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August 2011

American Red Cross needs immediate blood donations

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hurricane Irene has affected blood donations along the East Coast at a time when the nation's blood supply is already low.

Since Hurricane Irene began its path along the East Coast, the storm has forced the cancellation of nearly 60 American Red Cross blood drives, resulting in the shortfall of more than 1,500 units of blood and the numbers could increase this week while areas deal with the storm's aftermath.

Ready for football season

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Rod Stufflebean tightens wire siding on new bleachers installed at the Marian Catholic High School football field in Hometown. The bleachers were purchased by the Men of Marian and are installed by J.R. Vaughn Construction of Frazeysburg, Ohio. Construction foreman Jim Vaughn assured they'll be ready for Marian's season opener at home Friday night against Lehighton.

Camper sticks Rosemount Resort

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Eleanore J. Shomper, 53, of Nazareth, has been arrested by state police at the Frackville barracks for theft of services after she rented two cabins at the Rosemount Camping Resort, Walker Township, and left the premises without paying for them.

Police said the incident was reported to them at 1 p.m. Aug. 29. The rent owed is $240.

Census says Pa. marriages work better

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pennsylvanians are both marrying and divorcing at a lower rate than the rest of the country, a quality they share with many men and women of the Northeast, a new U.S. Census Bureau report says.

Later marriages have traditionally been viewed as more likely to last longer.

That's a link making itself known more favorably in states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York than places such as Arkansas, Georgia and West Virginia, where divorce rates are well above the norm, according to the data released today from the 2009 American Community Survey.

Antique/Collector Car Show scheduled in Slatington

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It's a day for car aficionados who have kept their vehicles in tip top shape to show off their set of wheels.

The 23rd annual Antique/Collector Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Slatington Airport along State Route 873. The rain date is Monday.

Sponsored by the Slatington Lions Club, Inc., the event will be comprised of a flea market vendor setup, registration of cars, and an awards presentation at 3 p.m. There will be food, refreshments, and entertainment all day.

Staying flu-free as easy as a trip to the supermarket

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Staying flu-free is a priority this fall and the best way to manage flu is to prevent it through vaccination. GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN'S Food Markets are now offering flu shots at all of their in-store pharmacies. No appointment is needed and convenient walk-in vaccinations are provided by trusted in-store pharmacists any time the pharmacy is open.

"Flu shots are reformulated every year so it's important to receive your vaccination annually, even if you received one last year," said Leigh Shirley, director of pharmacy.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Summit Hill

Anthracite LL

The Anthracite Little League will hold election of officers for the 2012 Little League season at a meeting scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Summit Hill Borough Building. Any and all parents of league participants, as well as members of the community, are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Roobhenn Smith, (570) 645-5385.

St. Paul Lutheran

Former Carbon man pleads to indecent exposure count

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A former Carbon County man pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent exposure on Tuesday in the county court. He was one of 12 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea.

Lansford incident

Travis Williams, 22, of Allentown, and formerly of Lansford, pleaded to the charge before Judge Steven R. Serfass for an incident in Lansford that occurred in or around Sept. 1, 2010.

Sen. Pat Toomey to hold a 'Town Meeting' Thursday

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Event, hosted by Lehighton 9/12 Project, will be at Penn's Peak Event, hosted by Lehighton 9/12 Project, will be at Penn's Peak

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey will hold a "Town Meeting" at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The event is being sponsored by the Lehighton 9/12 Project.

It is open to the public. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Toomey, a Republican who defeated Democrat Joe Sestak in last November's general elections, campaigned on the theme "More Jobs, Less Government."

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Toomey attended La Salle Academy on scholarship and graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in government.

On this date

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August 31, 1965

The State Highways Department has signed a contract with Ambrose R. West Associates, Bethlehem, for preliminary studies for a $1.9 million Lehighton Bypass. The firm will be paid $20,660 for alternate location studies to be followed by a preliminary design for the route. The bypass is to extend for about a mile around the east side of Lehighton. It would pass over the Lehigh River. The route would begin in Weissport, extend north opposite Lehighton, and cross railroad tracks at a point north of Jim Thorpe.

IronPigs fail to pick up ground

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley IronPigs had an opportunity to regain a lead in International League's Wild Card race as Gwinnett dropped their contest against Durham, but they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees in 14 innings at Coca-Cola Park.

