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October 2010

Elderly woman killed in Schuylkill crash

Thursday, October 28, 2010

An elderly woman was killed when the vehicle she was a passenger in was involved in a crash about 5:09 p.m. on Wednesday along SR443 at Frantz Rd., in Washington Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the deceased as Mabel Groff, 95, of Lebanon. She was pronounced dead at the scene by county deputy coroner Paul Kennedy.

Troopers gave the following details of the accident.

Caitlin Henninger is Jim Thorpe Idol

Thursday, October 28, 2010
The nine finalists in the "Jim Thorpe Idol 6" competition stand together on the stage of the auditorium of Jim Thorpe Area High School as they await the announcement of the winner of this year's competition. They are, from left, Michael Riley, Jon "Lucky" Meyers, Bridget McFadden, Caitlin Henninger, Christian Pringle, Patrick Martin, Nicole Reinhart, Lindsay Capper and Brooke McElmoyle.
The nine finalists in the "Jim Thorpe Idol 6" competition stand together on the stage of the auditorium of Jim Thorpe Area High School as they await the announcement of the winner of this year's competition. They are, from left, Michael Riley, Jon "Lucky" Meyers, Bridget McFadden, Caitlin Henninger, Christian Pringle, Patrick Martin, Nicole Reinhart, Lindsay Capper and Brooke McElmoyle.

Sixth annual competition may be the last held at high school

Culminating weeks of competition, which had seen the original group of 25 competitors narrowed down to nine finalists, the title of "Jim Thorpe Idol 6" was awarded to Caitlin Henninger. The final evening of competition was held in the auditorium of Jim Thorpe Area High School.

For her presentationCaitlin sang "Pyramid." She did an encore of song after the announcement of her victory.

Hit/run driver being sought

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A hit and run driver is being sought in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said a driver was turning left from Greenview Road to go north on SR61 in North Manheim Township, about 5:26 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26. For unknown reasons the driver traveled off the side of the road while Kimberly R. Emerich, 42, of Schuylkill Haven, was traveling northbound in a 2002 Dodge Neon.

The rear bumper of the other vehicle struck the front of the Neon. After impact the other driver continued north on 61 and then turned right onto SR443.

Jim Thorpe Rotary presents 2011 calendar

Thursday, October 28, 2010
The 2011 Jim Thorpe Rotary Calendar contains 13 photographs-one for each month plus a cover scene-for 2011, it depicts the tower of St. Mark's Church.
The 2011 Jim Thorpe Rotary Calendar contains 13 photographs-one for each month plus a cover scene-for 2011, it depicts the tower of St. Mark's Church.

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for friends who love to visit Jim Thorpe or have moved away? According to Bill Allison, calendar committee chair of the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club, it recently arrived-as the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe 2011 Calendar.

Rotary's stocking stuffer, now in its second year of publication, is a venue to display images of the Victorian town and its homage to its Olympian namesake by several local photographers.

Value of sprinkler systems demonstrated

Thursday, October 28, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Two rooms were used in the demonstration. The one on the right has the sprinkler system. Pipes run across the outside of the ceiling.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Two rooms were used in the demonstration. The one on the right has the sprinkler system. Pipes run across the outside of the ceiling.

Clouds of black smoke reached far into the sky behind the Lehigh Township municipal building on Oct. 24. Before the firefighters could be expected to reach the fire the living room was in flames. However, Lehigh Township firefighters were already on hand because the fire was the first half of a residential sprinkler demonstration held by the fire company.

The fire company received a $1,000 grant - one of only 100 in the entire country. There were four or five in the state, said Roger Spadt, fire marshal. The grants were provided by the Home Fire Sprinkler Association.

Theft incident at milling site probed

Thursday, October 28, 2010

State police at Frackville are investigating a theft incident at a milling site in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said unknown criminals backed a pickup trucks up the milling equipment, shined lights from the bed of the trucks onto the equipment and removed various items. The site is located along Pine Valley Road at Sprcue St., in East Brunswick Township.

Truck snaps utility pole in Mahoning

Thursday, October 28, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Grist Mill road in Mahoning Township was closed for several hours after a box type delivery truck snagged some wires snapping off a utility pole. The pole carried a transformer and live power lines. The site is about a hundred feet south of Rt. 902. It was unknown how many electrical customers were without power due to the incident. The transformer ruptured sending a flow of oil down the roadway. Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.

PMW stuns Pleasant Vy.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
patrick Deutsch/times news Pleasant Valley's Ricky Forte (9) goes up to head the ball against Pocono Mountain West.
patrick Deutsch/times news Pleasant Valley's Ricky Forte (9) goes up to head the ball against Pocono Mountain West.

It was a bad week in the Poconos for the Pleasant Valley soccer team.

Last week, the Bears' undefeated Mountain Valley Conference season was spoiled in the championship game by Pocono Mountain East.

