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October 2012

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
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Over 200 costumed children took part in the McAdoo Halloween parade held Sunday in McAdoo. Children were treated to snacks and prizes afterwards at the Keystone Fire Company. Organizers Mary Labert and Theresa Gronsky stated their appreciation to all the families that participated despite the scare of rain. Dalton Moyer, 5, dresses as a candy-covered Willy Wonka.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Over 200 costumed children took part in the McAdoo Halloween parade held Sunday in McAdoo. Children were treated to snacks and prizes afterwards at the Keystone Fire Company. Organizers Mary Labert and Theresa Gronsky stated their appreciation to all the families that participated despite the scare of rain. Dalton Moyer, 5, dresses as a candy-covered Willy Wonka.

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.

Eating, exercise affect kids in school

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Parents beware.

Cheese curls and soda can make your sons and daughters stupid. Cell phones and computers can do the same.

No, this isn't the intro to one of those oversensationalized health and fitness articles this column warns you about. It's probably the pronouncement you would've made had you read the same articles I've read over the last few months.

'We bad!'

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Jim:

In the 1942 classic film "Casablanca" the new Nazi in town asks Rick (Humphrey Bogart) if he could imagine German soldiers in New York City. Rick replies that there are some New York neighborhoods that the Third Reich would be well advised to steer clear of.

School spirit in 1912 also infused the town

Saturday, October 27, 2012

By jim zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

In depressed times, sports can be a good tonic for lifting the spirits of a community.

A good example is in Detroit where the baseball Tigers have been able to lift the morale of a city devastated by the collapse of the auto industry. Though on a smaller scale, coal region communities a century ago held that same kind of affection for their hometown sports teams.

In the fall of 1912, Tamaqua found itself riding a crest of economic optimism, thanks in large part to the coal industry.

Mandatory use of PFDs goes into effect Nov. 1

Saturday, October 27, 2012

MALLORYTOWN, Ontario – For one group of local anglers, they will never forget their biggest catch from the St. Lawrence River while fishing in the 1000 Islands out of Caiger's Resort with co-owner Tom Banditelli of Tamaqua.

While fishing in New York waters west of the 1000 Islands Bridge on a warm October afternoon, the anglers heard splashing and shouts coming from around a point of land they were fishing. Pulling the electric trolling motor on the front of their boat from the water, they started the outboard and went to see what – or who – was causing the disturbance.

Learning from close calls

Saturday, October 27, 2012

When a full course of antibiotics and prescription cough medicine didn't relieve my symptoms of a "bad bug" I trudged back to the doctors.

This time, he gave me a much stronger antibiotic. When I told him I had a nine-day headache that won't go away no matter what I take for it, he sent me for x-rays of my sinuses.

I never was bothered by a sinus problem and never even gave any thought to what they were. So I went to the place of learning many of us use the Internet.

Homework

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I received an email from one of my regular readers. She was complaining that her son in Junior High had too much homework each night. She asked me my opinion about homework. Here's my answer-

Homework is a problem because of its name. Who likes WORK? If we called it "home exploration" or "home problem-solving" or "home practice," perhaps families would accept it more readily.

A walk in mortality

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Harry loves to walk and hike. I think he's fairly fit at almost 63 years old. Recently, he went on a walk in mortality.

Our first full day at the Grand Canyon, Connie, George, Harry and I decided to take the shuttle that visits all the different viewing sites along the South Rim. But the shuttle was way too tame for Mr. Antsy Pants and by 10:30 a.m. he told us he was going back and hike part of Bright Angel Trail into the Canyon.

Speeders are not being apprehended

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dear Editor:

Basket Bingo to benefit community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club

Saturday, October 27, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Longaberger Basket Consultant Connie Cuellar was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. A member of Longaberger's "Million Dollar Club," she helped the Rotarians in organizing their inaugural Longaberger Basket and Pottery Bingo. It is scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at Mahoning Valley Ambulance Hall. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club. Pictured left to right are Lehighton Rotary Club Secretary Becky Wanamaker, Immediate Past President Erica Heery, and Cuellar.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Longaberger Basket Consultant Connie Cuellar was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. A member of Longaberger's "Million Dollar Club," she helped the Rotarians in organizing their inaugural Longaberger Basket and Pottery Bingo. It is scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at Mahoning Valley Ambulance Hall. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club. Pictured left to right are Lehighton Rotary Club Secretary Becky Wanamaker, Immediate Past President Erica Heery, and Cuellar.

Lehighton Rotary Club will host their inaugural Longaberger Basket and Pottery Bingo on Saturday, November 3 at Mahoning Valley Ambulance Hall. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and games begin at 1 p.m. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club.

