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October 2012

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.

Halloween marks 21st anniversary of the 'Perfect Storm'

Saturday, October 27, 2012

AccuWeather.com informs us that this Halloween marks the 21st anniversary of the "Perfect Storm," also known as the Halloween Nor'easter of 1991.

In 1997 a novel based on the storm was written, which was then made in to an Oscar-nominated movie in 2000. They told the tale of the six Gloucester, Mass., fisherman who died at sea when the storm's massive waves (some of which reached 39 feet) capsized their boat. These pieces of pop culture have helped the notoriety of the storm, but what exactly was it that made the storm "perfect"?

Hundreds attend Tamaqua's Safe Trick or Treat night

Saturday, October 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Hundreds of youngsters and their families attended the Tamaqua High School Leadership Council's 12th annual Safe Trick or Treat Night at the High School auditorium Thursday. Numerous school clubs also participated in the event. Tamaqua's community-wide Trick Or Treat is scheduled for Oct. 31 from 6 PM to 8 PM. The gymnasium of the Tamaqua High School was filled with costumed kids during last night's Safe indoor Trick Or Treat night in Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Hundreds of youngsters and their families attended the Tamaqua High School Leadership Council's 12th annual Safe Trick or Treat Night at the High School auditorium Thursday. Numerous school clubs also participated in the event. Tamaqua's community-wide Trick Or Treat is scheduled for Oct. 31 from 6 PM to 8 PM. The gymnasium of the Tamaqua High School was filled with costumed kids during last night's Safe indoor Trick Or Treat night in Tamaqua.

The gymnasium of the Tamaqua High School was filled with costumed kids during Thursday's Safe indoor Trick Or Treat night.

Hundreds of youngsters and their families attended the 12th annuial event sponsored by the Tamaqua High School Leadership Council.

Numerous school clubs also participated in the event. Tamaqua's community-wide Trick Or Treat is scheduled for Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A sad commentary

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dear Editor:

We found it quite disturbing that in your "Reader's Turn", section on Saturday, four out of the five respondents thought the morning-after pill should be available in our schools for teens as young as 14.

We must vote Obama out of office

Saturday, October 27, 2012

As Election Day nears, it is time to carefully review the results of Obama's first term as President of the United States. Our economy went into a tailspin at the beginning of his administration. After almost four years, the economy remains in a shambles. If Obama is re-elected, the chances of a recovery are minimal. Unemployment is at a high point with over 15 million people out of work. In an attempt to cook the books, the administration considers that the official number of unemployed people is only 12 1/2 million.

A commitment to our community

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dear Editor:

The economy is bad, jobs are the main issue of the day, construction is slow and all of that is true, however, the residents of Palmerton can be happy that Pencor has once again invested in our community and is building a new building on Delaware Avenue.

Seeing the steel fabrication forming the skeleton of the new building, one can easily see that this will be another wonderful addition to the beautiful buildings that Pencor has throughout our community.

Bears eliminated

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pleasant Valley fell 2-0 to Parkland in the second round of the District 11boys soccer playoffs.

Parkland got a goal in the first half from Eric Mikitka to take a 1-0 lead into halftime. The Trojans got an insurance goal from Logan Howell in the second half to put the game away. Parkland goalie Jacob Gottwald wasn't tested often, making two saves in the contest.

Andrew Hanson made five saves for Pleasant Valley.

Pleasant Valley coach Chris Pachuta had high praise for his team after the game.

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.