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October 2010

Summit Hill man facing charges from fatal crash

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Summit Hill man will facing numerous charges, including homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI), for a fatal crash in which a passenger in his vehicle died.

District Judge Robert Halal, of Whitehall Township, certified all charges against Wayne A. Vasiliou, 23, to Lehigh County court following a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

An all-out Halloween

Friday, October 29, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This house in the 400 block of Franklin Avenue in Palmerton clearly went all out for Halloween. Trick-or-Treat night was held Wednesday in the borough.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This house in the 400 block of Franklin Avenue in Palmerton clearly went all out for Halloween. Trick-or-Treat night was held Wednesday in the borough.

This house in the 400 block of Franklin Avenue in Palmerton clearly went all out for Halloween. Trick-or-Treat night was held Wednesday in the borough.

Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitationhosts annual Safe Trick or Treat Night

Friday, October 29, 2010
Parents, employees, children, and residents pause for a quick photo during the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation's annual Safe Trick or Treat Night.
Parents, employees, children, and residents pause for a quick photo during the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation's annual Safe Trick or Treat Night.

New governor will face major financial decisions

Friday, October 29, 2010

The next Governor of Pennsylvania establishes a legislative agenda which sets the policy for the next four years and Schuylkill County voters next Tuesday must decide which of the two candidates seeking election for the position is the best man for the job;

On this date

Friday, October 29, 2010

October 29, 1987

Richard "Dick" Hoffman, Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company Police captain, was named "Monroe County Fire Policeman of the Year" for 1987. He ws presented with the award by Blaine Rice, president of the Monroe County Fire Police Association, during the group's monthly meeting in Kresgeville. Hoffman was honored for the many calls to which he responds as well as his dedication. Also involved in the presentation was the association's secretary, Mel Teisch.

Updike leads Lady Raiders past JT

Friday, October 29, 2010

WHITEHALL - Allison Updike didn't realize she surpassed a milestone when she scored a goal just before half in Tamaqua's District 11 Class AA semifinal contest with Jim Thorpe.

The Lady Raiders' senior forward did know that the goal gave her team a much-needed lift.

Updike added another goal in the second half as Tamaqua blanked the Lady Olympians 3-0 on Thursday night at Whitehall.

With the victory, the second seeded Raiders (16-3-1) qualified for the District 11 final for the fifth straight season.

Affiliates with new broker dealer

Friday, October 29, 2010
Gogal
Gogal

Victor J. Gogal, registered representative, formally of Metlife, has affiliated with a new broker dealer, Questar Capital. "Staying local was a number one priority, said Gogal. By affiliating with Questar Capital and Wealth Professionals, Inc. I am able to continue local and personalized service. I've served as a representative for over 38 years and truly want to provide the local hands on approach I've used in the past. With all parties included we can continue the teamwork that has allowed us to serve Jim Thorpe and surrounding areas."

Deficient wastewater plant costs $30,500 to DEP

Friday, October 29, 2010

Palmerton owes the state Department of Environmental Protection $30,500 for its deficient wastewater treatment plant.

Borough Council on a 6-0 vote Thursday agreed to authorize the signing of a wastewater treatment plant consent order and to pay DEP the money. Councilman Randolph Gursky was absent.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the consent order has been necessitated by the borough's current wastewater treatment plant, which has been cited by DEP for various violations.

Summit Hill driver injured in Rush

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Summit Hill driver was injured in a rear-end crash in Rush Township.

Township police said Catherine A. O'Donnell, 37, was driving a 1993 Subaru on SR309 about 12:50 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, when she ran into the back of a Kenworth tractor-trailer rig at the intersection with SR54 (Hometown intersection).

The rig was stopped for a red traffic signal, police said.

O'Donnell was flown by helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, for facial and other injuries, police said. Police did not identify the driver of the rig.

Lions oust Tigers

Friday, October 29, 2010

BETHLEHEM – Northwestern had won five straight soccer matches against Moravian Academy three of them by shutout.

Thursday afternoon in the first round of the District 11 Class AA playoffs, it was a totally different story. The No. 3 seeded Lions came out roaring and went on to post a 3-0 victory over Northwestern.

It was the first time since October of 2007 that Moravian Academy came out on top in the battle of Colonial League rivals.

High winds topple trees

Friday, October 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Thursday's abnormally high winds knocked down trees and power lines throughout our area. Most communities experienced the largest gusts around 2 p.m. Tamaqua's highest wind gust for yesterday was recorded at 39 miles per hour around 2 p.m., while Lehighton was hit with 33 mile per hour winds. Tamaqua volunteer firefighters and Tamaqua borough employees worked hard to remove a tree from Schuylkill Avenue that was taken down yesterday by high winds. As this tree fell, it caused two power lines to touch and knock out power to most of Tamaqua for a few seconds.

