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October 2013

Scattering rubbish incident probed

Thursday, October 31, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a scattering of rubbish incident at a Schuylkill County location.

Troopers said several unknown actors were observed illegally dumping and burning miscellaneous items on private land east of the Burma Road, in East Norwegian Township. The incident occurred about 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

One of the actors fled in a red Dodge Ram truck from behind Matto's Cycle's. Troopers said witnesses provided leads on identifying the individuals and the investigation is ongoing.

Monroe driver facing DUI charge

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence following an incident that occurred about 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, along SR209 near Frable Road, in Chestnuthill Township.

State police at Fern Ridge said Kevin O'Shea, 45, of Sciota, was stopped driving a 2005 Buick Century for an equipment violation. He was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance, troopers said, and was placed under arrest. Charges will be filed, troopers added.

McCann Career Day

Thursday, October 31, 2013
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SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

McCann School of Business held its Fourth Annual High School Career Day on Oct. 4, hosting almost 200 students from local schools, including Blue Mountain, Mahanoy Area, Minersville, North Schuylkill, Schuylkill Technology Center and Tamaqua.

Memorial fund set up for Midas family

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A memorial fund has been established at the Jim Thorpe National Bank for the Midas family, who lost their son, husband and father, David Midas, last weekend.

Donations can be made by visiting the Jim Thorpe National Bank, Jim Thorpe branch; or by stopping in the Carbon County sheriff's office, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Rehearsals begin for concert in park

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It's time to tune up the band in Palmerton.

That would be the "Holiday Homecoming Chorus," which plans to provide a Christmas concert and caroling for the Christmas in the Park Festival to be held Saturday, Dec. 7, in the borough park.

The group's first rehearsal will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at First United Church of Christ, 457 Delaware Ave.

Richard Nothstein, church member, said there will be four rehearsals held in preparation for the festival.

Rehearsals usually last about one-and-a-half hours, Nothstein said.

'Food Frenzy' to serve 20,000 needy

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A local organization's goal to raise funds for 20,000 meals for needy Carbon County children, seniors and adults is nearly halfway complete.

Members of the Thrivent Financial board of directors are leading the charge, working with area businesses, churches and residents to finance a "food packing frenzy" that will take place on Nov. 24. The frenzy will be hosted by End Hunger NE, a subsidiary of Outreach, Inc.

"To meet our goal, we need to raise around $5,900," said Al Sellers, president of the Thrivent Financial board in Carbon County.

The pinch is on to feed families

Thursday, October 31, 2013
File photo Food stamps won't go as far with cuts to the program.
File photo Food stamps won't go as far with cuts to the program.

Area food pantries brace for impact as food stamp allocations drop

Local food pantries, already struggling to keep up with increasing need, are bracing for more requests for help as monthly food stamp allocations drop Friday.

The reduction comes about as the 2009 federal economic stimulus package that increased food stamp allocations ends, dropping SNAP allocations by a total of $5 billion next year.

The package, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, had increased monthly allotments for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, or SNAP, by an average of 13.6 percent about $80 a month for a family of four.

Bears advance to title game

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Bears advance to title game
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Pleasant Valley came into Wednesday's District 11 Class AAA field hockey semifinal riding a smothering defense and the outstanding goalie play of Rachel Wild.

The Bears, who had posted 11 shutouts on the season, got another outstanding defensive performance to defeat Northampton, 2-1.

"Our game plan tonight was to play solid defense because defense wins games," said Pleasant Valley coach Jess Frantz.

Actually both defenses dominated the opening half which was very even in terms of momentum and statistics.

Carbon County property transfers

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Deeds recorded

Franklin Township

Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company to Service Construction Co., Inc., 701 Bridge St., Lehighton, property at 118 Franklin Road, $30,000.

Jim Thorpe

Stephen S. Davis to Gregory L. Cain, Garnet Valley, Pa., property on West Broadway, $109,000.

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Louis Rorrer, 3424 Main St., Slatington, property at 89 E. Third St., $13,000.

Jacob B. Arner to Jake Arner Farms, LLC, P.O. Box 600, Lehighton, parcel No. 83A1-19-E2, $1.

Kidder Township

Woman facing trespass charges

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Schuylkill County woman is facing a charge of criminal trespass following an incident that occurred on Aug. 13, about 6:15 p.m., and reported this week by state police at Frackville.

Troopers said at the time and date stated the husband of Sheri Boyer, 41, of Ringtown, went to farm property they own at 103 Aristes Road, in Union Township, to tend to farm animals.

