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October 2012

Roadblock

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This fallen tree spanning SR209 in Jim Thorpe stopped traffic between the borough bridge and the downtown area following the passage of superstorm Hurricane Sandy.

State DEP offers tips for removing storm debris

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is reminding homeowners how to properly dispose of and process debris left behind from Hurricane Sandy.

"If homeowners encounter debris from the hurricane in or near creeks and streams, it can be removed without obtaining one of our Water Obstruction and Encroachment permits," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "The hurricane affected us all in some way, and DEP is helping homeowners and businesses assure a safe and effective cleanup by offering guidance."

On this date

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October 31, 1972

A Lehighton woman was the winner of a trip to Europe during a promotional contest held by People's First Bank and Trust Company. Mrs. William Rhoads, Stedman Avenue, was the grand prize winner of a trip to Paris. She had a choice of Paris, London, or Rome, but selected Paris because she has a girlfriend there with whom she has been corresponding for six years. The contest was in line with the opening of a new drive-in portion on the Hazelton Branch of People's First.

Courage

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Father of slain Navy SEAL seeks truth on Benghazi

Although he canceled his election campaigning due to Hurricane Sandy, President Obama and the White House staff made sure the press pool reporters and photographers were there to chronicle his every word in acting presidential on Tuesday.

"I told the mayors and governors if they're getting no for an answer somewhere in the federal government, they can call me personally at the White House," Obama said.

Chestnuthill column

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween happiness

The Pleasant Valley Leo Club's annual Halloween Costume Drive was a success, with over 300 costumes donated. The individuals who came out expressed their extreme gratitude toward the generosity of the members of the school district and the surrounding community.

Children who arrived at the PVHS's Community Night without costumes were quickly fitted with one of their choice. All those that remained were utilized by the PVHS Clubs in order to make the local children's experiences a bit more whimsical.

Trunk or Treat

Large tree falls on Hometown home

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS This home is hardly visible following the aftermath of high winds and rain Monday, after a large tree fell on top of it along Mahanoy Avenue (SR54) in Hometown. No serious injuries were reported.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS This home is hardly visible following the aftermath of high winds and rain Monday, after a large tree fell on top of it along Mahanoy Avenue (SR54) in Hometown. No serious injuries were reported.

West End of Monroe County feels some Sandy effects

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sandy scared the pants off Monroe County residents. But the day after, people were breathing a sigh of relief that her bark was worse than her bite.

Not to say they didn't feel her presence. Trees down, power lines down and 44,609 PPL customers and 18,342 Met-Ed customers without power is nothing to sneeze at.

The West End of Monroe County saw its share of Sandy's forceful winds.

Woman cited for passing bad check

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Schuylkill County woman has been cited for passing a bad check.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Valerie A. Underkoffler, 46, of Pottsville, passed the check at BG's Market, located in Norwegian Township, on July 6 about 6:28 p.m.

She was given numerous chances to make good on the check but did not, troopers said, and was then cited.

Dangerous conditions

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

PPL is telling people to stay clear of downed power lines throughout our area. Pictured Tuesday evening is a downed power line on Church Street in Rush Township.

Recovering from Sandy

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Recovery could take weeks for the many homes affected by fallen trees and wind damage. Tree trimmers are shown removing a fallen tree on Mahanoy Avenue (SR54) in Hometown.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Recovery could take weeks for the many homes affected by fallen trees and wind damage. Tree trimmers are shown removing a fallen tree on Mahanoy Avenue (SR54) in Hometown.

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Adult Day Care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center is seeking volunteers to serve on its board of directors.

The center has a variety of activities planned for November, including celebrating Thanksgiving on Nov. 14.

Jackson backs Vick

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

DeSean Jackson feels Michael Vick's pain. The way Jackson spoke Tuesday on NFL AM, the edgy NFL Network show, you get the feeling a change at quarterback would temporarily put Vick out of his misery. Jackson also covertly indicted the offensive line and the coaching staff on an Eagles team that's lost three straight games and is 3-4 with a road date Monday against the New Orleans Saints.

Parryville reschedules Trick or Treat night

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Parryville Council has rescheduled Trick or Treat night in the borough. Instead of it taking place tonight, it will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Water levels, no serious threat

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Despite high predictions, many area streams and rivers haven't reached flood levels. Pictured is a creek near Orchard Road and Pine Creek Drive in Rush Township.

Rush Municipal Building serving as warming station

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The majority of Rush Township won't be restored until later today, while parts of West Penn aren't expecting power for a few days. If you are livingwithout power and want a safe, warm place to be, go to the Rush Township Municipal Building, located at 104 Mahanoy Avenue in Hometown. The building is open to anyone wanting

Yet another sign of Sandy

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured is a fallen tree along SR54 (Pine Creek Drive) in Barnesville. SR54 was closed again this morning as PPL crews replaced down power lines.

A split in weather

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

This tree at the Veterans Memorial Playground in McAdoo was split down the center during the storm. Borough workers have taped off the area until they can safely remove the tree.

