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October 2009

Barnesville Christ Lutheran church celebrates its 200th anniversary

Friday, October 30, 2009
JORDON FLEXER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Christ Lutheran Church, Barnesville, were, front center: Mary Heffelfinger; Second row: Charlotte Lorah, LaVern Shafer, Beth Bradbury, Paul Zukovich, Linda Yurkanin, and Margaret Fegley. Third row: Rev. Joseph Hager, Rev. Durrell Seip and the Rev. Robert Adams, pastor.
JORDON FLEXER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Christ Lutheran Church, Barnesville, were, front center: Mary Heffelfinger; Second row: Charlotte Lorah, LaVern Shafer, Beth Bradbury, Paul Zukovich, Linda Yurkanin, and Margaret Fegley. Third row: Rev. Joseph Hager, Rev. Durrell Seip and the Rev. Robert Adams, pastor.

The Lutheran congregation of Christ Church ended its year long celebration of its 200th anniversary with a special service and dinner on Oct. 17.

The current ministers, the Rev. Joseph Hager and the Rev. Robert Adams, pastor, conducted the worship service and former minister, The Rev. Durrell Seip was the special guest speaker. A letter from former minister, the Rev. Ernest Huston, wishing Christ Church congratulations on this special observance was read.

House of Horrors

Friday, October 30, 2009

I live in a House of Horrors.

It's true.

Evil lurks in every corner.

I am filled with fear and dread entering my own home.

You think I jest?

Come with me as I take you for a walk on the dark side in the Koehler (dum dum dum) House of Horrors.

Be forewarned and enter at your own risk.

The front door creaks in protest when opened. The eerie sound leaves you wondering what horrific sights we are about to encounter.

(Or else the hinges just need to be oiled.)

Tamaqua school

Friday, October 30, 2009

Tamaqua Police were called to the Tamaqua Area Senior High Thursday to deal with a student who was allegedly cursing while in the school office. At the scene, they discovered the student had been involved in an altercation with another student. Both of the participants were male juveniles.

Both were cited for disorderly conduct and face disciplinary action under the district's zero tolerance policy.

Personnel actions approved for month of Oct.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Carbon County commissioners approved the following personnel actions in the county during the month of October:

Resignations

Ÿ Michael R. Davis, Palmerton, county caseworker II, Children and Youth Services, effective Oct. 16.

Ÿ Kathryn M. Zanders, Lehighton, aging care manager II, Area Agency on Aging, effective Oct. 2.

Resignation DateCorrection

Ÿ Marie A. Midas, Palmerton, director, Tax Claim, effective Nov. 10.

EmploymentSeparations

Tams advance to girls soccer final

Friday, October 30, 2009

Tamaqua advanced to the District 11 girls soccer title game with a victory over Tri-Valley on Thursday.

In other district playoff action, Northwestern and Pleasant Valley both suffered setbacks in field hockey.

GIRLS SOCCER

Tamaqua-Tri Valley

HEGINS - The Tamaqua girls' soccer team got back on the winning track yesterday evening at Bulldogs Stadium with a 2-0 victory over fourth-seeded Tri-Valley in the semifinals of the District 11 Tournament.

Almost every municipality has contested races

Friday, October 30, 2009

Five of the six municipalities in the Lehighton Area will have contested races to be decided 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 districts.

Voters in East Penn, Franklin and Mahoning townships and Lehighton and Weissport boroughs will have choices to make regarding positions in those municipalities. There is also a race to be decided for the Lehighton Area School Board. The only municipality without a race is Parryville Borough.

East Penn Township

Raising Bomber pride

Friday, October 30, 2009
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Those on hand Monday to unveil the new trophy cases that will be placed inside the foyer of Palmerton Area High School were (l-r) Bill Congdon, athletic director/associate principal, Mep Moyer, 1953 graduate of PHS and co-organizer of the knee-hi football program, Art George, former boys basketball and boys and girls track and field coach, and Carol Boyce, superintendent.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Those on hand Monday to unveil the new trophy cases that will be placed inside the foyer of Palmerton Area High School were (l-r) Bill Congdon, athletic director/associate principal, Mep Moyer, 1953 graduate of PHS and co-organizer of the knee-hi football program, Art George, former boys basketball and boys and girls track and field coach, and Carol Boyce, superintendent.

