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August 2011

Carbon business cited by PLCB

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Carbon County business has been cited by the state liquor control board.

Sue Ellen M. Tracey, doing business as Penn Lunch, 201 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, was cited for failed to post in a conspicuous place on the outside of the licensed premises, or in a window plainly visible from the outside of the premises a notice of suspension.

This charge will be brought before an administrative law judge who has the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses up to $5,000 for more serious offenses.

Jury selected, second murder trial for Reading man begins

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It took only a half a day to select a jury, which is rare in a murder trial, and as soon as the final juror was selected Monday afternoon testimony was presented in the Schuylkill County courthouse against Juliius C. Enoe, 32, of Reading, who is charged with the fatal shooting of Bruce L. Forker in his home in Shenandoah on March 16, 2010.

Spruce Street in Tamaqua to be closed for construction on September 1

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Spruce Street between Center Street and South Railroad Street in Tamaqua will be closed for construction on Thursday, Sept. 1 beginning at 7 a.m. Drivers traveling in the vicinity of the Spruce and Center streets intersection should expect delays and allow for additional travel time. School bus traffic will be rerouted Thursday to avoid the street closure. Individuals traveling to and from the Tamaqua High School and Middle School, Lehigh Carbon Community College and other locations in the South Ward should use Lehigh or Hunter streets.

Worker falls from roof

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A worker was seriously injured Monday morning after falling from a roof at a construction project in Kidder Township. The incident began at 9 a.m. when the worker fell from the roof of a home at 15 Hemlock Drive in the Holiday Pocono developement along SR534. The worker was working for the Seitz Construction company of Lake Harmony, falling an undetermined distance to the ground. It was reported the 40 year old victim was unconscious after the fall.

Toppled tree caps strange sequence of events

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

A large pine tree that toppled and narrowly missed the home of Nancy Meiser, Still Creek, capped a very unusual sequence of events. The tree had been planted 30 years ago by Meiser's father, Emory C. Meiser, who lived at the house until his passing August 23 at age 90. Emory Meiser passed away on the day of the earthquake. His funeral service took place Saturday, on the day of the hurricane, and his funeral dinner was held on the grounds of the Still Creek residence later in the day.

Long trying to continue tradition

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
bob ford/times news Lehighton field hockey coach Lamar Long meets with players after being named coach in the Spring. Long is inheriting a program that is loaded with tradition and used to success.
bob ford/times news Lehighton field hockey coach Lamar Long meets with players after being named coach in the Spring. Long is inheriting a program that is loaded with tradition and used to success.

At Lehighton High School there is nothing short of a winning season expected for the Lady Indians field hockey program, and just because first year head coach Lamar Long has taken over the reigns doesn't mean that stance has changed.

Long takes over a unit that lost some key components from last year's AA state silver medal squad, but as usual Lehighton faithful anticipate their team to be highly competitive.

Beltzville beach closed

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The several inches of rain dumped on the area this weekend by Hurricane Irene has forced the closure of Beltzville Lake beach and boat launches.

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced the closures, due to high water levels, late Monday. Swimming and boating are prohibited until further notice.

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August 30, 1948

Local high school students may be offered a course in the correct manner of operating an automobile as well as instruction in the state's traffic laws as a result of action taken at the regular monthly meeting of the Mauch Chunk Board of Education. Discussed at length was the driving course that is made possible by the A.A.A. in cooperation with Chevrolet Company that furnished the specially equipped, dual-controlled cars that are used. A car has already been allotted to this community.

Monroe County Navy Club forming

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monroe County residents who have served in the U.S. Navy, Marines, Seabees or Coast Guard are invited to join a local unit of the Navy Club of the United States of America.

The club is being started by Navy veteran Bob Siesputowski, who in 2009 launched a Carbon County unit.

Any member of a waterborne service is eligible to join.

Crippling

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Due to hurricane's size, no state was unaffected

As officials in cities and towns all along the Eastern seaboard continue to assess their losses from Hurricane Irene, many are thankful that at least the loss of life was kept low thanks in great part to the pre-storm warnings and evacuations.

