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September 2011

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.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, September 30, 2011

September 30, 1950 Slatington scores a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter and hangs on to defeat Lehighton, 14-0, at Victory Park in both team's Lehigh Valley League opener. The Slaters get on the board early when Bruce Kemmerer returns a punt 92 yards for a score. Later in the first period, Romaine Ross breaks loose for a 35-yard TD run. Slatington's defense, which forces three turnovers, does the rest in recording the shutout.

Press pass

Friday, September 30, 2011

BY SHAWN MCFARLAND

Is everyone else as confused about what the heck is going on with all this college realignment as I am?

A place for entrepreneurial growth

Friday, September 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Richard C. Warner, BEC Project Director, Morgan Campus, LCCC, talks during the grand opening about entrepreneurial resources provided by the program.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Richard C. Warner, BEC Project Director, Morgan Campus, LCCC, talks during the grand opening about entrepreneurial resources provided by the program.

Business Enterprise Center opens in Tamaqua

Thinking about starting a business? Community members, representatives, local and state officials were on hand this week during the Lehigh Carbon Community College Entrepreneur Week and grand opening and dedication ceremony of their Business Enterprise Center (BEC) in Tamaqua.

Lowe's officially opens Lehighton store

Friday, September 30, 2011
gail maholick/times news Jonathan J. Cleaver, center, cut the board "Lowe's of Lehighton" to officially open Lowe's, Lehighton, at 1204 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East, Lehighton. On right is store manager, Kerry Collins. Left is Kenneth J. Barnes, chief, Mahoning Township Police Department. The store is open Monday through Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For additional information, call (570) 453-1500.
gail maholick/times news Jonathan J. Cleaver, center, cut the board "Lowe's of Lehighton" to officially open Lowe's, Lehighton, at 1204 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East, Lehighton. On right is store manager, Kerry Collins. Left is Kenneth J. Barnes, chief, Mahoning Township Police Department. The store is open Monday through Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For additional information, call (570) 453-1500.

Lowe's, Lehighton, held its grand opening ceremony on Thursday morning by having a grant recipient saw a painted board with the words Lowe's of Lehighton engraved on it in half.

Kerry Collins, store manager, said that Lowe's opened last Thursday, but this was the official grand opening celebration of events.

"We are opening our store by giving the Lehighton Area School District $1,000," said Collins, as he handed Jonathan J. Cleaver, curriculum director, an oversized check.

Slatington Class of 1951 holds 60-year reunion

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

The Slatington High School Class of 1951 held its 60-year reunion at the Heidelberg Church on Sept. 21. Classmates attending were, front row, from left, Kathryn (Koenig) Snyder, Ruth (Snyder) Geiger, Elaine (Herber) Niedermeyer, Joan (Chandler) Wieand, Grace (Remaley) Schneck, Marie (Fisher) Walters, Marion (Rex) Neustadter, Delores (Silvius) Wetzel, and Delores (Meckes) Lentz. Second row, Elaine (Hallman) Kern, Ruth (Kutz) Geiger, Donna (Meckes) Muth, Robert Kemmerer, Henry Kline, Paul Hewitt, Richard Neustadter, Jane (Garrity) Smith, and Nancy (Coffin) Follweiler.

Fillies, Wreckers sweep in volleyball

Friday, September 30, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Marian's Joanna Batula taps the ball over the net against Minersville in volleyball action last night. In the background is teammate Lauren Nietz.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Marian's Joanna Batula taps the ball over the net against Minersville in volleyball action last night. In the background is teammate Lauren Nietz.

Marian and Weatherly both picked up volleyball wins in action from Thursday.

The Fillies remained undefeated by cruising past Minersville, while the Wreckers swept Millersburg.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Minersville-Marian

Marian swept Minersville with ease, winning 25-6, 25-8, 25-6 in volleyball action.

Marykate Sherkness led the Fillies (8-0) with 17 kills. She also had seven digs and five aces.

Nicole Collevechio recorded ten digs, while Abby O'Donnell dished out 26 assists. Rebecca Hartman added ten aces and seven digs.

