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November 2013

Numerous incidents reported in Mahoning

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Several incidents were reported by Mahoning Township Police.

On Feb. 16, at 3 a.m., police said they observed a vehicle traveling 35 mph in a posted 55 mph zone. In addition it allegedly swerved over the center line, and the shoulder of the road. The driver Candace Lloyd, 37, of Nescopeck was found to be under the influence of a drug, police said. A blood test showed the presence of Alprazolam (Xanax). As a result Candace has been charged with two counts of DUI, driving on roadways laned for traffic, and minimum speed regulations. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15.

PSU looks to end season on positive note

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Nittany Lions look to end their season on a good note this week as they travel to Camp Randall Stadium to take on the 14th ranked Wisconsin Badgers (3:30 ET, ESPN).

Unfortunately, for Penn State (6-5, 3-4 BIG 10) Wisconsin is really good and besides Ohio State it's probably the toughest team on their schedule. The Badgers (9-2, 6-1 BIG 10) present a lot of challenges for a Nittany Lions defense that has struggled a ton this season.

772-pound bear heaviest of two-day total of 2,044

Saturday, November 30, 2013

A male bear with an estimated live weight of 772 pounds is the heaviest of the 2,044 bears taken by Pennsylvania hunters after the first two days of the four-day statewide firearms season. Pennsylvania Game Commission officials will release the final totals for the season later, as well as the number taken during the five-day archery and other early seasons.

Over the first two days of the season, bears were taken in 51 counties. Tioga County produced the most bears with 154.

New Tamaqua pastor felt calling at early age

Saturday, November 30, 2013
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Darryl Kensinger is the new pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Darryl Kensinger is the new pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua

Four decades ago, Darryl Kensinger pulled up a chair at the family table and bent his head for the blessing, which was a family tradition. As he listened to the familiar words, he started thinking about their true meaning.

It was an evening in August. He was 12.

"I remember clearly the moment I felt the calling, and I immediately told my parents that I wanted to preach," said Darryl Kensinger, who is the new pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua. "It led to a family discussion on the meaning of words and the importance of prayer."

Reward offered over copper theft

Saturday, November 30, 2013

On October 29, Moyer Well Drilling of Gilberts Hill Road, Mahoning Township, reported a burglary.

Township police said a lock had been cut off a rear door. The firm told police a half roll of copper wiring valued at $500 had been stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mahoning Township Police at 570-386-2241.

Family loses cat in Parryville fire

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Family loses cat in Parryville fire
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A Parrryville family is being helped by the Red Cross after a fire damaged their home at 326 N. Fireline Road, Parryville. The fire broke out about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

James Brown Jr., lieutenant with the Parryville Fire Company, said Gary Conklin, his wife, Mindy; and two children are mourning the loss of a pet cat, which perished in the fire. Brown said one of their pets did survive, but he didn't have any information about the pet which was rescued.

The beauty of the county seat

Saturday, November 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Some of the most prominent landmarks of the town of Jim Thorpe are seen in this photo. St. Marks Episcopal Church, the Carbon County Courthouse, and the Asa and Harry Packer Mansions.

Thanks-mas

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I'm writing this before Thanksgiving. So my head is still swimming with lists of things to do, items to not forget on my next (hopefully last) trip to the grocery store, trying to figure out what time I should start the turkey and wondering if one bottle of wine will be enough ... for me ... to get through hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house.

I, for one, will not venture out on Thanksgiving to shop. Thanksgiving is a day that should be totally devoted to family and giving thanks for all our blessings.

Outgoing Lehighton school director chastises members

Saturday, November 30, 2013
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Dave Krause
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Dave Krause

Lehighton Area School Board Director Dave Krause bid farewell to the school board at the last meeting.

With 112 school board meetings under his belt, he dispensed advice on how he feels the school district can improve.

"Unfortunately, the past two years have been somewhat of a disappointment and a step backwards especially in regards to academics and facilities," Krause said.

Tamaqua teen achieves Eagle Scout

Saturday, November 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Connor Veglia works on a table for his Eagle Scout project.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Connor Veglia works on a table for his Eagle Scout project.

A Tamaqua teen recently completed his Eagle Scout project to earn Eagle Scout status. His project included three separate project sites.

