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October 2012

Car crashes into ditch in Walker Township

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

Walker Township/New England Fire Companies responded to Meadow Lane in Walker Township around noon Sunday after a young man overshot a curve in the road and crashed his vehicle into a ditch. No information was available from state police as of press time. Tamaqua Ambulance also responded and treated the man for minor injuries.

Nesquehoning crashes

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nesquehoning police reported on two crashes investigated by officers.

On Oct. 24 a two vehicle crash occurred about 10:40 a.m. along SR209 at the entrance to Redner's Warehouse Market. Police said Deborah Valderrama, 46 E. Ruddle St., Coaldale, was southbound while Frances F. Albino, 245 W. Howard Ave., Coaldale, was northbound. Albino was turning into Redners and struck Valderrama's vehicle. Valderrama's vehicle sustained moderate damage and had to be towed from the scene, police said.

Salvation Army to be open during blackout from storm

Monday, October 29, 2012

In case of a power outage, members and volunteers of the Tamaqua Salvation Army will be offering meals, activities and entertainment at the center to anyone affected or not affected by the storm. Tamaqua Salvation Army Major Sharon Whispell stated that all families or individuals, even ones who still have power, are welcome.

Buckeyes beat Penn St.

Monday, October 29, 2012

STATE COLLEGE – A big question going into Penn State's match-up with Ohio State was how affective would Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller be after he suffered what seemed to be a serious head/neck injury the week before against Purdue.

Well, Miller answered that question and he did so with authority. The super sophomore racked up 134 yards on the ground and made big plays through the air when he had to, leading the Buckeyes to a 35-23 victory over the Nittany Lions on Saturday night.

Identity theft seminar held in Tamaqua

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are speakers Jason Brown, Regional Vice President, Prudential; Ted Denbow, National Director, Web Capabilities, Prudential; Juliann Longhi, certified financial planner; Longhi Financial; and Stanley Warner III, CPA, MBA, Longhi Financial.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are speakers Jason Brown, Regional Vice President, Prudential; Ted Denbow, National Director, Web Capabilities, Prudential; Juliann Longhi, certified financial planner; Longhi Financial; and Stanley Warner III, CPA, MBA, Longhi Financial.

About two dozen area residents were treated recently to an educational seminar titled "Preventing and Understanding Identity Theft" at LCCC courtesy of Longhi Financial of Hometown.

This seminar was a third in a series of educational seminars offered at no charge to area residents.

Someone's identity is stolen every three seconds in the United States. Thieves are making billions buying and selling identities, and most consumers have no idea their information is out there, up for sale.

Monroe break-in

Monday, October 29, 2012

State police at Lehighton are investigating a burglary at a Monroe County home.

Troopers said the residence of Leroy Raseley, 173 Anchorage Rd., Saylorsburg, was entered by someone who kicked in a back door. Taken from the home was about $200 in cash, a Sylvania 32-inch flat screen television, and a .22-caliber Marlin rifle.

What's a zip line?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Navitat Canopy Adventures would like to be a 'great neighbor'

The builders of a proposed adventure challenge operation in Penn Forest Township are hoping once area residents learn more about the business, their concerns will be alleviated.

Abby Burt, branding and marketing leader for Navitat Canopy Adventures, explains that Navitat, as a company, is committed to working with the natural environment and local community.

"Our Asheville, N.C. tour was recently voted 'Best Outdoor Adventure Company' by the local residents in a poll conducted by a local newspaper (Mountain Xpress) in Western North Carolina," says Burt.

Steelers player speaks about good character, courage

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Receiving signatures from Cole are Luke Mateyak, 11; Jacob Mateyak, 13; Nick Onea, 11.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Receiving signatures from Cole are Luke Mateyak, 11; Jacob Mateyak, 13; Nick Onea, 11.

"Anything worth doing, is worth doing poorly until you can do it well," said Former NFL Player and Pittsburgh Steeler Robin Cole as he quoted his mother during a community talk held for Tamaqua Area students, parents, staff and fans Thursday night in the Tamaqua Area School District auditorium.

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
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