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October 2013

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.

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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.

Races for township supervisor listed

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A few contests for township supervisor are featured in the Tuesday's general election. Other offices to be filled are tax collector, auditors, and polling officers. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Following is a rundown for townships in the TIMES NEWS coverage area.

West Penn Supervisor Ted Bogosh, Republican, unopposed. Tax Collector Helene Zeigler, is unopposed having won both Republican and Democratic nominations in the primary. Auditor, six year term, no candidate.

Schuylkill incident being probed

Thursday, October 31, 2013

State police at Frackville are investigating an incident at a Schuylkill County site.

Troopers said an unknown person arrived at a storage shed located at 2 E. Darkwater Road, Pottsville, on an all-terrain vehicle, and kicked open a door on the shed causing damages to the door frame. Nothing was taken.

The incident occurred sometime between Sunday, Oct. 27 at 10 p.m. and Monday at 8 a.m. The shed is owned by Pottsville Materials.

Mayor, council races in Coaldale highlight Tuesday's election

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Contests for mayor and council are featured in a number of borough contests in next Tuesday's Municipal General Election. Other offices to be filled are tax collector, auditor, and polling officers. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Here is a rundown for the TIMES NEWS coverage area:

Tamaqua

Mayor Christian P. Morrison, Democrat/Republican, is unopposed as he won both nominations in the primary election for another term as mayor.

Lois Holman celebrates 100th birthday

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Lois Holman
Lois Holman

Lois Evelyn (Sands) Holman, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 100th birthday on Nov. 1. Born in Hazleton in 1913, Lois was married to Allan Williams for 47 years until his passing in 1979, and to David Holman Sr. for 10 years until his passing in 2000.

Lois is a member of the Hazleton Chapter of the American Red Cross and received recognition for more than 50 years of service. She was instrumental in starting the Red Cross Bloodmobile in Weatherly and was also a volunteer worker in the Hazleton Red Cross office during World War II.

Kresgeville Pumpkin patch

Thursday, October 31, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

This pumpkin patch in Kresgeville is the work of Judy Kresge. It could be Charlie Brown's pumpkin patch because at night, the Great Pumpkin rises up and glows for all to see. Judy decorates for every holiday and her displays are always crowd pleasers. "People actually stop and ask if they can take pictures. I do it because I like bringing pleasure to other people," she says.

Man heads to court in meth lab case

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Lansford man who police say operated a methamphetamine lab in Lansford had a preliminary hearing scheduled Wednesday, but waived the charges to Carbon County Court.

Anthony William Hill, 25, remains free on bail.

The hearing was scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Ready for the big night

Thursday, October 31, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Adam Berk works on his 7-year-old daughter Harmony's makeup before trick-or-treat night in Jim Thorpe. Harmony went as Frankie, one of the dolls from Monster High. Most Carbon municipalities held trick-or-treat Wednesday night. Monroe municipalities will host the little ghouls and goblins tonight.

First offenders get ARD program

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ten first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program this week.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program the record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Judge Steven R. Serfass placed then all for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Crashes probed

Thursday, October 31, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported on several crashes probed by troopers.

A one-vehicle crash occurred about 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, along Old Stage Road, in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County. Troopers said Robert F. Riche, 37, of Effort, was driving a 2003 Hyundai Sonata, when the vehicle left the road and landed in a ditch. Riche was injured and taken to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, for treatment.

Riche was cited for driving a vehicle at an (un) safe speed.

Saying 'Yes to the Dress'

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Dana Stellar married her fiance, Patrick Holmes, on Sept. 21. Her selection of her perfect wedding dress will be aired at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, on TLC show, "Say Yes to the Dress."
Dana Stellar married her fiance, Patrick Holmes, on Sept. 21. Her selection of her perfect wedding dress will be aired at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, on TLC show, "Say Yes to the Dress."

Former area woman appears in episode to air on TLC tomorrow at 9 p.m.

An area bride's search for the perfect dress will be aired at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, on the TLC show "Say Yes to the Dress."

Dana Stellar Holmes, 25, a graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, will be featured in the episode "A Mother's Touch." The show tells how she traveled last November to New York City to shop at Kleinfeld Bridal after being invited to the show.

