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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; Chris Henritzy, district representative, at email@example.com; or Lisa Stefanick, treasurer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Earlier this year, 10 Northeastern Pennsylvania residents took the brave step of sharing their personal stories of surviving breast cancer in an effort to inspire others who are facing the disease.
Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) collected their experiences for its 10th annual Gallery of Hope, a traveling display containing survivor profiles and educational materials designed to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer.
BCNEPA is seeking nominations for its 2011 Gallery of Hope.
Berlinsville home the focus of a chilling Animal Planet episode Halloween night
Just when it appears Halloween couldn't get any scarier ...
Television watchers with an affinity for the unconventional should adjust their sets to Animal Planet Sunday night.
Those who do will see a Northampton County landmark The Abraham Berlin III homestand in Berlinsville as well as the Lehigh Valley Lights Out Paranormal Team from Lehigh Valley, featured in Animal Planet's eerie paranormal series, "The Haunted." The spooky episode, which begins at 10 p.m., is titled "Horror in the Closet."
Two drivers escaped serious injury Thursday evening when involved in a crash at the intersection of route 309 and 443 in the village of South Tamaqua, West Penn Township. The crash occurred near 6 p.m. According to West Penn police a car operated by a male was traveling south on state route 309 through the intersection. A late model Jeep operated by a female was traveling north and attempting to make a left turn onto state route 443 west. In doing so, the female pulled into the path of the south bound car with the two colliding in the south bound lanes.
A Monroe County woman is facing a charge of theft and receiving stolen property following an incident at a county nursing home.
Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers were called to the Mountain Health Care facility in Mt. Pocono about 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, to a report of a theft of money from an employee.
As the result of an investigation Stephanie Biroc, 28, of Tobyhanna, admitted her involvement in the theft, police said, and was charged with the two criminal counts.
Fully aware that its water rescue certification is about to expire, the Lehighton Fire Department knew exactly where to turn.
Fortunately for the department, their call for help has been answered by an organization that pledges its support to such community endeavors.
As it has become known for, Crusaders For a Cause of Palmerton generously donated funds to pay for new water rescue equipment for the department.
The Black Diamond Writers' network will sponsor a workshop on writing mystery novels featuring Josh Berk, award winning writer of "The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin." The workshop will be held from 1-3 p.m., Nov. 20 at the Tamaqua Public Library, following the monthly meeting of the BDWN.
The workshop will include exercises on plot, setting, character, dialogue, description and more. Participants will be able to brainstorm outlines for detective stories during the hands on writing practice.
Beating an incumbent is a tall order. But that is what state Sen. David Argall has chosen to do attempt to unseat the incumbent congressman of the 17th Congressional District in Tuesday's General Election. The 125 polling places in Schuykill County open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
The Summit Hill Little League would like all past and present players, coaches and umpires to meet in front of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church at 462 West Ludlow Street in Summit Hill today at 5 p.m. The group will be paying its final respects to former SHLL President Joseph "Chubby" Carnish.
EAST STROUDSBURG - It had been three years since the Pleasant Valley volleyball team hoisted the Mountain Valley Conference trophy.
Thursday night, this year's seniors got to feel its weight for the first time.
The top-seeded Bears took advantage of numerous East Stroudsburg North errors and went on to sweep the second-seeded Timberwolves, 25-17, 25-15, 25-14. It is the program's first MVC title since it won five straight from 2002 to 2006.
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.