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December 2012

ON THIS DATE

Friday, December 28, 2012

December 28, 2005 Jon Wells scores a team-high 14 points to help Palmerton gain a 60-49 victory over Northern Lehigh in the championship game of the Slatington Rotary Classic. The Blue Bombers, coached by Brian Minnich, use a 12-0 run in the second quarter to turn a deficit into a halftime lead. Wells tallies six points in the third frame as Palmerton increases its advantage. Zach Heller aids the winning cause with 13 points while Jim Parsons chips in with eight.

Enterprise inactivation witnessed by Navy Airman

Friday, December 28, 2012

Navy Airman Ryan S. Papanek, son of Debra Sullivan of Coaldale and Steven Papanek, of Rockville, Md., along with nearly 12,000 past and current crewmembers, family and friends attended the inactivation of aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Enterprise, the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, recently completed its 25th and final deployment and returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled inactivation, held prior to the ship's terminal offload program and subsequent decommissioning.

Citizen's Fire Company helps Toys For Tots

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

Firefighters and members of the Citizen's Fire Company of Tamaqua went out of their way to help kids this Christmas by selling many paper trains in support of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's Toys For Tots campaign. Pictured from left are Citizen's Fire Company member Dot Gulla, firefighter Brad Sanders and SCMCL member John Suzadail.

Kane's win, Specter's death marked Pa. politics in 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Some things that stirred much political discussion in Pennsylvania in 2012 did not materialize a photo ID requirement for voters, legislative redistricting, a high-profile role for the state in the presidential race.

But there was hardly a drought of statewide political news.

Democratic newcomer Kathleen Kane was elected attorney general, ending voters' 32-year-old habit of exclusively choosing Republican men as Pennsylvania's chief legal officer. She is the first woman elected to the post since it became an elective office in 1980.

Tamaqua news

Friday, December 28, 2012

First Methodist

The Rev. Jim Cavallero will officiate at the 10:45 a.m. worship service this Sunday in First United Methodist Church. The service will include a hymn sing and a children's message offered by Marge Kropp.

Activities for next week will include: Wednesday, chancel choir rehearses at 7 p.m.; Thursday, trustees meet at 6 p.m., administrative council meets at 7 p.m.

St. Peter's Union

Coaldale residents face real estate taxes deadline

Friday, December 28, 2012

Coaldale residents are reminded the final day for paying 2012 real estate taxes before they are deemed delinquent is Dec. 31. Postmarks will be accepted.

The borough tax collector's office will be open on Dec. 31 during regular hours to accept the final payments. It will be closed on Jan. 1 and 2.

Taxpayers who qualify for exoneration or exemptions are asked to return their signed and dated application, along with proof of eligibility, so as not to be turned in as being delinquent.

Regular hours will resume on Jan. 3.

Commissioners make appointments

Friday, December 28, 2012

Several people received appointments to various Carbon County boards on Thursday.

During the county commissioners' meeting, the board voted on several appointments, reappointments and resignations. They include:

Ÿ Reappoint Wallace Putkowski of Lehighton to a five-year term on the Airport Authority.

Ÿ Reappoint David McGeehan of Palmerton to a three-year term on the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board.

Ÿ Reappoint Mark A. Sverchek of Lehighton to a five-year term on the Industrial Development Authority.

Tamaqua sidewalks must be snow-free

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

Tamaqua property owners must maintain a three-foot-wide path on their sidewalks that is clear of all snow and ice. Snow and ice must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowstorm ends. Property owners who fail to clean their sidewalks may be subject to a $25 fine for the first offense, $50 for the second offense and higher fines for subsequent offenses. Residents are also reminded not to throw snow, ice or other materials onto the streets. Traffic compacts snow into ice and causes a traffic hazard.

Tempers heat up with commissioners

Friday, December 28, 2012

Tensions flared, both during and after the Carbon County commissioners meeting on Thursday, as the commissioners sparred with each other and then with a county resident.

