Members and soldiers with the Tamaqua Salvation Army visited residents and staff of the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center. Residents were treated to holiday music and prayer. From back left are Phil Koles, center director, TAADCC; Major Margaret Johnson, Salvation Army; Darlene Smith, activities coordinator, TAADCC; and soldier Mary Hosler, Salvation Army. From front left are residents Anna Ritsick, 93, Still Creek; Catherine Eva, 88, Tamaqua; and Betty Murphy, 91, Tamaqua.
Ryan Miorelli, a Penn State student and Tamaqua graduate, volunteered some of his holiday season to collect Toys For Tots at a Star Wars themed event in King of Prussia. During the charity event, Miorelli, who portrayed himself as Luke Skywalker, collected new toys along with fellow members of two international groups Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion. Miorelli stated that both groups are dedicated to accurate portrayals of Star Wars characters. They routinely get involved in a number charity events.
Penn Forest Township
The Penn Forest Township Transfer Station and Municipal Building will be open New Year's Eve from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The transfer station and municipal building will not be open on Tuesday, Jan. 1. You will need your 2013 Transfer Station permit to dispose of any garbage at the Transfer Station starting Wednesday, Jan. 2. There will be no exceptions.
Most round ball enthusiasts would tell you that the game of basketball is a game of runs.
Thursday night's contest between Jim Thorpe and Palmerton in the Lady Indian Holiday Classic showed just that.
The Lady Olympians jumped out to a 19-10 first quarter advantage, but the Bombers bounced back, outscoring JT 21-3 in the second quarter to help them capture a 55-30 non-league victory.
A local chef's guide to healthier picks for 2013
The Christmas feasting is now over. You ate the last cookie. Turkey sandwiches slathered in mayonnaise are gastric memories.
You're wearing baggy sweat pants because they're the most comfortable and roomy things you own.
You swear you're never going to eat again.
You make the New Year's resolution to eat only nutritious and healthy foods in 2013.
But how do you start?
What do you need to know?
Bill Scepansky of Smart Partner Solutions sums it up by telling us to "Eat the Rainbow."
Professional, seasoned and experienced musicians will gather and play for visitors today during a free jam session held at the new Tamaqua Community Arts Center (TCAC), 125 Pine St., from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for musicians to carry in their equipment and set up. The public will be admitted at 5:30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be sold to benefit the TCAC. Musicians are asked to bring their own instruments, mikes, stands and cords.
Tamaqua Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons #238 held their installation recently at their lodge in Hometown. Pictured from front left are Jerome Betz, Junior Master of Ceremonies; Ed Moran, Installing Officer and Past Master; Donald Fetten, Master; John Schickram, Senior Warden; Nick Demopulos, Senior Master of Ceremonies. From back left are Earl Boettger, Chaplain; David Billig, Treasurer; Richard Hadesty, Pursuant; and Roland Harper, Secretary. Not pictured were Thomas Jones, Junior Warden; and trustees James Gormley, Michael Burns and Del Roy Haas.
Ronny Acosta-Gomez, 23, of Lebanon, will be cited as a result of a one-vehicle accident at 5:25 a.m. Dec. 27 on Interstate 81 in Foster Township, according to state police at the Frackville barracks.
Police said he was driving a 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor northbound when he lost control of the vehicle on the snow-covered roadway. The car spun clockwise through the passing lane, descended a small embankment in the median and collided with trees, coming to rest about 20 feet down the median.
Police said the driver was uninjured.
Most animal experts would agree that if a tiger fought with a panther, the tiger, because of its strength and size, would win every time.
Whether it be in the jungle or on the hardwood, the same result apparently holds true as the Tigers of Northwestern defeated Panther Valley last night, 56-49, to run their all-time record to 11-0 over the Panthers.
Size and strength prevailed. The Tigers raced to a nine-point first-quarter lead on the torrid shooting strength of Tyler Richardson. He sank his first three three-point shots and totaled 11 points for the first eight minutes.
Donald P. Troutman Jr., 44, of Minersville, will be cited for causing an accident at 8:17 p.m. Dec. 24 on Seltzer Road in Norweigan Township, according to state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.
