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September 2013

Attempted robbery at Pilot Truck Stop

Monday, September 30, 2013

An attempted armed robbery occurred early today in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred at the Pilot Truck Stop, located at 482 Suedburg Road (SR443), in Pine Grove Township.

Troopers said three individuals entered the truck stop and forced a clerk to the ground. While one of the suspects held a gun to the head of the clerk the other two attempted to access a safe and cash register but were unsuccessful.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center announces blood drives

Monday, September 30, 2013

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives.

Sunday, Oct. 6, 7 a.m. to noon, Parryville Volunteer Fire Co #2, 359 Main Street, Parryville. Call (484) 560-0470.

Monday, Oct. 7, 2 to 5 p.m., Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services, 1022 Blakeslee Boulevard, Lehighton. Call (610) 377-5845.

Friday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northern Lehigh High School, One Bulldog Lane, Slatington. Call (610) 767-9832.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ryan Township Fire Hall, 945 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville. Call (570) 225-5364.

The alarming news about pollinators

Monday, September 30, 2013

The alarming news about the decline in our honey bee population has spurred agricultural extension specialists around the country to take a hard look at how our native wild pollinators are faring. It seems to many that we are seeing fewer pollinating insects in our area, and researchers at Penn State are providing the science that verifies that opinion.

In a recent email inviting local Master Gardeners to "The Great Insect Fair" held annually at Penn State, urban entomologist Steven Jacobs included this note.

ON THIS DATE

Monday, September 30, 2013

September 30, 1955 Tamaqua's defense pitches a shutout and also accounts for one of the team's two touchdowns in a 13-0 win over Coaldale. The Blue Raiders, coached by Dick Jones, limit their opponent to just 40 yards rushing on 29 carries and force four turnovers. One of the takeaways is an interception by Bob Gerber, who races 62 yards to the end zone. Jack Zeigler tallies the game's first TD when he breaks free for a 52-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

Lansford Alive! stages annual fall cleanup

Monday, September 30, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Chance Swan, 9, puts trash into a bag held by his mother, Nina Swan.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Chance Swan, 9, puts trash into a bag held by his mother, Nina Swan.

Lansford Alive! held its annual fall cleanup throughout the borough on Saturday. Group trustee Bob Dobosh said that about 15 volunteers raked leaves and picked up debris to make the town prettier for the autumn season.

The workers included the Swan family of Coaldale mother Nina, and her sons Chance, 9, and Joseph, 14.

Nina Swan said the family decided to join the effort after seeing a flier posted at Boyer's Market in Lansford.

"They all go to the same school district, Panther Valley, so we should all pitch in no matter which town it is," she said.

Father, daughter died in I-81 crash

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Cumberland County man and his daughter were killed in a one vehicle crash on Saturday along Intestate 81 in Schuylkill County. State police at Frackville said the crash occurred about 10:50 a.m. in the Butler Township.

Troopers identified the victims as Alberto Hernandez, 42, and his 11 month old daughter, Anastacia Marie-Carman Hernandez, both of Mechanicsburg.

Troopers said Hernandez was operating a 2007 Suzuki Forenza northbound when he lost control of the vehicle. The Forenza went onto the west berm and struck a tree.

Benefit raises funds for Quakake couple

Monday, September 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during Saturday's event are, l-r, benefit organizer Judi Musselman, Bud Musselman, Jack Kulp and Terry Rex.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during Saturday's event are, l-r, benefit organizer Judi Musselman, Bud Musselman, Jack Kulp and Terry Rex.

Wife has cancer, husband suffers from burns

Friends and family members of Stacey Rex-Bennett and her husband James "Jim" Bennett, both of Quakake, came together over the weekend to hold two events as part of the three-event Stompin' For Stretch benefit.

Stacey is struggling with cancer, while Jim remains in the hospital after receiving a serious burn at work.

Both are the parents of two children, Breanna and Brendan.

Free seminar on scams and fraud

Monday, September 30, 2013

A representative from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General will present a free seminar on rip-offs, fraud, scams and cons on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nesquehoning Recreation Center.

The seminar is geared toward senior citizens but is applicable to everyone and is open to the public.

Judge John E. Domalakes seeks retention in Schuylkill

Monday, September 30, 2013
Judge John E.Domalakes
Judge John E.Domalakes

Judge John E. Domalakes of the Court of Common Pleas of Schuylkill County has announced he will be a candidate for retention and his name will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot at which time voters will decide whether to retain him.

Domalakes is a native and current resident of Frackville and a graduate of Immaculate Heart High School. He is an honors graduate of DeSales University and the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.

Elected to the bench in 1993, he was retained in 2003.

