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October 2009

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.

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.

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.

Tamaqua bikes

Friday, October 30, 2009

Tamaqua Police recovered three bicycles on Friday morning.

Owners may claim then by calling 668-5000.

Put your résumé to work for you

Friday, October 30, 2009

It doesn't take an economist to explain some cold, hard facts to the American public. The statistics are grim, folks. With a national unemployment rate of 9.4 percent and an economy that doesn't expect to improve anytime soon, it's sometimes hard to be positive about our country's financial future.

Tamaqua fuel spill

Friday, October 30, 2009

Approximately 40 gallons of fuel oil spilled on to a parking lot in the area of the Family Dollar Store in Tamaqua Thursday morning.

Tamaqua volunteer firefighters were able to contain the spill, then placed absorbent material in the area.

The incident occurred when John Trout of New Ringgold, operating a truck owned by Tamaqua Sanitation, attempted to pick up a dumpster. The saddle fuel tank on the truck was ruptured when the truck struck a pole.

Summit Hill News

Friday, October 30, 2009

Summit Hill

Lighting of graves

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, has announced plans for its annual Lighting of the Graves observance for All Souls and All Saints days. The ceremony serves to remind church members and friends of those who have passed away.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, the lighting of the luminaries at the parish's White Bear cemetery will take place after the 4 p.m. Mass.

On Sunday, Nov. 1, the lighting will take place at 6 p.m. at the parish's Summit Hill cemetery.

League to meet

Crisis intervention service for schools

Friday, October 30, 2009

CLIU team members can 'fly' to a school district after a traumatic experience

Area school districts have banded together to lend a helping hand during a time of crisis.

Collectively known as the "FLIGHT Team", the organization supports crisis intervention services for school districts and their communities in the aftermath of a traumatic experience.

Affiliated with the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit No. 21, the FLIGHT Team is comprised of 66 members, such as administrators, bus drivers, athletic directors, school psychologists, guidance counselors, police officers, emergency management responders, social workers, security personnel, and teachers.

Over 60 Club to meet

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Over 60 Club of Palmerton will meet at noon Nov. 17 at the Palmerton Borough Hall, 401 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton.

The speaker will be Diane Danielson, director of the Palmeton Area Library.

Staying warm by the campfire

Friday, October 30, 2009
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Owl Creek Reservoir Commission held their Fall Foliage Hayride event Friday through Sunday of last week. Visitors enjoyed hayrides, a campfire, pumpkin painting, marshmallow roasting, face painting, hay maze, prizes, funnel cakes and other festive foods. Despite a second weekend affected by wet weather, the event was considered a success.

Panther Valley news

Friday, October 30, 2009

Will remember loved ones

On All Saints' Day, Nov. 1, the congregation of St. John's Lutheran Church (1 East Abbott St., Lansford) will remember all its members as well as other family and friends' loved ones who have died in the last 12 months.

Arbitration panels rule in 5 cases in Schuylkill

Friday, October 30, 2009

Five boards of arbitration held hearings Wednesday in Schuylkill County courthouse on civil cases, handed down awards in four cases and ruled in favor of the defendant in one case.

Three attorneys are appointed by a judge to serve on an arbitration board. They hear cases in which damages sought do not exceed $50,000.

Providing both roots and wings

Friday, October 30, 2009

It's late Sunday afternoon, and we're sitting around the old dining room table, chatting, chuckling and reminiscing. The teapot is on its second refilling, and the serving platter that held three tender pot roasts rests on the generations-old crocheted tablecloth, empty now save a serving fork, a few shreds of beef and a translucent fan of browned onion. Carol's candied carrots are a tangy-sweet memory and the Mt. Kilimanjaro of mashed potatoes has been scaled back to a mogul. A small puddle of fragrant gravy pools in a ladle; a lone roll waits at the bottom of the bowl.

TIMES NEWS couture

Friday, October 30, 2009
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Betty Johnson pats her daughter's 6-year-old Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, Stella Dora Von Swineburg, at her Lehighton home.
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Betty Johnson pats her daughter's 6-year-old Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, Stella Dora Von Swineburg, at her Lehighton home.

Fashions for the well-read gal

Move over New York, London, Milan and Paris. There is a new fashion capitol on the horizon.

As fashionistas flocked to the runways of the world recently to find out what the glitterati will be wearing next spring, couture wear was being unveiled right here in Carbon County.

But instead of pencil-thin models in sky-high stilettos, one model donned high-top sneakers, while the other, a fresh coat of orange paint on her hooves.

Yes. Hooves.

A true fan!

Friday, October 30, 2009
A true fan!
Copyright Times News 2009

Brock Bollinger, 6, of Palmerton is a huge Yankees fan! He is the son of Kelly and Chris Bollinger.

Spooky time results in food donation for needy families

Friday, October 30, 2009
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Children attending the Halloween Spooktacular party sponsored by the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club participated in a parade and costume contest. Winners were, front, Daniel Huges, (airplane) funniest; and back row, Rachel Serfass, (bride of Frankenstein) scariest; Aryana Arzuaga, (bee) cutest) with father, Juan Arzuaga; Daylan Galgoci, (gorilla) ugliest; and Jacob Hughes, (Harry Potter) best overall.
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Children attending the Halloween Spooktacular party sponsored by the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club participated in a parade and costume contest. Winners were, front, Daniel Huges, (airplane) funniest; and back row, Rachel Serfass, (bride of Frankenstein) scariest; Aryana Arzuaga, (bee) cutest) with father, Juan Arzuaga; Daylan Galgoci, (gorilla) ugliest; and Jacob Hughes, (Harry Potter) best overall.

Approximately 50 children had a spooky fun time Wednesday during the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club Halloween Spooktacular party.

The party was held at the Lehighton Recreation Center as a safe alternative to Trick or Treating. Children up to age 12 attending classes in Lehighton Area School District were invited.

While there was no cost to children attending the event, the club had asked children to donate a canned good item, pet food item or old hearing aids or a pair of eyeglasses.

Recalls issued by federal and state agencies on baby food, apparel

Friday, October 30, 2009

The following recalls were issued Oct. 18 22 by federal and state agencies: