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October 2010

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."

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.

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.

Planning board approves preliminary plans for resort

Thursday, October 28, 2010

By a split vote the Schuylkill County Planning Commission gave approval Wednesday to the preliminary plan of Eagle Rock Resorts Company, of Hazleton, to subdivide 430.3 acres into 137 building lots in the Algonquin Valley Subdivision, located in North Union Township.

A dissenting vote was cast by Anthony Prudenti, who expressed concern of people who bought lots in a subdivision which originally was to have a lake.

He said some lots had been sold with that understanding and now the revised subdivision plans call for elimination of constructing the lake in the subdivision.

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.

Michael J. Fox happy with life

Thursday, October 28, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) – No need for time travel for Michael J. Fox. The actor says he's happy with his life just the way it is.

In fact, Fox says if he could jump in a DeLorean time machine – like his "Back to the Future" character Marty McFly – and share any advice, he would say "keep doing what you're doing." Fox says the role brought him to where he is now and he "wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

Fox marked the 25th anniversary of "Back to the Future" at an event Monday in New York City.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, October 28, 2010

JROTC

The next meeting of the JROTC of the Panther Valley High School Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. Discussion will include fundraisers and the Christmas party.

PV Elementary School

The annual Halloween parade by the students and staff of the Panther Valley Elementary School is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29. Students will dress in costumes after lunch and the parade will commence from the elementary school at approximately 1:45 p.m.

NL Homecoming

Thursday, October 28, 2010
NL Homecoming
Copyright 2010

ABOVE: Members of the 2010 Northern Lehigh High School Homecoming Court were, from left, Colin Hedash, Lauren Oertner, Nick Heyer, Maggie Lear, Carly Gavalla (Queen), Cody Remaley (King), Eric Snyder, Victoria Uebele, Casey McCarroll, Payton Marunich, Jake Kern, Tamara Stubits, Dylan Bolton, and Jordan Zellner.

LEFT: Seniors Carly Gavalla and Cody Remaley were crowned as 2010 Northern Lehigh High School Homecoming Queen and King during halftime of Northern Lehigh's 35-6 win over Bangor last Friday.

Memorial service slated for Nov. 10

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Carbon County Veterans Affairs Office will conduct a memorial service on Wednesday, Nov. 10, beginning at 1 p.m. The service will be held in Josiah White Park.

The service is open to the public, as well as all veterans organizations.

Operation: Touch of Home last call for names before shipment

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Operation: Touch of Home is gearing up to ship out its next essential's shipment to area troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and they need names and addresses of these troops.

Family members or friends with this information are asked to contact: touchofhome@hotmail.com or mail to Operation: Touch of Home, P. O. box 162, Brodheadsville, Pa. 18322 with the GI's name, rank, address and deployment date. Please include your name and email/phone number as well.

Tamaqua woman gets jail term for drunk driving count

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Tamaqua woman was among nine people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Karen Dawn Reed, 52, of 120 Market St., Tamaqua, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI) and was sentenced to serve five days to six months in the county prison beginning Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m., pay a fine of $300, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center and receive outpatient counseling.

Palmerton class of 1985 reunion

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Palmerton Area High School Class of 1985 is holding a 25-year reunion on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 6-11 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Country Club, Palmerton.

Dinner will be buffet-style. Reservations must be made by Nov. 1.

Organizers are looking for pictures of senior year. If you have any to share, forward them to Andy Smith at andsmith@rcn.com or 320 East Market St., Bethlehem, PA 18018.

A unique way to Trick or Treat

Thursday, October 28, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right: Tonya Weiss, Amy Shupp, Melissa Hager, Sharon George and Trista Vanderah work at West End Physical Therapy. Melissa, center, is training for the Walt Disney World Goofy Race and Half Challenge for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and West End Physical Therapy is holding its 1st Annual Community Day to help her raise funds while treating the community.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right: Tonya Weiss, Amy Shupp, Melissa Hager, Sharon George and Trista Vanderah work at West End Physical Therapy. Melissa, center, is training for the Walt Disney World Goofy Race and Half Challenge for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and West End Physical Therapy is holding its 1st Annual Community Day to help her raise funds while treating the community.

West End Physical Therapy holds its 1st Annual Community Day.

West End Physical Therapy found a way to treat the whole community on Halloween and donate to a worthy cause at the same time.

