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October 2011

Two Tamaqua residents cited

Monday, October 31, 2011

Two Tamaqua residents were cited for allegedly assaulting another man on Oct. 20.

The Schuylkill County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call at 3:40 p.m. from Andrew Stahler, of Tamaqua, who reported being assaulted by two males.

Stahler said the incident had just taken place in the unit block of Pine Street, across from the Tamaqua Rescue Squad. The victim had visible facial and head injures and was transported to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, in the Tamaqua Community Ambulance.

Lehigh crash

Monday, October 31, 2011

State police at Fogelsville reported investigating a two vehicle crash about 5:09 p.m. on Oct. 27 in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County.

Troopers said John W. Breneman, 38, of Slatington, was driving a 1999 Ford F250 truck eastbound on East Texas Road and approaching a sharp right curve, while Karen E. Jost, 54, of Alburtis, was westbound driving a 2009 Dodge Journey. Troopers said Breneman's truck entered the westbound lane and struck the front of the Dodge.

Exchange banners reflect Rotary Clubs' hometown pride

Monday, October 31, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Using a vast array of exchange banners that Rotary Club of Lehighton has accumulated over the years, Assistant Governor Barbara BelÛn celebrated the club s heritage at a recent meeting. Helping to display the exchange banners, left to right, are Rotarian Becky Wanamaker, BelÛn, and President Erica Heery.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Using a vast array of exchange banners that Rotary Club of Lehighton has accumulated over the years, Assistant Governor Barbara BelÛn celebrated the club s heritage at a recent meeting. Helping to display the exchange banners, left to right, are Rotarian Becky Wanamaker, BelÛn, and President Erica Heery.

One of the more colorful traditions of Rotary is the exchange of club banners. Rotarians traveling to distant locations often take banners to exchange at make-up meetings as a token of friendship.

The exchange banners reflect clubs' hometown pride and their connection with the international organization. In addition to incorporating the Rotary emblem, banners often include symbols or imagery of a club's town, region, or country. Others represent local craftsmanship or cultural traditions by displaying leatherwork, weaving, embroidery, or hand-painted designs.

Covered

Monday, October 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Communities throughout our area received above normal accumulations of snow during Saturday's snow storm. Pictured is a car covered with snow in Coaldale.

Snow job

Monday, October 31, 2011

Freak storm causes mass power outages, many area hardships

Many communities are still without power today as traditional fall foliage and Halloween festivities were replaced over the weekend with a record snowfall measuring more than 13 inches in some local areas.

The heavy, wet snow that fell all day Saturday weighed down trees and branches throughout Pennsylvania, causing widespread damage and power outages, as well as disrupting communication and cable service. More than 300,000 PPL customers were left without power.

The storm struck the area 54 days before the official beginning of winter.

Carbon break-in

Monday, October 31, 2011

State police at Lehighton are investigating a burglary at an abandoned/empty residence in Carbon County.

Troopers said a residence in the 100 block of Wintergreen Rd., in Towamensing Township, was entered sometime between Sept. 21 and Oct. 21. Troopers said the property is going through a bank foreclosure and has been unoccupied since July.

Entry was gained through an unlocked garage door. Removed was about 20-feet of copper piping off the furnace in the basement of the home. The property owner is listed as Joan Martz, of Raymond Street, Lehighton.

Strawberry Playhouse to present 'Agnes of God'

Monday, October 31, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Stephanie Mau, left, who plays Agnes; Janet Smoldon, center, who portrays Dr. Livingston; and Lou Ann Greenly, who portrays the Rev. Mother, rehearse a scene from "Agnes of God."
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Stephanie Mau, left, who plays Agnes; Janet Smoldon, center, who portrays Dr. Livingston; and Lou Ann Greenly, who portrays the Rev. Mother, rehearse a scene from "Agnes of God."

Murder mystery will be performed in Tuscarora Nov. 4-6

The Strawberry Playhouse, 60 Church St., Tuscarora, will present the murder mystery "Agnes of God" Nov. 4-6.

A classic story of innocence, psychological struggles and faith, "Agnes of God" provides audiences and murder mystery thrill seekers with an adventure into the lives of three women who are unsuspectingly thrown into a situation filled with murder, mystery, mayhem and more.

Heritage Hill woman celebrates 98th birthday

Monday, October 31, 2011
Lois E. (Sands) Holman
Lois E. (Sands) Holman

Lois Evelyn (Sands) Holman, of Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, is celebrating her 98th birthday Nov. 1. Born in Hazleton in 1913, she was married to Allan Williams for 47 years until his passing in 1979, and to David Holman Sr. for 10 years until his death in 2000.

