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October 2013

Tribe's Clements making an impact

Thursday, October 31, 2013

If you pull out your Webster's Dictionary or in today's more modern age go to www.dictionary.com and look up the word riot, you will find an array of different definitions.

One explanation of the word is to cause wild disorder or confusion. In the right context a riot is also described as a brilliant display. Either way, the word riot is a perfect way to define the play of Lehighton sophomore Wyatt Clements this season.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sorority news

The Preceptor Alpha Upsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority met at the home of Cathy Santee, where a program was presented by Eric Yutko. His topic was "Local Legends, Haunts and Spooks of Schuylkill County.

Members also attended a Preferential Tea at Chef Allen's in West Reading on Oct. 20, sponsored by the Reading sorority chapters.

New rating system not kind to Thorpe

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It seems like only yesterday that the high school football season was kicking off. Nine area teams entered the season with high hopes and playoff dreams.

But the warm Friday night's of early September have given way to the brisk autumn evenings as the calendar prepares to turn to November.

Six area teams still have their playoff dreams intact as we brace for the final weekend of the regular season. This week, OVERTIME will examine how the year-old District 11 power rating system is impacting one area team's bid for a district playoff berth.

DA and sheriff races top ballot

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The spotlight for the Municipal General Election to be held next Tuesday in Schuylkill County centers on the contests for sheriff and district attorney. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Sheriff Joseph M. Groody, Democrat, is seeking re-election to his second full term and is opposed by Patrick M. Reynolds, Republican, a former military police officer with the U.S. Army, who is making his first political bid for an elected office.

Ex-Lehighton man pleads to child porn

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 32-year-old former Lehighton resident pleaded guilty Wednesday to receiving and distributing child pornography before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Stephen Puza III admitted to using a computer to download and share numerous images of child pornography during July 2011 through September 2013.

Puza was living in Bethlehem at the time of his arrest.

Schuylkill court news

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Divorces granted

Jessica A.Blase was granted a divorce from John C. Blase, both of Shenandoah. They were married Dec. 27, 2007.

Irvin H. Snyder III, was granted a divorce from Carole T. Snyder, both of Tower City. They were married July 27, 2001.

Chantel Quinn, Reading, was granted a divorce from Michael Quinn, Minersville. They were married Nov. 11, 2011.

Helen F. Brennan, Saint Clair, was granted a divorce from Francis J. Brennan, Minersville. They were married March 21,1998.

Polk column

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Crime Watch meeting

The regular Polk Township Crime Watch meeting will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Polk Township municipal building, located on Polk Township Road.

Historical society

Polk Township Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4 at the Polk Township municipal building. All are invited to attend.

Lehighton news

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trinity happenings

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold First Saturday worship with holy communion at 5 p.m. The Rev. Michael Frost, pastor of Zions, Stone Church, New Ringgold, will preside.

All Saints Sunday worship service with holy communion begins at 9 a.m. The service will include a remembrance of the members from the congregation who have died in the past year. Interim pastor, the Rev. Donald Hayn, will preside. Coffeehouse fellowship follows.

Sunday School classes will meet at 10:15 a.m. for ages 3 through grade 12.

A high price to pay

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Handicapped signs costly in Weissport

Weissport Borough Council is considering adopting an ordinance that would impose a fee of $250 per handicapped parking request.

The council said the amount is to cover the cost of the materials and labor to establish the parking spaces.

Such a fee is ridiculous.

First of all, in general handicapped individuals have limited earning power. Many are senior citizens on a fixed income. For them, $250 is a lot of money; funds they might need for their medicines or heat.

BMHS offers 'A Taste of Chocolate' at breast cancer program

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Presenters at the "A Taste of Chocolate" Breast Cancer Awareness program were, from left, Susan Generose, Tricia Schaefer, Richard Graham and facilitator, Elisa Condon.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Presenters at the "A Taste of Chocolate" Breast Cancer Awareness program were, from left, Susan Generose, Tricia Schaefer, Richard Graham and facilitator, Elisa Condon.

Women attending "A Taste of Chocolate" Breast Cancer Awareness program Tuesday at the Jim Thorpe Yoga Center heard inspiring words of healing, nutrition and meditation from program presenters.

Susan Generose, a breast cancer survivor, spoke of how her life evolved from the time she attended Marywood University to study nutrition. It was that knowledge that helped her battle breast cancer.

She said when her potassium levels were low during her treatments, she knew to eat the right foods to increase the levels and help her heal.

Free oral cancer screening offered

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pocono Medical Center will be offering free oral cancer screening at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Valerie M. Hodge Memorial Dental Center at 175 East Brown St., Building #2, Suite 114, East Stroudsburg.

