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October 2012

Trick or Treat night

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hurricane Sandy may have played a trick, but Lansford, Nesquehoning, Tamaqua and Coaldale are keeping Halloween treat night on schedule for 6-8 p.m. tonight. Summit Hill has rescheduled trick or treat to next Wednesday evening.

Property damage continues to rise

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Sandy hit with hurricane force and cut power to more than 8.2 million across the East. The cost of the damage caused by the storm is estimated to be around $20 billion. Pictured is a fallen tree on top of a swimming pool of a home located on Haddock Street in Kline Township.

PennDOT's quick response

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

PennDOT crews have been working non-stop since the start of the storm. Pictured working in the rain are PennDOT workers clearing debris from Ben Titus Road in Rush Township.

Stockings for Soldiers program is under way

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blue Ridge Communications is asking the public to share in adding some of the warmth of the yuletide season with Keystone Soldiers and its Stockings for Soldiers program, by sending food and hygiene items and Christmas cards to our men and women spending Christmas away from home.

The Stockings for Soldiers program is 100 percent funded by public donations.

Donations can be dropped off at any Blue Ridge Communications office before Nov. 14.

Navigating an obstacle

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
DAVID WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
DAVID WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A motorist who apparently avoided traffic cones attempts to go around a large tree that fell across Lentz Trail in Summit Hill, across from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center as a result of the high winds that pounded the region on Monday night. As of noon on Tuesday, the tree remained blocking traffic as well as a downed cable delivery line across the road just east of the intersection of Route 902 and Lentz Trail.

Lehighton news

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trinity happenings

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton will hold First Saturday worship at 5 p.m. Nov. 3.

Services will be led by the Rev. Michael Frost, who serves as dean of the Hazleton/Lehighton mission district, and pastor at Zions Stone Church, New Ringgold.

Worship will be led by substitute clergy during the pastoral vacancy.

All Saints Sunday worship with Holy Communion and recognition of the departed saints of Trinity Lutheran Church will be led by Rev. John F. Hazel, Jr., at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

Domestic call leads to arrest

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police responded to a report of a domestic incident at the PenMart service station along SR196, in Coolbaugh Township, and ended up arresting one of the participants on an outstanding arrest warrant.

Police got the call about 1:41 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. On scene the officers made contact with the two participants, identified as Jamie Tomaselli, 33, and Joseph Metz, 32, of Bartonsville. A want/warrant check revealed that Metz was wanted by the county sheriff's department on a bench warrant.

Carbon death blamed on Sandy

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

An Albrightsville, Penn Forest Township, resident has died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, the result of using a generator due to the affects of Hurricane Sandy.

Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik said he was called to Gnaden Huetten Hospital in Lehighton Tuesday afternoon, where a 66-year-old male was brought in from an incident in the Valley View Estates section of the township. The male was pronounced dead in the emergency room. Nalesnik said he died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning.

PPL, contractor trucks everywhere

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured are PPL contractors staged along SR209 in between Coaldale and Tamaqua.

Post-storm worries

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

For Pennsylvanians it's getting power back, returning to work

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Pennsylvanians made it through two days of rain and wind from Sandy on Tuesday with hopes of connecting back to the electrical grid, plans to finish cleaning up leaves and limbs and the prospect of returning to jobs or the classroom.

Cleanup just starting for some

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Cleanup won't start for many, as thousands of homes were still without power as of this afternoon. Cutting a tree along Church Road in Rush Township is volunteer firefighter Dyllyn Trexler, from the Quakake Fire Company; who spent that last 2 days with fellow firefighters clearing debris from area roadways.

Neither snow, rain orhurricane

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Rain doesn't stop mail carrier Kimberly Day from delivering mail in Coaldale.

