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September 2011

Traversing flooded waters

Thursday, September 29, 2011
 ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Wednesday's additional rainfall added even more rain to local water tables, causing rising waters and flooded roadways. Pictured yesterday afternoon, are Coaldale firefighters helping a stranded motorist get his vehicle out of flooded waters on East Phillips Street in Coaldale. Firefighters also spent time clearing borough drains of debris.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Wednesday's additional rainfall added even more rain to local water tables, causing rising waters and flooded roadways. Pictured yesterday afternoon, are Coaldale firefighters helping a stranded motorist get his vehicle out of flooded waters on East Phillips Street in Coaldale. Firefighters also spent time clearing borough drains of debris.

Wednesday's additional rainfall added even more rain to local water tables, causing rising waters and flooded roadways. Pictured yesterday afternoon, are Coaldale firefighters helping a stranded motorist get his vehicle out of flooded waters on East Phillips Street in Coaldale. Firefighters also spent time clearing borough drains of debris.

Tribe faces Cardinals

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pocono Mountain East at Lehighton

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Pocono Mt. East 2-2 (1-0 Mountain Valley Conference); Lehighton 2-2 (0-1 Mountain Valley Conference)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Pocono Mt. East def. Stroudsburg 7-3; Pleasant Valley def. Lehighton 7-6

POCONO MOUNTAIN'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Charles Mann (1-2-30 TD pass), RB Devyn Papa (21-65 rush), WR Jake DeJohn (1-30 TD receiving)

LEHIGHTON'S IMPACT PLAYERS: QB Anthony Farole (10-22-102-TD pass, 16-100 rush), Jacen Nalesnik (6-10-TD rush)

Schuylkill crash

Thursday, September 29, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a one vehicle crash about 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, along Spruce Drive, near SR125, in Pine Grove Township.

Troopers said Joshua A. Bishop, 18, of Schuylkill Haven, was operating a 2002 Mazda Portege 5 when it left the road and traveled about 16 feet along the berm before striking an embankment. After impact the car traveled another 34 feet before turning over onto its roof and coming to rest back on the road.

Yashur gashes through Pirates

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Yashur gashes through Pirates
Copyright 2011

Keeping a high school football program at a premier level year in and year out is a difficult task to achieve, but with kids like Trevor Yashur it's easy to see why the Bulldogs stay at that level. Yashur's performance (22-243-3 tds) last week against Palisades has earned him week four TIMES NEWS Player of the Week honors.

Northern Lehigh's (4-0, 4-0 Colonial) head back knew he had to be an offensive threat coming into 2011, to build off the Bulldog's success from last season.

Carbon man jailed on theft counts

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Carbon County resident was jailed over on theft of items from vehicles.

Nesquehoning police said Sean Christopher McFadden, 22, of 318 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, has been charged with criminal conspiracy-theft, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property.

McFadden was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek, of Lansford, and committed to the county prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Officer Thomas Kurtz gave the following report on the incident.

On this date

Thursday, September 29, 2011

September 29, 1977

Miss Lisa Digiglio, a junior at Panther Valley High School, has been selected the Rose Queen for the 1977 St. Therese Shower of Roses celebration which will take place Sunday at Our Lady of Mounty Carmel Church, New Columbus. Attendants will be Trieste Digiglio and Theresa Izzo. The First Rose Princess is the queen's sister, Joanne, a freshman at Panther Valley. The Second Rose Princess is Michelle Damiano, a Panther Valley High School sophomore.

Payroll help is sought by Lansford

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Poised to begin hammering out a 2012 budget amid financial disarray, Lansford Borough Council on Wednesday agreed to seek a firm to take over payroll operations.

The move would free staff to help get the fiscal problems resolved so the borough has a better idea of where its stands financially before it begins the budget process.

Only four members of council were present at the regular public meeting Wednesday: Mary Kruczek, Rosemary Cannon, Danielle Smith and president Adam Webber.

Clearing debris

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Recent rainfall has resulted in many roads and drains to be filled with rocks or brush debris. Pictured is a PPL crew Wednesday afternoon clearing Hometown Hill, SR309, of fallen rocks and road debris.

West Penn reviews two subdivision plans

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The West Penn Township planning commission reviewed two plans on Tuesday evening at the municipal building to add subdivisions on Thomas W. Smith's property on Penn Drive on Route 443 and on Cynthia and Steven Hatton's property on Mush Dahl Road near Route 309.

Last month, the commission accepted a set of preliminary plans to add a trailer, which will serve as offices, on Smith's lot. At this month's meeting the plans were formally reviewed. Issues such as parking, a trash holding area and lot access were worked out with Township Engineer Ronald B. Madison, PE.

State Firemen's Parade results, appreciations

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters with the Lake Harmony Fire Company march in step during the state parade.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters with the Lake Harmony Fire Company march in step during the state parade.

The New Jersey State Fire Chief's Parade Judges Association released the results of the 132nd Annual Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania convention parade held on Saturday in Lake Harmony, and hosted by both the Lake Harmony and Albrightsville fire companies.

Firefighters busy again

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Recent rainfall has again kept volunteer firefighters throughout our area busy clearing drains and pumping out basements. Pictured is Coaldale volunteer firefighter Tom Polischak clearing borough drains, which routinely get clogged with debris.

Support group

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fibromyalgia

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Guest speaker will be attorney Jacqueline Zabresky of Wilkes-Barre, who will explain Social Security Disability, SSI and what you must know to apply.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (except for January and February) at Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, Hazle Township. This is located off the Airport Beltway behind the Toyota dealership.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Lehighton couple wed 50 years

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Nace Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Nace Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Nace Sr. are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

They were married Sept. 29, 1961 in Lehighton.

Mrs. Nace is the former Naomi Smith, daughter of the late Jonathan D. Smith Jr. and Ellen S. Smith of Lehighton. Her husband is the son of the late William T. Nice and Catherine E. Nace, Lehighton.

Carbon Navy Club offers flag program

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Carbon County Navy Club Ship 260 is available to all schools in the Carbon County area to present their flag program. The club performed this program at a number of schools earlier this year. Officials are limited to two presentations in the morning. This is a free program to schools.

For more information or to set up a program at a school, call club historian Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at (570) 645-3643.

ARAACA donates to local organizations

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Pictured from left are Bill Bowman, member, ARAACA; Marion Debalko, chairwoman, SCP; Michael Havrilla, president, ARAACA; and Kelly Hoherchak, secretary, SCP.
Pictured from left are Bill Bowman, member, ARAACA; Marion Debalko, chairwoman, SCP; Michael Havrilla, president, ARAACA; and Kelly Hoherchak, secretary, SCP.

Ride the rails

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is the Hometown Trestle, also known locally as the High Bridge. The 185 foot high bridge crosses a steep gorge where the train will stop to allow passengers views in all directions.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is the Hometown Trestle, also known locally as the High Bridge. The 185 foot high bridge crosses a steep gorge where the train will stop to allow passengers views in all directions.

Heritage Festival to feature third oldest railroad route

Tamaqua's long railroad heritage will be celebrated during the 27th Annual Tamaqua Heritage Festival on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Former Summit Hill man must go to court over charges he had sex with a young girl

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A 13-year-old girl was the only witness against a former Summit Hill man during a magistrate hearing yesterday.

She kept composed, speaking just above a whisper in explaining how the man, Nicholas D. Molino, 42, now living in Wilkes-Barre, would have sex with her, sometimes twice a day. She said he had been assaulting her since she was just six years old, and it came to a halt when she went to live with a different relative during the summer of 2010 – when she was 12.

Carbon bus involved in Mahoning accident

Thursday, September 29, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two persons were injured Wednesday afternoon in a rear-end collision at the intersection of Jamestown Road and SR209 in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred at 4:15 p.m. as a car with two occupants was attempting to make a left turn off of SR209 south onto Jamestown Road when it was struck by a Carbon County Community Transport bus also traveling south. The force of the impact drove the car up onto a private lot. The two victims were treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.

Hubbs-Danielson

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Eric Danielson and Shanna Hubbs
Eric Danielson and Shanna Hubbs

Bill and Denise Hubbs of Odessa, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Shanna Leigh Hubbs of Port Allegany, Pa., to Eric Marshall Danielson, also of Port Allegany.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Watkins Glen High School, N.Y.; a 2008 graduate of Mansfield University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in music education; and is currently enrolled at Edinboro University, where she is working toward a master's degree in education leadership.

She is employed by the Cameron County School District in elementary band.

Panther Valley news

Thursday, September 29, 2011

JROTC meeting

A JROTC meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 17 in the JROTC classroom. Election of officers will take place. All parents are invited.

