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November 2012

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.

On this date

Friday, November 30, 2012

November 30, 1982

November 30, 1982 Derrick Fatzinger registers a double-double and steals an inbounds pass with four seconds left in regulation to allow Northern Lehigh to gain a 54-51 win over Jim Thorpe. Fatzinger hits for 13 points and pulls down 11 rebounds. With his team up by one point and the Olympians in possession, he steals the ball and then converts both free throws to secure the victory. The Bulldogs, coached by Glenn Rissmiller, receive a game-high 16 points from Larry Arndt and 12 from Brian Minnich. Dave Zurn tops JT with 13 points.

Tamaqua news

Friday, November 30, 2012

Tax exemptions

The Schuylkill County and Tamaqua Borough Per Capita and Occupation Tax Exemption Forms for the year 2013 are now available for Borough of Tamaqua residents.

The exemption forms can be obtained at the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 E. Broad St., Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Forms will also be available at tax collector Alan Kerr's office, the Tamaqua Area School District Administration building, the Tamaqua ABC High Rise, Majestic House Apartment Complex, the Tamaqua Public Library and the Tamaqua Post Office.

Zeigler-Lieback

Friday, November 30, 2012
Ron Lieback and Pamela Zeigler
Ron Lieback and Pamela Zeigler

Pamela Zeigler, of Bear Creek Township, and Ron Lieback, also of Bear Creek Township, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel F. Zeigler of Coaldale and the late Paulette Zeigler. She is a 2003 graduate of Kutztown University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology. She is currently employed at the Anthracite Region Center for Independent Living in Hazleton.

Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch to meet Tuesday

Friday, November 30, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch and Baltimore Life partnered to present an Emergency Training Program. Joann Nace (left) and Gloria Ferri (right) look on as guest speaker Don Snyder (center) demonstrates the proper procedures for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch and Baltimore Life partnered to present an Emergency Training Program. Joann Nace (left) and Gloria Ferri (right) look on as guest speaker Don Snyder (center) demonstrates the proper procedures for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch continues its mission to help make the community a safer place to live, learn, work, and play.

The organization will meet on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. at PFC Clyde R. Houser Lehighton Borough Annex Building – the former Lehighton Area Junior High School. It is located at 110 North Third Street in Lehighton.

Area residents in Lehigh crash

Friday, November 30, 2012

Area residents were involved in a three-vehicle crash that occurred about 1:58 a.m. on Nov. 23 along Interstate 78 in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Brian S. Clancy, 21, of Shenandoah, driving a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, and Holly R. Kovacs, 24, of Nesquehoning, driving a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee, were both eastbound in the right lane. Lavelle L. Saunders, 39, of Harrisburg, driving a 2013 Mack truck with trailer, was also eastbound in the center lane.

Area special olympians win bocce medals at Pa festival

Friday, November 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Carbon County Special Olympics bocce team who medaled at the state bocce tournament at Villanova University include (l-r) Dale Lloyd (bronze), Shane Ahner (gold), and Josh Brown (gold). Missing from photo is Jose Karnish (bronze).
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Carbon County Special Olympics bocce team who medaled at the state bocce tournament at Villanova University include (l-r) Dale Lloyd (bronze), Shane Ahner (gold), and Josh Brown (gold). Missing from photo is Jose Karnish (bronze).

They got game.

For the first time ever, Carbon County sent athletes to the advanced bocce competition at the 2012 Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Fall Festival held earlier this month at Villanova University.

The event is SOPA's second largest annual competition, and welcomed about 1,400 coaches, athletes and Unified Partners representing more than 35 Pennsylvania counties to participate in bocce, long distance running/walking, powerlifting, roller skating, soccer and volleyball.

Carbon to join Pennsylvania health insurance cooperative

Friday, November 30, 2012

Carbon County is joining an intergovernmental cooperative to help with its employee insurance costs.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted unanimously to approve an agreement that makes Carbon County a member of the Pennsylvania Counties Health Insurance Purchasing Cooperative (PCHIPC).

