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August 2011

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Resident Canada goose season opens Sept. 1

Monday, August 29, 2011

Oil the shotguns, grab some boxes of steel shot shells and call out the dogs because this year's early Canada goose opens Thursday, Sept. 1, in Peannsylvania.

This year's early statewide season for resident Canada geese will continue through Saturday, Sept. 24. Other than for a few specific areas, the early season retains a daily bag limit of eight Canada geese and possession limit of 16.

Slatington man charged by police

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Slatington man has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) a controlled substance.

Stephen Edward Sasdi, 24, of 409 W. South St., was charged at 8:08 p.m. Aug. 4.

Borough police were called to the area of Main Street for a report of an erratic driver. Witnesses identified the defendant and police stopped his vehicle.

In addition to DUI, Sasdi was charged with operating a vehicle while his license was suspended and careless driving.

The sun

Monday, August 29, 2011

It shined on the LLWS

Sunday ended an anxious and troublesome five-day stretch for millions across the East. Two dramatic events – first a once-in-a-lifetime earthquake followed by a hurricane, the likes of which had many weather experts scratching their heads because of its size.

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.