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August 2011

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.

Bench swallowed by Ontelaunee Creek

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

Teacher-student interaction highlights Palmerton session

Monday, August 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  John Audi, of Sweets, Stevens Law Firm, speaks recently at Palmerton Area High School.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS John Audi, of Sweets, Stevens Law Firm, speaks recently at Palmerton Area High School.

There are many traits teachers and staff should exhibit as professional public employees.

Tips on how they should interact with students were shared recently with teachers and staff in the Palmerton Area School District.

The district presented an educational program to all staff as part of an in-service day recently in the high school auditorium.

School board president Barry Scherer and Superintendent Carol Boyce welcomed those in attendance.

The program was conducted by PSEA UniServe Representative Sheila Saidman and John Audi of Sweet, Stevens, Law Firm.

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

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.

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.