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December 2012

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.