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December 2012

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.

What a difference a year can make

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Bob Ford /times news The Indians huddle up before a game earlier this season against the Marian Colts. Lehighton is off to a solid start currently sitting at 4-3.
Bob Ford /times news The Indians huddle up before a game earlier this season against the Marian Colts. Lehighton is off to a solid start currently sitting at 4-3.

A new season brings with it a renewed sense of hope for most sports teams.

It doesn't matter whether a team went undefeated or winless the year before, the start of a new schedule gives a team a clean slate from which to start engraving its latest journey.

A few local boys' basketball teams are taking their clean slates and making the most of them.

Pine Street Pub donates to Toys For Tots

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Owners of the Pine Street Pub in Tamaqua sold many paper trains in support of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's annual Toys For Tots campaign. The pub has been a supporter of the campaign for many years. From left are bartender Mary Smulligan, SCMCL member John Suzadail and owner Brian Daniels.

Police are probing hit-and-run mishap

Thursday, December 27, 2012

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a hit-and-run accident that happened at 4:05 p.m. Dec. 21 along Route 248 in Lower Towamensing Township.

Police said a vehicle believed to be a Ford SUV was westbound on the highway when it passed a car operated by Trudyann Bonser, 47, of Lehighton, at which time the unknown driver failed to allow clearance space and, as a result, the left rear of the vehicle struck the right front of Bonser's 2008 Jeep Laredo. After impact, the SUV fled the scene.

Bonser was uninjured.

Trash disposal

Thursday, December 27, 2012

New rules are going to create eyesores

Beginning Jan. 1, there are new rules in effect for landfills.

Landfills will not be able to accept electronics. Lehighton Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said this includes TVs, computers, VCRs, cell phones, and printers.

Residents not only in Lehighton but virtually all municipalities will no longer be able to place such items with their regular garbage pickup.

In Carbon County, there is a semi-annual collection of electronics for recycling - at least for now. Financial restraints could potentially change this.

Free luncheon slated

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A free luncheon will take place at Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut Streets, Parryville, on Sat., Dec. 29 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All are welcome. This event will only be held, weather permitting.

Armed robbery happens in Lehigh

Thursday, December 27, 2012

State police at the Fogelsville barracks were summoned at 8:48 p.m. Dec. 23 to the Walgreen's department store on Hamilton Boulevard, Allentown, after a cashier was robbed at gunpoint.

Police said an 18-year-old female was approached by a man displaying a semi-automatic handgun and ordered to give him the money from the cash drawer. After receiving the money, the actor fled out of the store and appeared to head alongside the Mill Creek Road of the store, which is located in Lower Macungie Township.

Police list results of DUI patrols

Thursday, December 27, 2012

State police at the Lehighton barracks have reported the results of roving DUI patrols that were conducted Dec. 21 into Dec. 22.

Police said the patrols resulted in eight motorists being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. In addition, eight motorists were found to have been drinking but were released after successfully passing standardized field sobriety tests.

Police issued 57 citations during that period and one other motorist was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Financial aid

The Tamaqua Area School District will sponsor a Financial Aid Night on Jan. 8 in the Tamaqua Area Auditorium. The informational session will begin at 6 p.m. and will include a review of the 2012-2013 Financial Aid form as well as general financial aid information. Junior and senior class students interested in pursuing any form of post-secondary education, and their parents, are welcome to attend.

No pre-registration is required. The session is open to the public.

Bethany EC

On this date

Thursday, December 27, 2012

December 27, 1957

In the wind for several months, but still indefinite, is the proposed sale of the Central Hotel building in Jim Thorpe, owned by the Mauch Chunk Trust Company. The 63-year-old structure at the corner of Hazard Square and Broadway may be razed to accommodate a new Sun Oil Company service station. Six tenants now occupy the building. Samuel Sandherr conducts a barber shop on the first floor. In an adjoining office is the Wildoner Insurance Agency.

Polk Township news

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church

The Rev. Scheffey will be on vacation from Dec. 25, until Dec. 31.

For emergencies call the church office or Norma.

SSP Roller Skating Party for the youth and families is Sunday, Dec. 20, at LaRosa Skating Rink from 4 to 6 p.m. Bring your own roller or inline skates or they will be provided for you.

Sign up on the bulletin board outside the church office or call Maribeth Dudak at (570) 722-2992.

Concert held for Stephanie Keer

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS .Friends and family held a concert event recently for Stephanie Keer, 21, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer on her birthday a few months ago. Keer is a 2009 Panther Valley graduate from Summit Hill. Keer, her family and friends stated their appreciation to everyone who came out in support. Performing during the event was Band Bwahaha, who donated their time
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS .Friends and family held a concert event recently for Stephanie Keer, 21, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer on her birthday a few months ago. Keer is a 2009 Panther Valley graduate from Summit Hill. Keer, her family and friends stated their appreciation to everyone who came out in support. Performing during the event was Band Bwahaha, who donated their time

Dispute between firefighter, fire company is resolved

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A dispute between the American Hose Company Number One, of Tamaqua, and one of its fire,fighters which escalated into the fireman having a criminal charge filed against him was finally settled with no further prosecution.

