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October 2009

Reproduction, original rifles viable way to expand blackpowder experience

Saturday, October 31, 2009
Among the variety of single-shot rifles available today for hunters wanting to take big game with a blackpowder cartridge are, from top to bottom, an original Springfield trap door, a reproduction Sharps Sporting Rifle, a reproduction Remington rolling block and a reproduction Winchester high wall.
Among the variety of single-shot rifles available today for hunters wanting to take big game with a blackpowder cartridge are, from top to bottom, an original Springfield trap door, a reproduction Sharps Sporting Rifle, a reproduction Remington rolling block and a reproduction Winchester high wall.

KEMPTON - In the mind of Greg Dixon, his choice of firearms for a Western Plains mule deer hunt in Montana was a no-brainer.

From his earliest days afield, Dixon has always appreciated the history behind the firearms he chose for a hunt. And some of his earliest hunting memories are of taking deer in the mountains of Pennsylvania with a rifle that could have been used some 300 years ago by another Berks Countian -- Daniel Boone.

Bears bring back 'Bucket'

Saturday, October 31, 2009
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Rich Irving (21) can't hold on to a pass as Tim Pacheco of Pocono Mountain East defends.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Rich Irving (21) can't hold on to a pass as Tim Pacheco of Pocono Mountain East defends.

Rivalry was personified last night in Brodheadsville.

The game included the home team and winning team's crowd rushing the field at the end…one of the game's stars nearly broke down in tears of joy…the winning team's coach was on the brink of speechlessness…both teams entered the contests with identical 3-5 records overall and no hopes of a championship.

To 'throw out the record books' was an understatement, as the Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain East football teams entered the Brodheadsville football stadium with intentions of leaving every ounce of energy on the field.

Another squeaker, another win for ND

Saturday, October 31, 2009

If you have a faint heart you better not watch Notre Dame play football. Tape the game and after learning the outcome, replay it if you want.

Last week the Irish ended the six game losing streak against Boston College but only a late game interception by linebacker Brian Smith preserved the victory. ND managed, again, to pull out the victory. With the exception of the opener with Nevada, a 35-0 blowout, all the ND games have gone down to the final minutes, one in overtime. This is not good for the heart.

Tamaqua's defense blanks Miners

Saturday, October 31, 2009

MINERSVILLE - The Tamaqua defense doesn't have a catchy nickname, but maybe it's time to come up with one.

Big Blue Crush? Blue Blitz? Raider Swarm?

Nickname or not, the Raiders have definitely taken a "Blue Collar" approach that has paid off, with a defense that allows just 13.7 points per game and an area best 159.3 yards of total offense per outing.

The Raider D pitched its second shutout of the season Friday night, limiting host Minersville to just 23 yards rushing and 91 yards of offense in earning a 28-0 Anthracite League victory.

Proof that more is better when it comes to exercise

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The most inspirational article I read this summer was written for the LA Times by Roy M. Wallack. Wallack, who is in his 50s, did something rather noteworthy.

In one day, he lifted weights for two hours, rode a mountain bike up a hill that ascended 2,200 feet in only four miles, paddled a paddle board on the ocean for an hour, and finished it all with 11 full-hang pull-ups. The entire workout took nearly five hours.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

October 31, 1942 Lansford rallies from a halftime deficit to gain a 25-13 victory over Tamaqua. Joe Petko scores two touchdowns, including the go-ahead one on an 11-yard run that completes an 84-yard drive. Petko's other tally comes on a 74-yard gallop. The winners, coached by Ken Millen, also receive TDs from Bernie Sniscak (65-yard run) and from Alex Ferretti (one-yard plunge). Both Blue Raider scores come on runs by Dick Jones.

Tigers hold off Bangor

Saturday, October 31, 2009
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh's Garrett Lerner tries to get past two Bangor defenders during the third quarter of Friday's game.
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern Lehigh's Garrett Lerner tries to get past two Bangor defenders during the third quarter of Friday's game.

Big plays got Northwestern its first three touchdowns, but it was two sustained drives that clinched Northwestern's 28-21 win over Bangor Friday night in New Tripoli.

The Tigers scored three times on plays off 44 yards or longer to build a 21-7 lead late in the third quarter.

When two quick Bangor scores made it 21-21 with 11:07 left in the fourth, Northwestern (6-3) answered with a 70-yard, 11 play touchdown drive for a 28-21 lead with 6:40 left.

Spartans win AFL title

Saturday, October 31, 2009

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS – In 2007, VH-1 canceled the reality series "Hogan Knows Best."

During that same year, the North Schuylkill football team seemed to be on the verge of being blacklisted after suffering through a miserable 0-10 season.

Last night in Fountain Springs, a new episode of "Hogan Knows Best" debuted.

...only this time, the reality is that the undefeated North Schuylkill Spartans are your 2009 Anthracite Football League Champions!

Thorpe rally stuns Marian

Saturday, October 31, 2009
doug edwards/times news Tom Acker of Jim Thorpe tries to break away from a Marian defender during Friday’ night’s game. The Olympians rallied for a 37-34 victory.
doug edwards/times news Tom Acker of Jim Thorpe tries to break away from a Marian defender during Friday’ night’s game. The Olympians rallied for a 37-34 victory.

Rallying from a 20-0 first period deficit, the Jim Thorpe Olympians scored 10 unanswered points in an eight minute span in the second half on Friday night at the Men of Marian Stadium stunning the host Marian Colts, 37-34, on a 26-yard field goal by junior James Denny.

The boot came with 3:51 left in the game, followed by a defensive stand by the visitors that preserved the win for Coach Mark Rosenberger's squad.

North runs over Indians

Saturday, October 31, 2009

DINGMANS FERRY - Lehighton had a long bus ride up to East Stroudsburg North on Friday night.

Unfortunately for the Indians, the game seemed to take even longer.

East Stroudsburg North piled up 295 yards on the ground on its way to a 32-6 beat down of its Mountain Valley Conference opponent. Things didn't start out great for Lehighton, as it fumbled the opening kickoff and couldn't do anything as the Timberwolves scored five players later. It was all downhill from there.

Catty roughs up No. Lehigh

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Northern Lehigh is often the site of Smash Mouth football.

And more times than not, the Bulldogs are the team delivering the punishment.

On Friday night, however, visiting Catasauqua gave Joe Tout's squad a dose of their own medicine.

The Roughies dominated in the trenches on both sides of the ball and powered their way to a 21-7 Colonial League victory.

"They kicked our butt," said Tout, whose team dropped to 7-2. "We were flat, we weren't focused. Give Catasauqua credit, their kids were hungry tonight. They laid one on us.

Penn St. looks to avoid Wildcat trap

Saturday, October 31, 2009

It's called a trap or sandwich game, and that is what is facing Penn State this afternoon when it visits Evanston, Illinois to face Big Ten foe Northwestern.

A trap game refers to a contest that a team may overlook because it has two more important games before and after it, at least relatively speaking. The danger is that a team may have a letdown in such a sandwich game, and a loss can undermine the whole scenario.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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."

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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.