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October 2012

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
Mitchell Masten, 9, dresses as a blueberry.
Mitchell Masten, 9, dresses as a blueberry.

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;

Area braces for the worst

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is churning up the east coast, aiming high winds and at least four inches of heavy rain at our area. The looming hybrid storm has closed schools and emptied stores of bottled water, staple foods and generators.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects tropical storm conditions to hit the Carbon County area today, bringing up to an inch of rain and 35-45 mph winds, with gusts up to 55 mph. The winds will increase tonight to 45-55 mph, with gusts of up to 70 mph., along with another one to two inches of rain.

Tamaqua pep rally set for Thurs. at Five Points

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Tamaqua area community-wide pep rally will be staged Thursday, November 1, from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Five Points fountain at Depot Square Park in support of the Tamaqua Area High School Blue Raiders football team.

The event is being coordinated by volunteers of the Tamaqua Area Football Boosters Association.

Portable generators - use them safely

Monday, October 29, 2012

Massive power outages are likely to leave many East Coast residents in the dark, as Hurricane Sandy's winds are forecast to affect residents within a 500-mile radius beginning as early as tonight. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety http://disastersafety.org/ (IBHS) offers the following guidance about the safe use of portable generators.

Squirrel causes blackout to 360 homes

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Fire Police volunteers direct traffic in Tamaqua during the 45 minute power outage.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Fire Police volunteers direct traffic in Tamaqua during the 45 minute power outage.

Over 360 homes in Tamaqua and areas west of Tamaqua were without power late Saturday afternoon for about 45 minutes after a squirrel chewed through a power line at a electric switch located at the intersection of Swatara and Lafayette Street in Tamaqua. PPL workers responded quickly and removed the burnt squirrel. Tamaqua Fire Police directed traffic at lighted intersections without power.

Anna Ogozalek turns 101

Monday, October 29, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Anna Ogozalek, who turned 101 on Oct. 26, celebrated her milestone birthday with family members on Friday. Helping her to celebrate were the nurses at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, including Tonya Schaffer, CNA, left, and Stacy Engle, LPN.
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Anna Ogozalek, who turned 101 on Oct. 26, celebrated her milestone birthday with family members on Friday. Helping her to celebrate were the nurses at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, including Tonya Schaffer, CNA, left, and Stacy Engle, LPN.

Anna Ogozalek, formerly of Lansford, celebrated her 101st birthday on Friday. She is currently a guest at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Anna was born Oct. 26, 1911 to the late Joseph and Mary (Kocon) Porambo. She is the oldest of eight children.

She was married to the late Joseph Ogozalek and has three children: son Len Ogozalek, daughter Virginia Clemmer Zabo, and the late Joseph "Buddy" Ogozalek. She also has seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and 27 nieces and nephews.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a traffic stop.

State police at Frackville said Bernard M. Skaudis, 55, of Brandonville, was stopped about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, along SR924, near the village of Brandonville, in East Union Township.

He was found to be under the influence and was transported to a Pottsville area hospital for a blood test. Troopers said charged will be filed.

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.

Marian go for gold

Monday, October 29, 2012

Marian Catholic High School's Future Business Leaders of America will host its second annual Charity Football Game on Nov. 2, when the host Colts take on local rival, the Tamaqua Area Blue Raiders, in a football contest

Jim Thorpe news

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Sunday School children of St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, held their annual Halloween party on Sunday evening. Prizes were awarded to the following children: prettiest, Erin McArdle; ugliest/spookiest, Kaia Shiner; funniest, Colton Steigerwalt; Judges' choices, Kaitlyn Strohl and Tyler Adamitis.

Following the costume parade, the children participated in various games and refreshments.

Local author to hold book launch

Nesquehoning citations issued

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nesquehoning police reported the following citations were issued on Oct. 25.

Speeding, 63 miles-per-hour in a 40 zone, and 52 in a 40, both at state routes 209 and 93; driving on roadways laned for traffic, at the same location; general lighting requirements, same location; maximum axle weight vehicles-lift axle, triaxle traveling with load without having his lift axle on the roadway on SR54 and Tippets Road.

Schuylkill woman victim of fraud

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Schuylkill County woman is the victim of access device fraud.

State police at Frackville said unknown criminals obtained the ATM/debit card of Kristin L. Kushmanick, 37, of Gilberton, and used it to make two transactions at Redner's Quick Mark, in Shenandoah, and the M&T branch bank in Mahanoy City. In both cases $60 in cash was withdrawn.

The transactions occurred on Oct. 20 at 2:04 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 4:17 p.m.

Security?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Americans approach middle age anxiously

As if they didn't have enough to worry about with job security and meeting the family budget, Americans who are approaching middle age are more concerned today that their investment incomes will not be enough to sustain them after retirement.

A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that concerns about retirement are reflected in all age groups across the board but the fact that younger Americans in the late 30s are now among the most anxious about their future marks a shift from three years ago, when that category was dominated by baby boomers nearing retirement age.

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.