Most school board races decided in May

Thursday, October 31, 2013

School board races for districts in the TIMES NEWS coverage area were mostly decided in the May primary where candidates secured both nominations.

Here is a list of who will be on the ballot for next Tuesday's general election.

Tamaqua Area

Tamaqua Area School District, elect four, the four candidates are unopposed as they won both nominations in the primary election

They are Thomas A. Rottet, Aaron R. Frantz, Bryan W. Miller, and Mark Rother.

Panther Valley

Voters in Coaldale cast ballots for the Panther Valley Area School District.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 31, 1993

A petition was filed Friday afternoon in the Schuylkill County Courts on behalf of the Tamaqua Area Education Association to hold the Tamaqua Area School District and its nine board members in contempt for failing to comply with a court order to fulfill the terms of a bargaining agreement reached in court during the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 11.

Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin fixed the date for hearing the petition for 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16 in Court Room One in Pottsville.

Schuylkill crashes

Thursday, October 31, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on several crashes investigated by troopers on Schuylkill County roads over the past weekend.

A crash was reported at 5:50 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, along Helfenstein Road in Eldred Township. Troopers said Sandras L. Buffington, 50, of Valley View, was driving a 2005 Ford Mustang westbound when, for unknown reasons, she left her lane of travel, crossed into the eastbound lane and drove off the road. The car entered a wooded area off the berm and collided head-on into a tree.

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.

Beltzville Lions Club offering Medicare information seminar

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

For those wondering how Medicare Reform will change health care requirements for hospital, doctor, prescriptions, home health care and long-term care needs, a free "Financial Preservation" workshop will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Ss. Peter and Paul School Hall, 307 Coal St., Lehighton. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The program will conclude with a question and answer period. Free refreshments will be served.

The program will be presented by Bankes Life and Casualty Company and is sponsored by the Beltzville Lions Club

Deadline nears for Christmas program

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Friday is the deadline to adopt a tree to decorate as part of Palmerton's Christmas in the Park program.

That's also the cutoff point for those who would like to set up a vendor, where the cost is $25 for a space.

Anyone who would like to adopt a tree, or set up a vendor, may call 610-737-4503.

There is no set price for those who wish to 'adopt' a tree to decorate as part of the program. Donations will go toward the new holiday lights in the borough.

Carbon break-in

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported the home of Cindy Brandt, 37 Penn Forest Trail, Albrightsville, Penn Forest Township, was entered.

Entry was gained through a rear window sometime between Oct. 2 and 23. Troopers did not indicate if anything was taken.

Troopers also reported that Leona Kates, 69, of 133 Danner Road, Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest Township, reported someone smashed a window on her home. The incident occurred sometime between Oct. 22-24.

Veteran seeks military flags to fly throughout community

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The American flag that flies over Flagstaff Ballroom, on top of Flagstaff Mountain in Jim Thorpe, is in honor of Edward J. Plesnarski, who served in the Korean War. Francis C. O'Donnell hopes to give veterans' families another option for the flag they receive at their loved one's funeral.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The American flag that flies over Flagstaff Ballroom, on top of Flagstaff Mountain in Jim Thorpe, is in honor of Edward J. Plesnarski, who served in the Korean War. Francis C. O'Donnell hopes to give veterans' families another option for the flag they receive at their loved one's funeral.

When a veteran dies, his or her casket is draped with an American flag.

That flag, upon interment, is folded and presented to the family as a symbol and thank you for the sacrifices their loved one made.

Many times, those flags are either packed away in a case and displayed or forgotten about.

One Jim Thorpe veteran is hoping to use those flags.

Scouts hold annual Scouting for Food event on Nov. 9

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Boy Scout Troop 555 from Jim Thorpe will be assisting Cub Scout Pack 138 with the annual BSA Scouting for Food event on Nov. 9. The Cub Scouts will be distributing the tags in Jim Thorpe and surrounding developments to provide others with information on the event. The food will be going to the food pantries of St. Joseph's Church and Christ Lutheran Church in Jim Thorpe.

Those participating should make sure that the items are nonperishable and have not expired. The food will be collected at both churches between 9 a.m. and noon on Nov. 9.

Chicken Parmesan meet pasta puttanesca

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
AP Photo/Matthew Mead  Chicken Puttanesca Parmesan
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Chicken Puttanesca Parmesan

A chicken Parmesan that's big on flavor, but not on fat? It's easier and more weeknight-friendly than you might think.

