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September 2013

Coats donated to Salvation Army

Monday, September 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Students and coaches with the Javeline Factory of Mary D donated over two dozen colorful children's coats to the Tamaqua Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program, which kicks off shortly. Dina Depos, Angel Tree organizer, stated, 'It is donations like this that help our Salvation Army help so many deserving children every year." For more information about the Angel Tree Program, call the Salvation Army at (570) 668-0410.

Colors For Education event held in Tamaqua

Monday, September 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kids get layered with colors as they pass volunteers during Saturday's Colors For Education held in Tamaqua in support of the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kids get layered with colors as they pass volunteers during Saturday's Colors For Education held in Tamaqua in support of the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation.

It was a colorful event over the weekend in Tamaqua as over 250 participants and volunteers took part in the first annual Colors For Education Day held on the grounds of the Tamaqua Sports Stadium.

The day included a 5K run/walk, fun run for kids, dunk tank, food and a number of other activities.

During the event, participants would pass by as volunteers threw colored powder on them.

Two arrested for Coaldale incident

Monday, September 30, 2013

State police at Frackville reported the arrest of two persons following an incident in Coaldale.

Troopers said Theodore Patacconi, 23, of Pottsville, and Gino Fernandez, 39, of Coaldale, were each cited for disorderly conduct for an incident on the front lawn at 332 Ridge Terrace. Troopers said the two engaged in fighting and tumultuous behavior.

The incident occurred about 8 p.m. on Sept. 26, troopers added.

Palmerton flag retirement program held

Monday, September 30, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This burn barrel is full of flames as Palmerton United Veterans Organization member Victor Jahelka disposes of flags that were unfit for use and subsequently disposed of in the proper manner. See additional photo on Page 2.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This burn barrel is full of flames as Palmerton United Veterans Organization member Victor Jahelka disposes of flags that were unfit for use and subsequently disposed of in the proper manner. See additional photo on Page 2.

It was out with the old, and in with the new, during a Flag Retirement Ceremony in Palmerton.

The Palmerton United Veterans Organization, in association with Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 41, held the event Saturday in the borough park.

Ed Moyer, Commander, American Legion Post 269 of Palmerton, welcomed the scant crowd in attendance, and said the ceremony was a dignified disposal of unserviceable flags.

"I'd like to thank everybody for coming out today," Moyer said. "[The purpose of the ceremony] is the respectful retirement of worn out colors of our flag."

The Summit Fall Fest to be held October 5

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Fest, a festival for the whole family, will be hosted by The Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing & Rehabilitation Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, in the parking lot at The Summit, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

A flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. For information on the flea market, or to reserve a space, call (610) 377-7206.

A Little Miss Summit/Little Mr. Summit and Jr. Miss Summit/Jr. Mr. Summit Pageant will be held at 10 a.m.

Set for trial, Brockton woman enters plea, gets prison term

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Brockton woman, one of 15 defendants who have been in the Schuylkill County prison because they couldn't raise bail, decided to plead guilty to the criminal charges instead of going to trial and was sentenced in the Judge James P. Goodman as follows:

Leann Irene Baddick, 33, of 320 Valley St., pleaded guilty to theft of a vehicle owned by Elizabeth Zaprazny, Summer Valley Road, East Brunswick Township, and was sentenced to serve three to 23 months in the county prison with credit for serving 96 days.

Lions honor Irvin H. Miller in American flag program

Monday, September 30, 2013

Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected earlier this year as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

As the program continues this week, Summit Hill resident Irvin H. Miller, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, will be honored.

Canvas of color set to begin

Monday, September 30, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NWES
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NWES

Peak fall foliage season is still a few weeks away, but local mountains hint at a canvas of color as seen here Sunday afternoon at historic Winding Trail Farm on Crossover Road near Lehighton.

Break-ins probed

Monday, September 30, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating burglaries in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Ric's Service Station, 542 Port Carbon-Saint Clair Highway, East Norwegian Township, was entered through an unsecured door. Taken were numerous tools from the garage area. The listed victims are Ricardo Marks Jr., 37, of Port Carbon, and Roger Hoagland Jr., 39, of Pottsville. The incident occurred sometime between Sept. 20-24.

Tumble with Denise competed in State Games of America

Monday, September 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Tumble With Denise, Inc. earned 40 metals to help the state reach the highest honors in "The State Games of America" Competition in Hershey.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Tumble With Denise, Inc. earned 40 metals to help the state reach the highest honors in "The State Games of America" Competition in Hershey.

Thirty-one members of Tumble With Denise, Inc. recently competed in "The State Games of America" Competition in Hershey. There were over 10,000 athletes representing 27 sports competing that weekend in Hershey. Pennsylvania dominated the entire competition winning 471 medals.

Tumble With Denise Gymnastics earned 40 of the medals (12 gold medals) to help the state reach the highest honors.

The following Tumble With Denise Gymnasts earned medals:

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.

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.

Memorable things kids say and do

Saturday, September 28, 2013

When something cool happens or someone says something you think you should remember, do you write it down?

I recently bought a journal to record "Homespun Special Moments." I've already jotted down a couple, including this one.

A couple of weekends ago, my niece Abby stayed with us while her parents went away for an anniversary weekend.

Enjoying the nice weather

Saturday, September 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Paige Bumbulsky, 5, of West Penn Township, spends time fishing at the Rosemount Lake in Lewistown Valley.

PennDOT offers online service for driver's licence, photo IDs

Saturday, September 28, 2013

As part of PennDOT's commitment to enhanced customer service, customers can now order a duplicate non-commercial driver's license or photo identification card online if theirs is lost or stolen.

"Ordering a duplicate driver's license or photo identification card just got easier for our customers," PennDOT's Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. "This is another example of our online services saving customers time and providing the convenience of completing transactions from the comfort of home."

Reader's Turn: Sept. 28

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Judy Cooper, Weatherly Senior Center "It affected my life in a very positive way because I go down daily to help Irene. She is doing a wonderful job. I also belong to the Scrabble club and get to interact with all the people. It's a lot of fun. We do different things and I get to get out of the house."
Judy Cooper, Weatherly Senior Center "It affected my life in a very positive way because I go down daily to help Irene. She is doing a wonderful job. I also belong to the Scrabble club and get to interact with all the people. It's a lot of fun. We do different things and I get to get out of the house."

How did senior centers affect your life?

Never stop moving; never give up

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Here's the best way I can describe my physical fitness level to you.

Boil a piece of spaghetti until it is overdone. Now try to make that piece of spaghetti stand up straight. That limp noodle equates to my current physical condition.

As someone who always has thrived on activity and as one who has been a fitness buff for many years, I'm stunned to find myself in this position.

So, what happened?

Over $900 is charged on a stolen credit card

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Over $900 is charged on a stolen credit card
Copyright 2013

Mahoning Township police said over $900 was charged on a stolen debit card at a store in the township.

Police said that on August 30, suspects utilized stolen debit card numbers to successfully charge items on the account of a 53 year old resident of Nazareth.

Police said the suspects drove a white minivan and used forged duplicate cards in the theft.

They attempted to use several other forged cards which were declined before making the successful purchases using the victims account information, police added.

Panthers fall to H'canes

Saturday, September 28, 2013

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - Panther Valley lost to Schuylkill Haven, 41-15 last night, but the lopsided score doesn't tell the game story.

The Panthers (1-4), without a bit of bad luck and with some cashing in on several scoring opportunities, might have pulled the upset over the Hurricanes (3-2).

First, the bad luck.

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."