Palmerton school district receives new trophy cases

The heritage of youth athletics will be restored in the Palmerton Area School District.

Several district administrators, coaches, and alumni gathered earlier this week to unveil the seven brand new trophy cases that have arrived in the foyer of the high school.

The cases, which remained concealed in plastic wrap, cost $9,835 and came courtesy of the $1 million grant secured by Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Keith McCall.

Connecting coal mining communities across the sea

Friday, October 30, 2009
Karen Blomaine encites laughter from her listeners with her poem, "Old Broads."
Karen Blomaine encites laughter from her listeners with her poem, "Old Broads."

Race Street in Jim Thorpe was a flurry with fall foliage activity Sunday for the final day of the annual foliage festival that draws, literally, thousands of history, antiquing, and leaf-watching pilgrims to Old Mauch Chunk from around the Northeast.

Knitters busy making helmet liners

Friday, October 30, 2009
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS The women of the Lehighton Hi-Rise Craft Club recently presented Joan Kennedy, left, with a monetary donation to help cover the expenses of the Christmas package campaign for 1,000 U.S. Marines and Sailors in the 2nd Battalion/2nd Marines, serving in Afghanistan. Presenting the donation to Kennedy is, front from left, Elsie Cales, Doris Beyer, and Georgene Binder. Back, Laura Bailey and Marian Jones.
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS The women of the Lehighton Hi-Rise Craft Club recently presented Joan Kennedy, left, with a monetary donation to help cover the expenses of the Christmas package campaign for 1,000 U.S. Marines and Sailors in the 2nd Battalion/2nd Marines, serving in Afghanistan. Presenting the donation to Kennedy is, front from left, Elsie Cales, Doris Beyer, and Georgene Binder. Back, Laura Bailey and Marian Jones.

Residents united in a mission to help the troops

It's amazing what a small community can accomplish.

Over the last few months, Joan and John Kennedy of Summit Hill, have been asking residents of Carbon County and the surrounding areas for their help in gathering enough supplies to fill 1,000 care packages that will be sent to 800 U.S. Marines, and 200 Navy Sailors of the 2nd Battalion/2nd Marines, stationed in Afghanistan. They are the parents of Lance Cpl. John Kennedy Jr., a local Marine who is currently serving his second deployment in Afghanistan.

N'western routs Salisbury

Friday, October 30, 2009
Northwestern's Timothy East, right, battles with Cody Snyder of Salisbury during their District 11 playoff game on Thursday. The Tigers won 4-0 to advance to the semifinals. Nancy Scholz/ Special to the TIMES NEWS
Northwestern's Timothy East, right, battles with Cody Snyder of Salisbury during their District 11 playoff game on Thursday. The Tigers won 4-0 to advance to the semifinals. Nancy Scholz/ Special to the TIMES NEWS

The difference between a blowout and barnburner can often be traced back to just one or two keys plays.

That was the case on Thursday afternoon when host Northwestern posted a 4-0 victory over Salisbury in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class AA Soccer Tournament.

The score indicates a Tiger blowout, but if not for a couple of huge individual efforts in the opening minutes – one on offense and the other on defense – it might have been a barnburner.

One injured in Carbon crash

Friday, October 30, 2009

One person was injured in a two vehicle crash in Carbon County that occurred on Thursday. It was one of several crashes investigated by state police at Fern Ridge.

Troopers said the Carbon crash occurred along SR903 at Old Stage Road, in Penn Forest Township. Troopers said John Napoline, 16, of Jim Thorpe, was northbound with Amy Statkiewicz, 32, of Wilkes-Barre, behind him. Napoline started to turn right onto Old Stage and then traveled back onto 903. Napoline's 1997 Chrysler Sebring struck Statkiewicz's 2008 Kia Rio, troopers said.

Summit Hill will push back its Trick or Treat night to Sunday in case of inclement weather

Friday, October 30, 2009

Summit Hill Mayor Paul R. McArdle has announced alternate plans to observe Trick or Treat Night in the borough in the event of inclement weather.

McArdle said there will be no official announcement of a postponement, but parents are asked to use their judgment with regard to Halloweening from 6-8 o'clock tonight. The mayor said a "drizzle" would not alter plans, but, he said, if heavier rains prevail, Trick or Treat Night will take place on Sunday between the same hours. Residents are asked to have their properties well lighted.