Pre-registration is required; call 570-476-3750.

Charged with assault in Mahoning Township

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Anthony Bodine, 50, of Beaver Run Drive, Mahoning Township, has been charged with simple assault and harassment.

Mahoning police said that on Sept. 4, they were dispatched to Bridge Street and Bankway in Lehighton. On arrival they met with Lehighton Police and a female who had visible physical injuries.

The female told police she was assaulted by Bodine, with whom she resided. She was transported to a hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Kitchen fire in Tamaqua

Thursday, October 31, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

A kitchen fire in Tamaqua on Wednesday afternoon left one woman temporarily homeless. All four fire companies responded to the 1:25 p.m. alarm, quickly knocking down the fire, containing damage to the kitchen area in an apartment at the Jewells building, 132 E. Broad St. Traffic was tied up for about 45 minutes along the busy highway, adding to the usual Wednesday traffic nightmares. The tenant, Jenny Yowre, was aided by the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Voters will make choices on ballots in Jim Thorpe area

Thursday, October 31, 2013

All three municipalities that comprise the Jim Thorpe area Jim Thorpe Borough and Penn Forest and Kidder townships will have contested races in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Likewise, voters in those areas will have choices to make among Jim Thorpe Area and Weatherly Area school districts candidates.

In Jim Thorpe, voters will be asked to make their choice known for the mayor's position, as well as who they wish to represent them on the borough council.

ON THIS DATE

Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 31, 2003 Northwestern secures a berth in the district playoffs by shutting out Catasauqua, 33-0, in a Colonial League contest. Pete McCauley carries 15 times for 112 yards to lead the Tigers' offense. Ryan Oxley runs for one score and also tosses a 10-yard touchdown pass to Reid Schellhamer. The winners, coached by Bob Mitchell, also receive a 25-yard scoring run from Chris Schmoyer while Jordan Grube and Jon Rex both recover offensive fumbles in the end zone for TDs.

Tribe hosts JT in huge game

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Exactly six miles separate Jim Thorpe Area High School from Lehighton's football stadium and on Friday night there might be a six mile long line of cars on Route 209 between the two towns

That's because Friday night's game between the Indians and Olympians certainly has the most on the line since the two renewed their rivalry in 2002.

First on the agenda is the District 11 AAA playoffs.

Schuylkill property transfers

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eagle Rock Resorts Company, in Hazle Township, Luzerne County, recorded in the Schuylkill County courthouse 66 lots sold in its Eagle Rock subdivisions in East Union Township.

Thirty five lots in HF3 (Hidden Forestry) Subdivision, Eagle Rock Retreat, were purchased by the following:

Free Thanksgiving dinner planned

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, Bowmanstown, will serve a Thanksgiving dinner from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Doors will open at 12:30.

All are welcome to share this meal. There will be no takeouts. Transportation may be available, if necessary. Homebound meals may be available, and will be offered only by previous arrangement.

For more information call 610-852-3833 or 570-386-5586.

Pledging the flag

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Bob ford/TIMES NEWS Karen Bandzi, President of the Ladies auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW post 7215, Walnutport; state Rep. Doyle Heffley; VFW Chaplain Susan Bortz and Christine Verdier, Chief of Staff Sen. Dave Argall's office, recite the Pledge of Allegiance with students at Franklin Elementary school Tuesday morning.
Bob ford/TIMES NEWS Karen Bandzi, President of the Ladies auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW post 7215, Walnutport; state Rep. Doyle Heffley; VFW Chaplain Susan Bortz and Christine Verdier, Chief of Staff Sen. Dave Argall's office, recite the Pledge of Allegiance with students at Franklin Elementary school Tuesday morning.

Karen Bandzi, President of the Ladies auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW post 7215, Walnutport; state Rep. Doyle Heffley; VFW Chaplain Susan Bortz and Christine Verdier, Chief of Staff Sen. Dave Argall's office, recite the Pledge of Allegiance with students at Franklin Elementary school Tuesday morning.

Lehighton school director honored

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver, left, recognizes School Board Director Dave Krause with a certificate for his eight years of service to Lehighton Area School Board. In addition, Pennsylvania School Board Association will be adding Krause's name to the "Honor Roll of School Board Service."

ON THIS DATE

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October 30, 1989

Carbon County township officials heard a strong message to control development in their townships at the Carbon County Township Officials Annual Convention held Saturday night at the Mahoning Valley Fire Company.

Township officials representing Banks, East Penn, Franklin, Kidder, Lehigh, Lower Towamensing, Mahoning, Packer, Penn Forest and Towamensing attended.