Enjoying flood waters

Friday, September 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

For some, high water isn't a bad thing. Up to his handlebars is Colton Black, 15,

riding his bicycle through the flooded Coaldale skate park.

Jo Dee Messina sings at Penn's Peak, Saturday

Friday, September 30, 2011
Country singer Jo Dee Messina will be performing in her "Music Room Series" at 8 p.m. Saturday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.
Country singer Jo Dee Messina will be performing in her "Music Room Series" at 8 p.m. Saturday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Country singer makes a return with her highly-acclaimed 'Music Room' series

Jo Dee Messina, one of country music's most congenial performers who has had a long string of hits, makes a return to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe tomorrow.

She's back with her popular "Music Room" series, during which she takes fans' requests, tells stories, and likely has some special surprises.

Messina said she is looking forward to returning to the venue, which is her third time performing here.

Man jailed for passing fake bill

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Schuylkill County man was jailed this week for passing a fake $20 bill at a county business.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Juesten Davis, 23, of Pine Grove, went to the McDonald's restaurant at 427 Suedber Rd., in Pine Grove Township, about 4:37 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and gave the bill to a cashier, who gave him four $5 bills in exchange.

Suffering through a rough week of Grid Picks

Friday, September 30, 2011

Can't believe we're closing in on the midway point of the high school football season as Week 5 is on the card.

It was a rough week for most of us in Week 4 with the majority finishing with 9-6 records, including myself.

As a matter of fact, the only writer to have a better week was Shawn McFarland, who was 10-5, and with the help of TJ Engle's 5-10 mark, made it out of the basement.

This week, there are quite a few tough games on the schedule so it might be a good week to try and make a move.

So no sense putting things aside, let's get to it:

Marriage licenses

Friday, September 30, 2011

Carbon County

Travis Robert Fichter, 5895 Little Gap Rd., Kunkletown, and Alaine Ruth Halick, 6483 Mountain View Drive, Slatington.

Charles Edward Troutman, 672 Fairyland Rd., Lehighton, and Drewann Melanie Eckman, 407 Mahoning Alley, Lehighton.

Alan Wayne Nastelli, 700 Quaker circle, Apt. 6, Lewisberry, and Judy Lee Schafer, 1166 Red Hill Rd., Lehighton.

Frank Sean Tiedman and Krystle-Dawn Marie Willing, 20 W. Fourth St., Jim Thorpe.

Blue Mountain district increases tax base by almost $2 million

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Blue Mountain School District was successful in increasing the market value of 24 properties

located within the boundaries of the district following hearings held on appeals filed before the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board.

In three hearings held at the courthouse the district was successful in increasing values of 92 properties to add almost two million dollars to the assessed valuation of the district for tax purposes. Latest increases were as follows:

Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center wins Lansford approval

Friday, September 30, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS From left, Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center Director of Outreach Vicky Benack, Executive Director Jonathan M. Rodgers, Attorney Kim Christie and building owner Janet Sager answer questions from Lansford Zoning Hearing Board solicitor Greg Mousseau, foreground, members Bob Gaughan, Jermaine Thomas and Joe Orsulak, and Code Enforcement Officer Katheryn Labosky.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS From left, Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center Director of Outreach Vicky Benack, Executive Director Jonathan M. Rodgers, Attorney Kim Christie and building owner Janet Sager answer questions from Lansford Zoning Hearing Board solicitor Greg Mousseau, foreground, members Bob Gaughan, Jermaine Thomas and Joe Orsulak, and Code Enforcement Officer Katheryn Labosky.

Lansford's zoning hearing board on Wednesday granted approval for a new business, the Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Center, to operate out of a former voice and dance studio on East Ridge Street.

The board also approved a new sign for the enterprise, to be placed above a wooden fence that marks the property.

The business owners needed a change of use variance. The site was originally granted a variance to operate a voice and dance studio in a residential section of town in July 1998.

Then, it was The Studio, owned and operated by Janet and Joel Sager.

