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October 2009

2 Schuylkill employees are budget casualties

Friday, October 30, 2009

The tight 2010 budget being prepared by the Schuylkill County Commissioners took its first personal toll when the position of Human Resource Director was abolished and S. Thomas White, of Reading, who held the post since 2002 was released.

On this date

Friday, October 30, 2009

October 30, 1962

In view of the Cuban crisis, Coaldale borough officials have decided to move ahead with plans to convert two abandoned mine tunnels into fallout shelters. In addition, the former Menconi Store at Second and Philip Street will be used as the communities Civil Defense headquarters. Plans to convert the No. 7 and No. 8 tunnels of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Co. were initially made a year ago. A committee was named to raise funds for the project.

Earns master's degree from Wilkes University

Friday, October 30, 2009
Fenstermacher
Fenstermacher

Heather Lynn Fenstermacher, daughter of Rick and Kathy Fenstermacher of Tamaqua, was awarded a master's degree in Education, with an emphasis in Classroom Technology, from Wilkes University on Sept. 13. She earned a 4.0 grade point average. In 2006, she earned a bachelor of science degree in Special and Elementary Education from Misericordia University. A granddaughter of Pauline Fenstermacher and Mary Baddick, both of Tamaqua, she is employed by the Schuylkill Technology Center, as a Special Education teacher.

Mayor, council, school board gain voters' attention

Friday, October 30, 2009

There will be mayor, council and school board races in the Panther Valley to be decided when voters go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 3, when Carbon County holds its General Election. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in each of the county's 51 election precincts.

Harleysville reports $4.4 million quarterly loss; $222M loss for 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Harleysville National Corp. (NASDAQ:HNBC) reported today a net loss of $4.4 million or $.10 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2009. This compares to net income of $6.6 million, or $.21 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2008.

Director of Tamaqua's adult day care center stepping down

Friday, October 30, 2009
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center Director Deb Shipe (front, left) retired after 18 years with the center. Members of the staff and the board of directors recently held a retirement dinner for her. Also attending were Phil Koles, incoming Director (front, right), (back, left to right) Darlene Smith, activities coordinator; Mary Howay, program assistant; and Betsey Matalavage, program assistant. Unable to attend the part were Denise Skrabak, office manager; Judy Hajash and Ginny Woodard, program assistants; Alice Kidurkis, housekeeper; and Sylvia Lucas, LPN.
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center Director Deb Shipe (front, left) retired after 18 years with the center. Members of the staff and the board of directors recently held a retirement dinner for her. Also attending were Phil Koles, incoming Director (front, right), (back, left to right) Darlene Smith, activities coordinator; Mary Howay, program assistant; and Betsey Matalavage, program assistant. Unable to attend the part were Denise Skrabak, office manager; Judy Hajash and Ginny Woodard, program assistants; Alice Kidurkis, housekeeper; and Sylvia Lucas, LPN.

Deb Shipe was an early organizer of the facility in 1991

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center will be losing a familiar face as Director Deb Shipe has decided to retire after 18 years of service but the program that Shipe helped to build will continue to serve the older adults in the community.

Members of the board of directors recently held a retirement party to honor Shipe and the contributions that she has made over the last two decades.

Tamaqua native sat under Wright Brothers' tutelage

Friday, October 30, 2009

After making history with the first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., on Dec.17, 1903, brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright were treated like modern-day rock stars wherever they went.

The brothers had come a long way from their days of running a bicycle repair shop and factory in Dayton, Ohio, and by 1908 and 1909, they were literally on top of the world. After travelling to Europe, attention was riveted to their new flying machine in France, Italy, England, and Germany.

Kerr repeats, Tigers take title

Friday, October 30, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lindsay Kerr of Northwestern finished first in the D-11 girls Class AA race.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lindsay Kerr of Northwestern finished first in the D-11 girls Class AA race.

BETHLEHEM - Lindsay Kerr and the Northwestern girls cross country team got their just desserts for a summer and season of hard work.

Now the Lady Tigers will hope a trip to Hershey next week will be as sweet.

Kerr, a senior, repeated as Class AA champion and the Northwestern girls claimed the team title during Thursday's District 11 Championships held at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.

Jim Thorpe news

Friday, October 30, 2009

Party held

St. John's Lutheran Church, South Ave., held its annual Halloween party for the children of the Sunday School this week. The children participated in various games, decorating treat bags and of course the parade of costumes. Prizes were awarded to the following; most original, Emelyn Shirley; spookiest, Timmy Tartaglia; prettiest, Kendra Boger; funniest, Akaya Lacey; cutest, Ave Shafer; and judges choice, Matthew Confer. A special guest for the evening was Saint Peter Muhlenberg.

Coat collection

Field conditions at JT are all wet

Friday, October 30, 2009

The photo on page 19 of the Oct. 17 edition of the TIMES NEWS tells the entire story.

