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August 2011

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.

ON THIS DATE

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.

Monroe County burglary probed

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a burglary at the Sun Valley Fire Company in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

The burglary happened at about 3:20 a.m. Friday.

The burglar smashed a rear window to enter the fire company club on Juniper Road and stole several bottles of liquor.

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

Two area schools are closed again as a result of hurricane

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The start of the 2011-2012 school year has been delayed another day for two area school districts as a result of Hurricane Irene.

Pleasant Valley and Northern Lehigh school districts remain closed today due to the aftermath of the storm.

Monroe man cited for assault of teens

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Monroe County man has been charged with assaulting two teens.

State police at Fern Rige said Juan Jose Rivera Jr., 31, of Jackson Township, was cited for simple assault for allegedly assaulting two teens, a 12-year-old male and a 11-year-old female.

The incident occurred at 6414G Pine Ridge Road, in Jackson Township, about 10:44 p.m. on Aug. 22, troopers said.

Grandparents play bigger role in child-rearing

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
AP PHOTO Eileen and Doug Flockhart stand amongst tree stumps representing each of their seven grandchildren at their home in Exeter, N.H.
AP PHOTO Eileen and Doug Flockhart stand amongst tree stumps representing each of their seven grandchildren at their home in Exeter, N.H.

WASHINGTON (AP) – America is swiftly becoming a granny state.

Less frail and more involved, today's grandparents are shunning retirement homes and stepping in more than ever to raise grandchildren while young adults struggle in the poor economy.

The newer grandparents are mainly baby boomers who are still working, with greater disposable income. Now making up 1 in 4 adults, grandparents are growing at twice the rate of the overall population and sticking close to family – if their grandkids aren't already living with them.

Southbound Lehigh Tunnel closure scheduled tomorrow

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Turnpike's Northeastern Extension (I-476) to be prepared for a daytime single-lane pattern and two-way traffic in the Lehigh Tunnel tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 31. The southbound tube will be closed between 8 a.m. -2 p.m. to complete maintenance work cancelled last week due to severe weather conditions.

The Lehigh Tunnel is located at milepost A70-A71 between the Lehigh Valley (Exit #56) and Mahoning Valley (Exit #74). The work is weather permitting and subject to change.

Monroe man jailed in gun incident

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Monroe County man was jailed on Saturday following a gun-point incident. Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occured in the 200 block of Third Street, Pocono Pines, in Tobyhanna Township.

Incident at fire company probed

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

An incident at a Schuylkill County fire company resulted in an arrest.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said John Ryan Bushar, 31, of Pottsville, was cited for harassment for allegedly punching Patrick Michael Harach, 21, also of Pottsville, in the face.

The incident occurred at the Llewellyn Fire Company, 12 Silverton Rd., Branch Township, about 11:33 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Jim Thorpe news

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rally Day rescheduled

Due to the inclement weather, this past Sunday, the Rally Day events at St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, had to be postponed. The celebration will now be held on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 9:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the church.

The children of the Sunday School will enjoy an all school craft and will receive their World Hunger banks. There are three children of the Sunday School who will be receiving their Bibles. They are Alexis Keiper, Daphnie Morris and Hager Rodgers.

Reunion committee meeting

Find a justifiable solution for the'wildcat' problem

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

Tamaqua's Dilemma – Wildcats! We read about them. It's a "hot topic" in Tamaqua neighborhoods. Who are they and how did they occur?

The descriptive term wildcat (illegal sewage discharge) became known to us in the Alfred Benesch Engineering report submitted to the Tamaqua Borough on May 9, 2011, after the firm was contracted to inspect sewage discharges into the Wabash and Panther Creeks within the Borough of Tamaqua. The inspection revealed 56 active or once active "wildcat" sewer connections on residential, commercial and public properties.

Seeking treasures

Monday, August 29, 2011

Aaargh!

Ahoy, Me Hearties! Pour yerself a tankard of grog and gather round. I'd like to tell ye about Capt'n Harry and his lusty wench, Linda, who, last weekend, set out on a little modern-day treasure hunt.

Were they searchin' for golden doubloons, ye ask?

Dunno. All they knew was that if they found the spot marked "X" they would find a hidden treasure.

I'll let the lass, Linda, tell ye the story...Now pay attention or I'll have to make ye walk the plank! Aaargh!

***

Assault incident being probed

Monday, August 29, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating a reported assault incident. The incident reportedly occurred in front of 240 N. Second St., in the Schuylkill County borough of Girardville.

Troopers said Warren Teasley, 29, of Girardville, reported he was struck in the head with a beer bottle about 3:35 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, following a disturbance. Troopers said Teasley received a laceration above his left eye and also to his lip. He was treated at St. Catherine's Hospital, Ashland.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male.

Gilbert family grateful following scary ordeal

Monday, August 29, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS This tree was uprooted from the high winds of Irene and it fell on the roof of Lila Mae and Alton Kleintop's home in Gilbert.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS This tree was uprooted from the high winds of Irene and it fell on the roof of Lila Mae and Alton Kleintop's home in Gilbert.