Prior to the vote, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, asked Joseph Pilla of ETA Benefits Group, to explain what the move means for the county.

Pilla explained that the reason for the new arrangement is because costs continue to rise.

Lansford woman charged in Coaldale

Friday, November 30, 2012

Coaldale police have charged a Lansford woman who allegedly assaulted a police officer with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and harassment.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Joseph Krebs, Jamie L. Bauder, 28, of 23 E. Ridge St., Apt. D, committed the crimes on Nov. 23. Krebs was on duty at 9:13 p.m. that night when he was called to 145 West Phillips St. for a domestic dispute, called in by a neighbor.

Relay For Life to meet

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting this Monday, Dec. 3, at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 at 6:30 p.m. for all committee members and 7 p.m. for everyone else. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Matsago-Trubilla

Friday, November 30, 2012
Nicole Matsago and Jason Trubilla
Nicole Matsago and Jason Trubilla

The engagement of Nicole Matsago to Jason Trubilla, both of Shoemakersville, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dave and Ruth Morgan of Zions Grove. She is a 2001 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, and a 2005 graduate of Shippensburg University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in English with secondary certification.

In 2006 she graduated from Ashford University with a master of arts degree in teaching and learning with technology.

Alleged pot grower in custody following blaze

Friday, November 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Police remained on scene following Wednesday's fire, preventing anyone from entering the active crime scene.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Police remained on scene following Wednesday's fire, preventing anyone from entering the active crime scene.

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.

Two persons hurt in SR611 crash

Friday, November 30, 2012

Two persons were injured in a two-vehicle crash at 3:44 p.m. Nov. 21 on SR611 in Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Jose Rosally, the driver of one of the vehicles, and his passenger, Andrea Pressley, both of New York, were transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, after the crash.

Police said a Kia, driven by Rosally, entered SR611 in front of a Nissan operated by Ronald Kidd, of Tannersville. Police said Kidd swerved in an attempt to avoid striking the Kia but was unable to do so and the vehicles collided.

Carbon business cited by PLCB

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Carbon County business has been cited by the Wilkes-Barre enforcement office of the state liquor control board.

Palm Beverages Inc., 619 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, was cited for issued checks or drafts in payment for purchases of malt or brewed beverages when the licensee had insufficient funds in, or credit with, the institution upon which drawn for the payment of such checks.

This charge will be brought before an administrative law judge who had the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses.

Former fire company ordered to produce inventory of assets

Friday, November 30, 2012

A court order was issued by Schuylkill County President Judge William E. Baldwin Thursday on the officers of the former Andreas Volunteer Fire Company, 2110 West Penn Pike, West Penn Township, to file within 30 days an inventory of the assets of fire company along with an accounting of the assets sold and where the proceeds are currently being held, including information regarding the sale of real estate.

Schuylkill taverns cited by PLCB

Friday, November 30, 2012

Four Schuylkill County taverns have been cited by the Allentown enforcement office of the state liquor control board.

The Hangloose, of 300 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, was cited for sold/or served more than one drink while charging for only one and offered or gave things of value to induce someone to buy alcohol.

The alleged incidents occurred on May 29-30.

Main Street Bar & Grill, 316-318 S. Main St., Shenandoah, was cited for furnishing alcohol to a 19-year-old.

The date of the violation was not listed.

Donations still being collected for upkeep of veterans memorial

Friday, November 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Donations are still being accepted for the upkeep and maintenance of the recently dedicated Palmerton Veterans Memorial located in the borough park. Pictured are Palmerton United Veterans Organization members (front row, l-r) Ed Moyer, Bobby Solt, (back row, l-r) George Duell, Ed Baranski, and Joe Uhnak.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Donations are still being accepted for the upkeep and maintenance of the recently dedicated Palmerton Veterans Memorial located in the borough park. Pictured are Palmerton United Veterans Organization members (front row, l-r) Ed Moyer, Bobby Solt, (back row, l-r) George Duell, Ed Baranski, and Joe Uhnak.

Donations are still being accepted for the upkeep of the recently dedicated Palmerton Veterans Memorial.

