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December 2012

Tamaqua woman escapes injury

Friday, December 28, 2012

A Tamaqua woman escaped injuries in a two-vehicle mishap at 6:50 a.m. Dec. 27 on Interstate 81 in Kline Township.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Heather L. Loar, 32, was uninjured afetr a vehicle she was driving was struck by a tractor trailer.

Competitiveness drives Tribe's Keer

Friday, December 28, 2012
Competitiveness drives Tribe's Keer
Copyright 2012

She is asked a question about being competitive.

And before she answers, a wry little grin appears.

The grin eventually becomes a full-fledged smile the kind of smile that says the level of her competition on a scale from 1 to 10 is actually a 12.

So it's not surprising when she replies.

"I'm very competitive," said Lehighton field hockey standout Sarah Keer. "I think that's because I come from a family where everyone played sports.

Orefield driver issued citation

Friday, December 28, 2012

Brett A. Hunsicker, 18, of Orefield, has been cited by state police at the Fogelsville barracks with failure to drive at a safe speed after a two-vehicle accident at 7:32 a.m. Nov. 27 along Route 100 in Lowhill Township.

Police said he was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier northbound when he failed to stop in time for vehicles that had stopped in front of his vehicle. Police said the front portion of the Cavalier struck the rear of a 2012 Ford F-150 driven by Michael J. Wetzel, 49, of Lansford.

Neither driver was injured.

Jennifer Kemmerle and Greg Steward are wed

Friday, December 28, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Steward
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Steward

Jennifer Robin Kemmerle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Klotz of Jim Thorpe, and the late James Kemmerle and Rita Kemmerle of Summit Hill, became the bride of Greg Steward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Steward of Lehighton, on Sept. 15, 2012 at Dinkey Memorial Church in Ashfield.

The Rev. Anthony Pagatto officiated the double ring ceremony. Cathy Smith was the organist.

Given in marriage by her stepfather, William Klotz, the bride chose Nicole Reabold of Jim Thorpe to be her maid of honor. Jessica Cameron of Naples, Fla. was the matron of honor.

Interstate crash has four injuries

Friday, December 28, 2012

Four persons were injured when a vehicle crashed and rolled onto its roof at 8:15 a.m. Dec. 26 on Interstate 81 in Cass Township.

State police at the Frackville barracks said Satparshi Debroy, 28, the driver of the vehicle, and three passengers, Gourab Sabui, 26, Payel Chattersee, 26, and Ranit Ghosh, 27, were transported to the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after the crash. Police said each of them sustained moderate injuries. Debroy, Sabui and Ghosh are all from Orlando, Fla., while Chattersee is from Raleigh, N.C.

Fundraiser benefits East Penn Elementary School PTO

Friday, December 28, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS East Penn Elementary School recently hosted the annual Santa's Secret Workshop at the school on Route 895 in Ashfield. All proceeds from this event benefit East Penn Elementary School PTO. Visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus are Anna Holland (seated front); Amelia Bruch and Quinn Lichtenwalner (seated on Santa's lap); PTO Dad Jason Baker (standing left) and daughter Haven Baker; Michael D'Amico (seated on Mrs. Claus' lap); and PTO President Danette Troxell (standing right).
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS East Penn Elementary School recently hosted the annual Santa's Secret Workshop at the school on Route 895 in Ashfield. All proceeds from this event benefit East Penn Elementary School PTO. Visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus are Anna Holland (seated front); Amelia Bruch and Quinn Lichtenwalner (seated on Santa's lap); PTO Dad Jason Baker (standing left) and daughter Haven Baker; Michael D'Amico (seated on Mrs. Claus' lap); and PTO President Danette Troxell (standing right).

East Penn Elementary School recently hosted the annual Santa's Secret Workshop at the school, located on Route 895 in Ashfield. All proceeds from this event benefit East Penn Elementary School PTO.

"Everyone seemed happy with the Workshop," said PTO President Danette Troxell. "The children especially love the idea of shopping without their parents peeking."

