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September 2010

Polk column

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pleasant Valley Intermediate news

PVI will have a sixth grade "Meet Your Friends" night on Friday, Oct. 1, from 3:45 until 6 p.m. Please be there to pick your child up promptly.

Blood Drive

Getz Personal Care Home will be sponsoring a blood drive on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Getz is located on Rt. 534 in Kunkletown.

Make an appointment to donate blood by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Birthday wishes

Happy Birthday to Jessica Herman on Oct. 5.

Blood drive scheduled for ex-Tamaqua football player

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A blood drive has been organized for a former Tamaqua Area High School football player who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center is holding a replacement blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 2 for Harold "H.T." Fryer, who is a 2009 graduate of Tamaqua High who played wide receiver on the Blue Raiders' gridiron squad.

The drive, which is being sponsored by the Tamaqua Rescue Squad, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the rescue squad's headquarters at 19 Pine Street.

Layers of Love

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS A sample of the hand sewn blankets donated to cancer patients through the Layers of Love program.
Special to the TIMES NEWS A sample of the hand sewn blankets donated to cancer patients through the Layers of Love program.

Comforting cancer patients one blanket at a time

Comforting cancer patients one blanket at a time.

That's been the mission of one Palmerton woman who started a campaign known as "Layers of Love" on behalf of her father, who last year was diagnosed with cancer.

Patty Beidleman of Palmerton said her father, Wendell Jennings, underwent chemotherapy at the Cooper Cancer Institute in New Jersey shortly after he was diagnosed.

From that point on, Beidleman has made it her intention to have blankets donated for cancer patients who also receive chemotherapy at Cooper.

Palin is given protection from McAdoo man

Thursday, September 30, 2010

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Sarah Palin has been granted a restraining order against a McAdoo man accused of stalking and threatening her.

Alaska Magistrate Judge Colleen Ray issued a 20-day protective order Monday against 18-year-old Shawn R. Christy, finding probable cause to believe he had stalked the former governor.

Dog law violation

Thursday, September 30, 2010

State police at Fern Ridge have charged a Monroe County resident with a dog law violation.

Troopers said Fitzroy Johnson, of Effort, was charged after he allegedly allowed his five boxer dogs to escape from the interior confinement of his property at 2090 Treible Drive, Chestnuthill Township, and run free through the community.

The incident occurred aobut 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Tout wants more

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another game, another offensive eruption for Northern Lehigh.

Friday night, the Bulldogs topped the 40-point mark for the fourth straight week as they buried Palisades, 52-0.

So far this season, Northern Lehigh's numbers are as intimidating as they are impressive. In four games, it has scored 194 points.

The Bulldogs' 48.5 points per game average is sixth best in the state and the best in District 11.

But if you expect Northern Lehigh coach Joe Tout to be singing his team's praises and making postseason plans, then you don't know Joe Tout.

Monroe resident victim of fraud

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Monroe County resident is a victim of fraud, theft and forgery.

State police at Fern Ridge said Joanne Boyle, 57, of Theresa Lane, Saylorsburg, Chestnuthill Township, reported someone charged $2,500 worth of merchandise on her credit card without her permission. The purchases were made during the period of Sept. 2 and Wednesday, Sept. 29, troopers said.

The investigation into the incident is continuing.

Slatington HS Class of 1952 reunites

Thursday, September 30, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Slatington High School Class of 1952 met recently to celebrate the class's 58-year reunion at the Slatington American Legion Post 16. Those attending included, front row, from left, Judy Lentz Shiner, Theo Jones Elias, Joan Skutches Heffelfinger, Melisse Phillips O'Brian, Pat Kuhnsman House and Shirley Frederick Kern. Second row, Abner Merkel, Pearl Hamm Follweiler, Marlene Levan Smith, Phyllis Schuck Hunsicker, Ruth Snyder Davies, Carolyn Krause Steele and Lucille Metzger Blose.

Tamaqua driver facing DUI charge

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Tamaqua man has been cited after police observed him fail to stop for a red light last Friday in the borough.

Patrolman Thomas Duarte was on patrol at 8:30 p.m. when he observed a white pick up truck fail to stop for a red light at the intersection of Railroad and Mauch Chunk streets. The officer initiated his lights and siren but the pickup proceeded to 310 Market St., then pulled into the driveway.

Carbon resident named new chief U.S. probation officer

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Carbon County resident has been appointed chief U.S. probation officer for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, based in Scranton.

Anthony C. Harvilla, of Tresckow, was promoted from senior probation officer to chief probation officer covering 33 counties in the district.

Harvilla is a former chief probation officer for Carbon County. He held that position until he was appointed a probation officer for the U.S. Middle District many years ago.