On this date

Friday, October 30, 2009

October 31, 1976

Officials of the Eastern District of the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced today that the mass public inoculation campaign for the swine flu will begin on Tuesday in Carbon County and continue throughout the month of November. The sites of the inoculations are St. Michael's Church, Lansford, and the Lehighton National Guard Armory. Health officials are concerned that an outbreak of this type virus could produce an epidemic similar to the 1918-1919 influenza that was responsible for over a half million deaths.

Specialty sandwiches are special at Quiznos

Friday, October 30, 2009
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Employees at the recently opened Quiznos at 577 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton include (l-r) Chris Darienzo, representative, Cassie Borrell, manager, Faye Techentin, co-manager, and Nilesh Patel, Sunoco gas station store manager.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Employees at the recently opened Quiznos at 577 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton include (l-r) Chris Darienzo, representative, Cassie Borrell, manager, Faye Techentin, co-manager, and Nilesh Patel, Sunoco gas station store manager.

Local patrons in search of an alternative type of sandwich may have just hit pay dirt.

Quiznos, which specializes in toasted sandwiches, held its grand opening at 577 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton on Wednesday.

Based on the amount of customers who entered the shop and exited with food in tow, it's easy to understand why employees brimmed from ear to ear.

"It went great; we had a very busy morning," said Cassie Borrell, manager. "We had a lot of people bringing in their coupons."

ON THIS DATE

Friday, October 30, 2009

October 30, 1982 Scott Lutz carries 20 times for 131 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Pleasant Valley to a 25-0 victory over Northwestern. The win is the first-ever for head coach Mike Falcone. Lutz, who also intercepts a pass on defense, opens the scoring with a five-yard TD run and later hits paydirt from eight yards out. The Bears, who force five turnovers in the contest, also score on Rob Anthony's 10-yard pass to Frank Schaffer and on a two-yard run by Kevin Bell.

Bulldogs give Solehi scare

Friday, October 30, 2009

CENTER VALLEY "Good, better, best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best."

Those are the motivating words that the Northern Lehigh field hockey team lived by throughout the regular season.

The Bulldogs were able to play "good" enough ball to qualify for the District 11 Class AA playoffs with a 8-7-3 overall record.

Based on Thursday's fine district quarterfinal performance against the tournament's top seed, Southern Lehigh, it was apparent they can play "better" competitively as a team.

Incident at worship center is probed

Friday, October 30, 2009

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating an incident at a worship center in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said the incident occurred at the Vraj Worship Center, at 15 Manor Road (SR895), in Wayne Township. Troopers said unknown persons arrived at the center and shot pink and white paintballs at two of the Vraj Campus entrance signs. They then proceeded to damage the first sign by removing it and breaking it into pieces. Troopers said the sign was written in Hindi.

A presence in the house

Friday, October 30, 2009

It was a summer day in the mid 1990s when a phone call resurrected my interest in ghosts. I was in the office meeting with a client when I was told there was a phone call for me. I answered the call and surprisingly heard my mother. She told me my brother was home and was badly shaken. He was just called to a church in Reigelsville. My parents spent a week helping him move into his home before returning to Summit Hill. That was the first night Jeffrey stayed in his new home. It was the first time he discovered he was not alone.

Jamestown-the dawning of America

Friday, October 30, 2009
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS An anthropologist at the Historic Jamestown site guides visitors to excavations that have turned up over one million artifacts since 1994.

Town was the first permanent English settlement in America

The dawning of what would become the United States began 400 years ago at Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America. Although Spanish, the Native Americans, and even English settlers had lived on these lands, it was the settlers at Jamestown who would survive, create a fledgling democracy, and lead colonial America.

Tamaqua hit-run

Friday, October 30, 2009

A Tamaqua man has been cited following a hit and run accident in the borough on Thursday evening.

Officers were dispatched to the intersection of West Broad and Lehigh Streets at 6:38 p.m. for a reported accident. At the scene, they learned one of the drivers had fled towards the area of the Bungalow Park. A short time later, he was apprehended and identified as Christopher Weston, 27, of Tamaqua.

Weston was tested for driving under the influence. His BAC registered a .29, more than three times the legal limit of .08.

