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September 2013

Pawstock a 'furry' fine event

Monday, September 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Playing dead Lovann Algard and her son Jake, both of Lansford, watch as their 8 year old pet, a Border Collie and German shorted-haired pointer mix, plays dead. They attended Pawstock at the Coaldale Ambulance Garage. The event was sponsored by the Coaldale VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Playing dead Lovann Algard and her son Jake, both of Lansford, watch as their 8 year old pet, a Border Collie and German shorted-haired pointer mix, plays dead. They attended Pawstock at the Coaldale Ambulance Garage. The event was sponsored by the Coaldale VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Walnutport woman cited in Lehigh

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Walnutport woman was cited for an incident in Lehigh County.

Upper Macungie Township police said Kayla Billman, 22, was cited for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct for an incident at 7607 Hamilton Blvd., in Trexlertown.

Police allege that Billman physically ripped off both side-view mirrors from the vehicle of Arielle Wendling, 19, of Breinigsville.

Injured in Mahoning crash

Monday, September 30, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A Mahoning Township woman sustained head injuries during accident shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday on Route 443 at Normal Square in Mahoning Township. The woman was reportedly operating this car which ran into the rear of a tractor-trailer, owned by New England Motor Freight. The rig sustained minor damage. The female in the car was transported by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. Mahoning Valley Fire Company, Mahoning Valley Ambulance, Lehighton Ambulance, Mahoning Fire Police, and Mahoning Police responded. The driver's name was not available this morning.

Train enthusiasts

Monday, September 30, 2013
CHRIS KULP/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Autographs book Richard Bach, left, Whitehall, author of "Making Connections, History of the Ironton Railroad" talks about the book with Greg Bartek of Lansford and John Evans of Easton during annual Railroadiana and Model Railroad Show in Allentown.
CHRIS KULP/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Autographs book Richard Bach, left, Whitehall, author of "Making Connections, History of the Ironton Railroad" talks about the book with Greg Bartek of Lansford and John Evans of Easton during annual Railroadiana and Model Railroad Show in Allentown.

Jim Gilmore, left, and John Smolczynski, both of Jim Thorpe, enjoy attractions at Railroadiana and Model Train Show in Allentown, sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, Saturday. Smolczynski is a train engineer.

Lansford woman charged with DUI, careless driving

Monday, September 30, 2013

Emily Hoehne, 23, of 117 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place at 1:55 a.m. July 31 at Centre and Bertsch streets in the borough. Hoehne is charged with two counts of driving under the influence and careless driving.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick and Officer Joshua Tom responded to a report of an erratic driver at that time in the area of Springgarden and East Ridge streets.

Arrest warrant issued for Lansford woman

Monday, September 30, 2013
Alexis Goldberg
Alexis Goldberg

Lansford police have issued a felony warrant for Alexis Goldberg, 23, of 254 3rd St., Coaldale, as a result of an incident which took place on Aug. 14 at Boyer's Market. Goldberg is charged with retail theft.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact police at (570) 645-5844.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, at about 12:30 p.m. that afternoon, Lansford Officer Brian Horos was called to Boyer's Market for a retail theft.

Annual Pink Light Walk set Oct. 1 in Lehighton

Monday, September 30, 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.

Slatington arrest

Monday, September 30, 2013

Slatington police reported the arrest of a Breinigsville man.

Police said about 6:57 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, they were called for a disturbance at 1072 Main St. As a result of an investigation Adam S. Harrison, 30, of 1020 Kay Way, was cited for persistent disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Lansford man charged by police with escape

Monday, September 30, 2013
Travis P. Johnson
Travis P. Johnson

Travis P. Johnson, 23, of 43 Leisenring St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on Sept. 26 at 533 E. Patterson St.

Johnson is charged with escape.

He was taken to Carbon County Correctional Facility, Nesquehoning, before being arraigned Thursday morning.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

The ageless wonder

Monday, September 30, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Karate Master Stephen Meining, 4th Dan Black Belt, of Lower Towamensing Township, proudly displays the medals he won in the Senior Elite Advanced Division at the national State Games of America Karate Tournament.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Karate Master Stephen Meining, 4th Dan Black Belt, of Lower Towamensing Township, proudly displays the medals he won in the Senior Elite Advanced Division at the national State Games of America Karate Tournament.

Meining continues to find enjoyment, success in martial arts

At a stage in life when many of his contemporaries have begun to slow down, Karate Master Stephen Meining continues to prove that age is only a number.

Over four decades after he first got the martial arts bug, Meining, a 4th Dan Black Belt, of Lower Towamensing Township, continues to amass one impressive feat after another.

Further proof of that was evident when Meining, 66, won a Gold Medal in the Weapon's competition in the Senior Elite Advanced Division at the national State Games of America Karate Tournament held recently in Harrisburg.

A 'special' contribution

Monday, September 30, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Participating in Carbon County Special Olympics recognition program in Lehighton on Sunday are, front l-r, Ryan Lee, Brody Acker, Sean Bevilacqua, Delina Rodrigues; back l-r, Dave Rodrigues, Brendan Lee, Ray Attewell, Robin McGeehan, Jake McGeehan, Farley Foster, Maureen Foster, Mary Huber, and Victor Shivone.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Participating in Carbon County Special Olympics recognition program in Lehighton on Sunday are, front l-r, Ryan Lee, Brody Acker, Sean Bevilacqua, Delina Rodrigues; back l-r, Dave Rodrigues, Brendan Lee, Ray Attewell, Robin McGeehan, Jake McGeehan, Farley Foster, Maureen Foster, Mary Huber, and Victor Shivone.

Penn Forest teen honored for constructing bocce courts

The Carbon County Special Olympics yesterday honored a Penn Forest Township teen for constructing bocce courts in Lehighton for their competitive games.

Jake McGeehan, a senior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, was recognized during a ceremony at Baer Memorial Park, held on the bocce ball courts that he built.

McGeehan, the son of Jack and Robin McGeehan, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 555 of Penn Forest and built the courts as an Eagle Scout project.

Recognized, too, were members of his Scout troop and other individuals who assisted him with the project.

The fire at Dorney Park

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Dear Editor:

The recent fire at the FunTown Pier Amusuement Park along the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey brought to mind another devastating fire that destroyed a portion of an amusement park closer to home thirty years ago.

When I came home from school on Wednesday, September 28, 1983, much to my horror, I watched the breaking news on Channel 6 Action News of a fire at Dorney Park. The live television footage showed big plumes of black smoke drifting westward from the historic area of the park. My immediate comment to my mother was "I hope it isn't the Carousel."

Tail on the Trail

Saturday, September 28, 2013
D&L conservation coordinator Sherry Acevedo points to a growth of jewelweed. Jewelweed," she explained, "has a sap within its stem that is a natural treatment for stinging nettle and poison ivy."
D&L conservation coordinator Sherry Acevedo points to a growth of jewelweed. Jewelweed," she explained, "has a sap within its stem that is a natural treatment for stinging nettle and poison ivy."

Family fun initiative explores Walnutport's canal

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and St. Luke's University Health Network are partners in a "Get Your Tail on the Trail," a program they describe as "a family fun initiative – get off the couch and get active!"

The latest in the series, whose details are at tailonthetrail.org, was Saturday's Walnutport Canal hike, a two-mile walk led by D&L conservation coordinator Sherry Acevedo, assisted by Everett and Marilyn Kaul of the Walnutport Canal Association, and Dean Hower of the Northern Lehigh Trail Tenders.

In search of heritage

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Robert Heysham Sayre V stands within the stone locktender's house of his forefathers, locktender William Heysham Sayre and engineer/industrialist Robert Heysham Sayre.
Robert Heysham Sayre V stands within the stone locktender's house of his forefathers, locktender William Heysham Sayre and engineer/industrialist Robert Heysham Sayre.