Lehighton Rotary Club has guest speaker

Thursday, September 30, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tony Sulkevich, President of Hazleton Area Habitat for Humanity, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Lehighton Rotary Club. Sulkevich spoke on the success that his organization has had in building and refurbishing houses in Schuylkill County and the positive impact it has had on the region. Pictured (L-R) are Rotarian Becky Wanamaker, Mr. Sulkevich, and Club President, Barbara Belon. The Rotary Club of Lehighton meets each Thursday morning from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. at Lehighton Hampton Inn.

Heavy rains may ease area drought conditions

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pennsylvania may experience some relief from extra dry weather conditions as a strong storm system heads up the coast today.

The storm system is a result of a slow moving upper trough and a stalled frontal boundary combining with the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole.

A flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for much of Northeastern Pennsylvania until Friday afternoon as the storm passes through the region today and tonight.

Memory walk scheduled for Heritage Hill

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly will chair the Carbon County Alzheimer's Memory Walk for the 10th consecutive year.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Heritage Hill.

Registration for the walk is at 9 a.m. The three-mile walk through the picturesque borough of Weatherly begins at 10 a.m. For those who cannot participate in the walk, there will be other fundraising events at Heritage Hill from 9 a.m. until noon. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer's Association.

Schuylkill bus authority holds first meeting since creation

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Establishing communication lines with ReDC0 for transferring operation of the Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) bus line were among the topics discussed by the newly formed Schuylkill County Transportation Authority at its first meeting since its reorganization meeting held in August, which took place late Wednesday afternoon at the courthouse in Pottsville. The next three monthly meetings will be held at the STS Complex in Saint Clair.

What the Coaldale Complex inspection revealed

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A report compiled by engineers hired by borough council to inspect the Coaldale Complex includes the following findings:

Roof: The 10-year-old roof is a concrete deck under rubber roofing. The engineers observed that there was significant cracking that would allow water to enter, but there were numerous soft spots on the rubber membrane. The chimney has missing bricks and cracked mortar joints, and the rubber roof membrane is improperly flashed to the brick on all sides. Caulk is being used as the main deterrent to allowing water into the chimney.

Lehigh Township benefit festival and car show slated for Oct. 3

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The 23rd Lehigh Township Benefit Festival and Car Show is slated for Sunday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is held at Beck's Drive In, 4548 Lehigh Drive, Route 248, Walnutport. Rain date is Oct. 10.

On this date

Thursday, September 30, 2010

September 29, 1951

The bodies of 579 Americans who lost their lives as a result of fighting in Korea are being returned to the United States aboard the Hossier State Victory, the Department of Defense announced. Included in the list of dead being returned is Pfc. Charles F. Bressler, brother of Mrs. Helen M. Reigel, 33 Third Avenue, Lehighton. The ship was expected to arrive at the San Francisco Port of Embarkation today.

Special service slated in Lansford

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The public is invited to attend a special service at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 to honor those who served in the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.

Those in the reserves or on active duty and their families are encouraged to attend the service, which will be held at St. John Slovac Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott St., Lansford.

Organizations that want to bring flags must provide their own stands.

For more information, call (570) 645-3643.

Birth: Rodgers

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Lilly Anna Rodgers
Lilly Anna Rodgers

A daughter, Lilly Anna Rodgers, was born on July 21, 2010 at Schuylkill Medical Center, Pottsville, to Ashley and Thomas Rodgers of Hometown.

She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Ronald and Helene Zeigler of West Penn Township/Tamaqua.

Paternal grandparents are Charles and JoAnn Rodgers, Tamaqua.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Writers' group

The Black Diamond Writers' Network will meet Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St. Guest speaker will be Kelly Ann Butterbaugh, whose topic will be "copywriting."

The public is welcome to attend. The group also holds mini critiques during their meetings. Local authors are welcome to bring a page of their unpublished work for review.

The BDWN is a nonprofit organization offering writing education and networking opportunities.

The group meets the third Saturday of every month.

Fall fun and pumpkins too

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Mollie Jo Keller, 3, of Lansford, pets Samson the goat, a resident of Troxell's Pumpkin Patch in Lehighton.
Mollie Jo Keller, 3, of Lansford, pets Samson the goat, a resident of Troxell's Pumpkin Patch in Lehighton.

Parents and children from the Carbon County Right From The Start program recently visited Troxell's Pumpkin Patch in Lehighton for an educational and fun day on a farm. The kids had the opportunity to learn about animals and farm life, play in a corn maze, and pick a pumpkin. Right From The Start is a program that serves nearly 75 Carbon County children annually and helps parents to prepare their child for kindergarten through home visits, educational trips and more.