W.E. Fair opens a day late

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Blake Sebring of Tannersville, 1 1/2 years old, sits on a tractor displayed by Charles S. Snyder Inc. at the West End Fair in Gilbert. The Snyder firm, West Penn Township, has a large tractor exhibit.
Blake Sebring of Tannersville, 1 1/2 years old, sits on a tractor displayed by Charles S. Snyder Inc. at the West End Fair in Gilbert. The Snyder firm, West Penn Township, has a large tractor exhibit.

No obvious effects from Irene, demolition derby set tonight

Except for a couple of water puddles, there were no effects from Hurricane Irene which passed through the West End Fair grounds on Sunday.

The fair officially opened Monday – a day late because of Irene – to large crowds.

Tents that were pitched before the arrival of Irene were still standing, unaffected by 50 mile-per-hour winds. All the rides were operating.

"We had a few branches down in the grove, but that was it," said one security guard. "And we cleaned that up right away."

The fair had appeared vulnerable to Irene because of its renowned tree-lined midway.

Riding the rapids

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Unidentified kayakers paddle the Lehigh River at Glen Onoko to take advantage of the 5,000 cfs flow in the wake of Hurricane Irene to paddle the Lehigh River at Glen Onoko.

Several Monroe County roads remain closed

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Several state routes in Monroe County remain closed Tuesday as a result of damage and flooding from Hurricane Irene, which blew into the region over the weekend, bringing heavy rain and high winds.

Rape report probed in Tamaqua

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating an alleged rape that occurred in Tamaqua.

Troopers said a 24-year-old Tamaqua woman reported she had been raped by a person known to her. The alleged assault occurred between 11 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, and 1:30 a.m. on Monday, in the 300 block of Cottage Avenue.

Troopers said no other information concerning the incident is being released at this time to protect the victim's identity. The investigation into the incident is continuing.

Monroe man charged in fatal crash that killed woman, 86

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A 19-year-old Monroe County man has been charged with homicide by vehicle and other offenses in the 2010 death of an 86-year-old Allentown woman after a two-vehicle collision in Allentown.

On Aug. 26, 2011, Allentown police charged Terrick Bowden, of 1301 Beech Lane, Kunkletown, with causing the death of Evelyn Leibach, who died three weeks after her vehicle was struck by Bowden's vehicle on Basin Street in Allentown.

Hot weather can take its toll on seniors

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Q. I'm 74 and I don't seem to be able to endure hot weather the way I used to. Is this a common experience as we age?

Yes. I don't play golf when it's over 90 degrees anymore because it makes me a bit woozy even if I drink a lot of water and seek out shade. My reaction to heat is caused by blood pressure drugs that I take, my age (69), and some extra pounds I'm struggling to lose.

Too much heat can make you sick. All heat-related conditions come under the heading "hyperthermia," which means "high heat."

Following are maladies caused by excessive heat:

Attempted break-in being probed

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating an attempted burglary at a Schuylkill County business.

Troopers said unknown criminals attempted to break into Kuzmission Service Station located along School House Road, in Oneida, East Union Township. Troopers said the front door was broken but an audible alarm went off and apparently scared off the intruders.

The incident occurred about 11:29 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29.

Two women cited

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law were both cited following an incident in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said the incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, along Virginia Avenue, Shenandoah Heights, West Mahanoy Township.

Troopers said Susan Schistle, 54, and her daughter-in-law, Jordan Schistle, 22, of Hamburg, engaged in a physical altercation.

Both were issued non-traffic citations for harassment, troopers said.

Look Good, Feel Better workshop set

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Sept. 12, at the Schuylkill Medical Center East, 700 E. Norwegian St., Pottsville. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment. It will be held in Conference Room D.

Lehighton Council of the CCCC set meeting

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Beacon Diner/Restaurant, Route 443, Lehighton. There is a cost for the meal, which will be served at 6 p.m.

The speaker will be Kyle Kentner of Computer Pals. His topic will feature: Proactive Services geared to Business Owners followed by a question and answer period.

Lehighton crash kills motorist

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Jim Thorpe man suffered a fatal heart attack while driving along the Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard (SR209) in Lehighton on Monday afternoon and crashed into three parked cars. Louis Squillace, 47, of 200 South Ave., was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred at 3:30 p.m. as Squillace was traveling north when he lost control of his vehicle, swerved to the left, climbed the curb and entered a parking lot. His car struck a parked car in the rear, pushing it into two others.

