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August 2011

CCF volunteer picnic to be held

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Due to Hurricane Irene, the Carbon County Fair Volunteer Picnic held annually to honor volunteers and sponsors has been changed to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at Blue Mountain Health System Conference Center, Sixth and Iron streets, Lehighton. Reservations for volunteers, sponsors and their family members are required and can be made by calling Alicia at (570) 325-8685. There will be food, fun and games.

The 2012 fair will be held August 8-12 on Little Gap Road in Palmerton.

Palmerton Police Log

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Criminal charges were filed against Scott Heffelfinger, 24, no known address, for receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of automobile, possession of drug paraphernalia, and drivers required to be licensed. The incident occurred on Aug. 16 at 1:19 a.m. in the 600 block of Delaware Avenue.

Public drunkenness

Troy Bender, 46, of 401 Lehigh Avenue, third floor, Palmerton, was cited for public drunkenness. The violation occurred on Aug. 23 at 4:03 a.m. in the 400 block of Lehigh Avenue.

Alcoholic beverages

Smooth opening for Palmerton schools

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Pupils show their curiosity as they enter the Parkside Education Center Monday morning for the first day of classes in the Palmerton Area School District.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Pupils show their curiosity as they enter the Parkside Education Center Monday morning for the first day of classes in the Palmerton Area School District.

Solid attendance rate. Check.

Efficient transportation schedule. Check.

Adherance to the new dress code policy. Check.

On the heels of a ferocious weekend storm, Palmerton Area School District was able to function as a well-oiled machine on Monday, the first day of classes.

Superintendent Carol Boyce said she monitored each of the five buildings in the district: S.S. Palmer Elementary, Parkside Education Center, Towamensing Elementary, the junior high and high school.

Tigers earn golf split

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Northwestern golf team earned a split to highlight Monday's scholastic sports action.

GOLF

Northwestern-Pen Argyl-So. Lehigh

Northwestern pulled out a Colonial League win over Pen Argyl, but dropped a contest to Southern Lehigh.

Medalist honors for the day went to the Spartans' Matt Guro, who fired a 74.

Leading the way for the Tigers was Cole Miller, who had a four-over 75. Nick Vecellio followed with a 76 for Nprthwestern.

NORTHWESTERN 410

Cole Miller 75, Nick Vecellio 76, Stephen Reitz 82, Mike D'Ancona 86, Devin Haddad 91

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.

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.

Carbon County property transfers

Monday, August 29, 2011

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Regina Frye to Pauline Frye, 1 W. Main St., Junedale, property at 40 E. Main St., Junedale, $1.

Bowmanstown

Kevin Ahner to Ryan Pelaez, 730 Mill St., Palmerton, property at 730 Mill St., $149,000.

East Side Borough

Sharon P. Lachette to Sharon P. Lachette, 203 Wildwood Drive, Weatherly, parcel No. 89-10-B15.08, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Michael R. Roos to Michael R. Roos Jr., 1322 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 1322 Center Ave., $1.

Stretch of Route 309 closed

Monday, August 29, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the Times news
Larry Neff/Special to the Times news

Some schools closed

Monday, August 29, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:First day of school First graders line up in front of Mahoning Valley Elementary School after getting off the first bus to arrive at the school this morning. Most schools in the area operated on a normal schedule today, but four schools, including Marian Catholic High School, Northern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley school districts, and St. John Neumann School in Palmerton were closed as a result of storm damage and power outages caused by Hurricane Irene.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:First day of school First graders line up in front of Mahoning Valley Elementary School after getting off the first bus to arrive at the school this morning. Most schools in the area operated on a normal schedule today, but four schools, including Marian Catholic High School, Northern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley school districts, and St. John Neumann School in Palmerton were closed as a result of storm damage and power outages caused by Hurricane Irene.

Students in four schools in the TIMES NEWS coverage area got an extra day of summer vacation thanks to Hurricane Irene.

According to school websites and WNEP.com, Marian Catholic High School and Northern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley school districts; as well as St. John Neumann School in Palmerton were closed because of the storm, which brought gusty winds and heavy rain to the region. Northwestern Lehigh High School operated on a two-hour delay.

Why does coffee counteract Alzheimer's? Who cares?

Monday, August 29, 2011

Scurvy is a nasty disease. It causes collagen, the protein substance found in the fibers of connective tissue, bone, and cartilage, to form improperly, meaning wounds don't heal, gums bleed, and severe pain occurs.

If untreated, it leads to death.

But in 1747, James Lind, a Scottish naval surgeon, fed lemons and limes to sailors with scurvy, and soon the symptoms stopped. After a few years of stopping scurvy this way, Lind wrote a paper about it. The British Royal Navy was impressed and adopted the practice yet others kept searching for better treatments.

Weatherly Middle School holds meet the Teacher Night Sept. 6

Monday, August 29, 2011

Meet the Teacher Night at Weatherly Area Middle School will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m.

Parents are invited to come and meet their child(ren)'s teachers and learn the objectives for the school year. Some of the topics to be covered include curriculum, daily schedule, discipline, safe school procedures, student expectations, grading and homework. Also, parents will hear about scheduling a parent-teacher conference, state standards and state assessment.

Help needed to handle backup

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

This letter has to do with the travel back up in Tamaqua, especially Center and Railroad streets. I was down on Center Street at Burger King and I could not believe the back up of the traffic. One of the drivers coming up told me if backed up about two miles or more south. Another driver when I got up on Railroad Street told me it was backed up all the way up the hill to Hometown.

Penn Forest home entered

Monday, August 29, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a burglary in the Towamensing Trails development in Penn Forest Township.

According to a news release issued by Trooper Donald T. MacRae Jr., burglar(s) broke a window at 112 Byron Lane, owned by Annette Marks, 49, of Willow Grove.

Police found that nothing had been removed from the house.

Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call police at (570) 646-2271.

No Header!

Monday, August 29, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Time News Hurricane Irene turned this Hometown yard located on Cumberland Avenue into a small pond.
Andy Leibenguth/Time News Hurricane Irene turned this Hometown yard located on Cumberland Avenue into a small pond.

Monroe crashes investigated

Monday, August 29, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported on three crashes investigated by trooopers, all occurring in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

A crash occurred about 11:05 a.m. on Aug. 25 along SR115 at the intersection with Mountain Laurel Drive. Troopers said Malgorzata J. Kotara, 44, of Effort, was driving a 2010 Dodge Nitro westbound on Mt. Laurel and failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection with 115 and pulled in front of a 1999 Chevrolet 2500 truck driven by Christopher J. Schroder, 46, of Brodheadsville, who was northbound on 115.

Dealing with threatening dogs

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

There were three incidents of pit bull attacks in Pottsville at the end of June. After the second incident, the Pottsville paper published advice for dealing with dog attacks. The first two suggestions were, when approached stay still, and if attacked, roll up into a ball. A day or two later, an 80 year old man with a walker was attacked. He certainly stood still. Why was he bitten?

West Penn fireman injured

Monday, August 29, 2011
 Larry Neff/special to the times news
Larry Neff/special to the times news

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.

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.

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