Symptoms of the flu

Friday, October 29, 2010

Flu or a cold? Here's how to tell the difference:

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, in general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.

Here are common flu symptoms:

Ÿ Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with the flu will have a fever)

Ÿ Cough

Dogs

Friday, October 29, 2010

Man's best friend most of the time

Complaints were aired at a meeting of Lansford Borough Council this week about dogs running about the streets of the town. Some of these are reportedly vicious dogs.

Chief of Police John Turcmanovich mentioned that he was chased by a dog – a pit bull – and had to fend it off with pepper spray.

The zoning officer mentioned incidents with dogs.

It was agreed that the borough will crack down on dog owners who let the dogs run loose.

Birth: Williams

Friday, October 29, 2010
Ty Michael Williams
Ty Michael Williams

A son, Ty Michael Williams, was born at 3:37 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2010 at St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown, to Lauren and David Williams of Summit Hill.

He weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 17.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Bill and Donna Jones of Summit Hill.

Paternal grandparents are Art and Mary Williams, Lansford.

Maternal great-grandmother is Helen Jones of Lansford.

ATV reported stolen in Schuylkill

Friday, October 29, 2010

An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) was reported stolen in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Arthur Heffner, 35, of 215 E. Second Mountain Rd., Pottsville, North Manheim Township, reported his 2004 Yamaha YFZ450 was stolen from the driveway of his home sometime between 5 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The ATV is white and red in color.

Board approves interim coach for last week's game

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Panther Valley School Board held a special meeting last night, following a one hour executive session. At the beginning of the meeting, president Jeff Markovich said that the executive session was held to discuss a personnel matter concerning head football coach Frank Damian.

The proposed agenda for the meeting had only one item on it, the recommended approval of Matt Davis as interim head coach for Friday, October 22. Damian voluntarily removed himself from the sidelines for that game against traditional rival, Tamaqua.

On the hunt

Friday, October 29, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The burial ground was investigated by paranormal enthusiasts of the Palmerton Area Historical Society.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The burial ground was investigated by paranormal enthusiasts of the Palmerton Area Historical Society.

Searching all things spooky with the Blue Mountain Paranormal Society

Cindy Gasper, co-owner of Brony's Hotel, introduced Bob Schaeffer of the Blue Mountain Paranormal Society at a Sunday meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society.

The church where they gathered is known as the Little White Church on Third Street, Palmerton. It is owned by the historical society.

The Little White Church is the oldest church within the boundaries of Palmerton. It dates to 1844 when it was organized as an Evangelical congregation.

Panther Valley news

Friday, October 29, 2010

OLOA CYO

The Our Lady of the Angels Academy Catholic Youth Organization is seeking volunteers to help with coaching or volunteering their time to help promote the organization. Persons interested in helping can contact Tim Hoben, president, at mnthoben@windstream.net; Chris Henritzy, district representative, at delrose@ptd.net; or Lisa Stefanick, treasurer, at lisa67ann@yahoo.com.

Nesquehoning

Kids party

Western Pocono Lions of the Month are honored

Friday, October 29, 2010
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Recognized as Lions of the Month of the Western Pocono Lions Club, by club President Helen Koshensky were, left, PCC Lion Christopher Sweeney and, right, Lion Kathy Pagano. Sweeney was recognized for again arranging the club's World Service Day, and Pagano for spearheading the club's first spaghetti dinner fundraiser.
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Recognized as Lions of the Month of the Western Pocono Lions Club, by club President Helen Koshensky were, left, PCC Lion Christopher Sweeney and, right, Lion Kathy Pagano. Sweeney was recognized for again arranging the club's World Service Day, and Pagano for spearheading the club's first spaghetti dinner fundraiser.

Western Pocono Lions Club President Helen Koshensky recognized two Lions of the Month recipients and one honorable mention for that honor.

Lion Kathy Pagan was so recognized for the very successful spaghetti dinner fund-raiser she initiated and PCC Lion Chris Sweeney was honored for the success of his yearly World Lions Day planning ad participation.

Honorable mention went to PDG Lion Bob Argot for his involvement in World Sight Day.

At this meeting, the club bade a fond farewell to Kelly Kellie at The Hamilton.

PennDOT issues reminder regarding Puerto Rican ids

Friday, October 29, 2010

PennDOT today issued a reminder that as of Nov. 1, it can no longer accept birth certificates issued by the Puerto Rican government prior to July 1, 2010, as acceptable proof of identity when applying for a driver's license or photo identification card.

Palmerton unlikely to have tax hike

Friday, October 29, 2010

Palmerton residents aren't likely to see an increase in their property tax rates next year.

