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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
DLJ Mortgage Capital, Inc., to Antoinette Strohl, 622 Franklin St., Bowmanstown, property at 622 Franklin St., $59,500.
Kenneth C. Volkert to Travis Lindenmoyer, 230 Pine Top Drive, Lehighton, property at 230 Pine Top Drive, $200,000.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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."
"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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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;