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September 2011

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.

Underage drinking arrest in Tamaqua

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tamaqua police cited a 17-year-old male for underage drinking on Friday night, Sept. 23.

Officers on patrol at 9:20 p.m. observed a white Pontiac Grand Am coming from the area of the Buehler Memorial (Bungalow) Pool.

The car failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Catawissa and Lafayette streets, turning left on to Lafayette. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was asked for his license and registration.

While a passenger in the car was searching for the car's registration an officer noticed a silver can of Coors original beer.

Former Catholic high school placed on tax rolls

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The building which formerly housed the Cardinal Brennan High School, located at 130 Academy Lane, Butler Township, Schuylkill County, was removed from tax exemption by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board after a hearing in the county court. The request for placing the property, which contains 95.5 acres, was made by North Schuylkill School District.

Woman seriously hurt in crash

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A young woman was seriously injured after being involved in a violent crash Tuesday afternoon along Lizard Creek Road (SR895) in East Penn Township. The crash occurred just before 4 p.m. as she was traveling east just leaving West Penn Township in Schuylkill County. For some unknown reason her car left the right berm traveling up a grass berm before impacting with a clump of large trees. A combination of rescuers from the East Penn Fire Company, Penn Mahoning and Mahoning Valley ambulances worked to free the heavily entrapped victim.

Sweet and savory

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
This Sept. 8, 2011 photo shows honey-thyme glazed chicken with cider gravy and baby spinach salad in Concord, N.H. This recipe has a sweet autumnal flavor that can be tailored to your region by using a local wildflower honey and a cider made with heirloom apples. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 8, 2011 photo shows honey-thyme glazed chicken with cider gravy and baby spinach salad in Concord, N.H. This recipe has a sweet autumnal flavor that can be tailored to your region by using a local wildflower honey and a cider made with heirloom apples. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Rosh Hashanah meals perfect for local, seasonal eating

You may not think of Jewish cooking as trendsetting, but truth is it has been focused on seasonal recipes sporting local ingredients since long before farmers markets became the darling of the foodie scene. And the Jewish New Year meal, served at Rosh Hashanah, is a perfect example of this unintended hipness.

Lehigh Township Festival to benefit Dream Come True, BRC

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

For those who love cars, good food, entertainment and fun, stop by the Lehigh Township Benefit Festival and Car Show on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Becky's Drive In, 4548 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport (Berlinsville). The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Raindate is Oct. 9.

The event opens at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be served in the refreshment stand until 10:30 a.m.

Throughout the day, there will be a car show hosted by Blue Ridge Rod and Custom Car Club.

Hodge Podge DJ will be offering music by screen two.

Parryville forced to comply with Act 537 sewage facilities plan

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Barry Issett, engineer, with Barry Issett Associates, Trexlertown, right, explains to Mike Grant, left, the steps Parryville Council will have to take to comply with Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan.
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Barry Issett, engineer, with Barry Issett Associates, Trexlertown, right, explains to Mike Grant, left, the steps Parryville Council will have to take to comply with Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan.

Parryville's sewage problems will not be an easy fix, but Parryville Borough Council finally has taken the first step to comply with Act 537, a community-wide sewage facilities plan. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ordered communities to adopt an official plan to provide sewage services for areas within its jurisdiction in 1968.

Barry Issett, engineer, with Barry Issett Associates, Trexlertown, met Tuesday night with Parryville Council to discuss the steps Parryville must take.

Indians play better, but lose to Cards

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
RON GOWER /TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Cole Christman (26) and Anthony Rossino (6) try to block Pocono Mountain East's Martin Dieppa from moving the ball downfield in soccer action yesterday in Lehighton.
RON GOWER /TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Cole Christman (26) and Anthony Rossino (6) try to block Pocono Mountain East's Martin Dieppa from moving the ball downfield in soccer action yesterday in Lehighton.

For the Lehighton boys' soccer team, it was probably a tough task to get motivated for their second facing against Pocono Mountain East.