Great-great-grandson of locktender visits Jim Thorpe

Robert Heysham Sayre IV, 87, a retired beef farmer and his son, Robert Heysham Sayre V, a retired veterinarian came to Jim Thorpe the week of Sept. 23 in search of the heritage of their patriarch, Robert Heysham Sayre.

Robert Heysham Sayre (1824-1907) was a major engineer and industrialist during the blossoming of America's Industrial Revolution. His achievements include: the Backtrack for the Switchback Gravity Railroad, the Lehigh Valley Railroad, and the Bethlehem Iron Works-forerunner of Bethlehem Steel.

Blessed at the pole

Saturday, September 28, 2013

As I am sure most of you have read this past week that Wednesday was the global See You at the Pole student-led day of prayer.

Students, family, faculty and anyone else who wants to participate, gather at the flagpole of the local school to pray prior to the start of the school day.

I attended the event at both Panther Valley High School and Middle School to pray and to photograph for the Times News.

Proper field care needed to ensure quality venison for the freezer

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Jerry Foster of Galeton, a professional butcher and Mossy Oak pro-staff member, demonstrates how to properly care for venison when field dressing deer in warm weather during a seminar at Cabela’s Hamburg store.
Jerry Foster of Galeton, a professional butcher and Mossy Oak pro-staff member, demonstrates how to properly care for venison when field dressing deer in warm weather during a seminar at Cabela’s Hamburg store.

HAMBURG – Clearly, the biggest challenge facing archery deer hunters when the statewide season opens Saturday, Oct. 5, and those participating in the one-week early muzzleloader and special firearms antlerless seasons during the month of October is properly caring for deer taken in warmer weather.

Seniors and driving

Saturday, September 28, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Warren Wehr, 83, sits behind the wheel as his brother Tom Wehr, 89, stands beside him. The Lehighton men both still drive, although less than they did when they were younger.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Warren Wehr, 83, sits behind the wheel as his brother Tom Wehr, 89, stands beside him. The Lehighton men both still drive, although less than they did when they were younger.

More elderly than ever are behind the wheel

Tom Wehr learned to drive at 16, when Bing Crosby crooned "Only Forever," and pork loin roast went for 49 cents a pound.

The now 89-year old isn't ready to hang up the car keys just yet.

When will he know when it's time to stop driving?

"I haven't figured that out yet," he says. "My memory is good and everything, so I don't think I have a problem so far."

Wehr's brother, Warren, is 83, and also drives.

When will he know it's time?

County to close landmark covered bridge

Saturday, September 28, 2013
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO The covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township will soon be closed indefinitely to all vehicular traffic. The reason is a recent state inspection found the bridge to have major structural problems which need immediate attention.

The covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township will soon be closed to vehicles, officials said.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board announced that due to a recent state inspection, the bridge is in need of another major overhaul.

PSU, O'Brien thrilled over news this week

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Penn State football program got some pretty good news this week as the NCAA decided to lessen the sanctions that they imposed on the Nittany Lions in July of last year.

The 60 million dollar fine, the five-year post season ban, and the vacated wins are all still in place. However, the 65 scholarship limit and the 15 scholarship per season limit has been modified.

For those of you who have been living under a rock the last few days the break down looks like this:

Lehigh Township Heffley to host Town Hall meeting on Oct. 7

Saturday, September 28, 2013

HARRISBURG – Residents of the 122nd Legislative District are invited to a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon).

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lehigh Township Municipal Building, South Lehigh Gorge Drive, Weatherly.

"I look forward to talking with residents about the major issues impacting our state," Heffley said. "Many of those issues, including transportation funding and property tax reform, have already come up during our first week back in Harrisburg and will continue to be major priorities this fall."

Marian upsets No. Schuylkill

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Marian upsets No. Schuylkill
Copyright 2013

Marian's best stretch of football this season looked like it might not be enough.

A huge Colt lead had evaporated in what seemed like the blink of an eye.