Bricks and pavers are still available for sale, said Ed Moyer, commander, American Legion Post 269, who added two benches are also available for purchase. Those who purchase the benches may have something of their choice engraved on them.

Sweatshirts, programs and pins are available for purchase at the Country Harvest Family Market, said Joe Uhnak, first vice commander, American Legion Post 269.

Domestic case leads to arrest

Friday, November 30, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police report Hendrick Toney, 49, of Tobyhanna, was arrested on charges of simple assault, harassment, and violation of a protection from abuse (PFA) order as a result of a domestic incident police responded to at 9:45 p.m. Nov. 15 in a Pocono Country Place, Coolbaugh Township.

Police said they were called to the residence of Tonya Davies, 45, also of Tobyhanna, who told them she and her husband, Toney, became involved in an altercation at his residence.

She said the argument turned physical, during which time she put Toney into a headlock.

PV Elementary to hold Christmas shows

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Panther Valley kindergarten classes in Nesquehoning will present three Christmas shows involving both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Mrs. Diekman's class will present their show on Monday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m.; with Mrs. Niehoff's show being held at 7:30 p.m. that same evening. Mrs. Cerimele's show will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

All programs will be held in the Panther Valley High School auditorium. Shows will feature traditional and novel holiday songs and poems.

Lehighton school district continues contract talks

Friday, November 30, 2012

Negotiations over a new teachers' contract continue between Lehighton Area Education Association and Lehighton Area School Board. The teachers have been working with a contract that expired Aug. 31.

While neither side would specify the sticking point(s) of the negotiations, both seem optimistic to resolve the matter amicably.

"We are working hard to come to an agreement," said Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver.

Foul language

Friday, November 30, 2012

It's too common at athletic events

It was surely a slip of the tongue last weekend when a winning college football coach let the "f" word fly in a post-game interview. It was still unacceptable.

Especially at the college and pro levels, where TV cameras and interviewers are everywhere, common sense surely should supercede emotion during interviews.

Unfortunately, foul language has become too accepted, especially at the high school level of sports.

Palmerton Area Heritage Center hit the right notes

Friday, November 30, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Samples of the old gray and red band uniforms of the Palmerton Men's Band hand on display at the Palmerton Area Heritage Center.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Samples of the old gray and red band uniforms of the Palmerton Men's Band hand on display at the Palmerton Area Heritage Center.

The Palmerton Band is the center's latest guest star

There's "Music in the Air" at the Palmerton Area Heritage Center.

The center is featuring the new display, "Music in the Air," which highlights the history of the Palmerton Band.

The Palmerton Band celebrated its 100th anniversary last year with over a century long tradition of providing concerts for the people of Palmerton and surrounding area, since 1911. The band was under the direction of band leader, Stuart Prutzman at that time.

As part of the display, there are photos of the band from 1913, 1916, 1927 and 1936 and the 1911 constitution and by-laws.

Christmas in the County event to be Dec. 1, 2

Friday, November 30, 2012

The ninth annual Christmas in the Country event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2, at Country Inn and Suites, Route 209, in Franklin Township.

Everyone is invited to drop off a new unwrapped toy for the toy drive or canned goods for the food drive.

There will be a Chinese auction, hot dog sale, as well as complimentary cookies, punch and coffee. Santa will visit during the event.

All proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Food and Toy Drive, coordinated by the Carbon Mountain Marine Corps League Detachment 996.

On this date

Friday, November 30, 2012

November 30, 1977

Janie Lawson, 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Lawson of Coaldale, captured the Harvest Queen title at the annual Turkey Bowl Twirling Festival at Hegins. In addition, the young miss also won first place in "best appearing majorette," first place in "novice solo twirling," and several other awards during the events. After competing against 26 twirlers in her age division, she will now be competing in the intermediate twirling class.

Short life of a snowman

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

Only hours after he was made, this top hat snowman in Tamaqua starts to lean. The snowman, made by clients and staff of Access Services along Schuylkill Avenue, eventually succumbed to gravity and warmer weather.

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.