Connor Veglia, 18, has earned 48 merit badges during his active 11-year scouting career. Veglia was nominated and achieved his Order of the Arrow - "Brotherhood and Ordeal" through the Black Rock District, Hawk Mountain.

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.

Carbon break-ins

Friday, November 29, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported on burglaries and other incidents investigated by troopers.

A home at 43 Milton Way, Towamensing Trails, Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, was entered by smashing a bedroom window. Taken was a PlayStation 2. The entry occurred sometime between Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 24. The home is owned by Frank Picconi, of Vineland, N.J.

Theft of computer being probed

Friday, November 29, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating the theft of a computer from a Schuylkill County business.

Troopers said the incident occurred at the Rent A Center store located at 1544 SR61, in North Manheim Township. Troopers said a male and female were observed entering the store about 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, and walking around the store near the computers.

One of the suspects removed an Asus 10.1 computer tablet and fled the store. The computer is valued at $427. The investigation into the theft is continuing.

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, November 29, 2013

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Borough of Beaver Meadows to Karen Snisky, 92 Berwick St. rear, P.O. Box 42, Beaver Meadows, property on Berwick Street, $13,555.

Bowmanstown

Harriet Von York to Brian D. White, 762 Lincoln Ave., Bowmanstown, property at 762 Lincoln Ave., $75,000.

Franklin Township

Paula K. Sallade to Megan Polak, 75 Pine Ridge Drive, Lehighton, property at 75 Pine Ridge Drive, $67,275.

Jim Thorpe

Lisa K. Rutter to Katerina Deanna Pfister, 25 W. Seventh St., Jim Thorpe, property at 25 W. Seventh St., $120,000.

No Black Friday frenzy here

Friday, November 29, 2013
Kelly Mcintosh, from Bangor, loads up her bags after a shopping trip to Kmart in Walnutport on Black Friday morning. Mcintosh got to the store at around 7 a.m. and said she found some good deals.
Kelly Mcintosh, from Bangor, loads up her bags after a shopping trip to Kmart in Walnutport on Black Friday morning. Mcintosh got to the store at around 7 a.m. and said she found some good deals.

The annual shopping expedition isn't what it used to be

Shoppers at the Walmart in Lehighton found plenty of check-out lanes open and workers ready to help them make their Black Friday purchases this morning.

Kristen Jachowicz of Nesquehoning said that she used to go early for the Black Friday shopping, but has stopped shopping the early morning Black Friday sales ever since the best deals were made available on Thursday.

"I refuse to shop on Thanksgiving," she said. "I won't do it. Ever since they started the Thanksgiving shopping, Black Friday isn't what it used to be."

Selena Hanson did go shopping Thursday night.

Locals compete in All-Star game

Friday, November 29, 2013
Marian's Lukas Damian recovers key fumble
Marian's Lukas Damian recovers key fumble

Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association Classic ends in 6-6 tie

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - In many ways, the Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association Senior All-Star Classic isn't about who wins and who loses.

Put simply, the game serves as a means for some of Schuylkill County's finest players to suit up one more time with teammates and longtime rivals in a way not possible during the regular season.

It was fitting, then, that the North and South squads played to a 6-6 tie in this year's edition, held at Schuylkill Haven's Rotary Field on Wednesday.

'Knockout'

Friday, November 29, 2013

Street thugs deserve the maximum sentence

"Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members."

On the eve of our Thanksgiving holiday, these are fitting words from Pearl S. Buck, the 20th century author who won a Pulitzer Prize for her classic novel "The Good Earth." The many charity groups and churches offering holiday meals to the needy are a good example of local people reaching out to the "helpless members" around us.

Elks Hoop Shoot second place winners

Friday, November 29, 2013
Elks Hoop Shoot second place winners
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The following individuals were second place winners at the 42nd annual Tamaqua Elks National Hoop Shoot. The competition was held at the Tamaqua Elementary School. The event was run by Vaal E. Kester (Hoop Shoot director). L-R: Carley Krizansky (10-11), Blaise Gigli (8-9), Brayden Knoblauch (12-13), Ian Davis (10-11) Emily Amershek (12-13).

Tamaqua news

Friday, November 29, 2013

Spirit of Christmas

The annual Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival, scheduled for the first full weekend in December, will conclude with the lighting of the community Christmas Tree in Depot Square Park, at the Five Points Intersection. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and will include Christmas carols with the Tamaqua High School Jazz Chorale, words from Mayor Chris Morrison and announcements of the winners of the cookie, tree decorating and gingerbread house competitions.

