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October 2009

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.

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.