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October 2011

Fall snow, leaves

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

Pictured after Saturday's snow storm is the No. 9 Mine and Museum parking lot in Lansford.

Tamaqua parade vendor cited

Monday, October 31, 2011

A vendor at the Tamaqua Halloween Parade was cited by police after he was observed urinating in public.

Police received a call at 5 p.m. Tuesday from Dr. Todd Banning, who reported that fair vendors were parked in the private lot and that he observed one man urinate on the lot. He also noted the vendors were using his private dumpster.

The officer was able to locate the man in question and cited John Caramanica, 42, of 34 Ailing St., West Haven, CT.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Monday, October 31, 2011

Alzheimer's

More than 14.9 million caregivers annually provide unpaid care for the estimated 5.4 million people with Alzheimer's disease.

Those caregivers are prone to high levels of frustration, burnout and stress factors that can take a heavy emotional and physical toll without adequate support. Here are eight common warning signs of caregiver burnout.

Ÿ You have much less energy than you used to

Ÿ It seems like you catch every cold or flu that's going around

Ÿ You're constantly exhausted, even after sleeping or taking a break

Miller-Keystone Blood Center schedules upcoming blood drives

Monday, October 31, 2011

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Ÿ Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., Nesquehoning VFW, 300 Center St., Nesquehoning; call 570-669-9201.

Ÿ Saturday, Nov. 5, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lehighton Auto Group, 54 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton, call 610-377-1700.

Ÿ Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., SS Palmer Elementary School, 298 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, call 610-737-7235.

Ÿ Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Jim Thorpe Market, 1 River Road, Jim Thorpe, call 570-455-2018.

Three arrested for Luzrene robbery

Monday, October 31, 2011

Three person were arrested for an armed robbery at a Luzerne County service station.

State police at Hazleton identified the suspects as Kaelin James Kovalski, 27, Brian Thomas Stemple, 38, and Jolene Rose Vonglis, 25, all of White Haven.

The three are charged with robbing the Dorrance Sunoco station located along Blue Ridge Trail, at Interstate 81, in Dorrance Township.

Fall snow

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

Saturday's snowfall made for snowy scenes throughout our area. Pictured is SR54 east in Hometown.

Schuylkill County court news

Monday, October 31, 2011

Divorces granted

Megan Louise Ingraham, 220 N. Greenwood St., Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from Brandon Cole Ingraham, Albrightsville. They were married July 9, 2010.

Megan K. Phillips, 439 E. Elm St., Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from Timothy J. Phillips, 213 E. Broad St., Apt. 2, Tamaqua. They were married March 20, 2010.

Jason J. Clauser was granted a divorce from Mandi Clauser, both of Schuylkill Haven. They were married Oct. 14, 1995.

Rehearsal set for veterans' tribute

Monday, October 31, 2011

Anyone who is interested in singing in a choir to honor our veterans is invited to attend a rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at First Congregational Church, Coaldale.

The choir will sing at a service for veterans at the church at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.

District faces serious building issues

Monday, October 31, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School District business manager Michael Malay, Jr., left, Superintendent James Kraky, middle, and supervisor of Plant Operations Joseph Hauser, right, discuss the new building plan as proposed by EI Associates. It includes an addition to the existing high school building. Also, this plan would allow the high school and middle school students to share some core space while retaining separate educational space.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School District business manager Michael Malay, Jr., left, Superintendent James Kraky, middle, and supervisor of Plant Operations Joseph Hauser, right, discuss the new building plan as proposed by EI Associates. It includes an addition to the existing high school building. Also, this plan would allow the high school and middle school students to share some core space while retaining separate educational space.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: In this two-part series, the TIMES NEWS examines the current building issues facing Lehighton Area School District. In today's first installment, we take a look at these concerns, how the district is addressing them, and what options are being presented to resolve the matter.)

According to Lehighton Area School District officials, the district is facing serious building issues. Superintendent James Kraky said, "there is never a good time to do a building project, but there is a right time to do a project."

Tamaqua High School Class of 1951 hosts 60-year reunion

Monday, October 31, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua High School Class of 1951 celebrated its 60-year reunion Oct. 8 at The Top of the 80's, West Hazleton. Co-chairman and toastmaster was Donald Kimmel. A memorial service by Agnes Zeart Versailles took place in memory of 52 deceased classmates, and included a prayer, reading of names and a candlelighting ceremony. The class song and alma mater was led by Lillian Gravell Dinos. The invocation was given by the Rev. Stephen Halabura. Correspondence was read by June Endy Leiby and the treasurer's report was given by Versailles. Chairman was Donald Rusden.

Halloween snowball fight

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

Coaldale youth ignore the unusual snowfall as they throw snowballs at each other. Pictured are Kasey Willis, 11, Matthew Robert, 10, JennaWillis, 14, KyannaDilliard, 9, LeAnn Labenburg, 13, Caitlin Heilman, 14, and DevinHoffman, 15.

Busy weekend for responders

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

Saturday's snow storm kept police, firefighters, paramedics and fire police busy clearing trees and other related debris from area roads and off power lines. Pictured are Tamaqua firefighters clearing a fallen tree and branches from SR209 in Tamaqua.

Penn State improves to 8-1

Monday, October 31, 2011

STATE COLLEGE The 2011 Penn State football team has taken a page from late Raiders owner Al Davis' playbook.

That's because this year's Nittany Lions squad "just wins baby."

It's not been pretty, but Penn State is 6-0 in games decided by ten points or less after Saturday's 10-7 win against the Illini. The Lions now hold a two-game lead in the Big Ten Leaders division.

Snow crashes

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

Our season's first snowfall resulted in many vehicle crashes, fender benders and road closures throughout our area. Tamaqua firefighters responded to Mountain Avenue Saturday after the driver of this car lost control and struck a garage and street sign. No serious injuries were reported.

Theft of vehicles being investigated

Monday, October 31, 2011

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of two vehicles from a Schuylkill County business.

Troopers said the vehicles were taken from a garage at the Pinecrest Tree Farms, located at the intersection of SR895 and Little Mountain Road, New Ringgold, East Brunswick Township.

Troopers said a 1998 Chevrolet Suburban Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), white in color, and a Chevrolet Silverado extended cab Z71 pickup truck, black in color, were taken. The Suburban bears state registration plate HKG4138 and the Silverado YYD1412.

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.