The first time that the two squads played each other, the Cardinals scored nine goal by halftime. That kind of defeat can do damage to the psyche of any team.

Last night, the two faced off again and the game went in favor of the Cardinals again by a 4-1score.

"The last time we played them, we were losing 9-0 at halftime," LHS head coach Dave Yob mentioned. "Today, I think we showed up with much better play against them."

Strong fire response in Walker Township

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua firefighters investigate the outside of the home for the cause of the fire.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua firefighters investigate the outside of the home for the cause of the fire.

About 50 emergency responders were called during heavy rains to 28 Kettle Road in Walker Township just before 8 p.m. Tuesday after a possible lightning strike to a home.

When firefighters arrived they noticed smoke emanating from the home.

No weeds for festival

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kevin Steigerwalt trims a tree on the North Railroad Street parking lot during their seasonal cleanup held Monday evening held in Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kevin Steigerwalt trims a tree on the North Railroad Street parking lot during their seasonal cleanup held Monday evening held in Tamaqua.

Tamaqua Beautification Association (T.B.A.) volunteers routinely spruce up parks and other areas of Tamaqua. Volunteers are dedicating extra time in preparation for the Tamaqua Heritage Day Festival, set for Sunday October 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kevin Steigerwalt, T.B.A. president, stated, "We are always looking for volunteers. Feel free to call either Karen Davison or myself at (570) 668-3444 to help."

Removal of top soil raises concerns at JT school board

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

During the public comment portion of the Jim Thorpe Area School Board meeting, resident Peter McGuire raised questions and concerns about a motion that was voted on at the previous school board meeting. The motion involved the removal of top soil from the high school football stadium.

Currently the Jim Thorpe High School football stadium is being renovated. The top soil from the field was originally to be removed and used on the practice field. During the renovation, engineers from EI Associates stated the soil was substandard and could not be used on the practice field.

Lansford woman cited for theft

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Lansford woman was cited by Rush Township police after a shoplifting incident at the Hometown Commons Walmart on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Nicole Raposo, 27, allegedly removed merchandise valued at $36.88 from the store.

She was charged with retail theft.

Lansford woman gets jail time for drunk driving

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fifteen area residents entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County Court.

Betty J. Dolly, 39, of 418 E. Patterson St., Lansford, on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in the county prison, fined $1,500, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), and shall receive outpatient treatment. Dolly was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Bynon.

Man jailed after domestic incident

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Tamaqua man was incarcerated in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, on Saturday, Sept. 24, following a domestic dispute.

Borough police were dispatched to 27 N. Railroad St. at 7 p.m. Saturday for a reported domestic violence call in progress.

On scene the officers spoke with Mary Becker, who said she was tired of being hurt by her husband, Henry Edward Becker. She claimed he had been drinking all day, verbally assaulting her, then pushing and grabbing her repeatedly. At one point, he was striking her and hurt her right hand, she said.

The Gathering is Saturday in Slatington

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Quiet view of the Trout Run Covered Bridge and the new Pavilion along the Slate Belt Heritage Trail.
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Quiet view of the Trout Run Covered Bridge and the new Pavilion along the Slate Belt Heritage Trail.

The Gathering will hold its 8th annual event on October 1 at the Trout Run Covered Bridge, Seventh Street, Slatington. The Gathering will be held rain or shine. Sponsored by the Northern Lehigh Historical Society (NLHS), The Gathering has grown in size and popularity over the years as more and more families come to enjoy the festivities, beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing until closing.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Seniors met Sept. 8 at the Tamaqua Community Center with 87 members in attendance. One new member, Betty Connely, was welcomed to the group.

President Jean Machamer conducted the business session and provided an inspirational reading.

Rose Valle provided the invocation, entitled "Little Acts of Kindness."

Vice president Doris Brobst and secretary Joan Ann Garber provided their reports.

Doris Skeath was added to the sick list.

Members were treated to pizza and drinks.

