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September 2011

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.

Proposed sewer project will cost each homeowner $104 a month

Friday, September 30, 2011

A hearing took place on Thursday evening at the Tamaqua Middle School auditorium for the public to voice their comments about an $11.5 million project to install sewage facilities in 306 homes in Walker and West Penn Township, and only five people had anything to say about it.

Panther Valley news

Friday, September 30, 2011

Summit Hill

Shade Tree news

The Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission will be conducting the fall tree plantings on Oct. 28-29. The commission is also planning to continue its maintenance program on existing trees in the parks.

Volunteers are always welcome on planting days, as well as helping with maintenance.

Teen nabbed for theft, is illegal

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Schuylkill County teen nabbed for retail theft was later found to be in the country illegally.

State police at Frackville were called to the Sears store in the Schuylkill Mall, New Castle Township, about noon on Wednesday, Sept. 28, for a person in custody for retail theft.

Store security identified the suspect as Ramiro Olayo, 19, of Shenandoah. He was charged with taking five shirts valued at $116 from the store without paying for them.

Things that go bump in the night

Friday, September 30, 2011
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Paranormal Society founder Bob Schaeffer of Lehighton demonstrates a K-2 meter which is a tool ghost hunters use to check for unusual electromagnetic fields in an environment. Schaeffer presented his lecture on ghosts and ghost hunting at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Friday evening.
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Paranormal Society founder Bob Schaeffer of Lehighton demonstrates a K-2 meter which is a tool ghost hunters use to check for unusual electromagnetic fields in an environment. Schaeffer presented his lecture on ghosts and ghost hunting at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Friday evening.

Ghost hunters investigate strange cases of the paranormal

Ever wonder what goes bump in the dark of the night? Blue Mountain Paranormal Society founder Bob Schaeffer not only wonders about that but with the help of his group of 20 area ghost hunters, they investigate strange cases of the paranormal in an effort to gain knowledge and help families and on Friday evening Schaeffer educated and entertained over fifty people about ghost hunting at the Summit Hill Heritage Center's fall lecture series.

PV School Board rejects MCTI Articles of Agreement

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors voted to not approve the Proposed Amendment to the Monroe Career and Technical Institute Articles of Agreement dated Aug. 2011 with a 7-0 vote. Directors Harvey Frable and Russ Gould were not in attendance.

Carbon Children and Youth Services faces $400,000 deficit in budget

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Carbon County agency is looking for creative solutions to close a $400,000 gap in its 2012 budget.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve the Carbon County Children and Youth Services needs based budget. The budget totals $4,026,006, which represents a $400,000 decrease from last year's budget. The cut is a result of funding that was cut from the upcoming state budget.

Marriage licenses

Friday, September 30, 2011

Schuylkill County

Destany D. Delp and Trevor J. Krisak, 20 E. Ruddle St., Coaldale.

Nicola H. Homa, 95 S. Linden St., Mahanoy City, and Randall B. Clawson Jr., 9A Fourth St., Rear, Kelayres.

District's dress policy not working, panel told

Friday, September 30, 2011

Could Palmerton Area School District be headed for a standardized uniform policy next school term?

That was one of the options that was explored at a Palmerton Area School Board Policy Committee meeting on Thursday.

Several district administrators, school directors and building principals gathered to review the district's current dress policy.

Mary Brumbach, principal of S.S. Palmer/Parkside Education Center, said the dress code hasn't been an issue in either of her buildings.

Lehighton news

Friday, September 30, 2011

Zoning officer hours

The Lehighton Zoning Officer's new part-time hours will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

For your convenience, call (610) 377-4002 prior to coming to the office.

Halloween parade

Lehighton Halloween Parade will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. The rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m.

Trick or Treat night

Lehighton Trick or Treat night will be Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6-8 p.m. Please leave your porch lights on for the Trick-or-Treaters.

Tamaqua woman escapes injury

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Tamaqua woman escaped injury after losing control of her car on a wet Schuylkill County roadway.

State police Frackville said Geraldine A. Schuetrumpf, 51, was driving a 2000 Ford Focus eastbound on SR443 in East Brunswick Township, about 6:22 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28. She failed to negotiate a right curve just after heavy rain fell in the area. The car spun around multiple times, troopers said, before traveling north through the westbound lane.

The car left the road and impacted with the embankment and trees where it came to rest.

A journey and a search within

Friday, September 30, 2011
Susan Stine, Tamaqua, displays a Flight 93 memorial flag inside her Dutch Hill house. Stine, a certified nurse's aide, has traveled to the Shanksville crash site on 9-11 for the past ten years.
Susan Stine, Tamaqua, displays a Flight 93 memorial flag inside her Dutch Hill house. Stine, a certified nurse's aide, has traveled to the Shanksville crash site on 9-11 for the past ten years.

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
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein, Charles Getz, and William O'Gurek attended the Awards Cermony of the Carbon County Recycling Program held at Panther Valley Middle School. School principal Lisa Mace (rear) was on hand for the presentation. In front are seventh grade students Abby Haas and Brendan Morgans, who are members of the Recycling Club.
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein, Charles Getz, and William O'Gurek attended the Awards Cermony of the Carbon County Recycling Program held at Panther Valley Middle School. School principal Lisa Mace (rear) was on hand for the presentation. In front are seventh grade students Abby Haas and Brendan Morgans, who are members of the Recycling Club.

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.

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.