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October 2012

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.

Teen citedafter Schuylkill crash

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Lebanon County teen was cited following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 6:15 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, along SR443 (Suedberg Road), in Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said a 17-year-old male from Jonestown was driving a 1992 Saturn westbound and entered a left curve in the road. The car went onto the berm and into a grassy area for about 126-feet before hitting a culvert with the passenger side rear tire.

Bears top Stroudsburg again

Monday, October 29, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Mackenzie Dorney goes down to dig the ball during Saturday's victory over Stroudsburg.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Mackenzie Dorney goes down to dig the ball during Saturday's victory over Stroudsburg.

Just two days after playing a five-game thriller in the Mountain Valley Conference championship game, Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley met up again in the quarterfinals of the District 11 playoffs.

This time however, the win came a little easier for the Bears.

Pleasant Valley topped Stroudsburg for the fourth time this year, winning 25-13, 22-25, 25-15, 25-21 in the District 11 AAA volleyball playoffs. Although his team won two games rather easily, and built up a sizeable lead in the third, Pleasant Valley head coach John Gesiskie wasn't entirely pleased afterward.

Home, garage, vehicles destroyed in Packer blaze

Monday, October 29, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A Packer Township family is homeless today after a fast moving fire destroyed their home early Sunday morning.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A Packer Township family is homeless today after a fast moving fire destroyed their home early Sunday morning.

Major damages resulted from an early morning fire on Sunday in Packer Township.

The blaze occurred at about 5 o'clock at the residence of John and Joan Glavin, 28 Packer Drive, a short distance from the Weatherly Borough boundary.

Firemen from eight companies responded to the home, which sustained damages to its living room and kitchen, as well as a sizable portion of the roof on the ranch-style structure. More seriously, the garage attached to the home was destroyed and two vehicles kept inside were also left in ruins.

On this date

Monday, October 29, 2012

October 29, 1939

Mrs. Thomas Dorsey Sr., with Mr. and Mrs. Tony Lisella, of East Abbot Street, Lansford, motored to Baltimore yesterday to visit Prof. Thomas Dorsey, who had been a patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital the past several weeks. They found the well known musician and band leaders "exceptional improved," and this will be welcome news to his many students and admirers in this Valley. Mr. Dorsey has been ill over a long period and it is hoped that the turning point has now been reached.

Attempted break-in, theft probed

Monday, October 29, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating an attempted burglary and a theft incident, both in Schuylkill County.

The attempted break-in occurred at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, located at 1 E. Caroline Ave., East Norwegian Township, Saint Clair. Troopers said unknown criminals attempted to pry open an entry door on the south side near the social hall boiler room, to gain entry.

Entry was not made but damages were reported to the steel door, door frame, and door knob. The incident occurred sometime between Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. and Oct. 25 at 10:25 a.m.

Schuylkill driverin Lehigh crash

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver was involved in a two vehicle crash about 4:20 p.m. on Oct. 25 along SR309 in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said Amber E. Funk, 22, of Mercersburg, Franklin County, was southbound just before the intersection with Decatur St., operating a 1993 Chevrolet GEO Tracker, while Johnny D. Hamm, 40, of Tamaqua, was stopped for a stop sign on Decatur, operating a 2002 Ford E350 van truck. Hamm entered the intersection to make a left turn when his van was struck on the left side by the Geo Tracker.

Sending a strong message

Monday, October 29, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Area School District celebrated Red Ribbon Week October 22 - 26. It was a week filled with special activities that emphasize a strong message of anti-drug, anti-alcohol abuse, and anti-bullying. Pictured front, left to right, are East Penn Elementary School Red Ribbon Ambassadors third grader Rylie Bryfogle and fourth grader Alaina Strohl. Behind the students is Elementary Guidance Counselor Deb McKain.

ON THIS DATE

Monday, October 29, 2012

October 29, 1971 Bill Milot completes 9-of-17 passes for 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help Tamaqua gain a 33-6 win over Shenandoah Valley. Both of Milot's scoring tosses, one a 66-yarder and the other from seven yards out, go to Mark Truskey. The Blue Raiders, coached by Walt Ligenza, also receive a 12-yard TD run from Brad Geiger and one-yard scoring plunges from Harry Krapf and Jan Vinsko. Matt Welsh leads Tamaqua's defense with 17 tackles.