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September 2011

A journey and a search within

Friday, September 30, 2011
Shanksville is a Norman Rockwell-type town with a populaton of 245.
Shanksville is a Norman Rockwell-type town with a populaton of 245.

Tamaqua woman drawn to Shanksville crash site

Every year around September 11, Susan Stine leaves her warm, cozy house on Dutch Hill and makes a 200-mile pilgrimage to a grassy field in western Pennsylvania.

There, she spends a few days sorting through thoughts and feelings deep inside.

She's been doing it for a decade, and never misses the trip, regardless of what might be happening in her busy life.

Stine is drawn to the serene setting where she ponders a sequence of events that challenge the imagination.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month

Friday, September 30, 2011

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Cancer Society is urging women to follow early detection guidelines for breast cancer and to make healthy behavioral changes to lower their risk of breast cancer.

An estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 39,520 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. in 2011.

Slatington Class of 1952 celebrates 59-year reunion

Friday, September 30, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Slatington High School Class of 1952 celebrated its 59-year class reunion at the Post 16 Restaurant on Aug. 27. Attending were, front, Myrle Wannamaker Bird. First row, from left, Pearl Hamm Follweiler, Delores Scheffler Dengler, Marian Sittler Miller, Theo Jones Elias, and Shirley Fredrick Kern. Second row, Mary Jane Smith Sheckler, Irwin Zellner, Mildred Kern Zellner, Mae Hankee Rehrig, Nancy Leiby Billig, Carolyn Krause Steele, Judy Lentz Shiner, Grace Williams Lewis, Joan Skutches Heffelfinger, and Doris Shellhamer Bruder.

Three Coaldale residents among 21 placed in probation program

Friday, September 30, 2011

Three Coaldale residents were among 21 who were admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program and President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.

The program is reserved for first offenders and if they successfully complete all conditions imposed their record will be wiped clean.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Lansford man's lawyers ask Carbon court to drop charges that he killed wife

Friday, September 30, 2011
Edwina Atieno Onyango
Edwina Atieno Onyango

Lawyers for a Lansford man accused of killing his estranged wife on Thursday asked a Carbon County court judge to drop the charges and set him free, arguing that information from a 2009 preliminary hearing failed to provide sufficient evidence to take the case to trial and that evidence from three search warrants should be suppressed because they failed to include an initial visit to the defendant's home by a Lansford patrolman.

Saving the planet for our grandchildren

Friday, September 30, 2011
Duane Dellecker, director of the Carbon County Solid Waste Department, presents a plaque to the Panther Valley Middle School for their work in the past with recycling. Holding the sign is student Jacob Snyder, with Shannon McBride (advisor) and Chrisanne Powell (advisor) and student Abby Whildin. The plaque was made out of recyclable materials.
Duane Dellecker, director of the Carbon County Solid Waste Department, presents a plaque to the Panther Valley Middle School for their work in the past with recycling. Holding the sign is student Jacob Snyder, with Shannon McBride (advisor) and Chrisanne Powell (advisor) and student Abby Whildin. The plaque was made out of recyclable materials.

Chrisanne Powell, Panther Valley Middle School teacher initiated the school's recycling program at the beginning of 2010-2011. She and sixth grade teacher Shannon McBride are the co-advisors of the club.

Fall Foliage Festival starts this weekend in Jim Thorpe

Friday, September 30, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Among the business establishments preparing for the month-long Fall Foliage Festival in Jim Thorpe, is the Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse where Bernadette Behan is seen preparing a large and colorful Autumn flower display in front of the Pub's outdoor deck.

Teachers: Code has many flaws

Friday, September 30, 2011

Count the Palmerton Area Education Association among the many detractors of the school district's revamped dress code policy.

In a letter directed to the school board and read aloud by Superintendent Carol Boyce at Thursday's Policy Committee meeting, the PAEA urged the board to revise the policy.

Signed by PAEA President Brad Landis, the letter expresses the PAEA's position.

First Congregational Church in Coaldale

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Service of the Lord's Supper will be held during Morning Worship at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Sunday School will be held at 10 a.m.

The church board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3.

The church's Women's Class will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, nursing home services will be held at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke's-Miners and MapleShade, respectively. Choir rehearsal will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Morning Worship will be held at 9 a.m. and Sunday School at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

Tamaqua area man gets time-served for assault

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Tamaqua area man was one of four defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced as follows:

Joseph Franz, 24,of 190 Lincoln Drive, Tamaqua R.D., on two counts of simple assault and one count each of criminal trespass, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct was sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin to serve 17 days to 23 months in the county prison, however, since he served the minimum time was released on parole.

