Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Five defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas before Carbon Judge Joseph J. Matika on Tuesday.

Raymond John Kratz, 37, of White Haven, pleaded to 2 counts of persistent disorderly conduct. He was arrested on May 14 by state police at Fern Ridge following an incident in the area of 1270 State St. in East Side Borough. Kratz is currently an inmate in the Monroe County prison on a parole violation.

Monday, November 30, 2015

A Weatherly police officer escaped injury during a traffic stop on Nov. 23, but the same can’t be said for his patrol vehicle.

According to a borough police Facebook post, an officer observed a commercial vehicle with several vehicle code violations, including lack of registration and an expired safety inspection.

While conducting the traffic stop in the area of First and Carbon streets, police identified the driver as Donald Braun Jr. of Weatherly.

During the stop the vehicle lost its brakes and rolled backward down First Street, crashing into the police cruiser.

Monday, November 30, 2015
Fred Rentschler stands before the original Rentschler Dealership established in 1973. KELLEY ANDRADE/TIMES NEWS

Rentschler Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram co-owner Frederick Rentschler has been nominated for Time magazine’s Dealer of the Year Award.

The head of the Slatington auto sale and repair dealership will be in a group of only 50 dealers nominated out of the 16,000 from across the country for the 47th annual award to be presented at the 99th annual National Automobile Dealers Association convention will be held in Las Vegas in April.

“I’m the representative for Pennsylvania, so it’s really great. To be the one selected is just terrific,” Rentschler said.

Monday, November 30, 2015
Warren Steigerwalt receives the John J. Dillon award for outstanding service to PASR from Cindy Sabol.

The Carbon County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees recently met at Macaluso’s in Nesquehoning to hold its annual fall general membership meeting.

As part of the program, the chapter honored three of its members for outstanding volunteer contributions during the past year.

Mary Ann Szczecina of Summit Hill received an Honorable Mention award for her volunteer efforts in all five categories of volunteer programs — political, religious, educational, service to youth, and in community and/or social service.

Monday, November 30, 2015
Chris Ondrus, dressed as Santa, awaits with open arms another child for holiday photos. Next to him is Santa’s helper, Janelle Balliet. MIRNA GLEDHILL/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

On Saturday, dozens of locals gathered around the gazebo at Kennedy Park to enjoy Christmas music, hot chocolate, treats, photos with Santa and a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Commissioner William O’Gurek introduced each performer, and commended the volunteers and organizers for their efforts in providing families and locals with wholesome events.

Lansford Alive Events Committee organized the evening with the help of community volunteers, and fundraiser groups such as the Landsford Fire Department.

Monday, November 30, 2015

A financial aid workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Lehighton Area High School cafeteria.

Joe Alaimo, financial aid director from LaSalle University, will be on hand to guide parents/guardians through an important first step in financial planning for college. The workshop will include “What Financial Aid is All About” and a hands-on activity completing the Federal Student Aid Form or FAFSA.

RSVP in the guidance office at 610-377-7600 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. as soon as possible.

Deadline is Dec. 14. Snow make up day will be Dec. 17.

Monday, November 30, 2015

One person was hurt when a car lost its brakes and struck a home in Nesquehoning Saturday afternoon.

A passenger in the vehicle told police that he was on the way to replace the aging brakes in the vehicle, with his 5-year-old daughter in the car, at the time of the crash.

Police said Monday that no one has been cited in connection with the crash.

According to an incident report, Nesquehoning Police were called to West Mill Street and Mermon Avenue in the borough at 1:45 p.m. Saturday for a report of a vehicle in to a house.

Monday, November 30, 2015
Stephen Blasko looks for gifts in the Everything Nice Gift Shop during Shop Small Saturday. KELLEY ANDRADE/TIMES NEWS

Thanksgiving kicked off one of the largest shopping spree-filled weekends of the year.

Store sales, both large and small along with cyber sales, account for a significant piece of retail profit pie.

Thursday started things off with early bird specials. Black Friday sales then took center stage before rolling into the newly dubbed “Shop Small Saturday,” which aims to bring Christmas shoppers home.

Shop Small Saturday is a 5-year-old initiative, sponsored by American Express to get shoppers into their neighborhood stores to help boost the local economy.

Monday, November 30, 2015
Gift of Life volunteer and kidney recipient Mel Talmadge speaks at a program for the Wilkes-Barre Health Department at city hall in June. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The public is invited to a free program called “You’re Never Too Old” including continental breakfast at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Penn-Kidder Senior Center on Route 903 north of Jim Thorpe.

As the holiday season begins, learn about the greatest gift of all through Gift of Life Donor Program. Attendees will be able to explore their potential to save and heal lives through organ and tissue donation regardless of age, according to Gift of Life Regional Community Relations coordinator Susan Koomar.