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October 2010

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
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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Monroe crashes

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on two crashes investigated by officers recently, including one in which the driver fled the scene.

On Monday, Oct. 25, about 6:48 p.m. officers responded to a crash that occurred in the area of SR115 and Interstate 80 overpass in Tobyhanna Township. Police said Christopher Macias-Delvalle, of Stroudsburg, was turning left onto 115 from the interstate west off ramp when his vehicle was struck by a vehicle driven by Alejandro Portillo-Peraza, of Jim Thorpe, who was traveling south on 115.

Nolehi ousted

Thursday, October 28, 2010

SOUTHERN LEHIGH Northern Lehigh field hockey coach Jess Schoenberger knew that Southern Lehigh was going to be a tough match-up due to their high-functioning offense and attacking style when in possession of the ball.

In order to combat that threat, she made some personnel switches to attempt to limit that potential. Throughout the first half, the score remained deadlocked at 0-0 and her plan was working well. However, the second half yielded a breakdown, as the Spartans scored early and often to move on to the next round with a 3-0 victory.

Marian wins title

Thursday, October 28, 2010
ap photo Taylor Mele of Marian handles a return against Pine Grove during the Schuylkill League volleyball championship.
ap photo Taylor Mele of Marian handles a return against Pine Grove during the Schuylkill League volleyball championship.

POTTSVILLE Nobody probably noticed that all of Marian's volleyball players wore red fingernail polish last night.

There was a reason. It was their way of dedicating the games to the wife of head coach John "Doc" Fallabel, JoAnn, who died unexpected last July 1. The Fallabels had been married 36 years when JoAnn passed away.

The gesture surely made the Fillies' three-game sweep of Pine Grove in the Schuylkill League championship finals at Martz Hall one of the sweetest ever for Coach Fallabel.

Arrests reported

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Nesquehoning police chief Sean Smith reported on the following arrests he made.

Rexvalore Ellison, 14 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, has been charged with retail theft, driving under suspension, expired inspection sticker, and expired registration plate. Ellison was arrested after Smith was called to the Dollar General Store on Sept. 19. Ellison allegedly stole a tracphone and jewelry.

Jerry Zemlan, 206 W. Water St., Lansford, was cited for retail theft for an incident on Sept. 28 at the Top Star service station. He allegedly stole a pack of cigarettes.