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October 2012

Quick response

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

Prepared for the storm, many municipalities had systems in place to operate blacked out intersections. Pictured hooking up a generator at the Five Points intersection in Tamaqua are Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz and Tamaqua borough workers.

D&L Heritage Corridor seeks volunteer help

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is in need of help later this week to assess damage, clear trees and branches, and fill in holes or washouts along the D&L Trail following Hurricane Sandy.

They are focused on the section between East Penn Township (Bowmanstown Rt. 895) and south to Northampton. Volunteers with chain saws, shovels, rakes, and pickup trucks are also needed.

Those who wish to assist in volunteer efforts may contact (610) 984-4753, (610) 838-8689, or schoolie@ptd.net.

More trees than manpower

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

The number of downed trees and power lines was more than the amount of emergency personnel were available. Rush Township police officer Carl Herring uses police tape to close Marian Avenue in Hometown after trees fell on top of power lines, causing the majority of Hometown's power outage.

On this date

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October 30, 1991

Recent rains have done little to ease water problems in Monroe County, county emergency services coordinator Marv Stuart reported to the county commissioners. Stuart said that although rainfall has been about average in recent weeks, the drought emergency has gotten worse if anything. The problem, he said, was the rain fell on dry ground during the growing season. "As a result, all the water was slurped, may I say, and did not get into the ground," he added.

Road in Mahoning closed

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

Beisel Road in Mahoning Township is closed after a large tree was felled by high winds early Tuesday morning.

Are your shoes gettinga little tight?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Q. Do feet get larger as you age?

Feet get bigger over decades of pounding. Some people over the age of 40 can gain half a shoe size every 10 years.

Feet flatten out because their supporting tendons and ligaments lose their elasticity. As the tendon along the length of the sole elongates, the arch lowers. Another reason feet enlarge is that the force of your weight thins the fat pads cushioning the bottom of the feet.

A 'Master' of his film domain

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"The Master" is one of those films that audiences and reviewers either love or hate.

Since I try not be a "hater," put me in the category of "strongly dislike" regarding "The Master."

My opinion has to do with "The Master" writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, whose films are fascinating and confounding mish-mashes of big ideas, intriguing characters and performances connected by often incoherent storylines and punctuated by shock-value scenes.

Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Marathon is this weekend

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Gear up to make history.

That's what participants who compete in the second annual Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Marathon & Half Marathon will have an opportunity to do.

The event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4. The half marathon starts at 8 a.m., while the marathon will begin at 8:10 a.m. Registration is still open.

Proceeds raised from the race will benefit the D&L National Heritage Corridor, Inc., as well as trail maintenance so that runners, cyclists and walkers can continue to use and enjoy the trail.

Large response from volunteers

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

The aftermath of high winds last night resulted in a large response from all local fire companies. Here, a Quakake Fire Company volunteer firefighter uses a chain saw to cut a fallen tree on SR309 into smaller pieces for removal.

Hunkering down

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

Weather-weary Tamaqua area residents were hunkering down Monday as wind and rain ramped up during what is being called a superstorm. Shown here are sandbags at a storefront along West Broad Street. The downtown area last experienced flooding on November 16, 2006 when the Wabash Creek overflowed.

Zoning board to hear cases on swimming pool, addition

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A pair of cases will go before the Palmerton Borough Zoning Hearing Board on Nov. 5.

The first case will be heard at 7 p.m. concerning James and Elizabeth Perschy, of 432 Franklin Avenue.

The couple hopes to receive permission to allow an existing swimming pool that encroaches in the required side yard setback.

Section 403.D.10.b of the borough zoning ordinance requires a four-foot side yard, and the existing pool has a side yard setback of three and one-half feet. The couple will seek a variance to allow the pool to remain in its current location.

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.

Nesquehoning crashes

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nesquehoning police reported on two crashes investigated by officers.