Tamaqua truck

Friday, October 30, 2009

A truck driver from Ohio made a wrong turn in Tamaqua Friday morning, snarling traffic at the Five Points intersection and damaging property at The Company Store building.

The trucker was headed south on SR309 (Railroad Street) at 7 a.m. and intended to make a left turn onto SR209. Instead, he made the wide turn onto Mauch Chunk Street, driving over the sidewalk on the east side of the street. The tractor rolled over a steel access door located in the sidewalk. The door buckled under the weight of the rig. The property is owned by TKT Miller Properties.

Judicial candidate Carole Walbert on the issues

Friday, October 30, 2009
Carole Walbert
Carole Walbert

1. What should voters be looking for when choosing a Carbon County judge?

I believe that voters in Carbon County should be looking for a judge that, in addition to being experienced and fair, is going to be the perspective of ensuring that we protect our community interests and values as they are presented to a judge on the bench on Carbon County.

Holiday assistance offered in Tamaqua

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Tamaqua Salvation Army will accept registrations for Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday assistance over a three day period, Nov. 4-6. Hours will be from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day. There will not be any registrations taken before or after that three day period.

Applicants must provide proof of physical address; a working telephone number; original birth certificates; social security cards for every household member; proof of ALL household income; and expenses.

There will not be any exemptions allowed.

Carbon officials discuss flu clinic

Friday, October 30, 2009
Chris Parker/Times News Nurse Stacy Scheckler gives a flu shot to Vanessa Teado during the recent drive-through flu shot administered by Blue Mountain Health System, Gnaden Huetten Campus, at the Lehighton Fire Department. On Thursday, Carbon County officials said they are working on a plan for a mass immunization, much like these free clinics that have been held around the area in recent weeks.
Chris Parker/Times News Nurse Stacy Scheckler gives a flu shot to Vanessa Teado during the recent drive-through flu shot administered by Blue Mountain Health System, Gnaden Huetten Campus, at the Lehighton Fire Department. On Thursday, Carbon County officials said they are working on a plan for a mass immunization, much like these free clinics that have been held around the area in recent weeks.

If vaccine is available to county, the hope is to have a mass immunization

Carbon County officials are hoping to provide area residents with the option to get the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine if and when it becomes available to the county.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the commissioners announced that they are working with Mark Nalesnik, director of the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, and the state Department of Health to obtain thousands of doses of the vaccine to distribute to the community.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said the plan they are working on is to complete a mass immunization in a few-day time period.

Rep. Knowles to host Emergency Management Services Seminar

Friday, October 30, 2009

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) will host an Emergency Services seminar from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the New Ringgold Fire Company.

"We are blessed to have a number of highly skilled and dedicated individuals in our area who volunteer their time and efforts to protect our communities during fires, accidents, natural disasters, and other emergencies," Knowles said. "Too often we take the services of our firefighters and emergency services personnel for granted until disaster strikes."

Indians win crown

Friday, October 30, 2009
special to the times news Lehighton seniors pose with the Moutain Valley Conference volleyball championship trophy. From left, are, Sheena White, Madeline Zurn, Lauren Jankowski, Molly Harleman, Amanda Windbeck and Rachel Inghram.
special to the times news Lehighton seniors pose with the Moutain Valley Conference volleyball championship trophy. From left, are, Sheena White, Madeline Zurn, Lauren Jankowski, Molly Harleman, Amanda Windbeck and Rachel Inghram.

POCONO SUMMIT - Rachel Quinn couldn't have imagined it going any better.

Quinn's Lady Indians pulled out two tight games before blowing out Pleasant Valley in the third game to capture their second consecutive MVC Volleyball championship. Lehighton won 25-22, 26-24, 25-12 en route to beating the Bears for the sixth time in their last seven meetings.

Massacre at Wiggans Patch

Friday, October 30, 2009

Dark shadows continue to follow murder of 134 years ago

People say there is no rest at Wiggans Patch, where time hasn't healed.

The wild story of what happened there and the injustice that followed might be shrugged off by some as simply unbelievable, except for the fact that it's true.

Said to be Schuylkill County's most haunted site, Wiggans Patch continues to feel reverberations even after 134 years. Time hasn't erased images of the horrific bloodshed in the middle of the winter night.

It was the evening of Dec. 9, 1875.

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.