Schuylkill seeks to acquire building to house it agencies

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Seeking more space for its agencies the Schuylkill County Commissioners took action at Wednesday's public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville to proceed through a condemnation action to seek to acquire a building in the business district of Pottsville. The vote was 2 to 1 with Minority Commissioner Gary Hess casting his first negative vote since assuming office last January. He said he is not opposed to the proposed project but disagrees with Commissioners Frank Staudenmeier and George Halcovage in the method and time for acquiring the building.

Slow moving

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Traffic on Hometown Hill yesterday was slowed to a crawl as motorists traveled down the slippery hill.

"Not So Silent Night" featured at Tamaqua church

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the New Life Assembly of God's Youth Group presented a performance titled " The Not So Silent Night" recently at their church. The performance included comical holiday clatter and other activities encouraged to keep guests entertained. Some youth members perform during the show.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the New Life Assembly of God's Youth Group presented a performance titled " The Not So Silent Night" recently at their church. The performance included comical holiday clatter and other activities encouraged to keep guests entertained. Some youth members perform during the show.

Mallard's Market donates to Toys For Tots

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Mallard's Market in Lehighton raised $1,309 for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots Campaign. Owner Frank Kuhn stated his cashiers were given an incentive by Frank of an electronic's store gift card for selling the most paper Toys For Tots trains. Brittany Redmond sold the most trains, 307. Frank Kuhn added that his father, Joe Kuhn of Tamaqua, served in the Marine Corps, and was, "tough as nails and had a heart of gold." Mallard's Market has been a yearly supporter of Toys For Tots and other veterans programs since it opened ten years ago. Pictured form left are top selling cashier Brittany Redmond, SCMCL members Leon Frohnheiser and Ed Glassic and owner Frank Kuhn.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Mallard's Market in Lehighton raised $1,309 for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots Campaign. Owner Frank Kuhn stated his cashiers were given an incentive by Frank of an electronic's store gift card for selling the most paper Toys For Tots trains. Brittany Redmond sold the most trains, 307. Frank Kuhn added that his father, Joe Kuhn of Tamaqua, served in the Marine Corps, and was, "tough as nails and had a heart of gold." Mallard's Market has been a yearly supporter of Toys For Tots and other veterans programs since it opened ten years ago. Pictured form left are top selling cashier Brittany Redmond, SCMCL members Leon Frohnheiser and Ed Glassic and owner Frank Kuhn.

Mallard's Market in Lehighton raised $1,309 for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots Campaign. Owner Frank Kuhn stated his cashiers were given an incentive by Frank of an electronic's store gift card for selling the most paper Toys For Tots trains. Brittany Redmond sold the most trains, 307. Frank Kuhn added that his father, Joe Kuhn of Tamaqua, served in the Marine Corps, and was, "tough as nails and had a heart of gold." Mallard's Market has been a yearly supporter of Toys For Tots and other veterans programs since it opened ten years ago.

A quick snowfall

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A PennDOT truck pushes ice and snow off SR309 in Tamaqua. PennDOT and municipal workers were kept busy yesterday into today as a mixed combination of both snow, sleet and ice made for dangerous conditions.

Franklin Township adopts 2013 budget with no tax increase

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Franklin Township supervisors recently adopted the 2013 budget with no tax increase.

The tax rate for general purposes will remain at 6.3 mills or 63 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation. A home valued at $80,000 will continue to pay $504 in real estate taxes to the township.

There will also not be any increase in garbage fees. Annual garbage collection costs will continue to be $225 per household and $160 for seniors or seasonals. If paid by Feb. 28, 2013, residents will see discounts of $215 for regular customers and $150 for seniors and seasonals.

CCTI yearbook staff awarded top prize

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Members of the Carbon Career & Technical Institute's graphic design class and yearbook committee hold the plaque naming the 2011-2012 yearbook the Grand Prize Best Overall Yearbook nationally. Members of the class are front row, from left, Mary Sykes; Sandra Smith; Crystal Cisterna; Trese Merkel, 2012 CCTI graduate and the designer of the 2011-2012 yearbook design "A Piece of The Puzzle;" Angel Nothstein; Krystal Dunlap; and Brittany Clouse. Back row, Zachary Card, Damion Mitchell, Dylan Conti, Travis Hardy, Zachary Carr, and Steven Rodriguez.
Members of the Carbon Career & Technical Institute's graphic design class and yearbook committee hold the plaque naming the 2011-2012 yearbook the Grand Prize Best Overall Yearbook nationally. Members of the class are front row, from left, Mary Sykes; Sandra Smith; Crystal Cisterna; Trese Merkel, 2012 CCTI graduate and the designer of the 2011-2012 yearbook design "A Piece of The Puzzle;" Angel Nothstein; Krystal Dunlap; and Brittany Clouse. Back row, Zachary Card, Damion Mitchell, Dylan Conti, Travis Hardy, Zachary Carr, and Steven Rodriguez.

Carbon Career & Technical Institute is top notch when it comes to its yearbook staff.