Theft from vehicles incident probed

Monday, September 30, 2013

State police at Frackville are investigating a theft from vehicles incident that occurred in Ringtown, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said vehicles owned by Eli Peleschak, 50, of Greenhouse Lane, were entered while parked near his residence. Taken was a work bag containing two hearing aids and a Apple iPad owned by Alfred Benesch Co., of Pottsville.

The incident occurred sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 6 a.m. on Sept. 26. Troopers noted the vehicles were unlocked.

'Finding Jenn's voice'

Monday, September 30, 2013
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Psychologist Jacquelyn Campbell, a leading researcher for the last 30 years in the field of intimate partner homicide, during an interview at her office at Johns Hopkins University.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Psychologist Jacquelyn Campbell, a leading researcher for the last 30 years in the field of intimate partner homicide, during an interview at her office at Johns Hopkins University.

Documentary will shed light on prevalence of intimate partner violence

Jenn Snyder, giddy with love and basking in the glow of expectant motherhood, drove to a secluded area of North Whitehall Township, eager to meet with her lover for a romantic rendezvous to plan their lives together.

But instead of gazing with longing into the eyes of David Rapoport, Snyder found herself staring in disbelief as he leveled a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun at her. Rapoport pulled the trigger three times, shooting Snyder twice in the mouth and once in the back.

Use of resveratrol called into question

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The infancy continues.

About 17 years ago in the magazine that bears his name, John Parrillo, wrote: "Nutrition is a fascinating field. It's one of the few areas of science where highly trained experts with vast clinical experience can completely disagree about even fundamental concepts.

"This disagreement suggests nutrition science is still in its infancy."

But if consensus is required for maturation, nutrition science's "infancy" will never abate. A review of the research done on resveratrol will explain why.

Olympians remain undefeated in AFL

Saturday, September 28, 2013

SHENANDOAH – If Jim Thorpe head coach Mark Rosenberger had to give his team a mid-season report card, "S" would probably be an appropriate grade.

"S" as in "satisfactory." Last night, with a 27-14 Anthracite Football League victory over Shenandoah Valley, the Olympians improved to 4-1 at the halfway point of the season and remained undefeated in the AFL (4-0).

Annual Pink Light Walk set Oct. 1 in Lehighton

Saturday, September 28, 2013

To promote breast cancer awareness, Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will sponsor its eighth Pink Light Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., warm up is at 6:30 p.m., with the walk to follow.

Participants will be walking from the Lehighton Recreation Center to the Lehighton Amphitheatre and back.

All those participating are asked to wear a pink shirt to increase awareness of breast cancer.

Angela Mims of Milford, two-time cancer survivor, will be the speaker for the event.

Tips for older drivers

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers some tips to help older drivers stay safe on the road:

Ÿ Exercising regularly to increase strength and flexibility.

Ÿ Asking your doctor or pharmacist to review medicines – both prescription and over-the counter – to reduce side effects and interactions.

Ÿ Having eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. Wear glasses and corrective lenses as required.

Ÿ Driving during daylight and in good weather.

Bombers can't stop Pirates

Saturday, September 28, 2013
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Tr4e Nelson (22) tries to get away from Palisades' Jesse Snyder for a big gain.
RICH GEORGE/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Tr4e Nelson (22) tries to get away from Palisades' Jesse Snyder for a big gain.

Turnovers can hurt a team's chances of winning. Not only does the offense not possess the ball afterwards, but more importantly, the once-established momentum can also switch hands.

In Friday night's match-up between Palmerton and Palisades, a second-quarter comeback by the Bombers was potentially ended when a fumble gave way to a Pirate touchdown, and a 25-9 halftime deficit seemed too difficult for the depleted Palmerton line-up to overcome the rest of the way.

TV: An entertainment mecca

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Claire:

Once upon a time, watching television was for Philistines. The uncultured masses would tune in to watch the latest sitcom every night, blissfully ignorant, while the intellectuals would sit in their ivory towers reading books, or at the very least saving their money for a subscription to a network like HBO or Showtime, where all the "artsy" television supposedly dwelled.

That's how the joke goes, anyway. These days, though, a few shows have me questioning the old adage that television is just for dummies and couch potatoes.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center announces blood drives

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives.

Sunday, Oct. 6, 7 a.m. to noon, Parryville Volunteer Fire Co #2, 359 Main Street, Parryville. Call (484) 560-0470.

Monday, Oct. 7, 2 to 5 p.m., Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services, 1022 Blakeslee Boulevard, Lehighton. Call (610) 377-5845.

Friday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northern Lehigh High School, One Bulldog Lane, Slatington. Call (610) 767-9832.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ryan Township Fire Hall, 945 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville. Call (570) 225-5364.

Theft of hunting equipment probed

Saturday, September 28, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating the theft of hunting equipment from a Schuylkill County site.

Troopers said the equipment was removed from a wooded area between SPCA Rd. and Glenworth Rd., in North Mannheim Township, sometime between Sept. 22 and 26.