Police said he was driving a 2008 GMC Yukon that turned left from Seltzer Road into an alley and struck the driver's side of a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe operated by Raymond Green Jr., 74, of Hegins, who was stopped at the time. Police said Troutman fled the scene without providing necessary aid and information to the other driver and/or an occupant in that vehicle.
A daughter, Vienna Rose Holman, was born at 12:03 a.m. on Nov. 12, 2012 in Pottsville to Theresa and David Holman of Barnesville.
She weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Joan and Mike Stine of Tamaqua.
Paternal grandparents are Champ and Christine Holman of Barnesville, and the late Rita Holman.
Summit Hill residents asked to evacuate
Residents surrounding the one hundred block of East Richards Street in Summit Hill were awakened around 1 a.m. today, as police and firefighters went door-to-door asking people to evacuate their homes after a man threatened to blow up his home with propane.
During the standoff, police officers, some carrying automatic weapons, converged in the one hundred blocks of East Fell, East Richards and East Lehigh streets.
Temperatures throughout our area are expected to stay below freezing over the next five days. Succumbing to the quick change in temperatures is a set of icicle-covered Christmas lights, hanging from a Dutch Hill home in Tamaqua.
State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a theft case that happened between midnight and 7 a.m. Dec. 23 in Weisenberg Township.
The victim is Otto Karl Schick, 57, of the 3500 Block of Scherer Road, Kutztown.
Police said someone removed a wooden samurai sword and a five-gallon gas can from outside the victim's residence and then removed about $40 from a vehicle that was parked at the residence.
Kimberly L. Kemp of Palmerton became the bride of Stephen M. Sauchinitz, also of Palmerton, on Oct. 13, 2012, at All Saints Church in Lehighton.
The Rev. Jane Bender of Bethlehem officiated the ceremony.
The daughter of Cheryl A. and Alan Sienkwicz of Lehighton and the late Brian E. Kemp, the bride was given in marriage by her brother, Kyle Kemp.
Tabetha Sterling was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Susan Powell, Deanna Mehlig, Becki Bryfogle, Amanda Sauchinitz and Kristyn Bryfogle.
Two persons were injured in a one-vehicle crash at 6:52 p.m. Dec. 24 on State Route 901 in Cass Township, Schuylkill County.
State police at the Frackville barracks said Patricia M. Forgotch of Shenandoah, the driver of the vehicle, sustained moderate injuries and Stephen Forgotch, 84, also of Shenandoah, had minor injuries. Police said they were transported to the Good Samaritan Hospital, Pottsville, for treatment of injuries after the accident.
Kim Sweigard Sr., 57, of Tower City, has been arrested by state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks on charges of making terroristic threats.
Police said the charge stems from an incident at 9:15 a.m.. Dec. 26 at 622 E. Grande Ave.
Police said a physical domestic dispute occurred at the above location, after which time Sweigard brandished a revolver and made significant threats towards the lives of Timothy Sweigard, 55, and Betty Sweigard, 82, both of Tower City, and a 17-year-old boy.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. And for some students in the Pleasant Valley School District, they did their very best to make it the most important meal for the maintenance staff, as their way of saying "Thank you."
There were tantalizing smells of homefries, pancakes, eggs and sausage wafting down the high school's hallways as seventh-12th grade students in Randy Hinton's Life Skills class prepared a meal fit for kings and queens.
State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a theft incident that was reported at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 27 at the Blue Mountain Ski Area in rural Palmerton.
The victims are Robert Docherty of Allentown, Brian Docherty of Hoboken, N.J., and a 17-year-old juvenile from Glenmoore, Pa.
Police said the victims had gym bags stolen from them at the ski area and the victims' car keys were left in one of the bags. Police said the thief used the keys to open the victims' vehicle and steal luggage.
Maxine Baran to James Piskorick, Hazleton, property on Church Street, $1.
East Penn Township
William H. Bayer to Barbara A. McCullion, 119 S. Ninth St., Lehighton, parcel No. 72-9-A10, $1.
Carol D. Behler to Darrin Goldberg, 195 Clayton Curve, Palmerton, property at 949 Indian Hill Road, $80,000.
Sheriff of Carbon County to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, McLean, Va., property at 209 Broadview Drive, $1.
Eldred Township supervisors
The next meeting of the Eldred Township supervisors will be the reorganizational meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.