I started with a basic breaded and baked chicken breast. For speed, I cut the breasts into thin cutlets. And that speed isn't just a convenience. It also pays dividends on texture. The less time the chicken spends in the oven, the more tender and moist the end result.

For a crunchy coating, I kept it simple panko breadcrumbs. Dunk the chicken in some egg, drag it through the breadcrumbs and you're ready to move on.

LASD to accept school taxes from Mahoning residents due to resignation of tax collector

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lehighton Area School District is now accepting school taxes from Mahoning Township residents.

The decision to collect taxes from township residents came about after the recent resignation of Mahoning Township Tax Collector Richard Swarcheck due to illness.

Solicitor William Schwab said Lehighton School District will accept payments for School District Real Estate, School District Per Capita and School District Occupation taxes.

Palmerton Police Log

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

DUI

Criminal charges were filed against Jason Bender, 26, of 933 W. Edgemont Ave., Palmerton, for DUI, registration and certificate of title required, driving under suspension, required financial responsibility, lighted lamp requirements for motorcycles, and two counts of general lighting requirements. The incident occurred on Sept. 1 at 8:14 p.m. in the 1100 block of Mauch Chunk Road. Bender was also cited for harassment as part of a separate incident that occurred on Oct. 16 at 7:58 p.m. in the 800 block of Edgemont Avenue.

Harassment

Salisbury stuns top-seed Northwestern

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Salisbury's A.J. Faulke heads the ball as Northwestern Lehigh's Kyle Willis moves in on the defense.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Salisbury's A.J. Faulke heads the ball as Northwestern Lehigh's Kyle Willis moves in on the defense.

For the first 50 minutes of play, Northwestern couldn't gain any control of the momentum against Salisbury in Tuesday night's District 11 Class 2A semifinal game at Northern Lehigh.

Over a span of six minutes in the second half however, the Tigers finally got a grasp on things and made it a whole new game tying things up. That was after finding themselves in an unusual circumstance, down by two goals.

With 1:02 left in the game, however, the Falcons were awarded a free kick from about 25-yards out from in front of the net.

Parryville engineer refuses to service Riverwalck Saloon

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Last May, Parryville Council thought it had ended the controversy concerning former zoning officer Richard Fedor by hiring Barry Isett and Associates engineering firm to handle both zoning and sewage issues.

Now the firm has notified the borough that it will discontinue servicing any aspect of building, zoning, sewage and building code inspections with properties owned by Mark Stemler because of conflicts with the agreement the borough signed with Stemler in December.

Mertz leads Tigers past So. Lehigh

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
bob ford/times news Southern Lehigh's Erin Donnelly (left) and Sarah Segan of Northwestern (9) try to gain control of the ball.
bob ford/times news Southern Lehigh's Erin Donnelly (left) and Sarah Segan of Northwestern (9) try to gain control of the ball.

Northwestern's Sabrina Mertz worked with coach Kelly Bleam at practice the last two days on taking early shots outside the 18-yard box.

Mertz netted two of those types of shots Tuesday night to help the Tigers defeat Southern Lehigh, 3-1, in the District 11 Class AA girls soccer semifinals.

Mertz talked about seeing her hard work come to fruition on such a grand stage.

"It feels good," she said. "We worked on that in practice so much. I had the chance so I figured why not try one and it went in."

Tamaqua Safety Initiative purchases former Tiki Bar

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Lee Shafer, Tamaqua Safety Initiative; Micah Gursky, Tamaqua Area Community Partnership; Leona Rega, director, Tamaqua Safety Initiative; and Linda Yulanavage, executive director, Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Lee Shafer, Tamaqua Safety Initiative; Micah Gursky, Tamaqua Area Community Partnership; Leona Rega, director, Tamaqua Safety Initiative; and Linda Yulanavage, executive director, Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Tamaqua Safety Initiative has purchased the property at 20 Mauch Chunk St., most commonly known as the Tiki Bar. The acquisition of the building was made possible by the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership through private donations made to the TSI.

"One of our goals is to work with the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce to offer the space as a viable future business prospect while enhancing and increasing the north and south development of town," said Leona Rega, director, Tamaqua Safety Initiative.