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August 2011

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

Tamaqua Soccer Boosters camp

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The 2011 Tamaqua High School Soccer Boosters Youth Soccer Camp was held July 26-29 at the high school field. Members of the boys and girls soccer teams instructed 50 area children on basic skills, conditioning and sportsmanship. In the top photo, youngsters practice their dribbling skills under the watchful eyes of camp instructors. In the photo on the left, Logan Betz of Andreas prepares to take a shot on goal.

Minor injuries in I81 crash

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Minor injuries were reported in a one vehicle crash along Interstate 81 in Delano Township, Schuylkill County, that occurred about 12:10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28.

State police at Frackville said Dipen Regmi, 29, of Scranton, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu northbound in the right lane through a construction zone.

The vehicle entered the left lane and went off the road where it traveled about 70 feet before striking an embankment.

Palmerton man dies; crashes car while fleeing police

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A vehicle that officials said was being pursued by police crashed into a home in Walnutport on Saturday morning, claiming the life of a Palmerton man.

Officials said James Diehl, 24, died in the incident, which happened around 3 a.m.

State police at the Bethlehem barracks said the man was attempting to flee police at the time.

His red Honda Civic went out of control, flipped over and crashed into the porch of the home located at 238 Main St.

Tamaqua suspect had to be released

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tamaqua police attempted to take a former local man, wanted on an outstanding warrant, into custody Aug. 17 but had to release him when the duty district judge was unavailable.

Officers responded to a disturbance at 35 Vine St. at 6:50 p.m. where they found George Cope, 24, involved in an altercation with Sarah Jean Hill, 22.

A records check indicated Cope was wanted on a warrant issued by Rush Township police.

Instead of being taken into custody Cope had to be released when District Judge Anthony Kilker, of Shenandoah, was unavailable.

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

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.

Tree falls on wires in Lansford

Monday, August 29, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A tree lies on utility wires along Route 209 in Lansford, near Panther Valley High School. The tree was felled by winds from tropical storm Irene.

Driver's license centers closed for Labor Day

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver's license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

Good night Irene ... and good riddance!

Monday, August 29, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the Times news The waters of a raging Aquashicola Creek left one street and many back yards along Lehigh Avenue in Palmerton under water.
Larry Neff/Special to the Times news The waters of a raging Aquashicola Creek left one street and many back yards along Lehigh Avenue in Palmerton under water.

Loss of power was one local hardship; PPL calls it the second worst storm in the company's history

Hurricane Irene stormed through our region late Saturday and into Sunday, unleashing pounding rain and whipping winds. Lehigh and Monroe counties were stomped, while Irene's skirts brushed Carbon and Schuylkill counties.

Police attribute three deaths on Sunday morning in our area to the storm. Jason Dahm of Hellertown apparently lost control of his vehicle on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, tumbling down an embankment and striking a utility pole.

class reunion

Monday, August 29, 2011

THS Class of 1971

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year anniversary reunion for Oct. 22 and is in need of current contact information for numerous class members.

Addresses, phone numbers and/or email addresses would be helpful. Classmates or individuals with information about classmates may contact Jerry Zubey at (570) 668-1175; Mary Allen Cooper at (570) 386-5220; or Mary Ann Rother Bright at (570) 778-0948.

The class has established a Facebook page at TAHS class of "71" or emails can be sent to tahsclass of 71@hotmail.com.

Tree barricade

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

A fallen tree blocks Route 443 in East Brunswick Township, near New Philadelphia Road.

Some near Pa. waterways still prepare for worst

Monday, August 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS 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.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS 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.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Residents along many eastern Pennsylvania waterways continued to prepare for the worst of Tropical Storm Irene's wrath that may be to come as swollen waterways continue to rise.

Along the Delaware River, communities readied for the water, with Easton and New Hope bracing for major flooding that the National Weather Service said could come Monday morning or afternoon if the river crests to 31 feet, or nine feet above flood stage.