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October 2010

Nesquehoning council sets special meeting

Friday, October 29, 2010

There will be a special meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4. This meeting was already scheduled; however council will not be doing a full agenda, just the items that needed to be addressed.

The next regular council meeting will be held Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

District 11 Cross Country results

Friday, October 29, 2010

Girls Class AA

Team Legend and Scoring

The flu

Friday, October 29, 2010

Season is on the cusp

We're on the cusp of flu season, with aches, coughs, fever and sore throats looming large.

The flu can be serious business, leading to bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections. An average of 36,000 people in the United States die each year from complications of the seasonal flu, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. The very young, the very old, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and asthma are especially at risk.

CDC advises everyone older than 6 months to get the vaccine.

Six TN runners going to States

Friday, October 29, 2010
Six TN runners going to States
Copyright 2010

BETHLEHEM - Tyler Stelmack ran at the Colonial League cross country championships last week with a 100-plus degree fever.

At the District 11 Championships, held Thursday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, the Northwestern sophomore was closer to 100 percent, and he placed sixth overall in the Class AA race.

The top two teams and top 10 non-team finishers in each class earned berths at the PIAA State Championships, to be held Saturday, Nov. 6 on the Parkview course outside Hershey's Giant Center.

Tamaqua falls to Salisbury

Friday, October 29, 2010
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Tamaqua goal keeper Zack Lakitsky knocks the ball away from the cage during Thursday's district playoff game against Salisbury.
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Tamaqua goal keeper Zack Lakitsky knocks the ball away from the cage during Thursday's district playoff game against Salisbury.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP – A one-goal deficit was manageable. But when Salisbury went up 3-1 early in the second half, it was more than Tamaqua could overcome.

The No. 4 seed Falcons (14-4-1) won the District 11 Class AA boys soccer semifinal by that score and will meet Palisades Monday at Whitehall. The No. 5 seed Raiders (13-7) are eliminated and their season comes to an end.

"They out-hustled us," said Tamaqua head coach Greg Stewart. "They have a few really good ball skill players. And they're deep."

McFarland's NBA award predictions

Friday, October 29, 2010

By SHAWN MCFARLAND

The start of the 2010 NBA season has finally arrived. With that, so too has change.

Many players have switched teams or roles, while some coaches have begun, resurrected or ended their careers. The one thing that hasn't changed: the skill on the court.

Continuing to look for more improvement

Friday, October 29, 2010

By ED HEDES

While the guys up at the top of the Grid Picks standings continue to battle it out, there's been some movement down at the other end as well.

Andy Steinmetz and Jason Boris continue to vie for first place with Shawn McFarland quietly lingering two games behind them.

Down under, Bob Ford sits in last place, four games behind Emmett McCall, T.J. Engle and yours truly. The three of us are three games behind Rod Heckman.

Three legislative districts all have races this year

Friday, October 29, 2010

The three incumbent state legislators representing Schuylkill County and part of Berks County in the state House of Representatives all have opposition in Tuesday's General Election. There are eight candidates on the ballots seeking to represent the constituants from the 123rd, 124th and 125th Legislative Districts.

Summit Hill sued by contractor

Friday, October 29, 2010

Summit Hill borough has been named defendant in a civil lawsuit by a contractor that worked on the new municipal building, firehouse and community center.

Hoch Mechanical Inc., of 11 S. Dauphin St., Allentown, filed the action claiming the borough and the project architect, Fedetz & Martin, have failed to pay them for work done according to the contract signed between the parties.

Wind/truck damage Tamaqua traffic light

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

Just before 2 p.m. yesterday, a vehicle struck a Tamaqua street light on Center Street (SR309) after the driver said the wind caused it. Tamaqua borough workers spent time repairing the light while the Tamaqua Police controlled traffic at both Center Street intersections.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, October 29, 2010

October 29, 1976 Donn Nicholas throws three touchdown passes and runs for another to help Pleasant Valley gain a 33-0 win over Palmerton. Nicholas tosses 10 and five-yard scoring strikes to Don Miller and also connects with Mike Gould for a 25-yard TD. The PV quarterback finishes with 127 yards passing and 49 yards rushing. He also intercepts a pass on defense. The Bears, coached by Tony Caracio, also receive a three-yard touchdown run from Dale Heller.

CORRECTION

Friday, October 29, 2010

The super loads of steel re-enforced concrete beams pictured on the front page of Thursday's TIMES NEWS were made by Northeast Prestressed Products LLC, of Cressona, and not Schuylkill Products as was originally reported. Northeast Prestressed Products LLC purchased Schuylkill Products more than a year ago. The beams are to be used at a construction site along the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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.