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October 2012

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.

Tamaqua teen cited after crash

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A 17-year-old male from Tamaqua was cited after he crashed his vehicle. The accident occurred about 11:48 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, along Meadow Lane, in Walker Township, outside Tamaqua.

State police at Frackville said the teen was driving a 2000 Honda Civic eastbound and approached a sharp right curve. He was traveling too fast to allow the vehicle to turn and it slid off the road on the north shoulder.

The car then impacted with a ditch at a small creek, causing significant damage to the front of the car.

High flying shed

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

This 10 by 10 foot steel shed was lifted high in the air by recent winds. Shed owner Joe Nunemacher, of West High Street, Coaldale, said the shed weighs 800 pounds.

A familiar sight

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In what has become an all too familiar sight in the last few days, this huge fallen tree fills the back yards of homes in the Heights section of Jim Thorpe following Hurricane Sandy's passage through the area.

Palmerton Library quilt show grows each year

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Palmerton Library quilt show grows each year
Copyright 2012

"My mom (Elaine Bowman Sheckler) quilted her whole life," said Wayne Sheckler. His wife, Terri organized the Oct. 14 quilt show at the Palmerton Area Library.

As someone passes a display, she says, "I like them very much. So many are still hand-quilted."

Barbara Fisher has a personalized quilt with things that were enjoyed on the front and happy remembrances on the back.

Oldest, largest tree uprooted by Sandy

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Larry Markley checks out a box filled with what he believes are telephone wires that were taken down when the huge tree in front of his home was uprooted by Hurricane Sandy.
Larry Markley checks out a box filled with what he believes are telephone wires that were taken down when the huge tree in front of his home was uprooted by Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy uprooted a giant maple tree, which was likely the oldest tree in Franklin Township.

The tree has a circumference of 11 feet, three inches.

The tree stood along Indian Hill Road for at least a century, noted Larry Markley, who heard the tree fall about 8 p.m. Monday night when it struck the corner of his home at 238 Indian Hill Road. The only damage was a crinkled rain gutter on the corner of the sprawling home.

Markley said that the tree was there when he built his home.

Franklin Township garbage changes

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

There will be a change in garbage collection for Franklin Township customers for the Veterans Day holiday. Monday, Nov. 12 collection date has been changed to Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Area residents standing up after Sandy's Sunday punch

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Jim Belzner of West Penn Township helps out a neighbor by clearing a tree that had fallen across a driveway from high winds Monday night into Tuesday morning.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Jim Belzner of West Penn Township helps out a neighbor by clearing a tree that had fallen across a driveway from high winds Monday night into Tuesday morning.

The sound of chainsaws filled the air Tuesday as people cleaned up fallen trees, and PPL crews worked nonstop to fix downed power lines in the aftermath of deadly Hurricane Sandy.

While the hybrid storm didn't bring as much rainfall as feared, high winds wrought havoc in our area. Area schools remain closed due to lack of power.

As of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, 285,966 PPL customers remained without power in 29 counties. That included 9,655 in Carbon County, 33,715 in Monroe and 9,065 in Schuylkill.

Roadblock

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This fallen tree spanning SR209 in Jim Thorpe stopped traffic between the borough bridge and the downtown area following the passage of superstorm Hurricane Sandy.

State DEP offers tips for removing storm debris

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is reminding homeowners how to properly dispose of and process debris left behind from Hurricane Sandy.

"If homeowners encounter debris from the hurricane in or near creeks and streams, it can be removed without obtaining one of our Water Obstruction and Encroachment permits," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "The hurricane affected us all in some way, and DEP is helping homeowners and businesses assure a safe and effective cleanup by offering guidance."

On this date

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October 31, 1972

A Lehighton woman was the winner of a trip to Europe during a promotional contest held by People's First Bank and Trust Company. Mrs. William Rhoads, Stedman Avenue, was the grand prize winner of a trip to Paris. She had a choice of Paris, London, or Rome, but selected Paris because she has a girlfriend there with whom she has been corresponding for six years. The contest was in line with the opening of a new drive-in portion on the Hazelton Branch of People's First.

Courage

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Father of slain Navy SEAL seeks truth on Benghazi

Although he canceled his election campaigning due to Hurricane Sandy, President Obama and the White House staff made sure the press pool reporters and photographers were there to chronicle his every word in acting presidential on Tuesday.

"I told the mayors and governors if they're getting no for an answer somewhere in the federal government, they can call me personally at the White House," Obama said.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween happiness

The Pleasant Valley Leo Club's annual Halloween Costume Drive was a success, with over 300 costumes donated. The individuals who came out expressed their extreme gratitude toward the generosity of the members of the school district and the surrounding community.

Children who arrived at the PVHS's Community Night without costumes were quickly fitted with one of their choice. All those that remained were utilized by the PVHS Clubs in order to make the local children's experiences a bit more whimsical.

