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December 2012

Guests treated to drum circle at Stonehedge Gardens

Saturday, December 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Guests were offered the opportunity to take part in a drum circle recently at the Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua. For more information or to view a list of free events at Stonehedge Gardens, a non-profit organization, go to www.stonehedgegardens.org, call (570) 386-4276 or stop by the garden, 51 Dairy Road. Volunteers add that the garden is open to everyone 365 days a year.

Destroying our vehicles

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

On Monday, Dec. 17, I called the junk yard to pick up my '96 F150 pick up, it was a sad day, 253,000 miles of dependable service and I would have gotten that many more had it not be for the garbage they spray on the road during the winter.

My sons chipped together and got me the truck as a Christmas gift December of 2000, so it's pretty sentimental.

Plus I feel like I'm betraying an old friend that's been by my side and never left me down in the dozen years we've been together. More reliable than some friends!

I still say it's a conspiracy!

Lehighton Department police issues report

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lehighton Police Chief Neal Ebbert issued the following report:

Two 15-year-old Lehighton females were both cited for disorderly conduct following a fight which became physical in nature. The incident occurred on Friday, Dec. 14, at the Lehighton Area High School.

Tammy Neff, 37, of 117 S. Fourth St., Lehighton, was cited for harassment following a domestic altercation. The incident occurred on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2:23 a.m. at their home.

Lehighton's Frey advances to semifinals

Saturday, December 29, 2012

BETHLEHEM – Connor Frey felt some nerves when he stepped onto the mat in the most prestigious wrestling tournament he had ever competed in.

The Lehighton freshman quickly shook it off and pinned his first two opponents.

He followed that with a 7-4 decision over Stroudsburg's Keith Howie in the 160-pound quarterfinal last night at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at Liberty High School.

He will meet Northampton's Bobby Fehr in tomorrow's semifinals, which have been pushed up to 9:30 a.m. because of the forecasted snow.

Comical book reading in Tamaqua

Saturday, December 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Recent visitors to the Tamaqua Community Arts Center were treated to a book reading by Jozef Rothstein, author of the comically themed book "As the Matzo Ball Turns." Rothstein stated that his book probes into the comical dark side of the entertainment and restaurant fields. Pictured with Rothstein are Kim Grant, center, and Maureen Donovan.

Christmas impossible without Hanukkah

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

Christmas would be impossible without Hanukkah. that is right, without Hanukkah there would be no Christmas. Hanukkah is known as the "Feast of Dedication" or "Festival of Lights." It is not among the holidays God commanded Israel to celebrate in the Old Testament. You will find it mentioned only once in the entire Bible" John 10:22-23. Jesus chose to be in the temple during this festival. The startling statement He made there is best understood against the background of the feast.

Schuylkill Court news

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Divorces granted

John Carl Bilodeau, 23 Mahanoy Avenue, Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from Andyara Cristianne Alves, Mastic, New York. They were married December 16, 2011.

Tracy E. Hoffman, Pottsville, was granted a divorce from Curtis M. Hoffman, Orwigsburg, They were married January 16, 2006.

William M. Rose, Jr., Pottsville, was granted a divorce from Carol Rose, Port Carbon. They were married August 30, 1997.

Anna Marie Melnick was granted a divorce from Raymond E. Melnick, both of Schuylkill Haven. They were married May 7, 1977.

Readers Turn

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Mario Morales, 16, Tamaqua - "Yes. I plan on making right all the wrong and become a better person, as well as continue to volunteer with the Salvation Army."

Late nights lead to more than weight gain

Saturday, December 29, 2012

In the last decade, research has shown that insufficient sleep makes it much easier to gain unwanted weight.

First, a University of Chicago study revealed that sleep-deprived adults produced more of the hunger-producing hormone ghrelin and less of the satiety-signaling hormone leptin. Later, a University of Michigan study discovered that every additional hour third graders spent sleeping reduced their risk of becoming obese sixth graders by 40 percent.

Ignoring the truth

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

"Free thinking," human secularists CHOOSE to ignore the truth!

Science has provided us with the truth. Every Ash Wednesday, those of us who know the truth proclaim the truth for all the world to know.

The following is taken from the book "The Fifth Miracle: The Search for the Origin and Meaning of Life," by physicist Paul Davies.

Weatherly reaches tournament title game

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Weatherly boys reached the finals of the Columbia Montour AVTS Tournament while four other local basketball teams captured consolation game wins on Friday.

Hazleton Tournament

Pleasant Valley-PM East

Pleasant Valley cruised to a 73-41 consolation game victory over Pocono Mountain East in the Hazleton Tournament.

Marquis Brown paced the Bears with a game-high 15 points. Devon Howard followed with 14.

PLEASANT VALLEY

PPL Electric seeking PUC approval for Northeast line

Saturday, December 29, 2012

After soliciting public input during 13 community meetings, PPL Electric Utilities has submitted the Northeast-Pocono Reliability Project to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for approval.