Lila Mae Kleintop of Gilbert was on her sunporch Sunday morning, watching the maple tree in the back yard just waiting for it to be uprooted when she heard a crash from the front yard.

She called out to her husband, Alton, "What was that?" and they both hurried to the front door.

Their large old locust tree had been uprooted and had crashed on top of their home's roof and some of its branches blocking the front porch. It covered their garage doors so they were unable to get their car out. It fell on the power line to the house but amazingly, they did not lose power.

Man jailed in gun incident

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Schuylkill County man was jailed early Saturday following a gun pointing incident.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Michael Klinger Jr., 34, of the village of Muir, was arrested following the incident that occurred in the area of 44 Main St., Tremont, about 6 a.m.

Troopers allege that Klinger verbally threatened Rahn Erdman, 32, of Tremont. Troopers added that Klinger had a concealed semi-automatic pistol and pulled it out and threatened Erdman's life while pointing the gun at him. Erdman was not injured in the incident, troopers said.

Wires down in Lynn Township

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

One of the hazards of driving during during Sunday's severe weather was downed power lines. The strong wind gusts brought down a tree and electrical wires on Mosserville Road in Lynn Township, closing the road to traffic and affecting PPL electrical customers.

Palmerton crash

Monday, August 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

A 2006 Jeep Liberty operated by Tracy Stahler, 40, of Palmerton, was involved in a car accident at about 6:10 p.m. Sunday near Palmerton Hospital. The jeep was traveling westbound on Lafayette Avenue when it collided with a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Scott Williamson, 56, of Palmerton. Stahler stated she was blinded by the sun and never stopped, causing the accident. Stahler was believed to have been transferred by Palmerton Community Ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Kids For Cash is not a juvenile justice issue

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

As a Luzerne County native, I have been an unwilling participant and active critic of the Luzerne County Judicial System for over 30 years. I believe with all of my being that this scandal is "NOT" a Juvenile Judicial System issue at all. I believe this is a Judicial "Oversight issue" that just happened to raise its ugly head in Juvenile Court.

Trace Adkins wows big audience at the Peak

Monday, August 29, 2011

Not even a hurricane could dampen crowds' spirit

Not even a hurricane could stop country star Trace Adkins from wowing a full house at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday night.

The ruggedly-handsome cowboy, whose deep baritone voice echoed in every nook and cranny of the concert hall, began at 9:15 p.m. with a fan favorite "Whoop a Man's Ass," and transitioning seamlessly into the chorus of Adkins and Blake Shelton's "Hillbilly Bone."

Class reunion

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lehighton Area

The 20-year reunion of the Lehighton Area High School Class of 1991 will be a pig roast on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Orioles.

If you are on Facebook, go to the LAHS Class of 1991 reunion page to view the invitation. If not, contact Jen (Harleman) Lopata at jjlopata@yahoo.com or Norm Greene at (570) 657-6457 for an invitation.

Registrations are due by Sept. 24.

PennDOT clearing roads

Monday, August 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NES
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NES

PennDOT was out in force yesterday clearing trees, branches and other windborn debris from state roads. Pictured are PennDOT employees removing a fallen tree from SR443 near Clamtown.

Don't leave these tasks off your fall checklist

Monday, August 29, 2011

The arrival of fall weather offers a good reminder for homeowners to prepare their homes for the winter months ahead.

Getting a furnace inspection, replacing filters, raking leaves and checking gutters are common tasks associated with autumn.

But there are other just-as-important tasks that could easily be overlooked.

Angie's List, a provider of consumer reviews (https://www.angieslist.com) on local service companies, offers 10 tips to add to your fall checklist.

Irene's powerful winds felt in Summit Hill

Monday, August 29, 2011
Dave Wargo/The Times News This shredded canopy in the backyard of David and Katie Wargo of Summit Hill was shredded overnight during Hurricane Irene.
Dave Wargo/The Times News This shredded canopy in the backyard of David and Katie Wargo of Summit Hill was shredded overnight during Hurricane Irene.

4-H club

Monday, August 29, 2011

Bunny Busters

The Bunny Busters 4-H Rabbit and Cavy Club will hold its reorganizational meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton.

Membership is open for anyone ages 8-18.

The club meets on Sunday evenings, usually once a month, throughout the year. It holds its own rabbit show in the spring, and participates in the Carbon County Fair.

Members have the opportunity to attend and compete at functions on the local, state, and national levels.

Patricia Fairchild and Jeffrey Rossmann wed

Monday, August 29, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Rossmann
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Rossmann

Patricia Fairchild, Summit Hill, and Jeffrey Rossmann, also of Summit Hill, exchanged vows in a private beach ceremony in Jamaica on Aug. 7, 2011.

The bride is the daughter of Andrea Fairchild of Lehighton, and Larry and Kathleen Fairchild, also of Lehighton. She is a 1991 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and a 1994 graduate of Lehigh Carbon Community College. She is employed by the County of Carbon, and also works part-time at Penn's Peak.

The bridegroom is the son of Harry and Sheral Rossmann of New Jersey, and Barbara Rossmann, also of New Jersey.