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October 2010

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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
Bob Schaeffer of the Blue Mountain Paranormal Society holds a static electricity meter, a piece of equipment used to get audio or visual sightings of paranormal activity.
Bob Schaeffer of the Blue Mountain Paranormal Society holds a static electricity meter, a piece of equipment used to get audio or visual sightings of paranormal activity.

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.

Carbon County property transfers

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Dale Albert Kisthardt to Corey Ruggiero, McAdoo, property at rear 501 E. Grant St., McAdoo, $30,000.

East Side Boro

Janet Irraci to Janet Ieraci, 336 Bridge St., White Haven, property at 336 Bridge St., $1.

Jim Thorpe

Carlo Pissani to Lars C. Caspersen, 601 South Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 601 South Ave., $172,500.

Harold Ruff to James J. Paluck, 645 Onoko Lane, Jim Thorpe, Lot 134, Leisureland, $38,000.

Kara L. Steele to Aaron M. McAnulty, 1210 Fern St., Jim Thorpe, property at 1210 Fern St., $1.

Polk Township news

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Polk Twp. Historical Society Meeting

The Polk Township Historical Society will meet on Monday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Polk Township municipal building in Kresgeville. The evening's guest speaker will be William Dorshimer. Mr. Dorshimer served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He will share memories of his experiences as a member of the liberation forces in the European Theater. A short business meeting will follow the special presentation. Everyone is welcome to attend. For additional information, please call Pat at 610-681-8984.

PTO Meeting

Marian High School Hall of Fame

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Marian High School Hall of Fame Committee will hold its induction dinner for the Class of 2010 on Sunday, Oct. 31, at The Grand Ballroom of Kelly's Irish Pub, Lansford.

The committee inducts 10 athletes every two years. Inductees of coaches are also determined by committee members.

The program will begin with a social hour at 3 p.m., followed by the dinner and the induction ceremonies. Tickets to the dinner can be obtained by calling Bill O'Gurek, 570-645-4148; Emmett McCall, 570-645-2093; or Jack Malarkey, 570-668-2116.

The inductees include:

Read to the dog

Thursday, October 28, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Fran Brennan with Chip. a four-month-old German Shepard. Every Tuesday, they visit the Dimmick Library for a "read to the dog" program. "It teaches kindness and a dog does not judge you," Brennan said.

Palmerton Area Historical Society hears about Constitution

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Oct. 11 program of the Palmerton Area Historical Society was scheduled to be about William Penn with a video of the reconstruction of his home, Pennsbury Manor. Instead Secretary Betsy Burnhauser substituted a program about the Constitution because "our Constitution is under assault."

In 1777 the Continental Congress passed the Articles of Confederation which gave very little power to a central government. A group met at Mount Vernon in 1785 and decided maybe something should be done. There were more meetings at Annapolis and Montpelier (James Madison's home).

Pocono arrests

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on several arrests made by officers recently.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, officers made a traffic stop along SR940 at Joe's Kwik Mart for a vehicle code violation. Officers detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and found was a marijuana cigar roach, inside a purse belonging to Latisha Eaves, 20, of Albrightsville.

Enrollment at Pleasant Valley as of October is 6,416

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Charlie Conklin from Friends and Fans of PV Boys' Basketball personally thanked the Pleasant Valley School District and school board for a new scoreboard and time clock in the old PVHS gym. The club contributed $500 and with other clubs' contributions, for a total of $1,300.

Enrollment for the Pleasant Valley School District in October was 6,416. Dr. Douglas Arnold, PVSD superintendent said that it appears to be holding.

The school board approved for hire:

*Romario Relosa, casual security officer; Scott Olsen, Michael Sarnelli

Three arrested in Monroe incident

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Three persons were arrested following an incident in Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said on Friday, Oct. 22, officers responded to 1831 Fairhaven Drive, in A Pocono Country Place, in Tobyhanna, to assist police from Newark, N.J., in serving a fugitive from justice warrant. They were attempting to serve papers on Shaquan M. Johnson, who was wanted for aggravated assault, possession of weapons and other charges stemming from a shooting in Newark. Newark police had received information that Johnson was residing at the above= stated address.

Heritage Hill woman celebrating 97 years

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Lois Evelyn (Sands) Holman
Lois Evelyn (Sands) Holman

Lois Evelyn (Sands) Holman, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 97th birthday on Nov. 1.

Born in Hazleton in 1913, Lois was married to Allan Williams for 47 years until his death in 1979, and to David Holman Sr. for 10 years until his death in 2000.

Lois is a member of the Hazleton Chapter of the American Red Cross and received recognition for more than 50 years of service. She was instrumental in starting the Red Cross Bloodmobile in Weatherly and was also a volunteer worker in the Hazleton Red Cross office during World War ll.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 3:10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, along Condor Lane, in Cass Township.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sorority news

The Preceptor Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority met Oct. 20 at the home of Donna Gerber. The meeting included a Secret Sister Halloween party, hosted by Lori Schmerfeld. The program included the history of Halloween and numerous games. Members then exchanged Halloween treats.

Monroe woman charged with biting her two sons

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Monroe County woman has been arrested for allegedly biting her two sons and causing injuries.

State police at Fern Ridge identified the woman as Catherine Beth Applegate, of 613A Camellia Rd., in Brodheadsville, Chestnuthill Township. She has been charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering and endangering the welfare of a child.

Troopers gave the following account of what happened.

Tigers battle Slaters

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The importance of this Friday's night Colonial League showdown with Bangor is pretty obvious to Northwestern head coach Tom Linette.

"This is our third game in a row that we've been in for some kind of important game or championship," Linette said. "With Northern Lehigh, we were sitting with one loss at the time. So, we were talking about the league. This past week with Pen Argyl, that was important for a spot in double-A (districts).

"This one's different in a the way since we're playing against someone in a different class."