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December 2012

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, December 27, 2012

December 27, 1989 Tom Rosahac scores 20 of his game-high 36 points in the first half to help Panther Valley build a sizeable lead before hanging on to post a 77-67 win over Blue Mountain. Rosahac, who adds seven rebounds, nets points 10 during a 13-1 run to end the second quarter. The Panthers, coached by Ken Kline, also receive 22 points from Matt Ligenza while Mark Paluck contributes eight points and five boards.

We had it all – snow sleet, freezing rain

Thursday, December 27, 2012

People who wished for a white Christmas got a double blast of Jack Frost this week.

As children woke up to see if Santa Claus visited their home Tuesday morning, parents were waking up to a few inches of fresh powder on the ground that they had to shovel.

But Monday night's storm was only the beginning of the wild winter weather yet to come.

That storm was followed by a mess of winter weather yesterday, as Winter Storm Euclid spun through the Midwest and Northeast, dropping a sloppy mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain as it passed.

Making a snow angel

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ron gower/times news
ron gower/times news

Having fun in the snow yesterday afternoon before it turned to sleet and freezing rain is Tyler Black, 7, of Lake Hauto. For a few hours yesterday, the snow provided an opportunity for sleigh riding and other fun activities. Then it turned into freezing rain and sleet, ruining the fun.

Pool Pals, Lioness/Lions Club combine for community caroling

Thursday, December 27, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Two Lehighton organizations combined to brighten the Christmas holidays by singing Christmas carols.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Two Lehighton organizations combined to brighten the Christmas holidays by singing Christmas carols.

Two organizations combined in Lehighton and traveled throughout the community for Christmas caroling.

Lehighton Pool Pals and the Lehighton Area Lioness/Lions Club visited such locations as the Lehighton Hi Rise, the Lehighton American Legion Post, and various homes of individuals.

At the hi-rise, several residents joined the approximately 20 club members in the singing.

The evening for thePool Pals began with their scheduled monthly meeting.

President Mark Hoffman cut the session short, though, so the caroling could commence.

Polar Express comes to Coaldale Head Start

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS PathStone's Head Start Program hosted a Polar Express for it's children recently. The event consisted of a pajama party, polar express activities, surprise visit by Santa and holiday snacks. Head Start students, wearing pajamas, watch a holiday movie in the gymnasium.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS PathStone's Head Start Program hosted a Polar Express for it's children recently. The event consisted of a pajama party, polar express activities, surprise visit by Santa and holiday snacks. Head Start students, wearing pajamas, watch a holiday movie in the gymnasium.

Getting into 'The Hobbit'

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Despite its title, there's not too much that's unexpected in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

There are goblins, wizards, trolls, rock monsters and, of course, dwarfs.

This should please fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973) novels, on which "The Hobbit" is based, as it did my son, Elias, who accompanied me to a 3D screening of "Unexpected Journey."

It was the second time Elias saw "The Hobbit" movie. The first time he saw it was in the regular format. Elias said the 3D version enhanced some scenes, but it's not necessary to see "The Hobbit" in 3D.

SHCIO donates $47,000 to SH organizations

Thursday, December 27, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:SHCIO donates to organizations Michele Toniatti, center, treasurer of the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization (SHCIO), presents check totaling $40,000 to Larry Black, president and captain of the Diligence Fire Company of Summit Hill. Looking on are fire company members, from left, Dave Sommers, chief engineer; Ed Nunemacher, vice president; Len Ogozalek, assistant chief; Sherri Buzik, company secretary; and John C. Poko, captain. SHCIO donated a total of $47,000 to three organizations.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:SHCIO donates to organizations Michele Toniatti, center, treasurer of the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization (SHCIO), presents check totaling $40,000 to Larry Black, president and captain of the Diligence Fire Company of Summit Hill. Looking on are fire company members, from left, Dave Sommers, chief engineer; Ed Nunemacher, vice president; Len Ogozalek, assistant chief; Sherri Buzik, company secretary; and John C. Poko, captain. SHCIO donated a total of $47,000 to three organizations.

Fire department is biggest benefactor of the group

Santa Claus came in the form of SHCIO to three organizations in Summit Hill.

SHCIO – the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization – donated a collective total of $47,000 to the three groups.

The Diligence Fire Company was given $40,000 toward the truck fund.

The Summit Hill Historical Society received a $5,000 check.

The Summit Hill Heritage Center got $2,000.

'The Not-So-Silent Night'

Thursday, December 27, 2012
The Sunday School class of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church performed "The Not-So-Silent Night" in front of family, friends and the church congregation during the annual Christmas pageant.
The Sunday School class of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church performed "The Not-So-Silent Night" in front of family, friends and the church congregation during the annual Christmas pageant.

St. Paul's Sunday School welcomes in Christmas with pageant

Sunday School students of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Summit Hill presented their annual Christmas Pageant titled "The Not-So-Silent Night" on Sunday.

The play was a light-hearted and modern-day twist on the birth of Jesus. The setting was a courtroom where shepherds Abel, Seth and Josiah, played by Ian Mertz, Alexis Berger and Stephen Hood, were charged with disturbing the peace after becoming excited over the birth of baby Jesus.

Driver taken to hospital following accident

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

A driver was taken to the hospital after rear ending another vehicle at the intersection of Second Street and Water Street in Coaldale around 10:45 a.m. yesterday. The other driver was not injured. No more information was available as of press time today.

Layers of ice and snow

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

Christopher Miller of Tamaqua shovels layers of ice and snow in front of the Majestic House on Broad Street in Tamaqua.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.