton. Paternal grandparents are Carl and Wendy Bachman of Palmerton.

Maternal great-grandparents are Edward Roos, Lehighton and LaVaun Horack of Old Town, Fla.

Church Women United to host Christmas luncheon

Friday, November 30, 2012

Church Women United of Monroe County invites the public to its Christmas luncheon at noon on Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. John's Lutheran Church, on Scotrun Avenue, Scotrun. Sandwiches will be provided, but attendees are asked to bring cookies to share. RSVP to Betty Campbell at (570) 629-0649 or ecampbell@ptd.net.

The host church will provide not only the facility, but also beverages, cups, plates, napkins and utensils.

Judy LaGuardia will receive the sixth annual CWU Margaret Wyckoff Wells award for her dedication and work in the community.

Panther Valley news

Friday, November 30, 2012

Summit Hill

SHCIO to meet

The monthly meeting for Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization will be held at the borough hall in Summit Hill on Monday Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Election of officers will be held. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Nesquehoning

Conservation Club

The monthly meeting for the Nesquehoning Conservation Club will be held at Maple Shade Meadows on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Dues for 2013 can be paid at the meeting.

It's also time to form the committee for the Spring Fishing Derby.

Hibernian Hook & Ladder

Friday, November 30, 2012
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/DONALD R. SERFASS  A group of Tamaqua men apparently organized Hibernian Hook & Ladder Co. in the 1870s.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/DONALD R. SERFASS A group of Tamaqua men apparently organized Hibernian Hook & Ladder Co. in the 1870s.

Answers sought regarding legendary Tamaqua firefighting unit

It was a group civic-minded men.

They lived in the 1870s and most or all were likely Irish Catholic. They were either immigrants or sons of immigrants.

They likely worked in the mines or performed manual labor.

They joined together and called themselves Hibernian Hook & Ladder Co. of Tamaqua. And they blazed a trail.

But they also left a trail of questions.

Three early units

To understand Hibernian H&L, one must first look at the earliest days of firefighting in Tamaqua.

A 58% tax hike?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Carbon County is facing $6 million deficit

Carbon County taxpayers may see a 58 percent increase in their county real estate taxes in 2013.

This is due to a $6 million deficit the county is currently facing.

During the commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-1 to accept the proposed 2013 spending plan, which calls for a 4-mill tax hike, making the millage 10.893. This is the first time since 2002 the county has raised taxes

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, November 30, 2012

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

DKD Rentals, Inc., to Bradesky O. Santos, Hazleton, property at 4 E. Hemlock St., $10,000.

East Penn Township

Daniel R. Evans to Peter Fitzgibbon, Nazareth, property at 65 E. Lizard Creek Road, $450,000.

Franklin Township

Faust Capobianco to Salvatore Checho, Overland Park, Kan., parcel No. 70E-11-125, $1.

Kidder Township

Orville C. Wetmore to Christopher Mueller, Villanova, property at 76 Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, $340,000.

Carbon project nearing completion

Friday, November 30, 2012

Carbon County is nearing completion of the countywide narrowband radio project.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, updated the board on the narrowband project, which is a Federal Communications Commission mandate.

Hojer-Zellers

Friday, November 30, 2012
Jessica Hojer and Dillan Zellers
Jessica Hojer and Dillan Zellers

The engagement of Jessica Hojer of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., to Dillan Zellers of Lehighton, has been announced by his mother.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Ove and Deborah Hojer of Columbia Cross Roads. She is a 2008 graduate of Troy High School and is currently a senior at Mansfield University, where she is majoring in elementary and special education.

Six placed in Carbon probation program

Friday, November 30, 2012

Six first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program this week by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

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

13-year-old cited after incident

Friday, November 30, 2012

State police at the Lehighton barracks were summoned at 3:45 p.m. Nov. 20 to the Weissport Park to investigate a harassment incident involving two 13-year-olds.

Police said one of the individuals, a male, struck a female and fled the scene.

How Lehighton survived 'Sandy' without a major power outage

Friday, November 30, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton borough has its own electric distribution system, and with upgrades and continued maintenance, experiences few power outages during storms such as the October Superstorm. A new substation in Franklin Township, completed in 2011, converts high voltage power coming into the borough into a flow compatible with the distribution system.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton borough has its own electric distribution system, and with upgrades and continued maintenance, experiences few power outages during storms such as the October Superstorm. A new substation in Franklin Township, completed in 2011, converts high voltage power coming into the borough into a flow compatible with the distribution system.

Locally, about 10,000 Carbon County residents lost electricity during the Oct. 29 Superstorm, commonly called "Sandy."

One of the few communities not seriously affected by the storm with lost power was Lehighton.

A small area in the north end of the community had a power outage for just a couple of hours when a tree fell across wires and a transformer blew. It didn't take long before Lehighton Light and Power employees made repairs and restored electric.

Lighting the way for low income families

Friday, November 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteers spent time recently preparing hundreds of luminaria candle kits available for sale. Tamaqua's Night of the Luminaria is Saturday Dec. 8th starting at 5 p.m. On this night, these luminarias can be placed in front of your home or anywhere else you choose in Tamaqua. The kit includes 5 luminarias. Proceeds go the Tamaqua Salvation Army to benefit low income families needing heating oil or coal over the winter. They can be purchased by stopping at the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce, 114 W. Broad St., or by contacting George Taylor at (570) 668-4451. Volunteers Taylor and Jay Martinez fill luminaria kits with dirt. The dirt will hold the candles in place.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteers spent time recently preparing hundreds of luminaria candle kits available for sale. Tamaqua's Night of the Luminaria is Saturday Dec. 8th starting at 5 p.m. On this night, these luminarias can be placed in front of your home or anywhere else you choose in Tamaqua. The kit includes 5 luminarias. Proceeds go the Tamaqua Salvation Army to benefit low income families needing heating oil or coal over the winter. They can be purchased by stopping at the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce, 114 W. Broad St., or by contacting George Taylor at (570) 668-4451. Volunteers Taylor and Jay Martinez fill luminaria kits with dirt. The dirt will hold the candles in place.

PORT CARBON: Alleged pot grower in custody following blaze

Friday, November 30, 2012

Dean Vermeersch, 53, of 233 North Coal St., is in custody after officers charged him with running the hydroponic marijuana operation on the second floor of his home, according to documents filed with the magisterial district judge in Frackville.

Eldred Township news

Friday, November 30, 2012

Advent at St. Matthew's

St. Matthew's UCC will observe the beginning of the Advent season this Sunday, Dec. 2 at its 9 a.m. worship service. The Journey to Bethlehem will be the theme. The Christmas tree will be decorated at this time and those who wish to place an ornament on the tree are asked to bring one that is related to the Nativity or the journey to Bethlehem, which will be returned to you if you put your name or initials on the back.