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December 2012

Salvation Army visits TAADCC

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

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.

Tamaqua native travels to another galaxy for Toys For Tots

Friday, December 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS 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. Miorelli has also appeared at the New York Mets game, the Special Olympics and many other venues. For more information about the organizations or their charity appearances, goto www.501st.com Miorelli, portraying Luke Skywalker, left, has fun with stormtrooper Jason "TK-9141" Romanoff of Folsom; and Jedi Apprentice played by Jonas Bloomfield of Whitehall.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS 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. Miorelli has also appeared at the New York Mets game, the Special Olympics and many other venues. For more information about the organizations or their charity appearances, goto www.501st.com Miorelli, portraying Luke Skywalker, left, has fun with stormtrooper Jason "TK-9141" Romanoff of Folsom; and Jedi Apprentice played by Jonas Bloomfield of Whitehall.

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.

Jim Thorpe news

Friday, December 28, 2012

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.

Palmerton runs past Olympians

Friday, December 28, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Catherine Condly moves the ball up court as Palmerton's Mikayla Krupa comes up from behind.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Catherine Condly moves the ball up court as Palmerton's Mikayla Krupa comes up from behind.

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.

"Eat the Rainbow"

Friday, December 28, 2012
Scepansky uses an immersion blender to purée butternut squash for a quick and easy Butternut Bisque.
Scepansky uses an immersion blender to purée butternut squash for a quick and easy Butternut Bisque.

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."

Jam Session today in Tamaqua

Friday, December 28, 2012

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 Masons hold installation

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

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.

Driver is facing accident charges

Friday, December 28, 2012

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.

Tigers claw Panthers again

Friday, December 28, 2012

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.

Driver to be cited after accident

Friday, December 28, 2012

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.

Birth: Holman

Friday, December 28, 2012
Vienna RoseHolman
Vienna RoseHolman

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.

Man threatens to blow up home

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is the back of a Summit Hill home, where police were involved in an hour-long standoff with a man threatening to blow up his home with propane.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is the back of a Summit Hill home, where police were involved in an hour-long standoff with a man threatening to blow up his home with propane.

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.

Freezing holidays

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

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.

Items are stolen in Weisenberg

Friday, December 28, 2012

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 Kemp weds Stephen Sauchinitz

Friday, December 28, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Sauchinitz
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Sauchinitz

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 hurt in Schuylkill mishap

Friday, December 28, 2012

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.

Schuylkill resident facing charges

Friday, December 28, 2012

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.

Tamaqua scouts last to visit museum prior to major renovations

Friday, December 28, 2012
Eric Richardson, 7, talks into an antique railroad scissorphone.
Eric Richardson, 7, talks into an antique railroad scissorphone.

Life Skills class says 'thank you' to PV maintenance staff

Friday, December 28, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Making breakfast for the Pleasant Valley maintenance staff as their way of saying "Thank you" for all they do for them, are members of the Life Skills class, from left, paraprofessional Robin Bok, William Wingler, Noah Collins, Amanda White and Ashley Bosy.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Making breakfast for the Pleasant Valley maintenance staff as their way of saying "Thank you" for all they do for them, are members of the Life Skills class, from left, paraprofessional Robin Bok, William Wingler, Noah Collins, Amanda White and Ashley Bosy.

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.

Police probe theft at area ski lodge

Friday, December 28, 2012

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.

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, December 28, 2012

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

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.

Franklin Township

Carol D. Behler to Darrin Goldberg, 195 Clayton Curve, Palmerton, property at 949 Indian Hill Road, $80,000.

Jim Thorpe

Sheriff of Carbon County to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, McLean, Va., property at 209 Broadview Drive, $1.

Kidder Township

Eldred column

Friday, December 28, 2012

Eldred Township supervisors

The next meeting of the Eldred Township supervisors will be the reorganizational meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7.

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Local and area talent took to the stage during the Tamaqua Community Art Center's bi-weekly free open stage event held Thursday evening.Paul Mulhern, performing arts director, St. Jerome's School, energizes the crowd with Yuletide tunes Thursday evening.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Local and area talent took to the stage during the Tamaqua Community Art Center's bi-weekly free open stage event held Thursday evening.Paul Mulhern, performing arts director, St. Jerome's School, energizes the crowd with Yuletide tunes Thursday evening.

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
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Junior High students collected socks to be given to senior citizens. They visited Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown, where they gave a pair of socks to each resident. Here Adrianna Romanishan, Johnathan Frace and Jade Horwith help some residents pick their favorites.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Junior High students collected socks to be given to senior citizens. They visited Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown, where they gave a pair of socks to each resident. Here Adrianna Romanishan, Johnathan Frace and Jade Horwith help some residents pick their favorites.

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.