Sunday, November 29, 2015

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

A state ethics says that supervisor Sharon Solt has no conflict when it comes to voting on the issue of Nestle Waters USA setting up a water extraction in Eldred Township.

Nestle, under the Deer Park label, has been testing a location in Kunkletown for a potential 200,000-gallon-a-day water extraction site. The existence of Nestle in the town has polarized the residents, many of whom fear that the company will exhaust the Chestnut Springs, deplete the underground aquifer and cause their wells to run dry.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Rick Smith displays a pick used to move blocks of ice. ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Rick Smith of Stroudsburg was the speaker at the Nov. 9 meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society. His subject was ice harvesting, mainly in the Poconos. He is an avid collector of the old tools used in the harvests.

He has loaned tools to Lakeville Ice Museum, Lake Wallenpaupack; to Bill Leonard of Tobyhanna, who has a small-scale harvest in January or February depending on the weather; and to Quiet Valley Historical Farm.

Dr. James Kitchen along Route 940 had a small harvest and a great collection of tools. In 1990 he made a video, which was shown at the meeting.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Carbon County woman admitted on Tuesday in the county court to her part in drug-dealing in Weatherly and was sentenced to a county prison term.

She was one of nine defendants in pending drug-related cases to enter a plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Sale to CI

Dakota Syphya Klynowsky, 20, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and driving under the influence.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
The Tamaqua Salvation Army’s Angel Tree is still decorated with more than 100 gift tags. Each tag contains the name and Christmas wishes of a child in need. For more information, or to choose a tag, visit the Salvation Army Community Center, 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, or call 570-668-0410. KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

More than 400 children under the age of 12 in the Eastern Schuylkill and Southwestern Carbon County areas are hoping for a Christmas Angel.

It’s easy to make those wishes come true by participating in the Tamaqua Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

It doesn’t take much to become a Christmas angel — just a little bit of love, understanding and concern for those who are less fortunate in life.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Judy Shartzer and Darlene Smith baste a turkey Thursday at DS Adult Day Services near Tamaqua, where clients enjoyed a holiday lunch with all of the trimmings.

Many older adults face a growing sense of isolation as neighbors move or their living situations change.

Those feelings of isolation can be magnified during the holidays.

Finding a place where they can be with others of the same age can be the answer.

“Adult Day Services centers are professionally staffed, and they follow mandated state regulations,” said Judi Ahram, the Immediate Past President of Pennsylvania Adult Day Services Association,

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The public is invited to a free program called “You’re Never Too Old” including continental breakfast at 10 a.m. on 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.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
When we grow older, we increasingly miss the ones who’ve departed and we tend to spend holiday hours in a cemetery. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

It wasn’t a typical turkey day.

We had finished eating the Thanksgiving meal, except for Mom.

She didn’t take a bite. Her appetite had faded.

I suppose she wasn’t feeling well. But I wasn’t sure. She didn’t say. Actually, Mom never complained about anything, ever.

And for months, her communication had become an issue. She no longer spoke full sentences.

Those changes were hard to deal with, especially because it was Mom and she was so bright.

Mom was a shining star in so many ways. Intelligent, optimistic.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Prescription bottles of various sizes wait to be filled with pocket change and donated to the nonprofit Turn To Us in Jim Thorpe. KELLEY ANDRADE/TIMES NEWS

Blue Mountain Business Connections and Thrivent Financial have partnered together with Printing-4-U to raise funds for the Jim Thorpe located nonprofit Turn To Us.

Louise Koch of BMBC and husband David, owners of the Lehighton printing shop, contacted chartered financial consultant Susan Lovejoy for the prescription pill bottle pocket change collection initiative.

The brand-new bottles of all sizes are printed with a label encouraging donations for the holiday season.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Carbon County man admitted fleeing police after he was found illegally entering a property in Weatherly.

He entered a guilty plea before Carbon Judge Joseph J. Matika on Tuesday.

Collin William Longworth, 20, of Weatherly, was arrested on Sept. 23 to the rear of 458 Plane St., by Weatherly police for illegally entering the property. Police responded to the area to a report of an unwanted person. When confronted and told he was being placed under arrest, Longworth fled on foot. A foot chase continued in the area but Longworth was eventually apprehended.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Ten first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County’s Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail complete it, or are revoked from it, then they would face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.