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October 2012

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.

Carbon death blamed on Sandy

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

An Albrightsville, Penn Forest Township, resident has died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, the result of using a generator due to the affects of Hurricane Sandy.

Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik said he was called to Gnaden Huetten Hospital in Lehighton Tuesday afternoon, where a 66-year-old male was brought in from an incident in the Valley View Estates section of the township. The male was pronounced dead in the emergency room. Nalesnik said he died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning.

PPL, contractor trucks everywhere

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

Pictured are PPL contractors staged along SR209 in between Coaldale and Tamaqua.

Post-storm worries

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

For Pennsylvanians it's getting power back, returning to work

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Pennsylvanians made it through two days of rain and wind from Sandy on Tuesday with hopes of connecting back to the electrical grid, plans to finish cleaning up leaves and limbs and the prospect of returning to jobs or the classroom.

Cleanup just starting for some

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

Cleanup won't start for many, as thousands of homes were still without power as of this afternoon. Cutting a tree along Church Road in Rush Township is volunteer firefighter Dyllyn Trexler, from the Quakake Fire Company; who spent that last 2 days with fellow firefighters clearing debris from area roadways.

Neither snow, rain orhurricane

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

Rain doesn't stop mail carrier Kimberly Day from delivering mail in Coaldale.

Lehighton Trick-or-Treat to go on as scheduled

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
MIICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In a move that would make the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz proud, Lehighton beagle Snoopy shows off his Great Pumpkin costume for Halloween. Snoopy and all Trick-or-Treaters in Lehighton will enjoy the annual Halloween activity throughout the borough this evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
MIICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In a move that would make the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz proud, Lehighton beagle Snoopy shows off his Great Pumpkin costume for Halloween. Snoopy and all Trick-or-Treaters in Lehighton will enjoy the annual Halloween activity throughout the borough this evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

Despite Lehighton Area School District being closed today because of the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy, "the show will go on" – the Halloween show, that is.

Trick-or-Treat will be held, as scheduled, in the borough of Lehighton this evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

According to Borough Manager Nicole Beckett, "Mayor Donald Rehrig and Chief of Police Neal Ebbert have determined the borough of Lehighton is prepared for Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween night."

Northern Lehigh Community News

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bethany Wesleyan Church

Adult Singles 35-and-over meet Friday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Castle for study, games and snacks. They are currently doing an Ed Young study on relationships.

"October Baby" is being shown on Monday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Castle presented by Cord of Three Women's Ministry & Care Net of Carbon County. This movie is rated PG-13. Meet Suzi Demara as she shares the mission and view of Care Net.

A Thanksgiving Service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. with a canned food drive.

DUI arrests reported in Monroe

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on two driving under the influence (DUI) arrests, both occurring on Saturday, Oct. 27.

About 2:30 a.m. police stopped a vehicle along SR311, near Midway Road, in Tobyhanna, for a vehicle code violation. The driver was identified as Rafael Dionysius, 49, of Pocono Summit.

He was found to be under the influence and was transported to the Pocono Medical Center (PMC), East Stroudsburg, for a blood test. The DUI charge in pending the test results.

Village residents safely evacuated

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Residents from the Village at Palmerton were safely evacuated yesterday afternoon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

In what proved to be a relatively seamless transition, the residents were transported via the Palmerton Ambulance Association, wheelchair transport, and walkers, according to Chris Lilly, office manager.

Lilly said over 40 residents were taken to the West End Fire Company, while those who chose to go home were picked up by their families and spent the night with their loved ones.

Salvation Army offering help

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Major Margaret Johnson prepares corn for visitors. The main course consisted of ham, buttered noodles,corn, garlic bread, ice cream, drinks and so on.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Major Margaret Johnson prepares corn for visitors. The main course consisted of ham, buttered noodles,corn, garlic bread, ice cream, drinks and so on.

Members and volunteers of the Tamaqua Salvation Army have again opened the doors to their community center today.

Major Sharon Whispell stated, "We were grateful to serve over 300 meals Tuesday."

Nationwide, the Salvation Army has begun feeding operations at shelters along the East Coast. Centers all over have opened their centers, offering meals, warm drinks, activities and a safe place to be during the storm and power outage.

PPL crews working hard to repair power

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

Numerous PPL contractor crews are stationed throughout our area repairing down power lines. Pictured is a crew turning into the coal mines east of Tamaqua.

Two football games moved to Saturday

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Two TIMES NEWS area football games have been moved from Friday to Saturday.

The Tamaqua at Marian game, which will decide the Anthracite Football League championship, was originally scheduled for Friday evening but has been moved to Saturday at 7 p.m. If power hasn't returned by Saturday, the game may be moved up to an afternoon start on Saturday.

Also, the Lehighton at Jim Thorpe contest has been rescheduled. The battle for the Route 209 trophy will now take place at 4:30 p.m.

Take safety precautions when operating generator

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Widespread electrical outages caused by Hurricane Sandy triggered a surge in generator sales. But Carbon County Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Nalesnik urges people to read the safety precautions before firing up the alternative power sources.

A Penn Forest Township resident is believed to have died on Tuesday from carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator being operated in an attached garage.

"Do not use a generator inside a building or next to an open door, because the wind blows carbon monoxide back into the building," Nalesnik cautions.

Panther Valley news

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Republican Club

The Panther Valley Republican Club, which now represents Republicans from Lansford, Nesquehoning and Summit Hill, is holding a rally at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the New Columbus Fire Company. Rep. Doyle Heffley, who is seeking re-election in the 122nd District, will be the main speaker.

