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October 2012

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
Bridgette, a Belgian Malinois from Leighton, is all ready for the costume contest.
Bridgette, a Belgian Malinois from Leighton, is all ready for the costume contest.

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.

Helping out when needed

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

Pictured last night helping a family on Gay Street in Tamaqua place tarps on their damaged roof are two volunteers from the American Hose Company in Tamaqua.

Summit Hill trash pickup

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tamaqua Transfer will be doing a sweep of the east side of Summit Hill again on Wednesday to ensure the pick-up of any missed trash.

Curry makes impressive return at Berwick

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Time never stands still. Neither, it turns out, does George Curry.

Curry, the state's leader in career high school football coaching victories, has made his return to sidelines at Berwick Area High School a spectacular one: At 8-1, Berwick has qualified for the upcoming District 2 Class AAA playoff and burnished Curry's extraordinary credentials.

19,000 without power in Schuylkill County

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

As of 7 a.m. today, more than 1.2 million homes in Pennsylvania, about 20 percent of the state's electric consumers, were still without power after Hurricane Sandy delivered a knockout blow last night, causing widespread blackouts all across the commonwealth. Those numbers include more than 395,000 homes in eastern Pennsylvania.

PPL crews out in force

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

Hundreds of PPL crews are out in force following the aftermath of Sandy. As of 9:30 today, there were 40,6248 customers out of power in 28 counties in eastern Pennsylvania. Top counties affected included Lehigh County (116,557 customers affected), Northhampton County (61,482), Monroe County (44,763), Luzerne County (22,787), Bucks County (22,203), Wayne County (20,006), Schuylkill County (19,334), Lackawanna County (18,151) and Carbon County (13,582). Report a power outage to PPL by calling (800) 342-5775.

Storm closes Jim Thorpe road

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Route 209 in Jim Thorpe was closed this morning as a result of downed trees that fell over night as Superstorm Sandy moved through the area.

Tamaqua trash change

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Due to Hurricane Sandy, there have been some changes announced for Tamaqua's trash collection schedule. Tuesday's customers will now have pick up on Wednesday, while recyclables will be collected on Saturday. Thursday and Friday's schedules will remain as usual.

Police Log

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Retail theft

Criminal charges were filed against Denise Rex, 61, of 1105 Hamilton Street, Lehighton, for theft by deception, and five counts of forgery. The incident occurred on April 29, 2008, in the 700 block of Lafayette Avenue.

Criminal charges were filed against Lorene Goerlitz, 36, of 3763 Forest Inn Road, Palmerton, for retail theft. The incident occurred on Oct. 8 at 1:14 p.m. in the 500 block of Delaware Avenue.

Palmerton area municipalities reschedule Trick-or-Treat night

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Palmerton Borough, Lower Towamensing Township and Towamensing Township are among the local municipalities who have rescheduled Trick-or-Treat night due to Hurricane Sandy.

As a result, Trick-or-Treat night will now be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. All had previously been scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Birth: Garchinsky

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Charlton James Garchinsky
Charlton James Garchinsky

A son, Charlton James Garchinsky, was born at 2:11 p.m. on Aug. 23, 2012 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon to Dr. Christopher and Janet Garchinsky of Lebanon.

He weighed 9 pounds and measured 21.5 inches long.

The new baby was welcomed home by his older sisters, Caroline, who is 3, and Maria, who is 2.

Maternal grandparents are Christine and the late James E. Santore of Tamaqua.

Paternal grandparents are Richard and Vail Garchinsky of Lebanon.

With Halloween comes weird weather events

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The very first predictions of Hurricane Sandy were that it would turn northeast in the Atlantic and miss the mainland of the United States.

It should be no surprise that things took a turn for the worse; that the storm took an unusual curve and dealt a ferocious blow to the most populated centers of the U.S.; areas which rarely see hurricanes.

After all, it's Halloween.

Some freakish weather phenomenons have occurred on Halloween.

McAdoo woman faces charges

Monday, October 29, 2012

Michelle Kirk, of 525 S. Hancock St., McAdoo, faces charges of harassment after she allegedly made a large amount of phone calls to a Tiffany Sholtis of McAdoo.

The incidents were reported to borough police on Sept. 29. Kirk was contacted by police and warned about calling Sholtis, but declined to heed the officer's advice, calling the victim again at 10:30 p.m.

Tigers fall to powerful Becahi

Monday, October 29, 2012

Last year at this time there was no Northwestern Lehigh girls volleyball team.

The Lady Tigers played their first district playoff game on Friday, and won it.

Their prize was a matchup the next day against top-seeded Bethlehem Catholic. The Golden Hawks dispatched the Tigers in three games, 25-10, 25-13, 25-15 in a District 11 Class AA quarterfinal match.

Here she comes!

Monday, October 29, 2012
'AP PHOTO Sand bags protect an entrance of the New York Stock Exchange this morning.
'AP PHOTO Sand bags protect an entrance of the New York Stock Exchange this morning.

East Coast grinds to a halt as superstorm nears

NEW YORK (AP) – Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboard's largest cities Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall.

Preparing for the worst

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Michelle Kisner of Tamaqua fills the trunk of her car with groceries. She said she bought extra groceries since her kids are home due to today's school cancellations.

Nesquehoning man charged

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Nesquehoning man has been charged with stealing the Visa card of a borough woman and using it to make a cash withdrawal.

Ricky Alex Williams, 22, of 353 E. Catawissa St., has been charged by Chief Sean Smith wtih identity theft, access device fraud (two counts), theft, and receiving stolen property.

Police charged that Williams took the credit card of Edna Newman, reported to be his grandmother, and used it to withdraw $250 without her permission.

Nesquehoning garbage schedule

Monday, October 29, 2012

Due to the forecast weather, garbage collection normally scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be pushed back and will be collected beginning Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

'Edgar Allan Poe' pays late night visit to the Rex House

Monday, October 29, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pumpkin luminaries light Race Street in anticipation of the arrival of Edgar Allan Poe.
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pumpkin luminaries light Race Street in anticipation of the arrival of Edgar Allan Poe.

As the ticking of the clock approached midnight, a well-known and long dead literary figure appeared on historic Race Street in Jim Thorpe. Elaborately carved jack-o-lanterns lined the alley as Edgar Allan Poe made his way to the Rex House at 29 Race St., for a midnight reading of "The Raven."

Sitting in the drawing room of the Rex House, which is the home of local artist David Watkins Price, the author gave a frightening rendition of his epic poem.

Safe driving in the storm

Monday, October 29, 2012

State department of Transportation spokesman Ron Young said that"PennDOT has made preparations for Hurricane Sandy. On Friday, there was a statewide web-based conference call with PennDOT (and all of its eleven engineering districts), other state agencies, and the state's contracted weather service vendor."

All state resources are available to respond, and all essential employees are 'on call'.