Recently, the school's 2011-2012 yearbook was awarded the top prize, Grand Prize Best Overall Yearbook, in Entourage Publishing's Third Annual National Yearbook Competition.

The yearbook's theme, "A Piece of The Puzzle," was the top yearbook published by Entourage in 2012.

A Christmas Carol performed in Tuscarora

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Pictured are Bob Cratchit, played by William Heitmann, and Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Brian Cassell.
Pictured are Bob Cratchit, played by William Heitmann, and Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Brian Cassell.

Sherkness continues Marian tradition

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Sherkness continues Marian tradition
Copyright 2012

Steeped in tradition, the Marian volleyball program has become a fertile breeding ground for great players.

The program has produced the top volleyball player in the TIMES NEWS area in each of the last 19 years, and it will no doubt field several top-level players in the years to come.

However, it could be a while before it sees another one the caliber of Marykate Sherkness.

Not only has Sherkness started all four years of her high school career at outside hitter, but the 5-10 Tresckow resident has raised the bar for the Fillies' entire volleyball program.

Neighbor is cited in Schuylkill County

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Joshua Stock of Schuylkill Haven was arrested by state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks at 1 p.m. Dec. 24 following a neighborhood dispute.

Police said he was cited with simple trespass after entering property of a neighbor, David Frey Jr., 1936 Fair Road, Wayne Township. Police said Stock entered the property, which had no trespassing signs posted on it, and engaged in a course of conduct that was intended to be intimidating to terrorize the neighbor.

TAADCC residents visited by Santa

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Residents and staff of the Tamaqua Area Adult Day CareCenter were visited by St. Nick recently as part of their annual Christmas party. Residents were also treated to candy, snacks and a number of otherholiday activities. Residents pictured with Santa from left are Catherine Eva, a Tamaqua native; Mary Rigotti, a Tamaqua native; and Anna Ritsick, a Still Creek native.

Palmerton Area Historical Society holds Christmas banquet

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Kathy Long shows the book she read to the people at the banquet after she finished her program. She is talking to Janine Carazo about it.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Kathy Long shows the book she read to the people at the banquet after she finished her program. She is talking to Janine Carazo about it.

Jane Borbe, president of the Palmerton Area Historical Society, thanked people for coming to the annual Christmas banquet at Blue Ridge Country Club on Dec. 10. She said it had been a busy year with the society helping celebrate the centennial of the incorporation of Palmerton borough

The Little White Church held a patriotic ecumenical service. The tree was decorated in red, white and blue.

The sermon was on the subject of hope with the Rev. Frey singing and playing the guitar.

PHEAA advises awareness of student scholarship scams

Thursday, December 27, 2012

As the student financial aid application season is rapidly approaching, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is reminding students and families that they may be contacted by individuals or companies, via emails, social media or traditional mail, offering assistance for securing money for their college-bound student's education.

For a fee, they may offer help in securing scholarship money.

Some of these organizations are legitimate while others are not.

Carbon County is recognized as a 'Groundwater Guardian'

Thursday, December 27, 2012

This is the 13th year the local county has received achievement

Carbon County has been named a 2012 Groundwater Guardian Community by The Groundwater Foundation of Lincoln, Neb. in recognition of its efforts to protect local groundwater supplies.

Groundwater Guardian is a program of The Groundwater Foundation which encourages and recognizes local groundwater protection and education activities. Groundwater Guardians form teams of local stakeholders that implement activities to address local groundwater concerns and issues.

Carbon County has been designated as a Groundwater Guardian for 13 years.

Woman trapped in vehicle

Thursday, December 27, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

East Penn Township firefighters work to extricate a female motorist trapped in her vehicle after losing control on a snow-covered SR895. The crash occurred just after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection with Lauchnor Road. The sport utility vehicle was hanging off the berm of the roadway when rescue workers arrived on scene. Emergency personnel managed to free the driver without injury. East Penn Township police are investigating the accident.

OLOAA names November Students of the Month

Thursday, December 27, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy are from left, first row, Elijah Feisel, Connor Penberth, Ryli McGorry and Chad Eschbach. Second row, Ethan Chuma, Emilia Tenisci, Maxwell Vermillion, Brayden Webb and Nicholas Maruschak.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy are from left, first row, Elijah Feisel, Connor Penberth, Ryli McGorry and Chad Eschbach. Second row, Ethan Chuma, Emilia Tenisci, Maxwell Vermillion, Brayden Webb and Nicholas Maruschak.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, were recently named Students of the Month for November for the 2012-2013 school year. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of citizenship.

The following are quotes from each student.

Kindergarten: Connor E. Penberth: "I was chosen for Student of the Month because I do things right the first time."

Grade 1: Elijah Feisel: "I was chosen for Student of the Month because I was being nice and using my manners."

Car catches fire in Lansford

Thursday, December 27, 2012
SAMANTHA YASSON/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SAMANTHA YASSON/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A motor vehicle caught fire on Edgemont Road near the Edgemont Lodge in Lansford around 6:52 p.m. Wednesday. The engine caught fire and spread to the rest of the vehicle. No injuries were reported and no other information was available at presstime