Wednesday night, Pocono Mountain West upset the Bears, 2-1, in the opening round of the District 11 Class AAAA playoffs.

It was a stunning end to what appeared to be a very promising season for Pleasant Valley.

Luring incident probed in JT

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Jim Thorpe are investigating a luring of a child incident.

Police said a white male in his 50s allegedly tried to lure two juveniles into his vehicle. The incident occurred in the area of Leisure Lane on Monday, Oct. 25, about 4:30 p.m.

The male was reportedly driving a gray Cadillac. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 325-4995.

Penn Kidder PTA holds Annual Fall Festival

Thursday, October 28, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kindergarten and first grade students participated in a costume contest during the Penn Kidder PTA's Seventh "Annual Fall Festival".
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kindergarten and first grade students participated in a costume contest during the Penn Kidder PTA's Seventh "Annual Fall Festival".

Last Saturday Penn Kidder PTA's Seventh "Annual Fall Festival" was held at the Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District.

All kinds of ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and other strange creatures invaded the school's gym and cafeteria to enjoy a day of carnival games, costume contests, music, dancing, and food.

There was a Chinese auction which had over 100 items in it including two bicycles and in addition to that, there was also a 50-50 raffle

Wal-Mart donations

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS

Displaying facsimiles of checks presented to them by Wal-Mart in Mahoning Township, during the store's grand opening Wednesday morning, are, left to right, Johnette Lenik and Bob Miller, representing Mahoning Valley Ambulance; Mark Ebbert, chief of Mahoning Valley Fire Department, and Ken Barnes, Chief of Police in Mahoning Township. The store gave $25,000 in donations. Other recipients were the Trinity Luther Food Bank and the Shriner's Children's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Owl Creek's Fall Foliage Hayride

Thursday, October 28, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Owl Creek Reservoir Commission (OCRC) held its

Owl Creek Fall Foliage Hayride event this past weekend. Visitors, young and old, enjoyed haunted hayrides, a campfire, pumpkin painting, marshmallow roasting, face painting, hay maze, prizes, funnel cakes and other

festive foods. Aislynn Gallagher, 5, Alice Taylor, and Ed Sookikian, dress as witches and a devil to scare riders. Carlee Deetz, left, and Roger Taras, both from Tamaqua, stick their heads through the Owl Creek Reservoir

Caution

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Motorists must be careful with trick or treat activity

With many communities holding trick-or-treat nights this week, PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler urged motorists to slow down and watch carefully for little princesses, witches and pirates.

Bucks man jailed for robbery

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Bucks County man was jailed on Monday for a robbery in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said James Edward Cheety, 26, of Bensalem, was committed to the county prison in Pottsville on charges of robbery, simple assault, theft and harassment.

Elected as student government officer

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Jaime Price of Nesquehoning, has been elected 2011 class senator of the Student Government Association (SGA) by the Susquehanna University student body. She will hold the position for the 2010 academic year.

The long, slow journey home

Thursday, October 28, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Schuylkill Products of Cressona continues to deliver super loads of steel re-enforced concrete beams to a construction site along the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. On Wednesday, two 154-foot-long beams traveled along Route 895 to Route 248. There they continued to Lehighton, crossing the McCall bridge, and proceeding south on Route 209 along the Lehighton bypass. They were then backed into the road leading past the Lehigh Sewage Treatment Plant to the job site 2.5 miles south.

On this date

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Oct. 28, 1960

A hayride float, sponsored by a Jim Thorpe group, was among the winning entries in the Lehighton Halloween Parade last night, claiming a $12 reward.

An estimated 5,000 persons watched the mammoth line of march in which an estimated 1,500 men, women and children took part.

The Nesquehoning High School Band won second prize in the junior musical organizations category, winning $65.

The six division fete was sponsored by the Lehighton Chamber of Commerce and the United Veterans Organization.

Lansford man jailed for theft

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Lansford man was jailed for retail theft following an incident in Nesquehoning.

On Oct. 20 about 8:35 p.m. Officer Carl Briener was dispatched to Redners Warehouse Market for a theft report. On scene Briener placed the suspect, Richard E. Ergie, of 522 E. Patterson St., in custody for theft. Erige is accused of stealing a roll of tape and Unisom pills totaling $10.04 in value.

Graduates from unit training

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Army National Guard Pvt. Donald F. Fernandes has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, Ky., which included basic combat training and advanced individual training (AIT).

During the first nine weeks of initial entry training (IET), the trainee completed basic combat training which included instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.

Farole emerges as offensive threat

Thursday, October 28, 2010

An injury to one player always creates an opportunity for another one.

When Lehighton lost two of their talented skill players in Jacen Nalesnik and Giuseppe Caruso, the Indians needed other players to step up their game.

Enter Anthony Farole.

A starter the entire season, but a secondary option early on, the junior has recently become one of the team's main weapons offensively.

