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November 2013

Be wary of drillingon Broad Mountain

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Editor:

I had the opportunity to take a driving tour of Game Lands 141 on the Broad Mountain. Very nice and very informative. Since the tour however, a lot of questions are stirring in my head.

The bridges they put in are great. Their construction is suitable for Patton to cross with an army of tanks.

Routines

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Life can be wonderful and exciting. It can also be boring and dull. But, even boring and dull days can be very comforting.

Some folks laugh at senior citizens who follow a set routine. The young'uns chuckle at the "early bird specials" in restaurants. They chortle at the "early-to-bed, early-to-rise" sleep habits. They poke fun at the shuffleboard games, the low-impact exercises, and the bathroom habits of their elderly relatives.

Our early history

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Behind the Blue Mountain: Tales from Upper Northampton County, PA during the 18th Century by Harrison N. Hoppes tells the story of the early days of Carbon County based on original sources.
Behind the Blue Mountain: Tales from Upper Northampton County, PA during the 18th Century by Harrison N. Hoppes tells the story of the early days of Carbon County based on original sources.

Lehighton native pens book 'Behind the Blue Mountain'

Harrison Hoppes is back. The former 1953 Lehighton High School senior class president and valedictorian has retired to his boyhood hometown of Lehighton.

During his career, Hoppes chalked up degrees in engineering, management and a doctorate in business administration, and attained positions of chairman, corporate vice president, and director of operations in a variety of high tech companies.

Snow days

Saturday, November 30, 2013

As I write this week's column the list of schools that have canceled or are operating on a two-hour delay are scrolling across the bottom of the TV screen.

A light dusting covers the ground and there is a mixture of rain, sleet and freezing rain slated for later in the day.

Winter begins.

Unofficially of course, but with the frigid temperatures and chilly precipitation, it's here.

The evils of the 'knockout game'

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Editor,

Concerning the sadistic"knockout game," only an insecure punk would partake of such cowardice action. They think they're cool, and a real tuffie, but the opposite is true.

Wait until one of them morons cold cock an armed second amendment advocate, we'll see who gets up off the ground.

Is the knockout game a hate crime? I'd say 'yes.' Only God haters would do such mischief. Let the tv babysit the youth, and have violent games teach them, and the streets empower them, and this kind of evil hybrid will continue to replicate.

Charged with DUI by Mahoning police

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Jeremiah David Victor Jackson, 33 of Philadelphia was stopped on Oct. 5 by Mahoning Township police for alleged careless driving on SR443.

Police said Jackson repeatedly drove off the road, and did not have his lights on after sunset.

Police also said a blood test showed a BAC of .127 percent.

Jackson has been charged with two counts of DUI, careless driving, driving on right side of roadway, and period for required lighted lamps.

Mouse in your house?

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The State Game Commission (Wildlife Management Agency) says the most inexpensive and effective way to get rid of a mouse problem is to set traps. Available at most hardware stores and feed mills, mouse traps should be baited with cheese or peanut-butter and placed at locations where mouse droppings or damage have been found. Set more than one trap and move them around until you start catching mice. Don't stop until sightings and damage stop.

Auditions being held for sign language TV Network

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Performers are briefed before the audition for Sign Language Network by talent manager Sheenah Niobe (left).
Performers are briefed before the audition for Sign Language Network by talent manager Sheenah Niobe (left).

Actors, singers and dancers are being auditioned for 200 openings to support a new Lehighton-based Sign Language TV network scheduled for a February 2014 kickoff.

The as yet unnamed channel will provide 24-hour broadcasting on a national basis on both cable television and Internet streaming with sign language support for the deaf on all programming- news, weather, drama, variety and talk shows.

Hunters encouraged to donate deer meat

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The venison will be given to state's food banks

Were's the beef? Or more accurately, where's the meat?

That's a question that few food bank organizers can answer. Although the state's food banks are bolstered by many food donations, the element of a balanced diet that's most often lacking is meat.

Since 1991, hunters have been helping to tip the scales in their favor by participating in the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program (www.sharedeer.org), headquartered in Harrisburg. There are 40 states which take part in the program, and Pennsylvania ranks among the most successful.

Lehighton Elementary schools wrap-up Red Ribbon Week

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Assisting with Red Ribbon Week activities at Mahoning Elementary School are, from left, third-grade students Adrienne Leiby and Katherine Halenar and fourth graders Alyssa Myers and Ty Graver. The Red Ribbon Ambassadors were selected on the basis of "being a good role model."
Assisting with Red Ribbon Week activities at Mahoning Elementary School are, from left, third-grade students Adrienne Leiby and Katherine Halenar and fourth graders Alyssa Myers and Ty Graver. The Red Ribbon Ambassadors were selected on the basis of "being a good role model."

Elementary schools throughout Lehighton Area School District recently celebrated Red Ribbon Week. The weeklong event emphasizes a strong message of anti-drug, anti-alcohol abuse, and anti-bullying.