Trunk or Treat

Large tree falls on Hometown home

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

West End of Monroe County feels some Sandy effects

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sandy scared the pants off Monroe County residents. But the day after, people were breathing a sigh of relief that her bark was worse than her bite.

Not to say they didn't feel her presence. Trees down, power lines down and 44,609 PPL customers and 18,342 Met-Ed customers without power is nothing to sneeze at.

The West End of Monroe County saw its share of Sandy's forceful winds.

Woman cited for passing bad check

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Schuylkill County woman has been cited for passing a bad check.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Valerie A. Underkoffler, 46, of Pottsville, passed the check at BG's Market, located in Norwegian Township, on July 6 about 6:28 p.m.

She was given numerous chances to make good on the check but did not, troopers said, and was then cited.

Dangerous conditions

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

PPL is telling people to stay clear of downed power lines throughout our area. Pictured Tuesday evening is a downed power line on Church Street in Rush Township.

Recovering from Sandy

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

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Adult Day Care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center is seeking volunteers to serve on its board of directors.

The center has a variety of activities planned for November, including celebrating Thanksgiving on Nov. 14.

Jackson backs Vick

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

DeSean Jackson feels Michael Vick's pain. The way Jackson spoke Tuesday on NFL AM, the edgy NFL Network show, you get the feeling a change at quarterback would temporarily put Vick out of his misery. Jackson also covertly indicted the offensive line and the coaching staff on an Eagles team that's lost three straight games and is 3-4 with a road date Monday against the New Orleans Saints.

Parryville reschedules Trick or Treat night

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Parryville Council has rescheduled Trick or Treat night in the borough. Instead of it taking place tonight, it will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Results of roving DUI patrols set

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported the results of roving DUI patrols conducted over the past weekend.

Troopers said five motorists were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) or alcohol or a controlled substance. Additionally there 12 motorists were drinking but released after passing field sobriety tests.

There were 18 citations issued and two other motorists were cited for possession of a controlled substance.

Pep rally raises funds for Khaaliq

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Khaaliq Lynch is the first person to toss a pie.
Khaaliq Lynch is the first person to toss a pie.

Jim Thorpe students recently paid for a chance to throw a pie at head football coach Mark Rosenberger, assistant coach Mike McGonigal or athletic director Dustin McAndrew. The money raised from the pep rally will help the family of Khaaliq Lynch, a junior wide receiver who was injured in an automobile accident in September, with medical expenses incurred during Lynch's injury.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October 30, 1998 Brad Walters carries 16 times for 210 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help lead Northern Lehigh to a 42-7 win over host Catasauqua. The victory gives the Bulldogs, coached by Jim Tkach, at least a share of the Colonial League championship. Walters reaches the end zone on runs of 45 and 35 yards while Ryan Van Norman adds two TD runs of 10 and 28 yards. Nolehi also receives scores from Steve Hluschak (on the tail end of a hook and lateral) and Sam Frame (11-yard run).

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Deeds recorded

Bowmanstown

DLJ Mortgage Capital, Inc., to Antoinette Strohl, 622 Franklin St., Bowmanstown, property at 622 Franklin St., $59,500.

Franklin Township

Kenneth C. Volkert to Travis Lindenmoyer, 230 Pine Top Drive, Lehighton, property at 230 Pine Top Drive, $200,000.

Kidder Township

Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to Joseph E. Brletich II, West Chester, property at A3 Route 903, Lake Harmony, $98,900.

Richard J. Lake to Pocono Realty Holdings, LLC, Fort Washington, Lot 14, Jonathan Point, Phase 1B, $204,787.28.

Nesquehoning Lions distribute Halloween bags

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Carol Zickler/special to times news
Carol Zickler/special to times news

Since the Nesquehoning Lions Club sold its meeting building and can't distribute Halloween goodies, members decided to take their project to the children. More than 800 students at Panther Valley Elementary School received Halloween Safety Bags from the Lions Club. Pictured representing the classes are, front, from left, Molly Flynn and Hilary Shreffler. Next row, Andrew Prim, Antonio Perilli, and Matthew Santore. Back, Nesquehoning Lions/Lioness members Bruce Nalesnik, Holly Ellis-Williams, and Helen Applegate.

Meet the candidate night in Tamaqua

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tonight's Meet the Candidate event at 7 p.m. at the Tamaqua Community Center with Senator Dave Argall and Representative Jerry Knowles has been cancelled.

Two juveniles charged with setting fires in Monroe

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two male juveniles have been charged with setting three homes on fire in Monroe County.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said the two have been charged in connection with arson fires at 6080 Boardwalk Drive and 6070 Boardwalk Drive, both which occurred on Oct. 25 and at the same time. A third fire at 6246 Park Place, occurred on Oct. 24. In all three fires the ruling was that they were deliberately set.