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October 2010

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.

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.

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.

On the hunt

Friday, October 29, 2010
The 1844 Little White Church in Palmerton with its burying ground was the site of a paranormal investigation.
The 1844 Little White Church in Palmerton with its burying ground was the site of a paranormal investigation.

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.

Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitationhosts annual Safe Trick or Treat Night

Friday, October 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Residents lined the halls at the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hometown to hand out candy to all the children. Pictured, from left, are Gracie Nallon, 6, dressed as Pocahontas, Isabel Nallon, 1, dressed as Winnie the Pooh, Blake Roberts, 3, dressed as a sheep, nursing home residents Marie Norris, dressed as a grandma, and Joan McKenzie, dressed as a witch.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Residents lined the halls at the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hometown to hand out candy to all the children. Pictured, from left, are Gracie Nallon, 6, dressed as Pocahontas, Isabel Nallon, 1, dressed as Winnie the Pooh, Blake Roberts, 3, dressed as a sheep, nursing home residents Marie Norris, dressed as a grandma, and Joan McKenzie, dressed as a witch.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nominations sought for 2011 BCNEPA Gallery of Hope

Friday, October 29, 2010

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.

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

Two cars collide in West Penn Township

Friday, October 29, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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.

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:

Holden and Argall square off Tuesday

Friday, October 29, 2010

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.

Rare blood disorder

Friday, October 29, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tri-County Polycythemia Vera Citizens Advistory Committee pose questions late Thursday to experts who will study the local air and water quality. From left: CAC chairman and Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison; Mark Ioos, vice president, Skelly and Loy, Harrisburg; Peter Jaran, engineer, Equity Environmental Engineering, Flanders, NJ; and Joe Murphy, CAC member.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tri-County Polycythemia Vera Citizens Advistory Committee pose questions late Thursday to experts who will study the local air and water quality. From left: CAC chairman and Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison; Mark Ioos, vice president, Skelly and Loy, Harrisburg; Peter Jaran, engineer, Equity Environmental Engineering, Flanders, NJ; and Joe Murphy, CAC member.

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.

Lady Bears back on top

Friday, October 29, 2010
PATRICK DEUTSCH/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Paige Band (15) and Crystal Cambria goes up for the block against East Stroudsburg North.
PATRICK DEUTSCH/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Paige Band (15) and Crystal Cambria goes up for the block against East Stroudsburg North.

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.

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.

District 11 Cross Country results

Friday, October 29, 2010

Girls Class AA

Team Legend and Scoring

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.