Nesquehoning

Woman's club

The next meeting of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5 at the Zion Lutheran Church.

Tamaqua driver cited after crash

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Tamaqua driver was cited following a one-vehicle crash early Monday morning, Oct. 29.

State police at Frackville said Matthew R. Martin, 32, of 5 Gamelands Drive, Tamaqua R.D., was operating a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck westbound on Ball Diamond Road, in Ryan Township, about 2:10 a.m. when he lost control.

The truck went onto the north shoulder and struck a PPL pole with the front right bumper area. Martin was reported not injured. Troopers said he was cited for careless driving.

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October 31, 1957 Coaldale tallies two second-quarter touchdowns and goes on to post an 18-7 win over Mahanoy City. The Tigers open the scoring with a 77-yard drive that results in Greg Posta's nine-yard TD run. Wilbur Berger intercepts a pass and returns it to the two-yard line, from where John Horoschak blasts over to extend Coaldale's lead. The winners, coached by Tom Leonard, add some insurance in the final frame when one play after a fumble recovery by Bob Novak, Tom Surotchak tosses a 26-yard TD pass to Ed Trechak.

Eldred Township's Halloween Parade is judged a success

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS These two bakers whipped up this little cupcake which looks yummy enough to eat. Eylrenna Baker, Mackenna and Abby Ertle won second place in Best Group at the Eldred Township Halloween Parade.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS These two bakers whipped up this little cupcake which looks yummy enough to eat. Eylrenna Baker, Mackenna and Abby Ertle won second place in Best Group at the Eldred Township Halloween Parade.

Zombies, Disney characters, Scooby Doo and gang, Indians and even Indiana Jones were seen on the main street of Kunkletown. They and about 200 others walked in the Eldred Township Halloween Parade.

Helen Mackes was the grand marshal and was chauffeured by Melvin Frable in his Karmann Ghia.

The Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Company, Blue Ridge and Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company were represented by volunteer firemen and trucks and tankers, sounding off sirens and horns.

The Celtic United Pipes and Drums provided music to march by.

Tamaqua teen cited after crash

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A 17-year-old male from Tamaqua was cited after he crashed his vehicle. The accident occurred about 11:48 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, along Meadow Lane, in Walker Township, outside Tamaqua.

State police at Frackville said the teen was driving a 2000 Honda Civic eastbound and approached a sharp right curve. He was traveling too fast to allow the vehicle to turn and it slid off the road on the north shoulder.

The car then impacted with a ditch at a small creek, causing significant damage to the front of the car.

High flying shed

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

This 10 by 10 foot steel shed was lifted high in the air by recent winds. Shed owner Joe Nunemacher, of West High Street, Coaldale, said the shed weighs 800 pounds.

A familiar sight

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

In what has become an all too familiar sight in the last few days, this huge fallen tree fills the back yards of homes in the Heights section of Jim Thorpe following Hurricane Sandy's passage through the area.

Palmerton Library quilt show grows each year

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Nick and Lorraine Muniz were looking at what turned out to be the best of show quilt. It was displayed by Vinita Horinko who lives in Palmerton.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Nick and Lorraine Muniz were looking at what turned out to be the best of show quilt. It was displayed by Vinita Horinko who lives in Palmerton.

"My mom (Elaine Bowman Sheckler) quilted her whole life," said Wayne Sheckler. His wife, Terri organized the Oct. 14 quilt show at the Palmerton Area Library.

As someone passes a display, she says, "I like them very much. So many are still hand-quilted."

Barbara Fisher has a personalized quilt with things that were enjoyed on the front and happy remembrances on the back.

Oldest, largest tree uprooted by Sandy

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Larry Markley of 238 Indian Hill Road, Franklin Township, measured the maple tree which fell following high winds from Hurricane Sandy on Monday night. The tree is 11 feet, three inches in circumference.
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Larry Markley of 238 Indian Hill Road, Franklin Township, measured the maple tree which fell following high winds from Hurricane Sandy on Monday night. The tree is 11 feet, three inches in circumference.

Hurricane Sandy uprooted a giant maple tree, which was likely the oldest tree in Franklin Township.

The tree has a circumference of 11 feet, three inches.

The tree stood along Indian Hill Road for at least a century, noted Larry Markley, who heard the tree fall about 8 p.m. Monday night when it struck the corner of his home at 238 Indian Hill Road. The only damage was a crinkled rain gutter on the corner of the sprawling home.

Markley said that the tree was there when he built his home.

Franklin Township garbage changes

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

There will be a change in garbage collection for Franklin Township customers for the Veterans Day holiday. Monday, Nov. 12 collection date has been changed to Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Area residents standing up after Sandy's Sunday punch

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Jim Belzner of West Penn Township helps out a neighbor by clearing a tree that had fallen across a driveway from high winds Monday night into Tuesday morning.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Jim Belzner of West Penn Township helps out a neighbor by clearing a tree that had fallen across a driveway from high winds Monday night into Tuesday morning.

The sound of chainsaws filled the air Tuesday as people cleaned up fallen trees, and PPL crews worked nonstop to fix downed power lines in the aftermath of deadly Hurricane Sandy.

While the hybrid storm didn't bring as much rainfall as feared, high winds wrought havoc in our area. Area schools remain closed due to lack of power.

As of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, 285,966 PPL customers remained without power in 29 counties. That included 9,655 in Carbon County, 33,715 in Monroe and 9,065 in Schuylkill.