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October 2011

Knights 'whiteout' Bombers

Monday, October 31, 2011

PEN ARGYL - About the only one having fun during Saturday's snowstorm was Pen Argyl's unbeaten football team.

The Green Knights (9-0), showing why they've been the talk of the Colonial League all season, had no problem keeping their footing on the white, slick Alumni Field they call home en route to a 52-0 win over Palmerton (4-5).

Break-ins, theft incident probed

Monday, October 31, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on two burglaries and a theft incident occurring in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said a residence and two detached garages at 205-207 Dietrich Ave., Porter Township, were entered and removed was about 100 feet of half-inch and one-inch copper pipe, about 75 gallons of home heating oil, and a 10,000 BTU Emerson air conditioner from inside the home. Also removed was a Green Thumb string trimmer, a Homelite leaf-blower and six by three-foot wooden workbench from the garages.

Nesquehoning citations issued

Monday, October 31, 2011

Nesquehoning police reported on the following citations being issued.

Chief Sean Smith cited Craig Ortiz, no address given, for illegal transfer of a firearm.

Officer Brian White filed charges against Jefferry Cope and Daniel Smith, no addresses given, each for aggravated harassment by a prisoner.

The incidents occurred at the county prison.

Snow storm closes many roads

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

Saturday's freak snow storm resulted in the closure of many roads over the weekend. A Hometown Fire Company vehicle sits in front of a fallen tree in Hometown that fell on three high voltage power lines. This closed SR54 for almost 7 hours while PPL and PennDOT cleared the scene. Rush Township Police and Fire Police detoured traffic during the incident.

Carbon crash

Monday, October 31, 2011

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a one vehicle crash in Carbon County.

Troopers said Karen Ann Amendolta, 39, no address given, was operating a 2005 Dodge Caravan along Towamensing Trails, Penn Forest Township, about 8:31 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, when the vehicle left the road and struck a tree.

Amendolta and a five-year-old male in a restraint seat, were not injured, another passenger, a 10-year-old female sustained a minor injury.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Lehighton and Palmerton ambulances and Penn Forest Fire Company volunteers.

Tamaqua student cited for incident

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Tamaqua teen has been cited after creating a hazardous situation at the Tamaqua Area Senior High School on Oct. 6.

At approximately 11 a.m. a group of students finished an outdoor archery lesson and were returning to the school.

One of the students, Damon Lee Cluff, 18, of 245 Cedar St., reportedly shot an arrow across Penn Street into the football stadium. The arrow landed on the south hillside near the bleachers.

Several maintenance personnel were in the stadium at the time, marking the lines on the football field.

Coaldale Republicans to hold election dinner

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Annual Coaldale Republican Club General Election Dinner will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. at the Viennese Villa, 6th and Ruddle streets.

A social hour will precede the dinner at 4:30 p.m.

Guest speakers for the evening will be Frank Staudenmeier and George Halcovage, GOP candidates for county commissioners. Other county row office candidates will also be attending the event.

Information and reservations for the dinner can be made by contacting Bob Ames, town chairman. Reservations must be made prior to the dinner.

One day of sledding

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

Snow play was shortened Sunday as warmer temperatures melted much of the white stuff that fell on Saturday. Pictured making their own snow ramp as they ride a tobaggan down a hill at the Tamaqua High School field are Dean Peck, 13, of Lake Hauto, and Cotton Robbins, 14, of Jim Thorpe.

Schuylkill crashes

Monday, October 31, 2011

State police at Schuylkill Haven were kept busy over the past several days investigating numerous crashes on Schuylkill County roadways.

A two vehicle crash occurred about 2:17 p.m. on Oct. 27 along Cressona Road in North Manheim Township. Troopers said Lori L. Sult, 51,of Pine Grove, was southbound and stopped in a 2006 Jeep Liberty for traffic. Robert R. Stump Jr., 51, of Schuylkill Haven, southbound in a 2001 Mercury Sable LS failed to see the vehicle stopped ahead of him and his car struck the rear of the Jeep.

Hluschak nationally ranked to open wrestling season

Monday, October 31, 2011

Adam Hluschak, a 141-pound wrestler for East Stroudsburg University , will begin his redshirt senior season with national rankings in the preseason poll released by the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association on Wednesday.

Hluschak, who was a national qualifier in 2009-10, is ranked sixth at 141 after going 26-15 overall last season, including 10-5 against Division II competition.

In the Super Region 1 rankings, the Northern Lehigh graduate is fourth in a loaded 141-pound weight class that has five of the top eight wrestlers in the national poll.

Help, check on neighbors

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

Tis the season to remember your neighbors. Temperatures are expected to remain in the high 30's over the next few days. It only takes a few seconds to call and check on your friends and neighbors. Non-powered phones should still work in case of a power outage. Don't automatically think your neighbors are fine. Also, use common sense if you light a candle. Pictured volunteering to clear snow from neighbors' properties on South Lehigh Street in Tamaqua is Harold Moseley, who routinely checks on his neighbors.

Pumpkin snowman

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

Olivia Brown, 8, and Adam Green, 6, work together on their pumpkin snowman on East Broad Street in Tamaqua.

Schnecksville landscape firm named chamber business of month

Monday, October 31, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Priscilla D. Brennan, Master of Arts, Landscape Design, gathers beside a sign that promotes her Professional Landscape Associates business in Schnecksville. The entity was chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Priscilla D. Brennan, Master of Arts, Landscape Design, gathers beside a sign that promotes her Professional Landscape Associates business in Schnecksville. The entity was chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

It's been said a home is the most important investment a person can make.

Which is why it makes only perfect sense for a homeowner to want to take the necessary steps to enhance the value of their home.

With over 25 years of experience, that's where Professional Landscape Associates of Schnecksville comes into play to offer its expertise.

Owned by Andrew J. Brennan and Priscilla D. Brennan, the entity has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Lansford man faces charges stemming from domestic incident

Monday, October 31, 2011

Kelly Snowe Sr., 42, of 200 block of East Ridge St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place at 2:12 a.m. Oct. 22 at his residence. Charges of persistent disorderly conduct and public drunkenness were filed by Officer Jeffrey Ohl.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

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Monday, October 31, 2011

October 31, 1937

Members of the Hazleton State Motor Police were called to Tresckow, when nine young men of that town, who had been arrested on gambling charges following a raid and who were ordered committed to jail in default of payment of their fines, went on a "sit down strike" in the Justice's office, and refused to go to the bastile. The arrests had been made by Constable John Gordish, who is also a deputy sheriff. The nine refused to move in the direction of the jail, as a huge throng watched the proceedings.

Lansford couple facing charges after confrontation

Monday, October 31, 2011

Bonnie Vosburgh, 21, of 371 W. Ridge St., and Jordan Bachert, 27, of 304 E. Bertsch St., both of Lansford, face charges from an incident which took place at 3:47 p.m. Sept. 22 at Vosburgh's residence. Charges of simple assault, persistent disorderly conduct, and harassment against Vosburgh were filed Officer Robert Shubeck. Bachert was charged with simple assault and harassment.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

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.