On this date

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September 28, 1940

Thousands attended the annual Republican Party of Carbon County picnic at the Lehighton Fair Grounds. Chairman W. D. McCay of Coleraine, Lancaster County spoke at the social event. The Lehighton Boys Band, directed by Charles Kueblere, provided spirited music throughout the day's festivities. Irwin W. Bennett, of Franklin Township, the party's choice for a return to the office of representative in the General Assembly from Carbon County, gave remarks.

Rosh Hashanah begins today at sundown

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

For those of the Jewish faith, Rosh Hashanah begins this evening at sundown and continues until Friday evening.

Rosh Hashanah begins the 10-day period for the Jewish New Year on the first of Tishrei, and concludes with Yom Kippur on the 10th of Tishrei.

Yom Kippur is a day for Jews to become reunited with God and their fellow men, and to make atonement for their sins.

According to the Chabad.org of Jewish High Holidays, "Rosh Hashanah means, 'Head of the Year,' and as its name indicates, it is the beginning of the Jewish year."

Smallest parade participant

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Amidst all the colossal fire trucks and marching bands during the Annual Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania parade held in Lake Harmony Saturday, smaller things, like this monarch butterfly, always seem to stand out. Junior firefighter Tyler Michael, 14, Albrightsville Fire Company, holds still as the butterfly lands on his patch, while fire police volunteer Stephen Kanyuck, Albrightsville Fire Company, gives a slight smurk as the butterfly perches on his hand prior to the start of the parade.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Amidst all the colossal fire trucks and marching bands during the Annual Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania parade held in Lake Harmony Saturday, smaller things, like this monarch butterfly, always seem to stand out. Junior firefighter Tyler Michael, 14, Albrightsville Fire Company, holds still as the butterfly lands on his patch, while fire police volunteer Stephen Kanyuck, Albrightsville Fire Company, gives a slight smurk as the butterfly perches on his hand prior to the start of the parade.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September 28, 1940 Jackie Costello throws a pair of touchdown passes to help Tamaqua gain a 19-6 victory over Ashland. Costello hooks up with Bob McMichael from seven yards out for the Blue Raiders' first score and then connects with "Young Hogan" Fulmer on a nine-yard scoring strike later in the contest. McMichael also scores on defense, intercepting a pass and returning it 70 yards for a touchdown.

State Set-Aside funds for Carbon County agencies

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Local Board for Carbon County would like to make known that funds for Carbon County agencies are now available. These funds can be used for food pantries, mass shelter, rental and utility assistance. Interested agencies can visit www.efsp.unitedway.org to learn more about this grant.

This year, the board did not qualify for EFSP (Emergency Food and Shelter Program) funds from the National Board. The national formula was changed and the unemployment rate set by the National Board was 11.5 percent. the rate of unemployment was only 9.3 percent for Carbon County.

Strengthening Families Program returning to N. Lehigh District

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The very prospect of a program that aims to strengthen families and help children succeed may seem too good to be true.

Yet, that's exactly what families can expect when they sign up for a free program for parents and caregivers and their middle school-age children.

Back by popular demand, the Strengthening Families Program will be available in the Northern Lehigh School District over a seven-week period.

Carbon unemployment takes big leap in August

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

County has third highest rate

Carbon County's unemployment rate took a big jump in August.

The adjusted seasonal rate was a staggering 11.2 percent for the month, according to the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry.

In July, Carbon's adjusted rate was 10.4 percent.

The August rates for other area counties are:

Ÿ Schuylkill - 10.0 percent.

Ÿ Lehigh - 9.1 percent.

Ÿ Monroe - 10.2 percent.

Ÿ Northampton - 8.9 percent.

Ÿ Luzerne - 10.0 percent.

Hypnotherapist to lecture in SH

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Do you believe that we have been here before or do some sights seem familiar to you or are you just curious about hypnosis?

Nationally certified hypnotherapist and Reiki Master Diane Pryor may have some of the answers for you if you have wondered about this as she shares her experiences in studying past life regression through hypnosis at the Summit Hill Heritage Center's fall lecture series on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m.