"This is the second year the elementary schools have participated in this nationwide celebration," said elementary guidance counselor Deb McKain. "This year's theme is 'A Healthy Me is Drug Free.'"

Reader's Turn: Nov. 30

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Ruth Wellington, Andreas: I can understand a store being open a couple of hours in case that was all the time somebody had to shop. But I can't see making employees put in a full shift. Let people be home with their families, that's the most important thing.
Ruth Wellington, Andreas: I can understand a store being open a couple of hours in case that was all the time somebody had to shop. But I can't see making employees put in a full shift. Let people be home with their families, that's the most important thing.

Question: What do you think about stores being open for shoppers on Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving cooking adventures

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. If you braved Black Friday I hope you survived relatively unharmed and with everything you were hoping to find at the malls or stores.

Everyone has their own traditions around the holidays and Thanksgiving is no exception. When I was younger while my grandparents were living, my mother usually cooked on Thanksgiving. Through most of my childhood everyone who was available came to our house for Thanksgiving dinner.

Tamaqua students tops in phone book drive

Friday, November 29, 2013

Three students from the Tamaqua Elementary School took top honors in the 2013 Schuylkill County Phone Book Collection Drive and were honored by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting Wednesday.

Kathlyn Romig, fifth grader, won top honors by collecting 232 phone books and received a check for $150. Two sisters, Brooke and Katryna Williams, both collected 222 books to share second place and each received a check for $113.

Incident at bus stop reported

Friday, November 29, 2013

An incident at a bus stop resulted in charges being filed against one person.

State police at Lehighton said the incident occurred at Broad Moutainview Drive and Primose Lane, in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, about 2:20 p.m. on Wednesda, Nov. 27..

Troopers allege that Billie Ann Monahan, 33, of Jim Thorpe, assaulted Danielle Rodgers, 34, also of Jim Thorpe, by striking, pushing, and otherwise subjecting her to physical contact in a public place.

Monahan will be charged via summons with one count each of summary offenses of harassment and disorderly conduct.

Birth: Brungard

Friday, November 29, 2013
Bryson Nicholas Brungard
Bryson Nicholas Brungard

A son, Bryson Nicholas Brungard, was born at 4:23 a.m. Oct. 3, 2013 at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Susanna Morgan and Nick Brungard of Andreas.

He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Brenda Ritter and Frank Morgan of Lehighton.

Paternal grandmother is Tammy Zangari of Slatington.

Maternal great-grandparents are Barry-Lee and Susan Ahner of Lehighton. Maternal great-great-grandmother is Marian Ahner of Lehighton.

Lehighton Christmas in the Park celebration

Friday, November 29, 2013

Lehighton Downtown Initiative will present a bigger and better "Christmas in the Park," Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

The annual event will be held at the bandshell in the upper park in Lehighton, rain or shine. Santa Claus will arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Paul Smith and the Lehighton Band will provide musical entertainment with favorite Christmas Carols, while Senior Girl Scout Troop 583 will provide hot cocoa.

Tamaqua Middle School honors listed

Friday, November 29, 2013

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the first marking period of the 2013-2014 school year. To be eligible for highest honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93. For High Honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

Students earning highest honors status include:

Arrest made in fire company theft

Friday, November 29, 2013

An arrest has been made in a theft incident at a Schuylkill County fire company.

State police at Frackville said Derek Davidson, 29, of Shenandoah, has been charged with theft and related counts for an incident that occurred at the Continental Fire House in Gilberton, that occurred sometime between Nov. 1 and 5.

Davidson is accused of taking two large bean soup pots and several steel stand/supports from the firehouse.

Thankful for those who protect

Friday, November 29, 2013
The 1951 SWFC marching unit posed in front of the brand new firehouse. The building cost $50,000 including $10,000 for the back bar. Architect Russell Long was paid $10,000, according to company records. The photo was taken by Roy Ackerman of the Tamaqua Evening Courier.
The 1951 SWFC marching unit posed in front of the brand new firehouse. The building cost $50,000 including $10,000 for the back bar. Architect Russell Long was paid $10,000, according to company records. The photo was taken by Roy Ackerman of the Tamaqua Evening Courier.

Tamaqua South Ward Fire Company marks 100 years

At the heart of every community is a group of firefighters.

They serve and protect and give of themselves selflessly.

At this time of Thanksgiving, we express appreciation to first responders and give heartfelt thanks to fearless men and women, those brave-hearted volunteers who take a pledge to protect our lives and property.

At one such firehouse, that pledge is marking a special anniversary.

Exactly 100 years ago, high atop a hill in a local neighborhood, an idea of benevolence took hold among 20 men.

Alcohol suspected in Lehigh crash

Friday, November 29, 2013

Alcohol may have played a role in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 1:03 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, along Holbens Valley Road, in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said James E. Bachman, 42, of New Tripoli, was driving a 1998 Audi A4 eastbound and negotiating a right curve when the car entered the westbound lane. The car traveled about 60 feet east in the westbound lane before re-entering the eastbound lane.