Operation: Touch of Home needs you and your help

Friday, September 30, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home, Inc. will be meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert.

Operation: Touch of Home is a local organization that collects essential and non-essential items and ships them to our local members of the Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

If you would like to help in this endeavor, please consider joining them on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Tamaqua news

Friday, September 30, 2011

Adult Day Care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center is conducting a non-perishable food drive to benefit the Tamaqua Salvation Army Food Bank. Donated goods will be accepted Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., through Nov. 1.

The center has a variety of activities planned for October, including a pancake breakfast on Oct. 4.

Dunn's Farms wins national recognition

Friday, September 30, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Charles Itle, left, presents Josh and Jimmy Dunn of Dunn's Pride Holsteins, New Ringgold, a jacket and monetary award for the first place Charles Itle Exhibition and Display Award at the 2011 All-American Dairy Show, held in Harrisburg. At right is Rita Kennedy, All-American Dairy Show President.
Special to the TIMES NEWS Charles Itle, left, presents Josh and Jimmy Dunn of Dunn's Pride Holsteins, New Ringgold, a jacket and monetary award for the first place Charles Itle Exhibition and Display Award at the 2011 All-American Dairy Show, held in Harrisburg. At right is Rita Kennedy, All-American Dairy Show President.

The Jim and Tammy Dunn family of Dunn's Pride Holsteins, New Ringgold, received the first place Charles Itle Exhibition and Display Award at the 2011 All-American Dairy Show, held last week in Harrisburg.

The 48th All-American Dairy Show, the world's largest dairy show. It was held this year at the Pa. Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

Credit for the Dunn's design and execution of the pack's display, featuring fall foliage, electric lanterns and rustic wood trim, goes to mother Tammy, said brothers Josh and Jim, who accepted the award, an embroidered jacket and cash prize.

Pink Friday

Friday, September 30, 2011

Marian HS asks fans to wear pink on Oct. 7

Marian Catholic's Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America will be sponsoring a "Pink Friday" service event at the Marian vs. Panther Valley football game on Friday, Oct. 7, at the

Men of Marian Stadium.

The FBLA members are asking all fans, both Colts and Panthers alike to support "Breast Cancer Awareness" month by wearing pink to the game. The students will also be collecting donations and selling baked goods and ribbon pins.

All proceeds will go directly to breast cancer research.

For more information, contact the Development Office at (570) 467-0641.

A real downpour

Friday, September 30, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This picture was taken Thursday afternoon during the heavy down pour. The water is rushing down the hill by the stairs located on Rt 903 in Jim Thorpe by The Jim Thorpe Market.

Schuylkill crash

Friday, September 30, 2011

State police at Frackville reported investigating a one-vehicle crash about 7:14 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, along SR61 at Darkwater Road, in New Castle Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Joseph H. Smith, 59, of Columbia, Md., and Melvin R. Nye, 36, of Sunbury, were both southbound. Smith, operating a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, made a right turn onto Darkwater Road and proceeded to make a U-turn.

He then attempted to turn left onto 61 northbound but failed to yield the right-of-way to Nye. The Equinox struck a utility trailer attached to Nye's 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 truck.

Jim Thorpe news

Thursday, September 29, 2011

National Christian recording artists and author, David and Karen Brickley will be speaking at the Ebenezer E.C. Church every Sunday during the month of October at the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

For more information, call 325-2855. The church is located at 441 Center Ave.

Women of ELCA

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, September 29, 2011

September 29, 1972 Dru Herman throws a touchdown pass on offense, and comes up with an interception and a fumble recovery on defense to help Jim Thorpe earn a 13-6 victory over Pocono Mountain. Herman recovers a fumble on the opening kickoff and it leads to his 29-yard scoring toss to Gene Binder. The Olympians, coached by Barry Hackenberg, extend the advantage on a nine-yard touchdown run by Mike Clewell.

Vehicle found, owner is sought

Thursday, September 29, 2011

State police at Lehighton reported a vehicle was found along Buskirk Lane in Saylorsburg, and the owner is being sought.

Found was a 2002 Honda Foreman TRX450 FE about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. Anyone with information concerning the vehicle is asked to call troopers at (610) 377-4270

Northern Lehigh community news

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Gathering

The Gathering will be held from 1 p.m. until close on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Trout Run Covered Bridge in Slatington/Washington Township, rain or shine.

There will be music, food, beverages, vendors and crafters, and The Great Slatington Duck Race

Duck Certificates are available at the Northern Lehigh Historical Society stand.

There will be a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

Slatington Public Library

Look for the library's table at the Presbyterian Church's Apple Festival. They will be having a book sale.