All items in the children-only gift shop were priced at $6 or less. Gifts purchased by the children were then wrapped and tagged for their loved ones at no additional charge.

Bulldogs pull away to turn back Indians

Friday, December 28, 2012
Bulldogs pull away to turn back Indians
Copyright 2012

Northern Lehigh used a huge second half and a career night from Tyler Dibilio to defeat Lehighton, 61-38 in the opening round of the 32nd Annual Slatington Rotary Basketball Tournament.

The Bulldogs (3-2) held a slim 22-21 lead heading into the half, but exploded out of the gate to outscore the Indians 18-5 in the third quarter.

Northern Lehigh used a 13-0 run that lasted from late in the third quarter into the fourth to extend the lead from 31-26 to 44-26, which essentially put the game out of reach for Lehighton.

On this date

Friday, December 28, 2012

December 28, 1930

Rev. George G. Kunkle, of Kresgeville, was one of 20 clergymen nationwide who invested money in the Automotive Royalties Corporation of New York City, whose president, Clarke W. Parker, church trustee and inventor, has been indicted in the U.S. Court of New York City, along with his son, Wyman C. Parker, and 15 stock salesmen of the company, on a charge of using the mails to defraud. The 20 clergymen had investment a total of $150,000 in the company. Rev. Kunkle said he purchased $400 worth of stock.

Tamaqua Elks holds holiday Boilo contest

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Elks Lodge held their annual holiday Boilo contest recently at their lodge. Flavors during the contest consisted of traditional, apple pie and blueberry. Boilo, a traditional Yuletide drink for residents of northeastern and east central Pennsylvania, is characterized with it's holiday recipe ingredients, such as oranges, lemons, nutmeg, cloves, caraway seed, honey, ginger ale and anise seed. The traditional base ingredient in Boilo is moonshine, although most receipes have replaced home-brewed moonshine with blended whiskey. Some area residents believe Boilo has curing properties for the onset of seasonal related ailments such as a cold or influenza. Many locations hold boilo tasting contests, where home brewers compete over whose recipe is most authentic or whose Boilo is the easiest on the taste pallet. Enjoying themselves during the event are, from left, Cookie Osenbach, Barbara Polusky, Lillian Birkmier, Shirley Bond, Andy Lewis and Donette Miller.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Elks Lodge held their annual holiday Boilo contest recently at their lodge. Flavors during the contest consisted of traditional, apple pie and blueberry. Boilo, a traditional Yuletide drink for residents of northeastern and east central Pennsylvania, is characterized with it's holiday recipe ingredients, such as oranges, lemons, nutmeg, cloves, caraway seed, honey, ginger ale and anise seed. The traditional base ingredient in Boilo is moonshine, although most receipes have replaced home-brewed moonshine with blended whiskey. Some area residents believe Boilo has curing properties for the onset of seasonal related ailments such as a cold or influenza. Many locations hold boilo tasting contests, where home brewers compete over whose recipe is most authentic or whose Boilo is the easiest on the taste pallet. Enjoying themselves during the event are, from left, Cookie Osenbach, Barbara Polusky, Lillian Birkmier, Shirley Bond, Andy Lewis and Donette Miller.

Two cars damaged in Carbon crash

Friday, December 28, 2012

Two vehicles were damaged in a crash at 2:45 p.m. Dec. 26 along Pine Run Road in Towamensing Township, according to state police at the Lehighton barracks.

Police did not reveal the names of the persons involved in the crash but said a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt was northbound and descending a hill when it was unable to stop due to the snow-covered roads. The vehicle slid into a disabled 2011 Volkswagen, pushing it into a guide wire and causing minor damages to the front right headlight area and the side.

Two persons hurt in Schuylkill crash

Friday, December 28, 2012

Two persons were injured in a headon crash at 11:59 a.m. Dec. 23 on State Route 901 in Barry Township, according to state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.

Police said Irene Wesner, 85, and Harold Wesner, 88, of Ashland, were transported to the Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital. Police said the woman sustained moderate injuries while he suffered major injuries.