Bingo will consist of 20 games and four specials. In addition, there will be a Chinese Auction and door prizes. Food and drinks will be available for purchase through Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association.

Those who come dressed in a Halloween costume will receive one free special.

Catty clinches CL title with win over 'Dawgs

Saturday, October 27, 2012

CATASAUQUA - Turn the ball over against a championship-caliber team like Catasauqua and you aren't going to have much of a chance for a win.

Northern Lehigh committed four miscues in the first half and one more in the second half and the Roughies took advantage to roll to a 40-7 victory and clinched the Colonial League title with their ninth straight win of the season without a loss.

"Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers," said Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout. "What else can I say?

Penn State ready for unbeaten Buckeyes

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Nittany Lions looked pretty impressive in their win over Iowa last week in Iowa City, thrashing the Hawkeyes 38-14. Penn State has not performed well at Kinnick Stadium over the years and a dominating victory is a nice thing to see for those who support the Blue and White.

NW crushes ND

Saturday, October 27, 2012

For the second time this season, Northwestern walked off the field with a 5-0 win over Notre Dame of Green Pond.

Friday's victory held a little bit more meaning as the Tigers advanced to the District 11 Class 2A semifinals.

Northwestern will now face Palisades, the seventh seed in the tournament.

Unlike the regular season meeting between the two Colonial League teams back into September, Northwestern coach Kelly Bleam watched her Tigers, who are the No. 3 seed, spread the wealth this time around.

Colts' 'D' stops Thorpe

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Marian's John Julian (27) tries to avoid the tackle of Jim Thorpe's Mike Mulderig. The Colts defeated the Olympians, 42-6.
Marian's John Julian (27) tries to avoid the tackle of Jim Thorpe's Mike Mulderig. The Colts defeated the Olympians, 42-6.

Friday night's match-up between Jim Thorpe and Marian pitted arguably the Anthracite League's most dangerous offense in the Olympians against the AFL's best defense in the Colts.

JT came into the match-up averaging 32 points per game, while putting up 354 yards of total offense per contest.

On the flip side, the Marian "D" has only let up 148 yards of total offense per game this season and has held opponents to just nine points per contest.

"Truth for Authority"

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Telling the truth is, and has always been, at the very heart of morality, virtue and the law.

"Thou shall not bear false witness" is the ninth of the Ten Commandments.

The Pennsylvania "motto" is: "Virtue, Liberty and Independence". "Virtue" rightly comes first in this motto. Virtue means: a) conformity to a standard of right: morality or b) a particular moral excellence. Without virtue, neither liberty nor independence can be obtained or preserved.

Why I'm not going to vote

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dear Editor:

The only two candidates that we are left to choose from for president have had little competition from the onset of the race. To me, it amounts to "slim pickins." I've never been comfortable about having to choose from the lesser of two evils. What's more, I've uncovered some facts which show Mitt Romney and Barack Obama don't differ on many of the important political issues. If you're dreaming of a different "change" with Mitt Romney in power, you may be in for a real disappointment. Here are enough reasons why I'm not going to the polls this year.

Pen Argyl rolls past Palmerton

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Senior tailback Mike Racciato seemed to be on a mission from the start. He knew that going into the Green Knights' game against host Palmerton, that he needed 49 rushing yards to surpass the 1,000-yard mark. After two drives, not only had he accomplished that standard, but he also helped his team take a two-score lead on their way to a 35-7 win over the Blue Bombers.

Young dancers step it up at TCAC

Saturday, October 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Young performers with the PA Performing Arts Academy in Tamaqua held a well-attended dance recital recently at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. Philomena Huesgen, academy director, stated her appreciation to all the performers and family members that made the event one of their best. For more information about events at the community center goto www.TamaquaArts.org Philomena Huesgen, director, PA Performing Arts Academy, performs with Karlee Knox.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Young performers with the PA Performing Arts Academy in Tamaqua held a well-attended dance recital recently at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. Philomena Huesgen, academy director, stated her appreciation to all the performers and family members that made the event one of their best. For more information about events at the community center goto www.TamaquaArts.org Philomena Huesgen, director, PA Performing Arts Academy, performs with Karlee Knox.

We learned about life from Mr. Harkins

Saturday, October 27, 2012

It was September of 1983 and for the 11th time in my life, school was starting again.

Most of my classes were the typical ones. There was trigonometry, U.S. History, physics among them and then there was English Literature. We sat at our desks and in came Mr. John Harkins with what I soon learned was his standard "Toot-toot" or "Whoop-yay." Shortly, we had these thick English Literature books in our hands and we were about to begin learning the history of the literature of the land from which America was sired.