It will be holding its 1st Annual Community Day on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 12-4 p.m. at its location on the corner of Silver Spring Boulevard and Rt. 209 in Kresgeville.

Burn ban lifted in Bowmanstown

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Keith G. Billig, mayor of Bowmanstown, proclaimed that the burn ban, which was put in place in the borough on Sept. 17, has been lifted, effective Oct. 27.

If anyone has questions, contact the borough at (610) 852-2455.

Susanne Kane and Joseph J. Semuta exchange vows

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Semuta
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Semuta

Susanne Kane, daughter of David and Patricia Holmes of Hometown, and the late James Kane, Tamaqua, became the bride of Joseph Jeffrey Semuta, son of Joseph and Mary Alyce Semuta of Hazleton on July 2, 2010 in an outdoor ceremony at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Stroudsburg.

Officiating the double ring ceremony was the Rev. Bob Amundsen. A brass quintet, led by Brian Shughart, provided music for the ceremony.

Given in marriage by her mother, the bride chose Cara (Griffin) Ruggeri of Coopersburg as her matron of honor.

Reinhart birth

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Vera Sage Reinhart
Vera Sage Reinhart

REINHART A daughter, Vera Sage Reinhart, was born at 10:51 a.m. on Aug. 7, 2010 at St. Luke's Hospital to Blair and Dustin Reinhart of Slatington.

She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 21.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Melanie and Dan Adamski and Bill and Jacqueline Yaich.

Paternal grandparents are Jean and Larry Reinhart.

Great-grandparents are Barry and Barbara Burns, Claire Miller and Norwood Hartline.

Elected class senator

Thursday, October 28, 2010

William James of Tamaqua, has been elected 2011 class senator of the Student Government Association (SGA) by the Susquehanna University student body. He will hold the position for the 2010 academic year.

Where to find "Branches"

Thursday, October 28, 2010

October 29, 10:44 a.m.

October 30, 2:55 p.m.

Pocono Mountains Film Festival

Tannersville, PA

(Admission charged)

November 20

Penn Cinema

Lititz, PA

(Free showing)

December 17, 7:30 p.m.

Strand-Capital Performing Arts Center

York, PA

(Runs before "Holiday Inn feature film admission charged)

The film is also available for purchase during the holiday season at Crystal Spring Tree Farm, Lehighton and at www.branchesmovie.com. Other showings will be announced online at www.branchesmovie.com.

Tamaqua Area Relay for Life Kickoff event scheduled

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's that time of year, Kick-Off Time for the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities. The kick off event will be held Monday, Nov. 1, beginning at 7 p.m., at the LCCC Morgan Center on High Street in Tamaqua. All relay team members, survivors, and caregivers are welcome to attend this free event. Light refreshments will be provided and door prizes will be awarded.

A Nightmare on Broad Street

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

A rogues' gallery of horror film villains march up Broad Street during Tamaqua's 44th Annual Halloween Parade Tuesday. The entry, titled A Nightmare on Broad Street, placed second among Marching Units.

Two middle school students named King, Queen of parade

Thursday, October 28, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh Middle School seventh-grader Rebecca Blocker and eighth-grader Stephan Scheib have been chosen as queen and king of this year's Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade. The students earned the distinction after they won an essay contest that explained what community meant to them and their definition of community pride. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at South and Main Street in Slatington.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh Middle School seventh-grader Rebecca Blocker and eighth-grader Stephan Scheib have been chosen as queen and king of this year's Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade. The students earned the distinction after they won an essay contest that explained what community meant to them and their definition of community pride. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at South and Main Street in Slatington.

They aren't old enough to drive, but that won't prevent a pair of Northern Lehigh Middle School students from sitting behind the steering wheel.

That's because eighth-grader Stephan Scheib and seventh-grader Rebecca Blocker have respectively been chosen as king and queen of this year's Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade.

The 103rd annual parade will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. It will form at 5 p.m. at South and Main Street in Slatington. Streets in the boroughs of Slatington and Walnutport will be closed to traffic at 6 p.m.

Penn-Kidder Lions name Steven Ortiz as Student of the Month

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Steven Ortiz of Albrightsville was named the Penn-Kidder Lions Club October 2010 Student of the Month. From left are, his mother, Maria Ortiz; the student, Steven Ortiz; and his father, Ovel Ortiz.
Steven Ortiz of Albrightsville was named the Penn-Kidder Lions Club October 2010 Student of the Month. From left are, his mother, Maria Ortiz; the student, Steven Ortiz; and his father, Ovel Ortiz.

