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October 2012

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.

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.

Bulldogs eliminated by So. Lehigh

Monday, October 29, 2012
Bulldogs eliminated by So. Lehigh
Copyright 2012

EMMAUS – Kristen Moisey was exactly where she was supposed to be. Because she was, Southern Lehigh is exactly where it's supposed to be as well.

After nearly 50 minutes of scoreless play, Moisey's follow up shot from in front of the net lifted the Spartans to a 1-0 victory over Northern Lehigh in the semifinal round of the District 11 Class AA field hockey playoffs on Saturday.

Thorpe holds 18th Halloween Parade

Monday, October 29, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Girl Scout Troop 34289 proudly show off their costumes in their float themed, "Disco Brownies." The troop took 3rd place in the Float category.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Girl Scout Troop 34289 proudly show off their costumes in their float themed, "Disco Brownies." The troop took 3rd place in the Float category.

The 18th Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade was held Saturday.

More than 20 floats and groups marched in the parade this year. The Jim Thorpe Lions Club, who organizes and sponsors the parade, announced winners in two categories: Groups and Floats. The awards were given out at the Jim Thorpe Area High School where parade participants were treated to hot dogs, drinks and candy.

PPL crews preparing for a bad storm

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

PPL crews are expected to be out in force over the next few days battling power outages throughout eastern Pennsylvania. Pictured is PPL crews responding to a power outage Saturday in Tamaqua.

Carbon man cited in Schuylkill

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Carbon County resident was cited for an incident in Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the incident occurred about 4:40 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, at the residence of Pamela Lynn Keiser, 30, of 6 Third St., Kelayres, Kline Township.

Troopers said Keiser and Josh Frank Christman, 30, of Weissport, had a verbal argument over Keiser receiving free drinks from another male at a Halloween party the two were attending.

Reception, booksigning in Palmerton

Monday, October 29, 2012

1st Northern Bank in Palmerton will hold a reception and book signing for local artist, Mary Kocher. Mary is well known for her paintings of historical buildings in Palmerton and surrounding areas. She has recently published a retrospective of her work. Bring your own copy of the book along, and Mary will personalize it for you. Books will also be available for purchase. The reception will be Nov. 14, from 6-8 p.m. in the bank lobby at 4th and Lafayette, Palmerton. There is no admission charge and refreshments will be served. Call (610) 826-7285 for information.

ACC sweeps Panther Vy.

Monday, October 29, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Jamey Mikovich goes up to block an Allentown Central Catholic hit.
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Jamey Mikovich goes up to block an Allentown Central Catholic hit.

The Panther Valley girls volleyball team came up short against Allentown Central Catholic in the quarterfinal round of the PIAA District 11 playoffs Saturday, losing in straight sets 25-10, 25-14, 25-9.

Panther Valley came in as the seventh-seed against a Central Catholic team that was seeded second in the tournament. Central lived up to that seeding, jumping out to big leads in all three games.

Palmerton Police Log

Monday, October 29, 2012

Disorderly conduct

Kelly Schroeter, 40, of 939 Mauch Chunk Road, Apt. 6, Palmerton, was cited for disorderly conduct. The violation occurred on Oct. 5 at 3:28 a.m. at the above address.Harassment

David Washburn Jr., 22, of 607 Lafayette Avenue, Palmerton, was cited for harassment. The violation occurred on Oct. 15 at 4:54 p.m. in the 600 block of Lafayette Avenue.

Speeding

Jeffrey Hosier, 44, of 316 Bridge Street, Weissport, was cited for speeding. The violation occurred on Oct. 16 at 5:15 a.m. on SR248 east.

Meet the candidates

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Eastern Schuylkill Republican Committee will hold a "Meet the Candidates Night" on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Tamaqua Community Center.

State Sen. Dave Argall, Rep. Jerry Knowles and Schuylkill County Chairman Gary Bender will be in attendance. A dessert reception will be held following the meeting.