A $600,000 savings

Friday, September 30, 2011

Carbon County officials refinance $7,375,445 worth of bonds

Carbon County officials are expecting to save around $600,000 in the county's debt payments over the next 17 years.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted on four motions that outlined the refinancing of four bonds, totaling $7,375,445. The county last refinanced the bonds in 2008, when it needed to free up funds for the new judge's chambers in the courthouse.

Eldred column

Friday, September 30, 2011

St. Matthew's UCC

This Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9 a.m., the guest preacher at St. Matthew's UCC will be the Rev. Dr. Scott Brooks Cope, director of Pastoral Care-Phoebe Ministries.

Also, if you would like to make food donations to PVEN, please bring items to the church on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or Sundays from 8-11:30 a.m.

Weatherly PTA meeting slated

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its first annual meeting for the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the elementary/middle school cafeteria.

Among the items for discussion will be the 2011-2012 PTA budget, homeroom parent notification, PTA calendar of events, announcement of the November speakers, by-laws amendment, reflections and more. Childcare will be provided. Refreshments will be served.

PTA meetings will be held on the second Monday of every month unless otherwise noted.

On this date

Friday, September 30, 2011

September 30, 1977

The age of nuclear medicine arrived at Coaldale State General Hospital, with test calibrations on the Ohio Nuclear Scanner conducted by Dr. William Maroun, director of the department, and Dennis J. Ockenhouse, neclear technologist. It can be used to scan the brain and is the best way to investigate tumors, find the cause of strokes, and discluse the reason of mygraine headaches. It will be useful in thyroid, lung, heart, and bone scans, as well as for other organs.

Cub Scouts camp out at Becky's Drive In

Friday, September 30, 2011

There will be plenty of action this weekend at Becky's Drive In, Route 248, 4548 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport, Berlinsville area.

The Cub Scouts from North Valley District (Minsi Trail Council) are camping out at the drive-in. A double feature will be shown: "Spy Kids 4", and "The Smurfs".

Activities will include a rope bridge, scouting displays, moon bounce, and roasting marshmallows before the features begin at 7:30 p.m.

Modern day gandy dancers in Jim Thorpe

Friday, September 30, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Work crews and machinery from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad have been busily working on the railroad tracks passing through the Jim Thorpe area for the last few days. The track maintenance workers, using 26 pieces of equipment, have been putting in new ties, surfacing, and aligning the tracks at a rate of about a mile and a half a day. This piece of equipment known as a "Tie Crane" was being used in pairs together, with one crane removing the old ties from alongside the tracks while the following crane dropped off new ties to be installed by another pice of machinery.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Work crews and machinery from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad have been busily working on the railroad tracks passing through the Jim Thorpe area for the last few days. The track maintenance workers, using 26 pieces of equipment, have been putting in new ties, surfacing, and aligning the tracks at a rate of about a mile and a half a day. This piece of equipment known as a "Tie Crane" was being used in pairs together, with one crane removing the old ties from alongside the tracks while the following crane dropped off new ties to be installed by another pice of machinery.

Work crews and machinery from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad have been busily working on the railroad tracks passing through the Jim Thorpe area for the last few days. The track maintenance workers, using 26 pieces of equipment, have been putting in new ties, surfacing, and aligning the tracks at a rate of about a mile and a half a day. This piece of equipment known as a "Tie Crane" was being used in pairs together, with one crane removing the old ties from alongside the tracks while the following crane dropped off new ties to be installed by another pice of machinery.

Traversing flood waters

Friday, September 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured is a group of people traversing flooded waters just off East Phillips Street between Lansford and Coaldale.

Explosive times

Friday, September 30, 2011

Internet purchases, info make it a scary period

America is far from being the envy of the world that baby boomers were used to hearing while growing up in our Ozzie and Harriet world in the 1950s.

The reality today is that many outside – and some even inside our own borders – want to see this country, along with its democratic freedoms, crash and burn. More evidence of this emerged earlier this week when federal authorities arrested Rezwan Ferdaus, a Muslim American, near Boston for plotting to attack federal buildings with remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives.