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October 2009

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.

ON THIS DATE

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.

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.

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
Kerr repeats, Tigers take title
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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
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The cover photo of Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe 2010 Calendar capturing the Italianate roof of the Asa Packer Mansion set against its rugged mountainous background illustrates the spiritual mix of Victorian grandeur and frontier wilderness that lends a storybook quality to the borough of Jim Thorpe. Calendars are available at Jim Thorpe area banks, selected shops, and through local nonprofits-like the Dimmick Library.
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The cover photo of Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe 2010 Calendar capturing the Italianate roof of the Asa Packer Mansion set against its rugged mountainous background illustrates the spiritual mix of Victorian grandeur and frontier wilderness that lends a storybook quality to the borough of Jim Thorpe. Calendars are available at Jim Thorpe area banks, selected shops, and through local nonprofits-like the Dimmick Library.

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.