Lois is a member of the Hazleton Chapter of the American Red Cross and received recognition for over 50 years of service. She was instrumental in starting the Red Cross Bloodmobile in Weatherly and was also a volunteer in the Hazleton Red Cross office during World War II.

Jim Thorpe couplemarried 65 years

Monday, October 31, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Gyuricsek recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on Oct. 26, 1946 at St. John's Lutheran Church on South Avenue in Jim Thorpe. The Rev. Addison Planz officiated at the ceremony.

Mrs. Gyuricsek is the former Helen Goga, daughter of the late Max and Emma Goga of Jim Thorpe. Her husband is the son of the late Stephen and Julia Gyuricsek of Jim Thorpe.

They have three children: Karen Evans, Joe Gyuricsek and Brian Gyuricsek, all of Jim Thorpe.

They have two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Tamaqua driver facing DUI count

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Tamaqua man faces driving under the influence (DUI) and related charges following an incident on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Police were monitoring traffic at 12:57 a.m. Saturday and heard the loud exhaust from a white Dodge pick up truck that was traveling north on SR309, in the area of the Hess Express station. The noise was loud enough to be heard even though the windows in the patrol car were closed.

The officer followed the truck and made a vehicle stop and identified the driver as Daniel T. Day, 48, of 514 Arlington St.

IU holding special town hall meeting

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School District is hosting a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Effective Teaching on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Maple Avenue Campus Gymnasium located near Marlin in Norwegian Township, Schuylkill County.

This meeting will be a statewide video-conference event connecting superintendents, school board members, teachers, parents, business leaders, representatives from higher education, state legislators and other concerned about public education in the Commonwealth.

Fibromyalgia

Monday, October 31, 2011

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

Guest speaker will be Amanda Collier, D.C. of Mulberry St. Chiropractic who will discuss Cold Laser Therapy.

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.

For information or directions, call Carol at (570) 788-7363 or Stacy at (570) 403-4063.

LAHS class of 1986 reunion

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Lehighton Area Class of 1986 will be holding it's 25-year class reunion at the Lehighton American Legion on Saturday, Nov. 12. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Any classmate who did not receive an invitation and would like to attend can contact Melissa Miller at (570) 386-1119 or send an email to lahsclassof1986@yahoo.com.

Monroe theft

Monday, October 31, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a theft incident in Monroe County.

Troopers said the theft occurred at the Apenzell PPL substation along SR715 in Jackson Township. Troopers said unknown crminals entered the substation and removed about 100 feet of copper ground wire. Troopers said there were safety grounds for the transmission lines that carry 138,000 volts that were ground for the linemen to work on.

Heritage Hill resident celebrates 91 years

Monday, October 31, 2011
Michael N. Jepko
Michael N. Jepko

Michael Nestor Jepko, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating his 91st birthday on Oct. 30.

Born in Coaldale in 1920 Mike was married to his wife, Mary Agnes, for 41 years until her passing in December of 1986.

He has three children, Michael, Weatherly; Joann Keys, Florida; and Mary Lou Cookson, Illinois. He is the proud grandfather of two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Carbon woman cited for theft

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Carbon County woman was cited for retail theft at a business in Luzerne County and later jailed.

State police at Hazleton said Dianne Lynn Lutz, 42, of Lehighton, was arrested on Wednesday, Oct. 26, about 3 p.m. at Boscov's Department Store in the Laurel Mall in Hazle Township.

Troopers allege that Lutz was observed placing various merchandise totaling $494 in two separate bags and walking out of the store without paying for the items. She was stopped by store security and held until troopers arrived.

Tamaqua man facing theft count

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Tamaqua man is facing a charge of theft.

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported that Andrew McNulty, 24, of Cressona, reported his Apple 4G Iphone was removed from his locker at the Hexcel Corporation, Saint Clair business park, in East Norwegian Township, sometime between 2 and 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. Troopers said the GPS tracking of the phone led them to Walter Fox III, 19, of Tamaqua. Fox eventually admitted stealing the unit for his own use and later returned it to McNulty, troopers said.

Fox was charged with theft by unlawful taking.

Saturday's weather blamed for crashes

Monday, October 31, 2011

Saturday's snowy weather has been blamed for at least four crashes on Schuylkill County roadways, three along Interstate 81. State police at Frackville reported on the accidents.