No sale; Complex to be made safer

Thursday, September 30, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Alfred E. Benesch & Co. engineer Gregory J. Kuklinski explains his report on a safety inspection of the Coaldale Complex to borough council members. In the background are councilmen Steve Tentylo, left, and Tom Keerans. Councilwoman Nancy Lorchak is partially obscured.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Alfred E. Benesch & Co. engineer Gregory J. Kuklinski explains his report on a safety inspection of the Coaldale Complex to borough council members. In the background are councilmen Steve Tentylo, left, and Tom Keerans. Councilwoman Nancy Lorchak is partially obscured.

Coaldale borough council on Thursday voted unanimously to take four simple steps to make the deteriorated Coaldale Complex safe for the children and staff who occupy a Carbon County Head Start program there more than two weeks after engineers urged immediate action.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a traffic stop.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 3:52 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, officers stopped a vehicle along SR940 at Sullivan Road for failure to have a valid inspection sticker.

The driver was identified as Jesse Oltmann, of Tannersville. He was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was then transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood test.

The DUI charge is pending the test results, police said.

West End artists showcase work

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Many of the area artists and businesses have been partnering up to showcase the artists' work.

The following artists will be showing their paintings for the month of October at these area businesses:

*Patricia Smith, East Stroudsburg Savings Association, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville

*Charlene Taylor, Life Is Good Chiropractic, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville

*Nancy Embich, East Stroudsburg Savings Assoc., Rt. 209, Gilbert

*Marie Gelsomino, West End Lanes Bowling Center, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville

*Linda Marnell, Homestead Veterinary Center, Jonas Rd., Jonas

Blessing of animals set in West Penn

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Zion's Stone Church of West Penn Township will hold its Fourth Annual Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. in the church parking lot, with the Rev. Michael Frost, pastor, officiating.

The service is in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring their pets for the blessing.

JTAHS announces homecoming candidates

Thursday, September 30, 2010
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe Area High School has announced the candidates for its 2010 Homecoming Court. Candidates for homecoming queen are, seated, front from left, Christina Gibson, Julia Lauren Mason, Brittany Holland, Arielle Harleman, Samantha Harlan and Allison Porembo. Candidates for homecoming king are, standing, from left, James Denny, Terry Moll II, Wes Hurley, Jon Fritz, Shane Edwards and Justin Mazzela. Homecoming king and queen will be announced during halftime ceremonies on Friday when the Jim Thorpe Olympians take on the Blue Devils of Shenandoah High School.

Pleasant Vy. makes rare trip to Tamaqua

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pleasant Valley at Tamaqua

Friday, 7 p.m.

Records: Pleasant Valley 3-1 overall (1-0 Mountain Valley Conference), Tamaqua 1-3 overall (1-2 Anthracite Football League)

Pleasant Valley's offense needs to ... keep playing within itself. When the Bears focus more on what they have to do as compared to what the defense is doing - they do a nice job. They must control the ball with their short-passing game and run game. That, along with eliminating turnovers, is the key.

Theft from vehicle incident probed

Thursday, September 30, 2010

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a theft from a vehicle incident in Schuylkill County.

Richard Nagle, 22, reported someone removed an Ipod Touch from his unlocked Chevrolet Cavalier while parked in the driveway of his home at 502 Stoney Run Rd., in North Manheim Township, Pottsville. The theft occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, and 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Value of the item was set at $150.

Sliding into Autumn

Thursday, September 30, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Liam Shubeck, 2, of Nesquehoning, enjoys a ride down the slide during Right From The Start's recent educational outing.

Colts' Green 6th at SIAL golf tourney

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Patrick Deutsch/times news Palmerton's Todd Reichenbach (15) heads the ball away from Bangor's Derek Dell'Alba (4).
Patrick Deutsch/times news Palmerton's Todd Reichenbach (15) heads the ball away from Bangor's Derek Dell'Alba (4).

Marian's Josh Green had a strong showing at the Schuylkill League Golf championships and the Tamaqua girls cross country team picked up a huge sweep to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports card.

GOLF

Schuylkill League Tourney

Blue Mountain's Ryan Laudeman captured the Schuylkill League golf championship by firing a three-over-par 75 at Hidden Valley Golf Course.

Laudeman was one stroke ahead of both Pottsville's Justin Fiorillo and North Schuylkill's Derrick Reese.

Can Blue Bombers end skid?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's been a long time since Palmerton has beaten Palisades in a varsity football game.

"When I got the head job seven years ago, we had a losing streak to every team in the Colonial League so we had a checklist in the coaches' office and we crossed off teams as we beat them," Palmerton head coach Paul McArdle noted. "If we still had that list Palisades would still be unchecked."