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October 2009

Jim Thorpe woman reported missing

Friday, October 30, 2009

According to the Pennsylvania State Police at Fern Ridge, Maria T. Schmidt of 110 Susquehanna Dr. of Pleasant Valley Estates West in Penn Forest Twp. left her residence on Thursday, Oct. 29 around 10 a.m. and failed to arrive at her destination. She is believed to be depressed and possibly suicidal. Schmidt is driving a 1997 Hyundia Elantra, maroon in color with Pennsylvania registration DVA2814. Schmidt is believed to be heading for the Bucks County or Philadelphia area.

Officials grant seminar requests for the month

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Carbon County commissioners approved the following seminar requests during the month of October:

Area Agency on Aging

Ÿ Cheri Mae Santore, October Quarterly Meetings, Grantville.

Ÿ Mary Ann Marzen and Susan Zeigler, APPRISE MIPPA Grant Training, Pottsville.

Ÿ Susan Zeigler, APPRISE Regional Updates, Pittston.

Child Care Agency

Ÿ Kim Wittig and Amy Rontz, Open Discussion with the Deputy, Allentown.

Commissioners

Ÿ Eloise Ahner, PCoRP Safety Workshop, State College

Corrections

America continues its love affair with the audience at Penn's Peak

Friday, October 30, 2009
Dewey Bunnell takes the Penn's Peak crowd on a ride on "Ventura Highway". JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
Dewey Bunnell takes the Penn's Peak crowd on a ride on "Ventura Highway". JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

From the moment it took the stage at Penn's Peak Thursday night, it was clear America was commencing on another hit-filled ride at one of the pop duo's favorite venues.

Gerry Beckley mentioned that the show was actually An Evening With America, meaning that it was primed to deliver not only a setlist of its well-known smash songs of the 1970's and 80's but go beyond that as well.

While Beckley and musical partner Dewey Bunnell revel in the nostalgia of their own brand of classic rock, the audience doesn't mind the trip down Memory Lane, since America enjoys being the guide.

Coaldale news

Friday, October 30, 2009

Coaldale

First Congregational Church

Services and activities scheduled at First Congregational Church, Coaldale, for next week are as follows:

Sunday, Nov. 1 - 9 a.m. Morning Worship; 10 a.m. Sunday School.

Monday, Nov. 2 - 7 p.m. Church board meeting.

Tuesday, Nov. 3 - 7 p.m. Women's Class.

Wednesday, Nov. 4 - Nursing home services at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke's-Miners and MapleShade, respectively.

Slatington Public Library

Friday, October 30, 2009

Arts Fest, book fair, Canal Day Festival

The library would like to thank everyone who supported us at Arts Fest, at our Barnes and Noble book fair, and at the Canal Day Festival. We couldn't be here without your help.

Grant

The library would like to thank the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation for their Community Partners Program grant of $1,000. We will be using the grant to buy new books.

Preschool reading program

Thoughts

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween!

I remember a time when I visited nearly 30 Coaldale bars on Halloween night. And came away cold sober.

Of course, I was only 12-years-old, and kids back then quickly learned that trick-or-treating in bars proved to be a most lucrative pastime. The patrons would require the tricksters to perform a song or a dance, then we proceeded to pass the hat around the bar, and it usually came back filled with pennies, nickels, dimes, peanuts and candy bars.

Today there's not enough bars remaining in the local towns to make trick-or-treating there worthwhile.

Nesquehoning news

Friday, October 30, 2009

Woman's club

The executive board of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club will hold a meeting on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at the home of Pat Sasserath.

Lansford's Dylan Smith attains rank of Eagle Scout rank

Friday, October 30, 2009
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWs Dylan Smith (center) received his Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor held at St. John's UCC. Also attending the Court of Honor were, l-r, Troop 777, Assistant Scout Master David Clemson, Smith's grandmother, Donna Smith, his grandfather, Ed Smith, and Troop 777 Scoutmaster Scott Winterburn.
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWs Dylan Smith (center) received his Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor held at St. John's UCC. Also attending the Court of Honor were, l-r, Troop 777, Assistant Scout Master David Clemson, Smith's grandmother, Donna Smith, his grandfather, Ed Smith, and Troop 777 Scoutmaster Scott Winterburn.

Dylan Smith, of Lansford, recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout. His Court of Honor was held at St. John's UCC in Tamaqua.

Smith has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for 10 years and becoming an Eagle is one of many distinctions and honors that he has earned over his 10 years with the Boy Scouts.

"He started with a troop in Lansford, that wasn't successful," said his grandmother, Donna Smith. "He came home from school one day, and told me that he wanted to be a Boy Scout."

Tied for best record of week isn't bad

Friday, October 30, 2009

Seven games out of first entering Week 9 of the high school football season isn't usually something to brag about.

After the start I had, however, I'll take it.

Leader Shawn McFarland continues to find a way to ride a hot streak as he tied Jason Boris, Bob Ford and myself with 12-3 record last week.

Andy Steinmetz looks like he's ready to watch his bubble bust and Joe Plasko is still hanging around five games off the lead.

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
Grahame Davies reads from his poem, "Rough Guide."
Grahame Davies reads from his poem, "Rough Guide."

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
Soldiers and traders left England in December 1606 on a voyage to set up a trading post along the east coast of North America. The voyage took four and a half months along a southern crossing.

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.