Borough Council on a 6-0 vote Thursday agreed to advertise for adoption the 2011 budget at its Dec. 16 meeting. Councilman Randolph Gursky was absent.

If approved, the budget would leave the property tax rate unchanged at 8.27 mills. That would mean the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, which would be assessed at $50,000, would again pay $413.50.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson noted that the borough is about to embark on a $10 million wastewater treatment plant.

Thirty-seven zoning permits issued

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thirty seven permits were issued by the Schuylkill County Zoning Board and the estimated costs of construction is $1.5 million. The fees paid for the permits totaled $6,330. Permits were issued to the following:

Salvation Army Halloween event

Friday, October 29, 2010

Some dressed-up Tamaqua Salvation Army Senior Halloween event volunteers and Older and Bolder senior group members pictured are, from back left, "Mother Nature" Lois Deutsch, "Body Burying Gardner" Georgine Snyder, "Angel" Nary Ann Reed, "Cowboy" Gloria Carpency, and "Witch" Vivian Leimseide. Pictured from front left are "Farm Boy" Andrew Leibenguth, "Breast Cancer Bunny" Jane Faust, "Grim Reaper" Judy Lucas, "Salt Shaker" Dina Depos, "Pepper Shaker" Melanie Durning, "Sleepy Time" Mary Hosler, and "Hawaiian Girl" Gerry Klein.

Rare blood disorder

Friday, October 29, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS "This is very personal to the community. We need to have open lines of communication," says Peter Jaran, left, on Thursday at Tamaqua Borough Hall. Jaran, an environmental engineer from New Jersey, will serve as project manager in an air and water quality study as part of an investigation into a rare blood disorder that surfaced two years ago in Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties. Shown right is Joe Murphy, Hometown, of the Citizens Advisory Committee.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS "This is very personal to the community. We need to have open lines of communication," says Peter Jaran, left, on Thursday at Tamaqua Borough Hall. Jaran, an environmental engineer from New Jersey, will serve as project manager in an air and water quality study as part of an investigation into a rare blood disorder that surfaced two years ago in Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties. Shown right is Joe Murphy, Hometown, of the Citizens Advisory Committee.

Study will look at air and water quality

A New Jersey firm will oversee a regional air and water quality study to try and find out why there is a higher then normal incidence of a rare blood disease in the local area.

The study, the first of a multifaceted investigation, comes about after cases of polycythemia vera, a rare blood cancer, have surfaced in clusters at an unusually high rate in Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties.

Stop the spread

Friday, October 29, 2010

A flu shot is the best defense against the seasonal illness, but doctors also advise these measures to help stop its spread.

1. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

2. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

3. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

5. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

Jim Thorpe news

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween with Robb Taylor

On Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m., Robb Taylor, multitalented musician, performer and children's book author, will host a free Halloween Party at the Dimmick Library Friends House, (formerly the annex), 58 Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Taylor will read from his book "Mr. Mischief," a Halloween story. The party is geared to children ages 5-8, and they are invited to come in costume. There will be games and refreshments.

Best costumes at St. Matthew's

Friday, October 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

There was lots of tricks and treats at St. Matthew's UCC's Halloween party with games, prizes and refreshments. The costume prize winners were: Left to right-front row, Katelyn Hefflefinger, Nickolas Snyder, Hailee Snyder, Taden Dunbar, Madison Dorshimer; Back row, Riston Barr, Ryker Barr, Aubrey Freeby, Abby Huber, Liz Altemose holding son, Dean, Terri Meckes.

Panther Valley eliminates Lehighton

Friday, October 29, 2010

Panther Valley is playing its best volleyball of the season – and it couldn't come at a better time.

The Panthers used tremendous balance up and down the lineup on Thursday night to sweep Lehighton, 25-15, 25-21, 25-22 in a District 11 Class AA pigtail round match.

The victory was the fourth straight for Panther Valley, which now moves on to Saturday's pool play portion of the Class AA tournament at Catasauqua.

Marian's homecoming royalty

Friday, October 29, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, crowned Zachary Miller, Jim Thorpe as its 2010 Homecoming King and Cathleen Cataldo, also of Jim Thorpe, as Queen on during half-time festivities last Friday.

U.S. Senate race decision facing county voters

Friday, October 29, 2010

The contest for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania is a toss-up between Pat Toomey, Republican, and Joe Sestak, Democrat, and Schuylkill County voters can play a major role in deciding who will be their representative in the next Congress.

The winner will take the seat being vacated by Senator Arlen Spector, a five term senator who his bid fo re-election in the primary to Sestak.

Two placed in probation program

Friday, October 29, 2010

Two persons with pending criminal charges were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successsfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked from it the Commonwealth reserved the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Placed were: