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October 2012

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.

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.

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.

Tribe falls to Eagles

Monday, October 29, 2012

ORWIGSBURG – Three years ago, the Lehighton volleyball team made its last appearance in the District 11 playoffs.

Two years ago, Indians head coach T.J. O'Connor last appeared in the District Tournament as the head coach of Blue Mountain.

This year, the stars seemed to align perfectly as O'Connor returned to Blue Mountain by coaching Lehighton back into the District playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Tamaqua driver facing charges

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Tamaqua driver is facing charges after he allegedly left the scene of an accident.

State police at Frackville said Seth G. Mellor, 21, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier northbound on Reynolds Road, in Walker Township, about 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26.

After negotiating a right hand curve the car crossed the center line and traveled onto the west berm.

The car then struck a tree. Troopers said Mellor then left the scene and did not report the crash.

He will be cited, troopers added.

Palmerton woman celebrates 98 years

Monday, October 29, 2012
La Rue Smith
La Rue Smith

La Rue Smith, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, recently celebrated her 98th birthday. She was born on Oct. 17, 1914.

The daughter of Frank and Rista Strohl, she was born in Aquashicola on her parents' farm, like everyone else at that time. Her mom and dad instilled in her the appreciation of a hard day's work. They had a "truck patch" garden and grew all their own foods.

They raised chickens and pigs and even had a cow for milking. LaRue says that she had to take turns with her sister Pauline milking the cow twice a day.

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;