Upon arrival he discovered an adult female and a juvenile female well inside the gated boundary of the property, rooting through items in a tool shed.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Panther Valley

Preschool story hour

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, offers a free, preschool story hour from 9:30-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday.

Stories, snacks and activities are provided for the children.

Summit Hill

Clean-up at St. Paul's

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 123 W. White St., Summit Hill, will hold a church clean-up day beginning at 9 a.m Saturday. Help is needed raking leaves, cleaning gutters and cleaning the interior of the church. Volunteers are greatly appreciated.

SHCIO to meet

Local realtors help spruce up homes to help local community

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Chad Fritzinger installs a towel rack for a client of Peaceful Knights during National Assocation of Realtors in the Community program.
Chad Fritzinger installs a towel rack for a client of Peaceful Knights during National Assocation of Realtors in the Community program.

During October, the National Association of Realtors and the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors encourages local realtors to step out into their community to support a worthwhile cause.

They found their calling by helping clients of Peaceful Knights spruce up their apartments.

Peaceful Knights is a non profit corporation that helps adult men and women who are from Carbon County or live in Carbon who need temporary safe shelter and access to local organizations that provide assistance.

Carving pumpkins at Polk

Thursday, October 31, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Neal family, Saylorsburg enjoyed their time at the Polk

Elementary Family Night carving pumpkins. From left, Aaron,

Brandon, Heather and Evan work on creating an Iron Man face and a Jack O' Lantern face, as baby Chase sleeps through the event.

Chamber hosts update on former NJZ property

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Want to learn more about the status of the new development of the former New Jersey Zinc Company's West Plant?

George Petrole, chief operating officer for Northface Development LLC, Lehighton will present an update at a mixer sponsored by the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the West End Saloon in Palmerton.

Based on plans shared with the public over three years ago, Petrole plans to develop the site at 1120 Mauch Chunk Road into a 100-acre-plus sustainable high tech office park that could create thousands of jobs.

Tribe's Clements making an impact

Thursday, October 31, 2013

If you pull out your Webster's Dictionary or in today's more modern age go to www.dictionary.com and look up the word riot, you will find an array of different definitions.

One explanation of the word is to cause wild disorder or confusion. In the right context a riot is also described as a brilliant display. Either way, the word riot is a perfect way to define the play of Lehighton sophomore Wyatt Clements this season.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sorority news

The Preceptor Alpha Upsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority met at the home of Cathy Santee, where a program was presented by Eric Yutko. His topic was "Local Legends, Haunts and Spooks of Schuylkill County.

Members also attended a Preferential Tea at Chef Allen's in West Reading on Oct. 20, sponsored by the Reading sorority chapters.

New rating system not kind to Thorpe

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It seems like only yesterday that the high school football season was kicking off. Nine area teams entered the season with high hopes and playoff dreams.

But the warm Friday night's of early September have given way to the brisk autumn evenings as the calendar prepares to turn to November.

Six area teams still have their playoff dreams intact as we brace for the final weekend of the regular season. This week, OVERTIME will examine how the year-old District 11 power rating system is impacting one area team's bid for a district playoff berth.

DA and sheriff races top ballot

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The spotlight for the Municipal General Election to be held next Tuesday in Schuylkill County centers on the contests for sheriff and district attorney. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Sheriff Joseph M. Groody, Democrat, is seeking re-election to his second full term and is opposed by Patrick M. Reynolds, Republican, a former military police officer with the U.S. Army, who is making his first political bid for an elected office.

'Redneck Birthday Party' is coming to Summit Hill

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show will be held at the Parkview Inn in Summit Hill on Nov. 2.
The "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show will be held at the Parkview Inn in Summit Hill on Nov. 2.

The Parkview Inn, 204 W. Ludlow St., Summit ill will host a "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The show is a White Rose Production.

This is the last in the series of White Rose Productions.

The show and party has some great down home "fixings", hilarity and some mystery.

The Melonjuice twins, Bobby Jo Bobby and Jo Bobby Jo are throwing a surprise birthday party that will be charged with excitement. When a past redneck lover returns, the party gets hectic.

Carbon veterans service Saturday

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Details finalized for Lehighton parade Nov. 10, wills available for veterans

Perhaps there's no greater way to express our love of our country then to display our public spirit.

To that end, the Carbon County Veterans Council will hold a "Show of Patriotism" rally from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Palmerton Veterans Memorial, Palmerton Town Green, Delaware Avenue.