North Schuylkill was riding a wave of momentum and looked poised to put the finishing touches on an incredible comeback victory.

But just when things appeared to be at their darkest for Marian, a pair of seniors stepped up to light the way.

Thanks to huge contributions from Lucas Damian and Stephen Hall, Marian was able to turn a potential blackout into a brilliant sunrise.

Northwestern holds on to defeat ND

Saturday, September 28, 2013

GREEN POND - After scoring 27 unanswered points, it looked like the Northwestern Tigers would pick up a pretty easy win over Notre Dame Friday night, until the Crusaders came back with 14 unanswered points and a last minute drive inside the Tigers 10-yard line. In the end, the Northwestern defense bent, but didn't break and the Tigers got away with a 33-27 win over the Crusaders.

Hidden messages

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Spy craft was a fundamental part of the Revolutionary War just like any other conflict in the history of our society. Any military campaign's success relies on gaining as much knowledge about enemy plans and movements while hiding yours.

Yet if spies are successful, then we never know much about their accomplishments as their goal is to hide in plain sight with their messages and missives never seeing the light of day.

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, September 28, 2013

September 28, 1962 Joe Visnosky and Bill Carazo both go over 100 yards rushing to lead Palmerton to a 33-13 Lehigh Valley League win over Stroudsburg. Carazo carries nine times for 116 yards with one of his runs a 71-yard touchdown scamper. Visnosky adds 104 yards on just five attempts, including a 55-yard TD run on the Bombers' first play from scrimmage. Bill Heydt adds two short scoring runs and finishes the contest with 79 yards on the ground. The winners, coached by Bill Ruddy, also receive an eight-yard trip to end end zone from Greg Zern.

Tamaqua depot at nightfall

Saturday, September 28, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The restored 1874 Philadelphia & Reading Railroad passenger depot in Tamaqua has overcome decades of neglect and now plays a vital role in the community. After a $1.5M restoration, the landmark once again serves as a gathering place. The depot is seen here Thursday evening.

Lester, Dieruff edge Indians in OT

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Lester, Dieruff edge Indians in OT
Copyright 2013

Playmakers are known for one thing making big plays.

And there's no doubt that Dieruff's Shakur Lester is one special playmaker.

On Friday night, the Huskies' talented skill player scored all five of his team's touchdowns including a game-tying 86-yarder with 50 seconds left in regulation and a 10-yarder in overtime and totaled 246 yards from scrimmage to send host Lehighton to a crushing 35-34 Mountain Valley Conference defeat.

Tamaqua holds off winless Dutchmen

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Tamaqua holds off winless Dutchmen
Copyright 2013

Tamaqua hosted an Annville-Cleona team who was searching for the first win.

Their desparation showed as they moved the ball well against a Blue Raider defense which seemed to have some trouble stopping the run.

However, Tamaqua was able to utilize its run game more efficiently and pull off the victory on homecoming night, 43-34.

Tamaqua's Dustin Vandermartin suffered an injury third quarter. Vandermartin was taken to the hospital for x-rays and his status remains unknown.

His presence was felt on both sides of the ball up until his exit.

She's 4

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Impossible to believe, but four years have passed since I became "Grandma."

Yes, Caroline is 4. Its hard to believe that I have had this little imp in my life that long. The months have flown by so fast since she was born. I remember my first glimpse of her, so perfect and pink at the hospital and thinking to myself that she looked like someone I knew. Then it dawned on me that she looked like me.

Some people remark on the resemblance and it makes my day.

Princess Caroline is in her second year of preschool and in a few months she will be preparing for kindergarten.

How the drive-in could be saved

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Dear Editor,

New films may not be available on 35mm... but I'll bet the Mahoning Drive In could make a profit next summer by showing classic movies.

Theme events... Horror Night... Classic Car night... Musical Night... Western Night...etc.

Invite the customers to bring their classic cars ... dress in costume... participate.

Properly done and properly promoted... it can work.

Brad Cupples

Victor, N.Y.

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).