Lehighton Trick-or-Treat to go on as scheduled

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
MIICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In a move that would make the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz proud, Lehighton beagle Snoopy shows off his Great Pumpkin costume for Halloween. Snoopy and all Trick-or-Treaters in Lehighton will enjoy the annual Halloween activity throughout the borough this evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
MIICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In a move that would make the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz proud, Lehighton beagle Snoopy shows off his Great Pumpkin costume for Halloween. Snoopy and all Trick-or-Treaters in Lehighton will enjoy the annual Halloween activity throughout the borough this evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

Despite Lehighton Area School District being closed today because of the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy, "the show will go on" – the Halloween show, that is.

Trick-or-Treat will be held, as scheduled, in the borough of Lehighton this evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

According to Borough Manager Nicole Beckett, "Mayor Donald Rehrig and Chief of Police Neal Ebbert have determined the borough of Lehighton is prepared for Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween night."

Northern Lehigh Community News

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bethany Wesleyan Church

Adult Singles 35-and-over meet Friday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Castle for study, games and snacks. They are currently doing an Ed Young study on relationships.

"October Baby" is being shown on Monday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Castle presented by Cord of Three Women's Ministry & Care Net of Carbon County. This movie is rated PG-13. Meet Suzi Demara as she shares the mission and view of Care Net.

A Thanksgiving Service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. with a canned food drive.

DUI arrests reported in Monroe

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on two driving under the influence (DUI) arrests, both occurring on Saturday, Oct. 27.

About 2:30 a.m. police stopped a vehicle along SR311, near Midway Road, in Tobyhanna, for a vehicle code violation. The driver was identified as Rafael Dionysius, 49, of Pocono Summit.

He was found to be under the influence and was transported to the Pocono Medical Center (PMC), East Stroudsburg, for a blood test. The DUI charge in pending the test results.

Village residents safely evacuated

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Residents from the Village at Palmerton were safely evacuated yesterday afternoon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

In what proved to be a relatively seamless transition, the residents were transported via the Palmerton Ambulance Association, wheelchair transport, and walkers, according to Chris Lilly, office manager.

Lilly said over 40 residents were taken to the West End Fire Company, while those who chose to go home were picked up by their families and spent the night with their loved ones.

Salvation Army offering help

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Playing Candyland at the center on Tuesday are Sean Moore, 6, and George Fleetwood, 12.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Playing Candyland at the center on Tuesday are Sean Moore, 6, and George Fleetwood, 12.

Members and volunteers of the Tamaqua Salvation Army have again opened the doors to their community center today.

Major Sharon Whispell stated, "We were grateful to serve over 300 meals Tuesday."

Nationwide, the Salvation Army has begun feeding operations at shelters along the East Coast. Centers all over have opened their centers, offering meals, warm drinks, activities and a safe place to be during the storm and power outage.

PPL crews working hard to repair power

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Numerous PPL contractor crews are stationed throughout our area repairing down power lines. Pictured is a crew turning into the coal mines east of Tamaqua.

Two football games moved to Saturday

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Two TIMES NEWS area football games have been moved from Friday to Saturday.

The Tamaqua at Marian game, which will decide the Anthracite Football League championship, was originally scheduled for Friday evening but has been moved to Saturday at 7 p.m. If power hasn't returned by Saturday, the game may be moved up to an afternoon start on Saturday.

Also, the Lehighton at Jim Thorpe contest has been rescheduled. The battle for the Route 209 trophy will now take place at 4:30 p.m.

Take safety precautions when operating generator

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Widespread electrical outages caused by Hurricane Sandy triggered a surge in generator sales. But Carbon County Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Nalesnik urges people to read the safety precautions before firing up the alternative power sources.

A Penn Forest Township resident is believed to have died on Tuesday from carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator being operated in an attached garage.

"Do not use a generator inside a building or next to an open door, because the wind blows carbon monoxide back into the building," Nalesnik cautions.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Republican Club

The Panther Valley Republican Club, which now represents Republicans from Lansford, Nesquehoning and Summit Hill, is holding a rally at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the New Columbus Fire Company. Rep. Doyle Heffley, who is seeking re-election in the 122nd District, will be the main speaker.

Nesquehoning

Woman's club

The next meeting of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5 at the Zion Lutheran Church.

Tamaqua driver cited after crash

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Tamaqua driver was cited following a one-vehicle crash early Monday morning, Oct. 29.