PSSA improvement plan presented to JT board

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Area School Improvement Plan was presented at Monday evening's school board meeting. The School Improvement Plan is designed to improve student PSSA scores.

Superintendent Barbara Conway presented the 2010-2011 PSSA Preliminary Results.

To make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) students needed to score 67 percent proficient or advanced in mathematics and 72 percent proficient or advanced in reading. To make AYP schools also need to have 95 percent exam participation, 90 percent attendance, and an 85 percent graduation rate.

Panther Valley students get a longer ride to school this morning

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley students were moved to another school bus this morning after the school bus they were riding had mechanical issues which forced it to be stuck in the middle of Bull Run Street at the intersection of SR-209 in the Seek section of Coaldale. Coaldale Fire Police detoured traffic around the bus until it could be towed.

Electronics recycling to be held in Lehighton

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Carbon County Department of Solid Waste will conduct an E-cycling event on Sept. 26 and 27 at the Lehighton Borough Garage, located along Penn Street in Lehighton.

They will accept computers, monitors, printers, scanners, mainframes, telecom equipment, circuit boards, fax machines, DVD players, radios and stereo equipment at no charge to the county or residents. Televisions and white goods, such as appliances will not be accepted.

PPL continues working to repair Irene damage

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PPL Electric Utilities crews continue to clean up the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, working around the clock to restore power to more than 230,000 customers so far.

As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, about 51,000 customers remain without power across the utility's service area in central and eastern Pennsylvania.

Daredevil kayakers tackle Tamaqua rapids

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Two daredevil kayakers from the Reading area sought thrills by challenging the deep rapids of the swollen Little Schuylkill River in downtown Tamaqua on Sunday at noon during the height of Hurricane Irene. Emergency management officials might have admonished the pair for taking risks, but the duo told the TIMES NEWS that the roar of the waves was "excellent."

Two Tamaqua men cited

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Two Tamaqua men were cited after a confrontation on Aug. 21.

Officers were patrolling in the Center Street area at 3:20 a.m. when they heard sounds of a disturbance to the rear of the Fegley Mini Mart.

They discovered Harry Hahn, 25, of 243 Spruce St., and Dennis Yeater, 23, of 62 Hunter St, having a heated discussion.

Both men claimed to have been struck by the other.

Both were cited for disorderly conduct.

Carbon driver facing DUI count

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Carbon County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 9:17 p.m. on Aug. 21 along S. Second Street at Bridge Street, in Lehighton.

State police at Lehighton said Donald Long, 35, of Palmerton, was stopped at the above location for a traffic violation. He was found to be under the influence and is facing a DUI count.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August 30, 2002 Ryan Hluschak carries 20 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns to help Northern Lehigh register a 35-7 Colonial League win over Saucon Valley. Hluschak opens the scoring with a 40-yard run and put the Bulldogs ahead for good with a two-yard tally. The winners, coached by Jim Tkach, also receive a 23-yard scoring strike from Chris Knappenberger to Aaron Bortz and TD runs from Jason Henritzy and Jack Gill. On defense, Bortz adds a sack and two tackles for losses.

Literary education professor speaks to N. Lehigh teachers

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Timothy Rasinski, a professor of literary education at Kent State University, speaks recently at Northern Lehigh Middle School.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Timothy Rasinski, a professor of literary education at Kent State University, speaks recently at Northern Lehigh Middle School.

Sometimes the most ordinary things can teach the most useful lessons.

That was one of the strategies shared recently with teachers and staff in the Northern Lehigh School District

Timothy Rasinski, a professor of literary education at Kent State University, gave a presentation as part of an in-service day held in the Northern Lehigh Middle School auditorium.

The program was about "Effective Teaching of Reading", at which time Rasinski focused on "The Important Book", which was originally authored by Margaret Wise Brown in 1949.

IronPigs drop two to Chiefs

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley IronPigs had little working in their favor on Monday night, as they dropped both seven-inning games of the double-header to Syracuse by a score of 4-0.

In the first game, Scott Mathieson labored through five innings in which he allowed four earned runs on eight hits with one walk and no strikeouts.