Pawtucket also lost on Tuesday, falling 8-6 against Rochester, so the IronPigs remain two games behind the Pawsox in the IL North standings and stayed tied with Gwinnett for the Wild Card.

Cash is stolen from Monroe home

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are investigating the theft of cash from a home in Chestnuthill Township.

The victim is Douglas Searles, 30, of Saylorsburg.

Police said someone stole about $750 form the victim's residence located on the Effort-Neola Road between 8;20 a.m. Aug. 25 and 10 a.m. Aug. 29.

No other information about the incident was released by police.

New bleachers at Marian

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Left, Andy Cotter, left, and Jason Messenger of J.R. Vaughn Construction, Frazeysburg, Ohio, place railings on new bleachers installed in the Men of Marian Stadium at Marian Catholic High School. Right, Rod Stufflebean tightens wire siding on new bleachers in Hometown. The bleachers were manufactured by National Recreation of Fort Wayne, Ind. The bleachers were purchased by the Men of Marian. Construction foreman Jim Vaughn assured they'll be ready for Marian's season opener at home Friday night against Lehighton.

Dudefest held to promote suicide prevention awareness

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from back left are Stephanie McCarroll, Frank McCarroll, Tara McCarroll-Stauffenberg, Tom McCarroll and Michele McCarroll. In front is Kenny Stauffenberg.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from back left are Stephanie McCarroll, Frank McCarroll, Tara McCarroll-Stauffenberg, Tom McCarroll and Michele McCarroll. In front is Kenny Stauffenberg.

The third annual Dudefest was held recently at the West Penn Rod and Gun Club in Clamtown to promote suicide prevention and awareness.

Tara McCarroll Stauffenberg, who has organized the Dudefest every year, has held the fundraising event in honor of her brother Cory McCarroll, 32, who took his own life in June of 2009.

Meet the Colts

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Marian will be having it's annual Meet the Colts for the Fall sports season on Thursday September 1st. All Fall sports will be represented and season tickets will also be available for purchase at the event.

Look before you sniff !

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Yes, you better look before you sniff this flower because this pollen-coated busy-bee may just have a painful surprise waiting for you if you disturb its work.

Crashes probed

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported on several crashes investigated by troopers.

A one vehicle crash occurred about 11 a.m. on Aug. 25 along Weir Lake Road, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. Troopers said Paula A. Martini, 48, of Saylorsburg, was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue northbound and negotiating a curve when she saw a deer on the road. Martini attempted to avoid the deer but could not and struck it. Upon impact she lost control of the car that spun onto the berm and struck a tree.

Martini was not injured but the vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Mischief incident

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

State police at Lehighton are investigating a criminal mischief incident.

Troopers said unknown criminals damaged the latch on a shed and struck the freezer door inside the shed with a blunt object causing damages on the property of Cleotha A. Niziolek, located in the 100 block of Paw Paw Drive, in Polk Township, Monroe County. The incident occurred sometime between Aug. 11 and 26.

Panther Valley Public Library news

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, is offering a number of events.

The library will host a Back to School Sundaes eventing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept 11.

The sundaes are free for all school children, who will be able to listen to a story about the how ice-cream sundaes began.

The sweet treats are an ideal way to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the library's opening day.

Game night at the library will be held at 6 p.m., Sept. 15.

Fleetwood man is facing charges

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

An incident at 8:45 p.m. Aug. 30 in Port Clinton resulted in a Fleetwood man being arrested by state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.

Police said Daniel Ruch, 30, was charged with defiant trespass, persistent disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, harassment, criminal mischief and simple trespass after the incident at 73 Center St. in the borough.

The victim is Matthew Carroll Sr., 28, of Port Clinton.

Palmerton news

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive Saturday, Sept. 3. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. They also need brown grocery size paper bags.

57th Convention ends with parade

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Josh Orfur, 14, left, receives beads from Ben Goodwin and Eric Ochenriden of the Filthy McNasty parade group.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Josh Orfur, 14, left, receives beads from Ben Goodwin and Eric Ochenriden of the Filthy McNasty parade group.

Rain didn't stop hundreds of fire trucks, floats, marchers and bands from taking part in the 57th Annual Schuylkill County Firefighter's Association Convention parade held Saturday in Minersville. The weeklong convention ended with the parade and after celebration where awards were presented.

