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October 2012

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.

Water levels, no serious threat

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

Despite high predictions, many area streams and rivers haven't reached flood levels. Pictured is a creek near Orchard Road and Pine Creek Drive in Rush Township.

Rush Municipal Building serving as warming station

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The majority of Rush Township won't be restored until later today, while parts of West Penn aren't expecting power for a few days. If you are livingwithout power and want a safe, warm place to be, go to the Rush Township Municipal Building, located at 104 Mahanoy Avenue in Hometown. The building is open to anyone wanting

Yet another sign of Sandy

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

Pictured is a fallen tree along SR54 (Pine Creek Drive) in Barnesville. SR54 was closed again this morning as PPL crews replaced down power lines.

A split in weather

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

This tree at the Veterans Memorial Playground in McAdoo was split down the center during the storm. Borough workers have taped off the area until they can safely remove the tree.

West Penn Elementary holds Halloween parade

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
West Penn Elementary holds Halloween parade
Copyright 2012

PennDOT closes roads for repairs

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

PennDOT closed many roads throughout our area during storm cleanup and repairs. Pictured is a crew on Ben Titus Road in Rush Township.

Earns title of Marine

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Marine Corps Pvt. Coty A. Ginter, son of Shelly Navarre of Palmerton and Michael W. Phillips of Palmerton earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

Police give out Halloween bags

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning Police handed out Halloween safety bags to students in kindergarten through second grades at the Panther Valley Elementary School. The bags were made possible through donations by Atty. Michael Greek and the Kovatch Corporation. Seen are officers Tim Wuttke, and Chad McGowan. In the back is Chief Sean Smith who said that 500 bags were distributed to the school. The program is part of the DARE program and is in its fifth year at the school. Safety coloring books and bracelets were in the bag. Standing in line with her students is Chris Diekman, kindergarten teacher.

Pottsville drivers facing DUI charge

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Two Pottsville drivers are facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) in separate incidents.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Robert Ellis, 21, was stopped along Maple Avenue at Westwood Road, in Norwegian Township, about 1:18 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, for an equipment problem and an expired registration.

Ellis showed signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests. He was then taken to the Schuylkill Medical Center-S. Jackson St., Pottsville, for a blood test. Charges will be filed, troopers added.

Lehighton district hires special ed administrator

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School Board has hired Sean LeDonne, right, as supervisor of special services. She replaces Shaun McElmoyle, who resigned his position in August to become special education supervisor at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21. With LeDonne is school board President Rocky Ahner.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School Board has hired Sean LeDonne, right, as supervisor of special services. She replaces Shaun McElmoyle, who resigned his position in August to become special education supervisor at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21. With LeDonne is school board President Rocky Ahner.

After five years away from Lehighton Area School District, a familiar face will soon return to serve as an administrator of the special education program.

Lehighton Area School Board approved the recommendation to hire Sean LeDonne as supervisor of special services. She had previously served the school district for 13 years as a teacher and assistant supervisor of special services.

Palmerton Community News

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, Nov. 3. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. They also need grocery size brown paper bags. The shiny inserts are acceptable.

DeCindio-Roy

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Kevin P. Roy and Arlene L. DeCindio
Kevin P. Roy and Arlene L. DeCindio

Daniel and Linda DeCindio of Tuscarora have announced the engagement of their daughter, Arlene Lynn DeCindio, to Kevin Patrick Roy, son of Walter and Jeannie Roy of Hampstead, Md.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and the U.S. Naval Academy. Currently on active duty with the U.S. Navy, she is stationed in Virginia.

Her fiance is a graduate of Hereford High School in Maryland. Also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he is currently stationed in Florida.

The couple is planning a June 2013 wedding.

It could have been worse

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Everything happened with "Hurricane Sandy" as predicted: High winds, heavy rain, power outages.

The power outages appear to be the most perplexing situation for the superstorm. Otherwise, in general, the area was spared major damage.

"There's not the damage we could have had," said Palmerton Borough manager Roger Danielson in assessing the borough's situation this morning, following the overnight impact of the storm.

He said of problems in Palmerton, "By and large it's not too bad as a community as a whole."

History of Bethany Evangelical available

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"Reflections A History of Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church," a historical account of the Lehighton church, has been documented in a hardbound, keepsake book. The compilation features historical events and documents of the church, which is located on North Street, from 1894 to the present, including stained glass windows reflecting generations of pastors, missionary outreach, educational and musical programs.

For more information or to order a copy of the book, call Sandra at (570) 386-5970 before Nov. 5.

The wrath of Sandy

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Still a very rough time ahead in Mid-Atlantic

While the extent of Hurricane Sandy's vast devastation won't be known for days, her place in history will always be accompanied with words like "unprecedented" and "once in a lifetime event."

Forget Sandy's category 1 designation. After hearing the relentless winds and driving rains pounding our homes last night and seeing all the downed trees and debris littering area roads and property this morning, we all now have a better idea of what it's like to live through a full-blown hurricane.

Will Sandy erode sand?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
 DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Last week crews at Tuscarora State Park plowed tons of sand back up to the beach after it had receded into the water over time. The task was part of a sand reclamation project to restore beaches. Today, park officials are hoping that heavy, driving rains of Hurricane Sandy and resulting run-off won't wash the sand back into the lake, negating the good done over the past several days.

Squashed truck

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
WILL SCHWAB/TIMES NEWS
WILL SCHWAB/TIMES NEWS

Hurricane Sandy's powerful winds toppled this huge tree along Ashtown Road in Lehighton. If you look closely enough, you'll see a crushed pickup truck underneath the tree.

Family Promise Thanksgiving dinner

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Family Promise will host a Thanksgiving Dinner from noon until 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23 at St. John's Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

The meal will include turkey, filling, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, roll and butter, salad, dessert and a beverage.

For more information, call (570) 386-9960.