Fire in Packerton

Friday, December 28, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Fire crews from several Carbon County fire companies responded to a dwelling fire this morning in the Packerton section of Mahoning Township. The fire was first reported just after 8 a.m. when smoke was spotted coming from the eves of the two story wood frame dwelling. Fire companies from Lehighton and Mahoning Valley responded to the scene and did find a fire within the structure. Firefighters were on the scene for over an hour. The scene is along SR209 in the village of Packerton.

Garbage bags dumped at center

Friday, December 28, 2012

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a scattering rubbish case whereby someone dumped multiple bags of yard waste in the lot of the Cedar Shopping Center, Lower Macungie Township.

The incident happened between 10 p.m. Dec. 23 and 8 a.m. Dec. 24.

NHS provides free spaghetti dinnerto veterans and civil servants

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Staff with the NHS Schuylkill Mountain Center provided a free spaghetti dinner to area military veterans, police, firefighters, paramedics and all other civil servants during their recent appreciation to veterans dinner event held at the Tamaqua Italian Club. In addition to honoring heroes, the event was also held to raise awareness for their Life and Foster Caring Program. For more information about the program, visit www.NHSOnline.org, visit one of their 18 offices in Pennsylvania or call (570) 449-2280. Pictured from left are Samantha MacDormott, 13; Marian Astacio, 15; Rogene Zimmerman, LCSW, Program Director for NHS Human Services; and Randy Astacio, an Army veteran.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Staff with the NHS Schuylkill Mountain Center provided a free spaghetti dinner to area military veterans, police, firefighters, paramedics and all other civil servants during their recent appreciation to veterans dinner event held at the Tamaqua Italian Club. In addition to honoring heroes, the event was also held to raise awareness for their Life and Foster Caring Program. For more information about the program, visit www.NHSOnline.org, visit one of their 18 offices in Pennsylvania or call (570) 449-2280. Pictured from left are Samantha MacDormott, 13; Marian Astacio, 15; Rogene Zimmerman, LCSW, Program Director for NHS Human Services; and Randy Astacio, an Army veteran.

Staff with the NHS Schuylkill Mountain Center provided a free spaghetti dinner to area military veterans, police, firefighters, paramedics and all other civil servants during their recent appreciation to veterans dinner event held at the Tamaqua Italian Club. In addition to honoring heroes, the event was also held to raise awareness for their Life and Foster Caring Program. For more information about the program, visit www.NHSOnline.org, visit one of their 18 offices in Pennsylvania or call (570) 449-2280.

Lehighton holds on in exciting fourth quarter finish

Friday, December 28, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tiffany Thompson gets set to shoot as Northern Lehigh's Jessica Olewine (left) and Emily Bevins (hidden) defend.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tiffany Thompson gets set to shoot as Northern Lehigh's Jessica Olewine (left) and Emily Bevins (hidden) defend.

The Lehighton girls earned every bit of their 43-38 victory over Northern Lehigh Thursday night in the Lady Indian Holiday Classic.

Heading into the fourth quarter, Lehighton had a 38-28 lead over the Bulldogs. Both teams exchanged baskets to open the quarter.

The Bulldogs went on a run early in the quarter. Kelsey Follweiler hit a three-pointer with 5:22 left to play, which sparked a 9-0 spurt. The Indians clung to a three-point lead with 3:41 left to play, 40-37.

Police probing criminal mischief

Friday, December 28, 2012

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 11:30 p.m. Dec. 23 and 11 a.m. Dec. 24 in North Manheim Township.

The victim is John and Delores Minnich, Stony Run Road, Pottsville.

Police said someone damaged a rocking horse, two white geese and two sets of Christmas lights from a display at the victim's front yard.

