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October 2012

The aftermath of Sandy

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This tree hangs on top of powerlines at Third Street in Palmerton as of this morning.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This tree hangs on top of powerlines at Third Street in Palmerton as of this morning.

Martino-Kweder

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Angela Martino and Christopher Kweder
Angela Martino and Christopher Kweder

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Angela Martino, daughter of Michael and Amy Martino of Brookville, Ind., and Christopher Kweder, son of Jack and Peggy Kweder of Nesquehoning.

The bride-to-be earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. She is employed by the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., as a research nurse specialist.

Kids treated to Halloween party at PV library

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

About two dozen kids and their family members were treated to a Halloween party over the weekend during the Panther Valley's annual Children's Halloween party held at the library. Kimberly Cimerol, 11, receives a cup of orange punch from Panther Valley library volunteer Dawn Neyer.

Three area men among 12 to have criminal charges dropped

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Three area men were among 12 defendants who had criminal charges brought against them dismissed in Schuylkill Count\y court on motions by District Attorney Karen Noon Byrnes to nolle prosequi (a formal motion of abandonment or prosecution of all or parts of a an action). However, the court ordered all costs to be paid by the defendants.

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.

Like a twig

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

Strong winds caused even the largest trees to snap like a twig, as is pictured here along Zion Stone Church Road in West Penn. West Penn firefighters, police and fire police were out cutting trees and controlling traffic through the township.

Area couple celebrates golden anniversary

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford W. Shaffer Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford W. Shaffer Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford W. Shaffer Jr. recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Oct. 6, 1962 by the late Rev. Harold Engle in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lehighton.

Mrs. Shaffer is the former Corine Ockenhouse, daughter of the late Kenneth and Carrie Ockenhouse. Her husband is the son of the late Clifford and Pearl Shaffer.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Shaffer was employed by the Bethlehem Steel Company, Bethlehem. Mrs. Shaffer was employed by Maria Rose Company of Palmerton.

Allentown Bishop makesan appeal to inactive Catholics

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Holding copies of the "Magnificat Year of Faith Companion" after the Mass at St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe at which a special request from Bishop John O. Barres was delivered are, left to right : Pat Hydro, Irene Milan, Deacon Jack Mroz, Sister Marlene Weitzel, Sister Mary Stanislaus, Pastor Father Francis Baransky, Frank Sebelin, and Cecelia Sebelin.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Holding copies of the "Magnificat Year of Faith Companion" after the Mass at St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe at which a special request from Bishop John O. Barres was delivered are, left to right : Pat Hydro, Irene Milan, Deacon Jack Mroz, Sister Marlene Weitzel, Sister Mary Stanislaus, Pastor Father Francis Baransky, Frank Sebelin, and Cecelia Sebelin.

Catholic parishioners at churches throughout the Diocese of Allentown listened to a special request from His Excellency Most Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown during the Year of Faith Weekend.

"I am asking you and every active Catholic in the Diocese of Allentown to invite one inactive Catholic back to Mass during the Year of Faith," the bishop said. "I am asking young active Catholic families to invite young inactive Catholic families back to Mass. This is a very practical step of the evangelization and it could have incredible results."

Salvation Army open to everyone during outage

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

Volunteers with the Tamaqua Salvation Army have opened the doors to the center, providing meals, activities and electricity to those in need. "We have opened the center to the public," said Major Sharon

Not another one!

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

This downed tree in Hometown was considered a regular sight by volunteer firefighters and other emergency personnel responding to hundreds of downed trees throughout our area.

Tamaqua graduate receives Hall of Fame teaching award

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Carolyn Marchetti was presented the Hall of Fame Award at the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics 61st annual conference at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill on Oct. 18.

Marchetti, a 1985 graduate of Tamaqua High School, was recognized for work dedicated to the teaching of mathematics and the improvement of mathematics education in general.

Slatington mancited for theft

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Slatington man was cited for retail theft at a Lehigh County store.

State police at Fogelsville said William Andino, 41, was cited at the Walmart store, at 1091 Mill Creek Road, in Lower Macungie Township, about 12:35 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Troopers said store security observed Andino allegedly attempting to remove a television, valued at $198, from the store without paying for it.

Cause of Hometown's outage

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

Pictured is a tree on top of power lines on Marian Avenue in Hometown. This location was the cause for Hometown's widespread power outage.

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.

Summit Hill Trick or Treat reslated

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle has postponed the community's Trick or Treat activities that were planned for Wednesday of this week.

The mayor said Trick or Treat night will be observed from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. Residents welcoming children to their homes are asked to have their properties well-lighted.

Extra police details will be assigned.

Two drug dealers plead guilty

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two Carbon County drug dealers entered guilty pleas in the county court on Monday and were immediately sentenced to state prison terms.

Wendy Kaminitsky, 34, of Summit Hill, and Marcel Mamouzette Jr., 48, formerly of Summit Hill, each entered pleads in two pending drug cases before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Kaminitsky was sentenced to serve a total of 18 to 36 months in a state prison on two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-crack cocaine.

Dog Days in the Park raises money for county animal shelter

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Scot Wescott, far left, Ruth Ann Dittman, center, and Tina Dittman at Dog Days in the Park. Wescott and Ruth Ann Dittman volunteer at the Carbon County Animal Shelter. Tina Dittman is a part-time canine officer for Carbon County. Pictured in the foreground is Valor, an American Bull Dog. Dittman and Wescott rescued Valor from the shelter earlier this year.
Scot Wescott, far left, Ruth Ann Dittman, center, and Tina Dittman at Dog Days in the Park. Wescott and Ruth Ann Dittman volunteer at the Carbon County Animal Shelter. Tina Dittman is a part-time canine officer for Carbon County. Pictured in the foreground is Valor, an American Bull Dog. Dittman and Wescott rescued Valor from the shelter earlier this year.

Even though the weather Sunday was dark and damp, more the a hundred brave souls came out to Dog Days in the Park at Lehighton Park.

The event was the brainchild of Lehighton Area High School junior, Kamara Litchauer, as her senior project. The goal was to raise money for the Carbon County Animal Shelter.

There was food, music and vendors featuring animal-related merchandise.

Consummate K-9 of Andreas put on a demonstration of both human rescue/recovery by Lucas the German Shepard Dog and bomb detection by Buttercup, a Belgian Malinois.

Lansford Police teach safe Trick Or Treating

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

DARE instructor and Police Leutenant David Midas with the Carbon County Sheriff's office talked with children about the DARE program and Halloween Safety at the Panther Valley Public Library in Lansford over the weekend. In addition to telling kids the dangers of drugs, Midas, who is also a police officer with the Lansford Police Department, stressed the importance of being safe and avoiding strangers during Lansford's Trick Or Treat night, Wed. Oct. 31 from 6 - 8 p.m.

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.