Look Good, Feel Better

Thursday, September 29, 2011

ACS makeover slated

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 6-8 p.m., Oct. 3, at St. Catherine's Medical Center- Ashland. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment. It will be held in the Susan Amedow Board Room, 101 Broad St.

Tamaqua couple wed 60 years

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Erbe of Tamaqua celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 22. They were married in St. Jerome's Rectory, Tamaqua, by the late Rev. Joseph Dougherty.

Mrs. Erbe is the former Dolores Marcin, daughter of the late Michael and Bernetta Marcin of Tamaqua.

Mr. Erbe is the son of the late Walter and Sarah Erbe of Tamaqua.

Palmerton Police Log

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Speeding

Tim Heimbach, 35, of 88 Walnut Street, Lehighton, was cited for speeding. The violation occurred on Sept. 16 at 5:39 a.m. on SR248 east.

DUI

Criminal charges were filed against Christopher Crook, 23, of 14 E Catawissa Street, Nesquehoning, for DUI, registration and certificate of title required, unauthorized transfer or use of registration, drivers required to be licensed, driving under suspension, required financial responsibility, and periods for required lighted lamps. The incidents occurred on Sept. 2 at 2:13 a.m. in the 500 block of Delaware Avenue.

Flooded tracks

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Flooded tracks
Copyright 2011

Railroad tracks on Hazle Street in Tamaqua are overrun with water following another day of heavy rain.

Carbon Labor Chapter to host "Meet the Candidate Night"

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Carbon County Labor Chapter will host a "Meet the Candidate Night" on Friday, Sept. 30, between 4 and 7 p.m. at the Phifers Ice Dam in Franklin Township.

All candidates, Democratic or Republican, seated or running, are invited to speak.

Admission is free and food prepared by the Franklin Township Lions Club will be available for purchase in the parks pavilion. Entertainment will be provided by The Drew Kelly Band and Buster the Clown.

A classic car show is also running in conjunction with this event in the park.

Shifferts propel NL

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Shiffert brothers combined to lead Northern Lehigh to an easy soccer victory to highlight Wednesday's rain reduced scholastic sports schedule.

BOYS SOCCER

NDES-No. Lehigh

Channing Shiffert and Zeb Shiffert both scored hat-tricks to help spark Northern Lehigh to a 9-0 Colonial League victory over visiting Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg.

Channing became the first Bulldog in the program's history to score 50 career goals .

Thatcher George just missed out on a hat-trick as he finished with two goals, while Ryan Perkowski added a single score.

Birth: Carroll

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Owen Dylan  Carroll
Owen Dylan Carroll

A son, Owen Dylan Carroll, was born to Brianna and Kevin Carroll of Jim Thorpe, at 9:24 a.m., on July 29, 2011 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. He weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 23 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Michael and Doriana Hurley of Jonas, Pa.

Paternal grandparents are Harry Carroll of Jim Thorpe, and Mary Carroll of Coaldale.

Newly hired guard suspended

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Schuylkill County Prison Board held a special meeting Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville to take action on a personnel matter dealing with a correctional officer.

The greater part of the meeting was held in executive session to discuss the problem and when the meeting was opened to the public the board acted on two quick motions.

Polk column

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Sunday, Oct 16 from 3-6:15 p.m. is Family Fun Day. Pocono Lutheran churches will host a Family Fun Day on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 3 to 6:15 p.m. The event is outdoors and will include games, supper and worship at St. Paul's picnic grove in Albrightsville, off Rte. 534. Bring food to share. Drinks and dinnerware will be provided.

See the Rev. Scheffey for more information.

Care Package committee

Kagan-Semanoff

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Jack Semanoff and Rebecca Kagan
Jack Semanoff and Rebecca Kagan

The engagement of Rebecca Kagan of Cherry Hill, N.J. to Jack Semanoff of Lehighton has been announced by the couple.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Rita and Alan Kagan of Cherry Hill. She is a graduate of Drexel University, where she earned a master's of science in nursing. She is employed as a family nurse practitioner at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Public hearing will discuss Central Carbon Regional Comprehensive Plan

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A public hearing will be held to discuss the Central Carbon Regional Comprehensive Plan will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. today at the at the Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium, 110 N. Third Street, Lehighton. The meeting will be facilitated by Allen G. Heist, PMP, project manager, Stell Environmental Enterprises, Inc. Elverson. Heist has spent most of the year developing and refining the plan.

Invited guests to the meeting are members of the four planning commissions that comprise Central Carbon County: Mahoning, East Penn and Franklin townships and the Borough of Weissport.