State police at Frackville said Matthew R. Martin, 32, of 5 Gamelands Drive, Tamaqua R.D., was operating a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck westbound on Ball Diamond Road, in Ryan Township, about 2:10 a.m. when he lost control.

The truck went onto the north shoulder and struck a PPL pole with the front right bumper area. Martin was reported not injured. Troopers said he was cited for careless driving.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October 31, 1957 Coaldale tallies two second-quarter touchdowns and goes on to post an 18-7 win over Mahanoy City. The Tigers open the scoring with a 77-yard drive that results in Greg Posta's nine-yard TD run. Wilbur Berger intercepts a pass and returns it to the two-yard line, from where John Horoschak blasts over to extend Coaldale's lead. The winners, coached by Tom Leonard, add some insurance in the final frame when one play after a fumble recovery by Bob Novak, Tom Surotchak tosses a 26-yard TD pass to Ed Trechak.

Eldred Township's Halloween Parade is judged a success

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Ghouls and Zombies prepare to walk among the good people in Kunkletown, winning first place in Best Group.
Ghouls and Zombies prepare to walk among the good people in Kunkletown, winning first place in Best Group.

Zombies, Disney characters, Scooby Doo and gang, Indians and even Indiana Jones were seen on the main street of Kunkletown. They and about 200 others walked in the Eldred Township Halloween Parade.

Helen Mackes was the grand marshal and was chauffeured by Melvin Frable in his Karmann Ghia.

The Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Company, Blue Ridge and Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company were represented by volunteer firemen and trucks and tankers, sounding off sirens and horns.

The Celtic United Pipes and Drums provided music to march by.

OLOAA celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kindergarten students Micah Lawson, Connor Rehnert, and Xander Nunemacher pose for pictures in their Halloween costumes.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kindergarten students Micah Lawson, Connor Rehnert, and Xander Nunemacher pose for pictures in their Halloween costumes.

Our Lady of The Angels Academy in Lansford celebrated Red Ribbon Week last week with a variety of activities, lessons, and theme days.

On Monday students participated in "Are You Red-y To Be Drug Free?" Day, where the school body dressed in red, received their red ribbons to wear throughout the week, and created a human red ribbon. Pledges were also signed in each classroom where the students pledged to remain the best them they can be while maintaining a healthy, drug and alcohol free body.

Helping out when needed

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured last night helping a family on Gay Street in Tamaqua place tarps on their damaged roof are two volunteers from the American Hose Company in Tamaqua.

Summit Hill trash pickup

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tamaqua Transfer will be doing a sweep of the east side of Summit Hill again on Wednesday to ensure the pick-up of any missed trash.

Curry makes impressive return at Berwick

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Time never stands still. Neither, it turns out, does George Curry.

Curry, the state's leader in career high school football coaching victories, has made his return to sidelines at Berwick Area High School a spectacular one: At 8-1, Berwick has qualified for the upcoming District 2 Class AAA playoff and burnished Curry's extraordinary credentials.

19,000 without power in Schuylkill County

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

As of 7 a.m. today, more than 1.2 million homes in Pennsylvania, about 20 percent of the state's electric consumers, were still without power after Hurricane Sandy delivered a knockout blow last night, causing widespread blackouts all across the commonwealth. Those numbers include more than 395,000 homes in eastern Pennsylvania.

PPL crews out in force

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Hundreds of PPL crews are out in force following the aftermath of Sandy. As of 9:30 today, there were 40,6248 customers out of power in 28 counties in eastern Pennsylvania. Top counties affected included Lehigh County (116,557 customers affected), Northhampton County (61,482), Monroe County (44,763), Luzerne County (22,787), Bucks County (22,203), Wayne County (20,006), Schuylkill County (19,334), Lackawanna County (18,151) and Carbon County (13,582). Report a power outage to PPL by calling (800) 342-5775.

Storm closes Jim Thorpe road

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Route 209 in Jim Thorpe was closed this morning as a result of downed trees that fell over night as Superstorm Sandy moved through the area.