Penn-Kidder Lions Club named Steven Ortiz as the October 2010 Student of the Month. Ortiz is an eighth grade student at Penn-Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District.

He is the son of Ovel and Maria Ortiz of Albrightsville.

Each month an eighth grade student at Penn-Kidder School will receive $20 and a breakfast for them and their parents, along with a framed certificate for doing well in school.

RSVP will conduct benefit checkups

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will conduct Individual BenefitsCheckUps at the Carbon County Agency of Aging Panther Valley Senior Nutrition Center, located in the School House Apartments, 90 E. Catawissa Street, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10. This checkup is available free of charge to anyone 55 years or older, or 18 years and older and on disability. The checkup, sponsored by the National Council on Aging, is free and confidential. The goal of the checkup is to help people learn if they are potentially eligible for state, county and federal benefits of which they are unaware.

Electronic fingerprinting system up and running at Carbon County prison

Thursday, October 28, 2010

An electronic fingerprinting and photographing system is up and running at the Carbon County Correctional Facility in Nesquehoning.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board, Warden Joseph Gross announced that first phase of the Live Scan Booking Station and Commonwealth Photo Imaging Network is operational.

He then asked Deputy Warden Timothy Fritz to explain about what has been going on with the system.

Fritz explained that since the equipment became available to individuals with summaries on Oct. 1, 12 summons cases have been handled by prison officers.

Additional work on MaryD firehouse is approved

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Additional work at the MaryD firehouse was approved and eight persons were named on the computing board to make the official count of votes which will be cast in next Tuesday's general election, in action taken by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Palmerton Area High School Class of 1964 collecting for troops overseas

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's been said big things come in small packages.

For our area servicemen and servicewomen who won't have the good fortune of spending the holiday season with their loved ones, the prospect of unwrapping any gift is certain to be received with a heartfelt thanks.

Members of the community who would like to send area troops something for the Christmas holiday may do so through the Palmerton Area High School Class of 1964.

Local holiday film "Branches" completed

Thursday, October 28, 2010
"Branches," a holiday movie filmed at Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, is now completed and will be shown in area film festivals.
"Branches," a holiday movie filmed at Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, is now completed and will be shown in area film festivals.

The holiday film "Branches," shot at Lehighton's Crystal Spring Tree Farm, is completed and will be ready for distribution this holiday season.

To celebrate, those closest to its production were invited for a private showing at the NJ Film School in Martinsville, N.J. The group gathered to watch the short film several times and to look back on the film's journey.

"We had a great time at the Botek farm in February," said Director Chris Messineo.

Marriage licenses

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Schuylkill County

Alyssa A. Kurtz, 135 E. Monroe St., McAdoo, and Angelo M. Pfeiffer, 361 White Face Circle, Zion Grove.

Brenda L. Gilbert and Carlos Zamudio, 421 W. Oak St., Hazleton.

Catherine O'Donnell, 47 E. Berea Avenue, Summit Hill, and Carl R. Hayslette, 119 W. Pine St., Sheppton.

Jennifer L. Aponick and Christian J. Holman, 5 Diamond Ave., Barnesville.

Carbon Model Railroad Society sponsoring railroad film night

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Carbon Model Railroad Society and Pufferboys Railroad Gift Shop, Jim Thorpe, are sponsoring its Fall Railroad Film Night at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall, 101 E. 10th St., Jim Thorpe. The presentation, "Afterlife Images of the LNE at LV Diesel Assignments" by Paul Carpenito. Admission is free. Refreshments available. For more information, call (610) 824-7730 or email trolleys@fast.net.

YMCA hosts Halloween party, haunted house

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "Jason" terrifies visitors with banging and sparks as they pass through an unlit haunted house during the Tamaqua YMCA's first annual community Halloween Party held recently.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "Jason" terrifies visitors with banging and sparks as they pass through an unlit haunted house during the Tamaqua YMCA's first annual community Halloween Party held recently.

The Tamaqua YMCA went all out during its first annual Tamaqua YMCA Community Halloween Party and Haunted House held recently at the Tamaqua YMCA, located at the old Jamesway Plaza.

The heavily attended indoor event featured large inflatable gyms, face painting, haunted houses, and many other fun activities for both children and adults.