If a typical picture is worth a thousand words, then looking at that one is like reading "War and Peace."

In case you don't remember, Friday, Oct. 16 was a rainy day. There were eight football games scheduled to be played that night in the TIMES NEWS coverage area and seven of them went on as scheduled. The only postponement was the Minersville at Marian game.

Monroe conduct incident probed

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pocono Mountain Regional police said a Monroe County resident was charged with disorderly conduct following an incident on Thursday, Oct. 29, about 2:45 a.m. at the Walmart in Mt. Pocono.

Police said Brian J. Polnasek, 23, of Long Pond, placed his cell phone under a stall in the men's room of the Lay-A-Way area of the store while another man was using it. The man confronted Polnasek. Polnasek said he thought the man was a friend and was playing a practical joke.

Police cited Polnasek and released him.

Hokey pokey time

Friday, October 30, 2009
Emily Hulko (center), and Jordyn Kehler (right) from Child Development Inc, Tamaqua brighten up Francis Wise's day as they color together during a make A Difference Day event at the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center.

Children and staff from Child Development Inc, Tamaqua, entertain the residents of the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center by dancing the "Hokey Pokey" during a morning hours visit on Thursday, Oct. 29 as part of a Make A Difference Day project. Shown in addition to the children, are John Mc Donald (center), and Child Development staff members Gloria Hollenbach (left), and Donna Jones (right).

LAC plans program featuring mini-Cobra Act information

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will hold its bi-monthly meeting on Nov. 10 at the Beacon 443 Restaurant.

The featured speakers will be Cliff Garr and Lauren Marie Raus from Paychex to speak concerning the new Mini-COBRA Act.

Jim Thorpe Democrats hold Fall rally Sunday

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Jim Thorpe Area Democratic Association will hold the final rally of the Fall season on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 3-5 p.m. at the Mauch Chunk Rod and Gun Club.

Atty. Carole Wildoner Walbert, the party's candidate for Judge of the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas, will be the keynote speaker. Other county and local candidates are invited to attend, as is the public.

Refreshments will be served.

Guns, other items taken in burglary

Friday, October 30, 2009

Guns and other items were taken in a Schuylkill County burglary.

State police at Frackville said the incident occurred at the home of Jason Eikszta, Reservoir Rd., in Union Township, Shenandoah. Troopers said several guns, a Xbox game system, Playstation 2 and Nintendo Wii were all taken in the incident that occurred overnight of Wednesday, Oct. 28, into Thursday.

Thorpe rotary publishes souvenir calendar

Friday, October 30, 2009
The members of the Jim Thorpe put together the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe 2010 Calendar are-clockwise from top left: Bart Springer, Bob Stevenson, president Bill Allison, Akantha Susko, and Susan Sterling
The members of the Jim Thorpe put together the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe 2010 Calendar are-clockwise from top left: Bart Springer, Bob Stevenson, president Bill Allison, Akantha Susko, and Susan Sterling

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for friends who love to visit Jim Thorpe or have moved away? According to Bart Springer of the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club, it recently arrived-in the form of the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe 2010 Calendar.

It's sure to be Springer's stocking stuffer, after all that's how the idea for the fundraiser first came to be. "Every year, my wife and I would receive a calendar from our nefarious friends around the country and overseas," Springer said in a half-joking manner. "We never had a Jim Thorpe calendar with local scenes to reciprocate."

An interview with candidates for Carbon County Judge

Friday, October 30, 2009

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the electors of Carbon County will have only one major contested countywide position to elect-for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Carbon County. This is a new position-a third judge on the court. The two current judgeships are filled by Roger Nanovic and David Addy. A third judge, retired judge Richard Webb, is a senior judge who fills when either of the full-time judges are unavailable.

Personnel actions gain approval for the Weatherwood center

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Carbon County commissioners approved the following personnel action at the Carbon County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Weatherwood, during the month of October:

Resignations

Ÿ Dustin S. Halechko, Weatherly, part-time cook I PRN, effective Oct. 3.

Ÿ Ebony L. Sykes, Nesquehoning, full-time nurse aide, effective Oct. 2.

Ÿ Mary Koziol, Conygnham, assistant director of nursing, effective Oct. 5.

Ÿ Jessica L. Fry, Nesquehoning, nurse aide, effective Oct. 22.

Ÿ Rayelle Hughes, Weatherly, part-time utility worker PRN/Dietary, effective Nov. 3.

New police cruiser in Mahoning

Friday, October 30, 2009
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Chief of Police Ken Barnes of Mahoning Township stands next to the new SUV police cruiser the township acquired. This marks the first time the police department has an SUV. It arrived just in time for the recent snowfall. Chief Barnes said one of the things is the new graphics on the vehicle. An older vehicle with the older graphics is seen in the background. According to Barnes, an $8,000 grant helped with the purchase of the 2009 Ford Explorer. Barnes said he thanks the board of supervisors "for working with me" regarding the purchase.

