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October 2012

Tree topples, road closed

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Seneca Road is closed in Mahoning Township after high winds felled this tree along with power lines early Tuesday morning. Seneca road runs between SR443 and SR902.

Pep rally raises funds for Khaaliq

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Jim Thorpe head football coach Mark Rosenberger takes a pie in the face while athletic director Dustin McAndrew braces for splashing in the background.
Jim Thorpe head football coach Mark Rosenberger takes a pie in the face while athletic director Dustin McAndrew braces for splashing in the background.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

The aftermath of Sandy

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Tree against house along Columbia Avenue in Palmerton, an example of the havoc caused by Hurricane Sandy.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Tree against house along Columbia Avenue in Palmerton, an example of the havoc caused by Hurricane Sandy.

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

Hundreds march in McAdoo Halloween parade

Monday, October 29, 2012
Over 200 children march down South Hancock Street.
Over 200 children march down South Hancock Street.

Local school closings

Monday, October 29, 2012

Carbon Co. Head Start: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

Carbon CTI: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

Jim Thorpe Area: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

Lehigh Career/Tech. Inst.: CLOSED Today

Lehigh Comm. College: CLOSED Today; CLASSES CANCELLED AT ALL SITES

Lehighton Area: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

Lincoln Tech Institute: CLOSED Today

Mahanoy Area: CLOSED Today

Marian Catholic, Hometown: CLOSED Today

McAdoo Catholic: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

McCann Sch. Bus./Pottsville: CLOSED Today; NO DAY/EVENING CLASSES; STAFF SHOULD NOT REPORT

Lions blank Indians

Monday, October 29, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Sarah Keer (left) and Moravian Academy's Brittany Onesto collide while chasing down a loose ball.
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Sarah Keer (left) and Moravian Academy's Brittany Onesto collide while chasing down a loose ball.

Scoring wins the game, but if passing the ball toward the opponent's circle fails, then the result will most likely be no scoring at all.

This was the Lehighton Lady Indians' dilemma on Saturday afternoon when they lost a District 11 Class AA semifinal playoff game to Moravian Academy by a score of 2-0.

"We were dribbling too much instead of working down the field to get in position to score," said Lehighton coach Lamar Long. "We have had trouble scoring all year and today we just did not create enough opportunities."

PennDOT, Pa. Turnpike to reduce speed limits in Southeast Pa.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Due to the dangerous wind speeds associated with Hurricane Sandy, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) have temporarily reduced the speed limit to 45 mph and restrict certain types of vehicles on some southeast Pa. roadways.

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:

Ÿ Interstate 76 in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties;

Ÿ Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, Bucks and Delaware counties;

Area braces for the worst

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is churning up the east coast, aiming high winds and at least four inches of heavy rain at our area. The looming hybrid storm has closed schools and emptied stores of bottled water, staple foods and generators.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects tropical storm conditions to hit the Carbon County area today, bringing up to an inch of rain and 35-45 mph winds, with gusts up to 55 mph. The winds will increase tonight to 45-55 mph, with gusts of up to 70 mph., along with another one to two inches of rain.

Tamaqua pep rally set for Thurs. at Five Points

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Tamaqua area community-wide pep rally will be staged Thursday, November 1, from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Five Points fountain at Depot Square Park in support of the Tamaqua Area High School Blue Raiders football team.

The event is being coordinated by volunteers of the Tamaqua Area Football Boosters Association.

Portable generators - use them safely

Monday, October 29, 2012

Massive power outages are likely to leave many East Coast residents in the dark, as Hurricane Sandy's winds are forecast to affect residents within a 500-mile radius beginning as early as tonight. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety http://disastersafety.org/ (IBHS) offers the following guidance about the safe use of portable generators.

Squirrel causes blackout to 360 homes

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Fire Police volunteers direct traffic in Tamaqua during the 45 minute power outage.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Fire Police volunteers direct traffic in Tamaqua during the 45 minute power outage.

Over 360 homes in Tamaqua and areas west of Tamaqua were without power late Saturday afternoon for about 45 minutes after a squirrel chewed through a power line at a electric switch located at the intersection of Swatara and Lafayette Street in Tamaqua. PPL workers responded quickly and removed the burnt squirrel. Tamaqua Fire Police directed traffic at lighted intersections without power.