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October 2012

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Parents and family members watched as costumed students and staff paraded around the parking lot of the West Penn Elementary School during the school's annual Halloween parade held on Friday. Kindergarteners Damien Lerner, left, and Hailee Belzner, second from right, lead the Halloween parade with teachers Sharon Oswald and Jean Brennan, on right.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Parents and family members watched as costumed students and staff paraded around the parking lot of the West Penn Elementary School during the school's annual Halloween parade held on Friday. Kindergarteners Damien Lerner, left, and Hailee Belzner, second from right, lead the Halloween parade with teachers Sharon Oswald and Jean Brennan, on right.

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.

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.

In the pouring rain

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

Fire police volunteers Kenneth Kresge and Alan Parker, with the West Penn Fire Company, detour traffic in the pouring rain as they close SR895 after sparking wires caused dangerous conditions and resulted in the widespread blackout of the township.

Death, damp and darkness

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Superstorm Sandy takes its toll on the East Coast

NEW YORK (AP) As Superstorm Sandy marched slowly inland, millions along the East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, with huge swaths of the nation's largest city unusually vacant and dark.

New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart in Lower Manhattan shuttered for a second day and seawater cascading into the still-gaping construction pit at the World Trade Center. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the city and Long Island.

Lansford AMVETS hold Halloween fundraiser

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

Members of the Lansford AMVETS held their annual Halloween fundraiser party over the weekend. Enjoying themselves during the event are Joelle Simmons, Coaldale, dressed as a witch; Jason Vazquez, Lansford, dressed as a dancing banana; and BrittanyO'Gorman, Coaldale, dressed as a French Maid.

Wet work

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

Laughing as they volunteer in the pouring rain last night are volunteers with the West Penn Fire Company.

Tribe, Raiders win

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lehighton and Tamaqua both recorded middle school football victories.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Lehighton-PM West

Lehighton's defense registered its fourth shutout of the year with a 41-0 blanking of Pocono Mountain West.

Offensively Mike Mayernik had four touchdowns on runs of 52, 68 and 2 yards and a 38-yard reception for the Indians. Zehner added a 32-yard touchdown reception and Seth Keiser had a 43-yard TD catch. He also had a two-point conversion and booted three extra points. Quarterback Cody Scherer was 5-for-6 for 164 yards and three touchdowns.

Volunteers use mind over brawn

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

Lt. Marty Baddick, a firefighter from the West Penn Fire Company, utilized a vehicle to move a cut up tree from Zion Stone Church Road in West Penn Township.

OTOH meeting postponed

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Operation Touch of Home meeting scheduled for tomorrow Oct 30 will be postponed until Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 927, Rt. 209 Gilbert.