On Oct. 24 a two vehicle crash occurred about 10:40 a.m. along SR209 at the entrance to Redner's Warehouse Market. Police said Deborah Valderrama, 46 E. Ruddle St., Coaldale, was southbound while Frances F. Albino, 245 W. Howard Ave., Coaldale, was northbound. Albino was turning into Redners and struck Valderrama's vehicle. Valderrama's vehicle sustained moderate damage and had to be towed from the scene, police said.

Salvation Army to be open during blackout from storm

Monday, October 29, 2012

In case of a power outage, members and volunteers of the Tamaqua Salvation Army will be offering meals, activities and entertainment at the center to anyone affected or not affected by the storm. Tamaqua Salvation Army Major Sharon Whispell stated that all families or individuals, even ones who still have power, are welcome.

Buckeyes beat Penn St.

Monday, October 29, 2012

STATE COLLEGE – A big question going into Penn State's match-up with Ohio State was how affective would Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller be after he suffered what seemed to be a serious head/neck injury the week before against Purdue.

Well, Miller answered that question and he did so with authority. The super sophomore racked up 134 yards on the ground and made big plays through the air when he had to, leading the Buckeyes to a 35-23 victory over the Nittany Lions on Saturday night.

Identity theft seminar held in Tamaqua

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are speakers Jason Brown, Regional Vice President, Prudential; Ted Denbow, National Director, Web Capabilities, Prudential; Juliann Longhi, certified financial planner; Longhi Financial; and Stanley Warner III, CPA, MBA, Longhi Financial.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are speakers Jason Brown, Regional Vice President, Prudential; Ted Denbow, National Director, Web Capabilities, Prudential; Juliann Longhi, certified financial planner; Longhi Financial; and Stanley Warner III, CPA, MBA, Longhi Financial.

About two dozen area residents were treated recently to an educational seminar titled "Preventing and Understanding Identity Theft" at LCCC courtesy of Longhi Financial of Hometown.

This seminar was a third in a series of educational seminars offered at no charge to area residents.

Someone's identity is stolen every three seconds in the United States. Thieves are making billions buying and selling identities, and most consumers have no idea their information is out there, up for sale.

Monroe break-in

Monday, October 29, 2012

State police at Lehighton are investigating a burglary at a Monroe County home.

Troopers said the residence of Leroy Raseley, 173 Anchorage Rd., Saylorsburg, was entered by someone who kicked in a back door. Taken from the home was about $200 in cash, a Sylvania 32-inch flat screen television, and a .22-caliber Marlin rifle.

What's a zip line?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Navitat Canopy Adventures would like to be a 'great neighbor'

The builders of a proposed adventure challenge operation in Penn Forest Township are hoping once area residents learn more about the business, their concerns will be alleviated.

Abby Burt, branding and marketing leader for Navitat Canopy Adventures, explains that Navitat, as a company, is committed to working with the natural environment and local community.

"Our Asheville, N.C. tour was recently voted 'Best Outdoor Adventure Company' by the local residents in a poll conducted by a local newspaper (Mountain Xpress) in Western North Carolina," says Burt.

Steelers player speaks about good character, courage

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Receiving signatures from Cole are Luke Mateyak, 11; Jacob Mateyak, 13; Nick Onea, 11.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Receiving signatures from Cole are Luke Mateyak, 11; Jacob Mateyak, 13; Nick Onea, 11.

"Anything worth doing, is worth doing poorly until you can do it well," said Former NFL Player and Pittsburgh Steeler Robin Cole as he quoted his mother during a community talk held for Tamaqua Area students, parents, staff and fans Thursday night in the Tamaqua Area School District auditorium.

Monroe driver facing DUI count

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Dennis Elliott Giffels, 60, of Brodheadsville, was stopped for multiple traffic violations about 11:24 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, along Brookside Road at Spruce St., in Lower Macungie Township.

He was found to be under the influence and was placed under arrest. Charges will be filed, troopers said.