West Penn Elementary holds Halloween parade

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Parents and family members watched as costumed students and staff paraded around the parking lot of the West Penn Elementary School during the school's annual Halloween parade held on Friday. Kindergarteners Damien Lerner, left, and Hailee Belzner, second from right, lead the Halloween parade with teachers Sharon Oswald and Jean Brennan, on right.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Parents and family members watched as costumed students and staff paraded around the parking lot of the West Penn Elementary School during the school's annual Halloween parade held on Friday. Kindergarteners Damien Lerner, left, and Hailee Belzner, second from right, lead the Halloween parade with teachers Sharon Oswald and Jean Brennan, on right.

PennDOT closes roads for repairs

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

PennDOT closed many roads throughout our area during storm cleanup and repairs. Pictured is a crew on Ben Titus Road in Rush Township.

Earns title of Marine

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Marine Corps Pvt. Coty A. Ginter, son of Shelly Navarre of Palmerton and Michael W. Phillips of Palmerton earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

Police give out Halloween bags

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning Police handed out Halloween safety bags to students in kindergarten through second grades at the Panther Valley Elementary School. The bags were made possible through donations by Atty. Michael Greek and the Kovatch Corporation. Seen are officers Tim Wuttke, and Chad McGowan. In the back is Chief Sean Smith who said that 500 bags were distributed to the school. The program is part of the DARE program and is in its fifth year at the school. Safety coloring books and bracelets were in the bag. Standing in line with her students is Chris Diekman, kindergarten teacher.

Pottsville drivers facing DUI charge

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Two Pottsville drivers are facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) in separate incidents.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Robert Ellis, 21, was stopped along Maple Avenue at Westwood Road, in Norwegian Township, about 1:18 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, for an equipment problem and an expired registration.

Ellis showed signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests. He was then taken to the Schuylkill Medical Center-S. Jackson St., Pottsville, for a blood test. Charges will be filed, troopers added.

Lehighton district hires special ed administrator

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School Board has hired Sean LeDonne, right, as supervisor of special services. She replaces Shaun McElmoyle, who resigned his position in August to become special education supervisor at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21. With LeDonne is school board President Rocky Ahner.
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School Board has hired Sean LeDonne, right, as supervisor of special services. She replaces Shaun McElmoyle, who resigned his position in August to become special education supervisor at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21. With LeDonne is school board President Rocky Ahner.

After five years away from Lehighton Area School District, a familiar face will soon return to serve as an administrator of the special education program.

Lehighton Area School Board approved the recommendation to hire Sean LeDonne as supervisor of special services. She had previously served the school district for 13 years as a teacher and assistant supervisor of special services.

Palmerton Community News

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, Nov. 3. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. They also need grocery size brown paper bags. The shiny inserts are acceptable.

Trick or Treat night

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hurricane Sandy may have played a trick, but Lansford, Nesquehoning, Tamaqua and Coaldale are keeping Halloween treat night on schedule for 6-8 p.m. tonight. Summit Hill has rescheduled trick or treat to next Wednesday evening.

Property damage continues to rise

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Sandy hit with hurricane force and cut power to more than 8.2 million across the East. The cost of the damage caused by the storm is estimated to be around $20 billion. Pictured is a fallen tree on top of a swimming pool of a home located on Haddock Street in Kline Township.

PennDOT's quick response

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

PennDOT crews have been working non-stop since the start of the storm. Pictured working in the rain are PennDOT workers clearing debris from Ben Titus Road in Rush Township.

Stockings for Soldiers program is under way

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blue Ridge Communications is asking the public to share in adding some of the warmth of the yuletide season with Keystone Soldiers and its Stockings for Soldiers program, by sending food and hygiene items and Christmas cards to our men and women spending Christmas away from home.

The Stockings for Soldiers program is 100 percent funded by public donations.

Donations can be dropped off at any Blue Ridge Communications office before Nov. 14.

Navigating an obstacle

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
DAVID WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
DAVID WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A motorist who apparently avoided traffic cones attempts to go around a large tree that fell across Lentz Trail in Summit Hill, across from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center as a result of the high winds that pounded the region on Monday night. As of noon on Tuesday, the tree remained blocking traffic as well as a downed cable delivery line across the road just east of the intersection of Route 902 and Lentz Trail.

Lehighton news

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trinity happenings

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton will hold First Saturday worship at 5 p.m. Nov. 3.

Services will be led by the Rev. Michael Frost, who serves as dean of the Hazleton/Lehighton mission district, and pastor at Zions Stone Church, New Ringgold.

Worship will be led by substitute clergy during the pastoral vacancy.

All Saints Sunday worship with Holy Communion and recognition of the departed saints of Trinity Lutheran Church will be led by Rev. John F. Hazel, Jr., at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

Domestic call leads to arrest

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police responded to a report of a domestic incident at the PenMart service station along SR196, in Coolbaugh Township, and ended up arresting one of the participants on an outstanding arrest warrant.

Police got the call about 1:41 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. On scene the officers made contact with the two participants, identified as Jamie Tomaselli, 33, and Joseph Metz, 32, of Bartonsville. A want/warrant check revealed that Metz was wanted by the county sheriff's department on a bench warrant.