Taken was a Big Game brand black metal ladder-type tree stand valued at $300, a Loggy Bayou brand black ladder-type tree stand valued at $300, and two Wild Game brand innovations game cameras valued at $240. The game cameras were cable locked to trees but the cables were cut, troopers noted.

Bear 'D' comes up big against Wyomissing

Saturday, September 28, 2013

With Pleasant Valley trailing Wyomissing 38-28 with 7:41 left in the fourth quarter, all eyes were on backup quarterback Brandon Kuehner.

The Bears' junior signal caller was forced into action midway through the second quarter after record-setting QB Brandon Leap went down with an eye injury.

Kuehner stepped in and stepped up, leading Pleasant Valley to 21 unanswered points, propelling the Bears to a wild 49-38 win over nonleague foe Wyomissing.

Free computer classes are offered at library

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Free classes are being offered at the Lehighton Area Memorial Library for those with little computer experience who want to learn basics and get hands-on experience with using the computer and the Internet.

Sessions will be held at 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 15, Computer Basics; Tuesday, Oct. 22, Internet Basics; and Tuesday, Oct. 29, Internet Tools.

Classes are free, but space is limited.

Call the library at (610) 377-2750 to sign-up or for more information.

Domestic incident leads to arrest

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported the arrest of a Monroe County man following a domestic incident.

Police said on Sept. 23 about 1:55 p.m. they responded to A Country Place in Tobyhanna to assist county domestic relations officers in serving a warrant.

On scene police were told the suspect, identified as Alexander Blaine, 50, of Tobyhanna, had fled out a rear bedroom window into nearby woods.

Veteran thankful for kind gesture

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Dear Editor:

On Sept. 7, my wife and I went for breakfast at the Whitehall Diner.

When we were done eating, a waitress came up to us and she put a piece of paper down on the table given to her from someone else that said "Thank you for your service. Breakfast is on me. A fellow veteran."

As a veteran, it's nice to see such kindness still exists.

Jesse Mendez

Lower Towamensing Township

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, September 28, 2013

September 28, 1916

The local boroughs have lifted the quarantine for infantile paralysis.

There were twenty-one special trains on the Jersey Central and eight on the Lehigh Valley, besides that thirty-two regular trains, run from all points to the Allentown fair last Thursday. There were 10,000 more paid admissions than on any Big Thursday since the 50- cent rate of admission was inaugurated, notwithstanding that the children under 16 years of age were barred by the infantile paralysis embargo. This total receipts for the day amounted to $34,120.05.

Barrier limits lamprey access to Lake Ontario

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Steps have been taken to limit access to Lake Ontario by sea lamprey – commonly known as the lamprey ell – by the construction of a barrier/trap on Orwell Creek, a tributary of the Salmon River, in Oswego County, N.Y.

A native to the Atlantic Ocean, this eel-like invasive species originally invaded the Great Lakes and New York's largest Finger Lakes in the 19th century via the Erie Canal.

A day of relaxation

Saturday, September 28, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Irish win third; face tough Sooners today

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Notre Dame came up with just enough offense and defense last week, especially in the second half, to hang on for a 17-13 win over Michigan State, ending the Spartans win streak at three and extending the Irish win streak over MSU to three straight.

As I stated following the Temple game, it wasn't pretty but it was a win.

The book comes first

Saturday, September 28, 2013

There is an unwritten rule - Read the book before you see the movie. Some people will disagree with that. They much prefer seeing and hearing the story develop on screen instead of reading the words on a page.

People like me don't want to see the movie before they read the book. They like to get the author's words and descriptions in their head before the screenwriters and directors tell them what to think.

Master mason

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Shawn Kane
Shawn Kane

Man doing work at the Inn in Jim Thorpe is following in the footsteps of his father

Dangling from rope-supported scaffolding hanging from the top of City Hall, seven stories above the trafficked streets of Philadelphia, seven-year-old Shawn literally learned the ropes of the masonry trade from his father, James Kane.

"We were on rope swings," Shawn Kane said. "They don't use them much anymore."

You usually think of window washers when you think of the type of platform Shawn and his father were on. The platform was attached to the roof by steel hooks, and six-inch diameter hemp ropes that passed through huge pulleys on each end.

Driver facing DUI after crash

Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following a one vehicle crash that occurred about 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, along SR115 in Tunkhannock Township.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said officers responded to the location and found a vehicle off the right side of the road in a wooded area. The driver was identified as Eddie Tirado Jr., 30, of Effort.

Nolehi wins first

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Nolehi wins first
Copyright 2013

With some uncertainty at quarterback due to injuries, Northern Lehigh had been experimenting with running back Nate Farber taking direct snaps out of the backfield in practice.

It was something that hadn't been used in game action all season. That is, up until Friday night against the visiting Salisbury Falcons.

And did it certainly provide huge dividends for the Bulldogs.