The project will improve electric service for 250,000 people in northeast Pennsylvania and the Poconos. It will involve construction of three new electrical substations and a new 230-kilovolt power line.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, December 29, 2012

December 29, 1972 A big game by Fred Schlauch allows Northwestern to register a 57-42 victoy over Peaqua Valley in the Fleetwood Basketball Tournament. Schlauch pours in a game-high 19 points and also pulls down 14 rebounds to pace the Tigers, coached by Nick Drosnock. Schlauch tallies 10 of his points during the first quarter as the winners race to a 17-6 lead. Northwestern also receives 10 points from Joe House, while Jeff Kohler contributes seven points and 10 boards.

Jim Thorpe's grandson speaks out on lawsuit

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Michael Koehler, the eldest grandson of Jim Thorpe doesn't support the lawsuit, feels marginalized by the side of the family that is pursuing the lawsuit, and is extremely unhappy that non-family members have taken over management of the lawsuit.
Michael Koehler, the eldest grandson of Jim Thorpe doesn't support the lawsuit, feels marginalized by the side of the family that is pursuing the lawsuit, and is extremely unhappy that non-family members have taken over management of the lawsuit.

Michael Koehler, the eldest grandson of Jim Thorpe doesn't support the lawsuit, feels marginalized by the side of the family that is pursuing the lawsuit, and is extremely unhappy that non-family members have taken over management of the lawsuit.

Over the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, Robert "Bob" W. Wheeler and his son, Rob Wheeler gave presentations at the Mauch Chunk Museum in which they argued that the town of Jim Thorpe should go along with the lawsuit and repatriate the remains of Jim Thorpe for reburial in Oklahoma.

Marian uses defense to top PV

Saturday, December 29, 2012

When Marian and Panther Valley faced off on opening night, the Colts needed an offensive rally in the second half to secure a six-point win.

Last night, the two rivals got together for round two; however, this time, it was a defensive stand in the second quarter that propelled Marian to a 58-47 victory.

In a first quarter which saw the lead switch hands six times, the Panthers (which shot 6-for-10 from the floor in the opening stanza) got a three-pointer from Ethan Vermillion with eight seconds remining to take a 17-16 lead after one quarter.

Schuylkill County property transfers

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Property transfers recorded at the Schuylkill County Courthouse were as follows:

Keith J. Strouse, as master in partition by court order, to Kevin J. Kennedy, of Tamaqua, property at 252-254 Cedar Street, Tamaqua, $1 (full consideration $51,000).

Eugene Matweecha, widow, and Jean Ann Matwqeecha and Judy Palmer to Jean Ann Matweecha, McAdoo and Judy Palmer, Allentown, property on east side of Hancock Street, McAdoo, $1 (transaction between parent and children).

The friendly face of evil

Saturday, December 29, 2012

We'll never know the reason why a near-genius 20-year-old would invade an elementary school with an assault rifle and slaughter 20 innocent children and several adults.

"He was smart," a friend said of killer Adam Lanza. "He was like one of these real brainiac computer kind of kids."

Shockingly, the so-called smart kid began his spree by shooting his mother in the face several times. But we'll never really know why the disturbed young man of small-town Connecticut was so evil.

Grandparents shouldn't face barriers

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

Amy Miller's Dec. 19 article "Helping Grandparents" did an excellent job highlighting some of the issues facing grandparents who are raising children. However, we want to clarify a few of the statements made regarding school enrollment.

As attorneys at the Education Law Center, we often work with grandparents to make sure the children they're caring for - in a variety of situations - are promptly enrolled in school.

Fiscal cliff anger

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Terry Whiteman, left, president of the Carbon County Central Labor Council; Jerry Strubinger, a concerned resident from Jim Thorpe, center; and Roy Christman, a member of the Carbon County Central Labor Council, hold signs urging Congressman Lou Barletta to get back to Congress and vote to help the middle class from paying more taxes.
Terry Whiteman, left, president of the Carbon County Central Labor Council; Jerry Strubinger, a concerned resident from Jim Thorpe, center; and Roy Christman, a member of the Carbon County Central Labor Council, hold signs urging Congressman Lou Barletta to get back to Congress and vote to help the middle class from paying more taxes.

A handful of Carbon County residents, including a county commissioner, stood outside the courthouse annex in Jim Thorpe protesting the upcoming fiscal cliff that this nation is facing.

During the rally, organized by the Carbon County Central Labor Council, Carbon County Democrats for Change and Keystone Progress, 15 taxpayers waved signs near Route 209, urging Republican Congressman Lou Barletta, who represents Carbon County, to go back to Washington and tell his fellow lawmakers to vote to help the middle class.

Four are cited by Lehighton police

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lehighton police have reported the arrest of four persons.

Police said Crystal M. West, 39, of 610 N. First St., Lehighton, was charged with public drunkenness when she was found passed out in the 300 block of North First Street on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 1:30 p.m.