Cherish the love; Cherish the life

Friday, October 30, 2009

Maybe it's the time of year. Autumn is often a time when we realize beauty is fleeting and so is life itself.

Or maybe it's because we all grow more introspective as we get older.

Whatever the reason, I have this indelible imprint on my mind reminding me that life is fragile and our hold on it is tenuous, at best.

Someone said it best a long time ago in just three words: Life is short.

Tamaqua bikes

Friday, October 30, 2009

Tamaqua Police recovered three bicycles on Friday morning.

Owners may claim then by calling 668-5000.

Put your résumé to work for you

Friday, October 30, 2009

It doesn't take an economist to explain some cold, hard facts to the American public. The statistics are grim, folks. With a national unemployment rate of 9.4 percent and an economy that doesn't expect to improve anytime soon, it's sometimes hard to be positive about our country's financial future.

Tamaqua fuel spill

Friday, October 30, 2009

Approximately 40 gallons of fuel oil spilled on to a parking lot in the area of the Family Dollar Store in Tamaqua Thursday morning.

Tamaqua volunteer firefighters were able to contain the spill, then placed absorbent material in the area.

The incident occurred when John Trout of New Ringgold, operating a truck owned by Tamaqua Sanitation, attempted to pick up a dumpster. The saddle fuel tank on the truck was ruptured when the truck struck a pole.

Summit Hill News

Friday, October 30, 2009

Summit Hill

Lighting of graves

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, has announced plans for its annual Lighting of the Graves observance for All Souls and All Saints days. The ceremony serves to remind church members and friends of those who have passed away.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, the lighting of the luminaries at the parish's White Bear cemetery will take place after the 4 p.m. Mass.

On Sunday, Nov. 1, the lighting will take place at 6 p.m. at the parish's Summit Hill cemetery.

League to meet

Crisis intervention service for schools

Friday, October 30, 2009

CLIU team members can 'fly' to a school district after a traumatic experience

Area school districts have banded together to lend a helping hand during a time of crisis.

Collectively known as the "FLIGHT Team", the organization supports crisis intervention services for school districts and their communities in the aftermath of a traumatic experience.

Affiliated with the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit No. 21, the FLIGHT Team is comprised of 66 members, such as administrators, bus drivers, athletic directors, school psychologists, guidance counselors, police officers, emergency management responders, social workers, security personnel, and teachers.

Over 60 Club to meet

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Over 60 Club of Palmerton will meet at noon Nov. 17 at the Palmerton Borough Hall, 401 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton.

The speaker will be Diane Danielson, director of the Palmeton Area Library.

Staying warm by the campfire

Friday, October 30, 2009
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Owl Creek Reservoir Commission held their Fall Foliage Hayride event Friday through Sunday of last week. Visitors enjoyed hayrides, a campfire, pumpkin painting, marshmallow roasting, face painting, hay maze, prizes, funnel cakes and other festive foods. Despite a second weekend affected by wet weather, the event was considered a success.

Panther Valley news

Friday, October 30, 2009

Will remember loved ones

On All Saints' Day, Nov. 1, the congregation of St. John's Lutheran Church (1 East Abbott St., Lansford) will remember all its members as well as other family and friends' loved ones who have died in the last 12 months.

Arbitration panels rule in 5 cases in Schuylkill

Friday, October 30, 2009

Five boards of arbitration held hearings Wednesday in Schuylkill County courthouse on civil cases, handed down awards in four cases and ruled in favor of the defendant in one case.

Three attorneys are appointed by a judge to serve on an arbitration board. They hear cases in which damages sought do not exceed $50,000.

Providing both roots and wings

Friday, October 30, 2009

It's late Sunday afternoon, and we're sitting around the old dining room table, chatting, chuckling and reminiscing. The teapot is on its second refilling, and the serving platter that held three tender pot roasts rests on the generations-old crocheted tablecloth, empty now save a serving fork, a few shreds of beef and a translucent fan of browned onion. Carol's candied carrots are a tangy-sweet memory and the Mt. Kilimanjaro of mashed potatoes has been scaled back to a mogul. A small puddle of fragrant gravy pools in a ladle; a lone roll waits at the bottom of the bowl.

TIMES NEWS couture

Friday, October 30, 2009
LINDA NUCCIO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LINDA NUCCIO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Fashions for the well-read gal

Move over New York, London, Milan and Paris. There is a new fashion capitol on the horizon.

As fashionistas flocked to the runways of the world recently to find out what the glitterati will be wearing next spring, couture wear was being unveiled right here in Carbon County.

But instead of pencil-thin models in sky-high stilettos, one model donned high-top sneakers, while the other, a fresh coat of orange paint on her hooves.

Yes. Hooves.