No injuries in Monroe crash

Friday, November 29, 2013

No one was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred about 11:31 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, along SR209, at Frable Road, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

State police at Fern Ridge said Sammy Jimenez, 45, of Albrightsville, was stopped operating a 2005 Ford Expedition for a vehicle in front of him when Kenneth C. Faso, 50, of Shirley, N.Y., driving a 2002 GMC Envoy, failed to see the stopped vehicle and hit the rear of the Expedition with his Envoy.

Faso had three passengers and Jimenez had one.

Lansford's Kennedy Park Christmas Saturday

Friday, November 29, 2013

Lansford Alive will host its annual Christmas in Kennedy Park Saturday.

The event will begin at 5 p.m., in the park on the west side of town.

Marie Ondrus, a member of Lansford Alive and organizer of the event, explained that the night's festivities will include the traditional the lighting of the evergreens in the park; Christmas performances by the Panther Valley School Band and bell ringers, under the direction of Mark Christ; and Santa Claus making an appearance.

Benefit Saturday for Effort man with cancer

Friday, November 29, 2013

It's a devastating blow to be told you have cancer. After beating it, try to imagine two years later being told you have it again.

Those are the blows that have been dealt to Danny Franks, 38, of Effort.

But through it all, his wife Crystal says Danny is upbeat and determined to lick cancer again.

Mischief incident being probed

Friday, November 29, 2013

State police at Frackville are investigating a criminal mischief incident that occurred along Keim Street in New Ringgold.

Troopers said unknown criminals scratched the driver's side rear quarter panel and driver's side door on a 2000 Toyota Celica while parked at the above location. The victim is Eric J. Zimmerman of Orwigsburg.

The incident occurred sometime between 1-9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at 570-874-5300.

PVMS student wins local Lions International Peace Poster Contest

Friday, November 29, 2013

Adriana LeBar, a seventh-grade student at the Pleasant Valley Middle School, won the local level of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest competition sponsored by the Western Pocono Lions Club.

Adriana's poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 26th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize peace to young people everywhere.

Palmerton Police Log

Friday, November 29, 2013

Retail theft

Michael Burkert Jr., 18, of 869 W. Edgemont Ave., Palmerton, was cited for retail theft, and careless driving. The violation occurred on Nov. 8 at 5:42 p.m. in the 500 block of Delaware Avenue.

Traffic violation

Donna Gerger, 58, of 129 Alum St., Lehighton, was cited for stop signs and yield signs. The violation occurred on Nov. 10 at 8:55 p.m. at Mauch Chunk Road and Franklin Avenue.

Economy

Friday, November 29, 2013

Consumers in sour mood with all the uncertainty

A report issued earlier this week on consumer confidence was not good news for an administration already beleaguered by the Affordable Care Act.

The grim outlook reaches many segments of the economy. Back in September, ShopperTrak, a store traffic measurement firm predicted this year would be the weakest shopping season since 2009. A recent Gallup poll showed consumers plan to spend an average of $704 this year on gifts compared to $786 last year.

Tamaqua arrest

Friday, November 29, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Patrolman Tom Rodgers assists Duane Roy Allen, 25, of 118 N. Railroad St., from the police cruiser after Allen was caught this morning going through vehicles in the Lafayette/Catawissa Street area of the borough. Police were dispatched to the area after a resident called around 4 a.m. to report suspicious activity. Allen was wanted on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation and was lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville. Police ask anyone who may be missing items from their vehicles, no matter how small the item, to contact them at 570-668-5000.

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.

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:

Snapshots from war dog video

Friday, November 29, 2013

"How do you thank somebody that saved your life? My dog would not let me pass him and I found a booby trap. He saved 10 people," said Brian Taras at the Palmerton Historical Society as he talked about his war dog handling experience in the Vietnam War. His dog was named Gretel.

He shared many interesting facts about war dogs, such as:

Ÿ 263 handlers and 500 dogs died. The North Vietnamese put out a reward either for the handler's insignia or the dog's tattooed ear.

Ÿ One dog refused to eat from his dish and insisted his food be put in his handler's helmet.