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October 2012

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 In both cases $60 in cash was withdrawn.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.

Nesquehoning garbage schedule

Monday, October 29, 2012

Due to the forecast weather, garbage collection normally scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be pushed back and will be collected beginning Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

'Edgar Allan Poe' pays late night visit to the Rex House

Monday, October 29, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pumpkin luminaries light Race Street in anticipation of the arrival of Edgar Allan Poe.
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pumpkin luminaries light Race Street in anticipation of the arrival of Edgar Allan Poe.

As the ticking of the clock approached midnight, a well-known and long dead literary figure appeared on historic Race Street in Jim Thorpe. Elaborately carved jack-o-lanterns lined the alley as Edgar Allan Poe made his way to the Rex House at 29 Race St., for a midnight reading of "The Raven."

Sitting in the drawing room of the Rex House, which is the home of local artist David Watkins Price, the author gave a frightening rendition of his epic poem.

Safe driving in the storm

Monday, October 29, 2012

State department of Transportation spokesman Ron Young said that"PennDOT has made preparations for Hurricane Sandy. On Friday, there was a statewide web-based conference call with PennDOT (and all of its eleven engineering districts), other state agencies, and the state's contracted weather service vendor."

All state resources are available to respond, and all essential employees are 'on call'.

Calm before the storm

Monday, October 29, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

A lone beachcomber uses a metal detector to explore beaches at Tuscarora State Park on Sunday after the 65-ft.-deep lake was lowered six feet to reclaim eroded sand. Park officials indicated that the partially-open water release valve that was used to lower the dam will now be turned fully closed to allow for flood control in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy's dangerous four-day rainfall expected to begin today.

Lehighton comeback falls short

Saturday, October 27, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Wyatt Clements breaks loose for a touchdown as teammate Kyle Troch runs along side to block.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Wyatt Clements breaks loose for a touchdown as teammate Kyle Troch runs along side to block.

It could have been the perfect ending for Lehighton on Senior Night.

But for Jacen Nalesnik and the rest of the Indians' upperclassmen, it just wasn't meant to be.

Trailing by two points with 2:19 left to play, Nalesnik led his team on a late drive to set up a possible game-winning field goal. But his 38-yard attempt as time expired was wide left, allowing visiting Pocono Mountain West to escape with a dramatic 16-14 Mountain Valley Conference victory.

Young and dedicated

Saturday, October 27, 2012
American Fire Co. No. 1 volunteer junior firefighters Cassandra Schmitt, left, and Brittany Paules, don their protective gear.
American Fire Co. No. 1 volunteer junior firefighters Cassandra Schmitt, left, and Brittany Paules, don their protective gear.

Junior firefighters are advance guard of new generation

West Penn Fire Company Chief Dennis Fritzinger Jr. gives the word, and volunteer firefighters Connor Evans, Emily Pratka and Steven Troxell pull complicated equipment from the back of a fire truck, place it gently on a tarp and, working as a team, assemble it, all within a minute or so.

Not bad for three teenagers.

Connor, 17; Emily, 15; and Steven, 17, are junior firefighters, young people who are learning the ropes, supporting their fire companies and are the advance guard of a new generation of emergency responders.

To Fritzinger, they invaluable.

The Reader's Turn - Halloween memories

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Sue Bittner, Tamaqua - "I remember going with my mom. She took us by car through the town, about 8 of us. We had enough candy until next Halloween."
Sue Bittner, Tamaqua - "I remember going with my mom. She took us by car through the town, about 8 of us. We had enough candy until next Halloween."

What are your favorite memories of Halloween?

Junior Firefighters a crucial resource

Saturday, October 27, 2012

As with most volunteer organizations, membership in fire companies has dropped over the years. The Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute website reveals that the numbers of volunteer firefighters have plummeted from about 300,000 in the 1970s to about 50,000 today.

Junior firefighter programs help companies replenish their ranks.

Old Fashion Hay Ride and Fall Fest at Weissport Park today, Sunday

Saturday, October 27, 2012

An Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday at the Weissport Park and Lehigh Canal Park at Weissport.

The event will include tractor drawn hayrides, a tractor show, crafters, pumpkin patch, homemade food and children's activities, including make your own scare crow. Along with catering to family members of all ages, there will be attendants at the event to assist elderly and people with disabilities on and off the hay wagons and to assist with the serving of food.

GUARD

Saturday, October 27, 2012

West Penn Fire Company Chief Dennis Fritzinger Jr. gives the word, and volunteer firefighters Connor Evans, Emily Pratka and Steven Troxell pull complicated equipment from the back of a fire truck, place it gently on a tarp and, working as a team, assemble it, all within a minute or so.

Not bad for three teenagers.

Connor, 17; Emily, 15; and Steven, 17, are junior firefighters, young people who are learning the ropes, supporting their fire companies and are the advance guard of a new generation of emergency responders.

To Fritzinger, they invaluable.

Jamboree and motorcycle ride for Jamie Folweiler this Sunday

Saturday, October 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Pictured is Jamie Folweiler in July 2010 holding a proclamation reaffirming the borough's commitment to full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act on the 20th anniversary of the enactment of ADA.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Pictured is Jamie Folweiler in July 2010 holding a proclamation reaffirming the borough's commitment to full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act on the 20th anniversary of the enactment of ADA.

August 9th started like any other day for Tamaqua resident Jamie Folweiler.

Little did he know it was to be the start of a very difficult journey.

After a kidney and bladder infection had put him out of commission for a number of weeks, he was admitted to Gnaden Huetten Hospital because the infections had entered his blood stream.

Unexpected joy

Saturday, October 27, 2012

By KAREN CIMMS

kcimms@tnonline.com

Some of the greatest gifts we can ever receive, are often a reflection of our own efforts.

A couple years ago, my granddaughter dressed as Cinderella for Halloween. My daughter Margaux bought her the dress, but created the rest of her ensemble, so that Gabby looked as much like the Disney princess as was humanly possible.

For Gabby, it was truly magic.

The novice witch

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dear Editor:

Hallo! Hallo! So sorry I'm late

I tried to find you but missed your gate.

I flew quite fast across the moon

Then I hit a tree and broke my broom.

The cat fell off and is lost in the corn.

My hat is bent and my cape is torn.

I had to walk throughout the night

As you can see I'm a sorry sight.

I'm missing a shoe but I saved my sack

While I'm limping along with a "crick" in my back.

Inside the sack are my treats for you

Frogs, snails and tails and some witches brew.

Happy Halloween!

Irish faces stiff test with Sooners

Saturday, October 27, 2012

After shaking off a miserable performance in the first half, Notre Dame settle in in the second half last week and grounded up a 17-14 win over upset minded BYU.

It was a game many Irish fans felt was ripe for ND being upset. The Irish showed signs of a letdown from the hard-fought Stanford game the week before, and perhaps were looking ahead to tonight's Oklahoma game. But whatever head coach Brian Kelly told them at half time, or the players themselves told each other, it worked.

Fall at Onoko injures Lehighton teen

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Larry Neff/special to the times news An injured Lehighton teen is carried by rescuers after his fall while hiking at Glen Onoko.
Larry Neff/special to the times news An injured Lehighton teen is carried by rescuers after his fall while hiking at Glen Onoko.

A Lehighton teenager was seriously injured Friday afternoon after he fell over 100 feet at Glen Onoko Falls just north of Jim Thorpe.

Joshua Eremus, 18, was hiking with a friend when he fell.

After the initial call was received about an incident at the second falls, fire fighters from Jim Thorpe, Nesquehoning and Lehighton responded to the call.

The rescue operation took about three hours to complete.

Lehighton paramedics treated Ereums at the scene before he was lifeflighted to Lehigh Valley Hospital Trauma Center in Allentown.

47 percent do not pay taxes

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dear Editor:

Over the past several weeks, we have been bombarded by the media with the claim that 47 Percent of Americans that do not pay taxes. I sat back and gave this a significant amount of thought. I hope you do the same as you read this article.

The press has painted this quote in the most negative aspect. But think about this. When you and I started to work many years ago, we were asked to the amount of tax withholding we wanted from our pay check. This was to reduce the amount of income tax we paid and to increase our take home pay.

Bears stage huge comeback

Saturday, October 27, 2012

DINGMANS FERRY – Down 21-6 and not playing very good football heading into halftime, it looked as if Pleasant Valley's outright title hopes would disappear into the mountain air.

As it turned out, the break and a chance for a restart couldn't have come at a better time for the Bears.

Pleasant Valley rebounded from a terrible first half to score 24 unanswered points and knocked off Mountain Valley Conference foe East Stroudsburg North, 30-21. The victory means that the Bears will play for the MVC championship next week at Stroudsburg.

Thoughts

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Trick or Treating was an exact science for us when we were kids. On the day before Halloween we visited all the homes in town. Then, on Halloween night, we frequented all the bars, more than two dozen of them in Coaldale where I grew up.

Thinking for themselves

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dear Editor:

It would be nice if we readers had the same amount of space as your so-called political spouters of what they want the readers to believe.

Your newspaper can advise some - but not ALL of us on what they think. Some of your readers actually have a brain and can find out without their advise on what is really going on in the world without their slanted opinions.

AN INDEPENDENT THINKER

Sarah Quinn

Towamensing

PGC provides online maps

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pennsylvania Game Commission personnel have developed and posted an online listing of maps that depict roads opened seasonally to provide hunters and trappers greater access into interior portions of State Game Lands.

"These roads are opened to provide hunters and trappers better access to the State Game Lands system, which is a priority for the agency," PGC executive director Carl Roe said. "Statewide, we have more than 400 miles of seasonally-opened roads on State Game Lands.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, October 27, 2012

October 27, 1984 Rick Marsilio scores one touchdown and throws for another to help Marian earn a 21-12 victory over Hazleton. Marsilio tosses a 25-yard scoring pass to Trevor Lawrence to open the scoring in the second quarter. Later in the frame Marsilio scoops up a fumble and races 25 yards to the end zone. Dave Houser, who carries 28 times for 134 yards, adds the final Colt score when he reaches paydirt from 10 yards out. Marian, coached by Stan Dick, also receives an interception from Lawrence and a pair of sacks from Steve Baranko.

Tigers advance

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Northwestern volleyball achieved another milestone for the program by defeating North Schuylkill in the first round of the District 11 playoffs, 18-25, 25-21, 25-17, 24-26, 15-10. The win marks the first District playoff victory for the Tigers volleyball program.

After dropping the first set and falling behind early in the second, coach Hufnagle took a timeout. The timeout provided a spark for the Tigers, as they came back to win the set and also win the third.