All veterans are welcome to attend. Those who do are urged to wear their uniform, hat, and bring a flag.

Henry Desrosiers, director of Carbon County Veterans Affairs, said the purpose behind the rally is two-fold.

Walnutport man gets jail time in JT shooting

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Walnutport man, who previously pleaded guilty to a count of simple assault in a shooting incident in Jim Thorpe, was sentenced Tuesday in Carbon County court to a prison term.

Thomas Henry Smith, 55, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve four to eight months in the county prison.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October 30, 1992 Lamont Hibbler catches a pair of touchdown passes and also runs for a score to help Lehighton gain a 30-6 Centennial League win over Pocono Mountain. Hibbler snares 31 and 38-yard tosses from Carl Wolter and also reaches the end zone on a 29-yard run. The Indians, coached by Dave Parsons, also receive 185 yards rushing and a touchdown from Terry Blair. The score comes on a 77-yard scamper. Dave Hartranft contributes to the victory with 92 yards rushing.

Council discusses issues with ordinance enforcement

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Some sentiments expressed at this month's Bowmanstown Borough Council meeting on Oct. 1 were mentioned again last night at its Planning Commission meeting.

The discussion began during the portion of the meeting when members review the most-recent borough council meeting minutes. Vice Chairman Rob Moyer pointed out that they should further discuss some comments under point two of the law section.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Masses announced

Our Lady Queen of Peace has announced the upcoming Mass schedule for All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation, for 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31 and at 8 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, All Souls' Day (Memorial Mass). On Saturday, Nov. 2, Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m.

Celebrating Halloween

Effort United Methodist Church Pre-School will host a Halloween parade and party Thursday.

Special visitor

Lehighton news

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lehighton Bible Church news

Lehighton Bible Church, Jamestown and Center streets will hold game night at the church at 6 p.m. Saturday Nov. 9. There will be fun and fellowship for adults and youth.

There will be a special guest speaker Cowboy Lee Homoki at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.

Thanksgiving Eve services with fellowship and refreshments will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Ladies Night Out will be held on Friday Dec. 6. at the Old Time Christmas in Jim Thorpe.

Need mule sighting

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Someone with a sense of humor who is willing to wear a mule costume at the marathon finish line on Sunday is needed. Hours are approximately 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The location of duties is at Lehigh Gap in Slatington.

For additional information, contact Elissa M. Garofalo, president of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc., 2750 Hugh Moore Park Road, Easton, at elissa@delawareandlehigh.org or call 610-923-3548.

Man sentenced in Walmart robbery

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

DA says man used displayed paint ball gun made living being a thief

A Philadelphia man, who was found guilty by a Carbon County jury in a paint ball incident during a robbery at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township, was sentenced to a long state prison term Tuesday.

Jamal Mitchell, 32, was sentenced to a total term of 48 to 96 months in a state correctional institution on charges of retail theft, criiminal conspiracy-to commit robbery in the third degree, and recklessly endangering another person.

Lehighton arrest

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lehighton police reported the arrest of Shawn P. Horn, 40, of 259 N. Third St., Lehighton, for harassment.

He was cited for an incident on Oct. 11, about 7:30 a.m. at his residence. It is alleged that he was involved in a physical incident with a 12-year-old male, police said.

Teen cited for harassment

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A 17-year-old male teen has been cited for harassment for an incident at the Pleasant Valley High School in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

State police at Fern Ridge said the teen, from Albrightsville, kicked a 14-year-old male in the stomach, and elbowed a 15-year-old male in the face. Both victims are from Effort.

The incident occurred on Oct. 26 about 9:50 p.m.

A trip to the liquor cabinet

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Sautéed Mushrooms served over grilled London broil.
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Sautéed Mushrooms served over grilled London broil.

I can't take one ounce of credit for this recipe; it is all my husband's. What I can do, is attest to how delicious it is.

While I don't remember all the details of how he came up with this recipe or why, I do recall that he used Tawny Port wine when he created it. We had two bottles, which my uncle had given us over the past two Christmases.

Man gets jail time for stealing $64K as treasurer of Lehigh Fire Co.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A man who stole over $64,000 from a county fire company, was sentenced to serve a county jail term on Tuesday and make restitution of the funds taken.

Robert Lee Neff, 50, of Coaldale, and formerly of Summit Hill, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve seven to 14 months in the county jail and to make restitution of $64,069.47 to the Lehigh Fire Company No. 1 of Lehighton. Neff previously pleaded guilty to a felony count of theft by deception.