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August 2011

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.

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.

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.

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.