Carbon driver facing charges

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Carbon County driver is facing several charges, including driving under the influence (DUI), following an incident that occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

State police at Lehighton said Robin S. Rhyder, 48, of Lehighton, was observed committing several motor vehicle code violations along SR248 in Parryville at about 10:10 p.m.

Pet poison

Monday, October 31, 2011

Chocolate not a dog treat

Willie Nelson sings his hits during Penn's Peak concert

Monday, October 31, 2011

Country's best-known "outlaw," Willie Nelson, performed at Penn's Peak last night.

As any true Willie Nelson fan would expect, there would be nothing fancy. He didn't talk much.

He just sang one hit after another. And that was just fine.

The 75-minute set consisted mostly of the hits he's either recorded or written over his decades long career.

About the only words he uttered during the performance was "thank you," which was okay. He also introduced his band, which included his sister Bobbie Nelson, a pianist who did a solo selection.

Only four races in northern Carbon County

Monday, October 31, 2011

Very few races exist for the General Election balloting in the seven northern Carbon County municipalities. Voting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the county's 51 voting precincts.

In northern Carbon, only four races have opposition. Those include a race for the positions of mayor and councilmen of Weatherly, as well as a battle for three four-year terms on the Beaver Meadows Borough Council and one seat on the Weatherly Area School Board.

Meanwhile, there are no contested races in Banks, Lausanne, Lehigh and Packer townships, nor East Side Boro.

Corn dumped on SR209 in crash

Monday, October 31, 2011

A one vehicle crash about 6:35 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, resulted in hundreds of pounds of corn kernels being dumped on the road. State police at Lehighton said the crash occurred along SR209 in Towamensing Township, Carbon County.

Troopers said Gordon L. Rudelitch, 70, of Kunkletown, was driving a 1990 GMC truck southbound when he said another vehicle headed northbound entered his lane. He lost control of the truck which spun 180 degrees and rolled onto its roof off the right side of the road. The corn spilled along the right berm and part of the road. Rudelitch was not injured.

Wet and cold volunteers

Monday, October 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Firefighters and fire police volunteers were kept busy all weekend responding to weather related incidents. Pictured during heavy snow are Tamaqua Fire Police volunteers controlling traffic at a powerless traffic light in Tamaqua.

Nazareth rallies to oust Bears

Monday, October 31, 2011

Don't let the seeds fool you.

Pleasant Valley coach John Gesiskie certainly didn't let them fool him.

Although his Bears had earned the No. 2 seed in the District 11 Class AAA Volleyball Tournament, Gesiskie knew they were the underdogs against No. 7 seed Nazareth.

Pleasant Valley didn't play like it early in the match as it looked poised to avenge a regular season sweep at the hands of Blue Eagles. But Nazareth used superior frontline depth to eventually take control and rally for a 22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-9 quarterfinal round victory Saturday morning.

Greater Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade rescheduled

Monday, October 31, 2011

The litany of homes without power weren't the only targets Mother Nature conspired against over the weekend.

The 104th annual Greater Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade that had been scheduled for this past Saturday has been postponed.

But, due to that day's unseasonable storm that dumped multiple inches of snow and rendered countless homes powerless, the event will now be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

Jim Thorpe news

Monday, October 31, 2011

The next meeting for the committee planning the joint class reunion of Jim Thorpe High School 1955-1965, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the administration building of the Jim Thorpe Area School District, on Center Avenue. Any one that would like to join the committee in helping to plan the 2012 event, is invited to attend the meeting.

Witch season?

Monday, October 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A sign displays the mixtures of seasons.

Carbon theft incident probed

Monday, October 31, 2011

State police at Lehighton are investigating a theft incident in Carbon County.

Troopers said Jeffrey Hosier, 43, of Bridge St., Weissport, alleges that Dietrik Hosier, 21, same address, removed silver quarters, gold coins, jewelry, 12 gauge single action shotgun and a HP laptop computer form his home on Oct. 24.

Dangerous roads

Monday, October 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency personnel were busy all day Saturday and Sunday responding to vehicle accidents, fender benders and stuck vehicles. This Air Products truck is stuck on Marian Avenue in Hometown.

Orwigsburg man's appeal of arson conviction denied

Monday, October 31, 2011

An Orwigsburg man serving time in a state prison on arson charges had his appeal of his conviction denied by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Carl Jeffrey Zehner, 54, was found guilty by a jury in September 2008 of intentionally setting fire on the evening of July 16, 2007, in front of the home of Michael P. Lonergan. borough manager, who had terminated his water service for failing to pay his bill. The property suffered fire damages. The trial was held in the county court.