Parkland eliminates Pleasant Valley

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Justin Habick moves the ball ahead of Parkland's Nicholas Eckhart during Tuesday's District 11 AAA Boys Soccer semifinal.
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Justin Habick moves the ball ahead of Parkland's Nicholas Eckhart during Tuesday's District 11 AAA Boys Soccer semifinal.

EMMAUS - Pleasant Valley boys soccer coach Chris Pachuta understood the type of team that Parkland was heading into their district semifinals matchup against the Trojans.

Despite their best effort until the final whistle, the Bears fell to the Trojans. The Trojans scored two second half goals, and defeated the Bears, 3-0, in Tuesday night's District 11 3A boys' soccer semifinal.

"We knew that they were good," Pachuta said. "It's not that we lost to an inferior team, or we were the inferior team. I thought we gave as good as we got at points.

Zion's blanket ministry keeping busy

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua Zion Lutheran Church's blanket ministry finish packing 25 of their creations after the coverings had been blessed by Saturday worship leader Cindy White, left. With White are Judy Brennan, Gail and Bob Jones and Carol Dietrich. Other members of the blanket ministry include Beverly Batman, Shirley Becker, Jean Derr, Velma Mantz, Marion Klein and Mary Jane Turton. The group made 60 blankets this year from material donated by members of the community.

Tax volunteers wanted to help seniors

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) has challenged AARP to open a Tax-Aide site at the Vigilant Fire Company in Slatington and volunteers are needed.

Are you interested in supporting a rewarding activity that will make a significant contribution to your community? Are you interested in assisting senior citizens and low income taxpayers prepare their federal and state returns?

Program gives warm hug for needy

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The numbers of applicants for cash grants for heating to low-income households has increased since 2007-08. The number of applicants for crisis grants has decreased, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
The numbers of applicants for cash grants for heating to low-income households has increased since 2007-08. The number of applicants for crisis grants has decreased, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

LIHEAP keeps pace to help low-income families with heating bills

Pennsylvania expects to receive $163.93 million in federal dollars to help keep poor families warm this winter.

The amount, minus $22.73 million for administration, leaves $141.20 million to be distributed in cash and crisis grants through the state's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

That's almost 28 percent more than last winter.

Council considers handicapped parking ordinance; eligibility rules

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Weissport Council is considering adopting an ordinance that will regulate on street handicapped parking and will also make provisions to maintain eligibility for existing handicapped parking spaces beyond Dec. 31.

The new ordinance would put Weissport Mayor Jonathan Troutman in charge of reviewing applications and make recommendations to council. Council will have the authority to approve or reject applications based on criteria in the ordinance.

Challenge

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Our national motto banned from schools?

Any reference to God is a lightning rod these days.

A recent challenge involves the Australian War Memorial which had considered removing the phrase "known unto God" from the Tomb of the Australian Unknown Soldier, a war memorial which opened in 1941 to commemorate Australians killed in World War I. Memorial director Brendan Nelson had proposed replacing the phrase, attributed to British writer Rudyard Kipling, with the inscription: "We do not know this Australian's name, we never will."

Rush man guilty in four burglaries

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A jury found a Rush Township man guilty of four burglaries of vacant homes located within a mile radius of his home on Fairview Street in the township with two accomplices.

The verdict was returned Tuesday afternoon in the Schuylkill County court after deliberating two hours. Judge John E. Domalakes fixed Friday, Dec. 6, as date of sentencing.

Palmerton Community News

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Newspaper drive

The monthly newspaper drive by members of St. John's Lutheran Church will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2. 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. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need grocery size brown paper bags.

Easton's free kick sinks Bears

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Emma Sabovic (11) moves on the offensive against Easton.
LINDA ROTHROCK/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Emma Sabovic (11) moves on the offensive against Easton.

NAZARETH With Easton's last win being a high scoring affair with Bangor, Pleasant Valley was hoping to be able to find some holes in the Red Rovers defense.

Unfortunately for the Bears, Easton patched those holes and the two teams played almost an hour of soccer before Caitlyn Lucas scored for Easton on a free kick to give her team a 1-0 victory and a ticket to the District 11 Class AAA finals against Parkland.

Spartans oust Pleasant Valley

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
don herb/times news Pleasant Valley's Kiersten Griesback sest the ball.
don herb/times news Pleasant Valley's Kiersten Griesback sest the ball.

WHITEHALL – Time and time again this season, the Pleasant Valley volleyball team has flexed its collective muscles and overpowered the opposition at the net.

On Tuesday in the District 11 Class AAA semifinals, the Bears got a taste of their own medicine.

Powerful Southern Lehigh, ranked 10th in the state and featuring a Division I recruit on its front line, blitzed the Bears, 25-15, 25-16, 25-14.