Tamaqua cage fighting benefits Tamaqua football boosters

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS An 11-match world cagefighting championship was held in the Tamaqua Area High School gymnasium to benefit the Tamaqua Football Boosters. In addition to featuring the area's best local and regional pro and amateur MMA fighters, the WCC VI match also featured local wrestlers Dustin Wentz and Doug Springer, both Tamaqua alumni. Doug Springer, left, takes a fighting stance against Keman Jackson. Jackson won the match.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS An 11-match world cagefighting championship was held in the Tamaqua Area High School gymnasium to benefit the Tamaqua Football Boosters. In addition to featuring the area's best local and regional pro and amateur MMA fighters, the WCC VI match also featured local wrestlers Dustin Wentz and Doug Springer, both Tamaqua alumni. Doug Springer, left, takes a fighting stance against Keman Jackson. Jackson won the match.

11-foot snowman

Friday, December 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A family in Walker Township spent part of their Christmas holiday building an 11-foot-high snowman in their front yard. Builders were Kailee Rottet, Boaz Rottet and Garth Lakitsky.

Snow... sleet... slush... ice

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

Todd Miller uses a snow blower to remove heavy snow and slush from the sidewalk of an East Broad Street property in Tamaqua. Rapid changes in temperatures over the last two days has resulted in high winds and plenty of frozen sidewalks and roadways today.

Tamaqua boys, Panther girls win

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Tamaqua boys and Panther Valley girls came out on the winning side in basketball action last night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-Sch. Haven

Tamaqua (6-1) kept up its winning ways coasting by Schuylkill Haven.

The Raiders went into the half 26-9 en-route to a 51-22 non-league victory.

Brett Kosciolek led Tamaqua once again, scoring 13 points, while Bo Rottet added 10.

Mike Bubeck was the lone Hurricane in double figures, scoring 11.

TAMAQUA

Four persons hurt in Clamtown crash

Friday, December 28, 2012

Four persons suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash at 8:40 p.m. Dec. 24 on Route 443, Clamtown Road, in Walker Township, according to state police at the Frackville barracks.

Lansford Legion receives Black Diamond Award

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS On hand during the presentation were, from left, Lansford Alive members Rev. John Keiter, Director; Martin Ditsky, Treasurer; David Benevy, Secretary; Bob Silver, Vice President; Chris Ondrus, President; and Lansford American Legion members Rick Bachman, Commander; Nate Krajcirik, Sgt. At Arms; Tom Garrett, Adjutant and Service Officer; and Tim Midas, President, Lansford Legion Home Association.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS On hand during the presentation were, from left, Lansford Alive members Rev. John Keiter, Director; Martin Ditsky, Treasurer; David Benevy, Secretary; Bob Silver, Vice President; Chris Ondrus, President; and Lansford American Legion members Rick Bachman, Commander; Nate Krajcirik, Sgt. At Arms; Tom Garrett, Adjutant and Service Officer; and Tim Midas, President, Lansford Legion Home Association.

The Lansford American Legion Post 123 was the recipient of this year's Lansford Alive Black Diamond award, which was presented to Legion members recently during the Black Diamond banquet and ceremony held recently at the post.

"The award was given to the post for their many efforts in making the community a better place," said Chris Ondrus, President, Lansford Alive.

Simple assaultnets woman jail

Friday, December 28, 2012

Dena Michelsen, 35, of Pocono Lake, was committed to the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Snydersville, after her arraignment on simple assault charges stemming from a domestic incident at 8:25 p.m. Dec. 23 at 2127 Totel Trail, Tobyhanna Township, according to Pocono Mountain Regional Police.

Police said the victim, Conrad Michelsen, 48, also of Pocono Lake and identified as the husband of the defendant, told police the woman had assaulted him. Officers observed several scratch marks on the man's face, neck and arms.

Holiday program held at Rush Elementary

Friday, December 28, 2012
With Santa, from left, are Alexa Oncay, 6, and Katrina Roub, 6, from Mrs. Gloria Forte's class; Espen Ansbach, 7, from Mrs. Danelle Kane's class; and Isabella Napolitano, 6, from Mrs. Cleo Barron's class.
With Santa, from left, are Alexa Oncay, 6, and Katrina Roub, 6, from Mrs. Gloria Forte's class; Espen Ansbach, 7, from Mrs. Danelle Kane's class; and Isabella Napolitano, 6, from Mrs. Cleo Barron's class.

ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

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.