Andrew Atherton becomes Troop 98's newest Eagle

Friday, November 29, 2013
Andrew Atherton and Joseph King joined Scouting the same day and had their Eagle board of review the same evening.
Andrew Atherton and Joseph King joined Scouting the same day and had their Eagle board of review the same evening.

Andrew D. Atherton became Boy Scout Troop 98's 99th Eagle Scout since its inception in 1968At a Court-of-Honor held Saturday at Effort United Methodist Church.

Before the Rev. Robin Fisher gave the invocation she read from the book of Isaiah: "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles."

The announcer for the event was Joseph King, who joined Scouting the same day as Andrew and had his Eagle board of review the same evening.

Weather-related crashes on I-81

Friday, November 29, 2013

State police at Frackville reported investigating three crashes along Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County, two of which were weather-related.

A one-vehicle crash occurred about 9:10 a.m. in Frailey Township. Harold C. Perez-Sueiro, 28, of Carlisle, Cumberland County, was driving a 2001 Volkswagen Pasatt southbound at a speed greater than allowed to keep control while rounding a downhill curve during a snow storm, troopers said. The car left the road and struck a guide rail.

Two citedfor incident at inn

Friday, November 29, 2013

Two Schuylkill County residents were cited following an incident at an inn. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred about 9:53 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Days Inn located in North Manheim Township.

Troopers said Adam Mull, 28, and Ayda Ybarra-Duran, 32, both of Tower City, were involved in a physical altercation. During the course of the altercation Mull grabbed Ybarra-Duran by the throat and put her in a headlock. Ybarra-Duran also punched Mull in the right thigh and scratched his neck.

St. Paul's schedule

Friday, November 29, 2013

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 123 W. White St., Summit Hill announces the following schedule:

On Sunday, Dec. 1, the First Sunday in Advent will be celebrated at the 10:30 a.m. worship service with Vicar David Lembo presiding. The Sunday school students will receive their parts for the upcoming Christmas program at 9 a.m.

A youth activity night will be held at 5 p.m. Contact Donna at 570-645-2953 to register in advance.

Church decoration for the Christmas season will take place immediately following the worship service on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Elks Hoop Shoot first place winners

Friday, November 29, 2013
Elks Hoop Shoot first place winners
Copyright 2013

The Tamaqua Elks held their 42nd annual National Hoop Shoot for boys and girls ages 8-13 years old. The winners of the contest will now advance to districts that will be held at Epiphany School in Sayre on January 25th. The Following were the winners; L-R: Ashley Jones (10-11), Zoe Seltzer (8-9), Brady Sherry (8-9), Derian Stianche (12-13), Luke VanBuskirk (10-11), Emily Titus (12-13).

Student jailed for air gun

Friday, November 29, 2013

Bail set at $100K for JT incident

A Jim Thorpe Area High School student was arrested and jailed Wednesday after authorities learned he had brought a gun to school.

Sabir Duncan Johnson, 18, of Albrightsville, was charged by borough police with a misdemeanor one count of possession of a weapon on school property and misdemeanor three count of persistent disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned before District Judge Edward M. Lewis of Jim Thorpe and committed to the county prison in Nesquehoning after failing to post $100,000 straight cash bail. A preliminary hearing is set for 1:15 p.m. on Dec. 11.

Schuylkill crashes

Friday, November 29, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on the following crashes investigated by troopers on Schuylkill County roadways.

Crashes probed

Friday, November 29, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported on two crashes investigated by troopers.

A one-vehicle crash was reported about 2:52 p.m. on Nov. 22 along White Church Road, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. Troopers said Howard A. Kresge, 82, of Saylorsburg, was driving a 1999 Chrysler Cirrus northbound and attempted to make a right-hand turn at the "T" intersection with Warner Drive, and failed to complete the turn.

His vehicle traveled into a ditch on the southbound side of the road with the front end impacting with the ditch.

Eldred column

Friday, November 29, 2013

Cramer Brothers benefit concert

The Cramer Brothers Band will be giving a free country gospel Christmas Concert at St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1. A free will offering will be taken to benefit the church's building fund. Bring a nonperishable food item for PVEN.

St. Matthew's

Carbon woman charges in Lehigh

Friday, November 29, 2013

A Carbon County woman has been charged for an incident in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Dillion Koch, 24, of Lehighton, has been charged with false reports to law enforcement.

Troopers said on Nov. 21 about 1:20 p.m. Koch reported to troopers that numerous items to include prescription medication were taken from her unlocked vehicle while parked in the 4400 block of S. Cedarbrook Road.

Troopers said video surveillance indicated that Koch's statements were incorrect and that the incident did not occurr. Charges were filed.

BRC Dream Come True

Friday, November 29, 2013

Breakfast with Santa

Blue Ridge Communications will host the fifth annual Breakfast with Santa at Roadie's Restaurant at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, Dec. 8.

There will be two seatings this year. The first will be from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., and the second will run from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The cost for children 12 and under includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, a free gift and a chance to win prizes.

Gratuity is not included in ticket prices, and children 2 and under are free with a paying adult.