Summit Hill

Meetings changed

The Summit Hill Water Authority has announced two changes in meeting dates.

The October meeting of the board will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and the November meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Both sessions will begin at 7 p.m.

Louis Alexander, chairman, will be in charge of the meetings.

SHCIO to meet

Panther Valley approves several personnel changes

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Panther Valley School Board has approved personnel changes.

The board accepted the retirement of high school cafeteria head cook Lennora Goida, effective May 12, 2012; the immediate resignation of varsity girls softball coach James Gilbert; the retirement of high school Special education teacher Joan Kennedy, effective Dec. 23, 2011.

Celebration marks kickoff of 100th anniversary of Palmerton's incorporation

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Sue Steigerwalt of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce presented a citation to Peter Kern.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Sue Steigerwalt of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce presented a citation to Peter Kern.

On Sept. 20 members of the Palmerton business community, Palmerton Area Historical Society and individuals met at Blue Ridge Country Club for a kickoff dinner for Palmerton's 100th anniversary.

Palmerton, begun in 1898 by New Jersey Zinc Company, was incorporated in 1912 and will be officially 100 years old in October 2012. The Society was host for the event.

Run meets pass on center stage

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Heading into its matchup with Lehighton last week, Pleasant Valley's defense had to prepare for the Indians' aerial attack.

This week the Bears will have to get ready for the complete opposite, as Tamaqua's run-heavy offense comes to town.

Tamaqua man among 12 to enter guilty pleas

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Tamaqua man was among 12 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

Brian Keith Startzel, 42, of 35 W. Union St., Tamaqua, on a charge of loitering was given credit for spending 52 days in the county prison and was released on parole for 12 months, and ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). On charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness he was fined $200 plus costs. Startzel was cited by Trooper Todd W. Heintz.

Arrest made in theft of vehicle

Thursday, September 29, 2011

An arrest has been made in connection with the theft of a vehicle that occurred in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Joel P. Lucci, 54, of 8 Water St., New Philadelphia, reported his 1999 Dodge Dakota truck was stolen sometime between 11 p.m. on June 27 and 7:15 a.m. on June 28. Later the same day York Area Regional Police became involved in a vehicle pursuit with someone operating Lucci's truck. The pursuit ended in a crash with the driver fleeing the scene.

PV welcomes back Mitchell

Thursday, September 29, 2011

There was plenty of good news for the Panther Valley football team on Friday night.

Not only did the Panthers beat Jim Thorpe for their first victory of the season, but they also saw Brock Mitchell return to the field.

Mitchell, a second-team All-State tight end a year ago, suffered a serious leg injury in an ATV accident back in December.

The injury, which required several surgeries, cost Mitchell the entire 2010-11 winter and spring sports seasons and left him questionable for this football season.

Lehighton library hosts book signing

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lehighton Area Memorial Library, 124 North St., Lehighton, will host a book signing and release party for Autumn Jordan (aka Diane Gerber of Lehighton), author of a newly released book, "In the Presence of Evin" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the library. For additional information call the library at 610-377-2750 or email at lehighton.library@gmail.com.

Palmerton Fitness Center now under new ownership

Thursday, September 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Community Fitness Center is under new ownership. Pictured are manager Taylor Knight (seated), and owner Janet Knight (standing).
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Community Fitness Center is under new ownership. Pictured are manager Taylor Knight (seated), and owner Janet Knight (standing).

A popular exercise facility in Palmerton is under new ownership.

Located at 346 Delaware Avenue, the Palmerton Community Fitness Center is now family-run.

Taylor Knight serves as manager, while her mother, Janet Knight, is owner.

To commemorate the change in ownership, an open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All ages are welcome. There will be a one-month membership give away, family packages and 3-month special. Food and drinks will be provided.

Tamaqua holds 15th annual band adjudication extravaganza

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Bangor Marching Band marches in step during the adjudication.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Bangor Marching Band marches in step during the adjudication.

The Tamaqua Area Athletic Center radiated with sounds of marching band music Saturday night during the Tamaqua Area Band Booster's 15th Annual Land of the Running Water Band Adjudication Festival, which was held indoors due to weather.

Performing field shows were 13 participating bands from Panther Valley, Hamburg Area, Mahanoy Area, Minersville, Southern Lehigh, Williams Valley, Wilson Area, Tri-Valley, Emmaus, Exeter, Bangor, Pottsville and Tamaqua Raider Marching Band, which hosted the event.

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.