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August 2011

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.

On this date

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A Syrian brown bear dunks a basketball in Hall's Bear Mountain Wildlife Show, featured at the West End Fair in Gilbert.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A Syrian brown bear dunks a basketball in Hall's Bear Mountain Wildlife Show, featured at the West End Fair in Gilbert.

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.

What threat are camera cell phones?

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

Monroe County's judges and sheriff have sworn to uphold the U. S. Constitution. Why then are camera cell phones confiscated upon entering the courthouse in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment? What threat do camera cellphones pose to courthouse officials and staff?

Lentz Trail obstruction

Monday, August 29, 2011
Bob Ford/Times News
Bob Ford/Times News

A pick up truck goes around a tree blocking the east bound lane of Lentz Trail in Jim Thorpe Sunday morning.

Winds pounded Jim Thorpe

Monday, August 29, 2011
Bob Ford/Times News
Bob Ford/Times News

Intense winds of Hurricane Irene posed the biggest probem locally. Despite the pounding gales, two small flags survived the onslaught in this scene on Main Street in the Coalport section of Jim Thorpe Sunday morning

High school, college activities paved the way for volunteering

Monday, August 29, 2011

Like most young adults, their high school and college activities helped pave the way for their future. For Riley McCall, that is the case, at least temporarily, as her involvement in scholastic and collegiate programs reinforced her wish to someday join the Peace Corps.

"I always enjoyed volunteering, getting out and doing something. That's my nature," said the daughter of Pat and Ginny McCall of Lake Hauto.

Long Pond teen faces charge

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Long Pond teenager faces an aggravated assault charge stemming from a November 2009 shooting incident.

Christopher S. Lentz, 17, allegedly shot a another teen in the back as he rode his motorized scooter on Glade Drive in the Emerald Lakes development.

According to a news release from Pocono Mountain Regional Police, on Nov. 2, 2009, the 17-year-old victim was hospitalized and required surgery. Police conducted an extensive investigation that culminated in charging Lentz.

The conspiracy . . . .

Monday, August 29, 2011

Have you noticed as we get older some of the following?

The steps are getting steeper. The groceries are getting heavier and the clerk puts all the cans in one bag along with the detergent that leaks on the rug. Everyone I talk to has had a knee replacement surgery. Including me!

It's like buying a green car and now everyone has one of that color.

Yesterday I walked from one end of Giant to the other and was dumb founded how long the trip was. Yes, only to find out that I was in Walmart.

Not only that I cannot reach the top or bottom shelf.

Schuylkill crashes

Monday, August 29, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating several crashes on Schuylkill County roadways over the past weekend.

A crash occurred about 5:24 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, at the intersection of Seltzer and Bullshead roads in Norwegian Township. Troopers said Mary C. Pothering, 81, of Minersville, was traveling northbound on Bullshead operating a 2011 Nissan Altima while Zachary L. Dixon, 19, of Pottsville, was westbound on Seltzer driving a 2002 Acura RSX.

ON THIS DATE

Monday, August 29, 2011

August 29, 1980 Dennis Hartranft carries 13 times for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help Lehighton open the season with a 35-6 victory over Panther Valley. Hartranft scores on runs of 27 and 17 yards as the Indians rack up 272 yards on the ground. Barry Fisher adds 51 yards and a four-yard tally while Brian Bollinger hits paydirt from two yards out. Lehighton, coached by Jim Wentz, also receives a TD pass from Kevin Hunsicker to Mark Deeble.

Lehighton couple wed 50 years

Monday, August 29, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Rogal
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Rogal

Mary and Tom Rogal of Lehighton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday.

They were married on Aug. 26, 1961.

Mrs. Rogal is the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Zellner of Weissport. Her husband is the son of the late William and Anne Rogal of Lehighton.

The Rogals are the parents of three children: Tom, and his wife Donna of Palmerton; Debbie, and her husband Rich Semmel of Graham, N.C.; and Cindy, who passed away in 1985.

They have five grandchildren.

Birth: Shafer

Monday, August 29, 2011
Daniel LeighShafer II
Daniel LeighShafer II

A son, Daniel Leigh Shafer II, was born to Carrie Leigh and Daniel Leigh Shafer of Palmerton at 9:03 p.m., July 3, 2011.

Born in Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, he weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

Maternal grandmother is Carol Bartholomew of Blakeslee.

Paternal grandparents are Daniel and Angela Shafer of Kunkletown and Tracy Davey of Hagerstown, Md.

On this date

Monday, August 29, 2011

August 29, 1965

Flagstaff Park will be the first stop when three Pennsylvania congressmen, federal officials of the Appalachia program, and state officials begin a bus tour of Carbon and Schuylkill Counties. They will be accompanied by members of the press and radio. A chartered bus will meet the delegation at the Carbon County Airport. From Flagstaff, the buss will pass through Bloomingdale Valley where a flood control and recreation dam is planned, then to Summit Hill and Coaldale. A lunch is planned at Scrafford's in Hometown.

Firefighters had busy day clearing storm debris

Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday's high winds toppled a large tree that on top of two cars located at a home of Anderson Street and Ghares Lane in Tamaqua.
Sunday's high winds toppled a large tree that on top of two cars located at a home of Anderson Street and Ghares Lane in Tamaqua.

Marriage license

Monday, August 29, 2011

Schuylkill County

Kelly M. Burkot and Jason M. Bowes, 185 Winfield Drive, Middleport.

Birth: Derr

Monday, August 29, 2011
Parker Ashtin Derr
Parker Ashtin Derr

A son, Parker Ashtin Derr, was born to Tara J. and Daniel J. Derr of Lehighton at 10:06 p.m., Aug. 4, 2011. Born in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, he weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 20 1/2 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Paul and Vicky Kocher of Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are the late Franklin and Deborah Derr of Nesquehoning.

PFBC running programs for Labor Day

Monday, August 29, 2011

Two programs designed to promote family fishing are being sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission during the Labor Day weekend.

A series of six Family Fishing Festivals will be held Saturday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Labor Day, Monday Sept. 5, is the year's second and final "Fish-for-Free Day," which allows resident or non-resident anglers to legally fish without a fishing license on all Pennsylvania waters. All other fishing regulations still apply.