Points galore

Thursday, October 28, 2010

One look at the summaries from last weekend's area football games tells the story.

Pleasant Valley and East Stroudsburg South combined for 75 points, Jim Thorpe and Schuylkill Haven put up a total of 69, and Northwestern and Pen Argyl lit up the scoreboard for 63 points. Of the eight games involving TIMES NEWS area teams, the lowest scoring contest produced a total of 39 points and 11 of the teams involved in those games scored at least 27 points.

Students 'Race for Education'

Thursday, October 28, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sixth through eighth grade students of Saint Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe break away in a running start for their hour of participation in the school's "Race for Education" which was held last Friday on the track at the Jim Thorpe Area High School football field.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sixth through eighth grade students of Saint Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe break away in a running start for their hour of participation in the school's "Race for Education" which was held last Friday on the track at the Jim Thorpe Area High School football field.

Students from Saint Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe held their Eighth annual "Race for Education" last Friday on the track at the Jim Thorpe Area High School football field.

The students had sent out sponsor sheets for friends and family members to send in donations to sponsor them with either a per-lap or straight donation and so far they have raised $15,500.

All of the monies come back to the school eventually for things such as field trips, educational materials for the students and instructional materials for the teachers for prep for their classes.

Schuylkill driver facing charges

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Schuylkill County driver is facing charges, including driving under the influence (DUI), following an incident that occurred about 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, along SR895, a tenth of a mile west of Fort Lebanon Road, in Auburn.

Andreas man cited in Tamaqua

Thursday, October 28, 2010

An Andreas man has been cited by Tamaqua police after he was found sleeping on a porch Wednesday morning.

Officers were dispatched to 230 Mauch Chunk St. at 3 a.m. where they found Justin Lawlor, 29, of 848 Lizard Creek Rd., asleep on the porch. Lawlor appeared to be in a highly intoxicated state. He was transported to the police station and cited for public drunkenness.

Nesquehoning arrest reported

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Nesquehoning police reported the arrest of a borough resident for theft and receiving stolen property charges.

Officer Timothy Wuttke filed the charges against Jaden Diacheysn, 24 N. Allen St. Wuttke received a report from Joan Diacheysn that her gold bracelet was stolen in the beginning of September. Through an investigation the officer learned that the bracelet was sold to a Nick Cuono in Nesquehoning.

The bracelet was recovered and the charges were filed against Diacheysn on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Jim Thorpe, Marian meet in rivalry game

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Marian at Jim Thorpe

Friday, 7 p.m.

Records: Marian (1-7 overall, 0-6 Anthracite Football League); Jim Thorpe (6-2 overall, 5-2 Anthracite Football League)

PennDOT warns motorists of increased deer presence

Thursday, October 28, 2010

With the earlier onset of nightfall, motorists should be prepared to encounter white-tailed deer darting onto roads across Pennsylvania, said Penn-DOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E.

"There is typically a sharp rise in the number of deer-related crashes at this time of year," Biehler said. "Motorists can reduce their risk of being involved in a crash with a deer by driving defensively and staying alert, especially when driving between dusk and dawn."

Monroe arrests

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on two driving under the influence (DUI) and also a drug arrests, all stemming from vehicle stops.

About 2:45 a.m .on Sunday, Oct. 24, officers on patrol observed the driver of a Nissan Altima commit vehicle code violations. A traffic stop was made and the driver identified as Steevn Gonzalez-Rosales, 23, of Tobyhanna. He was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was then transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood test. The DUI charge is pending the test results.

On this date

Thursday, October 28, 2010

October 28, 2003

Two goals in a three-minute span propel Northwestern to a 2-1 victory over Moravian Academy in a District 11 Class AA semifinal field hockey matchup. Late in the first half, Jen Belknap gives the Tigers a 1-0 lead when she scores off an assist from Trisha Erney. Northwestern, coached by Cathy McCullough, gains an important insurance goal moments later when Lia Snyder takes a pass from Lauren Geiger and finds the back of the cage.

Fur Trade Rendezvous Reenactment Weekend scheduled

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Examples of pouches and powder horns used during the fur trade era, America's period of empire building. The Fur Trade Rendezvous Reenactment Weekend takes place on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31 at Jacobsburg State Park.
Examples of pouches and powder horns used during the fur trade era, America's period of empire building. The Fur Trade Rendezvous Reenactment Weekend takes place on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31 at Jacobsburg State Park.

"The fur trade era was America's period of empire building," noted Tim Lubenesky, director of the Fur Trade Rendezvous Reenactment Weekend to be held on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31 at Jacobsburg State Park.

Final Wal-Mart plan approved pending completion of improvements

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Although Wal-Mart had its grand opening Wednesday, there are still issues which need resolution to match the development plans submitted to the township at the start of the project according to the township engineer T&M Associates' letter. But the supervisors, following a discussion, unanimously approved the plan subject to the fulfillment of the conditions outlined in the engineer's letter.