A couple inches of snow is expected on Saturday

Friday, December 28, 2012

Are you ready for some more snow?

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. is expecting about two to three inches to cover the local area tomorrow.

According to the Weather Service, the snow could begin at about 7 a.m. It will end by 8 p.m.

There likely will be periods where no snow falls.

The Weather Service also says that it will be all snow without any icy conditions because of the colder temperatures.

ACS Makeover

Friday, December 28, 2012

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Jan. 14, at the Schuylkill Medical Center East, 700 E. Norwegian St., Pottsville. The sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Donations are a year-round need for Salvation Army

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

Jennie Kmec of McAdoo volunteers her time sorting hundreds of cans of donated food given to the Tamaqua Salvation Army over the holidays. Salvation Army volunteers stressed that donations are needed year-round, not just during the holidays, as the Salvation Army provides non-perishable food items to needy families Monday to Friday throughout the year. To donate canned food items or start a food drive, call the Salvation Army at (570) 668-0410.

Woman is charged with assault

Friday, December 28, 2012

Sharess Rodgers, 41, of Pocono Summit, has been arrested by Pocono Mountain Regional Police for simple assault and harassment as a result of a domestic incident that happened at 4:52 p.m. Dec. 24 at 2319 Freedom Way, Coolbaugh Township.

The victim is Steven Schwartz, 51, also of Pocono Summit, who police identified as the husband of the defendant.

Tremont man ejected from car

Friday, December 28, 2012

Erik T. Ossman, 23, of Tremont, sustained moderate injuries when he was ejected from a car that crashed at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 25 on State Route 209 in Porter Township.

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said he was flown in the MedEvac helicopter to the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after the crash.

Lehigh burglary is investigated

Friday, December 28, 2012

State police at the Fogelsville barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 26 at a home in Lower Macungie Township.

The victim is Roberto Guerrero, 36, of Wescosville.

Police said he reported actor(s) made entry to his residence at 1119 Pine Grove Circle and stole a lockbox that contained identification papers, fleeing the scene in an unknown direction.

Shoplifting still taking place

Friday, December 28, 2012

State police have reported two additional incidents of shoplifting, a frequent problem that confronted them during the Christmas season.

Both incidents happened on Christmas eve.

State police at Fogelsville said at 12:36 p.m., a 16-year-old boy from Kutztown was caught stealing miscellaneous items valued at $18.08 from the WalMart store in Lower Macungie Township.

Panther Valley news

Friday, December 28, 2012

Nesquehoning

Conservation Club

The next meeting of the Nesquehoning Conservation Club will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2 at Maple Shade Meadows. Plans for the upcoming spring fishing derby will be discussed.

St. Jerome youth group holds wrapping party

Friday, December 28, 2012
Members and advisors with the St. Jerome's Catholic Church youth group in Tamaqua held their annual wrapping party to help the less fortunate over theholidays. 80 recipients,newborn to 16, from both Schuylkill and Carbon County benefited from the youth group's collection drive. The group also collected over 90 new and used coats for the Tamaqua Salvation Army's annual winter clothing drive. Youth group members, along with advisor Mary Ann Slivka, stated their appreciation to everyone who stepped forward to donate or help. Also volunteering were Jeanette Triano, Carmel Castagna, Jen Ruch and Carmela Gentile. Working together to wrap presents are Nicki Mateyak, left, and Nikki Slivka.
Members and advisors with the St. Jerome's Catholic Church youth group in Tamaqua held their annual wrapping party to help the less fortunate over theholidays. 80 recipients,newborn to 16, from both Schuylkill and Carbon County benefited from the youth group's collection drive. The group also collected over 90 new and used coats for the Tamaqua Salvation Army's annual winter clothing drive. Youth group members, along with advisor Mary Ann Slivka, stated their appreciation to everyone who stepped forward to donate or help. Also volunteering were Jeanette Triano, Carmel Castagna, Jen Ruch and Carmela Gentile. Working together to wrap presents are Nicki Mateyak, left, and Nikki Slivka.

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.