Parade winners are as follows:

Most Functional and Fire Ready Chief Officer/Command Unit: 1st place, Schuylkill Haven; 2nd place, Anthracite Protective Services

Street signs

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

More important items should concern feds

Just as Summit Hill changed its street sign colors to give it individuality, so does Northampton have unique colors - orange and black - reflecting the pride the community has in its athletic teams.

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued an edict that Northampton's signs are hard to read and they must be changed to DOT standards by 2018.

The ruling would have affected a lot of communities, necessitating an expense they don't need during these difficult financial times.

DUI checkpoint

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The North Central PA Regional DUI Enforcement Program has released the results from a sobriety checkpoint held Aug. 26 in Coaldale.

A total of 269 vehicles were contacted with 16 detained. Three operators were tested for possible intoxication, with one adult arrested. Officers also issued 10 traffic citations and issued 30 warnings. Four law enforcement departments were represented by 10 officers.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dessert and show

Western Pocono Lioness Club enjoyed a mini fashion show and ice cream social, with Sherri Gallagher doing the fashion show moderation.

The show was a review of the fall luncheon and fashion show the Lioness will have in September.

Special guest was Western Pocono Lions Club President Charles Rush and his wife, Joanne.

Rush guided the Lioness through documentation requirements they must follow to keep records up to date.

Cyclist sustains minor injuries

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A motorcycle rider sustained minor injuries in a crash at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 30 on Township Route 432 in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said David A. Drumgo, 29, of Stroudsburg, was riding the 2008 Kawasaki EX250 south on Frable Road when he failed to negotiate a left curve. The cycle went off the right side of the roadway onto loose gravel and came to rest on its side.

Schuylkill court news

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Marriage licenses

Lisa L. Trezise and Troy M. Meckes, 239 Orwigsburg Street, Tamaqua.

Jennifer A. Mazaika, 19 Marlyn Lane, Exton, and Zachary R. Tanner, 19 Marylyn Lane, Exton. Mazaika is formerly from McAdoo.

Allison N. Wallace and Matthew R. Govern, 56 Washington Street, Middleport.

Angelina A. Patton, 607 East Broad Street, Tamaqua and Jose Toro Velez, 765 Carson Street, Hazleton.

Kenya M. DeSangles and Angel M. Torres, 129 West Birch Street, Hazleton.

Margaret A. Martin, 1018 Spruce Lane, Tamaqua and Vernon L. Nolt, 347 Rife Run Road, Manheim.

Slatington man jailed after ruckus

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ronald J. Seibert, 50, of 34 Second St., Slatington, was committed to the Northampton County Prison, Easton, after being arraigned on charges on Aug. 30 in Walnutport.

Police said he was charged with resisting arrest and persistent disorderly conduct and jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail set by District Judge Robert Hawke.

The incident happened in the 400 block of Main Street in Walnutport. The arresting officer is Christopher Fredericks.

Blackout lantern party

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Despite suffering over 36 hours of no power, neighbors on Rymin Road in Hometown came together to relish the company of each other during their blackout lantern party. Neighbors, all holding flashlights, enjoyed snacks and refreshments as they socialized around a lantern while watching PPL crews work in pitch black to restore their power. A tree had fallen onto powerlines behind one of the homes on Rymin Road early Sunday morning causing a community wide blackout.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI), and several motor vehicle code violations, following an incident that occurred about 5:32 p.m. on Aug. 24 along Gilbert Road at Fairground Road, in Polk Township.

State police at Lehighton said Jolanta B. Loranc, of the 200 block of Shady Oaks East, Saylorsburg, was operating a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder when she failed to stop for a stop sign, failed to use turn signals and failed to stay her lane of travel.

Golfing in between the books

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Teen Advisory Group of the Palmerton Area Library, have been working on their annual Mini Golf Tournament to be held at the library on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 4-7 p.m. It is open to all ages. There will be nine holes placed throughout the shelves of books. Setting up the "Alice in Wonderland" hole are, left to right: Tyler Riggio, Andrew Kmetz, Paige Kravetz, Stephanie Rizzio, Elizabeth Allen, Elizabeth Anthony, Maison Allen and Lenaick Zelienka.