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December 2012

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.

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.

A Christmas Carol performed in Tuscarora

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Local talent and volunteers with the Strawberry Playhouse in Tuscarora performed their rendition of A Christmas Carol over the weekend The performance is a holiday tradition for the volunteers. Pictured from left are Bob Cratchit, played by William Heitmann; Tiny Tim Cratchit, played by Austin Hydock; and Belinda Cratchit, played by Amelia Cassell.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Local talent and volunteers with the Strawberry Playhouse in Tuscarora performed their rendition of A Christmas Carol over the weekend The performance is a holiday tradition for the volunteers. Pictured from left are Bob Cratchit, played by William Heitmann; Tiny Tim Cratchit, played by Austin Hydock; and Belinda Cratchit, played by Amelia Cassell.

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.

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.

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.