Joshua M. Schaeffer, 33, of 901 Beaver Run Drive, lehighton, was charged with disorderly conduct after police said he was making unreasonable noise and yelling obscenities on Saturday, Nov. 24, just after midnight in the 200 block of North First Street.

Santa at Tamaqua daycare

Saturday, December 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Santa Claus took time recently to visit children of the Tamaqua YMCA's daycare program. Chidren were also treated to other Christmas activities.

Many Americans disagree

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Editor:

Easton man facing DUI, drug charges

Friday, December 28, 2012

Donnell Snyder, 39, of Easton, has been arrested by state police at the Fogelsville barracks with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of a small amount of marijuana and tampering with evidence.

Police said the charges stem from an incident at 2:58 a.m. Dec. 27 along Route 309 northbound in South Whitehall Township.

Police said he was stopped for several traffic violations, after which time police said he displayed multiple signs of impairment.

Fourth quarter run lifts Olympians past Bombers

Friday, December 28, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Khadir Lindsey (5) drives to the basket for a bucket as Palmerton's Mark Quinn slides in underneath.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Khadir Lindsey (5) drives to the basket for a bucket as Palmerton's Mark Quinn slides in underneath.

Two teams, both looking to find their identity, squared off in the opener of the Slatington Rotary Tournament on Thursday night.

Jim Thorpe and Palmerton battled toe-to-toe for three quarters before the Olympians made a stand and pulled out a 74-62 victory.

Khadr Lindsey scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the final quarter to help the Olympians pull away for the win and earn them the right to face Northern Lehigh, a 61-38 winner over Lehighton, in tonight's championship.

Pedestrian killed in Lehigh accident

Friday, December 28, 2012

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle while examining a disabled vehicle on Interstate 78 at 9:44 p.m. Dec. 26 died of injuries from the accident.

The name of the decedent has not been released by police, who said he was pronounced dead at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Open stage event in Tamaqua draws in talent

Friday, December 28, 2012
Mike Kernan, Tamaqua, performs "Baby Its You" during the free open stage event. Open stage events are held every other week at the center. For more information, go to www.tamaquaarts.org
Mike Kernan, Tamaqua, performs "Baby Its You" during the free open stage event. Open stage events are held every other week at the center. For more information, go to www.tamaquaarts.org

Man uninjured as Jeep overturns

Friday, December 28, 2012

Michael B. Schott, 38, of Frackville, escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash at 1:50 p.m. Dec. 27 on the Gold Star Highway (Route 924) in Gilberton.

Police said he was driving a 1998 Jeep Cherokee southbound from the on-ramp entering Rt. 924 when there were pockets of slush on the roadway. Police said he failed to negotiate a right curve causing the vehicle to travel southwest off the roadway where its front section hit an embankment and the vehicle overturned. It came to rest on its passenger's side on the shoulder of the road, facing north.

News?

Friday, December 28, 2012

Newspaper criticized for naming legal gun owners

It seems that we're seeing more and more media bias these days, causing some members of the fourth estate to make the news rather than report on it.

The tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn. two weeks ago and in Webster, N.Y. last Sunday have raised the gun control debate to an urgent level but the issue should be examined without the media fanning the flames with its own judgments.

Gun purchases and weapons permits have risen dramatically since the Newtown tragedy as proponents feel new gun restrictions may be looming and affect their Second Amendment rights.

Tamaqua Chamber hosts Christmas mixer

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Holiday Christmas Mixer at the Horan's Restaurant in Tamaqua. Members were encouraged to socialize and enjoy the provided food and refreshments.

Palmerton Junior High students give socks to seniors

Friday, December 28, 2012
The Palmerton Area Junior High chorus sang Christmas songs for the residents of Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home. Left to right are Sophia Gonyo, Krystal Salter, Lauren Fegley, Jesse Ruch and Maya Hrusovsky.
The Palmerton Area Junior High chorus sang Christmas songs for the residents of Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home. Left to right are Sophia Gonyo, Krystal Salter, Lauren Fegley, Jesse Ruch and Maya Hrusovsky.

Palmerton Area Junior High students have been promoting "Socks for Seniors."

The program came to life at the junior high after Patti Jo Boyd, eighth-grade language arts teacher, spotted an article in the Times News.

The Socks for Seniors organization began 12 years ago in Columbus, Ohio. The organization was in search for volunteers in the area to collect socks for senior citizens.

Seniors often struggle with the holiday blues.

Man arrested on theft, drug charges

Friday, December 28, 2012

Andrew Cerklewski, 30, of Shamokin, was arraigned on Dec. 27 on charges of theft and possession of a controlled substance after an incident that happened at 6:48 p.m. Dec. 21 at Tukes Tearoffs, Tremont.

Police said video surveillance at the business showed Cerklewski stealing a HP Envy laptop worth between $4,500-5,000. police said the man admitted to the theft. After being taken into custody, he was found to be in possession of a small amount of methadone which he was not prescribed.